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Apr 20th 2014, 6:09 pm
Replies: 13
Views: 1,081
Posted By MadRad

Re: Volunteering as a job getting tactic - worth it?

In my experience, volunteering is no guarantee of a job. Volunteer because you want to and not because you think it will lead to a job. I volunteered for well over a year at a local organisation. ...
Apr 20th 2014, 5:17 am
Replies: 15
Views: 2,079
Posted By MadRad

Re: Four years in - and want out!

Thanks, everyone.

It's always good to get someone else's perspective. I should add, even though I'd love to leave the US right now, it can't actually happen. For a kick off, OH can't travel...
Apr 20th 2014, 3:20 am
Replies: 15
Views: 2,079
Posted By MadRad

Four years in - and want out!

Not been here for a wee while, hullo!

Need someone to kick me up the backside/pat me on the head and say 'there, there'.

It's a little over 4 years since we moved here and I'm just so cheesed...
Forum: Meet-ups
Jun 12th 2013, 3:40 am
Replies: 44
Views: 10,922
Posted By MadRad

Re: Any Brits in Colorado?

Fort Collins is a great town - I lived there for a year and really liked it. Now living in the Colorado Springs area.

There's actually quite a lot of Brits living in the Springs. There's also a...
Forum: USA
Nov 19th 2012, 10:57 pm
Replies: 1,517
Views: 107,914
Posted By MadRad

Re: Difficult to make friends in America?

This has been an interesting thread. I'm nearly three years in, I like living in the US, but the making friends thing has been a disaster. I have made some good friends, but they are all British. ...
Forum: USA
Nov 19th 2012, 2:49 pm
Replies: 7
Views: 4,835
Posted By MadRad

Selling UK shares

I have some shares in a UK company that I wish to sell. Having never sold shares before I'm unsure how to go about it, as the sharedealing company recommended by the listed company can't act for me...
Forum: USA
Nov 8th 2012, 4:24 am
Replies: 81
Views: 6,559
Posted By MadRad

Re: Moving to the mountains

I live in Colorado, really like it. If you don't mind a bit of a drive to the mountains then any of the Front Range towns from Colorado Springs up to Fort Collins would be viable. I'm a die-hard...
Forum: USA
Nov 8th 2012, 4:09 am
Replies: 35
Views: 2,247
Posted By MadRad

Re: Fort Collins (CO) Vs Portsmouth (NH)

I'm not going to get into the visa argument as others have covered that already. But I can comment on Fort Collins.

I lived there when I first moved over here. It's a nice town, it has a good...
Forum: USA
Sep 29th 2012, 4:39 am
Replies: 92
Views: 5,883
Posted By MadRad

Re: Halloween?

Me too. I hate Hallowe'en with the 'trick or treating' - I think it's glorified begging. Years ago kids expected to do a 'turn', sing, recite a poem, dance, or something before they got anything. ...
Forum: USA
Sep 12th 2012, 12:54 am
Replies: 109
Views: 11,816
Posted By MadRad

Re: What's on your American Bucket List?

Visit Alaska (hopefully north of the Arctic Circle)
See a polar bear in the wild
See the volcanoes on Hawaii
Visit every national park
Ski every ski area in Colorado
Go heli-skiing
Climb a 14er...
Forum: USA
Sep 6th 2012, 4:00 pm
Replies: 26
Views: 3,165
Posted By MadRad

Re: - getting slow?

Weird. I've always used the ACH method at both ends, so not sure why it's taking so much longer than before. It doesn't seem to matter how large or small the transfer amount is either.
Forum: USA
Sep 6th 2012, 3:23 am
Replies: 22
Views: 1,967
Posted By MadRad

Re: Type 2 Diabetic

Sorry to hijack, but my dad has recently been diagnosed with diabetes (diet controlled), and is due to visit shortly.

Any tips for things to watch out for while he's here? Of course, eating out...
Forum: USA
Sep 6th 2012, 3:18 am
Replies: 26
Views: 3,165
Posted By MadRad

Re: - getting slow?

Wow, that's good! It used to average out at about 5 days or so, but the last few transfers have taken at least 10 days.
Sep 6th 2012, 3:15 am
Replies: 49
Views: 4,711
Posted By MadRad

Re: how do you cure the homesick blues?

Can generally fix this by listening to the radio. Round here they play a lot of 70s and 80s British bands, so seldom a day goes by without hearing Simple Minds, Spandau Ballet or Tears for Fears. ...
Forum: USA
Sep 6th 2012, 3:04 am
Replies: 12
Views: 13,241
Posted By MadRad

Re: Equivalent of Beecham's cold and flu

Theraflu works by tasting so vile you feel a constant urge to throw up while you're forcing it down, so you don't notice how rotten your cold has been making you feel. Quite a clever tactic really.
Forum: USA
Sep 6th 2012, 2:56 am
Replies: 26
Views: 3,165
Posted By MadRad - getting slow?

Wondering if it's just me, but the last few transfers I've made have taken significantly longer to get across the pond than before. Has anyone else noticed this?
Forum: USA
Aug 23rd 2012, 4:21 am
Replies: 15
Views: 1,512
Posted By MadRad

Travel insurance


My parents (in the UK) are planning to visit in October. The are both over 65 but under 70. Dad has recently been diagnosed with diabetes and COPD, mum has asthma. Can anyone recommend a...
Aug 23rd 2012, 4:17 am
Replies: 2
Views: 537
Posted By MadRad

Green card

Received our green cards the other day! Am very pleased, not least because it reduces the amount of paperwork we'll need to do for a while! Didn't have any RFEs either which is good.

Aug 23rd 2012, 4:11 am
Replies: 19
Views: 1,849
Posted By MadRad

Re: English guy looking for USA sponsor

I'm afraid your benefits assessor experience counts for nothing over here. I speak from experience - I was a benefits assessor in the UK. I also have 2 degrees and ten+ years experience in banking,...
Forum: The Lounge
Aug 23rd 2012, 4:05 am
Replies: 47
Views: 2,779
Posted By MadRad

Re: What do you splurge on?

Skiing - season passes, kit, gizmos, accommodation, eats - the whole nine yards. And furniture - definitely splurge on furniture.
Forum: USA
Aug 7th 2012, 5:29 am
Replies: 16
Views: 1,655
Posted By MadRad

Re: Apparently I've been in the wrong state all these years!

Don't know what temperature it was today, other than too ruddy hot. Summer is seriously overrated. Bring on the sub-zeroes again. It's 51 days till my local ski resort start snow-making - not that...
Forum: USA
Aug 7th 2012, 5:13 am
Replies: 68
Views: 7,940
Posted By MadRad

Re: Chemistry teacher and family looking to make the move...

A friend of mine (fellow Brit) has a teaching job here in Colorado. She volunteered in the school district first and got in that way.

If you want the outdoors lifestyle, Colorado's pretty hard...
Forum: USA
Aug 3rd 2012, 5:56 pm
Replies: 64
Views: 5,164
Posted By MadRad

Re: HOA'S and do's and don'ts

All this makes me think we're just lucky with our HOA. Mind you, of all the folk we know here in Colorado, I've only heard one HOA grumble.

Our HOA seems to have been given a helluva fright by...
Aug 3rd 2012, 5:35 pm
Replies: 2
Views: 617
Posted By MadRad

Oath ceremony

Just a random question, really, as I haven't even got my GC yet (though hopefully very soon!)

When you naturalise, can you choose which oath ceremony you want to attend? I noticed on my Facebook...
Forum: USA
Jul 29th 2012, 4:18 am
Replies: 212
Views: 37,974
Posted By MadRad

Re: British Houses Vs America Houses

My tuppence-worth, based on Scotland/Colorado

Scotland - stone-built, granite
Colorado - timber with wooden siding or stucco

You still get great tenements in the cities, some with a 'wally...
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