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In which they were expired too

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

Me:                  what

Kevin:             we have 5 cars

Me:                  yes

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

Me:                  oh

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

Kevin:             why?

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???

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  1. Mayor Gia
    August 21, 2012

    UGHHH. Car registration SUCKS. I’ve had a few close calls with that. Why oh why do you make me renew it every year?? My car didn’t change!
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  2. Carolyn Savage
    August 21, 2012

    Made me laugh…you and I might have been seperated at birth!

  3. Jester Queen
    August 21, 2012

    Sounds like a total nightmare. Personally, I think they should all be grateful you take care of it for them. If they want it perfect, they can do it themselves.

  4. Dawn
    August 21, 2012

    Just so you know, I have been over a month late for registering my husband’s car EVERY YEAR since at least 1998 (I can’t count back farther than that). What I really should be asking here is, why am I always the one in charge of registering HIS car, since obviously I am also always late registering my own car.
    But this past year I finally broke down and registered them for 2 years.
    How does the world manage to function with all our geniousness (see how brilliant I am? I totally made that word up. And it works), Lynn?

  5. Gin
    August 23, 2012

    I borrowed my dad’s car a few years back and was toodling down the road when I noticed the sticker was a month past and the year… Wait for it…. 2YEARS PAST! whoa – how do you even do that. And since two of his kids are cops he got an earfull then, and a lot of razzing to this day.

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