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Ah, the DMV

Coming home last night, I was again struck by how idyllic life is. My neighbors grow gardenias and night-blooming jasmine, both of which are in flower right now. The smell in the evening is ineffably fine - I imagine for the rest of my life catching a whiff of it will instantly transport me to the walkup street I live on, in view of the ocean with flowers everywhere.

The DMV is an excellent tonic to excessive satisfaction. I finally went and got my California Driver's license, surrendering my last vestige of Pennsylvanian-ness. My phone number, my car, my driver's license, voter's registration - I'm officially a Californian now. I took the test (failed the first time, oh the shame!) and got my picture taken. I waited to get my temporary paper license. And waited. And waited. Finally the DMV employee asked me what I was waiting for. I told him. He said he had already given it to me. I assured him he had not. He printed out a slip of paper that said my license had already been issued. I assured him I didn't have it. He realized he had given it to someone else - (for god's sake, someone named Osama!). I asked him what I could do. He said it was my problem, and I'd have to apply for a duplicate, if the real one didn't show up in the mail. If I wanted a temporary license right now, I'd have to pay the fee again, and get a duplicate immediatley - which would invalidate the permanent license which would be mailed to me, until such time as I brought it in and exchanged it for the duplicate.

Mind you, all I did was stand there. Thanks DMV! Your careless errors cost me money and time!

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vivesse3
Mar. 5th, 2007 08:06 pm (UTC)
Two of my 3 most favorite flowers. So I know exactly how you feel since when mine are in bloom, just a whiff makes the day at least a decent one.

Welcome to the California DMV. That is why I'm so happy I'm moving from one part of California to another as opposed to moving back to NY.

Having to deal with the DMV regularly for work, I know your woes. But I'm sorry anyway that the experience sucked.
nixieq
Mar. 5th, 2007 09:04 pm (UTC)
whoa -- HE fucked up (and majorly so), but YOU have to pay? game all THAT for a fuck of soldiers. that sounds like "i'd like to speak to your supervisor" time. (then again, if you'd rather pay the money instead of waiting LONGER, i can see how that would be appealing.)
aghrivaine
Mar. 5th, 2007 09:07 pm (UTC)
The thing about the DMV is, I have no recourse. I have to have a driver's license, and I can't get one from anyone but them. So I'm stuck - he says he gave me the license, I say he didn't.

He has the power, he wins.
blanchemains
Mar. 6th, 2007 12:34 am (UTC)
Do you have a membership in the Auto Club (AAA)? Even if you never need the towing service it's worth the membership because they have DMV services *right inside* the AAA offices! It's much faster and easier than the regular DMV- which I never, ever visit because I have the Auto Club.

It may not help you out with your license, but for anything registration related you actually do have a recourse.

I was standing in the (practically endless) customer service line at Walmart the other day having my soul torn and wondering why the place seemed so familiar. What was it that particular combination of long lines, listless, surly employees, stained ceiling panels and faded linoleum tiles reminded me of? Then it hit me! Of course! Standing in line at the Walmart customer service is *exactly* like being in line at the DMV!
oedi
Mar. 6th, 2007 01:17 am (UTC)
Congrats and Welcome to California and the lovely place that we call crazyville, the DMV.
greensilk
Mar. 6th, 2007 02:19 am (UTC)
Talk to a supervisor and bring a tape recoder and record everything they say. Its amazing how much more cooperative they are when you record everything. But make a complaint, its your right, and they fucked up.
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