“Have a seat please, sir, and I’ll go get your orders,” the clerk said. I scanned the waiting room of the Camp Pendleton Personnel Administration Center (PAC) orders section and chose one of the less-battered chairs. Magazines were strewn across tables—the room was a less gloomy version of a DMV office.
My phone buzzed—a calendar alert reminder that I needed to pay my toll account. Over the weekend our family had taken a road trip. California transit authority installed automated cameras at each exit along the toll road; pictures of license plates were taken as cars exited and the customer was sent an itemized bill at the address associated with the license plate. I navigated to the transit authority website and paid the toll online.