Here is why I keep reparking our car every two hours.
In order to get a parking permit for Philadelphia, you need to present your Philadelphia license and registration. In order to get a Philadelphia license, you have to exchange your less-than-6-months-expired out of state license. And that is where I ran into trouble...
In keeping with my fantastic tendency to procrastinate everything, I never got a Maryland license and I let my New York State driver's license expire while I lived in Baltimore and never renewed it. I didn't drive much anyway and according to my insurance company, I was still covered if I were to get in an accident (though why insurance is completely separate from whether you're a licensed driver or not is beyond me), but I would probably be fined for driving with an expired license.
So I figured I would just get a new license when I got to Philly. But I must have misremembered the fine print because it turns out that if your license is expired over six months, you have to take the driving test all over again. And, I think, you might have to present a birth certificate and I have no clue where mine is.
The alternative was to renew my NYS license and then exchange it for a PA license. But before I could renew my NYS license, I had to have my eyes examined. So which was more trouble? Taking a driver's test or having my eyes examined? I decided that having my eyes examined would be useful since I need new contact lenses anyway, so I went for the eye exam.
Then I sent off the forms to NYS and waited. Finally, my license arrived in the mail today (just two days before I need to drive myself to Baltimore, so that's a very good thing). But there are still hurdles.
In order to exchange my NYS license for a PA license, I have to show proof of residency and since I'm not working yet and all the utilities are in J's name, I come up short with the the various things that count as proof that I live here. So J is going to need to come with me to verify that he is who he is and that I live with him. And then, after that, finally we can get a parking permit and this madness of moving the car every two hours will end.
(We could get a third temporary parking permit, but it's $15 for just two weeks and that's starting to add up. Also, since I'm taking the car to Baltimore this week, we're thinking that it might not be worth it if we can just get my license and the real parking permit taken care of.)
I hate stuff like this. It's not hard, just time consuming.
I won't even get into the hassle that I'm about to embark on of changing my last name. It's supposed to be easy when you get married because you just present your marriage certificate. But our marriage certificate is in Japanese kanji and no one seems to know how to deal with that. So that should be another fun adventure in bureaucracy.