Finally I got a text that said my coworker was on her way. Turns out my boss called a meeting at 8 and it ran late plus she did forget about me. After the meeting she walked by my dark office and thought 'I wonder why she isn't here yet...oh no! I forgot to pick her up!'. 45 minutes later she picked me up. Luckily my boss thought it was funny so he wasn't mad that I was late and didn't make me make up the time. He even brought me back to pick up my truck at lunch so that was very nice of him.
The other coworker that I had sent a text to finally replied and he had taken the day off and was hiking in the mountains with his girlfriend and dogs. It certainly was a nice day for hiking. Not such a nice day for hanging out in at the mechanics.
The alignment was only $50 which I thought was very reasonable. I asked them if they changed belts too because my serpentine belt has been squealing when it rains or is humid for years now. I carry around belt dressing (like salad dressing for belts) to make it quiet but lately that hasn't done the trick. When I went to California for Thanksgiving it squealed the entire time. They said that they only did brakes and alignments but then they called back later and said that they could replace the belt. They quoted me $70 for the belt which is double the cost and $70 for labor which is standard. I told them to go ahead and do it because it was really annoying and anywhere else was going to charge me the same amount plus the truck was already there so I wouldn't lose anymore time. Whew....$200. At least it is done and I had a pleasant and QUIET ride home. It was worth the money just for that.