May 16, 2007
Today I traversed to the Grand Rapids Post Office and applied for a U.S Passport. After getting charged $98.05 cents and the horribly bad news of a 8-10 weeks wait I was left pondering why this is so expensive and why the wait is so long.
First it cost me around $6 dollars to get a valid passport photo from Meijers. After the big cost and after hearing the Post Office only takes debit (shocked nobody has created ihatefifththird.com) pile on another .50 cent charge. I could have put in a request for “expedited service” but that would have cost over $170 dollars.
The lady at the post office told me the wait would be “roughly” 8-10 weeks. Right on the top and in RED BOLD the Passport Homepage shows the following….
“Passport Processing Times Have Increased Due to High Volume.”
I loath high volume. Regardless, hopefully mine will come quickly. Right now I’m really looking forward to taking a overseas trip!
Speaking of trips this weekend is Payner’s Wedding. Another of my valued former roommates is getting married, thus another gala (more dancytime?) to celebrate such activities. Much to my chagrin the gato is leaving for the UK for an extended period of time. After the wedding I will be traveling to the Detroit Metro Airport to provide farewells. I have Friday off work and plan on being in Ann Arbor early afternoon for some cocktails and swimming. Monday is the 24 season finale, bauercount will sadly be updated for the final time in 2007, and I’m sure I’ll be doing it intoxicated.
See everybody next Monday….brb….