I'm back again.
I said to the scruffy late 20-something fellow at Emissions Testing as we drove up and pulled to a stop.
How's it going?
Oh yeah, I remember you from last week.
You going to pass this time?
No more 'check engine' light. How was Christmas - if I remember, you were going to spend it with your...sister and parents?
I live with my parents, but only so I can pay them rent. If I didn't pay rent, they'd be out on the street, homeless again. So I pay rent, and they can pay down their debt.
That's pretty cool.
I hope you got some extra big hugs from them this year on Christmas.
I just don't want them sleeping in their car again. And I got what I wanted for Christmas, so I'm good.
Are you into art?
he shook his head.
It's for AirSoft. You know AirSoft? Similar to paintball.
Yeah, I've gone paintballing a couple times. I know what paintball is.
AirSoft is similar to paintball, except you're basically shooting BBs, and our guns are full-size equivalents to the real thing. We play on this 300-acre field and it's intense. My old team won nationals four times, but then everyone kind of, you know, drifted apart with families and kids and stuff.
So I have a new team now. We're still about a year out from being fully ready.
(he went into a list of gear and accessories that I wasn't able to completely keep track of, until he got to the last)
...and I've got a GoPro strapped to my head to get everything.
he said, checking his instruments and papers.
Looks like you pass this time through.
Are you doing anything fun for New Year's Eve?
I don't party much anymore. Not my thing, except when we're camping at AirSoft tournaments.
Whatever you end up doing...happy New Year'!
Yep, you too.
and we drove off in our freshly-DEQ passed vehicle.
Happy New Year's, all!