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Two Free Meals, the Tag Office, and a Concert on my Birthday

I had big plans for my birthday, much of it revolving around food. I had done some research and scored some for other places that could be used within 2-4 weeks, but two of the deals had to be on the day with I.D.

The plan was to get up early, skip breakfast, get a few chores done, then head to Provino's in time to be there by about 11:30. That's a rather ambitious plan for someone who has as hard a time as I do getting out of the house before noon, especially since the closest location is about half an hour away.

The plan called for beating the lunch crowd for my free meal, then stopping at Firehouse Subs on the way home for my free sub, which I would save for supper or the next day. I didn't like the idea of driving that far just to eat, but there were a few errands I could do along the route. That should still put me home in plenty of time to get several things done before time to leave to hear Brian Free and Assurance in concert nearby.

That was the plan.

I did wake up earlier than usual. Getting out of bed by the time I intended to was another issue.

And then, laying there, it suddenly occurred to me that I forgot to renew my car tag, which expires on your birthday in Georgia.

It was too late to mail it, and paying it online requires a fee that is much larger than I was willing to pay. In my county, it also requires an inspection, which I had forgotten to have done also.

Well, that solved the issue of combining the trip with something else. The problem was that is way off my usual route, and where I usually have my car inspected is in the opposite direction. And the main office is in a third direction.

My phone is way too slow for convenient searching, so this meant turning the computer on and taking time out to hunt locations. But I found a branch tag office not more than a mile or two away from Provino's, and plenty of places that did emission inspections along the way.

I tried calling one to get the price and discovered I was out of phone minutes. Just about the only thing I don't like about my cell phone plan is I don't know without checking my account how many minutes I have left. I get reminder texts before my time runs out, but the only way I know I'm out of minutes is when I try to make a call and end up connected instead to the automated voice saying, "Hello! Welcome to I-wireless." So that meant spending more time hunting a phone card and adding minutes to my account.

I picked an emission station right on the route (a convenient right turn in and out), and only had to wait a few minutes for my inspection. Then $20 poorer, I headed for the tag office and found it easily. There were only a few people ahead of me, and I was out of there quickly another $35 less well off.

Old cars and free food do come in handy. The day could have been much more expensive.

I got to Provino's about 1:30, well after the lunch rush. I was starving by that time. They offer a free dinner on your birthday, up to $13.95, if you show I.D. The most expensive thing on the lunch menu was $13.95, so I had my choice of anything they offered. I ordered water to drink, so my entire meal was free except the tip. The waitress never even brought me a check. I took enough home for parts of two more meals.

While I was there, a friend called to invite me out to a different restaurant for lunch. She had been trying to call me the day before, but with no minutes, couldn't reach me. I had to decline.

As soon as I left Provino's, I headed for a Firehouse Subs on the same road, another right turn in and out, got my free birthday sandwich, and headed home. It was so tempting in the sack on the seat beside me, but I was stuffed. I did sneak one bite before I put it in the refrigerator, and shared a few little bits of roast beef with Guiness the Cat. It was so good, I had a hard time leaving it.

That left me with just enough time to do a few quick necessary things and get ready by the time my friend picked me up to go to the concert, which was a lot of fun.

It was a very pleasant birthday, aside from the car expense, put even that wasn't much of a hassle other than forking over the money. I would rather have spread things out, but everything had to be done that day.


(c) 2015 by Debbi Craton. May not be used without permission. All rights reserved.

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rosepetal wrote on February 12, 2015, 11:37 PM

You had a very busy day on your birthday. Happy birthday.

cheri wrote on February 12, 2015, 11:49 PM

Have a blast and enjoy it to the fullest. More blessings of good life.

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on February 12, 2015, 11:50 PM

Very busy! It was non-stop from the time I got out of bed until I got home that night, and then I put in several hours on the computer.

LadyTrouble wrote on February 13, 2015, 12:10 AM

On my birthday the only thing I want to do is nothing! of course I have worked on my birthday before, I consider that a present to myself. I hope you enjoyed your Birthday regardless of the car hassle.

zabelle51 wrote on February 13, 2015, 9:15 AM

Well that was a busy birthday, belated happy birthday by the way, I am very into free birthday meals as well. :)

j2jworkz wrote on February 13, 2015, 9:49 AM

An action packed bday, always nice to take advantage of the freebies.

iwrite28 wrote on February 13, 2015, 12:02 PM

Sounds lovely. Wish you a very happy birthday :)

WordChazer wrote on February 13, 2015, 1:45 PM

Glad to hear you had a good day despite all the running around, and that Guiness was not left out of your celebration plans either. Happy birthday!

Last Edited: February 13, 2015, 1:46 PM

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on February 14, 2015, 12:12 AM


OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on February 14, 2015, 12:12 AM

It was a good birthday. Just busy.

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on February 14, 2015, 12:13 AM

Just ate another one today, and still have more coupons to use.

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on February 14, 2015, 12:13 AM

Today was another freebie day.

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on February 14, 2015, 12:14 AM


OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on February 14, 2015, 12:14 AM

This is Guiness the Cat. Anytime there's roast beef, it's a celebration!

BarbRad wrote on February 14, 2015, 1:08 AM

I'm glad you had a happy birthday in spite of the unexpected car licensing problems. One more way government intrudes on our lives -- even on our birthdays. I think I have to get my license renewed in April, now that you mentioned it.

LindaCPearson wrote on February 14, 2015, 7:12 PM

You certainly are one busy person. Mildred wants to know if you shared any of your freebies and lunches and dinners with Guiness.

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on February 14, 2015, 9:40 PM

I just plain forgot it. It's a good thing it just popped into my head because I sure wasn't thinking about it. When it did, I had a moment of panic because I couldn't remember what year my driver's license expires. I had to look at it to see I still have a few years.

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on February 14, 2015, 9:41 PM

Dear Mildred the Cat's mom,

Please tell Mildred that I was a very sweet kitty and shared the roast beef and hamburger I got for Debbi's birthday with her. I didn't want the lettuce or the bread anyway.

Sincerely, Guiness the Such-a-Good-Kitty

LilyDay wrote on February 16, 2015, 5:29 PM

It is good that you had a happy birthday. It sounds like Guiness benefited as well (as is only appropriate).

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on February 16, 2015, 11:04 PM

This is Guiness the Cat. I did let her have all the lettuce.

LilyDay wrote on February 17, 2015, 4:37 PM

Guiness, that was quite generous of you. My trio have no interest in leafy greens, either.

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on February 18, 2015, 12:54 AM

This is Guiness the Cat. Kitties aren't supposed to eat leafy green things. But if you put ranch dressing on them, I'll lick them for you.

carolscash wrote on February 19, 2015, 8:25 AM

Sounds like you made a busy day of it and that you enjoyed some really great free food!

LilyDay wrote on February 19, 2015, 11:39 AM

Guiness, our boy agrees that ranch dressing is a good idea. However, even better would be butter...

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on February 20, 2015, 12:12 AM

Used my coupon for my free Captain D's birthday meal today!