Good news. I got my new Social Security card. I not only got it, but after staring at it for four days, I signed it. And this time, I even signed it correctly. Miracles really do happen.
This entire Social Security card thing has been a learning experience. Here's what I learned: the Social Security Administration office is a happenin' place where people meet up. I know this. I've been there twice now. The experience was the same both time, and it goes like this: I walk in. I get a ticket by using the kiosk. I sit down. I kill some time reading emails and checking Facebook on my phone. And I eavesdrop, just a little.
Mainly I eavesdrop because the Social Security Administration office is full of old people, a good amount of whom are hard of hearing. It's also apparent that the closer you get to retirement, the less you get out, but once you get to the Social Security office, you will run into someone you know. And when you do, the conversation will go something like this:
"Oh hey, Bud, how are you? I haven't seen you in forever."
"Oh hey. I'm good."
"I heard that your brother died."
"Yep, he died last month. His (heart/kidneys/liver/insert organ of choice) failed after he had a (stroke/heart attack/transplant/insert medical event of choice). He had just moved to (Florida/Texas/Arizona/insert warm weather location of choice). He was only there for a (week/month/year/insert timeframe of choice) and now he's gone."
"Oh wow, that's terrible. At least you look great. I am retiring next month. How about you?"
"Well, I'm going to retire, but I'm also working at (Walmart/Bob Evans/McDonald's/insert menial job of your choice)."
"That's great. Hey, I gotta go. Call me and we'll go (hunting/shopping/to church/insert recreational event of choice), ok?"
"Yeah, that sounds great. See you later."
As soon as the buddy leaves, his friend will pipe up with "wow, I haven't seen him in years. He looks terrible." True story. Every. Time.
As for me, I hope to not have to go to the Social Security office again anytime soon. If I do, the little old men there are going to start thinking I'm stalking them.