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« on: July 30, 2010, 03:32:42 PM »

Ok life sucks in the UK im through with trying to work lame jobs making no money. So i want to do what makes me happy ive saved up enough to come over to the Usa and start fresh im 20 and been skating for 12 years im just wondering can anyone give me any advice as its a big step moving country so where should i start and where would i be welcomed?
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« Reply #1 on: July 30, 2010, 03:35:44 PM »

Was thinking San fran? Or Canada working on ski slopes or some shit.
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« Reply #2 on: July 31, 2010, 02:04:49 PM »

san francisco is epic, but pretty expensive.

portland.
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« Reply #3 on: July 31, 2010, 03:17:48 PM »

Good luck finding a job.
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« Reply #4 on: August 01, 2010, 08:56:37 PM »

youd be pretty much welcomed anywhere as everyone in the US seems to be from another country now... however good luck finding a job anywhere. if you were sick of working shitty jobs for no money in the UK, wait til you get here to work equally as shitty jobs for equally no pay. good luck though!
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« Reply #5 on: August 02, 2010, 02:22:14 PM »

The northwest is awesome, but as has been said already, the job market is not so good.  My brother and a couple of friends back home have had a hard time finding and keeping jobs the last year or so.  Vancouver and Whistler/Blackcomb do live up to the hype, but my friend and I got work visas/spent a winter up there and while attempting to get a job, I was basically told that Canadian policy is to hire a Canadian first, foreigners second, so again this may not be the best route to a job that doesn't suck.  Mine sure did.  Maybe, being English you'll have better luck than we did as Americans during the Bush administration's heyday.  When I moved to NYC, I had some reservations, but its pretty awesome.  If you come here, be prepared to have to work a lot to make your ends meet.  From what I've seen of the Northeast in general, there is work available, plenty of sick skating everywhere and lots of foreign transplants, so it probably wouldn't be a bad bet for you.  To me, the winters seem pretty manageable too, in terms of skating at least.  Best of luck.
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« Reply #6 on: August 02, 2010, 06:59:38 PM »

canada is great.  as mentioned, whistler/blackcomb is pretty premier. there are also some smaller hills in the greater vancouver area that are close enough to let you skate and snowboard/ski in the same day. the skating in van is also really good. it can be expensive to live though.  i can only really speak for the west coast. i live in calgary which is about 12 hours from vancouver. it's not bad. close to the rocky mountains so you could still do the ski bum thing. every hill i ski at has foreign lifties. tons of aussies.   being a brit might make it easier to get here, than the US.  my folks came to canada from britain about 40 years ago. oh and our health care system destroys the US policy on it. that's always nice to know.

there's a couple other users here that i'm sure will chime in with some east coast canadian advice.
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« Reply #7 on: August 02, 2010, 09:00:50 PM »

That must be pretty big step,moving a whole country over.

Anyway,I guess the Pacific Northwest has a more mild climate. But still grey skies most of the time. I wouldn't want to go to Southern California if I were you, and yep,The Bay area is pretty expensive.  I've never been to Canada,that place sounds nice though.

And if you're British, expect a lot of Americans to make loads of jokes about Tea and Crumpets.
And say goodbye to the NHS if you decide to come to the US.
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« Reply #8 on: August 02, 2010, 10:36:06 PM »

I understand Arizona welcomes people with open arms.
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« Reply #9 on: August 04, 2010, 06:42:38 PM »

I understand Arizona welcomes people with open arms.

As long as you aren't brown and vote Republican no probs.

@ the Limey- Coming from the UK, having the NHS and all, you might find it easier in Canada because you will be entitled to healthcare there also. In BC you'll be close to Oregon.
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« Reply #10 on: August 05, 2010, 04:39:06 AM »

That must be pretty big step,moving a whole country over.

Anyway,I guess the Pacific Northwest has a more mild climate. But still grey skies most of the time. I wouldn't want to go to Southern California if I were you, and yep,The Bay area is pretty expensive.
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« Reply #11 on: August 05, 2010, 06:11:19 AM »

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« Reply #12 on: August 10, 2010, 01:00:03 PM »

yep. everything's obama's fault. he's the one who built up a record deficit, allowed 9-11 to happen, sold out the constitution and gave even more rights and power to corporations.

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« Reply #13 on: August 11, 2010, 05:14:07 AM »

yep. everything's obama's fault. he's the one who built up a record deficit, allowed 9-11 to happen, sold out the constitution and gave even more rights and power to corporations.


The Daily Show had a good segment on recently where they were sampling Fox news (who else?) clips that called out Obama for blaming everything on Bush, saying it was just a cop out. However, the Daily Show found all these (Fox) clips from 2000-2008 of the Bush administration blaming Clinton for everything. So really, it's all Clinton's Carter's fault.
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« Reply #14 on: August 11, 2010, 09:41:36 AM »

yep. everything's obama's fault. he's the one who built up a record deficit, allowed 9-11 to happen, sold out the constitution and gave even more rights and power to corporations.


The Daily Show had a good segment on recently where they were sampling Fox news (who else?) clips that called out Obama for blaming everything on Bush, saying it was just a cop out. However, the Daily Show found all these (Fox) clips from 2000-2008 of the Bush administration blaming Clinton for everything. So really, it's all Clinton's Carter's fault.

I just watched Michael Moore's 'Capitalism: A Love Story', and he pretty much says the same thing.  Debbie Downer, Jimmy Carter, called out American society for being greedy, wasteful, and not caring about the consequences.  The truth hurts, so we elected Regan to feed us bullshit while handing the keys to the country to the rich and the corporations.  Moore's movies are always a little slanted, but expose stuff you might not have known about otherwise.  I'd recommend taking a Prozac before watching this one.
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