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Angry The Trip From Hell ARGHHH

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Well, we left San Diego on Sunday for our month long, long anticipated trip to Wash. DC to see our son and his family and our new grand-daughter, Hadley, for Christmas. We drove to El Paso the first night. I forgot the name of the hotel where I had made reservations. DUH. Finally got it figured out and we checked in. Vinny and Lulu are being angels.

Monday drove to Ft Worth/Dallas into an ice storm. The navigation in our brand new 2009 Buick Enclave that we bought because of the trip didn't have the hotel in it because the hotel was too new. DH had put Sheraton in it and it took us to Sheraton Dr which was in a very scary part of town. Now we're lost. Thank goodness for On Star as eventually they got us to the hotel. The roads were filled with accidents and everyone was driving real slow because of the ice. 20 degrees.

Tuesday we drove to Memphis. It took 2 hours just to get through Dallas because of all the ice. Very stressful for this little old Southern CA lady, lol. Just not used to 20 degree weather.

Wednesday took us to Lexington KY. Loved the clean beautiful state. We check into the hotel that takes dogs. $94. for the room. When we got to our room there was a message on the phone that there will be an additional $100. non-refundable for the dogs for one night. NO WAY. We hauled everything back to the car and went to a Residence Inn.

Thursday, fateful Thursday! We program the navigator to take us the shortest way to DC. DUMB! Up over the Allegany Mts we went. Curvy, car sick, slow roads. Finally we are on a DARK, narrow country road and the Nav. says we are actually 30 miles from DC! No freeways around because we are taking the SHORTEST route. Out of nowhere a hugh deer hits us!! One headlight is now looking cross-eyed and we have no bumper, no right fender and passenger door dented in. We crawl to our hotel.

Friday after we help in grandson's classroom Christmas party we go to car collision place to see about getting the car fixed. They declared it un-driveable!! Un-safe. Of course we don't have rental insurance because we have 3 cars.......

Oh, and, by the way, it may take a month to fix, who knows with GM and parts and such! And being a 2009 makes it harder. They suggest we fly home and fly back later and then drive car home!!!

Back to the hotel we go in a $55. a day rental car!

This morning our son came by to pick up DH to go to the Navy football game. Oh, and mom, if you go to our house the dogs have to stay in a kennel the whole time because yesterday when we were there for a few minutes Lulu pooped under the dining room table. AND, Hadley ATE it!!!
OMG. And we're not allowed to leave them in the hotel un-attended. (Son actually laughed when I told him that Lulu eats Evo and it is 43% protein.)

But DDIL is furious. She already decided she hates Vinny because he herds her 120 lb dog around. And now Lulu's poop! And Hadley's indiscriminate taste buds.

So, I'm staying in the hotel room all day. Shunned, lol.

Wine anyone?


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post #2 of 185 (permalink) Old 12-20-2008, 11:56 AM
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Oh Carole! Hope you can at least get a movie on the TV or something, maybe have a pizza delivered and stay warm.

I wound up in a 4th of July parade once when I "trusted" the nav system on my car and took the shortest route instead of the route I already knew!

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Oh, Carole, how distressing! This sure isn't what you've been dreaming about for a while. You are really between a rock and a hard place. Maybe your DIL will calm down and relax a bit. Maybe if they had an area you could gate off in their house, your dogs could be there? It would still be a lot better than being boarded as a lot of dogs are.

And, your poor, wonderful, brand-spankin' new car! Ugh!

Make it a very good glass of wine!

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Carole I am so sorry to hear of your nasty trip and accident at SON's home. Personally DDIL could be a little more attentive to your granddaughter and her big dog after all you did just come all the way across AMERICA to visit. Just my two cents. I will pray that things get better.


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Wine Carole? Are you sure you don't want anything stronger... My goodness what a trip, I'm so sorry it has started off so rough hopefully the rest of it is better.

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I am sorry your trip wasn't as pleasant as you had hoped and thankfully you are safe and no one was hurt in the deer collision. Someday down the road you will look back on this great adventure and laugh, but for now, know that it will all get better. Take a couple of days for yourself. Take the dogs sightseeing, there is a lot to do there for sure.

It won't hurt the dogs either to put into a crate for a couple of hours so you can visit with your granddaughter.

I am surprised that no one smelled the present that Vinny left under the table before the baby got to it. Playing devils advocate her cause I am on your side, why wasn't DDIN watching the toddler?? <grin>

Hang in there, it will get better. Santy Paws is coming, remember!!!!
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Carole I am so so sorry about all of your trouble on the road and now with you DIL! Personally, I think she's being just a little ridiculous... how is it your dog's fault that her daughter ate his poop? As a matter of fact, shouldn't she have been watching her? Sorry, not trying to be mean or anything, just my opinion. Hope you can get something worked out soon!

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If you'll venture across the Potomac River, you can come and visit us with your dogs. We're kind of casual here but would welcome you with a glass of wine and 2 Havs.
I'll PM you the info.

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I encourage you to have a glass (or maybe a bottle) of wine after the time that you've had so far on your trip.
Hopefully it's better from this point on and you and your DIL can come to some sort of compromise on the doggies.
So sorry about your car...hopefully it can be fixed quickly.
Hugs, hang in there and enjoy your grandbaby

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Oh Nan, what a sweet offer! Right now I'm afraid to even leave the hotel, lol.

It was amazing Lulu managed to poop under the table with none of us noticing. The carpet under there is a print and her poop was like little raisins and hard to see. We were all watching but the room got crowded when her father and family showed up. We only were there a short while, but.....

If only it hadn't been this DDIL.......

Remember that movie with Chevy Chase, Vacation? That's what this feels like, lol.

Vinny, Lulu, Gabby and Richie too!

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