Thursday, May 24, 2007

Options

OK, here's a personal-ish post (see below). A friend from Texas today suggested a trip to Vegas in mid-June. Another friend from Texas said he'll be in Dubai at that time, and invited us there. Hm. Both are tempting. Vegas has at least the possibility of happening -- Dubai's out of the question, not least because I don't have a passport, and I think the wait for those is long these days. Actually, that might be least.

7 Comments:

Anonymous pf said...

Are you nuts?? GO TO DUBAI! If you don't, I will!

And on the subject of the previous post, I appreciate your resisting the confessional in the blog. On a personal level, as you know, I encourage the confessional wholeheartedly, but in a public forum, there's something respectful both to yourself and your audience in keeping the focus outward. This is not to disparage you confessional bloggers, and that's not to say a peek behind the curtain isn't titillating; I'm just saying ASWOBA is a different kind of project. Keep it coming, JW.

7:13 AM  
Blogger k said...

can't you pay an expedite fee at the pasport office?
vegas seems boring....

12:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, look, this is a tough choice. I mean, these are two VERY different places.

On the one hand:

http://static.flickr.com/15/19322228_0e894cd72c.jpg

On the other hand:

http://www.opentravelinfo.com/files/images/dubai_0.jpg

Good luck!

1:24 PM  
Blogger Tim said...

Go to Vegas, but go in July. So I can come!

1:27 PM  
Blogger Nathan said...

Dubai, dude, Dubai. Go to the post office and ask them about how long it takes to get a passport. They have sped things up. I think they still say to allow six weeks for a passport but when I was there a few weeks ago I heard a postal employee say that lately people have been getting them in about two weeks.

5:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think they still say to allow six weeks for a passport but when I was there a few weeks ago I heard a postal employee say that lately people have been getting them in about two weeks.

I went to a wedding about 3 weeks ago. The bride had sent off for her passport 14 weeks before her wedding (they were going to St. Bart's or something for their honeymoon). They'd originally told her it wouldn't take longer than 12 weeks. 3 days before her wedding, and 4 days before she was supposed to leave for her honeymoon, she flew down to Houston to visit the passport office in person because she still hadn't received her passport. They stuck her in a waiting room with 300 other people who were in the same position. She was in the waiting room for 9 hours. The first person she saw said, "We can't do anything for you." So she stuck around to talk to a manager. The manager tried to call the main passport office in Charleston, but nobody answered. He told her she should have ordered her passport earlier, and there was nothing he could do. At that point, she started to have a full-fledged bawling session. So just to get her out of the manager's office, he told her he'd give her a temporary passport that would be good for one year.

So my advice on passports is a) pay the expedited services fee; and b) order well in advance of your departure date.

-- Comish

9:23 PM  
Blogger Carrie said...

I got an expidited passport a few years ago for a trip to Ireland. Basically, I just paid like an extra $75 fee, marked the application as expidited, and got it in 2 weeks. It was all pretty painless.

Also, if you Google, you can find some shady agencies that advertise that they can get you a passport quicker than that for a ridiculous price. You know, if you ever need to flee the country or something...

11:38 AM  

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