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Posted on Saturday 8 December 2007 at 9:30 am

Why I hate the William and Mary Post Office

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I know it has been a very long time since a real update and I promised one days ago, but I've been really busy. I swear I'll get around to it eventually. In the meantime, I present a rant that is sort of a real update.

I moved in August. When I did, I left my forwarding address with the school post office. Since then, I have tried two or three times to change my address with the one magazine to which I subscribe and never been able to successfully do so (that's another rant) and contemplated changing my address with the bike shop and the state for the registration on my motorcycle but never actually done anything about it (my fault). I have never received any forwarded mail in all this time.

Last night I was out really late. I went over to Dave's, he made dinner, we watched the Spurs game together (Spurs won and Dave has no interest in basketball so kudos to him for putting up with my obsession), and then we talked about nothing for another couple of hours. I got home somewhere around 2:30 and went to bed after 3:00. When I was about to go to bed, I went downstairs to the kitchen for some water and discovered a large pile of mail my roommate placed on the kitchen table for me. All of it forwarded by the university post office. In this pile there was:

  • A postcard from a friend dated 4 September
  • Three issues of my magazine that is only delivered once every two months
  • A letter telling me that my magazine subscription ends with the next issue
  • A letter from the motorcycle manufacturer informing me of a safety recall (I knew about it already because my sister has the same model bike and got one a couple of weeks ago)
  • A letter from James City County informing me that I need to pay personal property taxes on my motorcycle by no later than 5 December
  • A letter from the State of Virginia with "Open Immediately; Important Dated Material Enclosed" in large letters on the front of the envelope. The letter is dated 9 October and says I have to provide proof my motorcycle is insured by 8 November or they will consider suspending my motorcycle license plates and my driver's license (or more accurately my right to drive in Virginia since my DL is Texas and Virginia can't suspend or revoke it).
  • A second letter from the State of Virginia, again labeled time sensitive on the outer envelope, dated 26 November. This one says if I don't have the proof that my bike was insured as of 23 November to them by 26 December, my plates and DL will be immediately revoked and I will have to mail it all back to them or have a warrant issued for my arrest.

Needless to say, I really did not want to deal with all this at 3:00 am so instead I suppose I shall spend my Saturday sorting out what I can and do the rest come Monday. Yee-haw.

EDIT: The DMV website has me in a lovely catch-22. I can change my address online. In order to do so, I have to first have a PIN assigned to me. To get the PIN, I have to fill out some info and they will mail it to the address they have on file for me. I want to change my address because the address they have on file for me isn't correct!! Of course their website assures me that in such situations the post office will forward it to my new address and I won't have any problems receiving my PIN. Right. Why do I have a feeling the only way to get this resolved is to march myself over to a local DMV and spend a day and a half standing in line?
pissed off
Feeling: pissed off
Exploring: Desk
Listening: My own grumbling


What's Taters, Precious?
mrstater at 2:57 pm on 08 December 2007 (UTC) (Link)
Oh, how obnoxious that it was all really important mail! I hope you can get it sorted. Can't have my Rachael arrested!!
bratty_jedi at 3:00 pm on 08 December 2007 (UTC) (Link)
I would really prefer to avoid being arrested.
lady_bracknell at 3:04 pm on 08 December 2007 (UTC) (Link)
Don't get me started on the Post Office. I've lost count of the things I've had go walkabout....

Incidently, your Christmas stuff will be arriving at your parents'. Our post office couldn't give me any real indication of how long it might take (further evidence that even monkeys without training would do a better job), so I thought I'd err on the side of caution.... Looks like I made the right decision.
bratty_jedi at 3:40 pm on 08 December 2007 (UTC) (Link)
Bureaucracy sucks but hooray for the promise of nice mail to cheer me up! It would probably be cutting it close so I agree that my parents' address was the wiser choice.
littlepixiechic at 4:15 pm on 08 December 2007 (UTC) (Link)
Wow, that really sucks. Good old William and Mary post office. Hopefully you can get that pesky motorcycle insurance business figured out!
bratty_jedi at 4:28 pm on 08 December 2007 (UTC) (Link)
I got everything mailed off to resolve the immediate issues. Changing my address is apparently a brand new headache involving multiple levels of bureaucracy and miles of red tape.
littlepixiechic at 11:17 pm on 08 December 2007 (UTC) (Link)
I remember changing my address with the MVA and junk. It sucked. Luckily, the "current" address the MVA had was my parents' house. Good luck!

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