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At least we had BBQ!

August 7, 2008

If I was to describe our experience today it would be….. at least we had good BBQ.   The morning started out innocently enough, but as we all know, visiting government offices can change that in an instant.   We arrived at Arthur Bryant’s to have some tasty BBQ around 11:00.  It was gooooood and sooo busy at 11am.  It is featured in the book 1000 Places to See Before You Die, by Patricia Schultz.  It’s a fabulous read.  I use it to help plan our vacations and it has never let me down–a must have in the travel library.  So after eating beef at 11am, yes I know-I don’t really care for beef, let alone at 11am, we made our way to immigration.  Let the fun begin.  We made it through security without a problem to a HOT waiting room that was filled with individuals waiting for their deportation hearings.  Which, BTW, at 1pm, they were finishing up the 9am dockets.  You can imagine how restless the natives were getting, let alone their lawyers.  So when our appointment time came, we made our way through the sea of people to a small window that, of course, was bullet proof glass.  I told the gentleman that we were here to file our home study in accordance to our 1600A.  The look of ignorance on his face, was my first clue this wasn’t going to end as I had planned.  He then has an epiphany–he starts spurting information unrelated to the situation.  Your I600A hasn’t been processed because your home study wasn’t turned it with it, blah, blah, blah.  I told him knew that already, that is why I am here to turn it in.  He then asks me if I have paid for it.  Um, YES-about 5 months ago, then he asks for the receipt, which is like a register receipt, but being my old OCD self, I, of course, had it in the packet of papers that I am now clutching like a stress ball.  So he then tells me to take a seat and disappears for 15 minutes doing what?  Tax payer smoke break? I have no idea.   When he calls me back he says he can accept my home study (duh) and I am free to go.   I then tell him I am not finished with him.  You can imagine how that went over.  Long story short, we had to change the country on our I600A, which he told me I had to have an 824 form for.  TOTALLY UNTRUE.  Again, being my OCD self, I had the instructions for the I600A in black and white that the 824 is only required for the second change of country, this was our first.  He then mumbles something to himself then disappears.  Must have been smoke break number two.  When he comes back, he says it’s fine, then dismisses us.  My normally passive husband was then starting to become agitated.  Not good.  It turns out that they do not do fingerprinting the same day like they used to, you still have to wait for the authorization in the mail, even though this was verified before coming.  My husband then exchanges some polite but irritated words with the gentleman about how this is not true because of A, B, C, etc..  The gentleman, who was very hard to understand, kept mumbling he has never heard of that-or something to that effect.  He then hands me another receipt and tells me to keep it.  Okay–I didn’t pay for anything.  He then tells me we will have to drive back to KC to get our fingerprints but only on Wednesdays.  What?!?  At this point my husband is becoming increasingly irritated and I whisper to him there are two possibilities of leaving this place 1) we leave or 2) we make a scene and leave in handcuffs with the popo.  Pick your option.  So we left without handcuffs.  Now, I am not a normally political person, but can you imagine the government running our heath care?  Oh, I am sorry ma’am, I know you have driven 7 hours to your appointment to get your broken leg looked at, but we only do x-rays on Wednesdays, so while it is definitely broken, you must come back once we process your paperwork.  Then you can have your x-ray–on Wednesdays only.  Ciao!  I am all for equal opportunity health care, but not when it is run by the government.  In an a perfect end to a perfect day I had to listen to my husband complain about socialism in our government all the way home.  I then decided it was time for ice cream.  So in the end, it will all be okay.  I just am thankful that we have the opportunity to adopt and that some parts may make me want to freak out, but overall, it’s all good!  At least we had great BBQ…..

Arthur B's

 

Jer at Arthur B's

Gwen at Arthur B's

 

4 Comments leave one →
  1. August 7, 2008 10:35 pm

    I’m afraid to say this but… this is only the tip of your Frustration With the US Govt Iceberg.
    You’re gonna need a LOT more BBQ and ice cream, honey! 🙂

  2. August 7, 2008 10:48 pm

    Uggh…Gotta Love CIS!!! Sorry, guys…the paperchase is a nightmare. Seems like all of us adoptive parents know the rules better than the people who are in charge.

  3. Mandi permalink
    August 9, 2008 3:13 pm

    I’m so glad you knew what you were talking about, and didn’t let them make you run in more circles! I’m sorry it wasn’t such a hot day.

  4. cathy s permalink
    August 10, 2008 10:33 pm

    what!? We just did it all in one step when we did our free renewal in January this year……… argh! How frustrating for you 2!

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