Thursday, October 18, 2012

Just Gave Nebraska My First Born Child...

Well not literally but pretty close!

For those of you that don't know, some states apparently have some crazy system where if you register your vehicle they don't charge just the normal registration fee of $50 or whatever (like Ohio does).  They have what they call a 'Motor Vehicle Tax.'  Basically each year up until the car is 14 years old, you pay this tax.  The amount of tax you pay is dependent on the MSRP of the vehicle AT THE TIME IT WAS NEW!!!  So of course, my vehicle cost mucho dollas, so I had to pay out the wazoo.  This was a totally unexpected expense.  I honestly need to save as many pennies as I can to use towards the loss on my house if I ever sell the darn thing.  So this was rough to take in when I learned about it last week.

I guess they have it instead of city taxes and the speeding tickets seem to be way less than Ohio's so hey - lets go speed and make up for all the taxes I just paid! 

Source: via Curated on Pinterest

Yes, I believe that might have happened to me before.  Oh and did you know they ask on the form you fill out to get your drivers license if you have memory loss?  Um, okee dokee.  That has SO much to do with driving.  Moving on.

So I ended up paying $675 for inspection, title, registration, and my drivers license today.  Now also, EACH YEAR I renew my registration - I have to pay the same large amount minus about $50.  So next year I'll pay $625 and the year after that $575 etc.  What a load of baloney!

Just wanted to let you guys know that in case you want to ever move.  Try to find out because I had NO clue.  It was certainly hard to find on the website and I've never heard of that kind of tax.  I thought it was the same as Ohio everywhere.  Nope!

So here's how my day went.  I took off today and tomorrow.  I woke up and was out the door about 8.  Went to the inspection area and all the guy did was make sure my VIN was the same as on the title and how many miles I had.  $10!  For that?  Come on now.  Let me have his job!

Fun fun!

Thankfully the title/registration place was right next door.  No line really but it took the lady about 10 minutes to get everything done.  Thankfully I also had my P&Qs together and had all the documents she needed.  Saw a cute guy there...actually a couple.  But cute guys don't talk to me for some reason.  :/

Anyways, so I got my new title info all filed and then got my new plates.  Saying goodbye to my trusty personalized Ohio plates.  Sad moment in time.  So Nebraska I guess is using my money wisely and has actual barcodes on the plates!  Not like Ohio.  Also, they go by the date you move to Nebraska or the date you buy your vehicle on when you renew.  Ohio is on your birthdate.  Just so foreign to me.

Next I had to hit up another location for my drivers license.  So I was checking out my list of things I should bring and of course I forgot a utility bill along with other stuff.  So I had to go all the way back home to get it.  Argh!  By the way, it was a chilly, gloomy, fall day out.  FREEZING actually.  Love me some gloomy fall days though.  It just relaxes me for some reason.  Perfect sunny days just bore me.  I would never survive in LA! 

Not actually me or Omaha but it reminded me of today.  I need to take more pictures to show you guys.

So anyways, I head home, get my electric bill, and head out to the DMV.  While on my way there, I found a mall, kind of like the Fairfield Commons area in Dayton, OH.  So I'm excited to hit some of those stores in the future. 

I got to the DMV.  It was almost 10am by this point.  Somewhat crowded. 

Ok, not that crowded haha!  At least not when I got there. 

Ok, that is more like it.

And you know what?  Like I always say, if I didn't have bad luck I wouldn't have any luck at all!  Remember how I said I took off today and tomorrow?  I did that because Nebraska DMVs here in my county are only open until 4pm AND are closed on the weekends.  Does that make any sense? 

No, not for me either.  So I took off those two days just in case something happened on Thursday, I could deal with it Friday.  Turns out - all the schools in the area are CLOSED today and tomorrow!  So ALL the teenagers with the moms were there to get their permits and drivers licenses, etc.  Just shoot me.  What kind of odds is that? 

So I get my little number and it says the wait time is 13 minutes.  Ok, I can deal with that.  Over an hour later, I get called in.  Like I was going BONKERS!  So of course I had my P&Qs all covered again (got to prepare for everything!) so I was out of there pronto. 

Now here's where Nebraska is different again from Ohio.  They take your picture etc but then you take a piece of paper into another room where they give you a temporary paper ID.  They tell you'll get your real ID in the mail.  OOOOOOOOOOK if you say so.  So how do the homeless get IDs?  Things are getting twisted here in Nebraska! 

I almost forgot the most important thing!  So I was sitting there for over an hour and I just realized - what if I don't pass the vision test?  I will have waited for nothing!  Why was I worried about the vision test?  Because of my experience this summer getting my renewal license at the Ohio BMV (or DMV..whatever!).  Check out this post for more details:  LASIK.  I had gotten Lasik done many years ago.  So no glasses/contacts.  I took my vision test in Ohio in July and could not ready the numbers!  They were all blurry!  Somehow I passed - I have no idea how.  So that really scared me so I went to get an eye exam where the doctor was very condescending.  Very discriminatory towards Lasik patients I think.  Anyways, he said yes I barely passed the exam - I think my eyes are 20/35 and 20/40.  Which turns out, weren't as bad as I thought since after Lasik they were 20/25 and 20/30 I believe.  They could not get my vision any better than that (and NOR could the eye doc with glasses).  So yes, they've gotten a bit worse and I have a lifetime guarantee so no worries. 

ANYWAYS, so I was dreading the vision test.  I take the test and I could see EVERY number!  I mean a couple 8s might have been 6s but all the rest were simple as pie.  WAY easier than Ohio.  Weird.  But hey, I'm grateful! 

So after that, I headed home but since I hadn't had any coffee to this point (wanted my teeth white for the picture lol), I hit up Starbucks.

Got me a Venti regular coffee. 

By the way, my picture was NOT good.  The lady had me look at a blue dot below the camera so I'm looking down.  Looks weird.  Maybe that's another weird Nebraska thing.

Oh and if you're wondering how things are for me since I moved, they aren't good.  In like every area of my life.  I don't wanna be all doom and gloom but it has honestly never been this bad for me.  Just trying to keep my head up as much as I can.  Wish I could talk about some of it on here but I cannot. 

Saw this quote on Facebook today and it is definitely something that will try to keep in mind.


And doesn't this look yummy? :) Had to end the post with some yummy food!

1 comment:

  1. I am exhausted just thinking about all you have to do girl!!! HOLY COW! And how overwhelming it must be to you! I am praying for you that things get better and I am sending my love to you from VA!


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