Tuesday, October 16, 2007

This Isn't Registering

Our community Activity Guide arrived a few weeks ago, and I was thrilled to see "Online Registration is Here!" on the cover page. At last, they were joining the twenty-first century, and I wouldn't need to fill out another paper form for Q's gymnastics class, dig out stamps and mail it in.

The headline was followed by the note, "See page 12 for more information." I should have recognized this as a warning.

On page twelve, the guidebook informed me that I would need a household number and password. To get my household number, I would need to download a form and fill it in. OK, not too bad. I read the next step.

Bring your completed form to the Community Center (Monday-Friday, 9am-6pm).

I have to go in person to drop off the form and show ID, in order to be able to register online. Right.

I'll certainly do that next time, but since it was too late for this round, I located instructions where I could fax in the form. At least we got to twentieth-century technology, if not quite the twenty-first.

5 comments:

kittenpie said...

We needed to get special numbers to online register for things, too, though I think we got to do it by phone, at least. Not that I remembered on time this round. God, I suck.

ewe are here said...

Typical bureaucracy.

Karianna said...

We have something horrific, too - the online registration process creates a form that... you guessed it... must be printed out, then sent with a check to the office!

Damselfly said...

Amazing.

Mamacita Tina said...

Our city just had us call in for the household numbers and password. Much easier than driving down to the location.

Slowly, we're all getting there.