Saturday, February 9, 2019

February 9

I was prepared to tell you how today is my favorite day of the year. No, it is not my birthday; rather, every February, I take a trip to South Jersey to see my accountant to file my tax return. Admittedly, this is one of the small luxuries I allow myself because my finances are not nearly complex enough to justify the $450 fee he charges. However, for that fee, I walk into his office, bullshit about sports or New Jersey politics for 10 or 15 minutes, hand him my W-2, my mortgage information, some investment stuff and by the time I get back home, there is a message on my machine telling me what my refund will be and an email in my inbox with a link to "sign" the papers so they can be filed. It is worth every penny to have this chore handled professionally and in a timely fashion.

But today, on the way down, the low tire pressure light flashed while I was cruising down I-295 at about 70 miles per hour. I pulled over to the shoulder, checked the tires, none of which were flat (thank god) but in an abundance of caution, called to reschedule. His office is a good 45 minute drive, and I was just a few minutes into the trip. 

I have never had this happen to me before. Hell, until about 4 years ago, I did not even own a car that had a low tire pressure sensor. Thankfully, I was able to make my way back toward my neighborhood and stop at a gas station. I put air in all four tires, but the light stayed on. Frustrated, I drove home. I calmed down. After an hour, I drove over to the local tire shop. I did not know my car has a button that resets the tire pressure light - I needed someone there to show me. The light went off, the technician told me that probably means it was weather-related (it happens in winter) but to keep an eye on it. He did not even charge me, which was a plus. 

At least I did not let it ruin my day. I went to the gym and ran six miles. I will make next Saturday my favorite day of the year instead.

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  1. My low tire pressure is always on (I ignore it like typical woman). But…it comes on if the tires are not exactly 36. If they are 33,34, light is on. It’s annoying. It’s on every morning when it’s cold.

    Better luck next weekend. And hopefully your taxes aren’t too different. We get a refund, but are getting about 2,000 less back. Grrr.

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