Seriously. I actually remembered to pay my license tabs this year before I got pulled over and issued a ticket. This is a big deal for me.
For some reason, I'm not very good at this particular task.
Ok, that's an understatement... I suck at it. And as proof of that, here's the online payment history of when I've paid my tabs over the last few years... the tabs that are due on June 1st mind you.
This year: Only 51 days late.
Last year: Only 25 days late, which is ridiculous considering that the year before I was 89 days late and busted for it - resulting in a $100 fine. Although I did get this story out of it so it wasn't a total waste of money.
I don't know why this is such a problem for me. But I do have a list of excuses for why this isn't totally my fault.
1. They send the reminder notice 6 weeks in advance.
Like you're not going to file this away in your kitchen junk drawer to be dealt with later when it's really time to pay them. The same drawer that contains a rebate check from Colgate from 2005.
2. I have 4 different vehicles that need registration - all at different times.
I can't remember that many things. Who do they think I am... Rain Man?
3. The little tab sticker thingy is only 1" high and is way down on the lower corner of my license plate.
The last time I looked down there was after I thought I had hit a cat and was worried that there might be guts splattered on my bumper. Fortunately I didn't hit it, because I hate having to clean up that kind of mess.
Anyway, no worries now. I've paid my tabs and I'm in the clear. For this vehicle. For this month. I'm sure I've got plenty of time before anything is due on the other ones.
Now, about those insurance premiums...