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Yesterday, 10:45 pm
Replies: 22
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Posted By robin1234

Re: Another small step to becoming more American.

My wife keeps very sensibly pointing out, it’s not the difference between shops and products in England vs. America I’m coming up against. It’s the difference between dirt poor, rural, hard scrabble...
Yesterday, 8:39 am
Replies: 22
Views: 520
Posted By robin1234

Re: Another small step to becoming more American.

My clothing choices are pretty much US-centric. Mostly Carhartt, with a side-order of LL Bean, and ball-cap with the public radio logo, etc. So, I got to England a month ago, and quickly realised I...
Yesterday, 8:23 am
Replies: 22
Views: 520
Posted By robin1234

Re: Another small step to becoming more American.

One I use all the time is “I’m good.” As in, “will you have some more mashed potato?” “No thanks! I’m good.”

Here’s one that’s completely involuntary, if I’m in a shop in England, accidentally get...
Forum: USA
Jan 31st 2023, 8:16 am
Replies: 23
Views: 786
Posted By robin1234

Re: Pre-clearance negative experience

I guess you should have said “Venice, California” right upfront, since that is the normal format in the US if someone asks where you live. I mean, even if I was in New York, if an official asked me...
Forum: USA
Jan 25th 2023, 8:15 am
Replies: 3
Views: 286
Posted By robin1234

Re: IRS Exchange Rate for 2022

Thanks.

I’m sick of taxes, but I think the alternative is worse.
Forum: USA
Jan 23rd 2023, 8:30 am
Replies: 44
Views: 2,048
Posted By robin1234

Re: Relinquishing Green Card

Sounds like you’re fully qualified to become a citizen, though, I’m not sure how long it takes from initial application. You’d just have to remain a US resident for that much longer, which of course...
Forum: Back Home
Jan 20th 2023, 6:43 pm
Replies: 16
Views: 1,089
Posted By robin1234

Re: Moved back and now hoping to returning to the U.S.

Great post, thanks. I hope you’ve made a good recovery. I know what you mean about the kids - we bought a second home in England in 2015, to keep our options open, since we had one child settled in...
Jan 9th 2023, 8:41 am
Replies: 14
Views: 1,029
Posted By robin1234

Re: Help with home sickness

I used to love the old “mom & pop” motels. If you were lucky, there was a real 1960s “Route 66” vibe, you could sit outside the door on your plastic chair and watch the semi trucks roar past as you...
Forum: USA
Jan 5th 2023, 10:22 am
Replies: 46
Views: 3,495
Posted By robin1234

Re: UK vs US cost of living - has it balanced out for you?

Trader Joe’s is an interesting case, it’s probably the only truly national wine “brick and mortar” retailer in America. (Of course, some states like NY they don’t sell wine because of restrictive...
Forum: USA
Jan 4th 2023, 5:35 pm
Replies: 46
Views: 3,495
Posted By robin1234

Re: UK vs US cost of living - has it balanced out for you?

I used to order groceries for my mother from Tesco, she died in 2006 so I think it was 2001 - 2005 that I managed that for her, from my home in NY. At that time, there was no problem with paying...
Forum: USA
Jan 4th 2023, 10:17 am
Replies: 46
Views: 3,495
Posted By robin1234

Re: UK vs US cost of living - has it balanced out for you?

In England, I usually get my wine delivered, from the Wine Society. My first case is scheduled for delivery tomorrow, so the Tesco bottle will hold me over till then.

The Wine Society has some...
Forum: USA
Jan 4th 2023, 9:25 am
Replies: 46
Views: 3,495
Posted By robin1234

Re: UK vs US cost of living - has it balanced out for you?

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Jancis Robinson would probably not approve but...
Forum: USA
Jan 4th 2023, 9:03 am
Replies: 46
Views: 3,495
Posted By robin1234

Re: UK vs US cost of living - has it balanced out for you?

I just got to England for a three month stay in our flat in Norfolk. Was chatting to my son who lives in Los Angeles about wine. He opined that you wouldn’t expect a drinkable bottle in LA for less...
Dec 31st 2022, 3:17 pm
Replies: 54
Views: 8,984
Posted By robin1234

Re: moving back from USA to UK - any regrets?

This is my experience too. When we first lived in England together, my wife made an honest effort to like British things, including regular tea with milk. She even tried to like my parents &...
Forum: USA
Dec 22nd 2022, 1:37 pm
Replies: 43
Views: 4,979
Posted By robin1234

Re: UK US Difference

To put it in perspective though - some proportion of four-way stops still work fine, because drivers are still considerate and law-abiding. In our area, for instance, small-town northern New York,...
Dec 13th 2022, 1:41 pm
Replies: 4
Views: 444
Posted By robin1234

Re: US/UK dual citizen giving birth in the UK

I think that’s right. We did it pretty early because we were planning to travel to the US to visit family.
Dec 13th 2022, 1:15 pm
Replies: 4
Views: 444
Posted By robin1234

Re: US/UK dual citizen giving birth in the UK

https://uk.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/citizenship/consular-report-of-birth-abroad-crba-and-first-u-s-passport/

Child will be a US citizen from birth. See the link above - Consular Report...
Forum: USA
Dec 7th 2022, 4:20 pm
Replies: 26
Views: 1,883
Posted By robin1234

Re: Stay in UK or Go back to Walnut?

On the other hand, he asked his former employer. They didn’t reach out to him. The idea of going back to a former employer is potentially disappointing; rose-tinted glasses, new role may not be as...
Forum: USA
Nov 22nd 2022, 9:20 pm
Replies: 11
Views: 551
Posted By robin1234

Re: Radio station alternatives

This short list struck me as useful. It includes one of my favorite stations (WQXR) and the one that you mentioned as a example (BBC Radio 6). Best internet radio stations.
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Forum: USA
Nov 22nd 2022, 1:18 pm
Replies: 11
Views: 551
Posted By robin1234

Re: Radio station alternatives

I’m in Canton, New York. To develop what Folinsky says, every state asserts the right to use the same town names. In the NE, there’s a Springfield, Concord, Canton and Cambridge in virtually every...
Forum: USA
Nov 21st 2022, 10:53 pm
Replies: 11
Views: 551
Posted By robin1234

Re: Radio station alternatives

Where in Ohio? Radio is very local in the US - some places (cities, college towns) are very rich in radio stations, other, more rural locations, there’s often virtually nothing. I don’t know what...
Nov 12th 2022, 7:00 pm
Replies: 8,021
Views: 525,005
Posted By robin1234

Re: Let's talk about cars

Thanks, good article - as far as it goes. The comments section brings up other perspectives, for instance the need to fund roads if you’re not paying a gas tax, also much commentary about charging...
Nov 12th 2022, 3:03 pm
Replies: 8,021
Views: 525,005
Posted By robin1234

Re: Let's talk about cars

Talking of Teslas, I’d never seen one till about six weeks ago - we live in a sparsely populated rural area. We drove down to Connecticut to visit friends who’ve moved there .. driving into CT, we...
Nov 11th 2022, 1:36 pm
Replies: 34
Views: 2,029
Posted By robin1234

Re: Mid-terms - hold my nose and tick the box?

It is bad enough that people are encouraged (guilt-tripped) to give money to candidates and PACs during the campaign and all the way up to Election Day. But even worse - candidates are now in the...
Nov 9th 2022, 4:32 pm
Replies: 34
Views: 2,029
Posted By robin1234

Re: Mid-terms - hold my nose and tick the box?

Realistically, I think Trump is now finished. His presence was a significant detriment to Republican electoral chances in 2018 and in 2020. Now, 2022 they significantly underperformed too. Who did...
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