An Unknown Perk – If You See the Glass Half Full

Driving across the country can be stressful. There are so many things to consider, to think about, to factor in, to plan…. Darren and I decided to move to Charlotte, NC from Laguna Hills, CA a couple of months ago and we put that plan into action. Booking U-Haul was a no-brainer for reasons I’ll explain at a later date, but today… today we learned a new perk to driving a U-Haul – road-side assistance or should I say, truck side assistance.

After driving for 12 hours yesterday, Darren was tired. We both slept like babies and were back at it again this morning. Breakfast at Denny’s in Albuquerque was a fitting way to start the day and I was sure to make a bathroom stop before hitting the road again. When I walked out to the truck, Darren was still standing outside.

“What’s wrong?” I asked casually.

He replied, “I locked the keys in the truck.”

Stay calm. Don’t yell at him! It’s fine… even though we have a newborn stuck outside with no formula or diapers in the dry heat of New Mexico. 

“Are you serious,” I said as a approached and noticed the keys dangling from the ignition.

The following conversation is a little less appropriate, but I’ll sum up by saying that we were both frustrated to be standing in the Denny’s parking lot with our two month old daughter in NEW MEXICO in June!

I saw the number to U-Haul on the side of the truck and luckily had the phone with me. Darren called U-Haul and within minutes they found someone to come and unlock the door for us. It wasn’t free, but it was quick and the U-Haul representative was friendly. Her reassuring demeanor was exactly what we needed at that moment and we didn’t need the added stress of finding a locksmith on our own.

Tomorrow is another day and we learned a new perk of renting a U-Haul. Although Darren is an excellent driver and can maneuver the truck in places I couldn’t fit a car, I’ll be sure to check the ignition before getting out next time.

Oklahoma City tonight and on to Tennessee next; what adventures can find along the way?

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72 thoughts on “An Unknown Perk – If You See the Glass Half Full

    • I used to lock my keys in the car surfing at Seal Beach CA. I never failed to break in using a coat hanger. Maybe I got lucky those times. Years later, a baby was locked in a car and it was hot in San Bernardino CA, 100 F. They had a slim jim but couldn’t get the door open. I tried and got it on the first try. Next time call me I’ll do it for free!

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  1. Lucky you had a U-haul. That is a scary situation without help. At least you weren’t on the side of the road (blocking out painful memory). I don’t know what it is about the South but I find it extremely comfortable for adjusting to parenting a baby!

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  2. Good luck with the move! Hope the rest of the journey is carefree.
    I’m doing a self-guided cycling trip in Dordonne area of France- would love to submit–not sure how to send to you. Thanks. I return Tues. so will write next week. Lots of photos too.

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  3. If it’s any consolation to Darren, he is not the only one who does “less intelligent” things. Last year, The Viking who was following my instructions, got our car stuck between two apple trees in an Italian orchard 🙂

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  4. I have nominated you for the Versatile Blogger award. Please see guidelines on my blog, judysp.wordpress.com. Congratulations cheers Judy

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  5. My one and only cross country move, 21 years ago, consisted of pulling the uhaul trailer behind a Toyota Camry. One that did not have the horsepower to pull said trailer through the mountains of Montana. Those were still the days I relied on dad as my driving companion. Despite all the turmoil, my fondest memory will remain of us gazing at the cloudless, starry Montana sky, untouched by light pollution, with absolute awe, instead of up under the hood of my smoking engine. Good times.
    Would love to hear how you settled on Charlotte. Happy travels…these are monumental moments.

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  6. Been there done that. LOL Sometimes, as the years and locations have changed, I drive past the highway exit where it happened and it always is one of those times you HAVE to laugh.

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  7. I’m also of the glass half full orientation! Life’s about enjoying as you do so well! Have fun during the rest of the trip… 😉
    I would love to do a cross country in the US of A some day… bucket list stuff… if ever there was! 😛

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  8. Good luck….almost 4 years ago I made the move from San Francisco, CA to Austin, TX and drove a 30 foot Uhaul truck loaded to the gills during December (actually the week of Z
    Christmas) thru wind & snow in Flagstaff, AZ with my then 2 year old Weimeraner Sam and with another car in tow. We got stuck in a snowstorm from Flagstaff all the way to Albuquerque, making an additional stop we’d not planned on. We like you had great customer service from Uhaul & all worked out! Enjoy the rest of the journey, the US has so beautiful landscapes to take in & you’ll look back on this road trip/move foundly over the years to come, giggling & joking about the time you had as you made your way to your new home, which I hope & wish that you enjoy as much as I do when I made my move. Safe travels…..And thank goodness for cell phones & customer service help lines!

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    • “You did what?” I love it! Healing is a process, again, again and again. Keys in the car would make a good book. I am not sure if I would read it. Life goes on.

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  9. Moments like that can make or break a marriage. How you react in adversity says a lot about how strong your bonds are. My wife and I have had lots of those moments in our multiple moves around the country… Some we handled well, others we asked forgiveness for later! Have a safe trip.

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  10. I can’t believe you are moving! Be safe on your journey and happy at your destination. I used to be notorious for locking my keys in the car when I was in my early 20s. Must have done it 3 times within a year…and always at least 2 hours from home. And in the day before cell phones. Good times, good times.

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  11. Don’t be too hard on the guy. He didn’t mean it.

    I think the biggest adventure with one of these moving crates is trying to get in and out of a gas station after driving all day. I got a little punchy with a 22 footer and thought it was a subcompact for some reason. It took me a good 1/2 hour to get out of that place!

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  12. I can’t believe this. I left the east coast and drove to CA fo meet the famous Lesley Carter, Darren plus baby and now you are headed to Charlotte, NC?! (just kidding) Oh well, one day our paths will cross. In the meantime I had to laugh at the story because at some point in life we have all left our keys somewhere in our cars. Too bad I no longer have my home in NM, you could have camped out there. Hope you have time to chunk down a meal at the Big Texan and if you go by way of Kansas City, give my hometown a wave. Keep it safe…

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  13. Great post Lesley. I’m glad that I am not the only one (brother Darren) who manages to do things like this. Just another one of life’s lessons to cement you three together. You worked through this one, you can work through all of life’s problems. All the best for the rest of the trip. i look forward to reading the next instalment.

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  14. Am I the only one curious about – why the move? why North Carolina? I know you are from Canada but you seem to be such a California girl now I am curious. Maybe I just missed the memo (or blog).

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    • No real blog post to explain it. After giving birth to my daughter, I wanted to live somewhere that was family and community focused. Although California has more beauty than any place I have seen, I think the family environment that I’m looking for is on the east coast. Plus, do you know how much a home goes for in Cali. compared to NC? It is mindbolwing 😉

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      • All of that makes sense. I can only imagine the differences in the price of the homes. My theory is (if memory serves) you started out an East Coast Girl & you are just returning to your roots … a little further South…OK, a lot further South. 😉

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  15. Good luck on the rest of your trip, hopefully you got all mishaps out of the way early and can enjoy 🙂 A good friend is currently en route to Oklahoma and they also had a great experience with U-Haul yesterday; their tire blew out and ricocheted into the gas cap, crushing the fuel line connector. U-Haul sent someone right out and got everything repaired with no hassles.

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  16. Leaving California 😦 You will be missed. Have a safe rest of your trip across the country! I’ve driven from CA to TX lots of times. It’s a great feeling to drive across the country and see that there is still plenty of large open land that’s not developed. Enjoy nature and the scenery!

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  17. lots of stress involved with moving…especially when there’s a new born involved! I hope the rest of your journey is at least a little bit less stressful. we moved from VA / DC to SC about a year ago, and you hit the nail on the head when you said “family and community focused.” we always knew we wanted to get back down this way after spending many years in NC. welcome, and best wishes!

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  18. NC is a wonderful place to raise a child – both my grand-daughters live there with my kids. It will be a bit of a change but you should be happy there. So much to do adn see, I can’t wait for your blogs about the place!

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  19. lol, we drive across the country at least once a year every year! Stop just west of Amarillo and check out “Cadillac Ranch” hopefully I’m posting this before you get there! OK city has a great memorial that should be seen from the bombing there, it looks amazing at night and really is something that makes you appreciate everything you have in life! There are so many more places to stop, there is a place called “Pops” just east of OK city on old route 66 and just east of that is a private yet open to public tribute to route 66, you can’t miss it!

    Have a great trip!!!! (maybe you should hold the keys) 😉

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  20. OUCH – a tough position to be in, and not easy to keep your ‘cool’ literally and figuritively. Glad it all worked out well – I’m sure you’ll have many more stories coming from this adventure. Best of luck.

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  21. I was surprised about your move…You both seemed to love your setting from reading your blog…but, it sounds like you chose well…Good luck and be safe…~mkg
    PS…Louisville is a great city too if you ever have the desire for a change again…

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  22. We’ve made the cross country trip in a U-Haul between the East and West coasts. Something always happens that makes it an adventure! I’m sure you’ll love your new home. It’s a beautiful part of the country, a more relaxed atmosphere, and you get lots more for your money.

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  23. Good luck with the rest of the trip and moving into your new home! I was in Mooresville a couple weeks ago (just north of Charlotte) and it’s a beautiful area. Check out Lake Norman once you’ve settled in. 🙂

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