I FINALLY got around to getting PK's passport today, after much procrastination. And believe me, it was a LOT of procrastination. I'd originally gotten PK's passport photo taken on March 7th. Unfortunately, it turned out that the photo was no good because:
1. The picture was fuzzy
2. PK was smiling
3. PK wasn't facing the camera directly
I already knew that the photo would be rejected, so I didn't even bother trying to get her passport when I went to renew my own in late March. Instead, I brought her photos with me and got Passport Canada to issue a formal rejection so that I could get PK's photos re-taken at the same photo place for free. These photos don't come cheap!
Last weekend (almost 2 months since her initial photo was taken), we finally got around to getting PK's passport photos re-taken. This time, we had a bit of motivation. I'm starting back at work part-time on July 6th, and I want to go on a family vacation before I return to work. This would've been a fine plan had it not been for a teensy little detail - PK still doesn't have a passport. Damned procrastination! So we went to the photo shop over the weekend to get her pictures re-done, and today I hauled my butt over to the Passport Canada office on Victoria Street to apply for the passport.
Getting the photos re-done was easy. It didn't take more than 10 minutes to get a good shot of her. The guy working at the store didn't give us a hard time over getting the photos re-done either. He was actually horrified by how bad the first set were (they really were bad). And he didn't bother us about the fact that we'd waited almost 2 months before getting them re-done. What a sport. I'll definitely come back to that shop because that's what I call good customer service.
My time at the passport office was also pretty good. I got there at 10:45am and was out of there by 11am. Seriously. This was even faster than when I'd gotten my own passport renewed. I came prepared with a book and everying, and I hadn't even gotten through one sentence when I noticed my number flashing on the display. Pretty good!
PK's passport will be ready for pick-up on the 16th, which means that we can stick to our original plan to travel at the end of the month. I opted to pick up the passport in person (for an extra $10...ugh...) in lieu of having it mailed, just to be on the safe side. Odds are that it would've been mailed out on or before the 16th, but I didn't want to take my chances. My only comment on this in-person pick-up thing is that I really don't get how picking up a passport in-person costs more than having it mailed out. Just another way that the government likes to stick it to its citizens.
Anyway, we still don't have a destination or tickets purchased, for that matter, but those are just minor details. The important things are: sunny, warm, and direct flight. Wish us luck on finding something on such short notice!
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