Saturday, March 21, 2015

Random Observations from an Afternoon at the DMV

  • The DMV attracts a potpourri of people. And not necessarily in a sweet smelling way.                                                                                           
  • Chloe and I spent the entire time whispering so as not to get our butts kicked from humorous comments gleaned from people mocking watching. We also tried to laugh quietly and wipe our laughing tears before they ran down our cheeks.
  • The sign that says NO ABUSIVE LANGUAGE OR CONDUCT is up for a reason. This has probably been a problem at some point…..possibly it is a daily problem…..and I think I know why.
  • Most of the people that work there seem very crabby. Nothing you do will remedy this situation.

  • The first thing Chloe said to me was, “I don’t think I like it here.” (I hear ya, kiddo.)
  • There were several large wads of human hair under the chairs in front of us. I can only imagine the circumstance that caused them to appear.
  • All signs are handwritten and stuck up with tape. Can they not order appropriate signage? At the very least, does no one there have a computer and printer? Or access to a laminator?
  • We hoped for “sunglasses on her head lady” because she seemed the nicest. We hoped against “handwritten cashier sign lady” because she was very frowny faced.
  • We heard “sunglasses on her head lady” say to the man in front of us, “If you don’t have that part memorized, it’s written on the wall.” What?
  • It was hard to figure out when we were going to be next. F 229, F 230, H 111, B 124, H 112, H 113, A 145, F 231. We were F 231…..which should follow directly behind F 230. This is not the case. I think they do this to keep us off balance and make sure they somehow have a mental advantage.
  • At one point someone was called to “Window 10.” This must’ve been a super secret window because there were only windows 1-6.
  • While Chloe was taking her vision test and reading off line 5 “sunglasses on her head lady” (Yay! We got her!) was in no way paying attention to her answers. She was instead filling out a form. This makes me a smidge concerned that many of the people on the road may not actually be able to see the road.

  • Roaming DMV workers wore lanyards with laminated name badges. We were impressed that they were not handwritten with stick figure pictures.
  • Three lanyard wearing workers were needed to help translate a test for one person.                                                                                                      
  • Apparently speaking English is in no way a requirement to get a driver's license.
  • The handmade “No Cheating” type sign was the only sign where highlighter was applied to stress the importance of said sign. However, a man taking the test, opening his wallet, and reading off a card was in no way reprimanded, even though there was a official lanyard wearing man nearby.                                                                                                       
  • Chloe immediately used hand sanitizer when we got to the car. Please note that we are not normally hand sanitzer using people. Such was the icky.  
  • Chloe passed with a 100%. I’m sure some people pass with a D-. These are the people with whom we share the road.                                                                                                                                                 
  • All's well that ends well.