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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Driver's License Renewal Process

Spent most of the day, yesterday at the Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) Express Services facility in Columbia, MD renewing my driver's license.

Why? Although, I set an appointment for Friday, March 29th, 2019, I decided I wanted to get this process out of the way as soon as possible. My first mistake. I should have stayed with the original appointment.

Key to my driver's license renewal process was having my prescription for glasses updated and certified by a doctor. Saturday, I picked up the glasses and Sunday, the MVA paperwork signed by my doctor detailing my corrected vision with the prescription.

So this prompted the desire to have the license renewed sooner rather than later.

The second mistake- I photo copied my birth certificate and did not take the original with me to the MVA facility. I returned home to get the original. Although, I returned to the facility by 11:00 AM, I did not leave the center until after 3:00 PM.

Based on my experience, I thought I would post things you might do to avoid problems:

Your State will probably provide the exact details as to the documents required for the renewal process, however the list above provides a good starting point.

My birthday, is not until July, so I had a little time to complete the process, however I wanted to make sure I had my eyes certified by a doctor before I went in to renew my license.

Maryland notified me in February that I could start my renewal process at anytime. The notification and collection of documents made me a little apprehensive at first, however I had more than enough in the large folder I used to collect the copies, including copies of diplomas, social security card, birth certificate, a motor vehicle registration, bank card statements, recent tax returns and official correspondence from state agencies.

Be sure to read carefully your State's requirements for the renewal process.


Saturday, March 16, 2019

Picked Up New Glasses

Went by Visionworks @ArundelMills this morning to pick up my new glasses.

Pretty pleased with how this turned out. Took advantage of a "Buy One, Get One Free" offer.


Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Recent Additions, Just Want

Spring is right around the corner, along with the rainy season. In anticipation, I have been thinking about things I would like to own.

I added the above items to the "Just Want" store...


The socks are a little late in the season, however when I find this type of sock, I always want to stock up.


Tuesday, March 05, 2019

I Am Getting New Glasses

Last week, I had an eye appointment for new glasses. I ordered two pairs. Normally, I wear contacts during the day and glasses at night, however I have not purchased new prescription glasses in over 10 years so I thought it was time.

The new glasses are on the way. With all of the advancements in eye care treatment, I am rather old school as to how I handle my eye care needs:

  • Very near-sighted
  • Astigmatic
  • Aging eyes (need reading glasses)
  • Use computers a lot

I prefer to handle each of these issues separately rather than a single correction (contacts or glasses). The reason? The astigmatic issue, in my case- eyes are slightly off center, and at times causes dizziness and headaches depending on the type of vision wear.

I prefer contacts and over the counter reading glasses most of the time and prescription glasses without the bifocal for night time wear.

PS- Why do I have on PJs and makeup? I work from a home-office and often leave my hair pinned up, unless going out. When I have to take it out (should be every other day), sometimes I want to see if I still know how to apply makeup. I took photos because I thought my hair looked nice. Photo on the right shows the squinting issue without my reading glasses.


Monday, March 04, 2019

Go Figure.

On February 24, 2019, I installed a new tool for job seekers, refer to this post.

On the first of March, I noticed both CareerOneStop resources I installed on the WiredPages Employment page no longer worked. I tweeted about it.

The Occupation Wage Data tool as discussed in this post, was installed September 23, 2018.

The CareerOneStop APIs are offered by the U.S. Department of Labor. On March 1st both tools were rendered inoperable because of a new requirement dealing with TLS protocols put into place by the government agency running the API service.

On Saturday, March 2, 2019, I fixed the TLS handshake problem by adding the following line of code to each of the Java servlets used in the deployment of the tools (keep in mind I use a private JVM on my hosting platform):

static {System.setProperty("https.protocols", "TLSv1,TLSv1.1,TLSv1.2");}

This morning, the tools are again inoperable.

Go Figure.......................................

More information: As I indicated the tools were operable all day Saturday and Sunday, however this morning the Protocol Handler was paused (reviewing Private JVM log files-- not shown "null pointer returned" for each request). Not sure why.

Mar 03, 2019 3:01:27 PM org.apache.catalina.core.StandardServer await INFO: A valid shutdown command was received via the shutdown port. Stopping the Server instance. Mar 03, 2019 3:01:27 PM org.apache.coyote.AbstractProtocol pause INFO: Pausing ProtocolHandler ["http-apr-13895"] Mar 03, 2019 3:01:27 PM org.apache.catalina.core.StandardService stopInternal INFO: Stopping service Catalina Mar 03, 2019 3:01:27 PM org.apache.catalina.loader.WebappClassLoaderBase clearReferencesJdbc SEVERE: The web application [] registered the JDBC driver [com.mysql.jdbc.Driver] but failed to unregister it when the web application was stopped. To prevent a memory leak, the JDBC Driver has been forcibly unregistered. Mar 03, 2019 3:01:27 PM org.apache.catalina.loader.WebappClassLoaderBase clearReferencesThreads SEVERE: The web application [] appears to have started a thread named [Abandoned connection cleanup thread] but has failed to stop it. This is very likely to create a memory leak. Mar 03, 2019 3:01:27 PM org.apache.coyote.AbstractProtocol stop INFO: Stopping ProtocolHandler ["http-apr-13895"] Mar 03, 2019 3:01:27 PM org.apache.coyote.AbstractProtocol destroy INFO: Destroying ProtocolHandler ["http-apr-13895"]

A lot of my case involves, how could all of this have happened. When I work hard to install operable tools and someone interferes with my efforts, I have to show how and why these issues might be in play. Just wanted this issue noted.

I spent a bit of time researching and developing these tools. I do not like my work tampered with, especially when I have an ongoing case.


Tuesday, February 19, 2019

FICO® Scores

Yesterday, I decided to check my FICO® Credit Score. This link provides similar statistics from a check 3.5 years ago.

The score is slightly higher now, I think because savings accounts were established in the intervening period and my debt to income ratio looks good.

I have business savings and checking accounts with the same bank, a personal checking account with another large institution, and personal savings accounts with the following:

Want to learn more about credit scores?




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