My last weekend at home

Trip Start Sep 04, 2008
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Trip End May 19, 2009


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Monday, September 1, 2008

So I'm sitting here at Indian Lake with the family. We just came in from the "Ring of Fire" which was really cool; everyone on the lake lit a few red flares on the edge of their property, and as looked out across the lake, there was a line of red flares along the shore.

I'm not feeling too prepared for my trip... I leave on thursday. Alot of the stress is due to a certain problem I've been having with the "glorious" Embassy of the Republic of Kazakhstan in the United States. On August 7th, I spent 30 dollars to mail them my passport, an application, a letter, a return envelope, and a money order for 60 bucks. On August 8th they signed that they received it. They had stated that they normally have a five day turn-around for visa applications. After 12 days I gave them a call, and lets just say communication wasn't so... clear. Apparently they had a problem with the fact that I requested Dual Entry vs. Single Entry, but rather then contacting me about it, they just let my application lie dormant. After I called, they told me they would send a request to the motherland to see if I was worthy enough to acquire a dual entry visa. I then told them if I couldn't get a dual entry, I would be fine with a single entry. They seemed to agree, and I was under the impression that either way, I would have my passport back in my hands last wednesday at the latest.

Well...

That's not that case. They essentially stopped answering their phones, and they shut down their email server. My passport is M.I.A. so now I get to take a wonderful journey to Chicago on Wednesday to get a new one in a single day. Woot! As I scramble to get things done the day before I leave, nothing will be better than 13 hours of driving and a few hours of sitting in a government office in Chicago. Did I mention that I get to leave for Chicago at 3:30 AM on Wednesday morning because I have to be down-town by 10 AM? It's going to be awesome. (did you catch the sarcasm? I would hope so; I was laying it on pretty thick...)

Besides that little road-block, everything else seems to be going pretty well.

Sorry about the dry and boring nature of this entry, but I have a feeling that once I arrive in Thailand, I may be able to "spice it up" a little bit (pun intended :-)

Stephen
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