Lake Winnipesaukee – Wolfeboro, NH
Almost time to land. The pilot says: Welcome to Boston. The current time is 9:20 AM, temperature, 17 degrees Fahrenheit and sunny. Kind of cold. After landing, I exited the terminal into the winter’s embrace. An embrace, I must say, that I did not enjoy. Cold kisses are not fun!
I took the Hertz bus to the rental facility and rented a car. I was told that my rental car would be waiting on the side of the building for me. I waited for a while, but no show. Went back in, nearly frozen, to check on the status. It was there that I was told that a new guy was supposed to have brought the car forward, but he didn’t. I was assigned a new car.
I went to my car, a 2010 Nissan Altima. The first thing that I wanted to do was get some heat going. I was cold! I reached for the key to turn on the car. Ummmmm. No key, not only that no ignition key hole. Down, and to the left, there was a key fob sticking out. I pulled out they curious looking thing. No key there, only four buttons. From the top: Door lock, door unlock, trunk open, panic. No key.
Ah, ha! There was, however, a start button. I pressed it. The radio came on, but the car didn’t start. The radio was not generating enough heat for me. Ah, I get it, the seat belt has to be fastened. Click! Push! Nothing! The radio went off! Odd place for a radio on/off switch, don’t ya think??? Ok? Anymore bright ideas??? What am I missing in this interlock requirement.
Now, those of you who have such high tech wonders already know the answer, but I didn’t know just yet. I shivered and pondered for a moment. I’ll cheat! I’ll read the instruction manual! I’m so smart!!! I looked for the instruction manual. Nothing. Still shivering. I almost caved and went back in to ask for guidance, but, being the curious sort that I am and, as some women might say, being a man and not wanting to ask for directions, I persevered, shivering all the while. A manly man!
Click! Click! Click! Gears turning … idea! Ah, maybe, just maybe the brake pedal needs to be depressed. Depress … Push … Vroom! Success. Who’s the man?!!! I don’t need no stinking instruction manual! LOL
During the entire time of the rental, two days, I never did get quite used to not having a key and it was quite funny to see me attempt to turn off the car with the nonexistent key. Every time!
So there you have it. Easy as 1, 2, 3. ummm, 4
1. Have proximity key on your person.
2. Fasten your seat belt.
3. Depress the brake pedal.
4. Push the button, and your off!
Damned technology! Now were’s that keyhole?! You can’t exactly go to the hardware store and copy the key, either! I feel so left behind!