Isabel needed to renew her driver’s license. She was so scared of the test, that I had to help her to memorize all those complicated rules. Fortunately she passed it brilliantly and didn’t have to go behind the wheel, (she is not my favorite driver), The driver’s license came promptly in the mail, but it had a small error: she was a male. We went back to the DMV to have it changed. She had the following exchange with the guy at the desk, who was probably overworked and underpaid.
Isabel – There is a mistake, I am a female, not a male.
DMV – Prove it.
Isabel – Well, you can see that I am a woman.
DMV– Nowadays you can never be so sure…
Isabel suggested that she could undress, but he didn’t think it was funny and demanded her passport. We rushed to her house to get the passport. An hour later she handed the passport to the guy, who examined it thoroughly, then asked for the old driver’s license and then… You won’t believe this! It also said “sex: male“. When he checked for old records in the computer, he found out that Isabel has been a male for 25 years and no one ever noticed, not at airports, when opening a bank account, when buying or selling property, when paying with credit cards, not even when she got a traffic ticket (which happens quite often).