Tuesday December 02nd 2008, 8:17 pm
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Tiny Tyrant’s comment made me guffaw and cry uncle: okay, I’ll post!

I got there a half hour early in case I might get any argument as to whether I actually had an appointment, given their system’s mess-up, and with the traffic, who knew how long it would take me anyway; rush hour here starts at 3:00 and I was scheduled for 3:25.  (That muffled sound you just heard was everybody in Vermont patting themselves on the back that they don’t live here, with their thick mittens on their hands and their lined overcoats drawn tightly around.)

It was quite crowded.  I plunked down on the floor while in the first line–I don’t do standing for long stretches very well, and it seemed at first as if this was going to be a very long one.  But it got going in good time.  As soon as I got out of that line, a man offered me his chair, which was very sweet of him, but he didn’t see that there was an empty one behind him.  I did.  So I would say we both won: we both got to experience his kindness, he got thanked for it, and we each got a chair.

It did feel very slow.  This is more due to the fact that I was obsessively clutching my F 143 number tightly in my hand so as not to have to start over and not get bumped to the non-appointment line–and that made it impossible to knit.  I had my ticket to speed.  But in all honesty, I was out ten minutes after my appointed time.  They simply wanted a new picture is all; the clerk knew no particular reason why.

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California DMV had me re-do my picture after only having the license 10 years or so. Only in my case, they decided I needed to take my glasses off. Without them, I am completely blind and I cannot focus one eye. The resulting picture clearly reflects this. I’d be scared to think that squinty, looking-in-the-wrong-direction human was driving a car.

Comment by Deb 12.02.08 @ 8:52 pm

I am surprised they allowed you to sit in line. It seems they have rules and rules in the DMV these days. I’d have to bring a porta-stool.

Comment by Ruth 12.02.08 @ 11:06 pm

Sounds like it went smoothly:)Hugs Darcy

Comment by Darcy 12.03.08 @ 2:44 am

That went rather smoothly for you. Last time I went to the DMV, armed with my knitting, I was immediately called and didn’t even have a chance to knit a few stitches!
Ask me during the next ice storm if I would rather have a traffic jam in California or icy roads in

Comment by Joansie 12.03.08 @ 5:48 am

That last time my license was up for renewal I simply went to the local AAA office. I can’t tell you how awesome this benefit is!! It takes some pressure off DMV (and the state just closed two more satellite offices as of January to save money, which means even longer lines) and it just about eliminated any wait I had. I can’t remember, but I think I got the license in the mail afterwards… but maybe I got it right there? Either way, AAA does the eye test and the photo and takes the check, and it was a short drive (rather than almost an hour) and no hassle at all. I think even if we didn’t use AAA for anything else at all, that benefit would be worth it! ESPECIALLY since I do these errands with small children, of course!

Comment by amy 12.03.08 @ 6:05 am

The final score: Alison 1, bureaucracy 0.

Wouldn’t it be interesting if we could publish reviews on governmental offices, as they do on restaurants? Citizens could look them up online, and decide which branch office had the best rating.
It would be a “reward”, a morale booster for those who got good ratings.

Comment by Barbara-Kay 12.03.08 @ 6:37 am

I’m glad you didn’t have to wait as long as you feared, and glad too that you met a gentleman while you waited.

Comment by Channon 12.03.08 @ 6:53 am

I can just see you “plunking down on the floor” and even worse, trying to get up. Sorry for giggling–I know it isn’t funny.

Comment by sherry in idaho 12.03.08 @ 7:12 am

For most State Govs, getting the DMV right is the highest thing for having your citizens be satisfied, since it is one of the most used services. Seriously, lot’s and lot’s is written about how to get it to work better, but you wouldn’t know it, I know!

Comment by Renee 12.03.08 @ 10:04 am

Government. “hurry up and wait. Oh, and we don’t know why we want you to wait. Just do it” Argh….

Comment by Carol 12.03.08 @ 10:38 am

Sherry, hey, go ahead and giggle. I not only plunked, I scooted forward on my rear and pushed my cane forward on the floor rather than getting up each time someone left the line. While wearing a long (and thankfully black) skirt. Who was it that was teasing me about sweeping all the time?

Comment by AlisonH 12.03.08 @ 10:45 am

I’m glad the wait was bearably short. Hope springs eternal and wonders never cease! 🙂

Comment by Toni Smoky-Mountains 12.03.08 @ 3:31 pm

Sorry, but I need my daily Alison fix. And hey, some of those DMV locations are centered over black holes. Let me tell ya.

Comment by Tiny Tyrant 12.03.08 @ 4:00 pm

Oh, that’s funny. Especially because there was an overhead electronic board stating what the current appointment and no-appointment line times were at the San Jose and Santa Teresa offices. I’ve lived here since early ’87 and I have no idea where any Santa Teresa (street name? Town name?) is. Black hole indeed.

Note that the appointment idea seems only to have been to get people to self-segregate into slow or fast lines; I don’t think they ever checked, and clearly, they were perfectly happy to have people with appointments there show up elsewhere and get into the appointment lines, judging by that board.

Comment by AlisonH 12.03.08 @ 4:16 pm

Ah, yes. The joys of lines and offices and appointments. 🙂

Comment by Jocelyn 12.03.08 @ 7:03 pm

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