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!