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Invest 90L is becoming more organized and is forecast to be a sub-tropical or tropical depression over the weekend.

After spending more than $200 over the course of several months I was finally able to satisfy all of the absurd requirements of obtaining my Florida driver’s license that complies with the requirements of the RealID law. I have located my original “Certificate of Birth Registration” that is so fragile that it is subject to actually breaking if you aren’t careful and my original Social Security card, but the Certificate doesn’t have an impressed seal and the design of the Social Security card has changed, so I had to get new ones – a process that cost over $100 and took 2½ months (much of the expense was for ‘expedited handling’ and ‘next day shipping’).

Republicans don’t raise taxes, unless they call them fees so that they are free to double or triple them. 😈

Drumpf cancelled his summit after the North Koreans took umbrage over the threats from John Bolton and Mike Pence. Apparently the current administration isn’t aware of the diplomatic custom of not threatening to nuke people you are attempting to negotiate with. We are still waiting for Drumpf to actually sign a deal with anybody over anything… [Note: it is highly unlikely that the Trump-Kim ‘challenge coins’ will be delivered, or that there will be refunds for those who ordered them.]


1 Shirt { 05.25.18 at 9:30 am }

One good thing about becoming a citizen is that your citizenship document becomes a replacement of a birth certificate. But when I retired the social security officer took one look at it andsaid, “Oh my, we got some work to do”, When I got my social security card, circa 1966, they put down my every day usage name, e.g. Pete Woods. But now the law requires legal birth name and in my case Pete Woods (not my real name) became Petronius Josephus Wilhelmus Van Den Woods. (also not my real name). Do you know what it’s like to sign real estate papers with a moniker like that?

About the Odious Idiot backing out of negotiations with rocket Man. Good move on Drumpfs part. Rocket man would have toasted his croutons. Wonder if I can get the medal printed on a T-shirt with an “Epic Fail” watermark?

2 Bryan { 05.25.18 at 9:20 pm }

Two of my great grandfathers had their names ‘customized’ at Ellis Island. Jakob Johannes Imhof became Jacob John Emhof, and Ludwig Doemke became Lewis Dumka. This occurred despite the passenger manifests of the ships they arrived on. Once in the country you were at the mercy of local officials and their ability to spell your name. I totally understand someone in HR deciding not to type your real name and someone accepting the change as you knew no one was going to spell or pronounce your real name properly. Of course when you have to interact with government officials they are really going to want the ‘legal’ name.

If it wouldn’t involve a bogus lawsuit, I would buy one of your t-shirts in a second.

3 hipparchia { 05.27.18 at 6:16 pm }

ugh. I haven’t had to go through the fakerealID stuff yet. good to know ahead of time what I’m in for.

4 Bryan { 05.27.18 at 8:45 pm }

Everyone you do business with wants to send you e-mail invoices and the DMV wants government and other official mail. I brought the notice for my license renewal and my registration renewal, but they wanted at least one other non-state source so I gave them my latest Medicare summary. The governments are the only ones left who use the mail.

5 Badtux { 05.30.18 at 1:46 am }

I was able to get a RealID pretty easily because the requirements were identical to getting a passport and I got one of them only a few years ago. The lady at the driver’s license bureau was rather astonished by my Louisiana birth certificate though. The State of Louisiana prints those things out on *big* sheets of paper, with fanfold pin feeds on both sides. She couldn’t get all of it into her scanner to scan it! But it had the embossed seal on it, so she had to take it, like it or not, LOL.

6 Badtux { 05.30.18 at 1:47 am }

Oh yeah, I had to bring them a utility bill too. Luckily my city is old fashioned and sends them via U.S. Mail, though they accept payment electronically, go figure.

7 Bryan { 05.30.18 at 2:43 pm }

The government took my passports when I left the service [they qualified as works of fiction, not documents] and I never bothered to get a real one after my ban was removed. [I don’t think they do that any more.]

Pretty much the only people who use the mail any more are governments and junk mailers.