So yesterday was an awesome morning.


On Wednesday night, I got home and had a letter in the mail from the DMV. I thought it was going to be the results from the appeal of a ticket I got a few month ago so I opened it semi-cheerfully expecting good news, but instead, it was a notice that my car had been towed.

tow notice

Apparently, I had parked in an embassy spot right by outside my apartment and hadn’t noticed. Joy.

Now I know what you might be thinking… How the hell did you not notice that your car was missing?

Good question.

I use my car VERY occasionally. I really only drive it on the weekends for grocery shopping or if I go out to Virginia to shop. Day-to-day, I walk, bike, or take the metro everywhere, so I don’t check on my car everyday. And you’re right… I probably should.

But anyways, crappy as it was, I decided to make the best of it and head to the place where it had been towed to when the office opened at 8am yesterday. And even though I live in one of the most accessible parts of DC, they of course decided to tow it all the way to the other side of the city in a less-than-stellar part of DC that is not at all accessible by public transport.

So, I hopped on the metro to the closest stop and then took an $11 cab ride to the facility. I walked in with the notice, my title, and my license (everything they said I would need), and said I was there to get my car.

“We have your car marked to move to another lot today, ma’am. Let me check on it.”


“Yeah, it’s already been moved to the other lot.”

But it’s 8am and the letter said you opened at 8am today.”

Well the office opens at 8am, but our guys start working at 6am. Yours was the first car they moved.”

“Great. Well where is it?”

So then he hands me a set of MapQuest directions with a 30 minute car trip printed on it to get to the other lot.

“But how am I supposed to get there? You have my car!”

Insert full-blown meltdown on my part. I really tried to hold it together, but after leaving my house at 7:15am to get to this place in the middle of nowhere to claim my car (and still be at work on time), they had moved it to the complete opposite side of the city that was only accessible by car.

Tears will do pretty wonderful things. After being brought tissues and told that yes, I would be late to work, but sit down, they arranged for a tow truck that was bringing another car to the other lot to take me with it, so I ended up getting a ride to the lot (after waiting 30 minutes).

I ended up getting to the other lot where my car was, filling out a bunch of paperwork, and trying not to let the artwork on the wall taunt me too much.

Tow Photo

So 3 hours of my morning in all 4 quadrants of DC and $180 dollars later, I got my car back. And then I made sure not to park it in an embassy spot. I guess I’ll be checking signs a little more carefully going forward!

On a brighter note, today is my holiday party at work followed by a work happy hour, and I’m not planning on exercising moderation in any way. 🙂

What are you looking forward to most about the weekend?

26 Comments on Meltdown

  1. Jennifer
    December 16, 2011 at 8:59 am (9 years ago)

    Oh man, that is horrible!! Have you ever thought of ditching your car altogether?

    This weekend I am going to play with my brand spanking new Vitamix. I’m a geek and I cannot wait! 🙂

    Have a great weekend! Keep an eye on that car. 😉

  2. Hilary
    December 16, 2011 at 9:22 am (9 years ago)

    Yikes…. That’s not a fun start to your day..reminds me of when I was in teacher’s college and my first day back to class in January started with a car accident 🙁 I’m really looking forward to the holiday open house I’m hosting (also not planning much moderation…hello cookies).

  3. Lisa Fine
    December 16, 2011 at 9:32 am (9 years ago)

    Oh no! What a pain…I imagine it’d be hard to be a car-owner in most cities. Glad that in the end everything worked out (at least you got your car back). That photo of the towed car made me laugh out loud though.

    This weekend I’m working, a lot. But I have today off, and all I want to do is write blog posts, go to Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s, and veg. So nice.

  4. Amy B @ Second City Randomness
    December 16, 2011 at 9:36 am (9 years ago)

    That’s how I ended up with a street cleaning ticket on my car. I commute to work, but that’s the only time I use my car. Everything else is done by public transit. So when I parked it on friday for the weekend and had that monday off, I didn’t know they later had put up signs to move our cars for street cleaning on monday. Whoops.

  5. Lindsay @ The Reluctant Runner
    December 16, 2011 at 10:00 am (9 years ago)

    Oh no! I’m sorry! That sucks! When I lived in Minneapolis my car got towed a few times for the same reason. It was hard to find a spot in my neighborhood, so I would often park a few blocks away and I almost never used the car, so more than once I went to get in it and it was just gone. They never sent me anything in the mail, though, I just had to call around to find it.
    I’m looking forward to relaxing all weekend! I don’t have to work and I got all my finals work done early so I can just rest!

  6. The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh
    December 16, 2011 at 10:15 am (9 years ago)

    Aww nugget, that is AWFUL! Tears do help in certain situations, I’m glad it helped you in this one. (I might’ve fainted after threatening everyone in the place. I don’t do well in those kinds of situations! HA!)

    I’m looking forward to spending time with my cousins tomorrow introducing them to Real Genius and Eddie Murphy Delirious. Then on to their house for our Christmas gathering with my one grandma. Hopefully I can decompress a bit Sunday before the twitches set in. Back to baking!

  7. Jessica D
    December 16, 2011 at 10:44 am (9 years ago)

    Ah-ha, so THAT is where your car was…. what a disaster. Glad you made it through, coffee on me today! XO

  8. Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning
    December 16, 2011 at 11:10 am (9 years ago)

    Oh my- I would have LOST IT. And definitely would have cried. I got frustrated for you just reading your post! It’s hard to keep your cool in situations like that- when you have no control over what’s happening!
    Glad you got it resolved though- whew! Maybe it’s just one of those things randomly thrown into your life to keep you on your toes!
    I’m tackling all of my Christmas shopping this weekend. Seriously, all of it. I have a goal of being completely done by Sunday night. (Fingers crossed!) Have fun at your parties!!

  9. Kim
    December 16, 2011 at 11:17 am (9 years ago)

    Aww.. I’m so sorry. What a fiasco! I’m looking forward to finishing my Christmas shopping and a holiday party tomorrow night. 🙂

  10. Alexa
    December 16, 2011 at 11:32 am (9 years ago)

    OK, so not only are diplomats bad drivers, but now they’re taking our parking spots too?!? So sorry to hear this Beth and I hope today is looking brighter!

  11. Lisa
    December 16, 2011 at 11:34 am (9 years ago)

    That SUCKS! I’m sorry. 🙁 I would have a total meltdown too.

  12. Tina @ Best Body Fitness
    December 16, 2011 at 11:48 am (9 years ago)

    You have had quite a few of these crazy annoyances happen lately. 🙁

    You enjoy that party!!! I plan on living it up at ours tomorrow. Cheers to that.

  13. Amanda @ Running On Waffles
    December 16, 2011 at 12:36 pm (9 years ago)

    OMG What a nightmare!!!! Isn’t it nice when they make all of the offices you need to get to only car-accessible, after they’ve towed your car?? Awesome job, DC. I hope your weekend is MUCH better!!

  14. Liz
    December 16, 2011 at 12:49 pm (9 years ago)

    That sounds like a terrible experience. I hope you drink up and let loose tonight!

  15. Roz
    December 16, 2011 at 1:03 pm (9 years ago)

    Oh Beth. That SUCKS!!!!!!!! So sorry the car fiasco happened. Hopefully the rest of the weekend brings nothing but good news and good times! Take care.

  16. Megan C.
    December 16, 2011 at 1:24 pm (9 years ago)

    I can’t even imagine! I would have had a meltdown too and it is amazing how much help you get when tears are involved.

  17. Heather
    December 16, 2011 at 1:57 pm (9 years ago)

    Ugh, I would have had a meltdown too. What a bummer and hassle of a process! Glad you have the work holiday party to enjoy tonight.

    I have my work holiday luncheon today and then another holiday party tomorrow night. Looking forward to those, but also looking forward to a night in tonight to get caught up on house and blog stuff and watch The Holiday and Love Actually, so excited. Then, all of my chores will be out of the way for maximum relaxtion and enjoyment the rest of the weekend :-).

    Have a good one!

  18. Carly D. @ CarlyBananas
    December 16, 2011 at 2:18 pm (9 years ago)

    That sounds terrible. The only time my car was towed it was taken to about 10 minutes past the end of the green line, so I feel your pain. I got lost and it was kind of dicey. Not a fond memory. Enjoy that holiday party – I’d have started drinking long before it!

  19. Madeline - Greens and Jeans
    December 16, 2011 at 3:21 pm (9 years ago)

    UGH. Parking in a is such a pain in the ass. I have a spot included with our new apartment, which may or may not have been the ultimate selling point on this place.

  20. Mel @ Post Grad Mel
    December 16, 2011 at 4:11 pm (9 years ago)

    When I interned in D.C. I LOVED that having a car wasn’t a necessity. The metro makes it so easy to get where you need to be! Seattle unfortunately, has zero mass transport (except for buses). But that’s quite the bummer about your car!

    This weekend I’m looking forward to watching my college men’s basketball team take on Arizona! This will be my first event as an alumni too…so weird. Go Zags!

  21. Dani
    December 16, 2011 at 4:19 pm (9 years ago)

    Oh man, that sucks!! I had my car towed once 2-3 years ago. There should be some sort of law about how far they can tow! I mean, mine was towed like 10 miles away and it’s not like I have another car I can just drive over there, ugh. Luckily I wasn’t in a rush and could have a friend drive me over.

  22. Jenny V
    December 17, 2011 at 8:03 am (9 years ago)

    Argh that sucks! So sorry Beth! Have you considered ditching the car and getting by with Zipcars?

    Have fun at the holiday party and HH!!!

  23. Monica
    December 17, 2011 at 9:34 am (9 years ago)

    Car stuff is so stressful! Sorry for the bad start to your day! Hopefully the day improved and you had fun at your party!

    I am looking forward to sharing our new baby with friends this weekend at a holiday party.

  24. Jen@FoodFamilyFitness
    December 19, 2011 at 7:27 am (9 years ago)

    I would have had a meltdown for sure! Hope you enjoyed your party and happy hour, you totally deserved a few drinks after your morning!!!

  25. Allison
    December 27, 2011 at 9:01 pm (9 years ago)

    Oh nooo… That definitely is a downer of a morning but glad things worked out! DC parking has gotten worse and worse throughout the years, makes it hard to want to go into the city during the week :-Z


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