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limey 12-24-2019 09:43 AM

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Originally Posted by DanaC (Post 1043476)
Bruce's Christmas card.

Me too. [emoji16]

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Griff 12-24-2019 02:09 PM

This.

Griff 12-24-2019 02:39 PM

Our 20 year old fridge shit the bed. I picked up a new one yesterday and the old lady and I wrestled it into the house and drug the old one out. Cris Cringle Crisis averted.

Plus we skied for the cost of a charity donation today.

xoxoxoBruce 12-25-2019 12:26 AM

Shame the old one wasn't working a little the Electric company would have bought it and hauled it away.

Gravdigr 12-25-2019 01:50 PM

Christmas is over.

Well, almost.:)

Griff 12-26-2019 08:58 AM

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Gravdigr 12-26-2019 09:33 AM

Y'all do look happy.

fargon 12-26-2019 02:49 PM

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Originally Posted by Gravdigr (Post 1043605)
Y'all do look happy.

Yes they do.

xoxoxoBruce 12-26-2019 02:58 PM

Now that right there is America, more than a Bald Eagle, more than the flag, cohesive, loving, got your back no matter what family, that's the real America.
Well that and a couple of dogs. :notworthy

limey 12-30-2019 03:33 PM

Mr Limey has just gotten hisself a job. We Limeys are celebrating! [emoji3060]


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Carruthers 12-30-2019 03:42 PM

Didn't he do well? :)

I have just raised my mug of tea in salute!

Gravdigr 12-30-2019 04:16 PM

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Originally Posted by limey (Post 1043861)
Mr Limey has just gotten hisself a job. We Limeys are celebrating! [emoji3060]

A little quiet time for Mrs. Limey?:cheerldr:

lumberjim 12-30-2019 04:17 PM

w00t

Luce 12-30-2019 04:22 PM

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Originally Posted by limey (Post 1043861)
Mr Limey has just gotten hisself a job. We Limeys are celebrating! [emoji3060]


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Outstanding. Being out of work sucks. I spent half of 2015 out of a job.

DanaC 12-30-2019 04:30 PM

Congrats Mr Limey!

fargon 12-30-2019 05:33 PM

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Originally Posted by DanaC (Post 1043874)
Congrats Mr Limey!

what She Said!

glatt 12-30-2019 05:56 PM

This is happy news. :)

Clodfobble 12-30-2019 06:53 PM

Yay!

Undertoad 12-30-2019 06:57 PM

Huzzah! Go forth into the world, work that job for its full worth, and fight to keep it.

monster 12-30-2019 07:20 PM

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Originally Posted by limey (Post 1043861)
Mr Limey has just gotten hisself a job. We Limeys are celebrating! [emoji3060]

YEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! Go Mr. Limey!

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limey 12-30-2019 07:26 PM

Mr Limey says Thank you, all. 10 months out of work was a hard row to hoe.

Sent by magick

Griff 12-30-2019 08:17 PM

Huzzah!

Luce 12-31-2019 12:41 AM

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Originally Posted by limey (Post 1043887)
Mr Limey says Thank you, all. 10 months out of work was a hard row to hoe.

Sent by magick


I feel that. I was out for only 6 months.

DanaC 12-31-2019 11:59 AM

The Cellar and its Dwellars.

You all make life better

Gravdigr 12-31-2019 09:25 PM

They do, don't they?

:jig:

Carruthers 02-07-2020 06:41 AM

Dad has a new pair of glasses.

I admit that that's a fairly mundane thing to visit happiness upon me, but it signifies the end of something of a saga.

He should have had an eye test last spring but as he was awaiting a cataract operation there was no point in doing it.

He eventually had his op in September but needed to wait a minimum of six weeks before having a test.

Because of his age and poor mobility the optician came to the house to conduct the test as they have done on several occasions before.

A couple of weeks later the new glasses were delivered but made matters worse so he was no further forward.

I chased up the optician and after some to-ing and fro-ing it was agreed another pair of specs would be provided based on the existing prescription with some alteration to their physical construction.

Eventually they turned up but were just as bad as the first pair. Back to square one.

We were told to expect a re-test but after a lengthy silence I called the optician and a re-test was duly carried out.

Two days ago a third pair of specs was delivered and, mirabile dictu, were perfect. I do like a happy ending.

It's easy to grab the over used word 'stress' but I live in a constant state of 'what's next?' and I do not handle this tension well.

Anyway, let's end on another happy note.

The chap who delivered the glasses has an unusual surname which attracted Dad's attention.

It turned out that he had been at primary school with the man's father which must have been about eighty-five years ago! (Dad is ninety-four).

Off to do the lunch now. Smoked Haddock since you ask. ;)

Clodfobble 02-07-2020 08:47 AM

You're a good son, Carruthers. He's lucky to have you.

xoxoxoBruce 02-07-2020 12:13 PM

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Originally Posted by Carruthers (Post 1046179)

Two days ago a third pair of specs was delivered and, mirabile dictu, were perfect.

You certainly have a different grasp on English, had to look that up. :D

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I do like a happy ending.
Sometimes we long for just an ending, any ending.

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It's easy to grab the over used word 'stress' but I live in a constant state of 'what's next?' and I do not handle this tension well.
In missives, drama can be substituted for the word stress sometimes.

Clodfobble nailed it. :yesnod:

Griff 02-07-2020 02:07 PM

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Originally Posted by Clodfobble (Post 1046181)
You're a good son, Carruthers. He's lucky to have you.

I'm with her!

Carruthers 02-07-2020 02:23 PM

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Originally Posted by Clodfobble (Post 1046181)
You're a good son, Carruthers. He's lucky to have you.

Thank you, Clod. You're very kind. :blush:

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Originally Posted by xoxoxoBruce (Post 1046189)
You certainly have a different grasp on English, had to look that up. :D

Clodfobble nailed it. :yesnod:

Yes, I occasionally chuck in a bit of Latin free, gratis and for nothing.

See what I did there? ;)

Thanks, Bruce.

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Originally Posted by Griff (Post 1046192)
I'm with her!

And thank you, Griff. :thumb:

monster 02-08-2020 07:59 PM

I'm going to Florida.

on Monday

fargon 02-08-2020 09:44 PM

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Originally Posted by monster (Post 1046236)
I'm going to Florida.

on Monday

Yay!!!

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xoxoxoBruce 02-09-2020 12:07 AM

It's warm down there take your short underwear. ;)

sexobon 02-09-2020 10:21 AM

Maybe she'll find herself some dangling Chads.

monster 02-09-2020 07:13 PM

:(

sexobon 02-09-2020 07:21 PM

Does that mean you have to come back before spring break?

monster 02-09-2020 11:22 PM

It means you're upsetting me with your insensitive/assholish comments. I hope you step on a lego.

I think I lied about the happy thing anyway. It's scaring the shit out of me. But I'm packed and I'm doing it. I have no hotels booked, just flights and a car. Not novice to roadtripping, just novice to doing it alone. oh well. No going back now unless they decide I look like a terrorist or coronavirus courier.....

sexobon 02-09-2020 11:31 PM

That doesn't work for me. Have a safe trip anyway.

xoxoxoBruce 02-09-2020 11:36 PM

Florida is up to their ass in hotels and motels, that won't be a problem. You can do this standing on your head. :yesnod:

lumberjim 02-10-2020 12:48 AM

I had Spencer over this weekend. We spent the day out in the shop playing with tools. He's making a bowl out of some burled cherry I had. I think he might be warming to the idea of coming to live with us.

lumberjim 02-10-2020 12:50 AM

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Originally Posted by monster (Post 1046236)
I'm going to Florida.

on Monday

We are too. Key west. Look us up.

Gravdigr 02-10-2020 03:35 AM

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Originally Posted by monster (Post 1046290)
...unless they decide I look like a terrorist or coronavirus courier.....

Do not wear your hijab, and try not to sniff too much.

:p:

Have a good time.

Griff 02-10-2020 07:27 AM

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Originally Posted by lumberjim (Post 1046305)
I had Spencer over this weekend. We spent the day out in the shop playing with tools. He's making a bowl out of some burled cherry I had. I think he might be warming to the idea of coming to live with us.

This sounds like a great idea.

monster 02-16-2020 09:50 AM

I saw pologirl play polo yesterday. She was awesome, of course. She didn't start either of the two games because they were easy ones, but got in to even it up once the non-starters let the other teams get too far ahead. (they won both which was all that was required). Today there are two more games. The first in a couple of hours is the big one against Florida University A Team, the favorites to win the conference. The second is another easy so she may not get in at all, especially if she plays the whole of the first game, which is likely. It makes me happy so see her play. It's a little chilly and breezy here (for Florida). The pool is outdoors, so the wind is causing a few problems

Griff 02-16-2020 03:22 PM

That's so cool!

monster 02-18-2020 08:42 PM

Happy probably isn't the right thread, I now realize, but I typed a shit-ton, so here it stays.... I am happy Thunderboy has no additional points on his License....but.....

I cannot believe how easy it is to get out of points on your driver's licence is here/how fucked up the system is.

First, we went to court at 9am for Thunderboy's "informal hearing" about his 3-point 53 in a 40 speeding ticket from December (the first day driving after he blew a 4-way stop and took out two other cars and the front bumpers off the minivan (for which he got 2 points and a $130 fine because we just dealt online not knowing any better....)).

There were maybe 100 people there, many seemed seasoned offenders and even they were surprised by the volume. I think it might have been first session after the holidays....

anyhoo, one by one, they were called out of the courtroom by the cops who booked them. Thankfully, he was among the first. No hearing, pretty much "ok, so I'mm'a change this speeding ticket to a double-parking which has no points and is $200. OK?" So no points. (when he was pulled over, the cop told him to go to court to avoid points, otherwise we never would have been there (bless his little shiny badge))

Took the little shit to college for his one class. Tried to grocery shop in the interim but couldn't actually find a store despite/because of my new GPS (hate GPS but got one for vacation)

Picked LS up, and on the way home took him to another court two miles down the road from the first to deal with the ticket for the accident while I was on vacation that totaled the car that still wasn't fixed from the last accident). Went to desk, he asked about the fine and points. Nice woman at desk said "$180 and two points ..how is your driving record?" He told her 2-3 points. She said "would you like me to talk to the officer and see if he's ok with changing it to something without points? It will cost $20 more" so ... of course... cop said yes, another $200 but no points. Another citation for double-parking.

So OK this was good for us for WTF?

Also, whilst I'm almost ranting, How much of a joke is it that the "pre-check" status to get through security at the airport more easily -previously awarded to less-likely-to-be-a-terrorist profile people (Old white people, children, business people who have taken that plane every day for the last 10 years...) is now for sale. And only for sale.

and yes. He paid.. Pretty much all of the $ he earned over the summer has been spent on fines/cost related to hit shitty driving*. Dear Michigan, I am so sorry. But my needs are greater than yours and I don't let him drive on roads with speeds likely to cause injuries. If that helps :/


*he also bought a computer. twice, because the idiot left it in the car which he left unlocked so it was stolen

monster 02-18-2020 08:50 PM

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Originally Posted by monster (Post 1046702)
I saw pologirl play polo yesterday. She was awesome, of course.

I love watching her play. And I (guiltily) love watching others watch her play

After 8 years, she's suddenly in a completely new place where no-one knows her (she went to college in the town where she went to high school, so many of the players on the opposing teams knew her)

In the game against the main oppo on Sunday -hosts University of Florida, I particularly enjoyed the moment when she received a pass and the oppo coach screamed in panic "She's a SHOOTER!!!!!!". Too late, though :D

(good job refs are not armed... :o)

monster 02-18-2020 08:55 PM

(many players will receive the ball in the goal but won't shoot or are shit so can be ignored. In these instances (at high school level), asshole coaches yell "not a shooter" to tell their team to get ready for the counter-attack. :/ I suspect this is what made her the player she is ... in her first game as a freshman on varsity at high school, the oppo coach yelled that ..and she scored. He yelled "she's a shooter" the next time, but didn't need to say anything after that :D)

xoxoxoBruce 02-19-2020 12:44 AM

With PA state cops I had two offer higher fine but no points on the spot, and 1 for two going to court. 1 For 1 with local cops in another town. I did learn when you send a written request to the local count requesting a hearing, use the back of a register receipt if necessary, but do not use fancy stationary from Smithsonian with an antique gun on it. :facepalm:

Griff 02-19-2020 07:50 AM

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Originally Posted by monster (Post 1046855)
After 8 years, she's suddenly in a completely new place where no-one knows her (she went to college in the town where she went to high school, so many of the players on the opposing teams knew her)

This has to be awesome for her.

monster 02-19-2020 11:43 AM

I think it's awesome and frustration in equal parts because yes, she surprises them with ability, but also they don't know her well enough to trust her calls on plays etc. It was fun though :)

Diaphone Jim 03-07-2020 04:31 PM

I like finding new words.
This morning I came across "jobsworth."
I won't give a definition yet, just ask if I should have known it before.
It is applied to a kind of person we all hate to encounter.

Define it for us if you can do so off the top of your head.

Carruthers 03-07-2020 04:53 PM

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Originally Posted by Diaphone Jim (Post 1048059)
I like finding new words.
This morning I came across "jobsworth."
I won't give a definition yet, just ask if I should have known it before.
It is applied to a kind of person we all hate to encounter.

Define it for us if you can do so off the top of your head.

It's a term which, I'm 99% sure, originated in the UK and, as such, gives me something of an advantage in defining.

I'll keep my own counsel and look forward to reading responses.

monster 03-07-2020 05:02 PM

I also know what it means and also believe it to be British because people look at me weirdly if I use it here and I have to explain. But it is one I like.

sexobon 03-07-2020 05:48 PM

I'll take their word that it's British; but, won't delve into it 'cause it contains the word "job" and sounds too much like work.

lumberjim 03-07-2020 05:56 PM

I work with one

monster 03-07-2020 06:16 PM

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Originally Posted by sexobon (Post 1048062)
I'll take their word that it's British; but, won't delve into it 'cause it contains the word "job" and sounds too much like work.

although it actually relates to not working in a way.

A Jobsworth is someone who uses the "rules" of their employer as an excuse for not helping someone. "I'd love to do that for you, but it's more than my job's worth, they'd fire me immediately...."

Carruthers 03-08-2020 06:30 AM

I was surprised to find that the ever reliable Wikipedia has a page on the subject:

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A jobsworth is a person who uses their job description in a deliberately uncooperative way, or who seemingly delights in acting in an obstructive or unhelpful manner.
The term can also be applied to those who uphold petty rules even at the expense of humanity or common sense.
"Jobsworth" is a British colloquial word derived from the phrase "I can't do that, it's more than my job's worth", meaning taking the initiative and performing an action that is beyond what the person feels is in their job description.
The Oxford English Dictionary defines it as "A person in authority (esp. a minor official) who insists on adhering to rules and regulations or bureaucratic procedures even at the expense of common sense."
Jonathon Green similarly defines "jobsworth" as "a minor factotum whose only status comes from enforcing otherwise petty regulations".
I do have a degree of sympathy for those people in a job which is constrained by burdensome bureaucracy imposed by law and/or employer.

They have responsibility without power and many employers would be happy to show them the door for even the most minor breach of the rules, sometimes known as using common sense.

Link

Gravdigr 03-08-2020 04:04 PM

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Not my job.

Diaphone Jim 03-08-2020 08:48 PM

I read a post yesterday by a fan going to a SF Giants spring training game.
Trying to avoid the exorbitant cost of snacks and drinks that runs rampant currently, he brought a $10 bag of almonds with him.
The ticket taker told him that he could not bring them in and had to pour them out before entering.
I guess he might have said: "It would be worth my job for me to let you put them out of sight."

It's useful term, one that brings to mind DMV's.


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