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Fight the system!
« on: January 08, 2019, 11:59:37 AM »
I have had an amateur radio plate on my vehicles, for over 45 years (KØBG). When I moved to New Mexico, the DMV apparently couldn't tell the difference between the numeral Ø, and the letter O! I tried many times to get that fixed, but the only thing they did was, give me a plate with looked like the second letter was a zero (Ø).

Fast forward, and I decide I want a vanity plate which reads (airguner). I try to get the 0n-line only form filled out, and it wouldn't let me use the word GUN. Yet, I could use RIFLE! GO figure. And then...

The form software wouldn't bring up a pop up window so I could inter my credit card information, even though I told Safari (Mac browser) to allow it. I submitted the application anyway. So this morning I get an email telling me to start over! Still no luck! I call, wait 45 minutes, and get told I can pickup the form at my local DMV office. You guessed it! It is on-line only!

All said, the manager of the local office handled the request for me, and explained that I owned an airgun related business. I do in fact, this site! Now all I have to do is wait about 6 weeks, and see what happens.

Wish me luck!


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Re: Fight the system!
« Reply #1 on: January 08, 2019, 01:34:31 PM »
So vain. ;D

Here I don't want to display anything weapons-related for fear of some liberal calling in with a false report. Brandishing, etc..
In fact, I even throw a tarp over my decoys when traveling down the road.
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Re: Fight the system!
« Reply #2 on: January 08, 2019, 02:30:30 PM »
Actually, I'm not worried about that issue, at least here in Roswell, NM. If I lived where you do, or in Chicago, perhaps I would.

I'm really not vain about vanity plates, as amateur radio plates are sort of a vanity plate, but cost a whole lot less. At one time, I drove around with $5,000+ radio gear in my vehicle, and never had an issue. But I thought about the possibility of theft a lot, especially during the CB radio craze.

What got me going, wasn't the cost, but the bureaucracy telling me I couldn't use the word airgun, because it used the word gun! My lawyer friend (and fellow amateur operator) told me he'd handle the case pro-bono if I can't get the plate approved. And there is a reason...

This whole "#metoo" movement is out of hand. About 99% of it is liberal press driven, with little if any regard to the US Constitution and its Bill of Rights. Nonetheless, I'll try to refrain myself from joining in.
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Re: Fight the system!
« Reply #3 on: January 08, 2019, 03:09:09 PM »
I was using it in jest, of course, you aren't vain.

As far as the bureaucracy, it's all about control. I'm all for fighting back. I'm dealing with The Dept. of Fish and Foul here over ADA access on a local marsh I duck hunt. They will not allow a mobility scooter to access the area. It will be a while but I think I can beat them.

Back in the day, my buddies and I ran 26.795 MHz in our trucks. I pushed ~1600 watts.  When skip came in we talked all over the USA. I guess we were outlaws. ::) I too worried about theft of equipment, but never had a problem.
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Re: Fight the system!
« Reply #4 on: January 15, 2019, 09:34:35 AM »
It's Official!

I have received official paperwork. indicating one of my choices for a vanity plate. It will be....

Airrifle

Can you believe it? They won't approve Airgun, but will AirRifle. What is with that?!
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Re: Fight the system!
« Reply #5 on: January 15, 2019, 09:50:00 AM »
It's Official!

I have received official paperwork. indicating one of my choices for a vanity plate. It will be....

Airrifle

Can you believe it? They won't approve Airgun, but will AirRifle. What is with that?!

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Re: Fight the system!
« Reply #6 on: January 15, 2019, 10:17:00 AM »
Remember the military "This is my rifle this is my gun etc...……….."
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Re: Fight the system!
« Reply #7 on: January 15, 2019, 02:17:47 PM »
It's actually exactly what is expected after years of government training (sarcastic). In all seriousness, it doesn't take a lot to figure it out. It's simple psychology and sociology. A wise man (now deceased) told me once that when it comes to employment, people are generally motivated by three things: 1) wealth, 2)security, 3) authority. Mind you he was referring to 'employees', not business owners. The latter would be more risk taking, entrepreneurial, etc. and people seeking employment would loosely tend toward the three previously mentioned traits. There are of course lots of other factors such as job enjoyment, commute, etc. but most folks are drawn to these three things in varying level of importance.

None of those traits are faults, but they have levels of importance to each individual. Some extreme generalizations for example are cops, fireman, and management tend have a higher ranking of #3. People who are always on the lookout for the next big opportunity to increase their salary tend towards #1. Those of us that value security, don't mind putting in the years doing the same thing, do your job, hit a time clock and go home tend towards #2. Classic examples of this are city/state/county employees. Fight to get your foot in the door, but once there (and especially with any tenyear) you become part of the system. There's no real incentive to do your job better. Meet the existing standards (set by your peers), get your raises. accrue a pension, and wait until retirement age. You're not competing is business against anything so there's no reason to 'step up your game'.

to be continued....

Now that I've pissed off every postal worker, DMV employee, cop, fireman, administrative person, teacher, etc. let me just say that it's just my opinion, and I I'm not that smart. But it doesn't take a genius to see the big picture. Jobs that are secure, have long term payoff, have great benefits, boring but drama free, and repetitive by nature can draw more of this personality type. I hate lumping teachers into that because I think that's one where it's more a 'calling' to teach.

The point is that in government administrative facilities we have the extreme example of the #2 trait. Generations of this has created an embarrassment of performance when it comes to things like motor vehicles, permits/planning, courts, whatever...it can be tirelessly frustrating and expensive. Time is money for me; if I have to spend 4 hours at the DMV that's a serious hit to my business. But since there's only one Department of Motor Vehicles it's not like you can take your business elsewhere. So therefore what incentive does an employee have to problem solve or think proactively? None. In fact, it's the opposite. If you get too good at what you do you might take food out of the mouth of one of your peers and we can't have that.

I'm not saying I have an answer to this, and again it's just my opinion. All I know is that if I treat MY customers and do MY job the way that the DMV does I wouldn't be in business very long. That is, unless I was the only tile business in the state and unfortunately that's not the case.
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Re: Fight the system!
« Reply #8 on: April 10, 2019, 02:44:59 PM »
I'm not mad at all, I put the time in the army for medical/security at the end, to dumb to see the end could be near. I was a cop because I 'm sure I'm ADDHD cause, I liked the change all the time, Like cat in tree/flat tire/Man with gun-heck I had one , I wanted to see his to. At the end of 40 years of doing this , I retired(sigh). If only my pension was more, but I liked small departments and thought police helped people, OH I forgot I was a fireman awhile too. 25 bucks a call out. Now they really get paid by the HOUR + OT.  My god what was I thinking,  I should have worked in a big city.