Monday, July 26, 2004

A comedy of errors

Here's an amusing tale from my daily life.

I left with three tasks: deposit some money, arrange to take defensive driving for a speeding ticket, and fax something to the university.  I get to the bank, drive up to the ATM, and realize that my check isn't endorsed and I don't have a pen.  So I decide to postpone the deposit.  However, I need gas and head to the gas station.  Unfortunately, my check card hasn't been activated since I lost my old one; the ATM would have done that.  I have to take $20 of the cash I planned on depositing and pay inside.  As I'm leaving I realize that I still have my bag from school in my car with has a pen in it.  I go back to the bank and make my deposit.

Next I head over to the justice center to sign up for defensive driving.  Everything is going well until I hand her my insurance card: it expired in April 2004.  I tell the clerk I must have grabbed the wrong one and head back out to the car.  I seem to remember getting the new card in the mail but not putting it in my car; luckily, since we're in the middle of a two-month move, I have a bag in the car that has miscellaneous junk including the new card.  So I take it back inside, but it turns out this card is for October 2004 to April 2005!  Both I and the clerk are dumbfounded, and she has to undo everything she just spent five minutes doing.  When I go to the car something makes me check the bag again and sure enough: there is the April 2004 to October 2004 card, right where the other one was.  I go back in and do the whole thing all over again.

When I get to Kinko's to make the fax, a woman is taking the only working fax machine so I have to get an employee to do it behind the counter.  That machine doesn't work and he has to take it into the office.  It take three attempts before the fax goes through.

I think that says all that needs to be said about my day so far.  Now I need food.

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