I drove to Denver this morning to renew the tag for my truck and get a new tag for the Yamaha WR 450. The last week or so I've been running around doing things to get the truck ready to pass an emission control test that Denver requires for diesel trucks before you can renew your tag. When all was said and done I spent 2 weeks and about $1000 just to renew my tag in Denver County. the county I lived in before didn't require any of that and renewing my tags was no more complicated than mailing in a check. Denver requires the admissions test to be done every other year so next year I can just mail them a check, so that gives me 2 years to decide if I want to continue using Denver as my domicile address.
My biggest worry this morning driving to Denver, which by the way takes about 2 1/2 hours from where I'm at, was that I would be missing some goofy paper the government would want to issue a tag for the Yamaha WR450 and would tell me to go home and come back another day. So just to make sure that didn't happen I took every scrap of paper that I had ever gotten from the motorcycle dealer and from the state of Colorado with me this morning and fortunately it all worked out okay. It did take me a couple of minutes to convince the smiling young lady behind the counter that you actually can register an off-road motorcycle as a street motorcycle in Colorado. For the first minute she didn't even want to look at the stack of paperwork I had saying simply, "you can't do that"! But I learned long ago that its best to try and keep government employees on your side and not berate them for not knowing how to do the job that we taxpayers pay them to do. So I kept smiling and telling her it was all going to be OK and she finally took my papers to different employee for another opinion and came back and started typing out my paperwork.... But she never smiled again.