Thursday, March 6, 2008

U.S. Government Official Mail

So today I got an envelope with no markings and a return address of "U.S. Government Official Mail, New Orleans" and the first thing I thought was "Oh shit! WTF do they want with me!?" which I feel is a wholly reasonable reaction to getting any unexpected correspondance from the federal government.

Then I realized my passport was inside. HA! Website said 6-8 weeks, 3 weeks if I gave them a lot of extra money, but it arrived in just under 3. Well done, State Department.

It's one of the slick new electronic-chip ones with a whole bunch of quotations on the pages, many of which are weaselly feel-goodery included because of the ethnicity of the originator (don't you have better things to do, State Department, like background checks or something?). I did like this one:

Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, in order to assure the survival and the success of liberty. --John F. Kennedy

Offer void in Vermont, assorted cities, and Obama rallies everywhere.


Kate said...

Where ya goin'?? :)

HeatherRadish said...

Munich. :) With a side of Italian Alps, and maybe Vienna.

Kate said...

If I provide my own trunk, can I come too??? Heh. Hmmm....wonder where I can find one big enough. :)

HeatherRadish said...

I think they're going to charge me $25 for a second bag, but that's not bad... :)

Kate said...

Yeah, but how much for excess weight? LOL