Friday, September 29, 2006

Questions On My Mind Today

1. When Husband and I and Lana land in the US from our trip back from Vietnam, will all three of us be able to enter the US through the “US Citizens” line at immigration/customs, or will we have to walk Lana through the “non-US Citizens” line first and THEN come through Immigrations ourselves through the separate line?
My understanding is that Lana will technically BE a US Citizen once she lands on US soil, but, she will be entering the US on a Vietnamese passport with an IR-3 or IR-4 visa (which ever visa they issue when both parents have traveled and the adoption has been completed overseas.) (Yes, I know I am a lawyer and should know these things, but, I don’t know off the top of my head, and, I don’t have the time or energy to look it up since I have to leave in a minute to go evict a woman whose little boy is dying of cancer and I am feeling like the biggest schmuck this side of the Mississippi River.) Anyway, I want to know how coming through customs/immigration will work. Anybody reading this whose been-there-done-that? We will probably be entering the US at Detroit via Tokyo, but, also possible we will be coming to San Francisco via Taipai…

2. What is up with my sister’s snake?????
(I know that’s a weird thing to be wondering about.) More specifically, it’s my niece J~’s snake. Poor J~ is violently allergic to cats AND dogs and guinea pigs and most other animals. She is also violently allergic to eggs and soy. (She has an extremely limited diet (you try to find bread with no eggs or soy products in it – Aunt Millie’s makes one or two varieties, but, if she cannot find those, she cannot eat bread) and a limited social life, due to the fact that she cannot go to anyone’s home that has a dog or a cat, which is something like 60% of the households in the United States.) Anyway, despite this, she loves animals, so, my sister got her a snake. It’s a King snake, which is a kind of snake that eats other snakes. They are creepy looking, at least this one is. (Farmer’s like them, because the eat pest-type snakes. Also, they eat rattle snakes, and I remember being traumatized as a child visiting my great-grandparents rice farm in central Arkansas, by a king snake, and screaming for my great-grandmother to come outside because I was sure I was going to DIE. My great-grandma came running out with a garden hoe, ready to KILL THE SNAKE that was threatening one of her grandbabies, only to find I was screaming my head off about a King snake, and I was then told that if I had “a lick of sense in that Yankee head” I would learn to tell the difference between “a good snake and a bad snake.” And then I spent the afternoon shucking black-eyed peas on the porch, because I could not be trusted to walk around.) (Incidently, my great-grandmother is still alive and still killing rattle snakes in central Arkansas with a garden hoe at the age of 97. She really hates it when they hide under her rosebushes.) Anyway, my sister’s home is near the river, and she and her five children usually go for a walk in the evening in the park that runs along the river, and often will catch garden snakes to bring home and feed to the King snake, which is JUST DARN CREEPY if you ask me. (And, it think it would probably surprise people that my sister is 5’0” and a size 4 and dressed to the nines with her nails nicely done, while she is on the hunt for a WILD SNAKE to feed to her PET SNAKE.) But, in the last month or so, they haven’t been able to find any snakes to feed to Milly (the pet snake), so, my sister bought a mouse at the pet store. She put the mouse in the snake’s cage, and, three weeks into this arrangement, the mouse and the snake are getting along famously. The snake is not eating the mouse. My sister says, sometimes the MOUSE bites the SNAKE. This is JUST NOT NORMAL. Mice and snakes do not live happily together. So, that is what leads me to wonder, just what, exactly, is going on with my sister’s snake?

3. Why doesn’t the Hershey company make a Special Dark Mr. Goodbar? I mean, think about it – all the rich dark, velvety goodness of the Special Dark Bar, melted and formed with the peanut-y goodness of the Mr. Goodbar? True, the Special Dark Bar and the Mr. Goodbar are both find candybars, in their own right, but IMAGINE the possibility of PUTTING THE PEANUTS IN THE SPECIAL DARK BAR. It makes my knees weak, people. I think we should all email the Hershey company and ask them to consider this. Immediately.

That’s all for now. I have to go play Ebeneezer Scrooge at housing court.


Anonymous Heather said...

1. You and your husband will have to go through the non-citizen line with Lana. They will check you in at the same time so you don't have to go through the citizen line too.

2. Don't know anything about snakes and don't want to!!

3. I'd be in favor of that!

Friday, September 29, 2006 10:55:00 AM  
Blogger bluefairy said...

1. From everything I have read, its the non-immigration line for the three of and your husband will be processed there so you don't have to go to the other line.

2. The animal kingdom and food period is not out of balance? Maybe the snake has watched too much Finding Nemo ( Fish are Friends not food) and she is applying this lesson to her mouse. Mothering instinct in snakes?

3. I love dark chocolate....sounds delish!

Friday, September 29, 2006 11:01:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

With the visa you get at the embassy remember "IR 3 your in free, IR 4 you have to do more" try to get a 3.

3 is an automatic citizen as soon as you touch US soil and you will get the COC in the mail. 4 has to be readopted.

For a three you have to visit your child first, then visit the embassy, then go back and get your child, then you can apply for the visa at the embassy. May differ in different countries I don't know, but that is what they told me. You can do it all in the same day, but you have to see the child first.

The airport people steered me in the right direction as I got on and off planes. No biggie. Remember do not open the sealed envelope you get from the embassy.

For more info try

Legal-Eaze International Adoption Specialist U.S. Proof of Citizenship

PS:don't evict that poor women- no job is worth keeping if you have to do something like that.

Friday, September 29, 2006 12:31:00 PM  
Anonymous Christina/Mrs. Broccoli Guy said...

That snake thing is freaky. I do not like snakes, oh no I do not! (said the cat in the hat to the fish in the pot!) Ha, that mouse better watch out or his new best friend is going to eat him for lunch one day.

I love dark chocolate too. But not nuts. Sorry. :-p I'm loving the new dark chocolate m-n-m's though!

Friday, September 29, 2006 7:36:00 PM  
Blogger Django Sexton said...

Although we aren't particularly patriotic people, we were overwhelmed when we brought Van and Powell, our twins, home. We were told that they would be US citizens as soon as they set foot on American soil. That meant that we had to walk under the sign that read "Welcome to the United States of America" after going through Immigration. We both started sobbing at that point, and the strains of the National Anthem started to run through my head. Of course, part of our emotion may have been the fact that we had a heck of a time getting the Certificate of Citizenship for Penelope (before the immediate citizenship law was passed).



Saturday, September 30, 2006 4:07:00 PM  
Blogger Kelly said...

I am all for a dark chocolate Mr. Goodbar. Hmm...maybe we can petition the company?
as for the snake...that creeps me out beyond words. of course, just the word snake gives me the creepies. But the mouse...oh wow....can you do a rescue mission and save that poor critter before the snake figures out what he is supposed to do with it and chomps it?
hmmm..but they should film it first and send it in to america's funniest videos or the funny animal video show.....cuz that would be a winner!

Saturday, September 30, 2006 10:15:00 PM  
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