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May 21st 2019, 7:23 pm
Replies: 11
Views: 699
Posted By Marc_ely

Re: Window washing ......

We used to have a window cleaner in the UK. He charged about 15quid. He came every month. Over here the going rate is about $200. So we've never had them done. Labour costs are ludicrous in SoCal. ...
Forum: USA
Apr 1st 2019, 7:36 pm
Replies: 56
Views: 6,978
Posted By Marc_ely

Re: Move to San Diego - yes or no?

Our green cards took about 18months, from start to finish. My company paid for the lot apart from medicals. We used a highly experienced immigration attorney, who was an absolute cow, but knew her...
Forum: USA
Mar 19th 2019, 9:52 pm
Replies: 33
Views: 3,502
Posted By Marc_ely

Re: Stay in LA or return to UK? Will appreciate thoughts

A fair bit of this resonates with me, but my wife loves it here so we're staying. We're in Orange County, which is full of vacuous, entitled types, just like affluent areas of LA. The trick to...
Forum: USA
Mar 13th 2019, 7:38 pm
Replies: 8
Views: 918
Posted By Marc_ely

Re: quickest way to buy a car in California

You can buy a car and insure it in California on your UK license. If you have the cash that will make things easier if you have no credit history.
We did exactly that 5yrs ago. In fact it took us 9...
Forum: USA
Feb 18th 2019, 9:22 pm
Replies: 16
Views: 1,424
Posted By Marc_ely

Re: Best Places for Same-Sex Family of 4 in California

California is quite big. Bigger than the UK+Ireland+Belgium put together!
You might need to be a bit more specific, but it's pretty liberal overall.
Dec 19th 2018, 7:25 pm
Replies: 20
Views: 1,517
Posted By Marc_ely

Re: Hallmark - enough is enough

I've found CVS to have the best choice.
Forum: USA
Nov 9th 2018, 3:43 pm
Replies: 38
Views: 2,074
Posted By Marc_ely

Re: Avg living expenses Southern California

A pool is IMO one of the best things about living here. And there are far more things I hate :-)
If you get a pool cover you can get away with no heating it and use it for about 6 months of the...
Forum: USA
Nov 7th 2018, 5:53 pm
Replies: 38
Views: 2,074
Posted By Marc_ely

Re: Avg living expenses Southern California

To add to Sherbert, a friend of my wife moved out to Temecula to live, as it was soooo much cheaper than anywhere near us. They couldn't resist the bargain.
Her husband is commuting back to OC...
Forum: USA
Nov 6th 2018, 6:53 pm
Replies: 38
Views: 2,074
Posted By Marc_ely

Re: Avg living expenses Southern California

Lots of good stuff in here.

Anaheim? The locals call it AnaCRIME :-)
Temecula is the arse end of nowhere. Have you looked around San Diego?

Landlord pays property tax. You pay it via the...
Forum: USA
Oct 10th 2018, 7:20 pm
Replies: 18
Views: 1,267
Posted By Marc_ely

Re: Renting - basic costs etc

Sewage comes under the water bill.
We rented twice from private landlords. The first was a disaster but she was the only one out of my list of 5 that would actually rent to us, fresh off the boat...
Forum: USA
Oct 8th 2018, 9:13 pm
Replies: 18
Views: 1,267
Posted By Marc_ely

Re: Renting - basic costs etc

We rented twice. In CA property tax is always included in rent. Water, gas, electric and waste pickup are all separate. You will also need renters insurance and be able to pay up a month or more as...
Jul 19th 2018, 5:48 pm
Replies: 30
Views: 2,142
Posted By Marc_ely

Re: Car problems - is there any help out there?

It might be time to talk to an attorney? A decent one will give you 1/2hr of their time just to listen to your story and look at any evidence (papers etc) you may have. If they think you have a...
Jul 18th 2018, 10:37 pm
Replies: 30
Views: 2,142
Posted By Marc_ely

Re: Car problems - is there any help out there?

Any car reaching a dealer that has overheated should be checked for damage, and that includes looking for signs of fluid contamination amd pressure checks. If they didn't do those and then it...
Forum: USA
Jul 18th 2018, 10:33 pm
Replies: 12
Views: 830
Posted By Marc_ely

Re: Applying for a Drivers Licence in California

All of this is right for CA. However if you did get stopped by a cop they wont necessarily care if you don't have a license. They just want to give you the ticket. My wife was stopped 2 weeks...
Jul 12th 2018, 10:41 pm
Replies: 21
Views: 1,447
Posted By Marc_ely

Re: Dash Cams - Do you use/have them?

I've fitted these into my wife's car and mine.
EBAY SELLER...
Jul 3rd 2018, 10:03 pm
Replies: 528
Views: 28,794
Posted By Marc_ely

Re: Russia 2018 World Cup

I actually thought my heart would explode. Why do they always do this to us?!
Forum: The Lab
Jun 29th 2018, 5:46 pm
Replies: 48
Views: 6,072
Posted By Marc_ely

Re: BBC Blocking all VPNs

SmartDNSProxy is still working fine for live iPlayer in the USA. But that's using DNS rather than VPN.
Forum: USA
Jun 27th 2018, 10:14 pm
Replies: 8
Views: 842
Posted By Marc_ely

Re: New York expat apartment search

A British friend of ours spent 15 years in NY and this sounds exactly the sort of thing she had to suffer everytime she moved. Brokers take a chunk of cash so of course they want you to get...
Jun 19th 2018, 10:19 pm
Replies: 8
Views: 769
Posted By Marc_ely

Re: Free cruise! (just pay....)

Don't worry, we've done that cruise. Catalina is nice for a couple of hours, but Ensenada is a total shithole :-0

I really detest the way that so many things are advertised at one price and then...
Jun 12th 2018, 9:01 pm
Replies: 1,473
Views: 109,935
Posted By Marc_ely

Re: Home and garden projects

I am talking about cabinet legs.
These are the sort of thing UK kitchen cabinets sit on: ...
Jun 12th 2018, 8:32 pm
Replies: 1,473
Views: 109,935
Posted By Marc_ely

Re: Home and garden projects

I have a kitchen question...
We had a leak a week or so back and our entire downstairs flooring and kitchen is ruined. It has been removed and it now resembles a building site.

The kitchen...
Forum: USA
Apr 30th 2018, 6:16 pm
Replies: 31
Views: 2,056
Posted By Marc_ely

Re: Schools in Orange County, CA

Remember, kids don't have to start school till Kindergartem.
https://www.cde.ca.gov/ci/gs/em/kinderinfo.asp

However... there are some government schemes. In the Saddleback district they have am...
Forum: USA
Apr 26th 2018, 5:33 pm
Replies: 31
Views: 2,056
Posted By Marc_ely

Re: Schools in Orange County, CA

Being right at the top academically is only part of getting into college. Any college. I don't know much about acceptance to Ivy league colleges other than the acceptance rate is between 5% and...
Forum: USA
Apr 26th 2018, 3:52 pm
Replies: 31
Views: 2,056
Posted By Marc_ely

Re: Schools in Orange County, CA

I would agree that starting from scratch is easier as the child doesn't know any different. However it is also then double frustrating as a parent to see how sloooow they start here when you've seen...
Forum: USA
Apr 26th 2018, 12:21 am
Replies: 31
Views: 2,056
Posted By Marc_ely

Re: Schools in Orange County, CA

You have successfully listed the top two reasons to be in OC. Weather and facilities. If you're rich then you can add lifestyle too! Also outdoor spaces and food choices would be next on my list....
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