A Warm Chicago Greeting!
To continue my documentation of this story...
I arrived this morning at Jill Dodds' (a family friend) condo located directly in downtown Chicago. I took the train into the city early this morning from Suzanne's home located in Woodstock. I immediately resumed my work to re-ascertain a passport. I took a cab to the Chicago Passport Agency and was directed to a phone outside of their heavily-guarded office to schedule an automated appointment. The first available time offered was not going to be until late next week-which would've been a "no can do". I then waited on hold for about 15 minutes upon which I was able to speak to actual representative. I explained my circumstance and she was able to squeeze me in for an appointment tomorrow morning (Friday)! YAY! So, Jill and I are going to make the trek to their office once again at which point I will meet with them and present the necessary documents while Jill will be acting as my supportive witness as I no longer have a driver's license.
Additional good news: my luggage arrived from Minneapolis from where it was originally mistakenly re-routed this evening!
I finally am wearing clean underwear and a more different clothes than what I have been wearing for the past couple of days!
Additional good news: because I have to provide a proof of departure tomorrow when I go to the Chicago Passport Agency, I went ahead and rescheduled a flight for Tuesday morning at 10:35 AM!!!
So, although I am reluctant to anticipate anything to be definitive, I do feel justified knowing that there is at least moderate promise in my future!
As always, I shall do my best to keep you updated. To those of you who continue to support, encourage, love, and worry for me, I am thankful and cannot express how much I value it!