Various links and thoughts - HSMP, death of my old neighborhood
It looks like HSMP rules are changing, though I can't figure out from this article if I'd be under tier 1 or tier 2, or even if I'd still qualify once the rules change. The official governmental web site isn't helpful, either. All of this anti-immigration stuff you read in the papers? It's about me, folks. Frankly, I think a lot of it is directed at the eastern European people who have come here quite legally, but nothing that I read about keeping "unskilled migrant labor" out is going to shut THAT door. (Plus it appears that we're actually getting piles of skilled folks, many with college degrees. But no one wants to hear that.)
Since I hear news in the US in such a trickle, this article on the demise of my old stomping grounds in Seattle was rather sad. Some of the reminiscences are from the same time as when I arrived in Seattle, and I, too, fondly remember getting drunk at the Cha Cha one wild New Year's Eve and dancing in the bar to "Cherry Bomb." It seems like a long time ago.
And from the New York Times, a review of a new play, "August: Osage County," which seems to me like another good excuse to visit New York (and sounds a bit like a family reunion on my mom's side). Ah, if only the money and time were unlimited ...
Ooh, and look, the 39 Steps is coming to New York ... maybe I should finally watch the movie!