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Forum: USA
Apr 9th 2016, 10:28 am
Replies: 126
Views: 15,870
Posted By dlake02

Re: When does it get easier? Unhappy in Michigan.

Be VERY careful on University and think ahead - we moved back after 4 1/2 unhappy years with a son going into Year 9. At the same time, I started a Postgraduate degree and was shocked to find that...
Forum: Back Home
Apr 6th 2015, 7:11 pm
Replies: 78
Views: 13,430
Posted By dlake02

Re: Seven Months

Hi Sally

Congratulations on your move back - I'm glad you found the UK to be as you wanted it to be.

I'm still half-stuck in Santa Clara, CA, but I'm spending more and more time back in the...
Mar 9th 2015, 3:32 pm
Replies: 119
Views: 7,438
Posted By dlake02

Re: We really have crap healthcare

So, it's the usual selfish "I don't want to pay for those bad people that get sick and I'm never going to get sick" argument.

It's this type of person that drove me out of the US after 4 1/2...
Forum: USA
Nov 13th 2014, 9:41 am
Replies: 281
Views: 14,351
Posted By dlake02

Re: Emigrating to California with children

So it's been a while since I last posted on this forum, but I couldn't resist this opportunity...

To the OP - IMHO, don't do it ! We found America, California in specific, to be a place tied up...
Forum: USA
Apr 8th 2014, 11:32 pm
Replies: 156
Views: 13,901
Posted By dlake02

Re: Get here on your own dime! Advice required.

We just couldn't make it work on $145k/year plus income from the UK and some bonuses.

South Bay (Santa Clara) is horrendously expensive - our rent went up 10%/year for three years in a row whilst...
Apr 8th 2014, 11:22 pm
Replies: 150
Views: 11,962
Posted By dlake02

Re: Struggling in the US

For the poster that mentioned "Entitlement," please.

<rant>

The US is the most selfishly over-entitled country in the WORLD. It believes it's "entitled" to export its own "culture" in the...
Mar 25th 2014, 4:33 am
Replies: 1,297
Views: 138,650
Posted By dlake02

Re: UK TV Programs

Just watched "Turks and Caicos" on BBC2. Superb near le-Carre spy story by David Hare (written and directed).

Some of my all-time favourite actors (Bill Nighy, Helen Bonham-Carter, Ralph Fiennes,...
Mar 23rd 2014, 7:29 pm
Replies: 491
Views: 23,763
Posted By dlake02

Re: When in Rome...

This should be required reading for anyone that posts on the magical InterWeb:

http://www.us.penguingroup.com/static/pdf/teachersguides/eatsshootsleaves.pdf

Heard her being interviewed on ...
Mar 23rd 2014, 6:43 pm
Replies: 491
Views: 23,763
Posted By dlake02

Re: When in Rome...

If you are indeed a real person and not a troll, I would be more than happy to converse with you by PM. After 3 years of trying to "fit-in" here, I came to the conclusion that America really...
Forum: USA
Mar 15th 2014, 5:01 pm
Replies: 30
Views: 3,037
Posted By dlake02

Re: Am I delusional?

I'm going to say it... "you are delusional for even wanting to live in the US"

Every man and their dog in the US has a 4 year Bachelors. Many have Masters (of questionable quality) others have...
Mar 15th 2014, 5:22 am
Replies: 4
Views: 427
Posted By dlake02

Re: problem with bbc website?

It was a Comcast issue in their transit to the BBC from one of their routers in Virginia. Fixed around 11.00 PST.
Mar 13th 2014, 5:07 pm
Replies: 69
Views: 4,561
Posted By dlake02

Re: UK Middle Lane on motorways.

Driving in Germany is enjoyable. In fact, driving in most of Europe is much nicer than dealing with people that filled out an application, handed in the corn-flake boxtops and were given a licence...
Forum: USA
Mar 9th 2014, 3:02 am
Replies: 27
Views: 2,082
Posted By dlake02

Re: A question about living costs in California

Frankly, you are bonkers.

Stay in the UK and enjoy your savings and lifestyle - there is nothing even close in the US no matter how hard you look.
Forum: USA
Mar 7th 2014, 4:38 pm
Replies: 48
Views: 4,766
Posted By dlake02

Re: Can we afford East Bay Area

90K in the East Bay ? No way. Maybe a house in some parts of Oakland :ohmy:

We were on $160k and found it a struggle in the middle of Silicon Valley. £100k/year is a bloody good salary in...
Forum: USA
Mar 4th 2014, 1:08 am
Replies: 156
Views: 13,901
Posted By dlake02

Re: Get here on your own dime! Advice required.

Yep. Moved from the Brighton area to the Bay Area and now going back.

Forget the west coast on $140k - forget the coast on $1.4m ! You won't get anywhere near it. In the Bay Area, the going...
Mar 1st 2014, 12:27 am
Replies: 70
Views: 7,058
Posted By dlake02

Re: This is AWFUL

The UK is expensive in EU terms, and a typical monthly charge is around £10-15/month for a BT Infinity-derived service. However, I'm currently paying £2.50/month for an unlimited but slow (16Mbit/s)...
Feb 28th 2014, 6:27 pm
Replies: 70
Views: 7,058
Posted By dlake02

Re: This is AWFUL

Correct. They have a separate class where voice is run in a priority queue between their gateways and your phone.

However, in this instance, the Comcast network looks more like a private network...
Feb 27th 2014, 6:15 pm
Replies: 70
Views: 7,058
Posted By dlake02

Re: This is AWFUL

No QoS on the Internet.... You'd need an admission and policing policy that understood customer need vs available resources. ATM was designed to do exactly this. But IP won. It's a Betamax vs...
Feb 19th 2014, 3:12 am
Feb 19th 2014, 3:11 am
Replies: 400
Views: 12,747
Posted By dlake02

Re: 9th Circuit tosses Calif. concealed weapon rules

It's not for me to answer ! It's for the citizens of the country to demand that their politicians to do what they are paid to do. When the overwhelming majority of people want guns removed from...
Feb 19th 2014, 3:01 am
Replies: 400
Views: 12,747
Posted By dlake02

Re: 9th Circuit tosses Calif. concealed weapon rules

It's when you say 300 million that it sends a shiver up my spine....

Law is dynamic - what was right in 1791, 223 years ago, may not apply today

What the law should be is up to the people of...
Feb 19th 2014, 2:42 am
Replies: 400
Views: 12,747
Posted By dlake02

Re: 9th Circuit tosses Calif. concealed weapon rules

Ignoring the method by which the violence is applied, the USA ranks as the most violent "developed" nation by a very long way:
...
Feb 19th 2014, 2:08 am
Replies: 400
Views: 12,747
Posted By dlake02

Re: 9th Circuit tosses Calif. concealed weapon rules

OK - serious question now. When does that brain-washing happen because it's not a Middle School (as far as I can tell). In fact, my son's history teacher was lecturing on the fall of the Roman...
Feb 19th 2014, 1:29 am
Replies: 400
Views: 12,747
Posted By dlake02

Re: 9th Circuit tosses Calif. concealed weapon rules

The surgery phoned my wife up whilst she was bleeding profusely knowing that she had to go in the next day. I may argue, or I may just take the money out of savings. There appears to be no...
Feb 19th 2014, 1:20 am
Replies: 70
Views: 7,058
Posted By dlake02

Re: This is AWFUL

Yes - this makes a lot of sense and is effectively the system that exists in most other places of the world.

The problem is that the transport side is becoming commodity and no-one is making any...
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