Okay, so changing your name with SS and DMV isn't all that hard. All of you girls that wrote that you have been putting it off -- it's really not that bad.
I started out my day today with the Social Security Office. I thought by driving out to Germantown I would be able to escape some of the creepy types that I might encounter downtown. Well, I was wrong. They are everywhere. I think the key is to go to these places early in the morning when people may be at work. I waited at the SS office for a total of 30 minutes. Not bad in my opinion. With my marriage license and current driver's license, my new SS card will be in the mail within two weeks!
The DMV is another story. All I can say is gross. I really would have loved having a medical mask here because I felt like germs were floating around everywhere. People were coughing and hacking left and right.
I arrived at the DMV around 12:30 (not by choice) and let me just say, this is the WRONG time to go. I was under the assumption that most of these people would be on their lunch breaks and maybe would leave when they heard they would have to wait a long time. Wrong. I think most of the people hanging out at the DMV today were unemployed. This was the least pleasant of my experiences today. I felt like I was being herded around by a "security" guard who made me throw away my Starbucks within five minutes of being there. Second, the lovely employees of the DMV were yelling (yes, yelling) at grown people to SIT DOWN and HUSH because there was to be minimal talking in the waiting area and absolutely NO CELL PHONE usage whatsoever. Bogus. I should have brought a magazine because I was there for TWO and a half hours. I did not see one normal looking person there, and this place was PACKED. When I got my waiting ticket it said that there were 25 people ahead of me. I sat down in the packed tight chairs only to be greeted by the lovely man sitting next to me ... "What are you in for?" ... I pointed to my marriage license envelope and said nothing else. He soon shut up.
All in all it really wasn't that bad getting everything changed. It took five minutes at my bank. Now I just have to send in my passport change request and I'll be done!
You really do need to have a day off to get all of these tasks completed. I started my adventure at 10 am and was not home until 3 pm.