Sometimes you just don’t need those large projects to bog you down, because there are a slew of the little piddly ones that really take more time that you ever expected. That is where I am at at the moment.
I had to get fingerprinted for the umpteenth time for my California therapy license renewal. They are now doing electronic fingerprinting, so if you don’t live in CA or any other state that has that capability, you need to get a waiver, but use the old fashioned fingerprint cards. They want 2: one for the FBI and one for the Department of Justice. You would think those two agencies could share information. Why don’t they each create a Facebook account and save everyone a load of grief. We could just share pictures of our fingerprints in one large album.
The only place for fingerprinting is in the 13th district, far, far from me, but the guy is pleasant and willing accepts my 8,000 Huf for services rendered. Then the hassle began. The cards could not be folded, spindled or mutilated in any way or they would be rejected, providing me with 8,000 more reasons to hate California. I was on the hunt for cardboard to make sure no postal employee would accidentally ignore the “DO NOT FOLD” bold print on all free spaces of the envelope. Ron will mail it from the US, saving me from having to figure out the same in Hungarian. Of course I did not fully read the directions until it was too late. I was angry they ignored my request for a waiver to be fingerprinted at all. This is my fifth go around with the process, so if what they claim is true, my prints have not changed. They do get a little prunish looking after I have been to the thermals, but still I think I have the same whirls and curves. In one box, I put my full license name and number. Opps! All that was required was LCSW. My only hope is some myopic person will open the mail and pass it on without having me go postal.
That out of the way, the next thing was to fill out the form to get a waiver for not getting my required CEUs (continuing education units). Living abroad is sufficient reason, but you must fill in the form, mail it, get it approved, and then and only then can you submit your license fee and application for renewal. The waiver can only be submitted 60 days before the license is due to expire, creating that great race of will it return on time or not? If I don’t renew my license on time, the fee increases by $50.
Next conundrum: Mail it from here using registered return receipt request forms or wait until next week and let Ron mail it from the US? Well, considering I never received the last two receipted pieces of mail I sent, I guess Ron will be the Pony Express delivery.
This was just the first part of my paperwork nightmare.