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Passports

Tuesday, May 13th, 2008

Quote of the Day: “Making duplicate copies and computer printouts of things no one wanted even one of in the first place is giving America a new sense of purpose.”

- Andy Rooney


(me looking like I am in dire need of a bathroom)

The world of passports is new to me.

“You mean you’ve never had a passport?”

“No, every time I’ve gone overseas, my passport has been my M16.”

But because of my impending duty assignment, I will be needing a passport and that means I had to go through the bureaucratic gymnastics to get one of these nifty little booklets.

I had never even seen one up close in my life.

First, I had to fill out an online application that just added to the stack I’ve had to fill out for various reasons over the last few months. I don’t exactly know what the color my stool was that day has any bearing on my application but, hey, they seem to set a high price on thoroughness.

It seems I need two kind of passports:

1. Diplomatic (which is referred to as my “dip” which makes me giggle every time)
2. Tourist

“Why do I need a tourist passport if I already have a dip (giggle)?”

The answer to this innocent enough question did not send me to my happy place:

“Because if your plane gets hijacked, you don’t want to hand them a dip (not so much giggling) which would identify you as military.”

Lovely.

Like my short hair, collared shirt, and slacks wouldn’t be a dead giveaway.

So I did the pictures and sent away the paperwork for the dip, free-O-charge, but I would have to pay for the tourist and get reimbursed. This is good because coming in at over $100, getting some duckies back from this would be nice.

I received all kinds of horror stories about the time lag of getting them back and I was all but promised that even with the expensive express shipping, it may not make it back to me in time.

Cut to the chase, both of them got back to me within a couple of weeks so now I’m all passported up.

Now I hope I never need the tourist one but if I do, yeah, looking like I need a bathroom is probably gonaa be pretty accurate.

Free Advice for Today: “Start a ‘smile file’ of jokes, articles, and cartoons that make you laugh.”

- H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

2 Comments - Join in the conversation below

  1. i ran today…
    while not being told to…
    on purpose.

    do you see what you have done?

    it isn’t funny.

    lol

    Comment by heather — May 28, 2008 @ 7:38 pm

  2. Really? The ice cream truck wouldn’t stop, huh?

    Comment by Viper — May 28, 2008 @ 7:59 pm

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