hugo1301 at home.com
Thu Dec 28 03:22:12 PST 2000
Gerard Beekmans wrote:
> > Gerard,
> > This has totally destroyed the mental image I had of you. It's like
> > meeting a DJ that you have listened to on the radio for years. Anyway,
> > I'm glad things are going well. I too am a transplanted Dutchman (44
> > years ago) and have also danced around with the INS here in the US. I
> > lost my citizenship papers during a move. It took a full year and a
> > steady stream of misinformation from them for me to get new papers. I
> > was saved by one individual who went well out of his way to help me. I
> > hope I never have to deal with that again. Thank you for your efforts.
> > I'm grateful for the learning situation that you have created.
> I'm sorry I didn't turn out the way you expected me to be ;) What did you
> expect (I'm just curious) me to be like? Older? Not married?
> And I have a great many stories too on the "steady stream of false
> information from immigration bureaus". It's just a big mess. Once I thought I
> finally received my work visa. Upon closer look it turned out the visa wasn't
> meant for me, they put it in the wrong envelope.
There is no need to apologize for being "different". I did expect you to
be older probably because exhibit much more maturity than I did at that
age. I also expected you to be single because, judging by the sheer
volume of your output, you must spend every waking hour on LFS. I
expected you to be mid thirties, a Linux professional in some capacity,
and I really thought you were single. My wife would definitely complain
if I was as dedicated to LFS as you seem to be. None of these statements
are judgements, only statements of fact. You really are doing a great
job and I hope enough people keep telling you that on a regular basis.
We have to remember that Immigration is a government entity and those
entities, as a rule, are not customer oriented. I heard someone describe
our postal system as customer service clueless. I think that description
fits just about any government entity. Well, somehow we both made it
through the system and I think that is what we should dwell on. Congrats
again and thanks for holding the hand of an old fart as he tries to
As far as meeting someone online, I think you somehow were
extraordinarily blessed. Most people are not themselves online and they
pick up a certain amount of bravado in the safety of anonymity. I would
have thought that your chances of meeting someone, that someone being
exactly the way they represented themselves, and then actually
developing a deeper relationship has to be far greater than winning any
lottery. I understand Superball is something like 7,000,000 to one.
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