Found this picture while cleaning up my phone so I thought I would post it and give a nod to a store Alicia and I both like to visit every time we are on California avenue in Palo Alto.
The best thing about Zombie Runner is that it combines our two biggest addictions under one roof and does a great job at both! Cool running gear and the best coffee drinks around. What’s not to love?
Tonight, Alicia was recognized by the CPA Society of Silicon Valley – San Jose chapter as a meriting accounting student and was awarded a scholarship. We were joined by her accounting professor at Foothill college, Dr. Seyedin, that nominated her to receive that award.
It is very nice to see Alicia’s dedication and hard work pay off and be recognized by her “future” peers.
Congratulations my love.
I became U.S. citizen today.
After living in California for the last 10 years (not counting the close to 1 year total time I actually spent outside of the US during that time frame), it seemed normal to me to apply for citizenship. I did that 4 months ago and the process went very smoothly ending by the Oath ceremony today in Saratoga.
For those interested in dates:
- 07/07/1999: Entered the USA on a J1 visa
- 07/2000: Transferred to an H1B visa
- 06/2003: Received letter I had been selected to apply for a green card through the diversity visa lottery.
- 07/2003: Second H1B visa
- 06/14/2004: Green card application accepted (I had a very high number so it took a while for it to become eligible. In a better (or worst depending how you look at it) year, I might never have become eligible)
- 04/15/2009: Applied for naturalization
- 06/06/2009: Fingerprinting
- 07/29/2009: Interview and questions
- 08/20/2009: U.S. Citizen
2008 ended yesterday on a great final note thanks to an awesome party organized by my friend Cyril at his place in San Francisco.
I have many reasons to be grateful for this past year:
- I finally set my mind on what I wanted to achieve and do going forward and things have aligned nicely so far to make it happen. The support of many of you through my wanderings and indecision definitely helped make that a better experience.
- I started working in December for a great company that is aligned with my principles and that offers me great opportunities to grow and contribute. It has been going really well so far.
- I got the opportunity to visit my family and friends in France for a very extensive 3 month stay during the summer.
- I got many opportunities to learn new things and relearn old things, read great books, listen and learn from great people, think, grow and move along on the path to mastery.
- I went on a 1 month ski road trip with my ski buddy Arnaud. We skied in California, Utah, Wyoming and Colorado. Our stay in Jackson Hole at the last Ski bum hostel right at the bottom of the slopes was the definitive highlight.
- I ran 2 marathons and 1 1/2 marathon achieving most of my race goals. Even better, I had a great time training for those.
- I had a great time visiting Virginia’s landmarks. Especially, Jamestown and Williamsburg. The trip was made even better by the wonderful welcome of my friends Alpana and Bhavesh that hosted us while we were in the DC area. Washington DC is awesome in April. The Cherry Blossom 10 Mile run, while wet, was a great start to my running season.
- I visited Italy for the first time with my longtime friend Mathieu. It was just awesome to see cities like Pompeii and Rome.
- I am independent financially and mentally.
- I have no health issues.
- And last but not least, I have a great group of friends that supported me all along this year :).
The best thing about that is that I am looking for an even better year 2009 :).
Happy New Year!