Family Birthday Dinner

This morning, Drew and I had to go to the DMV to renew my license. We wanted to take the drive and go out to Chippewa, PA to their DMV. Bridgeville’s DMV is always so busy. I dressed up a little bit, because I was going to get a new picture taken for my license. My license expires next week, the day after my birthday!

When we arrived, there were so many people already sitting in the waiting area. I looked back at Drew. I pushed a button on the touch screen and we took a seat. The whole process took 2 hours. We were both on edge. In Pennsylvania, they are making the Real ID mandatory starting in October 2020, so we went through the process to get me the Real ID. It took forever and they wanted so many documents.

When we finally left the DMV, I had to have several pieces of paper work because I have to wait for my license to get mailed to me, so I have my old ID (that is about to expire), a name change card, because my middle initial was on my license and you can’t have your middle initial on the Real ID, and another piece of paper, that says I am waiting for my real ID to come in the mail. Gotta love the government!

After the DMV, we stopped for breakfast, and then went home. I was hoping to have a bit more time before we went to my parents for my birthday dinner, but it wasn’t the case. We had to head to my parents around 2:30pm. I packed up a couple Truly’s then we were out the door and back in the car.

When we arrived to my parents, in their living room they have a mantle, and there was sheet hanging from the mantle. The sheet was taped to the mantle. The sheet came down to the floor. I looked at my parents, and I said, what is with the sheet? and they said, “you will see. I said, “Is that my birthday gift?” my parents said, “Maybe.” I said, “nice wrapping job.” They both laughed. When in-laws arrived, I was able to see what was behind the sheet. My dad slowly took off the tape, and when he pulled back the sheet.
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There was my birthday present, a guitar signed by Tom Petty, along with a certificate of authenticity. Words cannot describe my love for music. My dad raised me on Tom Petty, classic rock. Tom Petty started out playing in bars in Sarasota Florida. My dad remembers when he used to play various bars and actually saw him play a few times. I was born in Florida and we lived in Sarasota. Tom Petty was a huge part of my childhood and the bond that I share with my father. There are family video tapes from when I was younger dancing to Tom Petty and singing to his music videos. My dad and I were fortunate enough to see him live in concert when he came to play at the PPG paints arena. Shortly after that concert, he passed away. I am so grateful to my dad and mom for the signed guitar. It is truly so special to me.

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