US Citizenship and Immigration Services requests our presence on October 25, 2005 at 11am for fingerprinting!
WOW! What an eye-opening experience. We arrived, were given a numbered tag and then were herded (moo!!) into a room with row after row of chairs and a sea of people. There was every imaginable nationality represented in that room; a great people watching spot! Some people looked westernized, while others were colorfully clad in clothing appropriate to where they came from.
We waited, and waited and waited. It became apparent that this was an all day excursion. Occasionally, a woman would enter the room and call out a set of numbers. That numbered tag we got when we entered was like gold. There was no leaving the room, hence lose your spot in the order, so Pat and I lunched on what we could buy from the vending machine with the change we managed to scrounge between the two of us.
Finally, after assisting several very confused people who were struggling with English, our turn came. We were surprised to find that fingerprints are now scanned...no more black ink! We were in and out of there in 5 minutes! The best part was we got to tell the fingerprinters the reason for being there...our pending adoption! It always seems to strike up the best conversations!
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