January 27th, 2004

serious Oracle

more on the 'home' front

As I mentioned earlier, Don spoke with the realtor today. She has already sent (via email) NINE HOUSES for us to look at. I'm half in love with one of them already.

We need to talk to a mortgage consultant ASAP. I have a feeling that if this happens, it's going to happen quickly.

I feel a bit of a tool for asking, but... think good thoughts for me, if you can spare them.
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Driver's License Renewal, NJ style...

... that is, SUCKY.

I posted this on Sheroes as well, since I felt the need to spew. It rightly belongs here, and so I will post it. Lookit me! Not a word in ages, and today I'm downright chatty!

Y'know, I recall the not so far distant days when one could simply go into the DMV with their soon-to-expire driver's license, hand over the fee and get a new unflattering picture taken. Somewhere between ten and thirty minutes later, a new license would be in hand. Piece o' cake.

Not so in Glorious New Jersey! It may be in response to accusations that NJ's government has not 'done enough' to counter the Terrorist Threat, or it may just be that NJ and its Department of Motor Vehicles is an enormous pain in the posterior*, but whatever the motivating factors, the new license renewal system is a trial.

Upon renewing your driver's license, you must now present a total of six points of valid identification. This must include at least one primary document (ie, a birth certificate, military id, current passport, etc.) and at least one, but not more than two, secondary documents (social security card, current driver's license, medical insurance card, etc.) You can see the list of all the accepted documents here, if you are interested:

Maybe I'm wrong to be so prickly about this. Maybe there is a real, valid threat that they are eradicating with this sudden overweening vigilance. I don't rightly know WHY my back is up over this. I guess I feel like I'm being punished, somehow. Like I'm untrustworthy. Underhanded.

There is this, too. When I finally read the paperwork they sent with my renewal form (and I only did that after someone else told me what it was about; I assumed it was about new vanity plates, per usual), I realized that the pertinent documents I needed were all filed away together, in a single envelope, so that they might not get scattered... and I had NO IDEA where the frell I'd put said envelope. I found it in good time, and my license is now renewed for another four years. As they didn't tell me to smile, I stare, somber, from the laminated card. And I wonder, "What did I do that they need my #$%*@ marriage certificate?"

*no surprise there - when I switched my license from CT to NJ, they made me take a written test first. And I got to pay fees for the privelege of doing so!
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we hear from the mortgage consultant tomorrow. just knowing our annual income, she didn't foresee any problems.

thing is, my credit record is not spot-on-brilliant. there have been a few snags. nothing huge, mind you, but snags nevertheless.

I decided I really like the 1900s farmhouse, even though the rooms are small. And the Cape Cod with the fieldstone fireplace and porch. Or, I could just wait until I actually get to see the houses in person and then fall inappropriately in love with places we might not be able to afford.