one random thought

Sorry about the current lack of updates. I am in the midst of launching a business and trying to get my social life in order down here in Los Angeles. And then I have used every free minute to work on my marketing blog which I am trying to get off the ground. But here is one thought that has been running through my head. I am now a US green card holder. It has taken 12 years but it feels great to know that I can stay for life. This is a great country and despite our current economic situation, I couldn't be more proud of our  president and where he's taking this country. Universal healthcare, green energy, public transportation and education are the foundation of a strong nation for years to come. While it might all seem like a bit too much (and very expensive), I think Obama says it best:
“There are times when you can afford to redecorate your house, and there are times when you have to focus on rebuilding its foundation.”
I couldn't agree more. Let's be proud and excited about this new foundation that we badly need. In regards to my green card, there are so many people to thank. My parents, Jen, John and Diane, my employers, my professors - so many people. This is a huge step in my life, and it wouldn't have been possible without the love and support of so many wonderful people. About a half century ago, my family were refugees of the war - fleeing to what is now Germany. I was raised in large parts by my great grandmother who fled by foot and lost everything but the clothes on her back. Selma Boldt would be very proud of the life I've been able to build here in the US, coming here with nothing but a bad accent and what my host dad called "German dancing pants." Thank you all for being a part of it.  And thank you mum and dad for letting me do all this. I usually don't post random pictures, but here are some old random pictures from home in Germany. [gallery columns="2"]