You know, three years ago, we had to delay a trip to the US because ButterBean’s passport had expired. I discovered it the night before we traveled. Sigh. So, since we’ve been thinking about going away, I pushed El 3atal to check our Jordanian passports. Sure enough, all four of us (not El 3atal) had expired passports. So, today we ventured out to Tabarbour to renew them. Thank goodness it isn’t like the US requiring 2 weeks (if you’re lucky enough to be abroad). Instead, the process takes only an hour or so.
On the unfortunate side, El 3atal decided it would be a good idea to renew the Daftar 3aily (family book) at the same time. Now, I won’t say that I think this thing is a worthless waste of trees (I do, but I won’t say it). And I won’t say that the arcane process for this, which involves a dot matrix printer and ten guys to do the job of one, should be changed (it should, but I won’t say it). But I will say that we should have taken another opportune moment to renew the stupid thing. Sometime I’ll have to blog about how I ended up as JiddoBean’s second wife for a span of minutes (does that mean I inherit?) due to the incompetence and inefficiencies of the process. All I can say is, the process may not involve lots of up and down and round and round, but it is still ridiculously slow.
The state-of-the-art passport which has color photos and all sorts of cool anti-forgery techniques takes like 30 minutes to print. The sad little regular paper, dot matrix, silliness takes 1.5 hours. Really? At any rate, I just want to know, will we EVER manage to have all of our documentation valid at the same time?
Oh, and my US driver’s license is about to expire. Gotta figure that one out next. Sigh.