October 03, 2005

heartbreak

As I mentioned in my previous post, my MINI had been filthy this morning. I decided I would take it to a local, recommended hand wash place over in Burbank. They talked me into a full Express Wax service, and I waited about 45 minutes while my MINI was primped for me.

I sat watching, getting up every few minutes to walk around a bit, and peruse the food and drinks available in the little convenience store attached. When the guy was finally done waxing my MINI, he raised his arm and opened up the driver-side door. I walked up, gave him my receipt and tip, and went on my way.

I was feeling really good about my MINI as I drive it from the car wash place to a nearby Taco Bell to grab some lunch before returning to work. I parked right up front, near the door, went in quickly and was in and out in under ten minutes. Got back in my MINI, drove a few blocks back to work. It occurred to me, as I was driving my newly-super-clean MINI, how sucky it would be if a bird crapped on my MINI, or, god forbid, I drove into something leaving a dent! No, no, no, these were stupid thoughts...

I drove onto the studio lot and down the river to the parking structure, went up a few floors, and parked. I gathered up my things and got out of the car. I closed the door behind me and turned around to make sure the doors were locked and I saw it...

...A two foot long scratch on my driver-side door panel. And wait, another footlong scratch above the front driver-side tire. WTF?!? My heart sank, and I immediately went into panic mode and called Erik, who listened as I sobbed in grief. He calmed me down and I went back out to re-inspect the damage. I can feel the scratch, but it doesn't look too deep. The paint hasn't curled off or anything. I can see white where the scratch is. From a distance, it almost looks like someone took a chalk pencil and marked up the side of my MINI. Alas, I'm just not that lucky.

Hopefully there's something I can do to "buff out" the scratches. Perhaps ScratchX, or something like that. I have no idea where this damage occurred - whether it happened sometime during the wash or while I was parked at Taco Bell. But I'm just heartbroken right now.


posted by julie at October 3, 2005 02:15 PM

things people have said

You OK?

so said: Sheryl at October 12, 2005 07:08 PM



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