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A Paragon of Officialness

Whenever I get something with an official seal on it in the mail, my first thought is always, Oh God I'm being audited. Not that an auditor would be able to find anything hinky in my books. Just that it would take up so much of my time, it would be hideous.

So the latest, Oh God what's that thing with a seal on it? moment came when I got a postcard from the state informing me that I need to file my corporation's annual report.

Oh God what the hell is that?

I went and cried on Josh Lanyon's shoulder a bit--because, really, must everything be full of strange forms that freak me out?--and then I put it on my to-do list to handle. And this morning I handled it. It involved things like "name" and "address" and "type of business" and a $25 fee. It wasn't rocket science to figure out the answers to these questions. Now it's done. Whew.

I suspect part of the problem is that I tried to start an illustration business at the tender age of 19, back in the days before you could do any of this stuff online, in Chicago. To do municipal stuff in Chicago you have to visit a creepy warren of underground offices downtown. (There was the time a stray gerbil bit my friend on the thumb and then died, and we had to take its body in to be tested for rabies. That office was waaaay underground.) With my fragile fledgling business, I remember trying to figure out what paperwork needed to be filed and what fees needed to be paid, standing in a long line, and getting barked at by very mean municipal employee and coming out intimidated and confused.

I really need to get over that. I'm sure she's retired by now.

To this day, whenever my characters are dealing with bureaucracy, in my mind, they're somewhere in those underground downtown Chicago warrens.

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jordan_c_price
May. 2nd, 2011 02:41 pm (UTC)
Me too! I won't even look at a cop while I'm driving for fear of looking somehow suspicious.

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