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Re: Matt's Big Move
« Reply #60 on: Thursday March 12, 2009, 08:13:12 PM »
Good job, Matt!  :praise:

Pretty soon, you'll be driving around as if you were a native.  ;D

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Re: Matt's Big Move
« Reply #61 on: Friday March 13, 2009, 01:09:20 AM »
I sincerely salute you for that accomplishment! :clap: :bounce:

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Re: Matt's Big Move
« Reply #62 on: Friday March 13, 2009, 01:29:08 PM »
:yay: Yay, Matty! Proud of you. :praise:
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Re: Matt's Big Move
« Reply #63 on: Saturday March 21, 2009, 09:08:35 PM »
Well, I've finally got around to taking a few photos.

Firstly, a panoramic view from the patio at the back of the appartment. Apologies for the poor stitching, but my usual software is back home.

Secondly, the tank that I'm driving. It's a Jeep Grand Cherokee, 5.7 litre V8 Special Edition. And it shifts.

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Re: Matt's Big Move
« Reply #64 on: Saturday March 21, 2009, 09:21:28 PM »
And whilst I'm at it, here are a few of the appartment...

We have..

Picture 1: Master bedroom. Behind me is the large closet and the private bathroom.

Picture 2: Living area looking towards the patio (through the door on the right at the far end. You might just be able to see the railings through the window.

Picture 3: Kitchen.

Picture 4: Dining area.

I was going to point to an aerial view on google maps (or similar) but the appartment complex is quite new and they all show a field of dirt where the appartments are :(
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Re: Matt's Big Move
« Reply #65 on: Sunday March 22, 2009, 12:50:21 PM »
Nice place, Matt!  It's really nice that you aren't looking out on a parking lot or a bunch of other buildings.  :)

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Re: Matt's Big Move
« Reply #66 on: Sunday March 22, 2009, 05:15:26 PM »
Looks nice, Matt!  And very tidy! :up: (your mum would be proud  ;))....

Did you bring your own furniture, or was it already furnished?  Do the lack of handles on the kitchen cupboards present a difficulty?

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Re: Matt's Big Move
« Reply #67 on: Sunday March 22, 2009, 05:34:53 PM »
Did you bring your own furniture, or was it already furnished?

It was already furnished, Itchy. It was set up by a company called "Temporary Housing". They provide housing for folks like me who are only here for a year. Even down to plastic plants that don't need watering. They are quite realistic.

Do the lack of handles on the kitchen cupboards present a difficulty?

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The doors actually stand off quite a bit from the cupboards, and there's a large slot milled into the bottom edge of the door that you can stick your fingers in to open it.

I've been out for a drive this afternoon, up Cherry Road. It's one of the other main roads, Dave Lyle Boulevard being another.



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« Reply #68 on: Sunday March 22, 2009, 05:40:36 PM »
Looks very nice and comfy! You've done your mum proud! ;D

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Re: Matt's Big Move
« Reply #69 on: Monday March 23, 2009, 06:25:54 AM »
Your apartment looks faboo, Matty. :)

I can't wait until I get mine!!

I've been doing some genealogical research lately, and I think you may live close to where my German ancestors first settled in the US. :) So if you work with anybody named Sharp, they're my cousins. :D
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Re: Matt's Big Move
« Reply #70 on: Monday March 23, 2009, 02:31:53 PM »
 ;D Looks lovely Matt, very Swish !

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Re: Matt's Big Move
« Reply #71 on: Saturday April 11, 2009, 05:37:10 PM »
The fridge looks big enough to sit in! may be useful if the aircon breaks down during the summer.  8)

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Re: Matt's Big Move
« Reply #72 on: Sunday April 12, 2009, 01:19:23 PM »
The fridge looks big enough to sit in! may be useful if the aircon breaks down during the summer.  8)

It is,  Andy. ;D

It's also come to my attention that America has big trains with big locomotives with big horns on them. I was driving around yesterday and got stopped at a level crossing.

It was a long train. But not only was it very long, it was also mixed, so there were tank wagons, open wagons, box vans, hoppers and all sorts on there.

Also had a spectacular thunderstorm on Friday night. It was close. One lightening bolt, I think, hit in the park across the road, and the thunder was nearly deafening. I tried taking a photo, but it was too close. See, I can take photos of lightening if it's far away. I can just set a slow shutter speed, and everything is OK, but when it's too close, the lightening is so bright, that it blinds the camera.
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Re: Matt's Big Move
« Reply #73 on: Sunday April 12, 2009, 09:29:56 PM »
I've never managed to take a decent lightning shot - not for want of trying.

You can see the Sandy Heath TV transmitting mast from our back window and it seems to be a dead cert for a hit every time there's a thunderstorm around here. I'll keep trying...

I know what you mean about the length of the trains - it seems that the USA is not limited to the length of the signalling blocks we have over here (to keep subsequent trains apart). I understand that 2 mile freights with 4-6 locos on the front and maybe some helpers on the back (or even within the train) are not uncommon. No wonder folk don't want to wait at the crossings...
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Re: Matt's Big Move
« Reply #74 on: Monday April 13, 2009, 01:59:23 AM »
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The fridge looks big enough to sit in! may be useful if the aircon breaks down during the summer. 


It is,  Andy.

The fridge looks like a standard North American size. Mine is bigger I think. What's the standard these days for a UK fridge?

The trains......aaahhh, the come and go at whim with many level crossings. On the Island where I am, we have a comuter train from here to up island and back, once a day. There are many railway lines about, with just a warning 'X' and the train hoots loudly as it approaches. We've have a number of "accidents" both with vehicles and pedestrians, usually youngsters fooling around. We don't have the trains Matt is speaking about. Good thing for this somewhat eclectic, diversified, but often sleepy Island.

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Re: Matt's Big Move
« Reply #75 on: Tuesday April 21, 2009, 10:30:05 PM »
I've just realised something....

I've been here nearly 2 months.

That's 1/6 of the entire trip.

Time really flies when your having fun, doesn't it...
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Re: Matt's Big Move
« Reply #76 on: Wednesday April 22, 2009, 12:35:21 AM »
Nice jeep and apt. Nicer than anything I have, hehe. Having fun? I don't see much that's too interesting here, but I've always lived here, so I'm use to the US. lol
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Re: Matt's Big Move
« Reply #77 on: Wednesday April 22, 2009, 02:05:57 AM »
Are you two in the same neck of the woods, so to speak?

Glad you are enjoying your time "overseas" Matt. I know from experience, it's a totally different culture, or was for me way back then.

Caz, are you still planning to go to Scotland? I think it was Scotland, or perhaps Ireland?

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Re: Matt's Big Move
« Reply #78 on: Wednesday April 22, 2009, 03:08:57 AM »
Are you two in the same neck of the woods, so to speak?

Not too far methinks.

Although my US geography might be a bit off, but I'm sureish that Caz is north a little bit and west a bigger bit from here.

Thinking about that though, most of the US is north a bit and west a bit from here.

I would look at Google Earth or something, but I'm knackered, and I need to go to bed.
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« Reply #79 on: Wednesday April 22, 2009, 08:01:44 AM »
Well, I'd take a guess that Matt is about 8 hours away (by car), give or take some - the US isn't small, ;) Not too many states away though.

Yes, Jane. I actually just applied for my passport yesterday. I'm going to London, England, Isle of Skye (Scottish highland), Edinburgh area and possible county Westmeath, Ireland (I doubt I'll have any money left to go to Ireland though, after looking at hotel costs there). (My aunt did genealogy and found out that we had family in county Westmeath, Ireland and Armadale in the Isle of Skye, it shows we were related some how to the McDonald's - so I want to see the McDonald castle too)
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