A change of lifestyle, a change of name?

Well, yes, I’ve gone ahead and done it, made the first formal enquiries about becoming a student, officially! Fine, at this point, I’m still waiting to see if there is a suitable Foundation course I can do this year (the one initially suggested is international students only, and Yorkshire is yet to declare independence from the UK, so…), but I’ve gone ahead, and taken the first steps, formally.

We will see, I still think its a slightly crazy idea to start studying again at 57, but it holds appeal, and my opportunities as a worker seem limited (or less) at present, so maybe I should? To be honest, its more how the mature brain is going to react to studies again, rather than the crazy notion of actually doing it that bothers me more!

If only someone could do a neural download, or stick me in a rejuvenation chamber, or something, but anyway…

The other daft idea I’ve got at present, is to do a name change. Yes, after all this time, being Stevie Lou officially, and not Stephanie Louise, is beginning to get to me. Yes, I dont think I’ve got bimbo-itis, but I want a really girly name! Why I took the abbreviated version (other than that was what everyone called me) when I did the name change, I have no idea! But now, at my age, its a bit “young”, I feel?

Mind, if I am doing a name change, the name that really appeals (even if it isnt quite so girly) is Harlean Carpenter. No, I have no idea where I got that idea for a name comes from lol! Middle name, I could roll with Jean, though I might stick with Stephanie, one last tie to my old self.

The other cheeky idea I’ve got, for getting it done (given I’m out of work at present, remember), is one of these fundraising schemes that seem to have taken off of late. Its not like I’d need a fortune (about £100 for deed poll, passport, and passport photos) to do it, but it just sounds silly to me. But nothing ventured, nothing gained, I guess? Lets face it, if no one donates, I’m no worse off, so…I couldnt formalise it before September anyway, as I have an air flight booked in my current name, but after that…

Fine, to finish, the video. Where I might be living shortly? 😉 Let me say I know nothing about the group, found this through a You Tube search

How long before its not just passports that are chipped?

I’ve actually had one of those passports, with a chip in it for a while, but this holiday has been the time where I’ve really noticed the difference it makes.

At Atlanta, last Saturday, because I had one of those, and because I had an ESTA thing for entering the US, I did pretty much all my immigration stuff by machine. Finger prints, photo, the works. I did still spend a few moments of ‘interrogation’, though I suspect that was as much to check I’d done everything correctly, than anything else.

But yes, it speeds things up, and I hope Philadelphia is set up in the same way, to be honest, its much easier.

Today, flying back through Manchester, there werent just 2 options to pass through passport control, but 3. Yes, the standard ones (EU and non-EU for simplicity sake), but a third one for those of us with chipped passports. Again, slide the passport into a reader, have the image checked, and through!

Of course, the question you have to ask, in this age of technology, is how long will it be before its not just the passport thats chipped, but the passenger as well! Strictly I suppose, as long as it only identified you, and nothing more…?

Fine, I enjoy the reduced waiting time, but there are limits! Didnt entirely help, as my case was one of the last to appear on the baggage carousel, ah well…

Personally, I suspect ‘personal chipping’ is still some way off, and given that I suspect that in 10-15 years time, my long distance travelling will pretty much be over, due to age and health, but who knows? By then I might be a chipped ‘robot’ with a stunning new body lol!

The video, well, I guess this might be how female air travellers could be defined, sometime in the future