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Re: Life in America - I made the move.
« Reply #120 on: March 29, 2016, 11:09:24 am »
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Re: Life in America - I made the move.
« Reply #121 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.

    



 
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Re: Life in America - I made the move.
« Reply #122 on: March 29, 2016, 01:06:54 pm »
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Re: Life in America - I made the move.
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Re: Life in America - I made the move.
« Reply #124 on: March 29, 2016, 01:36:48 pm »

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Re: Life in America - I made the move.
« Reply #125 on: March 29, 2016, 01:37:34 pm »
So, do you now classify as African - merican?

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Re: Life in America - I made the move.
« Reply #126 on: March 29, 2016, 02:21:10 pm »
 Love diT ZOGGIE  :spitcoffee:

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Re: Life in America - I made the move.
« Reply #127 on: March 29, 2016, 03:24:14 pm »
this is good reading and some nice practical info. subscribed!
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Re: Life in America - I made the move.
« Reply #128 on: March 29, 2016, 09:44:09 pm »
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Re: Life in America - I made the move.
« Reply #129 on: March 29, 2016, 09:50:37 pm »
I'm betting there will be no queue for his drivers.... ;D
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Re: Life in America - I made the move.
« Reply #130 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...
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Re: Life in America - I made the move.
« Reply #131 on: March 29, 2016, 10:26:59 pm »
No quarantine for the dogs Zog?
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Re: Life in America - I made the move.
« Reply #132 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.

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Re: Life in America - I made the move.
« Reply #133 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)
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Re: Life in America - I made the move.
« Reply #134 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!

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Re: Life in America - I made the move.
« Reply #135 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:
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Re: Life in America - I made the move.
« Reply #136 on: March 29, 2016, 10:34:33 pm »
The USA is pretty relaxed about dogs from SA

suppose so, they let you in!! :imaposer: ;)
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« Reply #137 on: March 29, 2016, 10:34:47 pm »
So, do you now classify as African - merican?

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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:
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« Reply #138 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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« Reply #139 on: March 29, 2016, 10:47:01 pm »
Bliksem Zog - respect to you for taking the dogs along.
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