24 hours and 5 movies later I finally landed in Seattle. Journey was uneventful other than the fact that the security in Amsterdam had some doubt about my passport :) As usual my Microsoft blue badge did the trick. They seemed to be more convinced by the blue badge than my passport, I guess the computer in front of them running Windows helped me a bit :)

I was in the immigration check queue and the officer there asked me how much cash I was carrying. I gave him the 3 digit number (see I'm being discreet here) and he gave me a shocked look and said "I thought everyone working for Microsoft are millionaires, and you are carrying just that much cash!!!".

I didn't get into a detailed discussion about the merits of credit cards or the current price of MS stocks, just gave a little smile and proceeded to get into US....