Saturday, November 26, 2005

Laptops, and cars, and exams...OH MY!

Well, I ordered the laptop yesterday. That's the good part. The bad part is that, in order to get no tax on it (my parents live in a state with no sales tax) I had to have it sent here, to their house. This means that I won't be able to pick it up until I come back home for Christmas. Oh well. It was well worth it for the thrill of being able to charge $1200 on my dad's platinum card. Heh.

The car is another story. First of all, my grandpa, God bless his ultra-conservative soul, has a couple of Dubya support stickers on his car. Those are gonna have to go. I'd like to take them off now but I'm afraid it will hurt his feelings. I am fairly conservative myself and I can't even support about 85% of what the prez does, so I don't think I need the stickers. Besides the fact that in the TVPNM it will probably be enough to get my windows smashed in or something. He also has some "God Loves You" types of bumper stickers. Those are going to have go too. I have no doubt that God loves me (and all of you if that's your thing), but I don't need a bumper sticker to prove it. Last time I had a bumper sticker on my car it said "I wouldn't touch you with someone else's 10 foot pole." So, there you go. I'm going to have to find something really classy to put on it, but not until I move far enough away that I won't be driving home a lot...never look your free car gifthorse in the mouth, that's what I say.

Also, in relation to the car...I had to become a resident of my new state in order to get in state tuition. Because my parent's state has no sales tax, and the car is coming from there, I am going to have to pay sales tax on the value of the car when I register it, which has to be in the next 30 days. In other words, my state is punishing the state next to it for not having sales tax by trying to discourage people from going there and buying big things like cars and then bringing them into my state. What I'm trying to say is that registering the car is going to cost me between $400-500. I guess I understand the premise behind the rule, but the whole point of the car being a gift is that I can't afford to buy one for myself. It probably goes without saying that I can't afford the $400 either. All I can say is, thank God for parents who can afford to help me out...I'd be so screwed without them. I'm going to try to remember to think about that every time I drive my new car or peruse the internets on my new laptop.

We went and saw the new Harry Potter movie last night...I really liked it. I haven't really had a chance to sit and peruse my usual amount of internet news and stuff due to being down here, so I don't know what everyone else is saying. But I thought it was 100% better than the last one. Of course, I don't read the books, so what the hell do I know.

Last night I had nightmares about exams. It's going to be a long haul the next two weeks to teach myself all of Crim Pro before the exam. It's a class that meets five days a week, and I am about 20 reading assignments behind, although some of the cases I've read for other classes or work. Still though, there's going to be some craziness I think. My last big Legal Research II memo is due Thursday, then I'm basically done with that class except for one last small timed memo next week...but we only get like an hour to do it, so win or lose, it's only an hour.

I am not looking forward to leaving tomorrow morning, but I have to say, given the way my mom's been feeding me, it's probably better that I leave or else none of my new clothes are going to fit. Geez.
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