I already knew that the slow German machinery would take 8-10 weeks (2-2.5 MONTHS !!!) to provide me with a new passport, once I had jumped through numerous hoops in fulfilling the requirements to hand in an application for said passport.
AND I already knew that the German consulate NOW requires you to make an appointment for the submission of said passport application ONLINE (NO, NO! Appointments can be NOT made by phone! WTF?)
So today, I checked out the ONLINE appointment scheduling system. And all I find is confirmation for my previous bickering about the inefficiency and walking-through-molasses syndrome that has taken hold in the 'First' or Western World. People are being treated like CATTLE but because they can choose from 200 different Shampoos in the Shampoo Aisle, they think they're living The Life !
The amount of nannying AND stupidity are APPALLING!
Harsh words, you say? Maybe, but get a hold of this:
The NEXT AVAILABLE appointment for SUBMITTING the passport APPLICATION (YES, there is a LINE-UP to get to the LINE-UP !) is January 12th. That's a Friggin MONTH from now!!!
So, just so you got this atrocity in its entirety, I'm going to repeat it: It takes 2.5 MONTHS to get a new passport issued. But to be able to just SUBMIT that passport APPLICATION, I have to wait ONE MONTH.
How RETARDED is THAT?
So did I book the appointment? NOPE. Because my OLD passport still allows me to travel to my Beach Hut. So while other Germans will patiently wait for their appointment to submit their application for a new passport and will shiver in the friggin cold and will suffer from SAD (Seasonally affected Disorder, i.e. lack of sunlight), my ONLY worries will be whether that sunburn will have turned into a tan by the respective 'tomorrow' (or whether I have to stay a day in the shade) and whether Julian will have another beer.
|There are only TWO pictures in this post. I sincerely hope you get the connection !|
Hakuna Matata, Cattle !
"There must be some way out of here
Said the joker to the thief...