Not sure yet, if I should write this blog in English or Dutch, for now I try it in English. I can never get enough practice anyway. Even Todd was told that he had to Americanize his English last week. So I did not feel so awkward anymore after hearing that. By the way, at Starbucks last week, they asked a British guy with a strong cockney accent, if he was from Germany. Knowing the cultural sensitivities around this theme, I did not feel so ignorant anymore. What I also did learn from that, is that when you are “new” in a country, you should always watch the sensitivities of the original inhabitants. Your sensitivities are really not interesting at all. You are the one who chose to go this new place. The ladies at Starbucks just don’t give a fuck if you as a Brit feel offended by being compared to a German because of your accent. This opens up some nice philosophical theories about integration in general. I can say that the more I am here, the more I feel sympathy for people like Ayaan Hirsi Ali. They came from a different country and made it to the intelligentsia of their new homeland. Being more forward thinking than the mainstream, is a blessing for anyone. She is a true saint of the modern world.
Why this fooling around title? I feel I have the responsibility to my loved ones to let them know how I am doing. And as an internet entrepreneur, why I am not writing my own blog? Now I start one, I hope it helps me to communicate my feelings and experiences and thoughts. So I do not have to send short emails anymore. And hopefully my nephews Jesse, Gijs and Daan, can read and write to me as well. I bet their English is already quite good, or not guys?
I know that the chemistry of Todd and me is quite agressive and potentially groundbreaking. So San Francisco might just be what we need. If the earthquake does not come, we will cause one ourselves.