Thursday, October 13, 2011

In a Spirit of Giving

Yesterday the car dealer called to tell me that the car that I ordered back in May will be ready this afternoon. Since my afternoon was already all booked up, I'm going to pick it up tomorrow.

But, due to poor planning -- or maybe a disbelief that it was ever actually coming -- I had neglected to find a place to put it. Currently my undriveable car is sitting, immobile, in my driveway. It has two flat tires, serious transmission issues, and might not start. (That may be a real problem, as I need to get the odometer reading for the paperwork, and that will require at least a bit of electricity going to the instrument panel.)

The plan for after work today is to mail the title to Rhode Island where the Car Talk contractor deals with cars that people like me are too lazy to sell and gives a cut to public radio. Allegedly the car should be out of the way within a week of the title reaching Rhode Island. Until then the new car will be parked on the street, I guess.

Since I can't itemize deductions, I don't get anything out of this -- other than the car leaving my property and my new car being able to claim a space in the driveway. And, of course, a feeling of extra irritation at the pledge drive scheduled for next week.