All is well.
I went into the United States Embassy in Bangkok, gave them the fee, required photos and forms and walked out with a slip of paper that read on one side "Your passport will be ready for collection Two weeks from date of application", and had the address and phone number of the embassy on the other. It was personally autographed by "Andrew".
So why am I worried.
Truth be known, in between the submission of the paperwork, and the collection of the slip of paper there was a bit of drama.
The number "115" (my number) came up on the monitor, I went to the window and Mr Andrew said something to the effect of
"there is an issue, and until we resolve this issue we cannot return your passport or give you any passport at all"
Ok, a bit of a shocker because I have no clue what he's talking about... issue?
It gets even better
"Where are you staying? Don't worry, we aren't going to break down your door or anything"
(a fresh issue? still, I have no idea)
I answer "Banglamphu"
Andrew "Where is banglamphu?"
He gives me the slip of paper, and says
"We have your phone number?"
I answer "yes, and email"
"We will call you today or tomorrow to resolve this"
Almost two weeks go by, no word from Mr. Andrew. Where is my passport, in some embassy drawer, forgotten?
Given that "Andrew" didn't call or e-mail I can only assume it was a bad joke of some kind. Clearly not very much concern here for the security or safety of Americans abroad here, Mr Andrew appears to have the luxury of being able to take a passport (illegally?) and not worry very much about it, or think that he may be called into account for it.
Tomorrow (in theory) I should go into the embassy and pick up my new passport.
In the event that it is not there, and no call or response comes from the consulate by tomorrow what should I do?