President's Day in Oz?

by Sean on February 17, 2003

by Sean | February 17th, 2003  

Being so far from the US, I never would have expected that President's Day would delay me. But it has.

This morning I got up at the crack of down with renewed hope. The Indonesian Consulates referred me back to the US and said it is a not go until I get a new or extended passport.

So I got in touch with The American Embassy but it is closed for President’s Day so I have to wait at least 1 more day. I am not planning on getting out of here until at least Thursday. I called the emergency number (to me, this is important) and the guy on the other end sounded like he could “give 2 shits” about my situation.

His attitude made me think of service etc. I hope I never treat a BootsnAll Traveler in the way that I was treated. If folks have issues that need to be resolved, we will do what we can even on a weekend. But not this lazy yank. I hope he doesn’t read this, cuz I have to talk to them again tommorrow.

Meanwhile, I have been catching up on work that got neglected in Bali cuz of the slow internet connection. Besides that, I haven’t been doing too much. I watched the Aussie’s destroy India on Saturday night in World Cup Cricket with Chris’s brother David. When he found out that I had not left, he “recruited” me to help him work on his fence and backyard. He is a real do it yourselfer and wanted the extra muscle to hold poles up while he drilled. Thankfully he rewarded me with Shepards pie, beer, and analysis of the match.

This delay actually has me down a bit. Not crying or moping around down/depressed. I still have been getting out everyday getting things done etc. Just most days I feel great and spunky. Since this delay hit I feel lethargic and held back. Enough of this feelings stuff…I’ll snap out of it.

{ 7 comments }

Toby February 17, 2003 at 3:50 pm
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I didn’t know you were up for some work around the yard. Next time you will have to earn your dinner.

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Sean February 17, 2003 at 5:05 pm
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Toby,

I beat you in a game of tennis and squash, mow your lawn, pick the weeds and then drink and eat some curry with your lovely family next time.

Don’t let the fact that I look fat and slow fool you. I am a nimble cat on the court!

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Ruth February 17, 2003 at 7:38 pm
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Wish I was there in my home town, roasting in that hot Queensland sun!!! Don’t like these cold Korean winters.
So, sit and have a pint for me!!!

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Mary February 17, 2003 at 9:42 pm
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Did you say Shepards pie? Tell David I’ll provide non-muscle work for that!

Hey, Sean, that lazy yank will never inspire anyone. A government job is a good one for him, unfortunately.

I’m surprised also to hear President’s Day is celebrated in Australia. I wonder how many American embassies are closed.

I’m with you on providing excellent service with a can-do attitude no matter what the situation. Even if you can’t help someone at a particular moment, you can empathize with them. Sometimes, that’s all a person needs immediately.

Looks as though Nick will have to give your room another mopping and dusting!

Does this delay your return to the U.S.?

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Nicky February 17, 2003 at 11:52 pm
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Generally, each embassy observes the holidays of its home country, but also, those of the host country. So the hard-working blighters get two batches of holidays except for any in common.

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Sean February 18, 2003 at 3:25 am
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Nicky is correct, Aussies don’t celebrate Prez day, just Yanks working for the gov’t abroad…

I may be delayed a bit in coming home, yes.

peace

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paul February 18, 2003 at 1:16 pm
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hope you can enjoy your forced stay and find cool things to do. often its only when you’re in deep non-moving traffic on the highway that you notice the pretty flowers by the side of the road.

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