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Re: Things about the USA your UK spouse should know.
« Reply #30 on: August 25, 2004, 07:34:19 AM »

Your favorite BBC TV programs can be seen on BBC America (heavily edited to fit commercials) or on public broacasting.  Eastenders is about 3 years behind what's current in the UK.


We'd heard that BBC America had axed EastEnders?

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Re: Things about the USA your UK spouse should know.
« Reply #31 on: August 25, 2004, 06:11:11 PM »


We'd heard that BBC America had axed EastEnders?


They did! :\\\'(  However, when I'm in the states, I just go to BBC.com and read teh blow-by-blow for Easties that's on the site...no dialoge, but it tells you just who's doin' what to whom...

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Other things that a UK spouse may want to know is:

The office will likely be open between Christmas and New Year (except for some tech-firms and Boeing in Seattle)

Posting something within the country takes more than one day.  It can take three-four for a town just 30 miles away

America is not like Friends.  Or New York.  Most of us live in SMALL towns or farming communities

Buying clothes or many things other than food and basic neccesities may mean an hours drive or more...remember, we don't all live in the city (1.5 hours for me if I want shoes...)

"Cell" phones are a better deal in the states (for the most part)

We are not as "text"-savy in the States...but it's getting there

There are NO CHARGES on the land line to call your neighbor or any local number

We don't have commercial free radio or TV...not even on BBC-America

We eat dinner earlier in the States...and generally have larger portions, too

24-hour diners...even in the small towns

Hersheys...but you can also get Cadburys everywhere...wish it were easy to get Hersheys in Scotland!!

But, the most important thing to remember is that no matter which country has which things that are better or worse, as long as the two of you are together, on the same continent, at the same time...the rest of it is just small potatoes!!

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Re: Things about the USA your UK spouse should know.
« Reply #32 on: August 26, 2004, 08:51:22 AM »
We don't have commercial free radio or TV...not even on BBC-America

PBS & NPR!  ;D
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Re: Things about the USA your UK spouse should know.
« Reply #33 on: August 26, 2004, 09:23:33 AM »
And you can still watch EastEnders on PBS (or at least you can in NC!).  The only problem is that Bianca just left for "fashion school", Grant just skipped town after the big fight with Phil, and Steve Owen was just acquitted of his murder charges (Saskia?  or whatever her name was!)....so yeah, just a little behind the times!   ;)
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Re: Things about the USA your UK spouse should know.
« Reply #34 on: August 26, 2004, 11:32:38 AM »
never mind Eastenders was better then!!

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Re: Things about the USA your UK spouse should know.
« Reply #35 on: January 06, 2005, 03:55:09 AM »
Things about the USA your UK spouse should know...

Troopers have speeding / traffic violation ticket quotas to meet at the end of the month and they will pull you over even if you are not speeding! You have a RIGHT to see the radar reading for your speed - so ask if you think you were in the right. *grumble*

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Re: Things about the USA your UK spouse should know.
« Reply #36 on: January 07, 2005, 10:22:27 AM »
LMAO,, have had another incident Mart? LOL

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Re: Things about the USA your UK spouse should know.
« Reply #37 on: January 07, 2005, 10:32:42 AM »
My British boyfriend is coming over to the US with me for the first time in September. He's going to be in for a rude awakening. He thinks all Americans are straight out of "Dukes of Hazzard." He already wants to hire a Dodge Charger and wear overalls. Yeesh. I don't have the heart to tell him the Boss Hogg wasn't from Providence.
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Re: Things about the USA your UK spouse should know.
« Reply #38 on: January 07, 2005, 10:47:32 AM »
LMAO,, have had another incident Mart? LOL


ooh.... just got pulled over by PA Troopers about 2 yards off the NY / PA State line. *grumble*
Admittedly he was going 82. Fortunatly let off with a warning.
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Re: Things about the USA your UK spouse should know.
« Reply #39 on: January 07, 2005, 01:03:20 PM »
No council tax!!

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Re: Things about the USA your UK spouse should know.
« Reply #40 on: January 07, 2005, 09:15:52 PM »
Central heat and A/C!!! After visiting my bf in the UK, I was freezing! Then, he tells me he doesn't have A/C! I don't mind being without it for certain temps, but in the mid-atlantic region here, the summers are hot and humid - impossible to sleep w/o air conditioning.
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Re: Things about the USA your UK spouse should know.
« Reply #41 on: January 07, 2005, 09:29:04 PM »
Also the tap-water where i'll be living in Wisconsin smells of eggs. Really grossed me out when i first had a glass of water. Showering in egg juice is just as bad too  :-X

What? I am from Wisconsin and have no idea what you are talking about! What city are you moving to?

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Re: Things about the USA your UK spouse should know.
« Reply #42 on: January 07, 2005, 11:32:54 PM »
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Also the tap-water where i'll be living in Wisconsin smells of eggs. Really grossed me out when i first had a glass of water. Showering in egg juice is just as bad too 




Sounds like it could be well water, as opposed to mains. 
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Re: Things about the USA your UK spouse should know.
« Reply #43 on: January 08, 2005, 09:22:33 AM »
eggy water contains sulfur which is really common. it was like that in Katy TX at my mom's old place but just 20 minutes down the road in Sugar Land its completely different.
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Re: Things about the USA your UK spouse should know.
« Reply #44 on: January 08, 2005, 09:34:24 AM »
I grew up with well water and never even noticed the sulfur.   But now, when I go to visit I hate it.  Especially that first drink of water in the am, but my parents would be highly insulted if I bought water so I choke it down. 
The good thing is that it's such soft water.  I use a fraction of the shampoo and washing up liquid when I'm there!   :)