Since we took a cross country trip to California and back in September, we put a LOT of miles on our one year old Subaru. So before we take another trip, we needed to get the car serviced. It's easy enough to make the appointment on line and then get reminders about when it is. But that also means a trip to Alexandria and a major headache to get there. Since we need to wait for the car at the dealership we need to get there at least by 1000 AM. That puts us in rush hour traffic - something that I try to avoid at all costs. And it is raining and dreary to make it worse. Since I retired in February, I have not had to get up on a schedule very often, but had to get up earlier than usual this morning to make the appointment. Well, we got there on time, leaving an hour ahead to travel seven miles. Ah, the joys of living in the big city. Thank goodness it only happens once in awhile.