Tuesday, April 04, 2006

A Great Moment for Consular Work

Today, at 10:36 AM, Guatemala Time (Same as Mountain Daylight Time), after a little less than eight months in Guatemala, I adjudicated my 10,000th visa. Doing my best Rickey Henderson impression, I grabbed the passport of lucky applicant 10,000 and held it triumphantly aloft, then handed it to one of the assistants for appropriate enshrinement in the Guatemala Consular Hall of Fame. Work was interrupted for 11 minutes as the hundreds-strong line of patient applicants erupted into spontaneous applause. As a footnote to history, the applicant was granted the visa to go to Disneyworld with his parents.

More reporting on recent events and travels forthcoming...

4 comments:

EEK! said...

It's a world of both laughter [i]and[/i] tears. Did the lucky applicant announce to the cameras that he would, indeed, upon successfully completing his mission, be going to Disney World?

Matt said...

This was my day, dammit! That applicant should just feel lucky that he could bask in the reflected glory of a legendary Vice Consul and Third Secretary such as myself.

Ma & Pa Stokes said...

Ah, another moment for proud parents to bask in your glory! Are their photos for the scrapbook?

Gil Carmel said...

You're the Wilt Chamberlain of consular work.