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Mar 5th 2013, 3:10 pm
Replies: 176
Views: 9,298
Posted By RChappo

Re: The Collywobbles - going back this month!

I have that feeling all too often! :) This song sums it up pretty well I find:

http://youtu.be/gJy_v19QK8U
Mar 1st 2013, 11:45 am
Replies: 107
Views: 9,204
Posted By RChappo

Re: What do You Miss About the UK?

Yes! Wit and humour is in very short supply where I live.
It's like pulling teeth to start a conversation with anyone. I can tell that people just don't feel comfortable talking - their eyes glaze...
Feb 28th 2013, 7:57 pm
Replies: 31
Views: 3,078
Posted By RChappo

Re: What the F**k Am I doing here

I feel it more at weekends when I don't have work to occupy my mind. Just that long empty 48 hour void at the end of the week to have to try and fill.
I resent the fact that I have come to quite...
Feb 27th 2013, 1:01 pm
Replies: 107
Views: 9,204
Posted By RChappo

Re: What do You Miss About the UK?

I agree about the lack of walking or meeting spots here. It doesn't create many opportunities for proper interaction with your fellow humans, and it tends to breed a certain inbuilt paranoia in...
Feb 27th 2013, 12:00 pm
Replies: 107
Views: 9,204
Posted By RChappo

Re: What do You Miss About the UK?

I'm also in upstate NY (Rochester, NY) and also have that experience. I have days (if my wife is away or I'm home alone) when I will not have uttered a word to another human being (just the cats!) It...
Feb 22nd 2013, 5:10 pm
Replies: 107
Views: 9,204
Posted By RChappo

Re: What do You Miss About the UK?

Heehee...I thought somebody might mention the superbowl - the "highlights" of which appear to be the adverts judging by the news the next day! ;)

Even events from the past like Live Aid are much...
Feb 22nd 2013, 4:30 pm
Replies: 107
Views: 9,204
Posted By RChappo

Re: What do You Miss About the UK?

I miss the feeling of having a "collective" experience.
OK it may be somewhat of a myth but when something like the Olympics opening ceremony is on you feel as if the whole country is watching it at...
Feb 22nd 2013, 3:59 pm
Replies: 60
Views: 6,295
Posted By RChappo

Re: Just another cursed expat!

I also feel like this. I'm going to be 40 in a few months time and have spent the whole of my 30's in the USA. I do consider it something of a lost decade in my life really with only a handful of...
Feb 22nd 2013, 12:38 pm
Replies: 1,024
Views: 60,767
Posted By RChappo

Re: I think today I've gone 'troppo' - help!

Sorry to butt-in, but this is a song that I always listen to when I'm in a homesick mood. It's a little weepy for me so be warned! :)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QUo4rM6uZP8
Feb 21st 2013, 7:55 pm
Replies: 1,024
Views: 60,767
Posted By RChappo

Re: I think today I've gone 'troppo' - help!

Heehee...that one is on my iPod. I play it sometimes in the car to give my wife a "not so subtle" hint as to my state of mind! :)
Feb 21st 2013, 4:38 pm
Replies: 60
Views: 6,295
Posted By RChappo

Re: Just another cursed expat!

Agreed. It is just so ingrained in the culture though over here that I don't think it will ever change sadly.
Feb 21st 2013, 4:36 pm
Replies: 60
Views: 6,295
Posted By RChappo

Re: Just another cursed expat!

I know. I woman at my workplace (a well educated woman) once told me she didn't agree that a portion of her property tax went to the schools in her area because "none of my kids go to those schools,...
Feb 21st 2013, 3:44 pm
Replies: 60
Views: 6,295
Posted By RChappo

Re: Just another cursed expat!

Hi Windsong,

It's good to know there are people out there with the same thoughts. The extreme reaction to what are, at this point anyway, fairly minor (and probably inadeqaute) changes to the gun...
Feb 13th 2013, 12:18 pm
Replies: 60
Views: 6,295
Posted By RChappo

Re: Just another cursed expat!

Hey Highland Penguin,

I just read your original post and feel very much the same disconnect as you do. I have also been in the US for 10 years and instead of feeling more at home as time has...
Mar 19th 2012, 1:50 am
Replies: 37
Views: 10,944
Posted By RChappo

Re: NHS dental treatment in the U.K.

Hi again folks...been lurking for a while but this thread has piqued my interest again :)

As far as I'm concerned a lot of American's teeth are so perfect and shiny white that they look...
Jan 26th 2012, 2:32 am
Replies: 21
Views: 3,020
Posted By RChappo

Re: So whats good to watch on UK TV lately

I was in the UK over Xmas and saw some episodes of Mrs Brown's Boys. It's quite silly but I found it hilarious. I was staying with my parents and they both love it....my mother was in stitches on...
Dec 12th 2011, 3:39 am
Replies: 29
Views: 8,326
Posted By RChappo

Re: American TV Commercials

True. I believe a lot of the ad companies get around the rules by compressing the advert soundtracks - so they sound much louder...but technically they aren't amplifying them. They always find a...
Dec 9th 2011, 3:33 am
Replies: 29
Views: 8,326
Posted By RChappo

Re: American TV Commercials

I'm warming to this topic! :)

Does anyone else here really hate the US jewelry ads as well? Especially at this time of year.

It's all sentimental tosh and then the prices of the pieces are...
Dec 7th 2011, 12:09 am
Replies: 29
Views: 8,326
Posted By RChappo

Re: American TV Commercials

Going back to the US medical ads, I hate it when they say "ask your doctor about...." when referring to a certain medication.

I was always led to believe that it was the doctors job to tell you...
Dec 3rd 2011, 5:45 pm
Replies: 75
Views: 8,981
Posted By RChappo

Re: What are your plans for Christmas

Yes she is very normal (thank goodness!). Her grandmother is also a very lovely person - the complete opposite of her parents. I've never understood it.
Dec 3rd 2011, 3:30 pm
Replies: 29
Views: 8,326
Posted By RChappo

Re: American TV Commercials

And the ad soundtracks are much LOUDER than the program soundtracks so you have to reach for the volume control so your ears don't get blasted.

My wife likes to watch the Big Bang Theory and if we...
Dec 3rd 2011, 3:11 pm
Replies: 75
Views: 8,981
Posted By RChappo

Re: What are your plans for Christmas

Every Thanksgiving, every birthday (of any family member), every new year, every Chinese new year (there is asian heritage in the family), every anniversary, every easter, and any time my MIL decides...
Dec 2nd 2011, 9:52 pm
Replies: 75
Views: 8,981
Posted By RChappo

Re: What are your plans for Christmas

Thanks for everyone's comments. Two days later and I've just about calmed down :)

I really had to bite my tongue and I feel kind of bad that I didn't stand up for my wife when she was being...
Nov 30th 2011, 8:23 pm
Replies: 75
Views: 8,981
Posted By RChappo

Re: What are your plans for Christmas

Well...we leave for the UK in about 2 weeks. Can't wait.

But...last night we had the (not unexpected it must be said), major guilt trip laid on us by my MIL (American). In fact my wife's parents...
Forum: USA
Nov 23rd 2011, 1:10 am
Replies: 1,530
Views: 271,790
Posted By RChappo

Re: Anyone Regret Moving To USA

A situation like that it really brings the inadequacies of the US healthcare system home to you doesn't it? My father got diagnosed with lung cancer two years ago and has had x rays, cat scans, mri...
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