First, in my defense, let me say that a December automobile registration expiration date is probably not the best for a clergyperson.
Nevertheless, it's a bit embarrassing that this is the second year in a row I've required, shall we say, a reminder to get it done after the new year has been well underway, a warning, if you will, that it's time to take care of business.
Standing in the Treasury Office at City Hall, I remembered there was another deadline on December 31st. Since the first of the year I've also been operating an illegal dog. In that case, I hope the world will forgive me, when the reminder came late last year, I shoved it aside, because it asked me to renew the licenses for both Sam and Molly. In the ways of Portland, everyone gets an extra month at no charge, so I remember that we took care of their license renewals in late January of 2009, wondering how much longer she would be with us, paying the $6 not unwillingly but somewhat knowingly, and yet in complete ignorance that the time would be *so* short, that by the 10th of February she would be gone.
Still miss her.
But, by ignoring the paperwork for the car and the dog, I created, in direct violation of my pledge to make less of my own drama, more of my own drama. I lost out on a chance to spend time with a friend to my South because I had to heed the warning delivered by the trooper, a card allowing me ONE trip, and hie me to City Hall instead.
In the Clerk's office, taking care of the Sam part of the business, I made my excuse, as seen above. And the practical woman sitting across from me, as clearly called to her organizational tasks as I am to others in this life, said, "I am giving you a notice reminding you NOW that the license must be renewed in December. If that's a busy month, put it on your calendar for NOVEMBER instead."
(The caps are mine. She was not Internet, or real-life, shouting.)
Proving that I am not truly a scofflaw, just distractable, I brought the notice home and did as she suggested.
Maybe I ought to go into the kitchen and add a note about the car, too.