Next time you're in my favorite bike store, Bicycle Repairman Corporation at 40-21a 35th Ave in Astoria, please congratulate Andres!
This is a man who, through Guatemala and Mexico with his family in tow, traveled from Columbia to the U.S. via boat, foot, train, bus, and truck. And no, it wasn't easy. And no, it wasn't always, technically, legal.
Finally, on December 28, 2008, after years of fearing deportation (despite being a model resident, paying taxes, and starting a business... you know, the kind the provides jobs), Andres became a U.S. citizen!
It's a shame it's so tough. He need more men like him.