I had a funny feeling yesterday, it had been my birthday, and I had not received my 2018 car registration and license plate renewal sticker by mail. I looked, and there is no current tag.
This morning I called DMV. Ours is efficient and courteous, so bad news is a little easier to take. I had to appear with ID and they could see if there was current registration, in which case, for a fee, they could issue replacement registration and sticker.
“Well”, said the clerk, comparing my driver’s license to his screen, “they have your address wrong”. “I’ve lived here for three years”, I complained. “No accounting for the bureaucrats,” he said, correcting the mistake and passing over my current registration.
That was the easiest part of today. I have a new computer. Windows 10. My easy peasy Windows 7 is gone. Years ago my computer guru convinced me to use Google. “It’s the future”, Jim said. “You should start with gmail. And Google Drive”.
Having my life out in the cloud never appealed to me, but the ubiquitous ease of gmail is astounding. It can appear on any device, I’m sure, and there it is, back at fingertips. Though the next generation seems to be texting, instead.
And so I am learning new stuff, like how to locate missing files that did not transfer. Finding an accounting program. Staying out of the Microsoft Store, where I might find original Mahjong. Who remembers that old DOS version? Was it really so great, or just the novelty that appealed?
In spite of the learning curve, I am grateful for one component of the new system. I have a keyboard with registration bumps on F and J. I wore the mark completely from J on Windows 7, that I bought in 2010.