posted on Jul, 26 2012 @ 02:55 PM
For a woman, an approaching birthday may be a thing to try to ignore. Not that she wants to be forgotten and left out, but rather the reflection in
the mirror is carefully inspected for signs of new wrinkles around the eyes, and if unsure how the year has brought new signs of ageing, she may just
sigh and leave it at that.
Finding myself in the above category, I put aside and ignored the early car registration renewal warning from the Department of Motor Vehicles that in
the past made renewal obligatory by one's birthday. Things have changed though, and in keeping with that extra wrinkle, I'd forgotten about the new
rule. The form advised me that this year my car would have to pass an etest before my being able to renew the license plates. In keeping with my
personal war on wrinkles and aging, I put the car registration out of my mind until talking with one of my children who asked me if I'd renewed my
sticker. Oh no I thought, how many days do I have left?
I renewed my insurance but because I always correctly associated my license plate sticker with my birthday which is coming soon, the DMV changed the
rule on me and I completely missed the sticker renewal. A quick retrieval of the government form alerted me to the fact that my renewal time had
actually run out two weeks ago! Although generally I am not one to attract the cops on the road, I do believe in Muphy's Law which assures me that
if something can go wrong, it bloody well will and usually has done so. Better to come straight home after the etest and sort out my expenses.
So the form gives me two options: Either I renew the sticker for one year or two. And while I wait, I am examining my thoughts and fears about
December 21st, 2012 in light of this renewal. I wonder what most ATS'ers have done. Did they opt for the minimum renewal time “just in case”
or are they pooh-poohing the Dec 21st fear altogether and choosing the 2-year renewal?
What decision did you actually make at renewal time? Or if in my shoes, what decision would you make?