After speaking with my DS yesterday and being told that my Model S was slated for 9 AM delivery, I waited at home, and waited, and waited, and they came!!!
Well the electrician’s did at least. Got two NEMA 14-50s installed with shrouds to protect me from tripping in the garage and ramming a screwdriver into the receptacle (did that with a bobby pin at age three, not fun).
What about the car? Well here’s a timeline of my day, if you look really closely you will NOT see ‘car delivered’ anywhere:
5:30 Woke up. This isn’t early for me, but going to bed at 2:00 is late…tired.
5:45 Make coffee, check teslamodels.wordpress.com – averaging 200 views a day! Thank you loyal readers, I promise to make the blog worth the subscription price.
7:15 Run out to Dry Cleaners to get clothes ready for tomorrow’s business trip. Wheelbarrow in fast lane on freeway – bad omen. Call 911. ‘There’s Cracker barrel on the freeway?’ asks the dispatcher. Welcome to 21st century America, brought to you by the same country that makes Tesla.
7:20 Phone rings, could it be…the electrician.
7:30 Get home, start a treadmill run.
7:45 Electrician arrives, suspending treadmill run. Shows me the outlet…that doesn’t look right, I think NEMA 14-50 is a four wire installation. Electrician goes back to shop.
8:00 Resume treadmill run
8:15 End Treadmill Run, shower, shave, get dressed nicely, knowing I’ll be taking some photos today!
9:00 No Tesla
9:30 Call DS, he tells me – ‘They put down 9 AM for every delivery in San Antonio’ What the hell, is the delivery guy Santa Claus?
10:00 Go to County Tax assessor office to try to get 30-day temporary tag for $25. Parking lot is full except for EV chargers! Go up to counter, one of about 8, “Oh, you’re the third Tesla I’ve registered” What? There are 5 offices, 8 windows per office (guess) and I get the EV specialist! Things are looking up! She looks at my insurance, “I can’t do a 30-day pass, you only have 15 days coverage” (USAA insurance expires 1/21, did not have card for 1/21-7/21.) Things are looking down. She suggests I go to DMV and get a free temp registration – what?
10:30 Pull into DMV, get to front of line, they’ve never heard of a free temp registration for a new car. Offer to sell me a 30-day pass for $25. Can’t because insurance expires 1/21. Wash, rinse, repeat. Finally get USAA to fax next six months over. Counter guy can’t find Tesla in his computer, puts ‘Other’ for vehicle maker.
11:00 Get home, no word from Tesla, electricians almost done, already slightly skeptical wife thinks I just wanted to take off from work.
11:30 Everyone at work who I e-mailed and said I wasn’t coming in, simultaneously panics and asks me when I’m coming in. Not yet. Warm up mother-in-law homemade tamales. Yum.
12:00 Pay electrician, he comes inside to look at kitchen light, dog jumps up and bites him. Bad sign.
12:30 Do work for 90 minutes, go to TMC and TM sites, listen to Pandora, starting to feel like I just took a day off.
2:00 Go to work. get a little done, distracted. Bummed. Son is going to be really bummed. Wife is going to be terrified if she has to accept the car without me there. Daughter still texting.
6:30 Come back home
6:45 Call DS, reply says it all. “All I can see is it was supposed to be delivered today”
TESLA, ARE YOU KIDDING? I could buy a $3 pair off socks from Amazon and be more certain of their location than this car!
8:30 Text DSM, who responds Alabama = Tesla, Notre Dame = Fisker. Touche. Except for delivery, Tesla = KC Chiefs.
9:15 Drown my sorrows in a blog post.
It’s OK, tomorrow is another day. Well another day that I get on a plane and go to Louisville! Leave for airport about 9:00, Tesla will probably show up at 9:15. Not home until Friday PM.