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Title: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on March 25, 2016, 05:34:53 am
Ok, so this thread has been requested by many of you guys out there and even some girls. I've been putting off starting it, because I wondered just how much interest there could be in a move to the USA? But I've been here just over a week now, and I have had so many " WTF"  moments that I have decided to share them. So bear with me, I'll get to them.

But I have to start at the beginning, just to give some background...  :sip:
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Post by: silvrav on March 25, 2016, 05:39:58 am
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Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on March 25, 2016, 05:59:48 am
I never ever considered that I would ever move to the USA. I had thought about Australia, because a good mate from school made the move and he seemed to adapt quite well. I even thought about moving to Botswana once, but that didn't happen either. Obviously  :biggrin:

But then I met this really hot chick from the USA. And we hit it off big time. We even got married, thats how big we hit it off. But even then I didn't think that I'd MOVE to the USA. Visit, of course. Meet all her friends back home, see all those awesome places I'd only read about or seen on TV. But thats it, never MOVE to the USA.

But then one day, about a year ago she and I were chatting. I was doing my 9-week tax-rotation in Lesotho, and we were talking about how kak it is that I have to work out of the country in order to look after my family. And how I have to spend so much time away from home as a result. I mean, it's just not lekker, being away from home so much. It really puts a strain on the home life.

So we started talking about various options. But the only really viable one was that we move to the USA, and start over. With the provisio that whatever job I do over here, I live at home. No nightshifts, no away-jobs. Deal.

Another decision was WHERE in the USA? The USA is a pretty big place, and there are lots of different areas to live in. The wife was from Baltimore, Maryland. But after 3 winters in Lesotho I told her that there was no way I was going to live in a place where I could potentially freeze to death. It had to be warm. She told me that the only other place in the USA that she would like to live would be Florida. And not just anywhere in Florida, it had to be sort of around the middle, half-way up. And the east coast. And within a reasonable distance from the ocean. Close enough that we would be able to hit the beach weekends.

So she showed me a spot on the map of where she wanted to be. She told me about it, I googled it stukkend, and we made the decision. We would move to Florida. Brevard County. Somewhere in the vicinity of Melbourne...

The only snag was getting the Immigration Visa from the US Consulate. The website told us what we needed to do, and it sounded moerofa complicated. Endless reams of paperwork, medicals, payments... eish. But we knuckled down and persisted. Got all the papers that they wanted; Police clearance certificate, work qualifications, proof of co-habitation, UNABRIDGED birth certificate for me, UNABRIDGED marriage certificate, proof of previous divorce (had to get the Afrikaans version I got from the High-Court on the day pf the divorce Translated - the 'mericans dont understand Afrikaans) Etc etc etc...

We hit snags, that ended up costing us over R20k in extra expenses. But we persisted. We didn't lose sight of the goal. I will admit that I formulated a " plan B"  for IF they decided not to accept me for an immigration visa. It involved a move within SA, down to the coast...  

WE were saving too. Saving like crazy. Doing away with the lekker things in life, like braai's, and restaurants, and farkles for the bike. And not spending money on anything we didn't REALLY need.

Eventually we had all our paperwork done and submitted. And we got the interview at the consulate in JHB. Jissis I was nervous hey! Sweating like crazy... but it went well and the lady said that I would get an answer from them within about 10 working days. I got the email from them 36 HOURS later to say that I had been approved for an immigration visa!

I'll just say that that night I got rather vrot  ;D  :lol8:
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Post by: Draadwerk on March 25, 2016, 06:09:55 am
Sub - ek lees - baie interessant - gooi jou Merican  :imaposer:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on March 25, 2016, 06:22:45 am
The immigration visa is a sticker that they paste into your passport. Its got lots of stuff printed into it, but one of the most important things is the date. They give you a certain amount of time (6 months from the date of your medical exam) to enter the USA. If you don't enter by that date the immigration visa is cancelled and you start the entire process over again. My final date for entry was 12 April 2016. I had to be in the USA by then, or bust.

I decided that it would be best if I could finish the financial year in SA just so that my tax was sorted. So we booked the flight tickets for 15 MARCH. I resigned my job so that I would finish off at the end of Feb. Then I would still have 2 weeks from getting back home from Lesotho to finish packing all our stuff, sell the car, sell the bike, sell everything else that we weren't taking with us, load the rest for the shipping company, and get on a plane. Easy peasy....

Right. NOT.

The amount of things that needed to be done was mind-boggling. Things that should be simple, like cancelling the Telkom line, became a nightmare. I thought that I had planned everything really well. But I was wrong, there was so much that I hadn't thought of, that came back to bite me. Stuff like saying goodbye to friends and family members. Eventually we left with many people not having seen us to say goodbye. Stuff that I could have sold for good money I either gave away for free, of flipped for stupid bargains, just so that it was out of the house, out of the way. The couple that worked for me, the gardener and the maid, they made out like kings! more than 4 car-loads of stuff (clothing, bedding, kitchen stuff, etc etc etc)

But finally dates started arriving. Originally we were looking at getting a 20-foot shipping container, loading ALL our stuff. Furniture, the lot, but the quote was around US$10k for that. Not achievable. Cancel that idea. Then we looked at 4 pallet loads of stuff. Quote - almost R40k. Stuff that. Reduce the load to 2 pallets, quote around the R25k mark. Just to get it to Miami, more costs that side. Ok, sums done. It will cost more than R25k to replace the stuff we want to take over, and some of that stuff has a lot of sentimental value to us.

But even so, there is only so much one can fit onto 2 pallet-loads. We had to be very strict in our selection of what we would take, and what we would leave behind. We sorted through our clothing, and the stuff that we weren't taking along on the plane needed to get packed into the boxes for the pallets. But then a brainwave; instead of using bubble-wrap to protect all the breakables, use the clothing. Saves having to pack the clothes separately, saves on bubble-wrap, but most importantly we save space.

The shipping company arrived on the Friday (11 March) to collect the stuff for shipping. A standard pallet is 1200 x 1200, and can be packed up to 1800 high. Believe me when I say that both our pallets JUST made it. No room to spare. Nothing. Nada. Exactly at the max dimensions specified. Luckily they work on volume and not weight  ;D
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Ganjora on March 25, 2016, 06:28:57 am
more pictures,
less words.
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: hedleyj on March 25, 2016, 06:31:50 am
As I have said before, your writing style is compelling and I believe you missed your vocation in life. You need to collect your thoughts on your life at 10000 feet and begin writing. It will make for brilliant reading. Looking forward to the first in the long line of "bestsellers by ZOG"

Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Motor1 on March 25, 2016, 06:41:46 am
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Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on March 25, 2016, 06:43:24 am
Now before you-all (thats an american way of saying it, just for you Draatie  ;D ) think that it was an easy decision to make, let me stop you right there.

I have worked extensively in Africa, but I have never left the African continent. So I'm an African, through and through. Born and raised. African dust runs in my veins, I love the African continent.

I have family in Africa. My mom, my dad, my step-mom and step-sister, my grandfather, my sister, aunts and uncles etc.

But the BIGGEST fuckup. A fuckup that almost made me cancel everything.

I have a son in Africa.

My son is 8 years old, and he lives with his mom. My ex. She has custody, and there is no way she would ever let him come with me to the USA. Never. I would have to leave him behind. Jissis guys. Those of you who are dads, try thinking about that? Try put yourselves in my shoes for a few seconds. No lekker. Not lekker at all.

I did justify it for myself though. My justification. Nobody else's, so judge me if you want to, I don't care. Its my choice, my call, so be it. If its the wrong call, I'll live with the consequences. My justifications: When the time comes for him to go to university, he will have access to any university that he chooses in the USA, so he can get a decent education. And if he decides that he wants to come and live in the USA later, he will have the access to do that too. Lets say that he'll have a back-door, should he need/want to use it.

I got him a smartphone, and installed whatsapp for him. I gave him my old laptop, and registered him a Skype account. I gave the ex my 3G wifi router, and a large amount of data so that my son and I would be able to chat as often as possible. Just so that he would know that daddy hasn't abandoned him. So that he can call me, whenever he wants to. We are close as father and son, and I wanted to try and keep it that way. By any way that I could. I hope I have succeeded.

I'll end off this installment now. its almost 1am here, and I need to get some sleep now.

I'll just say that the last couple of weeks in SA I had my bladder very close to my eyes. In fact my eyes overflowed several times...  :'(
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Rynet on March 25, 2016, 06:55:03 am
Cool , thanks for sharing Mr Zog . You write well ,and authentically :thumleft:

I lived in USA for almost 2 years :  7 months in Fort Laudedale , Florida,  7 months in LA , CA and 5 months in NY and the rest of the time I travelled around ,  so am very interested to read about your experience.  I prefer SA over USA  , but I'm sentimentally fond of America  .

One thing I did like about America is that with hard work you can get far .  South Africans have a good name there , we are hard working . Preserve your sanity and get some UK and Aussie friends who live there.  :biggrin:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Noneking on March 25, 2016, 07:53:48 am
My daughter is turning eight soon and tears started rolling down my face when I imagined myself to be in your position. Can only imagine how difficult it must have been for you to leave your son behind....... Strongs!
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Post by: dirtyXT on March 25, 2016, 08:02:36 am
Excellent. Thank you for sharing, the nuts and bolts of this is very interesting

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Post by: SmuGS on March 25, 2016, 08:03:47 am
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Post by: BMWPE on March 25, 2016, 08:10:42 am
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Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: luv2ride on March 25, 2016, 08:33:43 am
Subskaaibed. All the best Gary :thumleft:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Geriatrix on March 25, 2016, 09:03:52 am
Liar.

If your wife was so hot you would have introduced her to us......

All the best. If you decide to get back to Emergency Medicine let me know.
Send lots of pictures, please.

What work will you do?
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Post by: Wayne on March 25, 2016, 09:06:02 am
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Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Vlekkie on March 25, 2016, 09:08:56 am
Who did you sell your to in the end?
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: 4 Kays on March 25, 2016, 09:15:20 am
I feel for you Mr Zog  :xxbah:

Enjoy your style of writing - makes one want to read further  :lamer:

Good luck - I know you will succeed  :thumleft:
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Post by: Knucklhead on March 25, 2016, 10:06:55 am
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Lekker one boet good luck  :thumleft:
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Post by: desertfox on March 25, 2016, 10:24:19 am
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Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Manic on March 25, 2016, 10:33:13 am
Mooi tjomper!

Kan nie wag vd lekker piccies nie  :biggrin:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Oubones on March 25, 2016, 10:34:37 am
Strongs in your new country and may all work out well!
My heart goes out to you for having to leave your son behind, but in my case my daughter got married, immigrated to the UK and I only see her on whattsapp!
No chance of me going there and it is not high on my son in laws list to come to visit!
Your plan looks good and chances are good that he will follow you!
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: BLK on March 25, 2016, 10:54:49 am
Thks for your feedback Mr Z:Its always good to hear other peoples view points and experience.You have great courage at this stage of your life but it is the right thing to have done and I support your move totally.
I have a son who has studied in the States and has now lived in London for 8 yrs so I have a feeling of when close family is left behind
I wish you and your family and great future but...........keep us updated.

best wishes
Bruce
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Post by: J-dog on March 25, 2016, 11:28:32 am
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been there, done that. Good luck!
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Manic on March 25, 2016, 12:47:46 pm
:sip:

been there, done that. Good luck!

Out with it. Did they chase you back to SA  :imaposer:
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Post by: zetman on March 25, 2016, 01:20:41 pm
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Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Ysterman on March 25, 2016, 01:27:10 pm
Strongs boet!
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: DeeCeeBee on March 25, 2016, 01:54:15 pm
I made the move to Australia 4 months ago with my family.
I know the emotions you might be experiencing as a newcomer in a foreign land.
All the very best to you.


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Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: immigrant on March 25, 2016, 02:06:44 pm
DeeCeeBee you should tell us about Aus on a separate thread
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Post by: Rough Rider on March 25, 2016, 02:58:23 pm
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Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: T Rex on March 25, 2016, 03:16:06 pm
Sterkte met die aanpassing Gary ......

Ek volg hierdie draad  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Crossed-up on March 25, 2016, 06:15:41 pm
Hey, all the best!
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Post by: Mr. Python on March 25, 2016, 06:35:40 pm
Are there at least other wilddogs on that side of the pond
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Post by: nielvn on March 25, 2016, 08:36:07 pm
A major   decision and yes the family issues is probably the most complicated........ strongs




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Post by: Captain Zef on March 25, 2016, 08:41:35 pm
Good luck
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Post by: Fudmucker on March 25, 2016, 09:37:40 pm
I visited Orlando FL and found the humidity to be like Durban on a bad day.
I have family living in Charlotte NC and they say the Carolinas is where many people who move from the cold North to FL
relocate to as a more moderate climate.
Good luck with resettlement.
Find us some good suppliers there!
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Post by: BlueBull2007 on March 25, 2016, 09:54:59 pm
Good on you Gary. You saw my comment on the lightie in the other thread. I reckon with the laptop you guys wil be okay. Keep asking his mom for him to go over for the holi´s. If she is a good mother in time she will let him go. Never give up hope or trying.
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Post by: Pumbaa on March 26, 2016, 01:03:22 am
The mind boggles at how many people are leaving. We left again after trying SA for a 2nd time for 12 months. This time most likely for good. Living in Amsterdam now.

Good luck Mr Zog
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Post by: Franky3 on March 26, 2016, 03:40:07 am
I will be following. This is very interesting to me. I am thinking of doing some part time work in the USA and for that I have to leave my 8 year old son who lives with me behind for those few months and even that is almost a deal breaker to me. Best of luck to you.

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Post by: Crab on March 26, 2016, 06:28:40 am
Good luck Mr. Zog
but I think you are a survivor and will be ok anyway.
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Post by: BlueBull2007 on March 26, 2016, 11:29:36 am
The mind boggles at how many people are leaving. We left again after trying SA for a 2nd time for 12 months. This time most likely for good. Living in Amsterdam now.

Good luck Mr Zog

I'm coming back, but looking to ultimately settle elsewhere in southern Africa.

Love it or hate it, Africa will never leave your blood.
 
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Post by: Casting from Turd on March 26, 2016, 02:53:38 pm
Hey Waxpiel.
Post pics of the walmart chicks man

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Post by: Draadwerk on March 26, 2016, 06:47:24 pm
Hey Waxpiel.
Post pics of the walmart chicks man

 :imaposer:
Ja Zog. 'n thread sonder pics....jy weet van beter.

Wys ons waar jy bly en die surroundings man. Wifi in die Mericans se dorp is mos vinnig
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on March 26, 2016, 08:56:36 pm
Hey Waxpiel.
Post pics of the walmart chicks man

 :imaposer:
Ja Zog. 'n thread sonder pics....jy weet van beter.

Wys ons waar jy bly en die surroundings man. Wifi in die Mericans se dorp is mos vinnig

HEY!!!  :eek7:


Patience is a virtue!

Patient you shall be, pics you will get young Padawan  :deal: :thumleft:  :pot:  :imaposer:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on March 26, 2016, 09:34:19 pm
Ok, where was I?...

I dunno, page 1 somewhere...  :peepwall:


Anyways. I dried most of my tears, and when I woke up on the morning of the 15th March I was excited to be going. A couple of cups of coffee (I can mos pee on the aerie?) and toothbrush packed into the bag, and into the rental car we got. ( I had already sold our car, so we got a rental from Budget for the last week or so, arranged that we would return it at the airport). Drove to Jan Smuts (or whateva its called now  ;D ) and gave the rental car back. The Twat at the car return place says that I dented the bonnet. I told him it was like that when I git the car in Hatfield. twatwaffle decides he wants to argue with me. So I ask him "were YOU at the Hatfield branch to inspect the car when I got it?". Eish, no, but we don't give out cars with damage.

Jissis.

I count to ten. Then I take two deep breaths. Because I know that if I bliksem this fucker now, I'll miss my flight.

So I just say ok. Thats fine, I took insurance, sort it out. And I hand him the key. Then he says he cant accept the key because the "fuel tag"  isn't on the keyring.

I take another deep breath.

What fuel tag, I ask?

Eish, the tag that was on the keyring when I got the car.

I tell him that there was no tag on the keyring when I got the car. He insists that there was. I ask him if he was in Hatfield at the branch when I got the car to see if there was a tag on the keyring?

No he says. But there is always a tag.

I tell him I took the insurance, he must just claim a new fuel tag. I turn around and start pushing my trolley with the bags on it away. He calls me back, tells me I am NOT ALLOWED TO LEAVE.

Jissis. Fuck me. Please can I just kill this fucker? For " oulaas"? He REALLY deserves it. Seriously. He WANTS to die...

I take a VERY deep breath, I turn around. I walk....

We go to the baggage wrap guys so they can put the plastic on the bags so that the fuckers in the back might not scale our stuff when we check it in. R70 per bag!!! Jissis, some guy is making a FORTUNE!!!

Its still about 3 hours before the plane leaves, and check-in is usually only from 2 hours before the flight, but I want to just see where we have to check in, because I haven't flown Emirates before. We find the check-in counter and the lady says that we can do an early check in! Sweet! We can get rid of the heavy bags!

She weighs the bags and we are just under-weight, SWEET! I was stressed that we would be over and have to pay in money... everything costs extra money these days... We get our boarding passes and head on over to the customs gate "B", because gate "A" is closed for renovations. We notice that our backpacks are MOEROFA heavy. Because we have put all the important stuff that we can't have stolen into them. Laptops, tablets, chargers, cell phones, documentation, hard drives, books to read on the plane, clean t-shirt and deodorant, etc...

The bags with the wheels are all around R2k in the international departures shops. WAAAY too expensive. But then I spy a place that sells this little trolley-jobbie that you strap your bag to, and you can pull it along. R600. FAAAARK!!!! Its only worth about R50, but ok. I know we will have a very long walk in Dubai airport, we will need them, so I bend my credit card one last time.

Then we have a chow at the Mugg & Bean. And another coffee, because I can mos pee on the aerie....
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on March 26, 2016, 09:49:51 pm
The Flight...

We looked at all the airlines. All possibilities. The cheapest flight we could get to Orlando, Florida from Johannesburg was with Emirates, via Dubai. All inclusive, US$841 each. Not too shabby Nige!

Only drawback. We first fly west, then east. Its gonna be a Loooong flight. But those air-hosties for Emirates are HAWT!!!  :drif:  Those cute little red hats with the beige scarf... grrrrrr!!!!

The first leg to Dubai was 8 hours. Not too bad, I have flown long distance before, the flight to Accra, Ghana was 6 hours! I even slept on that flight (it did depart Accra for JHB after midnight though...) Jissis. 8 hours in an aerie... not fun let me tell you. The food was lekker, and the hostie had nice eyes. Pity it was a dude though. So skeef soos n diesel-driven cuckoo clock. But nice eyes anyway. Bet he is a hit with the other koffie-moffies.  ;) :lol8:

We arrived in Dubai in the dark, but as we came in to land I did see that moerofa tall skinny building. I think its the highest one in the world? Anyways, it was the middle of the night, and I was moeg. We hopped on a bus that took us on a trip to the terminal building, and I could tell that Dubai was a big airport. The bus trip was around 20 mins. We got off the bus and we had to have our bags checked, even though we were just in transit.

OH FOK!!!!

 I almost forgot to tell you. I bought one of those credit-card knives from that dude on the forum a while back. I did mean to take it out of my wallet and put it in my check-in baggage. Seriously I did. But I didn't. I forgot. I had a LOT on my mind ok...

It was only when we were buying the bag-trollies at JHB airport that I found the CC knife when I took my CC out to pay for them. And this was AFTER I had passed through security and the X-ray machine and stuff. I had smuggled a KNIFE into the security area of JHB airport. And I was heading to Dubai. Dubai. Where they do stuff like chop guys heads off if they smuggle drugs and shit.

O-fok. Hiers KAK....  :eek7: :eek7: :eek7:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Kuifie on March 26, 2016, 09:53:58 pm
Now before you-all (thats an american way of saying it, just for you Draatie  ;D ) think that it was an easy decision to make, let me stop you right there.

I have worked extensively in Africa, but I have never left the African continent. So I'm an African, through and through. Born and raised. African dust runs in my veins, I love the African continent.

I have family in Africa. My mom, my dad, my step-mom and step-sister, my grandfather, my sister, aunts and uncles etc.

But the BIGGEST fuckup. A fuckup that almost made me cancel everything.

I have a son in Africa.

My son is 8 years old, and he lives with his mom. My ex. She has custody, and there is no way she would ever let him come with me to the USA. Never. I would have to leave him behind. Jissis guys. Those of you who are dads, try thinking about that? Try put yourselves in my shoes for a few seconds. No lekker. Not lekker at all.

I did justify it for myself though. My justification. Nobody else's, so judge me if you want to, I don't care. Its my choice, my call, so be it. If its the wrong call, I'll live with the consequences. My justifications: When the time comes for him to go to university, he will have access to any university that he chooses in the USA, so he can get a decent education. And if he decides that he wants to come and live in the USA later, he will have the access to do that too. Lets say that he'll have a back-door, should he need/want to use it.

I got him a smartphone, and installed whatsapp for him. I gave him my old laptop, and registered him a Skype account. I gave the ex my 3G wifi router, and a large amount of data so that my son and I would be able to chat as often as possible. Just so that he would know that daddy hasn't abandoned him. So that he can call me, whenever he wants to. We are close as father and son, and I wanted to try and keep it that way. By any way that I could. I hope I have succeeded.

I'll end off this installment now. its almost 1am here, and I need to get some sleep now.

I'll just say that the last couple of weeks in SA I had my bladder very close to my eyes. In fact my eyes overflowed several times...  :'(

Dont worry to justify it for yourself , make sure you can justify it to your son when he is older. Good luck
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Post by: NoRush on March 26, 2016, 09:57:23 pm
Great story so far Mr. Zog looking forward to the rest. I am happy for you.
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Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on March 26, 2016, 10:33:56 pm
So we were sitting in the Mugg & Bean INSIDE the security area in JHB International Oliver R Tambo Jan Smuts Airport and I proudly show the wife my Credit Card knife  ;D  I am mos a awesome smuggler!

I tell her that I bet her that I can smuggle it ALL THE WAY into the USA inside my wallet.

mistake


JISSIS. HELL HATH NO FURY LIKE A WOMAN SCORNED. But have you ever seen a woman when she schemes we both gonna end up in the tjoekie in Dubai?

Well butter my butt and call me a biscuit....  :o

She goes all quiet... like she still talks, but she talks very quietly... she looks me in the eye while she talks...



Guys. We know this. When a chick gooi's this move, then its BEYOND THUNDERDOME. Its like... don't even THINK about arguing. Don't even open your mouth. Just nod and agree and do whatever she says.

I take the credit card knife, wrap it in a serviette from M&B, and I walk over to a trash-can and I dump it. Gone.

Anyways, she seems to calm down, and we talk again.

Where was I?

Oh yes.... we were in Dubai, we had just landed and taken a 20-minute bus-ride in the dark to the terminal building...

Everyone has to have their stuff checked. We also have to take off all belts, and watches, and wallets etc. Everything goes through the x-ray machine. The security dudes are grim-faced. I have seen that TV program about Dubai airport, and if my boss was a steroid junkie with a hardegat attitude, I'd also be grim. But I didn't see the muscle-dude from the TV. He must have been sleeping. TV stars need their beauty sleep...

We passed through security ok, and then saw that we had to be in a different terminal for our connecting flight. We started walking. I was really glad for the trolley I had bought for my back-pack. We must have walked about 3km when we finally arrived at the right gate for our connecting flight. There was nobody there yet, not even other passengers waiting.

We had received a couple of complimentary meal vouchers when we checked in at Emirates in JHB, and we found a food-outlet that accepted them. I got a coffee and a sandwich, coffee because I was dead on my feet and I needed to stay awake so I didn't miss the connection. It was around 2am SA time by now, I was FUBAR. After the sarmie, we found some chairs to wait on. Dubai airport has these awesome chairs that you can sleep on. They are like pool-loungers, with a piece for your legs. I didn't take any pics, sorry. Like I said, I was beyond exhausted. All the stress of the last couple of weeks, and a lot of missed sleep too...

I managed to log onto the WD forum through my tablet on the free airport wifi. But I didn't go check any porn because I scheme the ou's in the UAE don't like us doing stuff like that over there. Anyway, I didn't stay online long, because I wanted to save my battery.

Eventually they called us for boarding, and we got on the plane, a 777-200. The one from JHB to Dubai was the 777-300, a bit bigger. We had pre-booked our seats, right at the back where there are only 2 seats next to each other. Cool. The plane took off, and I fell asleep. I must have slept for about 2 hours, but then the hostie ( a very gorgeous lady this time  ;D  ) woke me offering me a meal. I ate, because I was hungry again. And then I asked for a bottle of wine, and I took two sleeping pills. Not proper sleeping pills, those that they give you over the counter, the anti-histamine kind. Bang. Gone. Another two hours of sleep.

I woke up and the sun was just rising. I only knew this because I opened up my window blind and illuminated the entire cabin of the plane... all the other blinds were down as the passengers gently slept. I git a few mutters from those I had woken up...

The flight from Dubai was interesting. I looked at the map and thought that we would fly over north africa, then the atlantic to Florida. Nope. Apparently because of the curvature of the earth (the earth is round!!!  :eek7: ) the most direct route is over northern europe! A moerofa curve in my books, but ok, they are the experts.

We flew over places like Germany and Holland and England and Ireland... there is an awesome feature on the TV at each seat that shows where you are, and what altitude you are flying at, and what the outside temp is and kak like that. Moerofa interesting. There is even a video camera that you can select to see below the plane so you don't have to sit at a window seat and get a sore neck from looking out all the time to see whats down there.

The leg from Dubai to Orlando was just over 16 hours.

Torture.

My legs swelled up. Even my knees were swollen. It was fucking painful. I did get up and walk around on the plane, but we also git lost of times where the plane was bouncing a bit and the driver put the sign on that told us to go sit down and put our seat belts on because we could get banged around. They needed to fix the shocks on that aerie I scheme...

After an eternity we started the descent from 40 000 feet... I could make out some ships on the ocean below us. At least if we crashed now there would some witnessess to film itr and put it on youtube then I would at least get my 3 minutes of fame. I almost wished the fucking plane would crash so that I could just get some fresh air and stretch properly.

We made a few turns as we descended for Orlando, and I got my first ever look at my new home.

Water.

Lots of water.

Lots of lots of water EVERYWHERE!!!

Ponds, dams, lakes, canals, rivers, streams... LOTS of water everywhere.... and that means LOTS of fish. Bass. Largemouth Bass....  :drif:  :drif:  :drif:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on March 26, 2016, 11:04:06 pm
I hope that the driver sent that plane for new shocks. Because the landing was a bit hard and bouncy.

Then we stopped and they opened the doors and we felt the heat and humidity of Florida.... AWESOME!!!!

It felt just like Mozambique in the summer. Hot and sweaty... just like I like it.  ;D

We walked into a terminal building, and then I had to take a special queue. The one for IMMIGRANTS. Well, it wasn't really a special queue, but I felt special. I had a stamp in my passport that said " Immigration Visa", and I had a envelope in my hand that the consulate in JHB had given me that I was not allowed to open that I had to hand in when I got there.

The customs dude was smart. He had the "High-and-tight" haircut (that "opskeur haarstyl" that all the US Soldiers also like so much) and lost of shiny badges and shit on his shirt. He scanned my passport, and then took my envelope of documents and took me into a back-room. I expected that I would then get strip-seached and cavity-checked and given electrical shocks to make me reveal the real reasons for my arrival in the USA, but unfortunately none of this. Another dude with a " high-and-tight"  took my envelope and my passport into another office and returned a few minutes later.

"Welcome to the Yewnited Stayts of America" he drawled, and shook my hand. He passed me back my passport. He explained that the stamp he had added to my Immigration Visa had now "activated" my visa, and I was now sorted. He said that my Green Card and my Social Security Card would be mailed to me in due course, I could expect to wait up to 3 months.

Ok. They said at the US consulate in JHB that it would take about 2-3 weeks for my Green Card and SS card to arrive... But I wasn't about to argue... I thanked the dude and took my passport. I joined the queue to collect my bags from the carousel. Bags retrieved I loaded them, and the wife's, onto a trolley and joined the queue for the inspections.

A very cute little doggie with a MASSIVE dude in uniform walked past, the doggie smelling at all the bags. It was one of those drugs-dogs I reckon. Poor little fellow... he just needs to "Say No"  to drugs...  :peepwall:

He didn't stop and smell my bags and then sit, thank goodness. Or I may have just shat myself... that dude with the doggie was HUGE.... I would have a hard time kicking his arse to try and escape.  :patch:  :imaposer:

There was a dude who was "screening" everyone, sending some for bag inspections, and others were just waved through. I was just waved through. I must have an honest face.

We passed into another section, and then this dude with a heavy Spanish accent tells me to put my bags on another carousel. Dude. Are you kidding? I just got them, there ain't no way I am getting on another flight now. I just wanna take my bags and get outta there... Uh-uh. Put the bags on the carousel, and when I get to the MAIN Building I can get them again at Carousel 28B-2. Or something like that... Jissis. OK, I' m too tired to argue, but if any of you fuckers scale my stuff I'mm gonna bliksem you fuctkup. I put my bags on the baggage carousel and go up the escalator. There I see a train waiting. We get on the train and it rides to the MAIN BUILDING. Massive, enourmous, main terminal building.

We follow the signs to where the carousel 28B-2 (or whatever) is. Eventually find it, and I see  row of trolleys. I try and take a trolley. But its stuck. The wheel is in a rail, and I can't get it out. I start pulling harder. Its still stuck. I start rukking it moerofa hard... ist STILL STUCK. Fuck... I need a trolley, those damn bags are heavy man.

A security dude strolls up to me. Says in a Southern Drawl... "you-all gotta pay for that-there cart". I look again. There is a sign. Fuck. Ok. $5 deposit for the baggage trolley. BLIKSEM!!!! $5!!!! Oh well. Good thing is that I can just swipe the Credit Card, they trolley release mechanism accepts credit cards.... well fuck me sideways!

I swipe the card, the trolley releases, just like that. Jissis. I can't believe....

We get the bags off Carousel 28B-2 (or something like that). Now we need to find the car-rental desk... a sign shows the way to the car-rental offices. We walk out of the terminal building and need to cross the street into the parkade where the rental company is.

And that' s where I had my FIRST WTF!?!?! moment...  O0
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Draadwerk on March 26, 2016, 11:14:37 pm
WTF was inside the envelope?
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on March 26, 2016, 11:17:48 pm
WTF was inside the envelope?

I dunno? It was given to me in the Consulate in JHB, with very strict orders NOT TO OPEN it.

I think it was all the documentation that I submitted at the consulate in JHB...  ???
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Crab on March 26, 2016, 11:35:33 pm
Ponds, dams, lakes, canals, rivers, streams... LOTS of water everywhere.... and that means LOTS of fish. Bass. Largemouth Bass....

and gators.
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on March 26, 2016, 11:42:16 pm
Ponds, dams, lakes, canals, rivers, streams... LOTS of water everywhere.... and that means LOTS of fish. Bass. Largemouth Bass....

and gators.

Gators are pussies.

I have caught a African Nile Crocodile. With my bare hands. I are TOUGH boet....  :imaposer: :imaposer: :imaposer:
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Post by: Franky3 on March 27, 2016, 12:37:11 am
If you ever publishe a book I would buy a copy. I really enjoy reading your story. Some parts are kak funny. Cant wait for the rest.

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Title: Re: Re: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: HarryDieStrandloper on March 27, 2016, 01:02:42 am
WTF was inside the envelope?

I dunno? It was given to me in the Consulate in JHB, with very strict orders NOT TO OPEN it.

I think it was all the documentation that I submitted at the consulate in JHB...  ???
Mule, I tell you, you were a mule.

Probably just some SA presents sent "home" from a consulate employee.

Your writing skill rocks.
Title: Re: Re: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on March 27, 2016, 01:47:09 am
WTF was inside the envelope?

I dunno? It was given to me in the Consulate in JHB, with very strict orders NOT TO OPEN it.

I think it was all the documentation that I submitted at the consulate in JHB...  ???
Mule, I tell you, you were a mule.

Probably just some SA presents sent "home" from a consulate employee.

Your writing skill rocks.

There is a black van parked across the road from my house. The windows are tinted black, and there is a funny aerial on the roof. I saw a dude with a suit on get out earlier and get into a black sedan that pulled up. He came back later with 4 pizza's and 4 supersize soda's. I think he may be camping out there, and may be very hungry. Maybe I'll walk over later and ask him if he needs a shower or something   ::)  :3some:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on March 27, 2016, 02:05:30 am
Righty-O then. Most of you dudes and dudettes are sleeping now. But don't worry, I'm awake and keeping the forum ticking over.

So, the WTF moment.

But first. Let me explain.

My wife told me that I would have a bit of a culture shock when I came over here. Well, she was partly correct. It was a culture shock. But not a bit. Some things have just blown me away. When something like that happens, all I can do is just stand back and laugh like a crazy person. The first few times my beloved wife thought I had gone crazy. Now she just explains to whoever is around that I'm a bit cuckoo, but not dangerous at all.

Back to the first WTF moment...

We walked out of the airport terminal building into the warm and humid Orlando air. A short pathway to a road, behind which stood a massive parking garage, several stories high. The car rental company was inside that parkade. The pathway ended at a pedestrian crossing across the road just in front of the parkade. Think JHB airport and the road in front where you drop off and pick-up passengers. I was pushing the $5 trolley loaded with our 4 check-in bags. As I got to the pedestrian crossing I saw that there were no cars coming, and I was about to start pushing the trolley across the road when my beloved lady stopped me.

You see, the light was red for me. So what? you may ask...

Well. Here there are a different set of rules. Here the rules are: you obey the rules.

Everyone else also stopped. There were still no cars coming, but the light was red. Then the light turned green, and we could walk... so we did.

For me, coming from a city like Pretoria, where jaywalking is so commonplace we don't even think about it anymore. Suddenly thrust into a place where a cop will give you a ticket if you cross the street against the red light. Jissis.

WTF?  I stood on the other side of the street and laughed. The cars that did come stopped at the red light. Then a countdown-timer showed on the pedestrian light, counting down the seconds it would take for the pedestrian light to turn red. The pedestrians still coming stopped walking, even though they now only had a yellow light. The cars waited for their light to turn green, and only then did they proceed.

Then I saw my first American Cop car. It was white, with a green stripe along the side. It was a Dodge, Charger or Challenger, I can't remember exactly. But my bliksem it looked good! Aggressive stance, and it looked like it was doing 200 MPH just crawling along... MAN!!!  :drif:

My first WTF moment... people obeying the red light at a pedestrian crossing. Willfully, naturally, as if it was just the thing to do.

Awesome.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on March 27, 2016, 02:25:08 am
The car rental...

We had booked a rental car when we booked the air ticket. Because we had to drive from Orlando to Cocoa Beach where the Motel was that we had booked. A trip of about 45 minutes or so.

We had reserved a "Group A" vehicle. In SA that would mean Chevy Spark, or a Hyundai i10, or similar. In the USA it would also mean a little compact car, similar to the SA version.

We got to the reservation desk and were greeted by a young lady. "Well good afternoon, how can I be of assistance to you today?" And it actually sounded like she meant it! We explained that we had booked a rental with them. She looked on her computer for about 10 seconds, and told us that she had us on her system. She then said that she just needed my wife's credit card so that they could swipe it and complete the transaction.

Oops.

My wife doesn't have a credit card. She has a Bank Of America Debit Card.

Oops. And my SA credit card doesn't have nearly enough funds in it to cover the cost of a rental car.

No problem. She calls her manager over. He listens to the story. She has been in SA for 8 years, and only has a debit card.

No problem. "Lets make this work then" he says. Swipes the debit card, gets the bank authorisation for the rental. Sorted.

Then he says " but we have another problem. we are all out of Group A vehicles. You guys can just choose whatever other vehicle you would like. Come with me into the lot and see what you want." 

We follow him into the lot. I spy a RED MUSTANG. Jissis. Fokkit maar dis darm flippen mooi  :drif:

I ask him if we can take the Mustang, just as a joke.

"Sure. No problem." 

I though he was joking. He wasn't.

The next WTF moment...

He opens the door of the Mustang. THE CAR ISN'T EVEN LOCKED!!!!!  :eek7:  Its parked in an open parkade (its got a roof, but no walls or fences or gates or nothing!) and its not stolen or broken into. The radio is still in the dash!

Then the dude reaches onto the dash and grabs the key. THE FRICKEN KEY WAS LEFT ON THE FRICKEN DASHBOARD!!!!  :eek7: :eek7: :eek7: :eek7: :eek7: :eek7: :eek7: :eek7: :eek7:

He hands me the key. I can't take the key. I'm laughing like a crazy person. I can't believe this. Not only is the car unlocked. The key is left on the dash. In a parking lot. At an airport. With hundreds of people walking around...

But we didn't take the Mustang. Unfortunately.

You see, the boot (they call it a trunk here) was too small for all our bags. AND the insurance was $100 more... Bugger.

We ended up taking a Toyota Camry. 3.5 litre engine, auto-box, with all the bells and whistles. Massive boot that JUST took all our luggage.

I never got that close to driving a 2016 Mustang before....  :sip:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on March 27, 2016, 02:28:30 am
To follow...

Driving on the motorway

The Motel

Fast Food in America

a 24-Hour Surf-Shop!  :drif:

House-hunting

Buying a car

Bass Pro Shop

And more, stay tuned  :deal:  :lol8:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: silvrav on March 27, 2016, 04:01:18 am
To follow...

Driving on the motorway

The Motel

Fast Food in America

a 24-Hour Surf-Shop!  :drif:

House-hunting

Buying a car

Bass Pro Shop

And more, stay tuned  :deal:  :lol8:
:thumleft:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: BlueBull2007 on March 27, 2016, 04:38:18 am
Loving it boet. You need to travel a bit more. ;D You can leave your house open too ....

But dont dare try and walk into anyone´s yard or house without them knowing - you could get shot!
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: windswept on March 27, 2016, 05:59:26 am
Enjoying this Mr Zog. :thumleft:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: DeeCeeBee on March 27, 2016, 07:20:52 am
Top notch stuff!
Welcome to a first world country.


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Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Herklaas on March 27, 2016, 09:12:14 am
 :sip: Seriously nice read, waiting for the next episode.
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: J-dog on March 27, 2016, 09:32:23 am
 :sip: :sip: :sip: :sip:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Coxwain on March 27, 2016, 10:08:49 am
Sub.... :deal:.....dont keep us waiting .
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: J-dog on March 27, 2016, 10:09:24 am
ya don't
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: GSpear on March 27, 2016, 10:34:34 am
Great read. Keep in coming.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Herklaas on March 27, 2016, 10:40:00 am
Ponds, dams, lakes, canals, rivers, streams... LOTS of water everywhere.... and that means LOTS of fish. Bass. Largemouth Bass....

and gators.

Gators are pussies.

I have caught a African Nile Crocodile. With my bare hands. I are TOUGH boet....  :imaposer: :imaposer: :imaposer:


 :sip: Dr. Zog, I'm sure you must have meant it's an African Juve..nile crocodile.  :3some:
Title: Re: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Franky3 on March 27, 2016, 11:11:03 am
The car rental...

We had booked a rental car when we booked the air ticket. Because we had to drive from Orlando to Cocoa Beach where the Motel was that we had booked. A trip of about 45 minutes or so.

We had reserved a "Group A" vehicle. In SA that would mean Chevy Spark, or a Hyundai i10, or similar. In the USA it would also mean a little compact car, similar to the SA version.

We got to the reservation desk and were greeted by a young lady. "Well good afternoon, how can I be of assistance to you today?" And it actually sounded like she meant it! We explained that we had booked a rental with them. She looked on her computer for about 10 seconds, and told us that she had us on her system. She then said that she just needed my wife's credit card so that they could swipe it and complete the transaction.

Oops.

My wife doesn't have a credit card. She has a Bank Of America Debit Card.

Oops. And my SA credit card doesn't have nearly enough funds in it to cover the cost of a rental car.

No problem. She calls her manager over. He listens to the story. She has been in SA for 8 years, and only has a debit card.

No problem. "Lets make this work then" he says. Swipes the debit card, gets the bank authorisation for the rental. Sorted.

Then he says " but we have another problem. we are all out of Group A vehicles. You guys can just choose whatever other vehicle you would like. Come with me into the lot and see what you want." 

We follow him into the lot. I spy a RED MUSTANG. Jissis. Fokkit maar dis darm flippen mooi  :drif:

I ask him if we can take the Mustang, just as a joke.

"Sure. No problem." 

I though he was joking. He wasn't.

The next WTF moment...

He opens the door of the Mustang. THE CAR ISN'T EVEN LOCKED!!!!!  :eek7:  Its parked in an open parkade (its got a roof, but no walls or fences or gates or nothing!) and its not stolen or broken into. The radio is still in the dash!

Then the dude reaches onto the dash and grabs the key. THE FRICKEN KEY WAS LEFT ON THE FRICKEN DASHBOARD!!!!  :eek7: :eek7: :eek7: :eek7: :eek7: :eek7: :eek7: :eek7: :eek7:

He hands me the key. I can't take the key. I'm laughing like a crazy person. I can't believe this. Not only is the car unlocked. The key is left on the dash. In a parking lot. At an airport. With hundreds of people walking around...

But we didn't take the Mustang. Unfortunately.

You see, the boot (they call it a trunk here) was too small for all our bags. AND the insurance was $100 more... Bugger.

We ended up taking a Toyota Camry. 3.5 litre engine, auto-box, with all the bells and whistles. Massive boot that JUST took all our luggage.

I never got that close to driving a 2016 Mustang before....  :sip:
Screw the luggage. You can come back for it. Take the mustang.

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Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Casting from Turd on March 27, 2016, 11:21:17 am
To follow...

Driving on the motorway

The Motel

Fast Food in America

a 24-Hour Surf-Shop!  :drif:

House-hunting

Buying a car

Bass Pro Shop

And more, stay tuned  :deal:  :lol8:

Do they sell the best was for your stick?  :imaposer:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Bikerboer1973 on March 27, 2016, 11:25:50 am
Great stuff!  :sip: :sip:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Draadwerk on March 27, 2016, 11:28:07 am
Zog- jy werk mos nog nie. Waarvoor al die geslapery man? Ons wag.......😫
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Post by: halfjob on March 27, 2016, 11:32:17 am
keep it coming zoggie, might even come visit you  :biggrin:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Bens on March 27, 2016, 11:38:07 am
Great writing style, loving your story.
 :sip:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Rynet on March 27, 2016, 11:40:30 am
Righty-O then. Most of you dudes and dudettes are sleeping now. But don't worry, I'm awake and keeping the forum ticking over.

So, the WTF moment.

But first. Let me explain.
...
You see, the light was red for me. So what? you may ask...

Well. Here there are a different set of rules. Here the rules are: you obey the rules.

Everyone else also stopped. There were still no cars coming, but the light was red. Then the light turned green, and we could walk... so we did.

For me, coming from a city like Pretoria, where jaywalking is so commonplace we don't even think about it anymore. Suddenly thrust into a place where a cop will give you a ticket if you cross the street against the red light. Jissis.


 :imaposer: :imaposer:
hahah a similar thing happened to me . I jaywalked and ALL the lanes of traffic just came to a dead stop . Oops.  People actually obey traffic rules 100 % (except in NY , there anything goes.)

The other thing I realised very quickly is never argue with a USA cop , if he tells you to stop hitchhiking you stand on attention and just say yes Sir and no Sir .  :biggrin:

And don't even think about disobeying a Non Smoking sign . :P

Am enjoying your writings ! :thumleft:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: luv2ride on March 27, 2016, 12:21:57 pm
Subcribed :thumleft: :sip:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: the mad donkey on March 27, 2016, 03:39:01 pm
Awesome adventure
Big blue baboon balls needed to do what you did. Jump off that cliff and let faith protect you. You know many guys who would t have the backbone to even try follow their bliss. Where's more demmit?????
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Post by: Kamanya on March 27, 2016, 04:38:59 pm
Mooi!
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Post by: oldmannorman on March 27, 2016, 04:44:42 pm
Thanks for the post. awesome experience.  :sip:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Coxwain on March 27, 2016, 05:44:32 pm
Mr Zog ....If I may be so rude ....but may I ask ....how much did this move cost .....to the nearest R100k would be fine  :peepwall:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Welsh on March 27, 2016, 05:48:02 pm
Mr Zog ....If I may be so rude ....but may I ask ....how much did this move cost .....to the nearest R100k would be fine  :peepwall:

They don't want old counts like us... :biggrin: :biggrin:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Coxwain on March 27, 2016, 06:02:44 pm
Mr Zog ....If I may be so rude ....but may I ask ....how much did this move cost .....to the nearest R100k would be fine  :peepwall:

They don't want old counts like us... :biggrin: :biggrin:

HEY ...speak for yourself Count Welsh ....Hollywood is begging me to star in a few adult movies .... :imaposer:

I mean ...I've been offered a leading role in " JURASIC DORK" and supporting actor in Game of Thrones ...they want me to be the stunt double for the dwarf in the sex scenes.   
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Post by: dirtyXT on March 27, 2016, 06:06:27 pm
Fantastic reporting keep it up. Also flipped my mind in chicago with the jay walking story... So obedient. Hahaha

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Post by: DCR on March 27, 2016, 06:20:07 pm
Great story so far, send us some more.
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Post by: Hinksding on March 27, 2016, 08:47:54 pm
Howdy Partner! Lekker report.
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Post by: woody1 on March 27, 2016, 09:13:18 pm
 :imaposer:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: immigrant on March 27, 2016, 09:38:49 pm
Zog, I hope you read this before you go pump your own "gas". When you are done filling up your own car, and someone is behind you waiting for you to finish, don't be polite and move your car forward before you go and pay inside. They will percieve your polite gesture as you wanting to speed off without paying. The SWAT team will have you surrounded in no time. Don't ask me why I know
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on March 27, 2016, 10:11:49 pm
Zog, I hope you read this before you go pump your own "gas". When you are done filling up your own car, and someone is behind you waiting for you to finish, don't be polite and move your car forward before you go and pay inside. They will percieve your polite gesture as you wanting to speed off without paying. The SWAT team will have you surrounded in no time. Don't ask me why I know

Eish. Too late....


I have already pumped my own gas. Twice.

The first time I sat there for about 6 minutes before the wife looked at me and asked if I was waiting for her to pump the gas. Then the penny dropped... eish  :imaposer:

I use the bank card. Swipe the card, enter my pin, and select the grade of gas. Then the pump starts up and I fill-er-up. When I'm done I can just close up and drive off... and no R5 tip for the pompjoggie. I also gotta squeegie my own windshield  :o
Title: Re:
Post by: Wayne on March 27, 2016, 10:13:28 pm
So, do tell, how did the job interview go?

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Title: Re:
Post by: Mr Zog on March 27, 2016, 10:21:48 pm
So, do tell, how did the job interview go?

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Eish... I think it went really well. But they said that they had 3 other dudes to interview, and they would let me know next week. I'm pretty positive about it, but tomorrow I'l go apply at a few other places too. Cover my bases.

But the first one, MAN I'd like to get that one... either way, if I get it or I don't, I'll tell you-all where it is/was then. I just don't wanna jinx it yet...  :thumleft: :ricky:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on March 27, 2016, 10:24:35 pm
Oh, and the job was only part-time. About 20 - 25 hours per week. From 5am to around 9-10 am. So lots of time left in the day to find a second job...  :patch:

or to go fishing / surfing / tanning / dog-walking / etc.  :pot:  :ricky:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: BlueBull2007 on March 27, 2016, 10:38:58 pm
No biking?

Here, let me help you  :lamer:

http://www.outdoortrackandtrail.com/Statepages/FL/flpage.htm (http://www.outdoortrackandtrail.com/Statepages/FL/flpage.htm)

http://www.atvflorida.com/where.php (http://www.atvflorida.com/where.php)

http://forums.cycleworld.com/showthread.php?t=75344 (http://forums.cycleworld.com/showthread.php?t=75344)

http://www.vitalmx.com/forums/Old-School-Moto,22/Rockledge-FL-mx-track,355948 (http://www.vitalmx.com/forums/Old-School-Moto,22/Rockledge-FL-mx-track,355948)


Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on March 27, 2016, 10:54:02 pm
Driving a car in America...  :eek7:


Driving in the USA is very different to driving in SA.

Firstly, they have the steering wheel on the wrong side.  :xxbah:

Do you ou's have any idea how many times I have gotten in on the wrong side of the car?  :peepwall:   I get in, and then... it's like...  "Fok. Someone stole my steering wheel"

But then I remember that I'm in 'merica and its on the uvva saaid. Eish.



And then. These ou's here ride on the wrong side of the road.

Its a kak feeling when you turn up a road and suddenly there are 4 lanes of traffic all coming straight for you, head-on! FOK!!!! Hang a right!!! Bliksem!!!

But so far I only had one "lady"  start hooting and swearing and gooi-ing me finger language. I think she was just having a kak day anyway. Everyone else just stops and then I can reverse or whatever and get onto "my side"  of the street. Maybe they scheme I'm drunk or something? But I have yet to be pulled over by a cop. Touch wood.  Its worse when I'm really tired or thinking hard about other stuff. Then I'm sort of on "auto-pilot" and my autopilot is still calibrated to driving on the left side of the road. But I'm getting better....

The rules of the road are obeyed. Period.

Well... except for two rules...

1. Speeding. I know that I said that they guys here don't speed, but I was wrong. They do. On the biggest highway around here, Interstate 95, or I-95 as its known, the speed limit in most areas is 70 MPH. And they guys do up to around 77 MPH. Apparently the cops here only nail you if you do over 79 MPH on I-95.

2. Talking on cell-phones. Jissis... they ALL talk on their phones. Now this bugs me. Because these guys are all so fricken law-abiding that MAYBE, just MAYBE its not illegal in the State of Florida?

ok, decided to google it. It IS legal to talk on your phone while driving in Florida!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Fok my.  :eek7: :eek7: :eek7:

But the DMV (Department of Motor Vehicles) asks that you do it responsibly.  :imaposer:  :imaposer:  :imaposer:  :imaposer:  

Ok, so I just learned something  :deal:  :thumleft:


When you approach a pedestrian crossing that isn't guarded by a traffic light (they don't call them robots here) and there is a person wanting to cross, you stop so they can cross.

They also have something called "Right on Red". This means that if you are at the red traffic light, and you want to turn right, you can do so, as long as its safe to do so. This would be the same in SA as turning left on a red light.... makes sense to me. And it works really well. If you are in a double lane at the red light, you stick to the left lane if you are going straight or turning left. You leave the right lane clear for guys that may want to hang a "Right on Red".  Very courteous and thoughtful these 'mericans.

Driving here is a pleasure. No taxi's. No honking of horns. No taxi's. No cars weaving in and out and jaaging like maniacs. No taxi's. No skorro-skorro's all over. No taxi's.

Did I mention there are no taxi's?  Flippit!!! Everyone just hangs in the queue, waits their turn, and gets to go. Nobody pushes past to get to the front, nobody drives in the emergency lane. Its all just so... civilised.

I like it a lot  O0
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on March 27, 2016, 10:59:17 pm
No biking?

Here, let me help you  :lamer:

http://www.outdoortrackandtrail.com/Statepages/FL/flpage.htm (http://www.outdoortrackandtrail.com/Statepages/FL/flpage.htm)

http://www.atvflorida.com/where.php (http://www.atvflorida.com/where.php)

http://forums.cycleworld.com/showthread.php?t=75344 (http://forums.cycleworld.com/showthread.php?t=75344)

http://www.vitalmx.com/forums/Old-School-Moto,22/Rockledge-FL-mx-track,355948 (http://www.vitalmx.com/forums/Old-School-Moto,22/Rockledge-FL-mx-track,355948)





Eish. Thats a sore-point right now BB. No biking for me for the foreseeable future. Just no cash spare for a bike.

Oh, and Rockledge, in your last link... thats like the Brakpan of Brevard County  :deal:  :peepwall:  :pot:  :imaposer: :imaposer: :imaposer: :imaposer:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: silvrav on March 28, 2016, 12:36:56 am
Motorway.. Sounding like a real merican mr zog...  :patch:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on March 28, 2016, 03:23:00 am
Motorway.. Sounding like a real merican mr zog...  :patch:

I learn fast  :peepwall:  :ricky:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on March 28, 2016, 04:53:06 am
Eating in America...

We have all heard the stories / rumors / old-wives-tales about Americans being obese because of what they eat. Well... I can confirm it.

I decided that I had to put my body on the line for the sake of a very scientifically planned medical experiment.

Below are the results of some of the experiments that I have tested.

Waffle House.

Three words. O M G  :drif:  :drif:  :drif:

They make a few things besides waffles. Burgers, sandwiches, etc. And their hash-browns are to die for. You can order toppings with the hash-browns; onions (smothered) cheese (covered) button mushrooms (capped) and a few various others. I had the hash-browns "covered & smothered". O-my-fok... dis bliksems lekker! They don't do fries, so don't even ask. Coffee is ok-ish. Burgers are Lekker!!!

Cost for a burger and hash-brown, with a coffee is around $9 including tax.

http://www.wafflehouse.com/ (http://www.wafflehouse.com/)

Taco Bell

Again. Three words...  :drif:  :drif:  :drif:

A big selection of Taco's, Burrito's, Quesalupa's, Quesadilla's, and Nacho's.

Filled with tasty cheese and meat and beans and other stuff all guaranteed to keep you meerkatting as you ride out. If you order a drink you get given an empty cup. You take the empty cup to the soda fountain, add some ice, then fill with whatever drink you want from the Pepsi-Cola stable. I enjoy the Dr Pepper's, but my wife prefers the Mountain Dew. And its bottomless...

You can fill a large belly for under $10/head. And I mean FILL that belly. I could almost not walk I was so dik... flippit... moerofa lekker.

https://www.tacobell.com/ (https://www.tacobell.com/)

Krispy Kreme

Basically a donut shop. But so fresh and sweet and juicy... awe murrafuka!!!  :drif:  :drif:  :drif:  They have one with a caramel covering, and a lemon custard filling. Guaranteed to add 2 cm to your waistline for each one you eat. But like Eugene says in the Nedbank advert; "Its like little angels, moonwalking on my tongue".  Their coffee is average.

I now understand why all the cops are hanging out in the donut shops...  :peepwall:

https://www.krispykreme.com/ (https://www.krispykreme.com/)

Starbucks.

I didn't eat there, but I did have coffee.

Overrated. Coffee is about $2 a cup, plus tax. Eh... if you need the caffeine, go for it, but I prefer...

http://www.starbucks.com/ (http://www.starbucks.com/)

Dunkin' Donuts

Now THEIR coffee is GREAT coffee. Mmmhhh!!!! Very lekker. Their sandwich selection is freshly made to order, and with fresh and tasty ingredients. I had a Turkey cheese sandwich on one of those round jobbies, like a flatt-ish donut. If I wasn't pressed for time (I had to get to a meeting with a Realtor agent) I would have ordered two! Average cost per head for a coffee and a sandwich is about $8.

They also have a good selection of fresh bagels and stuff...

http://www.dunkindonuts.com/dunkindonuts/en.html (http://www.dunkindonuts.com/dunkindonuts/en.html)

Papa Johns Pizza

You can order online, pay online, track your delivery online. You don't have to call and speak to anyone. Pizza is delivered within minutes, fresh and hot. Choose your toppings, choose thick or this base, build your own. YUMMY!!!

https://www.papajohns.com/ (https://www.papajohns.com/)

I also ate a quick burger at Macdonalds. Tasted exactly the same as the cardboard burgers in SA. Chips were exactly the same. Only difference was that the service from behind the counter was fast, friendly, and precise. Burgers were ready within seconds of order being placed. And same as Taco Bell, get handed a big cup for your bottomless soda, any one from the Coca Cola stable.

Wendy's

Burger patties are square! Similar to Macdonalds, but the Wendy's taste and consistency is ten times better. Soda isn't bottomless, but cups are big, I guess around 600ml?  Average cost for burger & fries and soda around $6. As said, better than Macdonalds, but then so is Pamper cat food pellets.

https://www.wendys.com/ (https://www.wendys.com/)


So, there you have it. Fast food is relatively cheap, and its always fast. But very fattening and pretty unhealthy. Some places do have a choice of salads, or other healthy options, but they are more expensive.

And if you visit the USA, bear in mind that the price you see does NOT include VAT. I think vat is 6%, but I'm not sure. And the average tip is between 15 and 20%. Tips here are more, because the majority of waiters and waitresses actually WORK for their tips. Great service, friendly and fast and efficient. At Waffle House my coffee cup never got below half and it was already refilled. Bottomless coffee means you don't get to see the bottom of your coffee cup  ;D
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: luv2ride on March 28, 2016, 05:22:31 am
Eating in America...

Bottomless coffee means you don't get to see the bottom of your coffee cup  ;D
Sounds like a good option for Bikers Brew :coffee:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Knucklhead on March 28, 2016, 07:34:27 am
Driving a car in America...  :eek7:


Driving in the USA is very different to driving in SA.

Firstly, they have the steering wheel on the wrong side.  :xxbah:

Do you ou's have any idea how many times I have gotten in on the wrong side of the car?  :peepwall:   I get in, and then... it's like...  "Fok. Someone stole my steering wheel"

But then I remember that I'm in 'merica and its on the uvva saaid. Eish.



And then. These ou's here ride on the wrong side of the road.

Its a kak feeling when you turn up a road and suddenly there are 4 lanes of traffic all coming straight for you, head-on! FOK!!!! Hang a right!!! Bliksem!!!

But so far I only had one "lady"  start hooting and swearing and gooi-ing me finger language. I think she was just having a kak day anyway. Everyone else just stops and then I can reverse or whatever and get onto "my side"  of the street. Maybe they scheme I'm drunk or something? But I have yet to be pulled over by a cop. Touch wood.  Its worse when I'm really tired or thinking hard about other stuff. Then I'm sort of on "auto-pilot" and my autopilot is still calibrated to driving on the left side of the road. But I'm getting better....

The rules of the road are obeyed. Period.

Well... except for two rules...

1. Speeding. I know that I said that they guys here don't speed, but I was wrong. They do. On the biggest highway around here, Interstate 95, or I-95 as its known, the speed limit in most areas is 70 MPH. And they guys do up to around 77 MPH. Apparently the cops here only nail you if you do over 79 MPH on I-95.

2. Talking on cell-phones. Jissis... they ALL talk on their phones. Now this bugs me. Because these guys are all so fricken law-abiding that MAYBE, just MAYBE its not illegal in the State of Florida?

ok, decided to google it. It IS legal to talk on your phone while driving in Florida!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Fok my.  :eek7: :eek7: :eek7:

But the DMV (Department of Motor Vehicles) asks that you do it responsibly.  :imaposer:  :imaposer:  :imaposer:  :imaposer:  

Ok, so I just learned something  :deal:  :thumleft:


When you approach a pedestrian crossing that isn't guarded by a traffic light (they don't call them robots here) and there is a person wanting to cross, you stop so they can cross.

They also have something called "Right on Red". This means that if you are at the red traffic light, and you want to turn right, you can do so, as long as its safe to do so. This would be the same in SA as turning left on a red light.... makes sense to me. And it works really well. If you are in a double lane at the red light, you stick to the left lane if you are going straight or turning left. You leave the right lane clear for guys that may want to hang a "Right on Red".  Very courteous and thoughtful these 'mericans.

Driving here is a pleasure. No taxi's. No honking of horns. No taxi's. No cars weaving in and out and jaaging like maniacs. No taxi's. No skorro-skorro's all over. No taxi's.

Did I mention there are no taxi's?  Flippit!!! Everyone just hangs in the queue, waits their turn, and gets to go. Nobody pushes past to get to the front, nobody drives in the emergency lane. Its all just so... civilised.

I like it a lot  O0

When I'm in Germany I always remember passenger = pavement
Title: Re: Re: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: HarryDieStrandloper on March 28, 2016, 02:14:59 pm
Driving a car in America...  :eek7:


Driving in the USA is very different to driving in SA.

Firstly, they have the steering wheel on the wrong side.  :xxbah:

Do you ou's have any idea how many times I have gotten in on the wrong side of the car?  :peepwall:   I get in, and then... it's like...  "Fok. Someone stole my steering wheel"

But then I remember that I'm in 'merica and its on the uvva saaid. Eish.



And then. These ou's here ride on the wrong side of the road.

Its a kak feeling when you turn up a road and suddenly there are 4 lanes of traffic all coming straight for you, head-on! FOK!!!! Hang a right!!! Bliksem!!!

But so far I only had one "lady"  start hooting and swearing and gooi-ing me finger language. I think she was just having a kak day anyway. Everyone else just stops and then I can reverse or whatever and get onto "my side"  of the street. Maybe they scheme I'm drunk or something? But I have yet to be pulled over by a cop. Touch wood.  Its worse when I'm really tired or thinking hard about other stuff. Then I'm sort of on "auto-pilot" and my autopilot is still calibrated to driving on the left side of the road. But I'm getting better....

The rules of the road are obeyed. Period.

Well... except for two rules...

1. Speeding. I know that I said that they guys here don't speed, but I was wrong. They do. On the biggest highway around here, Interstate 95, or I-95 as its known, the speed limit in most areas is 70 MPH. And they guys do up to around 77 MPH. Apparently the cops here only nail you if you do over 79 MPH on I-95.

2. Talking on cell-phones. Jissis... they ALL talk on their phones. Now this bugs me. Because these guys are all so fricken law-abiding that MAYBE, just MAYBE its not illegal in the State of Florida?

ok, decided to google it. It IS legal to talk on your phone while driving in Florida!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Fok my.  :eek7: :eek7: :eek7:

But the DMV (Department of Motor Vehicles) asks that you do it responsibly.  :imaposer:  :imaposer:  :imaposer:  :imaposer:  

Ok, so I just learned something  :deal:  :thumleft:


When you approach a pedestrian crossing that isn't guarded by a traffic light (they don't call them robots here) and there is a person wanting to cross, you stop so they can cross.

They also have something called "Right on Red". This means that if you are at the red traffic light, and you want to turn right, you can do so, as long as its safe to do so. This would be the same in SA as turning left on a red light.... makes sense to me. And it works really well. If you are in a double lane at the red light, you stick to the left lane if you are going straight or turning left. You leave the right lane clear for guys that may want to hang a "Right on Red".  Very courteous and thoughtful these 'mericans.

Driving here is a pleasure. No taxi's. No honking of horns. No taxi's. No cars weaving in and out and jaaging like maniacs. No taxi's. No skorro-skorro's all over. No taxi's.

Did I mention there are no taxi's?  Flippit!!! Everyone just hangs in the queue, waits their turn, and gets to go. Nobody pushes past to get to the front, nobody drives in the emergency lane. Its all just so... civilised.

I like it a lot  O0

When I'm in Germany I always remember passenger = pavement
In meriqua the "pavement" include the road surface.
In SA the pavement is the sidewalk where the plebs on foot must walk.
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Johann990 on March 28, 2016, 10:18:47 pm
 :sip: :sip: :sip:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Pilchie on March 28, 2016, 11:04:17 pm
 :sip:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: silvrav on March 28, 2016, 11:39:00 pm
Mr zog must be enjoying al those fast foods....  :patch:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on March 29, 2016, 04:15:28 am
Mr zog must be enjoying al those fast foods....  :patch:

You have no idea....  :peepwall:  :drif:


My broek raak stywer. En ek dink nie dis my Zaber wat groter raak nie  :peepwall:  :imaposer:  :imaposer:  :imaposer:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on March 29, 2016, 04:24:53 am
Biking in Florida...


Helmets are not compulsory in Florida.

Lets not get into a debate about the pro's and cons about wearing a helmet or not. Lest just imagine riding at a sedate 35MPH (about 50Kmh?) along the seaside, cruising on your boney in the lekker warm weather... wind in your hair...    AWESOME!!!!

Here is just one dude that I managed to get a pic of... Easy rider!  :ricky:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on March 29, 2016, 04:36:55 am
Biking in Florida - continued...

Today I decided to stop in and have a quick look at the local Harley dealer. It is located just off the I-95 at Palm Bay Road, next door to the Bass Pro Shop. You can see the back of the dealership from the highway. I have noticed a LOT of bikes parked outside the back of the shop, in the rain. I wondered about this...

Well.

The expletives (vloekwoorde for you's Afrikaanse ou's) came thick and fast. It was one of those WTF moments... I stood and laughed.

The first pic is of the name of the dealership. But its the back entrance, for staff only. My bad...

The second pic is of the ONE side of the inside of the shop. I took a pic of the other side, but it didn't come out, Sorry.

There at least 300 NEW bikes on the floor. Minimum 300... all models... they even had 5 Harley Trikes on the floor. Brand new. I can't describe the smell in there... I got wood... fresh new leather, mixed with chrome and steel and rubber... BLIKSEM!!!!!!

Then it started raining, so I didn't take any pics of the bikes outside, along the side and at the back or the shop. All second-hand, and probably between 300 and 400 bikes. STANDING IN THE RAIN AND SUN!!!  :eek7:

Inside it was like heaven for a Harley lover. Bikes. Accessories for the bikes. Clothing; jackets, t-shirts, jeans, wallets, headscarves, shades, caps, chains, ALLES!!!! And probably more clothing than the average Edgars store has in SA...

They do it BIG here. Moerofa BIG....

 :peepwall:  I am secretly beginning to like the Harley image down here...  :peepwall:  :ricky:  :ricky:  :ricky:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on March 29, 2016, 04:50:54 am
OH!!!!

Today a UPS brown-van stopped in front of the house, dropped off a package.

Inside was my Social Security Card!!!!

So now I can pay taxes.  :patch:   IF I get a job  :biggrin:


AND... I can go apply to get my USA drivers license. I gotta do the whole thing over. Theory test, practical test, and a 6-hour course on drugs and alcohol while driving or something... eish.  :xxbah:


But, best of all. I can now get a local fishing license. For freshwater, its $17. For Saltwater its $17. But package deal its $32,50. For Out-Of_State people the license is $47 for fresh and $47 for Saltwater. So a BIG saving...

I'll be at the DMV (Department of Motor Vehicles) tomorrow morning at 8. They open at 08h30, but I want to beat the queue  :lol8:

I NEED to go fishing. There is more water here than anywhere else I have ever seen. And all the water has fish... fresh water = Bass. Salt water = whatever is swimming around  ;D :thumleft:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Airguitar on March 29, 2016, 07:15:51 am
Congratulations on the move. It's a big deal and it takes time to adjust to a new surroundings and job and culture and language and way of life.
I am enjoying the thread. Subscribed!
As for me, I've packed up and moved to Luxembourg to start a new job. Family is staying in SA until the end of the year as our daughter is doing matric.
I can relate to so much of what you have written here, it's incredible.
As you have said, Africa is not something you just walk away from.
Not as easily as the dreamers think.
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: silvrav on March 29, 2016, 07:58:45 am
Nice mr zog! Florida is home to some of the best custom chopper workshops!
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: 1ougat on March 29, 2016, 08:05:07 am
 :sip:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Coxwain on March 29, 2016, 08:11:43 am
Yep ....soon it will be .....ZOG ON A HOG
Title: Re: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Casting from Turd on March 29, 2016, 08:17:31 am
Yep ....soon it will be .....ZOG ON A HOG
Whats that gonna be.
A hogzog or a zoghog?

Orange Elephant Backpackers, Addo
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: punisher on March 29, 2016, 08:59:42 am
fokkit ZogDog ,  this is a lekker kiff thread , i schmaak the fact that you have made the move , and are happy with it mate 

the biggest reason i am still here in SA is , my kiddies as well , but what you have done takes courage and determination , and you have now made it possible for your son to have a great opportunity to live and study ( properly) in a civilized place , well done to you SIR

FANTASTIC
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Bikerboer1973 on March 29, 2016, 10:43:57 am

 :peepwall:  I am secretly beginning to like the Harley image down here...  :peepwall:  :ricky:  :ricky:  :ricky:

F@@ken verraaier, joiner, daai XL500 van jou gaan nog by jou kom spook en jou nagmerries gee oor dit... :peepwall: :pot:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: ktmmer on March 29, 2016, 10:46:15 am
Jy moet maar so bietjie Afrikaans skryf. Net sodat dit nie verroes nie !  :pot:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: brianw on March 29, 2016, 10:56:50 am
Subscribed..
this thread is striking a cord in many of us.
Title: Re: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: HarryDieStrandloper on March 29, 2016, 10:58:26 am
Moet net nie "Baie Dankie" sê as iemand daar vir jou iets gee nie.

Else you might have to sell somebody a donkey or you'll have to explain that you didn't say "buy a donkey".
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Hentie @ Riders on March 29, 2016, 11:09:24 am
 :happy1:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Sylvester on March 29, 2016, 11:57:11 am
Nice thread.

Having visited the States about 5 time for business - most of the times to Seattle - so a lot of connecting flights stirred into the mix.  I can associate with many of your "WTF moments".

A few things I have picked up by now:

If you gladwrap your bag at ORT, the US Custom okes always pick your bag when they do random bag searches.  People actually look at you funny when you pick up the only wrapped bag between thousands of other baggage from the arrivals conveyor.  I wrapped it the first time and never afterwards.  Nothing ever got stolen.

Car rental - always book the cheapest/smallest car.  They never have those small cheapies available and you will almost without exception get a bigger/better car.  They sometimes try to sell you an upgrade at the rental reception.  Just say no - they will give you an upgrade in any case.  Once at Dulles, the reception just told me to pick any car in the lot!  All of the cars in the lot had their keys in the ignition and I could just hop into anyone and drive off!!

And yes, driving on the "wrong" side is something else.  Using a GPS is a must - concentrating so much on the traffic, you absolutely need that auntie to tell you where to turn - and then to figure out for the first time how far before the turn when she says "turning right in 0.4 miles" you have to do your sums pretty quick.  Having survived highways, interstates, pretty heavy traffic, etc, I started thinking I got the hang of this  - until I got my first traffic circle in the town I was visiting...eish.

One of my biggest WTFs was the lack of fences.  You can literally get to anybody's front door without anybody stopping you.

    



 
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: LoopSoosStroop on March 29, 2016, 01:06:54 pm
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Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: EtienneXplore on March 29, 2016, 01:13:57 pm
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Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: sidetrack on March 29, 2016, 01:36:48 pm
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I have always read the Trans America trail ride reports on ADVrider. Riding from the East to West coast on dirt / back roads. Would be one of my dreams to do. Hope you get a bike soon  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: TheAnt on March 29, 2016, 01:37:34 pm
So, do you now classify as African - merican?

:happy1:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: zetman on March 29, 2016, 02:21:10 pm
 Love diT ZOGGIE  :spitcoffee:

 Love die fred gooi nog stories en vertel watse tipe werk kan jy als daar doen?
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: m0lt3n on March 29, 2016, 03:24:14 pm
this is good reading and some nice practical info. subscribed!
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: tgg on March 29, 2016, 09:44:09 pm
great ,werk jy al
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: BlueBull2007 on March 29, 2016, 09:50:37 pm
I'm betting there will be no queue for his drivers.... ;D
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on March 29, 2016, 10:23:49 pm
I didn't get to the DMV today. And tomorrow will be out also. Got something else happening.... OUR DOGS ARE ON THE WAY!!!

We couldn't let the dogs come earlier as we didn't have an address here yet. But now we have moved into a house, so we could get the guys back in SA who are taking care of this aspect send them off! They are in the air as we speak!

Tomorrow we'll drive up to Orlando (about an hour or so trip, still not quite sure exactly) and be there to get them when they land. We'll have to abandon their crates as we only have a little car. The dogglies will just both have to sit on the back seat on the drive home. We already bought them new food and water bowls, and some decent dog-food, and some treats too! We can't wait!!!

The guys doing the shipping sent us a few pics on Whatsapp earlier to show they are all ready for the trip...
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on March 29, 2016, 10:26:59 pm
No quarantine for the dogs Zog?
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on March 29, 2016, 10:27:34 pm
great ,werk jy al

Nog nie  :o

Ek het al een onderhoud gehad, en aansoek gedoen vir nog n hele paar. Wag vir die foon om te lui...

Liefie hou my erg besig met ander kak. Huis skoon maak, yard uitsort, winkels toe om goeters te koop... ens ens.

Nou reen dit dik-stukke... my vars ge-mopte vloere gaan vuil word!  :patch:  :xxbah:  :imaposer:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on March 29, 2016, 10:30:18 pm
No quarantine for the dogs Zog?

No Chris.

The USA is pretty relaxed about dogs from SA. As long as their rabies shots are up to date, all good.

I went to the County Sherriff's department of Animal Control yesterday with all their documents and got them each their Dog Licenses. $10 each, valid for a year.  :thumleft:

SO now they will get to wear a green Sherriff's Star on their collars, with a serial number  :biggrin:  8)
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: BlueBull2007 on March 29, 2016, 10:31:22 pm
That is sooo cool - I was wondering about the dogs. They will be so chuffed to see you!

Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Bundu on March 29, 2016, 10:32:22 pm
good on you for taking the dogs with you at the expense and hassles  :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on March 29, 2016, 10:34:33 pm
The USA is pretty relaxed about dogs from SA

suppose so, they let you in!! :imaposer: ;)
Those kids are going to go bananas seeing and hearing you tomorrow :thumleft:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on March 29, 2016, 10:34:47 pm
So, do you now classify as African - merican?

:happy1:

Hahahahaha!!!

I was chatting to one of the (black African American) servers/waiters at the Waffle House the other day. He said to me that he was more African than I was... I asked him if he wanted to bet on that? He enjoyed that chirp...  :thumleft: :lol8:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on March 29, 2016, 10:45:36 pm
That is sooo cool - I was wondering about the dogs. They will be so chuffed to see you!



good on you for taking the dogs with you at the expense and hassles  :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:

The USA is pretty relaxed about dogs from SA

suppose so, they let you in!! :imaposer: ;)
Those kids are going to go bananas seeing and hearing you tomorrow :thumleft:

The dogs are like our children. There wasn't a way in hell we'd leave them behind. Getting them here costs more per head than it cost for the wife and I. But thats ok, we saved and budgeted for it, done deal.

We are both hellofa excited to be getting the children tomorrow. I doubt I'll get much sleep tonight... and the dogglies will hopefully not have too much bark left for the drive home.  :peepwall:  :imaposer: :imaposer: :imaposer:
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Post by: HarryDieStrandloper on March 29, 2016, 10:47:01 pm
Bliksem Zog - respect to you for taking the dogs along.
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on March 29, 2016, 10:50:22 pm
Nice thread.

Having visited the States about 5 time for business - most of the times to Seattle - so a lot of connecting flights stirred into the mix.  I can associate with many of your "WTF moments".

A few things I have picked up by now:

If you gladwrap your bag at ORT, the US Custom okes always pick your bag when they do random bag searches.  People actually look at you funny when you pick up the only wrapped bag between thousands of other baggage from the arrivals conveyor.  I wrapped it the first time and never afterwards.  Nothing ever got stolen.

Car rental - always book the cheapest/smallest car.  They never have those small cheapies available and you will almost without exception get a bigger/better car.  They sometimes try to sell you an upgrade at the rental reception.  Just say no - they will give you an upgrade in any case.  Once at Dulles, the reception just told me to pick any car in the lot!  All of the cars in the lot had their keys in the ignition and I could just hop into anyone and drive off!!

And yes, driving on the "wrong" side is something else.  Using a GPS is a must - concentrating so much on the traffic, you absolutely need that auntie to tell you where to turn - and then to figure out for the first time how far before the turn when she says "turning right in 0.4 miles" you have to do your sums pretty quick.  Having survived highways, interstates, pretty heavy traffic, etc, I started thinking I got the hang of this  - until I got my first traffic circle in the town I was visiting...eish.

One of my biggest WTFs was the lack of fences.  You can literally get to anybody's front door without anybody stopping you.


Oh yea... its difficult enough staying on the wrong side of the road, let alone navigating. We brought our old Garmin Nuvi 205 with us, hoping we could just upload fresh local maps. Well... it CAN be done, but the map software was $80!!!  :eek7:

A BRAND NEW garmin was $108. So we got the new one...  and the lady inside it is Sally. She keeps telling me where to go. My wife suspects I have a thing for Sally  :peepwall:  :imaposer:  :imaposer:  :imaposer:
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Post by: Franky3 on March 30, 2016, 02:29:14 am
My I be so bold as to ask for some pictures of your new home?

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Post by: Mr Zog on March 30, 2016, 05:38:39 am
My I be so bold as to ask for some pictures of your new home?

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Sure. But not now. Its almost midnight and I need to get some snooze... big day and long drive (on the wrong side of the road) tomorrow.  :ricky:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: oldmannorman on March 30, 2016, 06:12:36 am
 :sip:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: evansv on March 30, 2016, 07:50:45 am
Great read, thanks Mr Zog for sharing :thumleft:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Sláinte Mhaith on March 30, 2016, 08:33:50 am
 :peepwall:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: fixit on March 30, 2016, 08:55:05 am
Cool thread :thumleft:. I started reading last night. Ended up reading the whole series in one go. Thanks Zogs.
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Post by: Knucklhead on March 30, 2016, 10:12:26 am
Bliksem Zog - respect to you for taking the dogs along.

give that man zog a beer , agreed !!
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: caconcepts on March 30, 2016, 10:18:27 am
Mr.Zog,

Great read. I was fortunate to be in Florida a few years ago. Wait for summer boet. The term sweaty jockstrap occurs at around 07:00 AM and continues for about 23h45 min at which point it reoccurs.... Enjoy and post some pics....one of the finest establishment I did get to visit was the Hooters on Miami main beach. Lovely atmosphere and delicisios food........ :3some: :3some: :snorting:
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Post by: Franky3 on March 30, 2016, 11:00:20 am
My I be so bold as to ask for some pictures of your new home?

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Sure. But not now. Its almost midnight and I need to get some snooze... big day and long drive (on the wrong side of the road) tomorrow.  :ricky:
When ever you feel like it.

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Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on March 30, 2016, 11:08:47 am
one of the finest establishment I did get to visit was the Hooters

It sounds as if one do not eat there but rather feast with one's eyes ;)
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: JohnB on March 30, 2016, 11:25:49 am
Lekker. Stekte vir jou daai kant  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: OomD on March 30, 2016, 01:10:24 pm
Love this thread! Thanks for your info, Zog!
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on March 31, 2016, 12:38:02 am
We got the dogglies!!!  :ricky: :ricky: :ricky:

Drove the 60 or so miles to Orlando Airport to collect them. We had to first make a turn at the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) office at the airport to get their clearance. This was a bit of a mission, but the Officer was professional and efficient. He was also sporting a "high-and-tight" haircut, and lots of shiny badges on his uniform. Officers of the law take a lot of pride in their appearance here. Thats a good thing in my opinion.

I must just also mention, hijacking my own post here, that yesterday I saw a "pull-over". A cop had pulled a motorist over and was talking to him. It was a female officer. Jissis. I almost stopped and confessed. I felt like telling her it was me, and she must arrest me, and body-search me. She was SMOKING hot!!! Eish, I think I have a reason to speed  :peepwall:

Anyways, We eventually got sorted at the CBP office, then we went over to the Delta Airlines Cargo office. There we had to pay $50 for the customs clearance. Then a wait of about 30 minutes before the dude came with the dogglies in their crates on a trolley.

They were hellofa happy to see us, but hardly a sound out of them. They were both "le petit cheval" - a little hoarse - from barking all the way, I'm sure. We let them out of their crates, put their leashes on, and took them across from the parking lot to a piece of grass where they both made the longest wee's evva! Then a sip of water each from the water bottle, and into the car for the trip home.

At home they both got some more water, then frantic exploring of the new garden, meeting the two little chihuahuaá from next door, and now they are both passed out cold in the lounge.  ;D   Let sleeping dogs lie, I say.  :biggrin:


Life is good.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: BlueBull2007 on March 31, 2016, 01:02:01 am
Fantastic Gary. hah @ jet lagged pups
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: KiLRoy on March 31, 2016, 07:49:57 am
Mr.Zog,

Great read. I was fortunate to be in Florida a few years ago. Wait for summer boet. The term sweaty jockstrap occurs at around 07:00 AM and continues for about 23h45 min at which point it reoccurs.... Enjoy and post some pics....one of the finest establishment I did get to visit was the Hooters on Miami main beach. Lovely atmosphere and delicisios food........ :3some: :3some: :snorting:

You mean this hooters?  Yes indeed a nice place  ;) :biggrin: :biggrin:

Btw, mrZog - best of luck on your new adventure :thumleft:
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Post by: Welsh on March 31, 2016, 07:56:21 am
Mr.Zog,

Great read. I was fortunate to be in Florida a few years ago. Wait for summer boet. The term sweaty jockstrap occurs at around 07:00 AM and continues for about 23h45 min at which point it reoccurs.... Enjoy and post some pics....one of the finest establishment I did get to visit was the Hooters on Miami main beach. Lovely atmosphere and delicisios food........ :3some: :3some: :snorting:

You mean this hooters?  Yes indeed a nice place  ;) :biggrin: :biggrin:

Btw, mrZog - best of luck on your new adventure :thumleft:

Wont her tits fall out if she is upside down? :biggrin:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: ktmmer on March 31, 2016, 08:09:57 am
You're a legend for taking your dogs with !!   The big one looks a bit worried about speaking American.  :peepwall:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: KiLRoy on March 31, 2016, 08:10:22 am
Mr.Zog,

Great read. I was fortunate to be in Florida a few years ago. Wait for summer boet. The term sweaty jockstrap occurs at around 07:00 AM and continues for about 23h45 min at which point it reoccurs.... Enjoy and post some pics....one of the finest establishment I did get to visit was the Hooters on Miami main beach. Lovely atmosphere and delicisios food........ :3some: :3some: :snorting:

You mean this hooters?  Yes indeed a nice place  ;) :biggrin: :biggrin:

Btw, mrZog - best of luck on your new adventure :thumleft:

Wont her tits fall out if she is upside down? :biggrin:

You mean her hooters?  ;D
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: KiLRoy on March 31, 2016, 08:17:08 am
Did the Mustang thing from Miami to Key West.  Small block, think 3.8 V6 one however.  As you can see, luggage was an issue :biggrin:
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Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on March 31, 2016, 10:39:10 am
Zog those kids look so happy :thumleft:

Have you seen any DS bikes or is it only apehanger stuff?
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on March 31, 2016, 11:18:45 am
So far 99% cruisers. I saw two GS800's the other day,  and a couple of soopabaaiks. But mainly cruisin Harleys.
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Post by: Geel Kat on March 31, 2016, 11:19:47 am
So far 99% cruisers. I saw two GS800's the other day,  and a couple of soopabaaiks. But mainly cruisin Harleys.

So just road bikes so far.
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Post by: Firecoast on March 31, 2016, 11:23:45 am
Can I put in a request for Reese's buttercups and gas station french vanilla coffee please?  :biggrin:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Dirt Junkie on March 31, 2016, 11:47:22 am
enjoying this thread, best of luck with this new chapter in your life
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Post by: BlueBull2007 on March 31, 2016, 12:43:09 pm
So far 99% cruisers. I saw two GS800's the other day,  and a couple of soopabaaiks. But mainly cruisin Harleys.

So just road bikes so far.

Not much DS riding in FL or most of the east coast really. There is a lot more out west.
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Post by: Bundu on March 31, 2016, 12:54:52 pm
UTMOST RESPECT FOR TAKING THE DOGS ALONG!  :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: chopperpilot on March 31, 2016, 01:31:18 pm
Sounds like a moerse adventure Gary! ;)

Sommer makes me lus to sell everything, and join you! :biggrin:

Have fun, and keep the stories coming! :thumleft:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: woody1 on March 31, 2016, 01:35:36 pm
Me think you should have used the money to get the dogs there to buy a bike.
If you are lonely you could get this.   :imaposer:

Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: whazzatt on March 31, 2016, 02:10:09 pm
Mr Zog, are you missing anything from 'back home' yet? Obviously your son etc, but wondering about any particularly Saffy things...
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: punisher on March 31, 2016, 02:14:43 pm
Mr Zog, are you missing anything from 'back home' yet? Obviously your son etc, but wondering about any particularly Saffy things...

 i bet he is missing the word " eish "
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: woody1 on March 31, 2016, 02:20:24 pm
Mrs Balls  :imaposer:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Casting from Turd on March 31, 2016, 02:21:16 pm
Mr Zog, are you missing anything from 'back home' yet? Obviously your son etc, but wondering about any particularly Saffy things...

 i bet he is missing the word " eish "


an brannewyn
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mev Vis Arend on March 31, 2016, 03:27:47 pm
great ,werk jy al

Nog nie  :o

Ek het al een onderhoud gehad, en aansoek gedoen vir nog n hele paar. Wag vir die foon om te lui...

Liefie hou my erg besig met ander kak. Huis skoon maak, yard uitsort, winkels toe om goeters te koop... ens ens.

Nou reen dit dik-stukke... my vars ge-mopte vloere gaan vuil word!  :patch:  :xxbah:  :imaposer:

 :spitcoffee: :spitcoffee: :spitcoffee:

Dis wonderlik dat julle, ten spyte van die koste, julle honde-kinders saamgevat het.   :thumleft: 
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Post by: RobC on March 31, 2016, 04:13:24 pm
No quarantine for the dogs Zog?

No Chris.

The USA is pretty relaxed about dogs from SA. As long as their rabies shots are up to date, all good.

I went to the County Sherriff's department of Animal Control yesterday with all their documents and got them each their Dog Licenses. $10 each, valid for a year.  :thumleft:

SO now they will get to wear a green Sherriff's Star on their collars, with a serial number  :biggrin:  8)
and you sir deserve a GOLD STAR for not re homing your doggie kids... my daughter works at a vet and it is unbelievable how many times they get asked to euthanize pets because the owners did not do their homework and cannot find new homes! RESPECT! :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on March 31, 2016, 08:38:15 pm
Mrs Balls  :imaposer:

Slaan jy die spyker so op die kop!  :deal:

(Hit you the nail on the head)  ::)


I Was very perturbed that I would miss out on Mrs Balls.She and I have come a looooooooong way together. I even dated her daughter once.


I looked, while still in SA if I could get Mrs Balls in the USA, and there is a online shop in California, I think, that can supply stuff like Mrs Balls and custard, and other such pure South African dishes.

But they were very expensive, IIRC it was like $12 bottle.... EISH!!!!


So I made peace with the fact that I would have to go without Mrs Balls. We were even informed by our shipping agent that NO FOODSTUFFS WHATSOEVER were allowed amongst our personal belongings. We had planned to stash a couple of cases of stuff like Mrs Balls, Aromat, Biltong spice, Boerewors spice, Wostershire Sauce, etc on the pallets with out personal belongings. The dude at the shipping company said that if they find ANY FOOD in the customs place in Miami, they can quarantine, confiscate, and destroy our entire consignment.

So we opted not to take the chance, and put NO FOODSTUFFS in our boxes.


And then...

Last week....

I was in a grocery store chain called "Publix". Its a bit like Woolies, slightly better class than Walmart. Little bit more expensive, but better class of person shopping there. The store I was in is in Cocoa Beach, about an hour north of where I stay.

I saw, in the section for "exotic foods", ....  Mrs Balls!!!!


Jissie! I was over the moon! I had one of those "WTF" moments, I took a bottle from the shelf, hugged it to my bosom, and LAUGHED!!!


Its not cheap. But still cheaper than the place in California. Its $5,19, plus tax, per bottle. At the current exchange rate thats around R75 bottle. But I have very quickly learned not to change the values in ZAR. A Macdonalds Big Mac burger costs just under $5 these days, so actually the price aint that bad after all.

I bought two bottles  ;D

I also went into my local Publix (about 3 miles from the house) yesterday and made enquiries if they could get some for me each month. They said they'll get back to me...  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: coop on March 31, 2016, 09:54:11 pm
Good read thus far, but seing that you sound like a bassfisherman, what do you think of their shops that side? ;D
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Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on March 31, 2016, 10:00:45 pm
I would miss mayonaise and I did when I lived there. They do not have lekke mayonaise like we do.
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Post by: Mr Zog on March 31, 2016, 10:13:29 pm
Good read thus far, but seing that you sound like a bassfisherman, what do you think of their shops that side? ;D

I have been known to snag the odd Bass...  8)

SO I had been here for exactly 20 hours when I first set foot in the local Bass Pro Shop.

I was awestruck!!! Its about the same size as the Builders Warehouse in Atterbury road, Pretoria. In other words, its fricken HUGE!!!

The pedestrian crossing at the entrance is a whole lot of Bass painted on the road. Even the road leading to the shop is called "Bass Pro Road". At the right of the entrance they have a area with about a dozen live alligators. To the left they have an area with 2 or 3 live Bush Pigs. The sign over the entrance says "Welcome Fishermen, Hunters, and other Liars"  :imaposer: :imaposer: :imaposer:

Inside its like I died and went to heaven.  :drif:  :drif:  :drif:  :drif:  :drif:  :drif:


Fishing rods, for ALL types of fishing, from bass and crappie, to fly-fishing, to rock-and-surf, to deep-sea fishing.

Boats, ATV's, camping. The hunting section has an array of about 500 rifles and shotguns up on display. Handguns under the counter. Ammo on the open racks where you can just push your trolley past and take what you need.

Clothing for all the sports. Even clothing for girls.

Archery department.

Even the lavvy's are awesome!!!

The wife had to use her chloroform lappie over my nose to get me out...  :peepwall:

I was too excited to take more pics, but next time I'm there I'll get some more.

Oh, and apparently this is one of their SMALLEST shops  :eek7:  :o

They even have a section for repairs and services to boats...

Jissis guys...

Heaven  :drif:  :drif:  :drif:  :drif:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: woody1 on March 31, 2016, 10:14:19 pm
Remember we lived in Holland for 5 years. At first we missed some stuff. But later we just used  what was locally available..
Now I dont even touch Mrs Balls now.  :imaposer:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on March 31, 2016, 10:17:58 pm
Remember we lived in Holland for 5 years. At first we missed some stuff. But later we just used  what was locally available..
Now I dont even touch Mrs Balls now.  :imaposer:

Phyllistyn!!!  :dousing: :xxbah: :imaposer:
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Post by: silvrav on March 31, 2016, 11:58:48 pm
Remember we lived in Holland for 5 years. At first we missed some stuff. But later we just used  what was locally available..
Now I dont even touch Mrs Balls now.  :imaposer:

Phyllistyn!!!  :dousing: :xxbah: :imaposer:

Whats the law of importing it zog? We could always send you a care package...
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: BlueBull2007 on April 01, 2016, 01:18:56 am
I have been living and working as an expat for almost 12yrs now. You get used to missing some things, even Mrs Balls eventually. But there are some things like a lekker stuk plaas boerewors....I would pay $50 for one right now. That and Karoo lamb jchops. I miss them so so much.

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the price aint that bad after all.

 :laughing4: Youre beginning to sound like on of them already!

So, what does the wifey say? Is she happy to be back? Does she miss South Africa at all? Anything maybe irritate her that she forgot about or has changed since she left?
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Post by: HarryDieStrandloper on April 01, 2016, 09:25:05 am
I would miss mayonaise and I did when I lived there. They do not have lekke mayonaise like we do.

I have been living and working as an expat for almost 12yrs now. You get used to missing some things, even Mrs Balls eventually. But there are some things like a lekker stuk plaas boerewors....I would pay $50 for one right now. That and Karoo lamb jchops. I miss them so so much.

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the price aint that bad after all.

 :laughing4: Youre beginning to sound like on of them already!

So, what does the wifey say? Is she happy to be back? Does she miss South Africa at all? Anything maybe irritate her that she forgot about or has changed since she left?
Mayo here in West Africa is made with fish oil. So we make our own.  Takes you 15 minutes including cleaning up afterwards to make 2 big Mayo bottles full.  It tastes like the best Mayo you can buy in SA.  Ask and I can post the recipe.

Wors, here they use parafin to wash their equipment with and that taste is awful.  So, we make our own. Biltong, make our own.  Spices for wors and biltong is easy to mix yourself.  Talk to you local meat supply store and ask for skins.  Synthetic skins for droëe wors.
Title: Re: Re: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: punisher on April 01, 2016, 10:09:56 am
I would miss mayonaise and I did when I lived there. They do not have lekke mayonaise like we do.

I have been living and working as an expat for almost 12yrs now. You get used to missing some things, even Mrs Balls eventually. But there are some things like a lekker stuk plaas boerewors....I would pay $50 for one right now. That and Karoo lamb jchops. I miss them so so much.

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the price aint that bad after all.

 :laughing4: Youre beginning to sound like on of them already!

So, what does the wifey say? Is she happy to be back? Does she miss South Africa at all? Anything maybe irritate her that she forgot about or has changed since she left?
Mayo here in West Africa is made with fish oil. So we make our own.  Takes you 15 minutes including cleaning up afterwards to make 2 big Mayo bottles full.  It tastes like the best Mayo you can buy in SA.  Ask and I can post the recipe.

Wors, here they use parafin to wash their equipment with and that taste is awful.  So, we make our own. Biltong, make our own.  Spices for wors and biltong is easy to mix yourself.  Talk to you local meat supply store and ask for skins.  Synthetic skins for droëe wors.

post yer recipe for mayo pleeeez
Title: Re: Re: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Casting from Turd on April 01, 2016, 10:16:53 am
I would miss mayonaise and I did when I lived there. They do not have lekke mayonaise like we do.

I have been living and working as an expat for almost 12yrs now. You get used to missing some things, even Mrs Balls eventually. But there are some things like a lekker stuk plaas boerewors....I would pay $50 for one right now. That and Karoo lamb jchops. I miss them so so much.

Quote
the price aint that bad after all.

 :laughing4: Youre beginning to sound like on of them already!

So, what does the wifey say? Is she happy to be back? Does she miss South Africa at all? Anything maybe irritate her that she forgot about or has changed since she left?
Mayo here in West Africa is made with fish oil. So we make our own.  Takes you 15 minutes including cleaning up afterwards to make 2 big Mayo bottles full.  It tastes like the best Mayo you can buy in SA.  Ask and I can post the recipe.

Wors, here they use parafin to wash their equipment with and that taste is awful.  So, we make our own. Biltong, make our own.  Spices for wors and biltong is easy to mix yourself.  Talk to you local meat supply store and ask for skins.  Synthetic skins for droëe wors.

post yer recipe for mayo pleeeez

4 eggs
viniger
salt to taste
Basil, parsley or any other herbs you like.
Mustard
sugar to taste
sunflower oil.

Break the eggs into a blender.
add salt, sugar, mustard, viniger and herbs
Blend well..

Then while the blender is running on a high speed slowly add the oil until you get the thickness and consistency you want.


Easy
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: corne.l on April 01, 2016, 10:48:34 am
:happy1:
Title: Re: Re: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: ClimbingTurtle on April 01, 2016, 10:59:02 am
I would miss mayonaise and I did when I lived there. They do not have lekke mayonaise like we do.

I have been living and working as an expat for almost 12yrs now. You get used to missing some things, even Mrs Balls eventually. But there are some things like a lekker stuk plaas boerewors....I would pay $50 for one right now. That and Karoo lamb jchops. I miss them so so much.

Quote
the price aint that bad after all.

 :laughing4: Youre beginning to sound like on of them already!

So, what does the wifey say? Is she happy to be back? Does she miss South Africa at all? Anything maybe irritate her that she forgot about or has changed since she left?
Mayo here in West Africa is made with fish oil. So we make our own.  Takes you 15 minutes including cleaning up afterwards to make 2 big Mayo bottles full.  It tastes like the best Mayo you can buy in SA.  Ask and I can post the recipe.

Wors, here they use parafin to wash their equipment with and that taste is awful.  So, we make our own. Biltong, make our own.  Spices for wors and biltong is easy to mix yourself.  Talk to you local meat supply store and ask for skins.  Synthetic skins for droëe wors.

post yer recipe for mayo pleeeez

4 eggs
viniger
salt to taste
Basil, parsley or any other herbs you like.
Mustard
sugar to taste
sunflower oil.

Break the eggs into a blender.
add salt, sugar, mustard, viniger and herbs
Blend well..

Then while the blender is running on a high speed slowly add the oil until you get the thickness and consistency you want.


Easy

You use the whole egg, or just the yolk?

I have only ever made it using just the yolk.

No preservatives in it (well, technically vinegar preserves), so it won't last for months in the fridge - but a smaller batch once a week.....  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Re: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Casting from Turd on April 01, 2016, 11:06:59 am
I would miss mayonaise and I did when I lived there. They do not have lekke mayonaise like we do.

I have been living and working as an expat for almost 12yrs now. You get used to missing some things, even Mrs Balls eventually. But there are some things like a lekker stuk plaas boerewors....I would pay $50 for one right now. That and Karoo lamb jchops. I miss them so so much.

Quote
the price aint that bad after all.

 :laughing4: Youre beginning to sound like on of them already!

So, what does the wifey say? Is she happy to be back? Does she miss South Africa at all? Anything maybe irritate her that she forgot about or has changed since she left?
Mayo here in West Africa is made with fish oil. So we make our own.  Takes you 15 minutes including cleaning up afterwards to make 2 big Mayo bottles full.  It tastes like the best Mayo you can buy in SA.  Ask and I can post the recipe.

Wors, here they use parafin to wash their equipment with and that taste is awful.  So, we make our own. Biltong, make our own.  Spices for wors and biltong is easy to mix yourself.  Talk to you local meat supply store and ask for skins.  Synthetic skins for droëe wors.

post yer recipe for mayo pleeeez

4 eggs
viniger
salt to taste
Basil, parsley or any other herbs you like.
Mustard
sugar to taste
sunflower oil.

Break the eggs into a blender.
add salt, sugar, mustard, viniger and herbs
Blend well..

Then while the blender is running on a high speed slowly add the oil until you get the thickness and consistency you want.


Easy

You use the whole egg, or just the yolk?

I have only ever made it using just the yolk.

No preservatives in it (well, technically vinegar preserves), so it won't last for months in the fridge - but a smaller batch once a week.....  :thumleft:
I use the whole egg most if the time. Makes it like the Dulce mayo. Also use the yolk for a more creamy mayo
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: zetman on April 01, 2016, 11:49:31 am
 :imaposer: Hey fokkof hier van Zoggie se AMERIKAANSE Fred af met julle Mayo reseppies  :spitcoffee:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Casting from Turd on April 01, 2016, 11:54:08 am
:imaposer: Hey fokkof hier van Zoggie se AMERIKAANSE Fred af met julle Mayo reseppies  :spitcoffee:

Tsek jy cheetah vark
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Hentie @ Riders on April 01, 2016, 12:11:44 pm
:imaposer: Hey fokkof hier van Zoggie se AMERIKAANSE Fred af met julle Mayo reseppies  :spitcoffee:

Tsek jy cheetah vark
Stem saam Zetman  :peepwall: julle ou mense f@k sy thred op  :lol8:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on April 01, 2016, 12:15:51 pm
:imaposer: Hey fokkof hier van Zoggie se AMERIKAANSE Fred af met julle Mayo reseppies  :spitcoffee:

Tsek jy cheetah vark
Stem saam Zetman  :peepwall: julle ou mense f@k sy thred op  :lol8:

Ag toemaar Hentie. Nou het ek sommer n mayonnaise resep ook.  :pot:

En daai drol gebruik nie net die hele eier nie. Hy gebruik sommer die hele hoender ook  :peepwall: :imaposer:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Casting from Turd on April 01, 2016, 12:17:15 pm
:imaposer: Hey fokkof hier van Zoggie se AMERIKAANSE Fred af met julle Mayo reseppies  :spitcoffee:

Tsek jy cheetah vark
Stem saam Zetman  :peepwall: julle ou mense f@k sy thred op  :lol8:

Ag toemaar Hentie. Nou het ek sommer n mayonnaise resep ook.  :pot:

En daai drol gebruik nie net die hele eier nie. Hy gebruik sommer die hele hoender ook  :peepwall: :imaposer:

Now thats just kinky  :imaposer:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on April 01, 2016, 12:21:38 pm
Perverted  :imaposer: :eek7:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: zetman on April 01, 2016, 12:45:13 pm
“Just erotic. Nothing kinky. It’s the difference between using a feather or using a chicken.”
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: silvrav on April 01, 2016, 12:54:10 pm
“Just erotic. Nothing kinky. It’s the difference between using a feather or using a chicken.”


Its the difference between south aftica and America  :peepwall:
Title: Re: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: HarryDieStrandloper on April 01, 2016, 02:36:33 pm
Sorry Zog but this is for you to use.

Home made mayo with correct volumes.  It never flop.

4 egg yolks
Half cup white vinegar 5% (8% use less)
2 tablespoon Dijon (non burn/hot) mustard
1 teaspoon salt (less or to taste - Kosher salt is good but Fine sea salt is better)
3 cups neutrally flavored oil (I use sunflower oil - other veg, canola or peanut oil recommended by recipe)

Place all except oil in food processor (I add 3 tablespoons of oil in the mix before the start)
Start the processor and add the oil very slowly in a very thin continuous stream until all oil is added.  After about the firs cup of oil added you will see the white mayo forming and it will start to thicken.

If the mix is too stiff add 1 or 2 teaspoons of CLEAN water while the machine is running.
If the mix is too thin add 2 to 4 Tablespoons of oil while the machine is running.  The oil will thicken it up more.  The time the machime run after the addition does not have an effect on the thickness.

I have an attachment for my machine specific for mayo but friends of ours made mayo with normal food blender.
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: fixit on April 01, 2016, 02:56:15 pm
How long does it last....as in time in the fridge, not eating.  :biggrin:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: caconcepts on April 01, 2016, 03:14:36 pm
Vir varksteaks boyz......this is not a cooking thread......BTW.......Mr. Zog, I do have a very good bobotie recipe for ze mrs. balls............ :drif: :drif: :snorting:
Title: Re: Re: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: HarryDieStrandloper on April 01, 2016, 03:40:16 pm
How long does it last....as in time in the fridge, not eating.  :biggrin:
4 weeks easy, but usually klaar before the end of 3 weeks, cause it is lekker, almost want to use it over ice cream.  Make sure the glass jar in which you store it is clean (I ise boiling hot water) then no reason for it to go bad. KEEP REFRIGERATED.
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: TrailBlazer on April 01, 2016, 03:44:24 pm
Vir varksteaks boyz......this is not a cooking thread......BTW.......Mr. Zog, I do have a very good bobotie recipe for ze mrs. balls............ :drif: :drif: :snorting:

Now why do we have to wait for it...??  :pot:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: bronzy on April 01, 2016, 04:20:14 pm
No quarantine for the dogs Zog?

No Chris.

The USA is pretty relaxed about dogs from SA. As long as their rabies shots are up to date, all good.

I went to the County Sherriff's department of Animal Control yesterday with all their documents and got them each their Dog Licenses. $10 each, valid for a year.  :thumleft:

SO now they will get to wear a green Sherriff's Star on their collars, with a serial number  :biggrin:  8)
well you have just gained a bigger respect from me for taking your dogs with you, instead of just dropping them off at a shelter !! 
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on April 02, 2016, 01:35:28 am
Today...

There is only one dog-friendly beach in the whole of the Brevard County where we live. Residents fought long and hard to get it, so strict rules are enforced. Like dogs must be on a leash, and you have to pick up after them. No problem.

Right...

They haven't met our two... well, actually, just our Sammy (the brown-job).  :xxbah:

I went first and dropped off my resume (American for CV) at two different places this morning. I prefer to drop off in person, just so that they can SEE who the dude is applying for the job. First impressions, and all that...

So then we load up the dogglies (feel like calling HIM something much less flattering right now), and off we go. Its not a short drive either. Around 20 - 25 MILES. Yip, the lengths we go to for our animals... We get there, eventually. Park the car. Get the dogs out, on their leashes. Walk over to the hotdog stand (just like the ones on TV  ;D ) and order a couple of dogs. We sit and eat at a wooden bench, sharing our treat with the children. Then its off to the BEACH!!!!

From the parking area its a short walk over a boardwalk to the sea. Then kick off the flip-flops (nobody steals your flip-flops here) and leave them at the end of the boardwalk. Head out onto the sand with the kids. Lots of other dogglies enjoying the beautiful hot sunshine with their owners. All nicely on their leashes.

I have the big boy brown-job. He's a bit more of a handful when her gets excited. Liefie has Maggie, the little Jack Russel. We walk into the ocean, just ankle deep, the waves are small, just tiny little shore-breaks. Perfect for the first ever experience of the ocean for our two. Maggie is brilliant, her stubbly little legs propelling her ever deeper, she's jumping into the waves, getting soaked, swimming, having an absolute BALL!

Sam, on the other hand, is a little more wary. He holds back, because this may be a bath, in disguise... eish!  Then he sees Maggie in over her head! He takes another two steps in, with me coaxing him eagerly. A wave comes over, just an inch higher than the last one. Sam freaks out. The water has reached his knees!!!! AAARRRGGHHH!!!!!!

He twists his head, and somehow he is out of his choke-chain...

FREEDOM!!!!!!!!!!!

Little fucker heads back up the beach at high speed, past all the other bathers and their dogs. Mummies see this fucking great KILLER DOG approaching at breakneck speed and scoop up their precious little chihuahua's and other assorted skoot-kakkertjies. Children are grabbed and held high. General pandemonium breaks out, with me in high persuit shouting all the time for my fucking-expensive jet-setting brak to stop, and return. Nah. Fuckall. He's outta here. Gone...

He makes a left at the boardwalk, he needs to get as far away from this water that hit him in the knee as possible. He cruises across the car park and is heading for the A1A, the MAIN DRAG along the beach. Its moerofa busy with cars doing 45 Miles per hour... Shit. I can't run any faster, and he's opening the gap on me.

Just at the end of the parking lot, as the escapee gets there, a cop car pulls in.  :eek7: Florida Sherrif's Department. Fuck. Fuck.

The cop sees this brown job heading his way, and he hits his horn/siren/loud thing. Sam almost shits himself in mid-stride. Instant about-turn, and he's running from the law. Back towards daddy. Daddy stops running, stands and shows Sam the signal for "hier". Sam comes back to dad, dad puts the chain back on Sam's neck. Sorted.

Except for the cop...  FUCK.

Dude gets out, puts on that fancy hat (you know, the one like in Smokey and the Bandit) and dude walks on over with all his shiny badges and a BIG gun. Stops where daddy is trying, most unsuccessfully, to just breathe after his sprint along the beach, over the boardwalk, through the car-park, and almost to the main road.

"You got him secured now, Sir" Mr Policeman asks me.

"Yes Sir, thank you"  I stammer, waiting for the uitkak and citation, and maybe even an arrest and night in the tjoekie. I mean, there are severely traumatised chihuahua's and other assorted stoepkakkertjies back there on the beach. Someone HAS to pay!

"Good. He's a beautiful dog." is all he replies before he walks off to go and harass some deadbeats at the end of the parking lot. Just some surfer dude's parking off, probably smokinbg some doobie on the quiet...

Whew...

Liefie joins me, Maggie in tow. We decide that its enough. Back to the car, we'll not take Doofus Sam out again without a full-body-harness to make sure he stays safely attached to Daddy.

On the way home both dogs are fast asleep on the back seat... worn out!  ::)

Daddy is now recovering from his impromptu exercise session with a couple of vodka's.  :lol8:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Patrol on April 02, 2016, 01:41:43 am
 :) :)
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: BlueBull2007 on April 02, 2016, 02:48:13 am
:imaposer: What a story - Another classic!

But now I'm curious, what do you think would have happened had the cop not arrived? Do you think Big brown job got freaked out by the sea or did he decide maybe this America thing was kak and he was not going to run all the way back to Pretoria?

BTW how are you finding adjusting to posting on WD's at 2 in the morning? ;D

Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on April 02, 2016, 03:14:07 am
I shudder to think what may have happened had the cop not scared brown fucktard back towards me  :eek7:


The A1A was hellofa busy with Friday arvie traffic at 45MPH.

I think brown-job just git a skrik for the water and baled. He does that sometimes... one day he got all upset with a milk-carton. another day it was a ladies handbag... one evening he decided that the ceiling fan in the lounge was evil... the list continues... Sammy isn't too bright. But he's sexy and handsome and sweet. So we forgive him  :3some:  ;D

And if I get my calculations correct, its now after 3am. For the guys in SA.  ::)

Its a lot quieter. Less ou's chirping. Sometimes I miss the chirps, but I also think that as time progresses I may get time for a quick visit in the mornings (my time) and chirp some of the "old faithfuls" again  :pot: :ricky:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: boere on April 02, 2016, 03:18:00 am
My nou in my moer gelag :imaposer: :imaposer:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Ganjora on April 02, 2016, 03:51:58 am
Loving this thread...
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: luv2ride on April 02, 2016, 03:54:02 am
Give it some time Gary, Mr Brown will get use to the sea and will then have an absolute ball. I speak of experience.  

We have a Labbie that absolutely hated water, this dog would run away from his own water bowl in Pretoria.
When we moved we took him to the beach and he also kakked himself. Slowly but surely he eased up and now is like a fish in the water. Die huisdiertjie and I walk on the beach and Troy swims and swims.

We take him out there every day. It does help that my house is a mere 400 meters from the beach.
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Casting from Turd on April 02, 2016, 06:41:14 am
Jis jis ou.
Maybe even you should batj your fucktard more often. Bwahahahaha.
Mooi story waxpiel

Orange Elephant Backpackers, Addo
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: oldmannorman on April 02, 2016, 07:09:36 am
 :deal:   :laughing4:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: safetysteve on April 02, 2016, 07:26:58 am
Thanks for this thread Mr Zog .

My wife and I were laughing so hard this morning. What a way to wake up. Wifey was crying from laughing so much.

Keep it coming bud :spitcoffee:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: peter stuyvesant on April 02, 2016, 08:06:20 am
Best thread on the forum at the moment! Buy this man a Bell's (or a shot of Jack)
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Oubones on April 02, 2016, 08:14:11 am
No man, he has turned russian! :pot:drinks vodka :ricky:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Ama ride ride on April 02, 2016, 09:03:49 am
Just finished the whole thread


 :imaposer: :imaposer:

Keep it up pls.
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: 1ougat on April 02, 2016, 09:41:53 am
So sien jy uit na huricane season ? :biggrin:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: silvrav on April 02, 2016, 10:27:02 am
So sien jy uit na huricane season ? :biggrin:

He is a south African... Weather doesnt scare him  :ricky:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: 1ougat on April 02, 2016, 10:35:20 am
Well .... this is the only thing that scare me in Umerika   :biggrin:

(Not the bears and rattlesnakes or their rugby team .....we have lions, mambas and the Springboks  :imaposer: :imaposer:)
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: silvrav on April 02, 2016, 10:45:21 am
Well .... this is the only thing that scare me in Umerika   :biggrin:

(Not the bears and rattlesnakes or their rugby team .....we have lions, mambas and the Springboks  :imaposer: :imaposer:)

Even worse..... We have zuma and cANCer  :imaposer:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: 1ougat on April 02, 2016, 10:50:00 am
Well .... this is the only thing that scare me in Umerika   :biggrin:

(Not the bears and rattlesnakes or their rugby team .....we have lions, mambas and the Springboks  :imaposer: :imaposer:)

Even worse..... We have zuma and cANCer  :imaposer:

Zuma we know but they have Hillary and Trump  :imaposer: :imaposer: :imaposer:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: silvrav on April 02, 2016, 10:53:47 am
Well .... this is the only thing that scare me in Umerika   :biggrin:

(Not the bears and rattlesnakes or their rugby team .....we have lions, mambas and the Springboks  :imaposer: :imaposer:)

Even worse..... We have zuma and cANCer  :imaposer:

Zuma we know but they have Hillary and Trump  :imaposer: :imaposer: :imaposer:

Haha... True i dont know who is worse... We might just see mr zog back in sa next year
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mev Vis Arend on April 02, 2016, 12:33:13 pm
 :laughing4: :laughing4: :imaposer:

Jis, dankie vir 'n lekker lag. 
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on April 03, 2016, 03:28:00 am
So sien jy uit na huricane season ? :biggrin:

Ag, its just a bit of wind.  :peepwall:


And show me one ou that doesn't enjoy a good blow every now-and-again  8)  :biggrin:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on April 03, 2016, 03:58:06 am
Right then. I was asked to show the house I am living in right now...

Firstly, we should be living in a trailer park. Its a lot cheaper, and we don't need a TV because the neighbours would keep us entertained.

But we're not staying in a trailer park, I gotta go to Walmart for my entertainment  :lol8:  YES. Walmart IS just like they say, and show on the website... http://www.peopleofwalmart.com/ (http://www.peopleofwalmart.com/)

But back to the subject for today. The house.

We found this place through a Realtor Agent. Awesome lady who helped out a lot. Listened to what we wanted and needed, and only showed us places that fitted the criteria. Like a back yard with a fence so that the dogs can go out for a wee and a poo without dissappearing into the swamp after a gator or squirrel or something. Believe it or not, most homes here don't even have a fence!

We wanted 2-3 bedrooms, central Aircon, and a fenced back yard. A quiet neighbourhood was a must!

The colour of the paint isn't the first choice, but what the hell, it ticks all the other boxes.

3 Bedroom, 2 bathroom, double garage, fenced back yard. Very quiet neighbourhood, central Aircon! Garage has an electric door, and some nice shelving built in that will help when we store some of the stuff coming over on the ship. All the windows and doors have bug-screens (mozzies can get very bad here) and the garage even has bug-screens in front of the door! So I can work in the garage with the door open, to stay cool and use natural light, and no mozzies can nail me. Awesome!

At the back of the house there is a Florida Room. This is just what we call a stoep. But it is completely enclosed with bug-screens. So we can sit out there and eat, etc, and stay bug-free. In the back yard there is a smallish Wendy-house. One of those plastic jobbies. About 4 meters long, 2 meters wide, with a double door, a proper floor, and some shelves. This is for storing all the garden implements; lawn mower, spades, forks, etc, etc, etc...

Then there is what looks like a barn. Its just big enough to fit a car, but the side door is just too narrow for a car. Marks on the floor show that either a golf-cart, or a big quad-bike lived in it before. It has a front door too, and a loft area. It is electrified, and it also has a wall-mounted aircon! The two little windows have bug-screens. At the back of the barn there is an "afdak", that held a bunch of stuff like old pots for pot-plants, planks, etc. I have cleared all that out now, and stashed most of that in the garden shed, so that there is less space for snakes to hide out. Apparently there can be some nasty snakes here, like Rattlesnakes, and the Cottonmouth. But most snakes are apparently quite harmless, just like back home. I just need to learn to identify the local snakes...

I'm going to rig out the barn as my man-cave. Put all my tools that are coming in there, and use it as my hang-out when the wife is cross. Maybe I'll even put a mattress in the loft area  ;D

The house is lekker. We moved in last Wednesday, 23rd. And since then not a single break-in, yet. We have no burglar bars, no security gates, no front fence. No electric fence, no alarm system, no armed response. Not even a fancy lock on the front door... The back door is a sliding door, and that just latches closed. We leave it open at night so the dogs can get out to pee if they want to. I built a dog-flap in the back of the stoep so they can get in and out without the mozzies finding their way in. We also sleep with the windows open, just the bug-screens between us and the inbrekers.

Living here is a LOT different to what I have been used to in SA for the last 40-odd years. Before that I can vaguely remember not having burglar bars and stuff...  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on April 03, 2016, 04:07:06 am
Some more pics...

The car in the pics above is our little Kia Rio. Got it for a moerofa bargain. And as a free gift we got a 55 inch flat screen HD TV that we can go get on the 13th Arpril  :biggrin:  :thumleft: 8)

Behind the back fence is an open lot. Its where they can build a house in the next street, but haven't yet. Actually about 4-5 houses...  I doubt they will build there any time soon... lots of squirrels and birds visit from there.
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on April 03, 2016, 04:09:46 am
Last few pics...  :sip:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: oldmannorman on April 03, 2016, 06:58:36 am
Very nice. Whats the rent like in comparison to here ?
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Oubones on April 03, 2016, 07:27:44 am
Nice, I am glad that you are settling in well!
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: BlueBull2007 on April 03, 2016, 10:29:45 am
That's bloody smart. Too bad about the color.

Have you noticed that you can sleep at night without one ear open? This was the biggest thing for me.
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Manic on April 03, 2016, 11:49:20 am
Lekker my tjomma  :thumleft:

Dinge begin shape vang  :thumleft:

Bly om te sien daar is n ekstra kamer vir my om te kom visit  :biggrin:  :laughing4:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: elandsrider on April 03, 2016, 12:21:36 pm
That's bloody smart. Too bad about the color.

Have you noticed that you can sleep at night without one ear open? This was the biggest thing for me.
Wont be long now then we can sleep easy back here too
There is almost farkall left to take  :lol8:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Draadwerk on April 03, 2016, 12:21:47 pm
Zog- koop en stuur bietjie vir ons 'n paar stelle Anakee Wilds asb man. Almal soek dit en ons het mos nou hoeka 'n kontak in Merika??? 😉
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: T Rex on April 03, 2016, 01:41:38 pm
Gary , dit is lekker om te sien julle settle nou mooi.

Sterkte daar!
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: silvrav on April 03, 2016, 02:36:47 pm
Lekker my tjomma  :thumleft:

Dinge begin shape vang  :thumleft:

Bly om te sien daar is n ekstra kamer vir my om te kom visit  :biggrin:  :laughing4:

Die barn is seker vir jou...
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Herklaas on April 03, 2016, 03:11:08 pm
 :sip: Dis 'n seriously nice barn, sommer lus en bou vir my ook een.  :3some:
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Post by: Franky3 on April 03, 2016, 04:15:25 pm
Thanks Zog. The house looks great. It looks so peaceful.

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Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on April 03, 2016, 07:25:20 pm
It is peaceful. Very quiet, and feels like we are in the sticks. But only 5 miles (8 Km) from the big malls and shops and stuff in Palm Bay CBD. Last night I did hear some sirens though... fire department heading out somewhere... Fire station 2 miles up the road, another one 5 miles up the road. Lots of them around here... And lots of cops too. There cars are AWESOME!!! Dodge Challengers.  :drif:
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Post by: Pumbaa on April 03, 2016, 07:29:15 pm
You only start realize that it is not really normal to live behind bars, once you don't live in SA...
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Post by: Franky3 on April 03, 2016, 09:08:46 pm
Those cop cars looks "MAL". And like you said, there they are still proud to be cops. I must say, I never even thought about leaving SA but this thread is making me kinda "jaloers".

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Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Hinksding on April 03, 2016, 09:47:48 pm
Hey Zoggie on your barn's side entrance: What thingy is mounted on the left top corner next to the door? Looks like a siren?

Love your thread.

I had Numerous encounters with those copcars. My maag is still getting omgekraped if I just look at those pics.

State troopers=State Trooper
County Mounty=Sheriff
Smokin Barrel=Cops
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on April 04, 2016, 12:53:51 am
Hey Zoggie on your barn's side entrance: What thingy is mounted on the left top corner next to the door? Looks like a siren?

Love your thread.

I had Numerous encounters with those copcars. My maag is still getting omgekraped if I just look at those pics.

State troopers=State Trooper
County Mounty=Sheriff
Smokin Barrel=Cops

Its an outside light. One of those directional jobbies. It was facing the house, but I turned it a bit. Actually wanna take it off altogether.
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Firecoast on April 04, 2016, 08:35:33 am
The barn is adorable!!!

I might have missed this on the thread, but how did you manage to get a visa / green card for over there when you are still looking for work?
Title: Re: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Wayne on April 04, 2016, 08:48:12 am
His wife is from America.

I might have missed this on the thread, but how did you manage to get a visa / green card for over there when you are still looking for work?
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Title: Re: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Firecoast on April 04, 2016, 08:59:13 am
His wife is from America.

I might have missed this on the thread, but how did you manage to get a visa / green card for over there when you are still looking for work?


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Aaaaaah easy access then  :biggrin:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: dieseldawie on April 05, 2016, 12:49:32 pm
 :)
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Buff on April 05, 2016, 02:24:38 pm
Lekka thread, thanks for sharing  :thumleft:

If it hasn't been mentioned before, may I ask what you and your wife do for a living?
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: ktmmer on April 05, 2016, 03:56:10 pm
Ja you can take the dog out of the Vaal,  but you can never take the valie out of the dog !!  :peepwall:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on April 06, 2016, 02:57:54 am
Lekka thread, thanks for sharing  :thumleft:

If it hasn't been mentioned before, may I ask what you and your wife do for a living?

I've been a paramedic for the last 20-odd years. But I doubt I'll be working in the medical field in the US. They did away with reciprocity several years ago, and for me to certify and register here I'd have to go back to varsity for 4 years. There just aint the budget for that unfortunately. Hence my search for work in other fields.

My wife is a copy-editor, she edits medical journals for a US-based company. Does it online, so can live/work from anywhere.
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on April 06, 2016, 03:29:57 am
So last week I made an appointment online to write my drivers license test. I was booked for yesterday (Monday) at 13h00. I went a bit early just to make sure that I had the right address, and that I had the correct documentation.

I get given a number and told to wait.

About 30 mins later I get called to a counter. This Hispanic lady helps me. She has such beautiful eyes...  :drif:

Oh, wait. Back to the story.

So I tell her my story, that I have booked the test online, and just want to make sure that I have all the correct documentation. She checks all my stuff, says that its cool. Then she asks me if I want to write the test early? Sure I answer, if that is possible?

Of course she says, and she pulls a form out from under her desk. A few signatures later, I get my pic taken, and a basic eye test that I pass no worries. Then off to a computer in a cubicle. She hits the start button for me, and tells me that I must just go back to her desk when I'm done.

The written test is computerised. I dont even have to read the questions because there is a headset that speaks the words to me, so even an illiterate person can do the test. I see that I have 50 questions, and must get 40 correct answers to pass. I do the "example" question, then off we go.

Some facts:
1. If a school bus is stopped to drop off or pick up passengers, it puts out a stop-sign from the side of the bus. When this happens, no vehicles may pass the bus, and even vehicles coming from the opposite direction have to stop.
2. The recommended following distance is 4 seconds.
3. If a cop, or emergency vehicle, or service vehicle, is stopped on the side of the road, you must move over into the next lane. If its a single lane road in each direction, you have to reduce your speed to 20 MPH below the posted speed limit. If the posted speed limit is 20MPH, then you may pass at 5 MPH.
4. If the posted maximum speed on the freeway is 70 MPH, then the minimum speed is 50MPH.
5. Hazard flashers may only be used if you are STATIONARY on the side of the road, broken down. Or if you are part of a funeral procession.
6. If you are stopped at a red light, and want to turn right, you may do so if it is safe.
7. You need to complete at special "Bike School" before you can get a Bike License.
8. Helmets are not compulsory
9. Lane splitting on a bike is illegal.
10. The penalties are severe for non-compliance of any rules.

Anyways... I passed my test after answering 41 questions (yes, I got 1 answer wrong. A rule about towing with a chain and the size/colour of the markers on the chain). I went back to beautiful Spanish eyes' desk.


https://www.youtube.com/v/fTUpWwDRrv8

Spanish eyes hits a few buttons on her computer, and I'm almost done. I just have to pay $6,25 for the test  :biggrin: I give her a $10 bill, get my change. I tell her I am booked for the driving test (online booking) for Monday 11 April at 10am. She tells me that if I am at the MVA before 11am I can do a walk-in test. In other words, just wait for the first available tester to take me for a test. I ask her what time they open in the morning? She says that they open their doors at 08h15, but if I get there at 07h45-ish, I'll be first in line. She winks at me. My knees tremble... EISH... I like Spanish eyes stukkend...  :drif:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on April 06, 2016, 04:02:11 am
Did I mention this before? I forget...

A drivers license is just about the most important piece of documentation you can have in the USA. It allows you to drive a car (duh!)

It also serves as picture ID, and as proof of address. For stuff similar to our RICA...  :deal:

I also need it to get a job, any job that requires me to drive for whatever reason.

You carry your DL everywhere. Your Social Security card, passport, whatever, can stay at home. Just your DL... IMPORTANT!


So, I figure I will try the walk-in thing... what have I got to lose? Right? Maybe I'll sit for a few hours until I get a gap, still better than waiting until next week. The sooner the better.

This morning I leave home at about 07h10. Its about a 30 min drive, and I may hit some traffic too. On the way I stop for gas (thats what they call petrol here. and its self-service. Swipe your card, pump switches on, you pump your gas, done. Also a coffee at the gas station) Then on to the MVA. Motor Vehicle Administration. I get there around 07h55. There are a couple of people standing waiting already. I go sit and wait with them. At 08h15 the doors open and we file in. I get to the front deak and get given a number. I go sit and wait. I brought my tablet with me, they have FREE wifi there. I can surf the net, visit Wild Dogs, give a few ou's kak.

Before I can even get logged onto the wifi, my number gets called. They have different prefixes for different departments. I am the first walk-in driving test.

I go to the desk. Its not Spanish eyes, I feel cheated. Its a middle-aged lady. She asks for my relevant documentation. Then she wants to see the Insurance and Registration for the car. I give her the Insurance card. I explain that the car is still on temporary plates, we are still waiting for the permanent number plates. They call number plates "Tags" here... She tells me that even if we have temp Tags, we should still have a document that the dealer should have given us that goes in the cubby hole (they call it a glove-box here, who wears gloves to drive?). Nope. Nada. Dealer didn't give to us... I can see myself heading back to the dealer with my boxing gloves on. Its ILLEGAL to drive without Registration doc in glove box. Eish...

Lady uses insurance document to check on her computer. She prints out a paper. Its has the vehicle details... she shows me a few numbers. VIN, temp reg number, etc. She says that its ok, she'll just use her print-out for the mean time. WHEW!!! Nice lady...

We fill out some more documents, I have another eye test, and they take another mug-shot. Then she hands me a piece of paper to read while I wait for her in the front waiting room again. The paper has all the aspects of what I will be tested on on it. Parking, 3-point turn, emergency stop, and a whole lot more. I sit in the waiting room and study the paper. I can mos drive. I got my license in 1984 forfucksakes. But driving on the wrong side of the road, in the wrong side of the car, with some weird rules... eish.

Just as I finish reading the paper, she comes out and calls me over. We head out to the car. She checks the lights are all working, then she gets in and the test begins. Driving in the parking area first, parking, I use the wipers instead of the indicators... FUUUUCKK!!!! Nerves.

Anyways, eventually we head out onto the road and I relax a bit. Do what she says, drives here, turn there, etc. Then back to the MVA. I park the car. She tells me that I did good, I passed. Only 5 points off, 3 were for turning the wheels the wrong way when showing how I would park against a curb when parked on a up-slope. Eish. Nerves.

Then back to her desk. She completes the documentation. Asks me who my emergency contact is, and if I want to be an organ donor. I start getting nervous...  But they are all standard questions for info related to the drivers license. Whew!

I tell her that I'll now be able to go get a fishing license... you need a drivers license (or a State ID) to get a State fishing license. She says that they sell them there, would I like her to process one for me? IS THE POPE CATHOLIC!!!!!????? of fricking course yes!!!!

So, by 09h30 I walk out of the MVA with a Florida State drivers license, and a State fishing license (fresh and salt water)! And all for the sum of $96,25.

Can anyone in SA get a drivers license this fast? Legally? Printed and processed, and alles! I could have theoretically done the written test as a walk-in, then the drivers test afterwards. And still have been out before lunch. Easily.

Shit just WORKS here. Oh, and I saw Spanish eyes across the hall too...  :drif:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: boere on April 06, 2016, 04:56:11 am
Mugshot for sure. Looks like a real criminal :imaposer: :imaposer:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on April 06, 2016, 05:01:11 am
Mugshot for sure. Looks like a real criminal :imaposer: :imaposer:


Then I'll fit right in  :imaposer: :imaposer: :imaposer:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: luv2ride on April 06, 2016, 05:12:51 am
Sal laaik om te hoor hoe die 'Mercans jou van verkrag :imaposer:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on April 06, 2016, 05:52:36 am
Sal laaik om te hoor hoe die 'Mercans jou van verkrag :imaposer:

Meeste try nie eers dit uitspreek nie  :imaposer:

Noem my of op my voornaam,  of "sir"   :ricky:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: luv2ride on April 06, 2016, 06:08:32 am
Sal laaik om te hoor hoe die 'Mercans jou van verkrag :imaposer:

Meeste try nie eers dit uitspreek nie  :imaposer:

Noem my of op my voornaam,  of "sir"   :ricky:
Jy, Sir :o
 :imaposer: ook net omdat hulle nie moegoe kan sê nie7 :spitcoffee:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: dirtyXT on April 06, 2016, 07:51:46 am
lekker, ok look you have to get us a pic of spanish eyes or im calling bullshit.
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Bill p on April 06, 2016, 09:40:07 am
Geez Mr. Zog, this is the best thread ever. Thanks for putting a smile, a tear and everything else into a great adventure. Best of luck for the future
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Sláinte Mhaith on April 06, 2016, 09:46:36 am
Can anyone in SA get a drivers license this fast? Legally? Printed and processed, and alles! I could have theoretically done the written test as a walk-in, then the drivers test afterwards. And still have been out before lunch. Easily.

Shit just WORKS here.

I miss that when shit just works.

You can't even get a renewal for an existing licence that quick in SA.
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: edgy on April 06, 2016, 10:22:42 am
Looks like you really are settling in Gary and becoming a true Merrycan! :thumleft:
Bear in mind Kasouga still there for you when youre homesick and need a few days on the beach with your boy ;)
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: punisher on April 06, 2016, 10:33:42 am
SOUTH AFRICA IS NOT DESIGNED TO WORK
PFFFFT  PITY
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Old fart on April 06, 2016, 12:57:35 pm
Great reading Mr Zog. All the best for you.
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Post by: Franky3 on April 06, 2016, 01:24:50 pm
Jealous!

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Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Bottervet on April 06, 2016, 01:29:12 pm
Darem nou lekker gelees. Het ook die bestuurstoets geslaag en toe die CDL (Commercial Driver's License ) gedoen > ( K@k moeilik) Maar het hom ge eis. Dit alles in Oklahoma. Ek was 8 maande daar en het ook vrou en kinders hier gelos. Dogter is 15 en seun is 11 jaar oud. Dit was F moeilik en die amerikaners voel vere vir jou en jou familie tuis veral. ( Ons moes ons selfone ingee ,o ja en ander laptop's en tablets ook ). Ek kry toe ander selfoon teen 50 dollar en gee hom in en praat maar huis toe onder die lakens met ou een. Vir 8 maande het ek nie 'n selfoon hoor lui nie en ons was 12 man wat later 8 geraak het. Ons het lorries en stropers ens gery en gewerk vanaf Oklahoma op tot 6 myl vanaf die Kanada grens by Fortuna. So ek ken die hele middel gedeelte van US.        
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Ama ride ride on April 06, 2016, 01:33:53 pm
Een ding van die USa wat ek baie like is hulle bakkies.
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Fudmucker on April 06, 2016, 02:13:43 pm
They are NOT bakkies...

they are TRURKS !
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Bikerboer1973 on April 06, 2016, 02:16:41 pm
Dis nou omtrent 'n klein tottie sindroom bakkie daai!  :ricky:  :imaposer:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: BlueBull2007 on April 06, 2016, 03:12:10 pm
Just one this: its Latina eyes dude. Not Spanish eyes :imaposer:

Hablas Español? Español ayuda mucha con las chicas muy guapas- respetan idiomas y acsentos etranjero como sud africano tambien! :deal: ;D
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Sylvester on April 06, 2016, 04:47:57 pm
Sal laaik om te hoor hoe die 'Mercans jou van verkrag :imaposer:

Meeste try nie eers dit uitspreek nie  :imaposer:

Noem my of op my voornaam,  of "sir"   :ricky:

With a surname like "Janse van Vuuren", international travel can become complicated - even in Holland.  

I learnt very quickly to introduce myself by my first name only.
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Casting from Turd on April 06, 2016, 04:56:25 pm
Dis nou omtrent 'n klein tottie sindroom bakkie daai!  :ricky:  :imaposer:

Foktog, Then Zog would be driving a 26 wheeler    :imaposer:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: luv2ride on April 06, 2016, 06:18:12 pm
Dis nou omtrent 'n klein tottie sindroom bakkie daai!  :ricky:  :imaposer:

Foktog, Then Zog would be driving a 26 wheeler    :imaposer:
......and someone told me this yellow one is the Turd's bakkie :imaposer:  :lol8:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Casting from Turd on April 06, 2016, 06:21:28 pm
Dis nou omtrent 'n klein tottie sindroom bakkie daai!  :ricky:  :imaposer:

Foktog, Then Zog would be driving a 26 wheeler    :imaposer:
......and someone told me this yellow one is the Turd's bakkie :imaposer:  :lol8:

Yep :spitcoffee:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on April 07, 2016, 12:08:29 am
Just one this: its Latina eyes dude. Not Spanish eyes :imaposer:

Hablas Español? Español ayuda mucha con las chicas muy guapas- respetan idiomas y acsentos etranjero como sud africano tambien! :deal: ;D


HEY!!!  :eek7:

Farkoff. Its MY fantasy, and if I want her to be Spanish, then she'll be Spanish...  :deal:  As far as I know she speaks Spanish, even if its the Latina version...  I could not tell the difference if my life depended on it  :biggrin:

Whatever her background, she was extremely helpful, and she had AWESOME eyes...  :drif:  :drif: :drif:  :drif:


Yip, I'm still singing that Engelbert song, my wife is gonna moer me soon  :peepwall:  :imaposer:
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Post by: Franky3 on April 07, 2016, 02:55:55 am
No pics, no proof.

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Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on April 07, 2016, 09:53:06 pm
Any work yet Zog?
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on April 07, 2016, 09:55:26 pm
Any work yet Zog?

Nope. I just got home from dropping off some more resume's.  I must have at least 60 applications pending now...  :eek7:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Herklaas on April 07, 2016, 09:59:26 pm
Any work yet Zog?

Nope. I just got home from dropping off some more resume's.  I must have at least 60 applications pending now...  :eek7:

 :sip: I think that surname is scaring the sh!t out of everyone, try change it, John von Redding, of so iets.
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on April 07, 2016, 10:00:28 pm
at least 60 applications pending now... 

Bliksem!!
All places that were hiring?
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on April 07, 2016, 10:05:47 pm
at least 60 applications pending now... 

Bliksem!!
All places that were hiring?

Yip. Lots of work here, but they seem to be nervous about hiring foreigners... maybe I need to shave the beard off  8)
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on April 07, 2016, 10:08:21 pm
at least 60 applications pending now... 

Bliksem!!
All places that were hiring?

Yip. Lots of work here, but they seem to be nervous about hiring foreigners... maybe I need to shave the beard off  8)
Do you state that you are married to a merican? Might make them think you are there for the long haul.
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on April 07, 2016, 10:18:14 pm
So I just got home a few minutes ago.

Been another long day of job-hunting and emailing and filling in similar forms applying for work over and over and over and over and over....

I stopped off at a rather unlikely spot of water. About the size of two tennis courts end-on. And wide open, no trees, just a few bullrushes... but it is water, and water should have fish? Right?

Well, since I got my fishing license on Tuesday I have taken to keeping my little telescopic fishing rod in the boot of the car. Just in case...

Just in case I see some water that needs a line cast into it...

I find fishing de-stresses me big time.

So I parked the car, took out my little Shimano telescopic rod, with the little Shimano reel wound with 20lb braid. A small bass hook tied on, and a small brush-hog in watermelon seed attached to said hook.

I spent about 30 minutes walking around the pond, casting to each and every likely-looking spot. A couple of times I surprised fish just hanging in the water at the edge as I approached.

Then it happened...

My line went tight. I struck.

I thought I had snagged a tree or something, because nothing happened.

Then my rod was almost ripped out of my hands... the drag was screaming... line being spooled off the tiny reel at a massive speed. I held on, tightened the drag slightly, and then the run stopped. Then the fight began.

Most bass can be pulled right in, quick and easy. This is the first time a bass has actually fought me! It was in and out, left, and then right... diving down, then back to the surface! MAN!!!

The fight lasted about 4 minutes. Then the fish got tired. I pulled it in, and took a few quick snaps with my phone before I revived it in the water and let it go. It swam away strongly.

The biggest, baddest, heaviest bass I have EVER caught! I reckon about 4kgs...

And my first ever USA fish!!!

Awesome!!!
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on April 07, 2016, 10:19:24 pm
at least 60 applications pending now... 

Bliksem!!
All places that were hiring?

Yip. Lots of work here, but they seem to be nervous about hiring foreigners... maybe I need to shave the beard off  8)
Do you state that you are married to a merican? Might make them think you are there for the long haul.

Yes, most places allow me to upload my resume, and then I also include a cover letter with that info.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Sardine on April 07, 2016, 11:36:54 pm
So I just got home a few minutes ago.

Been another long day of job-hunting and emailing and filling in similar forms applying for work over and over and over and over and over....

I stopped off at a rather unlikely spot of water. About the size of two tennis courts end-on. And wide open, no trees, just a few bullrushes... but it is water, and water should have fish? Right?

Well, since I got my fishing license on Tuesday I have taken to keeping my little telescopic fishing rod in the boot of the car. Just in case...

Just in case I see some water that needs a line cast into it...

I find fishing de-stresses me big time.

So I parked the car, took out my little Shimano telescopic rod, with the little Shimano reel wound with 20lb braid. A small bass hook tied on, and a small brush-hog in watermelon seed attached to said hook.

I spent about 30 minutes walking around the pond, casting to each and every likely-looking spot. A couple of times I surprised fish just hanging in the water at the edge as I approached.

Then it happened...

My line went tight. I struck.

I thought I had snagged a tree or something, because nothing happened.

Then my rod was almost ripped out of my hands... the drag was screaming... line being spooled off the tiny reel at a massive speed. I held on, tightened the drag slightly, and then the run stopped. Then the fight began.

Most bass can be pulled right in, quick and easy. This is the first time a bass has actually fought me! It was in and out, left, and then right... diving down, then back to the surface! MAN!!!

The fight lasted about 4 minutes. Then the fish got tired. I pulled it in, and took a few quick snaps with my phone before I revived it in the water and let it go. It swam away strongly.

The biggest, baddest, heaviest bass I have EVER caught! I reckon about 4kgs...

And my first ever USA fish!!!

Awesome!!!

Woohoo!  :hello2: :headbang:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: BlueBull2007 on April 08, 2016, 12:21:09 am
Yeah shave the beard. You're from Africa...and as we all know that's right next to Afghanistan. ;) They also don't know oom Paul either so either youre taliban, taliban wannabee or an Amish. Either way they'll move on.
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Kamanya on April 08, 2016, 12:55:28 am
I might have missed it, sorry, but what job are you applying for and what are you qualified to do?
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: lpj on April 08, 2016, 01:09:31 am
I might have missed it, sorry, but what job are you applying for and what are you qualified to do?

Wondering the same?

Also, did you qualify for your green card on the basis of your experience/quailifications or just familiar (being married to a USA perp)?

Enjoy the fishing, cheers.
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: silvrav on April 08, 2016, 05:56:03 am
at least 60 applications pending now... 

Bliksem!!
All places that were hiring?

Yip. Lots of work here, but they seem to be nervous about hiring foreigners... maybe I need to shave the beard off  8)
:patch: Then they really gonna see your face....dont know which is better  :peepwall: :pot:

On a serious note as suggested make it clear you there to stay and willing to even sign a long term contract (if its what you want).

I do hear though that US companies are eager to employ south africans due to our hard work ethics...
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Draadwerk on April 08, 2016, 07:26:21 am
at least 60 applications pending now... 

Bliksem!!
All places that were hiring?

Yip. Lots of work here, but they seem to be nervous about hiring foreigners... maybe I need to shave the beard off  8)
:patch: Then they really gonna see your face....dont know which is better  :peepwall: :pot:

On a serious note as suggested make it clear you there to stay and willing to even sign a long term contract (if its what you want).

I do hear though that US companies are eager to employ south africans due to our hard work ethics...
Yip. Also heard we are in high demand.  All the best Gary - you WILL find employment very soon 👍
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: DirtRebell on April 08, 2016, 08:08:40 am
I might have missed it, sorry, but what job are you applying for and what are you qualified to do?

He's an emergency sangoma.
Not qualified to work there. :biggrin:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: BlueBull2007 on April 08, 2016, 09:09:21 am
Why not become a DS instructor? ;D

Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Groenie on April 08, 2016, 09:26:09 am
Dis nou omtrent 'n klein tottie sindroom bakkie daai!  :ricky:  :imaposer:

My boet ry ook so een. Befokte trok daai. Hy bly al jare in die States. Eers in California gewees en toe raak hy gatvol, resign, koop 'n 3rd wheel RV en gaan toer die land vir 'n paar maande. Hulle het nou in Austin, Texas gesettle en sy eie besigheid begin.

Hier's 'n paar pics. Daai klein karretjie in die eerste pic is 'n 370Z
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Kamanya on April 08, 2016, 09:54:31 am
If there's one thing I am flipping jealous of the Yanks is their absolute mastery of and access to the Boys Toys department.
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on April 08, 2016, 09:56:10 am
Look at the numberplate BLOU BUL!! :spitcoffee:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Casting from Turd on April 08, 2016, 09:56:31 am
If there's one thing I am flipping jealous of the Yanks is their absolute mastery of and access to the Boys Toys department.

Except the Number plate   :imaposer:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: MickeyT on April 08, 2016, 11:04:19 am
Shit - geniet hierdie thread moerse baie.  Baie sterkte daar!
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on April 08, 2016, 11:20:15 am
Zog jy moet tog asb pasop vir die outjies as jy gaan visvang!! :eek7:

http://www.2oceansvibe.com/2016/04/07/they-caught-this-alligator-and-its-a-mammoth-45-meters-images/ (http://www.2oceansvibe.com/2016/04/07/they-caught-this-alligator-and-its-a-mammoth-45-meters-images/)
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: immigrant on April 08, 2016, 03:44:56 pm
Zog, you may want to "tone down" you resume for a few applications. They feel intimidated by someone with a lot of skills/ experience. Some guys may be worried that you will eventually take their job and so they throw your resume in the trash. I remember hearing the word " over qualified " a lot when I applied for jobs.
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on April 09, 2016, 03:03:39 am
I might have missed it, sorry, but what job are you applying for and what are you qualified to do?

Hey Andrew,

I am a qualified Paramedic in SA, but not recognised in the US. And to get re-certified I'd have to start all over again, from the beginning, with very little RPL.

I have been applying for retail positions, manual labour-type work, handyman type stuff, semi-skilled labour, even a couple of managerial positions. I have experience in all of the above, and only apply for jobs that I know I can do. Or that I will need the minimum of training in.

Zog, you may want to "tone down" you resume for a few applications. They feel intimidated by someone with a lot of skills/ experience. Some guys may be worried that you will eventually take their job and so they throw your resume in the trash. I remember hearing the word " over qualified " a lot when I applied for jobs.

Hi Immigrant, I did just that. My original CV was around 12 pages. I cut it to the bone for my resume - 3 pages. But even that was still too much I think. So I just put in the very minimum, absolute skeleton, and got it down to one page. Basically just where I have worked before, a very quick look at some of my qualifications, and a couple of references.

Anyways... I did save on the paper and printing ink costs by shortening it that much  ;D


But.... see next post!!!!!  O0
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Charlie600 on April 09, 2016, 03:08:21 am
Ek geniet hierdie thread vrek baie, mag moontlik self in die nabye toekoms na Boston of New Jersey verplaas word en sien baie daarna uit om 'n behoorlike F150 in die garage te he!  :3some:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: silvrav on April 09, 2016, 03:11:20 am
We waiting mr zog  :3some:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on April 09, 2016, 03:14:37 am
I GOT A JOB!!!!!


Yip, I got a job this afternoon.  ;D

As of Monday morning I am an assistant handyman. At the massive salary of $10 / hour!

At the present exchange rate, that's not too bad. But I'm living in US$ here, so I need a bit more than that.

Deal is;  da boss man is gonna give me a try-out for a week. Just pay me a very basic minimum wage. If, at the end of the week he thinks I am not good enough, then he tells me so, and we part ways no hard feelings.

But, if thinks that I have some potential as a handyman, then we talk some more about the money. Because I have been doing my homework, and I reckon that I can get me about double that figure per hour pretty damn easily!

I's bin a-lookin at how dese hear boys do thins, and beeleeve you me, I just KNOW I can do it betta! Waay betta momma! (read that in a good-ole SOUTHERN accent  ;D )

So I got my pienkie-toe in the door. Now I just gotta show these guys just how hard, and just how smart a South African guy can work. Dan is my kop deur!

Now I'm gonna have a Vodka to celebrate before bed.  :lol8: :lol8: :lol8:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on April 09, 2016, 03:17:58 am
Ek geniet hierdie thread vrek baie, mag moontlik self in die nabye toekoms na Boston of New Jersey verplaas word en sien baie daarna uit om 'n behoorlike F150 in die garage te he!  :3some:

Jissie Charlie, die F150 is die beste verkoop bakkie in die VSA.

Maar mens parkeer hom nie in die garage hier nie. Hy staan sommer buite in die straat. Wel, nie inni straat nie, maar voor die garage op die "driveway".

Ek sal later in die blog verder hieroor gesels...  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on April 09, 2016, 03:19:40 am
We waiting mr zog  :3some:

Don't you have to change a nappy or something?  :pot:  :peepwall:  :imaposer:


I type slowly, and I get up quite often to gooi another Vodkakie... (I need to train the huisdier to do that...)  :patch:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: luv2ride on April 09, 2016, 03:54:27 am
Lekker man, sterkte. Ek glo die job is joune :thumleft: Jy weet seker darem hoe lyk en werk 'n hammer :pot:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on April 09, 2016, 04:10:30 am
Lekker man, sterkte. Ek glo die job is joune :thumleft: Jy weet seker darem hoe lyk en werk 'n hammer :pot:


O-ja.   Ek het eens op n tyd n Landy Defender gery...  :imaposer: :imaposer:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: boere on April 09, 2016, 04:47:24 am
Congrats Mr Zog :thumleft:

All the best with the new job
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: silvrav on April 09, 2016, 05:07:15 am
We waiting mr zog  :3some:

Don't you have to change a nappy or something?  :pot:  :peepwall:  :imaposer:


I type slowly, and I get up quite often to gooi another Vodkakie... (I need to train the huisdier to do that...)  :patch:

Changed 3 already  :spitcoffee: that's why i want your story so i keep awake while little man falls asleep.

Congrats on thr job!!!!!!  Knew you would get something. Show them mericans how we sa boys work
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Ganjora on April 09, 2016, 05:29:04 am
go Mr Zog!!!
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: immigrant on April 09, 2016, 06:48:41 am


Jissie Charlie, die F150 is die beste verkoop bakkie in die VSA.

Maar mens parkeer hom nie in die garage hier nie. Hy staan sommer buite in die straat. Wel, nie inni straat nie, maar voor die garage op die "driveway".

Dis omdat hy nie in die garage pas nie!!!
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Geriatrix on April 09, 2016, 07:11:46 am
Great.
Good to hear that you are getting into the fast lane.
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Oubones on April 09, 2016, 07:15:37 am
Glad things are working out well for you!
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Sardine on April 09, 2016, 07:25:21 am
 :thumleft:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: BlueBull2007 on April 09, 2016, 08:18:43 am
We waiting mr zog  :3some:

Don't you have to change a nappy or something?  :pot:  :peepwall:  :imaposer:


:imaposer:

Congratulations Mr Zog! You sure are gunna show them how we do it back in Africa. Love you Southern accent! ;D

My uncle did the handyman thing for many years in Maryland and now in Key West. He has a nice fishing boat, the tooty as a result. Lives really well.
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Herklaas on April 09, 2016, 08:28:53 am
 :sip: Congrats, Mr. Zog, tell about the first day at work, pls.  :3some:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Xchallenge on April 09, 2016, 08:29:54 am
Congrats Mr Zog!

That's excellent news.
I was meaning to ask you, how did you and your wife manage to get to the US, did you get a Green Card, or a working visa, or you do you have family there etc?

Let me know, very interested, and I haven't had the time to go through all the pages of this thread.

Thanks!


I GOT A JOB!!!!!


Yip, I got a job this afternoon.  ;D

As of Monday morning I am an assistant handyman. At the massive salary of $10 / hour!

At the present exchange rate, that's not too bad. But I'm living in US$ here, so I need a bit more than that.

Deal is;  da boss man is gonna give me a try-out for a week. Just pay me a very basic minimum wage. If, at the end of the week he thinks I am not good enough, then he tells me so, and we part ways no hard feelings.

But, if thinks that I have some potential as a handyman, then we talk some more about the money. Because I have been doing my homework, and I reckon that I can get me about double that figure per hour pretty damn easily!

I's bin a-lookin at how dese hear boys do thins, and beeleeve you me, I just KNOW I can do it betta! Waay betta momma! (read that in a good-ole SOUTHERN accent  ;D )

So I got my pienkie-toe in the door. Now I just gotta show these guys just how hard, and just how smart a South African guy can work. Dan is my kop deur!

Now I'm gonna have a Vodka to celebrate before bed.  :lol8: :lol8: :lol8:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: oldmannorman on April 09, 2016, 09:05:36 am
 :thumleft:
Title: Re:
Post by: Pumbaa on April 09, 2016, 09:06:54 am
Congratulations on the job. Must he relieved to get something. Didn't take long though...
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: silvrav on April 09, 2016, 10:15:34 am
Congrats Mr Zog!

That's excellent news.
I was meaning to ask you, how did you and your wife manage to get to the US, did you get a Green Card, or a working visa, or you do you have family there etc?

Let me know, very interested, and I haven't had the time to go through all the pages of this thread.

Thanks!


I GOT A JOB!!!!!


Yip, I got a job this afternoon.  ;D

As of Monday morning I am an assistant handyman. At the massive salary of $10 / hour!

At the present exchange rate, that's not too bad. But I'm living in US$ here, so I need a bit more than that.

Deal is;  da boss man is gonna give me a try-out for a week. Just pay me a very basic minimum wage. If, at the end of the week he thinks I am not good enough, then he tells me so, and we part ways no hard feelings.

But, if thinks that I have some potential as a handyman, then we talk some more about the money. Because I have been doing my homework, and I reckon that I can get me about double that figure per hour pretty damn easily!

I's bin a-lookin at how dese hear boys do thins, and beeleeve you me, I just KNOW I can do it betta! Waay betta momma! (read that in a good-ole SOUTHERN accent  ;D )

So I got my pienkie-toe in the door. Now I just gotta show these guys just how hard, and just how smart a South African guy can work. Dan is my kop deur!

Now I'm gonna have a Vodka to celebrate before bed.  :lol8: :lol8: :lol8:

He did the right thing... He married a merican women  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: T Rex on April 09, 2016, 10:30:25 am
Geluk met die Job Gary !

Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Crossed-up on April 09, 2016, 11:59:59 am
'Grats! We know you'll show 'em.
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: woody1 on April 09, 2016, 11:29:21 pm
Lekker werk. :thumleft:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: silvrav on April 10, 2016, 12:31:12 am
 :peepwall: :pot: missing the midnight update   :lol8:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on April 10, 2016, 03:18:47 am
:peepwall: :pot: missing the midnight update   :lol8:

Well...

Only one thing to report today. I got a braai.  ;D

And I got it mahala...

You see, how things work here.... its pretty civilized. People here don't just sell their crap, sometimes they could not be bothered to have a "garage sale" or a "yard sale". They just put whatever they don't want anymore out on the sidewalk. And then often they'll put an ad in Craigslist (like the US version of the Junkmail) to say that "this is what they have put out there, and its free.

http://spacecoast.craigslist.org/search/zip (http://spacecoast.craigslist.org/search/zip)

But generally the rule is; you see something ON THE SIDE OF THE STREET outside a house, its free to go. You can stop and load it up, no problem. Or the garbage people will come past once a week and remove it for you. As part of the normal service they offer.

Anyways, today I drove past and I saw a garage sale in progress. But also there was a bunch of stuff on the side of the road, on the sidewalk. One of the things there was a gas barbeque. I had a good look, the gas burner was fubar, rusted moertoe. But the rest was ok. So I took my Leatherman out and took it apart so it could fit in my little car (Kia Rio Sedan)

When I got home I ripped out the fubar gas burner, and scrubbed what was left nice and clean. Then I reassembled the barbeque. But because it will only now be able to work with wood or charcoal, its now renamed a "BRAAI".  :lol8:

Its dark now, and the braai is put away in the garden shed. But tomorrow I'll pull it out and take a pic for you. It will take a while before I can use the Braai though. Steak is expensive, around $12 lb. I did find lamb chops too, but they are from Australia, and are at $19 / lb. Yip, NINETEEN DOLLARS PER POUND!!! Thats $41,80 per kilo. Or at todays exchange rate, R627-00 per kilo!  :eek7: :eek7: :eek7:

And there is no boerewors. Best I can find is Italian sausage, its lekker, but just nowhere near boerie.

So lets just say that it'll be a while before I have a braai. But when I do, the braai is ready to go!  :ricky:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on April 10, 2016, 03:19:55 am
:peepwall: :pot: missing the midnight update   :lol8:

And sorry its not midnight... but maybe I make the 03:30 feeding and nappie change  :peepwall:  :imaposer:  :imaposer:  :imaposer:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: silvrav on April 10, 2016, 04:31:38 am
:peepwall: :pot: missing the midnight update   :lol8:

And sorry its not midnight... but maybe I make the 03:30 feeding and nappie change  :peepwall:  :imaposer:  :imaposer:  :imaposer:

 :spitcoffee: :3some: :thumleft: 430 this morning... An extra hour sleep is wonders! 

Lekker mr. Zog! I assume open fire is allowed?  Some nice fish  braai could work
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: luv2ride on April 10, 2016, 05:35:37 am
:peepwall: :pot: missing the midnight update   :lol8:

 I did find lamb chops too, but they are from Australia, and are at $19 / lb. Yip, NINETEEN DOLLARS PER POUND!!! Thats $41,80 per kilo. Or at todays exchange rate, R627-00 per kilo!  :eek7: :eek7: :eek7:

And there is no boerewors.
Yesterday I collected my Karoo lam and 10 kg of home made boerewors.A monthly order- Directly from the farm to the suburb.  :pot: :tongue1:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: 1ougat on April 10, 2016, 10:00:02 am
Well think about it tomorrow ... 2 hours work and you can have a chop  :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re:
Post by: Wayne on April 10, 2016, 10:30:28 am
Mr Zog, you going to have to make your own boerewors.

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Post by: silvrav on April 10, 2016, 10:42:08 am
Mr Zog, you going to have to make your own boerewors.

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Make and sell... Who knows... Mr.zog mighy be the boerewors champ of the usa
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Post by: Wayne on April 10, 2016, 11:03:59 am
Mr Zog, you going to have to make your own boerewors.

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Make and sell... Who knows... Mr.zog mighy be the boerewors champ of the usa
You see now, and gainfully employed working for himself.

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Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Bikerboer1973 on April 10, 2016, 04:14:51 pm
Friend off mine lives in Atlanta and started his own business, www.Yumsa.com? (http://www.Yumsa.com?) Makes biltong, droëwors and boerewors and sell it., pity you so far away from him!
Title: Re:
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on April 10, 2016, 06:08:11 pm
Mr Zog, you going to have to make your own boerewors.

Sent from my SM-N920C using Tapatalk

Make and sell... Who knows... Mr.zog mighy be the boerewors champ of the usa
I worked for a SA guy in Texas. After being there for a while he could not take it any longer without boerewors.
Took a boerewors recipe to a butcher and asked him "can you make this" The butcher did and it became one of his bestsellers. :thumleft:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: MegaPix on April 10, 2016, 09:04:35 pm
Kyk ek het nou lekker gegiggel

Jou storie oor die hond by die strand is moer snaaks

Sterkte daar met die nuwe dinge.  Moet se dit klink awesome

Lees lekker verder

O ja.  Geluk met die werk
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr. Python on April 10, 2016, 10:09:35 pm
If legend is not myth apparently you can walk into Walmart and buy a rifle. And get ammo right off the shelf.
Take up gator hunting and make your own steaks.
Tastes like chicken
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on April 11, 2016, 02:47:33 am
If legend is not myth apparently you can walk into Walmart and buy a rifle. And get ammo right off the shelf.
Take up gator hunting and make your own steaks.
Tastes like chicken

1. I have not seen rifles at Walmart. Does not mean that they don't have any, I have just not seen them. I have seen ammo on the shelf though. Sporting goods shops (like our Sportsmans Warehouse type) have rifles. You pay your money, you show your State drivers license, and you take your rifle home. Same with shotguns. Pistols/revolvers have a 3-day waiting period.

2. Chicken and fish are vegetables. Meat is red, and comes from a cow, or a sheep, or a pig, or an animal with hooves that you shoot like a buffalo or a kudu or a rooibok, or a moose even.

3. Real men do not braai vegetables...  :peepwall:  :imaposer:













I bought some very lekker-looking chicken sosaties (kebabs) today...  ;)  :peepwall:  :imaposer:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on April 11, 2016, 02:57:11 am
YO!!!!


Silrav!!!!

Don't you have to change a nappie or prop n bottie or something? Waars jy?  :pot: :patch:  :imaposer:

Here are the pics of my braai. It looks a bit used, because it is. I didn't give it a coat of spray paint, because I don't have cash for that right now. Anyway, the "Used Patina" is all the rage these days.

BTW, I saw a new one today at Lowes (similar to Builders Warehouse, but bigger and much better service) for $99 on special. Check this link, the one I have isn't in there, must be old stock or something, but just have a look at the prices of the braai's!  :eek7:

http://www.lowes.com/Grills-Outdoor-Cooking/Grills/Gas-Grills/_/N-1z0yg0xZ1z0wekx/pl# (http://www.lowes.com/Grills-Outdoor-Cooking/Grills/Gas-Grills/_/N-1z0yg0xZ1z0wekx/pl#)!

Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on April 11, 2016, 03:24:47 am
An observation.


Last night I got tired and went to bed. I forgot to close up my shed/barn/man cave/workshop. This morning when I went out to take pics of the braai it was standing with the door wide open. O-fok...

Uh-uh. Nothing was missing, all 3 tools that I currently have in my workshop (Sidecutter - don't ask why I put a side cutter inside my suitcase on the aeroplane), Hand saw (Borrowed from my neighbour) and a $14,50 electric screwdriver. It was all still there. Even the tape measure and the tin of screws was still there.

We don't have a big fence in the back yard. We have a diamond-mesh fence that is just about waist high. Maybe belly high. Whatever. Thats it. Behind the house we have an open property, just trees and bushes and stuff. Squirrels and raccoons and snakes and kak. The fence isn't electrified and it doesn't have a strip of barbed or razor-wire along the top either. Its just a normal fence to keep the dogs in.

I have also been woken by the dogs too many times in the middle of the night because they want to go pee. If I ignore them, they piss on the carpet. That's not good... so I get up and open the door for them so they can go outside and pee/poop. Then when they are done they come back inside, I lock up, and try to go back to sleep. Been like that for years.

The last few nights I have slept through. The dogs have not come to wake me up so they can go outside. Because I have left the sliding door that leads into the "Florida Room" open. There is a dog-flap in the Florida Room (Stoep) so they can get out. The door from the Florida Room to the outside cannot lock, it has not got a lock fitted. Just a catch so the door stays shut when the wind blows.

Nobody has come into the house at night. Nobody has stolen anything. I have not been murdered in my bed.

On Wednesday we had an appointment with the Vet for a check-up for the dogs. So they can get their rabies tags, and their heartworm prophylaxis. I forgot to close the front door of the house. I left the front door of the house standing WIDE OPEN. We do not have a security gate or anything. Just a screen-door that does not have a lock fitted.

My laptop was on the coffee table in the lounge. In full view of the door. We also don't have a front fence. You can walk from the road to the front door with no barrier to stop you. Its completely open. When we got home my laptop was still here.

My car sleeps outside. In the driveway in front of the garage door. With the GPS on the dashboard. I do lock the doors of the car at night... but the car has no alarm or immobiliser or any form of anti-theft or anti-hijack or Tracker....

This afternoon I had to stop down the road for a kid who was playing in the street with their RC car. And their skateboard was lying in the road too. Kids ride their bikes to the nearest street corner where the school bus comes past. They lock their bicycles to the nearest signpost, and then take the bus to school. The afternoon they get off the bus and ride their bikes back home again. The busy streets have separate bicycle paths alongside the road.

The lifestyle here is a LOT different to what I have been used to the last 30 years in SA.... in a good way. In a VERY GOOD way....

I like it.
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: silvrav on April 11, 2016, 06:29:15 am
YO!!!!


Silrav!!!!

Don't you have to change a nappie or prop n bottie or something? Waars jy?  :pot: :patch:  :imaposer:

Here are the pics of my braai. It looks a bit used, because it is. I didn't give it a coat of spray paint, because I don't have cash for that right now. Anyway, the "Used Patina" is all the rage these days.

BTW, I saw a new one today at Lowes (similar to Builders Warehouse, but bigger and much better service) for $99 on special. Check this link, the one I have isn't in there, must be old stock or something, but just have a look at the prices of the braai's!  :eek7:

http://www.lowes.com/Grills-Outdoor-Cooking/Grills/Gas-Grills/_/N-1z0yg0xZ1z0wekx/pl# (http://www.lowes.com/Grills-Outdoor-Cooking/Grills/Gas-Grills/_/N-1z0yg0xZ1z0wekx/pl#)!



Week night....so my duties end at 00h00....little man fell asleep quite quickly last night and at 23h00 i could put him down....7 hours pure bliss sleep....Feel sorry for the misses though.

That braai will work really lekker! with the lid you could even make it a smoker and make some lekker smoke chicken...until you can get some of that red meat!

Mr Zog, when you starting your job? today i hope  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Bottervet on April 11, 2016, 08:32:47 am
Just make sure you buy the right charcoal. One that makes a flame and not smoke or smell funny. It happened to us when we wanted to have a braai.
We bought smoking charcoal. What a mess.
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: JustBendIt on April 11, 2016, 08:38:22 am
Just make sure you buy the right charcoal. One that makes a flame and not smoke or smell funny. It happened to us when we wanted to have a braai.
We bought smoking charcoal. What a mess.

Real men braai with wood
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: oldred on April 11, 2016, 09:12:17 am
So you mean to say than not even the "Squirrels and raccoons and snakes and kak" is even trying to hijack, borrow any of the items.
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on April 11, 2016, 12:42:13 pm
Hi-hoe, Hi-hoe...    Its off to work i go  :ricky:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on April 11, 2016, 12:47:13 pm
Hi-hoe, Hi-hoe...    Its off to work i go  :ricky:
:thumleft:
en vrydag kry jy jou eerste pay. Ek kon nooit daai weekly pay storie van die USA verstaan nie totdat ek dit uitgefigure het die ouens trek so rond as hy by die maand gepay het is hy lankal weg!!
Hoop jy geniet jou werk Zog, hoop nie jou medewerks praat te veel nie. Daai ouens kan erg babbel en raas.
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Jacobsroodt on April 11, 2016, 01:11:21 pm
 :sip: :snorting:
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Post by: Franky3 on April 11, 2016, 01:32:40 pm
The first time I heard an amirican(deep south) talk I could not understand a word he was saying. Took me a while to get use to that. On the rigs the guys in the smokers room just could not shut up and they like to talk all at once.

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Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Snafu on April 11, 2016, 02:19:37 pm
Lekker thread!!!
Title: Re:
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on April 11, 2016, 03:06:47 pm
The first time I heard an amirican(deep south) talk I could not understand a word he was saying. Took me a while to get use to that. On the rigs the guys in the smokers room just could not shut up and they like to talk all at once.

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Yeaz those people are lazy, that's why they talk like that. Let the talker chew tobacco while his talking it is even worse. :eek7:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on April 11, 2016, 10:27:45 pm
Eish.


Its been a while since I have worked 8 hours solid in a physical job.

I broke down an old wooden garden shed. Cut it into pieces and carried the bits to the front yard.  Then loaded the bits onto a trailer.

Then ripped out the carpet in the main bedroom and closet. Cut into pieces and carried outside and loaded onto the trailer.  Laid new carpets in bedroom and the closet.

Redid the caulking in the kitchen and the main bathroom. Cleaned out the main bedroom and closet and bathroom properly.  Removed old bedroom door and hung new door.  Cleaned most of the windows in the house, inside and out.

Took trailer to dumpster and transferred all the crap. 

Tjaila.

Fokkit. Eks nou MT. 
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on April 11, 2016, 10:43:40 pm
Nou wat gaan julle die res van die week doen? :eek7:
Sterkte Zog en lekker slaap. :thumleft:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on April 11, 2016, 11:39:04 pm
Tomorrow we start on a new place.  I saw it earlier, it's a wreck.  Gonna keep us busy for the rest of the week I reckon. 
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: immigrant on April 12, 2016, 01:06:31 am
Keep at it. Pretty soon you will be managing the outfit you working for now.
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Post by: Franky3 on April 12, 2016, 02:25:44 am
Hood to hear it was a good day. Sounds like you are keeping the SA name high.  All the best for you.

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Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: boere on April 12, 2016, 02:55:55 am
New job sounds lekker Mr Zog :thumleft:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on April 12, 2016, 03:10:36 am
A sucker for punishment...  :eek7:

So I knocked off at 4. After a heck of a physical day.

After I have relaxed (read fallen asleep on the couch  ::) ) for what dearly beloved thinks is long enough (30 minutes) she wakes me and TELLS me that the dogs need to go for a walk. Around the block. The blocks here are rather large. Seriously?

So I get my tekkies on. Then I get the harness onto the twatwaffle beach-escape-artist. And his choke chain. We head out. Liefie is following with the little doggie. Halfway around the block I see that Lord Tard is nowhere near worn out, so we change his walkies to a run.... yip folks. I started running. I think I may have gotten too much sun or something...

Anyways, I ran the last 500m or so. I released the hound from hell and all he wanted was water. Eventually liefie and Maggie arrived back home. Maggie was pooped. She pulls HARD in her harness, full-on 4x4 mode. So she wears herself out rapidly.

Then I got in the car and went fishing  ;D

I found another pond up the road. Its 2,3 miles up the road. And its a much bigger pond. I met a very interesting Jamaican dude fishing. I caught a nice sized Bass, the dude reckons he eats them that size, so I put the Bass in his bucket for him. He was there with his teenage grandson, teaching the youngster to fish.

I walked on, and caught another two Bass, but much smaller ones, they went back into the water.

Then I was back home before dark (gotta love this daylight-savings time thing. Sun only sets at around 19h50 right now, and its still only spring.

A quick shower, and I fried up some pork cuts in the frying pan while Beloved chopped up a quick green salad. I tried the Thousand Islands dressing this evening on my salad. I prefer the Ranch dressing. But I had some Mrs Balls on the pork  8)

Now the dishes are in the dishwasher (comes standard with the house) and I'm relaxing with a Vodka, lime and soda before I head off to bed.
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on April 12, 2016, 03:16:05 am
Keep at it. Pretty soon you will be managing the outfit you working for now.

Yip, I reckon.

Today I got to work with a Mexican dude.

He is around 24 - 25 years old. He is on his second wife. He has three kids with her. And three with the previous wife. I get the impression he is lazy, and not too bright either. He fucks up all the time. On my first day he asked me for money so he could go buy smokes and food and cooldrink. I had $1 in my wallet. So I told him sorry. I took some sarmies and some water to drink. And I gave up smoking over a month ago. Sorrie for him  ;D

Hmmm. I think guys like Immigrant and wherethefuckarewe will know exactly what I am talking about.

Gonna be interesting...  :ricky:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: boere on April 12, 2016, 03:34:58 am
Keep at it. Pretty soon you will be managing the outfit you working for now.

Yip, I reckon.

Today I got to work with a Mexican dude.

He is around 24 - 25 years old. He is on his second wife. He has three kids with her. And three with the previous wife. I get the impression he is lazy, and not too bright either. He fucks up all the time. On my first day he asked me for money so he could go buy smokes and food and cooldrink. I had $1 in my wallet. So I told him sorry. I took some sarmies and some water to drink. And I gave up smoking over a month ago. Sorrie for him  ;D

Hmmm. I think guys like Immigrant and wherethefuckarewe will know exactly what I am talking about.

Gonna be interesting...  :ricky:
Klink amper soos ons Sipho's wat ons hier in SA het >:( >:(
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: silvrav on April 12, 2016, 06:41:48 am
Keep at it. Pretty soon you will be managing the outfit you working for now.

Yip, I reckon.

Today I got to work with a Mexican dude.

He is around 24 - 25 years old. He is on his second wife. He has three kids with her. And three with the previous wife. I get the impression he is lazy, and not too bright either. He fucks up all the time. On my first day he asked me for money so he could go buy smokes and food and cooldrink. I had $1 in my wallet. So I told him sorry. I took some sarmies and some water to drink. And I gave up smoking over a month ago. Sorrie for him  ;D

Hmmm. I think guys like Immigrant and wherethefuckarewe will know exactly what I am talking about.

Gonna be interesting...  :ricky:

Atleast you know if you ever want some of the good stuff he might be able to provide  :imaposer:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: NovaT on April 12, 2016, 06:56:15 am
Really enjoying this thread Mr Zog, Thanks for sharing! I am able to paint a clear picture in my mind with your writing style, it's fantastic.

That bass is decent! not bad for a first fish over there, not bad at all.

Can't wait to read how the rest of the week goes, I trust it will go well!

All the best for the rest!!!

 :spitcoffee:

Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Barrie on April 12, 2016, 07:31:34 am
What kind of work you do there ?
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: ROOI on April 12, 2016, 08:45:37 am
Really enjoying this thread Mr Zog, Thanks for sharing! I am able to paint a clear picture in my mind with your writing style, it's fantastic.

That bass is decent! not bad for a first fish over there, not bad at all.

Can't wait to read how the rest of the week goes, I trust it will go well!

All the best for the rest!!!

 :spitcoffee:
+10

Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Dirty Boy on April 12, 2016, 04:49:08 pm
Hi-hoe, Hi-hoe...    Its off to work i go  :ricky:

Great thread and well done for getting the job.

I hope you read the small print and it stated that tools are provided because a tape measure, screwdriver, sidecutters and a borrowed saw are going to make for a very tiring day if that's all you have  :biggrin:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Herklaas on April 12, 2016, 05:13:25 pm
 :sip: Ons wag vir die volgende episode. :3some:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on April 12, 2016, 05:29:00 pm
:sip: Ons wag vir die volgende episode. :3some:
Nee hyt mos gister vroeg getjyla vandag kak hy :deal: :lol8:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Herklaas on April 12, 2016, 05:31:48 pm
:sip: Ons wag vir die volgende episode. :3some:
Nee hyt mos gister vroeg getjyla vandag kak hy :deal: :lol8:

 :sip:  :bueller: Te moeg om te tik, nou drink hy maar.
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on April 12, 2016, 05:41:55 pm
:sip: Ons wag vir die volgende episode. :3some:
Nee hyt mos gister vroeg getjyla vandag kak hy :deal: :lol8:

 :sip:  :bueller: Te moeg om te tik, nou drink hy maar.
Watch nouu oor n rukkie kom brêg hy weer oor n vis wat hy gevang het sonder n foto :deal: ;)
eeeen hy gaan kla oor hoe vrek hy hom gewerk het, maar toe het hy nog krag om te gaan hol met die honde EN vis te vang. Die man is bomenslik sê ek julle. :lol8:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Casting from Turd on April 12, 2016, 06:03:05 pm
Proof the man is eating well  :lol8:  :snorting:

Just excuse the gay boxer shorts and flipflops
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Bigsix on April 12, 2016, 06:10:23 pm
Excellent thread, exciting reading :-)
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on April 13, 2016, 03:31:23 am
Proof the man is eating well  :lol8:  :snorting:

Just excuse the gay boxer shorts and flipflops

Jissis Drol....  :lamer:  :imaposer:  :imaposer:  :imaposer:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on April 13, 2016, 04:04:26 am
Today was interesting...

How it works here. Sometimes.

A person rents out a house. They live there and they pay rent. Then they stop paying rent. So they start to get in trouble with the realtor agent. Before the realtor gets real nasty (Sheriff arrives and attaches personal possessions and if the renter gets "wise" with the Sheriff then the renter gets a pair of fancy steel bracelets and a few nights in jail. Not like in SA where it takes forever to get rid of a "squatter") the renter grabs what he can, and he gets "da fuck outta Dodge", leaving behind whatever he deems "dead weight".

The house we started on today was one of those. The Haitian dude had made a duck, leaving the place full of his kak. And by kak I mean KAK, mostly. Old clothes, old food in the fridge, the place is in a STATE! Sif man, fukken SIF. 

But one of the perks of the job of being part of the team to clear out the place is that we can "score" whatever we want. Because whatever else is left goes in a dumpster. The dumpster had already been delivered, and was standing in the driveway. A massive steel dumpster...

So, I started at 8. Alone. I cleared the place out. All the old sif furniture (sofa's, chests of drawers, wall units, chairs, old fucked table, beds and mattresses, ALLES. Old sif piots and pans, old vuil clothing, kak, kak, and more KAK! 5 x TV's, cd players, DVD players, telephones, even a sif old lazy-boy-type recliner that has motors and drives and kak inside it and works with a remote. When I say sif, I mean SIF. Stinks of old food, urine, eeerrgh!!!

I filled up the dumpster, and placed the bigger stuff alongside the street. Anyone who wants stuff can come take it if its right alongside the street. I also ripped out all the carpets (wall to wall) because they were just SIF. Stinky, stained, fubar. And its a 4-bedroom house.

But I did "score" a few items;

1. A single bed frame, steel. I gave it a thorough  cleaning before bringing it home, as I did with everything else, just in case.
2. A small Crock Pot. Almost brand new, in good condition.
3. A large glass Pyrex oven dish.
4. 4 x Crystal wine glasses
5. A green mountain bike (needs new tyres and tubes - then I can ride it to work)
6. A small Coleman cooler box (about 6-can size) I will use it to take my water and sarmies to work in.
7. An old 6-foot ladder. Needs one of those jobbies that holds the legs from opening too far. Problem solved with a short piece of rope.
8. 2 x bar-stools. They are not the same, but so what. We have a counter at the kitchen, needed two bar-stools.
9. Small stool for sitting on in my man-cave.
10. About 50 cans of food, various. I will take them to a local homeless shelter this weekend.
11. A almost new pair of "All Star" tekkies. I will wear them to work in. Save my SA ones, they are better.
12. A parrafin lamp. Brand New, never been used. But may come in handy if we have a hurricane or something and the power is out for a few days and we need light.
13. 2 x small bookcases. Small, but useful.
14. A small work-horse for the workshop.
15. A landline telephone (the cable TV, internet company also supplies a phone line, free of charge with the other components. Just pay for some calls (local calls are free) and must supply own handset)
16. A petrol lawnmower with a Briggs & Stratton engine! I was going to buy a lawnmower with my first paycheck, because we need to mow the lawn. I have a feeling that this one just needs a little TLC, and some petrol in the tank, and it will start right up!!! Lets hope!!!

So, I did score quite a lot today. I didn't take a TV, because tomorrow after work we will go and collect the "Free" TV that we got when we bought the car. Then we'll call the cable people to come do the cable TV installation and also make the telephone work. I can't wait to sit and watch TV again. Going to be interesting watching the local sports...

Tomorrow we fit new light fittings, a few coats of paint, repair all the damage to the place, replace some of the bug-screens, and order the new carpets. And a massive clean-up, some new blinds (all homes here have blinds) and a new water-softener. Then the place will be ready for a new tenant to move in!
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on April 13, 2016, 04:11:51 am
Oh, and I also found two number plates (they call them "Tags" here) that I will save for that mad dutchman in the UK. He collects them. I'll mail them to him sometime. I have a feeling I may find some more though...

INFO: "Tags" must be handed in to the local licensing authority when you sell your car, or it gets written off in a crash, or whatever. So getting hold of old tags here is a bit of a mission. However, it seems that not all Floridians obey that rule.
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Ganjora on April 13, 2016, 04:17:08 am
Oh, and I also found two number plates (they call them "Tags" here) that I will save for that mad dutchman in the UK. He collects them. I'll mail them to him sometime. I have a feeling I may find some more though...

INFO: "Tags" must be handed in to the local licensing authority when you sell your car, or it gets written off in a crash, or whatever. So getting hold of old tags here is a bit of a mission. However, it seems that not all Floridians obey that rule.

don't forget grizz in the UK

edit: i see you remembered him.
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: silvrav on April 13, 2016, 04:51:04 am
Lekker man mr. Zog! You will lekkered settled in with nice things in no time... Just don't becone a SIF merican  :3some:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on April 13, 2016, 04:57:10 am
Lekker man mr. Zog! You will lekkered settled in with nice things in no time... Just don't becone a SIF merican  :3some:


Its not the "mericans that are sif. Its the immigrants  :peepwall: :patch: :pot:  :imaposer:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: luv2ride on April 13, 2016, 04:59:13 am
"Paycheck".....  Jy skryf as soos die 'yanks! :deal:
Sê bietjie vir my Z5 :pot: jy gaan seker ook met dat zee kak kom en nie meer zet nie :imaposer:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: fixit on April 13, 2016, 05:20:43 am
Wait till he starts saying nyowmeen.... :biggrin:








That's " Do you know what I mean" BTW... :laughing4:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: silvrav on April 13, 2016, 06:04:48 am
Lekker man mr. Zog! You will lekkered settled in with nice things in no time... Just don't becone a SIF merican  :3some:


Its not the "mericans that are sif. Its the immigrants  :peepwall: :patch: :pot:  :imaposer:

Dont become a SIF immigrant  :laughing4: :lol8:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: woody1 on April 13, 2016, 07:03:41 am
Sounds like your first job is just the one you needed to settle in.  FREE STUFF.
I remember when we went to Holland.  Loved all the free stuff on the street to help you through the first months setting up home. :thumleft:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Slingervel on April 13, 2016, 08:01:03 am
 :happy1:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on April 13, 2016, 08:05:45 am
You are becoming a picker, before you know it you will not have enough space for all the free stuff :thumleft:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Sardine on April 13, 2016, 08:07:06 am
As they say, one man's 'trash' is another man's treasure. :thumleft:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: ktmmer on April 13, 2016, 01:51:13 pm
Clean the carb and the mower is running
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: woody1 on April 13, 2016, 03:07:03 pm
And new plug usually.
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on April 14, 2016, 02:41:55 am
Today was the day that we could go get the "free" TV that we got when we bought the little Kia Rio.

So after work the wife and I got into the little jammie, and drove to the store where they would be giving out the TV's. We fully expected (based on South African experiences) that there would be some sort of a rigmarole and a runabout involved.

But we got to the desk where they were seated, a very pleasant young lady greeted us, asked for the piece of paper we were given, confirmed our ID, and the next second a dude was standing there with the TV on a dolly, ready to take it to the car!

I had to buy a bracket to mount the TV to the wall though. And then on the way home I had to stop off at Home Depot to buy a "Stud Finder" so that I could locate the vertical studs inside the drywall. The TV is heavy, and the screws holding the TV bracket need to be put into something solid.

At home I found the vertical studs, decided on the correct height for the TV, mounted the bracket and hung the TV.

Now we just got to wait for tomorrow for the cable guy to come connect the cable TV. Oh, and we also upgraded the internet speed to 50Mbps...

The TV has a USB port. I'll try put a movie onto a stick and see if I can at least watch SOMETHING on my MASSIVE new TV tonight before bed.  ::)
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Fudmucker on April 14, 2016, 06:27:34 am
How does a stud-finder work?
Magnetic?
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: silvrav on April 14, 2016, 06:28:23 am
Drywall...one of the things i dont like about merica...
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Vintage_Mania on April 14, 2016, 07:08:01 am
Lekker Mr Zog. But it is not only in America, I just had a very nice Espresso from my single cup coffee machine that I also scored for free from some guy that was wanting to immigrate to somewhere.
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: grizz on April 14, 2016, 09:43:15 pm
Today was interesting...

How it works here. Sometimes.

A person rents out a house. They live there and they pay rent. Then they stop paying rent. So they start to get in trouble with the realtor agent. Before the realtor gets real nasty (Sheriff arrives and attaches personal possessions and if the renter gets "wise" with the Sheriff then the renter gets a pair of fancy steel bracelets and a few nights in jail. Not like in SA where it takes forever to get rid of a "squatter") the renter grabs what he can, and he gets "da fuck outta Dodge", leaving behind whatever he deems "dead weight".

The house we started on today was one of those. The Haitian dude had made a duck, leaving the place full of his kak. And by kak I mean KAK, mostly. Old clothes, old food in the fridge, the place is in a STATE! Sif man, fukken SIF. 

But one of the perks of the job of being part of the team to clear out the place is that we can "score" whatever we want. Because whatever else is left goes in a dumpster. The dumpster had already been delivered, and was standing in the driveway. A massive steel dumpster...

So, I started at 8. Alone. I cleared the place out. All the old sif furniture (sofa's, chests of drawers, wall units, chairs, old fucked table, beds and mattresses, ALLES. Old sif piots and pans, old vuil clothing, kak, kak, and more KAK! 5 x TV's, cd players, DVD players, telephones, even a sif old lazy-boy-type recliner that has motors and drives and kak inside it and works with a remote. When I say sif, I mean SIF. Stinks of old food, urine, eeerrgh!!!

I filled up the dumpster, and placed the bigger stuff alongside the street. Anyone who wants stuff can come take it if its right alongside the street. I also ripped out all the carpets (wall to wall) because they were just SIF. Stinky, stained, fubar. And its a 4-bedroom house.

But I did "score" a few items;

1. A single bed frame, steel. I gave it a thorough  cleaning before bringing it home, as I did with everything else, just in case.
2. A small Crock Pot. Almost brand new, in good condition.
3. A large glass Pyrex oven dish.
4. 4 x Crystal wine glasses
5. A green mountain bike (needs new tyres and tubes - then I can ride it to work)
6. A small Coleman cooler box (about 6-can size) I will use it to take my water and sarmies to work in.
7. An old 6-foot ladder. Needs one of those jobbies that holds the legs from opening too far. Problem solved with a short piece of rope.
8. 2 x bar-stools. They are not the same, but so what. We have a counter at the kitchen, needed two bar-stools.
9. Small stool for sitting on in my man-cave.
10. About 50 cans of food, various. I will take them to a local homeless shelter this weekend.
11. A almost new pair of "All Star" tekkies. I will wear them to work in. Save my SA ones, they are better.
12. A parrafin lamp. Brand New, never been used. But may come in handy if we have a hurricane or something and the power is out for a few days and we need light.
13. 2 x small bookcases. Small, but useful.
14. A small work-horse for the workshop.
15. A landline telephone (the cable TV, internet company also supplies a phone line, free of charge with the other components. Just pay for some calls (local calls are free) and must supply own handset)
16. A petrol lawnmower with a Briggs & Stratton engine! I was going to buy a lawnmower with my first paycheck, because we need to mow the lawn. I have a feeling that this one just needs a little TLC, and some petrol in the tank, and it will start right up!!! Lets hope!!!

So, I did score quite a lot today. I didn't take a TV, because tomorrow after work we will go and collect the "Free" TV that we got when we bought the car. Then we'll call the cable people to come do the cable TV installation and also make the telephone work. I can't wait to sit and watch TV again. Going to be interesting watching the local sports...

Tomorrow we fit new light fittings, a few coats of paint, repair all the damage to the place, replace some of the bug-screens, and order the new carpets. And a massive clean-up, some new blinds (all homes here have blinds) and a new water-softener. Then the place will be ready for a new tenant to move in!


I always liked you Gary, after this report I like you even more.

Us South Africans are made of stern stuff.

You will be just fine.

I love to profit from other people's stupidity.

If you add up your scores from today....... Tell us what you paid for the week, over and above the $10.00/hr.

Free is good.

May give you a ring tonight on Whatsapp for a chat if I don't crash out early.

I am waiting for a buddy to come collect some wheel adapters, a VW wide 5 wheel and new Chenese Ditch Finder tyre plus some other bits.


Your thread has a real feel good factor to it, and as a Boer who came to England alone with my 1150 GS some clothes and a HiFi in 2002, I can totally relate.

The Americans overall in my experience are great people.
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: grizz on April 14, 2016, 09:54:51 pm
Lekker Mr Zog. But it is not only in America, I just had a very nice Espresso from my single cup coffee machine that I also scored for free from some guy that was wanting to immigrate to somewhere.

Een se dood is n ander se brood.
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: adv on April 14, 2016, 10:37:42 pm
Today was the day that we could go get the "free" TV that we got when we bought the little Kia Rio.

So after work the wife and I got into the little jammie, and drove to the store where they would be giving out the TV's. We fully expected (based on South African experiences) that there would be some sort of a rigmarole and a runabout involved.

But we got to the desk where they were seated, a very pleasant young lady greeted us, asked for the piece of paper we were given, confirmed our ID, and the next second a dude was standing there with the TV on a dolly, ready to take it to the car!

I had to buy a bracket to mount the TV to the wall though. And then on the way home I had to stop off at Home Depot to buy a "Stud Finder" so that I could locate the vertical studs inside the drywall. The TV is heavy, and the screws holding the TV bracket need to be put into something solid.

At home I found the vertical studs, decided on the correct height for the TV, mounted the bracket and hung the TV.

Now we just got to wait for tomorrow for the cable guy to come connect the cable TV. Oh, and we also upgraded the internet speed to 50Mbps...

The TV has a USB port. I'll try put a movie onto a stick and see if I can at least watch SOMETHING on my MASSIVE new TV tonight before bed.  ::)

Vok maar life is tuff.  O0


Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on April 15, 2016, 02:13:45 am
Another hard day at work today. Within 45 minutes of starting I was literally soaked. I mean like I had been swimming in my clothes. Its THAT humid here. I just need to keep taking in fluids to prevent dehydration. But I can already feel that I am getting fitter  ;D

The house I was at today had a "Florida Pool". Let me explain. Its a swimming pool. in-ground, like some of you guys have in SA. Except it is enclosed. As in, a massive aluminum framework that is clad in bug-screen. So you can lie at the pool, no pesky mozzies to fuck up your tan. No bees in your cool drink. And unless you have an "indoor" tree, no leaves in your pool.

But some twat had dropped a rock from the rock-feature beside to pool into the water. Of course it was lying right at the bottom of the deep end. When the boss asked for a a volunteer to go get it out his words were still reverberating off the walls and I was in. Dove the rock out.

Man, that water was sooooo lekker!!! I was cool for a good while afterwards.  :biggrin:

Oh, and I also scored a free hammer. Claw hammer. Seen the same hammer at Home Depot for around $17. SCORE!!!




Oh. I almost forgot  :sip:


The Boss-Man likes me. He came to see me, says he thinks I am a hard worker, says he can see that I know my stuff. Says he wants me to work full time for him.

It didn't take a week. It took 3 days.

Tomorrow I'll see if I can sit with him for a bit. Need to discuss salary...  :ricky:

Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on April 15, 2016, 02:20:57 am
Oh, and I couldn't get the TV to work on the USB stick last night. Maybe I'm just too dof with this kinda stuff?

But the cable guy came today. Installed the cable TV decoder. I looked at the manual, its pretty similar to a PVR. It can record up to 2 programs, or watch 1, record 1, etc. It can also do the on-screen pause, rewind, replay etc. thing. And I can go back up to 72 hours for a program that I missed. Apparently. I still have to figure out how that works...

I counted the programs that I can watch on the "Menu" form the cable dude left here. Too many for an accurate count, but its around 1040 channels... somewhere in that ballpark. Something like 6 channels JUST FOR BASEBALL  :eek7: Bliksem!  :eek7:  I gotta figure out where the fishing channels are...  :peepwall:

And the 50Mbps internet is something to behold! Another BLIKSEM!!!  :eek7:

O-ja. Watching tv on a 55 inch HD jobbie is also excellent!
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on April 15, 2016, 02:42:10 am
Just as an aside. I have it on reliable authority that there are people reading this thread who don't speak or understand Afrikaans. So out of respect to them I will attempt to keep the language used English. As far as possible.  ;D

Maybe some of the guys replying here or asking questions can do the same?  :sip:

Oh, and anyone has asked a question and not got an answer, shit man! I'm sorry. I'm not gonna read all 20 pages again, just post the question again and I'll do my best to answer asap. Just also remember that I am 6 hours behind you. So right now most of you are asleep, but its only early evening here. Well, 20h43 or so...  SO give me a chance to get home from work...  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Ganjora on April 15, 2016, 02:58:02 am
excellent news on the work front,  mr zog.
thoroughly enjoying your thread.
keep going.
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on April 15, 2016, 03:02:28 am
excellent news on the work front,  mr zog.
thoroughly enjoying your thread.
keep going.

Glad you are enjoying it Dave  :thumleft: 


I'm enjoying it here.  ;D
Title: Re: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Casting from Turd on April 15, 2016, 05:19:47 am
Another hard day at work today. Within 45 minutes of starting I was literally soaked. I mean like I had been swimming in my clothes. Its THAT humid here. I just need to keep taking in fluids to prevent dehydration. But I can already feel that I am getting fitter  ;D

The house I was at today had a "Florida Pool". Let me explain. Its a swimming pool. in-ground, like some of you guys have in SA. Except it is enclosed. As in, a massive aluminum framework that is clad in bug-screen. So you can lie at the pool, no pesky mozzies to fuck up your tan. No bees in your cool drink. And unless you have an "indoor" tree, no leaves in your pool.

But some twat had dropped a rock from the rock-feature beside to pool into the water. Of course it was lying right at the bottom of the deep end. When the boss asked for a a volunteer to go get it out his words were still reverberating off the walls and I was in. Dove the rock out.

Man, that water was sooooo lekker!!! I was cool for a good while afterwards.  :biggrin:

Oh, and I also scored a free hammer. Claw hammer. Seen the same hammer at Home Depot for around $17. SCORE!!!




Oh. I almost forgot  :sip:


The Boss-Man likes me. He came to see me, says he thinks I am a hard worker, says he can see that I know my stuff. Says he wants me to work full time for him.

It didn't take a week. It took 3 days.

Tomorrow I'll see if I can sit with him for a bit. Need to discuss salary...  :ricky:
Lekker waxie. Awesome fred

Orange Elephant Backpackers, Addo
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Oubones on April 15, 2016, 05:34:09 am
Lekker, ek geniet dit elke more met ontbyt!
Diskrimineer jy nou teen ons Afrikaners? :peepwall:
Grap net, ek respekteer jou ordentlikheid dat jy almal wil akkomodeer sover taal aangaan!
 :pot: gelukkig ons Afrikaners verstaan daai Ingels
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: immigrant on April 15, 2016, 05:38:57 am

The Boss-Man likes me. He came to see me, says he thinks I am a hard worker, says he can see that I know my stuff. Says he wants me to work full time for him.

It didn't take a week. It took 3 days.

Tomorrow I'll see if I can sit with him for a bit. Need to discuss salary...  :ricky:



And that right there is called "The American Dream" The hard worker will succeed!!
Keep going Zog. You are well on your way!!
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: frankmac on April 15, 2016, 06:51:08 am
Zog's Blog. Excellent thanks. Look forward to reading the latest installment
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: dieseldawie on April 15, 2016, 07:21:20 am
Just as an aside. I have it on reliable authority that there are people reading this thread who don't speak or understand Afrikaans. So out of respect to them I will attempt to keep the language used English. As far as possible.  ;D

Maybe some of the guys replying here or asking questions can do the same?  :sip:

Oh, and anyone has asked a question and not got an answer, shit man! I'm sorry. I'm not gonna read all 20 pages again, just post the question again and I'll do my best to answer asap. Just also remember that I am 6 hours behind you. So right now most of you are asleep, but its only early evening here. Well, 20h43 or so...  SO give me a chance to get home from work...  :thumleft:

No its fine I understand.
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Superboet on April 15, 2016, 07:40:33 am
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Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Rufus115 on April 15, 2016, 07:41:15 am
Oh, and I couldn't get the TV to work on the USB stick last night. Maybe I'm just too dof with this kinda stuff?


Letseng man....My Samsung has a size limit of USB stick that it will read, its really small (yes I hear that quite often..)
Maybe you have the same problem....with the USB stick, not your stick
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: woody1 on April 15, 2016, 08:56:42 am
He jumped into the pool to retrieve a rock..... surely not with his jeans on... just after that his boss offered him a PERMANENT job.  :3some: :imaposer:

Well done sir.  Keep the SAFFER name high !  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on April 15, 2016, 09:07:04 am
Zog for three days I now and then think of you over there in Swampland and the idea of you working in boating keeps popping up.
Boating as in a boatyard where you have to overhaul the boats. Something I think you'd be good at.
Is there any boatyards in your area that fixes yachts and poweryachts?
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Stichhom on April 15, 2016, 09:10:36 am
Thank you for sharing Mr Zog. I enjoy this different thread of life in America. Keep us posted on the adventure bike scene there in the big USA. Best wishes to you, SWAMBO and you 2x 4 legged family.
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: OomD on April 15, 2016, 09:25:19 am
Congrats on the job offer! I'd say you've earned it.
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: evansv on April 15, 2016, 11:17:02 am
Well done on the job offer Mr Zog :thumleft:

Great to see the South African work ethic coming to the fore!
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: oldmannorman on April 15, 2016, 01:30:37 pm
  :sip: Maybe your title should read "Days of The ZOG's lives"
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: silvrav on April 15, 2016, 11:33:12 pm
00h00 nappy change  :sip: come mr. Zog.  Take a lunch break
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on April 16, 2016, 03:44:59 am
00h00 nappy change  :sip: come mr. Zog.  Take a lunch break

I took a lunch break around noon today. Drank a bottle of water and ate a snack for lunch. Was done in around 10 minutes, and then back to work.

Today... I learned how to re-screen the bug-screens. Pretty simple, but one or two techniques that help make the screen nice and tight.

I also learned that when I am scrubbing a confined area, like a small shower cubicle, with ammonia and chlorine-based cleaners that I should try get better ventilation  :eek7:

I also learned that some people are absolute filthy pigs. The way they live, and the way they DON'T clean their homes. The layers of dirt and grime, even in something like a shower cubicle, astounds and sickens me. But somebody gotta clean that shit up.  :puke_l: :puke_l: :puke_l: :puke_l: :puke_l:

This afternoon I had another chat with the boss-man. From Monday I'll be earning $13 / hour. That's a 30% increase after just one week. Awesome I'd say.

I also got a call from one of the places that I sent my resume to. They held a "Telephonic Interview" with me. I think I passed the "Telephonic Interview" because they want to see me for a face-to-face interview. Its at a big company, with lots of "Benefits" (benefits are apparently very important here. Benefits are stuff like medical insurance (what we call medical aid), dental plan, vision plan, disability insurance, and 401k (this is a voluntary scheme whereby the employer will meet any amount the employee decides to put into a retirement plan, up to a certain ceiling of course) and one or two other benefits I can't recall right now.

The hours will be long, up to 14 hours a day, and up to 7 days a week. (they don't pay overtime, apparently that's legal in this state?) but they offer paid training, and once completed they'll give me a van, tools, stock, a fuel card and a company smartphone. I'll go for the interview ad see what else it will involve, but I called up an expat here this evening that I met who works in the same indutry and he reckons that employees don't last long at this company because the company pushes the employees too hard.

What to do, what to do... ?

I had a look at the lawn mower this evening too. It seems that the output shaft is badly bent. When I turn the motor but turning the cutting blade its very visible how much its bent. I tried anyway; cleaned out the carb, checked the plug, fixed the pull-start mechanism, etc. Quite a difficult job with my presently very limited tools. But I did what I could, then added a liter or so of gas (petrol  ;D ) and pulled the starter cord until I was sweating profusely again. Not even a peep from the motor, stone dead. I suspect no spark, but by then I was done, so I just closed up my shed and called it a day.

Oh, and my car's tag (number plate) arrived in the post today. (Americans love to post stuff, you can renew or purchase just about anything on line and receive it in your mailbox. And nothing gets scaled or goes missing...) Its raining right now, and so as soon as it stops (remember that I park my car OUTSIDE over here) I'll go out and fit it. The pic below is of my tag...  ;D

Ok, tomorrow I don't get to slack off. The boss says he needs me to work, so I'll be at the salt mine at 8am. Hopefully its not a full day of work, I'm pretty bushed. Sunday Beloved and I will take the dogs to a local State Park. There are some nice hiking trails, and dogs are allowed (as long as we pick up after them). Should be fun.

Bed time soon...  :sleepy2:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: boere on April 16, 2016, 03:52:13 am
Morning Mr Zog :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on April 16, 2016, 04:06:14 am
Morning Mr Zog :thumleft: :thumleft:

Howzit boet  :thumleft:

I forgot to add the pic. Then it stopped raining so I went out and fitted the tag, just two self-tappers... then I struggled to get the flash to work on my smartphone. Its smarter than me... fucken thing...

Here's the pic  :sip:  check the raindrops on the car.  :ricky:

Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: luv2ride on April 16, 2016, 05:03:21 am
Morning Zog, congrats with the increase.  :thumleft: What line of work is that other job?
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: silvrav on April 16, 2016, 05:23:55 am
Lekker lekker mr zog.  You have to ask yourself does the other company push to hard for mericans or by South African standards...   :patch:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: V-TORR on April 16, 2016, 07:33:31 am
Its interesting to see that in "merica" you can make a comfortable life by being a hard working handy-man, a job that will typically not fully support a small family in South Africa..
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Oubones on April 16, 2016, 07:40:48 am
Its interesting to see that in "merica" you can make a comfortable life by being a hard working handy-man, a job that will typically not fully support a small family in South Africa..

Yip, I battled in that field and that with a good contact in the holiday letting industry!
Good one Mr Zog
I enjoy reading your news each morning!
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: KiLRoy on April 16, 2016, 07:43:32 am
Its interesting to see that in "merica" you can make a comfortable life by being a hard working handy-man, a job that will typically not fully support a small family in South Africa..


Do you think one can support a family on USD 10 a hour? I guess so, but so can you on say R100 ph.  All depends what you mean by support?
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: hedleyj on April 16, 2016, 08:06:10 am
Its interesting to see that in "merica" you can make a comfortable life by being a hard working handy-man, a job that will typically not fully support a small family in South Africa..


Do you think one can support a family on USD 10 a hour? I guess so, but so can you on say R100 ph.  All depends what you mean by support?

8 hour day
20 days a month
$1600 = R 16000 allowing for some leeway in the pricing parity against exchange rates
Not executive but not scraping the barrel either, I suspect. Be intersting to see Zog's reply.
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: 1ougat on April 16, 2016, 09:19:36 am
So wanneer kry jy jou Glock en M16 😄
Title: Re: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Pumbaa on April 16, 2016, 10:02:10 am
Its interesting to see that in "merica" you can make a comfortable life by being a hard working handy-man, a job that will typically not fully support a small family in South Africa..


Do you think one can support a family on USD 10 a hour? I guess so, but so can you on say R100 ph.  All depends what you mean by support?
Lees en presteer....

$13 per hour, a big difference compared to $10 per hour.  8)  :P  :P
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: silvrav on April 16, 2016, 10:32:00 am
Its interesting to see that in "merica" you can make a comfortable life by being a hard working handy-man, a job that will typically not fully support a small family in South Africa..


Do you think one can support a family on USD 10 a hour? I guess so, but so can you on say R100 ph.  All depends what you mean by support?

8 hour day
20 days a month
$1600 = R 16000 allowing for some leeway in the pricing parity against exchange rates
Not executive but not scraping the barrel either, I suspect. Be intersting to see Zog's reply.

You guys cant just do a usd to rand conversion and say oh i can i live on 16k rands a month.  Living expenses vastly differs from merics to sa and i know handymans that makr maybe 10k a month.

Then take into account all the extra expenses in sa vs merica
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Oubones on April 16, 2016, 11:23:04 am
What Mr Zog is doing is proving that us SA okes can work and do well in any country!
I am sure he earned his increase and that he will very quickly improve his income even more!
Good one on you mate and enjoy the fishing!
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Oubones on April 16, 2016, 11:26:07 am

Then take into account all the extra expenses in sa vs merica
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Hehe, ja we do not know what sexwax costs in merica :peepwall:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: hedleyj on April 16, 2016, 12:21:45 pm
Its interesting to see that in "merica" you can make a comfortable life by being a hard working handy-man, a job that will typically not fully support a small family in South Africa..


Do you think one can support a family on USD 10 a hour? I guess so, but so can you on say R100 ph.  All depends what you mean by support?

8 hour day
20 days a month
$1600 = R 16000 allowing for some leeway in the pricing parity against exchange rates
Not executive but not scraping the barrel either, I suspect. Be intersting to see Zog's reply.

You guys cant just do a usd to rand conversion and say oh i can i live on 16k rands a month.  Living expenses vastly differs from merics to sa and i know handymans that makr maybe 10k a month.

Then take into account all the extra expenses in sa vs

Hence the calculation did not go strAight dollar to rand. As i worked it. I only used 10-1 and ignored the 30% increase.

But i guess we All on the same page

It can be done.
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: BoatMedic on April 16, 2016, 12:25:29 pm
Hello forumites from Wild Dog, and specifically this thread.

I don't have a bike....... There, I have said it!  :P
Not because I don't like them, it is purely 'cause I have never been in that "era" of bikes, or have been exposed to them.
I joined this forum, and specifically this topic as my "boetie" is Mr Zog and this is one of the ways we can stay in touch and share the adventure.
I have been reading the topic and some times I actually started getting tears in my eyes. :'( :'(
Dish, I never said this when I could have, but I take my hat off to you. I am sorry if I was not always there. You know the life of a Paramedic working abroad!
It's been more than 20 years that we know each other, and I really felt I should have done more to see you.
Good luck my buddy!!! As I know you so well, I just know that you and "Ally Cat" will make a success of it!!

Keep the stories and adventures coming!!
Who knows, I might come and visit one of these days, then I will expect a real 'merican BBQ!!
Love you buddy!!
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Welsh on April 16, 2016, 12:45:03 pm
Its interesting to see that in "merica" you can make a comfortable life by being a hard working handy-man, a job that will typically not fully support a small family in South Africa..


Do you think one can support a family on USD 10 a hour? I guess so, but so can you on say R100 ph.  All depends what you mean by support?

8 hour day
20 days a month
$1600 = R 16000 allowing for some leeway in the pricing parity against exchange rates
Not executive but not scraping the barrel either, I suspect. Be intersting to see Zog's reply.

You guys cant just do a usd to rand conversion and say oh i can i live on 16k rands a month.  Living expenses vastly differs from merics to sa and i know handymans that makr maybe 10k a month.

Then take into account all the extra expenses in sa vs merica

10K that's probably my lunch/ bar bill a month.  ::)
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: silvrav on April 16, 2016, 02:55:49 pm
Its interesting to see that in "merica" you can make a comfortable life by being a hard working handy-man, a job that will typically not fully support a small family in South Africa..


Do you think one can support a family on USD 10 a hour? I guess so, but so can you on say R100 ph.  All depends what you mean by support?

8 hour day
20 days a month
$1600 = R 16000 allowing for some leeway in the pricing parity against exchange rates
Not executive but not scraping the barrel either, I suspect. Be intersting to see Zog's reply.

You guys cant just do a usd to rand conversion and say oh i can i live on 16k rands a month.  Living expenses vastly differs from merics to sa and i know handymans that makr maybe 10k a month.

Then take into account all the extra expenses in sa vs merica

10K that's probably my lunch/ bar bill a month.  ::)

 :ricky: so you say lunch is on you this week
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Sardine on April 16, 2016, 03:07:00 pm
Its interesting to see that in "merica" you can make a comfortable life by being a hard working handy-man, a job that will typically not fully support a small family in South Africa..


Do you think one can support a family on USD 10 a hour? I guess so, but so can you on say R100 ph.  All depends what you mean by support?
!
8 hour day
20 days a month
$1600 = R 16000 allowing for some leeway in the pricing parity against exchange rates
Not executive but not scraping the barrel either, I suspect. Be intersting to see Zog's reply.

Mr. Zog is, as a handyman, earning more per day than a bush pilot in Botswana. I think I should become a handy (WO)man in the States!
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: popipants on April 16, 2016, 03:56:13 pm
Its interesting to see that in "merica" you can make a comfortable life by being a hard working handy-man, a job that will typically not fully support a small family in South Africa..


Do you think one can support a family on USD 10 a hour? I guess so, but so can you on say R100 ph.  All depends what you mean by support?

8 hour day
20 days a month
$1600 = R 16000 allowing for some leeway in the pricing parity against exchange rates
Not executive but not scraping the barrel either, I suspect. Be intersting to see Zog's reply.

You guys cant just do a usd to rand conversion and say oh i can i live on 16k rands a month.  Living expenses vastly differs from merics to sa and i know handymans that makr maybe 10k a month.

Then take into account all the extra expenses in sa vs merica
All the Zuma taxes!!!
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: hedleyj on April 16, 2016, 05:02:24 pm
Its interesting to see that in "merica" you can make a comfortable life by being a hard working handy-man, a job that will typically not fully support a small family in South Africa..


Do you think one can support a family on USD 10 a hour? I guess so, but so can you on say R100 ph.  All depends what you mean by support?

8 hour day
20 days a month
$1600 = R 16000 allowing for some leeway in the pricing parity against exchange rates
Not executive but not scraping the barrel either, I suspect. Be intersting to see Zog's reply.

You guys cant just do a usd to rand conversion and say oh i can i live on 16k rands a month.  Living expenses vastly differs from merics to sa and i know handymans that makr maybe 10k a month.

Then take into account all the extra expenses in sa vs merica

10K that's probably my lunch/ bar bill a month.  ::)

Surname start with a Z or G by any chance
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: silvrav on April 16, 2016, 11:31:41 pm
How was/is the saterday job mr. Zog  :sip:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on April 17, 2016, 02:06:05 am
Oh good GRIEF!!!


This thread just became a STICKY  :ricky: :ricky: :ricky: :ricky: :ricky: :ricky:


Now the pressure is ON to keep it going  :eek7:  :imaposer: :imaposer: :imaposer:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on April 17, 2016, 02:18:06 am
Hello forumites from Wild Dog, and specifically this thread.

I don't have a bike....... There, I have said it!  :P
Not because I don't like them, it is purely 'cause I have never been in that "era" of bikes, or have been exposed to them.
I joined this forum, and specifically this topic as my "boetie" is Mr Zog and this is one of the ways we can stay in touch and share the adventure.
I have been reading the topic and some times I actually started getting tears in my eyes. :'( :'(
Dish, I never said this when I could have, but I take my hat off to you. I am sorry if I was not always there. You know the life of a Paramedic working abroad!
It's been more than 20 years that we know each other, and I really felt I should have done more to see you.
Good luck my buddy!!! As I know you so well, I just know that you and "Ally Cat" will make a success of it!!

Keep the stories and adventures coming!!
Who knows, I might come and visit one of these days, then I will expect a real 'merican BBQ!!
Love you buddy!!


Wow.

Guys, this is a post that brings tears to my eyes.

BoatMedic is "My brother from another Mother", he is also a paramedic. He also works away from home so that he can support his wife and two kids. We have been closest mates since 1993.

Now, listen up fuck-knuckle... go and introduce yourself to everyone first. Have you got no mucking fanners? Did I waste my time teaching you manners? Now everyone's going to think I was a tappit from Villieria before I became a redneck hillbilly down in the deep south  :peepwall:  :patch:  :imaposer:

Go gooi an intro here   http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?board=16.0 (http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?board=16.0)

Then have a look here if you are bored...  http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=124205.0 (http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=124205.0)


Anyways. I'll tell you later who the kakpraters here are...  :pot:  :sip:   I have to get on with todays post.  ;D
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on April 17, 2016, 03:02:36 am
I had to work today. Because the boss said so. And not like in SA, its NOT overtime. The rules are different here...

Makes me wonder how things would be back home if the same rules applied. Hire and fire at boss's discretion. You piss the boss off, goodbye! Simple as that. You are told to work a Saturday, you do it. Or the boss gets pissed off. And if he doesn't feel like paying you overtime, you don't get paid overtime. Interesting thoughts how things may be back home...  :pot:

Anyways, I arrived at the jobsite at around 07h50, first to arrive as usual. I didn't have the code for the lockbox. (Ok, let me explain how this works... when a house stands empty, and several different people need to have access for different reasons - contractors, realtors, etc, they dont make lots of sets of keys for the house. They just hang a "lockbox" from the door handle. It has a combination lock that opens up to a small box that has the house keys on it. So if you have the combination code, you can get into the house) So I spent about 45 seconds "playing" with it until I got it open and could open the house. (another talent I don't talk much about  8) )

All the wall-plugs, light-switches, light fittings needed to be changed. The house is busy undergoing a major renovation, and a colour change, so the old beige fittings had to be replaced with nice white fittings. And not like the SA fittings, you can't just change the cover-plate, you have to change the plug-socket too, as its a lot more visible than the SA type. I got to work, and after a bit the other guys arrived. We changed out all the fittings (Americans are plug-fittings crazy! It's nothing for a normal bedroom to have 6 double plug outlets! And then also TV, phone, and internet cables too..) and installed about 6 ceiling fans, as well as several other lights.

At 13h00 Da Boss says "We're outta here!" and that was it. Close up, lock up, and head home. Da Boss gave me a ride home because it was about 7 MILES back to my place. And it was raining. Again.

Did I mention that Florida is a swamp? Well... it is. The water doesn't drain away much, it just LIES there... I'll get to that in another post. First I have more to tell.

So, one of the other dudes that I work with is from Costa Rica. Also an ex-con, and you can tell when he is lying or bullshitting. His lips are moving. The boss already told me never to lend him cash because I'd never see it again. Anyways, dude has no regard for tools. Takes a screwdriver, uses it as a chisel, chucks it down, then needs a screwdriver again, just grabs another from the toolbox, or from whoever else is closest. It pisses the boss off big time, but for some reason Costa Rica dude is still on the job...

Carlos (CR dude) has already done this to me a few times. Then I look for my tool, can't find it, then either have to ask the boss for another from the toolbox, or I spend valuable time searching for where Carlos has dumped mine. Pisses me off. Today I caught him in the act, and put my foot down. Told him to leave my screwdriver and fuck off. Eventually he found his one and sanity was restored. I needed to find a short-term solution, because my personal tools and stuff is still on the ship and will only arrive in Miami around the 20th May.

Whilst cleaning out the other places I came across change. As in 1c and 5c and 10c coins. Lots of 1c coins. I pick them all up, and keep them in a tin. Guys on the job think I am crazy. Whatever. There are machines scattered around where you can just dump your loose coins into (charges you 10%) and it counts the coins out, separates, and give you a total. So this afternoon after work we went to the mall. More about the mall later. I dumped my tin of coins into the machine. It spat out a slip that I could redeem for cash at the cashier for $20,46!!! Guys, thats around R300 in SA money... WOW!!!

Anyways, after the mall I stopped off at Home Depot and bought myself a screwdriver for $6,99, and a carpet knife (we do a lot of carpeting, and knives go missing all the time) for $7,99. I still got $5-00 in my wallet. Tomorrow I'll buy Beloved a sandwich for supper. Yip, you can buy 2 sandwiches for $6! I have a plan to get the other $1  8)

Oh, and I also scored a tool belt at one of the houses we cleaned up... Old and dirty, but already a lot better since I gave it a bit of a cleaning. I'll stock it with the tools that I do now have, and not ask the boss for tools unless I need something I don't have. Maybe I can look a bit like that construction dude from the Village People...? Except my muscles are bigger  :peepwall:  :ricky:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: immigrant on April 17, 2016, 04:38:08 am
Keep going Zog! Soak up all the experience you can - keep an eye out for opportunity. I also started at the bottom doing grunt work (sweeping floors in a saw mill) for min wage. Your'e going to have to roll with the punches for a whilst (and deal with a lot of guys like Costa Rica dude) - but they can't keep a good man down!! At the end of this year we should be debt free. Farm and house paid off. Toys and trucks all paid for cash! And it all started with $10 an hour. Got to love it!!!
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: oldmannorman on April 17, 2016, 08:10:57 am
 :sip: Thanks for my first morning read. Keep it coming.
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Oubones on April 17, 2016, 08:54:10 am
:sip: Thanks for my first morning read. Keep it coming.
:thumleft:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: SchalkL on April 17, 2016, 09:29:05 am
WOw, respect Zog. I don't think many of us lazy old bastards are willing to do what you do.
Keep it  up I enjoy every minute.
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Knucklhead on April 17, 2016, 09:50:33 am
Hello forumites from Wild Dog, and specifically this thread.

I don't have a bike....... There, I have said it!  :P
Not because I don't like them, it is purely 'cause I have never been in that "era" of bikes, or have been exposed to them.
I joined this forum, and specifically this topic as my "boetie" is Mr Zog and this is one of the ways we can stay in touch and share the adventure.
I have been reading the topic and some times I actually started getting tears in my eyes. :'( :'(
Dish, I never said this when I could have, but I take my hat off to you. I am sorry if I was not always there. You know the life of a Paramedic working abroad!
It's been more than 20 years that we know each other, and I really felt I should have done more to see you.
Good luck my buddy!!! As I know you so well, I just know that you and "Ally Cat" will make a success of it!!

Keep the stories and adventures coming!!
Who knows, I might come and visit one of these days, then I will expect a real 'merican BBQ!!
Love you buddy!!


Wow.

Guys, this is a post that brings tears to my eyes.

BoatMedic is "My brother from another Mother", he is also a paramedic. He also works away from home so that he can support his wife and two kids. We have been closest mates since 1993.

Now, listen up fuck-knuckle... go and introduce yourself to everyone first. Have you got no mucking fanners? Did I waste my time teaching you manners? Now everyone's going to think I was a tappit from Villieria before I became a redneck hillbilly down in the deep south  :peepwall:  :patch:  :imaposer:

Go gooi an intro here   http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?board=16.0 (http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?board=16.0)

Then have a look here if you are bored...  http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=124205.0 (http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=124205.0)


Anyways. I'll tell you later who the kakpraters here are...  :pot:  :sip:   I have to get on with todays post.  ;D

Fuck knuckle  ?? - you called  :lol8:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: BoatMedic on April 17, 2016, 10:01:57 am
Hello forumites from Wild Dog, and specifically this thread.

I don't have a bike....... There, I have said it!  :P
Not because I don't like them, it is purely 'cause I have never been in that "era" of bikes, or have been exposed to them.
I joined this forum, and specifically this topic as my "boetie" is Mr Zog and this is one of the ways we can stay in touch and share the adventure.
I have been reading the topic and some times I actually started getting tears in my eyes. :'( :'(
Dish, I never said this when I could have, but I take my hat off to you. I am sorry if I was not always there. You know the life of a Paramedic working abroad!
It's been more than 20 years that we know each other, and I really felt I should have done more to see you.
Good luck my buddy!!! As I know you so well, I just know that you and "Ally Cat" will make a success of it!!

Keep the stories and adventures coming!!
Who knows, I might come and visit one of these days, then I will expect a real 'merican BBQ!!
Love you buddy!!


Wow.

Guys, this is a post that brings tears to my eyes.

BoatMedic is "My brother from another Mother", he is also a paramedic. He also works away from home so that he can support his wife and two kids. We have been closest mates since 1993.

Now, listen up fuck-knuckle... go and introduce yourself to everyone first. Have you got no mucking fanners? Did I waste my time teaching you manners? Now everyone's going to think I was a tappit from Villieria before I became a redneck hillbilly down in the deep south  :peepwall:  :patch:  :imaposer:

Go gooi an intro here   http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?board=16.0 (http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?board=16.0)

Then have a look here if you are bored...  http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=124205.0 (http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=124205.0)


Anyways. I'll tell you later who the kakpraters here are...  :pot:  :sip:   I have to get on with todays post.  ;D

Fuck knuckle  ?? - you called  :lol8:

I worked very hard for that title...... We must be related..... :lol8:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on April 17, 2016, 11:39:11 am
 There are machines scattered around where you can just dump your loose coins into (charges you 10%) and it counts the coins out, separates, and give you a total.

and those machines were the brainchild of two Saffers!! :deal: :thumleft:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: grizz on April 17, 2016, 11:50:26 am
OK Boet, fix for the day done.

Just back from boot fairs, now garage time.

I like the tool let a lot, it's got propperste houding.


Yes, as immigrant said, you can do it, of course.

I came here with a bike and some clothes and fortunately a job, but it's never just easy.
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mzee on April 17, 2016, 04:17:23 pm
Excellent read.  Just good to know what other folks go through.  It seems to me you have enjoying every bit of it.
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Piet on April 17, 2016, 07:10:47 pm
Sub! :thumleft:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Herklaas on April 17, 2016, 08:04:31 pm
 :sip: Note taken!!
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on April 18, 2016, 12:55:13 am
As I said, there are many WTF moments here in the USA.

Yesterday afternoon after work we went to the mall. Inside the mall was a sporting shop. I had to take a look inside...

Dicks Sporting Goods has everything sporting for the US customer; Baseball, Football, Basketball, Hockey, Gym, Track & Field, Cycling, Fishing, Hunting, and more.

I have spoken before about the ease of purchase of firearms (long guns - handguns are different) in the USA, specifically Florida State (other states may differ). On the shelf behind the counter there were many guns. From pellet guns (both .177 and .22 caliber) to shotguns to 22 rifles, to .45 caliber hunting rifles. And all the calibers in between. I'm sure that if you wanted something that they didn't stock that they would get it for you. Fast. Service here is just incredible... (except for one exception, but thats a different story)

And ammo is freely available on the shelves, for you to touch and feel, and hold, and compare, and feel... and touch... oh my, I'm getting all weird here again  :patch:

Buying a long gun is easy. Show your drivers license (as form of ID and proof of address. Then give them the money for the gun.

Yes. That's it.

It is that simple. Show drivers license, pay, take your gun and go. And if you want ammo, take as much as you want off the shelf... pay at the till before you leave the shop.

Below are some pics of what I mean...  :thumleft:
Title: Re:
Post by: Franky3 on April 18, 2016, 01:47:04 am
I get all wierd up just reading it. What's the prices on the guns? I nean is it affordable or somewhat expensive.

Sent from my SM-J110F using Tapatalk
Title: Re:
Post by: TornadoF5 on April 18, 2016, 01:59:05 am
Hey Zog

I fell in love with the states when we were there 2 yrs ago and Florida was friggin hot!
Your approach imo is spot on hit the ground running and enjoy every moment of your new experience and no regrets.
Congrats on taking the plunge and settling in so well and a splendidly entertaining read thx keep it up
Title: Re:
Post by: Mr Zog on April 18, 2016, 02:35:36 am
I get all wierd up just reading it. What's the prices on the guns? I nean is it affordable or somewhat expensive.

Sent from my SM-J110F using Tapatalk

It all depends on what you want.

Big game, shotguns, small game.

http://www.dickssportinggoods.com/shop/index.jsp?categoryId=12233535&ab=GATOP_Link_BigGameRifles (http://www.dickssportinggoods.com/shop/index.jsp?categoryId=12233535&ab=GATOP_Link_BigGameRifles)

http://www.dickssportinggoods.com/shop/index.jsp?categoryId=12243955&ab=GATOP_Link_RimfireRifles (http://www.dickssportinggoods.com/shop/index.jsp?categoryId=12243955&ab=GATOP_Link_RimfireRifles)


You can pay several hundred dollars for a big-bore rifle, or as low as $150 for a .22. Manufacturer, and caliber all play a part.
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on April 18, 2016, 03:03:20 am
Before we even arrived in the US the missus had told me that we would be taking the dogs for walkies in the parks.

Well, the parks are not quite the same as the parks back in SA. Here the "parks"  are more Nature Reserve. Not all are dog-friendly, so one has to first check online. And its quite amazing just how jacked up the websites are.

Today we went down to the St Sebastian River park. Its a State Park  and entry is free.

https://www.floridastateparks.org/park/St-Sebastian-River (https://www.floridastateparks.org/park/St-Sebastian-River)

We parked at the start of one of the trails, took the dogglies on their leashes, and off we went. Remember that Florida is basically one massive swamp. And we have had a couple of days of good rain. So the ground is pretty wet. THe trail we chose was pretty short because the dogs are still pretty unfit (like their owners) and also because its really hot and humid, and any exercise induces severe sweating. Dehydration is a REAL concern.

The trail was good and wet, with lots of puddles and mud-pools. It wasn't long befotre we had two very wet and muddy pooches. We also saw a snake. Well, I saw the snake, and I grabbed the wife and pulled her back and in so doing pulled the Jack Russel back too.

I am not yet au fait with the identification of the local snakes, but the snake that I saw would immediately have been classified as a "Black Mamba"  back in SA. Because it was jet black, long and thin, and when it saw us it moved at quite a fast speed. I didn't take any chances, because as mentioned, I don't know the snakes of the US yet. I can ID most snakes in SA, and have no issue even catching and handling most snakes ( I have done the relevant courses in SA). But I do know enough that I should not mess with snakes that I know buggerall about. So I just let it go off into the grass, and we carried on with our walk.

Afterwards we googled it up, and it turned out to be the Eastern Indigo snake. Non-venomous, and actually quite a good pet apparently. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eastern_indigo_snake (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eastern_indigo_snake)

After the walk we loaded the two filthy muddy wet dogs into the car (I got a seat cover on the back seat, just for that reason) and drove to the end of the access road we were on. There we found some guys fishing in the St Sebastian river. They were catching mullet with a cast-net, then using the mullet as live bait above the weir. The weir separates the river from the tidal swell of the ocean. The river is a good 15 feet higher at the weir. The guys were using the salt-water mullet to fish above the weir in the fresh water for bass. Quite successfully too!

Then back in the car and off home. I did make a mental note of the spot for when my fishing rods arrive from SA...  ;D

Then I did some work in my man-cave. Then the dogs got their BATH. Now they are fast asleep. Worn out.  :lol8:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: trevorwb on April 18, 2016, 03:49:07 am
Thanks for the posts.I lived in Richmond VA back in 02.
Time for the morning pedal
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on April 19, 2016, 12:26:42 am
So I popped into the liquor store to get a bottle of Vodka. $8 for a liter... not too bad I suppose. Beers are around a dollar each. But local beer is like sex in a canoe.

Anyway, dude behind the counter was so obviously of Indian descent. And his accent told me that he hadn't been in the USA for long. So I asked him how long he had been in the USA? He told me that it was about a year and a half.

So I asked him if he was still following the IPL?

Jissis.

I thought this dude was gonna KISS me...

His face lights up... he smiles a Colgate smile... grinning like a crazy-person...

YES!!!! he replies. He does.

I asked him what channel on the TV, because I reckon that the IPL would be better watching than baseball...

He says no, not on TV. He streams it on the internet on his laptop under the counter. He asks me how I know about the IPL (he can hear my accent is also not US. I tell him I am from SA, he tells me proudly that QDK scored a century the other day!!! MAN...

Both of us half-way around the world from out home countries, and we have a common interest...

I'll try see if I can find the sites that live-stream the IPL matches here......    :ricky: :ricky: :ricky:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Oubones on April 19, 2016, 05:27:41 am
Hehe, you just made a colgate friend!
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: corne.l on April 19, 2016, 06:47:56 am
So I popped into the liquor store to get a bottle of Vodka. $8 for a liter... not too bad I suppose. Beers are around a dollar each. But local beer is like sex in a canoe.

Anyway, dude behind the counter was so obviously of Indian descent. And his accent told me that he hadn't been in the USA for long. So I asked him how long he had been in the USA? He told me that it was about a year and a half.

So I asked him if he was still following the IPL?

Jissis.

I thought this dude was gonna KISS me...

His face lights up... he smiles a Colgate smile... grinning like a crazy-person...

YES!!!! he replies. He does.

I asked him what channel on the TV, because I reckon that the IPL would be better watching than baseball...

He says no, not on TV. He streams it on the internet on his laptop under the counter. He asks me how I know about the IPL (he can hear my accent is also not US. I tell him I am from SA, he tells me proudly that QDK scored a century the other day!!! MAN...

Both of us half-way around the world from out home countries, and we have a common interest...

I'll try see if I can find the sites that live-stream the IPL matches here......    :ricky: :ricky: :ricky:

www.sportsstream.tv (http://www.sportsstream.tv)
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Quincy on April 19, 2016, 08:32:41 am
Sub
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Dirty Boy on April 19, 2016, 08:43:29 am
You have a new friend... that runs a bottle store  :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:

Things are really looking up for you  ;D
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: african dust on April 19, 2016, 10:12:27 am
hey Mr Zog,
been out of comms for a while. good to see you are finding your feet. think you have a knack to always land on your feet.
be well and keep it coming.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Tjaart88 on April 19, 2016, 11:03:34 am
Sub :sip:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Bottervet on April 19, 2016, 03:02:24 pm
Was just wondering if you also got one of those american toilets.The SA men seems to struggle with them because your tools keep on hanging in the water.  ;D ;D
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: grizz on April 19, 2016, 07:35:24 pm
Gary, you will often find your best allies are the other foreigners.

In my job, I will often have a room with 10-15 people to teach and one or none are real English.

Yup, you may have an ally in the Drankwinkel.
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: silvrav on April 19, 2016, 11:49:46 pm
 :sip:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on April 19, 2016, 11:58:28 pm
Was just wondering if you also got one of those american toilets.The SA men seems to struggle with them because your tools keep on hanging in the water.  ;D ;D

Ja!!!  WTF is it with the crappers?  Nut sack hangs in the water if you not careful.  And tottie has to be held up too...

Gotta almost stand to wipe...

Eish. Merican men must have small jobbies.  :sip:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Philemon on April 20, 2016, 10:01:55 am
 :useless:

Not necessary to send a pic of your tools or nuts just the toilet.    ;)
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: BoatMedic on April 20, 2016, 11:02:31 am
:useless:

Not necessary to send a pic of your tools or nuts just the toilet.    ;)

Don't tempt him....  >:D
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: MickeyT on April 20, 2016, 01:37:11 pm
:useless:

Not necessary to send a pic of your tools or nuts just the toilet.    ;)

Please don't post a pic of your chop hanging in the water!!!   :eek7:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Acajou on April 20, 2016, 07:17:47 pm
Was just wondering if you also got one of those american toilets.The SA men seems to struggle with them because your tools keep on hanging in the water.  ;D ;D

Ja!!!  WTF is it with the crappers?  Nut sack hangs in the water if you not careful.  And tottie has to be held up too...

Gotta almost stand to wipe...

Eish. Merican men must have small jobbies.  :sip:

Jeez I hated those toilets when I was there. Couldn't take a nice relaxing kark knowing it was floating only millimetres from my crown jewels  :eek7:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Suzukli DL on April 20, 2016, 07:33:55 pm
Mr Zog, I have just finished reading this post. Congratulations to you on starting a new life. The are many questions that I have that have been answered but I may pose a few going forward. One is what is the cost of second hand DS bikes compared to R.S.A and how far do you need to travel to get into good riding places?

It is refreshing to see people having a positive outlook on relocation as hard as it may be. Best of luck to you.
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on April 21, 2016, 04:13:25 am
:useless:

Not necessary to send a pic of your tools or nuts just the toilet.    ;)

Don't tempt him....  >:D


Ken jy vir Maasha...?  :imaposer: :imaposer: :imaposer:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on April 21, 2016, 04:23:26 am
Mr Zog, I have just finished reading this post. Congratulations to you on starting a new life. The are many questions that I have that have been answered but I may pose a few going forward. One is what is the cost of second hand DS bikes compared to R.S.A and how far do you need to travel to get into good riding places?

It is refreshing to see people having a positive outlook on relocation as hard as it may be. Best of luck to you.

The cost of second hand DS bikes is quite high. The only real DS bikes I have seen for sale locally are modes like the KLR and the XL650R. They can be had second hand for around $3000 for the KLR and about $4300 for the XL. Pretty dear if you use the current exchange rate.

But of you are living here and earning US$, you cannot use the exchange rate. You have to compare...

I can get a Brand New OUT OF THE BOX Kia Rio for around $14k.

A Ford F150 new is around $26k.

I can buy a USED F150 (about 2000 model) for about $5k.

So comparitively, its quite a lot for a used bike.


Riding... a lot of guys ride the routes under the power lines with their quads or dirt bikes. Sand, sand, more sand. There are no rocks in central Florida, its just sand. Want to learn to ride sand? Come to Florida...  >:D

The nearest power line is about 200 yards from my house. I can hear the guys riding on a weekend. Many many miles of sandy fun.

Oh, and remember that helmets are optional in Florida. So if you don't care too much about falling on your head, just wear a pair of sunnies, and feel the wind in your hair  :ricky:  :ricky:  :ricky:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on April 21, 2016, 05:01:01 am
This is a difficult post.

For emotional reasons.

I have found that people in the US are kind. They go out of their way to help others.

On Friday the Boss Man was at my house when we discussed the previous weeks'  work that I had done, and if he was happy with what I had done etc, did he want to keep me on?

Well, he asked me where my dining room table was. I told him that we didn't have one, that what he saw in the house furniture-wise, was what we had.

He said that he didn't think that we were actually that poor, that we had arrived with 2 suitcases each, and that the stuff that is coming on the ship is just 2 pallet-loads full. Our clothes, books, kitchen stuff (pots pans, crockery etc.) and my tools. But now he had seen for himself. I told him that was working to start over, a new life in a new country, from scratch.

Today I went to the company office to get my cheque. Yip, they still pay with cheque here. EFT's are JUST starting to happen, 99% of bills come in the mail, you write a cheque, stick it in an envelope, shove it in the mailbox, and wallah. Done. Pretty backward compared to SA in that respect I think.

Anyways, the boss wasn't at the office. His wife wrote out my cheque and handed it to me. It was for a LOT more than I had calculated (hours for the week at $10 hour is pretty simple. I handed the cheque back to the Boss-Man's wife, I told her that she had made a mistake, it was way too much. She just pushed it back across the desk at me, and told me that the Boss had told her that I was worth more than the $10/hour we had agreed on. He told her to pay me $13/hour.

Jissie guys.

I have been pretty poor the last few weeks. I haven't let on, but there has just been enough cash for food the last week. My wife does work, and earns cash, but we have bills to pay that we need to keep money for; Rent, internet, phone, insurance, car payment, etc. Same as everyone else. Except I was unemployed until 10 days ago. That made it really tight.

I cannot even begin to describe the emotions that I felt when I got $3 hour more than I bargained for.

But wait, as the Verimark advert says, there is more...

Boss-lady then tells me to come with her to another office. She shows me a solid oak (I think) dining room table, with 6 chairs, and a sideboard. She tells me that Boss-Man has offered it to me, because we don't have one. Not to buy, FOR FREE.

Fuck.

Thats when I got something in my eyes that irritated them.


I deposited my cheque in my bank account, and this evening the wife and I had a small treat. We had Taco Bell for dinner. Means we don't have to wash dishes, and of all the fast-food joints in the USA that I have tried so far, Taco Bell is my favourite. Then we went to Lowes http://www.lowes.com/ (http://www.lowes.com/)  where I bought some more tools that would come in really handy with my job. Just a few basics; cold chisel, shifting spanner, electrical tester, plastic tool box (leather belt tore in half - was just rotten) hack-saw blades, bug-screen tool, etc. We went to LOwes because its about the same as Home Depot, but I had a 10% off voucher for Lowes! Saved 10% on all my stuff today!! Awesome!

When we got home I packed all my tools into the cheap tool box ($15) ready for tomorrow.


I can't get over the generosity and kindness that so many people here have shown me. I have no words, I am speechless.
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on April 21, 2016, 05:14:37 am
Continuing on the "kindness"  vein...

On Saturday afternoon after work I saw my neighbour mowing his lawn. We have chatted a few times, and I have visited his workshop. It is a big garage, could fit about 6 cars. He likes to potter about with stuff...

He also offered when we just moved in to let me use his mower to cut my lawn. Well, I did score the mower I posted about, but that mower is fubar, so on Saturday I asked him if I could borrow his mower on Sunday.

Well, Sunday morning there is a knock on my door. Its Mike, he has put his weedeater at the gate to my back garden, and parked his mower there too. Mike has one of those ride-on mowers, a Husquvarna. He just left it there for me to use, whenever I was ready. Bliksem!

So I grabbed the petrol weedeater and trimmed the edges and the other spots that the mower would struggle with (like just next to the street, its like a canal there for rain-water to flow away) and then I was on the mower!!!

The wife says she looked out the window at me on the mower. Apparently I had the biggest grin on my face while mowing the lawn... I MUST HAVE A RIDE-ON MOWER!!! OMG OMG OMG!!!! Almost as lekker as riding a bike  :ricky:

So too quickly the lawn is mown. Twice. Just in case I missed a spot the first time. Then I ride it back next door to Mike. Park it in his garage, carry the weedeater back over.

Mike hands me a circular saw, they call it a "skill-saw" here. Says its mine, because he knows I could use one, he has a few already. Its a frikken RYOBI FFS!!!

Jissie guys...

I did the modification to my shed with it, and used the reclaimed rafters to make a loft-ladder. Using my new Ryobi skill-saw. And a few reclaimed 3-inch nails.

See the pics below...

People here are nice. They are really nice.
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Casting from Turd on April 21, 2016, 05:27:17 am
This is so awesome bud. You Gonna Make it  :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Sandban(g)k on April 21, 2016, 05:33:28 am
Awesome Zog!

You see, that guy you helped that day on your way home you wrote about, this is probably payback from Carmen  :biggrin:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Rynet on April 21, 2016, 06:21:15 am
Thank you Mr Zog for sharing the softer side of things, that is part of why your writing is so enjoyable. You talk from the heart. :)


I am glad you are getting help from the boss and the neighbours .  Sounds like you found a home there .  :thumleft:


 
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Eddie L on April 21, 2016, 06:47:03 am
Awesome Mr Zog. Gives one hope in these days. :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:
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Post by: Franky3 on April 21, 2016, 06:58:24 am
Thanks for sharing Mr.Zog. I'm glad there is still people like that in this world and that they are apart of your new life. The best of luck to you and your lady.

Sent from my SM-J110F using Tapatalk
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: dirtyXT on April 21, 2016, 07:01:08 am
excellent progess, well done, good to know hard work still pays off somewhere in this world. youve earnt what you getting mate.
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Sardine on April 21, 2016, 07:07:24 am
Mr. Zog, you're making me want to move to the States.

Keep it up!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Geriatrix on April 21, 2016, 07:28:00 am
Gary, from the way that you write the increase in pay was what you are worth to your boss.
Hard work, get the job done, and soon you will be foreman or even manager.

Make sure that you keep writing here!!

Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Bike_Buddies on April 21, 2016, 07:36:26 am
Nice Zog - Keep it up

Have the Boss man discussed the issuing of a van as yet ?
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: punisher on April 21, 2016, 07:48:29 am
jislaaik Zog , those pesky "eye irritants" are pesky thingies

so glad you and the missus are getting on so well , glad those savage mericans are being nice to you aswell

you are not 'going to make it " ...............  you have made it
 :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: oldmannorman on April 21, 2016, 08:23:59 am
 :sip: makes my day.
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: ROOI on April 21, 2016, 08:33:17 am
Pls as things keeps on progressing ,do not forget an update here .A lot of people rooting for U  :thumleft: Really  enjoin this thread .
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: ButtSlider on April 21, 2016, 08:35:29 am
All I can say is WOW.

You go Zoggy.  :thumleft: :sip:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Philemon on April 21, 2016, 09:59:42 am
Hey Mr Zog

Believe it or not but back here in Sefrikah the are also lotsa kind people who do lotsa kind things as well and many times all for the cost of Zero Rondts.

We also have those bugs that get into your eyes - sometimes just at the most in appropriate times.

Enjoy  :thumleft: Enjoy  :thumleft: Enjoy  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on April 21, 2016, 10:11:11 am
Zog what would be considered high hourly rate for someone working with his hands?
13 like you getting now or more?
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: MickeyT on April 21, 2016, 10:39:09 am
Man, this is such a nice thread!  Well done boet - you have earned all that generosity they are showing you.
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Oubones on April 21, 2016, 07:28:35 pm
Man, this is such a nice thread!  Well done boet - you have earned all that generosity they are showing you.
Yip, very true!
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: grizz on April 21, 2016, 08:24:32 pm
Your payday write up gave me an eye allergy   :'(

Great writing, but as mentioned, you must be worth it to him too.

Remember, in your previous life you would have been his boss, contracted him or spoken to him as an equal, you will probably find you are the most intelligent and hardworking, respectful guy on his team.
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Casting from Turd on April 21, 2016, 08:44:07 pm
Your payday write up gave me an eye allergy   :'(

Great writing, but as mentioned, you must be worth it to him too.

Remember, in your previous life you would have been his boss, contracted him or spoken to him as an equal, you will probably find you are the most intelligent and hardworking, respectful guy on his team.

Well he is a Saffer isnt he.

You show then buggers we can work boet  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on April 22, 2016, 04:00:34 am
Guys, and girls, I want to thank you all for all the replies and well-wishes from all of you. I helps a lot, especially when things get a bit tough.

Some days I really miss old SA, and today was an especially difficult one. I was at work when I heard my phone ping. My little guy sent me a whatsapp asking if we could have a Skype chat.

Shit.

No chance of that.

So I called him on Whatsapp, explained that we can only Skype on Sunday when I am off, not working. It was difficult for the 8-year old to understand, and I could hear the disappointment in his voice. I had to go sit under a tree for a few minutes to let the pesky eye-allergy pass.

I was rather upset, and maybe that's why I made a slightly skew cut on a door I was fitting, Maybe I just wasn't concentrating properly? Result is that I will have to take the door off again, and fix my fuckup. Luckily I cut skew to the RIGHT side of the line, so I don't have to buy a new door. This mistake can be fixed... I need to keep my mind on the job.

After work I needed a break. So I stopped off at a small pond behind a local mall. Nailed a really nice Bass. The cork butt section of my rod is 17 inches long, so the fish is about 18 inches I reckon. That must be about 45 cm. Not bad...  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on April 22, 2016, 04:10:40 am
Here is some of the stuff I have "scored" the last couple of weeks...

1. Foot Spa, with some vibrating attachments to massage the feet. Just needs a good cleaning.

2. Father Christmas in lights. Wife HATES it. I love it. At Christmas time it WILL go in the front window for all to see.  :biggrin:

3. Parrafin Latern. Called a "Hurricane Lamp"  here. Maybe because its what they use after a hurricane has killed all the electricity" Even still has parrafin in it.  :thumleft:

4. Multiplug. The plugs here are strange. Even the way they wire a house is different to the way we do it in SA. I'll explain another day...

5. Curtain Rail hooks. I needed a curtain in the spare bedroom, and right now the rail is an old broomstick  :imaposer:  but hey, it works!
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on April 22, 2016, 04:17:32 am
More STuff...

1. Small drill. It only has a 10mm chuck, and gets quite hot if I run it for too long (like with the wire brush), but I'll open it up the weekend and have a look. Maybe something small, like needs some lube/grease?

2. WD40, Spray paint, primer. Very handy in such a corrosive atmosphere.

3. A broom for my man-cave (the handle is currently the one holding a curtain up) and a Squiffer. Like a broom, but different. Very popular here...

4. Cooler, like a car-fridge. Also can heat up stuff. Cleaned up and tested, it works. For best results, put already-cold stuff in it, then it stays cold.

5. Sideboard/secretary. A bad job of restoration has already been attempted by a previous owner. But I reckon I can sort it out, and make it look good again.
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on April 22, 2016, 04:22:06 am
But the best thing about today.

I received my "Green Card"!!!

I was told that it would take 120 days after arrival in the country for it to get to me.

Well, it arrived at the address I originally gave on the 1-month anniversary of the day I arrived in the USA. 16 April. It was then forward-mailed to me here. It arrived here today.

Did I mention that things here just WORK?  :biggrin:  :ricky:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: frankmac on April 22, 2016, 04:55:25 am
Congratulations
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Oubones on April 22, 2016, 05:25:00 am
Congrats, so do now call you Mr Mericano?
You make us proud!
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Ian in Great Brak River on April 22, 2016, 06:08:33 am
Mr. Z, just read every word of this thread, each and every reply from the beginning... all 25 episodes.

You are to be congratulated Sir for being the good person you so clearly are, Charlotte and I are just across the Gulf Stream on New Providence Island. If you and your wife are ever in the Bahamas in Nassau,  please PM me as we would love to have you two at our humble little abode for a day of kuier en kak praat as only we Safricans can. It would be our pleasure.

Take care and all the best to you both.

Ian  8)
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: 1ougat on April 22, 2016, 06:34:41 am
Jup .... jou are a picker .... so on to your own reality show ... ok this thread is one already  :biggrin: :biggrin:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: woody1 on April 22, 2016, 07:10:51 am
Well done again Gary.  Does your wife have a sister ?
Looks like the easy / quick way into USA.  :imaposer:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Old fart on April 22, 2016, 07:48:51 am
Good reading.   :biggrin:  Congrats on your green card.
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: ButtSlider on April 22, 2016, 08:58:39 am
Congrats Gary.  :thumleft:

Respect.  ;)
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: oldmannorman on April 22, 2016, 08:59:44 am
Congrats, now you can start perfecting the accent.  :imaposer:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: ktmmer on April 22, 2016, 10:48:45 am
There is a mistake on your green card.




Where it say's sex the answer should have been :                                             PLEASE
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: BoatMedic on April 22, 2016, 11:07:11 am
Fan-F%&*^ing-Tastic Dish!!!
You made it.
Since I have known you, you have always been a "go-getter".
Completing various courses in your life where others thought you would not do it!!
Well done my Boetie!!! Well F&^%ing done!!!!

This is living proof that what you sow you shall reap, and you obviously have sown tremendously!!!!
Shit, there is some "stuff" in my eyes!!!  :'( :'(
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: bud500 on April 22, 2016, 11:34:52 am
Congrats Zog!

What sort of topics are covered in that brochure for new immigrants?
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: silvrav on April 22, 2016, 01:19:07 pm
Congrats Zog!

What sort of topics are covered in that brochure for new immigrants?

How to not be a twatwaffle and perfect the ascent  :spitcoffee:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: bud500 on April 22, 2016, 01:56:19 pm
Congrats Zog!

What sort of topics are covered in that brochure for new immigrants?

How to not be a twatwaffle and perfect the ascent  :spitcoffee:

 :lol8:

As well as the plethora of uses for phrases such as:

Oh my gawd, or " I will go ahead and do...."
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: windswept on April 22, 2016, 03:54:30 pm
Lekker fred Mr Zog. From reading this and the fred of grizz, seems the Yanks are not such bad okes as a lot of Saffers like to say. :thumleft:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: grizz on April 22, 2016, 11:09:59 pm
Lekker fred Mr Zog. From reading this and the fred of grizz, seems the Yanks are not such bad okes as a lot of Saffers like to say. :thumleft:

Problem is there are a lot of dwisses out there.

What goes around certainly comes around.

I am really thankful Zog is getting on with stuff and scoring good chit.
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: silvrav on April 22, 2016, 11:15:10 pm
 :sip: :peepwall: :patch:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on April 23, 2016, 02:26:19 am
Congrats Zog!

What sort of topics are covered in that brochure for new immigrants?

I'll scan it and post it. In due course...  :sip:  :lol8:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on April 23, 2016, 02:33:48 am
Today's bargain buy?


Well, working as a handyman is good. But I do need to get my own tools. I have a lot of tools coming with my personal stuff on the ship, but for some of the stuff I cannot wait another 6 weeks or so, and then also remember that I had to sell all of my electrical equipment because the voltage here differs.

So I was looking at the battery-powered hand tools. Electric screwdriver (use it all the time, as in Every Single Day), drill (use it at least 4 times a week), rip-saw (use it for a multitude of uses, like demolition, drywall cutting, tree trimming, etc). Home Depot and Lowes have specials, buy the set of tools for around $200. Then you buy the battery packs for about $189.

Today I was offered a set of used DeWalt 18volt tools. Apparently they all work, but the seller didn't have a battery or charger. So I gotta buy one to be able to use them. I'll buy a battery next week on payday.

I paid $30 for the set...  8)
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: silvrav on April 23, 2016, 02:35:58 am
Nice Mr. Zog!  And its de walt nogal  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on April 23, 2016, 02:40:49 am
I also found an old hack-saw at one of the houses I cleared out. Nobody else wanted it because it was a bit corroded and ugly-looking.

I stripped it down, cleaned it up, gave it a bit of a rust-removal, and a light sanding. Then a coat of that primer that I found. It doesn't need a top-coat. Looks fine just as it is!

Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on April 23, 2016, 02:41:44 am
Nice Mr. Zog!  And its de walt nogal  :thumleft:

Yip. Should be a good quality...  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: silvrav on April 23, 2016, 02:54:06 am
Nice Mr. Zog!  And its de walt nogal  :thumleft:

Yip. Should be a good quality...  :thumleft:
And that hack looks brand new.  Nicely done mr.  Zog!  Maybr you can start tool restoration as a side line
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on April 23, 2016, 03:14:40 am
Nice Mr. Zog!  And its de walt nogal  :thumleft:

Yip. Should be a good quality...  :thumleft:
And that hack looks brand new.  Nicely done mr.  Zog!  Maybr you can start tool restoration as a side line

I wish, but there is no money in second-hand tools, as you would have seen from my previous post.

I'll grab the DeWalt tools Sat afternoon after work, or maybe Sunday and give them a cleaning and a service...
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Sardine on April 23, 2016, 07:12:54 am
Nice Mr. Zog!  And its de walt nogal  :thumleft:

Yip. Should be a good quality...  :thumleft:
And that hack looks brand new.  Nicely done mr.  Zog!  Maybr you can start tool restoration as a side line

I wish, but there is no money in second-hand tools, as you would have seen from my previous post.

I'll grab the DeWalt tools Sat afternoon after work, or maybe Sunday and give them a cleaning and a service...

+1 on the saw looking brand new.
What about furniture restoration?

Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: KiLRoy on April 23, 2016, 07:18:03 am
I have the Makita 18v range. Fantasitic tools.  Will someday buy the 36v drill for concrete use.  But the Dewalts are sweet too. Batteries are expensive, but so are the tools.  Any case the batteries have a limited lifespan

How do you service them?
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Gene on April 23, 2016, 08:23:22 am
I have the Makita 18v range. Fantasitic tools.  Will someday buy the 36v drill for concrete use.  But the Dewalts are sweet too. Batteries are expensive, but so are the tools.  Any case the batteries have a limited lifespan

How do you service them?
Jy check net die "brushes" en bearings  en maak skoon.....
Hey Mr Zog , nice thread , ek het ook die  "de walt" boor , jy kort net een battery vir daai hele stel, ok 2 is beter as jy heeldag boor, die goed breek nooit....
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: immigrant on April 23, 2016, 08:46:07 am
I have the Makita 18v range. Fantasitic tools.  Will someday buy the 36v drill for concrete use.  But the Dewalts are sweet too. Batteries are expensive, but so are the tools.  Any case the batteries have a limited lifespan

How do you service them?
Jy check net die "brushes" en bearings  en maak skoon.....
Hey Mr Zog , nice thread , ek het ook die  "de walt" boor , jy kort net een battery vir daai hele stel, ok 2 is beter as jy heeldag boor, die goed breek nooit....
Hy gaan 2 verskillende tipes batterye nodig he vir daai stel.
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: grizz on April 23, 2016, 09:59:30 am
In the UK, I would say De Walt leads for site tools.

What you did on the hacksaw light resto is what will make you rich.

People walk by money all the time.

I suspect the relaxing nature and Zen you experienced cleaning up the old saw is worth money too, but everything else was free........

Well done.

The next trick is to either buy a wood saw blade for it, to make it multi purpose, or do what my dad used to do...... Find an old broken bandsaw blade, drill holes to make it into a hacksaw blade, like in the middle saw.

I never bought any of these saws, including the Bahco in the front of the pic, which I must say is a beautifully balanced tool.

My dad gave me the middle one about 30 years ago, and it still works.

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/2015%20Continues/image_zpsjmfzdtka.jpeg) (http://s294.photobucket.com/user/niknakpix/media/2015%20Continues/image_zpsjmfzdtka.jpeg.html)


Some of my garden/wood saws.

Not one bought new, all picked up where they were thrown away, except for the bandsaw my dad gave me, and one bow saw he gave me, that he had found where someone had moved out of a house.

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/2015%20Continues/image_zpspc4fo4ud.jpeg) (http://s294.photobucket.com/user/niknakpix/media/2015%20Continues/image_zpspc4fo4ud.jpeg.html)


This thread has now become my favourite stop over every day.

Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on April 24, 2016, 05:10:31 am
I have a thing about tools...

Some guys will go to Teazers to get their rocks off. I go to the hardware store  :peepwall:  :patch:

A good tool is the right one for the job. It may not have been designed for that specific purpose, but it gets the job done properly. I like those sorts of tools.

Today's restoration project was a bit different. When we moved into the house we are renting there was a nice workbench in the garage. Or so I thought...

It is rotten. The bugs have eaten it away, and continue to do so. As evidenced by the holes in the wood, and the droppings (bugshit) on the lower shelf.
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on April 24, 2016, 05:18:55 am
The first order of business was to remove the table-surface. It was obviously added later, as it does not fit in with the original style of the bench. Then I sprayed bug-spray (Doom) all over the table. Then I added some ant-powder. If its termites then they are family of ants (aren't they?) and so they should also DIE MUTHAFUKA from the powder. The powder is what we use to kill the Fire Ants in the garden.

Remind me to tell y'all about Fire Ants and Sammy (tard-waffle)

Then I used a piece of the wood that I removed from the loft to make a new surface. Fastened it down with a few dry-wall self-tappers.

Then I painted it. I found some tins of paint in the garden shed that were left over from painting the house. So I used some of that, because it was free. I even got artsy and gave it a two-tone finish  :biggrin:

Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: evansv on April 24, 2016, 05:21:44 am
Looks cool :thumleft: You missed out the blue!
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: BoatMedic on April 24, 2016, 05:23:31 am
OCD much......? :imaposer: :imaposer: :imaposer: :imaposer:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Geriatrix on April 24, 2016, 07:50:50 am
If its termites then they are family of ants (aren't they?) and so they should also DIE MUTHAFUKA from the powder.
Termites are highly specialised cockroaches, not related to ants at all.
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Ama ride ride on April 24, 2016, 08:10:59 am
If its termites then they are family of ants (aren't they?) and so they should also DIE MUTHAFUKA from the powder.
Termites are highly specialised cockroaches, not related to ants at all.

I learned something today :thumleft:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: hedleyj on April 24, 2016, 08:25:08 am
Zog

With your talents and passion in mind there is one thing you need to learn LISTEN....  :imaposer:

Your writing talents are being wasted
Your hand skills are going to be wasted
Your energy levels need to be rewarded

Please consider penning your stories (Schalk has done it with his book, btw would you like a copy, I will sponsor the book we just need to get it to you)
There are so many Merikans that make a living out of restoration. When done properly with your skills and passion. Start small, after hours and grow from there. 

You are actually more of and inspiration to others than, than even you realize.

 
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Oubones on April 24, 2016, 08:29:23 am
Zog

With your talents and passion in mind there is one thing you need to learn LISTEN....  :imaposer:

Your writing talents are being wasted
Your hand skills are going to be wasted
Your energy levels need to be rewarded

Please consider penning your stories (Schalk has done it with his book, btw would you like a copy, I will sponsor the book we just need to get it to you)
There are so many Merikans that make a living out of restoration. When done properly with your skills and passion. Start small, after hours and grow from there. 



You are actually more of and inspiration to others than, than even you realize.

 

I will second that! :thumleft:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: J-dog on April 24, 2016, 08:38:03 am
Zog

With your talents and passion in mind there is one thing you need to learn LISTEN....  :imaposer:

Your writing talents are being wasted
Your hand skills are going to be wasted
Your energy levels need to be rewarded

Please consider penning your stories (Schalk has done it with his book, btw would you like a copy, I will sponsor the book we just need to get it to you)
There are so many Merikans that make a living out of restoration. When done properly with your skills and passion. Start small, after hours and grow from there. 

You are actually more of and inspiration to others than, than even you realize.

 

Agree!
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Coxwain on April 24, 2016, 08:51:46 am
+1000000     :thumleft:
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Post by: Wayne on April 24, 2016, 10:11:58 am
What they all said

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Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Oshkosh on April 24, 2016, 01:08:43 pm
Nice to see you getting along Mr. Z, all the best Forward!! :thumleft:
Bought these replacement Batteries for my 2 x Dewalt Drilling Machines from AliExpress
Cheaper than the price for one battery from the agents with Import & Delivery charges included.
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: jaybiker on April 24, 2016, 01:32:19 pm
Zog

With your talents and passion in mind there is one thing you need to learn LISTEN....  :imaposer:

Your writing talents are being wasted
Your hand skills are going to be wasted
Your energy levels need to be rewarded

Please consider penning your stories (Schalk has done it with his book, btw would you like a copy, I will sponsor the book we just need to get it to you)
There are so many Merikans that make a living out of restoration. When done properly with your skills and passion. Start small, after hours and grow from there. 

You are actually more of and inspiration to others than, than even you realize.

 




You might even get your own TV show!
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Gene on April 24, 2016, 09:06:58 pm
Zog

With your talents and passion in mind there is one thing you need to learn LISTEN....  :imaposer:

Your writing talents are being wasted
Your hand skills are going to be wasted
Your energy levels need to be rewarded

Please consider penning your stories (Schalk has done it with his book, btw would you like a copy, I will sponsor the book we just need to get it to you)
There are so many Merikans that make a living out of restoration. When done properly with your skills and passion. Start small, after hours and grow from there. 
 Also agree, there is a Saffer living in North Carolina for a few years now , he was prohibited to work to work for 5 years actually went with his SA wife who got a job there , so he started restoring bikes, he got a co. Called "Moto Motivo" and is really doing well, check his website.
So yes we saffers can do it better....

You are actually more of and inspiration to others than, than even you realize.

 
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on April 25, 2016, 03:22:39 am
I have the Makita 18v range. Fantasitic tools.  Will someday buy the 36v drill for concrete use.  But the Dewalts are sweet too. Batteries are expensive, but so are the tools.  Any case the batteries have a limited lifespan

How do you service them?
Jy check net die "brushes" en bearings  en maak skoon.....
Hey Mr Zog , nice thread , ek het ook die  "de walt" boor , jy kort net een battery vir daai hele stel, ok 2 is beter as jy heeldag boor, die goed breek nooit....
Hy gaan 2 verskillende tipes batterye nodig he vir daai stel.

True, well spotted.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on April 25, 2016, 03:26:18 am
Congrats Zog!

What sort of topics are covered in that brochure for new immigrants?

I'll scan it and post it. In due course...  :sip:  :lol8:

I scanned it, but now the scan is too big to post.

I'll try take a pic and resize the pic. Another day. :sip:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on April 25, 2016, 03:37:27 am
I had to do a small job for liefie today. And a big job.

The small job was to rehang the hooks at the front door. The hooks are meant to hold a potted plant each, but before I got hold of them they would not even support their own weight. They were at the point of rusting away and the loose wall plugs meant that they would come crashing down the moment anything was hung from them.

So I took them down, scraped off the old loose paint, gave them a light sanding, then a coat of the rust-inhibiting primer.

After that they got a coat of the left-over red/pink paint that the house is painted with.

I had to get some wall-plugs and screws from Home Depot. There were two boxes that I had to choose between; a box with about 10 plugs, 10 screws, and a masonry drill bit for $7. Or a box with 50 plugs, 50 screws, and two masonry drills of different sizes in for $8.

Guess which box I chose...

Right. I got the "Made in China"  one... fukken drill bent like a pretzel when I tried to drill through the Stucco (plaster for the SA guys).

Anyways, I made another plan with a 3" steel screw, a hammer, and a lot of swearing. Got the job done and flower baskets hanging. (pics of hanging baskets not taken. Forgot. Sorry.
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on April 25, 2016, 03:43:36 am
I'm getting scared.

I stripped the small drill down. Last nut and screw type strip-down. The chuck is buggered, the one tooth is protruding more than the other two. I need a 3" No 10 Torx bit to loosen the bolt at the bottom of the inside of the chuck, but I can't find one. The one I have is 2" and just too short. I may have to take it to a repair-place downtown to get it sorted out.

I hope I can get it reassembled properly when I get the chuck sorted...  :peepwall:

When I started opening it up I found that it was badly contaminated with dust and sand and whatever grit. So I kept on stripping it until I got all the crap out. I washed it all in some petrol, then a quick spot of WD40 to prevent rust until I can get it reassembled again. I also got a tube of grease for the reassembly...
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on April 25, 2016, 03:47:07 am
Its also very nice having drywall in the man-cave. If you wanna stick something up on the wall you just pin it with a drawing pin  :biggrin:

Note the coupons for the tool shop. They have a massive sale over the Mothers day Weekend. I'll be visiting them...  >:D
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Rynet on April 25, 2016, 05:13:44 am
Its also very nice having drywall in the man-cave. If you wanna stick something up on the wall you just pin it with a drawing pin  :biggrin:

Note the coupons for the tool shop. They have a massive sale over the Mothers day Weekend. I'll be visiting them...  >:D


Do you have to wear a dress to qualify for the discount ?   >:D

I enjoy your positive and can-do attitude and admire your resolution to making things better like tools , chores and Americans .  :biggrin:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on April 26, 2016, 03:15:21 am
Its also very nice having drywall in the man-cave. If you wanna stick something up on the wall you just pin it with a drawing pin  :biggrin:

Note the coupons for the tool shop. They have a massive sale over the Mothers day Weekend. I'll be visiting them...  >:D


Do you have to wear a dress to qualify for the discount ?   >:D

I enjoy your positive and can-do attitude and admire your resolution to making things better like tools , chores and Americans .  :biggrin:

Skattie, I'd wear a dress and a feather boa too, if I had to....  :peepwall:

On the back side of the flyer there are more specials too. And I aim to make the most of them. Stuff at less 80%! Like originally $99, now selling at $19,99....

Hell, I'd even dress like Tannie Evita...  :lol8:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on April 26, 2016, 03:43:02 am
Its also very nice having drywall in the man-cave. If you wanna stick something up on the wall you just pin it with a drawing pin  :biggrin:

Note the coupons for the tool shop. They have a massive sale over the Mothers day Weekend. I'll be visiting them...  >:D
I enjoy your positive and can-do attitude and admire your resolution to making things better like tools , chores and Americans .  :biggrin:

Do I have a choice?

I mean, really? Do I have a choice?


Yes, I could sit on my bum and drink rum and cry about it all.

Or I could get on a plane and fly home. Start over again in a country where I know how everything works, use a few contacts and get a good job, and be back on my feet in a year or two. But where is the challenge in that?

The way I see it; I can either sit and wait for stuff to fall into my lap, or I can get off my arse and go get that stuff that I want.

Sitting waiting just isn't an option.

So I really don't have an option. I just gotta go out there every day, and prove to everyone that I'm better than the rest.

Like today. Refurbishing a house that was vacated and left not just like a pig-sty, but broken and fubar too. I measured up all 10 windows, because all the blinds were broken. Clips snapped off, the hanging bits broken, the "twisty" bits missing... etc.

Went with the boss to Home Depot. Average price on the blinds were around $60 each. Varied because of size, length. etc.

Got back to the house, and I ask boss if I can try sort some of the old blinds out. Make them work again. Boss says ok as long as they look good too, as new tenants will want good proper working blinds.

At the end of the day I replaced just 4 of the 10 blinds. The rest I "made a plan" with. And it didn't take any much longer than installing the new blinds would have taken. So no loss due to labour time etc. Tomorrow Boss will return 6 blinds to Home Depot for credit, around $360 in savings. Thats almost my weeks wages. I know he's gonna like that...

Why do I make the effort to stuff like that? Well because I figure that if I put myself in the Boss's shoes, that I'd like to have an employee like me. Simple really.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Rynet on April 26, 2016, 04:08:03 am
Its also very nice having drywall in the man-cave. If you wanna stick something up on the wall you just pin it with a drawing pin  :biggrin:

Note the coupons for the tool shop. They have a massive sale over the Mothers day Weekend. I'll be visiting them...  >:D


Do you have to wear a dress to qualify for the discount ?   >:D

I enjoy your positive and can-do attitude and admire your resolution to making things better like tools , chores and Americans .  :biggrin:

Skattie, I'd wear a dress and a feather boa too, if I had to....  :peepwall:

On the back side of the flyer there are more specials too. And I aim to make the most of them. Stuff at less 80%! Like originally $99, now selling at $19,99....

Hell, I'd even dress like Tannie Evita...  :lol8:
:imaposer: I can just picture it , please pot pics of you on the Big Dress day   :biggrin: >:D

And yes that's what I also loved about America , the amazing bargains and sales.  It is exciting .  :ricky:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Rynet on April 26, 2016, 04:13:49 am
Its also very nice having drywall in the man-cave. If you wanna stick something up on the wall you just pin it with a drawing pin  :biggrin:

Note the coupons for the tool shop. They have a massive sale over the Mothers day Weekend. I'll be visiting them...  >:D
I enjoy your positive and can-do attitude and admire your resolution to making things better like tools , chores and Americans .  :biggrin:

Do I have a choice?

I mean, really? Do I have a choice?


Yes, I could sit on my bum and drink rum and cry about it all.

Or I could get on a plane and fly home. Start over again in a country where I know how everything works, use a few contacts and get a good job, and be back on my feet in a year or two. But where is the challenge in that?

The way I see it; I can either sit and wait for stuff to fall into my lap, or I can get off my arse and go get that stuff that I want.

Sitting waiting just isn't an option.

So I really don't have an option. I just gotta go out there every day, and prove to everyone that I'm better than the rest.

Like today. Refurbishing a house that was vacated and left not just like a pig-sty, but broken and fubar too. I measured up all 10 windows, because all the blinds were broken. Clips snapped off, the hanging bits broken, the "twisty" bits missing... etc.

Went with the boss to Home Depot. Average price on the blinds were around $60 each. Varied because of size, length. etc.

Got back to the house, and I ask boss if I can try sort some of the old blinds out. Make them work again. Boss says ok as long as they look good too, as new tenants will want good proper working blinds.

At the end of the day I replaced just 4 of the 10 blinds. The rest I "made a plan" with. And it didn't take any much longer than installing the new blinds would have taken. So no loss due to labour time etc. Tomorrow Boss will return 6 blinds to Home Depot for credit, around $360 in savings. Thats almost my weeks wages. I know he's gonna like that...

Why do I make the effort to stuff like that? Well because I figure that if I put myself in the Boss's shoes, that I'd like to have an employee like me. Simple really.  :thumleft:

Well done , you make us South Africans here at home proud .  When I travelled and worked my ways around some countries eg USA , UK , Greece I was always told that people liked South Africans to work for them as they are hard working ,have a can-do attitude, are street wise , resilient , resourceful and yet still quite respectful of employers .  It is nice to see that you do justice to our country and you have a great attitude , you will go far . Another think I like about the states. Unlike eg the UK where you are branded for life on where you grew up and went to school , in USA if you have the skills and attitude that you have you can go far , you can build yourself up from nothing and go as far in your career as you want, there is no glass ceiling . Hard work in America pays off . Well done  .  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: evansv on April 26, 2016, 05:02:06 am
Zoggy - you've got the right attitude dude & deserve to go far :thumleft:

America is one of those countries that rewards hard work! Keep it up!


Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Kykdaar on April 26, 2016, 08:06:37 am
Saw your bike at Runner's  :peepwall: :pot:

When you planning to buy your first Harley and go to Sturgis?

Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: grizz on April 26, 2016, 08:19:07 am
Great post on the blinds.

I would do the same.

You win again.
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: woody1 on April 26, 2016, 08:46:04 am
Do you measure in inches or mm ?
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on April 26, 2016, 09:17:55 am
Do you measure in inches or mm ?
I'd like to know the answer to this one!!
I could not learn their ancient lengths.
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: woody1 on April 26, 2016, 10:12:06 am
Selfde hier.  Hulle is regte sukkelaars.  :imaposer:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: oldmannorman on April 26, 2016, 11:49:36 am
 :sip: You fit the saying, "Boer maak 'n plan" with the blinds. Millionaire in the making.
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on April 26, 2016, 11:52:45 am
Zog a friend's daughter married a USAer and they live in New York. They do floors.
Just the two of them on the job and they do very well. Work when they want to and take off when they want to. You must work towards somethin like that. Specialize in a field. :deal:
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Post by: Franky3 on April 26, 2016, 12:54:30 pm
Mr Zog. I would like to meet you and shake your hand. You are an inspiration. All the best to you.

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Post by: silvrav on April 26, 2016, 02:42:59 pm
Mr Zog. I would like to meet you and shake your hand. You are an inspiration. All the best to you.

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Start riding...you got far to go  :lol8:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: FrancoisTz on April 26, 2016, 02:48:48 pm
That is the style, make it work, wherever you are.
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: badballie on April 26, 2016, 03:40:50 pm
Howzit Mr Zog, just read all 28 pages - awesome bud  :thumleft:

All the best going forward over there  ;D
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: immigrant on April 26, 2016, 03:48:51 pm
Do you measure in inches or mm ?
I'd like to know the answer to this one!!
I could not learn their ancient lengths.
Inches
Feet
Miles
US gallon
Fl oz ( fluid ounces. 12 fl oz in a can of "soda")
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: woody1 on April 26, 2016, 03:57:42 pm
Can you buy NOTHING in metric ?
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Post by: Tom van Brits on April 26, 2016, 05:12:24 pm
Mooi Gary, bly om te sien dit gaan goed met julle!

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Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: SmuGS on April 26, 2016, 07:30:49 pm
Can he sing the Star Spangled Banner yet..? Oh and what does petrol cost there by the way..??
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on April 26, 2016, 09:55:38 pm
Can you buy NOTHING in metric ?

I aint found nothing metric yet...  :-\
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on April 26, 2016, 09:59:23 pm
Can he sing the Star Spangled Banner yet..? Oh and what does petrol cost there by the way..??

Petrol is called gas here. And you gotta pump it yourself.

Latest price is 1,99 per gallon.

US gallon. Just under 4 liters.
Title: Re: Re: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: HarryDieStrandloper on April 26, 2016, 10:23:03 pm
Can he sing the Star Spangled Banner yet..? Oh and what does petrol cost there by the way..??

Petrol is called gas here. And you gotta pump it yourself.

Latest price is 1,99 per gallon.

US gallon. Just under 4 liters.
Dat is cheap, send some over.

Strongs, you're doing good.
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on April 26, 2016, 10:26:49 pm
I have a story about ray cism to share. But later. Im gonna go fishing in the pond now. I need to unwind a bit first.  :sip:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on April 27, 2016, 03:11:24 am
I did go fishing, after I had a nap. Suddenly my batteries died and I slept for about 45 minutes on the sofa. Not something I do very often.

I caught 1 smallish Bass, was good fun.



The story about the ray ciss...

As I may have mentioned before, most of the people here are ray-cissts. Most are openly so. The following story illustrates:

I was working at a house today, cleaning up the kitchen that was in a disgusting condition. How people can live like that, quite obviously never cleaning their microwave, stove, oven, fridge or cabinets is beyond me.

A black couple accompanied by a realtor agent arrive to have a look at the house with an eye on possibly renting it. Another contractor, doing a different job in the house was also there. The realtor showed the couple around the house, and they spoke to each other in a different language when they discussed the house.

After they left, the contractor dude had a few things to say to a colleague of mine (who happens to be of a slightly darker shade of pale, but not black)

I'll try to reproduce parts of the conversation as closely as I can remember them.

Contractor Dude: "Dem dere jungle bunnies always fucks up dees here houses"
Other Dude "Yaa, dey should fuck-off back where dey comes from man"
Contractor Dude "And when deys start dat dere "jungle-speak" den I jus get real pissed off man"
Other Dude "Yaa, its jus squeek squeek squeek blah blah blah..."

What is the irony here?

Well, other dude is like me, an immigrant. From South America. Saying that other immigrants should fuck off...  

And the language they were speaking? French. Must have been a Haitian couple...  First time I have heard French referred to as "jungle-speak"... ignorant fuck.
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: grizz on April 27, 2016, 08:20:02 am
I did go fishing, after I had a nap. Suddenly my batteries died and I slept for about 45 minutes on the sofa. Not something I do very often.

I caught 1 smallish Bass, was good fun.



The story about the ray ciss...

As I may have mentioned before, most of the people here are ray-cissts. Most are openly so. The following story illustrates:

I was working at a house today, cleaning up the kitchen that was in a disgusting condition. How people can live like that, quite obviously never cleaning their microwave, stove, oven, fridge or cabinets is beyond me.

A black couple accompanied by a realtor agent arrive to have a look at the house with an eye on possibly renting it. Another contractor, doing a different job in the house was also there. The realtor showed the couple around the house, and they spoke to each other in a different language when they discussed the house.

After they left, the contractor dude had a few things to say to a colleague of mine (who happens to be of a slightly darker shade of pale, but not black)

I'll try to reproduce parts of the conversation as closely as I can remember them.

Contractor Dude: "Dem dere jungle bunnies always fucks up dees here houses"
Other Dude "Yaa, dey should fuck-off back where dey comes from man"
Contractor Dude "And when deys start dat dere "jungle-speak" den I jus get real pissed off man"
Other Dude "Yaa, its jus squeek squeek squeek blah blah blah..."

What is the irony here?

Well, other dude is like me, an immigrant. From South America. Saying that other immigrants should fuck off...  

And the language they were speaking? French. Must have been a Haitian couple...  First time I have heard French referred to as "jungle-speak"... ignorant fuck.

How very true.

Just to bust the bubble even further, even here, the English, married to foreigners will still refer to other foreigners in less than nice ways. Some of them have very good reason to do so, but I guess it will always be the case.

Glad you caught a little fish, always beats not catching anything.
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Tom van Brits on April 27, 2016, 11:19:49 am
Back in the day i was working in Iraq and Afgh for Amerikan employers and clients. No matter how proffesional we were, they always knew better and I have a big suprise for SA guys who thought our mixed breed of Dutch/French/Irish and whatever else are short tempered and rude at times. Nothing can compare to the loud and rude nature of these guys and they had no time for us. We were doengraded from DOD (department of defence officers) to TCN (Thrird country nationals like the Pilippinos etc)

No matter what happened, when we were taking bullets (real bullets) they were kyibg down crying (not all but nost of them) and then they will come of with excuses that does not make sens but a day kater tou will hear them gossip about the stupid south africans and that they could have handeled it better and bla bla bla. Many of us friends were fire for sometimes (not backchatting) standing up for us SA okes.

In the end we smiled and waved: yes sir thanyou sir" We needed the money and sonetimes we came across very nice clients but they were not openly nice....only when there were no brothers to see. Still.....we need them money and I also got to lòk past the kak remarks and loved their country and even some sport and traditions. We SA okes can adapt very well.....and i woukd bot mind livibg there as well but no change. I have tried and apparenrly to old for harvesring cobtracts etc.

So Gary I hear the irony. Lucky you have your wife but if i am not mistaken she is from Germany origionally?

In the end my although you do not beed it ny sypathy is with you because just like you i am a sa paramedic and cant find work in our country (unless i am willing to work for R12k a month before deductions and eork 13 hour shifts. You know how hard we work (also togheter - you were at some stage my senior medic at Moot 911) and we have done many calls togheter. You will always be a friend no matter the distance, and respect.

Point i wanna make, we need to work abroad as medics to make a reasonable income, and that is why you eventually had to put you talent down as an highly qualified ALS Paramedic abd settle for work as a handy man. I have a lot of respect for you sir, you are a man. I am sitting 7 monts doen the line since i got of the SA Agalhus without work. I will not settle for SA  ambulance work (yet) and will keep lookibg for any opporturnety that comes up  even if i need to drop my medical licence for good.

Keep well Gary and regards to tour missus

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Post by: Tom van Brits on April 27, 2016, 11:24:21 am
Ps...sorry for the zillion misspells resulting from my touch screen. I am not going to edit. It should be readable :)

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Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: KiLRoy on April 27, 2016, 11:28:31 am
Hey Tom, eks more in Harties vir n paar dae - kom se hello?
Title: Re: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Tom van Brits on April 27, 2016, 12:00:10 pm
Hey Tom, eks more in Harties vir n paar dae - kom se hello?
Pm my adres dan maak ons so!

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Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Herklaas on April 27, 2016, 12:05:40 pm
 :sip: Kan ek ook kom kuier, siende dat jy dink ek het jou 'n watsenaam genoem, dan kan ons 'n dop drink en op maak.  :spitcoffee:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Jabus on April 27, 2016, 12:12:58 pm
You can't keep a good man down!  Keep going Gary!
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: 1ougat on April 27, 2016, 02:36:55 pm
Wel as dit daar rof gaan jy sal altyd welkom wees hier  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Captain Zef on April 27, 2016, 07:20:23 pm
Can he sing the Star Spangled Banner yet..? Oh and what does petrol cost there by the way..??

Petrol is called gas here. And you gotta pump it yourself.

Latest price is 1,99 per gallon.

US gallon. Just under 4 liters.

3.8 liters to be precise.
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Captain Zef on April 27, 2016, 07:23:53 pm
Can you buy NOTHING in metric ?

I aint found nothing metric yet...  :-\

I work at a big engineering company in Detroit.
We use everything metric.
We only use Imperial while doing rough measurements for frames or brackets, etc.

Most tool shops will sell metric.
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Sardine on April 27, 2016, 08:13:59 pm
Can he sing the Star Spangled Banner yet..? Oh and what does petrol cost there by the way..??

Petrol is called gas here. And you gotta pump it yourself.

Latest price is 1,99 per gallon.

US gallon. Just under 4 liters.

3.8 liters to be precise.

3.785l  :P
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Post by: ExploreSA on April 27, 2016, 08:25:47 pm
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Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Ian in Great Brak River on April 27, 2016, 10:02:37 pm
Can you buy NOTHING in metric ?

I aint found nothing metric yet...  :-\

I work at a big engineering company in Detroit.
We use everything metric.
We only use Imperial while doing rough measurements for frames or brackets, etc.

Most tool shops will sell metric.

As is the US Dollar.
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: silvrav on April 27, 2016, 11:47:42 pm
 :peepwall:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on April 28, 2016, 01:11:18 am
Today's haul:
1 x muffin baking tray
1 x Oven pan
1 x large (about the size of a loaf of bread) plastic container
2 x  4-foot florescent tube lights

I'll use the lights to give more light to my man-cave. Its a bit dim for these old eyes...

and the muffin tray is great for putting screws and things in when stripping stuff...

the oven pan is nice for washing stuff in with petrol

and I'll keep stuff in the plastic container to keep them from rusting.

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Post by: Franky3 on April 28, 2016, 02:21:34 am
I like seeing all the stuff you find and how you use it.

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Post by: immigrant on April 28, 2016, 02:37:18 am
As I said, there are many WTF moments here in the USA..........
And ammo is freely available on the shelves, for you to touch and feel, and hold, and compare, and feel... and touch... oh my, I'm getting all weird here again  :patch:

Got to love this place. They mailed me this today. No attempt to hide what the contents was. Handed it to me at the post office like it was any other package

(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160428/82f32e39cd01dff30911e14751ba4ea4.jpg)
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on April 28, 2016, 03:03:08 am
As I said, there are many WTF moments here in the USA..........
And ammo is freely available on the shelves, for you to touch and feel, and hold, and compare, and feel... and touch... oh my, I'm getting all weird here again  :patch:

Got to love this place. They mailed me this today. No attempt to hide what the contents was. Handed it to me at the post office like it was any other package

(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160428/82f32e39cd01dff30911e14751ba4ea4.jpg)

except a bit heavier  :imaposer:  :imaposer:  :imaposer:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: grizz on April 28, 2016, 07:39:55 am
As I said, there are many WTF moments here in the USA..........
And ammo is freely available on the shelves, for you to touch and feel, and hold, and compare, and feel... and touch... oh my, I'm getting all weird here again  :patch:

Got to love this place. They mailed me this today. No attempt to hide what the contents was. Handed it to me at the post office like it was any other package

(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160428/82f32e39cd01dff30911e14751ba4ea4.jpg)


Indeed.

First world and all that.

Love the trays etc Gary.

That's of course how my head works.

Off to London today, hope to be home by 10pm.

Have a good day out there and may you find a good mower.  :ricky:
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Post by: robin800gs on April 28, 2016, 04:18:48 pm
sub

good on you for making the move and making it work
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: eberhard on April 28, 2016, 04:58:47 pm
I watched a movie clip today that somebody had posted. The person had bought a new house (in New Mexico) and filmed the inside before moving in. I remembered what you had written about wall plugs and boy, there were wall plugs. I could spot at least four in each sleeping room. Not to mention the wall plugs in the passages, kitchen, sitting/living room, etc. Get connected, I suppose.
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on April 29, 2016, 03:25:26 am
Today...

Oh, my. What a day.

I started at 7am. Had to be at a house I haven't been at before. Instructions: Rip out all the carpets and mats (underfelt). Then clear out the garage. Everything (carpets and garage contents) to be at curbside by 8:30 for refuse removal guys to take away. I would have 2 guys helping me, apparently.

I arrived at the house at 06h50. Its an old miliatry thing; rather 10 minutes early than 1 minute late. I had the door lock-box code, so I opened up and let myself in. It was about 30 seconds and I knew why the carpets had to be removed so urgently. They were INFESTED with fleas... and roaches, and who-knows-what-else... My lower legs were being bitten to shit...

I started immediately. At 07h25 help arrived. Took them another 5 minutes to get going... by then it was only the lounge left to pull out. I had alrewady pulled up the 3 bedrooms, cut into 6-foot strips, including underfelt, and carried out to the curbside. Quickly the lounge was also finished, with much whining and whingeing by the others about the bug-bites. Ag shame... anyone for some "harden the fuck up"?

Then cleared out the garage.

Through out the house I kept seeing loose change. So I decided to pocket it. In the end I made around $2.00. Thats about a liter of gas. Or a coffee and a cookie at the gas station...

SCORE!!!

Then off to another less Sif place that needed clearing out. I scored a few things there too... see the pics below.

Then I was sent to a house that needed some more specialised labour. Oh YES!!!

I called the Boss and asked him what he wanted done...

Dry-walling.

Oh shit... never done that before...  But it wasn't a big job. Just a small job, the base of the Air-con unit was falling apart and needed to be replaced. Whew...

But I knew... this was a test. Boss wanted to see if I was up-to the task. So I had to produce the goods...

And to make the matters just a bit more interesting... The owner of the house was there too. Who just happened to be a very old (apparently more than 30 years) friend of the Boss. Eish. No pressure.

Owner dude turned out to be a really nice guy. Old. Ex-Navy. Interesting old bugger. Nice as blazes... sat on an old paint-tin and scrutinised my every move.

I ripped out all the old dry-walling. Cleared out the mess, and cut the new sections. Carefully. Measure twice, cut once type scenario. Then fitted the sections, added the edging strips. That's where the pic is at. After that I added the "Mud" (polifilla-type stuff) to smooth it all out. Left to dry for 24 hours.

Boss calls me up. Tells me he hears that I can install microwave ovens.

Let me explain. In this part of the USA, a microwave oven is installed above each stove. It also doubles as a hob-top extractor/filter fan and light. See pic...

So, the microwave is above the stove. It has a fan that sucks up the steam and grease and fat from the cooking on the stove-top, filters it, and blows clean fresh air back into the kitchen. It also has a light on the bottom to light-up the cooking surface of the stove. Quite a nifty idea, actually. All homes have them as standard. As they also have fridges (usually with water and ice dispensers) stoves, dishwashers and clothes washers and dryers. Usually no appliances needed at move-in.

The microwave sits under the cabinet, and inside the cabinet is usually the plug-connection for the microwave. Only thing is, for my installation the plug is below the top cabinet. I need to move the plug connection to inside the top cabinet.

Sweet. Easy peasy. With the correct tools. I have the absolute minimum of tools. But I see it as part two of the test...

get to work. Measure twice, cut once. More dry-wall work. Electrical fittings. high-above-the-head work. I get it done. Eventually. Carefully and slowly. With home-owner watching every single move I make. While we chat.. quite lekker chat actually.

I finish at just before 5, about ten-to. Clean up. Sweep, wipe, trash into trash-can... finish at 5pm. Its been a long day. Ten hours of hard labour.

But wait. There's more...
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on April 29, 2016, 03:36:36 am
A quick pic of what the microwave-above-stove setup looks like...

You can see the light is on, illuminating the cooking surface. The cooking steam, oil, etc gets sucked up too, through a filter, and expelled at the top of the microwave in front of the top cupboard. You can also see the plug-point inside the top cupboard.

Attachment of the microwave is quite easy and simple. A steel bracket that bolts to the rear wall, that the micro hooks into, and then two bolts that hold it into the top-cupboard. The power cable exits the top of the micro and goes straight into the top cupboard. Loss of space is the result in the top cupboard, but gain of lots of counter-space in the kitchen.
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: boere on April 29, 2016, 03:40:28 am
Morning Gary :thumleft:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on April 29, 2016, 03:46:59 am
I told you-all to wait, there is more...

2 things more. First the small stuff...

Today's "scores".

Pedal-dustbin for the man-cave. Tin of acetone, tin of Mineral Spirits (Turps) and half a bottle of spot and smell remover. Also a tarp, a cleaning cloth, fridge magnet, sellotape, allen key, screwdriver bit (watchmaker small size) and porcelain flower pot for the wife.

The old milk-jug is what I kept all my coins in...

Also an old broom-stick, a half-gallon can of "Mud", a dust-pan, and a travel suitcase (will keep my power tools in it in the car for when I need them for work)

Not pictured is a curtain rod (remember that my other broomstick is currently holding my curtain up) and.. a big score (for me)... A 5/8ths hole drill with a hex-shaft 1/4-inch size, that can be driven by my electric screwdriver. Awesome bit of kit!!! I can't believe that people just leave this stuff lying around. I am much more careful with my tools...
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on April 29, 2016, 03:50:07 am
Morning Gary :thumleft:

Howzit Ian!!!  :thumleft:

You not sleeping?  :sip: :lol8:


Also, in picture, but I forgoit to mention. A 9/32ths socket, 1/4 inch drive. Soon I'll have a full set of 1/4 inch drive sockets....  :snorting:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on April 29, 2016, 04:00:59 am
BUT... and this is a MOEROFA BIG BUT.....

The mailman also had a delivery here today...

My "little-brother" asked me for my address here in the USA. I figured he was gonna make a turn some time.

Ja.

Right.

Fucker...

Yes, you. Known on this forum as BoatMedic. My brother-from-another-mother...

Box went and bought something online, had it mailed to me. Arrived today.

Wife was home, received parcel from the USPS (United States Postal Service) - the US version of Post Office - except it works. They don't just NOT lose your parcel, they also DON'T just shove a slippie in your postbox (when they haven't stolen or lost your parcel). They actually DELIVER it to your door! Bliksem... imagine that...

Inside a BIG box... (I had Beloved open it for me, I was just too inquisitive and excited to wait until I got home) there was this...

A super-duper, mega-awesome, TOOLBELT!!!

Lots of compartments, hooks, and stuff. AND it has shoulder straps, so the weight doesn't pull your pants down (can be a problem when working with ex-cons who got a bit too attached to male-butt in prison showers).

Thanks boetie. Its AWESOME!!!! I'll treasure it for the rest of my life!

Now make a plan and come gooi a visit when you in the area again... Gulf of Mexico is just a short drive away...  :pot:  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: luv2ride on April 29, 2016, 04:07:35 am
Morning Gary, good to see you are doing well.  Keep it up :thumleft:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: BoatMedic on April 29, 2016, 04:21:05 am
Awesome bud!!!
I know how that ol' back of yours creaks and pops!!

Will be there soon enough!!!!
A small token for years of friendship!

BTW: We want to see you in your YMCA outfit!!!!
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on April 29, 2016, 04:31:54 am
Awesome bud!!!
I know how that ol' back of yours creaks and pops!!

Will be there soon enough!!!!
A small token for years of friendship!

BTW: We want to see you in your YMCA outfit!!!!

I will pose it. But on one condition....  :pot:


Its the tool-belt, and NOTHING else...  :eek7:  :lol8:  :lol8:  :lol8:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on April 29, 2016, 04:33:03 am
Uh-uh...

nope.

LOS!

I'm going to bed now. FUBAR.  :snorting:  :lol8:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: boere on April 29, 2016, 04:39:31 am
Awesome bud!!!
I know how that ol' back of yours creaks and pops!!

Will be there soon enough!!!!
A small token for years of friendship!

BTW: We want to see you in your YMCA outfit!!!!

I will pose it. But on one condition....  :pot:


Its the tool-belt, and NOTHING else...  :eek7:  :lol8:  :lol8:  :lol8:
O Jirre :peepwall: :peepwall:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: dirtyXT on April 29, 2016, 07:10:33 am
 :thumleft: :laughing4: :imaposer: lekker. well played boatmedic.
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Buff on April 29, 2016, 07:59:53 am
I'm not ashamed to say that this has become my all time favourite thread on WDs and it has nothing to do with bikes  ;D

Thanks Zog for sharing, this is now my first point of call every morning when I log into WDs  :thumleft:
Ideed, well played Boatmedic, man amongst men  :thumleft:
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Post by: Rynet on April 29, 2016, 08:15:52 am
Awesome Mr Zog ! Nothing beats the excitement of a new country . Loving the info and stories. You are very creative , not just iwth your tools , you should start a BLOG or rather keep on with it  . And looking forward to the photo of you and the Tool belt  :biggrin: :biggrin:

that was really a cool prezzie from your boet .  :3some:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: ClimbingTurtle on April 29, 2016, 08:27:20 am
I'm not ashamed to say that this has become my all time favourite thread on WDs and it has nothing to do with bikes  ;D

Thanks Zog for sharing, this is now my first point of call every morning when I log into WDs  :thumleft:
Ideed, well played Boatmedic, man amongst men  :thumleft:

Mine Too!!   :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:

Loving it Dr. Zog!!
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: OOOOMS on April 29, 2016, 08:53:42 am
Sub, reading with great interest, you have great day  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Geriatrix on April 29, 2016, 09:06:02 am
Hard work never killed anyone else.

Sounds like you are doing very well for both your boss and yourself.
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Snafu on April 29, 2016, 10:20:09 am
I'm not ashamed to say that this has become my all time favourite thread on WDs and it has nothing to do with bikes  ;D

Thanks Zog for sharing, this is now my first point of call every morning when I log into WDs  :thumleft:
Ideed, well played Boatmedic, man amongst men  :thumleft:

Same here :)
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Oubones on April 29, 2016, 08:55:35 pm
I'm not ashamed to say that this has become my all time favourite thread on WDs and it has nothing to do with bikes  ;D

Thanks Zog for sharing, this is now my first point of call every morning when I log into WDs  :thumleft:
Ideed, well played Boatmedic, man amongst men  :thumleft:

Same here :)
I have to agree!
Good on you mate!
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Ian in Great Brak River on April 29, 2016, 09:26:06 pm
I'm not ashamed to say that this has become my all time favourite thread on WDs and it has nothing to do with bikes  ;D

Thanks Zog for sharing, this is now my first point of call every morning when I log into WDs  :thumleft:
Ideed, well played Boatmedic, man amongst men  :thumleft:

+1.
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on April 30, 2016, 04:33:10 am
I think I recall mentioning that when Boss-man was here a couple of weeks ago he asked where our furniture was. He was quite perturbed when he realised that all we had was the bed and the lounge suite with coffee table and side tables. He offered me a dining room table with side-board.

Today we got the chance to load it onto the trailer and get it over to my place.

It isn't nice.

It isn't good.

It isn't pretty.





It's FREAKIN AWESOME!!!!!!

It is solid wood. Not plywood or chipboard with a veneer. Nope. It's solid real wood. I think its oak. And it's beautiful.... it even has lights in the sideboard. Beautiful glass display doors. It's just stunning.

And it was free.

After work I stopped in at Walmart and bought a can of Pledge (yip, we get Pledge here  ;D ) Extra Moisturising furniture polish. I gave it a really good cleaning and polishing, and the wood just soaked it up and is shining like a mirror! Now I just need to clean up the glass doors and rear mirror.

Thanks Boss. It was so good to sit at a proper table. On a proper chair. To have a proper dinner.

This house is becoming a home...
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: silvrav on April 30, 2016, 04:49:08 am
 :thumleft: :thumleft: you got a good boss man
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on April 30, 2016, 04:54:59 am
:thumleft: :thumleft: you got a good boss man

Yip. That I do.

I forgot to mention, there are 6 chairs, the two not in the pic have armrests. They are in the bedroom at the moment. The table can open up to expand, but the additional piece is missing. Pity. Maybe I can make something for the times we may want to open it up...

Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: luv2ride on April 30, 2016, 04:55:46 am
:thumleft: :thumleft: you got a good boss man
+1
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: silvrav on April 30, 2016, 05:01:04 am
:thumleft: :thumleft: you got a good boss man

Yip. That I do.

I forgot to mention, there are 6 chairs, the two not in the pic have armrests. They are in the bedroom at the moment. The table can open up to expand, but the additional piece is missing. Pity. Maybe I can make something for the times we may want to open it up...



Then invite boss man over so he can see how you fixed it.   : :deal:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mev Vis Arend on April 30, 2016, 06:13:51 am
:thumleft: :thumleft: you got a good boss man

Jo-jo, a very good boss man.   :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: grizz on April 30, 2016, 08:08:56 am
:thumleft: :thumleft: you got a good boss man

Yip. That I do.

I forgot to mention, there are 6 chairs, the two not in the pic have armrests. They are in the bedroom at the moment. The table can open up to expand, but the additional piece is missing. Pity. Maybe I can make something for the times we may want to open it up...



95% of the time when you expand it, you will have a table cloth.

So the insert really just needs to fit, then stain it the same colour and maybe a coat or two of varnish when you find some on a job, and all good.

Yes, boss is good, but not stupid, he knows he has a good investment in you.

Well done.
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Oubones on April 30, 2016, 08:41:11 am
It is good and I am glad that you are appreciated there!
It just saddens me to see yet another person who has given so much for this country and only gotten uphill having to go away to be rewarded for his efforts!
Mr Zog, you are a good man!
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: woody1 on April 30, 2016, 09:03:26 am
Nice Gary.  Love the Queen Anne legs on the set.  Very elegant . :thumleft:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: J-dog on April 30, 2016, 09:11:03 am
Zoggie, why all the ammo?  :imaposer:

Gator hunting or prepping?  :lol8:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr. Python on April 30, 2016, 10:00:10 am
Zoggie, why all the ammo?  :imaposer:

Gator hunting or prepping?  :lol8:

Dude, that was Immigrant's ammo.
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: J-dog on April 30, 2016, 10:04:06 am
ah, sorry. Same question:

Polar bear hunting or prepping?  :biggrin:
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Post by: 1ougat on April 30, 2016, 10:21:07 am
Umarikans are by design preppers  :lol8: :lol8:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: jaybiker on April 30, 2016, 11:32:02 am
Normally when opening the forum I go to General Bike related banter first, because that's what it's all about, but lately I'm tending towards what a previous correspondent said about coming here first because it's so fascinating.

Mr Zog, your thread is an entertaining daily read and your spirit is to be greatly admired.  :sip:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: immigrant on April 30, 2016, 03:26:11 pm
ah, sorry. Same question:

Polar bear hunting or prepping?  :biggrin:
;D
500 for saturday, and 500 for sunday. Me and the guys from work have a monthly "fun" shoot
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Rodlau on May 01, 2016, 01:01:02 am
Mr Zog this is an excellent "RR"  You have really taken the right attitude and more important have the correct mind set.  I refer to this "RR" as the agony and extacy report.  Agony because RSA has lost a skilled, compitent and consciecous employee, extacy because you makingu one hell of a go of this and in a few years will be sitting pretty.  My respect.
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on May 01, 2016, 03:47:05 am
Guys, and girls, you humble me with your comments and praise. Thank you. Its the comments and criticism that I receive that keeps this thread going. Sharing with you all motivates me.

But there is only one real reason why I'll never give give it up and head back to SA.

I have the most wonderful, beautiful, sexy, supportive wife. Without her support, I'd never have even tried.

Thanks Beautiful  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on May 01, 2016, 03:55:20 am
Tomorrow is my day off.

I will probably wake up again as the sun rises. I have done so for as many years as I can  remember. But I will lie in a bit, probably cuddle with the dogs a bit. Then put on the kettle for coffee.

Beloved has bought a tin of "Cinnabon" buns that apparently get baked for about 20 minutes to have with the morning coffee. I can't wait for morning!

Then take the dogglies to the park for a walkies before it gets too hot. The temp forecast for tomorrow is 31, but with humidity around the 90 - 95% mark, it feels a lot hotter. It's just like Moz in the summer  ;D

Afterwards I'll probably potter around in my man-cave, or maybe I'll watch some local sport... I haven't done so yet, who knows...

Then. When it cools down around 7pm.

O

M

G!!!

BRAAI!!!!!

No steak unfortunately. Or chops. Or wors.

But we do have some chicken sosaties, and some Italian sausage.

Beloved will make a salad, and I'll have a Corona Beer while I turn the meat.

Tomorrow is gonna be a GOOD day  :lol8:

I'll try remember to take some pics  :peepwall: :thumleft:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: silvrav on May 01, 2016, 06:02:59 am
Heeeeeyyyy Corona!!
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Camino Cerdo on May 01, 2016, 06:26:51 am
Mr. Zog, Welcome to ‘merica! Our gain, South Africa's loss.
Spent half the last day reading this thread, always amazed at what someone from the outside sees when they come to the states. I have traveled a good part of the world, most by motorcycle, and South Africa has a special place in my heart, loved the people that I met there.  I've worried a lot about SA, if the country can not get past what I called the get even phase it will become another Zimbabwe.

Some comments on your observations in the last 32 pages:
First if you ever need a job bad enough to move to the other corner of the country, (Washington State), I will put you on the crew. The most important skill I look for in hiring is the right attitude  and you've got it.

Traffic in the states as you said follows the rules, generally. My first long motorcycle trip was to Fin de Mundo, end of the world, south tip of Argentina. Some places didn't follow all the rules or even most of them, if you want to have an adventure spend some time riding through La Pas Bolivia. But I think they were better drivers than we have up here. They had to because they did not know what the other guy was going to do, stayed much more alert. Up here they expect everyone to follow the rules and are half asleep most of the time.

 Fences and bars: Have not locked my house in thirty years unless we are going to be gone for a few weeks the wife will lockup. I don't even know where a key is. But the only thing locks do is keep honest people out, a crook would just bust the door, (were on the farm and no one would hear it), then you have to pay for fixing the door and what they took. But as you noticed we do have GUNs.

Service at restaurants and such: I always hated the practice of tipping, why don't they just pay them. Then I travel to other places that don't tip, service is better here most of the time.

Mrs Balls: When in SA fell in love with the "hot sweet chill sauce" took three home in luggage from the first trip and sent six in the panniers when I sent the bike home the next year. But it ran out eventually. Go on line to "the African Hut", they can get you what you need.  My big food issue when traveling is breakfast, the rest of the day I can survive on anything but damn I want my eggs in the morning. South America don't do shit for breakfast, but they put an egg on every hamburger you order, so I try to get the lady in the hamburger place to just cook me two eggs, can't do it, not on the menu. Only when I got to Mexico did I start getting a real breakfast. You should put traveling to Mexico on your bucket list it is one of my favorite places.

The toilets: never noticed, must be a Florida thing or something here is short. Now you want strange they have square seat holes in Italy, so I spent a good deal of time checking out the back side of Italian ladies, they sure did not look square to me. 

Well this is getting too long so best quit.
When you get that Harley ride up to the Northwest, (much better riding than that flat land of Florida) You are welcome here anytime and I got cows, (red meat), we will have a Barri. Wish you and South Africa the best of luck.
Bob :ricky:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: frankmac on May 01, 2016, 06:35:34 am
Lovely positive post, Camino Cerdo (had to google that - Pig trail) 
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Oubones on May 01, 2016, 07:12:04 am
Lovely positive post, Camino Cerdo (had to google that - Pig trail) 
+1000
You see MrZog, you have made another friend!
Attitude in humans is as important as location in real estate!
Enjoy your day of rest!
Good wife=Good life
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Motties on May 01, 2016, 08:18:10 am
Sub

Mr Zog, your positive attitude is refreshing to say the least. Enjoying this thread.
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: tgg on May 01, 2016, 07:50:44 pm
Mooi Man :thumleft:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on May 01, 2016, 08:35:36 pm
Mr. Zog, Welcome to ‘merica! Our gain, South Africa's loss.
Spent half the last day reading this thread, always amazed at what someone from the outside sees when they come to the states. I have traveled a good part of the world, most by motorcycle, and South Africa has a special place in my heart, loved the people that I met there.  I've worried a lot about SA, if the country can not get past what I called the get even phase it will become another Zimbabwe.

Some comments on your observations in the last 32 pages:
First if you ever need a job bad enough to move to the other corner of the country, (Washington State), I will put you on the crew. The most important skill I look for in hiring is the right attitude  and you've got it.

Traffic in the states as you said follows the rules, generally. My first long motorcycle trip was to Fin de Mundo, end of the world, south tip of Argentina. Some places didn't follow all the rules or even most of them, if you want to have an adventure spend some time riding through La Pas Bolivia. But I think they were better drivers than we have up here. They had to because they did not know what the other guy was going to do, stayed much more alert. Up here they expect everyone to follow the rules and are half asleep most of the time.

 Fences and bars: Have not locked my house in thirty years unless we are going to be gone for a few weeks the wife will lockup. I don't even know where a key is. But the only thing locks do is keep honest people out, a crook would just bust the door, (were on the farm and no one would hear it), then you have to pay for fixing the door and what they took. But as you noticed we do have GUNs.

Service at restaurants and such: I always hated the practice of tipping, why don't they just pay them. Then I travel to other places that don't tip, service is better here most of the time.

Mrs Balls: When in SA fell in love with the "hot sweet chill sauce" took three home in luggage from the first trip and sent six in the panniers when I sent the bike home the next year. But it ran out eventually. Go on line to "the African Hut", they can get you what you need.  My big food issue when traveling is breakfast, the rest of the day I can survive on anything but damn I want my eggs in the morning. South America don't do shit for breakfast, but they put an egg on every hamburger you order, so I try to get the lady in the hamburger place to just cook me two eggs, can't do it, not on the menu. Only when I got to Mexico did I start getting a real breakfast. You should put traveling to Mexico on your bucket list it is one of my favorite places.

The toilets: never noticed, must be a Florida thing or something here is short. Now you want strange they have square seat holes in Italy, so I spent a good deal of time checking out the back side of Italian ladies, they sure did not look square to me. 

Well this is getting too long so best quit.
When you get that Harley ride up to the Northwest, (much better riding than that flat land of Florida) You are welcome here anytime and I got cows, (red meat), we will have a Barri. Wish you and South Africa the best of luck.
Bob :ricky:

Hey Bob.

Your post just personifies what I have come to love about the American people; friendliness, helpfulness, and generosity.

I'll certainly pop in for a barbi when I am in your neck of the woods, whenever that may be. But in the meantime, if you happen to find yourself in Florida, pop in for a cold one and a chat! I'll make sure that I always have a stash of Mrs Balls (available from the local Publix!)

The Harley... well... one day. One day...  :ricky:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mrs. Zog on May 01, 2016, 10:58:28 pm
Hi everyone,

Mrs. Zog here. I have been reading along (at the invitation of Mr. Zog), but I had to register because I couldn't let this go by without a comment:

Quote
But there is only one real reason why I'll never give give it up and head back to SA.

I have the most wonderful, beautiful, sexy, supportive wife. Without her support, I'd never have even tried.

Thanks Beautiful  icon_thumleft

Someone said once (I don't know who but it was someone famous, probably): "I have a very simple taste: only the best." And that is why I married Mr. Zog. Incredibly proud of my man, you have no idea.

And with that said, I'm going back into my hiding hole.

 :peepwall:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Bikerboer1973 on May 01, 2016, 11:16:57 pm
Hi everyone,

Mrs. Zog here. I have been reading along (at the invitation of Mr. Zog), but I had to register because I couldn't let this go by without a comment:

Quote
But there is only one real reason why I'll never give give it up and head back to SA.

I have the most wonderful, beautiful, sexy, supportive wife. Without her support, I'd never have even tried.

Thanks Beautiful  icon_thumleft

Someone said once (I don't know who but it was someone famous, probably): "I have a very simple taste: only the best." And that is why I married Mr. Zog. Incredibly proud of my man, you have no idea.

And with that said, I'm going back into my hiding hole.

 :peepwall:

Welcome to the Mrs, and Zog now you better watch what you write  :pot:  :peepwall:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: grizz on May 01, 2016, 11:43:04 pm
Hi everyone,

Mrs. Zog here. I have been reading along (at the invitation of Mr. Zog), but I had to register because I couldn't let this go by without a comment:

Quote
But there is only one real reason why I'll never give give it up and head back to SA.

I have the most wonderful, beautiful, sexy, supportive wife. Without her support, I'd never have even tried.

Thanks Beautiful  icon_thumleft

Someone said once (I don't know who but it was someone famous, probably): "I have a very simple taste: only the best." And that is why I married Mr. Zog. Incredibly proud of my man, you have no idea.

And with that said, I'm going back into my hiding hole.

 :peepwall:

Noooooooo...!



Welcome here.


We all thought you were just a figment of his fertile brain.


I think you have good people in each other.
Title: Re:
Post by: HarryDieStrandloper on May 02, 2016, 12:09:07 am
Zog, how about some before and after pics of a house or two (if the bossman allow you to).
Title: Re:
Post by: Mr Zog on May 02, 2016, 01:36:57 am
Zog, how about some before and after pics of a house or two (if the bossman allow you to).

Apparently its quite the issue here.

Taking pics without the express permission of the owner/person/entity whatever is frowned upon here.

Whatever. I'll see what I can do with the next house we get.  :thumleft:  :peepwall:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on May 02, 2016, 01:39:49 am
Hi everyone,

Mrs. Zog here. I have been reading along (at the invitation of Mr. Zog), but I had to register because I couldn't let this go by without a comment:

Quote
But there is only one real reason why I'll never give give it up and head back to SA.

I have the most wonderful, beautiful, sexy, supportive wife. Without her support, I'd never have even tried.

Thanks Beautiful  icon_thumleft

Someone said once (I don't know who but it was someone famous, probably): "I have a very simple taste: only the best." And that is why I married Mr. Zog. Incredibly proud of my man, you have no idea.

And with that said, I'm going back into my hiding hole.

 :peepwall:

Eish



Sorry guys.






I sorted this out. Her chain has been shortened, and she is back in the kitchen.  :deal:

Her bum is also smarting...  :peepwall:




 :sip:  :lol8:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on May 02, 2016, 01:47:45 am
This morning I had a couple of jobs around the house.

First I had to make Mrs Zog a stand for her pot-plants. The pot plants need to be behind a fence, or a solid barrier, because we have a Brown Job. Brown-Job makes it his mission to kill anything we plant. I dunno why? He just goes full retard on any pot-plant. Or anything we plant in the ground. That' s just who he is. So I made a fence last week. This week I needed to make a stand for the pots...

I had two beams left over from when I removed part of the attic of the shed/barn/man-cave. I needed to rip them length-ways...

As usual I started off all ready and planning to take pics of all the steps. As usual I got carried away and forgot. Sorry. First pic is of the beams marked for ripping with my skillsaw. Second pic is of the completed job. All materials were found here when we moved in, except the screws.
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on May 02, 2016, 01:57:55 am
The next job (which I happened to record more completely) is of the spare bedroom cupboard. I keep my clothes in there, because someone else keeps her clothes in the walk-in closet in the master bedroom... In about 3-4 weeks the shipment will arrive in the USA containing our 2 pallets of personal belongings. I will have some more clothing then, and will need more space than the present 1 x shelf I have.

In the shed/barn/man-cave there were a few bits of the shelving material commonly used here. Its just a grid-like shelf, with some fittings to hold it to the dry-wall. I reckoned that I could make a plan...

Firstly I lowered the original shelf. My hangers hang on the rod on the bottom of the shelf, but seeing as I only hang jeans and shirts (probably height-calculated for possibility of hanging dresses?) I could lower it to just about 4 feet above the ground. Then I cut some of the bits left over, and used some strips of wood as anchors.

Now I have lots more shelf-space, and the same amount of hanging space. Win-win. And all it cost me was an hour or two, and a few screws...  ;D
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on May 02, 2016, 02:02:58 am
Who has tried Cinnabon?

I have seen two outlets in SA, one in Menlyn (bottom level, where the Game is) and one in Sandton City (food hall). They have fresh buns, with a cinnamon and castor-sugar covering. They also have other toppings, like chocolate and caramel and other lekker stuff. Best served warm... with fresh coffee... YUMMY!!!!!

Here they sell them in a tube. You just have to bake them yourself.  For when you don't have a Cinnabon shop real close by to your home.

About 20 mins in the oven.

Same time it takes to make a pot of good coffee...

This morning I was treated to fresh brewed coffee and freshly baked cinnabons.  :drif: :drif: :drif: :drif: :drif: :drif:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on May 02, 2016, 02:09:30 am
Doing the dishes....

Most houses, well, lets say all houses here, come with a dishwasher. But using the dishwasher uses a lot of electricity. So we try to save.

Brown-Job is an excellent dish-washer. His tongue has just the right amount of "scouring ability" to remove all those pesky sticky bits. He leaves the two plates we have (until the pallets arrive) sparkling clean and ready for the next use.

Maggie also does her bit to help...  ;D

Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on May 02, 2016, 02:19:20 am
The BRAAI!!! (barbecue for those not familiar with the term)

Well... I did re-purpose a big gas-barbie some weeks ago. But I also scored a free "Weber-type" little barbie too.

We didn't have much to cook, so I elected to use the small barbie.

I git a bag of charcoal briquettes at Walmart for $5. About the same size as the bags we get in SA, about 4-5kg's.

But I could not find any Blitz fire-lighters. The only fire lighters was a bottle of fuel for $2,50, about 500ml. I was pretty nervous about using it, so I cut a strip of cardboard to use to light the fire. I hate the smell of burning hair.

I also decided to cook inside the "Florida Room" (enclosed porch) so that the bugs would not "bug" me  ;D (geddit? its a joke! Bugs Bugging me!  :imaposer:  :imaposer:  :imaposer: )

Ok, whatever. I thought it was funny...  :xxbah:

I was a bit concerned that the roof may take a bit of strain if the flames got too high, but what the hell. Just go for it...

My fears were unfounded. The fire starter fluid is more like diesel or parrafin than petrol or thinners. It burns slowly. Cool.
Title: Re:
Post by: HarryDieStrandloper on May 02, 2016, 02:28:17 am
Hey don't get into trouble with pics on my/our account.
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on May 02, 2016, 02:30:19 am
As I mentioned, I had some chicken sosaties (kebabs) and some sausage. I left the Italian sausage in favour of the Beer-brats. It was a good choice...

Maggie came to sit on my lap, she must known that there would soon be food on offer, so she decided to suck-up in the mean time. I opened the beer too. I didn't feel like waiting until the meat went on the fire.

The meat eventually went onto the coals, and Maggie and Sam were banished outside. Maggie just had to make sure that she kept an eye on the proceedings...

Pretty soon the beer was done. And Maggie crept closer...

The meat cooked, and I didn't even burn it. Even though I realised too late that I didn't even have a braai-tongs. They are also in the pallet of goods on their way... I made do with a fork.

Beloved made the most of her place in the kitchen. She fried up some onions, green and red peppers, and some mushrooms. This she added to some rice to create a delicious side-dish for the meat.

Our first braai in the USA was a success! I even added a touch of Mrs Balls  :lol8:
Title: Re:
Post by: Mr Zog on May 02, 2016, 02:32:01 am
Hey don't get into trouble with pics on my/our account.


No worries mate  :thumleft:

I'll take some pics without any people in them (frowned upon strongly) or reference to the location of the premises. Should be just fine  :thumleft:  :ricky:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on May 02, 2016, 02:33:50 am
By the way, don't you just love the way the chicken sosaties are separately packaged? You can easily just cut a few off from the rest to cook separately instead of having to to defrost the whole pack  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on May 02, 2016, 02:35:55 am
Oh, and the Beer Brats are the closest I have come to boerewors here. It's my favourite sausage here, so far  :drif:  ::)
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: BoatMedic on May 02, 2016, 02:57:14 am
Daai braai lyk so lekker, ek eet sommer my screen....... :drif: :drif: :drif: :drif: :drif:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: silvrav on May 02, 2016, 05:33:29 am
Nice mr. Zog and welcome Mrz. Zog  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Skaiidawg on May 02, 2016, 06:04:52 am
But I could not find any Blitz fire-lighters. The only fire lighters was a bottle of fuel for $2,50, about 500ml.

You have all the ingredients there to make your own

SEX WAX - firelighters


Pour some lighter fluid into a bottle with a large mouth, like a canned-fruit bottle and let some of the briquettes soak in the fluid.....and viola!! you have SEX WAX fire-lighters. Why need Blitz if you can make your own?
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: frankmac on May 02, 2016, 06:59:14 am
Cool dishwasher you have
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Geriatrix on May 02, 2016, 07:18:34 am
Hi everyone,

...
...
Someone said once (I don't know who but it was someone famous, probably): "I have a very simple taste: only the best." And that is why I married Mr. Zog. Incredibly proud of my man, you have no idea.

And with that said, I'm going back into my hiding hole.

 :peepwall:

Now that you have admitted that you real you cannot disappear!

I agree with your assessment of your husband.
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: silvrav on May 02, 2016, 08:07:19 am
Who has tried Cinnabon?

I have seen two outlets in SA, one in Menlyn (bottom level, where the Game is) and one in Sandton City (food hall). They have fresh buns, with a cinnamon and castor-sugar covering. They also have other toppings, like chocolate and caramel and other lekker stuff. Best served warm... with fresh coffee... YUMMY!!!!!

Here they sell them in a tube. You just have to bake them yourself.  For when you don't have a Cinnabon shop real close by to your home.

About 20 mins in the oven.

Same time it takes to make a pot of good coffee...

This morning I was treated to fresh brewed coffee and freshly baked cinnabons.  :drif: :drif: :drif: :drif: :drif: :drif:

Cinnabons are the bons!  :biggrin: BUT i prefer my chelsea buns...
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: OOOOMS on May 02, 2016, 08:20:34 am
By the way, don't you just love the way the chicken sosaties are separately packaged? You can easily just cut a few off from the rest to cook separately instead of having to to defrost the whole pack  :thumleft:

 :laughing4: :laughing4: See also you could not resist and ate 'em all  :biggrin:
Title: Re:
Post by: grim101 on May 02, 2016, 08:21:56 am
What about a pic of you two...so we can put a face to the words?

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Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Crab on May 02, 2016, 08:25:37 am
Mr Zog thanks for the updates.  
Mrs Zog thank you for making it possible,  and welcome to the forum
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Oubones on May 02, 2016, 08:29:01 am
Mrs Zog, good for you to join!
You are a special woman and thank you for looking after our friend so well!
I hope you will find time to comment more here, ie the womans perspective! :peepwall:
There are quite a few ladies here!
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Acajou on May 02, 2016, 09:05:13 am
Cinnabon is evil. There is one in Clearwater Mall, I hear it calling out to me every time I go there...

That braai looked lekker, I think I should put some meat on the fire for breakfast  :drif:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: grizz on May 02, 2016, 09:19:14 am
Great to talk to you yesterday boet.

Sorry I had to cut it off at 45 minutes   :peepwall:  but had to go finish the bicycle.

And you had the shelves to do and of course braai.

Not sure what you mean about dishwashers..... I thought that's the way everyone did them.

Anyway...... Cinnabons, thanks for just texting a piccy, next time Imwill share my Hilton the same way.

Got to assemble the bike today.

Garage calling.
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Offshore on May 02, 2016, 10:56:17 am
Lovely positive post, Camino Cerdo (had to google that - Pig trail) 
+1
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on May 02, 2016, 11:27:03 pm
OMG OMG OMG....

I am soooooooooooo excited!!!!

I just got gifted by someone  :drif:

I will tell all later. Patience young Padewan  :sip:  :lol8:  :lol8:  :lol8:

AND....

Something else is a possibility.

All I will say is... hold thumbs for me. And think green...  ;)
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: zetman on May 02, 2016, 11:47:49 pm
 :ricky:  :ricky:  :deal:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on May 03, 2016, 02:00:41 am
Today at work I get an email on my phone. Nothing new, I get emails all the time. But this one is different...

A member on this forum has sent me a gift online. A set of cordless power tools by Craftsman. A full Set!!!

Contains drill, circular saw, reciprocating saw, torchlight, 2 batteries, charger, and a carry bag. *** insert expletive here x 7 ***

And, they come with a FULL 12 month warranty. It breaks, they replace. No questions. Thats just how warranty's work in the USA. So if one of my tools that I will be using to earn my salary breaks, I don't have to stress. I just get it replaced. Simples. And the store that supplies it is open until late; 8 pm most nights, then 9pm weekends. I will probably go tomorrow after work to collect them.

This set costs more than I earn for 2 full long days of work, actually almost 3 days. The generosity of Immigrant is simply incredible. Again, there seems to be a some pollens in the air, my eyes are badly affected....

Andrew, you Sir are a scholar and a Gentleman. I am without words to express my gratitude to you. Its not often that I am stunned to silence... I usually have a very big mouth. All I can say is thank you. Thank you. Thank you.


Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on May 03, 2016, 02:07:19 am
And as if this day isn't already great, it may even get better (is that possible?)

There is a chance that I will get a ride-on mower...  :eek7:

Its an old one, missing a battery and the engine cover, but unless it has a bad defect I reckon I will be able to get it running...

Hold thumbs for me!!!



I just thought of something.

If I get this mower, does it mean I have to put a sticker like this on the back of my car?
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on May 03, 2016, 02:23:03 am
So I googled the John Deere sticker for the pic above.
Then I looked a bit further...

Seems the 'mericans LOVE their John Deere equipment  ;D

 :imaposer: :imaposer: :imaposer: :imaposer: :imaposer:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on May 03, 2016, 02:33:48 am
I think this is the model of mower I am hoping to score...

Come guys... hold thumbs!!!  :thumleft:

Just imagine how manly I will look, mowing the lawn on a Sunday morning, shirtless, a thin film of sweat covering the rippling muscles under my sexy tattoo's...

No woman will be able to resist me, and every man will be eternally jealous...  :3some:

Who can resist a man on a John Deere...  :peepwall:  :imaposer:  :imaposer:  :imaposer:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: zetman on May 03, 2016, 02:36:31 am
 :3some:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: BoatMedic on May 03, 2016, 02:42:22 am
Christmas in May!!
You deserve it.
With hard work, comes hard rewards!!!!
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: luv2ride on May 03, 2016, 04:53:55 am
A big  :thumleft: to Immigrant
Title: Re: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: ExploreSA on May 03, 2016, 05:35:29 am
I think this is the model of mower I am hoping to score...

Come guys... hold thumbs!!!  :thumleft:

Just imagine how manly I will look, mowing the lawn on a Sunday morning, shirtless, a thin film of sweat covering the rippling muscles under my sexy tattoo's...

No woman will be able to resist me, and every man will be eternally jealous...  :3some:

Who can resist a man on a John Deere...  :peepwall:  :imaposer:  :imaposer:  :imaposer:
I hope it comes with a cup holder. One cannot work without enjoying a beer.

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Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: woody1 on May 03, 2016, 07:29:32 am
Sjoe Immigrant.. Well done SIR !  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Sardine on May 03, 2016, 07:33:55 am
 :spitcoffee:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: jaybiker on May 03, 2016, 08:33:53 am
Zog, you seem to be the example that proves the saying.

"I got lucky, and the harder I tried, the luckier I got".  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: grizz on May 03, 2016, 08:35:39 am
Simply awesome.

Thank you Immigrant.

You have made my day.

Gary, now relax, for about 5 minutes, then go to work.
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on May 03, 2016, 09:04:10 am
Sjoe Immigrant.. Well done SIR !  :thumleft:
+100
Wat n mooi gebaar :thumleft:
Title: Re: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: HarryDieStrandloper on May 03, 2016, 09:35:01 am
Amazing the good people rhat is still in this world.  Good on you Immigrant, it will come back to you tenfold.

Zog, you're gonna get a surprise with the mower.  I've got a Husqvarna (spell?) and since day one my wife and children fight to do the mowing, big unhappiness if one didn't get chance to also mow some lawn.

Be prepared to share mowing duties and don't be nasty,  share!

Congrats on the new tools.
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Post by: Franky3 on May 03, 2016, 09:45:00 am
In the beginning I thought this thread can't get any better and it has been getting better and better from the start. Well done Mr.Zog and well done to you Immigrant.

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Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Coxwain on May 03, 2016, 10:25:02 am
I can see this tread dissolving into ...."My John is better than your Husky".... :lol8: :lol8:

Well done Zoggy ...You're gonna love that big green machine.

Real men have a Ride On .... :imaposer: :imaposer:

 http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=162939.40 (http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=162939.40)
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: ButtSlider on May 03, 2016, 10:33:36 am
Sjoe Immigrant.. Well done SIR !  :thumleft:

Wow!!!  :thumleft:
Respect!!!! :thumleft:

Damn, the pollen or something affecting my eyes again.  :'(
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Knucklhead on May 03, 2016, 11:23:27 am
 :3some:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Philemon on May 03, 2016, 11:37:43 am
You need a WD paw for your ride on lawnmower  :thumleft: - first and foremost and then your John Deere badge.  :pot:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: schalk vd merwe on May 03, 2016, 11:46:50 am
Hi Mr Zogg congratulations on all your gifts you deserve it. To Immigrant thanks for making somebodies day you will be blessed. Last years while travelling through Africa by bike many people helped me out while I was in need and sometimes I could not repay them for their kindness. I met up with the Zapp family who has been traveling around the world in a 1928 Graham Paige car for 16 years. All their kids were born along the way. As many people also helped them out over the years, I said to Herman Zapp one day, how do you pay these people back? His answer was you can't so  instead you help someone out in need that cross your path, kind of paying it forward. So to Immigrant and many others who is paying it forwards thanks, the blessing will come back to you all one day. To Mr Zogg we all enjoy your RR to Merika and all the eye openers. Keep it up
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: jacbot on May 03, 2016, 01:04:18 pm
I have just read this thread from front to back. Words fail me. The good of people is astonishing. Mr. Zog, keep up the good work. In the end it will be worth it. BIG RESPECT!
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Geriatrix on May 03, 2016, 03:43:36 pm
It is good that there are people who are generous on a highly functional level, and that there are people who are both able to appreciate that generosity and use it!
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Post by: Oubones on May 03, 2016, 10:18:24 pm
Immigrant, you are a good man!
Mr Zog, the wise old Gary Player said, "It is funny that the harder I work, the luckier I get"
He did not talk nonsense!
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Post by: Mr Zog on May 04, 2016, 03:17:47 am
This afternoon after work I went off to Sears to get my gift.

But wait, first the history lesson...  :deal:   :sip:

Sears.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sears

Sears started as a mail-order catalogue company in 1886. They opened their first store in 1925. The pioneers of the Wild West could order their stuff from the Sears catalogue! Read the Wikipedia story, very interesting!!!

Anyways. I walked into the Sears store in Melbourne, Florida (nope, I didn't get lost and end up in Australia...). At first glance it looked like a Edgars store back in SA. But then I walked through a passage and I could hear angels singing....  ::) ::) ::)

Isles upon isles upon isles of TOOLS....  :drif: :drif: :drif:

Craftsman predominantly. But also other brands like DeWalt. Oh my Word... Thank goodness I don't have any money to spend. One can go quite crazy with a selection like this, and the prices... well... what I looked at, it was much better than Home Depot.

I got the tools that Immigrant gifted me with no hassles. Went and put them in the car. Then returned to look some more...

The sporting section  is very lekker too. I saw a lekker canoe I want... and a home-gym jobbie. Eish...

I joined their "Club", where I get told about specials and sales and stuff. I already got the first $10-off coupon... Score!!!

Then Mrs Zog dragged me out of there. But not before I had bent the credit card out of shape. Only about $50... Some bits for the drill-driver...  ;D

Then home so I could feel like a little boy at Christmas time...

The pics below tell the story.

All that is left to say is a massive, heart-felt thank you to Immigrant. Andrew, you are a good man. Thank you so, so much.
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Post by: Mr Zog on May 04, 2016, 03:24:47 am
Still no word about the John Deere... but I have learned that patience pays off...  :sip:

If I get it, you guys (and girls) will be the first to know  :thumleft:
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Post by: Mr Zog on May 04, 2016, 03:44:17 am
Today at work we had a meeting. Big Boss, little Boss, Mrs Boss, and Boss-lady who runs the office. And myself and the other immigrant Nope, not the Good Immigrant, the dof one)

Long story short.

By the weekend (Saturday) I will have a company vehicle. A van-type jobbie. Known as a "people-mover"  or mom's taxi back in SA. I dunno the make, can;t remember, I'll post pics when I get it. It will have tools that I don't have, and other stuff like pipes and fittings and consumables etc. I will start doing "Service Calls" from Saturday.

"Service Calls" are like call-outs. A tenant will call to say that they have no water. (remember that most homes here have wells (boreholes)). So then I will go out and see what the problem is. If I can fix it immediately, I do so. If I need a new pump, I get one from the supplier (or from the store at the boss's house, if one in stock) and install it. Bleed the system, and hopefully it works. Or the stove or the dishwasher or the fridge or the washing machine or dryer is fubar... Same story. Try to fix, but because they may not be priority items like having fresh water, we may defer replacement until Monday. Each job on its merits.

Big Boss says he was going to wait about 3-6 months before offering me the position (I still do the other "normal" work during the week) but says that little Boss (his son, who I work with most days) has recommended me. And he (Big Boss) has been watching me... and likes what he sees. I've been working there for 3,5 weeks now.  ;D

So from this weekend I'll be doing call-outs. And after hours I get 1,5 times the hourly rate! Bonus!!!!
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Post by: immigrant on May 04, 2016, 03:50:16 am
I am happy you finally got it. I am really just paying it forward. The success of my whole life here in Canada is because one guy went out of his way to help me out. A good man deserves a half decent set of tools to help him on his way. You are proof that you cannot keep a good man down. You create your own luck. One day when you run your own business I am sure you will lend a helping hand to a new guy just starting out.
Now it is time to hang a picture or a painting on one of your walls. My boss said you haven't really settled down till you hang something on the wall
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Post by: luv2ride on May 04, 2016, 05:45:58 am
Congrats Zoggie, upwards you go :thumleft:
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on May 04, 2016, 08:08:59 am
You go Mr Zogg just live the "Meriken dream" and thanks to all the guys who paid it forward.
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Post by: oldmannorman on May 04, 2016, 08:40:50 am
 :sip: Thanks for my breakfast read.
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Post by: Franky3 on May 04, 2016, 08:44:58 am
By the rate you are moving up you could be president in a year or two. Well done Mr.Zog. well done indeed.

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Post by: Tony the Boney on May 04, 2016, 08:45:24 am
Well done Zog!! :thumleft:
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Post by: Buff on May 04, 2016, 09:23:04 am
Congrats on another promotion Mr Zog and well done to immigrant for playing it forward, what an awesome gesture. Sometimes its the little things that restore our faith in human nature  :thumleft:
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Post by: krister on May 04, 2016, 09:27:18 am
 :thumleft:
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Post by: Piet on May 04, 2016, 09:59:26 am
 :thumleft: Well done Zog! This thread puts a smile on my face everyday!
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Post by: Sandban(g)k on May 04, 2016, 12:42:17 pm
By the rate you are moving up you could be president in a year or two. Well done Mr.Zog. well done indeed.

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Dont you need to move down to become president?  :biggrin:
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Post by: Sylvester on May 04, 2016, 01:32:07 pm
By the rate you are moving up you could be president in a year or two. Well done Mr.Zog. well done indeed.

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Mr. Zog already a legend! 

People already tunes: "Who the hell is Chuck?. I only know Mr. Zog!"



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Post by: briv on May 04, 2016, 01:51:39 pm
uistekende storie ek het nou maar all die blaaie gelees  ;) shot on you mr z.....you are a example to our children and your son will join you as little boss one day   :thumleft: :thumleft:
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Post by: Franky3 on May 04, 2016, 03:06:35 pm
By the rate you are moving up you could be president in a year or two. Well done Mr.Zog. well done indeed.

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Dont you need to move down to become president?  :biggrin:
True. Very true.
By the rate you are moving up you could be president in a year or two. Well done Mr.Zog. well done indeed.

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Mr. Zog already a legend! 

People already tunes: "Who the hell is Chuck?. I only know Mr. Zog!"


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Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Smidty on May 04, 2016, 04:45:16 pm
Just read this over the last 2 days

Stunning and well DONE Mr Zog

Immigrant, that was real decent of you, you will get it back a thousand times.
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: punisher on May 04, 2016, 07:40:25 pm
Kudo's to Immigrant ,what a great gesture
Well done mr Zog man ,you certainly are on an upward path
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on May 05, 2016, 03:26:35 am
My hands were full of mud (the stuff we use to smooth out dry wall) and it was pissing down outside. Torrential rain that doesn't drain away. We are, after all, in a swamp. My phone rang.

My phone never rings here. Unless it's the Boss. Because wife sends me whatsapp so I can call her when I get a break.

It wasn't the Boss. It was my dad calling me from SA. I knew there was a problem...

His voice was shattered. He was sobbing.

My sister died today.

Some of you may recall me asking if anyone knew where we could find an Insulin Pump http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=151330.0 (http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=151330.0) 

That was literally 2 years ago. She did get her pump, as a result of the suggestion of a member here. Thank you again. It helped to keep her alive for another two years.

The last time I saw Lindel was about 3 months ago. Just before we flew out to the USA. I was on my way to visit my dad (Lindel lived at home, she was unable to work and support herself) when he called me. She had gone into a diabetic coma and they were unable to get her out of it. I out my foot down and got there just as the provincial ambulance service guys finally managed to get a vein in her foot and give her the dextrose she needed. She woke up immediately and was fine.

Over the years she was in and out of hospital so much that she was well-known to the staff at Steve Biko (Pretoria Academic) hospital. However, in the hospital she somehow managed to pick up the drug-resistant strain of TB. This knocked her hard, and she ended up in renal failure, her kidneys completely shot. She was getting dialysis 3 times per week. She was on the downhill slope...

She passed away this morning at the Krugersdorp hospital after they were unable to get her sugar down because of the renal failure.

Sleep tight little sister. You will never again feel the pain, or the suffer from the disease. You are free now. Fly to the angels... We love you.

Below is her last WhatsApp profile picture.
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: luv2ride on May 05, 2016, 03:32:30 am
Ai tog Gary, jammer om te hoor. Sterkte >:(
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Post by: TornadoF5 on May 05, 2016, 04:34:53 am
Hey Gary our heartfelt condolences mate. So terribly sorry to hear.
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Post by: frankmac on May 05, 2016, 05:16:11 am
Condolences, Mr Zog
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Post by: ExploreSA on May 05, 2016, 05:48:39 am
Mr Zogg  That lady that guided you to get the pump is my wife Scarycat. Now sleeping in my arm while I type.
Condolences.
She is now free to fly. May your family's sorrow be fuel to her flight.

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Post by: hedleyj on May 05, 2016, 05:48:39 am
Gary this is a hard time for you and your family with you so far away my, most sincere condolences to all

But rest assured you are all better people for having had God share her with you. He has now called on her to be even closer to him, and in so doing to watch over all of you more closely.

She is blessed to have had your love and support, during the tough times.

Now celebrate and give thanks that her life was shared with you.

She is and always will be right next to you when you need it most...

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Post by: Rodlau on May 05, 2016, 05:57:29 am
My deepest sympathies to you and all your family and her loved ones   
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Post by: Oubones on May 05, 2016, 05:59:01 am
Gary this is a hard time for you and your family with you so far away my most sincere condolences to all

But rest assured you are all better people for having God share her with you. He has now called on her to be even closer to him, and in so doing to watch over all of you more closely.

She is blessed to have had your love and support, during the tough times.

Now celebrate and give thanks that life the was shared with you.

She is and always will be right next to you when you need it most...


+1000
My condolences to all of you!
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Post by: Motor1 on May 05, 2016, 06:01:28 am
Condolences Mr Zog
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Post by: Sardine on May 05, 2016, 06:11:40 am
My thoughts are with you, Mrs. Zog, and the rest of your family.
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Post by: Wayne on May 05, 2016, 06:20:45 am
Condolences to you and your family Gary.

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Post by: Eddie L on May 05, 2016, 06:21:33 am
Very sad Mr Zog. Heartfelt condolences to you and your family.
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Post by: Draadwerk on May 05, 2016, 06:24:13 am
Sorry to hear Gary - I wish you and yours all the best in this time.

RIP Lindel ...
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Post by: RobD on May 05, 2016, 06:24:21 am
Condolences and best wishes to you and yours ....
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Post by: OomD on May 05, 2016, 06:37:56 am
I'm so sorry for your loss, Mr Zog. Strongs, man. You guys are in our thoughts.
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Post by: 1ougat on May 05, 2016, 06:59:50 am
shit,shit , shit .... strongs man  :thumleft:
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Post by: Knucklhead on May 05, 2016, 07:06:12 am
Sorry to hear this bud   :'(
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Post by: T Rex on May 05, 2016, 07:11:26 am
Very sorry to hear about your loss. You and your family are in our prayers.
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Post by: Tony the Boney on May 05, 2016, 07:16:11 am
I feel for your father. I wish long life to you Gary and your wife
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Post by: Mikie on May 05, 2016, 07:30:14 am
So sorry for your loss Gary!! RIP Lindel
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Post by: OOOOMS on May 05, 2016, 07:33:54 am
So sorry to hear about your loss, it must really be tuff for you, be strong Gary & family !!
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Post by: Philemon on May 05, 2016, 07:50:44 am
Gary, Sorry to hear about your loss. Hang in there.
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Post by: Bike_Buddies on May 05, 2016, 07:52:07 am
Strongs Gary !!!
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Post by: SmuGS on May 05, 2016, 08:03:40 am
Strongs Gary.. :'( :'(
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Post by: bud500 on May 05, 2016, 08:19:24 am
Ai what a tough one.. :'(

Strongs in this difficult time.
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Post by: jacbot on May 05, 2016, 08:22:41 am
So sorry for your loss Gary. May you feel the presence of god in this time of need.
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Post by: grizz on May 05, 2016, 08:30:03 am
Aaaaaaiiiiii !!! Gary, I am so sorry my friend.

This is not the best way for me to wake up.

I will speak with you on the phone when you are ready or need me. Just drop me a Whatsapp.

I am sure this will hurt for a long time, it always does, but as mentioned above, she will be at peace now.


My only advice that I can offer, is to Celebrate her life fully.

Remember all the good stuff, remember the things she liked best and enjoy her company that way when you can.

I do trust and hope you can manage this difficult time with all the other stuff going on in your life.

I believe we are all here for you and Mrs Zog in spirit.

Sterkte.
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Post by: oldmannorman on May 05, 2016, 08:41:05 am
So sad. Condolences to your whole family.
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Post by: evansv on May 05, 2016, 08:48:35 am
Aaaaaaiiiiii !!! Gary, I am so sorry my friend.

This is not the best way for me to wake up.

I will speak with you on the phone when you are ready or need me. Just drop me a Whatsapp.

I am sure this will hurt for a long time, it always does, but as mentioned above, she will be at peace now.


My only advice that I can offer, is to Celebrate her life fully.

Remember all the good stuff, remember the things she liked best and enjoy her company that way when you can.

I do trust and hope you can manage this difficult time with all the other stuff going on in your life.

I believe we are all here for you and Mrs Zog in spirit.

Sterkte.

Well said Grizz!!

Condolences to the family Mr, Zog!!
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Post by: HarryDieStrandloper on May 05, 2016, 08:49:51 am
Condolences an strongs Zog, my heart is heavy this morning also remembering the time I lost my sister 6 years ago.
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Post by: TrailBlazer on May 05, 2016, 08:53:03 am
Gary...

Deepest sympathy and condolences to you and your family.  :'(

Remember... Lindel will live on in your memories forever.

RIP Lindel, and fly with the Angels.

Damn! I seem to have some of that pollen or dust in my eyes now...
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Post by: ButtSlider on May 05, 2016, 09:45:01 am
Wow man. So sorry to hear this Gary. Strongs

Condolences to you and your family.  :'(

This damn pollen in the air.  :'(
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Post by: Buff on May 05, 2016, 09:56:26 am
Sorry to hear of your loss Mr Zog, condolences to you and the family  :'(
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Post by: halfjob on May 05, 2016, 09:57:22 am
thinking of you guys Gary  :'(
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Post by: Mr. Python on May 05, 2016, 09:58:55 am
Dude thinking of you.
I know how kak that helpless feeling is.
It's something you just can't fix.
Strongs
Neil.
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Post by: Mev Vis Arend on May 05, 2016, 11:01:09 am
Ai.   :'(

Condolences to her family and friends.  You all are in my prayers.     

RIP, Lindel. 
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Post by: silvrav on May 05, 2016, 11:02:26 am
Strongs Boet.  As you say so is now painless and free.
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Post by: jaybiker on May 05, 2016, 12:23:02 pm
Wishing you and yours all the fortitude in the world Mr Zog.
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Post by: DeeCeeBee on May 05, 2016, 12:27:58 pm
Having recently emigrated too, losing a loved one in RSA is one of my biggest fears.
I really am sorry Mr Zog. Please pass on our condolences to your dad too.


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Post by: WheelieDog on May 05, 2016, 01:31:39 pm
Ai Mr Zog, very sad news indeed.

Wishing you and your family all the strength needed during this difficult time.

Lindel will live on in your memory forever...
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Post by: Pyscho Porra on May 05, 2016, 04:33:25 pm
Condolences to you and your Family Zog. Our thoughts and prayers are with you :(
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Post by: RobC on May 05, 2016, 04:38:56 pm
Condolences.  :'(
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Post by: lpj on May 05, 2016, 05:41:10 pm
Condolences Gary.

Stay strong that side.
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Post by: Franky3 on May 05, 2016, 06:55:39 pm
You have the right attitude. She is free now. Free from the suffering and pain. May the angels guide her home.

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Post by: DirtRebell on May 05, 2016, 09:16:43 pm
My sincere condolences....
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Post by: Tom van Brits on May 05, 2016, 09:27:32 pm
Jammer om te hoor Gary, baie sterkte mater

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Post by: schalk vd merwe on May 05, 2016, 11:09:12 pm
Gary sorry to hear about your loss. It must be hard to sit in a new country many mile away and be in this situation. Sterkte ou maat.
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Post by: Mr Zog on May 06, 2016, 03:17:57 am
I am humbled and amazed at the goodness in people.

I have received PM's, emails, Whatsapp messages and SMS's. Offering condolences, best wishes, thoughts and prayers, and even offers of cash assistance for everything from the funeral to air ticket back to SA for the funeral.

I will not be flying to SA. The funeral will be a very small family affair, with a cremation. Lindel knew she was going, and made her wishes known. So all good.

Thank you to all that sent messages, either by posts here, or other means. If I didn't get back to you it's not because I am rude. Its because there are literally so many. Hence my "blanket thanks" here.

I laid into the job today, worked my butt off, and it helped. Also, some sawdust helped disguise the tears earlier. Not just tears of sorrow for my sister, but every time I got the chance to check my phone there were more PM's and emails etc.  As I said, its humbling.

Good guys here on their bikes...  :thumleft: :ricky:
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Post by: VaalBaas on May 06, 2016, 03:45:28 am
Ek kan nie vanoggend slaap nie en kies toe die thread van jou. Wou hom al lankal aanvat. Baie jammer om te lees van jou suster. Sterkte mater.

Met al die ander dinge  -  Voorspoed en geluk daar tussen die Yanks :thumleft:
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Post by: silvrav on May 06, 2016, 06:40:54 am
I am humbled and amazed at the goodness in people.

I have received PM's, emails, Whatsapp messages and SMS's. Offering condolences, best wishes, thoughts and prayers, and even offers of cash assistance for everything from the funeral to air ticket back to SA for the funeral.

I will not be flying to SA. The funeral will be a very small family affair, with a cremation. Lindel knew she was going, and made her wishes known. So all good.

Thank you to all that sent messages, either by posts here, or other means. If I didn't get back to you it's not because I am rude. Its because there are literally so many. Hence my "blanket thanks" here.

I laid into the job today, worked my butt off, and it helped. Also, some sawdust helped disguise the tears earlier. Not just tears of sorrow for my sister, but every time I got the chance to check my phone there were more PM's and emails etc.  As I said, its humbling.

Good guys here on their bikes...  :thumleft: :ricky:

You mean hairy scary bikers riding with their colors around  :ricky:
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Post by: punisher on May 06, 2016, 07:57:58 am
Condolences mate
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Post by: Pumbaa on May 06, 2016, 08:29:35 am
Sorry to hear about the sad news, thinking of you and the family during the tough times.
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Post by: badballie on May 06, 2016, 09:05:02 am
Condolences Gary, our thoughts are with you and your family in this time.

Strongs boet
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Post by: Tallisman on May 06, 2016, 10:09:06 am
Sorry to read this Mr Zog.
I hope knowing that all of us share in your grief helps. Keep strong.
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Post by: Hentie @ Riders on May 06, 2016, 10:40:35 am
RIP  :'( Sterkte vir jou en die family.
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Post by: chopperpilot on May 06, 2016, 12:16:33 pm
Sterkte Gary. Dink aan jou en jou familie.


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Post by: Toothless on May 06, 2016, 12:42:54 pm
Sterkte!
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Post by: BoatMedic on May 06, 2016, 01:44:01 pm
Al ry ek nie 'n bike nie, like ek jou kwaai....

Translated:
Even if I dont ride a bike, I also like you angry...... :ricky: :ricky:
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Post by: Mr Zog on May 07, 2016, 03:32:22 am
Just a quick update...

Tomorrow I get the van. Below is a pic of the vehicle... its bigger than it looks on the cell pic.

And the Big Boss got a new truck. Actually, make that TRUCK. Eish... second pic says it all... even 4x4.
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Post by: TornadoF5 on May 07, 2016, 03:45:25 am
Ooooooo Dodge Ram naaice! Now you too have a proper people mova! Dogs are gonna dig that (of course if you allowed to use it privately)
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Post by: WheelieDog on May 07, 2016, 08:24:54 am
Just keep in mind when you drive to work and all the other cars are driving on the wrong side of the road, it's not them, it's YOU ;)
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Post by: Tom van Brits on May 07, 2016, 04:48:06 pm
Lekker family van, lots of space for tools and spares

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Post by: elandsrider on May 07, 2016, 06:56:53 pm
My hands were full of mud (the stuff we use to smooth out dry wall) and it was pissing down outside. Torrential rain that doesn't drain away. We are, after all, in a swamp. My phone rang.

My phone never rings here. Unless it's the Boss. Because wife sends me whatsapp so I can call her when I get a break.

It wasn't the Boss. It was my dad calling me from SA. I knew there was a problem...

His voice was shattered. He was sobbing.

My sister died today.

Some of you may recall me asking if anyone knew where we could find an Insulin Pump http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=151330.0 (http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=151330.0) 

That was literally 2 years ago. She did get her pump, as a result of the suggestion of a member here. Thank you again. It helped to keep her alive for another two years.

The last time I saw Lindel was about 3 months ago. Just before we flew out to the USA. I was on my way to visit my dad (Lindel lived at home, she was unable to work and support herself) when he called me. She had gone into a diabetic coma and they were unable to get her out of it. I out my foot down and got there just as the provincial ambulance service guys finally managed to get a vein in her foot and give her the dextrose she needed. She woke up immediately and was fine.

Over the years she was in and out of hospital so much that she was well-known to the staff at Steve Biko (Pretoria Academic) hospital. However, in the hospital she somehow managed to pick up the drug-resistant strain of TB. This knocked her hard, and she ended up in renal failure, her kidneys completely shot. She was getting dialysis 3 times per week. She was on the downhill slope...

She passed away this morning at the Krugersdorp hospital after they were unable to get her sugar down because of the renal failure.

Sleep tight little sister. You will never again feel the pain, or the suffer from the disease. You are free now. Fly to the angels... We love you.

Below is her last WhatsApp profile picture.
condolences on your families loss Mr zog
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: bud500 on May 07, 2016, 11:56:51 pm
Keep on keeping on!
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on May 08, 2016, 02:51:32 am
Thanks again guys. It feels like a have this great big family out there. Warms my heart.

Today I had another work-day, but only 6 hours. Then I went and collected the Boss-man's white van. Loaded my tools and stuff, and now I'm at home with the phone on in case they call me for a problem.

They are contracted to service around 360 houses in the immediate area. So no lack of work, and a good chance that someone may have some sort of an issue; water-pump failure (remember most houses here have boreholes), geysers that stop working, Air-conditioners that pack up, fridges, freezers, ice-makers, dishwashers, washers, dryers, etc, etc, etc... And any weekend call-out is time-and-a-half. That's almost $20/hour... bring it on!!!  ;D

This evening after work I made another quick dog-proof fence for a pot-plant for Mrs Zog. And having a vehicle that has SPACE inside has already paid off. This afternoon on the way home with the van I spotted a couple of chairs at the side of the road. This meant that they are free. I stopped and checked, and loaded them! Very nice lawn-chairs! Just two need new material. Its a shade-cloth-type material. Maybe I can even find them online and just order the material and fit it myself? Lets see...

I'll try get some pics, but its dark now, so maybe the phone won't like that? Otherwise tomorrow...  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: silvrav on May 08, 2016, 04:28:39 am
 :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: TornadoF5 on May 09, 2016, 01:17:18 pm
recall Florida 2014 on one of the highways, like here in SA was some dude with his board on the side of the road under a bridge selling gator jerky :thumleft: Thought I was driving down Kragga Kamma road here in PE with it's roadside vendors
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: cheesy on May 09, 2016, 07:35:21 pm
Mr. Zog, just read about the loss of your sister, sincerest condolences  to you and the family, Sy is nou huistoe ou maat.
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: silvrav on May 10, 2016, 01:26:53 am
 :sip: will have to read newspaper now...
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on May 10, 2016, 01:55:13 am
:sip: will have to read newspaper now...

or the nappy packaging  :peepwall:  :imaposer:  :imaposer:  :imaposer:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on May 10, 2016, 02:04:58 am
Ok, there was no update yesterday. Sorry. So sue me.  >:D

A few pics...

1. My neighbour gave me a rotary cutter. Its mainly used for cutting open drywall. The pin that holds the shaft still so you can open and close the chuck had come out. I fixed it in a few minutes. Now I just gotta get some cutting bits from the hardware store when I get paid Wednesday.

2. The dog-proof fence around the pot plant (coconut palm) and two of the chairs I found. A google search revealed that they are from the exclusive collection of Martha Stewart. Apparentky some well-known auntie here in 'Merica. But the chairs are available fro Home Depot for $20 each. So I dunno if they are worth the effort to repair. I will try get a quote for the material inserts and see...

3. The view of the other side of our "Florida Room", the pot plants are coming along nicely, the stand I built looks ok. And when our stuff arrives from SA (about another 3 weeks apparently) we will get our "Cooleroos", a shade-cloth roll-up blind that I put on the pallet. They will come in very handy for sorting out the late afternoon sun that shines in my eyes when I sit out there.
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on May 10, 2016, 02:15:26 am
We live in a summer-rainfall area here in Florida, just like in Gauteng. But unlike Gauteng we also have some wildlife.

We have squirrels (millions of the little buggers) and raccoons and nutria (see them alongside the road all the time having been nailed by cars) and then we also have alligators.

When it rains a lot, the gators tend to go walkabout...

Sometimes the gators get into trouble. The entire Florida is a reclaimed swamp, so its actually their home. But they tend to stay away from the humans. However, all too often, apparently, they are found in town. The report below is from a few days ago. Think of Babcock Street as Lynnwood road, or Church Street in Pretoria. I drove Babcock street twice in the day in the report. Its a main route. I drove it again the next morning to get to work again.

Picture a 10 foot (just over 3 meter) alligator waltzing down the street... and the frightened locals shitting themselves... eish.

I can't wait to see my first live alligator in the street... we have a canal behind the house across the street, and they (the houses across the street) have no fences, not even back yard fences. So Alligators can move around quite freely.

I need an alligator skin belt...  :peepwall:  :pot: :lol8:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on May 10, 2016, 02:31:57 am
This looks like fun!

Caution. Contains scenes of rats being shot. With guns. And arrows...  :sip:

https://www.youtube.com/v/tqLc251VcYk
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Oubones on May 10, 2016, 05:57:46 am
Hehe, so julle het wilde plat-honde daar?
Ek kan al die gesig sien as so gator hier in 'n straat moet af!
Jy sal seker nie een kan courier nie😄 :ricky: :peepwall:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: frankmac on May 10, 2016, 06:48:38 am
Those nutria look fairly similar to our cane rats which are not bad eating  :biggrin:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: silvrav on May 10, 2016, 06:51:29 am
:sip: will have to read newspaper now...

or the nappy packaging  :peepwall:  :imaposer:  :imaposer:  :imaposer:

 :laughing4: :deal: What you wanna know? what crystals they use? sizes? hours of dryness (which they lie about by the way)  :patch:

Nice Mr Zog! you settling lekker there. Think I must come for a visit.!
This looks like fun!

Caution. Contains scenes of rats being shot. With guns. And arrows...  :sip:

https://www.youtube.com/v/tqLc251VcYk

Those nutria look fairly similar to our cane rats which are not bad eating  :biggrin:

Or otters/gerbals/dassies.

Frinkin huge mofos those!
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mikie on May 10, 2016, 08:07:51 am
Gary, are you allowed to kill a Gator if it wanders into your yard?
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Airguitar on May 10, 2016, 02:13:28 pm
Gary, I've finally had a chance to read through the whole thread and catch up from where I lat left off. (Page 6!)
I'm identifying with so much you're saying here in Luxembourg. I actually found a little attic apartment in France and am slowly making it liveable. However it's no easy feat juggling my budget to meet the needs of Frau Guitar in Benoni as well as fend for myself here, but we make it work. As you say, kindness overflows from places least expected. My wife said to me "Bad things happened, but good people stepped in"

I'll be stopping by and seeing your ramblings more regularly again.. Miss you my bro!

We know we're alive. The brave must go on and thrive.

Hijack ON:-

Me and my cheap car at work. It's a 2003 BMW 318ti Compact. does an astounding 7.5l/100km in town!
(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/QaWSfwqVcQ5Yntd8w6RXP3u6soBfFKEdWx7i4pB6cSBuR2AwZ2ad2qi0bGjCWzlpy83t22LhrH4=w1680-h1050-rw-no)

Where I live, Rettel, France.
(https://goo.gl/photos/whnFaujS2CUvQZqx6)

Where I wanna live.. Luxembourg.. Dream on...  :lol8:
(http://[https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/KjxrBn8m8u-Eh33E4LlselsFqf6_4bAmZWXo92LQ1Bb1Y92Ip8AD505RY96LukVWkGa2ozKAobg=w1680-h1050-rw-no/img]How it looks out here...[img]https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/bK8ivxsdNtWQkWzGhIzQWKN5ycaYOcyoSL-cX5iLP_2RlC4HfSyumONHmvZoVBgc4m41UF1G5rw=w1680-h1050-rw-no)
Hijack OFF -:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on May 11, 2016, 02:29:40 am
Gary, I've finally had a chance to read through the whole thread and catch up from where I lat left off. (Page 6!)
I'm identifying with so much you're saying here in Luxembourg. I actually found a little attic apartment in France and am slowly making it liveable. However it's no easy feat juggling my budget to meet the needs of Frau Guitar in Benoni as well as fend for myself here, but we make it work. As you say, kindness overflows from places least expected. My wife said to me "Bad things happened, but good people stepped in"

I'll be stopping by and seeing your ramblings more regularly again.. Miss you my bro!

We know we're alive. The brave must go on and thrive.

Hijack ON:-

Me and my cheap car at work. It's a 2003 BMW 318ti Compact. does an astounding 7.5l/100km in town!
(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/QaWSfwqVcQ5Yntd8w6RXP3u6soBfFKEdWx7i4pB6cSBuR2AwZ2ad2qi0bGjCWzlpy83t22LhrH4=w1680-h1050-rw-no)

Where I live, Rettel, France.
(https://goo.gl/photos/whnFaujS2CUvQZqx6)

Where I wanna live.. Luxembourg.. Dream on...  :lol8:
(http://[https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/KjxrBn8m8u-Eh33E4LlselsFqf6_4bAmZWXo92LQ1Bb1Y92Ip8AD505RY96LukVWkGa2ozKAobg=w1680-h1050-rw-no/img]How it looks out here...[img]https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/bK8ivxsdNtWQkWzGhIzQWKN5ycaYOcyoSL-cX5iLP_2RlC4HfSyumONHmvZoVBgc4m41UF1G5rw=w1680-h1050-rw-no)
Hijack OFF -:

Hey D! Long time no hear. Good to see you still keeping the wheels down when landing.

Yip, going good here, and the kindness and goodness of people I have never even met continues to amaze and astound me. See the next post to see what I mean...

France? Ey bro, bon jour! Remember that cheese is fromage. Add fromage to everythuing. Fromage and Mrs Balls  :imaposer: :imaposer: :imaposer:

Keep watching. This space gonna go places!  :sip:  :ricky:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on May 11, 2016, 02:58:43 am
Today I knocked off at 4:30. An early afternoon by all accounts. I got home just a few minutes before 5. I was still literally taking things out of my pockets in the house when I spied the Brown Van stop outside. The Brown Van. The UPS Van...

Hory Clap!!!!  Derively!!!

Why am I talking with a Chinese accent? Well, because it sounds better than Swearing. Thats why!  :imaposer: :imaposer: :imaposer:

So the Brown Van dude walks up the driveway and I go out to the garage to meet him. He's carrying a big box, with MY NAME on it!!!

OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG.....!!!!! ::) ::) ::)

I gotta prezzie... I gotta prezzie... I gotta prezzie... !!!!!  :ricky: :ricky: :ricky:

So. My good mate. Mr Grizz from the UK. He decided to link my Wild Dog thread to one of his hot rod forum threads in the USA.

A guy called Dennis reads this thread. Decides that he would like to welcome this new immigrant to the USA in the way that most US citizens like to. With generosity.

I have no words. Again. I have not been left speechless so often in my life before.

Dennis owns a car body shop in St Louis, Missouri. He races for a hobby, and works on a NASCAR truck team that is next to his house (some people are beyond lucky!). He sends me a message telling me he has sent me a package, stuff that gets given to the race team as sponsorships. He tells me that if I ever need anything I just need to call him.

Guys. and girls...

Lets just say that I was blown away. Like as in what could happen when a hurricane hits this town. BLOWN AWAY.  :eek7:

So this afternoon the package from Dennis arrives. Its in a box that is marked "100 Measuring Cups". Obviously paint measuring cups. Well... a few may be handy. To drink out of. Maybe 2 or 3. But a 100?  :patch: :patch: :patch:

Don't stress it ladies and gents... it was just a box he must have had handy. Inside there were no cups.

But... Stuff MUCH more valuable and precious to me...

Let me keep you-all in suspense a bit.

Here are the pics of the dogs first doing their scan.

Sammy says that he thinks there is food inside. But then he thinks EVERYTHING is food.

Maggie says that it is clear. No explosives, no drugs, no contrabrand. She's the brains of the operation. Obviously.
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: luv2ride on May 11, 2016, 03:08:21 am
Well done to Dennis and to Grizz for the initiative  :thumleft:

Show us the contents  of the fooking box :deal:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on May 11, 2016, 03:15:30 am
Let me list the contents of the goodie-package from Dennis...

1. Craftsman spanners - metric- stubby! from 10mm to 15mm
2. Craftsman spanners - IMP - stubby!- from 3/8 to 5/8ths. Anyone who knows will understand how valuable stubby spanners are!
3. Craftsman spanners - metric -  normal length from 10 mm to 15 mm.
4. Craftsman spanners - Imperial - normal length from 3/8 to 5/8ths.
5. Electronic measuring tape!
6. 5 Pairs of working gloves! My hands are so full of cuts and scratches from working, these are gonna save them a LOT!
7. The BIGGEST caulking gun I have EVER seen!
8. A bottle of polish for the car. My little Kia Rio is gonna shine like a real racing car!

And. The piece "de-resistance"...

A bottle.

A green bottle...

Apple-flavoured... Whisky!

Crown Royal, Regal Apple.

Now even Mrs Zog had a reason to smile!  ;D ;D ;D


I had to go out again, so I sent Dennis a text message thanking him.

Can one ever say thank you enough for such awesome gifts?

On the way home I got a bottle of Soda Water (Seltzer Water is what its called here). To mix the whisky.


You see. Drinking it neat would be first prize. But its hot here, and I get thirsty. REAL THIRSTY. So if I mix it with soda water and ice, it will last so much longer. And I still get all the flavour from it.  

It is GOOOOOODDD!!!!! But just one, a small single. I am still on standby for any service calls that may come in...

Thank you Dennis. From the bottom of my heart. Thank you.

I have already taken out one pair of gloves for the Boss (small Boss, who also actually does work). I know he'll appreciate them. As much as I appreciate them.
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Herklaas on May 11, 2016, 03:17:11 am
 :sip: Kom nou, kom nou, wat's in die blerry box? It's 03:17 in the morning and I don't need this............please!
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Herklaas on May 11, 2016, 03:17:46 am
 :sip: Ok thanks.
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on May 11, 2016, 03:18:26 am
Gary, are you allowed to kill a Gator if it wanders into your yard?


I don't know.

I suppose one could kill it, and claim self-defense...

But I suppose that the correct answer would be to call animal control services (I reckon a call to 911 would get them out too) to capture and release the beast.

But I will continue to try and find the definitive answer.  :thumleft:  :ricky:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on May 11, 2016, 03:19:59 am
Well done to Dennis and to Grizz for the initiative  :thumleft:

Show us the contents  of the fooking box :deal:

:sip: Kom nou, kom nou, wat's in die blerry box? It's 03:17 in the morning and I don't need this............please!

Ha ha ha ha ha!!!!!!

Its only 1/4 past 9 here. Almost time for bed...


Patience young Padewan....  :imaposer:  :imaposer:  :imaposer:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Herklaas on May 11, 2016, 03:20:54 am
 :sip: Well, Maggie looks impressed.  :3some:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: luv2ride on May 11, 2016, 03:22:35 am
Let me list the contents of the goodie-package from Dennis...
Lekker gift :thumleft: Enjoy!
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on May 11, 2016, 03:39:49 am
So...

I mentioned that I had to go out again today, after I got home.

Well. You see. Its like this...

I was given. Yes. GIVEN.

A washer and a dryer. And a chest deep freeze.

As mentioned before.

The generosity, and kindness, of the guys I have met here.

Ok, granted, they are old. About 10 years old. But they still work perfectly. I know because I tested them.

The guy who owned them was gonna out them out onto the street for the scrappies to take away. I asked for them. I just had to get them out of the property they were in by this evening.

Big Boss said I could use his truck, anytime. Also his trailer. Anytime.

I used them both this afternoon. Dodge 150 truck. Big V8 engine that just gurgles until I step on the loud pedal. I like that LOUD pedal. A LOT!!!  :drif: :drif: :drif:

I bought a washer and dryer when we moved into this house. But they are both having issues. The dryer needs a bearing, it squeals when turning. And the washer gets stuck when using a certain cycle. So I reckon I can fix both, quite easily. A bearing, and a turn-switch. But I may have to wait a few days for the spare parts, and we need the washer and dryer here. We still only have the clothes we carried on the plane (and today we heard that our stuff coming on the ship has been delayed in Antwerp for about 3 weeks  :xxbah: ), so washing every few days is a MUST.

Now I can install the older machines, and take my time fixing the newer ones properly.

And if we get a bargain-special deal on meat or other f=frozen goodies (ice-cream!  :drif:  ) we can keep it in the chest freezer in the garage. It needs a really good cleaning, and probably a new coat of paint, but its already ice-cold inside.  

When the original machines are working correctly I will try and see if I can donate the other ones to a homeless shelter, or animal shelter, or similar. I think it would be wrong to scrap machines that still work perfectly...
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: luv2ride on May 11, 2016, 03:46:04 am
You are on a roll, lady Luck is on your side  ;D

How does your goods get delayed by 3 weeks?
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: hedleyj on May 11, 2016, 03:54:56 am
Gary your words remain such an inspiration to so many

I wish I could do something in some small way to repay your efforts and kindness in showing all of us there are options, no matter what the odds. As well as for the never ending effort you make to keep us not only posted of your adventures but highly amused in your style of covering the events.

Keep the stories rolling in, this is the first thread I read every day.


Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on May 11, 2016, 04:51:32 am
You are on a roll, lady Luck is on your side  ;D

How does your goods get delayed by 3 weeks?

I dunno boet.

I just dunno. Ship left SA on 8 April. Had to go via Europe. Was supposed to sail from Europe and be in Miami on about 20 May. Now only leaving Europe on about 19 May. Eish...

It is what it is. Doesn't help to stress about the stuff we have no control over.  :sip:

Bed time. Long hard day again tomorrow.  :ricky:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Sardine on May 11, 2016, 05:17:13 am
 :thumleft: :ricky: :3some:

Looking good, Gary!
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: silvrav on May 11, 2016, 07:21:39 am
ag man! So glad for you guys Mr Zog and Mrs Zog! You guys deserve everything coming your way!  :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: 1ougat on May 11, 2016, 07:37:39 am
 :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: grizz on May 11, 2016, 08:37:24 am
Let me list the contents of the goodie-package from Dennis...

1. Craftsman spanners - metric- stubby! from 10mm to 15mm
2. Craftsman spanners - IMP - stubby!- from 3/8 to 5/8ths. Anyone who knows will understand how valuable stubby spanners are!
3. Craftsman spanners - metric -  normal length from 10 mm to 15 mm.
4. Craftsman spanners - Imperial - normal length from 3/8 to 5/8ths.
5. Electronic measuring tape!
6. 5 Pairs of working gloves! My hands are so full of cuts and scratches from working, these are gonna save them a LOT!
7. The BIGGEST caulking gun I have EVER seen!
8. A bottle of polish for the car. My little Kia Rio is gonna shine like a real racing car!

And. The piece "de-resistance"...

A bottle.

A green bottle...

Apple-flavoured... Whisky!

Crown Royal, Regal Apple.

Now even Mrs Zog had a reason to smile!  ;D ;D ;D


I had to go out again, so I sent Dennis a text message thanking him.

Can one ever say thank you enough for such awesome gifts?

On the way home I got a bottle of Soda Water (Seltzer Water is what its called here). To mix the whisky.


You see. Drinking it neat would be first prize. But its hot here, and I get thirsty. REAL THIRSTY. So if I mix it with soda water and ice, it will last so much longer. And I still get all the flavour from it.  

It is GOOOOOODDD!!!!! But just one, a small single. I am still on standby for any service calls that may come in...

Thank you Dennis. From the bottom of my heart. Thank you.

I have already taken out one pair of gloves for the Boss (small Boss, who also actually does work). I know he'll appreciate them. As much as I appreciate them.

Really glad, thankful that Dennis wanted to join the party at Villa Zog.

Thank you Dennis !!! You are a Gentleman.

Gary, just double check, I think those gloves may be the fire proof ones, if not, no problem, but they are great to use when you need a bit of protection.

I guess you are really getting payback for all the days you were out there saving lives, making a difference.

Regarding your doggies doing the security check......

Dennis has doggies too, and they have noses that are so sensitive, so even just rubbing against the box etc, the smell could still be there.

People like Dennis and Immigrant put my faith in humanity firmly back in place.

Have a good day.
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: TornadoF5 on May 11, 2016, 08:50:58 am
Really exciting stuff Gary and may your blessings continue!
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Sláinte Mhaith on May 11, 2016, 09:28:09 am
Can one ever say thank you enough for such awesome gifts?

Realise more and more we live in a third world country. Even on a good salary here some of those stuff you won't even buy.  Have you ever owned such gloves when in SA?

Love your thread. The more I read the more I want to move to the USA.

And if we get a bargain-special deal on meat or other f=frozen goodies (ice-cream!  :drif:  ) we can keep it in the chest freezer in the garage. I

Or store the meat from the gator you going to shoot.  ;D
With your price of meat and accessibility to guns is hunting for meat an easy possibility?
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: evansv on May 11, 2016, 11:13:47 am
Well done Grizz & Dennis! You guys rock :thumleft:

Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on May 12, 2016, 02:57:48 am
Some different kind of pics.

Today part of the job entailed some electrical work. Adding an additional power-point for the well pump. It had to be outside where the pump is, so a waterproof box etc.

But what was interesting was the difference between what a main board looks like. Still use circuit breakers, but they fit horizontally, with the power bussbar running vertically between them. The breakers just clip into the bussbar. Pretty neat...

I'll try make a drawing of what the typical water system looks like...
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on May 12, 2016, 03:00:43 am
Today's score.

A bit different, but just as important.

Two pot plants that were headed for the bin.

A fern. And a hydrangea. The hydrangea had seen much better days, but with a quick re-potting, and cutting away the deadwood, I'm certain it will make a nice comeback. Especially with Mrs Zog's green fingers doing all the work.

Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on May 12, 2016, 03:41:54 am
So today was payday.

After paying the bills, and giving Mrs Zog cash for shopping for food and stuff, its gone. But I did buy a pair of flip-flops at Walmart. $4,97 a pair. Nice camo straps  ;D  And I also got 3 pairs of shorts to wear to work. Around $10 each.

Oh, and for supper I got us a roast chicken, and half a dozen breadrolls. Roast chicken, just like from Woolies or P&P back in SA. Except the chickens here are quite literally twice the size. Must be all the steroids they get fed. $8,80 for a BIG chicken. Ate supper, and will have enough for lunch and another full meal again too.

About the exchange rate... yes its just over R15 to the US$ right now. But thats not a real true reflection of the differences. I reckon that a much more accurate reflection of the ACTUAL difference in prices/costs/expenses is around R10/$.  At R15 its just stupid.... so I just use a quick "x10" when I see a price to see if I reckon what it actually costs, value-wise, in ZAR.

Well, I now have the grand total of $19 available in my bank account. But on the bright side, its only another 7 days to my next payday. And I have all I need for the next 7 days, food and water included. Even the dogglies have a fresh bag of dog-food.  ;D

Lifer sure is a lot different when you get paid each week... the budget works out a LOT different.  :imaposer: :imaposer: :imaposer:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: boere on May 12, 2016, 04:13:18 am
Morning Mr Zog :thumleft:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Oubones on May 12, 2016, 05:48:53 am
Well done Grizz & Dennis! You guys rock :thumleft:


+1000
It is so good to see!
Thanks guys!
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: oldmannorman on May 12, 2016, 08:26:59 am
What an early morning inspirational read. Thank you for sharing.
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: krister on May 12, 2016, 10:29:15 am
 :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mrs. Zog on May 12, 2016, 07:47:04 pm
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A fern. And a hydrangea. The hydrangea had seen much better days, but with a quick re-potting, and cutting away the deadwood, I'm certain it will make a nice comeback. Especially with Mrs Zog's green fingers doing all the work.

Not a hydrangea, Mr. Zog. A geranium. :BangHead: Ah well. Some of us save people, some of us save plants.  ;D

Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Would I? on May 12, 2016, 07:50:46 pm
Gary you are a real inspiration :biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin:

I smile while reading your posts 
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Coxwain on May 12, 2016, 07:51:11 pm
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A fern. And a hydrangea. The hydrangea had seen much better days, but with a quick re-potting, and cutting away the deadwood, I'm certain it will make a nice comeback. Especially with Mrs Zog's green fingers doing all the work.

Not a hydrangea, Mr. Zog. A geranium. :BangHead: Ah well. Some of us save people, some of us save plants.  ;D



Be patient with him Mrs Zog.............Just .......be patient  :biggrin:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: JohnB on May 12, 2016, 07:51:32 pm
Give him gears Mrs. Zog  :lol8:

Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on May 13, 2016, 03:19:22 am
Ok. So its a Geranium.  :peepwall:

I still saved it and brought it home. So there.  ;D


Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on May 13, 2016, 03:26:34 am
I didn't "score" anything today.

Except a bit of a sunburn, and a whole lotta dirty. I was outside most afternoon using a pressure-washer to wash the mildew off the walls, and the mould off the driveway and the footpath to the front door of the house we are just finishing off.

But I did "score" a very special supper.

Mrs Zog went to Walmart today, and saw steak on special. Was $15, now $11. So she bought a pack of two steaks for $11. She also bought a very tasty meat rub. See pic below.

I rubbed the steaks, then put them in a hot frying pan.

I also made a nice fresh mushroom and garlic sauce, and some baked baby potatoes. Mrs Zog made a tasty coleslaw.

Dinner was awesome!

Now I'm sitting back and enjoying the full belly!
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Geriatrix on May 13, 2016, 03:32:55 am
I don't often eat beef steak, but yours looks vert tasty indeed.

Does the rub have a whiskey taste?
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on May 13, 2016, 03:54:57 am
I don't often eat beef steak, but yours looks vert tasty indeed.

Does the rub have a whiskey taste?

Nope. Unfortunately not.

But it is the closest I have found to "Buffalo Steak & Chops" seasoning...
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: boere on May 13, 2016, 04:41:38 am
More Gary :thumleft:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Piet on May 13, 2016, 06:59:42 am
I didn't "score" anything today.

Except a bit of a sunburn, and a whole lotta dirty. I was outside most afternoon using a pressure-washer to wash the mildew off the walls, and the mould off the driveway and the footpath to the front door of the house we are just finishing off.

But I did "score" a very special supper.

Mrs Zog went to Walmart today, and saw steak on special. Was $15, now $11. So she bought a pack of two steaks for $11. She also bought a very tasty meat rub. See pic below.

I rubbed the steaks, then put them in a hot frying pan.

I also made a nice fresh mushroom and garlic sauce, and some baked baby potatoes. Mrs Zog made a tasty coleslaw.

Dinner was awesome!

Now I'm sitting back and enjoying the full belly!
Ha! PFT! Sies man! Ek dog jou braaier staan op jou stoep? Dan gooi jy die steaks in 'n pan?  :eek7:

 ;D  ;)  :P Glad you got a steak Zog!
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: punisher on May 13, 2016, 10:22:26 am
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A fern. And a hydrangea. The hydrangea had seen much better days, but with a quick re-potting, and cutting away the deadwood, I'm certain it will make a nice comeback. Especially with Mrs Zog's green fingers doing all the work.

Not a hydrangea, Mr. Zog. A geranium. :BangHead: Ah well. Some of us save people, some of us save plants.  ;D



Be patient with him Mrs Zog.............Just .......be patient  :biggrin:

Just dont be come.his patient
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Casting from Turd on May 13, 2016, 11:24:29 am
Today's score.

A bit different, but just as important.

Two pot plants that were headed for the bin.

A fern. And a hydrangea. The hydrangea had seen much better days, but with a quick re-potting, and cutting away the deadwood, I'm certain it will make a nice comeback. Especially with Mrs Zog's green fingers doing all the work.



And by the way....  The geranium is endemic to the Zuurberg mountains you philistine  :imaposer:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: luv2ride on May 13, 2016, 08:56:10 pm
I didn't "score" anything today.

Except a bit of a sunburn, and a whole lotta dirty. I was outside most afternoon using a pressure-washer to wash the mildew off the walls, and the mould off the driveway and the footpath to the front door of the house we are just finishing off.

But I did "score" a very special supper.

Mrs Zog went to Walmart today, and saw steak on special. Was $15, now $11. So she bought a pack of two steaks for $11. She also bought a very tasty meat rub. See pic below.

I rubbed the steaks, then put them in a hot frying pan.

I also made a nice fresh mushroom and garlic sauce, and some baked baby potatoes. Mrs Zog made a tasty coleslaw.

Dinner was awesome!

Now I'm sitting back and enjoying the full belly!
Ha! PFT! Sies man! Ek dog jou braaier staan op jou stoep? Dan gooi jy die steaks in 'n pan?  :eek7:

 ;D  ;)  :P Glad you got a steak Zog!
Volgende gaan hy BBQ en dan worsies of patties op die gas-grill gooi  ::)
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on May 14, 2016, 03:54:44 am
I didn't "score" anything today.

Except a bit of a sunburn, and a whole lotta dirty. I was outside most afternoon using a pressure-washer to wash the mildew off the walls, and the mould off the driveway and the footpath to the front door of the house we are just finishing off.

But I did "score" a very special supper.

Mrs Zog went to Walmart today, and saw steak on special. Was $15, now $11. So she bought a pack of two steaks for $11. She also bought a very tasty meat rub. See pic below.

I rubbed the steaks, then put them in a hot frying pan.

I also made a nice fresh mushroom and garlic sauce, and some baked baby potatoes. Mrs Zog made a tasty coleslaw.

Dinner was awesome!

Now I'm sitting back and enjoying the full belly!
Ha! PFT! Sies man! Ek dog jou braaier staan op jou stoep? Dan gooi jy die steaks in 'n pan?  :eek7:

 ;D  ;)  :P Glad you got a steak Zog!
Volgende gaan hy BBQ en dan worsies of patties op die gas-grill gooi  ::)

Fokkit. Never. I have my standards. They may be low, but they are there. Nver patties on the gas grill...

Planning a braai for Sunday. Sausage and chicken sosaties (homemade).

Lets see how things develop...
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on May 14, 2016, 03:58:53 am
Just a quick one today. I'm farking fubar.

This morning I continued to pressure-wash the house we are almost done with. The people were supposed to move in today. Tomorrow we gotta finish off painting the outside. I'll be there at 8 again.

Just to illustrate the weather here. Hot. Hot and humid.

Means that everything is wet. Moss and mildew and mould grows everywhere.

Here I wrote my Forum Name with the pressure washer on the wall. Then I washed it off again. Tomorrow we paint that wall.
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: frankmac on May 14, 2016, 07:41:49 am
Humidity seems to drain all your energy and unlike the drier climes, you can't escape it by sitting in the shade. I take it the mugginess will be way worse come June/July. Are the winters fairly mild?

I had to do a job in Djibouti during June/July some years back and was exposed to their high temp and humidity.

It made our South Coast weather seem almost wintry.

Most Djiboutians flee to the Ethiopian highlands during their high summer months



Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on May 15, 2016, 04:04:16 am
Humidity seems to drain all your energy and unlike the drier climes, you can't escape it by sitting in the shade. I take it the mugginess will be way worse come June/July. Are the winters fairly mild?

I had to do a job in Djibouti during June/July some years back and was exposed to their high temp and humidity.

It made our South Coast weather seem almost wintry.

Most Djiboutians flee to the Ethiopian highlands during their high summer months


Oh yes. It will only get worse from here on, until end October or thereabouts.

Winters are very mild, every few years they get frost for just one night, maybe two, then all the farmers bitch about the spots on their oranges etc. Lots of citrus farms out this way...

I spent a summer in the Congo jungle / rain forest. That was pretty hot and humid too...  :peepwall:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on May 15, 2016, 04:14:52 am
An unfortunate spin of the wheel?

Florida is in the South. Its geographically the far South, but its not quite the Deep South.

I'm talking about the folks being CONSERVATIVE. Not having any tolerance for things they don't like, like homosexuals or other races, or other religions. But its still pretty conservative here.

I've mentioned the racism. But I have also not seen any, and I mean ANY overtly gay men. I have a very well-tuned gaydar, my best friend in the world is gay, and so are a lot of my friends. But I can not recall having seen any gay men here. I;m sure that there are, but they just hide it really well. Its not something that is easily tolerated here. So any overtly gay behaviour may just result in severe physical injury. You see, the rednecks just like beating up on people...

So I was pretty amazed to see the license plate in the pic below. Its not a "personalised"  plate, just the standard plate issued by the State. Its on a Dodge Muscle Car. Very similar to what the cops drive.

How unfortunate about the number plate... I wonder how many times the driver has had to use all the ponies under the hood to get away from an angry redneck?  :imaposer:   :imaposer:  :imaposer:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: BoatMedic on May 15, 2016, 04:30:09 am
An unfortunate spin of the wheel?

Florida is in the South. Its geographically the far South, but its not quite the Deep South.

I'm talking about the folks being CONSERVATIVE. Not having any tolerance for things they don't like, like homosexuals or other races, or other religions. But its still pretty conservative here.

I've mentioned the racism. But I have also not seen any, and I mean ANY overtly gay men. I have a very well-tuned gaydar, my best friend in the world is gay, and so are a lot of my friends. But I can not recall having seen any gay men here. I;m sure that there are, but they just hide it really well. Its not something that is easily tolerated here. So any overtly gay behaviour may just result in severe physical injury. You see, the rednecks just like beating up on people...

So I was pretty amazed to see the license plate in the pic below. Its not a "personalised"  plate, just the standard plate issued by the State. Its on a Dodge Muscle Car. Very similar to what the cops drive.

How unfortunate about the number plate... I wonder how many times the driver has had to use all the ponies under the hood to get away from an angry redneck?  :imaposer:   :imaposer:  :imaposer:

I am not gay...... ;)
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on May 15, 2016, 04:43:42 am
Today was a long, hard day.

I started work at 8. Painted the exterior of a house. Worked with an old chap called Jan. But he pronounces it John, the way the New-Yorkers would say it. He is mid-60's, was born in Germany, and came to the US when he was 2 years old. Great old ballie. Always has his music playing while he works; either jazz, or OLD rock & Roll... Nice!

By 10 I was sweating like a pig. Just kept drinking water, lots of it, and finished just before 1. I was pretty fubar.

Then I went off to Harbour Freight. Its a tool company, cheap tools from places like China. http://www.harborfreight.com/ (http://www.harborfreight.com/)   Tools you use just a few times then throw away. I had seen a small Dremel-type tool on special for $6,99. I thought it may be what I need. But when I saw it I changed my mind. It was really just rubbish. I'll keep my money and buy a better type of product next week after I get paid. Rather pay a bit more, but get relatively better quality and reliability.

Then I went to Home Depot. I needed a coupling to go from 1/2 inch copper pipe to 1/2 inch PVC pipe. I was busy putting in an additional garden tap, in the back yard, for Mrs Zog to use when she waters her hydrangeas  :peepwall:  :pot: and I needed that coupling. Home Depot of course had one, for $9,85. EISH!!! But I needed it, so paid and left for home.

At home I loaded up Mrs Zog and went off to the Boss's house.

You see, Boss has a trailer that we use several times a week to transport stuff with. But the electrics are a bit dodgy. The lights don't always work... and the last thing I want is to be pulled over by a cop and be given a ticket... that would be money I just don't need to waste.

So what I did buy at Harbour Freight was a small soldering iron ($3,99) and some solder ($2,45). I also got a new wiring harness for a trailer ($7,99).

With the trailer at my place I ripped out the old and dodgy wiring, and fitted the new harness. Pretty simple job, the way the Yanks do it. The chassis of the trailer is negative. Then two wires to each tail light. The way it works here is that the tail light must burn, then the brake light is also the flicker. So actually just 3 wires... one for tail lights, and one for each flicker, that is also the brake lights. Easy-peasy... and they also don;t have number plate lights, or any other stuff like that. Trailers longer than a certain length need Side Lights, that burn when the tail lights burn, but the trailer we use is not that long. I used the soldering iron to make good connections where I cut into the wires at the lights, so they should last for the rest of the life of the trailer. Why I forgot to take pics... I dunno. Lets just blame it on the heat and the humidity...

Then I took the trailer back to the Boss's house, and when I got home Mrs Zog had made me a very lekker supper. Beef patties with sweet potato chips and coleslaw. Then I was back outside to clean out the van. Unpacked it all, vacuumed it all, then a wash internally with soap and water.

By then it was quite dark, and the mozzies were attacking me in full force.

Squadrons of ravenous zombie blood-sucking bastards... like a thick mist descending. The last time I saw mozzies this thick was in the DRC jungle... eish! So I finished off in haste, and came inside. I'll finish washing the van in the morning. Then I'll try remember to take some pics of my "Company Car"  8)  :biggrin:  

When I came inside it was 1/4 past 9.

I had a nice. No. Make that a LOVELY cool shower, and now a quick post before bed.

Laters dawgs!  :ricky:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on May 15, 2016, 04:44:38 am
An unfortunate spin of the wheel?

Florida is in the South. Its geographically the far South, but its not quite the Deep South.

I'm talking about the folks being CONSERVATIVE. Not having any tolerance for things they don't like, like homosexuals or other races, or other religions. But its still pretty conservative here.

I've mentioned the racism. But I have also not seen any, and I mean ANY overtly gay men. I have a very well-tuned gaydar, my best friend in the world is gay, and so are a lot of my friends. But I can not recall having seen any gay men here. I;m sure that there are, but they just hide it really well. Its not something that is easily tolerated here. So any overtly gay behaviour may just result in severe physical injury. You see, the rednecks just like beating up on people...

So I was pretty amazed to see the license plate in the pic below. Its not a "personalised"  plate, just the standard plate issued by the State. Its on a Dodge Muscle Car. Very similar to what the cops drive.

How unfortunate about the number plate... I wonder how many times the driver has had to use all the ponies under the hood to get away from an angry redneck?  :imaposer:   :imaposer:  :imaposer:

I am not gay...... ;)


No.

Its only gay if you push back...  :pot:  :imaposer:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on May 15, 2016, 04:49:49 am
Oh yes...

Before I forget.

Walmart.

I freaking LOVE that place!!! I am constantly amused and entertained there.

http://www.peopleofwalmart.com/ (http://www.peopleofwalmart.com/)  Should be safe for work... they tend to censor the nudity.

But here is the other side of the coin...  http://www.tampabay.com/projects/2016/public-safety/walmart-police/?src=longreads&mc_cid=23bed50a7b&mc_eid=37eaec6326 (http://www.tampabay.com/projects/2016/public-safety/walmart-police/?src=longreads&mc_cid=23bed50a7b&mc_eid=37eaec6326)

I still love Walmart. I need to get me one of those secret cams so I can get pics of the weirdo's  :sip:  :lol8: :lol8: :lol8:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Motor1 on May 15, 2016, 06:54:03 am
HabourFreight just like Ardendorf. Always thought the States was cheaper.
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on May 15, 2016, 08:26:03 pm
So the John Deere ride-on mower didn't pan out. Pity...

But my neighbour said I could use his anytime. It has been 3-4 weeks since I last mowed, and the lawn was looking real bad. So I went over this morning after washing the van and grabbed his weed-eater and mower.

After I mowed my lawn I mowed his too (he is out of town for a few weeks). Eish!

Its fun mowing lawn again! Almost... ALMOST as much fun as riding a bike.  :peepwall:  :imaposer:  :imaposer:  :imaposer:



Now I gotta head out to Home Depot. Return some of the stuff I bought for the tap-extension that I didn't use. Then buy a lug for the earth strap on the trailer. Then home again.

This evening a braai again. Mrs Zog is making some chicken sosaties, and we got a pack of sausage. Beer-Brats. If you close your eyes and concentrate real hard, then maybe, just maybe, they might resemble boerie...  :peepwall:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Tony the Boney on May 15, 2016, 08:29:29 pm
That mower needs a KTM badge! ;D
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on May 15, 2016, 08:34:02 pm
That mower needs a KTM badge! ;D

Its a Husqvarna.  :deal:

And I was wearing flip-flops with an orange stripe too!  :ricky:

OMG!  :eek7:

Does this mean I'm moving over to the dark side?  :pot:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: oldmannorman on May 15, 2016, 08:40:24 pm
That mower needs a KTM badge! ;D

Its a Husqvarna.  :deal:

And I was wearing flip-flops with an orange stripe too!  :ricky:

OMG!  :eek7:

Does this mean I'm moving over to the dark side?  :pot:
and having fun as well.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Oubones on May 15, 2016, 08:43:05 pm
That mower needs a KTM badge! ;D

Its a Husqvarna.  :deal:

And I was wearing flip-flops with an orange stripe too!  :ricky:

OMG!  :eek7:

Does this mean I'm moving over to the dark side?  :pot:
Hehe, just now you might really go nuts and get a Harley!
I thought of you today as me and bones jnr took the tw and xl and went to the car show in Ashburton!
Hehe, I braapt along on the xl! :ricky: :thumleft:
At least you also got a ride in, even if only on the mower!
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on May 16, 2016, 03:37:13 am
Hey oubones  :ricky:

That reminds me.

My old XL is still for sale. Its standing at Conrad (Runner - Offroad Cycles) in Koedoespoort in Pretoria. He has the Registration Certificate and the key and all the extras. Two bins full of extras.

I really need to sell her NOW. Cash is tight, and the sale will help me out.

Anyone interested? Get hold of Runner. Priced to SELL FAST.  :ricky:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Sardine on May 16, 2016, 06:41:01 am
Oh yes...

Before I forget.

Walmart.

I freaking LOVE that place!!! I am constantly amused and entertained there.

http://www.peopleofwalmart.com/ (http://www.peopleofwalmart.com/)  Should be safe for work... they tend to censor the nudity.

But here is the other side of the coin...  http://www.tampabay.com/projects/2016/public-safety/walmart-police/?src=longreads&mc_cid=23bed50a7b&mc_eid=37eaec6326 (http://www.tampabay.com/projects/2016/public-safety/walmart-police/?src=longreads&mc_cid=23bed50a7b&mc_eid=37eaec6326)

I still love Walmart. I need to get me one of those secret cams so I can get pics of the weirdo's  :sip:  :lol8: :lol8: :lol8:
I can't wait to visit the States and see these Wal-martians in the flesh  :pot:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: MegaPix on May 16, 2016, 09:59:09 am
Just finished reading the last 20 pages since the last time I commented (subscribed)

Once again an awesome read.  Definitely my favourite read on the forum.

Good luck with all your endeavours.  Sorry for the late reply but my condolences on your sisters passing.

Keep up the good work. You are an inspiration to our generation
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Ri on May 16, 2016, 02:50:54 pm
Looks like Foridans not as flimsy as they're made out to be. I subscribed to NYMag's Fresh Intelligence, and in "Other Local News" there is almost always an article about a Florida man, usually doing something daft.

Today, it was about a Florida woman - and wow :D http://www.sun-sentinel.com/local/palm-beach/fl-boca-shark-bite-20160515-story.html (http://www.sun-sentinel.com/local/palm-beach/fl-boca-shark-bite-20160515-story.html)
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Oubones on May 16, 2016, 10:01:16 pm
Hey oubones  :ricky:

That reminds me.

My old XL is still for sale. Its standing at Conrad (Runner - Offroad Cycles) in Koedoespoort in Pretoria. He has the Registration Certificate and the key and all the extras. Two bins full of extras.

I really need to sell her NOW. Cash is tight, and the sale will help me out.

Anyone interested? Get hold of Runner. Priced to SELL FAST.  :ricky:
Interested! Yes! But no money so no dibs! :peepwall:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: silvrav on May 17, 2016, 12:37:01 am
Hey oubones  :ricky:

That reminds me.

My old XL is still for sale. Its standing at Conrad (Runner - Offroad Cycles) in Koedoespoort in Pretoria. He has the Registration Certificate and the key and all the extras. Two bins full of extras.

I really need to sell her NOW. Cash is tight, and the sale will help me out.

Anyone interested? Get hold of Runner. Priced to SELL FAST.  :ricky:
Interested! Yes! But no money so no dibs! :peepwall:


Come now... Dibs that bad boy. :imaposer:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on May 17, 2016, 01:48:30 am
Looks like Foridans not as flimsy as they're made out to be. I subscribed to NYMag's Fresh Intelligence, and in "Other Local News" there is almost always an article about a Florida man, usually doing something daft.

Today, it was about a Florida woman - and wow :D http://www.sun-sentinel.com/local/palm-beach/fl-boca-shark-bite-20160515-story.html (http://www.sun-sentinel.com/local/palm-beach/fl-boca-shark-bite-20160515-story.html)

Yip. They breed them tough down here.

Although it does seem that she, and others, were messing with the shark before it latched onto her arm. Its all over the local news here...

Headlines on the local TV news is about a car crash that just happened (about an hour or two ago) where two people died and 4 were rushed to hospital. Its headline TV news...  on News13. http://www.mynews13.com/ (http://www.mynews13.com/)

Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on May 17, 2016, 01:50:30 am
Here is a pic of the house that I helped to paint, that we finished on Saturday. It was a funny cream-colour, with reddish trim.

I think it looks nice in off-white, and black trim.

Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on May 17, 2016, 02:08:44 am
I sometimes do my best thinking while relaxing.

This afternoon I went fishing after work. While I was standing there, absent-mindedly casting and retrieving the lure, I came up with a super plan!

You see... I have a small Shimano telescopic fishing rod here. I brought it along on the plane, in my check-in bag. Until my shipping stuff arrives (now delayed to about the second week of June) thats all I have to fish with. I like my little rod, and its travelled all over Africa with me. It has even taken a small Tiger in the Zambezi. So I'm pretty attached to it, and I'd hate to see it get broken in the work van. But... I do want to keep it handy and close, just in case I have a few minutes free and some inviting water close by. Just in case...  :biggrin:

So anyway, as I was saying, I was thinking. Figuring out how I could keep my rod safe in the van, amongst all the tools and equipment and stuff. Just after I let the fish go free, I got the idea.

Today I put a piece of cardboard tubing into the van. It was left over from the center of a roll of bug-screening. I was going to just put it in a dumpster. But, with a bit of duct tape to keep it strong, and a groove for the reel-handle, a bit of string for attachment... I had a PLAN!

After fishing I got home and got to work. Took me about 10 minutes... The pics tell the tale  8)

Now I can have my rod with me, and not have to worry about missing out on a quick fish somewhere...  :lol8:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: T Rex on May 17, 2016, 04:03:37 am
Slim plan Gary  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: BoatMedic on May 17, 2016, 04:11:38 am
'n Boer maak n plan.....
'n Engelsman maak die plan werk.... :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: grizz on May 17, 2016, 06:14:15 am
'n Boer maak n plan.....
'n Engelsman maak die plan werk.... :thumleft: :thumleft:

 :pot:

Hmmmmmmm.

Maar die Engelsman het steeds nie n plan nie.


Nice one Gary.
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: BlueBull2007 on May 17, 2016, 08:49:27 am
Great following your story boet. Life is tough, but you seem to be managing things really well.

How have the doggies settled in?

Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on May 17, 2016, 10:19:58 pm
Great following your story boet. Life is tough, but you seem to be managing things really well.

How have the doggies settled in?



Oh yes! They are very happy. Struggling a bit with the heat, but when the AC in the house is switched on they really enjoy it too  ;D

As I previously mentioned, the garage door has mozzie screens, so we can leave the garage door open and enjoy the breeze. It also means that the dogs can see out into the street. If they look over the first 14 inches at the bottom which is steel.

Sam has no problem. He is big. But Maggie has to stand with her front feet up on the first level to see out, because she is smaller. This makes her legs tired.

So I made her a plan.  ;D

An up-turned bin, and a piece of plank I had lying about. She hops up easily. Then she can see out at her leisure... AWESOME PLAN DAD!!! Now that damn mailman had better watch out!!!  :lol8:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: grizz on May 17, 2016, 11:23:29 pm
Clever.

When I lived in Queenstown in '87-88 I had a stray cat move in with me on the second floor, so I screwed a 450x450mm plank onto the windowsill for,her and she loved to sleep there during the day.
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: immigrant on May 18, 2016, 03:08:15 am
Zog, on that "plank" is a stamp with black ink. It says that thickness and some other specs and company that made it. The blue "edge seal" is a trademark from the company in my town that makes it. I used to work there. Hell, maybe I even made it.
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: m0lt3n on May 18, 2016, 03:23:42 am
Zog, on that "plank" is a stamp with black ink. It says that thickness and some other specs and company that made it. The blue "edge seal" is a trademark from the company in my town that makes it. I used to work there. Hell, maybe I even made it.

LOL, its a small world.

I have subscribed earlier, but just wanted to say Hi again...still following and still enjoying. Thanks for the effort you put into this thread MrZog, it is a great read and I believe there is many like me that doesn't comment much but also enjoys the daily updates
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on May 18, 2016, 04:40:05 am
Zog, on that "plank" is a stamp with black ink. It says that thickness and some other specs and company that made it. The blue "edge seal" is a trademark from the company in my town that makes it. I used to work there. Hell, maybe I even made it.

And I used the skill saw you sent me to cut it!  :lol8:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: boere on May 18, 2016, 05:58:16 am
Morning Mr Zog.
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: silvrav on May 18, 2016, 06:11:13 am
Zog, on that "plank" is a stamp with black ink. It says that thickness and some other specs and company that made it. The blue "edge seal" is a trademark from the company in my town that makes it. I used to work there. Hell, maybe I even made it.

And I used the skill saw you sent me to cut it!  :lol8:

Thst what one creates one can destroy... Maker meets makers destroyer  :imaposer:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: NovaT on May 18, 2016, 06:54:35 am
Zog, on that "plank" is a stamp with black ink. It says that thickness and some other specs and company that made it. The blue "edge seal" is a trademark from the company in my town that makes it. I used to work there. Hell, maybe I even made it.

LOL, its a small world.

I have subscribed earlier, but just wanted to say Hi again...still following and still enjoying. Thanks for the effort you put into this thread MrZog, it is a great read and I believe there is many like me that doesn't comment much but also enjoys the daily updates

+1 I read this thread everyday or 2 but don't comment, I'm silent like that.
Thank you Mr. Zog!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: OomD on May 18, 2016, 06:58:14 am
Zog, on that "plank" is a stamp with black ink. It says that thickness and some other specs and company that made it. The blue "edge seal" is a trademark from the company in my town that makes it. I used to work there. Hell, maybe I even made it.

LOL, its a small world.

I have subscribed earlier, but just wanted to say Hi again...still following and still enjoying. Thanks for the effort you put into this thread MrZog, it is a great read and I believe there is many like me that doesn't comment much but also enjoys the daily updates

+1 I read this thread everyday or 2 but don't comment, I'm silent like that.
Thank you Mr. Zog!  :thumleft:
+1
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: WheelieDog on May 18, 2016, 12:43:46 pm
+1

Running a business doesn't often allow me much time on the forum but I enjoy reading your postings tremendously. I only discovered your Lesotho thread fairly recently!

Lekker to see an ex Pretorian taking on the USA in such a positive way.

Great to share in your daily experiences :thumleft:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on May 19, 2016, 04:49:39 am
+1

Running a business doesn't often allow me much time on the forum but I enjoy reading your postings tremendously. I only discovered your Lesotho thread fairly recently!

Lekker to see an ex Pretorian taking on the USA in such a positive way.

Great to share in your daily experiences :thumleft:

Thank you for your kind words WD.

Some days (like today) its a hard ask to get on the forum and make a post. But most days I do end up making the effort.

Today wasn't a good day. It started off ok, I met little boss at big boss's house (big boss is away for a few weeks). I had to get a oven element because I had to go fix a few things at a house. The oven being one of them, and hoping that the element that was in the shed was the correct one.

Well, the element was the wrong one. But that was just the start of the problems. I also had to replace the microwave, because that was fried too. So off to home depot. Got the microwave oven. Back to the house in question. Fit the microwave over the stove. Sorted.

Then check out the first of the water leaks. Water seems to be coming into the house through a crack in the wall where it meets the patio(the patio floor is there, but the patio walls and roof were never built) floor. The skirting and the quarter-round are rotten and black-mouldy. Replacement. After the water leak is sorted. Also in the second bathroom, the shower is leaking, more black mould and rotten quarter round. Why do people leave it so long before reporting a water-leak?

So back to home depot. Buy skirting, quarter-round, and silicone sealant. Then to my house for some bleach in a spray bottle to kill the mould. Black mould is apparently quite nasty dangerous? Get the bleach, and sommer make a quick mug of coffee too (for some reason I'm struggling to keep my eyes open, and I want a spray bottle to get the bleach onto ALL the mould). Get back into the van. Insert the key.

Fuckall.

Nothing.

NADA. Key will not even turn in the ignition.

FUCK.

What now?

I try everything. Jiggle the auto gear lever, push as hard as I can on the brake pedal. Jiggle the key some more. Turn the key over. Again. Nothing. Fuckall. Like the key is the wrong one...

Call little boss.

Fuck.

"What nare you doing at your house?"

I'm fetching bleach for the mould."

Why didn't you just buy some at Home Depot when you were there?"

"I have extra at home, and I wanted the spray bottle too. Last time I bought something "extra" (sandpaper) on the company account you nearly had a fit, so I decided to get the bleach at home because home is only half a mile from the addy where I am working at"

"Fuck man... ok. I'll be there in a while. Maybe my key will work in the ignition"


So I sit in the van and get my paperwork up to date. And stuff. Eventually little boss arrives. Gets in the van. Tries his key. Nada.

"What the fuck did you do man?"

"Nothing. It just broke"

"whatever. we gotta get back over to that house and get the problems fixed. Get in my truck"

So I get in with little boss. We take the stuff I got at home depot with. But not my tools. I hate using other people's tools.

Whatever. Spend the next 6 hours sorting out the problems. Without my own tools.

Anyway. End of the story is as follows:

After the job is over little boss drops me off at home. I strip off the covers around the ignition. Try to get ignition out so I can either fix it or get a new one. Nope. It has a special type of Torx bit securing it. Like a size 50 Torx, but with a pin in the middle. I dont have the correct tool to get it out. Then Big Boss calls me....

"Hey buddy, whats happening?"

"I have the covers for the ignition off, trying everything to get it sorted, but not having any luck"

"No man! If its broke, its broke. Ain't your fault. It happens. If you stay with me, it will happen again too. Just let it be, go get my truck and use that so long. When I get back in a few days, I'll have it towed to the garage and have it fixed"

"Ok boss, no problem. I just wanted to try and save a dollar or two by trying to fix it myself"\\

"No man, thats a cool way, but we have spare vehicles for that reason. Don't sweat it. Its ok"

So I put all the covers and panels back, and Mrs Zog took me over to the Boss's house so I could pick up the truck.

Now I have the BIG TRUCK... It was PISSING down when I git it home, so I just left it, I'll load all my tools and stuff over in the morning.

I still feel bad that the van broke down. I swear, I just parked it, and when I came back the ignition was busted. Fuck knows how that happened... Old age maybe?

Oh well. Tomorrow I get to ride a V8 TRUCK!!!!

Awesome!!!

Now its time for bed. Already almost 11PM.

Its been a long, bitch-of-a-day.
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Post by: ExploreSA on May 19, 2016, 05:39:02 am
Strongs Man.

You know the drill when the going gets tough: Stand up, Look up and Open up.

Enjoy that V8

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Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: oldmannorman on May 19, 2016, 08:34:59 am
 You've had a good run so far, but shits bound to happen. Still my first read.  :sip:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: grizz on May 19, 2016, 08:51:09 am
Isn't it funny, the day you stop at home to grab a tool, save money, whatever, things turn against you.

In my job, I have a territory, people think I am mad for never straying off patch during work hours, but imagine I run over a granny while off patch, how do I explain it to corporate.

I guess the trick would be to text or call little boss to say, popping around house 1/2 mile from job to grab special tool.

As a South African, we want to do things by the book, I certainly feel terrible when I screw up, even unintentionally.

Relax, and enjoy the V8

Sterkte boet.
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Buff on May 19, 2016, 08:53:00 am
Shit happens, it's how you deal with it that makes the difference  :thumleft: The silver lining is the V8, pin it to win it  ;D
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: woody1 on May 19, 2016, 09:14:00 am
He must be from AAAAAFRIKA.  Breek ook alles..  :imaposer:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Scribble on May 19, 2016, 09:30:56 am
Sounds like your boss has the right attitude
I really wouldn't sweat it at all and I pretty sure If he suspected you had something to do with
the fact that it broke he sure as hell wouldn't give you his truck
really wouldn't stress about it.
very stoked for you and how this is all working out  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Tony the Boney on May 19, 2016, 10:56:59 am
That picture of you driving that Husqvarna lawn mower reminded me of this oldie...... :imaposer:



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Post by: Airguitar on May 19, 2016, 12:28:31 pm
Strongs Man.

You know the drill when the going gets tough: Stand up, Look up and Open up.

Enjoy that V8

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If there's better advice/encouragement out there than this I have yet to see it!  :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Sylvester on May 19, 2016, 12:57:42 pm
Yeah the Mericans - they need their vans and V8 trucks. 

We can do the same job with our VW Caddys and Nissan bakkies. :laughing4:
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Post by: Aicorner on May 19, 2016, 03:10:12 pm
 :sip:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: ZK1 on May 19, 2016, 03:31:02 pm
Don't worry, with your attitude, you will be the "Little Boss" soon and be the Little Boss's Little Boss.
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on May 20, 2016, 02:59:51 am
Don't worry, with your attitude, you will be the "Little Boss" soon and be the Little Boss's Little Boss.

Little Boss is Big Boss's son, so I doubt that. But maybe one day on the same par...  :pot:  :eek7: :imaposer:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on May 20, 2016, 03:16:57 am
Here are some pics of a job I did the other day.

Tenant complains that the Novilon-type floor covering in the kitchen is "bubbling-up" alongside the cabinet that the sink is located in. A preliminary check shows that there is a slight leak at one of the taps in the first pic, the lower one that supplies the dishwasher. Techie replaces the piece of pipe, and both taps. Signs off the job. Its not leaking anymore.

Couple of weeks later tenant calls again. Floor is still wet, and now its not just bubbling up, its peeling back from the cabinet.

Eish.

I head out and start looking....

Pull out the dishwasher, its not leaking, but the Novilon / vinyl flooring is peeling up, and wet between it and the concrete floor... so ist wet UNDER the vinyl.... eish.

I look at the inside of the cabinet under the sink again. The wood at the bottom where the pipe goes through it is quite rotten, but it was probably from the previous leak? Lets see that again...

Push a piece of paper towel down the hole next to the pipe... pull it back up. Its wet.

BINGO!!!

Pull up a section of the chipboard, and cut away the spray-foam-filler around the pipe. Eventually I find a fine, very fine little spray of water from the bottom of the 90-degree union where the pipe turns from the horizontal to the vertical. Jackpot.

Turn off the water mains, cut out the 90-degree union, fit a new union and extend the pipe again with a short section of pipe so that its still in the same place.

Some info on the pipe shown: Its called CPVC. Its half-inch diameter, and can handle high pressure and also hot water. Its the standard indoor pipe for plumbing around here. Use a purple-coloured cleaner/primer, and then a special yellow-coloured glue to glue it together. Dries fast, within a few seconds. Just like the PVC-weld I used back in SA.

Then I need to repair the floor of the cabinet under the sink. All I have are some left-over wooden flooring planks from a previous job. (Boss wants it done as cheap as possible, its a come-back call) So I measure and cut and fit the planks until they fit just right. Unfortunately the only 1/4-round I have is a piece left over from another job, and its white. I don't like it, but I gotta use it. It looks bad, but it finishes the job off nicely. 

Before and after pics showing what I mentioned above...
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on May 20, 2016, 03:24:58 am
Florida has more water than any place on earth that I have ever seen. Its a swamp.

And we have the ocean, and the Indian River, and the Sebastian River. And the Intra-coastal waterway. As well as countless canals, ponds, lakes, dams etc...

So watersports are big here. You see boats all over the place. About every 4th or 5th house has some sort of boat parked up. From tiny little John-boats, to massive deep-sea cruisers. Valued from around $1000, up to probably $100 000 or more. Some guys up here have SERIOUS cash...

Today I saw this little boat, the name got me looking twice! So I circled around the block and managed to grab a quick pic as I drove past.

ps. I will have a boat. One day. But because I don't think that buying a boat anytime soon is a reality, I have a plan to build my own... That's all I will say right now, but watch this space  ;) ;D
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on May 20, 2016, 03:36:21 am
Tomorrow is Mrs Zog's birthday.

So this evening I took her out for dinner.

She has been telling me for years about the Outback Steakhouse franchise. When she lived in Baltimore she used to visit the one there regularly with our Aussie mates.

So this evening I took her to the local branch of the Outback.

I had just one beer, because I was driving (cops here take no nonsense from DUI), so I had a can of Fosters piss. Mrs Zog had a couple of Aussie rum cocktails.

We shared a starter. Called an Aussie Sample Platter (or something like that). Just as well we shared, it was HUGE! Onion fries in crunchy batter on the left. Then Aussie fries covered in cheese and bits-o-bacon in the middle. And the most OMG taste on the right (those ball-looking jobbies). Deep-fried macaroni&cheese. O.M.GOD!!!!   If you are a foodie you will be conversant with the term "umami". Those deep-fried mac&cheese balls were AWESOME!!!!

We both had steaks for mains, but could not finish them, so they came home in the doggie-box. Will eat them again tomorrow night for supper  :biggrin:

And, when the bill came, Mrs Zog presented me a coupon for 15% off that she has saved! Awesome!

Anyways, dinner was great. But not something we can afford very often at all...
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: immigrant on May 20, 2016, 04:06:01 am
So how was driving Big Boss's Ram?
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on May 20, 2016, 04:13:25 am
So how was driving Big Boss's Ram?

 :biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin:


he's gonna have to pry the keys from my cold dead fingers  :peepwall:  :imaposer:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: immigrant on May 20, 2016, 04:33:33 am
Till you have to fill it up with "gas". I hear it averages 5.5 km/l  :eek7:
A sweet ride none the less.
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: silvrav on May 20, 2016, 06:31:46 am
Till you have to fill it up with "gas". I hear it averages 5.5 km/l  :eek7:
A sweet ride none the less.

Gas is cheap in merican compared to SA :p

MR Zog glad its all going well! Get that boat built and start exploring!
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: grizz on May 20, 2016, 06:52:20 am
Happy Birthday Mrs Zog !!!

I trust this will be great day for both of you.

Dinner looks to have been a great place to start your celebrations.

And the coupon, that just made it even more perfect in my book.

Teamwork.

Team Zog.
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: woody1 on May 20, 2016, 06:56:05 am
Well done on that kitchen jobbie.  Looks a million bucks.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: CraigRK on May 20, 2016, 07:39:36 am
Happy Birthday Mrs Zog

Mr Zog: I followed a link on one of Grizz's threads to this thread.  I'm also a South African expat having moved to the UK on 2001.  What you have done and the motivation is inspiring.  It's proof that with some commitment and being prepared to knuckle down people can make the move.

It's not easy leaving family behind, but you have to do what's right for you, which is what you've done.

I'll also commend you on taking your dogs with.  That's fantastic.  We didn't bring ours as we initially only came fo 18 months and then stayed, but we left them with my brother and parents.

Keep going, you're going from strength to strength...
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Post by: oldred on May 20, 2016, 07:59:05 am
Happy birday Mr Zog
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Post by: Franky3 on May 20, 2016, 09:25:46 am
I never thought it could be possible but this thread just keeps getting better.

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Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Geriatrix on May 20, 2016, 09:43:05 am
Happy Birthday Mrs Zog.
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Tom van Brits on May 20, 2016, 09:50:37 am
Happy  b day Mrs Zog :)

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Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on May 20, 2016, 09:56:36 am
Happy Birthday Mrs Zog !!! :thumleft:

I have never seen a pic of Mrs Zog does she really exist?
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: MegaPix on May 20, 2016, 11:00:30 am
H A P P Y  B I R T H D A Y   Mrs ZOG

May there be PLENTY more
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Tiger8 on May 20, 2016, 11:29:50 am
I have just finished reading this Thread..................I have lost most of the workweek following the "Trials and Tribulations of ZOG the Persistent", I could not stop and I tried many times, believe me. You are an inspiration to many and just when the pollen count gets too much and my assistant wants to know if he can give me an anti-histamine, for the sniffels and red eyes, something inspiring happensand lifts my spirit, but doesn't always "clear the sinus's".

To the guys who pay it forward so selflessly, your blessing is booked. Zog your persistence and ingenuity is inspiring and proves again that if you are not lazy, people notice and are inclined to be more helpfull.

Mrs Zog, Happy Birthday may there be many more  :occasion13: :occasion15:

May you and Mrs Zog be continually blessed in all you do, best wishes from my side.
Love your writing style and honesty  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: WheelieDog on May 20, 2016, 11:45:59 am
Well said, Tiger8.

Happy Birthday Mrs Zog :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:

I agree, time for a pic. Feels like I know you guys well but don't have a face to put your lovely character.

As for Mr Zog's face......

 ;D
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mev Vis Arend on May 20, 2016, 12:23:40 pm
Happy Birthday, Mrs Zog.  Hope there are many more.   :occasion18: :occasion13:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Rufus115 on May 20, 2016, 12:25:15 pm
Hope Mrs Z got some wors to follow the steak.......... :pot:
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Post by: Pilchie on May 20, 2016, 01:20:44 pm
Happy Birthday Mrs Zog
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mrs. Zog on May 20, 2016, 01:55:53 pm
Thank y'all so kindly for all of the birthday wishes! I do exist. Here is proof.  :biggrin:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: BMWPE on May 20, 2016, 03:46:54 pm
Happy Birthday   :occasion13: :occasion15:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: brianw on May 20, 2016, 03:56:32 pm
Loving this thread aswell. Keep up the inspiration
Mr Zog you look dashing in your airforce outfit. and the pro patria is it?
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: lpj on May 20, 2016, 04:20:30 pm
Unfortunately the only 1/4-round I have is a piece left over from another job, and its white. I don't like it, but I gotta use it. It looks bad, but it finishes the job off nicely.  

And this again proves the quality of  the work/man. There wasn't any finishing on it when you got to it initially.

 :thumleft:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Sardine on May 20, 2016, 09:19:54 pm
Happy Birthday Mrs Zog !!! :thumleft:

I have never seen a pic of Mrs Zog does she really exist?
She does indeed. I had the pleasure of meeting both of them earlier this year, and what amazing people they are.
Happy birthday! :biggrin:
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Post by: Oubones on May 20, 2016, 10:09:43 pm
Happy birthday!
May you have plenty more!
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: BoatMedic on May 21, 2016, 12:57:34 am
Happy Birthday Mrs Zog!
You guys are an inspiration to all.
At least you got Mr Zog to stop half of his k@k........ :imaposer: but only half...... :pot:

Dish, well done my boy!!! Never doubted you!!
One day, you will be Da Boss...... whif your own V8!!
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Post by: boere on May 21, 2016, 01:31:58 am
Happy Happy Mrs Zog.

May there be many more :3some:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: lpj on May 21, 2016, 01:45:15 am
happy to the mrzz,

sure she's quite content with her bussy bear as well  :lamer:

PS: we're coming to visit soon.
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: BlueBull2007 on May 21, 2016, 09:56:53 am
Hope you had a great day Mrs Zog. :thumleft:

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Post by: Herklaas on May 21, 2016, 10:00:15 am
happy to the mrzz,

sure she's quite content with her bussy bear as well  :lamer:

PS: we're coming to visit soon.

 :sip: Verbeel ek my, of soek hy die deurklokkie se knoppie?
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Oubones on May 21, 2016, 10:34:14 am
happy to the mrzz,

sure she's quite content with her bussy bear as well  :lamer:

PS: we're coming to visit soon.

 :sip: Verbeel ek my, of soek hy die deurklokkie se knoppie?
Nee man hy luister hulle gesprekke af, hy is PI Aligator!
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Post by: hedleyj on May 21, 2016, 04:39:27 pm
Hi Gary

These are the Dogs that attended Schalks book launch and the book which has been signed by Schalk and those of us here

This book will be sent to you in the next few days. Too enjoy and inspire you to further endure and entertain us with your writing

Hedley
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Post by: 1ougat on May 21, 2016, 04:41:28 pm
As you  are on the other side of the equator ... you will see them correctly  :laughing4: :laughing4: :laughing4:
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Post by: BMWPE on May 21, 2016, 04:47:03 pm
 ;D
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on May 22, 2016, 02:37:58 am
;D

Thanks for flipping it over boet. Some familiar faces in that pic. Woody1, T-rex... old mates.


Hedley, thank you boet. I read Schalk's RR throughout his trip. He is one of those guys that are just an inspiration to all.
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: silvrav on May 22, 2016, 02:45:36 am
;D

Thanks for flipping it over boet. Some familiar faces in that pic. Woody1, T-rex... old mates.


Hedley, thank you boet. I read Schalk's RR throughout his trip. He is one of those guys that are just an inspiration to all.

Time to start writing yout homr book!  To merica and to conquer... A story by mr zog  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on May 22, 2016, 02:55:11 am
Today was supposed to be just another working day. Met little boss at the work-site at 9. Should have been a job that took several hours.

We needed to repair some ceilings and some walls that had water damage folloing a roof-leak that a team of "roofies" had now repaired. Right. Wrong.

Ceiling was still damp. Cut away bad section of dry-wall and repaired.

But could not do ceiling until roof-leak is repaired. Found a spot where it was leaking. Put some bitumen sealant in the crack. Also found a tile that had moved, put it back and stuck it in place. Was done in an hour.

I really wanted the hours, oh well....

Came home and washed the Truck. It was sif. Just because its a work-lorrie doesn't mean it can't get a wash every now-and-again. Stopped short of giving it a full-body polish with the polish Dennis sent me because the paint is so bad that it is flaking off in places. Would be a complete waste of time. At least the green mould in  the door rubbers is gone now...

I dunno... If I had a nice truck like that I'd take better care of it. Only 132000 miles. Barely run in... Oh well....

Then I resprayed that old bed that I scored a few weeks ago Kids bed, yellow and red and blue steel-frame bed...).  We have a friend from Baltimore arriving for a visit on Tuesday and needed a spare bed. Sanded it down and resprayed in "Dark Bronze" hammercoat. I think it looks quite good now.  ;D  No more "kids bedroom" style.
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on May 22, 2016, 03:11:06 am
Only took two cans of paint from Walmart @$5,67 each.

Yip. Sometimes the prices are weird, not always a -99 at the end.

I have found that when comparing the ACTUAL cost difference between stuff here and back in SA its around R10/$. The actuakl exchange rate may be around R16/$, but REALISTICALLY Its around R10 / US$.

And the weather has, according to the local TV station, officially become the wet season.

This morning at 6AM it was 27 degrees, with 95% humidity. We have has several heavy rain storms, and apparentky it will rain some more. For the next 6 months... eish... reminds me of the Ituri rain forest in the DRC... hot and wet. Bad if you in the jungle, good if you with a lady.  8) ::)

The aircon in the house is on now. Its just after 9pm, and we have 80degrees Farenheit, about 27 degrees C, and its still too humid to turn off the AC. Like an oven out there.

And thats at night. Working outside during the day is pretty hard. Drink LOTS of water, and wear a hat. UV index is between 9- and 10/10. Not for sissies...  ;D
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: T Rex on May 22, 2016, 03:30:17 am
Hi Gary

These are the Dogs that attended Schalks book launch and the book which has been signed by Schalk and those of us here

This book will be sent to you in the next few days. Too enjoy and inspire you to further endure and entertain us with your writing

Hedley

Hedley , this was an excellent plan of yours !! It was a privilege to sign Gary's copy with the other dogs that attended.

We miss Mr Zog at our lunches in Pretoria, ever since he went to Lesotho . Now even more.

Gary , I hope Mrs Zog had an awesome birthday. Best wishes for the next year.
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on May 22, 2016, 08:57:16 pm
This week has been a short-time week. Not a lot of work that needed doing. So my hours are down. Not good. But this morning I get a whatsapp from da boss that there is a lady who lost water supply, I need to get over there ASAP.

Head out, and find the garage floor covered in water. Thankfully these systems are installed in the garage if not outside.

Let me explain how the system works...

There is a "well" in the yard outside. Basically a borehole, depths vary from around 30 feet (10 meters) to 300 feet (100 meters). The pump is installed at ground level, not a submersible pump down the hole like in SA. At ground level there is a non-return valve so that the water does not need priming every time the pump switches on.

Then there is an aerator tank. Basically just a storage tank, it has a float-valve that switches the pump on when the level gets low, and switches the pump off when the level is full.

Then a second pump that supplies pressure to the house. Works in conjunction with a pressure tank (steel tank that has a diaphragm under pressure so that water pump does not have to switch on each time a tap is opened for just a few drops... pump also has a pressure switch so that it switches on and off as required.

I drew a quick drawing to explain...

There is also usually a "water-softener" that softens the well-water, as its usually pretty high in iron and calcium content...

Any questions?
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: silvrav on May 22, 2016, 08:58:45 pm
You home early.... I haven't even done a nappy change  :lol8:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on May 22, 2016, 09:10:05 pm
Anyways... back to the call I did this morning.

The float-valve in the aerator tank got stuck. It didn't allow the aerator tank to refill when the level dropped, so the second pump ran dry. When it runs without water it gets hot, and it blows the pipes out. The pump is steel, and the pipes are just PVC... so you can see why. If not switched off quickly, the pump also usually burns out.

Luckily the pump was still ok... just the pipes were buggered.

I went off to the boss's shed at his house to look for a spare float valve (remember boss is out-of-town right now). But alas, no spare float valve found. I got the other bits I needed though, PVC connections and glue. I headed back to the home where the water was out. I fitted new connections to the pump (top outlet, and side inlet) and plumbed them into the existing system.

Then I played with the float valve a bit. It came loose, probably just a grain of sand or something that caused it to stick, and got the aerator tank filled up. The aerator tank holds about 500 liters I reckon... then I bled the second pump and switched it on. Got pressure up, and tested the pressure system, all working just fine.

The lady lives alone, so no chance she'll use all 500 liters before I can get back tomorrow and install a new float-valve. The old float valve is working for now, but who knows... it may work for another 5 years, or it may stop working again today. Rather replace. But the store that sells them is closed on a Sunday... and the one that was in stock in the shed is MIA...

So for me a good honest 3 hours of Sunday overtime. Time and a half! Great stuff. Thats same as 4,5 hours during the week! Just enough to almost make up for the short time I had.

Cool!
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on May 22, 2016, 09:11:45 pm
You home early.... I haven't even done a nappy change  :lol8:

Its Sunday. I'm supposed to be off on a Sunday  ;D

And its just too hot and humid to be outside right now. Especially if I'm not being paid to be outside...  :eek7:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: immigrant on May 22, 2016, 10:13:35 pm
What would the purpose be of the aerator tank be? Aerate why?
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on May 22, 2016, 10:41:59 pm
What would the purpose be of the aerator tank be? Aerate why?

I honestly don't know why "aerator"?

There are 4-5 "sprayers" inside the tank, where the water comes in from the well, and they spray in a wide pattern... definitely aerate the water... but no idea why.

What is nice about the tank though, is that you have a resevoir for your water. I don't have an aerator tank on my system at the house I am renting, so if we lose power we lose water too. With the tank you still have a good supply above ground to see you through a power cut.
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: immigrant on May 22, 2016, 11:03:28 pm
Maybe to get rid of some odour? Sulphur maybe?
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on May 23, 2016, 01:11:02 am
Maybe to get rid of some odour? Sulphur maybe?

Could well be.

We have a very strong sulphorous odour at times. It does seem worse after the rains. We also have very high iron content, leaves everything with a brownish tinge after a bit. So I add a product called "Iron Out" to the salt bin, as well as a cup of bleach and a half-cup of baking soda once a week. Seems to help a bit.

The next place we get I'd like to be on City Water supply...
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Airguitar on May 23, 2016, 06:53:05 am
FYI:-
How Aeration Systems for Water Treatment Work

Aeration Tank
(http://www.purewateroccasional.net/Images/aermax.GIF)


Aeration is used in water treatment as a pretreatment in the process of removing iron and hydrogen sulfide (rotten egg smell) from water.
Air is a powerful oxidizer of both iron and hydrogen sulfide. It quickly converts unfilterable ferrous iron to filterable ferric iron,
and it reduces hydrogen sulfide to elemental sulphur, which is easily removed from water by a filter.

Air is a very fast oxidizer--considerably faster than chlorine.

The illustration above of a typical residential aeration system shows one of the ways that air can be introduced into water to treat iron and hydrogen sulfide.
It features a small air compressor and a special tank in which treatment takes place.
The system above has an electrically controlled vent system to release some of the hydrogen sulfide gas to the atmosphere, but especially to provide for a turnover of air in the tank.
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: grizz on May 23, 2016, 08:07:41 am
Don't know what happened to the page, it seems to have stretched massively.


Great to have a simple explanation for this, thank you.
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: TornadoF5 on May 23, 2016, 08:18:52 am
Don't know what happened to the page, it seems to have stretched massively.


Great to have a simple explanation for this, thank you.
Noticed this too. Something cooking here on the forum
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Takashi on May 23, 2016, 08:57:03 am
Don't know what happened to the page, it seems to have stretched massively.


Great to have a simple explanation for this, thank you.
Noticed this too. Something cooking here on the forum

Something is wrong with Airguitars signarture.

There is a link that is stretching the page.
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Airguitar on May 23, 2016, 08:59:07 am
Fixed...  :peepwall:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: immigrant on May 23, 2016, 12:50:27 pm
FYI:-
How Aeration Systems for Water Treatment Work


Aeration is used in water treatment as a pretreatment in the process of removing iron and hydrogen sulfide (rotten egg smell) from water.
Air is a powerful oxidizer of both iron and hydrogen sulfide. It quickly converts unfilterable ferrous iron to filterable ferric iron,
and it reduces hydrogen sulfide to elemental sulphur, which is easily removed from water by a filter.

Air is a very fast oxidizer--considerably faster than chlorine.

The illustration above of a typical residential aeration system shows one of the ways that air can be introduced into water to treat iron and hydrogen sulfide.
It features a small air compressor and a special tank in which treatment takes place.
The system above has an electrically controlled vent system to release some of the hydrogen sulfide gas to the atmosphere, but especially to provide for a turnover of air in the tank.

 :thumleft:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on May 24, 2016, 02:09:46 am
FYI:-
How Aeration Systems for Water Treatment Work

Aeration Tank
(http://www.purewateroccasional.net/Images/aermax.GIF)


Aeration is used in water treatment as a pretreatment in the process of removing iron and hydrogen sulfide (rotten egg smell) from water.
Air is a powerful oxidizer of both iron and hydrogen sulfide. It quickly converts unfilterable ferrous iron to filterable ferric iron,
and it reduces hydrogen sulfide to elemental sulphur, which is easily removed from water by a filter.

Air is a very fast oxidizer--considerably faster than chlorine.

The illustration above of a typical residential aeration system shows one of the ways that air can be introduced into water to treat iron and hydrogen sulfide.
It features a small air compressor and a special tank in which treatment takes place.
The system above has an electrically controlled vent system to release some of the hydrogen sulfide gas to the atmosphere, but especially to provide for a turnover of air in the tank.

Thanks for that awesome explanation Derek!  :thumleft:

This morning I grabbed a new float-switch and went back and installed it.

Quick job. In the pic below you can see the sprayers and how the water gets aerated.

You can also just see the float switch about to flip over and switch the pump off...  ;D
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on May 24, 2016, 02:23:42 am
Awoke at about 4am this morning with the dogs going mad. Somewhere a dog was whining, so they needed to bark at it.

Then I had just eventually fallen asleep again when again they git all excited about something. I thought it was probably just the coons in the area again and ignored them.

At 6:30 my alarm woke me up and I went through to the kitchen to switch on the kettle. I opened the curtain at the open sliding door (yes, we sleep with the sliding door open so the dogs can get out at night6 - don't tell the crooks  ;D  ) and looked down at a little snake. We both did a momentary double-take, then he decided to turn and flee. Because he was on pretty smooth concrete he didn't have much traction, and his escape was very slow. He slithered through the fencing around the coconut palm, and hid behind the pot.

Now, I am pretty good at identifying the snakes in SA, but the snakes here I have still to learn. So I decided to not take any chances. So I got the praai tongs and a sosatie stick. I caught the little fucker and put him in a tupperware. Then I could let the dogs out again. I wasn't sure if the snake was dangerous, so took no chances with them getting tagged by it.

A quick google search showed that it is the "Florida ring-necked snake", a harmless little bugger. So I took him with me and released him in some bush. He was very jiggly, so an accurate length was difficult to estimate, but I guess he was about 20 -25cm long.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ring-necked_snake
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Sardine on May 24, 2016, 06:41:47 am
 :sip:

 :thumleft:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Ri on May 24, 2016, 08:38:48 am

A quick google search showed that it is the "Florida ring-necked snake", a harmless little bugger. So I took him with me and released him in some bush. He was very jiggly, so an accurate length was difficult to estimate, but I guess he was about 20 -25cm long.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ring-necked_snake

Oooooh pretty!

Read something else interesting about Florida yesterday:
Quote
Another Reason Not to Go to Florida
Scientists have discovered three Nile crocodiles, a species native to Africa, in Florida's swamps. Unlike regular crocodiles, which are bad enough, this species grows up to 18 feet long, can weigh as much as a small car, and is much more likely to crave the taste of human flesh — between 2010 and 2014, Nile crocodiles were responsible for 480 attacks on people and 123 fatalities in Africa. Time to get a refund on those plane tickets.

Seems bit of Africa is waiting for you in Florida  :laughing4:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Rufus115 on May 24, 2016, 12:17:23 pm
Just a note:

The comment " Air is a very fast oxidizer--considerably faster than chlorine." should be reconsidered. Chlorine is a very powerful oxidiser, Oxygen is a also a strong oxidiser but its Redox potential is less than chlorine. Air, also has only a smallish fraction of Oxygen in it.

But since its free, Air is used in these type of systems, just heaps more of it
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Kreef on May 24, 2016, 02:24:12 pm
My productivity has been very low at work as I only discovered this thread yesterday  >:D

Just posting to sub  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Maverick on May 24, 2016, 05:39:42 pm
Excellent thread and there goes my afternoon  :biggrin: Just keep on going things will turn out good when you least expect it and hard work still goes a long way  :thumleft: I will be following this thread and brings back great memories of me landing at Heathrow in 1999 with a backpack and 600 pounds. 14 years later back in SA and had an amazing experience and made good friends. That grizz guy is skuilie jou better watch out for him  :bueller:  :biggrin:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: friggs on May 24, 2016, 07:57:25 pm
This thread is awesome! Kind of happy I only found it now because I got to "binge-read" 47 pages at once lol.

Really cool of you to share your adventure with us Mr Zog, thank you! Looking forward to reading more   :thumleft:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on May 25, 2016, 03:38:01 am
We have to take the good with the bad.

Today was not a good day.

I started off at a house that needed the doors painted. Local regulations state that front and back doors must be fireproof steel doors. Sometimes they rust. Today I got to sand the surface rust off the doors. Then give them a coat of "Rust-O-Leam", and then a couple of coats of off-white. Also the kitchen light was not working correctly, so after some investigation it was replaced (4-foot fluorecent - new one is $30, new ballast is $40 )

Then off to another house that had an inch of water on the floor from the dishwasher. Investigate. Find the outlet pipe is blocked by a piece of food. Clear the line, ensure that the drain filter is in place, sorted.

Head out to a house where the AC has stopped working. On the way the truck starts misfiring.

I pull off the road, into a parking area. Check everything, all seems ok. Oil pressure good, temp just below middle (middle is the highest it normally goes) charging fine. But running on only 6 or 7 cylinders.

Call the boss. He's pissed at me. Small boss arrives, loads me up so we can sort out the AC problem.

Then back to the truck. Get a giuy from the auto-spares place up the road to come have a look. He thinks it is electrical, maybe a coil or plug or sensor or similar. Maybe a blocked injector or two...

Carefully drive truck to boss's house, it stalls at every stop. Park it up and get a lift home with small boss.

I'm pretty disappointed. I'm also pissed that the vehicles keep breaking on me. I DO look after them like they were my own. I DO wash them and try to make them look as presentable as possible. I DO check oil and water and fluid levels EVERY single day. I DON'T pull them through my arse. I DO drive them carefully and responsibly. This morning before work I spent 30 minutes changing the flicker glode that had blown, because I don't want a cop to have any reason to pull me over (entire headlight cluster needs to come out to change the bulb).

Shit.

Not a good day.  :xxbah:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: immigrant on May 25, 2016, 04:17:02 am
Is it the RAM giving you issues?
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Oubones on May 25, 2016, 05:29:15 am
Vehicles tend to do that!
My vehicle has given me plenty hassles so far this last few days!
They go well and then just give hassles!
All will come right!
 :thumleft:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: silvrav on May 25, 2016, 06:17:43 am
It comes in 3's...stay strong Mr.Zog  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Airguitar on May 25, 2016, 06:23:26 am
Birth pains my bud.. Good things are on the way.. Keep going forward.
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: OomD on May 25, 2016, 06:32:10 am
I'm guessing the reason it upsets you most is that the boss man might blame you? Not a lekker feeling, let's hope he's a reasonable man.

Keep on keeping on, strongs! :thumleft:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Coxwain on May 25, 2016, 07:41:56 am
Chin up Mr Zog .....its just a little test in the greater scheme of things  :thumleft:

"This too will pass"
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: evansv on May 25, 2016, 07:44:27 am
Stick with it bud!

Don't let the bastards get you down :thumleft:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Ri on May 25, 2016, 08:31:46 am
Stand up, look up and open up! You're living the American Dream!!

... so sometimes the American Dream backfires a bit ...  :ricky:
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Post by: HarryDieStrandloper on May 25, 2016, 08:54:33 am
You pampered it, now it won't go unless it gets more pampering.   It was never used to pampering.  Strongs, take it by the horns and give it a good shake.
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on May 25, 2016, 09:19:31 am
Is it the RAM giving you issues?

Yip.
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Maverick on May 25, 2016, 09:23:55 am
It's a mechanical thing they are made to wear and break down at times. I am sure it is more annoyance of things going wrong than the boss being pissed at you so just let it slide  :)

Many years ago I started a sales rep job and my then boss gave me his personal Opel Monza showroom condition to drive until I got my company car. I was so nervous from day one and even offered to use my own car. Started the Monday and the Friday afternoon reversing out of a client's driveway never saw this huge telephone pole next to me as I stupidly parked it right next to it in my blind spot. By the time I heard the crunch I reversed the whole front fender off  :o  :o Man that was the hardest thing for me to go back to the office and explain that one as he was so happy with my progress and sales the first week before I crushed his moment showing him the car  :biggrin: He was pissed for obvious reasons but these things happen  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: punisher on May 25, 2016, 10:00:52 am
It comes in 3's...stay strong Mr.Zog  :thumleft:

 me too
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: immigrant on May 25, 2016, 04:15:35 pm
Is it the RAM giving you issues?

Yip.

I had the 2500HD RAM, but in a 5.7 HEMI. It kept going in to "limp mode' because of "multiple cylinder misfire". It took the dealer months to sort it out. I suspect you are encountering the same problem. Not your fault
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Airguitar on May 25, 2016, 08:13:10 pm
Here's a few memories for you, Gary,,

https://youtu.be/SQ0SUUPrmRU (https://youtu.be/SQ0SUUPrmRU)


Sorry, I don't know how to embed a video.. :(
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on May 25, 2016, 11:26:54 pm
Here's a few memories for you, Gary,,

https://youtu.be/SQ0SUUPrmRU (https://youtu.be/SQ0SUUPrmRU)


Sorry, I don't know how to embed a video.. :(

 :thumleft:

https://www.youtube.com/v/SQ0SUUPrmRU

Awesome memories Derek. Thank you!  :ricky:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on May 25, 2016, 11:32:08 pm
Is it the RAM giving you issues?

Yip.

I had the 2500HD RAM, but in a 5.7 HEMI. It kept going in to "limp mode' because of "multiple cylinder misfire". It took the dealer months to sort it out. I suspect you are encountering the same problem. Not your fault

A little more history.

Its a 1500RAM, 4,7 liter V8.  It has 132000 miles on the odo, and maybe about a 2005 model.

Its also just come back from the agents, apparently they had to do work on the heads? Its all a bit unclear, but it seems that there have been ongoing issues with this truck. Hopefully this issue is just a continuation of that?

So the boss being pissed, maybe he's not pissed with me, but just pissed with the truck? I dunno... but I spoke to him about a different issue last night and he sounded ok...  Anyways, he is coming back from vacation tomorrow, and will sort out both the vehicles. In the meantime I will just have to ride with small boss. He's also got a 1500 RAM  :peepwall:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on May 25, 2016, 11:40:49 pm
Fire Ants.

Muthafuka  :xxbah:

Sunday I was vacuuming the car and the truck. I didn't notice a fire ant mound, and stood on it. Suddenly all I felt was like my legs were on fire. The bastards had climbed up my legs and were eating me.

The feeling is one of extreme pain. Like you are being burned with hot coals.

I swiped them off, it takes a few sweeps of your hands because they are pretty well stuck with their nippers/teeth/fangs embedded in the flesh. Then I washed my legs off with water from the tap. The pain went away after a few minutes, and I moved the car and finished the vacuuming and washing etc. Then I put the special powder for killing fire ants on their mound. Die muthafukas!!!  :patch:

Last night I suffered. My ankles were itching like a bad rash. Today I had several welts/holes/wounds on my ankles. The bites have come up as yellow puss-filled blisters, that then burst and leave holes. All I can do is just add some iodine so that they don't get infected too easily.

I hate fire ants!  :xxbah:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: VaalBaas on May 25, 2016, 11:51:01 pm
Muthafuka's you say :lol8:

Sterkte met die gate. Klink na meneer miere daai.
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on May 26, 2016, 12:05:43 am
Read something else interesting about Florida yesterday:
Quote
Another Reason Not to Go to Florida
Scientists have discovered three Nile crocodiles, a species native to Africa, in Florida's swamps. Unlike regular crocodiles, which are bad enough, this species grows up to 18 feet long, can weigh as much as a small car, and is much more likely to crave the taste of human flesh — between 2010 and 2014, Nile crocodiles were responsible for 480 attacks on people and 123 fatalities in Africa. Time to get a refund on those plane tickets.

Seems bit of Africa is waiting for you in Florida  :laughing4:

I saw that on the news!  :eek7:

But, some additional info on that. I can't find the link now, so just take my word for it. Apparentky all 3 crocs are related, they did DNA tests. So it seems that they could be from some person who kept them as pets (illegally), and then they either escaped, or were let go when they got too big and dangerous. Apparently that sort of thing happens quite often here ("pets" getting too big and dangerous and being released back into the wild).

Anyways. I will reiterate. I am an African, and I have even caught a croc before. So I am not scared. Bring it on!!!  :peepwall:  :imaposer:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on May 26, 2016, 12:07:02 am
Muthafuka's you say :lol8:

Sterkte met die gate. Klink na meneer miere daai.

Ja, they aren't that big, maybe about 5mm long. But ba-liksem!!!! It burns when they bite.  :eek7:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on May 26, 2016, 12:17:35 am
This weekend is apparently a big holiday in the USA.

Memorial Day weekend.

Monday is Memorial Day. When the Americans remember their fallen soldiers.

Its big, apparently. Roads are going to be busy, roads leading to the sea-side will resemble the N1 to Pietersburg / Polokwane over the SA Easter weekend. Its a 3-day holiday, and not much happens apparently. I'll know more by Tuesday I reckon.

Anyway, we have our friend Steve visiting from Baltimore, Maryland. He has been a close friend of Mrs Zog for over 20 years. One day over the weekend we will try and go visit Cape Canaveral, or rather the "Kennedy Space Center", where they launch all the rockets, including the space shuttles when they were still working. I'll take my camera, and post some of the pics (if we do get to go...)

And tomorrow afternoon is another rocket launch. They will launch a "Space-X Falcon 9" rocket with a communications satellite on board. We are going to try and make it up to Cocoa Beach to watch the launch, if I can get done working in time. We need about an hour to get there, so will need to leave by about 4pm. Lets see how it goes...  

https://www.kennedyspacecenter.com/events/2016/may/launch-spacex-falcon-9-thaicom-8.aspx (https://www.kennedyspacecenter.com/events/2016/may/launch-spacex-falcon-9-thaicom-8.aspx)
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Post by: ExploreSA on May 26, 2016, 05:13:41 am
I am quite surprised nobody mentioned "balbyters" re your ants.
Thought it to be an African thing

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Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Beebop on May 26, 2016, 08:53:35 am

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Anyway, we have our friend Steve visiting from Baltimore, Maryland. He has been a close friend of Mrs Zog for over 20 years. One day over the weekend we will try and go visit Cape Canaveral, or rather the "Kennedy Space Center", where they launch all the rockets, including the space shuttles when they were still working. I'll take my camera, and post some of the pics (if we do get to go...)

 

https://www.kennedyspacecenter.com/events/2016/may/launch-spacex-falcon-9-thaicom-8.aspx (https://www.kennedyspacecenter.com/events/2016/may/launch-spacex-falcon-9-thaicom-8.aspx)

I was fortunate enough to visit there in '97. if you're into that stuff, its a really cool experience. even included a 3D movie.
Enjoy it.
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Post by: Mr. Python on May 26, 2016, 02:14:21 pm
I am quite surprised nobody mentioned "balbyters" re your ants.
Thought it to be an African thing

Sent from my SM-G925F using Tapatalk

Seems they're just ankle biters there, balbyters are African.
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Post by: Would I? on May 26, 2016, 02:54:23 pm
I have been lucky enough to get to the space centre too.
A fantastic experience. You will really enjoy it.
Careful of the birds at the restaurant areas!!! They steal out your hands!!!!
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Post by: Mr. Python on May 26, 2016, 04:30:15 pm
I have been lucky enough to get to the space centre too.
A fantastic experience. You will really enjoy it.
Careful of the birds at the restaurant areas!!! They steal out your hands!!!!

Space invaders?
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Post by: Herklaas on May 26, 2016, 06:28:24 pm
I am quite surprised nobody mentioned "balbyters" re your ants.
Thought it to be an African thing

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Seems they're just ankle biters there, balbyters are African.

 :sip: Mr. Python, get the facts right, they are only called that because in Africa da pepols sit more, dats why dey miss da ankals.  :3some:
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Post by: Mr Zog on May 27, 2016, 03:38:45 am
I just got home a few minutes ago. Its 9:30pm here right now. We went up to Cocoa Beach to go watch the launch of the rocket from Cape Canaveral this afternoon.

Sat at the beach to watch the launch. The launch was scheduled for 17h40, but that came and went, and after a look on the phone it was found to have been postponed for two hours, rescheduled for 19h40. So mate Steve offered to buy us dinner while we waited.

Drove down the beach a couple of miles to "Coconuts on the Beach" http://www.coconutsonthebeach.com/ (http://www.coconutsonthebeach.com/)

MAN! This place ROCKS! Hawt bodies in bikini's, older cougars, and everything in-between. Hot young guys for the ladies to look at, and live music. Sit outside on the deck and watch what is happening on the beach.

The food was brilliant. I had the chef's steak, sirloin with sundried tomatoes, mushrooms, garlic sauce. I added sweet-potato fries and brussel sprouts. Perfectly done, and super-tasty. Mrs Zog had Mahi mahi (we call it Dorado) and Steve had the Salmon. All most excellent.

Eventually the launch was cancelled until tomorrow because of some engine issue. If I get the chance we will try again tomorrow afternoon.

But I took some pics (excuse the quality) of Cocoa Beach where we first sat to watch the launch, then some of "Coconuts" and the gorgeous young things playing beach volleyball  :biggrin:
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Post by: immigrant on May 27, 2016, 05:18:10 am


Eventually the launch was cancelled until tomorrow because of some engine issue. If I get the chance we will try again tomorrow afternoon.



Maybe it's a Dodge Ram..... :peepwall:
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Post by: silvrav on May 27, 2016, 06:26:06 am


Eventually the launch was cancelled until tomorrow because of some engine issue. If I get the chance we will try again tomorrow afternoon.



Maybe it's a Dodge Ram..... :peepwall:

But Gary wasn't anywhere near it  :peepwall:
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Post by: ZK1 on May 27, 2016, 08:50:38 am


Eventually the launch was cancelled until tomorrow because of some engine issue. If I get the chance we will try again tomorrow afternoon.



Maybe it's a Dodge Ram..... :peepwall:

But Gary wasn't anywhere near it  :peepwall:
Apparently he was near ENOUGH! He he he
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Post by: Draadwerk on May 27, 2016, 09:16:48 am
Only if he had the keys to the rocket. Seems anything he has keys of breaks 😫😉
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Post by: punisher on May 27, 2016, 10:06:33 am
that one girlie playing volley ball seems to be topless
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Post by: Takashi on May 27, 2016, 10:21:31 am
that one girlie playing volley ball seems to be topless

Probably the only reason they will win the game.

Nothing sexier than a fit girl in a black bikini. :thumleft:

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Post by: Knucklhead on May 27, 2016, 01:14:54 pm
that one girlie playing volley ball seems to be topless

Probably the only reason they will win the game.

Nothing sexier than a fit girl in a black bikini. :thumleft:



ohh yeahhh agreed  :thumleft:
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Post by: Mr Zog on May 28, 2016, 03:26:14 am
that one girlie playing volley ball seems to be topless

She was wearing a flesh-coloured top. But it was extra skimpy...  :drif:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on May 28, 2016, 03:33:15 am
So this morning I get to the boss's house (Mrs Zog dropped me off with the little KIA) just as BOSS walks over to his truck and starts it up.

I get my gear out of the car and say goodbye to Mrs Zog, walk on intoi the yard and say hi to BOSS. Expecting him to explode at any second.

Well...

BOSS greets me in a friendly way. Tells me his truck sounds just like it did before they put new heads on it just before he went away. He seems to reckon that the guys who did the job must have screwed up.

So anyways, I head off with little boss to the job. Stripping off OLD wallpaper. What a shitty job. Sort of a double-layered type of wallpaper, needed to physically pull off the top layer before we could wet the paper layer and just scrape it off. That to about 4 hours just to get it off. Then we quickly painted the wall again, fitted a new fence post that had rusted off, and headed to the office ofr a meeting.

BOSS calls me up. Tells me the van is sorted out. Seems the key would just not go in deep enough. Just that last 2 millimeters. So he put his key in the ignition, and whacked it in with a hammer.

VOILA! It works. So now I have the "special hammer" in the van beside the seat in case it happens again.  :imaposer: :imaposer: :imaposer:

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Post by: Mr Zog on May 28, 2016, 03:37:43 am
Names.

Sometimes names can be quite unfortunate.

Sometimes one wonders if a given name is just an effort at piss-taking?

Well, we have a main street here, just up the road, that I have mentioned before (remember the alligator walking up the road episode?) called Babcock Street.

And in Babcock Street there is a furniture dealer.

Called Badcock.

Badcock, on Babcock.  :deal:

I took pics today to prove it.  :imaposer:  :imaposer:  :imaposer:  :imaposer:  :imaposer:  :imaposer:  :imaposer:
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Post by: Mr Zog on May 28, 2016, 03:42:59 am
Monday is memorial day.

Its the day that Americans remember and honour all those who fell in defense of their country.

In honour of that, I today purchased a US flag and hung it from the flagpole in the front of my house.

I have the greatest respect for soldiers. Past and present. I was a soldier in a past life.





They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.
                                                    Robert Laurence Binyon


Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Welsh on May 28, 2016, 05:40:28 am
Babcock were a famous Scottish boiler company with divisions Worldwide, currently "Babcock and Wilcox" have their offices in Charlotte, same office park as our offices. The Scottish operation is now owned by the Koreans and the German one by the Japanese.  ::)
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Post by: Jors Troelie on May 28, 2016, 07:13:46 am
Rather BOSS whacks the key in with a hammer, if you did it and something went wrong then you would have been accused of being careless and handling it rough.
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Post by: MegaPix on May 28, 2016, 09:33:40 am
Send us a pic with the flag
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Post by: Herklaas on May 28, 2016, 11:30:56 am
Babcock were a famous Scottish boiler company with divisions Worldwide, currently "Babcock and Wilcox" have their offices in Charlotte, same office park as our offices. The Scottish operation is now owned by the Koreans and the German one by the Japanese.  ::)

 :sip: Yep, they were one of the big contractors building Koeberg Nuclear Power Station.
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Post by: Gene on May 28, 2016, 12:02:26 pm
I am in Alibama, visiting family for the first time, someone in SA. Told me it,s a priviledge to visit the USA, i thought wtf..... It is true .what a country, been all over the place, the guys carries guns in their trucks ,when asked what is it for , they say for hunting animals. No road rage here, you will be shot first....
Really lovely place...
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Post by: MegaPix on May 28, 2016, 01:38:23 pm
I am in Alibama, visiting family for the first time, someone in SA. Told me it,s a priviledge to visit the USA, i thought wtf..... It is true .what a country, been all over the place, the guys carries guns in their trucks ,when asked what is it for , they say for hunting animals. No road rage here, you will be shot first....
Really lovely place...

I would love to visit the States.  But I hear it even gets tough just getting a visa for a visit
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Post by: Mr Zog on May 28, 2016, 05:42:57 pm
I am in Alibama, visiting family for the first time, someone in SA. Told me it,s a priviledge to visit the USA, i thought wtf..... It is true .what a country, been all over the place, the guys carries guns in their trucks ,when asked what is it for , they say for hunting animals. No road rage here, you will be shot first....
Really lovely place...

I would love to visit the States.  But I hear it even gets tough just getting a visa for a visit

Nah, getting a visa is easy. A few hoops to jump through, but the efficiency at the Consulate in JHB is great! Go for it.

As Gene says, its something you just gotta see for yourself.  :thumleft:
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Post by: Mr Zog on May 28, 2016, 05:44:01 pm
Send us a pic with the flag

 :thumleft:  8)
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on May 28, 2016, 05:44:56 pm
Babcock were a famous Scottish boiler company with divisions Worldwide, currently "Babcock and Wilcox" have their offices in Charlotte, same office park as our offices. The Scottish operation is now owned by the Koreans and the German one by the Japanese.  ::)

 :sip: Yep, they were one of the big contractors building Koeberg Nuclear Power Station.

OK, so we sorted out Babcock.  :sip:


Where does Badcock fit in?  8)  ::)
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Post by: african dust on May 28, 2016, 05:56:26 pm
Babcock were a famous Scottish boiler company with divisions Worldwide, currently "Babcock and Wilcox" have their offices in Charlotte, same office park as our offices. The Scottish operation is now owned by the Koreans and the German one by the Japanese.  ::)

 :sip: Yep, they were one of the big contractors building Koeberg Nuclear Power Station.

OK, so we sorted out Babcock.  :sip:


Where does Badcock fit in?  8)  ::)


clearly where ever it pleases  ;D ;D
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Post by: Vance on May 28, 2016, 09:56:34 pm
 :peepwall:
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Post by: Oubones on May 29, 2016, 03:01:55 am
 :imaposer:
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Post by: Ganjora on May 29, 2016, 04:14:08 am
land of the free,
home of the brave.
 :thumleft:
we're watching you,  mr zog.
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Post by: NovaT on May 30, 2016, 07:44:44 am
Babcock were a famous Scottish boiler company with divisions Worldwide, currently "Babcock and Wilcox" have their offices in Charlotte, same office park as our offices. The Scottish operation is now owned by the Koreans and the German one by the Japanese.  ::)

 :sip: Yep, they were one of the big contractors building Koeberg Nuclear Power Station.

OK, so we sorted out Babcock.  :sip:


Where does Badcock fit in?  8)  ::)


clearly where ever it pleases  ;D ;D

 :laughing4: :imaposer: :imaposer:
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Post by: Mr Zog on May 30, 2016, 10:24:42 pm
Babcock were a famous Scottish boiler company with divisions Worldwide, currently "Babcock and Wilcox" have their offices in Charlotte, same office park as our offices. The Scottish operation is now owned by the Koreans and the German one by the Japanese.  ::)

 :sip: Yep, they were one of the big contractors building Koeberg Nuclear Power Station.

OK, so we sorted out Babcock.  :sip:


Where does Badcock fit in?  8)  ::)


clearly where ever it pleases  ;D ;D

 :laughing4: :imaposer: :imaposer:


Ja, ok.  :eek7:


Obviously I left myself WIDE open for that one...  :peepwall:  :imaposer:
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Post by: Mr Zog on May 30, 2016, 10:26:41 pm
Yesterday we went to the Kennedy Space Center. Thats the place where they launch the rockets into space.

All I can say is.... O.M.G.


My jaw was on the floor.

I have pics, I just need to sort them and resize them. Then I'll post some. Please be patient...
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Post by: MegaPix on May 30, 2016, 10:53:37 pm
Yesterday we went to the Kennedy Space Center. Thats the place where they launch the rockets into space.

All I can say is.... O.M.G.


My jaw was on the floor.

I have pics, I just need to sort them and resize them. Then I'll post some. Please be patient...

Ok.  I am awake.  I can wait ...
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on May 31, 2016, 12:12:41 am
Yesterday we went to the Kennedy Space Center. Thats the place where they launch the rockets into space.

All I can say is.... O.M.G.


My jaw was on the floor.

I have pics, I just need to sort them and resize them. Then I'll post some. Please be patient...
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Post by: Mr Zog on May 31, 2016, 12:21:23 am
OK. That took a while. In between stuff at home like eating and washing dishes and stuff.

So yesterday we went to the Kennedy Space Center (KSC). Friend Steve from Baltimore was visiting for a few days, and he had also not been there before. Mrs Zog had been before, many years ago. The basic entry price is $50 per person. But they have special deals, Seniors (over 55) get $46, serving military get $46, Brevard County residents get $45! Cheapest rate available. Well, Steve is a senior, and we live in Brevard County, so a nice saving. Then buddy Steve picked up the tab for the entry fee! WOW! Thanks Steve!

The first stop was at the "rocket garden", where a whole bunch of older rockets are to be seen. They are even visible on Google Earth! I thought the big rocket lying on its side was BIG, but I was in for a treat later...

They have the actual cockpit that Armstrong and friends used on their moon mission, although the outer skin has been replaced with fibreglass now.

Wait, let me first put up a couple of pics, then I can sort of give commentary on some of the others...
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Post by: Mr Zog on May 31, 2016, 12:44:48 am
One of the main attractions is the Space Shuttle building.

At the entrance they have the two main rocket boosters and the main fuel tank standing up.

I reckon that if I filled up that main fuel tank with petrol, I don't think I would manage to finish it in my lifetime of driving vehicles... they burned it up in just a couple of minutes. Ok, so they didn't use petrol, they used gasses, but you understand what I'm getting at. One actually walks under the rockets and boosters as you head into the building... Awesome.

Inside the building its a route that starts at the beginning, 1969, when the first plans for a reusable "shuttle" were first discussed. Audio visual presentations give you the basic facts, until they unveil the actual shuttle Atlantis...

What a sensation. To stand there and be within inches of the machine that did 33 return trips into space. Its not pretty, but its beautiful.

Its still dirty and just as it was when it returned from its last mission. You can still see the streaks from where the heat from re-entry burned the heat tiles until they glowed red-hot... pretty rugged, pretty basic. Somehow it made me think of an old Landy Defender. Yes, I know, I'm weird like that...

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Post by: Mr Zog on May 31, 2016, 12:57:00 am
The other display that impressed the socks off me was the Saturn V rocket.

Its the one that took Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins to the moon. Not the ACTUAL one, but one just like it. Apollo 11.

Oh man.

Its mucking fassive!!!!  ;)

I knew it was big, from what I have seen on TV and stuff... but HOLY CRAP!!!! Its displayed on its side, just above head-level, in a massive hangar. So one can walk along the length and get an actual idea of the magnitude of the machine...

To think that they built this before computers. Yes, I know. They DID HAVE computers, but get real. Today a single smart-phone has more computing power than all the computers at NASA had at the time. Slide rules, pencils, and sheets of paper.

Quite literally, "on a wing and a prayer..." the men who got into those machines had balls of solid tungsten.


I even got to touch the moon.

An actual piece of moonrock, on display, so that one can touch it. A special moment.

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Post by: schalk vd merwe on May 31, 2016, 01:06:36 am

Hi Mr Zog was in Cocoa beach and stayed at a cottage on the beach in 1993  (make me sound old) went to Kennedy Space Center and there after to Orlando to Disney World Epcot Center, Florida, Orlando.  Was mind boggling. I have a very Loong story about that trip. I had a Delta ticket then and could fly across the the US of A for one month, and I did. Only cost me R 1800 at the time. I visited New York, Boston, Buffalo, Miami, Atlanta- Georgia, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Washington DC, and back to New York. Also rented a car from Miami to Orlando all along the sea, and also from San Francisco to Los Angeles across Big Sir along the coast. Then also rented a car from Washington DC to New York. I remember paying only 27 US $ a day for car hire when the exchange rate was 1 US $ to R 3.20. Apart from the 4 weeks in USA I also spent 1 week in Canada. Traveled to Niagara Falls and then to Toronto and all the way to the French City of Quebec City and back to Buffalo in the USA. Those were the days my friend.
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Post by: Mr Zog on May 31, 2016, 01:09:14 am
They had an actual lunar module, just like the one used in the first moon landing. To see the actual size, incredible. Bigger than I imagined from the TV.

And they had a moonbuggy. What impressed me was the "tyre" design. Piano wire woven into a mesh, with stainless steel webs for traction. Then another inner steel mesh, in case of hitting something solid so the wheel would not break. Thinking outside the box... I love it!

We drove past the assembly building. I can't remember all the facts, but its something like the 6th biggest building by volume in the world. The 4 doors take something like 45 minutes to open. But when they do the statue of Liberty with its base, can fit through the door and still have about 100 feet to spare. But when the Saturn V rocket was rolled out it cleared the top by just 6 feet!

Each of the stars on the US flag painted on the side of the building is 6 feet high, and a bus can be driven down each of the stripes. If you could drive a bus down the side of a building  ::)  :lol8:

Lets just say that it is MASSIVE!

The gantry to the left of the assembly building is what they are building for the next generation of space vehicle. Called the SLS (Space Launch System) it will be a rocket that can take a wide variety of vessels up into space, from satellites to manned missions to Mars. They say that they will do a Mars trip in around 2030, but they will first return to the moon for a practice run. They will also be sending a vehicle up to catch a metorite, and place it into orbit around the earth so they can study it better...

Lots of plans, and it seems that we will get to see LOTS more launches in the next few years...  8)
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on May 31, 2016, 01:22:09 am
The Mericans can do it big. I remember when I was there in 93 at Epcot Center. There were about 100 000 people around the lake for the fire show. When I arrived at the parking lot 20 min after the show, the parking lot was empty. They can move people.
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on May 31, 2016, 01:28:35 am

Hi Mr Zog was in Cocoa beach and stayed at a cottage on the beach in 1993  (make me sound old) went to Kennedy Space Center and there after to Orlando to Disney World Epcot Center, Florida, Orlando.  Was mind boggling. I have a very Loong story about that trip. I had a Delta ticket then and could fly across the the US of A for one month, and I did. Only cost me R 1800 at the time. I visited New York, Boston, Buffalo, Miami, Atlanta- Georgia, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Washington DC, and back to New York. Also rented a car from Miami to Orlando all along the sea, and also from San Francisco to Los Angeles across Big Sir along the coast. Then also rented a car from Washington DC to New York. I remember paying only 27 US $ a day for car hire when the exchange rate was 1 US $ to R 3.20. Apart from the 4 weeks in USA I also spent 1 week in Canada. Traveled to Niagara Falls and then to Toronto and all the way to the French City of Quebec City and back to Buffalo in the USA. Those were the days my friend.

Those prices, in US$, are still very similar. When we got here the car rental was about $30/day, but when converted to ZAR its a fortune!

We will slowly start visiting all the attractions (Disney, Epcot, etc) but seeing as we are here for good, there is no rush. Its also pretty expensive, and money is tight, so we'll just pace ourselves  :biggrin:   Disney is over $100 each for entry  :eek7:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: schalk vd merwe on May 31, 2016, 01:34:39 am

Hi Mr Zog was in Cocoa beach and stayed at a cottage on the beach in 1993  (make me sound old) went to Kennedy Space Center and there after to Orlando to Disney World Epcot Center, Florida, Orlando.  Was mind boggling. I have a very Loong story about that trip. I had a Delta ticket then and could fly across the the US of A for one month, and I did. Only cost me R 1800 at the time. I visited New York, Boston, Buffalo, Miami, Atlanta- Georgia, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Washington DC, and back to New York. Also rented a car from Miami to Orlando all along the sea, and also from San Francisco to Los Angeles across Big Sir along the coast. Then also rented a car from Washington DC to New York. I remember paying only 27 US $ a day for car hire when the exchange rate was 1 US $ to R 3.20. Apart from the 4 weeks in USA I also spent 1 week in Canada. Traveled to Niagara Falls and then to Toronto and all the way to the French City of Quebec City and back to Buffalo in the USA. Those were the days my friend.

Those prices, in US$, are still very similar. When we got here the car rental was about $30/day, but when converted to ZAR its a fortune!

We will slowly start visiting all the attractions (Disney, Epcot, etc) but seeing as we are here for good, there is no rush. Its also pretty expensive, and money is tight, so we'll just pace ourselves  :biggrin:   Disney is over $100 each for entry  :eek7:
That is cheap if you take that they now want R 6000-00 to R8000-00 to see the gorillas in Uganda. I rather see them on U tube.
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on May 31, 2016, 01:35:19 am
And of course.... there were also birds at KSC. Feathered ones, and the unfeathered ones.

I managed to snap a few pics of some of the unfeathered ones. If you guys don't hear from me for a while, you know Mrs Zog saw this post and I'm still running  :peepwall:  ::)

Looks like "skinner-broekies" are making a comeback  :lol8:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on May 31, 2016, 01:36:56 am
more...  :peepwall:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mrs. Zog on May 31, 2016, 01:48:06 am
Mrs. Zog here. First of all, re: the "unfeathered birds"... Mr. Zog has found out over the years that I am actually really tolerant as these things go. He can look, as long as I can too (at the males of the species).

Then, I'm sorry, a small correction.

Quote
They will also be sending a vehicle up to catch a metorite, and place it into orbit around the earth so they can study it better...

They will catch an asteroid and place it in orbit around the moon. They're aiming to do it in 2021. It's called the ARM - Asteroid Redirect Mission.

Mrs Zog (who worked at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center many moons ago)...  :biggrin:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mev Vis Arend on May 31, 2016, 06:21:20 am
Mrs. Zog here. First of all, re: the "unfeathered birds"... Mr. Zog has found out over the years that I am actually really tolerant as these things go. He can look, as long as I can too (at the males of the species).

Then, I'm sorry, a small correction.

Quote
They will also be sending a vehicle up to catch a metorite, and place it into orbit around the earth so they can study it better...

They will catch an asteroid and place it in orbit around the moon. They're aiming to do it in 2021. It's called the ARM - Asteroid Redirect Mission.

Mrs Zog (who worked at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center many moons ago)...  :biggrin:

I agree, Mrs Zog.  I will start to worry once Louis stops to look at all the sexy girlies.   :biggrin:
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Post by: Knucklhead on May 31, 2016, 06:54:26 am
more...  :peepwall:

Forget " die skim " zogs my new hero  :3some:
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Post by: silvrav on May 31, 2016, 06:58:43 am
Mrs. Zog here. First of all, re: the "unfeathered birds"... Mr. Zog has found out over the years that I am actually really tolerant as these things go. He can look, as long as I can too (at the males of the species).

Then, I'm sorry, a small correction.

Quote
They will also be sending a vehicle up to catch a metorite, and place it into orbit around the earth so they can study it better...

They will catch an asteroid and place it in orbit around the moon. They're aiming to do it in 2021. It's called the ARM - Asteroid Redirect Mission.

Mrs Zog (who worked at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center many moons ago)...  :biggrin:

 :laughing4: :laughing4: So Mr Zog still running while Mrs. Zog now give s updates and correct info updates  :imaposer:
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Post by: Coxwain on May 31, 2016, 07:57:24 am
Busted...... :imaposer:
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Post by: grizz on May 31, 2016, 08:16:55 am
What a perfect way to wake up on a Tuesday after a long weekend, great report.

It seems Mrs Zog really has her head on just right.
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Post by: Buff on May 31, 2016, 08:34:07 am
Its still dirty and just as it was when it returned from its last mission. You can still see the streaks from where the heat from re-entry burned the heat tiles until they glowed red-hot... pretty rugged, pretty basic. Somehow it made me think of an old Landy Defender. Yes, I know, I'm weird like that...


Do they also have rags on the floor to soak up the oil leaks?  ;)
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: MegaPix on May 31, 2016, 10:11:02 am
Its still dirty and just as it was when it returned from its last mission. You can still see the streaks from where the heat from re-entry burned the heat tiles until they glowed red-hot... pretty rugged, pretty basic. Somehow it made me think of an old Landy Defender. Yes, I know, I'm weird like that...


Do they also have rags on the floor to soak up the oil leaks?  ;)

 :imaposer: :imaposer: :imaposer:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Sláinte Mhaith on May 31, 2016, 01:25:41 pm
Its still dirty and just as it was when it returned from its last mission. You can still see the streaks from where the heat from re-entry burned the heat tiles until they glowed red-hot... pretty rugged, pretty basic. Somehow it made me think of an old Landy Defender. Yes, I know, I'm weird like that...


Do they also have rags on the floor to soak up the oil leaks?  ;)


Hey don't be so nasty to Land Rover owners.
Come on...  rags on the floor to soak up oil leaks?
I had a nice drain pan made to catch the oil.  ;) ;D
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: MickeyT on May 31, 2016, 03:13:12 pm
Seems Mr Zog is still in the dogbox  :lol8: :lol8:

Pleased to meet Mrs Zog eventually.  Mr Zog was just telling us how he adores you and wants to buy you some nice ehhh shorts (as depicted on the photos)...  :peepwall:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: oldmannorman on May 31, 2016, 04:43:27 pm
 :sip: Thanks for sharing. Awesome
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on June 01, 2016, 12:31:27 am
 ;D

I made it through alive  :ricky:


Anyways. I got home and there was a parcel waiting for me! AWESOME!!!!

So I ripped it open, and it had stuff from Rian! Grizz on the forum, from mud island!

He sent me a t-shirt with the Union Jack on the front, an apron that I will wear EVERY time I BRAAI from now on! And a shopping bag for Mrs Zog (how does he know she loves shopping?  ::)  )

Thanks Rian, awesome surprise!

I'm actually going to forward the t-shirt to mate Steve (who visited us for a few days from Baltimore), because he's a Brit living in the US! I just KNOW he'll LOVE it! (I Got him a Springboks rugby jersey that he wears with pride!)

Lekker man! Lekker!!!!  :imaposer:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on June 01, 2016, 12:35:34 am
Mystery


A few weeks ago I posted this picture. And I wondered about the background to the number plate. Remember?
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on June 01, 2016, 12:42:57 am
Mystery - SOLVED  8)

Well, I went to the airport at Orlando on Monday to take buddy Steve to get his flight back to Baltimore.

I walked past the car rental area again. Remember I told you about being able to rent a Mustang?

Well, I even took a pic of the Mustang and the Dodge just for you guys.

But then on the way back to the car I approached the "red muscles" from the other direction.

And it became clear to me.

I even saw a few other muscle cars with the similar number plate. How sad...    :imaposer: :imaposer: :imaposer:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on June 01, 2016, 12:45:22 am
For those a bit slow on the uptake, the rental company obviously bought a whole fleet of muscle cars, and registered them at the same time. Just coincidence that the authorities happened to issue THAT series of number plate number at that time...  :o  :lol8:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: VaalBaas on June 01, 2016, 03:31:53 am
 :lol8:  Thats the kind of plate Grizz would like for his collection. A fine specimen handpicked by you Garry  :ricky:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: 1ougat on June 01, 2016, 07:07:07 am
a Gay musle car .... go figure  :imaposer: :imaposer: :imaposer:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: grizz on June 01, 2016, 08:22:23 am
;D

I made it through alive  :ricky:


Anyways. I got home and there was a parcel waiting for me! AWESOME!!!!

So I ripped it open, and it had stuff from Rian! Grizz on the forum, from mud island!

He sent me a t-shirt with the Union Jack on the front, an apron that I will wear EVERY time I BRAAI from now on! And a shopping bag for Mrs Zog (how does he know she loves shopping?  ::)  )

Thanks Rian, awesome surprise!

I'm actually going to forward the t-shirt to mate Steve (who visited us for a few days from Baltimore), because he's a Brit living in the US! I just KNOW he'll LOVE it! (I Got him a Springboks rugby jersey that he wears with pride!)

Lekker man! Lekker!!!!  :imaposer:


Always a pleasure Boet.

Pity the cost of postage is usually three times the value of the contents.

If you want I can get and post him another one from here.

I did not know if the size was right, in fact, I still don't know what size you are.
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mikie on June 01, 2016, 08:25:29 am
This is Gay

https://www.youtube.com/v/RXn1g0xtUMk
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: silvrav on June 01, 2016, 08:44:05 am
This is Gay

https://www.youtube.com/v/RXn1g0xtUMk

 :patch: CGI.....?
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on June 01, 2016, 07:40:42 pm
This is Gay

https://www.youtube.com/v/RXn1g0xtUMk

 :patch: CGI.....?

Nope, not CGI. Its been on the local news too. Alligator has lived on that golf course for many years. Nice and big and fat...  ;D
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on June 01, 2016, 08:00:34 pm
So yesterday my trusty tekkies / sneakers bit the dust. The sole came right off. I wear these to work in, and they have been soaked a few times. So probably to be expected.

I was quite stressed, because cash is short, and I didn't know what shoes cost here. So we went off to Walmart...

I found a pair of cheapies, fine for work. And the price?

Just $10  :ricky:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: silvrav on June 01, 2016, 09:23:24 pm
This is Gay

https://www.youtube.com/v/RXn1g0xtUMk

 :patch: CGI.....?

Nope, not CGI. Its been on the local news too. Alligator has lived on that golf course for many years. Nice and big and fat...  ;D

Lunch time?  :p

And people wonder why i dont play golf...
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mikie on June 02, 2016, 07:50:20 am
This is Gay

https://www.youtube.com/v/RXn1g0xtUMk

 :patch: CGI.....?

Nope, not CGI. Its been on the local news too. Alligator has lived on that golf course for many years. Nice and big and fat...  ;D

How many golfers have gone missing in those years??
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: 1ougat on June 02, 2016, 08:09:39 am
Daai ding is GROOT .... hy loop net waar hy wil  :biggrin:

I will let him play trough  :biggrin:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: punisher on June 02, 2016, 10:17:39 am
This is Gay

https://www.youtube.com/v/RXn1g0xtUMk

 :patch: CGI.....?

Nope, not CGI. Its been on the local news too. Alligator has lived on that golf course for many years. Nice and big and fat...  ;D

How many golfers have gone missing in those years??

None ....arseholes dont taste nice
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on June 03, 2016, 03:06:11 am
No pictures today. Get over it.  :peepwall:

The last couple of weeks have been a bit slow, work-wise. Not enough work to keep me busy all day. So the result is that I have not booked enough hours, and I have not earned enough dollars. Makes things very tight.

But today there was the opportunity to work a few extra hours. So I worked 11 of them. At 7pm this evening I was done. I just didn't have anything left. Painting isn't my favourite pastime, and in heat (mid 30's) and humidity (above 90%) its not lekker at all. By 8:30 this morning I was already drenched. In sweat. And thats how I stayed until my shower a fer minutes ago. Mrs Zog even commented on the "aroma" eminating from me when I got home. No amount of Speed Stick deodorant can handle that amount of perspiration. Eish...

On a brighter note. The truck that I "killed". Big Boss got it back from the mechanic. Same place that had just replaced the two heads. It seems that the one rocker came loose... so I am vindicated. Great news. I even hit the boss up to loan his truck to pull a "U-Haul" trailer in a week or so when I finally get to go collect the two pallet-loads of personal belongings. The ship should be docking in Miami some time this weekend... hold thumbs guys.

Right. SO I have had a shower, smelly clothes are in the washing basket, I have had left-overs for supper, and I am drinking a ice-cold Vodka and soda. Life is good.

Bed in a few minutes.
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: silvrav on June 03, 2016, 06:43:34 am
No pictures today. Get over it.  :peepwall:

The last couple of weeks have been a bit slow, work-wise. Not enough work to keep me busy all day. So the result is that I have not booked enough hours, and I have not earned enough dollars. Makes things very tight.

But today there was the opportunity to work a few extra hours. So I worked 11 of them. At 7pm this evening I was done. I just didn't have anything left. Painting isn't my favourite pastime, and in heat (mid 30's) and humidity (above 90%) its not lekker at all. By 8:30 this morning I was already drenched. In sweat. And thats how I stayed until my shower a fer minutes ago. Mrs Zog even commented on the "aroma" eminating from me when I got home. No amount of Speed Stick deodorant can handle that amount of perspiration. Eish...

On a brighter note. The truck that I "killed". Big Boss got it back from the mechanic. Same place that had just replaced the two heads. It seems that the one rocker came loose... so I am vindicated. Great news. I even hit the boss up to loan his truck to pull a "U-Haul" trailer in a week or so when I finally get to go collect the two pallet-loads of personal belongings. The ship should be docking in Miami some time this weekend... hold thumbs guys.

Right. SO I have had a shower, smelly clothes are in the washing basket, I have had left-overs for supper, and I am drinking a ice-cold Vodka and soda. Life is good.

Bed in a few minutes.

Lekker mr.  Zog.  You will have slow days and you will have days you wished it was a slow day. All in good time
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: landieman on June 03, 2016, 11:26:05 am
Absolutely fantastic mr Zog,all 52pages in one go.all the best for your new life in 'merica
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Oubones on June 03, 2016, 08:29:53 pm
Enjoy the slow days!
The one thing that I notice is your positive outlook and the relationship between you and Mrs Zog!
Strongs to you boet! All will work out well!👍
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on June 04, 2016, 03:46:46 am
well it seems that the slow days may be over, at least for a bit.

Today I nailed another 12 hour day. Awesome.

You see, Monday was a holiday, so no hours = no pay. Then Tuesday I only got 5 hours. That meant that my next paycheck would not cover my expenses. Not good.

But now I seem to have caught up the hours a bit, and I can also work again tomorrow (Saturday) so brilliant! I'll hopefully grab another 8 hours or so.


I did "score" again today. But in a completely different way. I had to go sort out a sliding door that wouldn't slide. As I walked into the house I was stunned by the delicious aroma from the stove  :drif:

The lady of Indian (India, not American Indian) descent was cooking. It smelled delightful! Her hubby was there too, and I commented that it smelled wonderful.

I removed the sliding door, and then the wheels. The bearings were toast, so I took them off to Home Depot for replacements. I also got a new blind, as the one they had in their dining room window was fubar. I also attended to some rust under the bathroom sink. While I was working I was chatting to the lady and a visiting male Indian friend about the IPL and cricket and stuff.

As I was getting my tools together to leave, the lady handed me two packages wrapped in tinfoil. She thanked me for the work I had done, and told me to enjoy!

Well, I was only a half-mile from my house, so I dashed back home and shared my bounty with Mrs Zog, as she is also crazy about genuine Indian cuisine. Two of the most tasty and delicious roti's that I have ever tasted....

Awesome "score"!  :biggrin:

Anyways. Almost 10pm, and I wanna start again at 7am, so off to bed now.
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Scribble on June 04, 2016, 05:03:38 am
Excellent never go wrong with a good curry
Did u ask if she can make bunny chow ?
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Oubones on June 04, 2016, 07:17:12 am


Well, I was only a half-mile from my house, so I dashed back home and shared my bounty with Mrs Zog, as she is also crazy about genuine Indian cuisine. Two of the most tasty and delicious roti's that I have ever tasted....

Awesome "score"!  :
Yip, being able to pop in on the mrs quickly with a surprize must be a real blessing after used to being so far apart!
Lekker :thumleft:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: grizz on June 04, 2016, 10:07:57 am

As I was getting my tools together to leave, the lady handed me two packages wrapped in tinfoil. She thanked me for the work I had done, and told me to enjoy!

Well, I was only a half-mile from my house, so I dashed back home and shared my bounty with Mrs Zog, as she is also crazy about genuine Indian cuisine. Two of the most tasty and delicious roti's that I have ever tasted....


That has just made me smile even more broadly.

When I used to work East London, one of my secretaries brought me a whole chicken her mum had cooked, my dad and I made three meals of it as well. (I had taken her some KZN Avos that I had scored previously as I knew they loved them)

Life is good man.
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Tom van Brits on June 04, 2016, 01:21:26 pm
Good for you Gary, trust you make up the hours.

I am also a big curry lover, best food I ever enjoyed was in the DRC with the Bangladesh contingent while demining. Maybe I should try and catch a Indian sugar mommy  :imaposer:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on June 05, 2016, 04:26:53 am
Today was another marathon with the paintbrush. 11 hours straight.

Tomorrow I may ba able to put in just another few hours, I'll swing by Home Depot and collect a few ceiling fans that need replacement, as well as a couple of window blinds etc, and sort them out. It won;t count as Sunday time like it does in SA, just normal hours, but thats ok. Every little bit helps. And as long as I get a day off painting duty that suits me just fine  :lol8:


Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on June 05, 2016, 04:40:23 am
On a completely different note.

Florida is in the tropics. The heat and humidity should give that fact away. But another thing to keep in mind is the weather. The stormy weather. Hurricanes and Tropical Storms to be more precise.

The news reports are full of a storm that is developing down to the South West right now, and will be moving up in a North Easterly direction. If it develops into a fully fledged tropical storm the will call it Storm Colin.

But as it is right now, they are forecasting around 5 inches (125mm) of rain for central Florida early next week.

They are also telling us that we need to prepare for Hurricanes too. Apparently the last really strong hurricane to hit Florida was in 2005, so long overdue. We need to prepare. Up to 3 weeks without electricity. Thats gonna be the biggest mess, because we have a well and without electricity to power the pump we will have no water.

So this evening after work we went off to Walmart. I bought 3 cases of water. (35 half-liter bottles per case)  And I got a few cans of food. But cold food is not so good, so I also got a gas cooker. A Coleman, that uses a gas canister. I got 4 canisters for it. Coleman gas cooker was about $17, and the canisters were $3 each. SO now at least we can warm tinned food, and boil water for coffee, in the event of a power failure. Sorted.

I'll get a few more cases of water in a few days, as well as some more tinned food, and some dry food like pasta etc. Just in case. I will also look out for a second-hand generator on Craigslist (the junkmail of the US) In the event of a really bad Hurricane they will tell us to evacuate, and then we'll put the hurricane shutters on the windows, load the dogs in the car, and head north for a few days. Hopefully we'll have a house to come back to after the storm has passed.
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Beethoven on June 05, 2016, 05:58:33 am
 :thumleft:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Geriatrix on June 05, 2016, 07:44:33 am
How high above Spring High Tide are you? How far from tidal water?
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Coxwain on June 05, 2016, 08:07:32 am
Holy shit ... :o :o.....and here we are just praying for a little rain ...
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: MegaPix on June 05, 2016, 08:40:00 am
And there you thought uou got away from loadshedding?
 :lol8:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Welsh on June 05, 2016, 08:43:37 am
On a completely different note.

Florida is in the tropics. The heat and humidity should give that fact away. But another thing to keep in mind is the weather. The stormy weather. Hurricanes and Tropical Storms to be more precise.

The news reports are full of a storm that is developing down to the South West right now, and will be moving up in a North Easterly direction. If it develops into a fully fledged tropical storm the will call it Storm Colin.

But as it is right now, they are forecasting around 5 inches (125mm) of rain for central Florida early next week.

They are also telling us that we need to prepare for Hurricanes too. Apparently the last really strong hurricane to hit Florida was in 2005, so long overdue. We need to prepare. Up to 3 weeks without electricity. Thats gonna be the biggest mess, because we have a well and without electricity to power the pump we will have no water.

So this evening after work we went off to Walmart. I bought 3 cases of water. (35 half-liter bottles per case)  And I got a few cans of food. But cold food is not so good, so I also got a gas cooker. A Coleman, that uses a gas canister. I got 4 canisters for it. Coleman gas cooker was about $17, and the canisters were $3 each. SO now at least we can warm tinned food, and boil water for coffee, in the event of a power failure. Sorted.

I'll get a few more cases of water in a few days, as well as some more tinned food, and some dry food like pasta etc. Just in case. I will also look out for a second-hand generator on Craigslist (the junkmail of the US) In the event of a really bad Hurricane they will tell us to evacuate, and then we'll put the hurricane shutters on the windows, load the dogs in the car, and head north for a few days. Hopefully we'll have a house to come back to after the storm has passed.

An old friend (yes female) is in Brisbane, Aus also had 200mm in a few hours recently..,  8)
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Welsh on June 05, 2016, 08:47:03 am
On a completely different note.

Florida is in the tropics. The heat and humidity should give that fact away. But another thing to keep in mind is the weather. The stormy weather. Hurricanes and Tropical Storms to be more precise.

The news reports are full of a storm that is developing down to the South West right now, and will be moving up in a North Easterly direction. If it develops into a fully fledged tropical storm the will call it Storm Colin.

But as it is right now, they are forecasting around 5 inches (125mm) of rain for central Florida early next week.

They are also telling us that we need to prepare for Hurricanes too. Apparently the last really strong hurricane to hit Florida was in 2005, so long overdue. We need to prepare. Up to 3 weeks without electricity. Thats gonna be the biggest mess, because we have a well and without electricity to power the pump we will have no water.

So this evening after work we went off to Walmart. I bought 3 cases of water. (35 half-liter bottles per case)  And I got a few cans of food. But cold food is not so good, so I also got a gas cooker. A Coleman, that uses a gas canister. I got 4 canisters for it. Coleman gas cooker was about $17, and the canisters were $3 each. SO now at least we can warm tinned food, and boil water for coffee, in the event of a power failure. Sorted.

I'll get a few more cases of water in a few days, as well as some more tinned food, and some dry food like pasta etc. Just in case. I will also look out for a second-hand generator on Craigslist (the junkmail of the US) In the event of a really bad Hurricane they will tell us to evacuate, and then we'll put the hurricane shutters on the windows, load the dogs in the car, and head north for a few days. Hopefully we'll have a house to come back to after the storm has passed.

An old friend (yes female) is in Brisbane, Aus also had 200mm in a few hours recently..,  8)

Of rain, of rain.... ::) ::)
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: tok-tokkie on June 05, 2016, 09:09:28 am
Why buy water?  Why not buy a big plastic tank & fill it with your own much cheaper water?
Title: Re: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Tom van Brits on June 05, 2016, 11:11:35 am
Why buy water?  Why not buy a big plastic tank & fill it with your own much cheaper water?
I am having the same thought....

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Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Geriatrix on June 05, 2016, 12:02:33 pm
FIRE ANTS!


http://www.seeker.com/fire-ant-attack-1739438005.html (http://www.seeker.com/fire-ant-attack-1739438005.html)
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mrs. Zog on June 05, 2016, 02:36:54 pm
Quote
Why buy water?  Why not buy a big plastic tank & fill it with your own much cheaper water?

We could do that, and it would be fine for washing etc., but overall our water as it comes out of the tap is so bad, it's not drinkable. It won't make you sick, but it tastes like shit. On bad days, we even brush our teeth with bottled water.

Re: how high we are, most of Florida is barely above sea level. We're about 5 km away from the Indian River Lagoon as the crow flies and even farther away from the ocean, so storm surge isn't a problem. Our flooding problem will be because of rain. The house sits on a little man-made hill a couple of meters high, but that's all, and drainage here sucks. When it rains even a little bit, there is standing water everywhere for days.

Just heard on the news that Osceola County has started to distribute sand bags to residents... The Air Force is sending a Hurricane Hunter into the Gulf to check it out this afternoon (http://www.hurricanehunters.com/plane.html (http://www.hurricanehunters.com/plane.html)).
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Geriatrix on June 05, 2016, 02:49:41 pm
Good luck!
Stay dry.

Edit:
Has your house been involved in historic floods?
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on June 05, 2016, 05:36:25 pm
Good luck!
Stay dry.

Edit:
Has your house been involved in historic floods?

I am not sure, but I doubt it. There are no visible signs of any water damage.
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on June 05, 2016, 05:44:35 pm
FIRE ANTS!


http://www.seeker.com/fire-ant-attack-1739438005.html (http://www.seeker.com/fire-ant-attack-1739438005.html)

Yup. I can attest to that pain.

The pics I posted of the little wounds, well they are just healing now. Some are gone, others are still going away. Thats about 2 weeks I think?
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on June 05, 2016, 06:00:53 pm
How high above Spring High Tide are you? How far from tidal water?

I cannot get Google Earth to work properly, I know it always used to give the elevation where your cursor was...

Anyways, as most of this area is only about max 30 - 50 ft above sea level, I don't think we are much above that. The entire area is covered in drainage canals. About 15 - 20 feet deep, and all the water finds its way into them. Then it very gently meanders down to bigger canals and eventually the rivers and the sea. No major elevation changes, so no rushing water. When it rains here, the water just lies on the side of the roads for days at a time, until it all drains. Mozzie heaven.

I doubt we will have any issues with storm surge or tidal water, because as Mrs Zog says, we are several kilometers from the sea. But all the power lines are above ground, and there are many, many big trees near them. The authorities do try to keep the lines clear, but its not always possible. For instance, right behind our house we have several big pine trees that will hit the power lines out if they are to fall over. Repairing the lines could take weeks, possibly.

So now we have a small Coleman gas cooker, tested and working.

And we have 105 half-liter bottles of water in the chest freezer. If we do lose power for a few days we will at least have cold water to drink to keep the heat at bay  ;D

(I did do a test, the bottles don't break when frozen  :thumleft: )
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on June 05, 2016, 06:07:52 pm
Today started off very clear and hot. Temp at 6:30 was 80 degrees F. That's 27 degrees C. But the killer is the humidity. It was 87%.

SO the aircon now stays on 24/7. Indoors is lovely, outside is like a sauna. Literally.

Now its just gone noon, and its 32 degrees C, and humidity is around 78%. Slighty down, but the clouds are building up. I think rain is imminent shortly. When it does rain I will go and stand outside in it and REALLY cool down  :biggrin:

Also keeping a close eye on the local news station on TV, they are tracking the storm live, and giving all the updates etc. So far all seems ok. But I think I'll give going into work today a skip, not gonna be nice weather for driving.

Right. Time for my weekly Skype chat with my son in Pretoria, then some chores and jobs around the house.

If anything newsworthy happens, I'll let you all know.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: MegaPix on June 05, 2016, 06:23:37 pm
When the power is off the water will not stay cold either
 :pot:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Fudmucker on June 05, 2016, 08:38:30 pm
I see that your ZA training (tinned food and candles before elections)
is standing you in good stead for life in the USA !  ;)


PS: I had a taste of Florida weather in 2006 at a conference in Orlando.
Durban on a humid day doesn't touch it.
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on June 06, 2016, 02:44:44 am
When the power is off the water will not stay cold either
 :pot:

Chest deep freeze.

I'm hoping that they will stay frozen if I don't open the lid too much for at least 3-4 days.  ::)
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on June 06, 2016, 02:48:34 am
Rugby

They do play rugby over here in the USA. This afternoon I was relaxing in front of the TV, channel-hopping to see what was on. I came across a NBC sports channel showing College 7's rugby.

The one game even had a rather hawt lady-ref  :biggrin:

Good, running rugby. I enjoyed it.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on June 06, 2016, 02:51:46 am
Strippers  >:D



















I also thought exactly what you thought when you read that word above.  :deal:

However. I searched the entire paint isle at Home Depot and found none. Maybe they had the day off?

 I'll go look again tomorrow...   :peepwall:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on June 06, 2016, 03:03:53 am
This afternoon we had 5/8ths of an inch of rain (about 15mm) in my fancy cheap plastic rain guage.


Just a normal thunderstorm, but the big one, first one for the season (which opened on 1 June) will arrive tomorrow morning.

Tropical Depression 3 has been upgraded to Tropical Storm Colin. The center will pass about 200 - 300 miles north of us, but we will still get well watered by it. Expecting between 3 - 5 inches (75 - 125mm) of rain, winds between 40 - 50 MILES per hour (60 - 80 km/h) and strong possibility of tornado's!

A copy-and-paste from the Brevard County Emergency Management Team:

Brevard County Residents Urged to Prepare for Tropical Depression

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. -- Brevard County emergency management officials urge residents to prepare their homes today for the impacts of Tropical Depression 3, which is moving rapidly from Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula to Florida’s northwest coast. The storm may be upgraded to Tropical Storm Colin later today or tomorrow, and Brevard County Emergency Management staff is actively monitoring the storm and its associated threats.

Brevard County will begin feeling its effects Monday morning, with the greatest threat for tornadoes between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. The primary impact will be rainfall, with three to five inches expected on Monday. Some locations may receive twice as much rain. Localized flooding is possible. Residents should stay in place as severe weather arrives.

“The tropical depression is not well-organized,” said James Franklin, branch chief for the National Hurricane Center. “It’s a messy, sloppy system with impacts that will cover a large area.”

According to the National Weather Service- Melbourne, this could be the local impact:
● The majority of the significant weather will occur to the east of the center/track, affecting central Florida. Residents should not overly focus on the exact track because the storm will affect a widespread area.
● Heavy rainfall will be the primary threat, with the most widespread coverage and greatest accumulations beginning early Monday, continuing well into the evening.
● There will be an increased risk for tornadoes across all of east central Florida, with the threat spreading rapidly north through the area Monday morning into the evening. Multiple, brief tornadoes may occur. Storm motion will be fast, and these situations often provide minimal lead time for tornado warnings.
● Sustained winds will not pose a concern; however, winds will become gusty Monday through the overnight hours. Gusts in heavier squalls could reach 40 to 50 mph briefly in some areas.

Hurricane Season 2016 began June 1 and runs to Nov. 30. Brevard County Emergency Management Director Kimberly Prosser said the season is already active, which emphasizes the need for residents to be prepared and to have a plan in place to protect themselves and their families.

"Know your risks, have a plan, make a kit and stay informed," Prosser said. "Pay close attention to the weather over the next couple of days especially, but it's always important to know what to do if an emergency occurs."

Residents are encouraged to stay informed. Brevard County Emergency Management is active on social media, providing information and updates about severe weather as well as other incidents which could affect large numbers of people in the county. Residents can follow “Brevard County Emergency Management” on Facebook, following @BrevardEOC on Twitter, or subscribe to text messages by texting FOLLOW BREVARDEOC to telephone number 40404.

Residents can also register their cell phone numbers with the CodeRed Emergency Notification Service. The notification system is able to pinpoint whom to notify of an emergency based on addresses entered into the system, or by an area that is selected on a map. Those who don’t have computers or internet access can call 866-484-3264 to register their information.


Sounds like fun...  :eek7:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Oubones on June 06, 2016, 05:31:09 am
Be save and down't get washed away!
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Ri on June 06, 2016, 06:17:06 am
“The tropical depression is not well-organized,” said James Franklin, branch chief for the National Hurricane Center. “It’s a messy, sloppy system with impacts that will cover a large area.”

To be fair, when I'm depressed I also find it hard to organise myself  :lol8:

Keep safe!
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Oubones on June 06, 2016, 06:25:24 am
“The tropical depression is not well-organized,” said James Franklin, branch chief for the National Hurricane Center. “It’s a messy, sloppy system with impacts that will cover a large area.”

To be fair, when I'm depressed I also find it hard to organise myself  :lol8:

Keep safe!
Depressed? Like in deflated? Ek sal ook sukkel as ek pap of plat is! :pot: :ricky:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: landieman on June 06, 2016, 06:38:17 am
goodluck with the storm,don't get washed away
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Dirty Boy on June 06, 2016, 11:44:34 am
Has the humidity got to you ?

Why do you stick the water bottles upside down to the top of the freezer ?   ;D
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: MegaPix on June 06, 2016, 08:01:55 pm
Has the humidity got to you ?

Why do you stick the water bottles upside down to the top of the freezer ?   ;D
bottom at top helps to spread the cold quicker through the bottle
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Sardine on June 06, 2016, 10:27:09 pm
Hope the storm doesn't affect your area too badly.

Those hurricane hunters are insane. Like the guys who fly small aircraft through clouds to seed them.
But can you imagine being in a bar "So, what do you do for a living?"
"Eh, I'm a Hurricane Hunter."
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on June 07, 2016, 04:04:30 am
Has the humidity got to you ?

Why do you stick the water bottles upside down to the top of the freezer ?   ;D

Eish. Some people...  :pot:  :peepwall:  :imaposer:4

Its a CHEST FREEZER... chop.  >:D

The bottles are lying on their sides.  :lol8:

JUst rotate the pic 90 degrees...

Eish...  :imaposer: :imaposer: :imaposer:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on June 07, 2016, 04:19:36 am
OK. So news on the Tropical Storm Colin...

It missed us. Just.

We got some rain, but only just under 2 inches (50mm).

No really serious winds, and no tornado's in our area.


This morning around 11 the local authorities upgraded their status, and it looked like we were gonna get plastered, but then the storm turned north and we just got the very edge of it.

Up north there is some serious flooding, and even some tornado's hit ground. Lots of strong winds etc, but I haven't seen any reports of serious injuries or death on the news yet. I guess we got lucky this time.

I had a long day. Knocked off at 5, went past the Boss's house to drop off a piece of equipment, and then a call came in for a house without water. So off I went. Rain had got into the electrical box for the aerator pump and tripped it out. Not too serious, but the inside pump had kept running and over-heated. So I had to replace the PVC pipe fittings as they had melted. Its incredible that the pumps are so good that they survive such abuse, the pump was still fine. I had to get the fittings from Home Depot though, which was 10 miles up the road, so I only got home around 8-15 pm.

Mrs Zog had made me a delightful indian chicken dish. So great to get home after 13 hours and get such a good meal. Thanks darling  :thumleft:

Then I packed the stuff in the van right, as it was a mess after a busy day, now a quick update, and then off to bed. Stick a fork in me, I'm done.
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: landieman on June 07, 2016, 07:52:31 am
nice long hours,good paycheck  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: WheelieDog on June 07, 2016, 09:50:54 am
I heard Harley Carnes giving the US report on 702 this morning and he was discussing the weather in Florida. You guys immediately sprung to mind.

It sounds like it was not as bad as was expected but stick around, the season isn't over yet.

You might just need to get that boat a bit sooner than you thought :lol8:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Hammies on June 07, 2016, 01:18:26 pm
Howdy Mr Zog. I have a message for you from a certain Ryan Palmer.... He says "Hello mr speed cop" ... Don't shoot me, I'm only the messenger.....  e-pos   (sos_international@fmi.com), in case you want to say "hello". He is not on the forum....

I like your story so far, including your guts and determination.... Not always easy outside one's comfort zone.... You may not be well off financially now, but you are sooo very rich with all the friends you have.....
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: CruiserBMW on June 07, 2016, 01:49:45 pm
Hi yes indeed a very good story up to now. So what is the big boss story regards the increase after a couple of weeks tell him all the South African fans watch him for that.And this time not only 30% at least double.
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: hedleyj on June 07, 2016, 08:20:21 pm
Howdy Mr Zog. I have a message for you from a certain Ryan Palmer.... He says "Hello mr speed cop" ... Don't shoot me, I'm only the messenger.....  e-pos   (sos_international@fmi.com), in case you want to say "hello". He is not on the forum....

I like your story so far, including your guts and determination.... Not always easy outside one's comfort zone.... You may not be well off financially now, but you are sooo very rich with all the friends you have.....

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Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on June 08, 2016, 03:14:18 am
Howdy Mr Zog. I have a message for you from a certain Ryan Palmer.... He says "Hello mr speed cop" ... Don't shoot me, I'm only the messenger.....  e-pos   (sos_international@fmi.com), in case you want to say "hello". He is not on the forum....

I like your story so far, including your guts and determination.... Not always easy outside one's comfort zone.... You may not be well off financially now, but you are sooo very rich with all the friends you have.....


Tell "Sister Palmer" that I'll mail him  :thumleft:

Thanks for the email addy.  ;D
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on June 08, 2016, 03:46:50 am
Well...

So today something happened that has blown my mind, and that may have a life-changing effect on me.

When I first got here I applied for just about every job that was advertised that I thought I may have a chance of doing. I cannot remember how many applications I sent out, but it was a LOT. I heard back from 2 companies for interviews, neither contacted me again.

Today, out of the blue, I get a phone call from one of the companies that I applied at. One of the top companies that I fantasised about working for. Dude wanted to know if I was still interested, and could I come in and fill out a job application?

So after work I rushed home, had a shower and put on neat clothes (you only get one chance to make a first impression), jumped into my little KIA (I don't use the Boss's car for private trips), and drove over to the company. There I asked ofr the dude who called me. After a wait of about 10 minutes during which I perved over their merchandise, this young-ish dude comes over and takes me to an office and gives me an application form. I thought he was probably like the HR dude or something. But I remain courteous and treat him with respect.

I sit and fill in the form, then take it back over to the dude. He checks it over, basically just making sure that I have filled in all the spaces. Signed on all the lines...

Then he asks me when I would be available to start. I tell him that I am working as a handyman, and that if I got the job that I would like to give at least 2 weeks notice because Boss has been good to me, and I don't want to just drop him. I'm figuring dude is just getting info, so that they can make a decision when I have my interview...

Nah.

Dude checks his calendar, says "Its the 7th today, 2 weeks will be the 21st. See you then, 9am"



I nearly fell over. Seriously. I got light-headed, I thought I was gonna fall down.

Fuck me. Butter my butt and call me a biscuit.... fuck me....



So tomorrow I need to have a serious chat with Boss.

I will take the new job, because it comes with benefits (Medical insurance, pension plan, etc), and its with a MASSIVE multi-national company, based in the US, but branches in just about every developed country in the world. I see the opportunity that with hard work I can progress up the ladder, and I can start to earn decent money in a few years. I am starting off in sales, purely commission, but the chance is there to make it work. I have never sold anything (professionally) in my life before. So its new for me, and rather daunting. But hell, the product basically sells itself, and I just gotta make the buyer upsize and take more than he originally planned to increase my commission. I don't know shit about the specific product, but I do know a bit about the product in general..  :peepwall:

Nope. I'm not telling the name of the company yet. Two reasons;
1. I don't wanna jinx it.
2. I don't wanna get banned off the forum for it (yip, its THAT bad  ::) )

Anyways. I'm moerofa excited. Also quite sad about leaving the handyman job. I actually enjoyed it a lot. I have learned a shit-load in a very short space of time, and the Boss has been very good to me. I actually want to see if I can still stay on, just part-time. For a bit of extra cash on the side (especially while I am trying to find my feet at the new job), and also because I don't wanna burn any bridges either, the new job has a 3-month probation period where if I for some reason don't produce, I am outta there. Call it insurance, covering my bases...


I hope that the Boss sees it in the same light, that its a chance for me to get a jump-start on my new life over here.

I'll keep you'all informed about developments...  ;)
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on June 08, 2016, 03:50:09 am
On another note.

Tropical Storm Colin just missed us. We are still getting rain from the tail, and apparently will continue to get rain from the tail for the next 2-3 days. But for us it was pretty much a non-event.

However up north of us they got hit hard, and are still getting hit. Chances of some big storm swells causing some flooding in the low-lying coastal areas up north.

6 days into "storm season" and we get the first one. Eish...  ::)
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: luv2ride on June 08, 2016, 04:35:44 am
Fantastic news on the new job.  I am sure you will make a succes  of it :thumleft:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Oubones on June 08, 2016, 05:26:12 am
You will see this too late, but strongs for when you speak to the boss!
I am sure all will work out well for you!
I am also sure that you will do well in the new job!
Good on you for being considerate to your present employer!
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Sardine on June 08, 2016, 05:29:00 am
 :thumleft:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Crab on June 08, 2016, 06:36:34 am
Cool news Mr Zog, well done
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Post by: Wayne on June 08, 2016, 06:52:35 am
Fantastic news. I am sure the Boss will understand

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Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: 1190 on June 08, 2016, 06:59:28 am
Great news :thumleft: It seems like you've "weathered" the storm so to speak  :biggrin: good luck with your new venture :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: woody1 on June 08, 2016, 07:01:11 am
Sterkte,  weet dit gaan goed uitwerk ! :thumleft:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: silvrav on June 08, 2016, 07:01:21 am
Well...

So today something happened that has blown my mind, and that may have a life-changing effect on me.

When I first got here I applied for just about every job that was advertised that I thought I may have a chance of doing. I cannot remember how many applications I sent out, but it was a LOT. I heard back from 2 companies for interviews, neither contacted me again.

Today, out of the blue, I get a phone call from one of the companies that I applied at. One of the top companies that I fantasised about working for. Dude wanted to know if I was still interested, and could I come in and fill out a job application?

So after work I rushed home, had a shower and put on neat clothes (you only get one chance to make a first impression), jumped into my little KIA (I don't use the Boss's car for private trips), and drove over to the company. There I asked ofr the dude who called me. After a wait of about 10 minutes during which I perved over their merchandise, this young-ish dude comes over and takes me to an office and gives me an application form. I thought he was probably like the HR dude or something. But I remain courteous and treat him with respect.

I sit and fill in the form, then take it back over to the dude. He checks it over, basically just making sure that I have filled in all the spaces. Signed on all the lines...

Then he asks me when I would be available to start. I tell him that I am working as a handyman, and that if I got the job that I would like to give at least 2 weeks notice because Boss has been good to me, and I don't want to just drop him. I'm figuring dude is just getting info, so that they can make a decision when I have my interview...

Nah.

Dude checks his calendar, says "Its the 7th today, 2 weeks will be the 21st. See you then, 9am"



I nearly fell over. Seriously. I got light-headed, I thought I was gonna fall down.

Fuck me. Butter my butt and call me a biscuit.... fuck me....



So tomorrow I need to have a serious chat with Boss.

I will take the new job, because it comes with benefits (Medical insurance, pension plan, etc), and its with a MASSIVE multi-national company, based in the US, but branches in just about every developed country in the world. I see the opportunity that with hard work I can progress up the ladder, and I can start to earn decent money in a few years. I am starting off in sales, purely commission, but the chance is there to make it work. I have never sold anything (professionally) in my life before. So its new for me, and rather daunting. But hell, the product basically sells itself, and I just gotta make the buyer upsize and take more than he originally planned to increase my commission. I don't know shit about the specific product, but I do know a bit about the product in general..  :peepwall:

Nope. I'm not telling the name of the company yet. Two reasons;
1. I don't wanna jinx it.
2. I don't wanna get banned off the forum for it (yip, its THAT bad  ::) )

Anyways. I'm moerofa excited. Also quite sad about leaving the handyman job. I actually enjoyed it a lot. I have learned a shit-load in a very short space of time, and the Boss has been very good to me. I actually want to see if I can still stay on, just part-time. For a bit of extra cash on the side (especially while I am trying to find my feet at the new job), and also because I don't wanna burn any bridges either, the new job has a 3-month probation period where if I for some reason don't produce, I am outta there. Call it insurance, covering my bases...


I hope that the Boss sees it in the same light, that its a chance for me to get a jump-start on my new life over here.

I'll keep you'all informed about developments...  ;)

Excellent Mr zog!  Keep on pushing...

Now, this company....so not wanna get banned....mmm, must be Harley  :peepwall: :patch: :pot:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: MegaPix on June 08, 2016, 07:35:00 am
Congrats on the new job

Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: dirtyXT on June 08, 2016, 07:53:02 am
fantastic, cant wait to learn what you will be selling... hoping its not comforter sets...  :deal: :imaposer:

leave the door open for your new boss to do something amazing with this. who knows, sounds like youre his numero uno in a matter of weeks. lets hope there is a bidding war waiting!  :lol8:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: grizz on June 08, 2016, 08:03:08 am
What a great way to start my day.

Congrats Gary, and I trust it will all go well for you.

You are doing the right thing with your current job.
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Rufus115 on June 08, 2016, 08:13:00 am
"Whoot Whoot whoot!!!!!"

Prepare yourself for the counter offer from the Boss man...
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: oldmannorman on June 08, 2016, 08:38:27 am
  :thumleft: Congrats on the new post.   :sip:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: MickeyT on June 08, 2016, 08:48:16 am
Congrats Boet!  You are on your way up and in a way busy writing a book...
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Geriatrix on June 08, 2016, 08:57:53 am
Congratulations!!!


This is excellent news.
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Snafu on June 08, 2016, 09:22:26 am
Good news!!!
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Ri on June 08, 2016, 09:24:29 am
Wonderful news!! Congratulations and tons of blessings in the new job!!   :thumleft:

Looking forward to reading about all the crazy customers you deal with  :sip:

Hope current Boss appreciates the opportunity and allows you to moonlight with him.
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Buff on June 08, 2016, 09:34:50 am
Outstanding news, well done boet  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Pom17 on June 08, 2016, 09:38:19 am
Congrats, that is great news. And no BEE certificate required

I have an idea that he is going to sell Harleys  >:D
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Herklaas on June 08, 2016, 09:41:45 am
Congrats, that is great news. And no BEE certificate required

I have an idea that he is going to sell Harleys  >:D


 :sip: Well, he can start canvassing at the Oldage homes in the area.  :bueller:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: TrailBlazer on June 08, 2016, 09:47:24 am
You go Gary... great news. Give it some serious horns!!

Congrats, that is great news. And no BEE certificate required

I have an idea that he is going to sell Harleys  >:D

This thought also crossed my mind  :)
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Fudmucker on June 08, 2016, 09:55:51 am
Great news !
Hope the job turns out to be just what you want.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Tom van Brits on June 08, 2016, 10:06:18 am
Congrats Gary, I knew it was only a matter of time. I know you and your natural leadership will make you successful whatever you take on

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Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: TornadoF5 on June 08, 2016, 10:23:35 am
Yeeeeehaaaaa!!!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: ButtSlider on June 08, 2016, 10:29:15 am
Great news Gary.  :thumleft:

We knew it was just a matter of time.

With the new mega bucks I see a new AT on the cards.  :laughing4:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: woody1 on June 08, 2016, 10:42:10 am
He will be selling SEX toys.  :peepwall: :imaposer:
Or is it just WAX ?
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Sylvester on June 08, 2016, 10:57:04 am
Congrats Mr Zog!

If this is such a great product to sell and you really believe in it, you will do very good regardless of past salesman experience. 

If you need all sorts of sales technique and bullshit to sell it - you will not do well; you are just not that kind of person.
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: SmuGS on June 08, 2016, 11:19:47 am
Awesome man, congrats.. :thumleft:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Ian in Great Brak River on June 08, 2016, 02:33:15 pm
Congrats and well done!

 8)
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: TheAnt on June 08, 2016, 04:43:35 pm
You go Gary... great news. Give it some serious horns!!

Congrats, that is great news. And no BEE certificate required

I have an idea that he is going to sell Harleys  >:D

This thought also crossed my mind  :)

Hmmm, must be! First thing I also thought
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Sparky on June 08, 2016, 05:28:00 pm
Congrats on the new job. :thumleft:

Bass Pro Shops perhaps?.... >:D
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Pilchie on June 08, 2016, 06:07:12 pm
All the best Mr Zog
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Ama ride ride on June 08, 2016, 07:20:11 pm
Congrats Zog :thumleft:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Draadwerk on June 08, 2016, 08:11:10 pm
Baie geluk Gary. Nou die dag was jy nog hier by my in die Laeveld. Nou is jy 'n regte Merican.

Ek is bly vir jou ou maat!!! 👍
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: VaalBaas on June 08, 2016, 10:32:41 pm
Ja, baie geluk. Wys mens net :thumleft:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on June 09, 2016, 01:30:39 am
Congrats on the new job. :thumleft:

Bass Pro Shops perhaps?.... >:D

Why would I be outed for working at Bass Pro? Where I am gonna work will raise the ire of all except a very few on this forum.

Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on June 09, 2016, 01:37:36 am
So this morning, after a night of very little sleep I head straight to the residence of the Boss. I knock on the door, boss comes out. I tell him that we need to speak.

I tell him that I have been offered the job, that I have accepted it. That I will still work out two weeks, not dropping him in the deep end. He's taken aback, but tells me that he expected it.

I ask him if I can still work for him part-time, but he's undecided.

He wishes me luck for the new job, tells me he believes that I will do well there.

Done.

This afternoon he was still undecided about me working part-time... thinks that I won't be able to handle the hours... I'll keep trying to get it right. I'll need the extra cash, especially in the beginning.

Lets see what the future holds in that regard.
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on June 09, 2016, 01:55:24 am
Some of the work that I do...

When people move out, I gotta go in and clean the place up and fix what's broken before they can rent it out again.

The house that I am busy with needed all the internal walls repainted. I also replaced three ceiling fans, two blinds, 16 light switch covers, 4 light switches. About 14 light bulbs, and the shower door. A closet door and a few other smaller items.

The house was dirty. After the repairs and replacements and painting I had cleaning to do. Below is a pic of the shower in the master bathroom. You can see the difference between the tiles already cleaned and those not...

For the life of me I cannot understand why people don't clean their bathrooms. Took me about 4 hours to scrub the grime and limescale and iron-residue off the tiles. Using some wicked-strong cleaning agents containing chlorine etc. And a Scotch-Brite sponge to scour.
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on June 09, 2016, 01:59:52 am
Tropical Storm Colin has gone. But we are still getting rain from the residue in its wake. This afternoon a big system moved over, dropped about 3,5 inches (88mm) in an hour or two. Lots of standing water.

Then a short lull, and now its pissing down again. Total for the day is now at 4 inches (100mm)

Driving back to the work-site house from a service call where I had to replace the element in a geyser (hot water heater) I saw the system moving in and took a pic. Next pic is from the garage of the house I was cleaning up.
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: immigrant on June 09, 2016, 02:42:09 am
You can expect a counter offer in a few days from bossman.....
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on June 09, 2016, 03:44:01 am
You can expect a counter offer in a few days from bossman.....

Hmmm... you may have a point. But I dunno hey? This new job gives me the opportunity to move up a corporate ladder, and not just an aluminum ladder... I gotta think about the future.
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on June 09, 2016, 03:46:18 am
Oh alright...  ::)

I'll tell.

I'm just too excited to keep it to myself  :biggrin:

But very nervous too  :peepwall:

Here is the website for my new job  :ricky: 

http://www.spacecoastharley.com/ (http://www.spacecoastharley.com/)
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on June 09, 2016, 03:49:54 am
 :ricky:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: VaalBaas on June 09, 2016, 04:00:05 am
 :lol8: :thumleft:

So it is.
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: immigrant on June 09, 2016, 04:11:13 am
You can expect a counter offer in a few days from bossman.....

Hmmm... you may have a point. But I dunno hey? This new job gives me the opportunity to move up a corporate ladder, and not just an aluminum ladder... I gotta think about the future.
I would make the move for sure!! Another door opens. Who knows where it will lead to. Go for it!!!
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: immigrant on June 09, 2016, 04:18:39 am
A boertjie, selling American Iron to Americans!! How fucking cool is that!!!!
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: zebra - Flying Brick on June 09, 2016, 04:41:09 am
Oh alright...  ::)

I'll tell.

I'm just too excited to keep it to myself  :biggrin:

But very nervous too  :peepwall:

Here is the website for my new job  :ricky: 

http://www.spacecoastharley.com/ (http://www.spacecoastharley.com/)
Go for it...!
Nothing to lose, everything to gain.
Subscribe  :sip:
Chris
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Motor1 on June 09, 2016, 04:45:06 am
Good luck Mr Zog, this story just gets better  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Fudmucker on June 09, 2016, 04:50:31 am
Ask your new employer why they don't make a DS machine...?  :pot:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Gene on June 09, 2016, 05:17:21 am
A ds machine in the USA would not do, yes if you trailer it to play with, but i only see Harleys and BMW bikes on the freeway, the distances between towns is like from CT to Jo burg, poor DS bike will break down trying to get to the destination......
Of course this is my opinion only.....
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Oubones on June 09, 2016, 05:30:23 am
Congrats!
Hehe, if they give you company transport ( Harley) you better get one with paddles and a rainsuit! :ricky:
I am very glad for you and sure you will do very well!
I wish you all the best!
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: MegaPix on June 09, 2016, 06:40:39 am
If you know the bikes like you do your handyman work you will do good

Once again well done

And for once I know this community won't have an issue with a Harley

You Go Zog
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: silvrav on June 09, 2016, 07:02:01 am
Ja see i told you so.... Not even thetr 6monthd and now propet merican sommer working for harley...

Congrats again Gary  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: grizz on June 09, 2016, 07:02:34 am
Congrats !!
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Skaiidawg on June 09, 2016, 07:09:06 am
A ds machine in the USA would not do, yes if you trailer it to play with, but i only see Harleys and BMW bikes on the freeway, the distances between towns is like from CT to Jo burg, poor DS bike will break down trying to get to the destination......

Once you exhaled please pass the joint to the left...

What are you on about?
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: dirtyXT on June 09, 2016, 07:09:34 am
wow very different from what you doing now... sounds excitig and probably a 10000 times better than doing the work you doing now.
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Skaiidawg on June 09, 2016, 07:10:45 am
Oh alright...  ::)

I'll tell.

But very nervous too  :peepwall:

Here is the website for my new job  :ricky: 

Congrats Gary, know you are gonna do good.  :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Fudmucker on June 09, 2016, 07:12:31 am
So... can we order HD T-shirts through you?  :sip:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: woody1 on June 09, 2016, 07:15:26 am
Does the job come with a company car / bike ?  :imaposer:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: 1190 on June 09, 2016, 07:20:53 am
I see they have free food... free beer ....and free bikini bike wash on customer appreciation day.....what more can a man ask for in a job :imaposer:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: woody1 on June 09, 2016, 07:53:08 am
Gary in a Bikini ?... we DAMAND pictures
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: schalk vd merwe on June 09, 2016, 08:00:52 am
Hi Gary Congratulations hope you sell lots of Harleys. (I had one in 1965 and we use to call it a "Harige Dawid" Enjoy the job and I think you can't wait for the two weeks to be up. I stayed over in Cocoa Beach in 1993 and could see the Space Craft in posision at Kennedy Space Centre from my bungalo on the beach then.
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Dirt Junkie on June 09, 2016, 08:51:11 am
awesome news, all of the best
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Manic on June 09, 2016, 09:18:57 am
Congrats tjomma!!!

Go 4 it  :thumleft:   :ricky:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Bikerboer1973 on June 09, 2016, 09:38:37 am
Congrats on the new job. :thumleft:

Bass Pro Shops perhaps?.... >:D

Why would I be outed for working at Bass Pro? Where I am gonna work will raise the ire of all except a very few on this forum.



Hmm Mcdonalds  :dousing:, or Hartly Workingson  :peepwall: :pot:

EDIT: Ok so might have finished reading first ne?

Concrats Mr Zog, know you will do well and sell the crap out off that crap back to the Yanks  :imaposer: :ricky:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Dirty Boy on June 09, 2016, 10:07:31 am
Mr Zog, congrats, this thread just gets better and better. Im sure, in your new position there will still be plenty of interesting stories and photos to add to this thread.

I was thinking. That tool belt that you have. I you wear it back to front with nothing underneath, it would kinda be like a Village People Harley chaps type riding gear  :thumleft: Just a though, use it or lose it.  :biggrin:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: WheelieDog on June 09, 2016, 10:24:39 am
From a handyman to a Harley salesman. Now that living the American Dream.

In reverse :lol8:

Congratulations Mr Zog. Don't think to be a good salesman you need to be a flashy confident bullshitting pusher. You just stay your honest self, and watch your sales and customer base grow as your reputation spreads.

Wishing you the best of luck!
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: ClimbingTurtle on June 09, 2016, 10:58:52 am
SOFRIGGINCOOL!!!

 :thumleft:   :thumleft:   :thumleft:

What a lekker opportunity!!

 :biggrin:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Scribble on June 09, 2016, 12:19:41 pm
A ds machine in the USA would not do, yes if you trailer it to play with, but i only see Harleys and BMW bikes on the freeway, the distances between towns is like from CT to Jo burg, poor DS bike will break down trying to get to the destination......

Once you exhaled please pass the joint to the left...

What are you on about?
:imaposer:
was wondering about this exact same thing just not eloquent enough to put it into words
Go Zog the hog salesman
Title: Re:
Post by: Tom van Brits on June 09, 2016, 01:26:05 pm
Gary you must be so excited, well done you did it!

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Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Toothless on June 09, 2016, 02:02:59 pm
Exciting times! Congrats with the job! I know people usually take the piss out of Harley Riders, but the bikes are definitely drool worthy!
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Catchy on June 09, 2016, 02:25:19 pm
When trying to sell your new products to a new customer, just tell him you have come all the way from South Africa to sell him these products. He wont be able to say no !  :deal:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: krister on June 09, 2016, 02:45:00 pm
Only saw it now!  Congratulations, Mr Zog!   :thumleft: 8) :thumleft:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Jors Troelie on June 09, 2016, 07:40:02 pm
My advice: fake it till you make it. Well done and good luck, you have it in you to make this work.
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Rynet on June 09, 2016, 07:53:38 pm
Oh alright...  ::)

I'll tell.

I'm just too excited to keep it to myself  :biggrin:

But very nervous too  :peepwall:

Here is the website for my new job  :ricky: 

http://www.spacecoastharley.com/ (http://www.spacecoastharley.com/)
This is such a cool logo and name , Space Coast Harley  :thumleft:

And check the area code of the Phone: 321.259.1311

so is that short for 3 -2 -1 lift off .  :biggrin:

Friggen well done Mr Zog working for the Harley Hog !!  :thumleft: :thumleft: It keeps getting better and better. :ricky:

I have a feeling the Harley riders in your county may be a bit easier to please than some of the local ones .  ;)

I have a request, when I lived in FL ,FLA we saw the most gorgeous bright red and orange sunsets with palm trees everywhere . 

Could you be a biscuit and post some sunset pics , pretty please . Maybe even with a Harley in the foreground .  :biggrin:

Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: MegaPix on June 09, 2016, 11:20:49 pm
Oh alright...  ::)

I'll tell.

I'm just too excited to keep it to myself  :biggrin:

But very nervous too  :peepwall:

Here is the website for my new job  :ricky: 

http://www.spacecoastharley.com/ (http://www.spacecoastharley.com/)
This is such a cool logo and name , Space Coast Harley  :thumleft:

And check the area code of the Phone: 321.259.1311

so is that short for 3 -2 -1 lift off .  :biggrin:

Friggen well done Mr Zog working for the Harley Hog !!  :thumleft: :thumleft: It keeps getting better and better. :ricky:

I have a feeling the Harley riders in your county may be a bit easier to please than some of the local ones .  ;)

I have a request, when I lived in FL ,FLA we saw the most gorgeous bright red and orange sunsets with palm trees everywhere . 

Could you be a biscuit and post some sunset pics , pretty please . Maybe even with a Harley in the foreground .  :biggrin:



Rynet
you want the guy to be banned on this forum?

 :pot: :imaposer:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Rynet on June 10, 2016, 05:26:07 am
Haha Megapix   :biggrin:

Mr Zog , not to put a damper on your lovely new position , but I am curious why the previous sales person left ? How many Harley's do you have to sell to make your commission ? I know some bike salesmen here in Cape Town have struggled the last few years to sell enough bikes per month to make a decent salary  .  People are buying less new bikes when the economy is bad . Obviously depends on the make . At least Harley is a well -known make and Florida is where loads of rich people go to retire so so should be quite a rich state ? And at least you don't have a Winter.   ;D

Title: Re:
Post by: Clint_G on June 10, 2016, 08:08:57 am
Dude. I've just read this behemoth from start to finish between yesterday and today, and I feel like I've known you for years.

I have an aunt living in Kissimee, Orlando, and my old neighbour from Ballito is in LA. I'll put the word out to both of them that there's a good, solid Saffa in their midst, and that they should make contact.

All the best with the sales job. It's a tough industry if you're not built to take a few knocks, but I think we're all pretty sure you'll kill it.

First rule of sales:

Under promise. Over deliver. Never ever make a promise you can't keep, and you'll do fine. Biggest mistake new sales people make is to say yes to everything, and promise the world, just to get the sale.

That, and return every single call you get. The scruffy dude in flip flops could be a millionaire. Treat him as such.

Best of luck, and thanks for making me cry. Bitch.

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Post by: ClimbingTurtle on June 10, 2016, 08:39:47 am
That, and return every single call you get. The scruffy dude in flip flops could be a millionaire. Treat him as such.

Very valuable advice.

I have a family member that walked out of a Merc dealership because they were talking down at him. He was in the market for 2 x 450SL's that day. Left and bought 2 x BMW 740i's instead. He banned Mercs as company vehicles from that day on. He and his boet owned the company, but he was shopping in shorts & slops, T-shirt.

You never know.
Title: Re:
Post by: silvrav on June 10, 2016, 08:54:46 am
That, and return every single call you get. The scruffy dude in flip flops could be a millionaire. Treat him as such.

Very valuable advice.

I have a family member that walked out of a Merc dealership because they were talking down at him. He was in the market for 2 x 450SL's that day. Left and bought 2 x BMW 740i's instead. He banned Mercs as company vehicles from that day on. He and his boet owned the company, but he was shopping in shorts & slops, T-shirt.

You never know.

 :thumleft:

Guys with suits wants to test drive but dont have money
Guys in slops dont test drive and have the money
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: JohnB on June 10, 2016, 09:18:57 am
Oh alright...  ::)

I'll tell.

I'm just too excited to keep it to myself  :biggrin:

But very nervous too  :peepwall:

Here is the website for my new job  :ricky: 

http://www.spacecoastharley.com/ (http://www.spacecoastharley.com/)

Lekker.. Im truly excited for you. Best of luck in your new job  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Sylvester on June 10, 2016, 10:17:57 am
Congrats Gary - you will do well!

Harleys are like a religion in America - and you can make a lot of money with religion.  :biggrin: :peepwall:


Because people are not allowed to jaag on American roads - there is really no point in buying superbikes over there - so Harleys are more of a first choice than a lifestyle choice (like in SA).
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on June 10, 2016, 10:19:34 am
Congrats Zog!!! :thumleft:

Do you now get a pisspot helmet as salesman kit?
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Pyscho Porra on June 10, 2016, 10:32:21 am
congratulations Gary, all the best with the new job
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Shukran on June 10, 2016, 03:04:12 pm
I, a long haired  soutie, went into the Land Rover dealership in Constantia Kloof to buy Mrs. Shukran a Range Rover, I was wearing shorts and slops and driving my old, much loved, 1999 Pajero. The sales oke eyed me and (I suppose) decided I could not afford one - he grudgingly promised to contact me the next day regarding a discount. He didn't bother to call, I went back the day after, went to another salesman and bought one - the first oke was looking on with a surprised and annoyed expression - no commission for that MoFo.

Congratulations on the new job Mr. Zog, sure you will be a success at selling Harleys.
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on June 11, 2016, 03:06:52 am
OK, I can still log in, so I haven't been banned. Yet.  :peepwall:

Thanks for all the well-wishes and congratulations guys and girls. I really, really appreciate it. I will give the new job my everything, and hopefully I can make a big success of it. I truly loved the handyman job, working with my hands is my first love, but it was not a job where I would be going anywhere. Small family business, no chance of moving up a corporate ladder. Fine if I just need to keep busy and pay some bills, but I need more. I need to start building a nest-egg, and merely surviving when working 12 hour days 6 days a week is very tiring. Hopefully I can earn more, and move up the ladder at Harley Davidson.

Yesterday I didn't make a post. I was really busy. I had booked a U-Haul truck that needed to be collected before 4pm, and it also rained very heavily. And on top of that I had two emergency call-outs to attend to.

Below are some of the pics of the flooding we had, the road in front of my house was completely submerged, and the general area was flooding badly. Luckily by this morning it had dried up a lot.

Oh, and also the 15 foot U-Haul truck, with a BIG V8 motor, and I think also a turbo because I hear a nice whine at times under heavy accelleration  :biggrin:  It pulls like a freight train, but also as thirsty as a dog that licked the salt-pot...  :peepwall:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on June 11, 2016, 03:25:23 am
Today I drove to Miami. 180 Miles each way, with the U-Haul truck to collect our shipment of personal belongings that we had sent over by ship.

The shipment was supposed to arrive by 20 May, but it was delayed because the ship first went to ANtwerp in Europe, then another delay... eish. But finally it docked last Friday, and we got a call from the Freight Company handling the shipment this side that it was ready for collection on Wednesday. They are closed over the weekend, so today was the day.

A U-Haul truck isn't cheap, and we first planned on using a trailer for $87 a day, towed with a bakkie. But when the time got closer and the weather forecast showed heavy rain, we wisely decided to bite the bullet and take a closed truck. Only $29,95 per day. But add in $28 for insurance, and $0,79 per mile, and it added up to just under $400 for the trip. Plus petrol, gas as they call it here. Another $100 odd. So at the present exchange rate that was a cool R7500 to get our stuff from Miami to Palm Bay. Add in the Freight Companies' bill of just under $900... you can see where I am going with this... luckily we knew it was coming and we could save some cash, but we also had to loan some from a mate.

But its here now, and after a quick unload after a gruelling trip in torrential rain basically all the way from Miami, I unpacked a few of the boxes. I hung some of the pictures, and a few other items, and already the house is feeling like a home again. The dogs were chuffed to get their pillows and baskets too! One of the boxes got squeezed, probably by an inattentive forklift driver somewhere, but luckily it only had the wire Baobab Christmas Tree in it, so I can bend that straight. And the one single piece of furniture we brought along, a sideboard made years ago by my step-dad (who passed away many years ago too) was also damaged. The back board was smashed in. But I can fix it.

Its 9:30 PM now, and I have been on the go since 5am. So its time for bed, I gotta make up for the lost day tomorrow at work. And hopefully also work Sunday too, because I gotta pay back buddy who loaned me the cash for the U-Haul. But thats ok, I got the evenings to unpack my stuff...  :biggrin:

Pics below of the rain on the road today, and the squashed box. And some of the boxes in the garage being unpacked.
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on June 11, 2016, 03:27:11 am
Mr Zog, congrats, this thread just gets better and better. Im sure, in your new position there will still be plenty of interesting stories and photos to add to this thread.

I was thinking. That tool belt that you have. I you wear it back to front with nothing underneath, it would kinda be like a Village People Harley chaps type riding gear  :thumleft: Just a though, use it or lose it.  :biggrin:

You are a dirty boy!

I'll send you the pics first, but only when you come out of the closet   :pot:  :imaposer:  :imaposer:  :imaposer:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on June 11, 2016, 03:28:38 am
Gary in a Bikini ?... we DAMAND pictures

Another bannable offense. My bikini would be a cross between a Borat Mankini, and a willy-warmer  :lol8:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on June 11, 2016, 03:32:57 am
Oh alright...  ::)

I'll tell.

I'm just too excited to keep it to myself  :biggrin:

But very nervous too  :peepwall:

Here is the website for my new job  :ricky: 

http://www.spacecoastharley.com/ (http://www.spacecoastharley.com/)
This is such a cool logo and name , Space Coast Harley  :thumleft:

And check the area code of the Phone: 321.259.1311

so is that short for 3 -2 -1 lift off .  :biggrin:

Friggen well done Mr Zog working for the Harley Hog !!  :thumleft: :thumleft: It keeps getting better and better. :ricky:

I have a feeling the Harley riders in your county may be a bit easier to please than some of the local ones .  ;)

I have a request, when I lived in FL ,FLA we saw the most gorgeous bright red and orange sunsets with palm trees everywhere . 

Could you be a biscuit and post some sunset pics , pretty please . Maybe even with a Harley in the foreground .  :biggrin:



Eish Rynet, I will try. Where I live we don;t have a good view of the sunsets, but maybe I can see if I can find a nice spot... right now the air is very clear from all the rain, not much dust about, so I doubt the sunsets will be red, maybe in the winter. And IF I get to take a Harley home on occasion (strictly for demonstration purposes you understand  :deal:  ::) ) I will try to get it in the sunset pic.

But give me some time on that one...  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on June 11, 2016, 03:35:48 am
Oh alright...  ::)

I'll tell.

I'm just too excited to keep it to myself  :biggrin:

But very nervous too  :peepwall:

Here is the website for my new job  :ricky: 

http://www.spacecoastharley.com/ (http://www.spacecoastharley.com/)
This is such a cool logo and name , Space Coast Harley  :thumleft:

And check the area code of the Phone: 321.259.1311


so is that short for 3 -2 -1 lift off .  :biggrin:

Friggen well done Mr Zog working for the Harley Hog !!  :thumleft: :thumleft: It keeps getting better and better. :ricky:

I have a feeling the Harley riders in your county may be a bit easier to please than some of the local ones .  ;)

I have a request, when I lived in FL ,FLA we saw the most gorgeous bright red and orange sunsets with palm trees everywhere . 

Could you be a biscuit and post some sunset pics , pretty please . Maybe even with a Harley in the foreground .  :biggrin:



I almost forgot to reply to this one.

The answer is YES.

The Brevard County area code was changed in the 60's to 3.. 2... 1... because of the space rockets lifting off. Even my cell phone number starts with 321. True Story. How COOL is that!!!  :thumleft: 8)
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on June 11, 2016, 03:47:54 am
Haha Megapix   :biggrin:

Mr Zog , not to put a damper on your lovely new position , but I am curious why the previous sales person left ? How many Harley's do you have to sell to make your commission ? I know some bike salesmen here in Cape Town have struggled the last few years to sell enough bikes per month to make a decent salary  .  People are buying less new bikes when the economy is bad . Obviously depends on the make . At least Harley is a well -known make and Florida is where loads of rich people go to retire so so should be quite a rich state ? And at least you don't have a Winter.   ;D



I wondered the same thing.

The dude that gave me the call the other day happened to be the General Manager. I only saw that when he had already given me the job and he gave me his card to call him if I had any questions later.

They are expanding their sales team, so I'm not replacing anyone. And even of I were, it could just be natural attrition. Some guys aren't cut out for certain jobs, some guys make trouble and get fired... life happens.

I wasn't told that I have to sell a certain number of bikes each month, but I get a set commission on each bike. A certain percentage of the profit. Say bike costs $20k to arrive at dealer. They sell it for $25k. I get percentage of that $5k profit. And the more bikes I sell, the higher my commission is. If I discount the buyer then I lose comm. But if I don't he may go elsewhere, so I gotta maybe make a bit less on the sale, but make the sale.

Then the sales team also has monthly targets. If we meet those targets we get bonus too. For instance, this month they want to sell 146 new bikes. Meet the target, we all get bonus.

Its a big dealership, apparently one of the biggest. They have over 600 bikes in stock, and they sell on average 350 bikes a month, new and used. Go look at the website, and google images for spacecoast harley. I put up some pics here the day I went in to hand in my resume, they'll be here somewhere. I have never seen such an impressive bike dealership before. The sheer scale of the operation is mind-boggling. They even employ a guy full time just to do maintenance on the building.

One more week as a handyman...  :ricky:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on June 11, 2016, 03:49:19 am
Congrats Zog!!! :thumleft:

Do you now get a pisspot helmet as salesman kit?

Probably.

But they can keep the beer-belly and the long hair  :peepwall:  :imaposer:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: oldmannorman on June 11, 2016, 06:51:41 am
 :sip: This thread's getting better & better.
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Sardine on June 11, 2016, 07:01:00 am
Why is it that during beautiful, sunny days, people drive with their lights on. But in pouring rain, they don't. I thought that was just a Kaapie thing.

Glad you finally have your stuff!
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Hammies on June 11, 2016, 08:52:10 am
I was once in the market for a small sports car, had it checked out and it was good so I decided to buy it. Tried to negotiate with the dealer and he didn't budge so I walked away from the car.... Would have been a cash sale for him.....
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Bensien on June 11, 2016, 09:14:02 am
Mr. Zog, seeing that you are not being crucified for being involved with Harley, I can come out of the closet as well. I am working  on the logistics side with not only Harley, but also Indian and Victory. In mitigation I also do work for  Honda, and the other day I helped send  this bike http://www.husqvarna-motorcycles.com/supermoto/fs-450/ (http://www.husqvarna-motorcycles.com/supermoto/fs-450/) to Spain, addressed to a person named Binder or something .

By the way, your thread is a real inspiration and proof of what can be achieved with the right attitude. I have no doubt that you will succeed at whatever you set your mind on.
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: CraigRK on June 11, 2016, 09:26:05 am
I was once in the market for a small sports car, had it checked out and it was good so I decided to buy it. Tried to negotiate with the dealer and he didn't budge so I walked away from the car.... Would have been a cash sale for him.....

While I would probably have done the same as you, don't forget that some of the dealers make commission on the loans, so actually a cash deal is probably worth less to him than if you needed finance.

Here in the UK, most of the dealers have their own finance operations and the salespeople can often make more money out of selling you finance and insurance than the actual bike.

PS:  Congrats Mr Zog, have at it!!!
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: landieman on June 11, 2016, 09:35:55 am
this thread is getting better and better,keep up the good work mr.Zog
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Herklaas on June 11, 2016, 10:07:02 am
 :sip: I think that could truly be a great job, although I am not a Harley fan, it's still a bike, and what can be more fun than be surrounded by bikes all day at work, I could learn to love them, quickly.
By the way what did the Big Boss say when you told him?
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Bikerboer1973 on June 11, 2016, 11:14:02 am



I wondered the same thing.

The dude that gave me the call the other day happened to be the General Manager. I only saw that when he had already given me the job and he gave me his card to call him if I had any questions later.

They are expanding their sales team, so I'm not replacing anyone. And even of I were, it could just be natural attrition. Some guys aren't cut out for certain jobs, some guys make trouble and get fired... life happens.

I wasn't told that I have to sell a certain number of bikes each month, but I get a set commission on each bike. A certain percentage of the profit. Say bike costs $20k to arrive at dealer. They sell it for $25k. I get percentage of that $5k profit. And the more bikes I sell, the higher my commission is. If I discount the buyer then I lose comm. But if I don't he may go elsewhere, so I gotta maybe make a bit less on the sale, but make the sale.

Then the sales team also has monthly targets. If we meet those targets we get bonus too. For instance, this month they want to sell 146 new bikes. Meet the target, we all get bonus.

Its a big dealership, apparently one of the biggest. They have over 600 bikes in stock, and they sell on average 350 bikes a month, new and used. Go look at the website, and google images for spacecoast harley. I put up some pics here the day I went in to hand in my resume, they'll be here somewhere. I have never seen such an impressive bike dealership before. The sheer scale of the operation is mind-boggling. They even employ a guy full time just to do maintenance on the building.

One more week as a handyman...  :ricky:


Ok so does that mean that you at least get a basic salary each month including your benifits?

And Yes Harely is cr@ppy but at least still a bike  >:D  

........says he with a 1941 10/12 in the garage LOL
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on June 13, 2016, 03:16:22 am



I wondered the same thing.

The dude that gave me the call the other day happened to be the General Manager. I only saw that when he had already given me the job and he gave me his card to call him if I had any questions later.

They are expanding their sales team, so I'm not replacing anyone. And even of I were, it could just be natural attrition. Some guys aren't cut out for certain jobs, some guys make trouble and get fired... life happens.

I wasn't told that I have to sell a certain number of bikes each month, but I get a set commission on each bike. A certain percentage of the profit. Say bike costs $20k to arrive at dealer. They sell it for $25k. I get percentage of that $5k profit. And the more bikes I sell, the higher my commission is. If I discount the buyer then I lose comm. But if I don't he may go elsewhere, so I gotta maybe make a bit less on the sale, but make the sale.

Then the sales team also has monthly targets. If we meet those targets we get bonus too. For instance, this month they want to sell 146 new bikes. Meet the target, we all get bonus.

Its a big dealership, apparently one of the biggest. They have over 600 bikes in stock, and they sell on average 350 bikes a month, new and used. Go look at the website, and google images for spacecoast harley. I put up some pics here the day I went in to hand in my resume, they'll be here somewhere. I have never seen such an impressive bike dealership before. The sheer scale of the operation is mind-boggling. They even employ a guy full time just to do maintenance on the building.

One more week as a handyman...  :ricky:


Ok so does that mean that you at least get a basic salary each month including your benifits?

And Yes Harely is cr@ppy but at least still a bike  >:D  

........says he with a 1941 10/12 in the garage LOL

Nope. No basic salary, purely commission. Thats why I am shitting myself so much.
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Mr Zog on June 13, 2016, 03:21:26 am
The horrific shooting at the Pulse Nightclub is all over the news. Nothing else even gets a mention, except the weather.

The flags are hanging at half-mast all over the town, including mine.

I went to Home Depot earlier for some screws and nails, and there is a quiet sadness that is palpable.


While at Home Depot I saw this truck. I see many of them, but this one was standing still, and I was able to snap a couple of pics. Man, its high. And awesome!

The last pic is of something that was in one of the boxes that we fetched on Friday. I just HAD to put it up on the shed in the back yard.  :biggrin:
Title: Re: Life in America - I made the move.
Post by: Rynet on June 13, 2016, 05:26:51 am
Oh alright...  ::)

I'll tell.

I'm just too excited to keep it to myself  :biggrin:

But very nervous too &