After work today, I went downtown to get a permit for my POD to be parked on the street at our new house later this month. The process of getting the permit was a snap compared to what I went through to get one in Massachusetts. That did not surprise me at all. One thing I won't miss about MA is the endless bureaucratic red tape that surrounds any and every process. Official State Business is much easier to conduct here in OR.
The Department of Transportation in Portland is in a newish building on the outskirts of the Portland State University campus. The signage on the building seemed to be PSU branded, but the DOT office must be a state office, so that was a little confusing. But I found where I needed to be and got the permit with no problem at all.
Here's the unexpected thing: the DOT was crawling with good-looking men. I have not seen such a high concentration of attractive guys in a long time. Like maybe forever. A cute guy held the door open for me on my way in. Another one helped me find the office I needed. A few were waiting in line at both the Permit office and the Cashier. Others milled about taking care of whatever business had brought them there. Another held the door open for me on my way out.
Once I left the building, it was back to nondescript reality. I'm not sure what was going on in the DOT, but I might just need to get a few more permits in the near future.