Or so the old saying goes. But right now, I don't want to fight City Hall. In fact if I could, I'd go right now and give City Hall a big hug.
My previous experiences with City Hall and official business was in San Diego when I had various legal type items to deal with, mostly simple property issues related to the house in San Diego. A handful of visits there always yielded the same result; waiting and waiting for some jackalope to break away from their coffee break with the five other "workers" so they could be bothered to come help me. Said help was always slow to materialize, hampered by poor communication skills and abject indifference, and almost always resulted in my being told to go a different department where the process was repeated ad nauseum.
This process was merely annoying and time consuming until I realized that these city employees were the same jackalopes who could retire at 50 with a six figure pension and were the reason that San Diego, and cities just like throughout California, were sinking in a financial abyss. This made me angry. Very angry.
So when it came about that I had to go to City Hall here in Grand Forks to get a building permit for finishing our basement and dog licenses for the pooches, I dreaded the visit. Not only did I dread the visit, but I did what I always do with unsavory tasks, I procrastinated. Yes, I procrastinated like a champ. Delaying, dallying, making excuses, and otherwise putting off things I don't want to do is probably one of my best characteristics (and also probably my most unmarketable job skill). Eventually I ran out of excuses to toss Alycia's way, sucked it up, and went down to City Hall.
Since I don't know the area and things were covered in snow, it took me a few minutes to find the right building. This made me a little frustrated and I anticipated taking out my frustration and angst (there was some of that in there too) on some hapless city employee. Unfortunately for me and my cathartic anger urges, the process couldn't have been easier or more pleasant. I had to go to two different departments and the total time it took was maybe 10 minutes. Each employee was pleasant, competent, efficient, and very helpful, a super good combination.
I literally walked out of City Hall happy and enthused, thankful for the helpful folk I encountered and determined to apologize to the Grand Forks City Hall employees who I prejudged, in the most public forum available to mankind, the Deaf Dogs and Benevolent Gnomes blog. Sorry Grand Forks City Hall, it was wrong of me to judge ye. Ye are quite awesome.