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Well, How About That!
Dec 2nd, 2011 by dadepfan

It’s been a LONG time since we have posted anything new here.  That is because so many things have been happening!  It is already December!!  Well, since August SO much has happened!  I scheduled another trip to go and see Malen and the kids in the Philippines.  I left on September 5th and was scheduled to return on September 26th.

Before I left, we received word from the USCIS that our petition had been approved!  Then, within a day or two of my departure, we learned that the National Visa Center (NVC) had forwarded it on to the US embassy in Manila, and we got a case number (what we needed to schedule the interview at the embassy).  At this point, we knew there was a possibility that we could complete everything while I was with the family in the Philippines.  But on a sad note, a week or so before I left I lost my dog of 15 years, Candi-Louise, who passed away.

So, once I arrived, we got busy with all the steps and processing that was needed to finish the visa process.  Malen and the kids had to have a ton of paperwork, including passports, birth certificates, police clearances, and a lot more.  Malen and the kids had to have medical examinations, which was a two-day process.  Malen scheduled her interview with the embassy, but when we arrived we found out that the embassy did not have her her documentation from the NVC yet.  So we waited until we could confirm they had the documentation package, and scheduled the interview again.

The interview was long and grueling, taking the entire day.  At the end, instead of getting the visas approved as we expected, our case was put in administrative review for two weeks.  Finally we heard that our case had been submitted for “visa issuance.”  but days later, still no visas.  I had to extend my 21–day stay by getting an extension.  I was running out of my medications and we had to vacate Malen’s condo because it had been sold.  After sending an angry email to the embassy about the delay, our case was put BACK into administrative review (and we were told it could take up to two months)!  We were forced to move to another location on a temporary basis.

Finally, towards the end of October, we were told the visas had been approved and were submitted for printing!  Once we verified that the delivery service had picked them up from the embassy, we went to their warehouse and finally had our visas in hand!  So finally, we had to book our flights to the US, the kids had to attend mandatory counseling (CFO), and Malen had to go and pick up her CFO certificate.  Then, after 2 1/2 years of waiting, anxiety, frustration, and hardship, on October 31st, all 5 of us boarded a plane to come to the US!

During this extended stay in the Philippines, and even with so much going on, Malen and I were able to squeeze in a short visit with our great friends Mike and Cathy.  In addition, they came and spend a week with us while we were in the new and temporary living space.  We also had Malen’s mom and pop come and visit us for a couple of days.

The last little hitch that happened before we left the Philippines was that the flight we booked was delayed for 9 hours.  We went to the Delta office at the airport and they put us on different flights so that we did not have to wait another day.  We ended up flying from Manila to Nagoya, Japan, then to Detroit, and finally to Seattle.  A VERY long day of flying.  As a result, Malen and the kids had to go through immigration in Detroit instead of Seattle, and we arrived in Seattle in the afternoon instead of in the morning.  So, we stayed at a hotel near Seatac airport on October 31st, and drove up to Sequim the next day (November 1st).

Once the long flights were over and we landed on the 31st, everything has been great and wonderful.  Malen and the kids have experienced American coffee shops and restaurants, Jedd has started his last year of high school, Yeng & April will start attending Peninsula College in January, we have been to Costco several times, as well as WalMart, Home Depot, and Ross, and Malen and I were married on November 18th!!

There is still a lot to do, including getting Social Security Numbers, processing Adjustment of Status for Malen and the kids, looking into getting jobs, and adding Malen to all my accounts.  But we are together as a family, and that makes everything else easy!!

Dave’s Poetry Has Been Published!
Oct 10th, 2009 by dadepfan

I have finally been able to publish some of my poetry!   The first volume has been published in paperback and electronically in kindle format!  The title is “My Life in a Poem – Volume I.”  Volume I contains the poetry that I wrote early in life – my late teens and early twenties. The time period was approximately 1968 through 1974. The major events reflected in these poems included such things as falling in love for the first time, seeing the destructiveness of the drug culture, meeting my first wife, getting married, getting drafted into the Army, going through basic training and Advanced Infantry Training (AIT), spending thirteen months in Vietnam, coming home, having my marriage fall apart, and the separation from my marriage.

The Publisher is Wordclay, and the whole thing is done online very cheaply.  The copies are printed on an as-needed basis (so Amazon shows it as temporarily out of stock).  The cost is $12.99 for the soft cover and $4.99 for the electronic Kindle version.

There are links on all three of my web sites listed below, and here are the direct links:

The paperback version at Amazon.com $12.99

The paperback version at Wordclay – $12.99

The Amazon Kindle electronic version – $4.99

So you all go right out and buy some copies, or else I will be the only one!!  8^(  Tell your friends, relatives, and even complete strangers!  (I am shamelessly promoting myself!)

Dave

 

Still in Transition
Apr 21st, 2009 by dadepfan

Moving to a new area involves a lot of transition.  Candi-Louise has a new Vet, and her first appointment is tomorrow.  I have an appointment with a new doctor on Thursday, and from there I will get a referral to a new cardiologist.  I have most of my address changes in, and I am changing some of my financial accounts around.  My health insurance is still terminated, but I sent in the COBRA payment last week.

We have had some great weather lately.  This is the season for the grass to grow, so I am mowing almost every day.  I have also planted some flowers.  I am thinking about having some of the bumps and hills leveled to make the mowing easier.  Now that I have the motor home all repaired, I have been going thru it slowly and doing a complete cleaning as well.  In between all this work, Candi and I spend some time relaxing on the porch or sitting outside in the sun.  There are three deer that we see almost every day, and a lot of birds show up at the feeders I have out.  A bald eagle flew over today, and there are two large hawks living in the area as well.

I will start taking some pictures again, and will set up a small gallery here for people to view.

Dave

Retirement Has Arrived!
Mar 26th, 2009 by dadepfan

Last Friday (3/20) was my last day of work, so I have been retired for almost a week now.  I have moved to my house in Sequim, and I have been spending my time on transition tasks.  Address changes, cancelling appointments, etc. 

Yesterday I took my motor home into the shop to get the electrical system checked out.  Today, I had new tires put on one of my cars.  So far, retirement has been quite busy.  Once this transition period is over, I hope to settle down and do more posting here and on my blog site.  I also have to rebuild my poetry site, and I am behind in adding pictures to my poetry site.

Dave

Retirement At Last!
Aug 5th, 2008 by dadepfan

I have made the decision to retire when I reach my 62nd birthday on January 31st, 2009.  I’ve already made the announcement to my boss at work.  So, what are my plans??

So, as some of you know, I have a small house on 15 acres of land in Sequim, WA (the banana-belt of Western Washington) to which I can retire.  I plan to convert a life-long hobby into a possible source of some income (sort of half-way between a hobby and a job), which is photography.  I’ve always taken pretty good pictures in terms of composition, but technically only what the camera could do for me.  I plan to buy some better equipment, study photography, and maybe take some classes.

I already have a web site up (http://www.photosrfree.com) where I let visitors download low-resolution versions of the picture files for free, or they can pay a small amount ($5 – $15) for the higher resolution version.  Later, I plan to also offer a link to another site where they could order prints or specialty items.

I also own a 36-foot class A motor home (actually the bank and I own it), and after retiring I can see myself traveling around the country (depending on gasoline prices), taking pictures for my web site.

The one sour note in these plans is that I do not have a significant other to share this life with me, but I will be looking to change that as well.

Dave

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