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One more item has been knocked off my 40 by 40 list.
On Tuesday I went to the DMV in my tuxedo to retake my driver’s license. Two things immediately struck me…I could still fit the tuxedo (I bought it almost 8 years ago), and I am extremely glad I made an appointment in advance. Those people without an appointment had to wait a minimum of an hour and a half…standing in line for 90 minutes…at 1pm on a Tuesday afternoon!?!?!
Anyway, I must say that I definitely gussied up the place. I think I should run errands more often in a tux. For others, it adds a bit of surrealism to an otherwise mundane setting, and for me it made me feel like James Bond (if only I could order martinis at the DMV).
Here’s an example of the tux I wore (except mine had a slightly smaller bow tie):
I didn’t bring my own camera with me to the DMV because the whole point was to retake the photo on the license. Looking back now, I wish I would have had my own camera. The DMV now has these new cameras with some kind of high-tech facial something-or-other software that finds your head and snaps a tight close-up photo of you from the chin up. Before my picture was taken, I told the woman why I was here, and she decided to help me as best as she could. After the picture was taken, she let me look at it, and there’s a hint of the white collar and a tiny bit of the black jacket, but not much. It’s mostly face.
The actual license comes in the mail within the next two weeks, so I’ll place a copy here when it arrives. But for now, I’m adding this challenge to the DONE column.