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October 23, 2008

Ten Years in My Life: US Immigration Status

Ten Years in My Life: US Immigration Status

On Saturday, 24th October 1998, I flew from Glasgow to Boston, with little more than a suitcase of clothes and a credit card with a decently high limit.

It's now 24th October 2008. Ten years have gone by. Time for little personal retrospection. How have I spent these ten years?

June 12, 2008

Civics and Citizenship Study Materials

One for the Americans: download the “Civics Flash Cards”, and see how well *you’d* do on the Citizenship test.

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August 8, 2007

Welcome to America | Guardian Unlimited

“When writer Elena Lappin flew to LA, she dreamed of a sunkissed, laid-back city. But that was before airport officials decided to detain her as a threat to security”

April 26, 2007

Happy Mondays man refused US visa | News | NME.COM

Bez won’t be appearing with the Happy Mondays at Coachella this weekend. What’s the point in seeing them, then? Bez *was* the Happy Mondays.

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June 27, 2006

Could you pass the U.S. citizenship test?

I managed 85%, with only a couple of guesses. Not on there: “We all know the 13 stripes are for good luck. But why does the American flag have precisely 47 stars?”

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May 1, 2006

BBC NEWS | Americas | Immigrants begin US boycott day

Damnit! Why didn’t I find out about this until I was already at my desk? I could totally have done with pulling a sickie, and pretending it was a political statement.

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April 11, 2005

Not particularly green, but definitely a card

Not particularly green, but definitely a card

This is what all the sweat, paperwork, and panic attacks lead up to: My "green" card.

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April 5, 2005

Immigration officials have a sense of humour, right?

Immigration officials have a sense of humour, right?

The location? Outside the JFK Building, home of the Boston branch of the US Immigration Services.

The occassion? Just successfully had my Green Card interview.

The T-shirt? A gift from my sister. It reads "I ordered by bride from paulfrank.com"

The shirt? Stayed buttoned-up the whole time I was inside.

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This is an archive of groovmother.com, the old blog run by Rod Begbie — A Scottish geek who lives in San Francisco, CA.

I'm the co-founder of Sōsh, your handy-dandy guide for things to do in San Francisco this weekend.