March 2011

Green Card

by PapaScott on 30 March 2011

GreencardMy wife had incredibly bad luck with her green card.

You may recall that she arrived in the US with a fiancée visa which, once the fiancée bit is consummated, so to speak, entitles one to permanent residence and a green card. The physical card was the problem. The INS managed to misspell her name on the card three times before finally getting it right, several months later.

Easy come, easy go. A couple of weeks after we moved to Germany in 1990, we took a day trip to Berlin to see what all the fuss was about. We got completely lost in the Friedrichstraße S-Bahn station (where the passport control for Westerners used to be, the maze of hallways were still there but absolutely no signs), and once we got out, her purse was stolen. Passport, ID, and green card, all gone.

We reported everything stolen, but we never had the green card replaced, since she was no longer a resident of the US, much less a permanent resident. We figured that was a detail we could take care of when we moved back the the States. As it turned out, that hasn’t happened yet. C’est la vie

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And the winner is… Latin

by PapaScott on 28 March 2011

For those following along with the “which language will Christopher learn in the 6th grade” contest, we have a winner. A full week before the deadline, he declared his decision for Latin, and we turned in the form to the school today.

Our preference was for French, and we even tried using to some reverse psychology (pointing out the advantages of Latin and hoping he’d argue with us), but that backfired. The main thing is that he made a decision and is happy with it.

Thanks to everyone who gave suggestions and played along.

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Lingua franca

March 23, 2011

In the Gymnasium schools in our state, students start learning a second foreign language (after English) in grade 6. The schools we looked at all offered a choice from Latin, French and Spanish. The public schools all required a choice upon enrollment in the 5th grade, over a year before the courses would actually begin. […]

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