Friday, August 13, 2010

New Passport

I received a puzzling, official-looking envelope in the mail today. In it, to my surprise, was my new passport. I’d renewed it long enough ago that it wasn’t at the front of my mind, but not so long ago that I’d begun to worry about it.

I’ll miss my old passport, which had some really cool stamps (Mongolia!), not to mention a very fresh-looking photo of me taken 10 years ago. But the new passport appears to be made a little more durably, and has some interesting new design features. The frontispiece has a quote from “The Star-Spangled Banner,” and a facing page reproduces the preamble to the constitution, for the benefit of citizens who didn’t commit it to memory watching Saturday-morning television as children. Later pages have watermarks including patriotic quotes from all the usual suspects and some I didn’t see coming, like the Mohawk Thanksgiving address.

Best of all, the last page notes that, “This document contains sensitive electronics.” I’ve been chipped! Knowing this makes allows me to work up a good head of liberal paranoia while still feeling like I’ve got the latest gadget everyone’s talking about, a real Bay Area perfecta.

My new photo’s not great. I think I look a little haggard (especially compared to my old passport picture). But doesn’t everyone look a little rough after an international flight? I expect to breeze through customs for the next decade.

3 comments:

Don Clausing said...

That was a good one, Nicole. I know how you feel about old passports--the one I had to put extra pages into, done at the Consulate in Istanbul (or was it the Embassy?), because it was full of stamps, was particularly hard to retire.

Nicole said...

Lucky; I never had extra pages added to mine, although I think this last one was completely full. I certainly couldn't have gotten any more visas.

Today I got another official envalope. I thought it might be Pipi's new passport, but it turned out to be my old passport. I was glad to see it again.

paul smith said...

nice one...perfect