When you need a passport at the last minute, you need to hook up with the right people. I needed a passport within a week and the normal route would just not work. Back then, they got the passport to me in a few days, today they can get your passport for you in 24 to 48 hours. This is an incredible feat considering the 9/11 restrictions that make everything more expensive and time consuming. I received my passport in time to take the trip to the Philippines. I met the woman who would become my wife and the rest is history.
The flight took much longer than I had expected. I wanted to go through Hawaii, so I booked the trip that way. This part of the trip was cancelled, so I was stuck in the LA airport for eighteen hours. I have friends in the area now, but back then I did not know anybody. By the time my plane was ready, I was completely exhausted. I got on the plane and passed out. When I arrived in the Philippines, I had to take a smaller plane ride from Manila to Cebu. I was met in Cebu by friends and family of the girl I had talked to online for a year. I was embarrassed because I was smelly and dirty. My trip took about 45 hours when it was supposed to take around 24 hours. The family booked me a five star hotel in Cebu for ten days for less than five hundred dollars. I spent most of the time with my future wife, getting to know her in person. When we decided to get married, the paperwork adventure was just starting. It took my wife awhile to get here. She arrived right around the time of 9/11 and we began our lives together. It was actually about two weeks after 9/11. She is now a US citizen with a great job as an accountant. We have two children together and we live a happy life here together in Florida. The adventure of a lifetime was worth every minute. I owe part of it to the quick and timely passport services.
disclaimer: This is a sponsored post however, all the points and views are my own.