I have always had a Minnesota drivers license, even though I have lived in other states. Never felt the need to switch it. But my time ran out. I am in Maui, for 4 months now, and my Minnesota license expires this month. I contacted the Minnesota DMV, and I could do an out of state application, but requires a vision check by a doctor, so looked like a hassle. So I went to the local Hawaii DMV office to find out what I needed. In order to get a Hawaiian license, I would need a passport and SS card for identification, and proof of residency (a six month or more signed lease agreement, and two utility bills in my name. Luckily I have the identification stuff, but I am on a month to month rental, all utilities paid. Got around that by having my landlord sign and notarize an affidavit that I live here, and could use their utility bills as proof that they live here. On my second trip back, I decided to not be the crabby person that they usually confront, which starts the whole bad DMV vibe. It worked, got my license, no hassles.
It was hard for me to give up my Minnesota License for a weird reason. I like to enter sweepstakes, contests, and buy lottery tickets. The State of Hawaii does not allow gambling. If you look at many sweepstakes rules, Hawaii is typically excluded, and luckily my sister who still lives in Minnesota will still buy my lottery tickets for me. One good thing however is that Hawaii residents get discounts on various events that tourist don’t. The other good thing is that I am truly a resident of the state, another bite out of the elephant on moving here.
The most current accomplishment has been putting together this blog website. After I left my job, and in the “what am I going to do now” phase, I took some time to learn how to build a website. I signed up with GoDaddy for a domain name, and with HostGator for hosting the site. Lesson number one, use the same hosting service as you would for getting a domain name, makes the whole process a lot smoother.
I spent about a month learning all the ins and outs of WordPress, which is how to build your website the way you want it to look, and signing up with email services to handle the huge numbers of people who wanted to get on my email list. I won’t get into the specifics, after about 4 months, with not one person subscribed, I gave up. But it was surprising that I remembered as much as I did about the whole process of getting up and running. This time I had a workable website, in fact I have two, each one taking no more than a couple of hours to do.
My other website, burltheauthor.com, is using a free Web Builder program that is offered by Hostgator, and this website is a free WordPress platform. They both have lot’s of features and a nice look.
The cost: Getting each domain name is $12.95 per year. The hosting service (which you need to be on the internet) was about $200 for 3 years. Building both websites were free.
Hi, my name is Burl Johnson. I am starting this blog as a way to document the move from my home state of Minnesota 4 months ago to Maui , and also my journey in starting from scratch and becoming an author, not rich or famous for sure, but self published. I won’t go back in my life too far, I’m just about to turn 64, but will start my story when my life took a huge change. Eight months ago I left my stressful, high paying corporate job to retire. I will start there.