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Re: Life in America - I made the move.
« Reply #140 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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« Reply #141 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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« Reply #142 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:
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Re: Life in America - I made the move.
« Reply #143 on: March 30, 2016, 06:12:36 am »
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« Reply #144 on: March 30, 2016, 07:50:45 am »
Great read, thanks Mr Zog for sharing :thumleft:
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« Reply #145 on: March 30, 2016, 08:33:50 am »
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« Reply #146 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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« Reply #147 on: March 30, 2016, 10:12:26 am »
Bliksem Zog - respect to you for taking the dogs along.

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Re: Life in America - I made the move.
« Reply #148 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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« Reply #149 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:
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Re: Life in America - I made the move.
« Reply #150 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 ;)
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« Reply #151 on: March 30, 2016, 11:25:49 am »
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Re: Life in America - I made the move.
« Reply #152 on: March 30, 2016, 01:10:24 pm »
Love this thread! Thanks for your info, Zog!
 

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Re: Life in America - I made the move.
« Reply #153 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 chihuahuaŠ from next door, and now they are both passed out cold in the lounge.  ;D   Let sleeping dogs lie, I say.  :biggrin:


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Re: Life in America - I made the move.
« Reply #154 on: March 31, 2016, 01:02:01 am »
Fantastic Gary. hah @ jet lagged pups
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Re: Life in America - I made the move.
« Reply #155 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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Re: Life in America - I made the move.
« Reply #156 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:

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« Reply #157 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:
 

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« Reply #158 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:

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

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« Reply #159 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: