November 16th, 2004

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Phase III of Operation: Lawful Citizen is now complete

The process of getting my tabs was quick and easy this morning. The deputy registrar office in Roseville is relatively near my home so, shortly after they opened at 8:00 a.m., I stopped in and picked up my tabs. This was the cheapest stop of the operation so far, coming in at just under $70. I put the new stickers on my plates immediately, though I had to wipe off a bit of moisture from the early morning fog and drizzle.

Having accomplished this, I felt a huge weight lifted off my shoulders. I plugged the iPod into my FM transmitter, dialed up my "Driving" mix and hit the road. A couple of quick stops to deposit some checks and pick up a prescription, then it was just me and the highway. I zipped along, care-free, relishing in the freedom. "I need to go to Ikea," I thought, "to look at replacement floor lamps and a fixture for the kitchen. I could go play some poker this morning, as long as I'm awake anyway." By the time I'd passed the downtown exits off 35W south-bound, I'd come to my senses. In the last few days I'd shelled out about $370 and still have the current citation to pay.

So, I drove on, not knowing exactly where I was going but enjoying the ability to drive, reconnecting with my car, singing along with the tunes.

I got off on the exit to minnehaha's place, but figured it would be too early to bother them with my jubilation. Being in the general neighborhood, though, I cruised northward on the city streets and then a bit west to Cuba. Well, to Victor's 1959 Cafe, to be exact, where I had the Ranchos Cubanos for breakfast along with a glass of guava juice. Only $10 for a taste of freedom; and that included the tip.
  • Current Music
    Jackie Washington--Blackie and the Rodeo Kings--B.A.R.K.