I guess I am because I called the Houston TECO office this morning with questions about how to go about applying for my son’s Taiwanese passport, as his old one is expired. But the twit to who answered the phone has reminded me of some of the less savory aspects of Taiwan living. Basically, my question was, “I’d like to apply for a passport for my Taiwanese child and the only website I can find with forms for down load was last updated in 2002, so where can I download the application forms and what all do I need to have ‘authenticated?’”
Twit: “Do you speak Chinese?”
Me: “Not well.”
Twit: “Well then, do you at least speak English?”
Me: :eh: “Yes, at least I do speak English.”
Twit: “What nationality are you?”
Me: “I’m an American.”
Twit: “Then how come you want to get a Taiwanese passport for your kid?”
Me: “Because he’s Taiwanese.”
Twit: “How old is your kid?”
Me: “He’s six.”
Twit: “He’s what?”
Me: “He’s six!”
Twit: “You can just downlaod the form online.”
Me: "Thanks, Twit.
So, I hung up and called the TECO office in New York. Much more helpful!! There was an actual HUMAN manning the phone up there.
I almost posted this in fun and games, but thought I better not. It’s more like torutre and games. I’m not sure I can take much more of this and I’m sure there’s loads of it out there waiting for me. Lord, help!