Why I Left Canada for The United States

I’ve been getting quite a number of emails asking why I left Canada for America. For those who haven’t been keeping up, I moved from Vancouver to Irvine in Southern California two months ago. In no particular order, these are the main reasons for the move to the OC.

I Get Paid In US Dollars

Getting paid in US dollar used to be a great blessing. Back then, the US dollar was worth a lot more than the Canadian dollar – I got as much as a $1.60 CAD for every $1.00 US. These days, the USD and CAD are at par to each other. This wouldn’t be so bad if the price of goods in Canada went down to reflect the exchange rate, but they haven’t.

Even with the dollar at par, there are still huge gaps in prices. For example, the Lexus RX350 that I purchased upon landing in the OC starts at $39,075. The same car starts at $44,950 in Vancouver. The gap really spreads when you want a Porsche. A 911 Turbo starts at $137,500 in the US and $159,400 in Canada. This would have been OK when I was getting $1.60 CAD for every $1.00 USD but it’s a complete rip off now.

It’s not just cars that are more expensive. Pretty much everything is more expensive in the great white north. Buying things in the US is a lot easier when you live in the US. There’s no need to worry about customs duties or additional shipping. You get first crack at new products since most companies launch products for the US market before any other. Shopping choices are also a lot greater. Compare Amazon.com to Amazon.ca and you’ll see what I mean.

The Medical Is Better

This may come as a shock to people living in Canada, but the medical service in the US is far superior to anything offered in Canada. When I take Sally to see a doctor in the US, I don’t have to wait. The appointment time is the actual time to see the doctor, not the time to wait in the waiting room. Test results are usually sent back the same day, and you can see a specialist without a referral.

Canadians will say their medical system is free and available to everyone. That’s only half true. The BC Medical Services Plan (MSP) isn’t free. You do have to pay for it if your family makes over $30,000 a year. If you make less than $22K a year, then it’s free. There is premium assistance between $22,001 to $30,000. The monthly premium rates are $60.50 for one person, $109.00 for a family of two and $121.00 for a family of three or more. You will have to pay out of your pocket for extended and dental coverage. I pay about the same in the US for my medical and dental as I do in the Canada, but the service is way better in the US.

The “universal” in universal medical a code word for, “hurry up and wait!” Yes, Canada’s universal medical system will pay for that MRI scan, if you’re willing to wait six months to a year. This is why you see so many Canadians going to the US for treatment but not a single American coming to Canada for treatment. Unless your case is considered life threatening, you will be waiting far longer than a patient in the US with private or company medical.

Closer To Trade Shows And Events

I was able to drive up to LA for the Blog World Expo instead of flying. I can fly to Vegas in an hour for the Affiliate Summit. There are multiple flights to Vegas everyday. I picked one that will land in time for my panel session. If I flew out of Vancouver, I would need to fly in a day early. Not only are flights from Vancouver more expensive but I’ll have an extra day hotel cost.

Let The Sun Shine In

The forecast on the left shows what Ashley has to look forward to when she flys back to Vancouver, after spending Christmas with me. The forecast on the right shows what she’ll be leaving behind. Of course, she doesn’t want to go but her school restarts in January.

Outdoor Dot Com Pho

Being in the OC allows me to host Dot Com Pho outdoors. This is something I can’t do in Vancouver because the pho restaurant in Vancouver don’t have patios. Even if there was a Pho shop with a patio, you’ll only be able to use it for a few days out of the year.

The 99% Is The 1%

Irvine is a master-planned city. The entire city was designed and developed by the Irvine Company. This means the city has no Downtown Eastside or any other undesirable neighborhoods. Irvine is the safest city in The United State with a population of over 200,000 and has one of the best school systems in the nation.

Occupy Orange County is in Irvine but no one pays attention to them. They claim that they are the 99%, but the running joke in Orange County is, the 99% is the 1%. This is not to say there are no poor people in Orange County, because there are. They just don’t hang out in Irvine.

Vancouver In The Summer, The OC Rest Of The Time

During the summer, Vancouver is really one of the best places in the world to live. I plan to spend my summers in Vancouver and the rest of the time down in the OC. This gives me an average temp of 72F all year long. Living the Dot Com Lifestyle allows me to do this.

How Can You Live In The US? Aren’t You Canadian?

A question I’ve been getting asked a lot is how am I able to live in The United States? Canadians are allowed to visit the US for up to six months without a visa. If you want to live here, you’ll have to get a visa.

There are many visas you can apply for. The general rule is, the more money you have, the easier it is to get a US visa. If you have $1 million laying around, you can pretty much buy a US visa. Fortunately, I didn’t have to do this. Instead, I took the easy way into the land of the free and the home of the brave. I married an American. 🙂


124 thoughts on “Why I Left Canada for The United States”

  1. ariannaodell says:

    Haha. This is a great post John. I like your last tip. Marry an American. Hope to see you up in Seattle more often!

    1. John Chow says:

      @ariannaodell I plan to swing through Seattle when I head back to Vancouver so ya, we’ll be seeing each other soon!

  2. Pilgrim says:

    Love your post, but …Hmmm … and I have been thinking about Canadian citizenship. Do you have to pay taxes in both countries?

    1. John Chow says:

      @Pilgrim Yes and no. Both countries require you to report income. You pay tax in the country that you reside in. The tax in the other country is offset with a tax credit so you end up paying only one tax.

      1. Pilgrim says:

        @John Chow Wow, John. Didn’t expect a direct reply from you, John. Thanks for all you do to keep us motivated. ( Glad to know the tax info. That was my main concern with dual citizenship.) So this still applies if you live in one country half the year and t he other country the second half?

        1. John Chow says:

          @Pilgrim Ya, you just have to declare which country is your country of residence. In your case, it would be Canada since you’ll be getting a Maple Card, which requires you to live in Canada for six months plus a day in order to keep the permanent resident status.

        2. Pilgrim says:

          Thanks, John. Things I definitely needed to know. You are better than Google… 🙂

  3. Josh says:

    Awesome! I just moved to O.C. a few months ago as well and LOVE it here.After being here for a while now i can’t even imagine living anywhere else. It’s so awesome.

    I did 33 years of snowy winters and that’s enough for me. 70° and sunny here every single day.

    1. John Chow says:

      It’s pretty hard to beat the OC weather! Right now, whenever I check the forecast in Vancouver, it’s always raining!

      1. Valentina says:

        Valentina

        I know we Vancouverites are soooo forgiving …. 30 days of rain and one of sun and we proclaim to be living in Shangrila!

  4. iamthecoolnerd says:

    Hey John. Gotta do what makes sense dude. Welcome to the U.S.

  5. chafik says:

    Very intersting post John! I moved from the US to Canada a few years back and although I still can see enough positive North of the border for now, I am keeping my options open. I definitely second everything you cited as your reasons for your moving South. Free healthcare is a scam – I had acces to the best healthcare in the world while in the US, for a fraction more than what I pay in Canada for service so inferior it just doesn’t stand comparison. Kudos to you and best of luck.

  6. Brad Waller says:

    Welcome to sunny SoCal John! I’ll have to see if I can drive out for one of your famous Dot Com Pho meals. If you want hockey, we have some OK teams out here some of the time. The Ducks truly suck this year (as if they don’t suck on principal), and the Kings have a chance if they can figure out how to score. I have season tix to the Kings if you want to catch a game “up north.”

    1. John Chow says:

      @Brad Waller Sounds good. I might take you up on that!

  7. Dysfunky says:

    My fiance is coming from the Philippines to very cold Boston as soon as we get the visa. She has never felt a temp below 70 Fahrenheit and has never seen snow in person. oh man its going to be a culture shock for her! Do the people seem different in Cali from Canadians?

    1. John Chow says:

      @Dysfunky I haven’t notice much, if any difference.

      1. Dysfunky says:

        @John [email protected] Will you be cheering for the Lakers or the Clippers this NBA season?

        1. John Chow says:

          @Dysfunky Does anyone cheer for the Clippers?

  8. JorgeDelgado says:

    Awesome! best wishes for you John

  9. post free ads says:

    Hay John where will you left The USA

  10. Tindor says:

    There’s nothing boring than the waiting room.

  11. wii u says:

    You sure didn’t leave Canada for those reasons only, there has to be something else, like your wife’s job requiring her to move to that area. To move to a different country just because goods are cheaper just doesn’t make sense, specially when you your financial situation is more than good. The reasons you listed are nothing more than “collateral effects” of you living in the US.

  12. Jonathanka says:

    You sure didn’t leave Canada for those reasons only, there has to be something else, like your wife’s job requiring her to move to that area. To move to a different country just because goods are cheaper just doesn’t make sense, specially when you your financial situation is more than good. The reasons you listed are nothing more than “collateral effects” of you living in the US.

    1. John Chow says:

      @Jonathanka My wife doesn’t work. One of the nice thing about living the Dot Com Lifestyle is I can live anywhere in the world, for any reason. I move because I want to, not because I have to.

  13. handytc says:

    Good choice on moving. Nothing against Canada but the opportunities are so much better as you highlighted.

  14. doablefinance says:

    Good move. The regret is on the Canadian side.

  15. webaddict says:

    @zoozees It was interesting though, @johnchow seemed pretty bluntly honest about it. I was always jealous of the free health care. LOL!

  16. John Chow says:

    No, my company is still based in Canada and still pay the low 13.5% corp rate. I will be subjected to US taxes on my personal income only, which is lower in than Canada’s. Best of both worlds! 😀

  17. Mort says:

    Grew up in OC and Owned a software company in Irvine for a decade. Irvine is a fake community planned by the Irvine Co. Look them up, not good. Your words on the poor says a lot about you. Gonna unsub now.

    1. John Chow says:

      @Mort I said Irvine is a master planned city developed by the Irvine Company in the post. I even linked to them, so you can assumed I looked them up way before I moved here. As for my words on the poor, maybe you should read this post: http://www.johnchow.com/we-raised-over-7500-for-the-union-gospel-mission/

    2. I agree with Mort, having lived in Newport Beach for over a decade @Mort

  18. Thad P says:

    Thanks for the update. Seems like many people in the US are of the opinion that healthcare in Canada is better than the US. Thanks for clarifying!

  19. mbear5917 says:

    Wow, so many opinions….I’m just glad you’re happy where you live! It’s really none of my business why you moved, and I really have no right to tell you yay or nay on your decision. Good for you on making the best choice for YOU and YOUR family! All the best! – Kimberly

  20. thaisold says:

    I lived in Irvine for years working in software, I lived Irvine and Corona Del Mar you’ll love it. I also married an american for the visa too. But hey now I live in Thailand so maybe your next move is there. 🙂

    1. John Chow says:

      @thaisold Funny you should say that. We are thinking of spending some time in Thailand. However, I doubt we’ll move there since we want Sally in the US school system.

  21. Thomas73 says:

    How about the lower taxes in the USA, even though Obama and Jerry Brown are continually trying to raise our taxes in CA & the USA the tax rate is still much lower than Canada … and we don’t have that awful GST tax on everything we buy although Jerry Brown is trying hard to make that a reality in CA …I agree with thaisold … now I am sure Thailand is the place to live … no taxes

  22. Deyson says:

    Thank you very much for such an enlightening post!

    Have a wonderful day!

  23. Good move on going to Cali. I live in Western NY near Buffalo. Major fail LOL.

  24. LeakWorthy says:

    Hi John. Welcome to Irvine. Hopefully I’ll get a chance to meetup with you someday. I run a cool website at http://www.leakworthy.com (Music worth leaking from unique artists). Currently I’m featuring a Christmas leak from a beloved singer/songwriter/filmmaker from San Diego until The New Year. Enjoy.

    Scott

  25. Health Care in the US is good if you have insurance or lots of money. But before Obamacare, 60,000 people a year went into bankruptcy for medical related reasons. Don’t have that problem in Canada. Also America lags far behind the rest of the industrialized world in most measures of quality of care For example we rank 46th for infant mortality, behind third world countries like Cuba. Overall, you do see Canadians who can afford it come across the border for minor care. But you won’t find any who want to trade their system for ours.

  26. LeakWorthy says:

    Hi John. Welcome to Irvine. Hopefully I’ll get a chance to meetup with you someday. I run a cool website at leakworthy dot com (Music worth leaking from unique artists). Currently I’m featuring a Christmas leak from a beloved singer/songwriter/filmmaker from San Diego until The New Year. Enjoy.

    Scott

  27. HomeEverAfter says:

    You’re telling my story! These are many of the same main reasons we’re moving out of Alaska. Cold, expensive, far… It’s just too hard to do real business when you’re not connected to the rest of the business world geographically.

  28. Congratulations on the move John. If I was in your shoes my main reason for moving would be the weather lol it can make a big difference on your mood as well ( Happier People In Warmer Climates ).

    That’s cool half the time in California and half in Vancouver sounds like it is a win, win for everyone. I wish you luck in California don’t worry it is not too crowded only 30,000,000 plus people most of them probably live in the L.A. area anyway.

  29. DrHeckle says:

    Welcome to America! Congrats on the move!

  30. johnl says:

    Most Canadians are arrogant about the “free” health care system here, It gives them a feeling of superiority. what most do not know is that is in no way shape of form is it “free” . Those sky high taxes you pay from federal and provincial income taxes, GST taxes, HST taxes, sneaky envirinmental taxes, tire taxes and on and on and the skimmining off the top for the politicians and beaurocrats, pays for it and the lousy service that goes with it.

    I have thought in the past that I too would like to live in the US but I have changed my mind these days. The US has been infected with same creeping illness of socialism as Canada. It is very sad because they are both beautiful countries.

    I will leave here myself soon for Thailand and less bleeding heart regulation.

    In the interim I will continue working on http://www.mississaugatownhouses.co

    1. PFKaP says:

      @johnl what ‘sky high taxes’, are you specifically referring to? The average Canadian pays approx. same income tax as Americans

      1. John Chow says:

        @[email protected] If you think the income tax between Canada and US is the same, you are in for a shock. LOL In Vancouver, the top income tax rate is 43.7% (federal and provincial) and kicks in at $128,801. The top income tax rate in the United States is 35% but doesn’t kick in until you’re making more than $373,650 a year. At the $128K level, the rate is 28%. California state income tax will add an additional 9%.

        1. Vance Sova says:

          @John [email protected]@johnl Hey John,

          You chose what works best for you. No need to be justifying it. I don’t know if it’s true 100% but I think it is, I just read that recently California has imposed tax on Amazon for having affiliates so Amazon dumped all affiliates in California.

          If you know otherwise about this I’d like to hear it.

        2. John Chow says:

          @Vance [email protected]@johnl The “Amazon Law” in California got put off for a year so Amazon can appeal it. It doesn’t affect me anyway since my company is based in Vancouver.

        3. Vance Sova says:

          @John [email protected]@johnl Hey John,

          I also read that no matter where your company is based, California will still tax you $800 for it just because you reside in that weather blessed state.

  31. Marita says:

    Yes, you may get good medical care in the US, but it’s “buyer beware” here. There is no efficiency built into the system and you will be billed the highest possible rate because it’s a free market. Just because you’re sick doesn’t make anyone bill you at a decent rate or coordinate your care with other doctors to avoid identical tests.

    Going to the doctor here is like going to buy a new car: you’ll be sold as many bells and whistles as possible at the highest price possible. And if you happen to have health insurance, that doesn’t mean that much either, because they’re allowed to exclude just about anything they want. In fact, you may pay more if you use your insurance than if you pay a doctor’s cash price! I recently found that out taking my daughter to her doctor. I don’t know if it’s like this across the country, but it’s the wild wild west here in the golden state 🙂

    1. John Chow says:

      Where did you study economics? The free market means everything get billed as high as possible? I guess a monopoly like ICBC means the prices are super cheap, huh? Funny, how a monopoly like ICBC charged me $1,800 a year to insure my Canadian car (even with the max 43% discount) but I got my US car insured by a private free market company for $800.

  32. fas says:

    Really smart move John. And by going between US and Canada, your never bored of living in the same place!

  33. CaptainCanada says:

    So you benefit from every opportunity of being a Canadian while you were here, and bolt to save a few bucks as your excuse. Good riddance, you were a parasite and a sorry excuse for a Canuck.

  34. seanstr says:

    Great article, John. I knew you were setting yourself up for some controversy when you pointed out the facts about American vs Canadian heath care. Canadians (of which I am one) are especially sensitive about any criticism of our “free” healthcare system, and don’t seem to understand the rationing aspect (ie. wait times) of our system. But the most entertaining comment referred to the “free market” as the reason for “being billed the highest possible rate”. Maybe you should look into private schools in Thailand, if these are shining products of North American schooling! 🙂

  35. Calvin Mah says:

    Hey John,

    That’s kinda sad that you have to move to the US. Make sure that when you are in Vancouver that you continue your Dot Com Pho’s.

    Cheers! Calvin

    1. Michael Kwan says:

      Dot Com Pho Vancouver lives on with or without Chow around. 🙂 Follow us on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/dotcompho

    2. John Chow says:

      Like the michaelkwan says, Dot Com Pho Vancouver still happens in Vancouver, with or without me.

  36. Supa says:

    Very good post. I live in Quebec and I’m also thinking about moving out of Canada but to a caribbean location. Our tax situation here and healthcare system is depressing.

    1. PFKaP says:

      You think the health care in the Carribean is better? LOL

  37. I’m from Paris and it’s a great city but I hate being there all year long so I go to spend time in other countries lie in south america.

    A question though, you didn’t mention anything about networking, isn’t it better to live in the US to meet other marketers ? A lot of them do actually live in California 🙂

    1. John Chow says:

      While there are lots of big affiliates in California, the networking is about the same as Vancouver. Lots of big affiliates there too.

  38. devinelines says:

    Hi John,

    Welcome to Orange County! Thanks for the explanation detailing your reasons for the move. Loved your comment about “universal” being code for “hurry up and wait.” I’ve had plenty of experience getting MRIs and other types of expensive and advanced treatments for my wife. (People here who complain about the cost generally don’t want to pony up for insurance.) I wish everyone could read your points about the quality of medical care. Unfortunately, we’re on our way to emulating Canada and other “universal” systems – unless things turn around.

    1. Obamacare is scary. Being a Health Insurance agent in California is tough. Just like the Mortgage business, Health Insurance is becoming more regulated by the minute and we may lose our job once the California Exchange is up and running in 2014. The Obama entitlement programs are teaching our youth that everything they want is for free and they don’t have to work for it. California just passed a law where all insurance programs must cover Maternity which adds cost to the premiums. Why would a single man want maternity coverage? @devinelines

  39. Gregory Paul says:

    Really interesting information. I used to export a lot of high end cars to Canadians. Does the import tax balance out the cost when you bring the car across to Canada?

    1. John Chow says:

      @Gregory Paul If the car is made in the US, there is no import tax thanks to NAFTA. I think an import has a 13% tax.

  40. Hi John,

    Sounds like you’re getting the best from both sides!

  41. PFKaP says:

    It’s true- If you are moderately wealthy in the US, you may have access to better healthcare. But for the rest of, oh say, 95% of the population, you have to go to the Emergency room for basic care, which will cost you hundreds of dollars AT LEAST. In Canada, you might wait a little bit (i always wait in the states, too), but your visit will not cost a DIME!

    1. devinelines says:

      @PFKaP You wouldn’t have to go to the emergency room if you purchased insurance… instead of, say, an iPhone or a flat screen TV. Waiting a little bit for emergency care (or even an MRI to find out if you need emergency care) might not cost you a dime, but it could cost you your life.

      1. I love your comment Mitch. Us Insurance Agents are worried about the integrity of healthcare here and hope that doesn’t change. @devinelines @PFKaP

  42. EvanH says:

    HiJohn,

    I I live in Vancouver, and I totally agree and understand your choice. Although I love Vancouver and it’s one of the best cities on the earth, their medical system really sucks,and other problems are the same as what you mentioned above. I never know that there is a such good place(Irvine) in California, haha~ I will consider it as my second choice in the future.

  43. Nnamdi says:

    Best choice for your business ever

  44. Danno says:

    I think you are really smart to leave Vancouver. So many people go on about this being the best place on earth, what nonsense, maybe if you like paying through the roof for housing and enjoy living in the rain. Why leave the best place on earth? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CuOC0kH_Ado This youtube video is funny, some people have really swallowed the kook aid about Vancouver.

  45. whateverebay says:

    love your last line! welcome to sunny Cali!

  46. An interesting life for new and have a nice your family in the U.S.

  47. Gregg Zban says:

    It’s refreshing to see someone from another country praise our system instead of trash it. I think we have it pretty damn good in the USA. Glad to have you John! Welcome!

    Gregg,

    The Guru Hub

    http://theguruhub.com

  48. notagrouch says:

    Again John, Welcome to Irvine! Glad to have you as our neighbor.

  49. philin says:

    Good to hear that you have found greener pastures in the Land of the Free. Hope you are settled down by now with new places to visit and friends to make.

    Have a nice day!

    Diana Tan

    http://www.DianaTan.net

  50. elisedmoore says:

    @zoozees I’ve heard that Canadian health care is the worst of both worlds: worse quality than US, pay more than UK.

  51. elisedmoore says:

    @zoozees However, if you’re low income and you *do* have a medical emergency, you’re happy to have it!

  52. VikramSohal says:

    Damn, John! I had no idea you moved to Irvine. As OC resident and a long-time reader of JC.com (although I’ve slacked off in recent months), I’m very excited to read this news. I’ll be sure to stop by one of your Irvine or OC events to say “hello.”

    1. John Chow says:

      @VikramSohal I’m doing Pho this Sat. The last Dot Com Pho of 2011. Please join us. 🙂

  53. John,

    Don’t forget your roots. Make sure you come back on Canada Day and don’t worry we will save some rain for you.

    Interesting stats you mentioned for the insurance premiums.

    I like Northern California more but you get the consistent weather in Southern California.

    1. John Chow says:

      @Steve @ Canadian Personal Finance I’ll be back in the summer. Can’t miss those summer fireworks and the PNE! 🙂

  54. Kerwin says:

    John,

    This is a funny post. Congrats on the move southward.

    PS: I like Vancouver :-).

  55. John Chow says:

    Thanks. You keep writing and I’ll keep writing. 🙂

  56. ibnujusup says:

    it must be great to live in USA John… land of oppurtunity and hope… I’ve a mission to go to America, but for some vacation really.. sort of released the stressed from my IM world..

  57. Linh Tang says:

    Hey John. When’s the next dot com pho? I’m live in San Diego and I’m usually in Orange County every other week. Would love to join your next dot com pho.

    1. John Chow says:

      I’m doing one this Saturday. Follow me on Twitter to find the time and location. I normally tweet it out on Friday.

  58. dougw54 says:

    Not to mention lower taxes (and tax deductible mortgage interest) and you can buy an entire house for less than $500K. (Your second home can be boat that is also tax deductible!)

  59. JulioMattos says:

    Hey John, Welcome to California. As for the move being in in a few different places in Toronto, Alberta Quebec and Vancouver in the past during the different seasons and also meeting a lot of people who come to San Francisco for vacation. There is a lot of things which translates to the different reasons for your move, plus your personal reasons (Family changes and Expansion Ie Education differences, Etc.) its always fun to have 2 different locations to live and call home. Plus you have to do what’s best for you and your family. Again welcome to California John.

  60. JulioMattos says:

    One more thing could be mentioned is the tax rates and medicare in both countries differs no matter what. Everyone who does not really see the tax and medicare differences. You can easily find out these by visiting the http://canada.gc.ca/ and for the USA http://www.usa.gov/ and about everyone cross both cross countries. If you have ever lived in a city, suburbs, valley, country side and all in between. The costs will always very and so in one place both medicare and taxes will be higher yet in your view and another persons it will not be the same. So all in all we will just need to work with one another to make a difference.

    1. Here here! @JulioMattos

  61. Marita says:

    John, I’m just trying to convey useful information. I have expats here from Germany and France used to their universal healthcare systems that cover just about everything (not sure how the services compare to Canadian, but they’re super expensive also). The first thing I tell them when they’re set on moving here is to budget for healthcare costs at least the amount of what they’re paying for universal healthcare and probably more: many insurances exclude specific diseases or pre-existing conditions like asthma. If they buy health insurance, they have to compare every single item. For example, many insurance companies in California exclude maternity and emergency room services. Many other services are 50% copay. Best strategy: take care of yourself and don’t get sick 🙂 @John Chow

  62. TheresaHHall says:

    Hey John,

    Glad to have you in the USA. Super!

    Sally has grown so tall and she has a wonderful personality. We shared Christmas with my Grand Niece, Harper Jane, who is now fifteen months. What a gem she is.

    Happy New Year!

  63. TT_admin says:

    Ha ha, keeping it controversial as always, i run http://www.theirtactics.com – a soccer tactics website, might have to move the other direction- to Europe! Its called the dot com life, yay! keep us posted on how you adapt.

  64. kory says:

    Hi John,

    You are right. How I wish I can move to Southern California……Like what you say can drive to Blog World Expo and some more got very nice weather.

    Wish you all the best!

  65. Vance Sova says:

    Hey John,

    Thanks for the reply to my comment. However the comment and your reply is hidden. I wonder how it was done since I commented a few hours ago and you replied after that. On the other hand 2 day old comments are showing.

    1. John Chow says:

      @Vance Sova I think Livefyre is set to show 50 comments per page. I’m not sure how it decides which 50 to show.

      1. Vance Sova says:

        @John Chow It might be worth it to find out. If you look at what comments are showing it doesn’t seem to have any obvious criteria. Anyway I found the commets that don’t show by scrolling all the way down and clicking on the button that says “show 50 more” The number will increase hopefully as more people comment unless the hidden comments that will show by clicking on that button are also limited to 50.

        1. John Chow says:

          @Vance Sova This looks like a good question for livefyre I’m sure she’ll chime in and answer it.

        2. Dhara Mistry says:

          @John [email protected] Sova Hey Vance, we display the latest 50 parent comments. When you click “Show More” it will display the 50 comments already showing and the previous 50 comments and so on. At the moment that feature isn’t customizable to show more or less comments, but it is a feature on our product roadmap that we’re looking to implement down the road.

        3. Vance Sova says:

          @Dhara [email protected] Chow Thanks John and thanks Dhara.

          I posted a comment and within a few hours it was hidden in the comments no longer displayed while there were 2 day old comments still showing. That to me seems to contradict your saying that you display 50 latest comments.

          Something is not working right in that case.

        4. Dhara Mistry says:

          @Vance [email protected] Chow Hey Vance, we show the latest 50 parent comments. Are you referring to your replies to John’s comments? We like to keep the replies attached to the parent comments, that way that particular conversation is not lost.

  66. TerenceChang says:

    Good for you John! You will love Irvine. Well. You will love Arizona, if you stay long enough.

    You are right. 99% of the people living in Irvine is the 1%. Congratulation to you and live like the 1%! It took me 14 years to get my citizenship, but I am no living like the 99%. 🙂

  67. Mobile Van says:

    Nice post John. Though Irvine doesn’t have the issues that you mentioned in your post.

    Such as the occupy movement it will experience problems of stagnant growth. Jerry Brown

    has just won a ruling (29 Dec 2011) that he can use redevelopment funds to close the

    state’s (California) budget deficit. Here in Carmel by the Sea, Monterey Peninsula

    (north central California) we are trying to prevent the Orange County model which is over

    development without the resources (water & traffic) that California suffers.

    Southern California, John is a desert. Water is the next major commodity of the world.

    It’s also a shame that people can literally buy their way into an American citizenship

    whereas Americans can’t in 99% of the world.

    Your post are consistently filled with useful information and I think you make a contribution

    worldwide. Though I’ve been an Apple user before the original Mac and during Apple’s

    $13 a share, remember that Apple is scheduled to introduce an iPhone with a .5 larger

    viewing screen. You might want to hold your horses for four months until after March 2012.

    Apple must introduce a wider array of smart phones with wider screens if they are going to

    compete in the smart phone market. They must look into Steve’s brain and become visionaries.

    Many eMarketers got stuck in the venture partnership model and were left behind, desperately

    trying to dump useless and obsolete software products on emarketing newbies.

    Finally, what should I expect to pay for a robust blog with mobile (tablet) & desktop power?

    I think I remember you stating that you pay approximately $345.00 monthly for your monthly

    hosting.

    Have visited Vancouver, Canada several times.

    Welcome to America ! ! !

    Van

  68. My grandparents came to the United States from England for the medical care. My grandfather had dementia and my grandmother’s body just broke down. They were well taken care of here in the United States until the day they passed away.

  69. My grandparents were from the UK and moved to the US not only to be with us but because of better healthcare. Being a Health Insurance agent, I am living with HealthCare Reform and hope the country maintains choice.

  70. I like your comment. My grandparents were from the UK and left because of the healthcare system. I am a Health Insurance Agent in California and we are all praying Obamacare doesn’t destroy the integrity of quality healthcare.

  71. LyricsEpoch says:

    Where I come from we used to call US the land of milk and honey until we knew the kind of work our friends who came there, were doing. I still think that with the right attitude, its the country with the most opportunities.

    1. I like your positive attitude. Thank you. @LyricsEpoch

  72. @John Chow I was under the impression that Canada was better in health care and education, but now I get a better picture from your “hurry up and wait” scenario. And what about how I’ve heard for years that Canada is a whole lot cleaner as far as pollution goes and safer as far as crime?

    1. John Chow says:

      @MarketSecretsBlogger Vancouver and Irvine are both extremely clean. As for safe, that really depends on where you live. You can fine both safe and very unsafe cities in both countries. Irvine is the safest city in the US with a population over 200,000. Having a master-planned city that attracts more well to do family helps in the safety part.

  73. BookLeverage says:

    Welcome to SoCal! And if you work from home or near your business you don’t have to deal with traffic, which is a big plus.

    1. John Chow says:

      @BookLeverage Ya, I never deal with traffic. Not in Vancouver and for sure, not in SoCal!

  74. Pilgrim says:

    What I want to know now that the president has signed into law NDAA, his right to have arrested and hold any American Citizen indefinitely … how does freedom in Canada look. I would rather pay more for everything and live without fear of being imprisoned for criticizing the government.

    1. John Chow says:

      @Pilgrim So you don’t think Canada can hold you indefinitely, huh? 🙂

      1. Pilgrim says:

        @John Chow I should have explained better. New NDAA law allows to seize a citizen without any kind of search warrant, charges, etc. hold indefinitely without trial/due process of law. The president has the authority to target any citizen and that person can disappear to unknown places and never be seen on these shores or heard from again. . President said he would never use that authority against American citizens. Nontheless he can if he wants and so can the succeeding presidents. Criticizing the government can be considered an act of terrorism. All these things violate our Constitution. So would you say Canada has those some kind of laws… cause a lot of people are looking at Canada. ( SOPA is another bad law on the horizon that gives government authority to shut down anyone’s website, or a whole server. Maybe you want to delete my comments. They might be considered treasonous. ANYWAY, JOHN YOU ARE A GREAT GUY AND WE ARE GLAD TO CLAIM YOU AS OUR OWN. I PLAN ON STUDYING WITH YOUR SITE A LOT THIS YEAR. YOU ARE A GIFT, A GIFT, A GIFT. okay, I’m done.

  75. Great idea John, I am from Calgary Alberta, Canada. I agree with you 100%. As for medical well I have unfortunately been in the $22,000 a year income living on government susidy. But before 2013 I will be joining you in Irvine, as I started my own blog and with the help of you blogs and a few other professionals that income level is about to change. Bets of luck in the land of the free, best wishes for 2012.

    1. John Chow says:

      @barrysnetworking Looking forward to meeting in the OC!

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