Tuesday, June 7, 2011
More photo scanning! This is one of the first abstract photos I ever took. I was at the Washington Monument with my family in 1976, and I stood with my back to the monument and bent over backwards to take a shot looking up. Everybody talked about how cool this photo turned out. (Three weeks later, that is, when we finally developed the film and got the photos back -- how did we ever stand that delay?)
My biometric appointment yesterday went smoothly. It was nothing like what I expected. I thought I was going to an office that processes exclusively British visas -- I pictured a small office with one or two people, who would be drinking tea and having crumpets (whatever those are). But no, this was a huge office run by the U.S. Customs and Immigration Service. I guess the UK has some sort of agreement with USCIS to do its biometric screening here in the states. I was literally just a number amid of a crowd of largely Spanish-speaking people seeking to renew green cards and whatnot. Very interesting!
However, the woman just in front of me was there for exactly the same purpose I was. I heard her tell the technician that she was getting screened for a UK visa. I said, "Oh, I am too!" Despite my normal reluctance to be too chatty around federal authorities, we had a little talk about our plans -- turns out she's going to Scotland to study. "The beer is warm in London," she warned me.
I suppose I can live with that.