Following Ray’s one word titles of late.
So Tuesday morning I decided to go take the test and get my motorcycle license. I arrive at the Department of Public Safety Driver’s License branch at 9 AM. The parking lot is 3/4 full, but I figure all I have to do is take a test. Should be on the fast track. Go in and the seat are 70% full. I get the form from the information desk and sit down to fill it out. I notice they don’t ask about the helmet exemption which reminds me I have no money. “Hey I wonder if I have to pay a fee to get a new license?”
At this point I should have just gone to work. I’m obviously too stupid to pass any kind of test. But instead I go ask the information lady. Did I mention I have a number? It’s 21. In the 10 minutes I’ve been sitting there they haven’t called any numbers so I don’t know how far down 21 is, but it can’t be more than, well, 21, so it shouldn’t be that long.
Told you I was stupid.
The woman tells me there is a $15 fee. I say I’ll have to come back another time. She says there are ATM machines at each end of the road at the gas stations. She also says I should have time to go there before my number is called, and if not she’ll remember me. That was very nice.
So I hop in the car and go to first gas station. Their ATM is out of order. I call work and let them know I’m going to be seriously late. I go to the other gas station and its ATM is also out of order. I ended driving to downtown Humble and going to a Wells Fargo bank.
I get back to the DPS and it is almost 10. I’m sure my number has been called. But alas no.
I sit in the waiting room for at least 40 minutes until I’m allowed the privilege of standing in line. There is one worker at the 17 terminals handling the line. I stood in that line for an hour before giving them my paper work and taking the eye test. Now I get to take the test.
The testing area is visible from the line so I got to watch a bunch of people take tests while I waited in line. All of them were taking the commercial drivers license tests. In the hour I was watching 8 people took the test and none of them passed. And they get to take it twice. This can make us feel good or bad. Good if it means the test is so hard only the best get to drive 18 wheeled trucks behind me on the highway. Bad if you figure they can take it again every day until they pass and eventually all of these idiots will get on the road. Behind me on my motorcycle. I was tempted to ask to take the test just to see how hard it was.
I took the motorcycle test and passed. Paid my $15, lowered my official weight 3 lbs, confirmed I had a CHL and got a new picture taken. I have a temporary motorcycle license and will get my new card in a couple of weeks.
It’s now 11:15 AM. Might as well get lunch on the way to work. Half a day shot dealing with the bureaucracy.