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16  Poker Forums / Diaries and Blogs / Re: Vagueness and the Aftermath - A sporadic diary on: February 16, 2018, 01:02:29 AM
Sweetheart (yeah, I know...I've gone all Yank again), you couldn't offend me if you tried! Count yerself (back to the Irish) lucky because Jack and I 100% had intentions of visiting you at your homeplace before we left the UK. Unfortunately, all the craziness of the house sale and move got in the way, but I've always regretted not making it to yours for a visit before we left. I guess our uneasy wires were getting crossed on that front. You were uneasy thinking you'd offended and I was uneasy because we never made the visit.

All very good here, thanks! US fiancé visa requirements meant we'd to be married within 90 days of arriving in America. We planned most of it from the UK, Ger (the duke) was our Best Man and my daughter Sarah was Maid of Honour on the big day. I made the mistake of letting the Lads sort Ger's tux on their own when they were more interested in getting to the pub so his jacket was a bit on the 'small' side. They didn't seem to mind, so I wasn't going to be a Bridezilla over it. That said, never send two men on a mission to organise a tux when their minds are on the pub.

After the wedding, we spent three leisurely weeks traveling our way up the coast of California on our Honeymoon. We'd an amazing time of it, starting in San Diego and finishing up in San Francisco. Neither of us had ever been and it was absolutely lovely from start to finish. That said, Santa Barbara was my favourite spot and Jack really enjoyed San Francisco, so I expect a bit of a debate when we venture back for a short anniversary visit at some point.

We'd to stay with my mom and step-dad for the first nine months and that was a bit of a struggle for everyone, but we all survived it. Staying with them was a big help to us and made 'the rest' that much easier to sort. We moved over in June of 2014, wedding, honeymoon and cars were sorted in July, jobs secured in November and a new four bedroom home purchased in March. Easy game, right? Smiley

The boys have settled really well, but their initial struggle was a costly one! My mom's place has no fenced in area and her house is on a busy street. Archie saw a dog he wanted to say hi to across the road and he had a run-in with a car on his way over...the week before we were due to move to our own place. He was a bit bruised but generally fine. The car? Not so much. The lil shit cost us $1,300 in repairs to the car he sideswiped. Fortunately, our own house has a fully fenced in back garden, so no fear of a repeat performance.

Jack is doing his electrical engineer gig at a place about 25 minutes from home and I work the sunrise shift (4am - noon) part-time at the JACK Casino in downtown Cleveland. Yep. Married to Jack and work at JACK. Couldn't make it up. Smiley

Healthcare over here is SHOCKING! You lot can complain about the NHS all ya like, but don't knock it because ye don't know how good you have it. Jack and I had a race in 2017 to see who could rack up the highest medical bills. He'd cancer and I'd a dodgy heart issue. We thought it'd be a close run thing, but my bills crushed his by a country mile. Our bill (after insurance) was about 7k. Suppose it's better than the 400k+ we'd have owed without insurance, with the added bonus of both being fully sorted now. Anyway...appreciate what you have. Whether it be good health or NHS. Either way, you're winning.

That's the abridged version. I'll post pics to go with this lot tomorrow when I'm more awake. Today is my Friday and I've been up since 12:45 am. I always try to stay awake until at least 9:00 pm on the 'Friday' so I'll be right back into the real time zone by morning. On the plus side, it means I get weekends off to spend time with Jack and the boys. Speaking of, I've told him what I'm up to right now, so I'd imagine you'll be getting a shout-out from the man himself shortly.

Really glad we're catching up because it never sat right with us missing out on that visit.



17  Poker Forums / Diaries and Blogs / Re: Vagueness and the Aftermath - A sporadic diary on: February 15, 2018, 11:30:27 PM
Hiya Tom Smiley Hope you don't mind, but I've directed a coworker (I'm a casino table games dealer now, go figure) to your diary. Brigid's keen to learn about the Gypsy way of life, customs, traditions, etc. and I thought your diary was the best place for it. Don't know if she'll actually post or just read and soak it in, but if she decides to post, apologies in advance for questions that seem 'off'. She has a heart of gold and means no harm, that much is true. Miss you and hope you and yours are well. Hugs xx
18  Community Forums / The Lounge / Re: xmas presents!!!!!! on: December 13, 2013, 07:00:04 PM

The killer for you is, you come home from work after a hard day at the office go in the bathroom and see murthufucking Ballon No3 stuck on the bathroom mirror and you dread what she may demand of you.....  hope you get lucky Smiley

 

Jack gave me 12 coupons last year and I thought it was really sweet.  On each one he wrote out what it was for.  Cutting the lawn for the entire season, finish the bathroom tiling, cook a romantic meal, a lie in while he took the dogs for their morning walk every day for a week...etc.  Little things that might seem silly to others but you think she'd appreciate...plus it saves you getting hit up with a request to paint her friend's elderly parent's house. 

A spa day is a good one as well, but you have to make it a spa day for two.  Either for the pair of you or for her and a friend.  Don't know about other women, but I definitely wouldn't like going in on my own because there's lunch and all included in the day and it's nice to have company.
19  Community Forums / The Lounge / Re: Happy Birthday Reece!!! on: December 11, 2013, 04:52:00 PM
Blimey, he's growing up so fast! 

 disco disco disco

Happy Birthday Reece!!!

 
20  Community Forums / The Lounge / Re: Are you a Psycho? on: December 10, 2013, 03:45:58 PM
49% 

"Though your conscience is in the right place you also have a pragmatic streak and generally aren’t afraid to do your own dirty work! You’re no shrinking violet - but no daredevil either. You generally have little trouble seeing things from another person’s perspective but, at the same time, are no pushover. ‘Everything in moderation – including moderation’ might sum up your approach to life."
21  Community Forums / The Lounge / Re: A question of maths? on: December 08, 2013, 01:35:15 PM
It might also say something about the intelligence of editors and journalists as the exact same article appears to have been printed 6 years ago Cheesy

http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/cool-cash-card-confusion-1009701

   Not near enough fluff going on in the world to say they needed to recycle it.
22  Community Forums / The Lounge / Re: A question of maths? on: December 08, 2013, 11:56:30 AM
Last night's link isn't working now, but Jack found the story here...

http://web.orange.co.uk/article/news/confusing_scratchcard_withdrawn_by_camelot
23  Community Forums / The Lounge / A question of maths? on: December 08, 2013, 01:32:17 AM
Oooops   

http://news.sky.com/story/1179265/confusing-scratchcard-withdrawn-by-camelot
24  Poker Forums / Diaries and Blogs / Re: Vagueness and the Aftermath - A sporadic diary on: December 04, 2013, 09:33:32 AM

The world's gone mad...

http://www.businessinsider.com/someone-holding-bitcoin-sign-on-college-gameday-receives-over-22-bitcoins-2013-12
25  Community Forums / The Lounge / Re: MOVEMBER BLONDE CLIQUE on: November 26, 2013, 11:21:05 PM
I'd one wee incident after the race that wasn't pretty.   Roll Eyes

Have you tried Tena Lady?

It wasn't that kind of incident ffs!     The moustache had definitely seen better days though.
26  Community Forums / The Lounge / Re: MOVEMBER BLONDE CLIQUE on: November 25, 2013, 09:53:30 PM
For the record, it is ridiculously difficult to blow your nose with a moustache in the way!  I'd one wee incident after the race that wasn't pretty.   Roll Eyes
27  Community Forums / The Lounge / Re: MOVEMBER BLONDE CLIQUE on: November 25, 2013, 07:33:23 PM
Details plz.

To avoid any confusion, I'm the one on the left and Jack's on the right.   

It was a fecking freezing 1c when we arrived and only got warmer thanks to all the running.  Jack was booked to run the 10k race and I ran the 5k. 

There was a hill from hell at the start and everyone looked at it with dread.  Surely we weren't meant to tackle that?!  Turns out we were...right at the start.  Nothing like running up a big ol' hill to get you going on a long run.  Geeeez.  As it turns out, that wasn't the only hill.  Marv.  But we got there in the end.  Little Bo Peep helped spur me on during the last 1k of my run and Jack CRUSHED his 10k PB time.  All in all a good day out.

They have more photos on the Mo Running facebook page here if anyone wants to have a look 
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=723684744326785&set=a.723684697660123.1073741833.141997632495502&type=1&theater

Only downside to the whole thing is we didn't raise much money on Jack's Mo page Sad  Think it's at £48 - and that's with the £20 Jack put in to start it off.  Ah well, just like Tesco...every little helps. 

Here's the link to his page in case anyone would like to toss a few bob into the kitty. Smiley  http://uk.movember.com/mospace/7548401  Cheers!
28  Community Forums / The Lounge / Re: MOVEMBER BLONDE CLIQUE on: November 25, 2013, 03:01:35 PM
Mo Run in Nottingham at the week-end. 

29  Poker Forums / Diaries and Blogs / Re: Vagueness and the Aftermath - A sporadic diary on: November 22, 2013, 08:14:39 PM
 

O
M
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Take it from someone who had to lug shoes for five people upstairs daily...that idea is fecking BRILLIANT!!!
30  Community Forums / The Lounge / Re: MOVEMBER BLONDE CLIQUE on: November 22, 2013, 09:53:39 AM
Good god, give me strength.   
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