Show me some ID.

*Warning: reading this blog post without complete committment to all things silly  may lower your GPA. Proceed at your own risk…

Last week my dog got his own passport. It’s true. Click here to read more about it if you missed that post.

Now before you start thinking that fury little Max is having all the fun with his new identification in Germany let me set the record straight.

But first, can you do me a favor?

I’ll count down from three and them show you a photo. Can you please make a quick whip-like “wa-tcha” sound followed by a nice long and suave “wooosh” as you view this photo? Add hand motions if you like (pretend you are flashing a badge with the “Wa-tcha”, and that you are a “The Price is Right” girl displaying a new product with the “woosh”), but that part is optional. Go ahead, be a goof for a second. No one is watching.

Shall we practice once first? Ok, here we go…

3…

2…

1…

[Wa-cha!] ~Wooosh~

<PHOTO>

Good job! I think you’re ready.

(And I’m glancing sternly at those of you who didn’t follow directions- tisk, tisk- as my friend Erin, the teacher, would say: F-. Life’s too short, have some fun, make people wonder why you are making strange noises and laughing.)

Ok, lecture over. (I warned you that reading this may lower your GPA, remember?)

Ready for the real deal? Here we go…

3…

2…

1…

[Wa-cha!]

~Wooosh~

Ta-da!

Fasten your seatbelts Europe because Drew and I are now licensed drivers in Germany! The process of getting these little gems, which are good for life, was a bit complicated- but I’ll save all that for another post. Today, let’s just celebrate another task completed and accomplishment made in our adventure in Germany.

(*For those wondering- yes, there IS more information printed on our Germany driver’s licenses; however, for safety reasons I had to edit that info out. This also explains why there may appear to be little smudges on parts of the cards. :))

4 Responses to “Show me some ID.”

  1. Charles writes:

    Why does Drew look so angry? At least you look happy!

  2. Blue Cakes Blogger writes:

    Good question! 🙂 I was wondering if anyone would catch that.
    Due to recent security regulations many countries, including Germany, they no longer allow you to smile in your official identification photos (passport / visa / driver’s license, etc.). The reason for this has to do with the biometric security scanners that are used by airport security and by police officials. You can read a little more about it here, and here, if you are interested.
    Interesting stuff.
    To get back to your question, Drew was the first of us to get his photo taken and, as you can see in his picture, he took that very seriously. 🙂 I tried to play the system a bit by throwing in a little smirk, but to be honest, I think we both look like we were just arrested, thrown into orange jumpsuits, and forced to hold a little sign with numbers on it. Ah well.

  3. Lisa writes:

    Hello Lisa! Great Name! I have found your blog to be of great help to me. I am also an American living in Virginia, married with 3 children. We are set to relocate to Hannover Jan 1, 2011. I have lived overseas for many years but never Europe. I don’t have a clue as to what to expect. Reading your blogs have been helpful. Was wondering if I could pick your brain on life in Hannover. I look forward to hearing from you. – Lisa

  4. Blue Cakes Blogger writes:

    Hi Lisa! 🙂
    I’m happy to help as much as possible and just sent you an email. Best wishes!

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