Son of a bitch! I couldn’t change my name today because I was misinformed about the process. I went to the SS office and they told me the copy of the divorce settlement wasn’t enough– I needed to have a certified copy of it before they’d change my name back. AND I would have to drive halfway across the valley to do it, since the office I went to “no longer handles new card processing.”
First of all: Well, aren’t WE fancy with all that “certified copy” business? All it ended up being was a copy of the same paper I had with me, but with an embossed stamp on it. I had to pay $26.50 for the privilege of watching Bunghole Dude slumped behind the Records counter do this down at the courthouse. The same courthouse I have been trying to avoid even looking at since me and NX went there to file for divorce. That day was just so crappy. I hate when I drive down the freeway and see the building. It really blew to go in again, stand in the exact same spot where we stood in line on that day, waiting to file. The same spot where I tearfully asked him: “Are you sure you want to do this? We don’t have to do this!” Ugh. Today I didn’t cry, though; I just sucked it up and did what I had to and got out of there as quickly as possible.
Second: Since when does a social security office not process new cards? I was just there two years ago in that same place, getting my new card when I got married. Oddly enough– I am only a week off; I got my name changed the first week of December, two years ago. As I walked in the door, I felt like I should have yelled out, “I’m BACK, bitches!!” But anyway, today the place was quite empty when I pulled up and that should have been my first tip off that this location might have “issues.” Last time I was there, I waited almost two HOURS before I got to talk to anyone. I guess my conveniently-located SS office now only does stuff like social security benefits and all of that. No wonder a lot of old folks were shuffling around… the ratio of young to old in that place this morning was definitely skewed. But COME ON. Social Security is all about those little cards. How could they have just two measly locations that do this now; two locations to serve a metropolitan area with millions of people? Ay de mi. Sounds like a massive clusterfuck to me. I can’t WAIT until I can drive out there and have the pleasure of sitting in a hard plastic waiting room chair with the unwashed masses for a couple of hours. It’s going to be awesome.
I’m just going to take a day off next week to get all of this stuff handled in one day. Now that I have the certified copy, that’s the first step, anyway. So it wasn’t a total waste today. I can wait one more week to get it all changed.
And yeah: way to make it easy. Online, all it says is “information in your Divorce Packet” would instruct me how to go about changing my name. To that I said to myself: WHAT Divorce Packet?! I never did get one of those. I got some paperwork, of course, but no Packet. Not even a leaflet. So I tracked down a couple of other places for info on how to change my name, and I got that I need to first do the SS thing by going down in person, prepared to show them the signed divorce decree. So I did that. And maybe, just maybe, they should mention the certified thing. Might help.
OK, so, other than that, things are good. I’m glad it’s a short work week, and I’m getting ready to cook dinner on Thursday for me and my tiny fam’. I’m also reading The Dragon Heir and last night I started watching The Thorn Birds for some reason. I was clicking around, trying to find something to put on while I ate dinner, and ended up with that. My Mom always LOVED that miniseries when I was growing up, and would gush about what a fantastic love story it was. I never really cared, but for whatever reason, I got into it last night and now I’m hooked. I’ll have to watch the other 4 parts this week. Way to be 25 years too late on something!
Speaking of romantic stuff, like so many of us, I’m riding the post-Twilight high. I feel happy when I think of it, just having fun being mellow and listening to the soundtrack. It’s an incredible day out here because it’s overcast and gray. I’m going to go hiking in about an hour because this is perfect weather for hiking. I might not need sunglasses out there! Woooo!
I better go and finish my work so I can actually do the hiking thing. By the way, right now I am listening to Full Moon from the soundtrack… yet another awesome song for a gray day. 🙂