Wednesday, January 16, 2008

The Straw that Broke the Camel's Back

I got to work early this morning, checked my e-mail, and found 6 e-mails from the agency and the school. It turns out this document issue is not a simple matter of confusion.

Apparently, the Michigan Office of the Great Seal did not apostille my documents correctly. Even though I specifically told them what I needed, and even though the lady assured me at the time that everything was correct, I have now learned that this is not the case; they just authenticated them instead. So in a nutshell, I paid $99 to ship the wrong documents to Korea, and I now have to drive back to Lansing, get the apostilles, and ship those to Korea, at my own expense.

I would love to scream right now.

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"Passage—immediate passage! the blood burns in my veins! Away, O soul! hoist instantly the anchor!
Cut the hawsers—haul out—shake out every sail!
Have we not stood here like trees in the ground long enough?
Have we not grovell’d here long enough, eating and drinking like mere brutes?
Have we not darken’d and dazed ourselves with books long enough?

Sail forth! steer for the deep waters only!
Reckless, O soul, exploring, I with thee, and thou with me;
For we are bound where mariner has not yet dared to go, And we will risk the ship, ourselves and all.

O my brave soul!
O farther, farther sail!
O daring joy, but safe! Are they not all the seas of God?
O farther, farther, farther sail!"

~Walt Whitman, "Passage to India"