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Shan



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PostPosted: Sat Dec 10, 11 12:15 pm    Post subject: Ohio  Reply with quote    

More precisely, somewhere near Bowling Green Ohio... anyone know what it is like? There might be an opportunity for Mr Shan and I to mve there for 3 to 4 years and then return to the UK.

lottie



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PostPosted: Sat Dec 10, 11 1:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

My e.d. lives in the midwest--but Illinois rather than Ohio---the winters are very cold and snowbound. the summers very hot, fall is beautiful. Having said that it can't be so bad as they only went for 3/4 years and are now U.S. citizens and very happy there. They certainly work harder , longer hours and with less holiday time than they would have done here, but the rewards are there as well ----just make sure the job comes with A1 medical insurance.

Shan



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PostPosted: Sat Dec 10, 11 1:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Thanks Lottie. A1 Medical insurance would be a major priority!

Kenworth



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PostPosted: Mon Dec 12, 11 5:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I was through here about 2 weeks ago, and used to go through regularly in my semi truck.

Bowling Green is below the line of lake effect snows. It does snow there, and often times it can get deep but not as much as it would get up closer to the Great Lakes. Less snow, but just as cold.

Not too far from Toledo, OH. Bowling Green, OH is on a major interstate, I-75 and near the Ohio Toll Road, I-80. North into Michigan to Detroit, West through Indiana into Illinois to Chicago and East to Cleveland, South to Dayton and Cincinnati beyond. Certainly not too far away from Canada to the North.

Ohio has suffered like the rest of the Midwest with a great loss of industrial jobs. I don't know what A-1 insurance is, but if your prospective employer offers health insurance, take it. Most likely you will have to help pay for it, but maybe not. I would guestimate that 75-85 % of companies have employee co-pay for insurance, with deductables, of course.

Ft. Megis is nearby, I understand they do a lot of American timeline re-enacting. I've always wanted to go.

Physically pretty flat land. Not overly hot in the summer, certainly not tropical. I think that area has installed a lot of the giant wind turbine windmills. I know there is a 24 hour Meijers there, I have parked my semi truck there. Lots of grain/vegetable farmers in the surrounding areas.

Not a metropolitan area by any means, but not like the lone prairie either.


C'mon over!

PS

There are several nice hatcheries in OH if you are of the poultry presuasion. Of course we don't have the exotic breeds that you all are used to, but you can get a fix.

PSS

They are building a new casino called Hollywood right on the banks of the Maumee River just south of Toledo.

Another PSS

Another wonderful thing about the US, you can go from the Pacific to Atlantic without having to get a stamp on your passport, lots of interesting things between the two oceans.

bagpuss



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PostPosted: Mon Dec 12, 11 7:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Kenworth wrote:

Another wonderful thing about the US, you can go from the Pacific to Atlantic without having to get a stamp on your passport, lots of interesting things between the two oceans.


You can get from England to Finland or Greece without getting a stamp in your passport too, the EU is currently good for that


Shan, moving to Ohio sounds like it could be quite an adventure, I might be tempted to wait and see who is the next President before making any decisions though

Shan



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PostPosted: Mon Dec 12, 11 8:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Thank you all for the responses.

It does sound like an adventure but the deal would have to be excellent for us to consider it. Currently, we are very happy where we are but would move for the right incentive. We would want to return though and repatriation would have to be part of that deal.

It would be an excellent opportunity to do a lot of travelling in the US, which I would really love to do and property prices inthe US do look a lot more reasonable than here.

Mr Shan's employer currently pays for medical insurance so, we would expect them to completely foot that bill because ultimately, they are desperate for a 'company man' to move to the US, whereas we are comfortable where we are.

Kenworth: we currently live in a rural spot and have 7 acres of land with stables, etc. We wouldn't want to live in Bowling Green - I'm not a city peson but we would want to find some sort of similar set up - where would you recommend that is within an hour of bowling green? 1 hour is the current commute to work.

alice



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PostPosted: Mon Dec 12, 11 8:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

bagpuss wrote:
Kenworth wrote:

Another wonderful thing about the US, you can go from the Pacific to Atlantic without having to get a stamp on your passport, lots of interesting things between the two oceans.


You can get from England to Finland or Greece without getting a stamp in your passport too, the EU is currently good for that




Yeah but in the States you don't have to book and queue and wait for a plane/ferry/train to do it.
I've always envied the americans being able to move from tropical sunshine to snowy mountains all within their own land mass.
I don't know about travelling in Europe but British citizens have to have photo ID (photo driving licence or current passport) to travel between Orkney and the UK Mainland.

lottie



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PostPosted: Mon Dec 12, 11 9:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

bagpuss wrote:


Shan, moving to Ohio sounds like it could be quite an adventure, I might be tempted to wait and see who is the next President before making any decisions though

Good point!--Obama might get back in.

Shan



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PostPosted: Mon Dec 12, 11 9:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I like Obama... very handsome.

lottie



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PostPosted: Mon Dec 12, 11 9:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Shan wrote:
I like Obama... very handsome.

Yes he is! ---but even that wouldn't get my daughter to vote for him

Shan



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PostPosted: Mon Dec 12, 11 9:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I'm more superficial...

bagpuss



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PostPosted: Mon Dec 12, 11 10:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

lottie wrote:
Shan wrote:
I like Obama... very handsome.

Yes he is! ---but even that wouldn't get my daughter to vote for him


So she prefers the republican loons ?

lottie



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PostPosted: Mon Dec 12, 11 11:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Not all republicans are loons nor all democrats saints or vice versa---I don't think she holds such a simplistic world view. I think her opinions of him have more to do with his record and involvement in the Chicago political scene, prior to his present role.

bagpuss



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PostPosted: Mon Dec 12, 11 11:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

lottie wrote:
Not all republicans are loons nor all democrats saints or vice versa---I don't think she holds such a simplistic world view. I think her opinions of him have more to do with his record and involvement in the Chicago political scene, prior to his present role.


Which is fair enough, at the moment though the media representation of the Republican party would suggest the loons are at the forefront at the moment e.g
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0PAJNntoRgA

Shane



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PostPosted: Mon Dec 12, 11 12:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Shan wrote:
...the deal would have to be excellent for us to consider it. Currently, we are very happy where we are but would move for the right incentive. We would want to return though and repatriation would have to be part of that deal...Mr Shan's employer currently pays for medical insurance so, we would expect them to completely foot that bill because ultimately, they are desperate for a 'company man' to move to the US, whereas we are comfortable where we are...
You've got all the cards, by the sounds of it. I would personally insist on:

- mob / demob paid, including personal travel for whole family and 40ft shipping crate (with insurance) both ways
- temporary accommodation while finding something permanent
- hotel while waiting for temporary accommodation
- housing allowance or housing provided of at least the same standard as you currently have
- transport allowance (or company car) if travelling will be a part of the job (or if there's no public transport links to the office)
- full medical cover for the whole family
- travel home for whole family once a year (or equivalent allownace)
- compassionate leave with paid travel home for deaths in immediate family
- five weeks' holiday (unusual by US standards, but other Brits in a similar position have successfully negotiated this one)
- company to take care of any tax issues that may arise causing you to have to pay more UK tax as a result of mob / demob

If they're that desperate and you're not, they'll have to make it worth your while.

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