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Re: Life in America - I made the move.
« Reply #6580 on: December 11, 2018, 06:34:24 pm »
Mmm quite difficult as you don't know anything about it....

Any idea if they drink? Or can find out? A bottle of wine, pocket knife, nice bottle openers, mixed nut basket,... Bit difficult without knowing them.
 

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Re: Life in America - I made the move.
« Reply #6581 on: December 11, 2018, 07:35:44 pm »
Cool ideas, but there is no time to make anything, we have three days, and Mr. Zog is out of town again Thursday and Friday. So that really only leaves something store-bought  :(
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Re: Life in America - I made the move.
« Reply #6582 on: December 11, 2018, 08:22:26 pm »
How about a quick visit to the store that sells South African products and give something from the 'Old Country' Mr Zog came from...

A bottle of Mrs Balls Chutney and some Rooibos tea?
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Re: Life in America - I made the move.
« Reply #6583 on: December 11, 2018, 08:22:36 pm »
bankies of weed  :thumleft:
 

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Re: Life in America - I made the move.
« Reply #6584 on: December 11, 2018, 08:33:34 pm »
Haha, all awesome suggestions! I will send Little Zog and Mr. Zog on a mission one evening after work (before Saturday).

Mr. Zog just called to say his trip has been postponed to Monday/Tuesday, so I made the presents for the men HIS problem!
 

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Re: Life in America - I made the move.
« Reply #6585 on: December 11, 2018, 08:42:07 pm »
How about a quick visit to the store that sells South African products and give something from the 'Old Country' Mr Zog came from...

A bottle of Mrs Balls Chutney and some Rooibos tea?

Also thought of that but thought import stuff might be expensive but would be awesome.   :biggrin:
 

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Re: Life in America - I made the move.
« Reply #6586 on: December 11, 2018, 09:17:50 pm »
We pay about $5 for a small bottle of Mrs. Balls and Rooibos is pretty cheap, $1.99 for 20 bags.
 

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Re: Life in America - I made the move.
« Reply #6587 on: December 11, 2018, 10:09:13 pm »
All men loves knives.. ..and that is not expensive. I (we?) can never have enough knives.
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Re: Life in America - I made the move.
« Reply #6588 on: December 12, 2018, 02:45:38 am »
Thanks for all the suggestions guys & gurls.  :thumleft:

I think I'll get a nice pen for the accountant dude, and a nice pocket knife for the other dude. Then I'll run past my SA buddy who owns a jewellery store and ask him to engrave their names on them for me. Make the gifts personal  :thumleft:

So this afternoon I finally heard that a sale that I started quoting on in JANUARY has finally gone through  :ricky:  It's a big sale, my biggest yet by far. Total invoice will be a shade over $13k, plus taxes. So I should get a decent commission off that sale.  :biggrin: Only downside is that I have to do the install before the end of the week, and its about two-and-a-half days work to do the install  :eek7:

So I have already loaded much of the equipment needed into my van, and driven the van home tonight. Tomorrow morning I will leave before sunrise for the jobsite, unload the stuff, then head out to get more equipment. Then back to the jobsite for the install. Thursday a supplier will deliver the rest of the equipment I need, so hopefully I can get the job done by Thursday evening, then get the install commissioned Friday morning. And fix any issues...

Then I am off to Cape Coral again on Monday morning before the first sparrow farts...  :o    Back on Tuesday night. Then Thursday we go to the Florida Keys for 3 days  :ricky: :ricky: :ricky:
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Re: Life in America - I made the move.
« Reply #6589 on: December 12, 2018, 05:39:14 am »
Good solution to the present problem!
Congrats on that sale, sure the commission will come in handy.
Pity you have to work such long hours now that the son is there though.
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Re: Life in America - I made the move.
« Reply #6590 on: December 12, 2018, 06:49:54 am »
...Pity you have to work such long hours now that the son is there though...

Five working days annual leave per year...!

The unions in ZA or EU would be on strike over such working conditions.
I know that USA workers really like working for subsidiaries of EU companies.
This is because the employment conditions must meet the EU employment condition legislative requirements where the Head Office is registered.

For example, the workers at the BMW plant in Spartanburg, SC get 15 working days leave.
French companies have 35hr work weeks.
(The EU based companies also have the best employee healthcare benefits too, I am told.
I think that builds employee loyalty and productivity far more than just salary.)
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Re: Life in America - I made the move.
« Reply #6591 on: December 12, 2018, 09:59:49 pm »
You know you're mentally exhausted when you make coffee and forget about it, then put it into the kitchen cupboard to reheat it and wait for it to go "ping."  :-\
 

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Re: Life in America - I made the move.
« Reply #6592 on: December 12, 2018, 11:47:14 pm »
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Re: Life in America - I made the move.
« Reply #6593 on: December 13, 2018, 03:25:42 am »
Spent 11 hours doing the install.

Stopped working when it got too dark to see what I was doing. Then packed up the van, drove an hour back to the shop so I could load up more materials and parts for tomorrow, then came back home.

Mrs Zog had made sausages & mash with a salad for dinner. I wolfed it down. I was hungry because I didn't take lunch. A quick hot shower, and now I'll chill in my camo lazyboy until sleep takes me. I have a feeling it won't be long...


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Five working days annual leave per year...!

Yip.  :deal:


Back in SA I was doing contract work, so I didn't get any leave. But I was home for at least two weeks at a time, so it was nice to not have to work during that time.

I also get the six Federal holidays off as paid leave.  :thumleft: 

Thanksgiving Day
Christmas Day
New Years Day
Labor Day
Memorial Day
Independence Day.

Unless they fall on a weekend, then tough shit  :imaposer:

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Re: Life in America - I made the move.
« Reply #6594 on: December 13, 2018, 12:10:54 pm »
You know you're mentally exhausted when you make coffee and forget about it, then put it into the kitchen cupboard to reheat it and wait for it to go "ping."  :-\

 :lol8: :lol8: :lol8:

That sounds about right, my wife also has a high stress job and just started her holiday...........................brain is porridge too at the moment.
You guys have been through much this year, I am surprised you haven't melted you brain earlier, take care of yourself Mrs Zog  :thumleft:
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Re: Life in America - I made the move.
« Reply #6595 on: December 13, 2018, 12:14:57 pm »
I also get the six Federal holidays off as paid leave.  :thumleft: 

Thanksgiving Day
Christmas Day
New Years Day
Labor Day
Memorial Day
Independence Day.

Unless they fall on a weekend, then tough shit  :imaposer:

Does the US not celebrate Easter?  :patch:
No Boxing Day / Family Day   :-\
No Easter Friday and Monday  :eek7:

I have also noticed that companies send their employees for training courses, conferences etc OVER WEEKENDS...!??  :eek7:
Then they have to be back in the office on Monday as well !

The Capitalist System at work.
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Re: Life in America - I made the move.
« Reply #6596 on: December 13, 2018, 01:07:48 pm »
I also get the six Federal holidays off as paid leave.  :thumleft: 

Thanksgiving Day
Christmas Day
New Years Day
Labor Day
Memorial Day
Independence Day.

Unless they fall on a weekend, then tough shit  :imaposer:

Does the US not celebrate Easter?  :patch:
No Boxing Day / Family Day   :-\
No Easter Friday and Monday  :eek7:

I have also noticed that companies send their employees for training courses, conferences etc OVER WEEKENDS...!??  :eek7:
Then they have to be back in the office on Monday as well !

The Capitalist System at work.
despite the Bible Belt etc, the American constitution, itís banknote symbolism and many major monuments are definitely not Christian based. The knights Templar and Masons have a long history in both British and American politics, the Masonic orders require a belief in a God, but is not exclusively a Christian God, hence the holidays are not exclusively Christian ones. 😎
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Re: Life in America - I made the move.
« Reply #6597 on: December 13, 2018, 06:31:02 pm »
What an inspirational thread, I stumbled upon it a week or so ago when looking for a new bike, and have been hooked. Have spent lots of hours catching up over the past week.

Mr & Mrs Zog, you guys are an inspiration to all with your hard work and great ethic, it made me realise we are spoilt.

I sure enjoy doing DIY stuff, so learning lots from this thread, keep it up!

Enjoy the time with little Zog!
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« Reply #6598 on: December 13, 2018, 07:55:59 pm »
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« Reply #6599 on: December 13, 2018, 08:01:17 pm »
What an inspirational thread, I stumbled upon it a week or so ago when looking for a new bike, and have been hooked. Have spent lots of hours catching up over the past week.

Mr & Mrs Zog, you guys are an inspiration to all with your hard work and great ethic, it made me realise we are spoilt.

I sure enjoy doing DIY stuff, so learning lots from this thread, keep it up!

Enjoy the time with little Zog!
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