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A Fine Line - Between Chaos and Creation

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You don't know what you've got 'til it's gone...
Pinkie Stare
Found out some bad news today...

My car insurance is up next week, and where I live, your car has to take an AirCare test every year or so (depending on the age of the car) to make sure it's not releasing too many harmful emissions. If your car doesn't pass, you have to get the problem fixed, then retake the test - and this is all has to be done before they will let you renew your insurance, btw.

So today I went to take the AirCare test, and figured I should be okay because I passed back in 2012 (the last time my car was tested). Turns out I was wrong, and my car failed. So I'd have to get my car looked at ($) to make sure it would pass a retest ($$) to make sure I could get my insurance by next week.

But here's the problem - I don't have that kind of money. I'm still trying to pay off my CC because I pushed it over the limit with spending (usually I'd use my debit, however I have a 10-transaction/month limit on that, and no such thing on my CC. Besides, all my Quadra money went to another joint debit account I have with Tim [that I somehow can't access; the irony - but that's a story for another time].), what with the wedding and replacing my brakes and all back in May. I can't afford to get it fixed right now; we're just making ends meet as it is until I start getting paid by cadets again.

No problem, though; there's a solution (but not really)!

Good news: AirCare is being phased out, and therefore it won't be necessary to test your car anymore to be able to renew your insurance.

Bad news: It's not being phased out until December 31. This means that if I want to avoid having to pay extra money to fix my car, I have to wait 2 1/2 months before I can re-insure.

Now, you may be thinking: "But Smitty - you should probably get your car fixed anyway; test or not. Harmful emissions will ruin the planet, and you should be doing your part to help Save The World!"

It's a fair argument, but unfortunately, it's not really an option I can afford right now. As it is, whenever I'm able, I need to get my tires replaced as they're wearing down. And quite frankly, I'm placing the priority on the safety of myself and my passengers before The Good Of The World. So that's my rationale for being able to live with myself for delaying my insurance and releasing more emissions than AirCare says I should.

Oh well. It's make things a bit iffy for cadets, but it'll be something I have to live with. At least my work is right across the street from a SkyTrain station; I'll just be paying transit fees instead of parking passes.

Man, I'm gonna miss my car. :(


TL;DR - I'm most likely losing vehicular freedom until January (hence the title).

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Well that sucks. It may be a "first world problem", but that doesn't make it any less frustrating for you. I hope it doesn't put you at too much of a disadvantage.

You and me both - I think cadets is the only area where things would be a bit tight, though. The building we're in doesn't have a space for me to put things (I'm the Supply Officer), and thus, a lot of my work things for cadets reside in the trunk of my car. Add to that the fact that I won't be able to get to cadets until later (because I'd have to ride in with Tim, and he gets off work at the same time cadets starts), and I have a bit more aggravation.

Other than that, though, I don't think there's anything else that'd be iffy - transit here is slow, but like I said, the SkyTrain has a stop right near my work. So that's good, at least.

Slight silver lining: having to walk/ride transit more in the winter gives me more reason to wear my Fourth Doctor scarf (it's a bit too warm to wear for just a door-to-door car trip. :P).

That's a pretty nice silver lining, I guess. :)

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