|RJinx once rescued me from the Titanic. True story.|
RJinx: Hey, you must be a parent. ;-)
Look at it like surfing.
Just ride the wave.
If you fight against it you will drown yourself
and keep yourself from getting where you need/want to be.
If you just ride the wavy and
let its energy guide you, you will reach the shore....
8:50 AM: Pick up Bluejay, a 10-yr-old student who is not my biological child.
8:54 AM: See cop lights flashing quietly behind me.
ME: Good morning, officer.
Nice, slightly hot OFFICER: I pulled you over for speeding back there. Um, did you know you were going 53 in a 40 zone? Do you have any reason to need to go that fast?
ME: Um, no good reason.
OFFICER: Well, I'm going to let you off but I will need to see your license, insurance and registration.
ME: Of course, of course. (rummaging in the Car That Vommited VBS Supplies) Um, I'm afraid I can't find my registration.
OFFICER: Okay, well, sit tight, let me check this out.
OFFICER: Well, it seems as though your insurance card isn't current. See here? It says expires 2009.
ME: Oh, well, that's just the card. The insurance is current.
OFFICER: Thing is, I do have to give you a ticket for that.
ME: Of course, I understand.
OFFICER: Did you realize your driver's license is expired?
ME: Yes, at the end of June.
OFFICER: Afraid not. It expired on June 12, your birthday.
ME: Of course this is happening to me. I'm on my way to Vacation Bible School.
OFFICER: Well, I can't let you drive there. Is there anyone else in the car who can drive?
(Bluejay scrunches; she is in the front seat though technically she shouldn't be. Fortunately she looks mature enough he doesn't question.)
ME: No, I'm afraid not. I can - no, I can't call my sister, she doesn't have a car with enough car seats. Um. Well, my mother - no, she's at Annual Conference. Um, can you give me a minute to try to call someone?
OFFICER: Oh, sure, sure. I have to go write up your court summons, anyway. (At my look) It's just, it's mandatory for driving with an expired license. But I'm not going to ticket you for speeding or not having your registration or not having current insurance.
ME: Thank you for being so understanding.
OFFICER: No problem. And we'll just wait here until someone can come pick you up.
(which happened thirty minutes later, after Bluejay and I decided to walk to Starbucks)
MR. AERIN: Well,now what?
ME: I need to renew my license.
BLUEJAY: And I want to come with you!
(drive 20 minutes to DMV)
ME: Oh my god.
MR. AERIN: What?
ME: I forgot my driver's license. It's still in the Odyssey.
MR. AERIN: Maybe it won't matter, let me check.
MR. AERIN: It's good, they'll look you up by your SSN.
ME: What about a current insurance card?
MR. AERIN: I had Allstate fax a current copy to my office, and my co-workers are standing by to fax it to DMV.
EMAIL (on my iPhone) from Fritz: Present for you.
(with a link, that I didn't check until this evening, but...well, you see for yourself. I should have looked sooner!)
FB, 10:45 AM: 10 yr old student, a cop, a court summons, Starbucks, DMV, profuse amounts of self-loathing, all before 11am. Today sucks /major/.
RJinx: Ride the wave, young woman.
I sent you positive juju.
Although I am looking forward to this blog post. ;-)
TEXT MESSAGE FROM JS: On the flip side, you'll look cute in one of those orange jumpsuits.
DMV Worker RICK: Hi, how are you?
ME: I've had a terrible day, actually.
RICK: Well, let's see if we can make it better.
ME: I need to renew my license, which expired, but I don't have my old one with me. I was told you could use my SSN.
RICK: Sometimes we can.
RICK: What's your #? (I give it to him) Name? Address? (checks, checks) Okay, it looks like we're good.
ME: Oh, that's awesome.
(eye test, answer three questions, I feel good)
RICK: Well, it looks like your day might be getting worse. I can't give you your license.
RICK: It doesn't match the name in the Social Security database.
RICK: About six months ago we merged data with their systems, and now we have to reconcile everyone.
ME: But my name is long, it won't all fit on a driver's license.
RICK: We have foreigners who have much longer names than you do.
ME: (doing Lamaze breathing) First, let me ask: could you give me my license if I had my old one?
ME: That's good at least. But you're telling me I have to go somewhere else and get something changed so that I can come back here and renew my driver's license.
RICK: Yeah, there are only three offices within a 50 mile radius, and they really don't answer their phone lines, so you'll just want to go stand in line.
RICK: Good luck with that. Next!!
FB, noon: Now DMV is telling me that Social Security doesn't recognize me. Now I have to prove I exist.
RJinx strangely silent
CW Response: Just drop my name and I'll vouch for you. I'm a former government bureaucrat lackey. We all know each other.
KRS Response: Call the IRS, they'll confirm you!
12:30 PM: Drive home to get passport and social security card.
12:59 PM: Arrive home.
ME: I have to pee.
MR. AERIN: I'll get your stuff.
MR. AERIN: Hey, honey?
MR. AERIN: They're not here.
FB, 1PM: I might have to cry.
RJinx:This is my shoulder.
FB, 3PM: So....I can't find my SS card or my passport. And I can't request a new SS card without a valid license (well, I can, but I'm going for dramatic, here, people). I feel like a complete and total failure as an adult. #utterwasteoflife
FB private message from RJinx
good mother? check
good friend? check
treat others with dignity and respect? check
hot tamale? check
It all comes out in the wash.