Thursday, January 03, 2002

Early this morning we filled in the blanks in the downloaded passport applications. This takes care of the only new year's resolution made, but it's been made for about a decade now. Our first passports expired in 1975 and our second ones in 1980. The people at Passport Express/ABC Passport were great; the same cannot be said for the clerk at the downtown Post Office. She was disposed to discount all our identification, including two expired passport, even though they met the requirements for documentation. She did like the looks of our out-of-state birth certificates, even though in my case I had an original plus two certified copies complete with embossed seals, showing name, place of birth, date of birth, and parents' names. She said "they don't have the information we need." What other information could there possibly be on a birth certificate? Suddenly she backed down, but I was prepared to go to another acceptance location and then go home and write a really good ranting letter. My letters get results! I think she was getting ready to light into the poor people behind us in line.


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