Portrait of an Immigration Office

  • 2007-10-30
Scott Diel tries toremember he’s just a guest in this country. 2005“What’s this ‘McKee?’” asked theEstonian immigration official to whom I presented my living permit application.“It’s my middle name,” I replied.“Why’s it have a lower case ‘C?’”“I don’t know. It’s Scottish.That’s how it’s written.”“But it’s not that way on yourpassport. Your passport has an upper case ‘C.’”“I didn’t realize that.”“Look!”“You’re right. On my passport it’swritten with an upper case ‘C.’”“Why?”“All of the letters on my passportare written in upper case.”“Why?”“I do...
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