Earlier in this space I talked about how I’d been turned off by Hertz and turned on by Alamo in planning to rent a car this week. Well, Hertz came through in the end, responding personally and completely to my email about wanting to be able to rent a Subaru Outback. And so I cancelled the Alamo reservation, and I’m driving the Subaru. What a wonderful car it is: solidly built, handles like a dream, smooth ride, very logical controls. Only problem is that I bump my knees on the steering wheel every time I get in. And it insists on giving a little horn honk every time I lock the doors (nice in the light of day; annoying outside the B&B at 11:00 p.m.).