11/15/2006: "More Visa stuff, Melky Cabrera"
I made another run into Santo Domingo yesterday to see about getting my work visa, and it looks like everything is finally in place to do that. I handed in all the appropriate paperwork (and there is a lot of it) and was told to call the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 10 days to see if it's ready to pick up. I found out, though, that overstaying your initial 15- or 30-day visa period does not result in much of a punishment. If I had done nothing about getting a work visa, I would have had to pay about $60 when I leave the country next July. Not nearly as punitive as Thailand's $20 per day overstay fee.
I did have to do a bit of running around, however. My contact in SD, who was going to take me to a government department that would expedite the visa process, was sick in bed when I called her and then she sent me to the wrong ministry, directing me to Immigration rather than Foreign Affairs. Luckily, I was able to speak with a Dominican lady working at Immigration who spoke very good English. She gave me the information that I should go to Foreign Affairs and she also told me about the "fine" for overstaying. Also lucky was the fact that I had been to both Immig. and F.A. before; otherwise, I would have spent quite a long time looking for either place.
The Yankee campus is quite busy. Mark Newman is here, but I haven't met him yet, and most, if not all, of the Yankee Dominican scouts have arrived for a meeting this week. Abel told me that the oft-rumored visit of RJ will probably occur after Thanksgiving. In the meantime, I got to meet Melky Cabrera, one of last season's "Baby Bombers." He lives in the DR, in Bani, I believe.
A few more visitors are coming on Thursday, this time from the State Department. One is from the Embassy in SD, the Public Affairs Officer, I think, and the other is the lady who heads the DR country desk in Washington, D.C. I'm going to give them a short tour of the facilities, and they are going to observe a few minutes of one of my classes. Certainly not a long visit.
I haven't been keeping up on game results, so I can't give you any recent scores. More later.