Figured I'd try the wee 15
second video facility in my camera so below you'll see my first efforts!
Here are three wee 15 second videos of the May
household cats :-)
Send food parcels to
Kentucky!!! I have just learned that there are almost no chocolate
biscuits to be had in Kentucky. I mean in Scotland there are whole
shelves of them in our Supermarkets and I only just noticed today that
there are almost none here in Kentucky! <gulp> Actually I also
noticed that there is very little instant coffee to be had here whereas we
have loads of it in Scotland.
Today I am making progress
towards getting a long term visa. We spent ages on the phone and the
way seems to be clear to getting that visa but it does involve me in some
expense and effort. It appears if I open up a USA company I also get
a Tax ID and mostly with that and me having a business in Scotland I can
then get in to the US to work for my subsidiary company in the USA.
So onwards we go to get things established. I hope to have Electric
Scotland USA, LLC up and running by next week :-)
In the process of setting
up a company I was told if you do it in the state of Delaware you open up
a company very quickly and in that state you have almost no documentation
you need to file with the state. That means you don't need to report
shareholders or accounts as nothing is filed. Their tax situation is
also very low indeed. As it was also explained to me... by being a
LLC all profits go to members (shareholders) and it is the members that
would pay tax and not the company. That is sure different from the
UK. There the company pays tax although a dividend can be declared
for the shareholders on which they only pay 10% tax. So you
certainly need to get your head around all the differences in the USA.
Another funny thing
happened this week. I was running a bit low in cash money and I'd
forgotten my pin number for my visa debit card. So... I emailed the
Bank of America to see if they could issue me with a new PIN. I got
a reply back saying I needed to visit my local bank to get one. I
did email them back saying that was a 10 hour drive and could they not
please just send me a new one in the mail. So am now waiting to see
In actual fact there is
another difference here in the USA when it comes to changing banks.
In Scotland if I wanted to transfer my bank account to another bank I can
just go to that other bank and open the account and they would
automatically handle all the transfer of funds and also setup any standing
orders of direct debits, etc. for you. Here in the USA you can't do
that so you need to open up your new account then go cancel your other one
then of course go find all the companies you pay by regular payment and
sign up new agreements.