Friday, February 06, 2009

Yes! Let's Give Them Healthcare, Too!

This morning Hubs stayed home from work late so that we could (finally) go apply for passports.

I did all the precursor work. Found the forms online. Filled them out. Found the birth certificates. Got our photos together. Checked the locations where you could apply for a passport. Checked times. Set the date.

We went to the easiest location. Supposed to open at nine. Got there at 9:15. Lady behind the counter told us "he'll be here in just a few minutes." Stood around for another 15-20. Finally saw a sign that said they take passport applications at 10AM. (Why didn't she say that in the first place? "Few minutes" is 5. Ten max. Certainly not 45. And strike one for the federal government that had poor information and posted on the web that they opened at 9.) Decided to go over to the Starbucks nearby to pass the time. Had coffee. Came back. Stood in line again.

So she could apologize and tell us that there was no one there that could do passports today. She's ever so sorry. Maybe we should drive to this other location that has more employees and does passports more frequently. (Hello! Could we have started there an hour ago?)

Dude, and people think the federal government should be in charge of health care. Frightening thought.


Sir Nottaguy-Imadad said...

I can hear it now:
Man(upon entering ER)- I think I'm having a heart attack!

Registry staff- Ok sir, please fill out these forms in triplicate. We will alert you when and if a healthcare provider becomes available.

This sounds like our local hospital already.

Chaos-Jamie said...

55 minutes later: sir, I'm sorry. I thought we had a doctor coming in today, but apparently we're short staffed and all we have here are admin. You might want to try the hospital down the road. They often take heart attacks there and the odds of a doctor actually being on staff are greatly increased (but not guaranteed).

Anonymous said...

Where are you going that requires a passport? Someplace fun I hope!

Chaos-Jamie said...

Well....Malawi, I hope. Late June/Early July. Don't know how many people would consider that "fun" but it's high on my list of things to do.