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Yesterday I went to get myself an Arizona State ID since my Massachusetts one, which I've been using for ID for the past 5 years, finally expired. I was incredibly excited when I first received my new card, because I noticed that it has no expiration date. Seriously. In the spot where the expiration date should be, it's just a blank space. (And, really, that makes sense--driver's licenses for non-minors in Arizona are valid for ~45 years if you aren't arrested for anything, so it would follow that they wouldn't care about the renewal of non-driver ID all). Unfortunately, my dreams of forever-ID were shattered when I noticed that you have to register a change of address within 10 days. Seeing as we'll definitely be moving in August, that means that this new ID is also doomed to be short-lived. Which is kind of a shame, being that the picture on it was actually fairly cute and I NEVER TAKE CUTE ID PICTURES THIS IS A FOREIGN CONCEPT. But, oh well. Life goes on. xD
**It's also worthwhile to note that the infrequency with which such documents expire here, while kind of sketchy (at least in my opinion) has at least one positive side-effect: The DMV experience is *actually pleasant*. Like, you go in, and employees are cheerful and helpful and nice to you and don't appear jaded or frustrated at all. And it all goes fast. I have been to the AZ DMV twice and neither time did I wait more than ~30 minutes to have *all* my services completed. That includes time to fill out paperwork. Massachusetts readers probably understand fully why this is shocking and noteworthy--but I kid you not. When the place isn't necessarily exploding with people trying to renew everything all the time, it's so, so easy. *_*

Yesterday I also finally finished my second read-through of Elena Poniatowska's Hasta No Verte Jesús Mío, throughout which I was careful to make a written note of every single word or phrase that I didn't completely understand. Or even words that I *did* understand, but wanted to add to a list anyway so that I could practice recalling them rather than just recognizing what they mean. Right now, I'm on page 22 of the book out of 317, and my list of words and phrases is already 84 long. AHAHAHAH. There are going to be thousands. But oh well, I'm ready, bring it on. After all, that just means that there are going to be thousands more things that I newly understand after I finish this project! Yei. :3

I guess I better go back and work on that, eheh. >.>;

Date: 2012-03-08 01:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
In my case I need to make a list - very short - of words I DO know .

Date: 2012-03-09 08:50 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Haha I doubt it. Languages have tens or even hundreds of thousands of words in can know thousands yourself and still feel that you know and understand nothing. I don't think I could make a list of all the words I know in Japanese, even, and I don't really know much Japanese at all. I'm sure for you a list of Spanish words you know would be impossible.

Date: 2012-03-09 11:26 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I really admire you for studying non-Indo-European Japanese !!!
It seems an isolate although , having a grammatical structure similar to Korean . You've nothing to hang on to . I really DO need to learn Thai but am daunted by its script and tones !
Latine possum dicere sed non multum .

Date: 2012-03-09 11:37 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Google are too kind -
Práctica en el Extranjero
Mejora tu inglés mientras trabajas Inglaterra, USA, Canadá, Australia

Date: 2012-03-08 09:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I'm a Californian who's just as surprised to hear that the Arizona DMV is actually fast and pleasant, LOL. Kinda jealous.

Date: 2012-03-09 08:50 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Hahaaaa...yeah, my roommate is from LA and he said expirations there work similarly to in MA. Plus there are way more drivers (and people in general), so, well, I'm assuming it must be a nightmare xD;

Date: 2012-06-17 04:28 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I wound up browsing here from the tucson community. Sorry if I sound like a creeper! I do have a few awesome tips: You have to register your new address within ten days, but you don't actually have to buy a new card! And you can change the address online, so no bothering with the DMV.

The other great part is that if you choose to get a new card, they'll reuse the same photo for ten years, unless you request otherwise. It's fairly handy. The only issue is that you have to get a new photo every ten years (though that could be even less frequent than 10 years with a state ID; I've only had a driver's license here. I can't imagine it's more often).

Date: 2012-06-17 07:02 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Haha no, not particularly creepy--it's actually refreshing to get a legitimate comment on an old post instead of the ubiquitous bot spam. :)

That's actually really excellent. I guess everything's easier with electronic records and all, so the address on the actual card becomes less important.

It's also nice that they don't make you change your photo so often--I tend to have a problem where I go continually between long and short hair, so the picture I took no longer looks like me at all. xD But I guess if the period is 10 years, I'll probably go back to looking like that at some point, haha.

Thanks for the info. :)

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