Did you ever notice that when you open up a word processor that the letters are so small that you can hardly see them? I think it is a conspiracy to aggravate us little people. You know that the big companies and governments, big or small, can do things to aggravate us to no avail and then they sit back and have a good laugh, ha ha ha.
And say “did you see what we put in that program “and they do it here too… like the time I got a traffic ticket in Butuan, it was nothing big. The fact was that they had a roadblock set up and when I stopped I wasn’t wearing my seatbelt, so I was written up for it. No big deal and since this was a Friday afternoon I had to go back on Monday to pay the fine .. Ok I go back on Monday and it took me about 15 minutes to find the right door (after asking 4 different people) in city hall so I could pay the fine. Oh all the doors led to the outside a small court yard, I think?
So the first room I went in to was ac. And had a TV on and I sit there for 45 minutes while I waited for someone , don’t know who, they just told me to set there and wait , so I did, finally some guy came in and the lady handed him my ticket and a pile of other peoples tickets too. He proceeded to write on each one then when he was done he handed them back to her she then handed them back to the people and me everyone left and so did I, so when I walked out the door I seen no one around so where did everybody go I thought hummmm. And of course I had to start to ask a couple of people where I had to go and of course only one knew and that was the last one I talked too. She pointed to the area I was to go and sure enough there everybody stood so I went there and stood in line with everyone else and waited my turn.
We stood outside with a tin roof over our heads and room for maybe 8 people under it and of course there were people coming and going through the door as we stood there . When my turn came up the lady behind the window took my papers and put her initial on it and told me to go to the processing center that was over there and she pointed (that way). As I stood there I turned and look at a big block wall standing between me and “That way “. So as I proceeded down the alleyway cause that is pretty much what it looked like to me and back out into the court yard I think that’s what they might call it. Now there I was standing there looking at about 10 – 12 different door to go to and “ that way “ show no doors what so ever in that direction and again I started to ask where the processing area was, and of course I had to ask a couple of people before someone understood what I was looking for and pointed and said “over there “ Now “over there “ consisted of 2 long cement block walls that came to a corner and “Wow” to my amazement there was a dark alleyway looking area there.
Ok so I proceeded to the area and Lo and behold there was another door hidden in the wall set back in about 1 meters and of course there was all the same people that I followed around from door to door all sitting there outside the door waiting for something to happen I think. So as I stood there looking around one of the men in the group stood up and knocked on the door a guard opened it and seen me standing there came out and took my paper work. He went back in and shut the door.
From the feel of the air that came out when he opened the door it was cool “ AH-HA , AC “ must be nice as we sit outside sweltering in the heat.. Oh well I looked around and saw that there was no place to sit so I stood there waiting with everyone else to see what was going to happen next. I figured that everyone else already knew what was going on behind the doors, that is everybody but me ..Then the guy that knocked on the door offered me his seat where he was sitting and everyone else started in talking and pointed to the seat so I figured that they wanted me to sit down .Ok I went over and sit down, well it was a good thing I did cause we were there for over 2 hours before someone came out the door with all our paper work and she started to call out names and everyone got there paper work and left, but this time I was able to follow someone back to the 2nd. Door I was at, we played follow the leader and again we stood in front of the door while a lady processed our paper work and took the money for the fine ,one at a time and of course nobody is in a hurry especially the ones in the office . She would take the paper work from the person and go sit at her desk do some writing then she would get up and go in the back somewhere for a few minutes then she would come back and sit down do some more writing in a big book maybe a ledger or something like that and type on a keyboard play with her mouse.
Then she would get up come over to the window get a signature from the person. Then off he would go, then the next person would go up to the window and it started all over again… Of course as I was new to this kind of paper work shuffle I was last in this group… lest to say I was home by 4 pm…the same day too…
Now like I was saying aggravating the people why couldn’t they just have one window to go to. You give them your ticket they look it up in a book tell you what you need to pay, then you pay the lady she gives you a recipt then you go home … No hassle, no red tape, no long waits …
Now isn’t this what the president is trying to do get rid of all the red tape … It would be so much nicer if an when they do , but now you have a dilemma what will happen to all the people that will lose their jobs when there is no more red tape. If you eliminate 5-8 people at every office in every town that’s a lot of people that have no work now…RIGHT???…..
Oh well just a thought, thanks for reading this blog of mine. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I enjoyed writing it…Phil R.