Today was the day to get some of those pesky "have to" things done, so after breakfast we hopped in my car and I got my first taste of finding my way around town. Yep, up until today my sister has driven us around. Let me just explain that my sister is eleven years older than I am and has been driving for ... well, it seems like forever. She is a good driver and loves cars and knows a lot about them. She also thinks that everyone else behind the wheel is an idiot. Needless to say, when she suggested we take my car, and that I drive, I was very nervous.
First stop ~~ the Kentucky Farm Bureau. It seems this is the only "acceptable" kind of car insurance to have ... actually, it is the only kind of insurance to have. We went to the office and met with her agent, Mr. Rose (a very kind southern gentlemen). Side Bar ~~ everyone I have met so far has been MORE than kind. Anyway it took us about 30 mins. to talk, fill out the application and finalize the deal. Hold on to your nickers ... Kentucky car insurance costs MORE than California insurance. Pretty much it is because there are some state and local taxes on insurance that we don't have in California. I got a quote from the national insurance carrier I used in California before I left and their figures were just about the same as Mr. Rose's. So I signed up.
After the KFB we moved on to one of several clerk's offices in and around the court house. My new town, "M", is the county seat. There is a very impressive court house downtown but I can't find a picture of it right now. Anyway, we went in to get my license changed only to find out they require some very specific documentation that I did not bring with me. OK, so I'm 1 for 2.
We then went to another clerk's office to register my vehicle ... and guess what? Not only did I not bring the correct documentation, BUT I have to have the local sheriff INSPECT MY CAR! Oh, cr*%!
Now I'm 1 for 3, and these three errands took about 2+ hours. So what does a girl do when she's down? Why, go shopping of course!! :-) We stopped at the local furniture store to begin my search for a suitable living room ensemble. It's going to have to be small and compact due to the size of the room, but that's OK. Have I said how much I LOVE my space and what a great job my sis did in fixing it up??? Well, I do, and she did! I saw a couple of likely possibilities in the furniture store and the prices are not bad. The only other things I need are a computer desk and a desk chair.
The shopping expedition improved my mood, so once we got home I decided to put my computer together and GET ON THE 'NET! The modem came yesterday while we were on a days' excursion (more about that at a later time). Sooooooooo down to my new home I went full of hope, optimism and enthusiasm!
Shall I just end here and say I am 1 for 4 today?? OK, here's the story. I got the computer back together in record time, pushed the button, retrieved some files, printed a page and all was well. Then I turned to the modem installation and started looking for the phone jack. And I looked, and looked, and looked. I SWEAR that when I moved in last week-end there was a phone jack in this room. I SWEAR THERE WAS! I'm a capable, intlligent woman and I know a phone jack when I see one. But today I could NOT find it. The nearest phone jack is across the apartment, through the living room and on the FARTHEST WALL AWAY FROM MY OFFICE!! Of course it is. **sigh*
Soooooooooooooo I decided there was no point in frustrating myself further and about 4:30 p.m. I came upstairs in defeat. Oprah was on TV and she was talking to this woman who broke out of prison and had been on the lamb for 35 years and finally got re-arrested, served 1-1/2 years and is back "outside". So I guess compared to her I could have had a worse day.
Oh, and my driving ... my sister only said I went too slow and left too much room between myself and car ahead. I think that means I passed my driving test, so it wasn't such a bad day after all. :-)
AND, more "severe" weather is expected Sunday into Monday. Oh boy ..........