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|>>|| No. 421139
We've been bummed by the exchange rate. At the end of 2007, you could get $2 for £1. In 2014, you could get about $1.65. Today, you'll get $1.31. Every component you buy is 50% more expensive than it would have been ten years ago. Happy days.
|>>|| No. 421140
It's awful. It's making me wonder if I should even build it. My current computer is by no means slow, a 4790k system, but more than anything else I'm starting to push the limits of the 32GB of DDR3 it's capable of. Like I say I don't think I spent more than a grand when I built this and it was the most expensive build possible.
Though it's not like waiting a few years will help me, everything will be worse then, won't it.
|>>|| No. 421142
I just booked my hire car for my holiday in Gran Canaria. After a bit of digging on travelsupermarket.com, I was able to find out that Sixt offer midsized convertibles that are neither a New Mini nor a New Beetle. Their local fleet in Gran Canaria comprises the Audi A3, BMW 2 series or Opel Cascada. And all fully insured for just £150. So that's what I have settled for now.
The New Beetle is really a clunky car and as I said, it makes you feel like you're a doctor's wife or gay hairdresser when you are driving in it. For a lad who isn't looking to do some gay cruising in Playa del Inglés, which is where I will be staying, an A3/2 series/Cascada is really 100% a better choice. And it costs less too. A New Beetle on travelsupermarket.com is around £230 for a week fully insured.
The only catch is that with Sixt, I've got a mileage limit of 1000 miles or rather 1600 kilometres. Every kilometre beyond that costs an additional €0.18. But given that Gran Canaria is barely the size of Greater London in diameter, I think I will be ok. I don't plan to spend my holiday just driving up and down their terrific six-lane autopistas. I think the last time I was there and really did some extensive driving, I used only about one tank's worth of petrol, and even factoring in all the curvy mountain roads, I probably drove far less than 800 kilometres in that one week.
But still. Really relieved it's not going to be a New Beetle again this time.
|>>|| No. 421143
That's nothing. When I rented in America, I had a 1200 mile limit with every additional mile costing 40 cents. That said, I did manage to blag a Camaro for the same price as a Camry.
|>>|| No. 421144
Plot twist: On arrival you discover they're out of those and they give you a New Beetle instead.
|>>|| No. 421146
Honestly I don't know why you'd want a convertible in such a hot and relatively humid place. I'd much rather be inside a lovely bubble of air con.
|>>|| No. 421147
Gran Canaria is rarely outright hot, and even more seldomly humid. Granted, when a calima hits in August or September, you will get 38 degrees centigrade for a week. But even that is a dry heat I am told, because it's a weather pattern of winds blowing from the western Sahara polar.
In late October, you usually have some 25 to 27 degrees, and the constant breeze from the ocean makes it really very bearable. Just beware of the tropical sun. It will burn you to a cinder any day of the year.
|>>|| No. 421148
When we were in the States, we had a reservation one time for a midsized four-door
sedan saloon, but they didn't have one at their particular station that day, so they upgraded us to a Ford Thunderbird free of charge. There were only two of us, so we accepted. The Ford Thunderbird is a 2-door coupe with 2+2 seats, so it's not really a good car to be upgraded to on a family holiday, but for two people, it was really kind of a snazzy car to have. And I think it had one of the bigger engines too. And all for the price of a bog standard four-door sedan saloon.
|>>|| No. 421153
Well fuck. Sixt have just cancelled my reservation for an A3/2 series/Cascada because they won't have a car of that category available while I am there. The only convertible they would have available would be a New Beetle (the irony), but for all of €616 directly through them, so they cancelled my reservation unilaterally because they say they assumed that I would not want to pay that much.
So I called Sixt directly, and they said sometimes price comparison web sites have offers on their sites that don't actually exist, meaning the car you are booking won't physically be available. They said something that I should look out for whether or not it says "on request" or "instantly available" (it said neither in my case). Cars that are marked "instantly available" actually exist and can actually be booked, while "on request" means your finalised reservation, credit card details and all, will be passed on to the actual hire company, which will then look in its computer, and unless you are sufficiently lucky, they will just say "erm... nope" and cancel your reservation again.
So now I'm back to my nemesis, the doctor's wife, gay hairdresser favourite, the New Beetle. I've just booked one for £235 via another price comparison web site, and it actually said "instantly available". And Avis have already e-mailed my booking confirmation for a convertible of that category, which means if now they don't have a convertible when I get off my plane in Las Palmas, I have every legal and moral right to nail their local Avis employee to the wall by his ears. And then his testicles, if he still gets smug with me.
The New Beetle is still a shit car. But oh well.
|>>|| No. 421155
>they cancelled my reservation unilaterally because they say they assumed that I would not want to pay that much.
Is that a thing? IME normally if the hire company doesn't have the category in stock they'll just give you something else.
|>>|| No. 421158
I think they only do that when you get there and they don't have the kind of car in stock that they confirmed to you when you booked it. For example, one time I was in Gran Canaria, I had a confirmed reservation for a Volkswagen Eos, but they told me the particular car that was reserved for me had technical problems that needed to be fixed first, and they said it would take around two days. So they upgraded me to a Hyundai 4x4 which I was able to drive for two days without extra charge.
But I guess in this case it's different, because the category I booked via the price comparison web site will not be available in the first place. It was "on request", and that request came back negative.
|>>|| No. 421233
I had too much coffee all day long today and now I can't sleep properly. I've been trying to fall asleep for an hour, but now I've got out of bed again to watch some TV until I finally get tired enough to sleep.
There really isn't much on TV this time of the night...
|>>|| No. 421238
I'm transferring to another department and I'm mildly anxious. The one I'm working at is a shift job, meaning I work for about 3 days, then have 3 (sometimes 4) days off. The one I'm transferring to has something like 4/2.
I'm way too used to having 3 days off - knowing that you have quite ample time to switch off makes it easier on my soul. The only thing that consoles me is that I know about 95% of fellas who work at the new place and they are no idiots when it comes to slacking off. I've seen the work schedule, it isn't bad. They managed to stuff it in a way that everyone gets 3 days off from time to time. And sometimes it's not 3 or 4 work days but only 2.
Fuck me. I've just had a decent finjan of coffee and yesterday I nicked about 50 grammes of a really decent black tea. That'll go for the evening.
Miners. The prices for videocards sky-rocketed here when mining became a thing.
Even the prices for used ones aren't reasonable anymore.
I'd rather drive the A3. I'm not a fan of convertible though.
About two days ago a friend of mine gave me a lift to town. He drove a Nissan Leaf and bugger me - when he hit the accelerator I almost thought we were about to fucking take off. I didn't expect to be pushed into the seat.
|>>|| No. 421240
> He drove a Nissan Leaf and bugger me - when he hit the accelerator I almost thought we were about to fucking take off. I didn't expect to be pushed into the seat.
Modern electric cars tend to have far superior acceleration compared to combustion engines. One of my friends works at a Vauxhall dealership, and he was able to test drive the Ampera hybrid when it came out. He said it wasn't one of Vauxhall's best cars ever made, but the acceleration was out of this world for a car of that class, and that it definitely gave him a big grin on his face.
|>>|| No. 421241
> that it definitely gave him a big grin on his face.
I haven't driven it myself but that would have been an appropriate reaction.
|>>|| No. 421242
It was my birthday yesterday. I am close to killing myself again.
|>>|| No. 421244
Assuming you are still among us and reading this, why exactly do you think you want to kill yourself?
|>>|| No. 421272
For the same price as a really good laptop you can buy a convertable Escort mk3. I really need a job so I can buy that sort of shit. Can any of you lot give me a job? I'm a hard worker but I start crying whenever I open my CV. I'll carry bricks up a hill or harass people over the phone, anything.
If you're not dead please give us a reply, lad. If you feel up to it a thread in /emo/ could help, some of the posters on .gs who aren't me are actually quite, not smart as such, but knowledgable, certainly.
|>>|| No. 421281
>where do you live
>I don't know
A promising first impression for any prospective employee.
|>>|| No. 421290
>If you're not dead please give us a reply, lad.
The irony is probably going to be that the lad was just having a self pitying whine with no consequences whatsoever, and he has long forgotten about his post, or the fact that more concerned people than him might now actually be beginning to fear for his wellbeing.
|>>|| No. 421291
My flight to Gran Canaria is this weekend. I'm going from East Midlands Airport to Las Palmas on Sunday at 09:55 am with Jet2.
I am slightly annoyed that my flight that cost me £186 a few weeks ago can now be had directly from Jet2 for £105. But I was able to get a better deal on my convertible, which will now be almost £40 less than what I originally agreed to pay when I made the first reservation. Still a New Beetle, but oh well.
My flight is around ten o'clock, that means be there at eight, so I'm going to have to get up at seven o'clock here in Nottingham. Much better than that time I went to Magaluf on a lads holiday and had to leave home at 3am for a flight at 5:30, which was then delayed for two hours because there was a problem with our aircraft and we had to change planes before even getting off the ground. Something about one of the engines not firing up properly. Quite a fun way to start your holiday.
And IMO it always kind of ruins your first day if you practically didn't get to sleep at all. That's why I love flights that leave around noon or thereabouts. What you lose in hours spent at your holiday destination, you gain in quality of life for not having to go against your inner clock and feeling completely shit on your first day.
|>>|| No. 421292
Do you lads ever need to piss a lot after having a wank? I bashed one out just over two hours ago and I keep needing to go to the loo to have a tiny piss.
|>>|| No. 421293
Well certainly one little piss after is quite normal I believe, nature's way of flushing the pipes. Not sure about multiple times though.
|>>|| No. 421294
It's Halloween coming up, or as I prefer to think of it "the magical evening of socially acceptable transvestism". I can't decide between Alice in Wonderland, Snow White or Amy from In The Flesh.
That's just pressure on your prostate m8.
|>>|| No. 421296
He posted the next day in a different thread, but hasn't posted from the same IP today. Unless he says something definite, I can't really phone the police either. I know green did it for a lad once, but they were a bit like "Uh, IP address?" and were shit all help.
|>>|| No. 421297
Right, are we doing a who can carve the shittest pumpkin competition again? Should I make a thread?
|>>|| No. 421300
Are Rocky Horror Picture Show parties still a thing? Maybe you should try one of those. Not really a Halloween thing though. The happened at pretty random times of year.
|>>|| No. 421303
There are no end of opportunities to dress up like a china doll and tart about, but Halloween is the one day of the year when you can get away with it pretty much anywhere. You can crossdress without the baggage of being a crossdresser.
|>>|| No. 421304
My best friend tried to murder me the other day when he was drunk, I found the experience very interesting.
|>>|| No. 421319
This video has 12,000 views. At least 4,000 of those must be mine. The internet is a wonderful thing.
|>>|| No. 421320
If you get into the habit of doing it every year though, all those friends you definitely have will start to notice a pattern.
|>>|| No. 421323
Met a friend near a shop today. Whilst we were standing there chatting a bit, some lass ran out a house nearby, looking visibly shaken. Told us that a rat had just crawled out of a toilet drain.
We found the little stinky fuck between the washing machine and the wall. Just enough space to try and poke it with something long enough - thankfully I managed to procure a rather formidable stick.
Bloody hell rats are tough. I landed a blow as powerful as I could in that cramped space and kept pressing, hoping I'd break its spine, head, or at least keep it pinned long enough to try and put a container over it. I didn't know rats could shriek that loud. But the stick must have slipped - the bastard buggered out right under the small cabinet.
We spent about 10 minutes trying to flush it out. At last, it crawled out - my mate finished it with a well-placed blow to the head.
It's not the first time I heard stories like this but it was the first time when I witnessed it first-hand.
Such is life in the former Soviet states. Don't ask why she didn't ring whatever emergency service or pest control. Actually maybe someone would have come after a call but I guess the woman was too distressed to consider it.
|>>|| No. 421325
Best way to catch a rat is with a long box or cardboard poster tube. What you do is place it by the edge of the wall in the opposite direction from where you are coming at the rat. When you spook the rat it will run for the nearest place that it thinks you can't get to it, which will be in the box/tube.
|>>|| No. 421327
I honestly didn't know you could get an Asian girl with an English lass's arse. Like all the bulk went to her chest first and left nothing behind.
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