On Mon, 06 Nov 2006 07:29:23 GMT, CyberDroog
<[email protected]> wrote:
>I finally had my drivers license updated the other day. Even though
>virtually anything will do as identification for voting in Wisconsin, it
>does make registering less of a hassle.
>I was way behind also. The address on my previous license was two
>apartments ago, and after having Lasik surgery I never did update my
>license to remove the vision correction restriction.
>I was on one of my many recent two days without sleeping benders and I kept
>on running into barriers that, to my great surprise, were easily resolved.
>First I went to Sears to have my eyes checked and get the form for the DMV
>testifying that I no longer require vision correction. I'm still virtually
>20/20 five years after Lasik. I had the surgery done to correct
>nearsightedness. I'm now just a tad farsighted. At least the optometrist
>could detect that I was. But when he showed me the examples of corrected
>and not corrected, I couldn't tell the difference.
>Anyway, he didn't have any forms for the DMV since he doesn't perform Lasik
>and has no need for them. He said I should get the form from the DMV and he
>would fill it out.
>Pulling out of Sears, it occurred to me that I was just a few blocks away
>from the doctor who performed the surgery. So I went there to ask them to
>sign off on my vision. They said I would have to have another exam for them
>to do that. But they did give me the form.
>So I took the form to Sears, filled out my personal info, and waited for
>the doctor to come out and sign off. Turns out it was a pre-printed form
>and the other doctor's name, address and such was already on it. I asked
>him why he couldn't just cross that out and put in his information, and he
>said that the DMV wouldn't approve it that way.
>Now I was irritated. I had time to get to the DMV and get the form, but not
>enough time to get back to Sears, have it filled out, and then get back to
>the DMV before it closed.
>So I went to the DMV, resigned to the fact that I would have to come back
>the next day to get my license.
>Now this had occurred to me before - why is it that you even need a form
>when they can check your vision at the DMV? Well that's exactly what I
>found when I went to the information desk to ask for the form. The guy just
>said "We can check your eyes." and handed me the form to update my license.
>Great. I was going to get it done that day after all. So I wait for my
>number to be called, walk up and present my form, get my eyes checked, then
>guy enters everything into the computer and says that will be $4.
>So I go for my wallet and find a grand total of $2. No problem, I offer him
>my Visa card. The guy doesn't take it, and says "Sorry, we only accept cash
>or check. But there is an ATM in the lobby."
>Okay. That'll mean a service fee since it is a private ATM, but I want to
>get this done. So I go out to the ATM, swipe my card, and... blank screen.
>I can hear beeps, and could tell from the beeps that the thing was working.
>So I hit cancel.
>Now I was pissed. I'm not aware of the laws on this matter and may have
>been risking a felony, but I reached done and unplugged the ATM and plugged
>it back it.
>It worked! I took out $300. I know it's just a psychological gimmick, but
>whenever I'm forced by circumstances to pay an ATM fee I take out the
>largest amount my bank allows in a 24 hour period. The $2.50 ATM fee is
>then a smaller percentage of the transaction so I don't feel that I was
>boned as badly.
>Great! I went back in, handed the guy my completed form and a $20 bill. He
>tapped a few keys, gave me my change, and directed me to the photo area.
>The photo hadn't occurred to me. I was holding Buddha. I asked if that
>would be a problem and the photo guy said no, just hold him low and I'll
>let you know when he is out of the picture.
>What's up with that? Are Wisconsin cops too dumb to look at the license and
>tell which one is me?
>I got the photo, and then got my license. Low and behold, it is only the
>second time in my life that I have actually liked the photo.
>So it all worked out. Well, one glitch. The guy neglected to enter the fact
>that I had checked the organ donor consent. So the license doesn't specify
>that I consent to organ donation. Which I don't. Why did I check the box
>then? Because my wife did on hers. Frankly, I don't care either way. I
>don't want to discuss the issue beforehand though which is why I usually
>But hey, if I'm brain dead go ahead and take anything you want. My wife
>knows to give consent should I ever end up in that condition. My eyes are
>my best feature, so there is going to be a real fight over who gets them.
>There could be a stampede of blind people fighting to be first in line.
>I'm not sure how valuable my heart and lungs would be after all the years
>of smoking. But I drink very little, so my liver might be fair game. Hell,
>make some pate and give it to Hannibal Lector for all I care.
>But, just in case the technology comes around, I'd like to be cremated with
>my penis intact. My apologies to some poor guy who has been Bobbitized, or
>some poor woman who is getting a sex change, or even some poor woman who
>wants it stuffed and mounted for personal use, but it just seems too
sounds like you had a successful day in spite of the world, or that
you made it one. Good to have happen once in a while.