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About Capetonian

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    San Francisco, CA
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  1. Yip thats how I understand as well, so just wanted to clarify the from the time you 'arrive' comment Some of us have been in adjustment (from work visas, sponsors) so long already - they'd literally qualify for citizenship before even getting GC :whome:
  2. Congrats Johan ! :ilikeit: :ilikeit: So pleased for you. Of course thats 4 yrs and 9mths of permanent residence if you had your GC on arrival when you landed in the USA right ? Just wanted to clarify that before many of ' us' start having a party , myself included :whome: The above quote actually 'implies' that someone thats been in the USA for 8 years etc - has not left the country and is perhaps currently in adjustment of status etc may in fact already be eligible ! But if fact they can only count from the day they receive their actual GC right (thats when the citizenship 'countdown' clock can officially start ) ? or am I wrong ?
  3. Oh heck no, Austin is nothing like Cape Town (or should I say Cape Town is nothing like Austin ) if you're looking for a sister 'city' comparison to Cape Town look more to the Bay Area/SFO in general Depends on ones viewpoint and also where in SA you are from. We spent close on 8 yrs in Texas (before moving to CA ) - its nothing like where we are from and that is Cape Town. Texas in general is more like the transvaal(nowadays gauteng and northern province etc) Austins weather is a bit more like Durbans, however , the lifestyle is slightly less 'stiff' than Dallas which is more fast paced (erm by texan standards) and 'corporate as well as western wheel and deal/aggressive' - but mostly its still 'the south'. Property is cheaper there , cost of living generally lower - but beware of the 'hidden costs' because of the 'environment and weather factors ' (case in point we were paying $500 AC/CH bills - now our winter bill is $60 in CA) - car insurance is higher than most states (something to do with the way they drive - we save $800 annually on our ins - same car, same drivers - different state) salaries are also lower in Tx , so if its a stepping stone to newer and better places (ie other states) just be aware of the pitfall of 'getting' stuck in Tx. We have a couple of friends that have moved (sold up) from California to Texas with the allure of cheaper and bigger housing (bought) , only to find they hated it there and now cannot get back to CA (since their salaries are lower and their homes arent worth as much by comparison). You'll meet some nice people in Texas and you'll meet some fake people - its the luck of the draw. Americans in general are big hearted and welcoming, so if you go in with an open mind as Spokie suggested you will have a blast. However if you're coming from London, be prepared for culture shock (and they talk funny - little tongue in cheek humour ) Schools are also a bit of a potluck, it depends on the area you live in - one is zoned for the schools according to the area you reside in. So your better schools are probably going to be in the (for lack of a better word now) richer areas. Often people homeschool - unfortunately I am not one of those people that believe homeschooling is a good thing. Texas fortunately has an accountability rating by school and by district etc which you can pull and see which schools before better. Exemplary is what you want to AIM for - as is recognised, but mostly the first. http://www.tea.state.tx.us/perfreport/account/ good luck with the move, and in advance I say Welcome to the good ole US of A my home sweet home :ilikeit:
  4. oops I didnt have anything to add, accidentally hit quick reply
  5. I have to agree with Jimflip and Caligal, I would not trade it for the world ! :ilikeit: It all depends on 'what exactly' quality of life means to you personally, and what you are willing to exchange/put up with/sweat small stuff etc - so its all relative to each individual. Is it at all possible to visit first, Debbie ? Regarding schooling, if you live in the 'burbs there are some very good school districts .
  6. Telena, browse the freecycle groups Plano http://groups.yahoo.com/group/PlanoTXFreecycle/ Dallas http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DFWFreecycle/ Carrollton http://groups.yahoo.com/group/CarrolltonTX_Freecycle/ Flowermound http://groups.yahoo.com/group/flowermoundfreecycle/
  7. Welcome Larry [at] cool people in Houston . You may not have been there long enough. Cool and Houston are two words that do not belong in the same sentence ...... and thats just the weather I agree all the cool people are on the West Coast and so is the best weather and scenery ! :ilikeit:
  8. Marshmallow Fridge Tart 150 g marshmallows, chopped into small pieces 12 glace cherries, chopped 5 ml vanilla extract 250 ml cream 1 can condensed milk 100 g crushed pineapple 125 ml lemon juice 1 prepared grahamcracker/tennis biscuit crumb crust Mix lemon juice and condensed milk. Mix in marshmallows and cherries. Whip cream stiffly then add vanilla extract and pineapple. Mix everything together and pour into prepared crumb crust. Refrigerate to set.
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    some video clips http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?...MNGP1H460G9.DTL
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    I came across this site while searching for 'food' Anyway, for those with a need for cricket in the USA http://www.uscricket.com/regions.asp just click on your region for further information
  11. noooooooooooooooooo not the chocolate ! **suicidally chews at her wrists ** Breathing the air isnt safe, but we all do it :holy:
  12. I had a wonderful cappucino for the first time in almost 7 yrs last weekend , it was delish. :ilikeit: At Boudins bakery in SFO.
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    Hola ! ¿Cómo está usted? Starting learning after we moved over since we lived in Tx (Dallas/Plano) at that stage, its valuable here in Ca as well . Its offered at most schools and the kids have to take an extra language toward their high school credits (which my kids did ) . We also have a good friend from Mexico City, and some other spanish speaking friends so its fun to try it out on them. Mostly self taught through cds online etc. I wouldnt mind doing an actual credited course to become totally fluent :ilikeit: Would make me quad lingual Having spanish really is a bonus in the corporate world for that matter in most professional fields esp in the US currently. Ps, you'd be surprised how fluent you become after a drink
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    Medical exam

    its no biggie, and was just a suggestion since we know of folk that were turned down as a result and most that we know did the xrays. The xrays we had were included in the $75 we paid for the physical. Point being is why I always suggest speak to the doctor ahead of time and ask , ask ,ask. :holy:
  15. welcome to the USA mrs Vlakvark :ilikeit:
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