08 August, 2006

Are You SIRIUS?

Monday I arrived in Denver and rented a car from Hertz. The sales clerk tried several times to upsell me, and I agreed to move up one level from a compact to a new Ford Mustang. The clerk promised to throw in SIRIUS satellite radio for free. I told her, "great, at least make the SIRIUS folks happy." How little did I know how wrong I was.

After not finding the car in the designation stall, and finally getting to the car, I found that the SIRIUS satellite radio is permanently mounted on the dash -- I was not getting it for free, and further, the radio was co-branded with Hertz.

Okay fine, whatever, back to my original point. While I was waiting for them to find my car, I had looked at the brochure, and I found that they had blues music. So, when I got in the car, I immediately tuned to 74, the blues station. Boy was I surprised (I'm not talking about the two toll booths either). In my hour plus trip to my final destination, I was never able to listen to a complete song. The radio could never keep the station acquired long enough for me to listen. Perhaps the best time was when I was moving slow or stopped. But even at a stop light, not moving, I would lose the signal.

So I take back my words, "great, at least make the SIRIUS folks happy" -- I have gone from an unlikely customer, as I really like my iPOD to "are you kidding, why would anyone put up with this?"

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