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With Hertz - - Two Weeks in Southern California

The plan was simple. Anything and any way that got us away from the frigid northeast and into warmer climes.

A writing trip and stays at super luxe places in southern California. Fourteen days and a rental of a car from Hertz that evoked old memories and simpler times and seemed  perfectly suited to our California dreaming. 

We flew from LaGuardia Airport in New York City, Queens to be exact and landed at Los Angeles Airport (LAX). Thankfully one of us had the Gold Card and paperwork  was   completed swiftly and pleasantly by one of the  women at the Hertz counter.

It was a short walk (thankfully, we had a lot of luggage) to the parking lot where we located easily our Ford Mustang convertible. We were in California – why not go Hollywood as much as we could go Hollywood.  The car was in tip top condition and spotless, and we were happy and off we went.  

We put a lot of miles on that Mustang - -all over L.A.  Into the desert and through it to Palm Springs. Down mountains roads into San Diego. The car was reliable, powerful, perfect for our needs (except we had too much luggage and one piece has to ride in the back seat).  Then it was (sadly) back to Los Angeles down the Pacific Highway.

At the Hertz Return Lot a kindly employee noticed all the luggage we were schlepping. The thought of the heavy lifting we would have to do to squeeze our way onto the Hertz bus to the terminal had crossed our mind.

“Why don’t I give you folks a life?” he smiled.

“Please do,” we said in unison.

And without further ado he put the baggage carefully into a van that had just been returned. We got in. He took us to our terminal and unloaded our bulging luggage.

A tip  was offered, but he declined it saying it was part of the special service of Hertz.

 We managed to force some cash on him, grateful that he had come along and grateful for that special Hertz service.

That California dream trip underscored why Hertz is Number One, Top Drawer.

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About the Authors:  Myrna Katz Frommer and Harvey Frommer are a wife and husband team who successfully bridge the worlds of popular culture and traditional scholarship. Co-authors of the critically acclaimed interactive oral histories It Happened in the Catskills, It Happened in Brooklyn, Growing Up Jewish in America, It Happened on Broadway, It Happened in Manhattan, It Happened in Miami. They teach what they practice as professors at Dartmouth College.

They are also travel writers who specialize in luxury properties and fine dining as well as cultural history and Jewish history and heritage in the United States, Europe, and the Caribbean. More about these authors.

You can contact the Frommers at: 

Email: myrna.frommer@Dartmouth.EDU
Email: harvey.frommer@Dartmouth.EDU

This Article is Copyright © 1995 - 2012 by Harvey and Myrna Frommer.  All rights reserved worldwide.

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