There were 3 post acquiring citizenship action items (in no particular order)
* Inform the SSA of your new citizenship status.
Done. Surprised that USCIS and SSA don't do this automatically, joined up government and all that, but was done in under 5 minutes once my check in number was called. Maybe it's another check and balance?
* Register to Vote.
Done. Can be done online here in CA. Straightforward. No overt signs of voter suppression.
Found the idea of having to chose a political party strange.
Given that voting is supposed to be a secret ballot,
And that the "Father of the country", George Washington foresaw problems with them.
Time to read his farewell address.
Maybe I could take the approach of an ex-work-colleague, who, while being a gay San Francisco liberal democrat, registered as a Republican, so he could see what they ("the enemy") were up to. Thus he could vote for the most unelectable candidate in the primaries, and would share the contents of their talking points , or campaign contribution begging letters that they mailed to him, with us. That was enlightening.
* Apply for a passport.
One of the unintended consequences of becoming a citizen is that we are "trapped" in the country, until we have a Passport in our hands. With a green card we could re-enter the country, but we had to hand that back in. So no Passport, no legal re-entry.
We have to apply in person at a Post Office for a new passport, and then wait 8-11 weeks (or 5-7 weeks if expedited) based on the current State Department processing times. No immediate passport appointments locally because: reasons (COVID?) But we did manage to find an appointment next week in Sonoma (Boyes Hot Springs!) as the earliest accessible appointment - so a day in wine country, shame!
In the meantime I guess we are "stuck" with Hawaii as our deferred travel vacation choice for now.