Sunday, June 26, 2016

Larga Duración, Long Beautiful Hair

1973: A HEAD WITH HAIR.
After nearly five years living in (and loving) Spain, San Geraldo and I have been approved for our first "larga duración" (long duration) residency cards.

When we first arrived, we obtained "residencia temporal" (temporary residency). We renewed those cards in 2012, and again in 2014.

Our "larga duración" cards will give us the right to "work and live indefinitely in Spain with the same rights as Spaniards."

So, this week we'll head back to the Foreigners Office with new photos and we'll then wait a few weeks for our new-and-improved cards to arrive.

WHAT APPEARED WHEN I GOOGLED "LARGA DURACIÓN."
"LONG-TERM" HAIR REMOVAL.

Let the celebrations begin!

THIS IS NOT US CELEBRATING.

Give me a head of larga duración!

34 comments:

  1. 1973!! A very good year!! And by the looks of it, a good one for you as well!! LOVE that hair! Ever 'pick it' out into an Afro at the time? I did......oh those carefree and 'hair-full' days!!

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    1. Jim:
      Spring Break, Daytona Beach, Florida! That was as curly as the hair got (out of the ocean and air-dried). It was usually less curl and more wave. Never worked for an Afro. (Thank god! I would have looked like a giant Q-Tip.)

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  2. Love the early photo, just look at all that hair! Congratulations on large duracion cards!!

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    1. Cranky:
      Very excited. And time for new pictures! What should the "look" be this time?

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  3. I remember that hair very well!

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    1. Carole:
      It's a very dim memory for me!

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    1. Spo:
      So glad that word (groovy) is no longer used. I could never get myself to say it unless I was singing along with Simon & Garfunkel.

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  5. what spo said; you RAWK that hair! I remember those days...

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    1. anne marie:
      I remember some of those days, don't remember some others, and would like to NOT remember even more.

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  6. Wait, so you gotta shave your back to be allowed to stay?

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    1. Bob:
      Can you believe it?!? I was about to buy an epilator, but then I did another search and found it can also refer to makeup. Maybe just a bit of mascara will do.

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  7. Congratulations! We are still waiting to hear on our residency applications.
    Ahhh... 1973. I was about to start my sophomore year at UGA in Athens, Georgia. My hair was nearly waist length. A wonder I survived those years, but I'm glad I did so that I can read your blog! Among other things, of course. ;-)

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    1. Wilma:
      The process for our larga duración residencias was a breeze and the Málaga office is now exceptional. Very exciting. 1973 was my sophomore year at SUNY Brockport! My hair was never waist length, but it's I wonder I also survived those years and ditto the sentiments!

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  8. Yes, I too look back longingly at my Afro-days. All things must pass, alas.
    You had enough on top back then to get by in drag - convincingly too, I'll bet. Was it something you ever tried - or is that hostile territory you don't wish to discuss? (I've always had a beard, at least since my early 20s, so that gets me off the hook! And at least a 'tache since around 19.)

    Oh, and hearty congrats on achieving your desired status.

    Btw: Watching the results of our referendum come in last Thursday night, first to declare (helped by being one hour ahead) was Gibraltar, with a resounding 'Remain', of course. Would that the night had continued as it began. Still, it was flashing moment of optimism and hope - before the rainclouds came over and engulfed us.

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    1. Ray:
      I have never in my life done drag. Too self-conscious, too hung-up. We can't even talk about the UK vote or Donald Trump anymore or US gun control or immigration. You have our empathy.

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  9. That definition sounds like something San Geraldo would accidentally say.... but... congratulations on your long hair removal... sorry, long-term approval.

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    1. Sharon:
      Thanks! Sadly, the hair removal is more than long duration and doesn't even have the option of renewal (or not).

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  10. Congratulations! You've earned it, with all of those "festive" trips to the office!

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    1. Michelle:
      Thanks. And still two more trips to go for this cycle.

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  11. How great that soon you'll have long-term status.

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    1. Stephen:
      I really can't believe it's already been 5 years.

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  12. I have long hair
    But unfortunately its coming out of my ears!

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    1. John:
      Let it grow. You can pull it up and over into a Man Bun!

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    1. Walt the Fourth:
      You know the feeling!

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  14. you were hansome ..what fantastic hair

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    1. Gosia:
      I don't know about handsome, but the hair was pretty fantastic.

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  15. I had very short hair in '73, about an inch all over.

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    1. Rachel:
      That's what I would call LONG hair now.

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  16. Yay, so glad you got your cards!

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    1. Knatolee:
      Still don't have the cards, but at least we have the approval. We've got to get appointments in Fuengirola to drop off the new photos and payment receipt. Then we wait less than 30 days. And THEN we'll have the cards. Sadly, the office in Fuengirola sucks. But there's no further approval needed!

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