Over the weekend I read a Sacramento Bee article about actor and comedian Ashton Kutcher’s plan to base a new reality show on California’s Department of Motor Vehicles. The first thought that came to mind was how appropriate this is considering every time I visit the DMV, I feel like I’m on an episode of Punk’d. Unfortunately, my nightmarish prank never ends with Ashton jumping out from behind a counter and reassuring me it’s all a joke; no, I’m still waiting in line, trying to cut through the thick red tape and finally get that license renewal and vehicle registration. The following video blog pretty much sums up my feelings about this new reality show and how the real focus should be on Sacramento’s attempt to play political games with a bureaucracy that’s already a nightmare to deal with.
*Update: Over the weekend, I also tried to change my address on the DMV web site and every time I tried it, I got an error message telling me the server wasn’t working. Can’t a California government agency–with Silicon Valley, the center of the tech industry and all its innovative geniuses, just a phone call away–at least get its web site to function so I can avoid a mind-numbing trip to the physical DMV? Ah, government service at its finest.