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Wed, Mar. 31st, 2004, 09:26 pm
ghostsofnothing: general irritations

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.

Wed, Mar. 31st, 2004 08:58 pm (UTC)

hahaha all I have to do is show my TEA teeny high school form and old license *points and laughs*

I know exactly what you mean about the age, but mine is more of the gap between 17 and 18 at the moment, where I am already independant but I still have tons of hoops I have to jump through, and people I don't know don't take me seriously as an adult in mind and maturity because of my age when I have been pretty much running my own life since I was 14...

Wed, Mar. 31st, 2004 09:33 pm (UTC)

well meh to your high school-ness : P

i remember the 17 gap. i was pretty much in your situation, magnified by having to have a parent sign all forms when i had my own apartment and one parent lived in a foreign country and the other parent a)wasn't my legal guardian and b)lived out of state and c)is generally a pain in the ass. i got a break from this whole fifty million types of id while i was in ireland, but it's more difficult now cos i have nothing for the past 2 years actually in the US, so i get a lot of this "are you american" questions and having to rummage around to find something to prove i am (because my passport alone is not sufficient, apparently, not to mention the very definite american accent). people can be so dumb sometimes.

Fri, Apr. 2nd, 2004 07:42 am (UTC)

"and in 5 months, i won't care because it won't affect me"

...and that's why this problem will never be solved.

Fri, Apr. 2nd, 2004 10:23 am (UTC)

this is true.

hm. so. how about this. everyone between 18-21 get together, figure out who exactly to harass to have the most effective result and launch a campaign against the discrimination of no-mans-land citizens?