Neither did I.
How about now:
Still not sure?
How about we move outside the car for a better look:
Yup. That's me. Overdue for my safety inspection. Way overdue.
Back when I was in the communist zone (Maryland), the state would remind me of any thing I needed to know, car-wise and law-wise. Such a considerate state. I miss my comrades.
Now that I am in the fascist dominion (Virginia), I'm on my own to keep up with the state-required safety inspection and, apparently, I lack the basic skills to check a sticker once in a while or put a reminder into my planner.
No problem, really. I've been lucky--nobody's noticed.
I take my car in for a safety inspection and...
I am unsafe!
Look away. I can not bare your disdain!
The mechanic hands me a post-it listing four items that need to be fixed. He says, "Don't worry, it'll only cost you another dollar."
Me: "It'll only cost a dollar to get all these things fixed?!"
He laughs: "No! It'll only cost a dollar to get it re-inspected once all these things are fixed."
Yuh. Such a relief.
21 June 2008