I’ve always been fairly good at juggling multiple things in my professional life – in my last “big company” gig I built and managed the first (and best!!) WiFi QA group in the world. At the same time I was in charge of global customer support, I ran the department responsible for fulfilling customer shipments, I was a member of the Competitive Analysis team, and I was the “branch office manager handling office building moves, build-outs, contracts, etc.
So one (that didn’t know me) might assume I have some organizational skills. I don’t – and that was made very evident to me Friday evening, when my buddy Bob came over and casually told me “Oh, when Esther (his wife) stayed here last weekend she noticed both your car and truck have expired tags”.
Wow! How could I let that happen? So I went to check, and yes, my motorcycle is expired as well – and my son’s truck is unregistered and sitting in the driveway as well (I was waiting for him to turn 18 – because I didn’t want the truck in my name).
On top of all of that, my trailer has expired tags. *Sigh*. All of them expired in March of this year. Tomorrow will be a *very* expensive day at the tax office.
But the fact that my registrations were all expired actually helped me yesterday. How? Well, I was going across town to play poker (Texas Hold’ em) with some friends, and Bob was over and going with me. We decided that playing poker and drinking a few beers, then driving home in a car with expired plates was stupid – besides, if you can’t afford the cab, yet you plan on drinking, then you probably can’t afford to play poker anyway.
Long story short – we took a cab there – I paid $20 for it. I bought it two regular games at $20 each, and one “stand up” (for those already knocked out of the first table game) for $5.00. So far I had spent $20 on a cab, and $45 buying in to poker games.
I won $20 in the stand up hand (net $15) and $80 on the second table game (net $40).
Bob paid the cab for the ride home. He didn’t do as well as I had – I was paid $55 to be responsible, and not drink and drive.
Cabs are cheap, and they should be considered a built in cost of your evening entertainment if you are drinking!