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Good news and some almost fatal news:

My village has a new computerized procedure for criminal background checks.  Every item must be done in order, and the photo they have to take of me in the police station is about 3/4 of the way through the process.  It took almost 2 hours (including time to find an old document about me that had been misfiled) to get a check covering from 2010 until present.  This may seem like a long time, but compared to even the simplest version of the FBI background check, it's a shining model of efficiency.  Plus, there's no need to come back to pick it up.

And then my wife and I were almost killed by an angry mob while trying to get me fingerprinted yesterday.

Let me give a little background about how this happened.  After quite a bit of digging, it seems that the Chinese police don't do paper fingerprints anymore.  One online source mentioned being referred to a notary, and that the FBI rejected those fingerprints.

When I needed fingerprints for my FBI background check for for my green card application, I first paid to have them done at a small police station in Florida.  It was some mix of an inexperienced police volunteer taking the prints and the extreme humidity (it was storming) which made that set of prints unacceptable to the FBI.  For round 2, I ended up getting some excellently taken fingerprints at the main police HQ building on Hong Kong Island. (For free! agagagagag)

Since all efforts to locate a good source of fingerprints in DG, SZ, and GZ failed, I had my lovely wife call the HK police yesterday morning with 2 questions.  1.  Do you still take fingerprints for FBI background checks?  2.  Will you be open this afternoon despite the current level of "pro-democracy" protesters trying to prevent their elected government officials from voting?  The answers were "Yes, and it's still free." agagagagag and "Don't worry about it.  We'll be open."

I noticed something strange heading towards the Admiralty subway station exit. mmmmmmmmmm  The people coming in were of mixed age.  The number of people heading towards the exit was much larger and almost all of them looked like college students.  I had a bad feeling about this.  amamamamam

When we came above ground, we were on the edge of  what is most easy described as the mess.  I couldn't see how far it extended, but let's just say there were a lot of them.  At one point, something startled them and over a thousand people started running towards where we were standing.  aqaqaqaqaq

I've seen some scary things in my life, but having 1000+ rioters running straight at me definitely makes my top 10 list. aoaoaoaoao

We retreated, but ended up in a dead-end elevator alcove.  If they'd kept coming, things would have probably ended very badly for us.  Thankfully, the crowd's panic was momentary.

We got some vague directions to the Police HQ building (we'd only been there one previous time and neither of is were sure which building it was) and skirted the edge of the mob.  After a few false starts, we got to the back gate of the correct building.  We got sent around to the front gate (all the while smiling at police and scowling at any protestors we passed), only to find that they had decided to not let anyone in for the rest of the day. ananananan

Considering the huge flow of people coming up through the Admiralty Station's exits, I didn't want to even try to return through an even bigger crowd to get back into that stations.  We walked to Wan Chai to get back on the subway and returned via express train.  Over 8 hours of time, plus train tickets all wasted by a bunch of people who think mobs should set government policy. llllllllll

The only good news regarding the whole incident is that some of the people whose actions kept me from getting fingerprinted received very special gifts from the Hong Kong government.  They got chemical karma in the form of tear gas and pepper spray. ahahahahah

The bad news is that the protestors seem to want to make this an extended thing.  I don't want to spend the time, effort, and money to run to Hong Kong for fingerprints while there's a chance of getting turned away again.  Plus, being in danger of being crushed by a mob of rioters is not an experience I care to repeat.

Angry mobs may slow me down, but they will not stop me.  I'm going to get my fingerprints done one way or another so i can get my FBI background check done and get my citizenship application moving through the system.

So, my current options to get fingerprints are:

1.  Make a special flight to the US just for this.

2.  Do it myself. (Previously not allowed.  Now is allowed, but is strongly discouraged.)

3.  Work with my wife to train her to do it.

Fingerprint ink has been ordered.  Despite the amount of clothing I expect will be ruined in the inevitable ink fight #3 will trigger, that's still cheaper than a round trip flight to the US.

If those prints get rejected, I'll try Hong Kong again in July (assuming things have calmed down there).  In an absolute worst case scenario, I'm planning a short visit to the US in September.  I can get electronically collected prints done to US standards there.
The Champagne Cabana / Re: Normally, I'd say Happy Dragon Boat Day, but...
« Last post by AMonk on June 10, 2019, 09:15:37 AM »
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The Champagne Cabana / Re: Movie/film thread: resurrected
« Last post by Calach Pfeffer on June 10, 2019, 05:14:55 AM »
I Am Mother (2019)

A robot in a bunker raises a child. What could go wrong? Apparently entirely unrelated to anything written by Fred Saberhagen. But when one other human shows up.........

Not bad. Avoid spoilers.

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The Bar (ON-TOPIC) / Re: Where To Find Copycat Colognes?
« Last post by Escaped Lunatic on June 10, 2019, 03:45:58 AM »
Taobao is probably the easiest.

Or, find a mid-low range set of clothing shops.  Some may carry what you are looking for.

Or, get pursued by a crazy woman with a sack full of pirated fragrances when entering Shenzhen from HK.  This was annoying, but not so bad as the people in Guangzhou who somehow decided I was the perfect customer for their fake Rolexes.  Somehow, waving the watch at me and saying "Rolex" over and over again was supposed to convince me the watches were real and that I needed one.  I waved my watch back at them and said "Timex" a few times.  This confused them. ahahahahah
Sadly no.  I spent Friday and a lot of the weekend digging up info on the services I need for a new FBI background check.  So far, no new rain.
The Bar (ON-TOPIC) / Where To Find Copycat Colognes?
« Last post by Ivyman on June 09, 2019, 10:30:21 AM »
I want to smell good!

Where can I find copycat colognes?

My first guess is TaoBao.

But, are there any specialty stores, etc.?
Fingerprints are still being checked on.  I've got 3 FBI channeler candidates and will be emailing Candidate #1 tomorrow to make sure there are no issues.

For the US State Department authentication and Chinese Embassy legalization, I've gotten a quote from a service that's reasonable (at least in comparison to their competitors.

What's amazing is the amount of misinformation on some of these websites.  Many of the channelers have out of date info.  Several appears to no longer offer that service at all.  Some of the authentication services have some bizarre claims about how documents should be processed that look like they just made them up for fun.
The Champagne Cabana / Re: Normally, I'd say Happy Dragon Boat Day, but...
« Last post by Granny Mae on June 07, 2019, 10:20:16 PM »
Happy Dragging Boat Day EL! Did you do anything interesting to get through the day? bfbfbfbfbf
The Bar (ON-TOPIC) / Re: Hello all
« Last post by Granny Mae on June 07, 2019, 10:15:21 PM »
G'day piglet! Nice to hear from you. bfbfbfbfbf agagagagag
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