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23 Dec 2009
Love / Friendship With a Polish Women [29]

BrutalButcher
That's weird coming from you. Neandrathal was a nod to what I perceived you're trying to represent.
But I might be wrong: I am curious about your name; are you a meat cutter, or a fan of wrestling or in a heavy metal band? How did you come up with your name?
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23 Dec 2009
Love / Friendship With a Polish Women [29]

you really have figure out if this girl is into you or not. Be cold and objective, because even if everything else fits, if there in so physical attraction, your odd are not good. Unfortunately, and this is a gross generalization I know, a lot of Polish girls are attracted to more of a neandrethal type, and anything less than that they usually think they can control.. not that there is anything wrong with that!
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19 Dec 2009
USA, Canada / I might be moving to Florida.... [36]

the thing is, you got to get a place close to the water. Even with the prices dropping, you still got to go north of Fort Pierce, Space Coast is my spot. West coast does not get the fresh Atlanic breaze, makes it much harder to handle in the summer

Granted, it's still, as my sophisticated friends call it, a cultural black hole, but I say you can change anything except the weather. Puter helps.

and Florida's west coast does not get any waves, except for occasional hurricane. Right coast!
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16 Dec 2009
Real Estate / 15 reasons why the Polish real estate market will crash soon [258]

Toruń
Gdańsk
Got it. Thanks!

another stupid question: what are the cultural and economic differences between eastern and western Poland, if any? Few friends visited couple of months ago, and I don't know what were they trying to say. One lives in the west side, and even though he conceded that Germans were clean, focused and ambitious, there was something he was clearly unhappy (or maybe apologetic) about. I don't think it was the WWII bs, he is too young for that. I wish I paid attention. When I was in Poland I didn't pay attention to that stuff then either, I was a Warsaw snob. I don't want to insult anyone here, but I really want to know what the general differences are, if any.

Snap.. is this a hijack?
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16 Dec 2009
USA, Canada / Renewing Polish Passport in US [30]

Cool! Thanks! I'll abstain from ripping the cover to see it. :)

What is AFAIK?

I got it! As Far As I Know?
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16 Dec 2009
Real Estate / 15 reasons why the Polish real estate market will crash soon [258]

SeanBM
Kocham cię I think he knows already. :)

So, what cities have established, sizable universities where students have difficulties renting flats? Just from reading this forum, I think I'll skip Warsaw (even though that's my town) and Krakow for now.

My aunt has an apartment in Kielce, that I just realized she constantly rents to students! Now I'll have something to talk about with her.

Any other cities you can suggest I could start researching already?
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16 Dec 2009
USA, Canada / Renewing Polish Passport in US [30]

TheOther
There is a rectangular icon vaguely resembling camera on the front cover. Also some holograph next to the picture inside. But now I wonder where this biometric info resides. I expected some thin EEPROM, like on the credit cards.
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16 Dec 2009
Real Estate / 15 reasons why the Polish real estate market will crash soon [258]

SeanBM
That is some very helpful advice. I really appreciate it.
Student flat! Genious!
I plan to travel to Poland this summer, bringing my son with me. Student, as well, albeit a part-timer. He doesn't speak a lick of Polish, but I have a feeling he'll fall in love with Polish girls.
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16 Dec 2009
News / British ambassador to Poland accused of "ignorance" for supporting gay rights [70]

My personal theory is that men think about sex so often that they can't help themselves but to keep imagining sex even when they run accross homosexuals. That's why they get so freaked out by them! LOL

As far as equal treatment - Poland has ways to go.

But, I have to admit, I have some views against gays as well. For example, I think gay marriage should be legal but it should have a different name. Word 'marriage' should be reserved for a union between man and a woman. Can't help it...
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16 Dec 2009
Real Estate / 15 reasons why the Polish real estate market will crash soon [258]

Avalon
with your condescending tone, you can just go and talk to yourself.
Not a hard concept, really.

SeanBM
No, I have not done any selling or buying in Poland, but my father and slew of first cousins are active in the Polish real estate market. Unfortunately, all their advice seems to be "I should have waited" - mostly to sell, but lately to buy.
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16 Dec 2009
USA, Canada / Deportation back to Poland for DUI [4]

That's what I thought. Family in Chicago is telling me horror stories of emmigrants getting deported for single DUI, people that have left when they were children, having no family left in Poland or knowledge of language. I had a hard time believing it.

I guessed that they don't like to disclose the full criminal record or complete list of charges.
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16 Dec 2009
USA, Canada / Deportation back to Poland for DUI [4]

I have heard that permanent residents are getting deported back to Poland for DUI. My question is, does anyone know of an actual case of somebody getting deported that did not have a previous record or any other charges besides that first DUI? I know that where I live, a DUI is a second degree misdemeanor. Do people get deported for misdemeanors? What are the rules for deportation, anyway?
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16 Dec 2009
USA, Canada / Renewing Polish Passport in US [30]

To be honest, I really can't remember if they were taken or not. I just checked my passport to see if they were displayed anywhere on it, and they, or it, is not
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16 Dec 2009
News / HUMANE TREATMENT FOR CHRISTMAS CARP in POLAND [55]

Yup. In US it is illegal to stock carp even in your own, private pond.
Koi, which is in the same family (I think), is OK, but who wants to eat koi??
Seriously though, Polish carp is not a garbage fish like an American carp, I've been told. Szlachetny.

Tymoteusz
Nope, he does not drink at all. He is a "scientist". ;)
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16 Dec 2009
News / HUMANE TREATMENT FOR CHRISTMAS CARP in POLAND [55]

There is a somewhat embarrassing carp-killing story I told my coworkers one time, and now I have to repeat it every year. Short of it was that one year my father decided to take a more active role in family Christmas preparations and offered to kill the carp. Before my mother knew what was happening, my father charged into the bathroom with the shotgun and blew the carp away. Literally. He was lucky he didn't get hit by the ricochet off the steal bathtub. Needles to say, it took forever to get all the pellets out of the fish. The end.
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16 Dec 2009
USA, Canada / Renewing Polish Passport in US [30]

I renewed my passport this year. I contacted them by e-mail. I was told I'll have to travel to Washington, but then I got lucky: Embassy scheduled couple of trips for their consul to set up meetings in a Polish Center around Tampa. I made an appointment, traveled couple of hours, no lines, no wait, met a chatted with the young Polish council and voila! passport arrived in the mail 4 months later. European Union right on the cover! Worth it.
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15 Dec 2009
Real Estate / 15 reasons why the Polish real estate market will crash soon [258]

I don't have 15 reasons , but here is one: I can imagine a scenario where the masses decide that that buying a house or a piece of land is not a good idea (call me paranoid), then the market will crash. I think it's that fickle. It doesn't matter how good of a deal you got if nobody's buying.
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15 Dec 2009
Real Estate / 15 reasons why the Polish real estate market will crash soon [258]

In Florida, the whole housing bubble was a crazy ride. At one time, the value of my house quadrupled, and even though I wished I sold, the reality is that I would have turned around and invested in something even more expensive and be in deep sht now. As it is, the house is still worth twice what I paid for it 10 years ago, but only because it is close to the beach.

The Caribbean property (a little lot with million dollar views) is on Eleuthera. It gives us the excuse to visit every year (the best island in the world, IMHO), prestige of island property owners and an incentive (I hoped) for my son to learn how to build a freaking hut. Ha!

The summer, especially August, is pure hell both in Florida and on Eleuthera, that's why I started looking around for something with the cooler weather for summer months. Plus, I'm getting somewhat nostalgic for Poland. I guess I have to make the trip there again soon, that will probably cure me. I don't think I can move back permanently since I hate cold weather, but maybe spending summers there is a possibility.
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15 Dec 2009
Real Estate / 15 reasons why the Polish real estate market will crash soon [258]

I also believe that the prices of real estate will fall, signifficantly, in next 3-5 years. I was reluctant to say anything because I didn't want a fight, or waste time with endless googling for the numbers and statistics... I know you guys can burry me with your facts, while I mostly have just a gut feeling and PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder). The prices went up too fast, too much, and I don't think the economy is as good as all the Polish publications I'm getting would like me to believe.

I weathered my own real estate crash pretty well here, in both Florida and in Caribbean where I own properties, probably because I am not that couragious, but I remember people calling me a fool for not taking all my equity out and reinvesting. When I would ask them what will happen if the prices go down, they would get mad, even though they could not themselves believe how much people were willing to pay.

Now, that is just my opinion, and as much as I would like to look for something to buy in Poland right now, I'll just wait a couple of years.
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15 Dec 2009
Food / Hello! Need help with a Polish recipe (quick, and easy to prepare) [8]

That is a great idea! it is a bit time consuming because you have to make sure the potatoes are fully cooked, but entirely doable. Also, grating potatoes for minimum 30 pancakes - food processor is a must. But, I would not use onion powder. Grate one real onion for every 5 or 6 potatoes. I don't even use flour. Just an egg to bind it a little, but either one will work. Garlic is optional as well.

Mmm... I want some!

I just read your reply... no heat.

Do you have Publix supermarket in your neck of the woods? Call around and ask if they have Krakus Polish ham. It's in a huge can, about $30. One of the popular appetizers in Poland is a plate of cold cuts, bread, butter, condiments. Add some head cheese (it's not cheese, it's called polędwica), above mentioned ćwikla, mustard, bread butter..

For 20% grade, she would have to have some good stories to go with it...
Or, if she wants to make it a bit humorous, just boil a bunch of potatoes, and sprinkle them with bacon bits - that was a very popular dinner during the communist times, when meat was very hard to come by. Plain thin yogurt to drink... I forget what they call it here..

oh, and sliced polish sausage on the cold cuts plate, of course. If you can find a Polish store, they'll probably have some kabanosy - thin dried smoked sausage.
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15 Dec 2009
Food / Hello! Need help with a Polish recipe (quick, and easy to prepare) [8]

I would try to think of something cold, first course...
How about : a big Polish ham, sliced, ćwikla for condiment (grated beets with horseradish, basically), some rye bread, butter and ... vodka, of course.
I love my mother's potato/vegetable salad: cooked carrots, eggs, cooked potatos, peas, apples, onion, who knows what else... all sliced into little cubes, then mixed with mayo, mustard, little lemon, salt, papper and ... vodka, of course.

Makoviec is always a big hit for me, especially after I tell my guests after they eat it that they will probably fail their pi$$ test if called to take one. It's a dessert roll with dough and thick poppyseed paste.

Then there is Polish sushi - marinated herring (sledzie), Polish style, with vinegar, not wine, and ... vodka, of course.
Seriously though, stuffed cabbage would not be too bad. Pierogi, for 30 people would be madness.
Or borszcz - a big bowl of beet soup?
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15 Dec 2009
Life / Consider going back to Poland? [90]

One of the things I miss the most is Polish hospitality. Sure I have many friends here, but God forbid I inadvertently show up during their dinner time! In Poland, it's almost better to visit then, save the hostess having to drag all the food back to the table. Is it still like that?