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Cars cost money

October 6th, 2010

This year is the first year of my college career that I own a car. It is great to have a car. You can go on a romantic getaway (see previous post) or you can go shopping. You can pick people up from the airport or you can go out for dinner. However, having a car also brings responsibilities. Car ownership is one of those outside of the classroom learning experiences.

A couple weeks ago I checked the pressure of my tires for the first time. I did not know how exactly I could get my tires up to the right pressure, but I asked a very nice gentleman who helped me out after he laughed at me for a while.

This week, as you may have already heard, I learned that you need to register your car every year before your birthday. Failure to do so can lead to a 45 dollar fine plus a 20 dollar late fee. Talking about great birthday presents.

My next step is that I am going to check the oil of my car. I have never done that before and I have heard it is important.

Also, my windscreen wipers are not working as well as I want them to. I will check on those too.

Hopefully, I won’t get a flat tire, because I don’t know how to change a tire for the spare one.

Lastly, I am learning that even here in the US gas uses a lot of money (at home people always say that it is so cheap here)

Something else I wanted to share that is not car related: I had an astronomy exam on Monday. I did not study as much as I should have, but the exam questions asked exactly what I had studied. It is always the other way around: you study everything and it seems like the exam knows what you skipped over and asks exactly that. Not this time. It felt great and I am hoping to get a 100 percent, but I know I probably missed something.

Well, while I am sharing, one more thing. The weather today was crazy. It started out gray, then it turned nice, then it was very gray again, and now it is beautiful. The weather websites are spreading rumors that it will be sunny and in the mid 70s for the coming four days. That includes our homecoming weekend, so that is very good news. I love beautiful fall days.

Please, can I share one more thing? I got really nice birthday presents from my girlfriend. She gave me a very good shaving brush made out of boar bristle. She also gave me some amazing smelling shaving cream. I can’t wait for tonight when I am going to use these gifts together with my straight razor!

Bastiaan