Getting settled - tag, driver license, and paying
I moved to Langston, Oklahoma from Central Florida in January 2011 and I must say that I love living in Oklahoma. It is a very laid back, non-rat race, easy going atmosphere, yet that can also be a challenge.
1. Driver license
I had to go to Stillwater, Oklahoma to take the vision test, then I had to go to Guthrie, Oklahoma and take the paperwork I received from the Stillwater Drivers License Department to the Guthrie Tag Office. It is a 20 minute drive to Stillwater. I paid cash, because they are not situated to accept a debt or credit card.
2. Next the tag situation was challenging. I tried to pay with a credit card and it was not accepted, but I was able to use my credit card at the McDonald's next door. And I did ensure that my credit card was accepted prior to asking that it be used.
3. Buying groceries is expensive here. And from the information I received from Native Oklahoman's, there is no competition for the food market. Albertson's became Pyramid, which is located in Stillwater. For Guthrie there is Homeland and Walmart. I began doing the Coupon Mom website to use coupons to lower my food costs. You can actually use the Coupon Mom site to look for deals in your area and each time I have looked there have been no deals for Oklahoma.
It is very beautiful in Oklahoma. Guthrie is 10 minutes from Langston and Oklahoma City is 40 minutes south of Guthrie. Tulsa is 1 and 1/2 hours from Langston. But for the most part these are back roads and toll roads. In order to get the PikePass you have to put $40.00 onto the account. And you must set up the account to automatically apply $40.00 when you reach a below balance of $10.00.
For the most part people are friendly, but customer service is poor. I am not sure if the service is slow or there are other issues. The employees tend to take time with people they know personally, which goes from customer service to a family reunion conversation. The best place that I have been for customer service is Panera Bread. I felt that the one in Stillwater and the one in Oklahoma City each gave me astounding customer service. And the Whole Foods in Tulsa, Oklahoma is the an absolute heavenly place. Very knowledgeable people who acknowledge you as you walk in the door. I felt at home in both Paneras and in the Whole Foods.
As time goes on I will provide other updates.