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Jul 11th 2019, 4:53 pm
Replies: 13
Views: 618
Posted By ivanidea


My American friends are amused when I say BOGOF whenever I see BOGO :D
Jul 9th 2019, 10:34 pm
Replies: 3
Views: 332
Posted By ivanidea

I-751 Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence - Initial Interview

Back in March, I submitted my I-751, along with requested documents. I was invited to attend a Biometrics Appointment a month later.

I have now been requested to appear for an initial interview...
Jun 14th 2019, 3:39 pm
Replies: 99
Views: 9,229
Posted By ivanidea

Re: Is It Wrong To Want To 'Look' For An American Girlfriend

Are there any work related conferences you can attend in the USA? That's how I met my wife.

We also had many common interests which helped though.

Be aware that there may be American...
Jun 4th 2019, 6:22 pm
Replies: 122
Views: 13,771
Posted By ivanidea

Re: Meanwhile in Florida

Just been sent this link:
Man Arrested For Domestic Ketchup Battery | The Smoking Gun (http://thesmokinggun.com/documents/stupid/ketchup-battery-578926)
Apr 1st 2019, 3:35 pm
Replies: 8
Views: 427
Posted By ivanidea

Re: Drive a Digger.


I might visit this place, since it's not too far from my in-laws.
Mar 29th 2019, 12:21 pm
Replies: 60
Views: 5,107
Posted By ivanidea

Re: Today is not a good day

Just looked at the Parkers website - I may have to purchase some bacon, since the US stuff has far too much fat, and I need to get my cholesterol down!
Forum: USA
Mar 11th 2019, 3:45 pm
Replies: 4
Views: 696
Posted By ivanidea

Re: Yet another thread about shipping...

Another shout out for shipit.co.uk / 1st Move International. They are not the cheapest, but were one of the few companies who would collect packed boxes (I spent several months packing prior to...
Feb 5th 2019, 8:51 pm
Replies: 21
Views: 2,550
Posted By ivanidea

Re: How did you manage the lack of leave?

Retirement healthcare is the big worry.
My wife wants to get British citizenship, so we may investigate that nearer the time, although that will probably be another expensive and time consuming task.
Feb 5th 2019, 8:44 pm
Replies: 21
Views: 2,550
Posted By ivanidea

Re: How did you manage the lack of leave?

I dreaded the move to the USA. My friends in IT were complaining about being on call 24/7, with only 1 weeks vacation time, and that was only if they were allowed to use it!
I get a job in IT for a...
Forum: USA
Oct 15th 2018, 7:15 pm
Replies: 25
Views: 2,490
Posted By ivanidea

re: Dream move - Scotland to Texas

Have a look at the following links:
Oct 7th 2018, 2:19 am
Replies: 8
Views: 1,008
Posted By ivanidea

Re: What would you do

My wife came over to the UK for my last Christmas and Hogmanay. It also gave her the opportunity to visit Scotland. Probably my last visit to Scotland for many years to come too.

Stay in the UK...
Forum: USA
Sep 4th 2018, 6:09 pm
Replies: 21
Views: 1,819
Posted By ivanidea

Re: Best US bank account for British expats?

Been sent this link about Bank of America:

Don't know if at affects anybody on this site (or how true the story is).
Forum: Meet-ups
Aug 14th 2018, 6:44 pm
Replies: 740
Views: 82,902
Posted By ivanidea

Re: Who is from Yorkshire?

Born in Bradford (dad is a cricket fan and wanted me to play for Yorkshire). Unfortunately, by the time I was at school, we were living in a minor county (Staffordshire) and the schools didn't play...
Forum: USA
Aug 14th 2018, 6:10 pm
Replies: 37
Views: 1,709
Posted By ivanidea

Re: 403(b) retirement plan

403(B) is the non profit version of the 401(K).
I'd save as much as you can into the scheme, especially since it is tax free savings (just so long as you don't withdraw before the age of 59 and a...
Aug 7th 2018, 5:30 pm
Replies: 19
Views: 2,042
Posted By ivanidea

Limiting Citizenship

Not sure if this will affect me getting citizenship in a few years time:
Aug 4th 2018, 3:43 pm
Replies: 53
Views: 2,393
Posted By ivanidea

Re: Apartment burgled

My wife can recommend your wife joins Well Armed Woman https://thewellarmedwoman.com/

She joined a few years ago, after the loss of her dog (before she knew me), since she had no dog to scare off...
Forum: USA
Jul 23rd 2018, 2:32 pm
Replies: 16
Views: 2,006
Posted By ivanidea

Re: Finally relocated from UK to Florida

Good luck on your new life in Florida.

I've been here for just over a year, and don't regret the move. Wouldn't have been my first choice, but since the wife already lives here, and didn't want to...
Forum: USA
Jul 18th 2018, 5:56 pm
Replies: 29
Views: 3,090
Posted By ivanidea

Re: Setting up a US bank account

I had no problem opening my checking account with PNC.

I chose PNC, since that is the bank the wife used, and had no problems with. Also has a lower wire transfer fee than some other banks.

Forum: USA
May 10th 2018, 2:35 pm
Replies: 4,287
Views: 285,724
Posted By ivanidea

Re: Price of gas update...

Yesterday, driving to work, gas was $2.519, but when I drove home later, it was (and still is) $2.799!
It always goes up just before I need to fill up.
Apr 25th 2018, 5:46 pm
Replies: 11
Views: 779
Posted By ivanidea

Re: Collecting States, Dead Presidents, Libraries

As a newcommer, I've only been to 8 states so far, but do plan to visit more (if not all).

Living in Florida, I had a fun time playing spot the snowbird, and saw plates from every US state,...
Forum: USA
Mar 13th 2018, 2:23 pm
Replies: 8
Views: 1,778
Posted By ivanidea

Re: Shipping to the USA

I did read the reviews, which warned of items getting broken during the shrinkwrap phase (look on their website - don't have pics of my packages handy).

I made sure to take extra care with my...
Forum: USA
Mar 12th 2018, 6:45 pm
Replies: 8
Views: 1,778
Posted By ivanidea

Re: Shipping to the USA

I used 1st Move International, and was happy with their service.

They charge according to volume. I self packed (they will pack for you if required), and ended up with 2 pallets, which were...
Mar 6th 2018, 1:15 pm
Replies: 24
Views: 1,201
Posted By ivanidea

Re: The BIG white envelope

When I went through Orlando last year, mine was stamped with a 2 year expiry date. Didn't make any difference though, since I received the actual Green Card 2 months later.

As an aside, my...
Forum: USA
Jan 31st 2018, 3:42 pm
Replies: 31
Views: 1,965
Posted By ivanidea

Re: Driving in the US

I don't know if Florida is getting tough on their driving tests, or it was just the centre I went to.

I had to drive around the car park, observing stop signs, drive into a parking space, explain...
Forum: USA
Jan 24th 2018, 2:07 pm
Replies: 13
Views: 863
Posted By ivanidea

Re: US tax forms

Last year, my wife tried to do this, but her version of TurboTax wouldn't allow this, but we did have the option of delaying filing until October, since I had expected to be in USA in summer and...
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