I almost labeled this post “submitted” but was concerned at the potential for extreme SPAM. Who was it that said “discretion is the better part of valor?”
After exercise class I changed before walking downtown Berkeley to catch the BART. Off at the Montgomery St Station and the few short blocks to Bush Street. Arriving more than an hour before my appointment, I had time for a cup of coffee at the cafe next door. Sitting along one of their street tables, I had a number of women, most the age of my oldest, stop to see the hat I was finishing. Down to double-points at the top, it was a matter of minutes to knit the last 20 rows and weave in the ends.
This time the process at the CKGS office went smoothly. I used their glue stick to affix my photo to the application (noting that the studio in Heidelberg had kindly smoothed away those bags beneath my eyes), took my number and sat waiting for my turn at the counter. Less than 30 minutes later I was finished.
My next stop was the post office where I mailed off a package to Chicago containing five books and a couple of hats, one of which was the “Star Wars” as mentioned above.
I was home by early afternoon and spent the rest of my day getting to this point while listening to audio books-