How U-Haul Turns $19.95 Into More

Yesterday I had to rent a pickup truck to get a bed frame we had purchased on Craigslist.   After considering the options, I decided to rent a pickup truck from U-Haul.  I’m sure you’ve seen it like me when they say on their trucks that you see in traffic that advertise $19.95 for rental.  If you’re thinking that’s all there is to it, let me assure you it isn’t.  After they add in other fees and mileage, it ended up costing us $74.90 for the rental.   So how does $19.95 end up becoming $74.90?

  • Rental Rate:  $19.95
  • Mileage:  $ .69 per mile x 51 miles = $35.19
  • Insurance Coverage:  $10.00
  • Environmental Fee:  $1.00
  • Rental Tax:  $8.76
  • Total Charges:  $74.90

In addition to that, I had to put $8.00 of gas back into the truck so as to return it without penalty.

I think it’s a rip-off to advertise $19.95 when it isn’t actually that much.   You simply can’t just roll into the U-Haul store and leave with a truck for only $19.95.   For local moves I think they shouldn’t charge mileage fees at all, especially if they expect you to put gas back into the truck.  

If you want to rent a pickup truck other options are Lowes and Home Depot; however, they do not have a reservation system so it is first-come, first-serve plus the rental is for 75-90 minutes.  I’m just basing this on their website but I’m sure there are other fees involved with those rentals as well.

So the next time you see a U-Haul truck, just ignore that $19.95 price plastered in the corner on the truck.  

FRIDAY FLASHBACK:  Kansas City Kings


With the National Basketball Association playoffs in full swing, we wanted to go back to the Kansas City Kings who played in Kansas City from 1972-1985.  During the first three seasons they were known as the Kansas City-Omaha Kings after their move from Cincinnati.

The Kings had their most successful season in 1981.  Although they had finished the regular season with a losing record (40-42), they stunned the Portland Trailblazers (2 games to 1) and the Phoenix Suns (4 games to 3) before falling to the Houston Rockets in the Western Conference final (4 games to 1).  Oddly enough, the Houston Rockets had also finished the regular season at 40-42.  It was a bizarre scenario that had two of the lowest seeded teams to meet in the conference final.

The Kings found success on the court when they hired Cotton Fitzsimmons in 1978.   Fitzsimmons led the Kings to three playoff appearances including the Midwest Division title and was named NBA Coach of the Year in the same season.

The Kings played in Kemper Arena during most of their stay in Kansas City but struggled to fill up the arena.  According to Wikipedia, they drew an average attendance of 10,789 fans to the arena in the 1978-79 season which was the only time their attendance reached five figures.

Some of the most notable players were:  “Tiny” Nate Archibald, Otis Birdsong, Phil Ford, Reggie Theus and Mike Woodson.

Due to their struggling attendance, the Kings moved to Sacramento for the 1985-86 season.

TEAM OF THE WEEK: AKRON RUBBERDUCKS

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League:  Eastern League (Class AA)

The Akron Rubberducks play minor league baseball in Akron, Ohio.  Their home field is Canal Park.   They were originally known as the Akron Aeros from 1997 until October 2013 when they changed their name to the RubberDucks.   The nickname was chosen due Akron’s history in the rubber industry.  They have been the affiliate of the Cleveland Indians since 1997.20140411_Game_Action_24_Lindor_640360_yey12i2j_5dog7di3

The Rubberducks are currently in first place of the Western Division with a record of 12-7.

Arkon will host the 2016 Eastern League All-Star Game on July 13th.

The RubberDucks are managed by David Wallace.  Wallace played catcher for several minor league teams from 2002-2008.  He was born in Brentwood, Tennessee and attended Vanderbilt University.

Nashville Nightwatch fall in home opener to Raleigh

It was a game of two steps forward, one step back for the Nashville Nightwatch tonight in their home opener against the Raleigh Flyers.  The defending Southern Division champs played smooth offensively and frustrated the Nightwatch with their defensive pressure in the first half to build a 13-9 lead at halftime.  The Nightwatch came roaring out after the break to score four unanswered goals to close within 13-12 but the second half proved to be a story of getting close but never catching up to the Flyers.  In the final two minutes, the Flyers simply played a game of keep away from the Nightwatch to secure the victory.  The Nightwatch (1-3) will host the Charlotte Express on May 7th.

FRIDAY FLASHBACK: Savannah Braves

 The Savannah Braves played in Savannah, Georgia from 1971 to 1983 at Grayson Stadium.  They were affiliated with the Atlanta Braves in the Southern League (Class AA).  Their best season came in 1978.  Although they finished with an overall record of 72-72, they made the playoffs and a run to the league final before losing to the Knoxville Sox.  They were managed by Bobby Dews.  

Some of the most notable players during the years the Braves operated in Savannah were:

Jim Acker, Steve Bedrosian, Jim Bouton, Ken Dayley, Albert Hall, Glenn Hubbard, Brook Jacoby, Dale Murphy, Craig McMurtry, Larry Owen, Gerald Perry Rafael Ramirez, Milt Thompson.  

Dale Murphy is perhaps the most famous recognized name from that list – especially for Braves’ fans.  Murphy played for the Savannah Braves in 1976.

According to http://www.funwhileitlasted.net, Savannah Braves’ General Manager Miles Wolff had his first job as General Manager with the Savannah Braves in the early 70s.  He later purchased the Durham (NC) Bulls which became the subject of the movie Bull Durham in 1988. 

In 1984 the Braves moved the team to Greenville, South Carolina.   

 

Can’t We Just Pee In Peace?

  No.  Apparently we cannot. 

There is a huge debate being made by lawmakers and protesters regarding the issue of transgenders choosing which bathroom they want to use. 

I am not debating the issue of transgenders.  That’s between them and God.  

The public bathroom is where I want to spend the least amount of time as possible.  I don’t even want to be there with any people of any kind.  I want to just do my business and go.  If they are going to make a law, I wish they would make one against people trying to have a conversation with you while you are doing your business. 

Why do some people think they have to talk?

“What’s up?”

“Ummm. Nothing. I’m just trying to pee.”

I heard a songwriter tell a story of when he was in the bathroom and saw Keith Urban at a urinal.  He waited for him to finish and then talked to him about a song he had written.  

Not a story I would want to tell and I wish I hadn’t heard it. 

There should be no debate over transgenders using the bathroom.  If they pass a law against it, who will be tasked to enforce it?  Will there be a line at the bathroom for an “equipment check”.  Well please don’t put TSA in charge of it. 

There are more important issues to deal with.  Let’s just do our business, flush and move on.  

Chicago in Nashville

  On Friday night, Crystal and I went to see the Broadway show Chicago.  Well, almost.  When we first saw Chicago on the schedule we immediately went online to purchase tickets.  Later we learned that this was not the touring Broadway version but the local repertory production.  We were disappointed but decided to attend the show anyway.   The show was awesome and the production was worth the money we spent for the tickets.  The singing and the acting was first class.  It was in the smallest theatre at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center (TPAC) but it was a huge performance.