I'm not in California anymore.
Never has this been more evident than the last 2 weeks. If you've ever had to deal with the California DMV, you know that whatever it is you need done will be a daunting task.
Need to get your emissions tested? Need to register your car? Need to apply for a driver's license? Need to replace a license? Expect long lines and surly employees.
Need to do more than one thing? Expect to spend at least one whole day at the DMV.
It's painful. But part of life.
As a new Oregon resident, I needed to get a new driver's license and register my car.
First step? Get my emissions tested. Which I blocked out hours for. Because that's what you would do in California.
It was the easiest process of my whole life. In and out and the employees were so freaking chipper and friendly, I thought maybe I'd landed in Oz.
Then the DMV.
First step? Drivers license. My number was called up so fast I missed it and had to ask for a new number. Seriously. I wasn't expecting to get called up right away. I paid my fees. Showed my documentation. Took a written test. Which, is all fancy now. I haven't taken that test since 1996 and let me tell you. Fancy. Then the eye test. Then they hustled me over to get my picture taken (Which turned out crap of course. Why do I make the weird faces? WHY?). And I was done.
And with the exception of the guy who issued my eye test, who was terrifying, everyone was super duper friendly. Bizarre. I thought it was a national law that DMV employees hate their jobs. I mean, I would. I would be all surly and unpleasant. Just because I could. Maybe eye test guy had transferred from another state. Because he was scary.
The one hiccup was that I couldn't get my car registered. Turns out (and they didn't post this online) that I need more paperwork on the title of my car (because, you know, the bank owns it) that I didn't need in California. So that's gonna have to wait a while. But they were even nice about that. So weird.
They say keep Portland weird. And they mean it. I think this qualifies.
22 hours ago