First of all and apology to my regular readers as I haven’t been around here much lately. My whole family were hit with a bug that my daughter brought home from school so it’s not been all fun and games I assure you. I’m glad to say we’re all feeling better now though.
Now I don’t know about you but a love a good inspirational story about fellow lady riders. And that’s exactly what I thought when I came across this new piece about Ashlee Owens from Virginia who took to horse back to protest against the DMV in Virginia. So what was it all about? Well the DMV had contacts Ashlee and stated that they had no record of her insurance. No big issue you might think. Just give them a call and get this mistake cleared up. Well for anyone who’s ever tried to call the DMV or most government organizations you’ll be no doubt familiar with the automated answering machines – press 1 for X, press 5 for Y, to speak to an operator (yeah, fat chance!) You know what I’m taking about. That lady with the lovely soft voice that turns us into screaming lunatics on the end of the phone form frustration.
So Ashlee couldn’t get in touch to put the situation right. she tried calling, emailing, writing with no joy. The result – Ashlee’s driving license was suspended. Now Ashlee wasn’t going to take this lying down, oh no! Whilst her suspension meant she could not legally drive to the DVA to take up her case, it didn’t stop her jumping on the back of her trusty horse. And off she rode to make her point as loudly and boldy as she could.
As lady riders are proud lot and Ashlee is no exception
I’ve been trying for the past three days to get through to the DMV,” Owen’s told NBC12. “And between the answering service telling me it’s too long of a wait and hanging up on me… and trying to talk to someone to get this straight, I don’t feel like I should be in this predicament at all.
Well I for one am impressed. It was one of those stunts we all think about doing but rarely follow through. Good on you Ashlee, and thanks for taking the stand to show us all not to be walked over in this way.
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