So Future Mrs. B. and I went to get our marriage license from the County Recorder's Office. Pulling into park we realized we were going to have to pay to park in the 30 minute metered parking. That kind of parking setup seems like the equivalent of a speed trap. So I have to pay to park, but I can't pay for more than 30 minutes? Do I also pay for my ticket now or later?
FMB said she had change and went to pay the machine that prints out a sticker that one would ultimately post in the street-side window to let the parking enforcer know when they are allowed to ticket you. This is a genius scam that eliminates the chance of ever pulling into a meter with time left on it.
I was by the car when I notice a homeless bum walking by the parking machine. He looks FMB up and down twice then decides he's going to stand behind her as if he was going to buy parking time with his non-existent money for his non-existent car. I walked over closer to make sure this guy didn't do something like shank my future bride. Then I'd be without the love of my life, and I probably end up getting in some sort of trouble for murdering a homeless bum.
After we posted our parking time in the window, the bum decided he was going to go back the way he came. I suppose he has no place to be, but it's weird that he was walking aimlessly one way, stopped to check out/creep out FMB, then walk back in the opposite direction. City living is great!
After looking at four different buildings, we finally found the County Recorder's office (on the corner of F & 8th for anyone else who's looking for it.) We were a bit late for our appointment, but the jovial African American lady that greeted us told us, "Ah, don't worry, you guys are on time! Just go into the next room then down the hall!" I love that kind of confidence. I didn't even tell her when our appointment was for, and she assumed it was all good!
After getting the info, I was told it was going to cost around $80 to get the marriage license. I knew it was going to cost money, but I had forgotten my check book. I asked if they took credit card, and they said they did, but not all of them. In fact, the credit card they don't accept is VISA. Really? The most widely used credit card in the world, and you don't take it? I thought Visa was "everywhere you want to be." Apparently not. Luckily, I had a Master Card on hand, so after a small fee, we left with our marriage license.
On the way out, the friendly lady from when we entered looked at us and said, "Look forward to the day after!" We definitely are [tired sigh.]