Archive for the “personal” Category

    Trip to the doctor’s

    Wednesday, July 5th, 2006

    I had my first job interview the other day, was invited back for a 2nd interview but it was selling insurance benefits to companies which isn’t really me but at least its a start in meeting employers.

    I made my first visit to an American doctor today, it was a lot easier than the NHS! Brenda has health insurance through her job so I went along and had to pay the $10 fee to see a doctor. In 35 minutes I saw the triage nurse, had a few x-rays on my knee and saw a doctor and left. I hurt my knee a year ago throwing a ball and I agitated it playing tennis the other day – it seems I sprained my medial collateral ligament. Got to rest it for a couple of weeks and if its not better go back for an MRI to see how badly the ligament was stretched.

    The ibuprofen is starting to kick in now so its not so bad. The most annoying thing was that I had finally got back into exercising regularly!

    Permanent Residency

    Thursday, June 15th, 2006

    I got a “Welcome to the United States of America” letter from the immigration people today telling me that my application for permanent residence has been approved. At this point I don’t think it really makes much difference to my everyday life other than the fact that I have to carry an permanent resident ID card with my everywhere I go. I have just over 2 years until I can apply to be a US citizen but I’ll look into that closer to the time – I think it will let me move more freely between the US & UK as currently I need to spend a certain percentage of my time here otherwise I’ll lose my status.

    In the football today the commentators seemed to get all the player’s names correct but they went very quiet when they showed shots of the player’s wives & girlfirends, I don’t think they had a clue who they were. They did say however, that getting booked for timewasting was a waste and they should save the cards for a professional foul.

    I think ESPN have been getting complaints about their coverage, they didn’t show any of the national anthems until it came to the USA game, then they went to a commercial break straight after the US anthem so we didn’t have to sit and listen to the Czech anthem. It seems that some people found this a little offensive and they have started to show the full anthems, added nicely to the build up to today’s game.

    Excitement is building amongst the pundits who keep saying how badly the US did on Monday and then are upbeat saying they can still beat Italy. I just hope they don’t go back to US ‘sports’ stop showing all the games after they get beaten again.

    Busy Times

    Sunday, May 21st, 2006

    It’s been a while but I’ve been pretty busy during the last few weeks. Charlie popped over for a visit after his business trip to Florida and became the first passenger in my car when I picked it up. I’ve been driving all over the place, I’ve taken it out to LA a few times and we went to Vegas for a weekend where a fine time was had by all. I now have my advance parole, which means that if I leave the country I will be allowed back in and my permanent residency application has been forwarded to California to speed up the process, but they still say it will be about 270-300 days. Still I can do pretty much everything now that I will be able to do once I’m a permanent resident with a green card.

    The search for a job has started and I’m going to a careers fair on Tuesday to see what’s around, hopefully there will be plenty of IT companies wanting to hire mid-July, the day after the World Cup final would be great.

    Work permit

    Sunday, April 30th, 2006

    I finally got an email from the immigration services telling me that my application for a work permit has been approved. Now comes the fun part of finding jobs to apply for and going to interviews.

    In other news my car is now paid off and I’ve got to transfer it into my name, I’ll soon be driving around despairing at the mentality of other drivers again.

    Driving again

    Wednesday, April 12th, 2006

    I found out the other day that I am considered a visitor by the DMV (US equivalent of the DVLA) until my permanent residency papers come through. This means that I can use my UK license until then so I took my car out for a drive last night. Its quite a shock when the turbo kicks in if I leave my foot on the pedal too long in 2nd! The car has almost four times the horse power of my Fiesta and the whole thing feels great – I’m going to be getting a lot of driving done in the coming months!

    Sun burn

    Sunday, April 9th, 2006

    It seems that summer is on its way. I got my first sunburn yesterday, in fact I think its the first time I’ve been burned since being out here – I was constantly wearing sun cream when I arrived so I avoided it then. We put the top down on Brenda’s car while driving around, I was enjoying the sunny day and by the evening I had a glowing red face. Looks like I’ll be carrying around the sun cream with me now until about Novemeber!

    Driving in my car

    Monday, March 20th, 2006

    I’ve got myself a new car now, it’s a 2003 VW Jetta (or Bora to the Europeans) 1.8 litre turbo in Relfex Silver. It has a rare manual gearbox so my left leg won’t be wasting away while I’m driving. I’ve already done an oil change on it (most work I’ve ever done on a car) under the tuition of Derek,

    who also sold me the car. I don’t actually have any photos of it yet but I pinched these off of eBay, identical to mine except for the exhaust (mine is better :-p )

    When a man loves a chicken

    Thursday, March 2nd, 2006

    There’s often a lot of junk mail that gets delivered here but today one in particular caught my eye, it was from KFC and addressed to “Chicken Lover” at this address. I don’t know if this is because I’m English or just some rumour they heard but I think this is the first time I’ve seen such a phrase in the mail. Maybe someone had just been watching an old episode of South Park when sending these flyers out.


    Saturday, February 25th, 2006

    Oh dear, this really has been neglected recently hasn’t it? I seem to be writing things in my head when I’m in bed but by the time I wake up I’ve completely forgotten to come to the site and write it all up. Maybe I should leave the laptop running next to the bed so that I can get my thoughts down while they are fresh.

    Today’s big excitement was a visit to the USCIS (immigration) offices in Riverside for them to gather biometric data. It was a pleasant surprise to see hardly anyone waiting there when I arrived and if it hadn’t been for the immigration services screwing up my alien number on one of the forms I’d have had my finger prints done and photo taken in no time. They sorted it reasonably quickly and told me that I don’t have to come back again on Tuesday morning to do the same thing again as I was previously informed on one of their letters.

    Next is the wait for the interview date, which could be anything from a month to, well anywhere really. Average seems to be 3 months from the application date, which was a month ago already! I’ll be legal before you know it.

    Its been a while

    Thursday, January 26th, 2006

    I didn’t realise quite how long it had been since I posted on here, is anyone still out there checking this? I’d like to say I used the time productively, well I’ve almost completed Grand Theft Auto San Andreas.

    I have actually managed to get my latest set of immigration forms sent off to the USCIS (Immigration Services). If there are no problems with them then I should be a permanent resident in about 4 months. I may get my work permit sooner but I don’t think I’ll be able to get a driver’s license until I’m permanent and the public transport here is almost non existant. There’s certainly no tube service!