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Title: Matt's Big Move
Post by: M@t on Sunday January 11, 2009, 02:49:26 PM
Well, it's about time I told you all...

I'm moving to The U.S.A. for a year. It's work related, but I'm sure that I'll have plenty of time for other things, especially Skincell.

I'll be moving in the next few weeks, my contract extension officially starting on the 2nd February.

I'll keep this thread updated as things progress.

Watch this space

Uncle Matt
Title: Re: Matt's Big Move
Post by: totalfolly on Sunday January 11, 2009, 02:59:38 PM
Wow!  :o  So much moving going on!

Moving is a chore, so I hope this one goes smoothly, Matt.  :hugs:

totalfolly
Title: Re: Matt's Big Move
Post by: itchychick on Sunday January 11, 2009, 03:39:54 PM
Hope everything goes smoothly, Matty!  Have you got your place rented out there?
Title: Re: Matt's Big Move
Post by: M@t on Sunday January 11, 2009, 05:21:48 PM
They've sorted a place for me, so I'm OK. I should imagine it's a small apartment in the centre center of town.
Title: Re: Matt's Big Move
Post by: Celery Peach on Monday January 12, 2009, 12:44:39 PM
 :clap: :clap: Best Of LUCK Matt  :-*

I hope the move goes smoothly for you, I am sure you are going to have a wicked time living and working in America, the chance of a lifetime ! ENJOY !  ;D
Title: Re: Matt's Big Move
Post by: Celery Peach on Monday January 12, 2009, 12:51:32 PM
ps....are you taking the guys ?  ;)

(http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b117/CeleryPeach/untitled-1.jpg)
Title: Re: Matt's Big Move
Post by: Bamawing on Monday January 12, 2009, 06:24:22 PM
They've sorted a place for me, so I'm OK. I should imagine it's a small apartment in the centre center of town.

Chances are slim, actually. Most of the time the center of town either had no apartments or you *really* don't want to live in them. It'll probably be on the outskirts of town.

{Bleep}it, I won't even be here to welcome you to the US. :( :( :(

Best of luck! And if it's any consolation... I know *exactly* how you feel. (Yikes!)
Title: Re: Matt's Big Move
Post by: M@t on Monday January 12, 2009, 06:41:15 PM
ps....are you taking the guys ?  ;)

I may do Barefoot. I can't really leave them here on their own, and my sis won't take them in either.
Title: Re: Matt's Big Move
Post by: SweetMom on Tuesday January 13, 2009, 04:05:04 AM
Where in the USA?More power to you. I have moved so many times.From Canada to the US and the worst was from Florida to Vancouver.Hope move goes well. :hug:
Title: Re: Matt's Big Move
Post by: M@t on Sunday January 25, 2009, 09:21:05 AM
Sweetmom, The office is in Rock Hill, South Carolina, but I may end up living closer to Charlotte, just across the border in North Carolina.

As for the move, the visa has delayed things considerably, so we're looking more towards mid to end of February now.

The bit that annoys me is why they didn't arrange the visa paperwork last year when the idea was first batted around. If they had, I'd probably be over there right now.

Anyway, I've bought some new maps for my Tomtom.

I've done most of the sorting, so there's just odds and ends to sort out now.

Watch this space.
Title: Re: Matt's Big Move
Post by: Celery Peach on Monday January 26, 2009, 07:59:36 AM
 :-\ sorry to hear that they have cocked up your Visa Matt and they are keep you in suspenders !  ;)

Wont be long now ! I'd have died of excitement/nervousness by now allready ! EXCITING !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  :bounce: :bounce:
Title: Re: Matt's Big Move
Post by: SweetMom on Tuesday January 27, 2009, 11:43:50 PM
Sounds like your looking forward to this change Matt. :clap: Your accent will be very popular with American women! :hug: Rememer to update us!!
Title: Re: Matt's Big Move
Post by: Bamawing on Tuesday February 03, 2009, 05:57:45 AM
Dunno if England is like Germany in this regard, but if it is, then you'll have to develop a taste for regular, non-minerated water.

And I have have to develop a taste for mineral water. Yeachh.
Title: Re: Matt's Big Move
Post by: CazAngel on Tuesday February 03, 2009, 06:24:48 AM
Good luck, Matt. :) Don't worry too much, most American's don't bite.  :P
Title: Re: Matt's Big Move
Post by: M@t on Sunday February 08, 2009, 09:17:19 AM
Well....

I've got the visa.

Just a matter of tying the loose ends and bookinig the flights...

America here I come!
Title: Re: Matt's Big Move
Post by: charlie2 on Sunday February 08, 2009, 09:59:19 AM
Good luck, Matt. :) Don't worry too much, most American's don't bite.  :P

But they sure can talk.  ;D I'm now ducking for cover
Title: Re: Matt's Big Move
Post by: totalfolly on Sunday February 08, 2009, 02:41:17 PM
America here I come!

Woohoo!  :bounce:
Title: Re: Matt's Big Move
Post by: CalamityJane on Sunday February 08, 2009, 06:00:02 PM
Wow........welcome to this side of the World! Are you excited........

When are you actually leaving UK?

Jane
Title: Re: Matt's Big Move
Post by: M@t on Sunday February 08, 2009, 08:17:59 PM
Well, I haven't got a date yet Jane.

It will almost certainly be before the end of the month, so watch this space.

It's a really exciting time. I've never been away from "home" for so long before.

I still can't quite believe it.

Matt
Title: Re: Matt's Big Move
Post by: CalamityJane on Monday February 09, 2009, 01:42:40 AM
It'll be a super adventure for you methinks. You are young enough to enjoy all the wonderous things about being a resident in new country. Residency and visiting, or holidays are totally difference things.

I'll watch this space!

Jane
Title: Re: Matt's Big Move
Post by: Celery Peach on Monday February 09, 2009, 02:50:44 PM
 :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

OMG !!! MATTT !! I am so excited for you !  :-*
Title: Re: Matt's Big Move
Post by: M@t on Friday February 13, 2009, 06:42:28 AM
OK.... Update...

I have officially received the visa and my passport back via the Embassy courier.

I have booked the flight for the 27th. That's two weeks from now..

2 weeks!!!!!

Mum and Dad and Aunty B. are coming to Gatwick to wave me off. :) :) :)

Matt
Title: Re: Matt's Big Move
Post by: CalamityJane on Friday February 13, 2009, 04:43:23 PM
Hi Matt - how VERY exciting!

0h yay

Jane
Title: Re: Matt's Big Move
Post by: totalfolly on Friday February 13, 2009, 07:15:05 PM
:bounce::bounce:

Sounds like things are moving right along.  ;D

totalfolly
Title: Re: Matt's Big Move
Post by: M@t on Monday February 16, 2009, 08:54:15 PM
Been sorting some more stuff today.

Last kickboxing class tonight. Was the little ones. Only a few tears, but a lot of sad people. Had a group photo, so that was nice.

Hire cars and hotels have been booked too.

All I need now is a bit of work to keep the boredom at bay.
Title: Re: Matt's Big Move
Post by: LIGA girl on Monday February 16, 2009, 09:27:39 PM
It sounds as if you are well organised Matt, I hope it all keeps going smoothly for you ....
Title: Re: Matt's Big Move
Post by: CalamityJane on Tuesday February 17, 2009, 02:22:11 AM
Hi organized Matt!! Good to be organized, stops the worrying!

So..........what is the actual date you are leaving? Do you have to fly to London first before the crossing? We went to London for a couple of days, before Heathrow Airport and the BIG move, along w/the parrot, Hiliary.

Where do you land in the US? I'm sure you have mixed emotions, I remember those.

You are bringing back memories Matt.

Jane
Title: Re: Matt's Big Move
Post by: M@t on Tuesday February 17, 2009, 06:12:46 AM
Well, unfortunately, things aren't quite working as planned.

I'll be at work on the 26th, although I'm not sure for how long. Earliest normal finish is 4PM.

I've then gotta pack the car (2 big holdalls) and drive down to my aunt's house. She'll be looking after the car whilst I am gone. Its about a 2 Hour drive.

Then I have to load everything into a hire car, and drive another hour and a half to the airport, and check into the hotel.

The flight itself leaves mid morning on the 27th, and flies direct to Charlotte. Provided I can get a couple of hours sleep on the flight, I'll be OK.

There's another hire car and another hotel at the other end.

Matt
Title: Re: Matt's Big Move
Post by: Bamawing on Tuesday February 17, 2009, 06:28:37 AM
I'm so happy for you, Matty!! :yay:
Title: Re: Matt's Big Move
Post by: CalamityJane on Tuesday February 17, 2009, 04:27:59 PM
So exciting Matt, WOW!

Jane
Title: Re: Matt's Big Move
Post by: M@t on Tuesday February 17, 2009, 06:25:43 PM
And this is part of why I'm sad...

They all want to come along with me!!
Title: Re: Matt's Big Move
Post by: CalamityJane on Wednesday February 18, 2009, 02:33:14 AM
Hi Matt -- I can understand you having mixed emotions - I had them, and Bama sure did.

You will keep in touch though, I know that. And you never know, some folks might even come to visit you in USA!

It's not like it used to be when I first arrived on Canadian shores. Air travel is much cheaper, and much more readily available, it's not the B I G thing it was when I left. But I was emigrating, vs a working Visa (I assume) for a specific length of time..........

Jane
Title: Re: Matt's Big Move
Post by: Bamawing on Wednesday February 18, 2009, 07:58:15 AM
Awwwwww!

I'm pretty lucky in that regard. The kids I was teaching didn't have the time to get close to me. I still miss them, though... I sent them a postcard just last week. Not that they have any way of replying.

:hugs:
Title: Re: Matt's Big Move
Post by: charlie2 on Wednesday February 18, 2009, 08:24:09 AM
Geez, must be nice to be wanted. My mob couldn't get rid of me quick enough when I left to come down under.  ;D

 Hope things go well for you Matt. Have a safe trip.
Title: Re: Matt's Big Move
Post by: M@t on Monday February 23, 2009, 10:26:18 AM
Four days to go...  :)

Eeeeeeek...  :)
Title: Re: Matt's Big Move
Post by: CalamityJane on Monday February 23, 2009, 04:36:35 PM
Countdown............

 ;D
Jane
Title: Re: Matt's Big Move
Post by: anniemary40 on Monday February 23, 2009, 05:45:03 PM
Hi Matt, just stumbled on here.... how exciting for you.... want to wish you the best of luck for your trip....safe journey...annmarie :shakehug:
Title: Re: Matt's Big Move
Post by: Celery Peach on Sunday March 01, 2009, 08:36:33 AM
 ;D See you on the other side Matt  :-*
Title: Re: Matt's Big Move
Post by: M@t on Sunday March 01, 2009, 12:13:26 PM
I'm here!

Had a lot of sorting to do yeaterday, so didn't have that much spare time.

But I've moved into the hotel OK.

Work tomorrow....

Matt
Title: Re: Matt's Big Move
Post by: Wooley on Sunday March 01, 2009, 03:28:23 PM
Best of luck tomorrow Matt.

I hope you meet some nice people there.

Have fun!

 :hugs:

Wooley
Title: Re: Matt's Big Move
Post by: M@t on Tuesday March 03, 2009, 10:53:42 PM
Well, I can't take it anymore.

I've set up a blog.

My mum was getting upset because she isn't on facebook, and therefore can't read things on there.

So.... without further ado, I've set up http://www.mattc.org.uk to be a blog of my year in The US. Photos and all.
Title: Re: Matt's Big Move
Post by: CalamityJane on Wednesday March 04, 2009, 02:20:14 AM
Oi there! I tried to comment with my pithy advice, but I was refused. Glad your mum will enjoy this, and I can understand that!

0h, get a lock-deicer while you are at it.........frozen car locks, very frustrating.

Jane
Title: Re: Matt's Big Move
Post by: itchychick on Wednesday March 04, 2009, 10:27:28 PM
Cool!

How long are you going to be in a hotel, Matty?
Title: Re: Matt's Big Move
Post by: M@t on Wednesday March 04, 2009, 11:33:03 PM
Hopefully, should be moved out weekend after next.

I'm missing being able to cook my own meals and dinners, so asap for me really.

Been to look somewhere today, and it was really nice. :cf:

Matt
Title: Re: Matt's Big Move
Post by: M@t on Wednesday March 04, 2009, 11:36:27 PM
Oi there! I tried to comment with my pithy advice, but I was refused.

Should be fixed now Jane :)

Just needed a bit of tweaking

Matt
Title: Re: Matt's Big Move
Post by: Bamawing on Thursday March 05, 2009, 07:42:28 AM
I had forgotten that waitresses always ask if you want dessert. It is strange, isn't it?
Title: Re: Matt's Big Move
Post by: CalamityJane on Saturday March 07, 2009, 02:53:49 AM
I had forgotten that waitresses always ask if you want dessert. It is strange, isn't it?

It's strange? What do waitresses usually do then?  Can't remember what it used to be in UK, and so long since I've eaten out here, I don't know what is "proper waitress conduct". I do recall though when first in Canada how strange it was to me that waitresses would always place glasses of water on the table immediately after welcoming the guests.

Jane
Title: Re: Matt's Big Move
Post by: Bamawing on Saturday March 07, 2009, 11:11:56 AM
It's strange because you're stuffed full as a tick. :) Over here, they ask if you want coffee, which makes more sense to me.

And I miss the water. With a lemon and lots of ice.
Title: Re: Matt's Big Move
Post by: CalamityJane on Saturday March 07, 2009, 05:02:15 PM
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It's strange because you're stuffed full as a tick.

Love that expression, must remember it! ;D
Title: Re: Matt's Big Move
Post by: Bamawing on Sunday March 08, 2009, 11:06:01 AM
I stand corrected: last night our waiter handed us dessert menus although Danand I were clearly turning green from too much delicious food. ;D

And "tight as a tick" is slighly more common, but without context I figured that nobody woudl have any idea what on earth I was trying to say. ;D
Title: Re: Matt's Big Move
Post by: CalamityJane on Sunday March 08, 2009, 05:33:07 PM
That's funny too Bama. ;D

You must have lived in tick country!

I recall UK desserts fondly. People loved them and always left room for "afters". A meal wasn't complete without "pud". Yummy crumble, pie or sponge with loads of custard. I just adored it back then. One of the strangest things I recall when I first came to Canada was their penchant for eating apple pie with CHEESE. Sounded utterly disgusting. Didn't eat it then, and have never eaten it! Apologies to all the pie & cheese lovers! :o

Jane
Title: Re: Matt's Big Move
Post by: itchychick on Sunday March 08, 2009, 06:36:44 PM
It's the combo of sweet and salty, Jane... kind of like a cheese plate with grapes or slices of pear or apple.  I prefer my pie with ice cream, but I love cheese with fruit too.... ;D
Title: Re: Matt's Big Move
Post by: M@t on Sunday March 08, 2009, 07:25:57 PM
Apple Pie with cheese? ???

You Canadians must be a bit :crazy: :crazy:

Anyway, I have only been able to manage pudding twice, only because the main courses are so filling.

I've been out and about today, doing a bit more exploring. Photo attached.

Anyway, my mum is supposed to be calling me in 5 minutes, so I need to dash.

Matt

Title: Re: Matt's Big Move
Post by: totalfolly on Sunday March 08, 2009, 09:35:46 PM
Pretty pic, Matt!  :)
Title: Re: Matt's Big Move
Post by: CalamityJane on Monday March 09, 2009, 12:59:32 AM
Thanks Itchy for explanation -- I like cheese w/fruit also, but the other still defies me!

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You Canadians must be a bit  :crazy: :crazy:

 :shake: :spank: :spank:  ;D

Lovely photo Matt!

Jane
Title: Re: Matt's Big Move
Post by: Bamawing on Tuesday March 10, 2009, 08:42:51 AM
Mmm... apple pie with cheese... but then, I'm more than a bit :crazy: ;D
Title: Re: Matt's Big Move
Post by: M@t on Tuesday March 10, 2009, 11:08:21 PM
Well , I've officially moved in to the apartment.

It's not the one I was hoping for. Different layout, and I'm on the ground floor. I was hoping to be first or second floor.

I've still got a patio with a nice view of the air conditioning unit :-\

Apart from that, which I can get used to, everything else is OK. I've got my broadband up and running :-)
Title: Re: Matt's Big Move
Post by: CalamityJane on Wednesday March 11, 2009, 01:04:26 AM
Congrats! There might well be an opportunity to move up a floor or two......nice to be settled though.

Jane
Title: Re: Matt's Big Move
Post by: Bamawing on Thursday March 12, 2009, 06:04:02 AM
Trust me, Matty, when summertime rolls around you'll be glad of a ground floor apt. :) Shame about the view, though.
Title: Re: Matt's Big Move
Post by: M@t on Thursday March 12, 2009, 03:31:56 PM
I've got some more good news form last night....

I wanted to go to Walmart and I left my TomTom behind. On purpose.

I didn't need it.  :clap: :clap: :clap:

Not only did I not need it to get to Walmart, I didn't need it when I made a wrong turn coming out of Walmart! :clap: :clap: :clap:

And I don't need it to get to the office either!!
Title: Re: Matt's Big Move
Post by: totalfolly 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

totalfolly
Title: Re: Matt's Big Move
Post by: CalamityJane on Friday March 13, 2009, 01:09:20 AM
I sincerely salute you for that accomplishment! :clap: :bounce:

Jane
Title: Re: Matt's Big Move
Post by: Bamawing on Friday March 13, 2009, 01:29:08 PM
:yay: Yay, Matty! Proud of you. :praise:
Title: Re: Matt's Big Move
Post by: M@t 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.

Title: Re: Matt's Big Move
Post by: M@t 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 :(
Title: Re: Matt's Big Move
Post by: totalfolly 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.  :)

totalfolly
Title: Re: Matt's Big Move
Post by: itchychick 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?
Title: Re: Matt's Big Move
Post by: M@t 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?

:roll: :roll:
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.



Title: Re: Matt's Big Move
Post by: CalamityJane on Sunday March 22, 2009, 05:40:36 PM
Looks very nice and comfy! You've done your mum proud! ;D

Jane
Title: Re: Matt's Big Move
Post by: Bamawing 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
Title: Re: Matt's Big Move
Post by: Celery Peach on Monday March 23, 2009, 02:31:53 PM
 ;D Looks lovely Matt, very Swish !
Title: Re: Matt's Big Move
Post by: andyb 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)

Title: Re: Matt's Big Move
Post by: M@t 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.
Title: Re: Matt's Big Move
Post by: andyb 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...
Title: Re: Matt's Big Move
Post by: CalamityJane 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.

Jane
Title: Re: Matt's Big Move
Post by: M@t 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...
Title: Re: Matt's Big Move
Post by: CazAngel 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
Title: Re: Matt's Big Move
Post by: CalamityJane 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?

Jane
Title: Re: Matt's Big Move
Post by: M@t 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.
Title: Re: Matt's Big Move
Post by: CazAngel 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)
Title: Re: Matt's Big Move
Post by: totalfolly on Wednesday April 22, 2009, 11:46:20 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, ;)

It's actually closer to 20 hours by car.  ;D

totalfolly
Title: Re: Matt's Big Move
Post by: CalamityJane on Wednesday April 22, 2009, 04:21:27 PM
Sounds like a plan Caz, great trip!

Are you two in the same neck of the woods, so to speak?


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


 ;D
Title: Re: Matt's Big Move
Post by: itchychick on Wednesday April 22, 2009, 05:49:54 PM
Ooh, I loved the Isle of Skye, Caz.  All windblown, cloudy, rainy and romantic....  And the drive to get there is unbelievably gorgeous.

Title: Re: Matt's Big Move
Post by: andyb on Wednesday April 22, 2009, 06:26:24 PM
Quote from: CazAngel
it shows we were related some how to the McDonald's

so you might be able to get discount on a Big Mac perhaps?

Quote from: CazAngel
- so I want to see the McDonald castle too
[img]/me removed link to derelict castle image as no longer available

hmm - doesn't look as if there's a lot left... :-\   Nice view though...

Btw - if you are OK with cheap and cheerful, and are able to plan at least a couple of weeks in advance, the Travelodge chain of hotels isn't too bad. A family room sleeps up to four (max 3 adults and 1 child -prices are per room only) and could cost as little as £19 per night if you can book at least 21 days ahead (note: not all hotels offer discount rooms at the same time... but you may be lucky...).

They have hotels in Scotland and a few in Northern Ireland and Eire too...

Try http://www.travelodge.co.uk/saver_rooms/ (http://www.travelodge.co.uk/saver_rooms/)

andyb
Title: Re: Matt's Big Move
Post by: CazAngel on Wednesday April 22, 2009, 11:46:29 PM
Thanks, Andy, and actually it'd be Armadale castle, but that's the one that the McDonald clan lived in. I'll have to have a look at the link, I've searched all over London and area for hotels, I nearly had a stroke when I saw some wanted $800.00 - $1,000 (that's what it'd be in US currency, I converted) for a night in a hotel. All I really need is a double room that is clean and sleepable, I don't need one with a bar and spa and fancy furniture,  :D I noticed they tend to have sales on hotels/rates, but it shows regular prices when no discount and I check ratings and comments too, so my favorites thing has sooo much saved from luggage, hotels in England and Scotland to travel accessories, I'm trying to organise ... I don't know how Matt got through his trip with out a nervous period like I'm having, but probably easier for people who've traveled before (I've never been on a plane or out of the US)

>> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Armadale_Castle <<


PS - I'm not sure what you were trying to show me in the message, it just showed up a little red X.
Title: Re: Matt's Big Move
Post by: andyb on Thursday April 23, 2009, 12:57:58 PM
..

PS - I'm not sure what you were trying to show me in the message, it just showed up a little red X.

It was an image of the McDonald's castle ruin in Scotland on a very picturesque clifftop/coastline - it worked for a wee while and then disappeared...  ::)
Title: Re: Matt's Big Move
Post by: itchychick on Thursday April 23, 2009, 01:41:36 PM
That McDonald castle is kinda neat.  We were driving by and stopped to get a better view... as we were poking around a piper comes out of nowhere and started playing... very atmospheric!  If I'm remembering correctly, the McDonalds were the hereditary pipers to one of the most powerful clans on the island (but I can't remember which clan that was!)
Title: Re: Matt's Big Move
Post by: M@t on Saturday April 25, 2009, 12:50:06 AM
Hmmm..

I had a feel of things to come tonight, temperature wise.

I've just got back from the Friday night eat-out, and as I walked to the car at the restaurant, I thought to myself "Bloomin 'eck it feels warm".

I got back into the car, and the temperature gauge said 89 degrees fahrenheit. I started driving thinking it might go down a bit, cause it didn't seem that hot.

Well, it got down to 81 and didn't go down any more.

81 degrees at quarter-to-nine at night.

Crikey Mavis, that's hot!
Title: Re: Matt's Big Move
Post by: CalamityJane on Saturday April 25, 2009, 02:31:50 AM
Aaaaah, a tropical evening.......was there a trade wind as well?

Jane

PS How are you feet in the heat? We are the ones who walk (walked) about in sandals in the cold if you recall.
Title: Re: Matt's Big Move
Post by: CazAngel on Saturday April 25, 2009, 02:34:43 AM
Oh, Matty Matt.... That's just the 80's, it's only spring, you haven't seen anything... I'm not too sure how it gets there in the summer.........but I assume it's not too much different than here, and it gets up into the 100's here in summer.  ;)
Title: Re: Matt's Big Move
Post by: CalamityJane on Saturday April 25, 2009, 02:58:41 AM
Oh, Matty Matt.... That's just the 80's, it's only spring, you haven't seen anything... I'm not too sure how it gets there in the summer.........but I assume it's not too much different than here, and it gets up into the 100's here in summer.  ;)

Oh dear heavens........... :faint: :faint: :shake: :crazy: :doh: zzz zzz

Eeek, how far are you away from Matt. That sounds positively scary.

Jane
Title: Re: Matt's Big Move
Post by: M@t on Saturday April 25, 2009, 03:04:52 AM
Well so far the heat hasn't been much of a problem, simply because there hasn't been too much of it.  :-\

The good news is the apartment, the office and the car are all air conditioned, and I've brought the sandals with me, so keeping cool is fairly easy. I mut remember to leave the sunroof on the car open though. The leather seats were too hot this afternoon after work.

If things start getting tingly in the feet department, then the medical centre is just across the way, and there's a pharmacy at Walmart.

I'll be fine (Ithink)

Matt
Title: Re: Matt's Big Move
Post by: CazAngel on Saturday April 25, 2009, 12:23:18 PM
Yes, you will need AC, I'm fairly sure... most places here get to at least the 90's, in the hottest summer months. (with the exception of a few cold states, or cooler states) I'd die without it, heat isn't good on my conditions either, so you aren't alone. With the car, I think it'll get warm either way, maybe cooler if you park in the shade. Well, if you can find a shady parking place.


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Oh, and Jane, I imagine where he lives gets to the 90's or higher... But when I was younger, I remember it not getting so hot, in Oklahoma, Missouri, and Kansas (I went back and forth from those states and eventually lived in all 3) The weather I remember usually being in the early 90's, over the last few years I've seen it get up to 103-110 - this makes me think this probably has to the with global warming, to be honest.  It's been reported in a lot of the world up temp rise above what was considered before the normal. Look at the polar bears, the ice melted and they are struggling to survive, it seems temp change is going all over.  :-\
Title: Re: Matt's Big Move
Post by: totalfolly on Saturday April 25, 2009, 01:09:02 PM
I mut remember to leave the sunroof on the car open though. The leather seats were too hot this afternoon after work.

You might consider just keeping a towel in the car to sit on.  I'd worry about rain if I left the sunroof open.

totalfolly
Title: Re: Matt's Big Move
Post by: Bamawing on Saturday April 25, 2009, 07:48:42 PM
Oh Matty...

Bless your dear heart. If you think the 80s is warm, I'm going to feel a little worried about you now. North Carolina gets mad hot in the summer... the 80s is "nice."

TF is right about the sunroof. The best thing to do is get a reflective sunscreen for the windshield. That and (although I bet you've figured this out already) open all the car doors to let the heat escape before you actually get in. It comes out and looks all wavy - it's kinda neat. Don't touch the waves; they're hot.

And I know it sounds odd, but stay outside as much as possible. You really do get used to it, and then you don't feel it as bad. But don't overdo it, and get plenty of water.

/me feels like a mom now...
Title: Re: Matt's Big Move
Post by: andyb on Saturday April 25, 2009, 08:26:06 PM
..
Bless your dear heart. If you think the 80s is warm, I'm going to feel a little worried about you now. North Carolina gets mad hot in the summer... the 80s is "nice."

/me crosses North Carolina off the 'Places to visit' list... and Oklahoma, Missouri, and Kansas...

*thinks* hmm I wonder what Iceland's like in the Summer...
Title: Re: Matt's Big Move
Post by: M@t on Saturday April 25, 2009, 08:55:57 PM
I like it.

It's just unexpected, that's all.

In good old Blighty, in April, we usually have rain. Well acually, it's rainy most months.

I can cope with the heat.
Title: Re: Matt's Big Move
Post by: itchychick on Saturday April 25, 2009, 09:43:12 PM
Northern Ontario (in fact, most of Northern Canada.... and the coasts) doesn't get that warm, Andyb!

90's bearable, but when you start factoring in Humidexes, that's when I want to move into the refrigerator for the summer.
Title: Re: Matt's Big Move
Post by: andyb on Monday May 18, 2009, 11:47:13 PM
I've put my Mod hat on and split the discussion away from this post and created a new thread 'Visiting Caanada etc' as we were hijacking Matt's Big thread!

It can be found here: http://www.skincell.org/community/index.php/topic,24604.0.html (http://www.skincell.org/community/index.php/topic,24604.0.html)

AndyB
Title: Re: Matt's Big Move
Post by: M@t on Friday May 29, 2009, 11:45:43 AM
Well, it's 3 months today since I started the new job.

That's a quarter of the entire stay.

A quarter! Already!!!!

I can't belive how quickly the time is flying by!

Anyhoo time for another day at work :)
Title: Re: Matt's Big Move
Post by: andyb on Friday May 29, 2009, 10:07:58 PM
Do you get an option of an extension (if you wanted to) Matt?
Title: Re: Matt's Big Move
Post by: M@t on Friday May 29, 2009, 11:16:44 PM
Extension is available by mutual consent.

However....

Much as I like it here, I wouldn't want to stay for any significant extra time. Maybe an extra month, but no more than that.

Of course, that view is subject to change.
Title: Re: Matt's Big Move
Post by: andyb on Sunday May 31, 2009, 05:42:36 PM
...you never know until it happens, or not, Matt (wise words from my Nan)
Title: Re: Matt's Big Move
Post by: Bamawing on Thursday June 04, 2009, 06:05:58 PM
Dan and I are begging for an extension... I didn't realize how much I really hate to drive until I didn't have to anymore!
Title: Re: Matt's Big Move
Post by: M@t on Tuesday June 16, 2009, 01:27:35 AM
Something new I've just noticed.....

The longest day is shorter. Much shorter. See, I just went and stood on my patio, and I thought "Hmm... it's a bit dark".

So I checked on t'internet.

Longest day for London, UK. Sunrise at 04:43 and sunset at 21:22 for a total length of 16:38
Longest day for Columbia, SC, Sunrise at 06:13 and sunset at 20:39 for a total length of 14:25

I understand why it's happening. It just seems weird.

Title: Re: Matt's Big Move
Post by: itchychick on Tuesday June 16, 2009, 01:52:03 AM
It is weird, isn't it?  I remember having that feeling in Mexico last summer... the days were so long here, and it got dark so much earlier there....
Title: Re: Matt's Big Move
Post by: Bamawing on Tuesday June 16, 2009, 07:39:10 AM
Gah, the long days are driving me crazy over here. The sun starts to rise at 4:30! :faint: And sets after 9:30. Wow. Eh, I expect the long nights'll drive me equally wakko. :)
Title: Re: Matt's Big Move
Post by: M@t on Thursday June 25, 2009, 02:02:07 AM
Something new for this week - Fireflies

I've never seen one before, but on Sunday, I stepped outside to look up at a low flying aircraft (I think it muist have been flying into Charlotte Airport) and a few flashed right in front of my face.

I stood outside for a while, and they were everywhere. Flashing away all to themselves.

I tried to get a photo, but no luck. :(
Title: Re: Matt's Big Move
Post by: totalfolly on Thursday June 25, 2009, 02:21:14 AM
I love fireflies, also called lightning bugs.  :)  To me, they're among the first signs of summer.  We used to catch them when I was a kid.

Coco tickled me when she saw them this year.  I'm sure they're not new to her as she's nearly five years old, but one of them lit up right in front of her and she followed it around till she'd finished examining it.  :)

totalfolly
Title: Re: Matt's Big Move
Post by: CalamityJane on Thursday June 25, 2009, 02:28:44 AM
Are those the same as dragon flies? Look like a helicoptor sort of w/beautiful irredescent colours? We get a few of those, beautiful.

Jane
Title: Re: Matt's Big Move
Post by: Bamawing on Thursday June 25, 2009, 07:56:55 AM
No, dragonflies are different. Fireflies have... um, lights in their butts. Seriously. They come out at night and look like... I guess... tiny little green-yellow stars. They have them in Germany, but oddly enough, the German ones don't blink.

The American ones turn their lights on and off. It's actually a pattern used for attracting mates... I've heard that if you sit quietly and use a flashlight to follow the pattern, you can entice them to come and see you.

In the country, if you can get enough of them, they make summer pines look like blinking Christmas trees.

They have no fear of humans, and between that and their slow airspeed they are easy to catch. My phobia stopped me, but as a child my sister caught countless lightning bugs and kept them overnight in baby food jars with holes punched in the lids.

*edit*

I found a youtube video of them... it'll help explain why Matty had such a hard time taking a picture. Honestly, I would think a lit lighting bug would be one of the most difficult things in the world to photograph... except for those strange German ones that keep their lights on. (I saw them!)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fuPh_U6pi1E
Title: Re: Matt's Big Move
Post by: CalamityJane on Thursday June 25, 2009, 04:20:39 PM
Hi Bama, thank you for the explanation! I looked at the video.....they sound like lovely little bugs.

We don't have them here.......I'm sure I would have seen them if they were around.

Thanks Bama,

Jane
Title: Re: Matt's Big Move
Post by: CazAngel on Friday June 26, 2009, 06:20:33 PM
Oh, I love lightening bugs. I haven't seen one in quite a while. Very pretty bugs. I love your description, Bama. Bugs with lights in their butts!  :roll:
Title: Re: Matt's Big Move
Post by: M@t on Friday July 03, 2009, 12:28:49 AM
Gah, the long days are driving me crazy over here. The sun starts to rise at 4:30! :faint: And sets after 9:30. Wow. Eh, I expect the long nights'll drive me equally wakko. :)

I will say one thing with certainty.

In the winter it really does get depressing. You're up and out the door before the sun is up, and it's pretty much gone down again by the time you're back home after work.

Anyway, we're past the 4 month mark now, it's 4th July weekend, although it feels a bit weird celebrating independence from Britain. Lot's of fireworks and lots of hot dogs. Just like Guy Fawkes night, only nice and warm.

And to top off the week, I had a good session at bowling and bowled my best round ever!!
Title: Re: Matt's Big Move
Post by: Bamawing on Friday July 03, 2009, 07:11:08 AM

Anyway, we're past the 4 month mark now, it's 4th July weekend, although it feels a bit weird celebrating independence from Britain.

*giggle* I always did wonder how that would affect an Englishman. I've been bracing myself for some serious homesickness this coming-up weekend. I know where I can get hot dogs, but where can I get fireworks in Germany? ???

Congrats on the bowling! ;)
Title: Re: Matt's Big Move
Post by: M@t on Friday June 18, 2010, 10:18:03 PM
Well y'alls....

The time has come to head back to English soil.

I'll be back in the home land by the end of the month, and I'll be back at work soon after.

It's been nice in the States. :)
Title: Re: Matt's Big Move
Post by: CalamityJane on Saturday June 19, 2010, 02:09:36 AM
Hi Matt - glad you had a nice time in the States. It's an opportunity most folk don't get and something you'll always remember.

Looking back on your previous posts here, this one caught my attention:

Gah, the long days are driving me crazy over here. The sun starts to rise at 4:30! :faint: And sets after 9:30. Wow. Eh, I expect the long nights'll drive me equally wakko. :)

I will say one thing with certainty.

In the winter it really does get depressing. You're up and out the door before the sun is up, and it's pretty much gone down again by the time you're back home after work.

Anyway, we're past the 4 month mark now, it's 4th July weekend, although it feels a bit weird celebrating independence from Britain.

What is the difference between the UK and the N.American time changes? I can't remember, but we have the looooong days in summer - sun up much too early and not completely dark till after 10:00 pm. In the winter, we get up in the dark, and it's getting dark _at_ 4:00 pm. However, I recall that in UK when I lived there. But I remember clearly that by Jan.13, _at_ 5:00 it was still light enough to walk home from work.

Jane
PS I think I mucked up the quotes, sorry.
Title: Re: Matt's Big Move
Post by: M@t on Saturday June 19, 2010, 12:19:38 PM
Well for Charlotte, longest day is 14h 31m 16s, and shortest is 9h 47m 38s

For Sheffield, longest is 17h 00m 50s, shortest is 7h 29m 24s.

It's to do with lattitude. Taken to extremes, if you're at the poles, then you have 6 months of night and 6 months of day, and at the equator, you have 12 hours of daylight and 12 hours of night.

Title: Re: Matt's Big Move
Post by: Bamawing on Sunday June 20, 2010, 04:13:12 PM
It freaked poor Twiga out bigtime in our recent trip to England. We were waaaaaaaaaay up north... Andy says we could have hopped the border to Scotland, although we were having so much fun in the little town of Durham that we didn't. She was staring out the window and saying "It's 10:00... and I can still see." and later "It's 11:00... and I can still see!"
Title: Re: Matt's Big Move
Post by: andyb on Tuesday June 22, 2010, 09:45:46 AM
During June and July the sun rises through our bedroom window at 4 something in the morning - the rest of the year the window is in the shadow of the house next door - but the room takes on a whole different appearance - not that I really appreciate it at that time of the morning...  zzz
Title: Re: Matt's Big Move
Post by: itchychick on Tuesday June 22, 2010, 12:43:31 PM
Yesterday was summer solstice.... at 10pm there was still natural light outside as hubby and I sat and drank wine and debated going somewhere stinkin' hot in July.....

Heaven.
Title: Re: Matt's Big Move
Post by: M@t on Tuesday August 31, 2010, 06:55:13 PM
So Matt's American Adventure is done.

It seems like yesterday, but it's been two months since I got back.

I've kept the blog, and started a new one at http://www.mattc.org.uk

Title: Re: Matt's Big Move
Post by: Wooley on Wednesday October 13, 2010, 08:44:17 AM
Glad to see you're still blogging Matt!

 :hugs:

Woo