We all learned years ago that government organizations don’t run as smoothly as capital enterprises. Haven’t we all waited in line at the post office while Fred fixes the 5 broken tape rollers at a nearly impossibly slow speed and Sue reads instructions on how to ship a glass bowl to Greenland while Jack is the only employee helping the line of 20 frustrated customers that is now out the front door? I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve waited in that stupid line. Oh, and if you work between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. like the rest of corporate America, forget it. You’ll need to take a day off in order to get anything done.
Yesterday it was my privilege to visit the social security office in Provo. My first experience last year did not go well. I was just married at the time and needed to officially change my last name to Lish. Happy and in love, I entered the doors of the building to see my favorite sign plastered in front of me, “PLEASE TAKE A NUMBER.” I sat in the too small waiting room for what seemed like an eternity. In reality, the whole ordeal probably took an hour and a half.
I had to get all geared up to go to the social security office again yesterday, but this time things went so much more smoothly. I was in and out in less than one-half hour! It was such a good feeling leaving knowing that I now had an extra hour or two to burn that I thought I would spend waiting in line. How lucky!
So, you ask, why did I need to go the social security office twice? I originally changed my name to be Candace Chipman Lish, but then I decided Candace Kay Lish has a much better ring to it. So there you have it. Hopefully you all understand my frustration with government-run organizations. Yeah for our tax dollars.