Today is my birthday! I'm in possession of one additional year of age and a new driver's license. Birthday expiration is the state of Maryland's way of saying "happy frickin' birthday", and I planned my MVA trip very carefully, dropping the boys off at school and arriving at 8:50 on Friday morning, to be first in line (or so I thought). Unbeknownst to me, the state budget crisis had led to a decision to close MVA on Friday. My last day to renew was yesterday, since I didn't want to visit MVA on my birthday, and I had a dentist appointment in the morning, which I could not reschedule because my dentist's office is closed on Fridays (all Fridays, not just this one). Since I couldn't arrive right at opening, I decided that I'd go there right after my appointment, and if it was terribly crowded, I'd come back on my birthday anyway, because I could at least arrive right at opening.
When I arrived, the line of people streteched out the door. On the other hand, my hair looked good. What were the chances of duplicating that on a second consecutive day? I sat down, opened up my library book, and two and a half hours later, my good hair day was photographed for a license that I don't have to renew for five more years. By then, I'll be close enough to fifty that I won't necessarily be announcing my birthday on the Internet. Now? I'll just tell you that I'm quite old enough, thank you.