Coupla Things

Here’s what I learned today:
1. If you forget to renew your license plate registration and it is two weeks past the due date, the city of Chicago will try to tow your car away.
2. If you get to your car before the tow truck does, you should fly like the wind.
3. If you drive around with a “TOW NOTICE” plastered on your window and weird yellow numbers written in official police grease paint on your windshield, people will look at you like you’re wearing an orange jumpsuit and leg shackles.
4. If you don’t want your car to be towed away, you will need to hide it in your garage spot and walk everywhere until you can get the new sticker for your plates.
5. If the guy who parks next to you in your garage spot sees the greasepaint and torn “TOW NOTICE” on your car, he will give you dirty looks and contemplate turning you in.
6. If you see that everyone online is making cool manga self-portraits, you will feel compelled to do the same.

19 Responses to “Coupla Things”

  1. Pants Says:

    I think you need to change the title of this post to Coupla AWESOME Things.

  2. Ashley Says:

    You’re funny. I mean, that sucks. Maybe I can try and be helpful: if you don’t need an emissions test you can totally renew your registration online so that nobody will have to see the police grease again.

  3. jenny Says:

    pants: it is kinda awesome being an outlaw.
    ashley: thanks! but here’s the dumb part – i already got my emissions tested, but just totally forgot to send in the cash for my sticker. i’m going to try to do it today in person, because i suspect the city would tow my car while i was waiting for the online registration to arrive. i’m a wanted woman now…

  4. You can call me, 'Sir' Says:

    Get some of Vahid’s tatoos, stick them all over your arms, then the next time your garage neighbor gives you a look,, flip him off, raise your fist, and yell, ‘ANARCHY!’
    Also, according to your shirt, you’re poison. I had no idea.

  5. You can call me, 'Sir' Says:

    Get some of Vahid’s tatoos, stick them all over your arms, then the next time your garage neighbor gives you a look,, flip him off, raise your fist, and yell, ‘ANARCHY!’
    Also, according to your shirt, you’re poison. I had no idea.

  6. Finn Says:

    They have a lot of nerve writing on YOUR car like that. Who do they think they are? ;)

  7. shari Says:

    Wow Jenny, you’re right! I DO feel compelled to make a Manga face now. Dammit!! But I love that I’m friends with Chicago’s Most Wanted Badass.

  8. churlita Says:

    You should drive that car to a really rich person grocery store in a crazy wealthy neighborhood and buy a bunch of candy with food stamps. You know, just to see if you can get even more people to judge you.

  9. Karl Says:

    Yeah, my sticker comes due next month. Why they do that stuff on your birthday month is beyond me. The last thing I want to do is fill out more paperwork!

  10. Tracy Lynn Says:

    I made a manga face, but didn’t post it. Because I am lazy and because I already have a mini me, so WTH?

  11. Dingo Says:

    Is there any way to get the sticker off your car and put it on the car of the guy who’s giving you dirty looks?

  12. Cheryl Says:

    Thank you so much for posting this and reminding me that I have to get my car smog tested THIS WEEK and send in the registration before I go on vacation. So at least you’ve used your pain to help save others from the same plight.

  13. Bobby Says:

    See, that’s different from Central Florida. You could drive around with no hood over your engine and flames shooting out of your engine compartment, as you tilt back a bottle Jim Beam ACTUALLY WEARING the prison jumpsuit. The cops are too busy poaching panthers while waiting to conduct their next drug deal.

  14. Greeneyezz Says:

    Too funny!!
    And I Soooo Can relate!!
    I apparantly had a few parking tickets that I had not ‘yet’ paid. (Read: forgot about ‘em.)
    I had found out about 1 1/2 months ago that Syracuse will allow you to have 3 outstanding parking tickets *before* they will hunt you down and put a BOOT on your tire so you can’t go anywhere!
    Omg! I’ve never experienced this before. The odd part about this is that it was a weekday, I had stopped home from work to have lunch.
    They came and put it on my car WHILE I was on my lunch break! I had to Scramble for a ride as I knew I wouldn’t get it taken care of in time to make it back for my next appointment with someone.
    And yes!!! Upon returning home for the day, with that damn Boot still on there, AND Notices pasted on TWO windows, I had to look down at my attire twice, as I somehow think I had an Orange Jumpsuit on as well! My whole freakin’ street had seen it and everyone was asking about it.
    Did I say it cost me $225 to be given the ‘code’ so I could remove it?? And if it was somehow ‘tampered’ with or I ‘lost’ it, they would charge me over $600!

  15. MizFit Says:

    just found your blog and had to say before I commence reading more—I LOVE YOUR LAYOUT.

  16. Corey Says:

    I love your blog. :)

  17. jenny Says:

    sir: i’m serious about this, so i’m getting real tattoos all over my arms. no fakes for me!
    finn: no kidding! don’t they understand what kind of pull i have in this city? they clearly don’t respect the power of bloggers.
    shari: i love your manga! but they don’t have one buff enough to truly represent you.
    churlita: i like the way you think. :)
    karl: they do it based on your b-day in FL? that does suck! in IL, it’s just tied to when you first registered your car in the state.
    tracy lynn: no manga can accurately capture your badassitude.
    dingo: i like the way you think, too. let’s you, me and churlita form a gang!
    cheryl: then i guess it was all worth it. good luck cramming for that smog test – don’t pull an all-nighter!
    bobby: i actually burst out laughing when i read your comment! poaching panthers? nice.
    ZZ: OMG – you actually got the boot? i was so worried i was going to have one. and $225? ouch. guess i shouldn’t complain about the grease paint and dirty looks…
    mizfit: hey, thanks! if only i could get it to remember people in their comments, i’d die a happy woman.
    corey: thanks for stopping by!

  18. Stacey Says:

    Our DMV is not that efficient. I totaled a car and somehow didn’t manage to correctly cancel the registration. A year and a half later I got a nasty letter about driving an uninsured vehicle.

  19. Poppy Says:

    Hypothetically, of course. ;)

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