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I *think* I passed

Have you done one of these yet? We’ve been trying for weeks to make me a signatory on the local art club’s account. They wanted ID (perfectly reasonable), but my only ID is my passport and it was away at the passport office.

Every two weeks, they wrote and demanded my passport. And of course there was no address to write and tell them to wait. Finally, my passport came (my passport came, y’all!) and they decided not to send me the link again, just a sniffy letter. This one did have a phone number, so I cajoled them into sending the link one more time.

The liveness check turns on your camera and has you do various 3D things. Move your head until your nose is on the dot. They move the dot down, move again. They move it up, move again. Slowly move your face toward the camera and done.

And then they asked for a document with my address on it – either a utility bill, a tax document or a bank statement. Newsflash, geniuses – they don’t send any of those in the mail any more and you guys were one of the main driving forces.

So I took a cellphone picture of my computer screen. We’ll see what they make of that.


Comment from Uncle Al
Time: February 1, 2024, 8:45 pm

All that rigmarole for an arts club account? There must be some really terrific benefits to membership if they put up such a ridiculous barrier.

Not only have I not done one of those yet, I’d never even heard of such a thing.

Comment from RimrockR
Time: February 1, 2024, 10:13 pm

AZ DMV web site had a similar set of tasks to complete in order to renew driver’s lic Online. I decided to just go in person to DMV. So note to Internet, when going to the fricken DMV is less of a hassle than on line, there is a major problem.

Comment from Some Vegetable
Time: February 1, 2024, 10:52 pm

When I worked in Panama in the 90’s my company had been there for decades – long enough that we had very old Panamanian retirees receiving pensions. The problem we encountered was that their family members would somehow forget to tell us when a retiree passed away – which occurrence would/should end pension payments.

The practice was therefore was an annual “proof of life” party. All retirees were required to attend ‘in the flesh’ or their pensions would be halted. We had half the wheelchairs in Panama City show up.

So to be able to do it online is at least an improvement..

Comment from Durnedyankee
Time: February 1, 2024, 11:00 pm

Art check to see if you’re AI generated Weasel Pron?

This new world is the nightmare Satan was cooking up in Time Bandits.

Comment from Deborah HH
Time: February 2, 2024, 5:56 pm

I assumed it was the bank that wanted proof of Stoaty’s alive-ness.

Comment from Armybrat
Time: February 3, 2024, 1:53 am

So how does the new passport work with the old passport these days?
I was born in Germany of American parents. Because of the ambiguity of the SOFA agreements back then, while I was a US citizen with an American passport, I was granted a German passport as a child. I travelled on the German passport back then because it was safer (70-80’s) than traveling on a US passport. My German was fluent enough back then that I could pass. But when I moved permanently back to the US I was required to declare an allegiance and was required to surrender my German passport.
And every time since then I have nothing but problems renewing my US passport. I have maintained an active US passport since my birth (61 years ago). I submitted no less than 12 pieces of documentation to get my Global Entry status over 12 years ago and it has been renewed since the initial status without a problem. And now I’m due to renew my passport this year and I have already received a letter demanding prove of my claim to citizenship.
This is why I drink.

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