Yesterday I went to the DMV to get my driver's license renewed. For the last two renewals, they've been kind enough to let me mail in my renewal payments, but this year the letter said they wanted to meet me in person, give me a vision test, and take a new picture and my thumbprint, all for only $32!! Needless to say, I was simply thrilled.
Now, I've worn glasses since I was 15 years old, so I've always had "Corrective lenses" on my license... no big deal there. But this time I managed to work myself into a tizzy because the glasses I wear at home, work, etc. are NOT the same glasses I wear to drive. Both my sunglasses and my "night driving" glasses are a much older prescription; with them, my far vision is very clear, but I can't wear them for regular things like reading, writing, sewing and computer work. The 'newer' glasses (which are older than my son!) that I wear for everything else are better for regular wear, but I can't wear them for driving anymore because distances (including signs) and wide views are blurry, and in the dark it's even worse because of headlight glare. And I can't afford new glasses, even though we have vision insurance through work (it sucks). Anyway, I had convinced myself that I would wear the wrong glasses to the DMV, fail the vision test, and lose my license! Dumb, I know, but I just could not get this scenario out of my head.
Anyway, I arrived at the DMV in a new outfit, figuring that if I were dressed to kill (figuratively, of course!), it would override my anxiety, and I was right. I wore the bat tights and choker in my 'Pre-Birthday Loot' post, along with a black tank and black tulle skirt... AND the right glasses. When I came up to the Appointments window, the guy (who is probably a few years older than I am) broke into a huge smile and said, "I LOVE that choker, where did you get it?" Then when he saw my first name on the form, he reached out and shook my hand, and said, "I see you're Old School." I asked, "So you're one of us, then?" And he grinned, put his finger to his lips and said, "Shhhhh!" Goths working at the DMV... Go figure!
By this time I was feeling much better, but the grand prize came when I sat down to wait to be called, noticed the vision test signs on the walls, and realized I could read them from the middle of the room! The letters were small and it was tricky, but I could actually read them. When I got to the counter and took the test, they looked HUGE. It was a total piece of cake. Whew... I walked out with my temporary updated license, no problem.
So I get my new license with new picture in a few weeks. Maybe it will actually somewhat resemble me. And I'm wearing my new choker in the pic! Life is good.