This is how awesome the heavens are:
My car is now legal. Viva Brian! Don't ask me what he did for his $460, as he certainly didn't fix the CV joint (Brian: "You don't mind a bit of knocking do ya?" Weasel: "No, it keeps me awake"), and paperwork is clearly not his forte (Weasel: "Do you have the inspection sheet?" Brian: "Er... um... no"), but he took it back to the original garage to get it reinspected*, and they were happy with it, and if they're happy, I'm happy.
I have also, ahem, come into some cash.
Tutor Smartypants rang me up last week.
"Are you around next Tuesday?" he said.
"Yup," I said.
"It's just that you've been invited to an awards ceremony," he said.
"Eh? Why?" I said.
"Because you've won an award," he said.
"Waaaaaaaagh! Which one?" I shrieked (calmly and dignified like).
"The one for being top student with best grades etc etc," he said.
"Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha [etc]" I said (slightly hysterical like).
"So it'd be really good if you could be there to pick it up."
"Oh yes," I said (The award is COLD HARD CASH).
"And while you're there," he said, "You could pick up the other one too."
"The other one?" I said (not at all quick on the uptake like).
"Yes, the I** G****** Award for Excellence in Journalism. You won that as well."
"Excellence!" I spluttered, choking on the irony. There were several people in my class who are excellent reporters, far more excellent than I'll ever be even if I did it for a thousand million years, however they all flunked shorthand so didn't get their diplomas and therefore weren't eligible for any of the awards. Just me and another girl were, and the less said about that the better.
"Indeed," Tutor Smartypants said. "Well done."
The I** G****** Award for Excellence in Journalism is also cold hard cash and it is just about enough to pay for a flight home.
* I checked - I'm daft but I'm not that daft
** I have deleted the name of the awards in case google ever reveals to the awards people how I have described their hefty and impressive piece of silverware (see next post). I don't mean any offence, I just can't believe how fucking big it is.