The L.A. Times is in the midst of a three-part series raking U-Haul over the coals for all sorts of safety and ethical violations. I believe it. For a long time I had always rented with U-Haul when I was moving and just accepted their crappy trucks as a fact of life. Then, two years ago, my sister Dorothy was moving back to California from New Orleans (she beat Katrina by two months) and I co-drove a Penske truck 2000 miles for the job. I had never before realized that there were nice trucks for rent that didn't feel like they were going to fall apart if you drove over a seam in the freeway at the wrong angle. Driving a U-Haul always felt like I was gambling with my life, but the Penske truck felt like a good machine designed and maintained to actually do its job correctly and comfortably. And it didn't have ugly-ass warning sticker clutter everywhere, either.