I finally got my passport.
I would like to be happy about this, but I'm not. They misspelled my name, so now I have to send it back to them and then wait 10-12 more weeks to get a replacement. Plus, the birth certificate that I need to send back to them to prove the correct spelling of my name hasn't yet been returned to me. Your government at work... sharp, efficient. Good thing I don't need it for the two trips coming up over the next few weeks.
This was the last thing I needed to find out after getting home from work at 10:45pm. More hassles for me. Super! Can't wait. And the other "last thing I needed tonight" was my husband interrupting my ranting about it to tell me to "Get over it." He quickly apologized, which was good, because I wasn't just ranting about the damn passport. The passport was the last straw. There were a lot of other aggravations piled on ahead of that one. But I poured some wine and wrote in my blog, and I'm OK now.
This isn't the first time I have had problems with my name being misspelled on a government-issued document. I once received a replacement social security card with my first and last names so horribly butchered they were nearly unrecognizable. Missing so many vowels they resembled Czech names. I don't understand how this happens. Why were they typing in my name for a replacement card? Isn't it already in their labyrinthine database somewhere? I won't give away my last name by telling you how they got it wrong, but my first name was written as "CHNSHE". Can I buy a vowel, please?