Cindy came to visit me in Atlanta last Friday, arriving around 6pm at Hartsfield-Jackson Airport. (She has her own horror story to tell of her flight on Spirit Airlines, but I can sum it up in two words, "Never again!") We took the MARTA train back down to the Dunwoody Station near my hotel and had dinner at The Cheesecake Factory located on the outside of The Perimeter Mall. The food was absolutely delicious and there was so much we could only eat half of it. The other half we had boxed up and took it back to the mini-refrigerate in my hotel room.
Saturday morning we enjoyed the hot breakfast buffet of scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, breakfast potatoes, french toast and fruit that the hotel provides for free to Diamond VIP members, then headed over to Target to buy some new shirts for yours truly. Chromatic coordination is so much easier when I have Cindy there to help me make color choices, lol. Then it was back to the hotel to wait for a 10am delivery of some loan/construction papers that were being overnighted to us so we could sign the papers, have them notarized and overnighted back to the bank in North Carolina.
That's when the notary nightmare began.
Our person at the bank in NC had said, "Just go to any of our branches on Saturday morning and they'll notarize the papers for you." Famous last words. When we entered the local branch near the hotel we were told that their only person who is a notary was, "...not working because Saturday is not a business day." My thinking is if you're open for business it's a business day, but apparently that is not their thinking. Similar visits to The UPS Store and Fed-Ex Kinko's yielded similar responses which had us sensing a trend.
We returned to the hotel room to warm up our leftovers and do an Internet search for notaries in the area. Not much luck other than finding a mobile notary who advertised 24/7 service...for a hefty fee. We decided to hold off on that until the last minute while we checked with the hotel (no), local check-cashing services (no) and calling some co-workers in the area to ask if they knew anyone who might be a notary (left messages).
Then we decided to take a nap since we knew we'd be up late that night going to The Jersey Boys performance at The Fox Theatre in Atlanta.
To be continued...