I passed the test, so let me in!

In the last few days, a link was posted at the Garden, to the test that has to be passed to become a US Citizen nowadays, assuming you are otherwise legal to do so. Apparently you have to get 58/96 to pass, and seemingly about 92% of people do so. To be honest, the only thing I want to know, isup in how 8% failed to pass it! The request, mainly aimed at Americans of course, was to do it blind, without studying up in advance, but I took up that challenge anyway. You want to know, I got 83 right. would have been 84 if I hadnt tackled it late at night, and misread one question! And seriously, if I was taking it, to start a new life, I’d study, so probably get one or two more at least, with effort.

So come on US, let me in, to live and work lol! So alright, maybe its not quite as easy as that, but I can keep on hoping. I know there are at least a couple of people trying to help my dream come true, so fingers are crossed, and maybe a few other things as well, lol!

What really amazes me, is the miss rate. Alright, I’m pretty intelligent, but I found more than enough that was ‘pretty easy’, to score at least 58. And 8% couldnt do so, yet wanted to be US Citizens, quite amazing to me.

The music, what could be more apt under the circumstances. than the Star Spangled Banner? And showing total bias, and sucking up to Kate, what better version to use than the one from the Fenway Park 100th Birthday celebrations, played by the Boston Pops. And if that doesnt work, well, I dont know…lol

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=97YIzMiz_TY&feature=related

And so, back in England…

Yes, as many already know, I made it safely back without any great problems. Both flights were a few minutes late, but that was all, nothing to drive me to frustration this time around, thank goodness.

And now, tomorrow, is back to work day, oh joy! Throwing in days off, a weeks holiday has worked out to nearly a fortnight away from there. Thankfully most of the jet lag is now sorted, though its certainly taken a while to get to that point. Blessing is, its a short day tomorrow, with an early afternoon start, so I should cope. The bad news, it means the rest of the week isnt so pretty lol! I’ll survive though, I’m sure.

The blessing is, the next flight to the US is already booked, so I can start counting down to that. I suspect that knowing Kate, I’m not going to get too many details about it before I land at Boston Airport somehow! And yes, I’m happy for her to do that, the only detail I will need beforehand being where I’m staying the first night, US immigration get fussy about such things! If she tells me its the robotisation chamber at MIT, well I might not believe her lol! :p

The jet lag has certainly hit me harder this time, I’m not quite sure why. Possibly because my routine was thrown out on the way across, and its never recovered, or maybe its just that I’m getting too old for trying to jump 8 time zones in one long haul? Not a problem I plan to worry about for a while at least, the next few will be nearly all 5, with one 6 thrown in for good measure, which might just be in Kansas lol! I certainly havent got on as much as I hoped on return.

I’m sure Trans Pennine Express have some delights lined up for me travel wise, having got used to the efficiency of the Seattle Light Rail. Still, I’m not sure even they can manage an 11 hour delay, though dont quote me on that!

The song, a tribute to Gerry Rafferty, though yes, its the ‘silver bird’ thing that made me select this song all the same. Given the weather over here, I may be home, but dry is another matter!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QfTY02r-H00