Almost Missed my Anniversary Trip

Author: Steve Martin

My wife and I are planning a trip to San Francisco to see Wicked and play a bit as we celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary. We will be leaving in a little over a month and are very excited. We don’t get to do much for our anniversary usually but since this is number 10 we thought we would make it special. I mean she has put up with me this long, she should get a little something out of it.

So, the plane and Wicked tickets are purchased, the rental car is reserved and we are researching which hotel to stay at. Planning a trip is a lot of work and can get pricey pretty quick. But it will all be worth it in the end.

I almost made it a disaster though. Yesterday we went to the bank to cash a couple of checks. My wife almost always handles this (which is why I never have any money). This time she wanted to wait in the car with the kids and play solitair on my phone. So I headed in and gave the two checks to the teller and said I wanted to cash them. She asked for my driver’s license which is usually enough to get a check cashed. Well, she started asking me to verify the last 4 digits of my social security number, my address, the other person’s name on the joint account, my monther’s maiden name, etc. I couldn’t figure out why she was being so thorough. She finally said that she would go ahead and cash them but they aren’t supposed to without current identification. She said that my driver’s license had expired 5 month’s ago.

I was like “what the heck”? I looked at my license and sure enough, it was expired. And, since you have to have current and valid identification in order to board a plane, I would have missed my flight to San Francisco, seeing Wicked, and missed out on a very fun anniversary.

Thank you bank teller for being so thorough and letting me know that my license had expired. I have shown that driver’s license at a store I buy parts at many many times and they have never said a word.

Moral of the story is to do whatever you are doing to the best of your ability and don’t cut corners or be afraid to speak up when something is not right. If this teller had been too afraid to question my ID, I would have paid the price when I went to board the plane. So, thanks again.

After we got home, I gathered all of the required documents and headed in to the DMV and renewed my license. What a relief!

2 Responses to “Almost Missed my Anniversary Trip”

  1. Rob Says:

    Good think Jenny is addicted to solitaire…

  2. Stacey Says:

    That would have sucked!

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