Saturday, February 07, 2009

U.S. Population: Plus One!

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.

Congratulations, Andres!

4 comments:

John said...

Damn. I was there yesterday and didn't know. I will stop and congratulate him. You are right, we are a better country with guys like him.

Thanks for the info.

Anonymous said...

Stopped in the other day! Wish I would of had the chance to congratulate him and show my appreciation for his dedication to that dream. He and his business are another awesome addition to the Astoria cycling community.

Also, spring is coming, hoping to see even more Astorians riding across the 59th street bridge with us this season. One Less Car!

Anonymous said...

Just bought a bike from him, I'm stopping by this week to pick up my shoes, I'll make sure to congratulate him.

Thanks

Ian said...

I love this bike shop, and now I love it even more. Good for him!