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Forum: USA
Jul 30th 2012, 2:27 am
Replies: 11
Views: 2,430
Posted By FredCDobbs

Re: UK Graduate wanting to move to the USA

. . . or even a naughty one for that matter.
Forum: USA
Jul 30th 2012, 2:26 am
Replies: 11
Views: 2,430
Posted By FredCDobbs

Re: UK Graduate wanting to move to the USA

Find a nice single American girl whose father owns a bank.
Forum: USA
Jul 1st 2012, 3:19 am
Replies: 33
Views: 6,340
Posted By FredCDobbs

Re: UK/USA Dual Citizen moving to California

Could've been a different tfc3000.
Forum: USA
Apr 16th 2012, 1:14 am
Forum: USA
Apr 15th 2012, 11:25 pm
Replies: 995
Views: 88,793
Posted By FredCDobbs

Re: What's your favorite thing about the US?

Getting back to the original topic ... A couple of things I like about the US . . .

The First Amendment -- free speech and no establishment of religion:

No prior restraints on speech, no "super...
Forum: USA
Aug 31st 2011, 6:59 pm
Replies: 14
Views: 1,303
Posted By FredCDobbs

Re: Finance suggestions

Since you own your home free and clear of any mortgage you might be able to take out a home equity line of credit.
Forum: USA
Aug 7th 2011, 2:14 am
Replies: 104
Views: 9,167
Posted By FredCDobbs

Re: Cost of Living for a young family in LA?

L.A. -- like a lot of places, I suppose -- is what you make of it. If you come here determined to take advantage of all the wonderful things that make it a great city, you should have a blast. If...
Forum: USA
Aug 7th 2011, 1:17 am
Replies: 104
Views: 9,167
Posted By FredCDobbs

Re: Cost of Living for a young family in LA?

I'm not convinced of that at all.

If you did an objective comparison of prices for food (groceries and restaurant), clothing, cars (new or used), petrol/gas, wine & beer (staples!), electronics...
Forum: USA
Jul 28th 2011, 1:52 am
Replies: 2,161
Views: 264,108
Posted By FredCDobbs

Re: Passport Delays

I told my credit card company (Chase), on their online "dispute charge" form, that:

(1.) The "service" provided by Careline was lousy, in that they gave me information that turned out to be...
Forum: USA
Jul 26th 2011, 6:39 am
Replies: 2,161
Views: 264,108
Posted By FredCDobbs

Re: Passport Delays

If anyone's interested, I did get a full refund of Careline charges by contesting them through the credit card company. Less than $30, but it was the principle of the thing. Evidently the passport...
Forum: USA
Jul 26th 2011, 5:49 am
Replies: 9
Views: 3,386
Posted By FredCDobbs

Re: Good places to live in Irvine, Orange County, CA

Hi Big Paul

To be honest you don't sound like an Orange County guy to me. If you really don't mind a 45 minute commute on the 405, I'd suggest you consider Long Beach, or maybe Huntington Beach. ...
Forum: USA
Jul 19th 2011, 9:47 pm
Replies: 2,161
Views: 264,108
Posted By FredCDobbs

Re: Passport Delays

Surely you're not suggesting that people aren't fully justified in phoning to complain about the disgraceful way they've been treated and this whole appalling fiasco?
Forum: USA
Jul 16th 2011, 5:18 pm
Replies: 2,161
Views: 264,108
Posted By FredCDobbs

Re: Passport Delays

[QUOTE=BellaE;9497489]"Due to the delays in passport processing there will be no additional charges for using this service. However, your telephone service provider will charge for an international...
Forum: USA
Jun 29th 2011, 4:45 pm
Replies: 2,161
Views: 264,108
Posted By FredCDobbs

Re: Passport Delays

My daughter's passport finally arrived. 14 weeks after the application was sent in; 11 weeks after the credit card was charged.

I've started the process with my credit card company to contest...
Forum: USA
Jun 7th 2011, 11:46 pm
Replies: 2,161
Views: 264,108
Posted By FredCDobbs

Re: Passport Delays

See my first paragraph. Careline said it shouldn't be taking so long, promised to call back next day and didn't. Ker-ching.

Maybe a class action on behalf of all customers who've been fleeced by...
Forum: USA
Jun 7th 2011, 11:11 pm
Replies: 2,161
Views: 264,108
Posted By FredCDobbs

Re: Passport Delays

I called the so-called Careline on Sunday and a pleasant Scottish chap promised they'd call me back on Monday -- even confirmed my telephone number. It's Tuesday and still no call.

To recap my...
Forum: USA
Jun 5th 2011, 8:30 pm
Replies: 2,161
Views: 264,108
Posted By FredCDobbs

Re: Passport Delays

OK, apparently the thing to do is PM Dean. Need to have made three posts to be allowed to PM. This is my third. Sorry.
Forum: USA
Jun 5th 2011, 8:25 pm
Replies: 2,161
Views: 264,108
Posted By FredCDobbs

Re: Passport Delays

Actually sent it in February 26 -- 14 weeks ago.
Forum: USA
Jun 5th 2011, 8:15 pm
Replies: 2,161
Views: 264,108
Posted By FredCDobbs

Re: Passport Delays

Submitted daughter's passport application in March. Credit card charged March 23rd. Still no passport. Scheduled to leave June 8th. In a total panic.
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