April 26, 2019
I Almost Lost It Today
No matter what I had to do, I HAD to get this problem fixed today before the next six days of rain. I was willing to take the sections of downspout apart and hose out any debris with my garden hose if I needed to. I put the ladder away, grabbed a screw driver in case I needed to disassemble the downspout. Exciting times here ....
Once I pulled all of that out, that 80' of water in the gutter came out like a waterfall. Right into the drainage system like it should and away it went. Although I know I have to dig up and reinstall new drain tubing because most of it is plugged up with mud after 20 years.
Only what I needed to do I could NOT do online.
It was the card I got in the mail the other day telling me about the new "Real ID-compliant" drivers license that I will need after October 2020 to fly on a commercial planes or enter any federal facility. I thought I'd get that added to my new license. THIS IS WHERE THE FUN BEGINS. (long humorous story)
Seems simple enough.
You will NOT believe where this story goes.
I drive the 12 miles on a two lane highway with that one special driver that is going 40-45mph in a 50 mile speed zone and since it is Friday the on-coming traffic is solid .... meaning I never have a chance to pass this slow ************ but I am calm as I walk into the BMV. I touch the pad and get my receipt for a number, and I am next in line.
I sit down and answer her question of what I needed. I presented the post card I got in the mail while explaining my license was coming due and I'd like to do it all at once. I handed her my drivers license with my name and street address on it ... SHE CAN'T USE THAT AS PROOF OF RESIDENCY ... no shit!!!
I hand her my birth certificate and my military retired ID card for the showing her the social security number. I also gave her my 2018 property tax to prove my residency as well as my water bill. (the only thing I get in the mail because my life is all electronic now)
THIS IS WHERE MY PULSE RATE BREAKS MY APPLE WATCH !!! OFF THE ******** CHARTS !!!!!!
She hands back the property tax that shows my name and street address telling me "I cannot use this for proof of residency because it is over 6 months old !!!!" I'm stunned ... speechless ... I pick up the post card to re-read it to see if there is anything I missed about the 6 month requirement. THERE ISN'T A DAMN THING ON THAT CARD TELLING ME ABOUT 6 MONTHS ANYTHING ... only "Two proofs of Indiana residency"
She then wanted to really piss me off and send me over the edge ...
"I can't use this either, I need your social security card"
Butttttttt it says on the card "social security card OR OR OR OR proof of a social security number !!!!!! My ID card has that number !!!!!
Nope, can't use it.
"In fact that card they mailed out is all wrong, I hate it and they should have sent you this" as she holds up a one page 8-1/2" x 11" filled with lists of things THEY WILL ACCEPT FOR residency and social security number.
THEN .... she proceeds to tell me how much trouble married couples have when they come in the BMV trying to get the new REAL ID-compliant .... I DON'T CARE ABOUT THEIR PROBLEMS !!!!! I DON'T ....
I followed what the card said and I want my ********** Real ID-compliant card !!!! That's all ... it's simple. I'm not driving another 40 miles to get this stupid ass card. What does it matter ... they are going to let prisoners and illegal immigrants vote by 2020 so who gives a shit if I have a card to get on a plane or in a federal facility ???? Who cares ???? LOL
Well it didn't happen. I renewed my drivers license, took an eye test to confirm to them I need glasses to see distance and since I was in a cheerful mood I had no problems getting a new photo for my new drivers license. Customer service at it's finest. :)
To relieve my stress I went directly to the vet across the street and bought Heidi and Stella's NexGuard for ticks and fleas ... plus asked if they had any soft chews for people since all the ticks like me more than the hounds.
I decided when I got home after all that excitement and my downspouts were clear for the next 7 days of rain, UNLESS THE FORECAST IS WRONG, I needed a siesta. It was perfect with a cool breeze blowing through the windows ... what a couple of hours of sleep won't do for ya.
Afterward I was motivated enough to mow the yard ... it looks great and is ready for a few more inches of water, even though a few spots had enough water for me to mow through.
I really did remain pretty calm in the BMV but I had a chance to let it go and fire away ... I just don't like the idea of having the police called because "some old man is down here going crazy" ... besides the hounds need someone to feed them and let them out a million times per day. LOL
A great day here in 'the tropics' of Southern Indiana.