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  • Yes, it shows as ready. I even printed out a copy of the screen from the PF site, thinking it might help if things got ugly. I waived it around to several employees, but no one was interested in taking a look in the box for me. Their hands are tied without their precious “system” (Is it just me or does “o sistema caiu” get used an awful lot in Brazil…)

  • Had a thoroughly infuriating day at PF in Lapa today. After waiting in line for 4 hours just to hand off my protocolo and pick up my RNE, the system crashed and they gave them all back to us and told us to come back another day… even though I’m pretty sure my card was just sitting in a cardboard box behind the counter (they did, however, let…[Read more]

  • [QUOTE=aleather] someone else who applied for amnesty told me that he heard that the cards may indeed be waiting for us at the federal police in lapa and that the website hasn’t been updated to reflect that fact. [/QUOTE]That’s entirely possible, because when I registered a few months ago for my work visa, I was asked to present my RNE card (from…[Read more]

  • I wouldn’t make Americans out to be soooo much better about safety. Where I grew up in the US, there was no seatbelt law until the last few years (and it is only enforceable if your car is stopped for some other reason) and they actually repealed the helmet law, meaning you no longer have to use a helmet when riding a motorcycle! How’s that for…[Read more]

  • The ‘wrong’ side of the road is the safe way for walking, but is REALLY dangerous for cyclists. Bicycles should be ridden with traffic. Getting over for a slow-moving pedestrian on foot is one thing, coming head-on to a bike is another. Unfortunately I’ve seen people do this in the US, too, and it scares the hell out me when I’m driving.

  • [QUOTE=Hijinx]people think its ok to arrive 2 hours late to a date People who you were once freinds with & then they never bother to call you again but then when they bump into you they have the nerve to say ¬®voce sumiu hein? ¬®when it comes to going out with freinds & dating. Everyone here seems to have a plan A, a plan B, a plan C & so on.…[Read more]

  • Uh Jack, thanks for the PM. I tried to answer but your inbox is full… Big%20smile

  • NOPE! didn’t work,,,will have to try something else,,,,sorry about all the space i’m taking up,,,,,,maybe next time!have a good day and thanks,,,,,captbillnbrazil

  • Also I’m not from Algeria, I’m from the US. Not sure how that happen.

  • [QUOTE=LUCIFERS HAMMER]20 dollars an hour (40 Reis) You couldnt earn that back in the USA.[/QUOTE]Although I will clarify. I meant 20 reais, not dollars 🙂 I always think of bucks being related to the currency of the country I’m in at the time. Right now, Brazil. That’s something I do and I keep forgetting a lot of people think of bucks just as…[Read more]

  • [QUOTE=nevergoingback]Oh Boris – here’s a quick one for you. The block where I live is 30 years old and the formigas own it! I am considering buying a new-build high level apartment on the basis that it would take a few years for them to reach me. How long, in your experience, does it take the formigas to reach the 8th floor of a new-build…[Read more]

  • Well, at least he got there alive! Passageiro sofre infarto em aeroporto e morre no hospital de CuritibaMARI TORTATOda Ag√™ncia Folha, em CuritibaOpassageiro Luiz Fernando Mosca, 54, morreu de infarto hoje pela manh√£em um hospital de Curitiba, depois de passar mal no aeroporto AfonsoPena, de São Jos√© dos Pinhais, √† espera do v√¥o que o lev…[Read more]

  • [QUOTE=spider] [QUOTE=john.jane] Why Belo?[/QUOTE] just starting looking, but i heard there was a suburb with a english speaking stores[/QUOTE]or you could try learning a little portuguese and then you would have all of the 5th largest country in the world to choose from!

  • If you have no rent to pay then R$4300 is quite affordable. General costs:A very nice health plan for you and your family that includes overseas cover will cost you R$650/month. A good non-public school for you child will be R$500/month. The public schools will not be up to your expectations – especially outside SP or Rio.20,000 – 30,000 buys you…[Read more]

  • Hello Denise,Thank you for the information along with your offer to translate very much appreciated along with the new’s from the other Gringo members. I have a Linguaphone course on cd but finding it pretty difficult and frustrating also have a very very basic grasp of the language but it’s not easy going. I was a very competent morse operator in…[Read more]

  • [QUOTE=fabri1972]And do you know when you’ll go in SanPaolo? I don’t like too much Sao Paulo, because it’s real that it’s avery important cityfor the commerce but it’s a very dangerous city andsimilar at the European city. Don’t you think it?[/quote]Excuse me for hijacking this part of the question for Tony but…SP’s a huge place, and the level…[Read more]

  • [QUOTE=tomcru2] Denise, i dont speak Portuguese and this is not a poke at you but could translate in English for the non speaking Portuguese Gringos on the site. [/QUOTE]Sorry, Tom, I can’t translate every article/thing I post. I have an immense load of correspondence to take care of, even some personal e-mails go unanswered at times. I suggest…[Read more]

  • Anyway I’m off now to make my Pav while the babies are kind of behaving.I’ll take a picture and post it here but only if it works out ok.

  • Malignant Narcissism. A concept expounded on vis a vis the liberals by Tammy Bruce in her book “The Death of Right and Wrong.” It is the core of what’s wrong with the liberals today. Narcissists are not open to self-examination or self-criticizism, which is one reason why the liberal movement, which was so vital in the 60s, has deteriorated to…[Read more]

  • Hi Dragao, I have some teaching experience and what you are doing sounds great. Dont forget to practice speaking Portuguese at every opportunity. Dont worry about how it sounds or whether people will understand. Brasilians are very forgiving as they know how difficult their language is to speak.A brave technique is to watch a dvd in Portuguese…[Read more]