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Alamo Rent A Car LAX - worst company ever.

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What happens when you try to give away something you don't have? This is what happened at Alamo the other day - Julia's parents are visiting Los Angeles right now, and they got a good deal with Alamo rent-a-car by LAX - you just can't say no to almost 40% off prices from Hertz, and Dollar, right?

WRONG. All the rental fees were pre-paid. After getting in line for about an hour and finally getting our paperwork for a minivan - the lady told us to go outside and pick out any minivans we want. We walk outside to an EMPTY isle where it says MINIVAN, while a crowd of people (all with paperwork in hand) surrounded one of the Alamo employees.

What happened is that there are about 25 people waiting for full-size SUVs and minivans, and there are none available. The excuses range from "we had a recall this morning", "they all got rented out last night", to "people just didn't return the cars on time". ALL BULL$HIT. The basic fact is that:

1) Alamo took too many reservations which they could not fulfill, and even worse...
2) Alamo don't have the decency to let their customers know of this problem while they are waiting in line at the rental center, before going outside for a BIG surprise before they begin their vacation/business travels

Shame on you, Alamo. I am glad I never rented from you, and I will make every effort so that I never will.

Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Assumption

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Finished work again before it was dark and drove by what one of my customer in San Francisco called a "marvel in San Francisco architecture" in one of their upcoming issues - the Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Assumption. The building itself was quite modern for a Catholic church - luckily I walked in and snapped the shot above right before a bus load of tourists rushed in. A must-see in San Francisco, especially since admission is free...

By the way... while I am waiting for my friend Danny to get off work so we can grab dinner together I've completed the gallery upload of my recent trip to Lübeck, Germany. Check it out:

Lübeck Travelogue Gallery I
Lübeck Travelogue Gallery II
Lübeck Travelogue Gallery III
Lübeck Travelogue Gallery IV

Night & Day, San Francisco

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Yesterday I got off work while it was still light out, so I took a picture out of my hotel room, and went for a run at the fitness center. Before I went to bed I placed the camera at the same (as much as I can remember) spot and took another shot with a 2 second exposure. The result looked pretty nice. Enjoy!


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