Freitag, 18. Mai 2012

My luck this week...

... I get treated to lunch 3 days in a row and on day 3, I split my tooth into pieces while eating cole slaw!!!!! WTH! Of all things people chew on and chip or break their tooth, who ever heard of somebody doing that on cole slaw (Krautsalat)!?

Well, I guess I can be even happier now to have some sort of health insurance and to have chosen the dental plan as well. Didn't even make it 18 days without having to use it. Let's see what this fun will cost me. My first US doctor's visit with health insurance lies ahead of me and I will let you know how this marvelous experience went! :)

The better news this week: On 16. May, I celebrated my first anniversary with the orange and black 4 letter German company as the first employee to be on the US payroll for 1 year! My boss 1 took me out to a nice place, Asia Bar on Las Olas in Fort Lauderdale, for lunch, where we were served by a German waiter. How fun! Food was delicious! As boss 2 was in Tucson and not there for my anniversary, he took me out to lunch the day after to an Italian restaurant. Then today when the tooth accident happened, I held my very first meeting with fleet managers from all of our locations (was the only girl! :) ). It went great, which made me happy, as it's been forever that I've had to hold a meeting with managers of similar level. During this, we went to lunch, you know the rest of the story...

What I want to tell you guys after one year in the rental car industry!?

1. Get the insurance (or "protection") if you are not 100% sure if your credit card or own insurance will cover the rental! The amount of major damages I review is incredible and it can happen to anybody. The usual stories: - looked at the GPS, changed lanes, got a panic attack and wanted to get off the highway, backed into something (oh, i didn't see that other car, that pole, that tree...)
I'd say it's currently 50/50 on who's fault it was - renter or 3rd party, but you don't want to be stranded in such mess uninsured. So far, fortunately, I'm happy to say we didn't have any human casualties yet (a deer in the Everglades was not that lucky). In a tourist destination like South Florida with lots of rental cars, that unfortunately occurs every now and then.

2. Are you the one booking an Economy car and showing up at the rental counter with 5 grown-ups and 10 bags, because you expected the free upgrade to a car 5 classes higher than what you have booked, in order to accomodate all of you!? Stop being so greedy! Geez!!!! Yes, free upgrades are nice. Yes, free upgrades happen frequently, but if you expect them to ALWAYS be given to you, you should possibly re-evaluate your expectations in life! The world does not revolve around you, unless you happen to be Carlos Slim Helú...

3. If you report your rental car stolen, only for the police to discover it three weeks later in the next street to where you said you had parked it, with no signs of forced entry and $400.- in parking violations raked up (as it sat there the whole time...), 2 things for you: 1. Party less!!! It might actually help your brain activity! and 2. You are on my list of people to meet in my life - only to slap you in the back of the head! Yes, kinda mean, but can you imagine that this really happened more than once already!? Only in SoFla.... ;)

Wise words of a Friday night! Happy weekend everybody, we made it trough another week and are very close to a 3 day weekend next week.

Cheers! :)


  1. Lol das mit dem Cole slaw und Zahn ist mir vor 1.5 Jahren auch passiert :(
    aber schoen wieder von dir zu lesesn:)

  2. Beabsichtigt Deine Firma auch in RSW (SW Florida International Ft Myers)eine Filiale zu eroeffnen? Da waere ich interessiert... waere eine vorlauefige Email Adresse im Moment

  3. Booh to the split tooth but congratulations on having insurance to get the tooth fixed!
    Greetings from the other side of the country!

  4. Hahaha and oh S*&t..... I was wondering regarding the insurance but didn’t really think (it’s still early in the morning over here)..... Just saw that this post was from a year ago ;)
    Still sending some Greetings over.....

  5. Guten Tag,
    mein Name ist Sandra Sondergeld, ich arbeite bei einer deutschen Tageszeitung (Frankfurter Neue Presse).
    Wir möchten eine Plattform erstellen, auf der deutsche Auswanderer ihre Geschichte erzählen können, ganz egal, wohin sie ausgewandert sind.
    Bezug sollte es lediglich zum RheinMainGebiet (bzw. Hessen) haben.
    Bist du zufälligerweise aus dieser Umgebung ausgewandert? Falls ja; wir würden uns sehr freuen, wenn du mitmachen möchtest.
    Schick mir, am besten per E-Mail (, deine Geschichte, wie hast du das Auswandern erlebt, was vermisst du, welche Ängste waren/sind vorhanden, welche Tipps
    kann man an andere Interessierte weitergeben? Sehr gerne mit Bildern und/oder Videos.
    Veröffentlichungen finden in den folgenden Publikationen statt (aber nicht zwingend in allen, die Idee steckt ja noch in den Kinderschuhen):
    In unserer Zeitung, die Frankfurter Neue Presse, auf unserer Facebookseite, auf unserer Webseite Außerdem planen wir eine eigene Webseite,
    dessen Name aber noch nicht feststeht. Hoffentlich haben wir dein Interesse geweckt.
    Über eine Antwort würden wir uns sehr freuen.
    Viele liebe Grüße

  6. Hallo,
    jetzt habe ich mich von an Anfang an durchgelesen und stelle mit Schrecken fest, dass es nicht weiter geht. Ojeeminee, war grad so interessant. Habe es wie du gemacht und dich gegoogelt. Bist immer noch bei der deutschen Firma mit den vier Buchstaben, immer noch in FtLauderdale und hast offensichtlich Erfolg da drüben. Ist die Einbürgerung in greifbarer Nähe? Well done und Hut ab kann ich da nur sagen. Wär sicher schön, wenn du weiter bloggen würdest. Gruesse aus dem Schwabenland und demnächst für zwei Monate aus Sarasota.Rita (bin iwie über andere Blogger auf dich gestossen)

  7. Bist du mit dem Blogg umgezogen? Geht es dir gut? Würde gern weiter von dir lesen. LG Yvonne

  8. Hey I have some question how i can reach you?