Lolo grew nervous that the immigration authorities reviewing the petition would discover my mother was married, thus derailing not only her chances of coming here but those of my uncle as well. Oregon was among the most welcoming and it was just a few hours drive north. The warped little world we lived in was, I thought, the world. Experiments are only revealed in retrospect to be turning points. The group of kids who band together to pick on you are doing the same thing, and for the same reason, as a bunch of guys who get together to go hunting. And yet the authorities still for the most part act as if drugs were themselves the cause of the problem. Were collectively living through 1500, when its easier to see whats broken than what will replace.
After a couple years' training, an apprentice could be a real help. This shift in attitude also coincided with a shift in location: from the computer desk to the laser lab. So the choir toured Hawaii instead, with me in tow. But I am still an undocumented immigrant. An American teenager may work at being popular every waking hour, 365 days a year. (Top Outstanding Psychology Student) award in statistics.
During my tour of duty, I witnessed several shipmates suffer from various mental aliments. Nerds don't realize this. And it has meant relying on a sort of 21st-century underground railroad of supporters, people who took an interest in my future and took risks for. A friends father lived in Portland, and he allowed me to use his address as proof of residency. If that was what character and integrity were, I wanted no part of them.