March 23, 2009
A More Perminent Title
It's official, according to the us govt, as of around 10am this morning I am now a Garner. It took me only 8 months to change to my married name. The main reason for procrastinating was loathing having to go to the social security office and stand in line. I shouldn't have waited because the offices here have many more sketchy individuals waiting with you, than those present in the salt lake office. I knew this was going to be an odd experience only minutes after pulling into the parking lot. I took the last remaining parking stall, which pissed off another car and thus they decided to park right behind my car for the next 25-30 minutes so that I couldn't get out. The individual to say the least was thuggish. I was fearful of what else was to come when I got inside the building.
I got my number and stood at the back of the room for my turn. Meanwhile I watched my car through the window making sure that it wasn't getting keyed by the individual spoken of earlier and jotting his license plate number down on my hand. The room was packed full of people, I assume most of which came to claim the benefits of soc. security and not to change their name. A man came and stood by me. He was in the line of sight between me and my car, so I kept glancing his way. I felt bad, not wanting him to think I was keeping an eye on him, since he was of a different race. After a few minutes of glances back to my car, he finally looked at me like "What is going on with you?". I decided to explain myself about the car and his response was, "huh...what are you hear for...you don't look crazy like the rest of us". I told him that I was getting my name changed to my married name and he replied, "hope it works out." The only thing I could say back was, "me too." He then proceeded to tell me about how he had a girl and they split up but have two kids...and you know it doesn't always work out....anyway, I can say that I won't be changing my name anytime soon...if going back there is what happens when you get divorced, I won't be doing that.
Anyway, now the dilemma happens...I never really thought when I was a kid signing boys last names with my girlfriend that I would actually change my name someday. It's not as fun as I thought. I actually had to scribble around today trying to determine how to fit R's into the flow of my signature. Oh, what us girls do for our men...