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Old 12-06-2018, 08:17 AM
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Originally Posted by engifineer View Post
Did you hear the one about the people refused for a marriage license because they were from New Mexico?
I'll bet they didn't have a passport.

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Old 12-06-2018, 12:12 PM
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I wonder if the people wanting a marriage license asked the clerk if he/she had heard of Albuquerque, then asked what state the clerk thought the city was in?
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Old 12-06-2018, 02:13 PM
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During the Olympics in Atlanta, I flew with a guy from New Mexico who called in to purchase tickets. When he was giving the credit card information he also gave his address. He was informed that as he lived outside the USA, he was ineligible to purchase tickets. He again declared he lived in New Mexico. The gal on the line said: “New Mexico, old Mexico, it does not matter, we cannot sell tickets outside the USA.

He did not purchase tickets.

Only a few years ago, sending my passport ( to Washington DC) in for a renewal via FedEx, the gal at the desk said “ Sorry, the zip code does not match”. I checked again and repeated the zip code. She said that is what she entered but it did not match any city in the state of Washington. I said it was not going to Washington State but Washington DC. She said, “Oh, international then?” I said no, it was the District of Colombia. She was rather puzzled and said “ not a state then?” I went on about the geographic location of Washington DC, what went on there, and how it was not a state. Clearly this young 20 something missed something if she ever did take a civics class in high school. I believe immigrants applying for citizenship have a tougher exam than this.
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Old 12-06-2018, 02:17 PM
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Originally Posted by cosmomiller View Post
During the Olympics in Atlanta, I flew with a guy from New Mexico who called in to purchase tickets. When he was giving the credit card information he also gave his address. He was informed that as he lived outside the USA, he was ineligible to purchase tickets. He again declared he lived in New Mexico. The gal on the line said: “New Mexico, old Mexico, it does not matter, we cannot sell tickets outside the USA.

He did not purchase tickets.

Only a few years ago, sending my passport ( to Washington DC) in for a renewal via FedEx, the gal at the desk said “ Sorry, the zip code does not match”. I checked again and repeated the zip code. She said that is what she entered but it did not match any city in the state of Washington. I said it was not going to Washington State but Washington DC. She said, “Oh, international then?” I said no, it was the District of Colombia. She was rather puzzled and said “ not a state then?” I went on about the geographic location of Washington DC, what went on there, and how it was not a state. Clearly this young 20 something missed something if she ever did take a civics class in high school. I believe immigrants applying for citizenship have a tougher exam than this.
Wow, wow, and wow!


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Old 12-06-2018, 10:09 PM
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Wow, Washington DC is not a state? I have always heard it was in a state of Confusion but I couldn't find that one on the map either.
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Old 12-07-2018, 06:05 AM
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All this may say more about the motivation to learn of some people than it does about our education system. I used to host trivia a lot and was impressed with the breadth of knowledge possessed by many 20-somethings.
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Old 12-07-2018, 06:26 AM
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I find it equally amusing when kids at the cash register get all messed up when you give them the change
Bill comes to $19.11 and they see the twenty your hand and punch in $20.00
you hand them $20.11 so you won't get change back and they simply freeze not knowing what to do.

Although that hasn't happened in a while, now I just hand them the credit card.
They know how to do that.
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Hey, we re-elected Obama
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Old 12-16-2018, 03:46 PM
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...and trump.
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Old 12-16-2018, 04:10 PM
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Hey, Emile. Stay out of our politics you...you...Canadian*.



*actually the nicest name you can call someone.
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