:: Current Stuff ::
So...today was completely and utterly unproductive.
However, I learned that according to our wonderful government, I basically don't exist...or at least I can't DO anything.
Come July, like last year, some friends and I had planned for a get together at the Falls (the Canadian side). In June, new rules take effect for citizens crossing the border--you have to have a passport. Fine. This year is extra important though, as my sister, who I haven't seen in 15 years is coming to visit.
So I still have a couple months, I went to the post office, explained what I had for identification, they told me that was fine. Went back today--they lied. And even thought they mention an affidavit on the forms that can be signed by someone who DOES have all the proper identification in the event that the person applying doesn't, that apparently only applies to people who don't speak English (which...wouldn't they already have a passport?) and/or kids under the age of 18. I can't get a passport without a state ID, which I don't have. Okay...deep breath...we go to the DMV.
After waiting in line for 45 minutes, I'm told that my birth certificate (military issue, all the relevant information, parents thumb prints, my foot prints, state seal, etc, etc) wasn't valid because it was 1) a photocopy (which is all anyone in my family seems to have) and 2) issued by a military hospital and not by the state.
WHAT THE FUCK?
So...okay...go home, look for the papers online to order a state issued copy of my birth certificate. Guess what? I have to get it notarized.
Which requires a photo ID.
Which I can't get without a Birth Certificate.
Which can't be a photocopy.
So...the only other thing I have (which is also a photocopy) is a certificate of live birth from the state of North Carolina that happens to have the state seal on it, so...we're going to try again with that on Monday.
If that doesn't work, I get to wait on the postal system to hopefully move fast enough to get 3 pieces of identification that all take 6-8 weeks to fly by in just under 11.
I spoke to my sister last night and we were both discussing doing this today, both so excited. It's not that we won't have other things to do, but I really wanted to show her the GOOD side of the Falls...and I have no idea how this is going to effect the plans made with my friends.
I am most definitely having one of those moments where a good stiff drink would be nice...Not in my happy place.
Gonna go read something by the Dahli Lama and hopefully not have a meltdown before morning.
Hopefully you folks are having better luck at the moment than I am.