The scene: an olderish, corporate-y guy and I stand pissy in the LA rain outside an Enterprise rent-a-car. We both need rentals because our Cars are in the shop, mine because my Car is having trouble being Phone, and what good to me is Car if it is not also Phone?!
Kind Enterprise Guy who is very much just trying to get through his Day, with a brightness covering a deep shame: Okay, so! Unfortunately, all we have right now is Minivans.
Corporate guy and I exchange a quick, telepathic look, communicating one thing: DISPROPORTIONATE HORROR AND DISGUST.
Me: Are you sure you don’t have anything else?
Enterprise Guy: I’m sorry, no —
Me: I mean, anything, do you have like a truck?
Enterprise Guy: No —
Me: A bike? Some rollerbades? A large banana?
Enterprise Guy: No. I’m sorry.
Me: Because I would rather drive a large banana than that Van.
Enterprise Guy: we really, um. Don’t have anything else.
The Corporate Guy and I both release sighs so big, the Enterprise Guy has to take two small steps back.
Me: Okay, then. Thank you, but I’ll just walk to Santa Monica. And when my feet get tired, I’ll just walk on my hands until my hands become feet. I WILL LITERALLY DO ANYTHING TO NOT DRIVE THAT MINIVAN.
Corporate Guy: WHAT SHE SAID.
Corporate Guy and I set off on foot.
Corporate Guy: Are we ridic-
Me: YES, BUT WITH PRIDE. CARE TO WALK WITH ME THIRTY MILES TO THE OCEAN?