i hear you loud and clear. yes, it IS possible to be responsible and irresponsible at the same time. and aaa rocks when you're on the side of the road with your hazards on in a blizzard wearing impractically heeled and inadequately insulated shoes, cursing at yourself for not checking your fluid levels when you stopped to get gas because now your engine is smoking and you have a notion it's because you haven't gotten your oil changed for a loooong time and it's possible your engine is actually out of oil completely and now you have totalled your car......... but at least you were responsible enough to sign up for aaa!! :P
i, on the other hand, recently decided to NOT renew our AAA. it feels so wrong but.... we didn't use it all last year. and if we suddenly need it? just call and renew at the time? (which is how we ended up with it in the first place). is there a downfall to my plan i am missing?(but yeah, being an adult sucks)
@jamie that sounds kind of brilliant. i think i've used it twice in five years? but they do have terrific dmv services... much appreciated in LA.
@esb WHEW. so glad you concur. and yeah. we usually do DMV stuff online, so.
ESB - great post! I just got married and so I certainly feel the same pressures. How can I remain fun and fearless, while thinking about the impacts on ANOTHER person! Not to mention, he has tripled his couch surfing time since we got married. This is causing me distress! Victoriahttp://diva-in-distress.blogspot.com
the sad thing is, when i read that you save 4.50, i got REALLY excited.
@jamie, you can DO THAT? honestly esb, i loved your post but i am even more in love with jamie at the moment.
SRSLY, WTF, LOL
btw i love being an adult. it means actually being able to afford to have something automatically drawn out of your account (and of course less frequent hangovers).
licking your library books before returning them on time?
@lauren I did DEFACE my library books (#readtheprintedword) after diligently renewing them. twice. and before returning them on time.
try having a fucking kid pal! new meaning to the word grown up.
@theflashdance i'm thinking i WON'T. do i get irresponsible points for remaining childless?
we make some adult decisions sometimes...switching to "roadside assistance" for a TON less instead of AAA on our insurance...signing up for renter's insurance because we finally have valuables we don't want stolen (before...who the hell was gonna reimburse us for 150 empty jewel cases (who knows where the cd's are?) and a couple half-empty boxes of cereal...the problem for us comes from when we get together with folks we know and TALK about these things. for the evening. "oh yeah, we saved a ton on...." nope, shut it down.
We were JUST having this conversation. Not the AAA one (though that reminds me to renew my registration) but the one where we hate being grownups. It's like we never had got a choice because age simply enlists you in these irritating and overwhelming responsibilities. I cry foul.
no points deducted. feel free to continue drunk driving, couch surfing, taking spontaneous road trips, and seeing double feature movies on sundays. i won't fault you.
re: lizzie, i once attempted to defuse the awkwardness of being given a lap dance* by initiating a conversation about the comparative affordability of rent in various new york neighborhoods. i was promptly smacked with a breast. *GROSS
diffuse? i'm going with defuse, what with the subsequent mention of breasts.
if i could marry AAA, i would.
now you can get that awesomely cheap rate at Ho Jo's. NICE.
@celia i am so with you. aaa has rescued my freezing cold minnesota ass from the side of the road waaaay more times than any boy ever has. although, i guess technically it was a boy recuing me, since the lucky aaa employees AND the tow-truck-drivers have all been male. but still.
grown up = giving each other 'getting the house painted' for christmas. blergh.
AAA saved my life a million times. i think the whole point of having aaa is to be really irresponsible with all things related to car maintenance. it's a balance.
I just switched us over to different car/renters insurance to save money last week. And I am in the market for life insurance.It's still 3.5 months til we get married. And yet here I am, being all growed up. I guess at 31 it's about time.
i've found a reliable way of avoiding adulthood is by putting everything you own in storage and moving to india. but hey, what do i know.