Sunday, September 14, 2008


We knew Friday would be busy, so we both took the day off work. In the morning we had our motorcycle driving test. the whole process dragged out for a couple of hours, but that's the nature of the DMV. We both passed, so the day was off to a good start. The key activity for the day was Jen's naturalization ceremony. At 10.30am we heading downtown to the city courthouse. As you can see, the room was full of people. It was so full that we got to sit in the jury box. It turns out that the jury gets some very comfortable reclining leather seats. We were practicing our "We the members of the jury find the defendant...guilty" speech. There were a total of 67 people getting citizenship, from 29 countries and 5 continents.
Surprisingly there were no little flags handed out and there was no speech by George.W.Bush played on the screens. A judge entered and the formal part took maybe 15 minutes. The 67 people stood and recited the oath. The judge left the room and the citizenship certificates were handed out by a man wearing a stars and stripes tie. And here's a photo outside the courthouse.

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