To be an upstanding citizen in Washington state means putting up with the most impressive and costly civic crap I've ever seen. Waiting times, permits, fees, lines and other bureaucratic goo so sticky that it's a caricature of government.
Pretend, for a moment, you are getting your driver's license. In Oregon, you walk in to the DMV and 20 minutes later you've got your card. You walk out, you do something useful.
Here in the good old state of waah, 3 hour waits are not uncommon.
Because, of course, citizen time isn't important.
Not long ago, I took the motorcycle class to get my endorsement. I figured it was the right thing to do. It was inconvenient, expensive, and hard work, but I did it. When it's all over the instructor sez: "Take this card to a Licensing Office and get your endorsement."
That means go to a Licensing Office, and stand in line for your driver's license. Last time I did that it was indeed three hours.
Ever wonder why Washington ID photo faces are tense and annoyed?
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