Real ID

Bonaparte’s Gull in Winter

Earlier, I enumerated my many to-dos. I am proud to say that I accomplished what I had set out to. However, and with chores there is always a but, new to-dos have sprung up to take their place. I submitted our passports for renewal by mail, renewed the Prius plates and got a new driver license. I was almost out the DMV door, when I saw a sign that mentioned that Real ID would be available later this month.

Real ID is the Federal government’s attempt to make all of the states’ disparate licenses more secure. To this end, they have threatened to prohibit people from flying, from states that don’t comply. Missouri, of course, is one of the few, one of the proud that are dragging their feet.

Its solution is to issue a second state ID that will be Real ID compliant. This second ID will not be for driving, but simply for getting on an airplane. Why am I not surprised? I could just use my passport, once it is returned or pay the extra ~$11 for another card. No rush, my driver’s license is good to go until the October after next and I ought to have gotten my passport back by then.

We have asked the painter/plasterer who did such a nice job on our living/dining rooms, to do the rest of the main floor, or kitchen, computer and bed room. So after thirty plus years the house will look as nice as the day that we bought it. We still have to work out the details and then prepare said rooms.

We had planned on being out-of-town, while this work was going on. Our idea was to visit the parks of Appalachia (Smokies and Shenandoah) and the Blue Ridge parkway that connects the two. However, the parkway is still regularly closed for winter weather and it really is too early in the season for the parks. Plan B would be a shorter trip to Chicago and Ann Arbor. Not that either doesn’t have winter too, but they both have plenty of indoor stuff to do.

Dan’s Kickstarter is drawing to a closed and it doesn’t look like he will garner enough support to go forward with it. However, he is not disappointed, because it has accomplished its real mission. He’s in talks now with a company who wants to license, make and sell his designs. Meanwhile, Dave is thinking of leaving academia and getting a job in the real world. He had an interview and is waiting to hear back from them.  

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