This is my sole accomplishment of the day- I got a car title and plates. My poor nanny has gone to the Texas Department of Transportation six times and her daughter and her friend have each gone once attempting to complete this task. And yes, every time, the state required another piece of paper, usually signed by some unattainable third party. And yes, every time, the request was a little different. In Texas's defense, a car title isn't that difficult to get in this state, but this one had all sorts of mitigating circumstances that needed to be waded through. Buying from an individual does not always work- especially individuals that don't provide the proper paperwork and disappear after the sale.
For the record, I'm not that altruistic. Just realize every time she went to the TX DOT was at least three to four hours that I spent with a newborn and an almost three-year-old. Government agencies can tax my patience, but not as much as a three-year-old. I do night duty, but I need a break during the day!
So, I guess this is quite an accomplishment, because I got it done today in a little over four hours and with only two trips.
What's this bonus piece of paper, you ask? Oh, that was the speeding ticket I got on the way to the DOT the second time. 63 in a 50 for a fine of $195. And my vehicle inspection sticker is expired. That's only $20 fee if I get it done in the next two weeks. He didn't wack me for not having my current registration sticker displayed (it was in the glovebox) or for having an insurance card that expired in 2007. So, thank you, Mr. Robles for not making it any worse.
Yes, I have mixed feelings about the accomplishments of today.