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1  Poker Forums / Diaries and Blogs / Re: Vagueness and the Aftermath - A sporadic diary on: February 28, 2018, 03:34:03 AM
I just have to set the record straight  Smiley

I didn't work in Ireland or England. Part of me misses the whole full-time housewife/mother gig, but most of me is glad I'm contributing a bit financially now. Frankly, we couldn't afford for me not to in this country anyway.

Dawn's a table games dealer at Cleveland's only casino. She earns about the same as I do per hour. I'm an electrical engineer with 38 years experience. I don't begrudge that at all. I don't think I could do what she does. She's subjected to verbal abuse and just plain bad manners on a daily basis by idiots who think she has something to do with their gambling outcomes. Most of her income comes from tips. Her actual hourly rate is something like a miserly $5/hr. On one memorable day in 2016, a Cleveland Indians' baseball player visited the casino and went on a 24-hour heater, tipping the dealers very nearly $500,000 along the way. Dawn made $2,000 for that one shift - happy days! Unfortunately, it's never been repeated but, only today Dawn told me that the same player is likely back playing for Cleveland this year after moving to Texas for a season, last year. Anyway, what I wanted to say is that Dawn contributes way more than a 'bit' financially and she earns every cent.

I'm genuinely very happy with how we've landed on our feet over here, but our 'landing' wouldn't be considered properly acceptable where I come from. Fortunately, my 'don't give a feck' attitude has unexpectedly transferred well with my true friends over here. We've a lovely home in a lovely neighborhood, but it's not considered the 'right part of town' by some. That bothered me at first because I was from that other part of town growing up. Now...I don't give a flying rat's arse.

It's exactly the right part of town, it's just seen as 'the wrong town'. We live in Elyria which has some pretty rough areas. North-East Ohio has a bad drugs problem (as bad, if not worse than anywhere else in the States) and Elyria is as bad as anywhere. However, we live in a beautiful area, with tree-lined avenues, large houses and really friendly neighbours.

Jack so very much misses proper pronunciation. Ok. Maybe he doesn't miss it so much but takes the absolute piss out of Yank pronunciation. "What did D's and T's ever do to upset ye?"

I do give the Yanks a little gentle ribbing about their fast and loose attitude to the pronunciation of the letter 'T'; sometimes it's 't', sometimes it's 'd' and sometimes they can't be arsed with it at all. I also take issue with their refusal to say aluminium when they're all over condominium. Truth be told, English, both the American and British version, is full of such anomalies and I myself am guilty of abusing the letter 't'. I blame my Leicestershire accent

He also desperately misses work holidays and I agree 100%. In the UK he had 33 vacation days (including public holidays). In the US he has 17 (including public holidays). It's ridic how little they care about that stuff over here. It seems you live to work in America whereas you've half a chance of working to live in Europe.

I don't 'desperately' miss anything from home, Dawnie (I call Dawn 'Dawnie' - she likes it Smiley ). In fact, I think it's fair to say that I've not been homesick in the slightest. I was a bit disappointed when last year's medical bills put paid to this year's tentatively planned first return trip - we both were. Even my friends and family don't seem far away when all you have to do is get on Skype for a chat.

I do miss a good curry. We've tried to find a decent Indian restaurant but to no avail. I've come to the conclusion that American Indian cuisine is a different style. I will definitely be filling my boots when we do make the trip home. A good old fry-up, à la 'Rate my breakfast', would be high on my list when we get home too.

Luckily for me, not so much Dawn, I'm spoiled with the rugby coverage over here, now. Initially, I was dependant on dodgy live streams to watch my beloved Leicester Tigers. For the last year though, NBC Sports Network has offered every single Aviva Premiership game live (or in-full replays if you can't catch the live games) for the princely sum of $60 per year. Suffice to say, I'm yet to miss a game this season Smiley

In addition to the  healthcare costs (the healthcare itself is fantastic), the only other downside to the move is the ridiculously low amount of holidays you get. In Britain, I had 8 bank holidays and 25 days off. Here, I get 7 bank holidays and 10 days off - and that's after I negotiated it up from 5! The working day also tends to be longer, but that was on an upward trend for me in Britain too. I was thinking about it the other day. When I started work down the pit in 1980, it was a 7¼ hour shift. When I moved to Desford Tubes it was 8 hours. My final British job was an 8½ hour shift duration. My first role this side was a 9 hour day and I'm now having to do a 9½ hour stint. I'd better hurry up and retire before I run out of hours in the day!
2  Poker Forums / Diaries and Blogs / Re: Vagueness and the Aftermath - A sporadic diary on: February 16, 2018, 02:34:36 AM
Ay up! Have I missed owt?
3  Community Forums / The Lounge / Re: new laptop on: March 18, 2014, 06:52:42 PM
Another +1 for Lenovo. Had mine for a year or so and very impressed with it, especially in comparison to the Acer that I had previously.
4  Poker Forums / Diaries and Blogs / Re: The sun is shining: on: March 13, 2014, 08:33:20 PM
Sounds like a great decision Graham, I hope everything works in your favour.
5  Community Forums / The Lounge / Re: 40 years ago today.. on: March 03, 2014, 01:02:36 PM
RIP lads.
6  Poker Forums / Diaries and Blogs / Re: Vagueness and the Aftermath - A sporadic diary on: March 02, 2014, 05:46:51 PM
Happy birthday Tom, from me and Dawn.

7  Poker Forums / Live Tournament Updates / Re: DTD £100,000 GTD Grand Prix X: 7-9 Feb on: February 09, 2014, 08:39:22 PM
8  Poker Forums / Live Tournament Updates / Re: DTD £100,000 GTD Grand Prix X: 7-9 Feb on: February 09, 2014, 08:32:13 PM
Good luck to Suz and Herbie!
9  Community Forums / The Lounge / Re: I'm semi banned. on: January 29, 2014, 01:28:22 AM
Please post a picture of your smiley face, Tom.
10  Community Forums / The Lounge / Re: I'm semi banned. on: January 26, 2014, 01:16:27 PM
Tertiary adjunct of unimatrix 01.

11  Community Forums / The Lounge / Re: I'm semi banned. on: January 26, 2014, 01:03:55 PM
It appears blonde has been assimilated into the Borg collective and it will only be a matter of time before it adapts to your latest log-in, ejects you and randomises your password again.
12  Community Forums / The Lounge / Re: Things that piss you off! on: January 15, 2014, 01:17:26 PM
Or let it boil till switch-off, wait, boil till switch-off, wait, boil till...

This is not aimed at Dawn.

No death wish here tyvm
13  Community Forums / The Lounge / Re: Things that piss you off! on: January 15, 2014, 12:06:35 AM
People who let the kettle boil like crazy for 30 seconds until it switches off by itself, instead of flipping it off at the right time.

Damn straight!
14  Poker Forums / Diaries and Blogs / Re: Vagueness and the Aftermath - A sporadic diary on: January 12, 2014, 12:13:58 AM
Today I saw the sun and the moon in the sky at the same time. It was a three quarter moon, how is that possible, what was casting a shadow over the the forth quarter if not the earth?

The sun, moon & earth are currently (and usually) forming a triangle in the heavens. The sun is illuminating the moon from one angle and we're viewing it from another. Viewed from the sun, the moon would always be full. Viewed from the earth, the %age of the moon that is illuminated varies with the angle made between the sun, moon & earth.

This makes perfect sense to me. I've been mine sweeping leftover Christmas advocaat. Your mileage may vary.
15  Community Forums / The Lounge / Re: Things I wish I knew on: January 09, 2014, 12:43:20 AM
Why don't saloon type cars have rear windscreen wipers?

I always thought this was because hatchback aerodynamics tend to 'suck' the air (and whatever's in it, i.e. rain) onto the rear screen, whereas saloons don't.
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