Well obviously you haven't got your capitalism hat on! Here in AMERICA we buy low and sell high! Gotta make the profits off the previous owner, drive them down to the lowest price, take them for everything they've got! And then find some sucker to pay full price after we fix up the place! That's the way to get ahead in life, my boy... :0
Right I will try that next time trouble is every time I have used that theory the person selling or buying has the same idea, always did that with the numerous classic cars I did up, never made anything for all my efforts other than when I had a Delorean, but my pleasure was doing them up. Here's hoping your theory works for me in 2018.
It was a great car but like driving a tank, very heavy hence underpowered, always breaking down but a great owners club helped with parts which most had to be imported from Texas as they bought al parts when the factory closed, will try to upload a picture when I get chance.
Would love to see the car. I figured Deloreans were mostly for style, the engine being only a 6 cyl right? They have great looks though, and of course the "Back to the Future" aspect is very fun. I could just imagine having to get a windshield or fuel pump, argh!
Today we are awaiting arrival of my wife's newest visa vignette/extension for the spousal visa. In October they only gave us 13 days to travel on the first application so we had to hold off for the winter and file for an extension. (another $250 plus $200 shipping) Planning on traveling in March if all goes well! Going to have a good look around the Girvan/Turnberry area and see if we can find something nice for ourselves, then come back and sell up, move on over, open the shop and take it easy for a while.
With the weather over there right now it's hard to justify leaving California! (There are so many other reasons.)
editing my post to say "only a six cylinder" actually many great cars are sixes and fours but I guess I was thinking of V-8s.
Also the weather and disasters here in California have been terrible lately, so not much to complain about in Scotland! We didn't get our new visa extension apparently having mistakenly sent it to Sheffield when the extensions are handled in New York so we had to forward it on to the embassy there. A long slog of a project this emigratin' and immigratin'.
Got our visa extension and are coming over in March to get started. Probably will have to go back to US for a short while to close up affairs. It will likely be a few months before the dust settles but the ball is rolling. .. .
Thanks Mr.41 Can't wait to get there this time. Still not sure about our business idea, how to make a decent living. My small jewellery making business may not be enough, because times are changing, people are not buying material items like they used to. We are probably going to have to diversify.
Did your friend ever open that ladies' clothing shop in Girvan? Are they doing any business?
There are several nice little retail spaces in Girvan that I am planning to have a look at, one is a used book shop for sale, which we would integrate into an artist and music instrument business. The rest are mostly empty. I believe there are already plenty of restaurants in the town, otherwise I might consider a Burger/BBQ joint. Probably the most popular thing though would be a liquor store! Just not sure, we are going to get there, get a wee flat or row house and then get to work on something of some sort. Mainly we just need a change from our current life and are going to make a drastic move, regardless.
Well the Lady Louise is in her 60’s and as far as I know she is doing OK I have every admiration for her starting a wee business at her stage in life, my wife and myself must go down one of the days as it’s only 20 miles down the road and speak to her, good luck with your venture and keep us posted.
Have been on that trip, enjoyed our stay in Girvan at the Southfield Hotel. Very nice place that, very friendly. We looked at several properties whlie there and today have made an offer on a 2 bed flat on the main st. So, we'll see what happens! Trying to get our hands on a commercial space as well, but that may not be as easy as expected.
I have looked at Ayr, quite a bustling place, maybe too busy for me. Nice to visit though. We have had a delay, or on-hold situation with us, we were persuaded to stay, and bought another little place to fix up. Now sort of regretting it and am trying to get it finished and move on, somehow. We do still have the visa though, so might make it there in the spring. (hoping?)
Using this thread to work out my feelings and ambitions. America is going crazy, I feel like some sort of foreigner here. We're really regretting buying this fixer-upper in the mountains of Southern California. Should have listened to our hearts and made the move. Now our dreams are delayed and frankly, at risk. I am trying to get out from under this place and plan to list it in early '19. A bit more fixin' yet.
Then we're headed to Girvan. I really like Girvan. It's not too posh, it's got Asda, a bio-energy plant and natural gas heat, Grant's Distillery, the beach, plenty of little shops. Relatively mild climate, an hour from everywhere. Oh and the Indian restaurant Yasmeen's is amazing.
Will post again just for fun when we get closer to our goals.
House is pending. We fixed it up, but in order to sell quick, we're losing some $$ on it. Getting out is the most important thing. One aspect of property, ALWAYS make sure you check the neighborhood in the evenings and weekends, try to get a good scope on your neighbors and the noise levels. We were very unhappy with our current environment.
My cousin has offered a flat in Glasgow for temporary stay while we get settled, hoping to arrive in late April or early May.
I can't tell you how excited I am to be making this dream a reality. Even if everything works out a bit different than my idealistic first plans, the idea of living in Scotland is so unreal. It's funny because when I am over there in Scotland and talk to the locals about moving there, leaving California, they all look at me like I have lost my head! Why would you want to leave California!? All that sun, and no rain and clouds all the time. Well, it's not all wine and roses here, ya know. It's hard living, hot, busy, very expensive, smoggy, and bad for skin cancer. The Sierra mountains are gorgeous, the ocean is great, but I've been here most of my life and have watched Southern California change into a fast paced, crowded, very expensive bustling, crazy city where no one gives you the time of day, unless you are someone famous. There's always the threat of fires or drought - we live in a desert state and there is a real possibility of a town running out of water, it happened recently in the Central Valley. It's the wild west out here, everyone for themselves.
In Scotland, the water falls from the sky! For free! Amazing! And the food and drink is delicious. The people are friendly, and they seem to have common sense. National Health, social services, roads and infrastructure all well maintained. So what's a little rain. I think you Scots have it great.
So, back to looking for a Scottish business opportunity!
Hope all goes well monachie, one thing you left out Scotland has an abundance of pot holes they seem to get worse every year here in Ayrshie, went to Glasgow last week and they were just as bad their. The rain is no problem just the condition of the roads get to me. Oh and brexit is driving us all loppy.
Had a nice trip on the train from Glasgow to Ayr, then changed to head down to Girvan. Beautiful day at the beach. Still like that little town. Also stopped off in Ayr for a walk down the high street and across the pedestrian bridge. Quite bustling in the main area there.
Having a hard time deciding if we should stay in Glasgow longer term or make the move to the beach out of the hustle and bustle.