Monday, September 15, 2008

Normal is getting dressed in clothes that you buy for work and driving through traffic in a car that you are still paying for - in order to get to the job you need to pay for the clothes and the car, and the house you leave vacant all day so you can

afford to live in it.

Ellen Goodman
American journalist (1941 - )

Last night, my good friend Norma called. As we were chatting, something she said suddenly triggered the dim memory of an official communiqué from the Department of Motor Vehicles regarding my health, my driver's license and the word suspension which I may have received while I was so sick back in August. I looked in the too many places I am likely to have put an important document, but found nothing. Mild panic.

Today, I called DMV. Agreed with radio hosts A&G who say that a part of them dies every time they call an American company here in America and are told to press '1' for English to be followed by a directive in some other country's language. Played in more of the phone tree. Finally talked to a real person. Who said that I had missed a hearing!!!! What??! My license was flagged because someone is concerned about how safe I am driving with my health conditions. Did I pass out when I was sick? No. and the notice came WHILE I was sick. Does she want me to believe that a government bureaucracy (without a current budget even) moves that quickly?! Yes, your license is in jeopardy. She gave me another number to call.

Their computer was down. But the guy sounded like a nice person.

Try again. No hearing. Whew! Yet. But, I do need to have my doctor fill out a 5 page form assuring the DMV that I am not a major road hazard and THEN I have to have a hearing with one of the DMV guys. WHY??! Because when I renewed my license the last time, which is supposed to be good until 2012, and I filled out the questionnaire, I checked diabetes and high blood pressure. If I don't get the form back to the DMV by September 26, my license will be suspended. Sigh That's what I get for being honest.

Guess what day the first available appointment with my doctor is.

Yep, September 26.

I called DMV back again and got an extension. I am now good until October 6.

Maybe I had better get my bicycle fixed. While I can still drive to the bike shop.


  1. That is CRAZY!!! I know people who really SHOULDN'T be driving - whether because of health reasons, old age, or just plain BAD DRIVING that are still allowed to drive. You've never had any problems (hehe... except with concrete posts in empty parking lots... lol) with your driving, why on earth would you be suspended? It's not like you've been in an accident or had a seizure at home or anything like that.

    I'm glad you were able to 1) remember in time to do something about it and 2) get an extension so you can get it all cleared up. How annoying.

  2. Oh, good grief. My 91 yr old, half blind, deaf as a stump grandmother just got her license renewed. Last year a new license showed up in the MAIL!! Can you believe that?!
    Granted, she hasn't had a ticket or an accident since 1956, but still. I won't ride with her, and I won't let my kids ride with her.

    Tell Sariah that post jumped in front of you. It is the only explanation. LOL.

  3. yikes! I hope that all gets cleared up. My daughter got tangled into quite a mess with the DMV. It was expensive and ugly.