We were prepared to spend the whole afternoon in the Social Security Office today. But ended up pleasantly surprised! Can it be that some of our bureaucracies are starting to run like businesses? With the client in mind? Could it be that having really angry people always in their faces, after waiting in endless lines, only to be told they didn't have the right paperwork, wasn't working? After all, people are a little crazy right now - you never know when one will come in with guns blazing. At any rate, it wasn't an awful experience, and we were out of there in an hour. The people working were very pleasant, and efficient. Yay!
It seems a bit silly that I need to have a physical copy of my social security card in order to get a driver's license in the state I was born in, and have only been away from for five years. It wasn't enough that I had the number, I needed to show the card. As if you couldn't just have one made, if that was your intention. Plenty of forgers out there. Unless, and I will know when it comes in the mail, it now has some kind of holographic number or sign that proves it isn't a fake. Now I'm curious. The last time I had a SS card I was about fifteen and it was a piece of card-stock. When was the last time you had to show your SS card?