kp posted:ksazma posted:
I remember Devonish a lil bit. Brown Betty and don’t forget Coal Pot. That food was good. I used to like having breakfast at the Fogarty’s canteen also. I had lots of friends there before I left in 1987. I didn’t work for the IRD though. There was a brother and sister from West Coast who used to work there that I was friendly with. In fact, I was friendly with anyone I came into contact with. Even black folks 😀. I remember Patty also. She and her brother opened a West Indian business in Toronto, I believe.
Winston Devonish personally signed my Tax Exit certificate over a few drinks at GCC House.
Knowing how things can get really crooked in Guyana, I wanted my Tax Clearance to be only at appointed time. While I have filed taxes every year since 1980, I wasn't going to take any chances of my file 'unable to be located' (Mits and Base would know what I am talking about ) when I go to get my clearance so I wanted to have it before I have my embassy stamp in my passport. I received a phone call from my mom on Thursday that we should be receiving our letters then. Since no letters came in the mail, I took the Friday off so I can spend it at the embassy hoping to get inside to enquire about the letters. While we had a phone at home there was no easy way for me to know if the letter would be delivered on that Friday. After spending all day at the embassy, I returned home to find the letter being delivered that day. Upon opening the letters, we are instructed to go for an interview that coming Tuesday. Here is the dilemma. We have to get our police clearances, photos as well our x-rays from Balwant Singh Labs on that Monday since we had to be at the embassy that Tuesday morning. Because I understood how things worked in Guyana, I was able to secure the clearances, the photos, the x-rays as well as our tax clearances on that Monday and bright and early that Tuesday we got our visas without any drama.