To follow up on the previous post: I ended up doing things in this order last Wednesday (I think - it's getting fuzzy, but some details were of possible interest):
1. Post Office before it closed for lunch at 12, to mail Swiss tax documents and Jason's U.S. voter registration form - he turns 18 this Autumn and can vote in his first presidential election two weeks later! Cool timing.
2. U.S. Consulate in Zurich before it closed for the day at 1pm, to pick up Emily's and my renewed passports. There, I briefly met former Mrs. Texas 1995 (2nd runner-up to Mrs. America; her 2nd husband was the former Swiss ambassador to Germany), entering the consulate at the same time as I was. She pressed the doorbell to ask to be let into the building, we entered together, then she took the elevator, and I ran up the stairs for the exercise and solitude. I had no idea who she was. She was wearing shorts and a T-shirt, with hair pulled back due to the heat, as was I. She casually remarked to me that she should have taken the stairs too. The consulate guard (the same one who is half-Polish and half-Congolese and last time told us our 14-year-old daughter would fetch 100 cows "minimum" to be taken off our hands in Africa) greeted Shawne Rae Fielding enthusiastically and gave her special treatment as an old friend. She was very warm and friendly with him, too. After he processed her entry, I was left alone with the guard, and he whispered to me that she was a "movie star", did I know? I didn't. Of course I looked her up when I got home. Now it makes sense why she called Richard Gere by his first name when she saw him in the guard's newspaper (Gere is coming to Zurich in September to accept an award of some kind). She apparently played one of Richard Gere's character's gynecological patients in a 2000 movie. Well, life is interesting. She was also in Walker, Texas Ranger alongside Chuck Norris at some point. She is now a dual Swiss-American citizen and "plans to spend the rest of her life in Switzerland." Then I discovered that we are more closely involved than I thought - she currently has two kids at our school! But much younger, in the lower school (younger one is 5).
I guess 17 years ago she looked like this in a professional photo shoot:
3. Filled up the car with gas
4. Picked up the dry cleaning (closed from 12-2pm)
5. Mowed the lawn (not an option 12-2 due to peace and quiet laws)
6. Recycling Center (opened at 1:15pm) Dropped the old clothes & cardboard & bottles & cans (but not plastic bottles, which are returned to the grocery store)
7. Was back home for the roofer's visit at 3:30pm
8. Picked up Emily after her call-back audition for A Doll's House, in which she got the part of Nora Helmer, the protagonist. She has a LOT of lines to memorize, but is ecstatic to do so.