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Old 09-23-14, 10:16 AM
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My other brother is moving in.

So last December my older brother came down from Wisconsin & stayed with us until the first week of February so he could work. That worked out well for all concerned.

A couple of weeks ago, my younger brother messaged me to ask if he could come stay with us while he looks for work.

For the past two years he's been living in Malta. He just got laid off, and hasn't had any luck getting another job in Europe before his work visa expires, so he's moving back to the US. He owns a home in Atlanta, but he's currently renting it out, so that's not an option. For whatever reason, staying with our Dad & Step-mom isn't an option, either. Since we have the room, we said yes to his request. We did warn him up front about the lack of central heat & air (we have window units), about the fact we only have one car (but are close to the bus/train lines), and the fact we don't have a bed in the spare room. He said he'd buy a bed & leave it with us as pseudo-rent, the lack of central heat/air isn't an issue, and he's used to using public transportation. He does have a dog, which he was willing to have Dad keep, but we said she wouldn't be a problem as long as she gets along with the cats and doesn't dig in the back yard.

Anyway, he's flying in two weeks from today.

He's mainly looking for freelance illustration/writing work. He's quite talented, too.
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Old 09-23-14, 11:33 AM
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sigh... as my future son in law is working on his degree in 3D animation and design.

You are a good brother monogodo. Good luck to your brother in finding a suitable job.
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Old 09-23-14, 12:13 PM
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I just went on a road trip with a guy who's brother and BF's GF moved in with him...

Don't do it. But if you must: outline what you expect him to do/not do while he's under your roof and set a firm deadline for him leaving, employed or not...
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Old 09-23-14, 12:30 PM
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I'm not that worried about him being with us long term. He's hoping to have something lined up within a couple of months. He may also simply need to stay with us until the his renters' lease is up so he can move back to his house.

He's also the responsible brother. Of the three of us, he's the only one with a 4-year degree, and he's never been arrested.
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Old 09-23-14, 12:45 PM
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Is your other brother named Darryl?
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Wow, he really IS talented! My best wishes for him, I hope he lands something lucrative!
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Old 09-23-14, 03:29 PM
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Make sure he has documentation of a current rabies vaccination. The rules for bringing in a dog are less restrictive than I thought, but that will still be required coming in from Malta.
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Old 09-24-14, 08:56 AM
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Make sure he has documentation of a current rabies vaccination. The rules for bringing in a dog are less restrictive than I thought, but that will still be required coming in from Malta.
I'm sure he's already taken care of that. Like I said, he's the responsible one. He's had the dog for years, and brought her with him to Malta 2 years ago when he moved there. The first thing he said he had to do about coming back was making sure her shots were current. I'm more worried about her picking up fleas in the back yard and bringing them into the house and infesting the cats. We'll be putting the cats on Frontline (or some other flea preventative) before he gets here, and he says he's been good about keeping his dog current on her anti-flea/anti-tick meds.
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I'm sure he's already taken care of that. Like I said, he's the responsible one. He's had the dog for years, and brought her with him to Malta 2 years ago when he moved there. The first thing he said he had to do about coming back was making sure her shots were current. I'm more worried about her picking up fleas in the back yard and bringing them into the house and infesting the cats. We'll be putting the cats on Frontline (or some other flea preventative) before he gets here, and he says he's been good about keeping his dog current on her anti-flea/anti-tick meds.
Honestly I was thinking more about being sure he had the documentation with him when entering the U.S. I'd be paranoid and go with multiple copies in different places including one on his person. But not limited to just one on him as the coat pocket seems most convenient and bad luck has the coat getting left behind or it falling out when in the luggage rack.
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Old 09-24-14, 02:37 PM
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Knowing him, he'll have multiple instances of documentation with him.

Out of curiosity, I looked up his flight information. He has a 3 hour flight from Malta to Frankfurt, where he then has a 13 hour layover. He then has an 11 hour flight direct from Frankfurt to Dallas. With his dog. He says he'll be fine, but she'll not like it.

Oh, and when they arrive, they'll get to cram in our Hyundai Veloster for the 20-30 minute ride to my house. Looking forward to that, let me tell ya.
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Old 09-24-14, 04:15 PM
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So monogodo, while you have the floor I have a question.

NFL Owner: Neutered Feline Layabout Owner?
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Old 09-25-14, 08:39 AM
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Originally Posted by ahsposo View Post
So monogodo, while you have the floor I have a question.

NFL Owner: Neutered Feline Layabout Owner?
That's actually appropriate. I do have 4 cats, and they have all been spayed/neutered, and not one of them contributes to the general upkeep of the household. Well, they do occasionally hunt down flying insects, but they rarely catch them.

And from the way my team is playing this season, that description is also accurate.
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Old 10-07-14, 10:18 AM
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He (and his dog) arrived safe & sound yesterday. He's settling in today while we're at work. The cats aren't too happy about a dog in the house, though.
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Are you willing to share your bikes? Or is that to personal?
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I don't have a problem with him riding my bikes. In fact, I've offered to set one up for him to tool around the neighborhood on.
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Update:

He's been here for a month now. His dog, Cleo, is great. She's quiet & well behaved. The cats still don't know what to make of her. Charlie tells me that, during the day, Cleo sleeps on his bed, and the cats sit on the window sill looking outside, while he sits at his computer doing art stuff.

Initially he set up his computer in the front living room, because it was quiet & away from everything. Within a week he'd moved it into his bedroom, because he was getting a glare from the windows.

He's very different from our older brother, who stayed with us last December & January. Tim is very gregarious, and had gone out socializing more times in the first week he was here than my wife and I did the entire time he was here. Of course, he had a car to get around. Charlie is like my wife and me: introverted, quiet, would rather read or watch TV than be out w/ people. He does enjoy watching Packers games in a bar setting, though.

I set up my single-speed MTB for him to ride. I picked up a set of Continental Town & Country tires for it to replace the older Specialized Fat Boy 1.25s that were on it. Had to lower the seat about a half an inch, but other than that, it was a perfect fit. Now he doesn't have to rely on us to get around or go shopping.

I think our electric usage has gone down since he arrived. He is used to living in Malta, where the build quality is horrible, and their HVAC isn't as efficient as it is here. So he pretty much just opens the windows to let breezes cool him. Now that it's colder, he just dresses appropriately, and sleeps with an additional blanket.

I get the impression that he's about to give up on finding freelance work and begin looking for a more steady permanent job. He mentioned the other day that he's only had two freelance gigs in the last two months, and both of them he picked up prior to leaving Malta. I've forwarded a few local job opportunities to him since he's been here, and he said he'd check them out, but I don't know that he has.

I'm also not sure he wants to stay in Dallas. His girlfriend is still in Malta. She's researching schools in the US to see about getting her Masters degree in music (she plays viola in the symphony in Malta). The problem is she's Bulgarian, so there are visa issues. I'm sure they'll work something out somehow.
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