Tuesday, February 23, 2010
So this morning I had to go to one of any sane person's least favorite places to go. The DMV. I had an appointment to take the written test (needing to have a CA license instead of a FL one). When I pulled into the parking lot at 9:30, there was a line outside, all the way down the sidewalk along the building. I started to get nervous because I had told my babysitters I would be back around 11am.
Perhaps. But I was right all the same. Even with the monster line.
I went inside and couldn't figure out where to go at first. What is it about government places having so many signs and yet I still can't get where I need to be, first time around? The first DMV worker I spoke with said, "You don't need an appointment for the written test." My reply? "Oh, well I have a 9:40 appointment." So he directed me to another desk and said to go next to the big line at the desk, but that I didn't need to get IN line.
Okay, I can handle that.
I get to the right desk and am told to get in the big line.
I kept my cool and said I had an appointment and that I had been directed to this desk and told to go next to the big line, but not in it. The lady doesn't seem surprised. The lady doesn't seem to care one way or another actually. (But that's also typical at bursting at the seams government buildings with employees who have to deal with so many not nice people that are upset about one thing or another.) She gives me an application and a number and tells me to sit until my number is called.
I breathe a sigh of relief that I have avoided the monster line.
I didn't have long to wait after filling out my form till my number was called. Paid the fee, took a picture, gave a thumbprint, and then I took my test.
And then I took it again.
I'm thankful I could take it twice and thankful I didn't take it three times (which I also could have). I was out the door by 11am.
And the girls didn't even miss me. And now I will have a CA driver's license and be registered to vote in sunny CA.
I think I'll go eat lunch now.