Being A Sensible Driver Sometimes Causes Problems

Howdie, how are you?  If we were having a coffee this week…

You know how sometimes you just have one really innocuous, normal event that just kicks off a chain of things that going wrong?

To explain to those of you not in the UK, or those in the UK who don’t drive.  In the UK we have to pay vehicle tax.  You do it either monthly by direct debit, every six months or, the cheapest way, every 12 months.  To tax your vehicle, it has to be roadworthy which means it has to have a test called an MOT every year from it being 2 years old.

Now I got my tax reminder through the post and needed to pay it by 31st August.  No problem, I thought, but I’ll need to get the car MOT’d first.  So I booked it in for a test on 31st August – last Wednesday.  I got a call to say that it had failed the test on tyres but that I’d have 10 days to get them replaced if I wanted to do it through someone other than the test centre.

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I checked a previous test certificate which said that to preserve the anniversary of the pass the car had to go in no earlier than 14th September.  Damn it.

I ring up the test centre and we work out that my 10 working days’ grace would conveniently take me up to 14th September. Result! But… Just check online anyway to be sure.

So I go online and find that I’ve actually been driving without an MOT for the last 11 months, which is illegal.  I have no idea how it happened.  So the car needs to now pass it’s MOT in order for me to tax it, because having no tax is also illegal and means your car can be taken away and crushed.

Fortunately they got it all done and I got taxed on the Thursday so all is now good.

However, I took it to the garage with 20 miles of petrol in the tank.  Over the course of the test they burnt off 5 miles of that.  I was trying to get in to work early on Friday to by concert tickets that went on sale at 9am, so I decided to gamble and said that if I passed the first petrol station still with 15 miles of petrol I’d go straight to work rather than splash and dash.

Literally 20m up the road after the petrol station it changed to 10 miles, and later to 5.  I thought I would be sensible and go to the next petrol station which happens to be the furthest one from both work and home to buy £5 of petrol.  When I got there I thought I would be even more sensible and put £10 in because that would allow for a journey I need to make tomorrow too.

Only I filled up and went to pay and found that I had no plastic money with me.  I’d left all my cards on the sofa after using one to pay my vehicle tax the night before.  I had no way to pay.

I, very embarrassed, walk in to the station and say that I’ll need to wait for some money to arrive.  I make a call.

“I’ve made a mistake and put petrol in the car but have no money.  Please can you bring £10?”

“You don’t have any money?”

“That’s right.  Can you bring some?”

“I’m not dressed yet.”

“Does that mean you can’t bring me some money?”

“Well I can but I’ll need to get dressed first.”

“So will you bring some?”

“Yes, OK.”

“Great, thanks, sorry, see you soon.”

Geez, all I needed was a yes or no.  As I’m sat in the car waiting for an emergency £10 to arrive I count the coins I have on my person.  They total £5.03.

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DAMN YOU SENSIBLENESS!

£10 arrives, petrol is paid for and I get to work 30 minutes late and with no way to pay for concert tickets.  As I explain my predicament to someone in the office she says, “Oh, that petrol station is a BP isn’t it? They take Apple Pay.”

The one ****ing time I actually wouldn’t be embarrassed to use my ****ing watch or my ****ing phone to pay for something and I ****ing forget that it’s even a ****ing option!

ARGH!

The week had started pretty well.  It was a public holiday in the UK and I got to finally try Infamous Diner for brunch even if it was rubbish. I’d bought rainbow cake from Teacup and had that and, well, only that for dinner and, without putting too fine a point on it, let’s just say that my digestive struggled with the green food colouring.

Obviously I haven’t had a car for a few days so I’ve been a bit limited, but my week review wouldn’t be complete without telling you what I’ve done in Pokemon Go!  I did another 30 minutes of Lucky Egg evolutions and got to level 21.  I caught a raft of new monsters – a Geodude, Kingler, Grimer and Golduck in Manchester and an Exeggcute at work.  I also hatched a Tangela, a Bulbasaur and another Charmander.

Being honest, I’ve enjoyed the game so far (as you may have gathered), but I still can’t decide if it’s that much fun past level 20.  Even rubbish Pokemon are hard to catch even if you do seem to see rarer ones more often.  You need to catch pretty much everything to level up but not being in a city every day means that Pokestops are hard to come by too.  I’m debating trying to register my house as one! What else happened this week? I’ve got an amazing new frying pan! Yes, I’m easily pleased.

The problem I had, though, was that I ran out of bananas to make my pancake mix while I was working from home so I substituted it for pumpkin and the results were not very tasty.  Well, not as tasty as this ice cream I treated myself to.

Look at that pile of goodness!

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Anything else interesting? Not really.

I started the week on the blog with a news review, talking about Vogue Brasil’s less than brilliant idea to photoshop able-bodied models in to Paralympians.  I then wrote a post about the fine line between a vice and a virtue, people working together and why you feel shivers when you’re scared or excited.  Let’s not forget about how songs can help your memory!

Hope you’ve had a good one, and enjoy next week.

There is a star that lights the road
Will it take me to the end? Well, I don’t know
But for one last time
I’ll take this ride and just drive

I wanna be the only one to make it to the light
I’ll take it to the edge where I have died a thousand times
But maybe I could be the one
To ride into the setting sun tonight and just drive

Breathin’ out or breathin’ in
Broken down but I will live to fight again
For one last time
I’ll take this ride and just drive

I wanna be the only one to make it to the light
I’ll take it to the edge where I have died a thousand times
But maybe I could be the one
To ride into the setting sun tonight, just drive

There is a star that lights the road
Will it take me to the end? Well, I don’t know

I wanna be the only one to make it to the light
I’ll take it to the edge where I have died a thousand times
And maybe I could be the one
And ride into the setting sun tonight, just drive

Just Drive by Alistair Griffin

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