The Game Plan

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After following the deeply-disturbing US news all week, my wife and I definitely do not want to live in a country that’s consumed by an Orange Pig 24 x 7 who is supported by a cadre of malfeasant legislators and judges on greed crack.

It is possible that fat-boy Trumpie, his loyal (however many of those there actually are) friends, and (quasi criminal) family are all going to be measured for bespoke orange jump suits at some point, but I choose not to wait around for that blessed event.

The time for me to permanently end this ill-advised 50 year rihla to America, which in effect destroyed our family, is now.

So despite the fact that I would be away from my beloved English Mum (it is thanks to her that I have a UK passport!), the campaign is on for us to permanently move to Tavira in Portugal.

First, obiously, we have to like the place.

So we leave a week from this Monday, and will be in Tavira the night of September 18th.

Our hope is to be able to participate in a meetup that week in Tavira that my wife has heard about through the Americans in the Algarve group on FB.

If we both take an instant like to the place, then the first order of business will be to find a flat to rent.

If we don’t like it there that much, then we’ll return on 15th of October, and keep looking.

Otherwise, the move is on.

Our plan will be to take the complicated but necessary steps to become permanent residents in Portugal.

There are various byzantine rules that you have to follow.

Moreover, there will be two sets of rules:  one for me as EU citizen holding a UK passport, but with ties to the US; the other for my wife, as the holder of US passport.

Without going into to mind-numbing details, the basic game plan will as follows:

  1. find an apartment with a river view for under 1,000 euros a month and lease it for a year
  2. store our stuff there and return empty handed to the US
  3. Commencing on Oct 16th in Florida, we block-and-tackle the time-consuming and intensive paperwork that will allow us to move to Portugal as residents.  These include the following steps:
    1. Getting apostille copies from the Florida DMV of our driving records
    2. Contacting the nearest Portuguese consulate and have issue letters confirming validity the validity of these records and our Florida licenses
    3. Taking care of SS stuff for my wife, such that we have plenty of ordinary (and non taxable in Portugal) income to show the Portuguese  authorities
    4. Get expat insurance while in Portugal, until such time as we become full time residents and can access extremely low cost national health insurance there, which would probably take place a year from now
    5. Make all recurring bills in FLA are paid up through the summer of 2019
  4. Return to Portugal the first week of December.  this time I will enter the country with my UK passport and commence the formal process of applying for residency, under my EU passport.  There will still just enough time to get everything in under the wire before the March 29 Brexit drop dead date for EU citizens with UK passports. After that, my EU passport shall no longer be valid for me to move freely among Schengen countries, due to Brexit, or stay in Portugal longer than 3 months in any 180 day period.
  5.  My wife will return to FLA in mid January , but I will remain in Portugal in the apartment and do what’s needed to get the Portuguese residency, and also start looking for suitable houses in the area that we can afford to buy.
  6.  At some point in early to mid 2019, I will return to the US to help my wife sunset the B&M portion of her retail business, around June.  During the summer of 2019, we put the house in the market.  It is likely to sell under 30 days.  We will then have the nest egg needed to buy a villa in the Algarve, and container ship our belongings to the new house or apartment in Tavira.

That is the game plan in summary form.

Lots of details will go into transforming this vision into a reality, but this map gives us a general game plan to follow.

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Just imagine it

I do not know if the US is going to erupt into a civil war in the months and years ahead.

All I know is that I am tired of dealing with this crap — not just Trump stuff, but everything that came up after 9-11 that exposed the nasty underbelly of America and my own naive ideas about many things, not just relating to the US, but Egypt, and England too for that matter.

That said, it’ll be of passing interest to watch America from the sidelines, as it tries to get rid of a mad proto-fascist president and resolve its many internal contradictions and hangups.

As President Obama said earlier today, these are dangerous times.*

Indeed, Mr. President.

We should appeal our higher selves.  But the darkness of the American soul is vast, and the monstrosity that is the Republican electorate and their overlords unyielding.

I have other sardines to fry before I sleep.

There is a better life to be had elsewhere.

All I have to do is imagine it.

 

* like a taunting child in grade school, the fat pig immediately described Obama’s unprecedented speech as “boring.”

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The Best Revenge

Every since I returned to the US, following a 7-month stay in beautiful Gouna, Egypt, it’s been one thing after another.

The list is endless, and it’s only been 2 months.  And now this.

Yikes!

I truly feel bad for Liberal America today.

We once freely enjoyed what so many around the world would give almost anything to have — freedom from tyranny — and then somehow we relinquished it, partly because enough of us thought voting for Jill Stein, Gary Johnson or Bernie was a good idea, and partly because enough stayed home, because we thought there was no difference between The Donald and Hillary.

 [The ban is] “harrowing” and “motivated by hostility and animus toward the Muslim faith.” ~ from Justice Sotomayor’s blistering dissent

And now, as the country lurches forward on the path to becoming a full-fledged, white racist theocracy, with pronounced Fascist tonalities- — a government of unjust laws and unfairly conducted elections and stacked courts that tilt the pinball machine —  we suddenly realize the consequences of what we’ve allowed to happen: America has become nearly everything it once said it stood against. and abandoned almost everything that set it apart from the rest of the world.

It looks pretty hopeless right now.

For your sakes, I really hope you remember to do the right thing on Nov 6.

As for me (and my better half), well, looks like it’s time to hang out with Sandy… again. Impending exit visas will soon be on the way.

They say living well is the best revenge.

They ain’t lying.

As they say in Gouna, who needs this a’raf?

PS: to faithful readers of LeavingAmerika.com, I’m working on something at the moment, which I have to finish by the end of July.  So there will not be much by way of posts in the month ahead, as I really do have to focus on watching the World Cup, sorry, completing this exciting project.

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The Country You Want To Live In

 

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I have often walked…

Last days here in Gouna, Egypt.  Sham el Nessim holiday is over, so all the Cairo and Alexandria crowds are gone, and the streets are back to being empty, which is how I like it.

I will be back in my country, the United States of America, on Saturday.

The noose is tightening for Trumpie boy.

Yesterday the sex pervert’s whiny press performance with Mr Shanabat, the insane John Bolton, at his side was classic, and the raid on his gun-carrying lawyer fixer boy a pleasure to watch. The pig who loves to use the word “disgrace” is himself the embodiment of national disgrace, and by that I mean the fall from any lofty state of Christian grace in which America may have once viewed itself.

So I guess today or tomorrow we may be seeing cruise missiles launched at Syria, and the markets continuing to tank (or rise dramatically, prior to the short money being made, or even something as dumb as going long on a Chi XI pronouncement) as a consequence of the gathering trade war that the buffoon has engendered.

This orange clown is in no position to make any decisions of this kind any more. Not only was he not elected by a majority of the people of America, but as the true scope of the repugnance of his and his family’s business dealings are exposed, no self-respecting person in the United States military or government should listen to his ravings. Just ignore or outright disobey the fucker.

He must be cornered by men and women who respect the law, like the dangerous psychopath that he is, and stopped from further harming America and the rest of the world.  I just hope no more innocent Syrians are killed because of the grip of madmen around the world have on power, but of course that is exactly what’s going to happen.

Yet the force of law shall ultimately prevail in America. I still have the hope that reason and decency shall ultimately best our worst instincts, the ones that this vile presidency exposed for all to see.

Unlike in many parts of the world, most Americans will not bend to the will of an autocratic would-be dictator.

In America, they like to say no one is above the law, although having a really good lawyer helps a lot.

The FBI is going to do what is supposed to do. Mueller shall go down in history as a true American hero who may have saved (along with his dogged team) the country from becoming a banana republic.

Dems will assume control of Congress this year, and within a year the orange pig will be removed in fitting, humiliating ignominy. There are cynics who say, dream on. I say, just wait and see.

America.

Best country to live in, for it is, still, a democracy, despite the poisonous views of 35 per cent or so of its population.

Time to right the ship.

It’s a great time to be going back, despite Spanky and the gang.

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Nice to see Michel Dimitri Chalhoub’s birthday being honored by Google

I left the US seven months ago with the right-wing fuckeroonies who support the corrupt pig gloating in their porcine glee.

Now look at the oinkers squirm and squeal and try to pull their usual disinformation damage control as the Trump presidency goes down the toilet and straight to the septic tank where it belongs.

Love it, especially the public hand holding with the Eurotrash gilt.

The long nightmare is ending soon. We will never witness the sight of those Republicans in power, past and present, who envisage that it’s a really great idea to bomb millions of innocents civilians, end up in shackles in front of the ICC, but we are going to get very close to permanently ending the stranglehold that pathetic old men currently have on America. We can never forgive the broken bodies, and they will be held responsible.

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The bird is key

As for Gouna, which is absolutely gorgeous this time of year, I will never regret having come here, for it clarified quite a few things about quite a few people, including myself, but now my expat gig’s over.

Time to blow this pop stand, already.

 

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