Decisions, decisions, decisions

Decisions, decisions, decisions

If this is the last Wednesday of the month, then this must be Blogapalooz Hour, which began an hour ago with an email from the Grand Puba.  That email contained the following:

Your challenge, if you choose to accept it, is to publish a post in one hour.  Here is tonight’s challenge:  You made a million choices in 2015.  Write about one of them.

Since this is also the last Wednesday of 2015, we’re obviously being influenced by that year-in-review thing so popular on the TV talk show circuit.

The thing is, I hate that year-in-review thing.  It’s depressing.  It’s another reminder that one more year of my life has gone by, one that is gone forever.  Another year in which that diet started on January 1 ended on January 2.

I didn’t get a new job, move to a new city or get married.  There were no monumental decisions to be made and it’s just as well.  The decisions I made regarding the mundane happenings of everyday life were enough of a struggle.

Like most people, I usually come up with the perfect solution for every problem after I’ve already made the wrong decision.  For whatever reason, it always seems so much more clear once the burden of making the actual decision has been lifted.

You may not know it, but there’s a chance that your Illinois drivers license may not be recognized by TSA (the security guys at the airport) as valid identification as early as May of next year.

The reason is that Illinois failed to meet certain federal guidelines for the Illinois drivers license and their request for an extension to meet those guidelines has been denied.  I know it’s really shocking that Illinois failed to meet that deadline.

In their defense, they’ve only had since 2005 to come up with a federally compliant drivers license and there may be as many as 8 other states in the same boat.

On the off chance that I would be traveling after May, I searched for my passport to verify that it was up to date.  Lo and behold, it had expired in October of 2014.  I immediately and spontaneously made an executive decision to renew my passport.

I located the correct form online, populated the appropriate spaces and printed out my passport renewal application.  The following day, I went to CVS pharmacy and took a very flattering passport photo. I attached the photo to the application, enclosed my check for $110 along with my expired passport and sealed the envelope.

This morning, I took that envelope to the post office and sent it on its way to the home office in Philadelphia.

On the way home from the post office, I realized that I could have done it just a bit better.  For another $40 I could have gotten a passport card along with my passport book.

I had never heard of a passport card before, but it was explained in detail on the passport renewal application.  It is a card, not unlike a drivers license that will serve to get you in and out of Mexico and Canada.  It is not, however good for overseas flights.

In other words, if my Illinois drivers license becomes invalid for domestic air travel, the passport card would be the ideal substitute.  It would definitely be a lot more convenient to carry than a passport book.

And that, my friends is exactly what I’m talking about.  It should have been a no brainer to get the passport card along with the passport book, but that didn’t become obvious to me until my passport renewal application was under the control of the Postmaster General.

I’m sure I must have made a couple of good decisions this year.  Saturday night we went down to Sun Wah Barbeque on Broadway (just north of Argyle).  At first, I resisted the idea out of hand.  Uptown is a schlepp from Highland Park, especially on a Saturday night.  If only for the promise of Peking duck, I finally decided to head down there.

Great Peking duck, by the way and you don’t even have to order it ahead of time.  As a matter of fact, if you google Peking duck, Sun Wah will be one the first restaurants to come up.

Tomorrow is New Years Eve and we all get to think about who we want to be next year.  For 2016 I’m going to take a page from GW Bush’s playbook.  I’m going to be the Decider.  Unless I decide that’s a bad idea.

Happy New Year everyone.  May 2016 bring you all that you desire.

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