On Nov. 23, 2005 I moved to The Hague from Washington, DC. This is my new Dutch life.


Om Sri Ganeshaya Namah

The above mantra is a dedication to the Hindu god, Ganesha. The familiar elephant-headed son of Shiva is said to be the remover of obstacles. It is considered good luck to honor Ganesha before embarking on a new adventure.

Though I'm not Hindu, I honor Ganesha today because we finally received a positive letter from the immigration department. I've been awarded my residence permit! While I still have a few more hoops to jump through until I'm completely settled, this is a HUGE step forward.



Blogger soo doh nim said...

I bet there really is a many-handed paunchy Hindu elephant pushing pens down at the local coourthuis -- until Verdonk kicks him out.

8:31 PM GMT+1

Blogger Doc Paradox said...

I'm sorry, the Simpsons ruined Ganesha for me. "Who needs the infinite compassion of Ganesha when I have Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman staring at me with the dead, dead eyes?!" Good luck on your hoops.

2:26 PM GMT+1

Anonymous red snapper said...

congrats on getting the doohickey. how do you say "bureaucrat" in dutch? nice blog, by-the-by! so mondrian. brian would love it.

5:05 AM GMT+1

Blogger soo doh nim said...

I will honor the elephantine Ganesh when I see a new blog post. In the meantime, I pray to G-d that you should do one. We miss you, Haag!

5:57 AM GMT+1


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