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Hello!

Hello everyone!

My name is Derrick, and I'm currently living in Portland. No, not Portland, Oregon, but Portland, Texas . I moved there from Ridgecrest, California, since I was looking for work.

I seem to have a rediculous amount of likes and hobbies, from model railroading to art, to RC cars, to designing vehicles and structures, you name it.

I'm also trying to figure out what I want to do in life. I'd really love to go back to school, but it seems to be really expensive, at least here in the US...

I do have a few questions, but I'll try to search the forums first ...

-Derrick
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Old 28.03.2017, 23:20
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Welcome! Nice to have you here.

Allow me to save you the bother of searching:

1) Yes.

2) Not always, but it can be arranged if you know the right people.

3) Absolutely not!

4) No, this is also forbidden. Is it still legal where you are?

5) Not only is this permitted, it's actually compulsory! Can you believe that? Switzerland is a weird country sometimes.

6) Not really, no.

7) Yes.

8) I can't believe you asked that! I won't be able to look a frog in the eye again.

9) Only on Tuesdays.

10) 1291.

11) Only until 10 pm. After that, no.

12) I'll ask for you, but she'll probably say no.

13) Vegetables, including carrots.

15) Yes.

16) You'd have to ask a doctor. Does it sting when you pee?

17) No, medical insurance won't cover it. I'd be embarrassed to ask, to be honest.

18) A goat.

19) The Sahar Restaurant, Wallisellen.

20) DJ Bobo.

I hope these responses are satisfactory for your porpoises. If you have any more, please don't be afraid to ask.
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Old 28.03.2017, 23:28
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Hello Derrick and welcome to the forum.
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Welcome! Nice to have you here.

Allow me to save you the bother of searching:

1) Yes.

2) Not always, but it can be arranged if you know the right people.

3) Absolutely not!

4) No, this is also forbidden. Is it still legal where you are?

5) Not only is this permitted, it's actually compulsory! Can you believe that? Switzerland is a weird country sometimes.

6) Not really, no.

7) Yes.

8) I can't believe you asked that! I won't be able to look a frog in the eye again.

9) Only on Tuesdays.

10) 1291.

11) Only until 10 pm. After that, no.

12) I'll ask for you, but she'll probably say no.

13) Vegetables, including carrots.

15) Yes.

16) You'd have to ask a doctor. Does it sting when you pee?

17) No, medical insurance won't cover it. I'd be embarrassed to ask, to be honest.

18) A goat.

19) The Sahar Restaurant, Wallisellen.

20) DJ Bobo.

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Im amazed that you actually had the time to write all of that...
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Old 28.03.2017, 23:51
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Mr Breakfast, you've been here long enough to know that that's just a myth. It may be good practice, though, but it's not hewn in stone.
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Re: Hello!

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Welcome! Nice to have you here.

Allow me to save you the bother of searching:

1) Yes.

2) Not always, but it can be arranged if you know the right people.

3) Absolutely not!

4) No, this is also forbidden. Is it still legal where you are?

5) Not only is this permitted, it's actually compulsory! Can you believe that? Switzerland is a weird country sometimes.

6) Not really, no.

7) Yes.

8) I can't believe you asked that! I won't be able to look a frog in the eye again.

9) Only on Tuesdays.

10) 1291.

11) Only until 10 pm. After that, no.

12) I'll ask for you, but she'll probably say no.

13) Vegetables, including carrots.

15) Yes.

16) You'd have to ask a doctor. Does it sting when you pee?

17) No, medical insurance won't cover it. I'd be embarrassed to ask, to be honest.

18) A goat.

19) The Sahar Restaurant, Wallisellen.

20) DJ Bobo.

I hope these responses are satisfactory for your porpoises. If you have any more, please don't be afraid to ask.


Let me take a jab and guess:

11) I'm assuming this is the latest you can be at a bar (I don't drink alcohol anyway, so it doesn't really matter)? Use an ATM (really leery of them, so I don't use them unless I absolutely have to)? Eat at a restaurant?

16) No, thank God. Squeaky clean (almost) bill of health.

19) Famous restaurant? What's the best dish?

20) Popular DJ?


Other than that, I have no idea what you may be referring to LOL


Still searching just to make sure nobody's asked my question before though.
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Hello Derrick and welcome to the forum.
Thank you!


Btw, stupid question, how do you "thank" a post???
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Hello, and welcome.
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Mr Breakfast, you've been here long enough to know that that's just a myth. It may be good practice, though, but it's not hewn in stone.
It was not what I was thinking then...

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Hello, and welcome.
Thank you!

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Btw, stupid question, how do you "thank" a post???
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Let me take a jab and guess:

11) I'm assuming this is the latest you can be at a bar (I don't drink alcohol anyway, so it doesn't really matter)? Use an ATM (really leery of them, so I don't use them unless I absolutely have to)? Eat at a restaurant?
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No it wasn't.

One of the recurrent questions among expats in Switzerland is, "I heard there is a law that forbids flushing toilets in apartment buildings at night. When I come home after a few brewskies at the bar, is it ok for me to relieve my bladder and then flush the john?" [Insert DB's answer #11 here]

There may be house rules in some buildings that contain such a passage, but it's definitely not a law.

I must admit that the other items in DB's list cover pretty much all the issues that might arise during a stay of any length in Switzerland. Just apply the right answer to any question and you're all set. It's like the prophecies by Nostradamus, no matter what happens you'll always find one that fits.

PS: HAPPY BIRTHDAY CURLEY!
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Today, the single good deed would be to provide Curley with a large plate of crumpets for her birthday. You've got just over 40 minutes. Get baking.


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Happy belated birthday!

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Ok, so I don't seem to be finding what I'm looking for (or I'm probably overlooking it, which could be a possibility), so I'll go ahead and explain the situation and ask a few questions. Hopefully not all hope is lost...

For the past few months, I've been really interested in studying at ETH Zürich, due to its affordable tuition (~$1,310 USD a year!?), and its history with notable individuals like Albert Einstein.

I already understand that ETH will not accept my diploma. I'm planning to contact them directly to see what I can do to meet that particular acceptance requirement.

From what I understand, the student visa will not allow you to work over 15 hours a week. That I can most likely deal with, since I'm real good at being frugal with money if I have to.

My issue is the not being able to work for the first six months. To me, that's a huge deal. I need to be able to hit the ground running, so to speak.

Is there something I can do? Am I missing something?

As for work experience, I have a huge knowledge of the hotel industry, such as front desk, night audits, housekeeping, maintenance, and much more. I also know how to repair most major appliances, such as washers,dryers, and ovens (my dad was an appliance tech for almost 30 years, I helped him for the last 7) except for AC units. On top of that, I also know a lot about convenience store management. And last but not least, I also can do computer repairs (last on my list since I haven't done it for almost over two years).

As for my language skills, I an currently catching up on my German. I'm also planning to learn French and Italian as well, just in case.

Also, unlike others, it seems, I'm not in a hurry. I like to be prepared before I go.

That is, if I can go.

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Welcome to the Forum, Blackwolf. Don't let the legends scare you off. They're (mostly) harmless.
Thanks!

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Welcome to the Forum, Blackwolf. Don't let the legends scare you off. They're (mostly) harmless.
Scare him off? He's from Texas!
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Other than that, I have no idea what you may be referring to LOL


Still searching just to make sure nobody's asked my question before though.

Oh dear, you really are the nice type. Run and never look back!

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I already understand that ETH will not accept my diploma. I'm planning to contact them directly to see what I can do to meet that particular acceptance requirement.
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As for my language skills, I an currently catching up on my German. I'm also planning to learn French and Italian as well, just in case.
I'm not sure if it is still the case, but the ETH used to admit students based on a special set of exams (Aufnahmeprüfung). They were in German, and pitched at the same level of knowledge as a Swiss Matura.

German is key if you're going to study here, or even just stay here - especially if you're planning to do it on a budget.

What do you want to study?
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I'm not sure if it is still the case, but the ETH used to admit students based on a special set of exams (Aufnahmeprüfung). They were in German, and pitched at the same level of knowledge as a Swiss Matura.

German is key if you're going to study here, or even just stay here - especially if you're planning to do it on a budget.

What do you want to study?
Some form of engineering, mainly mechanical engineering, if available.
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