Tuesday, March 30, 2010

7 long years for this??

Since September 2003, when I received my passport to discover far away lands, I've been working towards one goal, and one goal only:  to get more pages added to it.  The path to additional passport pages has indeed been a long one.  One with blood, sweat and tears... (okay, maybe no blood was involved).  But, when I reached the end of that journey, and discovered that I had less than 2 full pages left in my passport, I couldn't contain my excitement.  And I know it may come as a shock, being the modest person that I am, but I must confess that my uncontrollable excitement led me to boast of my own achievement.

Maybe that's why I came away from the US consulate slightly disappointed.  Maybe it's true what they say about karma... .  Maybe, as Justin Timberlake so eloquently sang, "what goes around, comes around."  Because what should have been a thick and amazing passport, is one that looks counterfeit.


Due to the age of my passport, it doesn't look like the newest US version of colorful pages and pretty pictures, instead the pages are blue with state seals in the background. Low and behold, though, the new version was added into my booklet.  And if you were not already aware, the pages of the newer passport are smaller than those of the older version.

But just to add to the fraudulent look, the new pages weren't added where they're supposed to be, in the amendments and endorsement section.  Instead my passport pages go from 1-20, A-X, and then 21. 

I can't wait to try out my newly renovated passport at customs.  Maybe I should plan on arriving at the airport an hour earlier than planned on my next trip, just in case.


Anonymous said...

Yeah let me know how that goes... lol :)

Josh said...

Hopefully you got them for free. The price is jumping from free to $80+ soon, if it hasn't happened already.

They call me grandma said...

Mine is the old type too, blue and blah. glad you have had so much fun filling it up. I miss you and am glad you are having a good time.
Love, Marta (Anderson)