Well, there was one problem. She said I needed to go to the station in Fuengirola, not in Málaga. I told her I had done so and was told just the opposite. The man here was unusually pleasant yesterday; in the past he has been very un-pleasant. How was I supposed to go back and tell him he was wrong?
After coffee this morning, I took the 2.5-km walk back to the station. Today was even more beautiful than yesterday, so I had another uplifting vigorous 35-minute walk in the sunshine (and back again). Both days, I got to see a sand sculptor at work on a scenic view of the Alhambra (Granada's palace/fortress). On my way Thursday, he was almost finished building the base. By the time I headed home, he had already begun adding the details. Today, the progress was a wonder. He said he should be finished tomorrow.
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I stood in line at the station and stepped up to the same man who helped me yesterday. He did a double-take as if to say, "What are you doing here?"
I didn't give him the chance. "Thanks so much for your help yesterday," I began. "I used the phone number you gave me and spoke with a wonderful woman in Málaga. She told me I hadn't asked you for the right thing. She said I should come back here and tell you I need a duplicate card."
He grimaced and I took a breath. I thought he was about to start arguing and then where was I? To my surprise, he quietly said, "I'm so sorry I wasted your time."
Maybe you can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar.
I quickly responded, "Absolutely no need to apologize. You got me the help I needed and I'm back to get things done. I should be apologizing anyway. I'm the one who lost the card."
He had no idea what to do, but a nearby manager did. I'll go to the bank Monday to pay a small fee; I need to make a copy of my passport; and I need to get a new photo. I have an appointment Tuesday morning back at the national police (in Fuengirola) and then will wait 30–45 days for my new card.
Unfortunately, a month after I receive my new card, I'll have to start all over. We're almost due for our third renewal, which will last another two years... unless I do something stupid.