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Today I've been in the U.S. for 22 years! There are many things I love about life here and I suspect I wouldn't even recognize a lot of Britain if I visited there... but that will always be home to me. It's also the 50th (or 49th?) anniversary of my stage debut - my first school assembly to celebrate St George's Day [biggrin] 
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How did you land in the USA, Nicky? Must be a story there.

I work with a man that emigrated to the US from Britain. He's been here a long time and has become a citizen, too. His story is that his psychic aunt predicted that he would someday live in a foreign country. That doesn't really explain how he landed in Oklahoma, but that's his story.

I've lived most of my life within 100 miles of where I was born. So, I'm always curious about how and why people actually dwell oceans away from their birth home. Maybe a STFUD question, but I'm curious. 
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23 August 1995! (typed in the European style just for you Nicky)

Have you ever been back home?

I would love to hear what brought you to this country, too!~

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LOL! Thanks for the European date, Ali. It was actually 23rd April, 1995. I've been back home a few times but I used to be too busy to go often and in the last 10+ years I haven't been able to afford to go. The last time I went was for my mother's funeral in February 2008, just for 4 days. I'm sure a lot has changed in the UK since then. I have a few British friends here who go every year and I would love that. 

As for the story that brought me here... there are long, long navel-gazing versions and shorter, possibly less accurate, versions. A short version is that I wanted to get fully licensed as a psychotherapist and it was more appealing to do that in California than in London. I had the offer of a job in Santa Barbara and a friend who had recently retired living there (he was my mentor in London) so I made the move, intending to return to London when my studying was over - about 3 years, probably. That's all accurate, by the way! Then I found the job didn't work out for me, I started working for Jeff instead (he was the neighbor of the people I first worked for and also the father of one of my tutoring students), my friend developed dementia and needed a care giver, and the studying got put on hold for a few years. By the time I did get my license I was married with a child and integrated into my new world. There - semi introspective and long enough to pass off as the full story. 

Thank you for asking!
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omg.  I am losing it!  I turned April into August.

That's a very interesting story of how you came here. It was a gutsy move on your part - leaving your home country. I think your friend with dementia was fortunate to have you as a care giver.  It must have been difficult for you when he died.  

My brother and sister-in-law moved to Massachusetts for a "few" years when their kids were little to allow sister-in-law to work on her doctorate. They ain't never comin' back.  The kids grew up there and now there are seven grandchildren born there. Sometimes you just never know, do you.  

I'm not the wandering type and I can't help but envy and admire those who go out into the world to seek adventure.  



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