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Oink Nov 10th 2017 9:51 pm

Re: What is a decent salary?
 

Originally Posted by iaink (Post 12379081)
LOL, but on the debit side of the ledger, with 12 months of decent weather I expect Ill start to golf a lot more:o

Decent? The spring and autumn are nice, the winters are depressing and the summers unbearable, although you can try and escape to Asheville. You're going to have really embrace chain restaurants. But on the plus side, Hilton Head has a couple of nice resorts, especially if you golf.

iaink Nov 10th 2017 9:56 pm

Re: What is a decent salary?
 

Originally Posted by Oink (Post 12379433)
Decent? The spring and autumn are nice, the winters are depressing and the summers unbearable, although you can try and escape to Asheville. You're going to have really embrace chain restaurants. But on the plus side, Hilton Head has a couple of nice resorts, especially if you golf.

I can cope with depressing. You dont have to shovel it.

My last overseas holiday was in the lake district in August, I quite enjoyed 10 degrees and drizzle:lol:

Chain restaurants dont scare me, I'm in (well, near) Belleville FFS. For a city its size Greenville really surprised me when I visited, had a couple of excellent meals at someone elses expense in nice boutiqy restaurants and there was quite a European influence which I suspect is due to the large European automotive companies importing people to the area (BMW and Michelin both have huge facilities in the area).

Oink Nov 10th 2017 9:58 pm

Re: What is a decent salary?
 

Originally Posted by iaink (Post 12379436)
I can cope with depressing. You dont have to shovel it.

My last overseas holiday was in the lake district in August, I quite enjoyed 10 degrees and drizzle:lol:

If you can afford it. Join a country club. It'll make life so much easier.

Partially discharged Nov 10th 2017 10:00 pm

Re: What is a decent salary?
 

Originally Posted by iaink (Post 12379426)
Without snow tires I'll need it:eek:

Have we had the annual snow tire thread yet?:huh:

Nope....ours go on the week after next. Hopefully no icy weather before then.

Since last winter we've switched one of our cars and we now have a car that will sit on the driveway overnight w/o a block heater.:eek::eek: (Ottawa)

Partially discharged Nov 10th 2017 10:02 pm

Re: What is a decent salary?
 

Originally Posted by Novocastrian (Post 12379420)
Spoilsport. At least it's warmer than Belleville. And they have bigger dollars.

Parts of the USA I could live in (Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Oregon) parts of northern California, Colorado. Other parts not so much. Florida/Arkansas/Alabama/Mississippi..never.

Shard Nov 10th 2017 10:07 pm

Re: What is a decent salary?
 

Originally Posted by Partially discharged (Post 12379445)
Parts of the USA I could live in (Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Oregon) parts of northern California, Colorado. Other parts not so much. Florida/Arkansas/Alabama/Mississippi..never.

Texas?

Oink Nov 10th 2017 10:15 pm

Re: What is a decent salary?
 

Originally Posted by Partially discharged (Post 12379445)
Parts of the USA I could live in (Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Oregon) parts of northern California, Colorado. Other parts not so much. Florida/Arkansas/Alabama/Mississippi..never.

If you're a white Brit, living the south is very nice. The weather is not great but there's lots of cool things and it's much cheaper.

Partially discharged Nov 10th 2017 10:26 pm

Re: What is a decent salary?
 

Originally Posted by Shard (Post 12379449)
Texas?

Never been..but my inclination is no.

I haven't been to Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, North Dakota, Wisconsin, Oklahoma, New Jersey, Delaware, Alaska, Hawaii

Shard Nov 10th 2017 10:35 pm

Re: What is a decent salary?
 

Originally Posted by Partially discharged (Post 12379472)
Never been..but my inclination is no.

I haven't been to Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, North Dakota, Wisconsin, Oklahoma, New Jersey, Delaware, Alaska, Hawaii

I haven't been to TX either, but it appeals. My first choice would be California or maybe Hawaii (have visited).

Oink Nov 10th 2017 10:39 pm

Re: What is a decent salary?
 

Originally Posted by Shard (Post 12379480)
I haven't been to TX either, but it appeals. My first choice would be California or maybe Hawaii (have visited).

Texas is a bit meh.

dbd33 Nov 10th 2017 10:46 pm

Re: What is a decent salary?
 

Originally Posted by iaink (Post 12379436)
(BMW and Michelin both have huge facilities in the area)

At one of those I attempted to step outside for a smoke before my presentation and got stuck in the stairwell. I had to set the alarm off and arrived back at the podium ruffled, flustered even.

iaink Nov 10th 2017 10:47 pm

Re: What is a decent salary?
 

Originally Posted by Oink (Post 12379439)
If you can afford it. Join a country club. It'll make life so much easier.

Where else would one go to golf;)
Ive seen memberships for $100 a month or so, which is about what we pay as a family for the "Y", and there aint go golf course at the YMCA:thumbdown:

Easier how?

iaink Nov 10th 2017 10:49 pm

Re: What is a decent salary?
 

Originally Posted by dbd33 (Post 12379486)
At one of those I attempted to step outside for a smoke before my presentation and got stuck in the stairwell. I had to set the alarm off and arrived back at the podium ruffled, flustered even.

Smoking in a public space? You were lucky not to get arrested.

iaink Nov 10th 2017 10:52 pm

Re: What is a decent salary?
 

Originally Posted by Shard (Post 12379480)
I haven't been to TX either, but it appeals. My first choice would be California or maybe Hawaii (have visited).


Originally Posted by Oink (Post 12379484)
Texas is a bit meh.

Texas is huge, I imagine there is quite a variety. Ive a brit friend in Texas (dallas / FW), he says its hot as hell in the summer, but he sticks it out as he is well paid, his kids are settled and his standard of living is way better then it would be elsewhere.

Oink Nov 10th 2017 11:21 pm

Re: What is a decent salary?
 

Originally Posted by iaink (Post 12379487)
Where else would one go to golf;)
Ive seen memberships for $100 a month or so, which is about what we pay as a family for the "Y", and there aint go golf course at the YMCA:thumbdown:

Easier how?

The initial fee can be quite expensive but I think you can sell your certificate back to the club. It's basically a share so you should be able to borrow it from a bank. You still have to pay your dues and any food and drink you have.

Meeting people, making friends who can help you integrate. Plus they'll put on charity events. You just pay for a table and invite people you think might help you. Its also a great safe place for kids to hang out or take sports lessons. Nice place to just go and have lunch or dinner.

And you'll need to go to church. Find a good episcopal one, which is basically the Anglican church without the allegiance to the British monarch.


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