Since March, my passport has been in the safe keeping of the United States of America. Today I got an envelope marked "U.S. Government," and thought that it had finally gotten through the process. Not that I have any international travel on my schedule (hope springs eternal!), but it's good to keep a passport current. (Why, O why, did my passport have to expire the year the U.S. Government decided to add our neighbors to the "passports required" list?) Anyway, the envelope was just too...flexible to contain a passport.
I have to fill out another form, and this time I have to SIGN the form with BOTH my legal name and my name as a religious. (Sometimes I end up with tickets or other significant documents in my religious name, so I have an "AKA"--"also known as"--on my passport.)
I filled out the form, but with some dread. I mean, you are supposed to submit your original passport with the form, but they kept my passport. Likewise, you are supposed to submit two 2X2 photos (face to be 1" to 1 3/8 inches only), but they kept the photos. With my luck, I'd get another flexible envelope from the "U.S. Government" telling me I could not have a passport because I did not submit my original... or two photos.
So I have spent most of the evening trying to work a hastily taken "alternate" photo into the acceptable format, and then print it out in the proper size at home, and trim it very carefully, so at least ... they will have my pictures (and Walgreens will not have $8 more of my congregation's hard-earned money!).