This is sort of about writing.
Do you know where your passport is? Your birth certificate? Your will? Your social security card? Your whatever piece of paper you might need to produce if you are applying for a new job, or you die, or you experience some other major life event? Okay, probably you do. And I do, too. They’re all right here . . . somewhere.
Because I have just accepted a position as an adjunct teacher at the local Community College, I need to produce my social security card. I can’t remember the last time I was required to show anyone that card, but I know I have it. It used to be in this basket where I kept other important stuff. I moved that stuff when I moved into this house 6 years ago but I can’t tell you exactly where. I’m pretty sure it’s in my office. And I hope to find it. I need to dig through all the papers and find other important stuff, too. And I will. But in the meantime I have to have a social security card. Fortunately, it turns out to be a pretty simple matter to get a replacement card. You fill out a form you can download, find some i.d. (fortunately I do know where my passport is), and run down to the Social Security office and they send a you a new one.
That should come in time for my purposes, but it prompts me to make my first New Years Resolution for 2008: get the important papers organized. I’ve even got a fire-proof safe . . .