There is no reason for this picture other than avoiding putting our mug shots up front.
I take this route on my daily walk--how's that?
The good news is that our pictures are ready. We felt guilty about our eight year old passport pictures that we took ourselves in the guest bedroom at Rainshadow Farm so we took new ones in our guest bedroom here. I then spent a whole day getting them printed with the right specifications and dimensions for Italian bureacracy and American passport bureaucracy. America likes shoulders, Italy likes heads--we may have to take Doug's picture over for his passport as we zoomed in too much to retrieve his shoulders...it's all done for Italy except the scissors part. To my surprise, nobody likes smiles, but that's just too bad.
Speaking of bad, the following sums up the bad Permesso news so far this year. Those of you who read this to prepare to move to Italy should check out this link to older posts where we list more helpful information.
This will merely provide you with what not to do:
First, when I logged on the site that tracks our Permessos' progress through the system, we found that Doug's is bogged down in pre-analysis phase because he filled out his application "incorrectly". We dug out the copy and sure enough, he skipped a couple of boxes. We know enough about the system to show up for our appointment anyway, despite this, with the correction in hand--at least we hope we know enough.
Second, we already know we didn't pay enough at the post office when we mailed in the application because a new pay scale had been introduced and neither we nor the post office knew what to pay--so we kicked that can down the road. Sound familiar? Should be a very fun time in Cosenza on January 28.