Friday, September 17, 2010

Riding in Style

Every once in a while it's fun to travel for work and enjoy the perks.  This time, business travel has called me to San Jose, CA.  I've never been to the bay area so it was fun to fly into San Francisco last Sunday night, and got even better when I got to the Hertz garage to find my rental car.  Since I have traveled quite a bit for my job, I am a Gold Member for Hertz's frequent traveler program.  That means that when I get to the airport, I don't have to go to the Hertz counter and go through the process of setting up the rental agreement, signing the agreement and getting the keys to my car.  Instead, I just walk up to an electronic board at the garage and it tells me what stall my car is waiting for me in.  Here is what I saw when I got there:

Wow, they know my name! Wait....prestige collection?
 Usually my name isn't above the actual car as well, so I thought that was pretty cool.  Then I noticed what it said next to my name..."Prestige Collection."  What?  What kind of car IS this?  Then I closed the trunk and took a closer look.

It's a Mercedes!

That's a lot of gadgets to figure out!
Yep, that's right.  I got a Mercedes!  I couldn't believe it, and in fact, I had to call Alicia just to make sure I got the symbol right, and she confirmed it was in fact a Mercedes C300!  I have to say that not only was it a "nice" car, but it was a pretty sweet ride too.

Don't you just want to take it for a ride?
The sad part is that I was only out in San Jose this week from Sunday night to Tuesday night, so it was a short but sweet relationship.  I was sad to say goodbye to it when I dropped it off at the airport.  Hopefully the give it back to me when I go back out for the next two weeks!

Look for more fun posts on my travel adventures in San Francisco and San Jose!