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GoddessOfGuinness Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-25-07 06:09 PM
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MVA Hell
It started with a forgotten emmissions test about a month ago. I received a letter informing me that I was going to have to get it taken care of or I wouldn't be able to register my car. So I took care of it, and waited patiently for my forms to arrive in the mail.

But they didn't arrive. So I went to MVA today with a copy of the emmissions test in hand. Once there, I was informed that an unpaid parking ticket was holding up my registration. I admit it was my own stubborn fault. I just didn't realize that there was such a thing as a 24-7 parking meter in Baltimore, especially when the fine print on the meter was unreadable and there were no signs saying when the meters were in effect. Then, when I returned to my car after my gig, I allowed myself to slip into a serious state of denial.

Anyway, the nice lady at MVA gave me a place in line and a phone number to call and take care of the ticket. I dialled the number from my pay-as-you-go cellphone and was put on hold for about 15-20 minutes ($$$chomp, chomp, chomp$$$). Right after the phone was answered on the other end, I heard this obnoxious "Beeeeeep" from my cellphone. "Time to top up your phone!" Well shit.

So I paid the damned phone ($$$chomp, chomp, chomp$$$). Then I dialled the ticket number again, and waited another 15 minutes ($$$chomp, chomp, chomp$$$). The pleasant woman I spoke with was able to give me the citation number and the cost of the ticket; but then she said I'd need to call yet another number to make the payment ($$$chomp, chomp, chomp$$$), then I would need to call her back to give her the confirmation number and a fax number to send the info to ($$$chomp, chomp, chomp$$$).

I must say, Chip was most congenial and efficient as he took my info over the phone ($$$chomp, chomp, chomp$$$), and I didn't have to wait long for them to take my money. Another 10 minutes later ($$$chomp, chomp, chomp$$$), the ticket info lady took my call again, and faxed the info to MVA. I was able to get some knitting done before my number popped up at the window.

Then a woman who was most decidedly in foul humor took my ticket number and stared at me. Silly me, I thought she wasn't going to call my number until she'd received the fax; but of course she had no idea why I was there and proceeded to chew me out for not realizing that to begin with. Then she asked how long ago the ticket lady had said she'd send the fax. I estimated about 15 minutes, then was told I'd need to wait about 10 more minutes and step up to window 6 (or was it 666?) to see if my fax had arrived.

I knitted some more, then went to window 6, where a polite gentleman told me the fax had not yet arrived. He suggested I wait another 10 minutes or so. I knitted some more. I knitted a lot more. I returned to the window and exchanged eyerolls with another woman who was waiting for a fax to come through, then I sat down and knitted a lot more again.

An hour later, the eyeroll woman excitedly walked up to me and said, "I think he has your fax!" If I'd had a beer on me, I would have given it to her. I picked up the fax and returned to the grouchy woman, who must have had lunch and felt better. She then took my check ($$$chomp, chomp, chomp$$$), including a $30 fine ($$$chomp, chomp, chomp$$$), and sent me on my way.

I know...There's nobody to blame but myself. But I'm still gonna gripe about it. :beer:
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some guy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-25-07 06:18 PM
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1. dang!
Sorry. :hug:

At least you got a knitted house cover out of the deal. :P

:beer:

:hug:
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GoddessOfGuinness Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-25-07 06:23 PM
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3. It'll come in handy in the winter...
to help keep the drafts out. :rofl:
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ThomCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-25-07 06:21 PM
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2. What a good waste of most of a day.
:hug:

You deserve a beer after all of that. :toast:
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GoddessOfGuinness Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-25-07 06:24 PM
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4. Once my kiddo has gone to bed I'm going to have one.
I still have to practice; and I don't practice well while drinking. PUI, I call it! :hug:
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GoddessOfGuinness Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-25-07 10:24 PM
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5. tweaking for hell
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some guy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-26-07 01:55 AM
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6. kicking 'cause you deserve more hugs
and sympathy, and people to pour you drinks. :D
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GoddessOfGuinness Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-26-07 08:07 AM
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9. Awww...
Thanks! :hug:
I had one beer last night and crashed...MVA wears a body out!
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Nevernose Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-26-07 02:11 AM
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7. Parking Tickets vs. Sex Offense (you got off lucky!)
You got off SO lucky! Variations on this theme have happened to me more than once. 120 visits to the DMV, and counting. My favorite was when the DMV said, "Only the court can clear you on this, and then only with a receipt."

Later the same day, the lady at the courthouse told me that, "She was sorry, but I'd have to take it up with the court (that I'd already taken it up with)."

I went back to the court, and they referred me to the parking citation place. Now, as it turned out, the parking citation place was also the same place that sex offenders had to register: a double-wide trailer located under an downtown overpass.

There were 100 guys in line and then ME, a guy who didn't pay his parking tickets because he was too cheap/poor to buy a parking pass at the local University a few years back. I spent an entire day there with my daughter -- and sexual predators who said things like, "Aw, she's a cute kid. She'll be trouble for the boys when she grows up! Yes, ma'am, I'm on probation in Maine for raping a child under twelve; my PO should have sent the paperwork..."
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GoddessOfGuinness Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-26-07 08:15 AM
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10. Oh my god!
Once I was in a hotel with my young son, and a guy looked at him with an expression that sent chills down my spine. My fists clenched; and I could feel myself morphing into primal mother mode. I didn't do anything, of course; but if the creep had tried anything...

I can't imagine being in a trailer full of guys like that.
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krispos42 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-26-07 04:04 AM
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8. I'm sitting here enjoying the clean Minnesota air...
and the complete and utter lack of emmissions testing.

Time to move, methinks.

Had to deal with it in Connecticut. I really appreciated how the amount of pollution my car was legally able to emit decreaed every year, despite the fact that the car was getting older and older with higher and higher miles
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GoddessOfGuinness Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-26-07 08:20 AM
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11. Traffic is so congested around here...
I don't regret the testing...though the fine for being late is horrific. I won't be late again.
My car failed the test, so I'll have to have some work done by October.
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