Today was my appointment at the French consulate.  The actual event was, well, uneventful.  The real problem was getting there.  Thank heaven I don’t have to drive far to work everyday, i’d have to kill somebody at least once a week to relieve the stress.  I left at 7:55 AM and managed to drive 67 total miles in a whopping 2:35 minuets.  That’s right, it was about 10:30 when I arrived at the visa office.  I was terrified that they were going to tell me that I would need to make a new appointment or that I’d have to wait for hours before they’d see me.  Not true.  I had all the necessary docs and copies of docs I needed and I was only there until about 11:00 AM.  How much was 1/2 hour parking?  $6.00 US dollars or $2.00 for every 12 minutes or part thereof.  In 3:16 I could have caught a nonstop Paris to Amsterdam train, Milan to Venice, Rome to Bologna, etc.  Point is, instead of driving 67 miles, I could have traveled about 300 miles.  Anyway, I was pretty shaken when I got there but all went well.  How long did it take me to get back down to the OC?  1 Hour!  Commuting hours must be hell for the poor fools who have to drive on the 5, 55, 405, 10, 110, 710, 91 Freeways.  Please don’t make me go back!

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