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bill 2017-05-26 16:31:26
Politics, Grant, plain and simple.
 
grant228 2017-05-26 08:07:40
Deb, I think you'll need to have this apology on constant replay for the next three and a half years. I never thought you'd have a president who would make George W look intelligent and measured. Can someone educate me and explain why universal health care (so successful here and in many other nations) is so hard to implement in the US?
 
phonerec 2017-05-25 23:47:10
Once again, I have to apologize to the rest of the world for the presidents actions. School yard bullying at the NATO conference. *SIGH*,,,,,,,,,
 
dave 2017-05-23 13:30:27
Grant, I haven't yet.
 
grant228 2017-05-19 07:49:28
Dave, have you managed to watch Trial and Error yet? It is inspired. Absolutely brilliant stuff that ranks (for me) with Yes, Prime Minister and Father Ted. At the risk of causing an international incident, I can't believe Americans are so witty. I have decided to record it as this method enables me to catch the dialogue that I miss because I'm laughing so hard!
 
dave 2017-05-18 21:05:43
Grant, my folks love "Keeping up Appearances". Deb, Glad everyone there is ok.
 
grant228 2017-05-18 20:16:21
Dave, I gathered Bill was being a little flexible with the truth! Deb, we don't get tornadoes down here the type you get. Ours are small flurries that last about a minute or two and go by the name of willy-willies. I read that the rotation of the planet coupled with climate peculiaraties are the reason you get them but I did hear once an idiot on radio inform the world the reason you have them so badly is because cars in the US drive on the right hence create the basis for tornadoes when the cars pass each other at high speed!
 
phonerec 2017-05-17 22:56:32
Tornado season is upon us!! We got a small one yesterday. Some damage, but no one was hurt, thankfully. This may seem like a stupid question, but do you get tornado's in Australia Grant?
 
phonerec 2017-05-17 22:54:25
British comedies are treasures!! I adore Keeping Up Appearances. It's dated, but hilarious!!
 
dave 2017-05-17 14:45:37
Grant, I think he's pulling your leg!
 
grant228 2017-05-12 03:34:41
Bill, you're testing my credulity! I'd need to see that written on some official document!
 
bill 2017-05-11 13:27:35
Grant, yes it is! Our Michigan women are called Michigoosers. Do you believe that?
 
dave 2017-05-08 14:24:16
Grant, I'll check it out.
 
grant228 2017-05-04 07:44:13
Dave, it stars John Lithgow and a marvellous cast who provoke genuine belly laughs. It is marvellous. Watch it if you can. I hope you won't be disappointed.
 
dave 2017-05-03 06:57:19
Grant, I have not seen that, but I will say that I like the English Comedies also
 
grant228 2017-05-02 01:24:15
Bill, I always learn something from this wonderful site. Michigander is up there with Glaswegian and Novocastrian. It sounds like a goose with a skin condition!
 
bill 2017-05-01 14:30:14
Hey Grant, believe it or not, a resident of Michigan is referred to a Michigander. Dunno how but it is true!
 
grant228 2017-05-01 04:24:59
Dave, I usually lean towards British comedies but have just seen the funniest show in ages and it comes from your blessed land. It's called Trial and Error. Have you seen it? Magical, arcane stuff!
 
grant228 2017-04-29 06:37:26
Dave, I'm sure you and your fellow Michiganites (?) would pass the English test. It's those from states like Kentucky and Mississippi who may have trouble!
 
dave 2017-04-28 13:42:20
I wouldn't be able to get in :)
 
grant228 2017-04-27 18:47:15
Dave, we have very strict rules on refugees fleeing oppresive regimes, especially of the type you and your countrymen are currently enduring. Last week tougher citizenship regulations were introduced which included ability to speak English well and understanding of typical Australian concepts such as "mateship" and "fair go". How do you think you'd fare?
 
dave 2017-04-26 15:44:29
I don't think most employers match that much here Grant. I'm moving to Australia!
 
grant228 2017-04-20 08:15:03
Dave, that sounds similar to our national system where 9% of a person's wage is kept in a superannuation fund coupled with 9% from their employer. It is compulsory saving but aimed to ease the financial pressure on social security. Overall it has worked well.
 
dave 2017-04-19 14:01:16
401K is the big thing here now Grant, which means that you save as you work and your company will typically match some amount.
 
bill 2017-04-18 18:31:26
Compulsory superannuation? Not that I know of, Grant. Sort of like an investment program but government sponsored, eh?
 
grant228 2017-04-15 11:43:17
Cubs, thank you! I've given myself a month of doing nothing to ease into the adjustment period. My pension scheme must be similar to yours in that those following me will have a good lifestyle though not as generous. I feel the greatest challenge will be finding a meaningful niche in life. One can't devote oneself to a life of undending pleasure.
 
lmcubs 2017-04-15 00:46:39
Grant - welcome to the wonderful world of retirement! Once you give yourselves a bit of time to adjust, you will have loads of fun! Luckily for me, my state HAD a very good pension system. (Sadly, it now sucks for current teachers!)
 
grant228 2017-04-13 10:08:16
Bill, our pension is similar, relying on it in one's senior years would be doing things tough. I hope never to qualify for it. Do you have compulsory superannuation as we do? It's a nation-wide system designed to give people a nest egg for when they retire thus reducing the drain on social security.
 
bill 2017-04-12 16:43:45
Deb, you and me both!

Grant, we do have social security here but it's far from enough to retire on - unless you want to live out your days in the poor house. Everyone is pretty much expected to save for their own retirement.
 
grant228 2017-04-12 07:56:32
Bill, thanks for your good wishes. I hope to find meaning in my life after doing nothing for about a month or so. Regarding the possibility of you dropping in harness, doesn't the US have a pension system? Our's kicks in when people reach 67 but is means tested.
 



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