I can no longer handle seeing the continued awfulness and non-stop lying by the president elect. But somehow, I have stay aware of trends that might impact my family and me. How can this be done indirectly? [more inside]
Generally, what parts of the US pronounce the words "lager" and "logger" differently? Generally, what parts pronounce them the same way? What parts of the US are you as likely to hear differentiation as not? [more inside]
I live and work in the US on a H-1B visa. I file US taxes as a resident alien. I am not a citizen and therefore cannot vote. In the legal sense, do the senators and representatives in whose state/district I live represent me? And would the answer to this change if I had a green card (i.e. was a permanent resident but still not a citizen)?
We are an early-30s couple with two children who live in London and intend to emigrate to the US in mid-2018 (specifically Los Angeles, California). Help us please! [more inside]
I've seen a lot of advice for US citizens who wish to take care of their affairs post-Trump, but what are some useful measures for people in the US not as citizens (visa-holders, undocumented, Green Cards) to take care of themselves? [more inside]
Looking to buy 8 days of travel insurance for a trip from Canada to the US. Difficulty: Pre-existing condition with an unclear diagnosis. However, I'm willing to pay extra for coverage. Thoughts on a provider? [more inside]
On November 5th 2008 and November 7th 2012 here in London England, I tried to collect as many British newspapers as I could that featured Barack Hussein Obama II's historic election to the presidency of the United States. The whole world was united in pride for the US on both of those days. Now that he's moving out of the White House, I feel like it's time to give them away; the question is, who gets them? [Preferably to someone in New York City. Sorry Duluth.] [more inside]
A man at a car dealership in Mexico did us a huge solid today. We were very lost, and he called us a cab and let us sit with him at his desk. We had a really pleasant chat while we waited. He wouldn't take the money I tried to give him. We want to send him a thank-you box of goodies from the USA. What might go over well in Mexico? [more inside]
Earlier today on reddit someone shared a hospital bill for a baby delivery from 1954. The bill was for $99.84, which inflation adjusted is $893.93. Other posters chimed in to complain about cost inflation for homes and college tuition, with the sentiment that the present generation "has things worse off" than the post-war generation did. Does it? [more inside]
Reading Stephen King's End of Watch recently (no spoilers!) reminded me of a question I've had for a while regarding SAT scores. In the book, the girl is worried that she's only going to get x score (400 perhaps?) on the Maths test. If this happened, would her chances of getting into college disappear? Or would it affect which sort of colleges she could get into? If she happened to be a genius at everything else but sucked at maths would that mean no Ivy League for her? Bonus question: could you retake them endlessly? [more inside]
I was driving to the airport the other day and wondered - where in the continental United States would you have to live to be furthest from an airport? I'm thinking of an airport with actual major carriers that would connect to other major airports, not a small airstrip or that only has private and charter plane traffic.
I moved to another country but often need to do 2-step verification with my old American website accounts. The trouble is, these systems insist on my providing some (###)###-#### number but I don't have one anymore, so I have to have a text sent to my dad in the States and call him up. Is there a service that will let me sign up to receive text messages in the US, read them online, but (key thing) also pass verification? [more inside]
Is there a tool that allows you to compare the 2016 US presidential polls versus this point in time in previous years - in real time?
My friend was denied entry to the US for his planned vacation because he admitted to having used marijuana, and told he needs to apply for a waiver of inadmissibility to be eligible for a tourist visa in the future. He doesn't have immediate plans to return, but would like some guidance on how this process would work if he attempts it, and in particular on whether he can do this without a specific planned visit or if he needs to wait until he wants to go back and try then. [more inside]
Work will be moving me from Canberra, Australia, to Washington DC for two years. There are some fairly well established procedures for this move but I am sure that there are a number of things that have not occurred to me. [more inside]
I've just discovered Target ships to the UK, claiming full responsibility for landed costs, which is very exciting for this brand deprived individual (I grew up in New Zealand, okay...) So what should I buy? What's your favourite Target item? I like snacks, desk accessories, tech accessories, beauty, and I have a dog. Probably $100 is my max budget.
A Romanian friend bought herself the trip as a present to herself for completing breast cancer treatment this year. Any recommendations for medical insurance while abroad? [more inside]
I now identify as gay, and want to learn more about what it means to be gay in a broader, cultural sense. [more inside]
My vacation plans just disappeared, and I need to put together new ones! This is for one woman over Labor Day weekend on a budget, within the US. Details and goals within. [more inside]
We are planning to do a 4-week road trip in Western USA, with some stops in the national parks for hiking/camping. More details below the fold. [more inside]
I would like to make a large cake that is shaped like the United States, with each state being its own individual slice, like this, but with cake instead of jello. Is there an easier way to do this besides getting a USA-shaped cake pan and carving out each state individually? [more inside]
I've lived in NYC Metro my entire life. There's less work and more competition than ever. Time to relocate? [more inside]
I vaguely remember reading sometime in the last year or two an anecdote about President Obama's attitudes about military intervention. This was probably in a long form piece from the New Yorker, Atlantic, etc. Obama and advisors were considering intervention in the Middle East (Syria? Libya? Iraq?), and Obama asked his staff for an example of a successful military intervention in that region, and was met by silence. Anyone remember specifically what I'm talking about? I've been googling without success, which makes me think I have one or two of the details wrong.
I want to send some small, low-value items to some people all over the U.S. and world. Many of them would prefer to not just give me their address. So I need a middleman: someone that will take their addresses and ship the items for me without me ever knowing their addresses. I'm not trying to start a store to make money off of this. I just want to do something simple and nice on a limited basis. [more inside]
I am Canadian in academia and am considering moving to the US in the next year. My partner is a pediatrician (MD, LMCC) who is board-certified in Canada in pediatrics, ie she has her FRCPC designation. If we move to the US, she would like to work, which could be additional fellowship training or working in private practice as a pediatrician. Questions about the legal/certification requirements inside... [more inside]
My health insurance through my last job ended on May 31st. From what I understand, Obamacare requires me to get new health insurance within 60 days from that date. My health insurance through my next job will begin sometime after August 16th, which is more than 60 days from May 31st (but not by much!). What do I do? [more inside]
Is there a branded LGBT program (other than a podcast) anywhere within the public radio universe (NPR, PRI, APM, PRX)? [more inside]
If I have an American laptop with a 60W power adapter, and I'm in Europe, and the only thing I have with me is a U.S.-U.K. plug adapter -- is it O.K. to plug that into a U.K.-E.U. one? [more inside]
I'm interested in a small Arduino shield (a circuit board) that's made by a hobbyist electronics company in Germany. The store doesn't ship to the US. Is there a way to have it shipped to a European address and then resent to a US address? [more inside]
I'm lucky enough to have a job that I can work 100% remotely. I'm currently living in the Los Angeles area and looking for a change. Where in the US should I move? Details inside. [more inside]
I enjoy hiking and just found out that I have a long weekend this week! Any recommendations for day hikes near north Phoenix? [more inside]
I'm an older millennial who is finally getting more politically and socially engaged thanks to this election cycle, and I want to learn more about the resources (digital or otherwise) other MeFites use to be informed and stay engaged politically and socially in this country, from local to national. Nothing is too mundane or esoteric or partisan; I simply want to learn. [more inside]
As a conference organizer, what are ways to prepare for the possibility that the state where the event will be held may pass a "bathroom bill"? [more inside]
Can I apply for an American green card if my spouse (American) and I (Canadian) are both residents of Canada? Or does my spouse need to move back to the USA before we can apply for me to get a green card? [more inside]
WY do so few people live in the state north of Colorado? It is the least populous state in the nation and almost all its neighbors have twice the population. What accounts for such a large difference?
My partner immigrated to the USA from Canada roughly one year ago, about two years after we got married and initiated the immigration process. She had an approved IR-1 visa at the time she entered the USA permanently, about one year ago. We recently got a text/email notification from USCIS telling us that our case had switched statuses from "approved" to "in review," and calling USCIS revealed nothing. How worried should we be? [more inside]
Few people doubt that Donald Trump will win a clear plurality of votes and pledged delegates. But many people are suggesting the possibility that, assuming Trump doesn't have a majority of pledged delegates on the first ballot, he could lose on a second ballot, due to his pledged delegates switching their vote to another candidate. But wouldn't they be scared to do so? [more inside]
This seems like an obvious question but the internet is being surprisingly non-informative and what information I can find seems to be several years old. I will be travelling for about 1 month. I have a totally unlocked iPhone 6s purchased in the UK. Can I walk into a store in the US when I arrive, buy a pre-paid nano sim with a data allowance, and stick it in my phone and use it? [more inside]
I possess no affinity for Trump and therefore feel a complete lack of understanding to why his message has gained such traction with voters. I have read that he is feeding off a general discontent of the US population. His ascendancy seems to go beyond the normal conservatives-pushing-back after 2 terms of liberal presidency, so what's fueling this? What I'm asking for is reasoned, well thought-out articles examining current or building social, political, economic trends that led us to Trump
We're moving cross-country in about a month (3/21-3/28), from Portland, OR to Myrtle Beach, SC. I've scoured the Internet and I think I have a good plan, taking a southerly route to avoid possible snow up north but if someone who has actually driven across the country (mostly on 40) could give feedback that would really help. [more inside]
I am one of the thousands of Americans who live overseas and because of ludicrously low incomes have never gotten it together to file taxes in the USA. Zero of my USA friends here are filing taxes in America. I suddenly co-own a business but their accountant does not do expat taxes. How to go about this smoothly would be a delight. I am currently being quoted £500 for each tax year preparation.
I'm dealing with the tax ramifications of a bonus clawback, and it's ugly. I'd like get a feeling for just how ugly it's gonna get. Would any MeFites please share their US compensation clawback experience? I understand none of you are my accountant and that none of you are offering specific tax planning advice.
We rented our house for 5 weeks in July and early August, so we're outta here (here being White Mountains, New Hampshire). We've got two dogs and a hankering for adventure. Where in the U.S. or Canada should we live for a month or so this summer? [more inside]
My wife and I need to get from Kansas City Airport to Joplin, to visit elderly relatives, but we've just found we probably can't hire a car. [more inside]
I have a question about how much to borrow for federal direct loans/financial aid. Not sure whether or not I have enough for living expenses and college. [more inside]
So I have recently moved to the US and know nothing of the banking system here, so am finding it hard to navigate the system quickly. I just want to get a bank account that works. Help? [more inside]
The other day I drove past a Squirrel Level Road in Virginia. Where did the name come from? [more inside]
What USA cities are not being gentrified? Or is this a nationwide/worldwide thing and thus a nonsensical question? If it is nonsensical, when can we say this idea was rendered such?
I live in the US and I want to buy a pair of Museumkaarts (multi-museum passes) as gifts for a newly married couple who are about to move to the Netherlands. The website is set up to support purchase only with a Dutch address, which I do have for the couple, but also a Dutch bank account, which I don't have. Their customer service couldn't offer any alternatives. Is there a way to make this happen? [more inside]
My wife has her green card. In the future she may consider becoming a US citizen. If anyone happens to know off hand if the immigration laws have changed to allow this? So far everything I have found online is cryptic. I'm not in a rush for an answer and may eventually see an immigration lawyer about it. Curious if anyone ran into this before.