It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.
I've written about the Department of Motor Vehicles before, at least here and here. In the latter link I discussed my recent scheduling of today's DMV appointment.
The only time I could schedule an appointment that (probably) wouldn't conflict with work was today at 9:30--I had a 2-hr prep period (none yesterday) that ended at 10:00 but that was the best I could do. I left school at 9:10 and arrived shortly before 9:30.
The line stretched out of the building and down through the parking lot. Not at all remembering my experience outlined in the first link above, I went to the front of the line and sure enough, there was a very short line for those of us with appointments. Walk-ins at this particular office are a nightmare.
I got to a window, checked in for my appointment, and was given a number--now I had to wait like everyone else. However, my number was called before 9:35, so that wasn't bad at all. The woman at the window I was sent to ignored me for about a minute and then graciously acknowledged my presence.
I had to renew my driver's license and get a new picture because my last picture was 15 years old; I figured while I was there I might as well renew my motorcycle registration, which I received a few days ago. The lady took my registration paperwork and asked for a check for several dozen dollars. I asked, "How much for the license renewal? I can write just one check." Her reply: "It's got to be two checks--two different systems." Of course there are. I wrote a check and she handed me a new registration and license plate sticker. Then she directed me to another window.
The lady at that window was waiting for me. She gave me an eye test which I barely passed; I wear only one contact lens for "monovision", so my left eye is uncorrected. Wearing one lens gives me 20/20 vision and depth perception, and allows me to see up close and at a distance without putting on reading glasses or the like. I didn't realize that I needed at least 20/100 in both eyes individually in order to pass! After spending a few moments focusing and such I was able to succeed. If I remember in the future, I need to take my glasses with me to such appointments and not wear my contact!
Then I was sent to the line to get my new picture. Got it, was given a temporary license, was told I'd receive my actual license in 5-7 working days, and off I went.
I got back to school at 10:00. My class started at 10:05. The teacher who had planned to cover for me in case I was late was just opening my classroom door. All told I had been gone for 50 minutes.