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  • #16
    I'd love a handmade blanket! I think something handmade would be awesome.

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    • #17
      A quilt would be an amazing gift. I took in a year-long exchange student from Germany a few years ago and know the amount of work involved. They would be thrilled. I'd suggest you get your daughter to surreptitiously take a few pictures of their bedroom (if you are planning a bed quilt), and their living room (if you are thinking couch quilt). Then you can confirm the size of the beds and the colours.

      Just a warning that the latest trend, in the past 10 years or so, is to go for really deep mattresses and box springs, making beds very tall. It's a North American thing, but it impacts on the size of quilt if you want it to cover properly. Get your daughter to check out the height of their bed, too. I'm not kidding (I'm a quilter, too, so I know of what I speak!) - some of these beds need a footstool to climb into! Means really wide borders on your quilt...

      Your peacock-based colour scheme sounds fabulous. And what a trip!

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      • #18
        My first thought for a gift was a hand made quilt as well.

        Also, do you have any books there meant for travel tips in the US from your point of view? These books have been quite helpful to us when we travel.

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        • #19
          Originally posted by NZ primal Gwamma View Post
          we are going on a 1 week cruise around Alaska - to begin. I am sure that my eating will be well catered for...then we get ourselves from Vancouver to Seattle.
          Do we take the bus, train ?????
          In Seattle we pick up the rental car.
          I have said to DH that I refuse to drive on the WRONG side of the road. In NZ we are used to driving on the correct side, not the right side LOL
          We have already bought the Tomtom thingy on the internet to get us around America - so that is sorted.
          Then we drive from Seattle to Indiana - no small feat.... and we are farmers, so we would like to take the byway - not the highway. Where does one stay. What small town motels are nice, but not too expensive ?????
          more questions to come
          There IS a scenic train tour from Vancouver to Seattle.
          Amtrak Cascades

          Otherwise the bus or rental car are your options.

          Do you have much time in Vancouver?
          Sandra
          *My obligatory intro

          There are no cheat days. There are days when you eat primal and days you don't. As soon as you label a day a cheat day, you're on a diet. Don't be on a diet. ~~ Fernaldo

          DAINTY CAN KISS MY PRIMAL BACKSIDE. ~~ Crabcakes

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          • #20
            Come to a show in NJ and I will show yous how to mosh. That'd be awesome. War dance!
            "Ah, those endless forests, and their horror-haunted gloom! For what eternities have I wandered through them, a timid, hunted creature, starting at the least sound, frightened of my own shadow, keyed-up, ever alert and vigilant, ready on the instant to dash away in mad flight for my life. For I was the prey of all manner of fierce life that dwelt in the forest, and it was in ecstasies of fear that I fled before the hunting monsters."

            Jack london, "Before Adam"

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            • #21
              wow guys - thanx so much for all your replies.
              Sorry Crabbs - Whanau is our own Maori name for family.

              Our DD is on a trip to Hawaii at the moment with the exchange group, so I will definately get her to take some sneaky pickies when she gets back. I was thinking a knitted blanket rather than quilted. I have never learn't to quilt, however it might be something to try when I get really old and dottery !
              I am going to copy and paste all this advice onto a word document and bring it along with us to the States, then I have no excuse if I get alzheimic along the way !!!!!!!!
              Vancouver is just a stop over this time. Last time we had a few days and loved it. I think we fly in, and get straight on the boat.

              as for mosh pits Mr. Perfidy - Gwamma says NOOOOOOOOOO LOL with my luck I would end up in hospital with a broken leg !!!!!


              Next question - I do not understand the tipping system. In fact when we were in the UK a few years ago, we ate at a restaurant and didn't realise that we had to tip - as we left we heard the head honcho say "bloody Australians" !!!!!!! We laughed long and hard over that one.... sorry Australia, Us Kiwis are happy for you to take the rap sometimes !!!!!!
              "never let the truth get in the way of a good story "

              ...small steps....

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              • #22
                Lunch: 15-20% of the total bill.
                Supper: 20-25% of total bill. (I've tipped as high as 30% for very exceptional service.)

                Also, as a favor to servers/waitstaff, if I pay on a credit card, I put zero in the tip line and then tip in cash. This is in no way necessary, but because of the way the IRS taxes servers on tips, I like to help them out (the servers, not the IRS).

                At a bar, tipping can be at the end or per round. If you open a tab with your cc, you can certainly wait 'til the end. I'd stay in the 20% range, increasing or decreasing depending on service.
                Last edited by JoanieL; 02-01-2013, 12:51 PM.
                "Right is right, even if no one is doing it; wrong is wrong, even if everyone is doing it." - St. Augustine

                B*tch-lite

                Who says back fat is a bad thing? Maybe on a hairy guy at the beach, but not on a crab.

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                • #23
                  Thanx Joanie. Are the waiting staff not paid alot ????? Is that the reason for the tipping ?????
                  "never let the truth get in the way of a good story "

                  ...small steps....

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                  • #24
                    Minimum wage for tipping positions is like, $2.15/hr but a lot of places start as "high" as $6/hr
                    "Ah, those endless forests, and their horror-haunted gloom! For what eternities have I wandered through them, a timid, hunted creature, starting at the least sound, frightened of my own shadow, keyed-up, ever alert and vigilant, ready on the instant to dash away in mad flight for my life. For I was the prey of all manner of fierce life that dwelt in the forest, and it was in ecstasies of fear that I fled before the hunting monsters."

                    Jack london, "Before Adam"

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                    • #25
                      That is a very low wage! What is the minimum wage in America ???
                      "never let the truth get in the way of a good story "

                      ...small steps....

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                      • #26
                        $7.50 I think.

                        Minimum wage is bullshit though. I work with kids that make minumum wage, and if it were higher, we would just fire them.
                        "Ah, those endless forests, and their horror-haunted gloom! For what eternities have I wandered through them, a timid, hunted creature, starting at the least sound, frightened of my own shadow, keyed-up, ever alert and vigilant, ready on the instant to dash away in mad flight for my life. For I was the prey of all manner of fierce life that dwelt in the forest, and it was in ecstasies of fear that I fled before the hunting monsters."

                        Jack london, "Before Adam"

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                        • #27
                          Originally posted by NZ primal Gwamma View Post
                          I was thinking a knitted blanket rather than quilted. I have never learn't to quilt, however it might be something to try when I get really old and dottery !
                          Sorry, I thought you were talking about quilting. A knitted blanket would be awesome, and in such beautiful colours. Have you got enough time for such a big knitted project? You must be faster than me!!

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                          • #28
                            Federal minimum wage remains at $7.25/hour for 2013. Servers are under a different law and make two-something an hour as long as the employer can prove that with their tips, they at least make the federal minimum.

                            States are allowed to pass a minimum wage higher than federal, but I don't think they're allowed to pass a lower one. The three states on the left coast (west coast) all have substantially higher than federal minimum wage, with ORegon close to $9. Of course trying to find a job in OR is like trying to find a potential husband in a gay bar. They manage to pass laws screwing business every year. Pot stores - no (even though medical marijuana is allowed). A casino not on Indian land - no, even though hundreds of jobs would have been created.

                            Oops - far more info than required.
                            "Right is right, even if no one is doing it; wrong is wrong, even if everyone is doing it." - St. Augustine

                            B*tch-lite

                            Who says back fat is a bad thing? Maybe on a hairy guy at the beach, but not on a crab.

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                            • #29
                              Originally posted by NZ primal Gwamma View Post
                              Crabs and Joanie, It will be fantastic, althou the hand brake is coming along !!!!!!!!LOL seriously thou, I cannot wait to get over there, but I just need to do my homework. Being farmers I can just see DH doing the "head on up some randoms driveway - just to say hi " !!!!! not quite sure how America wil take the heathens from the colonies..... but will soon find out !!!!!
                              I'm a farmer in Indiana... and I would LOVE it if you showed up in my driveway! I don't post much but I always enjoy reading yours!

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                              • #30
                                Originally posted by Spotted Pony View Post
                                I'm a farmer in Indiana... and I would LOVE it if you showed up in my driveway! I don't post much but I always enjoy reading yours!
                                Spotted Pony - how fantastic, where in Indiana, and what type of farming ????

                                Marthat - no I am not fast by any means, however I still have a few months. I am thinking knitted squares in different colours, then crochet around each square with black, then sew all together ???? the jury is still out.

                                Mr Perfidy and Joanie, that seems so unfair, such a low minimum, however what is the cost of living like ????? Always relative I suppose.
                                I remember when we were in Denmark, we couldn't believe how much it cost to buy stuff, however the wages over there at the time were huge.
                                "never let the truth get in the way of a good story "

                                ...small steps....

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