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Giving Notice

It's official. I've given 30 days notice on my flat and one way or another, I'll be living in London by the middle of February.

Unrelated side note: I really like the traffic lights here. For Americans: have you ever found yourself in a hurry, pulled up at a stoplight and leaned over to see when the other light was turning red? Over here, not only does the light turn yellow before it turns red, it also turns yellow before it turns back to green. So simple. So obvious. I wonder why stoplights in the US don't do this?
I have no choice. The company is shutting their Nottingham office and relocating two hours south in London. I have to get another job (which I've decided not to) or go.

Besides, I like London :)
Someone seeing a yellow light might not have context to know if it's a "slow down" light or a "get ready to speed up" light. In the US, a yellow always means "slow down."
If you're stopped, you know it's to go. If you're moving, you know it's to slow down. I've not seen anyone screwing it up. Plus, the yellow doesn't really last long enough that you don't see the light before it.
If you're moving, you don't know if it's stop or go. Say you come around a curve, and you just see a yellow. It could be either one.
It tended to lead to a lot of people jumping the gun on green lights when I lived in Moscow.
The light sequence is:

Red
Red and Amber (really, we're too posh for mere yellow!)
Green
Amber
Red

So, if you see Red and amber you know that it's going to go green, which gives you enough time to take off your handbrake and move into gear before it goes green. If you see only amber, the next colour is red.

Simple, really
The lights work that way in Cananda (well at least in Vancouver). Entirely sensible... which is probably why we don't do it here in the US. *lesigh*
Good luck dude - any chance of a final drinkie before You bugger off for good?
The lights do this in the rest of Europe as well. Funny, don't they also do this sequence in American auto racing (red, yellow, green)?
Congratulations, or something like that anyway. I hope the move to London is good and the difference in cost of living isn't too brutal.

Say, are you going to be around London all summer/early fall? We're likely going to be visiting Birmingham to investigate the possibility of living there for a few years and will probably add in a few days in London while we're so close. It'd be great to see you and catch up!
Ack, sorry I didn't answer this sooner.

Yes, I'll be in London at that time and would be more than happy to catch up with you!
Excellent! It's currently looking like we'll be there in late September, but nothing is secured yet.
Far too soon! I hope we can organise another drink together before then :)
The lights did that in Argentina as well, at least in Buenos Aires.

On an unrelated note to your unrelated note, I heard something this weekend and you seem like the perfect person to test this theory.

A friend of mine has a sibling who is living in China, who runs into a number of other US and UK ex-pats. He says he's been asking this question and getting pretty uniform answers based on nationality, so it seems like it'd be interesting if it holds.

Question: After washing dishes with soapy water, do you then rinse the dish with non-soapy water or just dry it off?
Theoretical US answer: Rinse the dish off.
Theoretical UK answer: Dry it off.

I don't know if it's true, but it seems like an amusing little difference. I can't imagine *not* rinsing soapy water off of a dish, as I'd heard stories as a youth about how not rinsing the dish leads to diarrhea and such.

The guy in China says it's holding 100% so far, and that it leads to amusing conversations that bring out more tiny differences in the more mundane points of life. :)
US: I rinse the dish off. I've watched plenty of UK folks just dry it off without rinsing. They do the same thing in Amsterdam, actually. I was quite disturbed the first time I went into a bar and ordered a drink only to watch the lady scrub the glass in soapy water and then immediately fill it with beer :(

An American friend of mine who lives in the Netherlands first learned of this when she saw her Dutch boyfriend wasn't rinsing the dishes before setting them up to drain. When he explained what was going on, she replied "I don't know what I'm cooking myself for dinner, but I'm serving you a bar of soap."

He started rinsing the dishes after that.
Mom would have ripped out all the dishes in the kitchen and made me do them again whether they needed it or not if she ever caught me NOT rinsing them in HOT water with a few drops of bleach!
Of course I still rinse in hot water but I nix the bleach....LOL
what about roundabouts?
That is pretty odd - our (UK) traffic lights seem to make a lot of sense, but we also have an abundance of roundabouts and mini-roundabouts and double/triple roundabouts?

Have you noticed them driving over hear vs over there?
awesome, does this mean you're learning to drive over there?
From what I understand, red-yellow means "go, but at your own risk", which would never be allowed in America, since we don't believe in personal responsibility anymore.
Great idea!
Maybe you should a letter! Maybe we can get it implemented in Oregon! But who wants to be like Britain!? (tongue in cheek) that's how I became an American. I'm just special and original like that. (more tongue in cheek). Too bad most Americans think that way.