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Re: Happy thread
« Reply #5475 on: December 16, 2021, 10:17:06 AM »
I suppose with a pass rate of 6 out of 99999, a score of 43 is quite good. Well done that man.  ;)
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Re: Happy thread
« Reply #5476 on: December 23, 2021, 10:04:26 AM »
Well I hope this qualifies for the happy thread! Applied for my passport renewal on the 14th December and by the 21st December I had my new passport in my hand, amazing service in these challenging times! I only hope the US embassy in London takes note for when I need to renew my green card next year! Happy Christmas everyone.

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Re: Happy thread
« Reply #5477 on: December 23, 2021, 07:34:34 PM »
The bald eagles are back on the nest by the lake.  The eyrie was partially blown down in storms a couple of years ago and, while the eagles tried it for size last year, they passed on it and it was appropriated by a pair of osprey for the summer.  Hopefully the eagles will not give up this year and raise another brood.

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Re: Happy thread
« Reply #5478 on: December 26, 2021, 07:31:34 PM »
Well I hope this qualifies for the happy thread! Applied for my passport renewal on the 14th December and by the 21st December I had my new passport in my hand, amazing service in these challenging times! I only hope the US embassy in London takes note for when I need to renew my green card next year! Happy Christmas everyone.

Are you sure it's the embassy?  Apparently USCIS has closed most of the overseas offices and it's not possible to start the renewal if you're outside the US.  Additionally, if you've been gone more than a year and didn't get a Reentry Permit before you left (valid for 2-years), they can consider that you've abandoned your resident status and you have to start the Green Card process all over again.  Before I went the naturalization route, while I was working I was always concerned that I'd be assigned out of the US and it would drift into being more than a year.  Back then the Green Card (I-551) didn't expire, but the 1-year/2-year limits were still in effect.  By the way, it's not cheap (currently USD540) to renew, and if you've done it wrong the government pockets the payment and makes you start over.

Good luck,

Jon

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Re: Happy thread
« Reply #5479 on: January 07, 2022, 11:07:01 PM »
I just had my booster jab this morning.  :thumbsup:

Downside was that the entire city of Wollongong seemed to have the same idea! However, they are pretty efficient in there (an old department store in the CBD), and I was in and out in an hour. The air conditioning wasn't working though.

Ran into the eldest Bealette in there, which was a bonus.  :thumbsup:
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Re: Happy thread
« Reply #5480 on: January 09, 2022, 03:49:42 AM »
Booster jab seems to be fine.... arm much more sore than the two Astra jabs, but apart from that, I'm me usual stupid self  :thumbsup:
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Re: Happy thread
« Reply #5481 on: January 09, 2022, 04:34:38 AM »
Booster jab seems to be fine.... arm much more sore than the two Astra jabs, but apart from that, I'm me usual stupid self  :thumbsup:

There's nothing wrong with being stupid if yer smart about it! :thumbsup: ... ... ... Ummm, that is, getting the booster is smart, and... Oh never mind...  :uneasy:
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Re: Happy thread
« Reply #5482 on: January 09, 2022, 11:58:21 AM »
I had my booster shot a month ago and Louisa had hers about two weeks ago, we both had virtually no problems.  :). By coincidence, I was reading your post yesterday George and what came through on an email? My updated 'Covid Certificate' which now states that I have had 3 of 3 jabs - wonder what number it will eventually show  :hmmm:.
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Re: Happy thread
« Reply #5483 on: January 09, 2022, 12:19:35 PM »
My updated 'Covid Certificate' which now states that I have had 3 of 3 jabs - wonder what number it will eventually show  :hmmm:.


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Re: Happy thread
« Reply #5484 on: January 09, 2022, 05:57:35 PM »
Had my 4th vaccination on Friday and felt a bit rough yesterday but back to normal now, just a bit of a sore arm.
The years have been good to me, it was the weekends that did the damage.

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Re: Happy thread
« Reply #5485 on: January 10, 2022, 02:38:53 AM »
I had my booster shot a month ago and Louisa had hers about two weeks ago, we both had virtually no problems.  :). By coincidence, I was reading your post yesterday George and what came through on an email? My updated 'Covid Certificate' which now states that I have had 3 of 3 jabs - wonder what number it will eventually show  :hmmm:.

Well, according to Services NSW, it shows that both me and me daughter were exposed to a covid positive case while we were there. Seeing as most of the city were queued up and in there, it doesn't surprise me.  ::)

We're both feeling fine.  :thumbsup:
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Re: Happy thread
« Reply #5486 on: January 12, 2022, 06:43:34 PM »
Went out to the Lincolnshire coast to watch the glorious sunrise this morning, and to take a long walk up the beach. The low tide was at about 7:30 so plenty of expansive sand to stride along.

An hour and a half after the sun made its appearance I came across a most unexpected sight of - and indeed a lengthy close (-ish) encounter with - a European White Tailed Eagle! :bounce:

It was stood, stock still, on the tideline less than fifty yards from me and after being mobbed by a couple of Crows (or Rooks) flew around me a couple of times before landing a little further distant ahead of me upon the same inter-tidal sands upon which I was stood, transfixed. I tried to approach closer but a Seagull now bothered it and it took flight again, arcing around me again to land behind me about 100 yards back, possibly now stood on the tracks in the sand I had recently made. It stayed there for the next ten minutes or more before a walker with dogs happened by and it flew off out of sight.

It was a wonderful experience, and the closest I have been to a wild Eagle of any type.  I notified the local county specialist who has told me this was a three year old juvenile male, released in the Isle of Wight in 2020 having been relocated and with others from an original site in Scotland. It is fitted with a tracker and I have seen just how far it, and other similarly released Sea Eagles (aka White Tailed), travels. 100 miles in a day is not unusual.

For the interested, the bird is known, rather abruptly, as G471.

My photos from my phone camera are rubbish, but here’s one of the sunrise, and a poor one of the Eagle himself as he flew around me:





What a wonderful happy day! :thumbsup:
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Re: Happy thread
« Reply #5487 on: January 12, 2022, 06:53:46 PM »
A lovely picture of the sunrise Mike and as for seeing an eagle - and getting a photograph of it - wow!  :thumbsup:
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Re: Happy thread
« Reply #5488 on: January 13, 2022, 12:41:16 PM »
Unfortunately, my picture is not in the wild, so not as good a "capture". Although the bird was originally wild, was injured and brought to a sanctuary, where it has stayed. At the moment I took the picture, it was about to skim my head, grabbing a chick that one of the sanctuary staff was holding right behind me. It was quite an experience to have that coming right at me! I was very lucky to click at just the right moment.




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Re: Happy thread
« Reply #5489 on: January 13, 2022, 11:43:21 PM »
That is one scary pic, Steve!

There's nowt wrong with your pictures, Mike, or your story. A pleasure to read in these covid-ridden times.  :beers:
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