Don Bauder 7:01 a.m., June 19
Day at the DMV (and dumb NFL players)
My day started off so well.
I got a call from my biggest rival in fantasy football. For 10 years we’ve been going back and forth about which of us has the worst luck. I seem to always have big name players that get hurt, or I play teams that score just a few points more than me; when, had I played anyone else in the league, I would’ve won.
He left a message on my machine. It said “I don’t want to ever hear you complain about your luck in this league again. A player on my team died!”
I hadn’t heard about Chris Henry and his domestic violence thing. I would’ve thought if an athlete died due to domestic violence, it would’ve been Tiger.
Isn’t the expression “a leopard doesn’t change its spots”? Well, it can be said that a “Bengal” doesn’t change its stripes.
Henry was drafted by Cincinnati in 2005, and got into trouble for speeding, driving without a license, marijuana possession, sexual assault, misdemeanor violation, drunk driving, and substance abuse. In 2008 he was arrested for physical assault, at which point the team was done with him. He promised to clean up his act and was re-signed.
He was in a truck with the woman he had three kids with, and some how during a fight, he fell out of the moving vehicle. My guess is…these kids might be better off in the long run.
When I called my friend back and said “Which of your players died, Brett Favre?” He asked why I thought it was Favre. I said “I figured he died of old age.”
The news had a few other interesting stories.
A guy got out of prison after DNA evidence cleared him of the rape of a 9-year-old boy. He spent 35 years in the joint and I’m guessing he’ll be paid millions.
I hope if he had any kind of previous record before being arrested, that he doesn’t get a dime.
One person that will get a few dimes, are the people that owned the high end cars that have been shown on Youtube. A valet service pulled a Ferris Beuller, and did donuts and crazy things in an underground parking garage, with cars that were dropped off. The company that owned the building/restaurant said that valet service was fired years ago. We’ll see what happens when people see their cars smoking on TV.
My day ended on a bad note, since I had to go to the DMV.
I got a number and had to wait over an hour.
I was trying to read the newspaper and a magazine. The woman next to me wouldn’t let that happen. She had a horrible little boy that kept kicking my legs, asking me where I was from, and terrorizing the entire DMV. A security guard gave him a piece of gum. His mom said “If you don’t behave, he’ll arrest you and throw you out of here.” The kid just said “No he won’t!” He then ran to a different area of the building.
The system of numbers is interesting. There’s a letter for the first 12 in the alphabet, each followed by numbers. I got D-081. So, you’d hear a voice say “A-34.” Then you’d hear “B-92.” I’m guessing they don’t just have a long list of numbers because they want to occasionally call some out of order, depending on what your business there is. And they don’t need angry people yelling that they have a higher or lower number than someone else.
The woman on the other side of me smelled like cigarettes.
When my turn came, the woman helping me seemed a bit angry. I imagine with her job, she’s used to people coming up and yelling at her for things that are their own fault.
My problem was easy. And like most people, it was my own fault.
I had sent my registration in back in October. Three weeks later I got a notice that I was supposed to have gotten my car smogged as well.
I went and got my car smogged at a place around the corner from me. They told me that they electronically let the DMV know, so I was set.
After a month, without receiving my registration or tags from the DMV…and a $25 parking citation outside of a restaurant in Hillcrest…I decided to pay them a visit.
I wasn’t angry with the person helping me. None of this was her fault. She looked at the computer and said “The place that smogged your car never notified us.”
I showed her proof I got it smogged and she gave me the sticker. She had problems with her printer as they tried to print out my current registration. After a few minutes, that was fixed and I was on my way.
Now I have to debate what I’m going to do with the place that smogged my car. They had originally told me it would be $25 more without the paperwork from the DMV (when I just stopped by there without it). I went home and came back with the paperwork.
I’m going to ask them for the $25 back. I’m sure they’ll say no.
I’ll settle for a free oil change.