This post has been a decade in the making.

It was ten years ago this past February that I flew in to JFK for what was intended to be a three month American adventure, traveling across the US by plane train and automobile and trying to blag my way into luxury hotels. If you've read The Upgrade, you'll know what happened next: I fell in love with the country and decided to make it my home.

Ten years ago.

Earlier this afternoon, in the San Francisco mailbox I share with my girlfriend, her two children and our three cats, I found an envelope from the United States Customs and Immigration Service. Inside that envelope was this...