This morning I received an email from myself--one that I sent 5 years ago from futureme.org. I specifically sent it to be delivered today because of a problem I encountered 5 years ago.
See, my school district keeps track of all sorts of things about me, including when I need to get another tuberculosis test (every 4 years) and when I need to renew my teaching credential (every 5 years). What's interesting is that they tell me when I need to get a TB test but don't tell me when I need to renew my credential. They have people whose sole job it is to keep track of that, why can't they send me a reminder the way they do for the TB test? Heck, even the DMV sends me a reminder when it's time to renew my driver's license!
Lots and lots of us were down to just a few days left before our credentials expired when finally someone at the district told us. Yes, I understand it's my credential, yada yada, but again, the district has people whose sole job it is to track things like this. Anyway, I had to jump through hoops and get a temporary credential, or an extension, or something, and then get the real thing. This took a lot of time down at the district office after school and I didn't want to go through that again.
So I sent myself an email, to be delivered on September 1, 2015. And I received it this morning. So I just finished answering a bunch of questions online (no, I'm not being investigated for any felonies, and no, I've never been fired from teaching, etc), paid $102.50 with a credit card, and now I'm magically able to continue teaching for the next 5 years. I'm still curious what that money is actually for.... Five years ago the fee was about $70. Go figure.