Miscellaneous Drivel


Inspection Stickers for 2018

The yearly state-inspection ritual for pushing the dastardly deed off for another month has been accomplished.

Last year, the Cooper went through the paces and was awarded new windshield stickers valid until August 31, 2018, as seen on the left. They expired at 23:59:59 Friday.




New inspection stickers for 2019

Today, on the 1st of September, I brought it in to my regular authorized station. The car passed with flying colors, except for a faulty rear windshield-wiper blade.

Mike the mechanic replaced it. Hey, he should be the lead man in a rock-“n”-roll band, don’t you think?

So the car is good to go for another year until 30 September 2019, at which point I’ll push off bringing it in for inspection until October 1st, in order to procrastinate for another extra month.

Incidentally, I received an additional calculator in the mail today. This one is built into a checkbook holder, complete with a pen.

A yearly planner for 2018-19 with an extra pen was included. I really wish charities would stop sending me these things!


Number one, I don’t use calculators when figuring out my checkbook balances.

I prefer to exercise my mind while doing the simple arithmetic involved. I’ve read that it’s important to quiz one’s intellect to ward off Alzheimer’s Disease.

Number two, any planning that needs to be noted is done so on my personal computer’s calendar, which copies itself to my smartphone. All these trinkets sent to me are extraneous garbage, and should end up where they belong.

OK, I’ll probably send that organization something when I do my bills on the 25th. They really know how to make a person feel guilty.

Like with the last calculator I received and placed on the junk shelf, the respective charitable association sent me a letter yesterday, asking if I received the device along with their check for $2.50; and that was written on the outside of the envelop for everyone at the post office and the mailman to see. The blatant correspondence is now sitting in the pile of junk mail to be sorted also on the 25th.

Some good news arrived for me this past week. I had entered a summer-season photo contest sponsored by the Delaware River Basin Commission, and was notified by the nice communications specialist for the governmental organization, informing me via e-mail I had won. What a surprise. I had forgotten all about it.

Here’s the link for the press release issued, in case you might be interested: https://www.nj.gov/drbc/home/newsroom/news/approved/20180829_summer-contest-winner.html

Here’s the photo that won:


Click on the above image to view the full-size photo.

That’s the second photo contest I’ve won this year. The other was from Riverfront North’s monthly affair. Here’s the link with their announcement for that one: https://twitter.com/RiverfrontNorth/status/958747001876819968

This was the photo that won:


Please click on the image above for the full-size photo.

Thanks for allowing me to boast a bit, as most everyone does on Social Media when they’ve accomplished something—or even when they hadn’t—and as always, thanks for your continued support. Enjoy the rest of your Labor Day Weekend.


About Mike Slickster

As an early retiree with an honorary doctorate degree from the proverbial "School of Hard Knocks," this upcoming author with a lot of free time on his hands utilizes his expansive repertoire for humorous yet tragic, wildly creative writing that contains years of imaginative fantasy, pure nonsense, classic slapstick, extreme happiness and searing heartbreak; gathered by a wealth of personal experiences throughout his thrilling—sometimes mundane or unusually horrid—free-spirited, rock-'n'-roller-coaster ride around our beloved Planet Earth. Mike Slickster's illustrious quest continues, living now in Act Three of his present incarnation, quite a bit on the cutting edge of profundity and philosophical merriment as seen through his colorful characters, most notably evident in the amusing Thirty Days Across the Big Pond series, all of which can be found at Lulu.com.
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