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Sep 29th 2017, 4:42 pm
Replies: 18
Views: 2,047
Posted By FinnDiego

Re: Sling TV

I've been primarily using Sling TV for a few months now, mostly on my (original) Fire TV box. IIRC $35/month with the channels I want plus DVR - I won't watch TV without DVR capability.

The UI is...
Forum: USA
Sep 22nd 2017, 5:13 pm
Replies: 22
Views: 1,151
Posted By FinnDiego

Re: How dog friendly is Long Island?

Note that this is pretty regional. There are dogs absolutely everywhere in SoCal - cafes/patios, breweries, leashed outside grocery stores, etc. They aren't allowed inside in restaurants that serve...
Aug 11th 2017, 7:52 pm
Replies: 47
Views: 3,304
Posted By FinnDiego

Re: Would you buy an EV?

Definitely tempted, if things otherwise go as planned. This wouldn't be the only car in the household, and as such would work perfectly for my commute. Plug in every night and never have to stop at a...
Forum: USA
Jul 26th 2017, 8:53 pm
Replies: 12
Views: 762
Posted By FinnDiego

Re: House Insurance

You'll be looking for "Renters Insurance". Common and not terribly expensive. I'm with Farmers but have never filed a claim so don't really know how well things would work.
Mar 27th 2017, 10:58 pm
Replies: 4
Views: 583
Posted By FinnDiego

Re: The Great Soda Can Heist

Ditto, and likewise I don't really care once I've put the recycling bin out. I've had some issues with people coming to my yard to empty out the bin which is Not Cool in my book. That seems to have...
Forum: USA
Mar 17th 2017, 9:07 pm
Replies: 6
Views: 1,794
Posted By FinnDiego

Re: L1-A visa with a local contract?

Standard stuff, I had the same for my move. Your immigration status and employment contract don't necessarily have much to do with each other. You can negotiate things like repatriation in case of...
Forum: USA
Oct 25th 2016, 12:40 am
Replies: 17
Views: 4,868
Posted By FinnDiego

Re: Getting a drivers license on arrival in CA

Interesting, maybe things have changed - at Avis, DMV, their paperwork or elsewhere. Who knows. Some years ago another colleague couldn't use an Avis company-provided rental for his test because the...
Forum: USA
Oct 24th 2016, 6:01 pm
Replies: 17
Views: 4,868
Posted By FinnDiego

Re: Getting a drivers license on arrival in CA

My timeline was something like this:
1) Get my SSN
2) Take a written test. I believe you can still get an actual temporary license (as opposed to a learning permit) if you have a UK license; my...
Forum: USA
Oct 6th 2016, 10:37 pm
Replies: 122
Views: 10,510
Posted By FinnDiego

Re: Cost of living/quality of life/best place for kids -- US vs UK

Yeah, I got a $4 pourover the other weekend, but the whole three-minute process seemed rushed, and I don't think my barista had even waxed his mustache in the morning!
Aug 26th 2016, 11:09 pm
Replies: 577
Views: 54,764
Posted By FinnDiego

Re: Fitness...do you?

Yep, same as saving money by riding my bike to work! I'm past $2k into just one bike itself. Add lights, helmets and clothing, second breakfasts, big dinners, beer stops, etc and I'm pretty sure my...
Forum: USA
Aug 12th 2016, 11:40 pm
Replies: 332
Views: 33,222
Posted By FinnDiego

Re: UK to Texas - what's it really like?

Technically the penalties are high in California too, but getting caught is very unlikely. I don't think the police can just randomly breathalyze people - they'll either set up a full-on checkpoint,...
Forum: USA
Jul 14th 2016, 8:58 pm
Replies: 332
Views: 33,222
Posted By FinnDiego

Re: UK to Texas - what's it really like?

To be fair, those tax figures are for a nicely six-figure salary - not everyone here in good old California ends up with 40%+ tax deductions. However this isn't exactly the land of no taxes either!...
Forum: USA
Jul 7th 2016, 7:59 pm
Replies: 25
Views: 3,369
Posted By FinnDiego

Re: FATCA compliance letter

This wouldn't be World's Local Bank by any chance?

HSBC Canada was happy with scanned documents, my Finnish bank had an online form (imagine that!), but HSBC UK demanded I drop off the documents...
Forum: USA
Feb 17th 2016, 5:21 pm
Replies: 66
Views: 5,859
Posted By FinnDiego

Re: Furniture / Bed shopping

I guess they need to build in the margin for their endless 10-20% off coupons. Which reminds me I haven't seen any in the mail recently... Turns out they take expired ones too - I got finally clued...
Feb 10th 2016, 6:28 pm
Replies: 56
Views: 3,386
Posted By FinnDiego

Re: Record number of breweries in the USA

That's (one of the many) benefits of living in a beer-crazy city like San Diego: Even mainstream non-beer-geek bars and restaurants tend to have a good selection of local beers. If not draft then...
Jan 7th 2016, 8:47 pm
Replies: 18
Views: 1,134
Posted By FinnDiego

Re: Flooding in San Diego........

Yep, heavy rains (as in over an inch an hour) and localized flooding. My house seems fine and garage mostly so, maybe my lawn will even recover at some point. Looks like we should finally get a dry...
Dec 22nd 2015, 10:17 pm
Replies: 23
Views: 1,974
Posted By FinnDiego

Re: HSBC asking for id and address proof

This was their requirement for non-residents too. As if I'm going to a trip to the UK to give them a form telling them I live in the US... So far asking for alternatives only got me "we'll get back...
Forum: USA
Dec 17th 2015, 8:37 pm
Replies: 40
Views: 6,621
Posted By FinnDiego

Re: Driving to Phoenix from San Diego, CA - do i need to bring my passport?

Not a fan of their date shakes / ice cream, but they do have awesome chocolate-covered dates. Plus I don't think there are many other interesting stopping points either...

Agreed on the comments...
Dec 10th 2015, 5:04 pm
Replies: 20
Views: 1,166
Posted By FinnDiego

Re: Water costs

That sounds really high, even for two unless you have a big lawn to water? Mine is $128 for one in San Diego, and only about $24 of that is based on actual water used - everything else is base fees...
Nov 24th 2015, 9:30 pm
Replies: 79
Views: 4,151
Posted By FinnDiego

Re: thanksgiving dinner...

Roasting turkey for the first time ever! It's a quiet week at work so I was watching carving videos half the day yesterday. Plus brussel sprouts, sweet potatoes, and I think I have cranberries so...
Forum: USA
Nov 5th 2015, 8:57 pm
Replies: 38
Views: 3,019
Posted By FinnDiego

Re: Moving to Mountain View, CA - what else do I need to do?

HSBC is inconvenient on the west coast, but they can also be handy for a quicker start - especially if you can get a credit card (Premier or otherwise). It may well be worth going with them, but then...
Forum: USA
Oct 16th 2015, 8:34 pm
Replies: 20
Views: 1,557
Posted By FinnDiego

Re: Packing and shipping query timings

My movers packed and moved an almost empty roll of paper towels and dirty dish rags among other kitchen essentials. My fault to an extent - I had one room with things that were Not To Be Packed and I...
Forum: USA
Oct 1st 2015, 6:07 pm
Replies: 9
Views: 727
Posted By FinnDiego

Re: Coming to the US from Mexico

Otay Mesa may also be better - or then again may not. Worth checking both before heading out. Border wait times were better earlier this year when new lanes were opened, but now seem to be back to...
Forum: USA
Sep 29th 2015, 4:35 pm
Replies: 40
Views: 5,821
Posted By FinnDiego

Re: Cell phones in the US

At least with T-Mobile you'll get it in the store.A word of warning with T-Mobile though: They use somewhat unusual frequencies for their 3G and LTE service, so you may find you'll get stuck at...
Forum: USA
Jun 8th 2015, 5:52 pm
Replies: 11
Views: 3,308
Posted By FinnDiego

Re: Moving from UK to San Diego

Quick transit to downtown AND being close to a beach is a tricky combination. If Coaster schedules work the beach cities would be an option, but even that isn't going to be 30 minutes door-to-door......
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