Friday, February 25, 2011

Adventures at the NYS DMV

Those of you who follow me on facebook already know that I had quite an adventure at the dmv yesterday. That's Department of Motor Vehicles for those of you who may not know.

A little background: I am 28 and do not have a driver's license. I got my permit at 16, and by the time I was able to take my road test at 18, I was too comfortable behind the wheel and failed twice. The blizzard and tropic storm that I took my road test in, definitely played a part in that as well. My New York accent played a part in me failing my MA road test... let's just say after 3 failed attempts, and then 2 major car accidents, I decided I no longer wanted to drive. (Note, the accidents were not my fault, I was a passenger in both accidents and still suffer from the injuries received)

Okay, so fast forward back to today. Or actually Thursday. As you know know I am on a journey of self discovery and growth. I have set several goals for myself. I realized sometime over the past few weeks that my biggest goal is to stop letting fear control my life. It just so happened that around the same time, my ID expired. Since I have a plane to catch next month, I had to remedy that situation and decided to kill two birds with one stone. I would get my new ID and slap fear in the face at the same time.

Off to the DMV I went. What normally would have taken 20-60 minutes wound up taking 6 hours. Yes. 6 hours. Why? B/C Lady Hill is stupid and didn't think about the fact that school is out this week, and that there is only ONE location in the entire county where any kind of written DMV test is given. Which means, this DMV was PACKED with 400 or so 16 year olds (and one 28 year old and one pregnant Swiss lady) hoping to pass their learner's permit test. Well, Lady Hill, why didn't you just leave when you saw how crowded it was??
B/C #1 that would have been the smart thing to do, and #2 if I left, I may not go back. When it comes to facing our fears, there will always be an excuse why it's not a good time. I couldn't make any more excuses.

So I stood in line for a good 90 minutes, got my picture taken, passed my eye exam(without the need of my corrective lenses, go me! which is important, b/c i forgot them at home) and then sat and waited for my number to be called for about 90 more minutes. Finally, my number is called and go into the test room completely freaking out that I'm going to fail this stupid test and the past 4ish hours will have been for nothing. I got the test, took about 60 seconds to complete it and then waited for 90 minutes for them to call my name and tell me whether or not I passed. This is where my side adventure comes into play... are you excited and on the edge of your seat? Good. Because I have to go watch American Idol which I had to DVR since I was at the DMV FOR EVER.

Stay tuned for part II of Lady Hill's Adventures at the DMV starring Lady Hill and "The Pregnant Swiss Lady"....


  1. I admire the fact that you decided to face your fear. :)

  2. Waiting breathlessly....I forgot what it was like at the DMV....almost as bad as the other NYS and NYC the post office, social security, dept of ed, etc. looking forward to part 2...

  3. lmao! Go you! good suspense. very good mydear. can't wait

  4. But wait! Isn't there more? What happened with the pregnant lady?


  5. Yo, I hope you passed. I have to check your FB page to see if you may have mentioned anything.

    I actually failed my road test THREE times in NY and passed as a college student in MA.

  6. Do you know how mean that is to do? I was so ready for a complete story and you cut me off???


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