And to think I almost didn’t stop at the BMV

I had some running around to do, and driving down the road, out of the corner of my eye, I saw The Bureau of Motor Vehicles as I passed it. My birthday is coming up and my license expires on it. In Ohio they don’t send out any warning. Todd learned this the hard way in May, so I wasn’t taking any chances. I hadn’t planned on it, but figured I might as well get it done, while I was out and about.

I swung into the next lot, and made my way over to the BMV. (In NY state, where I come from, it’s called the DMV, department vs. bureau). Anyway….I went in, and it took less than five minutes. A miracle, I know.

But wait! There’s more!

I’m generally not a photogenic person, but my driver’s license picture looks good. It’s probably the best picture ever taken of me. Including the photos on my wedding day. It’s like they photoshopped it. On my new license, I’m a freaking supermodel. I came home and shoved it in Todd’s face, “You have a hot wife,” is what I said.

He looked at it all, yowza! with his eyes.

Then I remembered this one other time in college when my photo I.D. came out good. Everywhere I went from the book store, to the cafeteria, to the dive bars where bouncers checked with flashlights, people would look at the ID, do a double take, and say, “This barely even looks like you!”

It hurt.

Luckily, I don’t get carded much any more.

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11 Responses to And to think I almost didn’t stop at the BMV

  1. Kathi says:

    I had a good picture once on a drivers license and I was loathe to give it up. It just doesn’t happen twice!! Enjoy it for however many years they give you now!

  2. Kim says:

    I am waiting for my new license to come in the mail and it has to be better than the last state I lived in–where you weren’t allowed to smile! It looked like a mug shot! I’m hoping mine comes out like yours!

  3. Liz says:

    My last driver’s license looked awesome – kind of bad-ass with a quirky smile, wearing my leather engineering jacket from university. Then, I got my new license and I look like a dangerous criminal.

  4. naomi says:

    Um, you think that you aren’t photogenic? Seriously? You is smart, you is kind and you is important… and you is photogenic.
    (Sorry, If you haven’t seen “The Help” that won’t make any sense. Great movie.)

  5. kario says:

    Hmmm, I wonder if mine expires on my birthday, too. I suppose I’d better check. And if it does, maybe I’ll squeeze a haircut in before I go.


  6. Carrie Link says:

    You make me so laugh!

  7. Dee Ready says:

    The worse picture I ever had was one taken after an automobile accident in which my face got bumped. A week later, the DMV in Ohio took my picture–black eye and all. I looked like a gangster!

    I’m glad yours, Michelle, is a good one, although I find it hard to believe that you’ve ever taken a bad photograph.

    I’ve had company for a couple of weeks, so I’m behind in my reading. But I’m almost finished with your painfully honest book. You are, above all, a survivor. You can teach all of us so much.


  8. Moonbeams and Eco-Dreams says:

    I found my old college ID the other day. If Snooki and John Bohener had a love I was it. But I was from Jersey, was 21, and it was the early 90’s so that was inevitable.

  9. Just want to be clear that I wasn’t making fun of either of those people. I think Snooki is adorable and Speaker Bohner is handsome. Just saying my hair was that big and I was that tan.

  10. Michelle O'Neil says:

    No need for apologies!

  11. Patti says:

    My best driver’s license was taken right after I was married. Although I no longer am, I carry that license still….. I love that picture…..

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