Friday, September 17, 2004

Did you know that even babies need U.S. passports? Yes, with Avril and Baby Peter planning a solo trip back to New Zealand for early next year, we've had to arrange for the young 'un to get his first passport. Particularly interesting was getting the passport photo, final version of which is seen above. As they are in most things, the U.S. government is very picky about what they will and will not accept. The photo must be exactly 2 inches by 2 inches, must be straight-on head shot, must be properly lit, etc. etc. Not a problem for adults but you try getting a perfectly posed head shot of a very wriggly 7-month-old. Thank god for high-resolution digital cameras. It only took about 25 pictures to get the one suitable one. Now we just have to wait 4 to 6 weeks to get the actual baby passport in the mail. It's good for several years. Don't you think young Peter will look a little silly with the above photo on his passport when he's 5 or 6 years old? That's the gummint for you...

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