North Jefferson News, Gardendale, AL


August 14, 2013

Danielle Cater: Sometimes, all you can do is smile

COMMENTARY — Isn’t it funny how things that don’t directly pertain to you seem so minute until they start to affect you? I got to thinking about this as I was standing in line at the courthouse this past week.

I have seen the news coverage of the lines at the courthouse wrapping around blocks of downtown, and although I’m sure I should have cared, I just always figured I wouldn’t have to worry about it unless I bought a new car. Since I hate to buy new items, I figured this was a distant issue — surely by the time I’m ready to purchase another car in 10 years the county will have the courthouse line issue settled. But alas, my lack of concern has now turned into hours of my life being snuffed out by waiting.

I am among the thousands of Jefferson countians who would prefer to pay my annual tag renewal online or by mail. Nothing makes me happier than feeling like I beat the system, so every time I send in my tag renewal, I have a tinge of accomplishment knowing that I skipped out on having to stand in that line by paying a little extra for a stamp and a fee.

This year is no different than all of the others. I put my pretty little check in an envelope with a copy of my license and a copy of my insurance, and off she went to accomplish what she was set forth to do.

About two weeks later I got the return envelope. I excitedly ripped it open, expecting in to find my $85 little sticker. But alas, there wasn’t a sticker at all — there was my check (uncashed), my copies of my license and insurance with highlighting on them and a letter with one little check mark on it. UGH! Why can’t anything be easy with Jefferson County!

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