~“Failure to Communicate”~

Published: Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 12:03 PM.

Recently I was flipping through the channels and I came across the movie, “Cool Hand Luke.” It was past 10 p.m. and the movie was just starting. I remember watching it with my Daddy many times, therefore I had to stay up and watch it again for old times’ sake.

The movie starring Paul Newman has a lot of memorable quotes and some really good music. Though it was made in 1967, you can still find it on television quite a bit. In the movie, Paul Newman plays the part of “Luke,” a cool, opinionated gutsy prisoner on a chain gang in the Deep South.

The line that most folks remember from the movie is when the Prison Captain, played by Strother Martin, tells Luke, “What we’ve got here is… failure to communicate.” At the end of the movie, Luke says it back to the Captain just before he is shot (facing recapture).

Unfortunately, I would experience “failure to communicate” the next day when I visited my local DMV in my home state of Virginia.

My task was pretty simple, but I knew going in that I was going to have problems. My simple task was to get license plates for a car.

The problem was my driver’s license was expired. Now, how I’m walking around with an expired driver’s license is another story.

More than two months previous, in November, I had gone into the DMV to get my new driver’s license, I remembered the day well – it was my birthday. I took the day off to take care of some things including getting an inspection sticker for my car and a couple of new tires.

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