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Miraculous next-day posting!
April 8, 2004

So, I am totally excited. The plans for Oz are almost complete and ready and all set up. I’m looking at the flight times and realize that I haven’t been on a plane ride that’s lasted for more than 5 hours in almost 10 years. I don’t remember what in the heck I did when I was younger, taking planes abroad and whatnot.

The trip from LAX to Sydney takes 18 hours. 18 HOURS! That’s like 2 days at work. What in the hell do you do on a plane for 18 hours? Any ideas, anyone (comment, please)? I’m thinking about getting a little DVD player or something, but I’m afraid the batteries will run out too quickly, and I don't want to carry 10 lbs. of batteries on my person. Do they have plugs on 777’s? I don’t think so. Hmm…

I’m off to get a piece of paper notarized so I can get my birth certificate sometime this month so I can eventually get my passport. My last passport expired back in ’96, and since my mom can’t find it or my birth certificate, I have to go through this whole deal to get everything done. I was born in Santa Clara County, California. When I was living there, all I had to do was drive down to the County Registrar’s office, ask them for my certificate, and be on my way. Now that I live in Podunk Idaho, I have to send them a fax with my name and all this blah blah blah crap so they know it’s me that’s requesting the stupid thing, along with half of my bank account. Then I get to wait a lovely 15-20 days for processing. Like I couldn’t look this thing up in the computer and print it out in 5 minutes. Then I have to wait for them to mail it to me.

But it doesn’t stop there, folks. Boise, being the growing metropolis it is, doesn’t have a passport office. So when I get my birth certificate, I get to fill out forms and send them off with another huge amount of money, along with some pictures that for some reason cost one billion times more than what they’re worth, and start the waiting game all over again.

Yeah, so I’m impatient. Instant gratification. Now.* I think that’s going to be my new slogan.

*I promise I’m really not actually this bitchy and whiney in real life.

PS. So I was totally Miss AwesomelyTruthfulAndHonest last night. I went to go change my stuff into the dryer (we have shared laundry facilities), and my neighbor's stuff was still in there (after 4 hours). Since her basket was right there, I made sure her stuff was dry and smushed everything into the basket. As I was cleaning out the lint trap (bowl? net?), I touched something that felt familiar. Money. It was a $10 bill. "Woo!" thought I. And I almost stuck it in my pocket. But I didn't. I folded up nicely and put it in the pocket of her jeans. Aw. Now see who's a bitch. Yeah, not me.


1. what to do on an airplane - well the time on the longer flights goes surprisingly fast i've found. but you can purchase bamboo knitting needles and take those on planes, you can read a book, they will most certainly have at least one movie showing (probably one you've already seen) and tv shows playing the rest of the flight, sleep, or wank off in the bathroom (which can aid in the sleeping).

2. Passport - you can get your passport through Ada County. Just bring them the forms and they'll do all the mailing for you. ...unless I was confused about what your biff was, it's reasonably simple. When I got my passport it only took two months. (...only?...)

Posted by: fern at April 8, 2004 3:30 PM

i just don't like having to wait for the passport. like when i needed to get my last passport, i went into a passport office, did my own picture in a picture-booth, then handed my information to the people at a counter, and they came back with a passport for me. and i'm hoping i get mine a bit quicker than in 2 months. however, i don't want to spend an extra $60 to get it a few weeks sooner. *sigh*

Posted by: devlyn at April 8, 2004 4:21 PM

i couldn't help but sleep on my flights to OZ. then again, i have airplane narcolepsy. if you take bamboo needles, go the extra mile and take circulars -- the less threatening the knitting gear, the better.

but yeah, books, crossword puzzles, a journal, letters (because who in your circle of friends and family wouldn't appreciate a handwritten letter?), and a tolerance for the crap-ass movies and ancient drew carey/everybody loves raymond episodes they'll show will all come in handy.

which airline are you flying? first time i went to oz, i flew qantas, which was miserable. the food sucked, etc. air new zealand is the way to go -- more legroom, better food, etc.
have fun!

Posted by: melanie at April 9, 2004 7:48 AM

awesome about the NZ air... that's what we're taking this time... i neeed legroom. i'm thinking i'm just going to stay up as late as possible (my flight leaves lax at 11:50pm or so), and then pop a couple of sleeping pills and sleep the rest of the way there.
last time i went to atlanta, they were playing everybody loves raymond, then cut if off 10 minutes from the end because we were landing. i totally missed out on the whole ending of that show, and i'm just still hanging...
but i like drew carey... at least from what i've seen of it... but i think it may be all due to the theme song.

Posted by: devlyn at April 9, 2004 8:06 AM

1. You're going to where?!? I'm so jealous I might die. Bring me back a kangaroo?

2. Money found in laundry while moving idiot neighbors' stuff=payment for services rendered. God I'm glad I have my own laundry facilities. I hate other people's laundry.

Posted by: Auntie Sarah at April 9, 2004 9:06 AM

mz. auntie sarah:
1. hee! you know i can't smuggle a kangaroo out of australia. those things can fight better than any heavyweight boxer. maybe i'll get you a plush one, though. ^_^
2. that's what i thought too... i don't know what's wrong with me, but i've been really goody-goody lately. hormones?

Posted by: devlyn at April 9, 2004 1:37 PM

When I fly to Asia, I always bring a couple of Agatha Christies, some warm socks, and my trusty neck pillow thing that's filled with buckwheat. It's the BEST! It lets me sleep without having my head fall into someone else's lap.

Posted by: teahouseblossom at April 9, 2004 9:02 PM

hey wow! congrats on the travel plans coming true.

i think you can take a DVD player no problem. the solution is to take a couple of batteries...remember that afterall, you have to sleep properly on the flight to adjust to the time difference better. i always take my CD player, MD player, a couple of books, earplugs and eyecover.

if it's an 18 hour flight you can guarantee at some point you will feel like you are going nuts. i hope you get a bulkhead seat to avoid the physical pain...

Posted by: j-a at April 12, 2004 3:41 AM