Expired Passport

Sheena and I booked a nice little vacation with our friends Tim & Jess to Cancun, Mexico.  We talked about it for a while and we booked well in advance.  Usually I check on things to make sure we’re all good to go when it comes to trips.  For some reason, I overlooked checking my passport.  On Friday morning, before I left for work, I checked out our passport to discover that mine was expired!  The flight was on the following Wednesday.  That gives me 3 business days to get a renewed passport!

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Stuff like that gets me very nervous.  I hate doing things last minute, so this is totally not my zone.  I didn’t want to over think it until I got some facts, so at this point I’m on “Level 1 Freak out”.   Once I got into work on Friday morning (around 7am), I immediately start looking up how to expedite the process of renewing my passport.  Everything I read said that the process would take 3 to 4 weeks!  That brought me to “Level 2 Freak out”.  I figure I’ll call the agency to talk to someone to really see how long it would take.  I assumed that the 3 to 4 week time frame is for mailing it in.  I would be going there face to face to handle things.  Then I discover the passport office doesn’t open up till 10am!  So now I’m at “Level 4 Freak out”.  I’m not visibly sweating, but my mind is racing.  I didn’t want to wait 3 hours to talk to someone.  I needed answers now!

Then I remembered Sheena mentioning Lalu Uncle before I left the house that morning.  He owns a business called Passports and More in Stafford, TX.  He basically deals with this stuff all the time.  I frantically look him up.  I call.  No answer.  I email.  No immediate response back.  [keep in mind, it’s still pretty early, so I don’t really expect anyone to be at work]  Then a few minute later, he calls me back.  He assures me that I’ll have a new passport ready by Tuesday evening.  That’s a little too close for comfort, but at least it’s doable.  Now I’m back to “Level 1 Freak out”.

Friday after work, I head to his office.

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The lady behind the desk takes down all my info (and my money) and says I’m good to go.  Now the hard part begins… waiting.

Tuesday comes along.  I don’t want to be one of those people that’s a bother to others (especially to those that are helping me out), but I can’t help myself.  Around noon, I give the office a call and they said that it’ll be ready after 5pm.  I get there right at 5pm and sure enough, I’ve got a new passport in my hand.  Cancun, here I come!

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