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Forum: USA
Jul 12th 2020, 11:35 pm
Replies: 14
Views: 803
Posted By kevntrace

Re: Best place e to buy British food online?

If you don't mind buying in bulk, this place is really good and shipping is very reasonable;

The Sweet Pot | eBay Shops (http://www.ebaystores.co.uk/thesweetpot)

You can buy crisps by the...
Forum: USA
Apr 12th 2019, 7:11 am
Forum: USA
Apr 12th 2019, 7:00 am
Replies: 29
Views: 3,292
Posted By kevntrace

Re: Completed transfer out of my UK Defined Pension Scheme

Actually I think I might have that wrong - I think return flight was mandated by H1B. Makes more sense from the US immigration perspective.

I did initially turn down the green card. But I took...
Forum: USA
Apr 12th 2019, 6:53 am
Replies: 29
Views: 3,292
Posted By kevntrace

Re: Completed transfer out of my UK Defined Pension Scheme

Yep, still in the bay area. Daughter is doing well. She just got back from the big DC trip over spring break, and had a blast.
Forum: USA
Apr 12th 2019, 6:40 am
Replies: 26
Views: 1,684
Posted By kevntrace

Re: Money transfer from UK

There are several posts about this topic if you search the forum.

Must admit I was old school until fairly recently, I was having my in-laws deposit a check from my US bank account into my UK bank...
Forum: USA
Apr 12th 2019, 6:34 am
Replies: 29
Views: 3,292
Posted By kevntrace

Re: Completed transfer out of my UK Defined Pension Scheme

I spent my very first year after graduating college working for a company with a DB pension scheme. Forgot all about it. The company chased me down via DWP just recently and told me the value of my...
Forum: USA
Apr 12th 2019, 6:22 am
Replies: 9
Views: 801
Posted By kevntrace

Re: Tax refund check sent to UK address - how to deposit?

And direct deposit into your US bank account is a really good idea for future tax refunds. That's what I do.
Forum: USA
Apr 12th 2019, 6:17 am
Replies: 12
Views: 857
Posted By kevntrace

Re: Redundancy related questions

Yes that is exactly right. I was laid off just under 2 years ago. My package included 3 months with a company that specializes in helping you deal with the transition, and a key part is updating...
Forum: USA
Apr 12th 2019, 5:57 am
Replies: 50
Views: 5,924
Posted By kevntrace

Re: UK > California on an E2 - Experience, living, family etc!

This discussion brings back memories of when I made the jump back in 1994. Joined a small consulting "body shop" on an H1B. Had never visited SF or California, had no idea of the cost, climate,...
Apr 8th 2019, 12:42 am
Replies: 8
Views: 1,743
Posted By kevntrace

Re: Looking at moving back to the UK next summer

It's interesting that folks generally recommend not to move back to your old haunts when returning to Blighty, then seeing your discussion on Devon and Plymouth. Well that is exactly where I am from...
Forum: USA
Sep 16th 2017, 6:22 pm
Replies: 56
Views: 4,445
Posted By kevntrace

Re: Considering San Francisco - looking to hear your experience

It is expensive in the bay area, the commutes generally suck (mine is from the Tri-Valley area to San Mateo). But if you are in technology, this is one of the best places to be career wise, at least...
Forum: USA
Sep 16th 2017, 4:36 am
Replies: 63
Views: 16,654
Posted By kevntrace

Re: What are the equivalent of these UK Shops?

Indeed. I used one here in the Bay Area (Milpitas) when I first landed in the mid-nineties. I was going to post but could not for the life of me remember the name of the store. Glad you had it to...
Forum: USA
Dec 29th 2016, 3:28 am
Replies: 18
Views: 2,303
Posted By kevntrace

Re: Taking UK pension

Glad that you can now see how it was totally ambiguous for some of us.
Forum: USA
Oct 12th 2016, 1:11 am
Replies: 39
Views: 2,442
Posted By kevntrace

Re: Airport Security

I agree it is tight, but United has cleared this as okay. In which case if things go tits up, United is obligated to get you on a flight to your destination. It will be a hassle though.
...
Forum: USA
Oct 12th 2016, 1:05 am
Replies: 58
Views: 5,464
Posted By kevntrace

Re: Brexit, pounds and savings

I've got a chunk of money from an inheritance sitting in my UK bank savings account. It's been sitting there for about 2 years and I have no need to touch it, so I'm not worried about the decline in...
Forum: USA
Feb 20th 2016, 4:36 am
Replies: 44
Views: 4,096
Posted By kevntrace

Re: Where to live if working in San Mateo ca?

I was visiting Houston quite regularly a couple of years back because I had a customer in downtown. Loved the Hilton Americas attached to the conference center and tried to stay there whenever I...
Forum: USA
Feb 1st 2016, 1:21 am
Replies: 44
Views: 4,096
Posted By kevntrace

Re: Where to live if working in San Mateo ca?

I live right around the 580-680 interchange, and the drive would take me somewhere between 45 - 60 mins depending on traffic (that's with no major accidents).
Walnut Creek would probably add another...
Forum: USA
Feb 1st 2016, 12:58 am
Replies: 44
Views: 4,096
Posted By kevntrace

Re: Where to live if working in San Mateo ca?

I live in the East Bay and worked in San Mateo for over 8 years until my company was acquired. The acquiring company has its hq in San Jose.
I used to cross the San Mateo bridge every day. There...
Dec 24th 2015, 8:57 am
Replies: 5
Views: 462
Posted By kevntrace

Re: Recs for car / house insurance?

Was with AAA for the longest time for both Home & Auto insurance.
We also got earthquake insurance via AAA but they "outsourced" that to CEA.
A couple of years ago I got some "junk" mail from...
Aug 24th 2015, 1:22 am
Replies: 44
Views: 2,269
Posted By kevntrace

Re: Baked potato

That's my definition of a jacket potato right there. Used to be a fantastic shop in Cambridge called Tatties (if my memory serves me correctly) and their Coronation chicken jacket potato was da bomb.
Aug 24th 2015, 1:13 am
Replies: 78
Views: 3,648
Posted By kevntrace

Re: When did/do kids start school in your area?

Our property tax is about $12k for a 3200 sq ft home. Gotta love the bay area. Daughter goes back to school on Wednesday.
Forum: USA
Aug 22nd 2015, 6:36 pm
Replies: 35
Views: 11,897
Posted By kevntrace

Re: Possible move from UK to USA - Arizona

We live in the East Bay part of the Bay Area in California. Its not uncommon for temperatures to reach 100 degrees F or higher here during the summer. The hottest I have known since living here was...
Forum: USA
Aug 21st 2015, 12:16 am
Replies: 51
Views: 3,495
Posted By kevntrace

Re: Large Supermarkets in LA

Safeway is the parent company, and it is headquartered in Northern California (Pleasanton to be precise). For some reason the same chain is named Vons in Southern California and a variety of other...
Forum: USA
Jul 29th 2015, 10:17 pm
Replies: 273
Views: 35,535
Posted By kevntrace

Re: Is it worth moving to the US?

The H1B visa application might have been a bit tricky if it was the latter.
Forum: USA
Jul 29th 2015, 9:29 pm
Replies: 273
Views: 35,535
Posted By kevntrace

Re: Is it worth moving to the US?

Well this thread has veered all over the place from the original poster's question. Nothing new there though I suppose!

IMHO getting disillusioned with the UK and looking for an "out" is not...
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