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Sometimes I screw up so badly that even I am impressed. This past week was one of those times. Nope, it wasn’t travel or bills or even insurance: it was car registration. As you may recall (or not) I was recently pulled for having an EXPIRED registration. You can read that post HERE.
When I was pulled, I was very surprised because even though I’m a fuck up around here, it’s usually within parameters that don’t require me to go to the courthouse. When I came home from being pulled, I discovered that not only was my car expired but so was Kevin’s and Daniels.
Of course, when I presented the situation to Kevin as “here’s what happened” I totally spun it as a huge SAVE since I got Kevin and Daniel’s car registered BEFORE they got a ticket. Huge, amazing WIN for me right?
So, after April I had the cars all happy and stuff and all that was left was a court date in June to PROVE that I had the car registered. I did that and they dropped all the charges so it was all good right?
Well, NOT exactly. You see, we have two more cars. Andie is out of town all summer so her car has been parked in the driveway since June and Keely, of course, hasn’t driven since before her surgery in May. She was doing better so she was going to be allowed to drive so I asked Daniel to clean Keely’s car, inside and out.
By the way, he did a shit job and I was totally pissed at him but that’s a different story. One thing he DID DO RIGHT was he noticed that Keely’s car registration was expired. WHAT???
He then looked at Andie’s car and guess what?? That one was expired too. I quickly set about figuring out how to spin the situation for Kevin so it would be “amusing” rather than cause for concern. Now in North Carolina, you have to inspect the car within 90 days to register a car so the first thing I had to do was have the two cars inspected.
Fortunatley, Kevin was out of town so I had the cars taken to the place to be checked out. The first thing I did wrong was put Keely’s registration in Andie’s car and Andie’s registration in Keelys’ car. I’d like ot tell you this was on purpose to see how adequate the registration services are in North Carolina but alas, I must admit it was a screw up.
So they inspected Keely’s car and sent it home, despite the screwup, and then I got online and had Keely’s car registered. Problem solved and good news, Kevin was still out of town.
But Andies car was another matter. They call me and tell me that it can’t be inspected for osme reason. I have no idea why and I’m all like “what am I supposed to do?” They told me they’d call the NC DMV on Monday and find out what was going on.
As it turned out, somewhere along the line Andie’s car HAD been inspected and registered but apparently SOMEBODY (very possibly me) had forgotten and then LOST all the paperwork.
No problem right? I’ll just order a duplicate registration. So I did. And they sent it but guess what? It didn’t have the little sticker that goes on the license plate.
So I called the DMV to tell them I need the sticker and they told me I had to fill out a form, have it notarized, and then come in with it. I haven’t done that yet. The situation has also spilled over to the point where I could no longer spin it for Kevin.
Kevin: so let me get this straight
Kevin: we have 5 cars
Kevin: and you have screwed up EVERY SINGLE REGISTRATION this year
Me: well, I wouldn’t put it that way
Kevin: how would you put it?
Me: as an amusing cautionary tale of what not to do
Kevin: you should be a professional publicist
Me: why thank you
Kevin: that’s not a compliment
Kevin: so have you cleaned up all the messes?
Me: not completely
Kevin: are you going to?
Me: I suppose I should before Andie gets home and her car is illegal. It’s stupid though.
Kevin: what is?
Me: the entire process
Me: because I’m a smart person and even I screw it up
Kevin: you screw everything up
Me: you’re always so negative
And there you are! The trials and tribulations of car ownership. It’s sucks right???