I do. I really and truly do.
Yesterday, ready to head down to Orange Country to take photos, I realized my driver’s license was gone. Did the usual; search and destroy the clean-ish house, yell at my family, call everywhere we went the day before, but it was gone. Sulking, I went back to my laptop to make an appointment online for the DMV. The earliest they could get me in was on July 15th at the DMV on Hope St. So not my local DMV.
After putting my drama on plurk and twitter, I decided to see what my local DMV looked like for walk-ins. For appointments and walk-ins, the time for waiting for 0:00. I grabbed my stuff, gave the laptop one last look; walk-ins 0:03. Despite having expired tags and no driver’s license, I sped down the street and 3 minutes later pulled into the parking lot. I walked into the DMV at 12:07 and got my form and number (G214). G209 was called as I started to write my name. By the time I finished the form, they were on G211 and it was 12:09. I sat down, plurked a message and as soon as I hit send, G214 was called. I don’t remember the name of the gentleman who helped me, only because I was out of there with a new temporary license in 7 minutes.
I went to Chano’s (yuck) afterwards and it took more than twice as long to order and receive my food.
But I was struck by the difference between this and my experiences at the DMVs in Hollywood and Santa Monica. The last time I went to the DMV in Hollywood, I had an appointment and still spent almost 3 hours there. So, much love to the Lincoln Heights DMV. You guys restored my faith in state run departments.