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Day 289– 23rd September 09

Posted by TravellingStrom on September 23, 2009

Wednesday – San Diego, California

Patience is a waiting game!

The whole day today was to be dedicated to getting my bike registered in my own name, this could be simple or hard, I had no idea. The DMV was not going to open until 9am, but Craig assured me I would need to be there early, wait in line before opening and I would be maybe lucky if I got out before midday 😦

I am used to Auzzie government departments, so I thought, no worries, I would take a book, some water and a few snacks and settle in for the day 🙂 So, off we head after some different brekky of blueberry waffles, and sure enough although I was early, I was not first, others knew of the possible delays!

The line snaked around the next two corners, but I was fine, I had a book and spent the next half hour or so relaxing. After the place opened up it only took about 15 minutes to get to the front, here I was confronted by a person rather than a machine and he directed me to fill out the back of the Title document and take this number! That was all good until I found I did not have the actual paperwork with me, I searched everywhere in my bag, called Craig to see if I left it in the car, nope, so it must be back at the house, bummer, what a waste of time, I need to give myself an uppercut 😦

Craig drove me back where I eventually found the title document on the seat of the bike!!! Now we went back down town where I had to stand in line again, get another ticket and after a few hours of reading my book, I was at the counter 🙂 The chap did not ask me any of the questions I expected, like show me proof of ID, passport or anything, he just dialled in my bike details and hit me with a bombshell!!!! That will be US$473, WTF, but I am in no position to argue, so I handed over my Mastercard which he handed back and asked for cash, cheque, or debit card, bugger!!!!!!

It seems the actual rego transfer cost bugger all, about $15, the fine for not paying within the 10 days was $40, but the biggest hit was the bloody sales tax, $403, crikey, but I actually put down on the paperwork the real price I bought it for, so I am to blame ( I found out later Tom used the same number as me so there is no issue with lying etc).

Of course I was now buggered, I do not carry that type of cash on me and do not have a debit card after cancelling my Wells Fargo account yesterday, so I asked if I could go to a bank and come back, he assured me if I was back before 1.30pm when he went to lunch, I could jump the queue otherwise I would be standing in line for another ticket. So, I went and met up with Craig and bought him some lunch before finding a cash vending machine and withdrawing the needed funds. Once back at the DMV I successfully gave him money and he gave me a temporary registration ticket in my name, the real one would arrive in the mail within 3 weeks but this one had my name on it, so I should be good to cross the Mexican border!!! This is me with the DMV salute, think rubbing your fingers together counting money(DMV=Department of Money Vaccuum) 🙂

It was now mid afternoon and on the way back we stopped at a local AAA branch to get some maps as I am a reciprocal member, this branch looks nothing like my RACQ office at home!!!

Once back at Craig’s I ended Donunder’s concern about where I would hang my helmet now the passenger foot peg was taken up by a bag 🙂 And, a surprise to me was the fact that this photo, with this particular lighting, showed up my dragon in Gold, that looked real cool 🙂

I then spent some time on the blog before heading down to a post office, I had been holding back on last months send home stuff, I am unsure why, but finally I got it sent, along with some stuff I once again have not used, the bike is getting lighter, I now have more space to stash things like food and beer etc 🙂

After this I went to a book store where I was looking for a phrase book without words, just a picture book, but I did not find one, this was a surprise, it is a big shop!

But, in the end I gave up and went looking for another item I wanted, that was a USB key without encryption, I had two with encryption, but I wanted a basic cheapo small key just to take some files to a printer and get some copies, but once again I was stuffed by progress, I could not find any, oh well, I would work something out!

Once again, the evening was a quiet one, a few drinks on my part, Lisa had a beer, Craig was a wuss again, he kept using this mixing drugs and alcohol excuse, fair enough, I am sure he will get better soon, but I reckon if he mixed them he would not care if he did or didn’t, so who has the better attitude 😕 🙂


Day – 10 miles and 16 km
Trip – 37,591 miles and 60,497 km

Cheers
TravellingStrom

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7 Responses to “Day 289– 23rd September 09”

  1. Craig said

    I picked up my new lid too sometime between the last DMV visit and the AAA. Love those acronyms!!

  2. Mum said

    You’re looking slimmer in the picture standing near the California sign – or is that just a lucky photo?

  3. Vstrom Charlie said

    Lucky photo me thinks! Don’t you love the DMV? DMV = Legal Robbery.

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