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Old 07-31-2010, 09:24 AM   #21
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Old 07-31-2010, 10:34 AM   #23
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Old 07-31-2010, 02:11 PM   #24
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I love reading these types of threads!

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Old 08-02-2010, 09:19 AM   #25
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Old 08-02-2010, 10:06 AM   #26
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Old 08-02-2010, 10:23 AM   #27
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Old 08-02-2010, 10:24 AM   #28
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Grats FD, enjoy your new found freedom
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Congratulations, FIREdreamer! I was wondering whether this thread was going to be about passing another birthday and no longer counting yourself as "young," but so much better to read that you have left the "dreamer" stage behind and can now count yourself among the "Young FIREs" out there. Best of luck to you.
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Old 08-02-2010, 10:57 AM   #30
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Wow, great to see people making it! Congratulations!
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Old 08-02-2010, 11:20 AM   #31
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Old 08-02-2010, 12:12 PM   #32
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By the way let me say this:

Thank you America! I arrived in this country exactly 13 years ago with $3,000 in my pocket and worldly possessions that could fit in a single suitcase. I could barely speak English and I knew no one in this country. I know we have fallen on hard times lately, but America is still a land of opportunities.

And in case you wonder, I came here legally
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Old 08-02-2010, 12:44 PM   #33
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Congratulations FIREdreamer! And to do it in 13 years! What an accomplishment! Being an immigrant myself, I salute your achievement, and agree - this is indeed, a great country.

You will find yourself wondering if you did the right thing, but don't let it get you down. Calmly go over all your calculations, decisions and you'll believe again. If it gets bad, this community is wonderful at helping you see the forest for the trees.
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Thank you America! I arrived in this country exactly 13 years ago with $3,000 in my pocket and worldly possessions that could fit in a single suitcase. I could barely speak English and I knew no one in this country. I know we have fallen on hard times lately, but America is still a land of opportunities.
Refreshing to hear for a change, instead of the usual more-"disadvantaged"-than-thou whinging we usually get.
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By the way let me say this:

Thank you America! I arrived in this country exactly 13 years ago with $3,000 in my pocket and worldly possessions that could fit in a single suitcase. I could barely speak English and I knew no one in this country. I know we have fallen on hard times lately, but America is still a land of opportunities.

And in case you wonder, I came here legally
You had $3,000 in your pocket AND a suitcase in your early 20's.

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You had $3,000 in your pocket AND a suitcase in your early 20's.

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Awww, thank you! The $3,000 were borrowed from my dad...
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Congrats! I, too, love to hear success stories.
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OK, so what is your new handle on the forum going to be?
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