2023-05-21: you know what, i'll take it

stopped by the liquor store to pick up some beer for a get-together with some friends. presented my ID. the guy looks at it, looks at me, looks at it. my appearance has...drifted in many ways from my official government photo, in which i have short hair, no glasses, am clean-shaven. the photo itself probably almost ten years old. i was supposed to be given a new one, but then the pandemic hit, and the government just rolled the photos forward.

he asks me for my address. i give it to him.

he confirms it. grins. "for what it's worth, the beard is amazing."