Most people seem to hate their drivers license – usually because of a terrible picture. The reason I dislike mine? The weight. And not for the reason you’d think!
Not that anybody probably notices the small, red print when they card me for alcohol… or cough syrup. Yes, cough syrup. Maybe they do notice but women hiding and lying about their weight is so ingrained in our culture that maybe these generous souls are allowing me to keep my illusions?* My license, which I got almost 10 years ago, claims that I am 220 pounds. Which was accurate then, not so much now.
It is amusing to be ~100 lbs heavier and have it say 220. I’ve had to ask myself why. It is just a number. Why does it even matter? I am always the person to say, “Who cares what people think?” but in this case I do. I guess it comes down to the fact that people make assumptions and I think many would conclude that I’m ashamed of my weight, my body. But I’m not! It is the opposite!
It isn’t even that I necessarily care what others think but it just doesn’t feel “right” to me, as silly as it sounds. It just bugs me. I am 320 pounds, not 220! In most contexts I don’t give a shit about my weight – why this one?
I’ve been considering braving the wilds of DMV just to change that one thing on my license. It sounds ridiculous, right? Am I crazy? When my drivers license renewal showed up at my parent’s house I thought, “Yay! Now I can change it with no hassle!” And I’ve also decided to finally (after 2 years!) to update my address. Well, the great state of California allows online drivers license renewal, but you can’t change your address. I can mail it in and pay by check but can’t change anything other than my donor status. Then I realized my old checks have my old address. Checks that I bought at 17, they gave me 5 books of what, maybe 50 checks? After ~8 years I’m still on the first book. Like I need a new box of checks that I won’t use?
Looks like I will have to make that trip to DMV sooner than anticipated. Or pay online through their antiquated website.
Speaking of government websites… Why are 99% of them are visually offensive, slow and difficult to use? It completely defeats the purpose. Shouldn’t they be accessible? Maybe if we invested in making things more user friendly, etc. people might USE THEM. Ugh. Looking at you State of California!
My hair appointment was delayed until tomorrow. The tread from my tire decided to take flight in the middle of the highway on my way out there this morning… But I got my new tires that people told me weren’t necessary two weeks ago. TAKE THAT! I’m glad it happened now instead in the middle of winter. That would have been a tad more dangerous.
*Sarcasm and stuff.