Monday, July 12, 2010

Keeping up and pleasant surprises

Does it ever get old? ...the thrill of receiving an awaited piece of paper; a report card, diploma, plane ticket, letter, paycheck, etc...

I did battle with the Fed-Ex drop box on my first day back in the States. I was determined to get my visa application in the mail, but was having trouble focusing.

I had the forms, but no envelope. I stared at the drop box and wondered where to get one. I circled the machine like a predator checking out its prey. Then I poked at a flap, which opened to reveal supplies! Oh, and a sign read "lift for supplies." All of this seemed so foreign...

I had struggled with the visa application (and won) while in Russia, so no delays there. After about 30 minutes of wrestling with the Fed-Ex billing slip, I was ready. The sticky label buckled as I placed it on the envelope, but I wasn't about to rewrite it for the second time. It would have to do.  continue/-

Next stop, the bank. I walked in and headed to where the deposit envelopes used to be. Where were they now? I walked inside, circled the table where there were various forms. No envelopes. I went back outside to the ATM and read the "envelope-less" deposit notice. What...how...?

I stuck the check I was depositing into the little slot and the machine ate it up with a WHIR. Seconds later, the contents of my check showed up on the screen, and then a receipt with a mini-version printed out. Crazy!

Moral of the story, read the signs. And expect lots of change if you haven't been in your home country for awhile!

Even before I had time to check the Fed-Ex tracking number to see if my visa application had made it, the Fed-Ex guy was ringing the doorbell and handing me an envelope. My visa is already here! It only took a week. What am I going to do without the drama?

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