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from jimbostaxi :
Lol, thanks, it’s good to be back. :)
from strawberrri :
Thanks for your super note. I hope you loved your stay in Devon! It's incredible what a trip away can do for the soul. My time away was so great. And Cheshire for the funeral was beautiful too. I'm ready to live a bit more (within reason) - I had Leo signed up at the library yesterday and everything! x
from jimbostaxi :
Aww, thanks for the concern, If I were to ever leave like that there would a farewell note or I would delete my page. There must be closure in all matters even with a sad sack page like mine.
from jimbostaxi :
Hey, yep I'm alive and kicking but my spirit to write in here has vanished and I’m not sure when it will return. Thanks for the note :)
from strawberrri :
Love that YouTube video, it's so cheering. I thought "they are just gorgeous happy kids" which made me feel old, then I wikipedia'd Allie Sherlock and saw she was born in 2005, so actually young enough to be my daughter :P
from strawberrri :
I managed to get my second jab brought forward to next Saturday (10th)! So looking more likely to be wedding-bound. We're due to stay two nights in a Wetherspoon's - talk about venturing back out into the world with a bang!
from strawberrri :
Yes I am! Are you all jabbed up PP? I've been fruitlessly searching for a walk-in centre to expedite my second but none seem to do anyone before 8 weeks post-first vaccination and I'm only 4 weeks (having a slight freak out about this wedding I'm meant to be going to on 24th July and not wanting to mix with people!) X
from strawberrri :
Thanks! I had a nice day (both Monday and Tuesday :) My only unpleasant vaccination side effect was having to travel to Tilbury for it, but no great hardship in the grand scheme of things! X
from jimbostaxi :
I'm going to jump around a bit with my answer but hopefully, I will cover everything. My latest post is written within my “zone” the world and its suffering exist but I try hard not to focus on those characters. If I can write something genuine that truly has a piece of me in it I consider that a success. Not all the stuff I write will be “G” rated because at times my mind heads to darker thoughts. Dark or not I hope to get the reader to feel as I had felt. Plenty of my entries may not stay up long but they help me vent. I have read plenty of people's stuff on here and had been sad afterward I couldn’t help them. Life is full of sadness and the only thing I can do is maybe write a few words to try and make them forget the problem for a few minutes. I do appreciate you taking time out to leave me notes. Thanks very much!
from jimbostaxi :
Your question is very difficult to answer succinctly. Twenty years of dealing with all sorts of people say I'm a fairly good judge of character. Meeting someone twice gives me more than enough info to determine whether they're a piece of the shit.
from jimbostaxi :
Awesome Petes back! Thanks for the note about my shot and mentioning kryptonite. Politics arent my forte but I can have a decent conversation about comics. If my vial was filled with Kryptonite that would kill me. On the contrary, if it were filled with yellow sunlight that would make me invulnerable. :)
from jimbostaxi :
The toad note was just a joke to see if you would write back. I hadn't heard from you in a while and hope all is well. 👍
from jimbostaxi :
The cruel one is Pete for not filming that toad on toad action. Haha :)
from strawberrri :
Can you imagine sitting uncomfortably close to a stranger on a train again!? It feels unthinkable. I've been invited to a hen do in London at the start of July but can't think I'll have been vaccinated by then. Glad you're keeping busy, fingers crossed you're financially rewarded more and more for your efforts. My court case I'm currently on is about ships and the Suez!
from strawberrri :
Also March's entry: managed to drop my phone in a pot of curry last night. What an idiot! It still works though... for now :/
from strawberrri :
Oh crikey, no I don't understand rugby at all so I wouldn't have got much out of that :P Here's my missing February entry: crammed in a bike ride at the end of the month when it was warm and sunny; need to replace my cycle helmet which has disgustingly accumulated some black mould. Hope you are having a lovely weekend x
from jimbostaxi :
There is no way enough tit in that video for the amount of energy I put into it. Lol
from jimbostaxi :
You want a good laugh while you're sipping on a pint? I got my start writing like that when my daughter was in school. She used to pass my poems off as her own. Hahaha.
from strawberrri :
Oh no,I didn't catch your entry before it was deletoid :(
from jimbostaxi :
My blog has evolved much from the early days. Some of those changes are because of my interactions with fellow D-landers. I never really knew what I wanted this blog to be or how I wanted to be perceived so that confusion stifled me. I don't have that problem anymore as I start from an idea and work my way outwards. It's usually something that has touched me deeply and I almost always cry creating them. When I have an endproduct I tweak it grammatically and reread it many times to see if the emotions still there. If it passes those tests then I will send it out to the internet. Hopefully, as I get more confidence (and input from people like yourself) that will enable me to jump into other kinds of creative writing. Thank you ever so much for the kind words and have a great day.
from narcissa :
My 20s were full of following random guys random places and I have to say I am not too bad a judge of character and it really always worked out somehow... Obviously other than all the scrapes I got myself into but that wasn’t their faults!
from narcissa :
My 20s were full of following random guys random places and I have to say I am not too bad a judge of character and it really always worked out somehow... Obviously other than all the scrapes I got myself into but that wasn’t their faults!
from jimbostaxi :
Hey, that is awesome of you to say that. Thank you very much! From time to time I mix in my poetic ones and hope no one notices. Soccara just got another good report so we are doing ok.
from jimbostaxi :
Lol, she probably knew and just enjoyed making me explain it.
from strawberrri :
Yes, I'll have to contact HMRC I think, but maybe wait til after 31st Jan! I'm still making my way through Breaking Bad before bed, which is much, much happier and cheerful than the news! I'm really limiting how much time I spend on any news sites now, and have cold turkeyed tw1tter and Mum$net forums of doom. I think I used up all the cointreau in margaritas a while back. I'm pretty sure we have some grand marnier though, which will do, and a new Baileys came in our last shopping delivery as it was on offer, yaaaaay! Wishing you a restful and happy weekend, with full nights of sleep xx
from strawberrri :
Jeez there's some real scuzzbuckets out there prepared to prey on anyone. Good thing you're wise! When I last looked where I was in the vaccination "queue" it said February ... 2022.
from moodswing :
Thank you kindly. Here's hoping we do good things with the change in management.
from jimbostaxi :
Sometimes I surprise myself what feelings of mine leak out onto the page. Thank you for the note.
from linguafranca :
I meant the vodka. And haha, yes, well, 3 times ain’t too bad depending on how long each lasts.
from barefootruby :
Full disclosure causes me to admit that we only saw the kingfisher because of the small crowd of admirers it was attracting. It was darting around the branches on the opposite bank, and was still there when we walked back 45 mins later. I did get some photos - though a bit blurry.
from barefootruby :
re Narcissa's comment. When we see a landscape, we annoy Youngest Child by saying "it's a Bob Ross". "No", she indignantly replies, "it's the real thing. A Bob Ross is just a image".
from barefootruby :
Redwings? Exciting (not sure what they look like). I pruned some trees in our garden last week and as I was tidying up, noticed a blue tit and a robin flitting about. When I was done I grabbed my camera and tripod to try to get some shots. The buggers never turned up again. I have recently seen a green woodpecker on two runs through a local park, and last week we saw a kingfisher by the river.
from narcissa :
Re:Bob Ross is boring. Lol, correct, thank you : )
from strawberrri :
Ooh I was watching a blackbird eat berries off our pyracantha this morning. You've inspired me to fill up our bird feeders (even though there was a scary spider squatting in the house-shaped one recently). Ollie coughs when people do the three abreast thing near him so you should totally give it a go. I lunged into the road today whilst a chap on the pavement chatted to his companion about "feeling rough" and talking about a test. JAYSUS, what is wrong with people?! I liked the George Harrison song, will maybe listen to the other one too :)
from strawberrri :
Agree it's a heap of junk. Think I'll just delete it and carry on avoiding people. Having a minor freak out about cases right now (being a resident in one of the top 5 most affected places) and have persuaded Ollie not to go to the shops tomorrow. We had a Baileys on order on our last online shop (the previous bottle having mysteriously run out) and they substituted with an own-brand version...which Ollie sent back! :'( No Dry Januarying here though, yippee. Happy New Year xx
from jimbostaxi :
I tried to adequately describe a snapshot of the moment. Her being pain-free means the world to me. Thanks for the note and I hope you can see or talk to your loved ones as well.
from jimbostaxi :
Union? Maybe in some parts of the world but not where I live. We take most of the precautions you mentioned in your note but we shouldn't be burdened with those expenses. Most of these guys are making poverty wages and they need every cent to survive. My entry wasn't to say we can't take care of our ourselves, because we most assuredly do. It was written to voice my disgust with management that thinks ok for us to die as long as they still get their cut.
from barefootruby :
To be fair, she had waited in the rain for 10-15 minutes before she gave up and went home. There was another occasion when I thought we were doing two laps of the park and she though we were doing one. But I had the door key, and got home to find Mrs B and YC sitting in the back garden waiting for me. I quietly let myself in and had a shower and changed before I let them know I was home and the door was unlocked.
from jimbostaxi :
What’s your stance on Covid vaccinations?
from jimbostaxi :
Hi Pete, yeah she’s adorable and it’s easier for her to relate to ”Happy Meals” than beer. Lol. The note with Wystinger I went a little further than I normally do because of the amount of time we have corresponded. I very rarely delve that deep into a topic or reveal too much because of the inevitable anxiety that will follow. I come here because this space special and I try not to muck it all up by bringing in the negatives from the outside world. Stay safe and Merry Christmas! Thank you as always for your notes :)
from barefootruby :
I wonder whether a better result to the Brexit negotiations would have been achieved if they had been mediated by an impartial party - i.e. someone from a non-affected country.
from jimbostaxi :
Yeah, it should be interesting, to say the least. It's funny because I am usually missing due to anxiety or work but this is kind of important so I'm making an extra effort. Thanks for the note!
from swordfern :
I very much appreciate your support as an ally! The data supports your statement - people assume that a male engineer is effective/talented until he proves otherwise; female engineers are assumed inferior and have to prove themselves over and over again in order to be given responsibilities and opportunities.
from jimbostaxi :
Don't be sad my brother. Occasionally, I crack and this is my only outlet. Happy Thanksgiving and thanks for the note!
from whystinger :
Your 06 Nov 2020 entry is spot on
from jimbostaxi :
It's quite disturbing to find out a family member took my wife's pain meds because she is a pill head. Under no circumstances is it ok to beg borrow or steal her pain medication. She needs every pill she has and even then it sometimes is not enough. I had to call my daughters and have them get involved because I would have caused a major scandal. My kids think its over,, it's not over,,,, I may be silent for now but I won't forget.
from theshivers :
I've hardly forgotten, particularly since he's trying to stage a coup as I type this.
from theshivers :
Much calmer, thank you!
from barefootruby :
or indeed to suggest that muffins can be eaten any way except calmly. I did enjoy reading A Tale of Two Cities, once I worked out what was going on. It does include some genuinely funny descriptions. And a penny-dropping moment when the significance hits of an apparently non-sequitoring plot line from earlier in the book - "so who dug him up then" owtte.
from barefootruby :
I don't know whether it's just that I'm getting crotchety and intolerant as I grow older, but it does appear to me as if the younger generation are more self-centred and wanting life handed to them on a plate than we were at that age.
from jimbostaxi :
Hi Pete, it's funny you should mention paints because I have been working on this beautiful Italian landscape. It feels good to lose myself in a project and forget about the problems around me. Thanks for the note! :)
from strawberrri :
Completely understandable. Doesn't help that the virus stuff is getting scary again (and trying to understand the myriad rules could easily leave one in 'tiers'). Take each day at a time and be kind to yourself x
from strawberrri :
I'm so sorry PP. I hate to hear that you've had one bit of bad news, let alone multiple. I hope your loved ones can provide support in any way they can and that you're okay. I'm thinking of you Xx
from swordfern :
Your note felt so good to read. You validate my experiences and encourage me in the best way possible. Thank you.
from strawberrri :
Haha, judges are just SO IT illiterate. Some of them have their own rooms in the court buildings and go there rather than staying at home, but of course this means they're not able to hardwire to a router and often results in them saying something like "the Wifi in the RCJ isn't good today" and you know you're in trouble. At the end of that particular job the judge again tried to get me to commit to attending in person next week when the case is coming back purely because, and I quote, "too many people clog up the Skype call." There were 10 of us on this call and I did one with 40 not so long ago with oh, let me count, no problems whatsoever! I stamped my virtual foot down again and said no (politely) but that they were welcome to enquire with my company whether a different stenographer would be willing to attend. She then relented and said I could stay on Skype. I'm still reeling from her generosity as I type this. Ps. I hope Donald's not winding you up too much. He won't get in again...right?! :/
from linguafranca :
I do post a lot. It’s an integral part of my processing and memory now. Thanks for the heads up about the duplicate posts. I don’t know why it does that sometimes.
from linguafranca :
Thanks for your note. I’m not sure any of my prints would have that effect on anyone but on my better days I do think the resulting object is meaningful. And for me the act is always meaningful regardless.
from warpednormal :
thank you for the thoughtful note xo you are totally right that things take time..and its usually in my own head that i'm feeling insecure or incompetent about something. but im working on it ;)
from jimbostaxi :
Hi Pete, Thanks for the notes. I thought about what I wanted to say to you on the drive to work today. I'm just trying to let my actions define our time left and use few words. Nobody knows how long that will be but I'm going to do my damnedest to do whatever she wants. There are days when I think I'm ok to come back and write but for the most part, I'm not. However, if her condition continues to improve I will be forced to come back here and torture you all with my horrible grammar!
from strawberrri :
You're always so thoughtful, thanks. I hope you are okay too! X
from dangerspouse :
I couldn't agree more. Thanks for that.
from jimbostaxi :
Hi Pete, I’m very encouraged that chemotherapy is helping but we are at step one of a million-mile journey. When she beats this thing I will be able to laugh and smile for real. For now, all I can do is mask my sadness with a little humor.
from strawberrri :
LMAO! I enjoyed looking up paving on Urban Dictionary and seeing the description "synonymous with violence". Hope you were only paving a patio (although I'd like to pave the faces of all the people that leave dog mess in the places I like to go walking). Hope you have a great weekend x
from warpednormal :
Ha! thank you, that is a very good point :) as long as I keep going forward. hope you're well xx
from jimbostaxi :
Thanks so much for the note about Darlene. I call her every day to check how she is feeling. I know she is an adult but I still worry about my baby girl.
from jimbostaxi :
I guess some background info is needed to clearly understand what happened with the cancer center. The machine was down a total of 8 hours and, the center is only open Monday-Friday 8-5 PM. When we arrived for our 3 PM appointment they had to call the doctor to notify him she didn't receive the full treatment. His decision was to toss the remaining medicine and tell her that it's very important that she gets a full dose of medicine each time and, to be more careful not to kink the tubing.
from jimbostaxi :
Ugh, even though I proofread things more I left a word out on my previous two notes. ;(
from jimbostaxi :
I bet a year or two ago you would never have guessed that I would be the person tying up your whole notes page. Lol It's easy to forget that you all have welcomed as part of the group when I'm at home feeling sorry for myself. That's why I want you to know I won't forget you being there for me my friend. Hopefully, one day when you are feeling blue you will let my lift your spirits as you’ve done mine.
from dangerspouse :
Thank you for noticing! A real man knows how to accessorize, y'know?
from jimbostaxi :
Yeah, maybe hearing from other people who have experienced this is exactly what I need to give me hope. I have been trying hard to control my sad thoughts so they take over my blog but when all else fails I can go back to that.
from jimbostaxi :
I owe you quite a few pints for all your notes and encouragement :) Wednesday night I had that dream and Thursday morning tenant downstairs was taken away in an ambulance. The shit keeps getting weirder and weirder! Lol
from jimbostaxi :
Who can hate a fat man bearing gifts? On a subconscious level, They think I'm Santa, and to reject me is like hating Xmas. Lol
from jimbostaxi :
Now all I need is an Alfred Hitchcock fan club and I will be set! :)
from strawberrri :
1. Ha! So the DVDs are a throwback from mine and Ollie's early courtship days. I think I got a load as a Christmas present. You're right though, entirely unnecessary and one of them is actually still in its wrapper. 2. My Hi-tech court-from-home system involves a tablet, a cheap as chips aux cable and splitter, a bit of recording software and not much else. About as sophisticated as a monkey playing a trumpet. 3. I wrote you a note a few months ago saying Ollie's sister reported her neighbours having a BBQ during lockdown. Need to clarify I meant "reported" as in told us, not any authorities! Just in case you think I come from a family of snitches :P
from jimbostaxi :
Telling perfect strangers why I'm sooooo fucked up in the head,,,,,, hmmmmm,,,, what could possibly go wrong? ,,,,,,,,,, a lot,,,,,,, hahaha.
from strawberrri :
Ah, I missed the Bowie set! I did catch some of the Glasto joy though (sorry this reply is so very late, I had a weird depressive blip in late June and today's the first time I've logged on since then). ANYWAY, Glastonbury is tremendous fun but my god it's hard going. I hope it's back on its feet next year, I'll be nestled on the sofa with a gin or five. Hope you're doing okay. Thanks for always being here x
from jimbostaxi :
You're a good guy Pete! They didn't actually fill me in on that,,,, I'm kind of embarrassed to ask about that stuff. I will follow up and call some people just to see what's available to me. It won't kill me to have the info and if need be even attend a few. Your notes are always much appreciated. Thank you!
from jimbostaxi :
Yeah, we are all very nervous about tomorrow and I will take a raincheck on the dental dream. :) thanks for the note!
from jimbostaxi :
Wednesday is her first chemotherapy appointment so we will play it by ear. Keeping her isolated from the kids will be very challenging.
from jimbostaxi :
As nationalism rises the EU dies. It's hard to imagine a scenario in which the EU’s downward spiral suddenly magically reverses itself. Why would the EU have any interest in helping fight the pandemic? On the contrary, they probably want more suffering so they can announce from the rooftops that their way is the only way to survive.
from narcissa :
Oh I know that beautiful glow of which you speak and it is 100% the radioactivity.
from narcissa :
july 10: so beautiful. I clearly remember the first time I heard that soundtrack and all the feels. Really appreciated the version in the link.
from jimbostaxi :
Are you pro-EU or against? I'm, sure there must be cases for both.
from jimbostaxi :
I won't pretend that I know the full extent of what Boris has set ablaze but he does seem to be following a DT playbook. Both are leaning right and bashing foreigners. Do you think they use the same hairstylist? I’m scared for the world's future with Boris and DT around. I can only hope their antics don't damage us irreparably and pray for better times.
from jimbostaxi :
Hi Pete, thanks again for the notes! Hows things going with you?
from barefootruby :
Youngest Child is probably the most like me - which is surprising as none of them are biologically related. I just inherited them when a hooked up with their mother (as YC said). She often comes up with the most thoughtful comments - in fact, when I'm not sure what my opinion on something should be, I just ask her. oh - and Eldest Child got a First on her 'year out' from her medical degree.
from jimbostaxi :
All I ever wanted was to live happily ever after. I guess that was too much to ask for,,,
from dangerspouse :
Haha! Well played :)
from jimbostaxi :
Aww, thank you for the kind words, my friend! I wish that I could express how I'm feeling at the moment but the words escape me. Take care. Thank you for reaching out.
from dangerspouse :
Oh ye of little memory. It wasn't rude at all, only stupid. I mean, how many times have I mentioned that I'm a career radio announcer ("presenter", to those with a lesser grasp of English). 31 years on-air now, most of it as a card carrying member of "SAG/AFTRA", the Screen Actors Guild / American Federation of Radio and Television Artists, NY Local union. Still, as it is the anniversary of my wedding and bedding a woman you astutely noted is above my station, I forgive you. Particularly as you noted "she's a keeper" (until she gets fat). Thanks for the well wishes man, and maybe I'll send you a postcard from Venice next year. Since that's about all I'll be able to afford once I get there :)
from barefootruby :
Despite living within striking distance of some of the south coast's more popular beaches and national park, we are deliberately keeping our excursions local - and discovering some beautiful countryside on our doorstep.
from dangerspouse :
My man, for your sanity's sake it may be time for a news vacation. As long as we're impotent anyway, no need to torture yourself on a daily basis, at least for a while. Do stuff that makes you happy, or at least distracts you from the horror of it all. Hang in there.
from jimbostaxi :
Hi Pete, Thanks for the note, my friend. It's better you didn't hand over and email because one day you'll come home and find 56,000 messages with no periods and commas.:) If you want to do me a huuuuuuge favor just drop in and talk about Parliament or whatever. This way I can pretend like everything's ok and think things are normal even if it's for a split second.....
from jimbostaxi :
Good advice ty! Lol
from strawberrri :
As always, thanks for the bday message. It was an RHS gardens and Sicilian lemon gin kind of day x
from jimbostaxi :
I'm just preparing mentally for my Thorazine drip :)
from jimbostaxi :
The fires may not be visible but that orange spray tan might be!
from strawberrri :
Okay, maybe a sometimes-extroverted-introvert :) I was already starting to feel better yday, and Rishi's announcement to extend SEISS was the icing on the cake. Sorry for the notes bombardment. Enjoy your gorgeous garden and pond this weekend. Ribbit! x
from strawberrri :
Ps. I have somewhat enjoyed lockdown too (though been having a few low days this week). Pretty sure I'm an introvert!
from strawberrri :
Two parents and 4 kids. What a *shame* they're already at the 6 person meet up limit ;)
from dangerspouse :
Fuck Cummings. The rich may not really be different, but they do follow different rules. Fuck 'em all. Right in the mouth. (And yes, thank your lucky stars radio is audio only. You have no idea....)
from strawberrri :
Why did his wife and child need to go on the eyesight-testing trip? Terrible coincidence that it was the wife's birthday that day too... And he stressed they didn't actually go in the castle, but it was closed to the public because of lockdown anyway. These truth twisters, hey!?
from barefootruby :
Child 3 did say "if people think you are weird and you are weird, that's ok as they're jut describing you accurately". Oh, she's also taken to eating breakfast cereal for evening meal, and evening meal in the morning. Oh well, she's 18; the Mental Capacity Act allows her to make her own decisions, even if they are eccentric.
from barefootruby :
well, Easter break in Luxembourg didn't happen, and I'm not rating our chances of getting to Barcelona at more than 50%. Uni plans are still going ahead - she's made her final choices. It's now down to getting the grades - even more difficult to predict now she has no exam to sit! Hope thing are well with you and you are keeping safe.
from jimbostaxi :
12 pounds that indeed is fat boy slim! Keep up the good work my friend! Now, let Jimbo know your secret.:)
from dangerspouse :
Nope. Not a one.
from dangerspouse :
A stupid joke, but your delivery was indeed perfect :)
from jimbostaxi :
Hi Pete, I just dropped in to see how you were doing. Hope all is well.
from jimbostaxi :
I wonder if my kids playback the security footage to get a good laugh when I'm not home. Lol
from jimbostaxi :
They are trouble with a capital T :)
from strawberrri :
Ollie's sister reported her next-door-neighbours doing the same: a load of people over for a sunny sunday BBQ. Maybe Boris's current predicament will wake them up. I hope he pulls through this.
from barefootruby :
It's probably not ethical, but when they come to deciding which patients deserve the limited supply of ventilators, maybe they should take the adoption of social distancing rules into account.
from jimbostaxi :
Pete, I don't do the poem thing much but when I do they almost always are sad. My biggest fear of posting something like that is more about my grammar than my feelings. I always hope the reader feels the raw emotions and ignores any faux pas I may have made. I like your letter idea and hope you follow through with that. If you could share one with us that would be cool as well.
from strawberrri :
I do get the only one walk a day thing as, instead of choosing to go out morning or afternoon, people might do both (with no pubs or jobs to keep them entertained), then there'd be double the people out, and there's always some eejits who don't observe the 6ft rule. Yes, more protective gear for our NHS please. I hope you and your loved ones are doing okay. It's only day 4 of lockdown, people's spirits mainly seem high. I wonder if there will be some kind of fatigue in a week or so x
from jimbostaxi :
Pete, I hope you are staying safe in these perilous times. Thanks for reading and the note.
from jimbostaxi :
That poor guy was in heaven probably until he hit that tree! Sounds in car----- yesssss ,,, yessssss,,,,, (hits tree) Fuuuuuck nooooooooo,,,,,,,noooo
from jimbostaxi :
19 dollars? That's terrifying! :)
from strawberrri :
I also just saw you updated, but the link doesnae work...
from strawberrri :
I dreamt about you last night/this morning! We met (in a bank?), and I managed to get out of you that you were born in 1982 (which I don't think is accurate). I ate a jelly bean out of a Christmas cake we were sat round, then in real life I woke up as Leo was crying to get up. Woe!
from strawberrri :
Thanks :) Everyone says he looks like his Daddy! Been battling him having hand foot and mouth disease this week. Not a week I'd want to repeat. Hope yours has been better x
from dangerspouse :
Which, of course, should read, "...before deciding I *liked* the version..." I'd taken my own advice and had more wine, you see.
from dangerspouse :
Yes, have that wine. Then another one. It's our only defense these days it seems. And of course, thanks for the note! I appreciated your thoughts on the composition of my still life. Very well considered they were, and I don't disagree. I did play around cropping more and less negative space off the top, waffling back and forth before deciding I lived the version with lots of black above the fruit. That was just my own preference, but I can certainly see where others would think it was too much. I however DO NOT appreciate your dastardly insinuation that I would leave all my protein based stains on the bedsheet for all to see. That particular black bedsheet is reserved for photo backdrops. My *other* black bedsheets are the crusted ones. How dare you imply I would confuse the two, sir.
from jimbostaxi :
Thanks! Hopefully, I will have more of those to share. :)
from jimbostaxi :
She loved the gift thanks for the note. It’s my stupid anxiety that makes a simple thing like giving a present mission impossible.
from jimbostaxi :
We write what we feel and If it touches someone a certain way that's a plus.👍🍺
from jimbostaxi :
Imagine that lol🤣
from dangerspouse :
Dude! You're alive! Lol. Musta been the pony. Hey, thanks for the great note, and I hope you're havin' a rockin' holiday season :)
from jimbostaxi :
Hello, thanks for stopping by have a happy holiday.
from jimbostaxi :
Hahaha ty for the bday note! And I think Im good for a few more years :)
from strawberrri :
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-49578400
from strawberrri :
Telling a child not to hit their head with a knife - ahahaha! It's all super grizzly and whiny here right now (plus work's dead which means I'm doing almost all childcare) so I'm struggling atm. Seeing Jacob Rees-Mogg superimposed on a high jump made my day today though :-)
from strawberrri :
I googled the pic of Boris getting stuck on a zip wire. It gave me a little chuckle! Thanks for your note as always x
from barefootruby :
I think that the problem with persons such as Trump, Bo-Jo and WRM is that they are more interested in helping themselves that in helping other people, and a good politician is more interested in helping other people than in helping themselves. That and they are not the type of people I would want to invite to a dinner party (if I hosted such things).
from barefootruby :
The village where my uncle lives discussed raising money for a defibrillator. One of the objections was "but what if we raise all this money and it's never used?". My uncle's reaction was "isn't that a good thing?" They got the defibrillator.
from strawberrri :
That's so nice of the French guy! Not sure why people would want to get rid of the box - there wasn't a lot in the vote.
from barefootruby :
Yes; both candidates seem to come from the "I can afford to pay for it, so you can pay for it too" school of conservatism
from strawberrri :
Thank you for remembering, as always! :-)
from barefootruby :
My general view of Boris is that he can't be trusted.
from swordfern :
Ahhh thx for the dating advice, Pete! I'm all ears on this relatively new scene for me! :)
from jimbostaxi :
It's a wild and crazy world and, I'm just trying to find my way just like everyone else. If I help someone and they want to pay it forward that makes me happy.
from swordfern :
Oh, Pete! Your note! You are so thoughtful to leave a word gift to me like that. At times it seems as though we are all clinging to a sinking ship here and maybe at times clinging to each other as well.
from barefootruby :
That is indeed a beautiful tune - and with the words. I've never seen the full translation before - and only recently twigged that "Ave Maria" translates to "Hail Mary"!
from jimbostaxi :
Yep, Mom would want us to get along.
from dangerspouse :
Fuckin' poser, you are. NO ONE can spell "Alzheimer’s" while drunk. Oh well, I'll join you anyway. (And I'm not jealous of those hounds in the least. I used to be a boxer, after all.)
from jimbostaxi :
Jeez, what am I chop liver? Lol
from jimbostaxi :
What I lack in talent I more than make up for with moxie! :) I’ve actually done some stuff in acrylic in the past and I agree it’s easier to recover from a disaster. I promise my excuses will soon turn into action! Thanks as always for the notes and encouragement.
from strawberrri :
My in-laws bumped the weight limit, but shh, I didn't say that!
from portlypete :
So good to hear from you with a much more upbeat message. 50 stone? Have you been binge-eating!? WRT Brexit - I might join much of the country in just wishing it would all end, whatever (avoiding any analogy to child birth) if it wasn't so important to the UK's future. Solids! - I'd avoid letting him eat anywhere near a newly decorated wall; and when I say 'near', summer is nearly with us, so have you considered alfresco dining.
from strawberrri :
It was brilliant, even though I thought I was going to die on the Cyclone ride (the oik manning it allowed an extra person in our dinghy, even though I'm pretty sure we'd already reached the 50 stone weight limit without them). Had a blast. Leo is almost six months now so the next adventure will be solids. How are you feeling about Brexit? Great to see so many of my FB friends at the march on Saturday.
from barefootruby :
*Brexit
from barefootruby :
If Brixit were written as a work of fiction, it would be rejected as being too far fetched. I was promised more money when I took on the job, but as my boss has been on sick leave, it hasn't appeared yet!
from jimbostaxi :
Thank you for weighing in on this very important issue :)
from jimbostaxi :
If could sue them for all my poor grammar and typos I would be a millionaire! :)
from jimbostaxi :
Dropped in to see if you’re ok hope all is well
from jimbostaxi :
Yep ,,,lots of fake news ,, i could go on and on about those days they were so hard emotionally. Many days I was so devastated my family was in shambles and I couldn’t see my kid I just wanted to end it. I worked through those dark times and now I’m trying to make the best of it. She’s making and effort and I’m going keep making one one my end hopefully we will meet somewhere in the middle ,, thanks for reading !
from strawberrri :
Thanks! He's almost outgrown the fox costume now - sob.
from jimbostaxi :
Pete I’ would love to leave this whole thing behind. My life’s more a rated “G” movie than a rated “X” movie. I usually stay clear of trouble but I excercised poor judgment all around with that lady it won’t happen again. Thanks for the note ,,,,, wait I have another reason for posting that entry! I had to make up for the baby hug one hahaha
from dangerspouse :
1. Every time I've ever stuck my head in a buckey (and that's a very large number) there's never BEEN any surrounding space. Just my luck to have an XXL brain, eh? 2. A bunch of people who jumped the SS Diaryland a while back set up a WordPress diary for me a while back (see my very first entry there) and harangued me until I began cross-posting there so they could read my entries. So I'm mirroring, not side-lining you. FWIW, it's a much easier interface (no need to HTML code)*and* you have almost unlimited photo space FOR FREE. That's a powerful aphrodisiac, my friend. Best thing: I write my entries there, and when I copy the HTML code over to D-Land, it includes the pictures! I never would be able to add as many pics as I do with my Gold Membership. I hit that limit long ago. 3. Yeah, I'm hittin' that. I can hardly believe it myself sometimes. But...she's kinda letting herself go, if you scroll back and see some of my earlier pics of her. Good news is, those photos jarred her into a new determination to get back in shape. I hope she does. Fucking fat chicks has never been my thing, even if I happen to love 'em. I'll adopt an alpaca first. 4. Thanks for the note :)
from dangerspouse :
Sachmo. Yeah, buddy. Thanks for posting that. You hardly ever hear the spoken intro. Good one.
from strawberrri :
Happy Christmas PP! Tis definitely the season for port, and therefore Petes :) Hope you have a great one xx
from jimbostaxi :
Hahaha yeah makes me wonder too! I’ve been playing advocate in the hospital and doctors last few months my art class kind of got pushed aside,,, but I still want to do it. I’ll update soon with the stuff about the hospital and doctors it’s just I was waiting for things to calm down. How’s things with you?
from dangerspouse :
Lol. That note was longer than 90% of your entries here. And it was interesting! Well done sir, well done. And seriously, I appreciate the thoughtful comments. As well learning about your breasts (well done, sir!). One thing I'll note: I did tell the HR woman that the woman I was chatting with had no objection to the use of "babe", as we'd each been calling the other that for some years. HR chick countered with, "That doesn't matter. What matters is that your use of that word was perceived by the claimant to be offensive, which means you created a hostile work environment. How your friend felt about it is immaterial." So...that's that. Now I know to heed your advice and just stick to cooking (although fuck veganism. It's not worth that even if it means losing my job.). Thanks for the note, buddy!
from strawberrri :
Yes I think Ollie is over the trauma :P I offered him my gas and air but he didn't want any - fool!
from dangerspouse :
You voted for the bike? GODDAMIT MAN, YOU JUST RUINED CHRISTMAS! *sigh* Ok, yeah, it's a motorcycle so I suppose it deserves at least ONE vote, regardless how fucking awful the photographer's technique was. But...shit. IF I DON'T GET THAT PONY THIS YEAR IT'S YOUR FAULT. Fucking stupid internet newbies can't fucking figure out how to hit a goddam "Best" button when it's right the fuck in front of their fucking ugly face. Fuck. Oh - and thanks for the great note! :)
from dangerspouse :
HAHA! Perfect answer! Well done :)
from dangerspouse :
"1 1"? Rather more cryptic than usual, I should say.
from aryssa90 :
Thank you for your message! Friendsgiving was a blast!
from strawberrri :
Thanks! I'm definitely not depressed, but had a very low week or so. Will do a quick update while he's sleeping on me in the sling x
from dangerspouse :
Damn Chinese watches. See what happens when you don't do your research? Ya get burned.
from strawberrri :
Thanks! Those discs are breast pads, haha. Weirdly I kept myself entertained for about five days solid after he was born by calling him "Milky Mouth" whilst burping him after a feed and pretending I was saying "Mickey Mouse" with a lisp. Sleep deprivation does strange things to your sense of humour. He's three weeks old today!X
from jimbostaxi :
Thanks for the note, it did help talking about it on here I didn’t tip over and I wanted to so badly.
from jimbostaxi :
That’s the first time it’s ever happened to me in all the time I’ve bern there, I was just talking to someone here about getting a gun, but I just like you said I would have shot him and I’d be in jail ,,
from strawberrri :
5lb 8oz* (those two ounces make all the difference!)
from strawberrri :
Hey! I'm too knackered to diary-write, but you've been so nice with all your notes during my pregnancy so thought you'd like to know my little (definitely not portly at 5lb6) son Leo was born on Thursday eve, surprising us by coming 23 days early. We're home and both doing okay! X
from jimbostaxi :
Made notes easier to find now :)
from jimbostaxi :
Hi thanks for the note! Yeah, I had changed the notes thing awhile back hiding it under the “out” thinking it was clever but it’s just annoying I’ll have to change that back. The art class looks like tons of fun thank you very much for the advice! I’m hoping it’s not to large a group I dont want them to distract me from becoming one with my canvas :)
from papotheclown :
Oh vape pens are amazing. You can get high all discrete like. No smell or anything. I am from Colorado and we definitely get spoiled by all the different kinds of legal weed you can get. And yes, definitely better without a car. At least in regards to drug use.
from strawberrri :
Also why do I keep saying "aye"? Note to self: am not a pirate.
from strawberrri :
I'm worse than you are at getting round to leaving notes! Yours are always appreciated :D I'm a bona fide pregnancy/baby bore now, might be wise to skip my diary for the next approx 18 years. Let's hope someone somewhere sorts out Brexit before divorce day, aye!?
from papotheclown :
Thanks for swinging by! looking forward to reading you too.
from barefootruby :
Rather than developing contingency plans of what happens if we don't get a deal, I would prefer the government to work on ensuring that we do get a deal. It was their stupid referendum idea that got us into this mess in the first place. Personally, I can’t see any logical reason why we wouldn't want to continue to trade with Europe. We already manufacture goods that are compatible with their market; we have excellent communication links; and have developed first-class trade relations. Surely, it's a not-brainer? I'd also like the Brexit strategy to rise above party politics - the result is more important than the result of the next election. Seems the politicians can’t see that.
from strawberrri :
I'm trying to educate myself about birth and labour and discovering things like the doctors and midwives may want to take courses and do things that mean they can get off their shift quicker, rather than what's best for the woman giving birth. Crikey aye?! It's cooler today thank goodness. Hope you are having a lovely summer PP.
from barefootruby :
OK, a bit slow to comment, but I agree wholeheartedly with your comments on Trump and Boris. Whether or not I agree with their political views is immaterial; over the years I have learnt that it's not worth worrying too much about the politics of the government as we will get a chance to vote for a change in a few years time. But the more I see their actions the more I am convinced that neither of them are particularly nice people. And surely I am not the only person who thinks that the results of the Brexit negotiations are more important than the results of the next general election.
from strawberrri :
Thanks for your supportive messages! I will happily donate you my beer allocation for the next four-ish months. I think a halloumi shortage is on the way too :( Blood test tomorrow - hope they don't bodge this one and make my arm look like it belongs to a smack addict again.
from strawberrri :
I literally plucked the tick out with my fingers (just call me straw-Bear Grylls!) but when I showed the photo to my cousin she confirmed it still had its head on. I tried to squash it in some tissue but no matter how hard I crushed it just wouldn't die! Maybe Bear would have used it as a crouton or something. Don't really fancy sticking scan pics on Dland. Maybe a baby pic in the future!
from strawberrri :
Thank you SO much for the birthday wishes both in my notes and your diary blurb, what a treat :D I had a three-day celebration (and obviously no hangover, yay!). I think next year it won't be quite so extravagant. 20 week scan coming up next Tues :) x
from strawberrri :
Thanks! Yes, I doubt I'll be laughing as I give birth. Still wondering whether to ask for the epidural or the heroin (sorry - diamorphine!). Just waiting for next scan appointment letter then we can find out if we're having a Pete or Petina(?)! Hope you're well :) x
from jimbostaxi :
I wrote that entry more to describe a feeling I had at the movies it’s not and exact representation of the past. My hate for the holidays is because we had next to nothing and knew better to ask for anything... and I detest black socks even more than the holidays :0)
from strawberrri :
No bitcoin chat for me - I hid on the 5th floor to eat lunch today. He eats his on the 4th floor :)
from jimbostaxi :
I think to be perfectly honest the “ I suck” thing is something I’ve felt about myself for not getting involved in certain situations, I consider myself a good person but I’ve felt “sucky” that I’ve been putting my own self preservation above helping my fellow man. Thanks for the notes and it’s good to know there’s and another old school person out there :0)
from jimbostaxi :
Your right,,,, I suck ,,,
from strawberrri :
I think dland had "its day" more than a decade ago. On my profile are spaces to fill in my ICQ number and yahoo messenger ID! Talking about diarylanders and what they're up to, I always wanted to know more about YOU. I suspect even the email address you once messaged me from was an alias :p
from nineofswords :
Thank you for the kind words. I did get plenty of candy as a kid thanks to my generous uncle, but I managed to retain my choppers. My dad, who missed his calling as a dentist, served as the tooth enforcer at my house and we had stellar dental hygiene under his vigilant care. Thanks Dad! :-)
from strawberrri :
Was the person you first started reading skinnylizzy? I have her and a few other diarylanders on my Facebook but miss their diaries so much and wish I knew more what was going on in their heads and lives :( Writing here used to be a community thing. Only about five people on my list update now, none of them regularly. Two people on my buddy list died (including our wonderful stepfie). I don't feel inspired to write often sadly, and I don't do it enough to do it well anymore.
from jimbostaxi :
Since receiving your note and a few others I've decided to carry the diaryland torch a bit longer, I wanted to thank you very much for the note I'll be back out into the world in a few days and back to the daily grind, that POS son made me all emotionally. We need my good guys more people that give a shit about their fellow man,,,, I'm not giving up on Dland and I'm not giving up on the world :0)
from strawberrri :
Oh thank you!
from strawberrri :
Happy holiday portlypete! Hope you find some nice xxxl clothes, if your dland moniker is to be believed ;)
from strawberrri :
I survived it (got a bit smashed on cocktails on boxing day after two nights at my sister-in-laws), whoops. Hope you had a superb festive period (insert usual dross about January being rubbish etc) X
from strawberrri :
The most stressful thing is Christmas at the in-laws', right?!
from raven72d :
I'm thinking of staying drunk 'til January 2021. At least.
from strawberrri :
I tried to email (your defunct email) you about Stepfie as I wasn't sure how often you come here anymore. It's just so horrible and I'm still shocked. But I am fine thanks - just a slack diaryer as per usual. I hope you are okay PP! X
from strawberrri :
Thanks for your good wishes! I have downloaded rick steve's audio guide for the uffizi and St mark's basilica. I looked at ollie like he was mad when he said he was going to pack his daily contact lenses (which he cannot see without) in our hold luggage. I don't trust airlines! We're going BA too as an upgrade from the usual sleazyjet since it's our honeymoon and all. After previously being happy with my dad's scan the doctors have now changed their minds and said it looks like there's something on his liver too. You know things are bad when the best you can hope for is that it's cirrhosis. He's having more tests next Saturday so it's just an unpleasant waiting game for now...
from dangerspouse :
I was wondering where you were going until that last line hit me. What a great Jo Cox tribute. Bravo, and sorry for your nation's loss.
from barefootruby :
If only the guys in the nightclub had been armed, they could have defended themselves ... oh ... er ... hang on ... let me think that through a bit.
from strawberrri :
Thank you! Because I went out with a friend on my birthday instead of Ollie his mum now keeps ringing him up and asking "Is everything all right between you two?" SIGH!
from strawberrri :
Scrap that, I've done it today, just for you! :P
from strawberrri :
I'll try to continue it tomorrow (Thursday!) :)
from jimbostaxi :
Thank you very much for the note I have been a very loyal employee over the last ten years and it has gotten me know nowhere I've missed important events weddings, graduations etc etc because they demanded I be there or lose my job. All this devotion to them has come at a great price and I've gotten nothing but a kick in the ass, I passed my road test :0) now all I have to do is move on with my life,,, I know it's stupid but I'll miss them
from raven72d :
With any luck, Donald will be kept far, far away from the red button. There's no chance he'd ever get my vote. I took some EU law classes once upon a time, and once wrote a paper about insider trading rules in the EU, but other than that, I'm staying well away from arguments about the British referendum. The emotional level about the Brexit vote is high indeed, and I'm letting my British friend argue it out without me.
from strawberrri :
Thanks for your congratulations! There was no blood shed but the exhaust pipe did fall off the wedding car when it came to pick me up, which was hilarious :)
from jimbostaxi :
When I think about the big picture I'm acting like he owes me something when he does not, I helped him cause it was the right thing to do and I would do it again if presented with the same circumstances. I was hurt by the dissing and the diary post was a knee jerk reaction thanks for the note :0)
from strawberrri :
Phew! I'll cancel the bodyguard I ordered ;) Thank you for your kind wishes! I'll do an update with piccies (hopefully there will be photographic evidence of before I've spilled anything down myself) soooooon! X
from strawberrri :
"...worse things in store for you than cold canapes." Am now worried you're going to show up and stab me or something :/
from stepfordtart :
I forgot to say thank you for your note - it really did mean a lot and I was really grateful. :-) s xx
from strawberrri :
Oh! I left that message before I saw you left me one - spidey sense and all that :) The New Year is fine and dandy really; I have take two with my hair on 25th Jan so wish me luck! And I have just finished making 52 name plates (or whatever they're called) so I'm feeling smug and accomplished right now.
from strawberrri :
I liked Squeeze and love them even more now! Happy New Year PortlyPete-dawg x
from stepfordtart :
link wont work! :-( s x
from barefootruby :
The Conservative ethos: "I can afford to pay for it, so you can pay for it too". I think some of the policies are somewhat short-sighted - but the government is looking only to the end of the current parliamentary term, so probably doesn't care.
from strawberrri :
Thank you. Would quite like to stop getting older now please!!
from nineofswords :
Yes, I paid a lot of money for that damn shampoo. I reeeeally like a good hair day.
from strawberrri :
We went on the railway! Lovely little steam train :D And then had a hilarious (attemped) walk back from Corfe. Only made it half way before getting the train back in defeat as I was becoming borderline hysterical and paranoid we were going to get shot by a farmer as we kept getting lost and wandering into private land by accident.
from strawberrri :
Only just saw your note! It seems email notifications don't work anymore (sort it out, Andrew). Anyway, thank you! I promise I'll do an entry about my wedding day :) We're tying the knot in March next year. I hope you're okay and happy! Thanks for your lovely notes over the years xxx
from jarofporter :
hey pete, still around? haven't seen anything in a while...
from marzipanmind :
Hello, and a much belated Happy New Year! Also yes, this site is falling apart and Andrew owes me $2 from 18 months ago. Boo.
from barefootruby :
it's also not unknown for the government to change the rules and make people pay more than they originally expected
from dangerspouse :
Trust me. I'm not laughing now. #irony
from stepfordtart :
What did you get done? If you had an asymmetric augmentation then Im going to be very impressed. Or did you get attacked by a shark? Quadruple bypass? Paper cut? Circumcision? Im a nosy bastard today, aint I?! s x
from stepfordtart :
Seriously, what's not to love about Stephen Sutton? I know haters gotta hate and all that but, fucking hell. I cannot find a single thing wrong with anything that fella does/did. Saw his mum on the telly last week and even she was just bloody lovely. s x
from strawberrri :
Thanks, that's really kind! I always think I should update more, but in all likeliness it'll probably become even more of a rarity, but you never know :P My life is still themed around booze and I would say "boys" but it's just the one these days, who makes my world an infinitely better place. Hope life is treating you nicely - you deserve it xx
from stepfordtart :
sent you an email :-) s x
from strawberrri :
Hello :) Miss you!

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