1. worldspy99's Avatar
    So I am going to Chicago and Minneapolis next week to freeze my posterior again. On the other hand it's raining here again.
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    01-19-2017 09:15 AM
  2. worldspy99's Avatar
    Also in the first week of next month I get to
    1. Celebrate a birthday of a friend together after 22 years. Moving 10k miles away from home will do that sometimes.
    2. Visit some friends who I haven't seen for ages.
    3. Surprise my dad for a big birthday. Haven't been with him on his birthday for 22 years as well.
    4. Go see a new country, albeit for a short duration of 20 hours and visit another friend who I haven't seen since 1995.

    It's going to be a big nostalgia trip with a ton of flying in 10 days.
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    01-19-2017 09:20 AM
  3. libra89's Avatar
    Also in the first week of next month I get to
    1. Celebrate a birthday of a friend together after 22 years. Moving 10k miles away from home will do that sometimes.
    2. Visit some friends who I haven't seen for ages.
    3. Surprise my dad for a big birthday. Haven't been with him on his birthday for 22 years as well.
    4. Go see a new country, albeit for a short duration of 20 hours and visit another friend who I haven't seen since 1995.

    It's going to be a big nostalgia trip with a ton of flying in 10 days.
    Wow you have busy weeks coming up! Sounds fun, aside from the cold. Kind of want to visit Chicago someday too.

    Whoa 10k miles is far! If I can ask (you don't have to answer), why so far away? Work, choice, something new?

    I have been wondering if I should really be where I currently am or if I am just here because of family. I'm not opposed to this area but I don't think I could go out as far as you have.
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    01-19-2017 09:43 AM
  4. N_LaRUE's Avatar
    Wow you have busy weeks coming up! Sounds fun, aside from the cold. Kind of want to visit Chicago someday too.

    Whoa 10k miles is far! If I can ask (you don't have to answer), why so far away? Work, choice, something new?

    I have been wondering if I should really be where I currently am or if I am just here because of family. I'm not opposed to this area but I don't think I could go out as far as you have.
    I'll let 99 answer this as I'm sure he will.

    To give perspective, when I lived in Brisbane I was over 15,000 km (about 10k miles) from family in Toronto. I'm currently 5600 km. So less than half the distance.

    Moving away from family comes down to your connection with family. My family has never been really close to one another and sometimes opportunities come along that mean you have a choice to make. I've made my choices and that's why I'm here.

    The good thing is that these days, getting back is a lot faster but still not overly cheap. That's why visits are few and far between.
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    01-19-2017 10:24 AM
  5. Rose640's Avatar
    New site looks somewhat nice, but I'm not a fan of changes, so, I'll stick to the old one :D.
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    01-19-2017 10:40 AM
  6. Rose640's Avatar
    OK, now just to figure out how to revert this thing.
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    01-19-2017 10:43 AM
  7. N_LaRUE's Avatar
    OK, now just to figure out how to revert this thing.
    Mine reverted by itself.
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    01-19-2017 10:49 AM
  8. Rose640's Avatar
    Mine reverted by itself.
    I tried refreshing, opening that link again, clearing cookies, checking settings, but nothing. I'm clueless.
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    01-19-2017 10:51 AM
  9. N_LaRUE's Avatar
    I tried refreshing, opening that link again, clearing cookies, checking settings, but nothing. I'm clueless.
    I'm not sure how it happened.

    Did you try shutting down the browser?
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    01-19-2017 10:58 AM
  10. libra89's Avatar
    I'll let 99 answer this as I'm sure he will.

    To give perspective, when I lived in Brisbane I was over 15,000 km (about 10k miles) from family in Toronto. I'm currently 5600 km. So less than half the distance.

    Moving away from family comes down to your connection with family. My family has never been really close to one another and sometimes opportunities come along that mean you have a choice to make. I've made my choices and that's why I'm here.

    The good thing is that these days, getting back is a lot faster but still not overly cheap. That's why visits are few and far between.
    Thanks for answering! I was also thinking of you when I typed that question as well, since I remember that you are from Canada and you're an ocean away or so. That makes sense to me. Sounds like the choice was worth it for you.

    Is it crazy that I'm interested in the idea of living somewhere that would fit me? Would you say that you have lived in a place that you have felt that way? Where I am now is very family oriented which isn't terrible by any means, but not really fitting for a 27 year old that has no desires for a family unit.
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    01-19-2017 10:59 AM
  11. N_LaRUE's Avatar
    Is it crazy that I'm interested in the idea of living somewhere that would fit me? Would you say that you have lived in a place that you have felt that way? Where I am now is very family oriented which isn't terrible by any means, but not really fitting for a 27 year old that has no desires for a family unit.
    Yeah I can relate. My wife and I have no kids so living in the 'burbs' isn't appealing.

    I prefer a more city style living with stuff to do. I grew up in a fairly large city so it kind of appeals. I know cities are not for everyone.

    However, there is an appeal to areas that have a mixture of city/town and rural and close to the sea. My wife and I both like seaside. Though we live near the sea now it's not exactly where we want to be. So our next step is to get to where we want to be. :)

    The best thing to do is to sort out what works for you, what you like and where you want to be. It doesn't need to be permanent but having the experience can be fulfilling. Also keep in mind work prospects and all that. If you recall I pointed out those holiday visas as one option. There's many others available. Then there's simply moving to the nearest city or another state entirely in the US.

    Lots of options. :)
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    01-19-2017 11:32 AM
  12. worldspy99's Avatar
    Wow you have busy weeks coming up! Sounds fun, aside from the cold. Kind of want to visit Chicago someday too.

    Whoa 10k miles is far! If I can ask (you don't have to answer), why so far away? Work, choice, something new?

    I have been wondering if I should really be where I currently am or if I am just here because of family. I'm not opposed to this area but I don't think I could go out as far as you have.
    My Chicago trips aren't as glamorous as from the glory days of past. I usually land at O'Hare airport and stay at a hotel close by because a supplier is right across from Runway 7 at the airport. Minneapolis is actually a day trip, land Wednesday night, work all day Thursday and spend Friday trying to get back to LA.

    A professor of mine who I looked up to and admired a lot during my undergraduate degree recommended that I move to the USA. I kind of ignored his advice and started working in India after my Bachelor's degree but about 6-7 months into my first job I understood why he was telling me to move to the USA. So I heeded his advice and came over to USA to get my Master's degree. Most of my family in India is scattered - aunts and uncles and cousins all lived in various cities, some even overseas so I got to see them quite infrequently growing up. I have made peace with the choice of being here whilst my parents and only sibling live in India. I do go back often to see them so that is fine with me (perhaps not with them so much).

    I have been quite fortunate in terms of the decision to move away so far, have made lots of new friends, seen a lot of new places, learned a new language. There are always pluses and minuses to each situation. I am an eternal glass half full type mentality person so things have been quite good for me.

    Hope this helps you someways in deciding what holds for you in your future journey.
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    01-19-2017 11:46 AM
  13. worldspy99's Avatar
    Oh and the trip this time was cheap, found a $543 airfare to India from Los Angeles, round trip. That is less than what I paid to go to Chicago next week :-)
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    01-19-2017 11:48 AM
  14. libra89's Avatar
    Yeah I can relate. My wife and I have no kids so living in the 'burbs' isn't appealing.

    I prefer a more city style living with stuff to do. I grew up in a fairly large city so it kind of appeals. I know cities are not for everyone.

    However, there is an appeal to areas that have a mixture of city/town and rural and close to the sea. My wife and I both like seaside. Though we live near the sea now it's not exactly where we want to be. So our next step is to get to where we want to be. :)

    The best thing to do is to sort out what works for you, what you like and where you want to be. It doesn't need to be permanent but having the experience can be fulfilling. Also keep in mind work prospects and all that. If you recall I pointed out those holiday visas as one option. There's many others available. Then there's simply moving to the nearest city or another state entirely in the US.

    Lots of options. :)
    I agree with you on the appeal with those kind of areas. I hope that you two find that place, it sounds like it would be great! A mixture of city/town is up my alley.

    I think I'll do that, thanks once again. I remember the options you shared with me about the holiday visas. Since I'm thinking of going to grad school (knock on wood that I get in) later in the year, the nearest city might be more likely for now.
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    01-19-2017 12:02 PM
  15. libra89's Avatar
    Oh and the trip this time was cheap, found a $543 airfare to India from Los Angeles, round trip. That is less than what I paid to go to Chicago next week :-)
    Wow that deal is epic! Nice find!
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    01-19-2017 12:09 PM
  16. libra89's Avatar
    My Chicago trips aren't as glamorous as from the glory days of past. I usually land at O'Hare airport and stay at a hotel close by because a supplier is right across from Runway 7 at the airport. Minneapolis is actually a day trip, land Wednesday night, work all day Thursday and spend Friday trying to get back to LA.

    A professor of mine who I looked up to and admired a lot during my undergraduate degree recommended that I move to the USA. I kind of ignored his advice and started working in India after my Bachelor's degree but about 6-7 months into my first job I understood why he was telling me to move to the USA. So I heeded his advice and came over to USA to get my Master's degree. Most of my family in India is scattered - aunts and uncles and cousins all lived in various cities, some even overseas so I got to see them quite infrequently growing up. I have made peace with the choice of being here whilst my parents and only sibling live in India. I do go back often to see them so that is fine with me (perhaps not with them so much).

    I have been quite fortunate in terms of the decision to move away so far, have made lots of new friends, seen a lot of new places, learned a new language. There are always pluses and minuses to each situation. I am an eternal glass half full type mentality person so things have been quite good for me.

    Hope this helps you someways in deciding what holds for you in your future journey.
    Ah okay, I see. Noted.

    Wow, what a story. That is amazing. It does help a bit, thanks for sharing and answering. You seem like a glass half type of person (I see that as a good thing).

    It's interesting that you note that about your family being scattered, I can kind of relate to that. I have met my extended family (most of them anyway) once and that was fine. That's a weird thing to say probably, but I don't really think about them much. My immediate family is all here in the same county and state at that so I see them often. I'm boring and I think I'll just live in the same county as them, but not this town/city. I'm hoping for grad school to be in the cards for me this year so I'm not going to do anything reckless.

    You and Rue have given me a bit to think about, and that is much appreciated.
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    01-19-2017 12:21 PM
  17. Rose640's Avatar
    I'm not sure how it happened.

    Did you try shutting down the browser?
    That one worked. It's back to normal, thank goodness.
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    01-19-2017 03:57 PM
  18. Sport Driver's Avatar
    Today on the schedule is maths exam, I'm so stressed.
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    01-20-2017 12:24 AM
  19. worldspy99's Avatar
    Today on the schedule is maths exam, I'm so stressed.
    Good luck!

    Sent from mTalk
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    01-20-2017 12:25 AM
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    Good luck!

    Sent from mTalk
    Thank you, I studied quite a lot so let's hope it will be my day today :)
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    01-20-2017 12:28 AM
  21. N_LaRUE's Avatar
    Today on the schedule is maths exam, I'm so stressed.
    I feel like such a nerd when I say maths was one of my favourite subjects.

    Good luck!
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    01-20-2017 04:53 AM
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    I feel like such a nerd when I say maths was one of my favourite subjects.

    Good luck!
    It's easy so far, but I'm still stressed
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    01-20-2017 04:56 AM
  23. Rose640's Avatar
    Today on the schedule is maths exam, I'm so stressed.
    Good luck with it.
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    01-20-2017 06:01 AM
  24. Rose640's Avatar
    What an awkward weather. It's been snowing constantly in the past week, and now the sun's shining like in July.
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    01-20-2017 06:03 AM
  25. Rose640's Avatar
    I'm hearing the regret talks from my parents once again. They didn't want to leave Bosnia when they could, and they're all like, we should have gone, opportunities wasted, bla bla.
    We could have gone to St. Louis when I was 4 months old.
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    01-20-2017 06:05 AM
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