Two Free Meals, the Tag Office, and a Concert on my Birthday
I had big plans for my birthday, much of it revolving around free food. I had done some research and scored some coupons 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 birthday 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 emission 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 tag 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.
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