I arrived at work on Monday morning, parked my car, then walked through the parking lot to get to the front door of the building. As I walked along, being the car enthusiast I am, I checked out everyone else’s vehicle. I do this every morning. If someone has even washed their car, I will notice. I notice cars that are parked less than perfectly. I notice when someone who always backs into a spot has nosed in for a change. I notice when someone is driving a different car than the one they normally drive. I am strange this way.
So, it’s not that unusual for me to notice a vehicle that has never been in the parking lot before. Of course, at a school, there are always different cars on different days: substitute teachers or secretaries or special education assistants, teachers who only teach a few days each week, teachers who teach full-time but at different schools on different days.
But this rather beat-up gray Ford Windstar mini-van (the scourge of North America, mini-vans are! But I’ll save that for another post.) was not only new to our parking lot, it also had an expired insurance decal on its license plate. It had expired on May 31, 2009 and Monday was June 1, 2009. All insurance decals that have been issued in BC since January 1, 2009 have been lime green. The decal on this van is orange, marking it very clearly as last year’s.
I don’t know whose van this is! I’ve been discreetly asking around, but it’s been three days now, and I still haven’t been able to find out! I don’t want to embarrass anybody by making an announcement over the PA system: “Will the idiot who’s driving the dirty, old, gray Ford Windstar mini-van – which is the scourge of North America, by the way – PLEASE check the calendar and renew their insurance?! If you can’t afford insurance, take the bus, you moron!”
I’m just trying to be helpful, after all.