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Old 29.06.2011, 08:47
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What has this guy done or said to deserve all the collective scorn of the forum?
I think it's the na-ive impression he gives, it's like he thinks we live here like in 'The sound of music' movie

That plus the 'I am an american so I can live wherever in the world I want' - attitude. Permit ? I'll just buy one

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I think it's the na-ive impression he gives, it's like he thinks we live here like in 'The sound of music' movie

That plus the 'I am an american so I can live wherever in the world I want' - attitude
You forgot to add that he thinks that everyone here can own guns, own houses, and that there are no corporations sucking the life out of the country. He thinks there is no crime and that Switzerland is the friendliest place on the planet. This is akin to a black fella wanting to move to Idaho.
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Old 29.06.2011, 09:08
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Ok Dude , Welcome to the land that will push all your envelopes when it comes to paperwork..have pen,paper and patience available at all times!!!You have
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He is an American, he's prepared, because nothing compares to the paperwork of the IRS!

At least if he moves here he can escape that pile of paper.


what, still has to file with the IRS? oh, never mind....
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Re: Greetings from Texas

Welcome to the forum!

It's good that you get your information from a wide variety of sources, so you can make an informed decision. Giving yourself and your family about a year to plan and learn German is fantastic! You will hit the ground running! Having loads of money and a lawyer should reduce your risk on entry as well. Just ask Tina Turner

Sent you a pm...looking forward to some causal conversation (in German or English)!

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....to Switzerland within about a year. I have a wife and a very young daughter that will be accompanying me.

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My wife and I are currently at a basic level with German, French, and Italian. We plan to be conversational in all three before we consider relocating. ....

We're very glad to have the opportunity to meet native Swiss and Swiss residents through this forum, and welcome private messages from anyone. We're interested in anything from casual conversation about any topic, to practicing German/French/Italian with you.

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Some people here portray the Swiss as some nosey garden gnomes that stay in their appartment all the time, preying on innocent foreigners, hoping to catch them doing something wrong...
Actually that is how it is where we are living at, they even admit to us that people all around are watching us. It might not be this way in every community though of course, but that is the way it is here.. and I'd say that it is very possible for other people to end up in this kind of town.

Yes, there are things I absolutely love about Switzerland which is why I am still here, and I plan to stay here. That doesn't lower the cost of things though.
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Actually that is how it is where we are living at, they even admit to us that people all around are watching us. It might not be this way in every community though of course, but that is the way it is here.. and I'd say that it is very possible for other people to end up in this kind of town.
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Out of all the places Ive ever lived in CH there has been one place where the neighbors were not creepy, weird, rude, or resentful of their neighbors. Everyone here in Switzerland wishes he/she lived in a big house, with a big yard that they didnt have to share with anyone. They imagine that they own the block. We had to move from our place with the nice neighbors because our family kept growing. That is one of the reasons we choose to only spend a couple months a year in CH.
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Out of all the places Ive ever lived in CH there has been one place where the neighbors were not creepy, weird, rude, or resentful of their neighbors. Everyone here in Switzerland wishes he/she lived in a big house, with a big yard that they didnt have to share with anyone. They imagine that they own the block. We had to move from our place with the nice neighbors because our family kept growing. That is one of the reasons we choose to only spend a couple months a year in CH.
..and you don't think it has something to do with the yellow helmet you refuse to take off?
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Hello All,

I'm a self-employed Texan looking to immigrate permanently to Switzerland within about a year. I have a wife and a very young daughter that will be accompanying me.

I'm a web developer/programmer/designer. She works as a medical transcriptionist. As a business owner, I conduct roughly $120k USD of business per year, of which I take a $50k USD salary from.

My wife and I are currently at a basic level with German, French, and Italian. We plan to be conversational in all three before we consider relocating. We both identify very strongly with the cultural & political underpinnings of Switzerland, and have zero affinity for America in any capacity.

We're very glad to have the opportunity to meet native Swiss and Swiss residents through this forum, and welcome private messages from anyone. We're interested in anything from casual conversation about any topic, to practicing German/French/Italian with you.

Thanks!
Texas huh, so you riding a slab?


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Texas huh, so you riding a slab?


Welcome to the forum..
There are two great forces at work in Texas: The IRS and Walker Texas Ranger. If youre not one of those two, youre a patsy!

Maybe the OP is a huge Chuck Norris fan and is just mad that he cant have him for himself? Thats a normal problem in TX.
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Texas huh, so you riding a slab?


Welcome to the forum..
If he was from H-Town he'd be riding slab, dripping candy paint, and sipping serve. I'm guessing Dallas suburbs.

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If he was from H-Town he'd be riding slab, dripping candy paint, and sipping serve. I'm guessing Dallas suburbs.
Yeah, he's far from Cloverland.....but probably still sippin' on da lean, lean (chopped and skewed)

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I wish the OP good luck.
Frankly the Swiss rules and regulations are not so different than when you live in a gated community or a town house in the US. I agree with the OP that the incarceration and prosecution rates are absolutely out of control in the US. It is disturbing to me as well and very few people raise an eyebrow. The emphasis is purely on punition. The judicial system is more lenient in Switzerland.
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Hey guys, just checking in with one of those super fantastically crazy stories that must not happen very often in the United States as a few other posters have slyly asserted:

http://www.courthousenews.com/2011/06/29/37770.htm

I've been too busy to read news lately, and what do you know? First opportunity I have to look through some old posts and this gem is right there waiting for me. But of course, this is no suprise to me, I read stories like this EVERY week. Just because your ill informed family don't, doesn't mean it doesn't happen just as I say it does.


Also, thanks for those posters that have been supportive and informative, both in the forum and in PM's. It's nice to hear from pleasant people instead of the nay-sayers. If anything, the "negatives" espoused here by them have actually strengthened my resolve to move there as soon as I can.

I live in an upclass golf villa on a nice course in a decent area of my city. My house is large and well furnished, my courtyard is nicely landscaped and tidy, and the views onto the course are beautiful. I even like my neighbors, despite a few trifles.

For one, on the left side my neighbors have a faulty interior sewer vent that allows sewer gas to escape constantly, which provides my couryard with a light odor of shit at the faintest breeze. It's not a powerful odor, but noticeable. Unfortunately the HOA head doesn't seem to be able to smell it, and so it goes wistfully untreated, making my courtyard just slightly more than unusable, since it's still nice to look at from inside. How long would this go on in one of the "nosy" neighborhoods that have been mentioned here?

Now the neighbors on my right, well their "lawn" was until very recently, just a large patch of sand which they would water hoping for grass to magically grow. They simply lacked the intelligence to realize that grass does not just magically grow out of any type of soil if you apply water to it. Importantly, their property line comes right up to my driveway, next to my vehicles. I drive a pair of very nice Cadillacs, which they had no problem spraying with wet sand as they watered their "lawn" from their entry-way with a high pressure hose attachment. Sound like trashy behavior? The wife is well paid Pharmacist, and the Husband is a Judge...

They also have a derelict pool that they keep partially filled with years old rainwater. A perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes in the warm Texas heat. The HOA even attempted to get the pool declared a health hazard and cleaned up or filled in. However, the husband being a Judge, their lawsuit went nowhere extremely quickly, and so the mosquito nursery goes on quite happily. How long would this go on in one of the "nosy" neighborhoods that have been mentioned here?

I hope this post gives some of you some nice things to reflect on for awhile.

And again, I thank all of you who have been positive, informative, thoughtful, and polite. I still have a couple of PM's from some of you that I haven't had a chance to answer yet! It has really been quite busy here and I look forward to being able to reply properly to you.

Thanks,

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And in case anyone is too lazy to actually read the link, here is an excerpt:

"DAYTON, Ohio (CN) - Dayton police "mistook" a mentally handicapped teenager's speech impediment for "disrespect," so they Tasered, pepper-sprayed and beat him and called for backup from "upward of 20 police officers" after the boy rode his bicycle home to ask his mother for help, the boy's mom says."

Yep. We're all just nice and sane here in the USA. Yep, this is just a TOTALLY rare occurrence that HARDLY happens here. And hey, we've got a large population right? Isn't that a valid point? Isn't it?

Typical American thinking: Now from Switzerland!
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You? The fact that you bothered to post at all.

The rest of the people who ASKED for it?

Well, maybe you should ask them?
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Hey guys, just checking in with one of those super fantastically crazy stories that must not happen very often in the United States as a few other posters have slyly asserted:

http://www.courthousenews.com/2011/06/29/37770.htm

I've been too busy to read news lately, and what do you know? First opportunity I have to look through some old posts and this gem is right there waiting for me. But of course, this is no suprise to me, I read stories like this EVERY week. Just because your ill informed family don't, doesn't mean it doesn't happen just as I say it does.


Also, thanks for those posters that have been supportive and informative, both in the forum and in PM's. It's nice to hear from pleasant people instead of the nay-sayers. If anything, the "negatives" espoused here by them have actually strengthened my resolve to move there as soon as I can.

I live in an upclass golf villa on a nice course in a decent area of my city. My house is large and well furnished, my courtyard is nicely landscaped and tidy, and the views onto the course are beautiful. I even like my neighbors, despite a few trifles.

For one, on the left side my neighbors have a faulty interior sewer vent that allows sewer gas to escape constantly, which provides my couryard with a light odor of shit at the faintest breeze. It's not a powerful odor, but noticeable. Unfortunately the HOA head doesn't seem to be able to smell it, and so it goes wistfully untreated, making my courtyard just slightly more than unusable, since it's still nice to look at from inside. How long would this go on in one of the "nosy" neighborhoods that have been mentioned here?

Now the neighbors on my right, well their "lawn" was until very recently, just a large patch of sand which they would water hoping for grass to magically grow. They simply lacked the intelligence to realize that grass does not just magically grow out of any type of soil if you apply water to it. Importantly, their property line comes right up to my driveway, next to my vehicles. I drive a pair of very nice Cadillacs, which they had no problem spraying with wet sand as they watered their "lawn" from their entry-way with a high pressure hose attachment. Sound like trashy behavior? The wife is well paid Pharmacist, and the Husband is a Judge...

They also have a derelict pool that they keep partially filled with years old rainwater. A perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes in the warm Texas heat. The HOA even attempted to get the pool declared a health hazard and cleaned up or filled in. However, the husband being a Judge, their lawsuit went nowhere extremely quickly, and so the mosquito nursery goes on quite happily. How long would this go on in one of the "nosy" neighborhoods that have been mentioned here?

I hope this post gives some of you some nice things to reflect on for awhile.

And again, I thank all of you who have been positive, informative, thoughtful, and polite. I still have a couple of PM's from some of you that I haven't had a chance to answer yet! It has really been quite busy here and I look forward to being able to reply properly to you.

Thanks,

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It sounds to me like you are doing very well for yourself - golf villa, Cadillacs etc. Sorry to hear your neighbors are not as classy as you.

Do you think you will replicate that lifestyle in Switzerland? What do you expect the principal differences to be?

(Hint: you will not be living in a house.)
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Re: Greetings from Texas

That's awful, I hope the boy and his mother get some compensation. Police in Ohio always seemed to be bored from what I remember.

Awful things happen here too, to Swiss and foreigners alike. They are very unfortunate, mostly mis-understandings. But the police initiated violence usually doesn't escalate -- unless there is a mass murderer on the loose. All the stories I read of are in German though.
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You? The fact that you bothered to post at all.
Those of us who posted in response to your original question were under the (clearly mistaken) impression that you wanted to learn about Switzerland from people who live here.

From your subsequent posts, however, it soon became clear that you are more interested in ranting about the politics of a country several thousand miles away, telling us that we know nothing about the country in which we live, assuring us that journalists who work for government press agencies are a reliable source of information, deliberately (?) fooling yourself into believing that Switzerland is some kind of libertarian paradise, pooh-poohing the genuine experiences of those of us who have gone to the trouble of applying for permits and putting up with the communalist Swiss culture, and bragging about how rich, intelligent and special you are.

You obviously know all about Switzerland already, so why bother to ask?

I'm sure your hotshot lawyer will solve all the "trifling" problems you'll be faced with over the next 12 years.

Good luck.
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Except I never said anything about CH being a libertarian paradise. I did say I admired the direct democracy. I did say in my opinion the CH government is the USA "done right."

Also, asking to learn about a country doesn't mean listening to inanity about flushing toilets at odd hours and mowing lawns on the proper days. Unless, you're the kind of trite personages that frequent forums to blather on about inconsequential nonsense as such...

And I am rich. I have family which I love, and my material needs are met. I run my own small company. I eat good food. I see interesting places occasionally.

And I am intelligent. I taught myself programming out of a book in my spare time. I learned how to build, maintain, and repair computers by the time I was 14. I was hired by the most prestigious web-hosting company in the world, which I left to start my own internet company.

Am I a braggart? Nope. I was simply stating my situation before, in a totally non-confrontational manner. Simply sharing my life situation.

But you like to open your mouth about it, so I'm providing you food.


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Those of us who posted in response to your original question were under the (clearly mistaken) impression that you wanted to learn about Switzerland from people who live here.

From your subsequent posts, however, it soon became clear that you are more interested in ranting about the politics of a country several thousand miles away, telling us that we know nothing about the country in which we live, assuring us that journalists who work for government press agencies are a reliable source of information, deliberately (?) fooling yourself into believing that Switzerland is some kind of libertarian paradise, pooh-poohing the genuine experiences of those of us who have gone to the trouble of applying for permits and putting up with the communalist Swiss culture, and bragging about how rich, intelligent and special you are.

You obviously know all about Switzerland already, so why bother to ask?

I'm sure your hotshot lawyer will solve all the "trifling" problems you'll be faced with over the next 12 years.

Good luck.
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