I promise to make more updates this summer. I have nothing really to do except this now... lmao!
Anyway, I have been just... stressed and depressed since two weeks ago. I am in summer vacation and about 10 days from now, I will be going to Hawaii... You would THINK I would be in good spirits.. but I am DEFINITELY not!! Here is why:
Well, as most of you know, I will be studying abroad this year from August to January in Tokyo, Japan. Of course, if you leave the US, you MUST have a passport. Well, I signed up for my passport in the middle of February. Now, when I signed up for it, it was only going to take 6-8 weeks to receive it... weeks, months went by, and no passport. Then I got an email from my study abroad program saying it will take 10 weeks to get it now. Of course I was a bit angry, but if I received it in 10, it was no big deal.. I would still have 2 weeks b4 the deadline to get my Certificate of Eligibility. Then, it gets to 10 weeks 2 weeks ago... (o_O)!!!!
So, of course I was a bit insane, and called the Passport @#$@#%s a BILLION times!! I called them the first time, and I did NOT get a ring tone ALL day (which they are open from 9am to 12am)!! So, I called the next day, and I finally get a response. The woman on the phone is like, "well, yours is not an emergency because you still have 2 weeks. We only do 'emergency expedite' when the passport is due 2-3 days b4 the deadline." I was then like "OMG! this IS an emergency... I need my passport to do my visa by May 15th!!!! and I need to to be at the designated area by THAT time.. not SEND it by that time." The woman didn't care, but she told me to keep calling to find out my status. So, I skipped two days cause I was busy with finals.
Called again on the weekend. Mind you, I call the passport ppl about 20-40 times a day cause they never want to answer their phone, and once i get a ringtone, it takes approx. 20-60 min to get a response. I got a woman finally again, and she was like "I will send out a letter of emergency to New Orleans (where your passport it) so that you can get it on time". She obviously didn't do SHIT cause I called again the next day, and the woman said, "Well, it now takes 12-14 weeks to get your passport. Just wait till then, and keep calling." I FLIPPED OUT on this bi!@$#! She then realized I needed it within 13 days. She was like, "well, I cannot put an emergency expedite cause you are not an emergency yet." I was like... "dear god...! can you NOT do anything????" She told me to just KEEP calling.... (-_-; )
So, then I called again and again several times, and finally I get another woman. Says about the same thing as the last woman. At this point, I am just like.. okay! I get it. I will not call for a day, cause if I did, I would say something just.. wrong to them!!... So I called again on friday (the 4th), and a GREAT woman answered. She said to me "Oh, I understand!" and at this point, i was YELLING AT HER!!! and so she was like "I will post this as emergency expedite, and I will have it sent to you by tuesday (the 8th, a week before the 15th). That way you will be able to send in your stuff on time for sure! I am sorry for all the trouble ppl have been causing you." Oh! I forgot to mention that I was told EVERYTIME before this woman, and by my study abroad program to fork up some money (from NOWHERE) and go to the closest regional passport agency. The closest one is in @#!$!@#$% Chicago. So, I was trying to make an appointment with the agency, they were booked until PASSED the 15th, and I couldn't get a CHEAP train ticket. So, that is why I EXPLODED on this woman on friday! She told me it would be a complete waste of my time if would have went to the agency, and I wouldn't have gotten it any faster. So I was completely miserable. But she seemed to help me out and I was sooo glad that she was going to emergency expedite the thing. "Just call on sunday to make sure everything is going fine!"
I called today now... and got an answer right away (which was beyond shocking!). The woman answered and she was like "have you called here several times now??" of course i had an immediate response of 'YES!!!' So she said "well, since friday, New Orleans' system has been down to upgrade. You will not be able to check your status. You will have to call again on monday.. i am SO sorry because of all the trouble this has been causing you. But, I cannot do anything. Please call again later." I am like.. omg..... since friday... that fucking bitch that said she was going to emergency expedite must have NOT done it cause the system has been down. I am gunna cry!!
So that leaves me with the present situation. I am now freaked because i MUST have my passport in my hands by this friday or I will not be able to send my Certificate in to Philly on time. I hate the government, and the passport fucks. I have had EVERYTHING go right for me, and I have been working my ass off! I got an award that i will not be able to receive again for the trip. I have done overload of japanese this semester to prepare. I have signed up for SEVERAL jobs this summer to get money for the japan abroad thing. I have been kicking everyone's ass to get things done... yet... one little thing... a passport, fucks everything over. If I cannot get my passport in by friday, I will no longer be going to Japan. I will kill everyone and everything! I hate you passport fuckers!!