Friday, September 02, 2005

DMV Dress Code

I went to the DMV today for a name change. And yes, I made an appointment. Lot of good it did me. I still waited for my number to be called with every other bum and out of work actor in Hollywood. There I was dressed in my work clothes and no one else in the entire place looked like they had a day job. Nothing that required professional attire anyway. Thier t-shirts seem to explain thier line of work. I saw a guy in line with a Redding Smokejumpers t-shirt on. Which I notice because I happen to be reading a book about Smoke Jumpers (In Montana) and at one point they go to Redding to help battle a big forest blaze there.

I don't know what it is about the DMV but there are always the strangest mix of people there, ever. Always one or two people inside that don't seem to have any real business there. Today there was a woman and a man who would cross paths occasionally and gesture wildly in passing. Maybe they knew each other, maybe not. The woman was the most animated. She wore jeans and a cropped t-shirt and a backpack and appeared to be a hard 40. Her hair was stylishly cut in that stick straight style. She was thin and in constant motion walking around the place with papers in her hand and would approach a window and gesture wildly and the lady behind the counter actually seemed to be trying to help her with her form. I wondered why security didn't just walk up to her and ask her to leave.

Then there's the guy on his cell phone pacing the floor and walking outside and back in. All the while on his cell phone talking about this show and that show, wearing "The 40 Year Old Virgin" t-shirt and shorts with skinny legs and sandals. A young girl in a "Los Angeles" t-shirt on her cell phone telling someone on the other end "I'm standing in line right now waiting to get my photo taken. This sucks. I should just use my New York license". And says "I don't know. Call my agent".

So, my number is finally called and I say to the lady behind counter #11 "It was certainly a long wait for making an appointment". No response from her whatsoever. She just took my form and said "Name change?" and I said yes. And she said "$20". I paid and was on my way that fast to the camera line.

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