Almost everyone for a few generations at one time or another got that puzzle that when you put it together filled out the entire fifty states that make up this great country of ours.
You either got it for your birthday or Christmas and almost everyone got one.
The bad thing about this great little toy is that there are some people that never opened the box figuring that they’d never have too know where some states were at any point in their life.
That trickle down of “who cares” has permeated our public school system and students give less than a hoot now about which one is Wyoming and which one is Colorado(try asking on a label-less map, there’s kids these days that really don’t have a clue).
Now, it’s scary enough when someone whose biggest worry in life is how long they are going to have to ply Fortnite for before they have to leave for school doesn’t know where some states are; but when you have someone that works in a city whose sole purpose is to bring representatives from every state in the country; that’s the type of thing that makes you wonder if that person should be sweeping floors for a living instead of actually handling paperwork.
Gavin Clarkson was stopped in his tracks when applying for a marriage license after the clerk refused to take his driver’s license from New Mexico as proof of identification.
Clarkson, who once ran for New Mexico secretary of state, said the District of Columbia clerk thought he was a foreign citizen. He was told he would have to provide an international passport to get the marriage license.
“You know you are from flyover country when you are applying for a marriage license, give them your New Mexico driver’s license, and they come back and say: ‘My supervisor says we cannot accept international driver’s licenses. Do you have a New Mexico passport?'” Clarkson wrote on Facebook.
Even after speaking with a supervisor, Clarkson was told he still needed to get a passport to apply.
“Apparently it would have been easier if I’d shown her my tribal ID,” he said.
Eventually, around 20 minutes later, the clerk finally realized the error and apologized, according to USA Today.
Clarkson said he and his wife look back on the moment with humor despite the fact it was annoying at the time.