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A Great American Its 645 AM on August 15th 2001 Im 8th in line in front of the Drivers License Bureau on 36th St North Im the only one without a felony conviction Im also the only one in the line who didnt bum a cigarette off my mom In my left hand I clutch a dog-eared copy of Madame Bovary by Flaubert My father is standing next to me wearing a coat and tie His apparel is old enough to get a drivers license too I want to cry At 800 AM three extremely large uniformed Drivers Bureau employees security guard wannabees snickered an anonymous voice from the back of the line opened the door Like sheep headed toward slaughter or at least a bad shearing we filed inside and signed up for our driving times Like a game show contestant with a parting gift I received an appointment with in my opinion the greatest American ever At eleven oclock AM we returned to the bureau and took a seat It was but 20 minutes later that I met a surely great man Mr Earl Sterner To me he was sir This is a man in the last 25 years who had smiled once and that was after a dangerous escapade involving an uphill parking job gone bad I remembered which way the wheels were supposed to turn about a block after I had finished My dad was waiting for me at the door of the bureau when I returned Most tests take 20 minutes I came back in ten If even that My dad knew that I had failed the test He was wondering if was not too late to send me to a convent in Wisconsin Preferably one with Internet access Well I showed him I gave him a big smile Earl smiled back for the second time in 25 years It was such a shock to his system that
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