Standing in line at one of our fabulous Government offices you can sure see a vast group of people, I love watching people and most of the folks I meet are really great, but others either make you laugh or scare the heck out of you.
I watched one man stand in line for what seemed like forever, and when he got to the front of the line he made a right hand turn and walked out the front door, he happened to be in front of us so now we were next in line, I didn’t know whether I should make a break for the door or just go ahead with the business at hand.
He came back in just as we were called but made his way to the back of the line without ever making eye contact with anyone, I wonder how many times he walked out the door before he made it to the counter.
Another lady who made it past the red line you are supposed to stay behind until called, began her conversation with a bit of Spanish and a shrug of the shoulders, the clerk asked her if she spoke English, the lady shrugged her shoulders and shook her head.
So you are saying you don’t speak English, No hablo Inglés along with another shrug of her shoulders, OK let me see your Social Security card, I don’t have one, you don’t have one? No I never got one, You never got a Social Security card and you don’t speak English either?
This is when the shoulder shrugging young lady got up and headed for the door, I guess she should have not learned English so quickly, I was actually impressed at how quickly she learned.
Our business after we got past the red line was actually painless, I decided that attempting Spanish at the counter was not in my best interest, so I neither embarrassed my wife nor myself, and I was not forced to make a break for the door either.
Our next visit was to our AAA office, we always go there when it is time to register the car, stepping through the door you know everything is going to go smoothly, quickly, and you will have no reason to make a break for the door.
This time we walked right up to the counter to meet a new person working there, she asked for our AAA card and signed us in, What can we do for you today? Cindy told her we needed to register the car so DMV services is where we wanted to go.
Do you have paperwork from the DMV, Cindy told her Yes, May I see it then, now this was a first so Cindy handed her the envelope, we have a problem she informed us.
Jimmy’s name is not on your AAA account, why is this a problem, all I want to do is register the car, Your name is not on the DMV paperwork so Jimmy will have to register the car, and he cant do it on your AAA card.
Since Cindy is still recovering from her recent surgery her fuse has been a bit short, after Cindy explained to her that we always do our DMV business here and that there should be no reason why we can’t do business with the same card we have always used, because “For God’s Sake He Is My Husband!”
The lady responded with “I’ll be glad to help you fill out a membership application for Jimmy” this is when I had to place my hand gently on my wife’s shoulder and guide her toward the door, I sure would have hated for her to have ripped her staples out climbing over that counter.
Today she went online and registered our car, it was much easier, there were no lines to stand in, no service reps to deal with, and everything went smoothly until I asked; While you were online did you sign me up for a AAA membership?