You’re So Vain
Paraphrasing Carly Simon, “You’re so vain, you probably think this blog is about you, don’t you?”
Unless you are my hot trophy wife, Miss Sugar, this blog is not about you, but I could not resist the phrase as the title. If you are Miss Sugar, the blog is indeed about you. And you know why!
On this very day in history, Miss Sugar had occasion to present a check at the bank on which it was written in order to cash it. The bank employees, oblivious to the fame of the person presenting the check, namely, The Miss Sugar, treated her as if she was merely a member of the general public. Get this — the teller actually asked for a photo identification.
Miss Sugar produced for the teller’s inspection her unexpired driver’s license issued by The State of Colorado, including a photograph. Unfortunately, the teller did inspect the I.D. Too closely. He seemed alarmed, or at least irritated. He hesitated and then said, “It appears that there is an alternate picture pasted onto the front of your license. Can you explain that please?”
Miss Sugar had a ready and truthful explanation, which was also an admission.
“Yes, the picture is from my old license. I substituted that photo.”
“Why did you do that?” the teller asked.
“Because the driver’s license bureau does not allow you to smile in the photos on the new licenses. I liked my old photo better because I am smiling. So, I cut the picture from my old license and pasted it on top of the new photo on my new license. It is still me. It simply depicts me smiling (at a younger age).”
Licenses in Colorado are renewed every ten years.
The teller left to consult with the bank manager. They had to make a big decision. It took twenty minutes to make the big decision.
Finally, the teller returned. He cashed the check and said, “You can go now. Have a nice day!”
A smile can go a long way.