this no-man's land between 18 and 21 is ridiculous, most specifically at the latter part of it. for example, when you're 5 months away from hitting the oh-so-magical 21. you can't rent a car, apply for several of the more helpful government benefits, or rent certain apartments unless you're 21. some hotels won't even let you stay if you're under 21, either. it's an insignificant little complaint, and in 5 months, i won't care because it won't affect me, but it's really irritating to have to have your 73 year old father come down and sign your lease so you'll have a place to stay. i suppose on one hand i can understand, considering the attitude/demeanor of most of my peers, but for the most part the system (and this is a wide generalization including education, employment, government benefits, etc.) is structured in such a way that even if you want
to be a contributing member of society, unless you fit into a very rigid set of requirements, it's just not going to happen. unless you're ambitious enough to stand on your head, jump through hoops and eat fire while simultaneously juggling oysters.
on a more minor note, it is far too difficult to prove that i actually am who i say i am (and who three or four random documents confirm i am, though for the most part none of those documents are "acceptable"). and the dmv is on my shitlist, but i don't think that's really newsworthy or unique.