January 3, 2013
Despite big budget cuts at the State Department, and it being right over the Christmas-New Years holidays, they processed my application with little delay. Kudos to the State Department. My taxes at work and very good service.
Now, I can go anywhere I please. I won't have to avoid the Canadian border.
update: The State Dept returned my birth certificate along with my old passport in another week. The birth certificate was folded in half. The old passport had 2 holes punched in it across the computer number.