Fire Redux

I just got home from a day at the American Embassy and lunch with my wife and baby. It was a nice day - We were at the embassy to do all the paperwork for Alex to get his Social Security Number and American Passport. They needed a bunch of paperwork (which I had and did) and then for all of us to be there with our passports, take some oaths, get photos of the kid, etc. AND pay $135! Wow. I was a bit taken back at that one... I thought it was going to cost like half of that.

Anyways, the reason I was doing that instead of being at work was when I arrived this morning, the place was a ghost-town. I got to my office-space which I share with a dozen or so other consultants and it was empty (except for my laptop sitting in the corner locked down. There was a fine layer of soot over everything... WOW! It was a real fire! And the whole place smelt like burnt plastic. There was no electricity save for the lights... everything was still just shut down. I can't imagine the damage that did to the server room next to us. So I closed the laptop (I probably should have put it away, but I was totally spooked) and got out of there.

I asked the lady at the front desk what was going on because there was no one there and she said, 'Yes, there's no one there.' Thanks. Really helpful. She did give me a number to call to see if the offices will be open tomorrow, but I have a feeling that the rest of the week will be a wash after seeing the offices. We'll see what happens tomorrow. But right now I'm psyched, more time work on my projects and get stuff done that I've been meaning to get done for months - like Alex's passport.


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