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A Christmas miracle at the DMV

Mike Bennett
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It was like a Christmas miracle. My ongoing driver’s license saga had both bad news and good news.

The good news was that I finally got through to the New York Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and, based on my documents, they cleared my name. The bad news is that they never sent me the letter they promised.

Ah, but thanks to state Rep. Bob Rankin’s office, I successfully obtained my Colorado drivers license.

Thanks to the representative, I was connected to an official at the DMV in Denver. I explained my plight and told her that, verbally, I was cleared by New York. She said she’d call me back after she figured out what she could do. In a short time I received her call back. The Michael Bennett in question was indeed born on my birth date although five years later. And, unlike me, he had a middle name. As a result she said the issue would be rescinded and if I had any difficulties at all to have the Glenwood DMV office call her directly,

When I walked into the Glenwood DMV, I was surprised to see that I could walk right to the counter. Here’s a tip for you, December is a really slow month for the DMV, especially by the second week of the month.

It seemed they knew who I was when I walked into the door. They made me feel downright royal. As I waited for my turn to get my photograph taken, the manager came to me with copies of my columns. As I obliged her and autographed my columns, I realized this was a first for me.

And like most difficult experiences this one is now hardly a memory. It is funny how the mind works.

I’ll be taking a few days off next week and will not be writing a column. One of my New Year’s resolutions will be to consistently write my column weekly. I missed last week — shame on me.

My best to all of you in the coming New Year.

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