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Thoughts on moving and why the California DMV Rocks

October 18, 2007 Leave a comment Go to comments

It is quite crazy what one must do when they decide to move a few states away from the ocean. The first, and most logical problem, finding a place to live may as well be the easiest. Craigslist is a Godsend and anyone who is not using it is an idiot if they think the paper is a better place to look.

Secondly, the California DMV rocks, and before you go and decide I’ve gone completely insane think about this conversation.

Me: “I just moved from California and need to change my license.”

Colorado DMV: “No problem. Since you’re from California all I need you to do is give me $21 and sign here.”

Me: “Seriously? That’s it?”

CDMV: “Yep, California is so tough that it’s the only state we don’t even need anything else from. No social security, no passport, no test, no eye test, no first born child, just your money.”

So maybe the four-hour waits, the I-hate-my-life-seriously-how-do-you-dmv-guys-suck-so-much-and-never-smile experiences were all worth it. God it’s good to come from one of the most paranoid states in the union.

Thirdly, and this was a blessing, Colorado car insurance is about half of California, which is surprising since most people out here SUCK at driving. Take for instance the red light cameras at every intersection. I’m scared to death how many tickets I may have gotten, mainly because people push you out into the intersection and then force you to turn left as the light is changing. Whoever made those stupid cameras I hope took into account common sense and the fact that smart pedestrians look before they start to cross the street and if they don’t, then is it really all that bad if they get hit?

Finally, and this may actually be the best part, I can go places and not run into people I know. It’s strange, but for some reason it’s awesome to walk into a bar and sit down with no reason to turn around and have a conversation. I’m sure this will last only a little while, but for now it’s pure bliss.

Categories: Boulder, CO, Humor, Personal
  1. Erin
    October 18, 2007 at 3:54 pm

    Yes, people out here do completely suck at driving. And those red light cameras are the worst. Just wait until it snows and you cruise through one of those suckers to avoid braking fast, skidding out, causing a wreck. Safety will cost you $50. That’s why a bike is your best option…. 🙂

  2. Susan
    October 18, 2007 at 5:05 pm

    Tim, I think it’s illegal to turn right on red on Colorado, but you probably already know that.

    I think it’s interesting the you are enjoying anonymity.

    Buy the floor mats and I will send you a check. Please send me your address.

    Please call you brother Mark at 462-7700 room 2514. (Thus 10 am PST)


  3. October 19, 2007 at 5:48 am

    Great that your are living in Boulder, Colorado. A place to visit. Will be moving to Nevada in a few more weeks. Still trying to find a job out there.

  4. Dewey
    October 19, 2007 at 8:59 pm

    Hahahah, people in Colorado suck at driving? You come from by far the worst state when it comes to driver capability. If there is so much as a drop of water on the freeway people seem to become retarded! Forget driving around people from the coast up in Tahoe or Mammoth, people here have no clue what they are doing.

    Second of all, the Red Light Cameras were not made by to man to get you.
    “Dutch company Gatsometer BV, founded by the 1950s rally driver Maurice Gatsonides, invented the first road-rule enforcement cameras. Gatsonides wished to better monitor his speed around the corners of a race track and came up with the device in order to improve his time around the circuit [2].”
    Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_light_cameras

    As a journalist I am surprised you did not research this! To be fair, the only reason I knew this before searching for the evidence of it was because I heard it on the tv show Numb3rs! hahaha 🙂

    Born and Raised in Evergreen, Colorado
    Dewey Bushaw

  5. Tim S
    December 4, 2007 at 8:06 pm

    Well there is no doubt in my mind. You went from sea level to approx one mile high, and the thin air has affected you. The CA dmv could never be described in any positive way! I left there after ten years of marching in line for everything. I did not think to get a copy of my vehicles title first. Heck it was paid off and I never gave it any thought. No not even when sitting in line at the dmv (and one has time to think there). I have now been sending forms back and forth with the dmv for 14 months for that title. There is always some tiny bit of info that they require. Once they receive a a letter it takes 60 days to make it in to the correct hands to process then another 10 to 15 days to mail you a letter asking for who nows what this time.
    Here is the best advice I can give to those still in CA. Wait for a raiders game day when the dmv in Oakland will be open, then take care of all years worth of dmv’ing at that time. NO LINES!!!! There is no lines no waiting, in and out!! I’m not there so I can let the cat out of the bag on that one.

  6. willa
    March 10, 2008 at 5:06 pm

    I miss the California DMV – I NEVER thought I would say that, but even dealing with the DMV here in Colorado is like entering the 5th level of hell —- don’t even get me started on having to GO IN to the DMV!!!!!!!

    I love Colorado, but wish I could have brought my CA dmv with me!

  7. renee
    August 18, 2008 at 6:52 pm

    california dmv is ridiculouse,a 16 year old gets a dui for no tolorance looses license for a year already, and it stays on the kids record for 10-13 years, dmv ruins peoples lives, especially kids who dont know better, to loose your license for a year is bad enough, but to crusify a kid for 10 years on top of it all is inhumain and cruel, because most grow up before age 21 and dmv makes it so they cant get a good driving job!!! yet our kids can go to war and defend the usa that includes the dmv, so why should anyone risk fighting for their country if this is what their country does to them, no way would i ever allow my kid to go to war for this screwed up country,i wish dmv and the people working for them would get hit by a tidal wave and i could stand their and say bye bye, hope the great whites find every last one of u!!!!.they are very unfair, bet their kids dont get crusified for the better part of their lives, i cant believe dmv would crusify a youngster for 10-13 years, talk about ruining the economy, talk about ruining a kids total life, there it is, our wonderful state of california as usual, fucking up again and again, state workers are the worst to, they are so ignorant,not to give a child a second chance, and most dmv workers drink and drive themselves!!how pathetic california is, i hate california dmv, i also hate califonia hiway patrol,they lie so bad,they were the kids that got there lunch moneys taken from them when they were kids and grew up with chips on their shoulders, so they take it out on innocent people,and they lie, i caught a hiway patrol officer in a big fat lie and took him to court and i won!!!california hiway patrol are weak pussies that lie, and they think there better than regular folk.everytime i see an hiway patrol car i flip those pricks off!!they are dirt, and the state of california hires crap to work for them,the cryers,the green burger kids thats who hiway patrol people are!!so next time you get pulled over, take care in receiving your ticket it probably has green bugers on it, cause he sat in his car crying to pull someone over so he could make himself feel like a bigshot!!!

  8. steve
    March 10, 2009 at 6:11 pm

    YA i agree denverites suck at everything really! im from cali too, and i haven’t had one person who hasn’t tailed me everywhere, and cali just forced us to drive like maniacs. we think quick and react were really like nascar drivers.i hate colorado!!!!

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