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I’m now a guy from New Jersey for real

January 4, 2013

As of this morning, I now have a car that is both registered and inspected in the State of New Jersey. Along with my license, this seems to solidify the fact that I am now actually a resident of New Jersey rather than New York (oh, and of course the fact that I pay taxes in New Jersey now too).

Beyond all that though, I am glad to have a car that satisfies 3 pretty important conditions:

  1. I can drive it without worrying that it will break down
  2. I don’t need to worry about registration for a year
  3. I don’t need to worry about inspection for two years

This may not sound like much. But it’s been quite some time since I had a car that satisfied all of these conditions simultaneously. Many years in fact. And it’s actually hard to express how nice this feels.

Constantly driving around with the fear that you might break down or get a ticket for an out of date registration or inspection or, worse, both is not enjoyable. It’s one of those pressures that you don’t think about a lot, but once it’s gone you find is a HUGE relief.

I must, of course, thank the wonderful Michele for some big help on this front. And my parent’s too. Without them I would have been in some even more serious car trouble than I was. It nice to have people I can count on.

Oddly enough, one of the first things I’m going to do with my officially from New Jersey car is drive back up to New York this weekend. I get to be the out of state jerk that people on the Thruway both hate and and fear. I won’t drive too crazy though. Even though I’m legally on the road, I’m still not keen on getting any tickets.

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