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|>>|| No. 423374
New weekend thread. First weekend of the year edition.
How's it going, lads?
|>>|| No. 423537
In my street I reckon an old man would have wheeled it up to the front of the house on day one.
Get yerself in a cul-de-sac m8.
|>>|| No. 423539
My neighbour used to do this religiously and it annoyed me a little bit. Sure it saved me the job but doing it as soon as the binmen left almost felt like an affront to my manhood.
Is this how old men mark their territory?
|>>|| No. 423545
>Is this how old men mark their territory?
This and calling you Speedy Gonzales for driving into the street at anything faster than 5mph. Also advising you on how to do any external home repairs they catch you doing, despite it being immediately apparent that yes, Ian, I already know how to repair my fence, I'm halfway though fucking doing it already
|>>|| No. 423546
I don't know how to fix my fence and getting up earlier than an old man just so I can beat him to bringing the bins in would be a pain in the arse. I quite enjoy having old neighbours.
|>>|| No. 423547
It's just being neighbourly. If I'm home from work first then I'll take next door's bin in and if they're home first they'll take my bin in.
|>>|| No. 423554
I like mine too. They're weird, nosy bastards, but that's sort of what you want in a neighbour. There hasn't been a burglary in our street, full stop. Since the houses were built in 1988, they have remained under the watchful eyes of the curtain twitchers.
It does mean that I feel very self conscious that the attractive young lass from the flat always talks to me, as I know that at least fifteen pensioners are recording that information and will mention it to my girlfriend eventually.
|>>|| No. 423557
Been referred to a crisis house, which I believe is the nicer alternative to being put on a psychiatric ward. Not met the other residents yet but already having reservations considering one of the main therapies they're offering me is reiki.
|>>|| No. 423559
It'll be infinitely preferable to an inpatient unit. They don't send the real headbangers to crisis houses, because they're not equipped to deal with them. You'll probably have to put up with some airy-fairy nonsense, but you won't have to put up with a schizophrenic in the next room who hasn't slept in four days and won't stop yelling about Jesus. Inpatient wards are a bit of a last resort option IMO, but if you've been referred to a crisis house then it probably is the best place for you.
|>>|| No. 423567
I realise that this is straying into 'poor people shouldn't have nice things' territory, but the commoners at work are incredibly excited over the fact it's possible get a Toby Carvery delivered via Just Eat.
|>>|| No. 423569
Lots of things poor people like aren't necessarily nice, at least to respectable people, but they should be allowed to fritter their money away on such vices as they please.
|>>|| No. 423570
Should I still consider myself young and with it, or do the younger people think I'm ancient?
|>>|| No. 423575
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Nah that's still young enough to be with it so long as you have a niche. Maybe not the proper early 20s stuff but honestly I'm not even sure kids these days can get understand all that noise.
Best have some money together though and plans for settling down.
|>>|| No. 423577
>Nah that's still young enough to be with it so long as you have a niche.
I don't know. 33 is an age where it's getting more and more sad if you still hang out in all the bars and clubs and get off your tits every weekend. At the very least, as you said, you should have some sort of life plan together and some serious adult goals. If you have that, you're forgiven for still doing the pub crawls now and then. Just don't expect to still be able to relate to the typical early 20s clubber.
There was a brilliant episode of How Not To Live Your Life, where Don suddenly dates a 20-year-old and very hopelessly tries to fit in with her friends.
A word of warning though - if you expect that your life is just going to be for all eternity the way it was when you were 25, just with a chronologically older you, then you will very likely hit a wall at some point. Which is then called failure to launch. It usually occurs around the age 35 mark. And the school of thought is that if you haven't settled down with a career, a family and a mortgage by then, it will never happen. Well, your bare minimum should probably be to have a steady career going at that age. As I am seeing and have seen with my friends, especially for the guys, age 35 isn't always the be all and end all to start a family.
|>>|| No. 423578
Ah shit that's going to be me. Turned 29 last year and I'm still just literally hoboing it around the world and having a laugh. No clue what I want to do and at this rate I doubt I'll see old age, but my god have I done and seen a lot, and met so many interesting people. May be worth it.
|>>|| No. 423580
Well at 29 you still have six years to dodge the failure to launch pitfall that is waiting for you in your mid-30s. That's still plenty of time to leave your overgrown boy days behind you and get serious about what goals you have in your life.
With any luck, you will knock up somebody in a few years' time and then you will be forced to hold down a steady job and get a mortgage so your son or daughter will have a roof over their head.
I've seen it happen that way a few times. It's not the norm, but it kind of seems to happen a lot to lads who up to that point in their late 20s or early 30s were really just dilly-dallying about in life with no real direction and thinking life itself was just a big piss take.
|>>|| No. 423581
I strongly dislike the notion that the proper thing to do is have a sprog, have a mortgage and a salary and settle down. You haven't failed to launch if you don't do that, just launched in a different direction.
|>>|| No. 423582
You're only fooling yourself here. And hurting yourself.
There will be a time when you will be too old to start either a serious career or a family, let alone then get a mortgage. You will see all your old friends of your age who have started families, bought houses and who have decent careers going, and you will be the lonely, bitter old sod who pissed his opportunities in life up the wall when he could have seized them just like anybody.
It will most likely end up being a very lonely and depressing place for you to be in.
I only recommend the route you seem to be willing to take if you are absolutely sure you will have no regrets when you are old about not having done what everybody else has done.
|>>|| No. 423584
>if you are absolutely sure you will have no regrets when you are old about not having done what everybody else has done.
What a depressing way to think.
Also it's perfectly possible to start a career at 50 or get a wife at 70, etc. I've seen plenty examples of both. The owner of the last company I worked with didn't have a proper job until he was 38 by his own admission, and no, he wasn't rich or won the lottery or anything. The only genuine ticking clock is the kids one.
|>>|| No. 423585
I'm the same age only I went and got myself a decent career-job last year. It's pretty shit if I'm honest with you. People talk about how you'll feel bad for it when you're older but the way I figure it getting old is depressing no matter what you do and no amount of stable budgeting is going to change that.
At least you're surrounded by interesting people all day. The kind who don't feel that South Park's humour is a bit too much for them.
|>>|| No. 423586
35 on my downward trajectory to 36 here. About the only thing I've done off that list to have a stable career (which wasn't exactly hard, I've been doing it since I was 21).
Got married, was awful, currently dealing with separation and divorce. Thank whatever god is listening that I never got a mortgage I guess she'd end up with half of it.
Where do I stand in the launchpad metaphor if I've launched and then Kill the whale! Cut his throat!ed myself into a wall because the journey was so shite?
|>>|| No. 423587
At the end of the day who gives a shit what any body else thinks, just do what makes you happy and if you can't then take steps toward it. I hate this bollocks of everybody working towards some unified ideal of life..Career man, a partner and kids, mortgage etc.
If that's what you want then cool, but it doesn't suit everyone.
I honestly wonder how you have come to this conclusion.
|>>|| No. 423588
I'm well beyond my thirties, childless and unmarried. I'm reasonably well paid, but I'm a rootless freelancer who drifts from gig to gig. I don't so much have a career as a Very Particular Set of Skills. I've never really had a plan and I've never really wanted one.
I do sometimes wonder how my life might have turned out if I had taken a more "conventional" path. I think about the lives I could have led if I had made different decisions, the careers I could have tried, the women who I let slip. I sometimes get slightly pitying looks from people who think that I'm a sad old bachelor. I've also had numerous conversations with drunken, tearful family men who feel like they're serving a life sentence and are deeply envious of my freedom.
The grass is always greener, but it's important to think about the sort of life you want to live and make intentional steps towards that. A huge number of people aimlessly stumble into marriage, kids and a career because it's just what you're supposed to do; many of them bitterly regret those decisions, but it's not socially acceptable for them to talk about it. A lot of those people will tell you that you ought to be married and have kids, because they need to justify their own life decisions.
Happiness can only come from within IMO. If you think that a career and a mortgage and a leased Audi will spare you from existential angst, you're kidding yourself. Whatever you achieve in life, your final destination is still a wooden box. You're definitely going to die and it's probably going to hurt. There is no meaning other than the meaning you create for yourself.
Personally, I just want to grow old without becoming a bitter old cunt. I talk to a lot of people who are younger than me but drone on about the good old days; as far as I'm concerned, that's a kind of premature death. Today is my good new day. My hairline might have receded, my face might be a bit wrinkly, my knees might hurt for no apparent reason, but I'm older and wiser and more comfortable in my skin. I have interesting books to read and interesting people to talk to and interesting work to do. For me, that's more than I ever could have hoped for.
|>>|| No. 423590
I'm 27 and the only thing I'm aiming for out of these 3 is a stable career which is something I have as long as I stick with my current job.
I have things I want to do, places to go and maybe even take the leap and live there one day. Something which I feel would be affected by a relationship/marriage and the chain around my neck being a mortgage. I'd rather strive for the goals I want to achieve rather than "the norm". Who said it had to be that way?
I will inherit my parents how though so maybe this has caused me to feel this way, otherwise at some point I'd probably need to take out a mortgage and be stuck with it for some 30+ years
|>>|| No. 423591
Every one of us has the ability and capacity to set our own measures of success and happiness. It shouldn't, and doesn't, matter if anyone else thinks you are successful or happy - only you can make that judgement.
Basing your success on someone else's metrics makes no sense, unless you happen to share the exact same aspirations and values as that person, and you probably don't. A lot of my peers idea of success is running a restaurant, but that's something that many people would find deeply unpleasant and miserable. Plenty of folks derive happiness from conquering corpse-littered mountains in freezing temperatures - I can't think of anything further away from happiness, personally.
I don't want kids and I can tell you with great certainty my life would be much worse if I had any. Just because you enjoy parenthood doesn't mean everyone else will. I'd be miserable and anxious the entire time, and probably do a good job of fucking the poor bastards up. Yet someone wants to tell me I'll regret not having any? Come off it.
It's something that's said so often it's lost meaning, but life really is what you make of it, particularly in the modern western world where we're relatively free. Telling others how to live in any more complicated a way than "try not to be a cunt" is just pointless.
|>>|| No. 423592
DON'T LISTEN TO THEM, LADS. IT'S A TRAP. BIG CHILD ARE TRYING TO DECEIVE YOU ALL INTO HAVING KIDS. STAY VIGILANT.
|>>|| No. 423607
I like this post.
One of my best mates just topped himself. One of the various bints talking to me on facebook just tried to make me feel bad for having a bloody drink.
What is wrong with people. Live and let live.
|>>|| No. 423608
It's not just the nappies, though. Kids are a massive money pit and first time parents are pressurised into buying so much shit they don't need.
|>>|| No. 423638
Young but not that young.
Seems a bit shite age bracket to me. Here it's like sink or swim, the area of maximal amount of peer pressure applied.
Looking at it from another angle, makes for a mildly harsh character test, if you cave in to the pressure and if you make anything useful with your life.
He might be serious just as much as taking the piss out of the adult values in a tongue-in-cheek manner. I'm unsure here.
> I sometimes get slightly pitying looks from people who think that I'm a sad old bachelor.
How does one brush this stuff off decently?
I reckon that the best way is to ignore it but there's always that one annoying sod who won't back off easily.
|>>|| No. 423643
>How does one brush this stuff off decently?
If you're genuinely happy in yourself, it shouldn't even be a consideration.
If someone feels sorry for me because I don't have kids and I'm not married, then they're just being silly. My life is bliss and we didn't have to spend twenty grand on a wedding. If they don't believe that I'm happy then that's their problem.
When it comes to family, you just have to be blunt. I told my mum long ago that she'd never have any grandkids out of me, and she was probably disappointed by that but at least she doesn't ask me every ten minutes when I'm going to settle down, like my missus's mum does.
When it comes to the average person who just keeps pushing you, I think you need to turn the question back on them if it's starting to get that bad. "Why are you so convinced I'm unhappy when I've constantly assured you I'm not?"
|>>|| No. 423645
I'm rather content. Also, would prefer not to deep-dive into the discussion which would prolly follow should I turn the question back.
|>>|| No. 423647
>but there's always that one annoying sod who won't back off easily.
The question is, why doesn't he back off that easily. If you're happy about your own success in life and have your shit together to a point where other people might even envy you, then, unless you're a complete Aspie, what is the point of going around lecturing a layabout who doesn't care for it about what he has been doing wrong with his life.
My own eperience is that it tends to be people who may or may not have it all, but who are deeply unhappy about their own lives for one reason or another. So they go and pick on an easy target, a person who, as far as they are concerned, seems to lead an existence just a few notches above being a bum.
When in reality, their aggravation at you more often than not stems from the fact that you obviously chose to remain outside of the rat race, but don't necessarily seem unhappy in any way because of it. While they will drive home that night in their new BMW M5, pondering suicide as usual, because they can't take another day of their own empty existence.
|>>|| No. 423665
I've had a few calls from ex-coworkers today who have realised that the place I worked at last year has been seemingly skimming the tax from their pay.
I'm not entirely sure how you'd get away with that nowadays, but I'm looking at multiple people who, according to HRMC, haven't worked for most of 2018, despite them all working for this company during that time. Again I'm not entirely sure how that's even possible to pull off in modern times. I suppose you would just not have the employees on the books, and pay them via bank transfer while presenting them with a fluffed paycheck?
For whatever reason they didn't do this to me, which makes me feel pretty bad but also very pleased I don't have to deal with it. I'll still probably get involved out of curiosity/sympathy though.
|>>|| No. 423669
Mine's a nightmare at the moment, though I've set myself the task of spending most of my next month of turning it into a proper workshop.
Her Indoors has suggested we tear it down and get more of a summer house/outdoor office thing going on. At first I was just glad we're not married as that would have been an expensive divorce, but the more I think about it the more I fear she might be right. It'd still be very much a workshop/computer shed/wank dungeon, but it'd have windows and that.
Anyway, show us some before and afters lad.
|>>|| No. 423670
I've just got the quotes in for my proposed new shed. All came in around £80k. Might need to scale it back a bit...
|>>|| No. 423671
Fucking hell, what's it made out of? Oak and caviar?
The idea for ours would be a fair amount of decking that leads up to a fairly large shedthing with a veranda and all sorts. I can do the decking and such myself so it won't be too bad, and we already have electricity into the garden so that'll save loads. But yeah, looking at the prices of some of these bigger structures, it might actually be cheaper to build an extension on the house.
|>>|| No. 423674
Shed-of-my-dreams, 20m by 10m, with 5m lean-to, to light industrial standards. That price doesn't include groundworks, floor or fitting out.
Time to rein in my ambitions a bit. Ah well.
|>>|| No. 423676
Fucking hell, you could buy a warehouse that size for less than that.
That's what I'd quite like instead of a shed, I've looked at them before. Maybe rent or buy a farmer's spare barn or an ex-garage or something and turn it into a big weird man cave. I like the idea of it being hidden away on some back street, a place to go that isn't at the bottom of the garden is admittedly very impractical but very appealing to me.
|>>|| No. 423677
Yeah, moving from agricultural to light industrial standard multiplied the price by three. Extra insulation, sturdier beams, bigger footings. Will see if I can get closer to a sweet spot.
Buying a barn somewhere would be cheaper, but I really want this at home. I've rented places in the past, and it's just a pain, long term.
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