Third Time’s the Charm (Reprise)

16 Aug

Way back in the Spring, I wrote about a former neighbor asking me to verify his application for an Irish passport. He and his wife had hoped to hear in a few weeks.

Two weeks ago he contacted me to ask if I’d mind repeating the process. Although he sent in the right forms the first time, they were asking for them again. Of course, I complied.

On Saturday, I saw a new email from him. As I opened it, I assumed it was news that everything had been approved. It was not. Apparently, the documents had been lost by USPS. My old neighbor was wondering if I would mind signing a third time.

He stopped by on Sunday and we had a lovely chat and laugh about the hoops one has to jump through to get what one wants. I encouraged him to sit down and write about the experience on a terrace somewhere warm and European. He said it was a good idea and might help others He was in and out in under ten minutes, anxious to get to a DHL office where he’d pay a little more to expedite the delivery, but feel more confident about its delivery.

I am hopeful that the next email from him will contain a photo of he and his wife in that warm and European locale.

4 Responses to “Third Time’s the Charm (Reprise)”

  1. arjeha August 16, 2022 at 8:30 am #

    Funny, but not really. Now, if we were to lose or misplace something the government wanted I am sure we would be getting fined and all kinds of nasty emails and notifications until they got what they wanted.

  2. Trish August 16, 2022 at 8:33 am #

    This is such a terrific update. I also bet you are on their list of reasons why Portland remains a terrific town (despite some evidence to the contrary). Good luck to them. And thanks to you for spreading the kindness.

  3. vivian chen August 16, 2022 at 8:37 am #

    Bureaucracy–so frustrating! But your post was such a lovely scene of kindness and community. Good luck to your neighbors.

  4. mornagersho August 16, 2022 at 9:16 am #

    Ah! The joys of dealing with bureaucracy. Is the sarcasm seeping through here? I hope this situation is rectified the sooner the better!

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