Saturday, August 22, 2009

Six Word Saturday

Soon I will be me again.

For those of you who don't read this blog except for the six words they might not make sense but believe me they do.
To recoup I went to open a bank account and discovered I didn't exist. The Patriot Act required that the bank certify I had a valid Driver's License , Passport, or State ID. Well my passport has expired and so has my Driver's license. So I did not exist. They said go to the DMV and get a State ID.
But the DMV wouldn't give me a state ID because I didn't have a valid Driver's License or Passport. Exciting huh. Makes sense huh!
The fact that I had an expired License and Passport which would say to any logical person I was a citizen just didn't count. Instead of an ID the DMV gave us an identity scavenger hunt sheet. You had to get one thing from each of three columns.
I did not leave the buildiung, get a cream pie and come back and hit the evil laughing lady in the face. I wanted to but I didn't.
Instead I came home and contacted the Marquette County , Michigan Clerk's Office on the internet. For $50 they were willing to send me a certified copy of my birth certificate. The only thing in column one.
It arrived the next day and yesterday we took the scavenger list and what we had accumulated to the DMV. With great reluctance they accepted it. I had my picture taken and in ten to fifteen days I'll get my ID card.
Then I will exist again. I will no longer have expired.
Wow! Look at all the words it took to explain three words.
But soon I will be me.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I say why dont department people inform individual about the status of licence etc. etc. in advance.

(I wanna be a traveler)

1:40 AM  
Anonymous Quilly said...

So, who are you now if you aren't you yet?

1:55 AM  
Blogger Bridgette said...

Oh no! I hope you are you again very soon too!!!!

4:16 AM  
Blogger Magical Mystical Teacher said...

Dr. John’s lament:
“Oh, to be myself again,
just as I once was!”

My Six Words

5:39 AM  
Blogger Call Me Cate said...

Oh the joy of jumping through hoops of paperwork. I'm glad you were able to sort things out without too much hassle.

Thanks for playing along with 6WS.

6:00 AM  
Blogger LoieJ said...

An acquaintance of mine has an intellectually impaired adult daughter. Social Security once called the house asking for the mother, but the daughter answered, misunderstood, thinking they meant her grandmother, who is deceased, which she said. SS cut off the mother's SS payments. Proving you are un-dead is much harder than proving you exist, it turns out. If you had been born somewhere that doesn't have birth certificates, you still wouldn't exist.

6:12 AM  
Blogger Drahdrah said...

Sounds terrible... Bureaucracy is so stupid ! I'm glad that you managed to get things ironed out (relatively quickly)!

6:19 AM  
Blogger Lindy said...

The government at work! Oh, don't get me started! Glad you can be you soon!

6:27 AM  
Blogger Baron's Life said...

Let us know when you get your new ID so we can welcome you back to the world...Born again Dr. John

I did not leave the buildiung, get a cream pie and come back and hit the evil laughing lady in the face. I wanted to but I didn't.

Well you should've buddy

6:57 AM  
Blogger monica said...

Sorry that you had to go through all that work just to get to be you again. Stopping by from 6WS!

6:59 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Wow, what a nightmare, that's our government for you.

I hope you get your new i.d. soon and can be back in your own skin!

BTW, we're kinda neighbors, I live in MN! Thanks a lot for Favre too, LOL!

7:05 AM  
Blogger Melli said...

Actually... I think you never ceased to be YOU... you just ceased to BE. As best I could tell, you remained YOU the entire time you have been NOT. I am very anxious for you to BE again though... and I can't believe they couldn't hand you that card 10 minutes after they took the picture! In Maryland we walk out with ours... *shrug* ... it's the least they can do when you've been ceased for two months!

8:03 AM  
Blogger hope said...

Great "come back" as it were.

Maybe next time you could print a few pages of your blog comments to prove you exist.

Nah. They'd probably want us to provide a photo I.D. ourselves.

Have a great weekend!

8:14 AM  
Blogger Jinksy said...

Then you'll know the answer to the question 'Who am I?'! :)

8:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is such a problem. I don't understand why they can't do it like in the past when you just take the license in and get a new one expired or not. Your still you even if your ID expires! Glad you where able to get you back but wished you didn't have to go through all that trouble.

8:41 AM  
Blogger Melissa B. said...

Hope everything works out for ya!

11:26 AM  
Blogger Amy said...

Congrats on being you again.

11:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't care who ya are really...I like ya either way :)

11:52 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I hate the DMV!
I needed an ID for Princess. I took in a bunch of paperwork, and of course they wanted something different.
Hopefully you won't be lost in the mail..

12:17 PM  
Blogger Dulçe ♥ said...

Yes you exist again...Why are we just depending on a piece of paper... My little son does not have an ID yet. So is he nobody?

12:41 PM  
Blogger betty said...

Good to hear its all coming together, but what a hassle for sure!!

(it would have been neat to see all those geese hanging around your place! I'm not sure what the little guy (Koda) would have done with those; thanks for the comment :)


3:46 PM  
Blogger Diana said...

Hi Dr. John,
I think that life is just a series of obstacles and it is our job to try and jump over and under them while trying to remain in good spirits. We were never promised that it would be easy. But I must say that now that you once again officially exsist, You jumped that hurdle quite well!
Love Di

4:12 PM  
Blogger Barkley's Mommy said...

I thought I was the only person EVER to be "lost" by the DMV. I, this week, was told by the state that they have no records of me ever having a driver's license. (Mind you, I had my expiring license in hand, and have been licensed in my state since 1980!) I have been informed that I must re-take a road test, a written test, and complete "alcohol awareness training" before being issued my "first license1 Needless to say, I still do not have a new DL. (Insert appropriate swear words here!)

4:37 PM  
Blogger Kathleen @ Measuring My Life said...

That's crazy - good to hear you got it straightened out. Thanks for stopping by earlier.

6:40 PM  
Blogger Carma Sez said... gotta love the bureaucracy. Glad you will be un-expired soon :-)

8:39 PM  
Blogger Dragonstar said...

It's much the same everywhere these days - seem to be a LOT of non-people about! I'm very glad you'll stop being "non" soon.

Just clawing my way out of a long bout of "don't care". Glad you're still around to keep us cheerful.

3:28 AM  
Blogger Akelamalu said...

I'm glad to hear you will soon have your identity back Dr. John. :)

5:53 AM  
Blogger Lizze said...

I hope this nightmare is over very soon. I recently went through something very similar; it's insane. The best part is when their own web sites don't have the correct information about what you need in order to get certain things. The right hand clearly has no idea what the left is doing anymore. So sorry you ceased to exist for a while. Perhaps you can have a "birthday party" when you return? :)

Happy belated 6WS to you! :)

6:59 AM  
Blogger Jan Holt said...

WOW! I'm glad you are nearly unexpired and back with us again. That explains why you were having trouble breathing on my blog all right! :-p

Hope your Sunday is serene.

9:20 AM  
Blogger anthonynorth said...

I no longer have a passport or driving licence. I don't exist either. Except when they want something from me. And they don't like being asked for their ID.

2:42 AM  

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