Friday, August 05, 2005

ADOPTION UPDATE: Frankly, not much rattles us anymore...

[whew] It started to look bad there, yesterday. Our visa rep (the Assistant Stork's husband, Steve) went to the Kazakh Embassy to pick up our visas, and whoops! no visa. Seems the Ministry of Education had given our confirmation number to Marina, but hadn't yet gotten around to sending it to the embassy. Since there's a one-day turnaround, and this was already Thursday, that pretty much means no visa 'til Monday, right? And our tickets are for Sunday night, so isn't it time to panic?

Ah, but we've been here before. Those of you who were along for the wild ride that was our 2003 adoption, may remember that pretty much exactly the same thing happened to us then. But the folks at the Assistant Stork get along very well with the Kazakhs at the embassy, which is one of the reasons you pay them to handle all that visa stuff instead of doing it yourself. We remember quite clearly that in 2003, Steve actually went to the embassy on a day when it was nominally closed to the public, and the visa dude made out two visas while he waited, and we made our flight. In fact, back then it didn't even faze anybody to discover that the embassy was temporarily out of the adoption visas we were supposed to have -- Mr. Embassy Dude simply took a transit visa, marked out the original number, scribbled a new number in by hand, gave it to Steve and said firmly, "Tell them not to let anyone give them any trouble." And we made it to Kazakhstan and came back with Sally and Rusty.

So the news that the registration number hadn't gotten there in time, hardly discombobulated us at all. Why waste energy getting upset when it'll probably work out anyway? And sure enough, about an hour or so Dessie called me: the embassy had received the number this morning, and once again, Mr. Embassy Dude had made out our visas while Steve waited.

So I just really don't see anything else, assuming FedEx doesn't let Tom Hanks fly the plane tonight, to keep us from getting on our own plane come Sunday.

I want to say again that we've been absolutely flooded with supportive e-mails, and while I intend to personally answer every one, here's a great big general-purpose thank-you to all of you in case I haven't thanked you individually yet.

UPDATE: I've heard more of the story from The Boss. It seems that Steve got to the embassy and the first thing Mr. Visa Dude said was, "Our system is down and I can't issue any visas."

"Uh-oh," thought Steve, "guess that does it for the Pierces." But then Mr. Visa Dude remembered something.

"Actually, I did get one visa issued early this morning before the system went down, because we had been warned to look for this family's visa in particular. Are you looking for the visas for the Baker family?"

For a moment hope had risen, but only to be dashed again. "No," said Steve regretfully, "I need visas for the Pierces."

"Oh, yes, that's right, the Pierces, that was it!"

You know how it is...all those American names sound alike.

But we got our visa, and we no longer have any doubt that we're meant to go to Kazakhstan. So off we go, Sunday night at 4:30 in the afternoon.

This adoption update was preceded by this one and is followed by this one.

6 Comments:

At 11:19 PM, Anonymous Debbie said...

Hey Kenny -

So who told "Mr. Visa Dude" to be on the lookout for your visas? It sounds like someone higher up is pulling for you!!
Along with so many of us peons here.

God speed,
Debbie

 
At 11:22 AM, Blogger Ken Pierce said...

We were wondering that ourselves, Debbie. Maybe Marina made some calls? Dunno.

 
At 10:42 PM, Blogger oakleyses said...

tiffany and co, polo outlet, nike air max, replica watches, longchamp outlet, louis vuitton, tory burch outlet, nike air max, longchamp outlet, louis vuitton outlet, nike outlet, prada handbags, ray ban sunglasses, christian louboutin, michael kors outlet store, kate spade outlet, louis vuitton, michael kors outlet online, louis vuitton outlet, oakley sunglasses, christian louboutin outlet, burberry outlet, christian louboutin shoes, uggs outlet, jordan shoes, chanel handbags, replica watches, ray ban sunglasses, louis vuitton outlet, ugg boots, nike free, ray ban sunglasses, cheap oakley sunglasses, christian louboutin uk, oakley sunglasses wholesale, gucci handbags, michael kors outlet, tiffany jewelry, longchamp outlet, michael kors outlet online, michael kors outlet, burberry handbags, michael kors outlet online, uggs on sale, ugg boots, prada outlet, polo ralph lauren outlet online, uggs outlet

 
At 10:47 PM, Blogger oakleyses said...

true religion jeans, nike air max, true religion outlet, burberry pas cher, vans pas cher, oakley pas cher, coach outlet, nike air force, polo ralph lauren, new balance, michael kors pas cher, timberland pas cher, sac hermes, longchamp pas cher, north face uk, nike air max uk, michael kors, michael kors, nike roshe run uk, ralph lauren uk, hollister uk, hollister pas cher, sac longchamp pas cher, air max, nike air max uk, nike tn, converse pas cher, true religion outlet, guess pas cher, ray ban pas cher, jordan pas cher, nike roshe, nike free uk, louboutin pas cher, nike free run, north face, ray ban uk, polo lacoste, mulberry uk, sac vanessa bruno, lululemon canada, hogan outlet, true religion outlet, coach outlet store online, abercrombie and fitch uk, nike blazer pas cher, michael kors outlet, coach purses

 
At 10:52 PM, Blogger oakleyses said...

valentino shoes, nike air max, hollister clothing, ghd hair, vans, soccer shoes, timberland boots, longchamp uk, ferragamo shoes, converse outlet, ralph lauren, nike air max, herve leger, mcm handbags, celine handbags, converse, nike roshe run, bottega veneta, jimmy choo outlet, baseball bats, chi flat iron, louboutin, vans outlet, hollister, hollister, north face outlet, new balance shoes, oakley, asics running shoes, mac cosmetics, wedding dresses, babyliss, mont blanc pens, abercrombie and fitch, ray ban, giuseppe zanotti outlet, north face outlet, lululemon, gucci, iphone 6 cases, instyler, beats by dre, reebok outlet, nfl jerseys, hermes belt, p90x workout, insanity workout, soccer jerseys

 
At 12:32 AM, Blogger oakleyses said...

swarovski crystal, michael kors outlet, michael kors handbags, moncler, replica watches, juicy couture outlet, coach outlet, moncler, moncler uk, thomas sabo, doke gabbana, louis vuitton, ugg uk, montre pas cher, links of london, louis vuitton, moncler, supra shoes, canada goose outlet, michael kors outlet online, canada goose, pandora jewelry, wedding dresses, doudoune moncler, canada goose, karen millen uk, barbour, louis vuitton, lancel, swarovski, moncler outlet, barbour uk, ugg pas cher, pandora uk, marc jacobs, canada goose jackets, canada goose outlet, pandora charms, canada goose uk, moncler outlet, canada goose, ugg,ugg australia,ugg italia, ugg,uggs,uggs canada, pandora jewelry, juicy couture outlet, louis vuitton, hollister, moncler, ugg, toms shoes, louis vuitton, canada goose outlet

 

Post a Comment

<< Home