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The Autobiography of Russell
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Blood Donations + Graffiti; No proof of residency
During Math class tonight one of my classmates mentioned giving blood earlier. On the way out of class I noticed the halls were plastered with posters about giving blood. Since we were out a little early and the halls were empty, I was very tempted to put "You won't let me since I'm gay" on one of them. The only reason I didn't is because I didn't want to deal with the off chance someone saw me while I was in the middle of writing it (I think that's called vandalizing, actually. Might be a good thing I didn't).

Today I looked into getting my license changed over to Tennessee from Louisiana (finally, eh?). I looked on the website but didn't have enough proof (I've lived here for many many months and I don't have enough proof. Great, eh?). The only two things on the list that I possibly have are a bank statement and a voter's card (I didn't get the voter's card until a couple of weeks ago). I can't use the bank statement, though, because the last one I got (thanks to the mail forward loop and moving) is for Cincinnati (That really proves I live in Tennessee, eh?) or is from the 7th or 8th month of last year (Now that is what I call "current", haha).

The first thing I did was drop by the bank to get a copy of my last bank statement. The problem with that, though, is the last one only says "mail hold" where the address is. I asked her to check into the one before that (February) and that one had the right address on it. She printed that one out and I was on my way to the DMV. Of course I forgot to find out the directions to the DMV so I came home, looked it up, and then went to the DMV.

I got there, told her what I was trying to do, and she said I would need my birth certificate. Uh... I must have over looked that on the site cause I didn't have it with me. I showed her my two forms of identification and she said I would have to bring in either the original bank statement (which I don't have), or get the bank to notarize the one I just got from them. The funny thing about the birth certificate is that I haven't been able to find my only official copy of my birth certificate for months. I have two unofficial ones, but they certainly wouldn't take it if they wouldn't take an non-notarized bank statement.

So, now I'm writing to Virginia to get an official copy of my birth certificate. Why Virginia, you might ask? It does seem odd since I was born in Louisiana and have a Louisiana social security number. Well, I was born in July and my parents went to Virginia in August for a year, except they didn't know how long they would be there so they filed the birth certificate papers in April. So now Virginia has my birth certificate and Louisiana has my social security number. Great, isn't it?

Since I don't have proper proof to show that I've moved to Tennessee (at the moment), I don't think there will be any problems getting a car and insurance under my current license. I hope.

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ripper82 From: ripper82 Date: March 30th, 2006 01:28 am (UTC) (Link)
I read somewhere recently that they're reevaluating the blood ban.
swanhart From: swanhart Date: March 30th, 2006 06:05 am (UTC) (Link)
Various government panels have repeated suggested the ban should be lifted.

The FDA doesn't want to panic everybody with !GAY! blood I guess.
raist_ From: raist_ Date: March 30th, 2006 04:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, proof of residency is hard to do. I had a helluva time with it, since all the household bills are in my housemate's name, and my bank account is back in Michigan.

I ended up using a pay stub.
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