Today was the journey to Alabama for both "drf" and I, and as it turns out, george and laura bush. For different reasons, of course. "drf" and I were there to have our medical exams done to continue our process towards Canadian Permanent Residency. george and laura were there to dedicate a nuclear power plant and a fund raiser for one of Alabama's repuglican Senators. I found it quite fitting that the person who played a major role in our decision to leave the US was in relative proximity to us on one of the "jump through the hoops" days. Thanks for solidifying our decision, george!
The exam itself was pretty perfunctory considering the steep fee charged: $442 US. We are a bit anxious that the paperwork will be completed correctly as the person who normally does this was out on medical leave. (Please send out positive vibes to the Universe for us!) No major issues at this point, so it's just sit back and wait. Hopefully there will not be a recall for anything as it is a three hour drive each way from our home in Florida.
A brief chat with the doctor - as the place was swamped and our 9:00 appointment began at 9:45 - indicated that most of his immigration exams were done for people moving to Canada or Australia. Are we seeing a trend here??? We were quite surprised by this, as one could not refer to southern Alabama as a hotbed of enlightenment. The doctor was himself an Hispanic immigrant but he sees only about 5 people per year who are attempting "legal" US immigration.
Happy First Day of Summer, Summer Solstice, Longest Day of the Year, etc. Celebrate as you see fit . . . .