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Bah AND Humbug [Dec. 24th, 2009|08:08 pm]
I have just given my boyfriend the WORST. CHRISTMAS PRESENT. EVER.

My passport is expired.*

Which means that I can't get on a plane to go to Japan tomorrow.**

We're still going, of course. I spent the $too-goddam-much in fees to change the tickets to the 16th, which should be plenty of time for an expedited passport renewal.***

But yeah, it's already tomorrow morning over there and my gift is, essentially, a three week delay in getting to see us. Merry Christmas, sweetie! Isn't it just what you always wanted? *stabs self*

Man, I suck. I AM SO SO SORRY, MONKEY! It is entirely my fault. :( :( :(

The Mister Cranky-Pants icon is, in this case, directed at myself.

(I'm just glad that Robb looked at my passport and discovered the problem this afternoon, because as awful as this is, it would have been WAY worse to have found this out at the airport.)


* I think what happened is that when we went to Canada a couple summers ago, I checked it and thought "oh, I still have a couple years left" and that's is what stuck in my brain, not accounting for the fact that time was continuing to pass.****

** Which also means that Greg can't go, because he has some serious flight anxiety and would not be able to deal with a 14-hour trip on his own.

*** Because, what, I'm just gonna burn the sunk cost and not go visit my boyfriend in exile? I don't think so. (Not to mention that it would be full-on doom rather than just serious angst if we had to cancel completely.)

**** I have already filled out the renewal application and will go get photos and mail it first thing Saturday. Because my boyfriends, who are way more awesome than me, made me do it right away instead of procrastinating, as I surely would have done otherwise.

[User Picture]From: pink_halen
2009-12-25 03:12 am (UTC)
Damn. That sucks.

You'll have to come to our party on Saturday and we'll console you with far too many sweets.

Hugs Beemer.
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From: thetarnishedowl
2009-12-25 03:16 am (UTC)
Thirty lashes with a wet noodle. Then forgive yourself and look forward to the 16th.
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[User Picture]From: ng_nighthawk
2009-12-25 03:20 am (UTC)
That utterly sucks.

You could come play rock band and skype with Jerry at our place. Pretty much any time.

That's really the Rice-a-roni of consolation prizes, I know. Woobah.
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[User Picture]From: dpolicar
2009-12-25 03:29 am (UTC)

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From: toosuto
2009-12-25 03:56 am (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: drdeleto
2009-12-25 04:01 am (UTC)
Aw, poop. But, you know, after you've been there and back it probably won't matter much when it happened. But right now (especially for poor Jerry), aw, poop.
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[User Picture]From: zalena
2009-12-25 04:26 am (UTC)
This is awful!

You and Greg are welcome to come to my party and pout.

Signed, on LJ to print out essays as a gift for her mother.
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[User Picture]From: goddessdster
2009-12-25 04:48 am (UTC)
I'm so sorry. :(
It'll be the 16th before you know it, though. Try not to beat yourself up too much.
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[User Picture]From: annlarimer
2009-12-25 04:52 am (UTC)

Do you need another desk to head on? Have you broken yours yet?
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[User Picture]From: derbiser
2009-12-25 04:59 am (UTC)
Hugs for you all. I'm so sorry that Christmas is not turning out as you all had planned.
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[User Picture]From: zombietruckstop
2009-12-25 05:03 am (UTC)
don't you have somewhere to go locally that can renew it in 24 hours for a fee? I think most larger cities have a passport office...
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[User Picture]From: dr_tectonic
2009-12-25 05:42 am (UTC)
There are some 24-hour turnaround services, but the flight was tomorrow morning, and it's Christmas Eve. So not this time...
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[User Picture]From: flwyd
2009-12-25 07:15 am (UTC)
There's an emergency passport outpost in southeast Denver. When DHL lost my passport, I made an appointment for Tuesday on Friday and had a passport in hand by Wednesday. But yeah, it's not like buying a case of beer at 7-11.
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[User Picture]From: kev_bot
2009-12-25 05:28 am (UTC)
Oh, buddy. I'm SO SORRY. Things will get better. Angst is way, way better than doom.
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[User Picture]From: bluebear2
2009-12-25 06:53 am (UTC)
Well, it's good that you're going anyway later on. Japan is a neat place. Make sure you have their curry. Cheap and yummy.
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[User Picture]From: jofish22
2009-12-25 09:10 am (UTC)

it sucks bigtime. these things do happen, alas. stupid bureaucratic things. and you clearly didn't mean to do it, and there is a limit to how much beating yourself up you should do. so slap head, get new one, and figure out way to extra awesome it up in january.

merry christmas none the less!
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[User Picture]From: sunsmogseahorse
2009-12-25 02:49 pm (UTC)
You're reminding me to look at my passport. I know lots of good, smart people who've done the same.

You are absolved.
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[User Picture]From: dcseain
2009-12-25 02:56 pm (UTC)
Bummer. It happens more often than you'd think though, so don't be too hard on yourself.
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[User Picture]From: mahannie57
2009-12-25 03:03 pm (UTC)
Gah! What a shock that must have been.

Major bummer for everyone...

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[User Picture]From: bear_left
2009-12-25 06:31 pm (UTC)
Blech! But yes, try not to be too hard on yourself; the 16th isn't that far off, and y'all will enjoy yourselves plenty then.
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[User Picture]From: polyrhythmic
2009-12-25 07:25 pm (UTC)
Oh, that sucks. I'm so sorry to hear it.
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From: detailbear
2009-12-25 08:05 pm (UTC)
OK. For that, you definitely get a spanking (or two).

You'll just have to work extra hard to make it up to everyone.
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[User Picture]From: emramesha
2009-12-25 11:32 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry. Just look forward to the 16th when you will all be together again!
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