Not the Best Way to Start the Day (Or the Year)

Today started out normally enough.  Coffee, shower, shave, dress for work, more coffee to go.  Things didn’t start to go downhill until the colorful red and blue lights lit up behind me on the way to work. First off, kudos to the trooper for being a consummate professional and making an unpleasant situation as palatable as possible.  Turns out he’s from my home town. Go figure.

It seems that DMV had neglected to inform me that they had suspended my car’s registration over some vague insurance issue.   According to his fancy-schmancy license plate reading computer, my insurance had been cancelled and my registration suspended as a result.  That came as a surprise to me as I’ve had the same insurance for ages and had just made this month’s payment on New Year’s Eve.  Through the geeky wonder of a phone app, I was even able to confirm that my policy was happily in force with no sign of having been cancelled.  Nonetheless, driving with a suspended registration isn’t an infraction that a LEO can use discretion on; it’s an automatic misdemeanor summons.  Hello, Bantam courthouse!

So as I sat there in my car that couldn’t be driven to work or back home waiting for a ride somewhere, I called DMV to see if I could sort this out.  To say that DMV’s music on hold is hideous would be a gross understatement.

Eventually my call was answered by a very helpful gentleman by the name of Nigel.  I’m unsure how such a helpful individual came to be employed by DMV but, hey, never look a gift horse in the mouth.  Nigel was able to trace the problem to some sort of hiccup back in June when they’d received a cancellation notice from my insurance carrier immediately followed by a reinstatement.  He couldn’t understand why my registration had been suspended but that might also explain why I never received any notice in the mail.  It doesn’t appear that any was ever sent out.

My insurance being current and without any actual lapses, Nigel was able to immediately revoke the suspension.  Unfortunately, the reinstatement will take a day or two to percolate through all the state’s computer systems — particularly the law enforcement systems attached to those tireless license plate cameras. So here I am stuck at home because I’m still not supposed to drive my car until I receive something in writing from DMV proving my registration has, once more, been blessed by the gods of administrivia. Hopefully that will show up in tomorrow’s mail.

So now I’ve missed a full day at work and will miss another tomorrow.  I’m missing my Tang Soo Do class tonight which really ticks me off.  Last, but by all means not least, there’s still that summons which will cost me another day off from work to go to court so the whole thing can get thrown out.  Just to add irony to  injury, tonight’s class is in the same complex as the courthouse…

This is not a good way to start 2015 and I am not amused.

Exercise on this day: Ahneso Phakuro Cha Gi: 32 Kicks (L&R) · Ahp Cha Gi: 32 Kicks (L&R) · Crunches: 14 · Leg-raises: 14 · Push-ups: 14 · Squats: 14 · Tollyo Cha Gi: 32 Kicks (L&R) · Yup Cha Gi: 32 Kicks (L&R)

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