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« Reply #29280 on: February 03, 2018, 10:04:53 PM »

I went into town yesterday on the bus due to a minor car problem to do some shopping and on the way back I took my seat opposite a 30/35ish lady with what looked to me like an eighteen-month/two years old orangey coloured cockerpoo which I was allowed to give a little pet to as she let the lead out seeing that we were both friendly.

I didn't speak to the lady as I was only on the bus for a few stops but she did speak to the dog to soothe it as it was a bit whiney. It was only when she spoke to it(not sure of it's sex) and called it something which sounded very much like "Barney" that I later wondered if it could possibly be Poppy's first pup or Red as we knew him as I remember you telling us that was his name.

Surely it's too much of a coincidence although I reckon that's an unusual colour for a 'poo.

I can't remember where Barney lives now Ralph but I'm sure it isn't Nottingham.


His owner writes to me regularly. Here he is on a recent camping holiday.



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« Reply #29281 on: February 04, 2018, 10:45:04 AM »

I thought it was a bit of a stretch and the one on the bus was a darker almost orangey brown colour.

It was when she spoke to it and called it what sounded like Barney that got me wondering.
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« Reply #29282 on: February 14, 2018, 10:50:49 AM »

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« Reply #29283 on: February 14, 2018, 06:11:53 PM »


That's good, Tom, very good, though I'm quite surprised you have even heard of Oasis, let alone know the name of any of their stuff.

Fair to say it was all shite though.

There was an Oasis Documentary on TV recently, or, as the media prefer to call such things, "rockumentary". Ugh.

I was prejudiced before I watched it as I disliked everything about the band, Liam & Noel.

Having watched it, I loathed the ill-mannered spoilt brats & their so-called "music" even more.

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« Reply #29284 on: February 14, 2018, 08:22:26 PM »

 and so, Sainsbury's can wait....
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« Reply #29285 on: February 14, 2018, 08:24:17 PM »

and so, Sainsbury's can wait....

Now you are talking. Gotta love Mr Loaf.
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« Reply #29286 on: February 14, 2018, 08:25:34 PM »

and so, Sainsbury's can wait....

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« Reply #29287 on: February 14, 2018, 09:04:50 PM »


That's good, Tom, very good, though I'm quite surprised you have even heard of Oasis, let alone know the name of any of their stuff.

Fair to say it was all shite though.

There was an Oasis Documentary on TV recently, or, as the media prefer to call such things, "rockumentary". Ugh.

I was prejudiced before I watched it as I disliked everything about the band, Liam & Noel.

Having watched it, I loathed the ill-mannered spoilt brats & their so-called "music" even more.




I like the music but not the people. I especially dislike Liam.

I like Gary Glitter's music too, but I can't even listen to it now.

Can't watch a Mel Gibson film or a poker game either Tony G at the table.


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« Reply #29288 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
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« Reply #29289 on: February 15, 2018, 11:50:14 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

OMG!

How the Devil are you?

I've often thought about you and Jack. I had an uneasy feeling that I'd somehow offended you and I toyed with the idea of trying to make contact via your old email addy or something.

If that was is the case, please let me know, either on here or by PM if you prefer.

Anyhoo.. I'll be glad to hear from your friend and I would love an update on the dogs, Jack and your life in general, with pics of course.

Tom.
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« Reply #29290 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.



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« Reply #29291 on: February 16, 2018, 02:34:36 AM »

Ay up! Have I missed owt?
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« Reply #29292 on: February 16, 2018, 01:29:00 PM »

What a lovely comprehensive reply, even Jack was more verbose than usual.

Uber busy today but will have a chinwag later.

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« Reply #29293 on: February 18, 2018, 05:46:03 PM »

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.




Well I asked for an update and I certainly got one.

There's so much that I want to comment on so I'll have to break it down into manageable chunks. First, the uneasy.

I do acquaintances, I don't really do friends. If people seem to be getting too close I have a tendency to push them away. I don't really know why that is and I honestly wish it wasn't so, but there it is.

So, I suspect the uneasy was my doing.

I will say this though. I've always been able to count what I call my real friends on the fingers of one hand, but you pair, and one or two others on blonde make me wish I came from Norwich.

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« Reply #29294 on: February 18, 2018, 06:05:45 PM »



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.




The thought of changing your life entirely and moving to another country makes me dizzy with excitement and apprehension. What an adventure it must be, and now both you and Jack have done it. I'm insanely jealous.

I love hearing the nitty gritty details. What were the unexpected differences for you when you first came to the UK and what are the unexpected differences for Jack in the US?

What do/did both of you miss? Predictable questions I suppose, but I so want to know. Indulge me a little please.




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