Message from the Saudi protocol officer in Washington:
Your visa has been issued, and I am currently working on your tickets so I can send them all together.
I've been busy the past few days advising friends and family about my Saudi adventure. Many of these are people who should have been been brought into the picture a month ago, but the uncertainties associated with the visa process made it difficult. For one thing, informing the department at Arizona State University that I won't be able to do either class I typically teach means that I'm completely off the list if the Saudi adventure doesn't pan out.