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Living Outside the Law

March 23, 2018

If you’ve followed along with us since our time in New Orleans you’ll remember I sold Wanda the Honda our first month there, as Louisiana Insurance and registration fees combined were outrageous and Tony and I really don’t need two cars right now. Well, I sent my car off happily to live with another family and hadn’t thought about license plates or registration since.

That is until two weeks ago when my boss at Ritual Chocolate asked me if I’d been given a hard time by any officers for having plates that expired last November. I was shocked… Surely they weren’t expired, Tony was always very on top of that sort of thing and I’d been pulled over a few days ago and the officer told me I had a tail light out and that I needed to replace the cracked windshield. Not a word he said about anyone’s registration. But sure enough, I went out and looked and a glaring “11/17” Sticker gave it away. I was officially living outside the law and had been mindlessly speeding up and down the mountain roads (Speeding safely Mom, if you’re reading this) and had no idea the fines I could have faced.

So in the event that you find yourself in Utah with Colorado plates that expired last November when you lived in New Orleans, and neither of you noticed till now here is what to do:

  1. Look up penalties for driving an unregistered car. Realize that $1,000 is a lot of money.
  2. Look up how long you have when moving to a new state to register a vehicle. Discover that you are two days past the allotted amount of time.
  3. Consider selling the car that’s in Tony’s name to Savannah so that it looks like I just bought it.
  4. Realize your insurance took effect in January (because you were responsible about that) and would rat you out.
  5. Look up requirements to get your vehicle registered in Utah. Cross your fingers that you will pass the emissions test.
  6. Look up requirements for getting a Utah drivers license which is a prereq for getting your car registered. Begin studying for the required written test (really Utah?)
  7. Realize your rental agreement is all you can produce as proof of residency and it will also rat you out for being late.
  8. Look up the fine for being late getting a Utah drivers license. Decide $10 dollars isn’t’ too bad.
  9. Wonder why it is that you must show proof of residency to register your vehicle within 60 days of moving but that you cannot establish residency until you’ve lived in Utah for a year.
  10. Realize your passport is expired. Look for Tony’s Birth Certificate. Realize his mother has it in Wisconsin.
  11. Open a bottle of wine and decide that it will all be fine.

Spoiler alert: It was all fine. We passed the emissions, Tony’s Mom shipped him the certificate, he passed the written test, and we are now the proud new owners of some snazzy, Utah plates and Tony is very displeased with his new license picture.In other news Tony and I visited the Gilgal Sculpture Garden last weekend which I stumbled upon by accident trying to find something else. It’s this unique, tiny garden that is hidden away right, smack in the middle of a bunch of houses. The sculpture artist was a devout Mormon and it was fascinating reading about his work. You can read about him and take a visual tour on their website at gilgalgarden.org/. We visited on a snowy morning and were the only ones in the garden for most of our visit. We’ve been trying to do one, new thing a week to force ourselves to get out of our routine. Let us know in the comments if you have any recommendations for Utah or what adventure you’re going on this week, wherever you’re reading from!And last but not least I cannot say enough good things about the Salt Lake Culinary Center, as a place to work, a place to take cooking classes, and just a place where amazing people end up at every day. My friend, and also Chef Instructor, Paul Morello snapped this photo for me while I prepared a simple, Cuban salad in his class, Havana Nights. He reminds me of Paul Childs from the movie Julie and Julia and besides being an excellent chef, he is starting a business importing and distributing specialty foods at chefoodsusa.com so be sure to check out his website in the near future! And If you live in the Salt Lake area take a cooking class! I’ll be teaching through the end of April and I’d love to see you! But you’ll be in great hands with any of the instructors on staff, they are truly amazing people. You can view the class calendar here www.saltlakeculinarycenter.com/classes/ Thanks for tuning in for our adventures this week, I hope you have the best Friday, it is the first Friday of Spring, after all.

To Be Continued…

March 23, 2018

If you’ve followed along with us since our time in New Orleans you’ll remember I sold Wanda the Honda our first month there, as Louisiana Insurance and registration fees combined were outrageous and Tony and I really don’t need two cars right now. Well, I sent my car off happily to live with another family and hadn’t thought about license plates or registration since.

That is until two weeks ago when my boss at Ritual Chocolate asked me if I’d been given a hard time by any officers for having plates that expired last November. I was shocked… Surely they weren’t expired, Tony was always very on top of that sort of thing and I’d been pulled over a few days ago and the officer told me I had a tail light out and that I needed to replace the cracked windshield. Not a word he said about anyone’s registration. But sure enough, I went out and looked and a glaring “11/17” Sticker gave it away. I was officially living outside the law and had been mindlessly speeding up and down the mountain roads (Speeding safely Mom, if you’re reading this) and had no idea the fines I could have faced.

So in the event that you find yourself in Utah with Colorado plates that expired last November when you lived in New Orleans, and neither of you noticed till now here is what to do:

  1. Look up penalties for driving an unregistered car. Realize that $1,000 is a lot of money.
  2. Look up how long you have when moving to a new state to register a vehicle. Discover that you are two days past the allotted amount of time.
  3. Consider selling the car that’s in Tony’s name to Savannah so that it looks like I just bought it.
  4. Realize your insurance took effect in January (because you were responsible about that) and would rat you out.
  5. Look up requirements to get your vehicle registered in Utah. Cross your fingers that you will pass the emissions test.
  6. Look up requirements for getting a Utah drivers license which is a prereq for getting your car registered. Begin studying for the required written test (really Utah?)
  7. Realize your rental agreement is all you can produce as proof of residency and it will also rat you out for being late.
  8. Look up the fine for being late getting a Utah drivers license. Decide $10 dollars isn’t’ too bad.
  9. Wonder why it is that you must show proof of residency to register your vehicle within 60 days of moving but that you cannot establish residency until you’ve lived in Utah for a year.
  10. Realize your passport is expired. Look for Tony’s Birth Certificate. Realize his mother has it in Wisconsin.
  11. Open a bottle of wine and decide that it will all be fine.

Spoiler alert: It was all fine. We passed the emissions, Tony’s Mom shipped him the certificate, he passed the written test, and we are now the proud new owners of some snazzy, Utah plates and Tony is very displeased with his new license picture.

In other news Tony and I visited the Gilgal Sculpture Garden last weekend which I stumbled upon by accident trying to find something else. It’s this unique, tiny garden that is hidden away right, smack in the middle of a bunch of houses. The sculpture artist was a devout Mormon and it was fascinating reading about his work. You can read about him and take a visual tour on their website at gilgalgarden.org/. We visited on a snowy morning and were the only ones in the garden for most of our visit. We’ve been trying to do one, new thing a week to force ourselves to get out of our routine. Let us know in the comments if you have any recommendations for Utah or what adventure you’re going on this week, wherever you’re reading from!

And last but not least I cannot say enough good things about the Salt Lake Culinary Center, as a place to work, a place to take cooking classes, and just a place where amazing people end up at every day. My friend, and also Chef Instructor, Paul Morello snapped this photo for me while I prepared a simple, Cuban salad in his class, Havana Nights. He reminds me of Paul Childs from the movie Julie and Julia and besides being an excellent chef, he is starting a business importing and distributing specialty foods at chefoodsusa.com so be sure to check out his website in the near future! And If you live in the Salt Lake area take a cooking class! I’ll be teaching through the end of April and I’d love to see you! But you’ll be in great hands with any of the instructors on staff, they are truly amazing people. You can view the class calendar here www.saltlakeculinarycenter.com/classes/ Thanks for tuning in for our adventures this week, I hope you have the best Friday, it is the first Friday of Spring, after all.

To Be Continued…

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2 Comments

  1. Mom is reading this. She is so proud of you for being safe in all your choices. She also thinks that was some great detective work, solving the mystery of How to find your way out of Registration Expiration during your Tour of Great American Culture. Your coolness rating is so high.

  2. Haha thanks, Mom! Coolnessness rating for you is up there too!


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