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12 hours ago, dunlopp9987 said:

Some good news to share. After being unemployed for the better part of a year and a half (bar working on a film last summer and a month at a restaurant), I have my first full-time job in forever! I'm the personal assistant to the CEO of a start-up real estate company based in NYC.

The company is growing exponentially, so I'm excited for the possibility of growth/raises. And it's all remote for now, which allows me to still be here in Minnesota, but it gives me a job when I move back to NYC next year, which was something I desperately wanted. 

Only 3 days in but I'm really looking forward to this being the perfect job to pay the bills, while I venture down a new career path in community organizing and outreach. 

Everything's coming up dunlopp!

I read that as working in a bar so took a while to make sense of it.:unsure:

Nice one, love it when a plan comes together; in the words of Michelle Shocked, New York City imagine that (song popped into my jead when I read NYC)!

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14 hours ago, dunlopp9987 said:

Some good news to share. After being unemployed for the better part of a year and a half (bar working on a film last summer and a month at a restaurant), I have my first full-time job in forever! I'm the personal assistant to the CEO of a start-up real estate company based in NYC.

The company is growing exponentially, so I'm excited for the possibility of growth/raises. And it's all remote for now, which allows me to still be here in Minnesota, but it gives me a job when I move back to NYC next year, which was something I desperately wanted. 

Only 3 days in but I'm really looking forward to this being the perfect job to pay the bills, while I venture down a new career path in community organizing and outreach. 

Everything's coming up dunlopp!

Good news that, really pleased for you.  I have been through similar.  I took a voluntary redundancy after never being out of work for 40 years. I got a good package but still had to find another job.  I had two in the first 18 months, neither of which was right.  I was then fortunate to get what was the perfect job for me and I stayed there until I retired.

Hope it all works out for you dunlopp.

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2 hours ago, markjazzbassist said:

congrats dunlopp (what's your first name?)

Oddly enough, dunlopp is nowhere to be found in my name. It was the last name of a role I played in The Music Man when I was 14, right when I first started getting an email account. Here I am 20 years later still using the same username 🤦🏼‍♂️

First name is Derek! Although not sure I want you lot to know that much personal information about me (looking at you @MikeO)

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11 minutes ago, dunlopp9987 said:

Oddly enough, dunlopp is nowhere to be found in my name. It was the last name of a role I played in The Music Man when I was 14, right when I first started getting an email account. Here I am 20 years later still using the same username 🤦🏼‍♂️

First name is Derek! Although not sure I want you lot to know that much personal information about me (looking at you @MikeO)

:DYou forget that as admin I have access to your email address and ip address, I could track you down easy if I wanted to, hmmmm💭. Reminds me of a line from My Name is Earl, "Ain't no use running, fool! I know where your momma parks your house!":P

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12 minutes ago, Zoo 2.0 said:

I became a Dad for the first time today, already feel like my life has changed but so happy. My wife gave birth to a beautiful girl who we've named Eleanor. 

Can't wait to take her to Goodison already, she's been born into a football loving family (the wife's side are all FC Porto mad) so she will fit in the same I think - might even be the Everton Women's #1 in 16 years time :yay:...

Congratulations!

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53 minutes ago, Zoo 2.0 said:

I became a Dad for the first time today, already feel like my life has changed but so happy. My wife gave birth to a beautiful girl who we've named Eleanor. 

Can't wait to take her to Goodison already, she's been born into a football loving family (the wife's side are all FC Porto mad) so she will fit in the same I think - might even be the Everton Women's #1 in 16 years time :yay:...

Brilliant news mate, life changing indeed. @Mattwill be after you for copyright infringement though, his daughter is an Eleanor as well. Lovely name mind, huge congrats to you both!

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3 hours ago, Zoo 2.0 said:

I became a Dad for the first time today, already feel like my life has changed but so happy. My wife gave birth to a beautiful girl who we've named Eleanor. 

Can't wait to take her to Goodison already, she's been born into a football loving family (the wife's side are all FC Porto mad) so she will fit in the same I think - might even be the Everton Women's #1 in 16 years time :yay:...

Congratulations mate that’s great news, we shall all have to lookout in a few years for a little girl at games wearing a scarf that is 50% Everton and 50% Porto. 

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13 hours ago, Zoo 2.0 said:

I became a Dad for the first time today, already feel like my life has changed but so happy. My wife gave birth to a beautiful girl who we've named Eleanor. 

Can't wait to take her to Goodison already, she's been born into a football loving family (the wife's side are all FC Porto mad) so she will fit in the same I think - might even be the Everton Women's #1 in 16 years time :yay:...

Well done mate!!  

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Brilliant, well done Zoo2.0.  You have no idea how your life will change (for the better).  Forget about all the 'old' priorities, you will be making a long list of new ones. Best wishes to you and Mrs Zoo2.0.

 

(Speaking as a dad of four, oldest aged 60!)

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17 hours ago, Romey 1878 said:

Congratulations!

Thanks mate :happy:!!

16 hours ago, MikeO said:

Brilliant news mate, life changing indeed. @Mattwill be after you for copyright infringement though, his daughter is an Eleanor as well. Lovely name mind, huge congrats to you both!

Thanks mate! I did speak with Matt before she was born and even though he was initially quite angry with me we managed to come to a settlement agreement (£22, a Curly Wurly and a one year supply of Freddo chocolate bars).

16 hours ago, Matt said:

Always knew you had a good sense of taste, Zoo ;)

Congratulations mate, incredibly happy for you :)

Haha indeed mate! Thank you, we're both so happy (two good minds and all eh :lol:!)

14 hours ago, Palfy said:

Congratulations mate that’s great news, we shall all have to lookout in a few years for a little girl at games wearing a scarf that is 50% Everton and 50% Porto. 

If you hear a little girl screaming Portuguese as we win yet another league title, then you know who it is 😋!! Thanks buddy.

10 hours ago, markjazzbassist said:

Congrats @Zoo 2.0 being a father is the best

What a feeling indeed, thanks bud!

4 hours ago, Btay said:

Well done mate!!  

Cheers matey! 

35 minutes ago, johnh said:

Brilliant, well done Zoo2.0.  You have no idea how your life will change (for the better).  Forget about all the 'old' priorities, you will be making a long list of new ones. Best wishes to you and Mrs Zoo2.0.

 

(Speaking as a dad of four, oldest aged 60!)

Thank you John, speaking from good experience there no doubt! Life has certainly changed, but it has gone to another level! Best Wishes to you too!

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On 15/05/2021 at 20:01, Zoo 2.0 said:

I became a Dad for the first time today, already feel like my life has changed but so happy. My wife gave birth to a beautiful girl who we've named Eleanor. 

Can't wait to take her to Goodison already, she's been born into a football loving family (the wife's side are all FC Porto mad) so she will fit in the same I think - might even be the Everton Women's #1 in 16 years time :yay:...

 

On 10/05/2021 at 23:51, dunlopp9987 said:

Some good news to share. After being unemployed for the better part of a year and a half (bar working on a film last summer and a month at a restaurant), I have my first full-time job in forever! I'm the personal assistant to the CEO of a start-up real estate company based in NYC.

The company is growing exponentially, so I'm excited for the possibility of growth/raises. And it's all remote for now, which allows me to still be here in Minnesota, but it gives me a job when I move back to NYC next year, which was something I desperately wanted. 

Only 3 days in but I'm really looking forward to this being the perfect job to pay the bills, while I venture down a new career path in community organizing and outreach. 

Everything's coming up dunlopp!

Brilliant news for you both! Congrats.

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4 minutes ago, johnh said:

Went into town today, got parked easily.  Called in the Barbers, empty, so got straight in. Did a bit of shopping then home.  I had forgotten how nice a haircut feels.

Nice one John. My wife always used to "cut" my hair (clippers #2 all over) and now my lad does it (clippers without attachment) so not been to the barbers for years, I actually now do his on a #4. Agree it feels nice though, right back to when I was a kid always loved a haircut. 

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59 minutes ago, johnh said:

Went into town today, got parked easily.  Called in the Barbers, empty, so got straight in. Did a bit of shopping then home.  I had forgotten how nice a haircut feels.

Must be nice to have hair mate I’m beginning to forget what hair feels like 😩

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14 hours ago, Palfy said:

Must be nice to have hair mate I’m beginning to forget what hair feels like 😩

Palfy, my hair (though a mix of grey and white) still grows at a rate of knots. Before Covid, I used to have to go for a haircut every 3 weeks or so.

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1 minute ago, johnh said:

Palfy, my hair (though a mix of grey and white) still grows at a rate of knots. Before Covid, I used to have to go for a haircut every 3 weeks or so.

You lucky sod, I’m starting to sport the cheaper version, a cut every 4-5 weeks with a 50% discount due to the lack of time it takes. 

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5 hours ago, markjazzbassist said:

Haven’t had a drink in 3 months.  Feeling the best I ever have mentally, and getting the best sleep of my life.  I feel great about my decision to give it up for me.

Good man. 18 months for me.  Went out and met friends tonight, 3 or 4 diet cokes.  

Would I have preferred to drink?  Yeah.  But my personality does not allow me to be the person who has a few pints, I have to get on it. All or nothing.

Hangovers aren't worth it, so much more clarity and restful sleep. Depression has gone - I had awful alcohol induced depression. 

Great decision.

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45 minutes ago, Hafnia said:

Good man. 18 months for me.  Went out and met friends tonight, 3 or 4 diet cokes.  

Would I have preferred to drink?  Yeah.  But my personality does not allow me to be the person who has a few pints, I have to get on it. All or nothing.

Hangovers aren't worth it, so much more clarity and restful sleep. Depression has gone - I had awful alcohol induced depression. 

Great decision.

Wow 18 months well done Haf.  Your description of all or nothing I can relate to, that’s how I am as well. 

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8 hours ago, markjazzbassist said:

Wow 18 months well done Haf.  Your description of all or nothing I can relate to, that’s how I am as well. 

Not just drink... Gym, golf, food, sweets, coffee.  

Find a replacement for your drink time ... For me golf is the outlet - after a crap day and the need to de-stress I used to have 4 pints.   Now 9 holes with birds tweeting, rabbits and Ducks etc calms me and I come back home nice and relaxed. 

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12 hours ago, Hafnia said:

Not just drink... Gym, golf, food, sweets, coffee.  

Find a replacement for your drink time ... For me golf is the outlet - after a crap day and the need to de-stress I used to have 4 pints.   Now 9 holes with birds tweeting, rabbits and Ducks etc calms me and I come back home nice and relaxed. 

yes i replaced the drinking with meditating.  it's helping to calm my mind and give me peace and be able to deal with myself and others in a better manner.

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7 hours ago, MikeO said:

Off to Southampton shotly to pick up my new "baby," collection hits eleven:D. For those that know about these things no it's not a Höfner, it's a Harley Benton copy, but I already have two HBs and they're mighty fine instruments considering affordable prices. I'd promised myself I'd quit at ten but this was a great price so I couldn't resist.

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Nice 👍 

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Just now, MikeO said:

All packed and ready to drive up to airport hotel for a night and a 4.00am wake-up for early flight to Greece for three weeks. This was actually originally booked in 2019 for last September, but as wife went and died in August and I spent most of September in hospital we couldn't have gone even if the virus hadn't happened, so been a long time coming.

I'll send you all a postcard:D

Have a good one, Mike, you deserve it. 

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16 minutes ago, MikeO said:

All packed and ready to drive up to airport hotel for a night and a 4.00am wake-up for early flight to Greece for three weeks. This was actually originally booked in 2019 for last September, but as wife went and died in August and I spent most of September in hospital we couldn't have gone even if the virus hadn't happened, so been a long time coming.

I'll send you all a postcard:D

Have a great time mate don’t teach Josh to many bad habits, and when you get back we will be top of the league. Just had a thought mate I hope you didn’t pack the case in 2019 chances are your clothes won’t fit you 😀

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Sat in a pub just outside Bristol airport and there's probably the funniest drunk I've ever seen in my life in here, totally incoherent West Country accent slurred into a stream of noise, he's obviously a fixture because all the other people in the bar appear to understand what he's saying. He's a yokel version of the drunk posh guy in The Fast Show, very entertaining 😂

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6 hours ago, MikeO said:

All packed and ready to drive up to airport hotel for a night and a 4.00am wake-up for early flight to Greece for three weeks. This was actually originally booked in 2019 for last September, but as wife went and died in August and I spent most of September in hospital we couldn't have gone even if the virus hadn't happened, so been a long time coming.

I'll send you all a postcard:D

Enjoy your time in Greece @MikeO, I assume the plane tickets were delivered by Hermes?

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On 07/09/2021 at 22:48, Zoo 2.0 said:

Enjoy your time in Greece @MikeO, I assume the plane tickets were delivered by Hermes?

When I flew to Singapore in 1955 it was on a four engine (propeller)  Hermes.  Notorious for engine trouble, which we had the whole way. (We got there in the end!)  Have a great holiday Mike.

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4 hours ago, Cornish Steve said:

The final leg of the flight was supposed to take four hours. After the first engine had trouble, the pilot announced you'd now take six hours. After the second engine gave up, he announced you'd be eight hours. When the third engine seized, the pilot declared the flight would take about ten hours. At that point, John turned to a fellow passenger and, a little worried, whispered: "I hope the fourth engine doesn't break, otherwise we'll be up here all night."

:rofl: 

Very well done. 

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8 hours ago, Cornish Steve said:

The final leg of the flight was supposed to take four hours. After the first engine had trouble, the pilot announced you'd now take six hours. After the second engine gave up, he announced you'd be eight hours. When the third engine seized, the pilot declared the flight would take about ten hours. At that point, John turned to a fellow passenger and, a little worried, whispered: "I hope the fourth engine doesn't break, otherwise we'll be up here all night."

Ha, Ha, very good. We never got past one engine failing and we were 'up there' all night twice as we flew through the night twice.  Flight took 5 days instead of 4 due to engine problems.

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13 minutes ago, MikeO said:

Our accommodation owners just messaged me asking if they could cook Sunday lunch for us, and serve it on our terrace, some service that!

Don't get that sort of thing with Thomas Cook 😂

Ask your lady friend to join you and get Josh to become scarce after the first course, you never know your luck mate you might get desert😀

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4 minutes ago, Palfy said:

Ask your lady friend to join you and get Josh to become scarce after the first course, you never know your luck mate you might get desert😀

😂 Had to cry off today because I had some breathing problems overnight. It happens occasionally at home and is fairly easily fixed by putting a little plastic tube down my throat, last night couldn't get the thing in for bloody ages, was on the verge of getting medical help when it popped in thankfully. Medical team said hot/humid weather might cause problems, won't happen again though because I'll go back to putting the tube in every night while I sleep like I had to in the early days. Actually in the early days it was in 24/7. No big deal, everyone should have a hole in their throat to stick a tube in, makes piercings look girly😆

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1 minute ago, MikeO said:

😂 Had to cry off today because I had some breathing problems overnight. It happens occasionally at home and is fairly easily fixed by putting a little plastic tube down my throat, last night couldn't get the thing in for bloody ages, was on the verge of getting medical help when it popped in thankfully. Medical team said hot/humid weather might cause problems, won't happen again though because I'll go back to putting the tube in every night while I sleep like I had to in the early days. Actually in the early days it was in 24/7. No big deal, everyone should have a hole in their throat to stick a tube in, makes piercings look girly😆

Hard core piercings not from me thanks 😊 That’s a bummer mate when you’re on your hols, pleased all’s well now mate onwards and upwards get down to the bar and have a few cold ones, best medicine I can suggest👍

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23 minutes ago, Matt said:

1 year no drinking today :)

Not sure it will continue forever but it's a landmark to be recognised. When I consider where I was 1 year ago (unemployed, suicidal depression, sat with a gash on my head, not knowing how, in hospital) to today where I'm sat in my own home... 

yeah. A good landmark to celebrate.

Enjoy Matt you’ve worked hard for it in so many ways 👊

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On 13/10/2021 at 14:52, Matt said:

1 year no drinking today :)

Not sure it will continue forever but it's a landmark to be recognised. When I consider where I was 1 year ago (unemployed, suicidal depression, sat with a gash on my head, not knowing how, in hospital) to today where I'm sat in my own home... 

yeah. A good landmark to celebrate.

Congrats, Matt! My best friend is 6 years sober this past summer, and I'm constantly in awe of her strength and resilience.

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6 hours ago, dunlopp9987 said:

Congrats, Matt! My best friend is 6 years sober this past summer, and I'm constantly in awe of her strength and resilience.

Thanks man. Think I'm lucky though, the bang on the head knocked some sense into me. I've not had to deal with withdrawal etc. I just no longer drank. Having booze free beers helped as a substitute for sure, not sure it wouldve been so easy if they weren't so good nowadays. 

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On 13/10/2021 at 20:52, Matt said:

1 year no drinking today :)

Not sure it will continue forever but it's a landmark to be recognised. When I consider where I was 1 year ago (unemployed, suicidal depression, sat with a gash on my head, not knowing how, in hospital) to today where I'm sat in my own home... 

yeah. A good landmark to celebrate.

Well done mate.  I'm approaching 2 years.... 

Very dangerous drug it is.  So many benefits to not drinking.   

 

keep it up! 

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