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Oh my god. Haven't been on here for a while because work takes up a lot of time, but the stuff with the DMV is completely out of control.


First of all, they told me they needed to receive documents by a certain date in order to avoid my license getting suspended. I turned them in on time, but they suspended my license anyways and didn't tell nee they'd done it or what I needed to do to get them back.


When they finally told me they suspended my license, they misinformed me a to what I needed to duo to get it back, so it took me nearly a month to get the right information and get the documents in.


When I called to confirm that they got the documents, they said it'd take 4-6 weeks to process, telling me I'd get something in the mail telling me what to do next at the end of the week. A week passes, and nothing, so I call again and am told the same thing. Another week passes, nothing in the mail, so I call again. This time I'm told I'll have hearing on December 24th, which is 8 weeks after I sent the documents in. I try to call them out on this, and they say they're busy because of the holidays, which is complete bullshit, because their load is based on medical issuers and stuff, they're not a retail organization or anything.


So I ask if there's any documents that I need to fill out that I haven't, pointing out this happened last time, and they said no. Then I asked if the medical document was filled out correctly, because last time it wasn't, and they said that they had no information on what happened last time and that if I wasn't sure, I could ask the hearing officer on the 24th. Which of course ifs useless because if they aren't filled out properly, I'll have to go through the entire process again, which would take just as long.


I've tried to speak to a supervisor there twice, to no avail, either they'd go say something unrelated, or this one time, they disconnected me.


So now it's been two months since I was cleared too drive, nearly three months since I turned in the first form with my doctor saying when I could drive, and give months since my license got suspended, and I just can't handle it any more. I'm having emotional breakdowns now, and spending more time at work hiding in the bathroom trying to unsuccessfully stop crying than I am actually doing work.


And everyone suggested I get a lawyer, but they all charge rates I can't remotely afford, and there's no guarantee they'd help anyways. So I'm totally and completely stuck, and now there's a chance I might spend Christmas all alone sitting on my butt, and I start crying again whenever I think about that. I just don't know what to do any more.


And everyone I know who's been in this situation has navigated the DMV with no problem at all, and had had a husband or wife our fiancee to drive then around when they really needed it, so nobody even has any useful advice :-(

Meme! Come play with me!

I don't think any of my friends saw this the first time, so here's another try:

1)Make a list of fifteen characters first, and keep it to yourself for the moment.

2) Ask your f-list to post questions in the comments. For example: "One, nine, and fifteen are chosen by a prophecy to save the world from four. Do they succeed?", "Under what circumstances might five and fourteen fall in love?", "Which character on the list would you most want on your side in a zombie invasion?"

3) After your f-list has stopped asking questions, round them up and answer them using the fifteen characters you selected beforehand, then post them.

ETA: Feel free to ask lots and lots and lots of questions! I have nothing else to do with my life!

(secret hint: I'm trying to get at least one from each of my favorite fandoms)



Well, this has been news for about two weeks by now, but somehow I missed it until now - Fox has officially renewed The Following for a second season.

Oh, wow, Zero Hour....

I mean, I knew it was going to be pretty awful coming into it.

It's like a pile of Dan Brown meets some kind of Nazi video game meets Left Behind. I don't even know.

The ridiculous thing - well, two ridiculous things - about their attempt to go onto some sort of "Christian Apocalypse" tangent:

One, they keep messing up their Bible references. Last week's involved them quoting a verse and giving a completely incorrect reference, and this week's involved them giving the correct chapter reference for a topic, but mixing up the order of things.

Two, they seem not to distinguish between various types of Christianity. This is significant, because every semblance of established religion we've seen so far has been some flavor or another of Roman Catholicism. However, the literalist, Left-Behind style apocalypse is something that's typically almost exclusive to fundamentalist/evangelical Protestants.

And there's Nazis, and extremely heavy-handed writing, and plot devices, and a villain that managed to be more likeable during the cold open than the main character has been during both of these episodes put together.

Oh, and there's a super-awkward scene involving a Nazi Rosicrucian and a preteen Hindi girl, that I guess is supposed to be touching because of overcoming religious differences or something, but comes off as creepy.

And one half of this episode's storyline can be described as "White people tear into India and f*ck up the locals' lives in their personal quests to do whatever! And the hero was in the right all along."

It's like The River was last year: A complete midseason trainwreck that you simply can't drag yourself away from.

More notably, however, I'm not sure how this one is going to go past 12 (or 13?) episodes. I don't think they're planning for that. I mean, I'd not be surprised if it got cancelled, but I almost want to see it renewed so we can know what kind of nonsense they come up for another season!

If you watch The Following...

...head on over to the comm at following_show and check it out!

And tell your friends, because currently we don't have any members. And by that I mean if we had any fewer members, it wouldn't be plural!
Since apparently it's been about a month and nobody else has done it.

It's at following_show If you know anyone else who likes the show, spread the word!
(because I've come to the conclusion that there are none, or at least none containing all three of "The Following", "Fox", and "Kevin Bacon" anywhere in them)

...would anyone be interested in contributing/promoting it? I'm thinking of putting it out on Tumblr, where tags work better. I'm sad that apparently you can't search . And I guess I can auto-schedule episode discussion posts for hell, the rest of the year, as far as I'm concerned.

And I suppose I could put out a call for co-moderators.

And comms need to have rules, but I think these would cover everything: Set a spoiler warning threshold, trigger warnings, no racism/sexism/etc, no RPF, no character bashing.

I think the biggest work in starting this would regard a layout and images.

I like the tag cloud. It's like statistics, which is fun. Even if it's not entirely accurate because I forget about tags most of the time, and I tag hidden entries, and I mostly tag things if I need to get them out there.
OK, so I started watching this show, and I'm leaning towards liking it, but I feel like I'm going to need a flowchart (as well as people who can help me figure out where all those flashback scenes go!) if I want to have a clue what's happening by the end of the season... anyone got any suggestions?