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|>>|| No. 423374
New weekend thread. First weekend of the year edition.
How's it going, lads?
|>>|| No. 423375
The gym was absolutely packed yesterday and as a result I felt like I rushed my sets and I've knackered something in one of my arms.
I'm going back to going at 1am, fuck this
|>>|| No. 423376
I'm constantly bored and I don't know what to do with my free time. I want money, but no one will give me any. Luther's an okay show but it would be better if it took place 25 years into the future, just because of how outlandish all the crimes are. The replacement phone screen I took ages to install is knackered or something in my phone is.
|>>|| No. 423377
Not bad thanks. Managed to survive the first three days back at work, although the first two were quite sketchy.
Looking forward to the weekend.
|>>|| No. 423378
>I've knackered something in one of my arms
Is it wise going back to the gym before you've fully recovered?
I hope you said goodbye to your colleagues when you finished for the day.
|>>|| No. 423379
I made a point today of greeting everyone cheerily and wishing them a good weekend when they left. I was the last one to leave the office.
|>>|| No. 423380
I'm very gregarious in the office - I chat in the kitchenette, ask people about their weekend, offer to get people things from the shops and always go around saying goodbye at the end of the day.
I work from home. My girlfriend left me. She says I need professional help. I think she means I should get a secretary. With all the socialising I do at work, It's a wonder anything gets done. It's OK, Keith has everything under control. Keith is a stapler. I like Keith. Always reliable, always gets the job done. Except when he's run out of staples.
|>>|| No. 423381
Honestly, it was the loneliness that used to get to me when I worked from home; ended up finding local cafes and places to eat lunch just to get out and actually see people.
|>>|| No. 423384
I was in Aldi earlier and the man in front of me in the queue was taking pictures on his phone of the 'packing station' signs. Very strange.
|>>|| No. 423388
Eh, 2019 ain't all that bad so far. I told myself I was going to give the flat a proper good clean\sort so it sparkles with the new year but I'm still slowly working my way through and doing a half arsed job of it. The biggest obstacle is the more I do the more I notice there's other little details that need to be done so I end up sitting down and having a cup of tea rather than having to think about it. I'm not living like an animal, I just want everything to get cleaned now that I won't have the motivation to do for 12 months.
Sage politely ticked for particularly uninteresting conversation.
It was a bit jarring how when he got inside it had the exact layout of an Aldi I used to go to. You'd think the lack of independent experimentation and local adaptation would bite them in the arse.
|>>|| No. 423390
ACTUALLY WENT TO GYM TODAY
And it wasn't heaving at all, as per the norm at this time of year.
|>>|| No. 423398
It's my girlfriend's birthday coming up soon and I am dreading it. She's in her thirties and she still views birthdays the same way a child does, so she inevitably has a massive sulk due to being underwhelmed that reality doesn't match up to the expectations of the super special day she's picturing in her head and the world hasn't stopped to focus on her. This invariably starts when she opens the present from her dad (>>/job/2552 and >>/job/5948) as he'll have either got her nothing whatsoever or some really cheap tat from the likes of Primark or B&M; he walked out when she was about 6 so there will be tears over the fact he hasn't made any effort. I'll most likely get shouted at for not making enough of an effort at some point. She turns into an absolute monster on her birthday.
|>>|| No. 423400
I decided to get back into keto. It's one of those things I don't tell people in real life as plenty of people think it's a dangerous or silly fad diet type thing. That's not helped by all the Americans on the internet calling it a miracle and saying it cured their depression and all sorts.
I do feel a lot better when I do it, though, it always feels like I have more energy. It's difficult to sustain though as finding a carb free meal out in the world is a lot of faff.
|>>|| No. 423401
I've somehow never had food poisoning before, until a few days ago.
I literally cannot stop shitting lads. Every ten minutes, just shitting, shit shit shit shit shit.
This is one of the worst experiences of my life. My arsehole is sore from wiping, I've had about 4 pieces of toast in three days and also haven't left the house in three days.
What a fucking disaster, no end in sight either.
|>>|| No. 423403
Have you considered throwing her a patronisingly indulgent party? Maybe buy her a pony or summat.
|>>|| No. 423404
Last year I took her out for a trip to the theatre, with tapas thrown in, with a few other little presents. Apparently I didn't make enough of an effort because I didn't buy her a birthday card, she knows I think cards an utterly pointless waste of money and trees, plus something else about only getting one of the presents because she was convinced I'd only got it because she'd prompted me to rather than doing it off my own back (although I'd switched off at that point) so that warranted a meltdown.
She's honestly fine the rest of the year, she just has one day where all of her daddy issues boil over.
|>>|| No. 423405
Honestly sounds exhausting.
I can't tell if I'm bad at the game, but have you never just lost it and said 'do you realise how spoilt and ungrateful you're being right now?'
|>>|| No. 423406
It will never be enough effort lad, whatever the bloody hell you do.
Do consider washing your arse. I doubt you have a bidet unless you are a Esquimaux but think you could make do with some kind of a sprayer attached to a wee plastic bottle.
|>>|| No. 423407
>I can't tell if I'm bad at the game, but have you never just lost it and said 'do you realise how spoilt and ungrateful you're being right now?'
That goes one of two ways. Either it's always everyone else's fault she's a tribal Labour voter or there'll be a lengthy tirade of how much effort she goes to for other people's birthdays/Christmas and how much voluntary work she does so it'd be nice to be appreciated for once.
>It will never be enough effort lad, whatever the bloody hell you do.
I know. This year I'm doing the bare minimum because she will lose her shit regardless.
|>>|| No. 423408
At least it's all confined to one day a year and you know when it's coming. That's pretty good, all things considered.
If it makes you feel any better my missus got hammered last week and spend a solid 6 hours crying about her dead dad (who she hated)
|>>|| No. 423409
My card was declined while doing my shopping earlier. Turns out some top lads thought it would be hilarious to get me to pay for their flights to Poland so put the card over its limit.
|>>|| No. 423410
Thanks lad, will definitely hop in the shower. Does make me wonder why bidets aren't really a thing here though? They're great and I love jetwashing my arse then patting it dry.
It's why Monzo etc are great because you get an instant notification so you get none of this bullshit.
|>>|| No. 423411
It's just a shame most fintech outfits are insufferable wankers. "Why, yes, we'd be happy to take you as a customer, just sign up here and join our waiting list, or get an invite from someone already with us." That, or "yeah, these guys are great, here's my referral code to jump the queue and give me a kickback".
|>>|| No. 423412
Appreciate what you're saying, it is annoying but I'd rather them do managed onboarding than free-fall and have a TSB mark ii and all their revolutionising of the banking experience be for nought.
That said you can get golden tickets for them fairly easily by googling it and Monzo have dropped the waiting list I think as now they've got over a million people as there's no need anymore.
Disclaimer: I'm a Monzo customer and participated in their crowdfunding for the laughs. I still get my salary paid into an older bank and move across my spending but damn it's good seeing a notification on my phone before the card is back in the wallet, the idea that if I get scammed I can just open the app and press freeze card genuinely helps.
|>>|| No. 423413
They only do that to control the numbers as they're scaling up - Monzo are accepting normal applications now, the card turns up really quickly and the on boarding and application process is about as simple as it gets. Had one for ages, highly recommended.
|>>|| No. 423414
>Appreciate what you're saying, it is annoying but I'd rather them do managed onboarding than free-fall and have a TSB mark ii and all their revolutionising of the banking experience be for nought.
Because those are the only two possibilities.
|>>|| No. 423415
They limited the rate of new signups to prevent their IT and service infrastructure from keeling over. If they could scale their infrastructure faster, it would obviously be very profitable to do so. It's fairly safe to assume that the two options are in fact managed onboarding or an IT disaster.
|>>|| No. 423416
I think the chance of somebody making a purchase on your card that you aren't aware of is slim enough that being pinged for each sausage roll you buy is more of an inconvenience that a convenience.
Not used Monzo (because they required a transaction over some nontrivial amount before to activate their services), but the way Revolut has grown their app to offer targeted loans and crypto-trading, I'm happy not feeding them directly with my transactions and indirectly with all the data their app "requires" access to.
|>>|| No. 423417
You do realise other banks do this too right? I have this conversation with other luddites so I won't get dragged into it but three things:
1 - https://monzo.com/transparency/
2 - You can disable notifications for certain things, or limit it to big purchases
3 - You can turn the notifications off altogether, and just log in with your fingerprint to check.
The big selling point for me with monzo anyway wasn't the notification, it was the fact that you instantly see what you've spent your money on, none of this having a different amount in your account to what's available and wondering where 70 quid went for three days bollocks.
|>>|| No. 423419
Exactly this. Making the IT for a bank is much harder than it looks. You have no margin for error, tiny margins of cost/profit to work with, and millions of very demanding customers. Its easy to say that large parts of retail and investment banking are being automated and jobs are disappearing, as this picture of what was the worlds largest trading floor shows and the disappearance of all the branches of banks in our high streets; but the emphasis has shifted to how good your IT and systems are and that requires almost as many (highly skilled) people.
I believe that in New York, Goldman Sachs only have two stock traders. Everything else is automated.
|>>|| No. 423420
I'm with HSBC because they gave me £200 for switching.
|>>|| No. 423421
How does that work anyway? I've heard and seen offers but it has always read like a free* lunch to me.
|>>|| No. 423422
Everything their personal account and app does is exactly what I want/need in a business account, though apparently their own business offerings are 'years away' according to them.
I'm enjoying this new wave of banking and it seems to be nudging the high street banks into better, more modern solutions. It seemed to take about a decade for Halifax to sort out a banking app that wasn't just a browser that took you to their website.
|>>|| No. 423423
£150 if you switch to HSBC and:-
• Have at least £1,750 coming in each month (for 9 months).
• Have at least two direct debits or standing orders going out.
• Register for online or mobile banking.
They give you the final £50 once you've held the account for a year. Before that I was with Yorkshire Bank; I think they paid £150 for switching but their administration was so useless that I received more than that in compensation whilst I was with them.
|>>|| No. 423425
I think they should pass a law that weekends are 3 days long. Still with equivalent pay of course, maybe even more. I know the Unions talked a few months back of how it was achievable by the end of the century but I want my extra day now.
It's a mystery to me how parents manage on 5-day weeks when as a single lad I've still got bits and bobs to do on my Sunday night.
|>>|| No. 423426
>It's a mystery to me how parents manage on 5-day weeks when as a single lad I've still got bits and bobs to do on my Sunday night.
It's only really extra washing and ironing.
|>>|| No. 423428
I realise this could go in /101/ but new people have moved across the road and their two dogs bark like crazy whenever they go out. I don't think I could ever own a dog unless I was retired as it seems too cruel to leave them alone and in distress for most of the day.
A fat woman lives next to them and she's just put her bin out for tomorrow morning. It's windy as fuck and it didn't even take five minutes for it to be blown over and I can guarantee she won't go out to pick it up or all her recycling that's now strewn across the street; it usually takes her at least three days to take her empty bin back.
|>>|| No. 423429
I think I just won an argument with my slumlord. Someone had obviously tampered the front door lock and when I tried my security key, it snapped off and fell out.
Papework stipulates £30 charge if key is lost, but nowt for broken. I went to him and he handed me a replacement and asked for the money. I told him the lock was broken, obviously, since he'd replaced it, and it had fucked my key.
The fucker told me I'd broken it, I stonefaced and said the CCTV showed another resident attempting and unable to unlock the door before I got there (we were both locked out that night), and my key instantly snapping in the lock, and he backed off. Wasn't expecting it tbh but I think I've saved £30.
Little victories. Makes up for losing my book of 'things that made me smile'.
|>>|| No. 423430
>...at least three days to take her empty bin back.
Have a word with yourself, ladm7.
It's not too late, you don't have to end up like every other petty, grumpy, boring bastard that cares about other people's wheelie bin habbits.
|>>|| No. 423431
If you put your bin out when it's windy and you'd have plenty of time the following morning to put it out instead then you're a cunt.
If said bin blows over and your empty bottles of Budweiser and knock-off Absolut vodka end up down the street and you don't go out to do anything about it then you're a cunt.
If you leave your old sofa in your front garden for weeks on end, eventually getting taken away by a neighbour after it has turned wet and mouldy, because you can't be arsed to ring the council then you're a cunt.
If the entire street can regularly hear you screaming at your kids because you're too fat and lazy to get off your fat arse and speak to them then you're a cunt.
If you think it's hilarious to leave your four year old son alone in your car whilst he continually presses the horn on several occasions then you're a cunt.
If you also leave said son to play unsupervised in the street to be a feral little shitbag then you're a cunt.
If you regularly drive your Land Rover to get a McDonald's whilst you're wearing pyjamas then you're a cunt.
If it was just the bins in isolation then it wouldn't bother me too much, but it's just a regular reminder that she's an obnoxious lazy fat cunt.
|>>|| No. 423436
>If you regularly drive your Land Rover to get a McDonald's whilst you're wearing pyjamas then you're a cunt.
Oh fuck, I do this though. Is it any better if it's a Range Rover?
I just don't see why I need to change out of my comfy pants to go to a drive-through.
|>>|| No. 423439
>If you regularly drive your Land Rover to get a McDonald's whilst you're wearing pyjamas then you're a cunt.
>If you regularly get a McDonald's then you're a cunt.
>If you get a McDonald's then you're a cunt.
|>>|| No. 423440
I'm certainly not a fan of Maccies, but it does in a pinch. What's the big objection?
|>>|| No. 423441
I can get McDonald's delivered here and even I have the decency to put on some clothes to answer the door.
|>>|| No. 423449
>60% real cheese
So in essence then, it's not real cheese but a mix of cheese and cheese substitutes.
|>>|| No. 423450
I believe they use vegetable fat. I'm sure there was a segment on Inside the Factory where they said legally they don't need to even contain cheese and can be made up of coloured fats and vegetable oils.
|>>|| No. 423451
>where they said legally they don't need to even contain cheese and can be made up of coloured fats and vegetable oils.
I can understand that real actual 100% cheese is an expensive ingredient, at least when your production cost is calculated competitively down to the last penny and a slice of fake cheese on your burger will be 3p per serving instead of 5p for genuine cheese.
But they should then not be allowed to call it real cheese in any way, shape or form. Or completely take the piss by branding fake cheese as the real thing by saying it was "made with real cheese".
If what you claim is cheese was made by you from only 60 percent actual cheese and the rest you put in is God knows what, then that's not cheese. It's cheese flavoured something, but not cheese.
|>>|| No. 423452
Nobody is being misled. Everyone knows McDonald's is shit and doesn't eat there if they are interested in being healthy and eating "real" food.
|>>|| No. 423454
You're missing the point I was trying to make.
If you feel you want to make a profit selling shit food to the public, then by all means do so. But you shouldn't be allowed to advertise your shit food as either healthy or containing "real" ingredients".
There should always be an unmistakable distinction between "real" cheese and the fake stuff. And just labelling your fake stuff as "real*" with an asterisk and then saying at the bottom of your advert that "real" means 60 percent real cheeese and the rest beaks and pigs arses, then that doesn't really cut it.
|>>|| No. 423458
McDonalds (or any other burger place) is not trying to save money by using 'cheap fake cheese'. American cheese, i.e, the weird processed orange slices we're talking about, are perfect for burgers. They don't have an overpowering taste, they're easily portion-able, and most importantly, when hot their consistency is the perfect gooey texture you're after, without being so gloopy it gets everywhere.
McDonalds could put 100% genuine English farmhouse cheddar on every one of their burgers and not make any less money at all - that's the realities of the scales that company is operating on. But if you've ever stuck a lump of cheddar in your burger, you'll know that it's actually not that good an idea. It works, sure, and it tastes good, but it's either a solid lump of cheese, or you've melted it so much that you've got a mess on your hands, and you can no longer really taste the burger or any other components.
Don't get me wrong, McDonalds still cut a load of corners in the search of profit, because they're in the food industry and that's the entire game, but it doesn't make sense to fault them for using the best cheese for burgers on all their burgers.
I suspect somewhere like Five Guys or GBK would never be accused of falsely advertising their american cheese as 'real food', despite them (and most other places) utilising the same stuff.
Not to mention that '60% real cheese' means exactly what it means, and isn't misleading at all if you have a handful of brain cells.
|>>|| No. 423459
>Not to mention that '60% real cheese' means exactly what it means, and isn't misleading at all if you have a handful of brain cells.
It wouldn't be difficult to start with a cheese that has a high water content, extract that water, add it to a product and legitimately claim it as being a cheese percentage.
Not that there's much water in cheese squares. Just sayin.
|>>|| No. 423460
AFAIK you couldn't do what you described, you'd have to, at the very least, label that water as 'cheese extract' or just more likely still label it as water. It'd also probably cost more to do that than it's worth anyway.
|>>|| No. 423462
Imagine my shock when I discovered upon closer inspection that my 99p cheeseburger does not contain 100% geniune aged mature Cheddar.
FWIW the 'signature' range uses real cheddar slices of a sort. Aside from The Spicy, but that one introduced Jalapenos to the menu so it's probably my favourite thing in the restaurant at the moment.
|>>|| No. 423463
>Everyone knows McDonald's is shit and doesn't eat there if they are interested in being healthy and eating "real" food.
To be fair, Maccies have done a very good job over the years of sorting themselves out. Probably due to consumer and political pressure but all the same, they're certainly one of the better places you can go for fast food.
It's a shame that for all their work they still get more more stick than Kentucky Fried Cruelty etc.
How is Five Guys anyway? I keep meaning to check it out but everytime I do I see that they're charging £7 for a burger.
|>>|| No. 423464
Five Guy's is excellent. They straddle the line between fast food and restaurant burger - good quality, but not flashy, no bullshit brie and chutney type shit.
They're certainly a bit pricey, but I don't think you'll feel ripped off. They're about as close as you can get to the sort of burger you'd make yourself at home on a griddle, which I think is really what you should be aiming for in a burger. Their whole shtick is that you can order exactly how you want it, a bit like subway does with their toppings.
They do their fries in peanut oil which is a very good thing indeed. The main issue is they do their burgers well done, which is an unfortunate necessity and not really their fault. They seem to use 80/20 ground beef so it's still juicy as fuck.
|>>|| No. 423465
The chillies they put in the burgers are raw, unpickled and the one time I went they forgot one of the toppings I paid extra for and there was far too big a queue to be able to speak to anyone about it.
|>>|| No. 423466
Like you say Maccies has only really improved for cynical reasons, but they really have improved massively. They drive a lot of farming in this country and as far as I can tell all their meat is unadulterated, you don't really need to add weird chemicals to stuff you're flash freezing anyway.
I'm not convinced there was ever secret sawdust or chemicals in their stuff. It's cheap enough to just use low welfare animals alone.
They also tend to be cleaner than your average independent restaurant as they audit themselves constantly. I don't think I've ever seen a Maccies with lower than a 5 on scores on the doors. They just have too much manpower to let the places go neglected.
|>>|| No. 423467
Yeah I can't imagine their customer service being the best, though I bet if you emailed head office or whatever you'd get a suitably groveling apology and some vouchers.
|>>|| No. 423468
McDonalds have built an international megabrand on the back of not being completely awful. I've never been served something truly inedible in McDonalds. They've never given me food poisoning. The toilets are always acceptably clean. I've never had an unreasonably long wait. On the rare occasion that they cock up my order, they sort it out immediately with an apology. When you think about it, that's a higher level of consistency than some Michelin-starred restaurants.
|>>|| No. 423469
Customer service can be a mixed bag. I recently complained to Frankie & Benny's and they replied saying they'd spoken with the restaurant in question and my version of events was mistaken, i.e. they were accusing me of lying.
|>>|| No. 423473
That consistency is the key. When you go to Maccies, it's not because you're salivating at the thought of a double cheeseburger. It's because you know it'll cost you a fiver, it'll fill you up without making you ill, and it'll taste exactly as you expect it to. Nothing more, nothing less.
With almost any other place, you always have that possibility that it's under/overcooked, something's missing, the service is poor, etc. But with a maccies, that double cheeseburger comes in five minutes no matter what, and it tastes exactly the same in Luton as it does in Glasgow.
|>>|| No. 423474
Bacon is an integral part of the order, so you order a burger, Cheeseburger or Bacon Cheeseburger. Pictured are the toppings.
|>>|| No. 423476
That's rather surprising, typically those sorts of chains will usually take the customers side even if there's no doubt at all that the customer is bullshitting, it's just better for business to never send a member of the public an email that might be construed as negative. I know this from bitter experience. Usually the only time they'll decline to take the blame is with a food poisoning complaint, for obvious reasons. Some of the bigger chains I've worked for have replied to a customer with an apology and free shit before even contacting the restaurant to verify the claims or even to check the customer even visited.
Then again, F & B are fucking shite so I'm not actually that surprised. They probably can't afford to hand out vouchers right now.
|>>|| No. 423477
The whole point is that toppings at 5 guys are free. Bacon and cheese aren't toppings and are a integral part of the order. So if you've paid for a bacon cheese burger it will say bacon cheeseburger on the receipt.
|>>|| No. 423478
Okay. So I ordered a burger and they forgot one of the main ingredients, which happened to also increase the amount I paid for it. Your quibbling over whether or not it's a topping is beside the point. It said bacon cheeseburger on the receipt, I checked.
|>>|| No. 423479
>But with a maccies, that double cheeseburger comes in five minutes no matter what, and it tastes exactly the same in Luton as it does in Glasgow.
I had one at the services near...the south somewhere, it was incredibly heavy on the mustard, I was most disappointed.
But yes, otherwise I completely agree. Maccies double cheeseburger was my fuel for about 3 years working nights, because it's consistent, quick - it doesn't taste like any cheeseburger you would make or would request at another venue, but it's £1.49 and gets the job done.
|>>|| No. 423481
Maccies is the real world equivalent of replicator food from Star Trek. People even complain about it and say it's not real.
|>>|| No. 423482
The weird thing about maccies is as a teenlad and unilad I loved it, would eat it anytime anywhere, then I sort of got used to it as a 'only if there's nothing else' (i.e. unknown place and no easy food options in sight, now I just avoid it at all costs.
I'm not even a particularly healthy eating lad, it just has no appeal to me whatsoever, it's so fucking grim.
|>>|| No. 423483
>they forgot one of the toppings I paid extra for and there was far >too big a queue to be able to speak to anyone about it.
Or you could've waited and they would replace it. They made the initial mistake, but not complaining about it is your fault.
|>>|| No. 423484
I don't have to complain. It's still their responsibility. I'm not exactly initiating legal proceedings about it, they can fuck off and so can you.l
|>>|| No. 423487
I'm a bit sad that my life has become so dull that I get invited to health and safety seminars more than I get invited to social gatherings.
The VIP Breakfast Safety Briefing in Manchester sounds like it'll be a right mental one, though
|>>|| No. 423488
It's their responsibility to give you the correct order, but I can guarantee that they didn't intentionally give you an incorrect order so the fact that you didn't go and get it fixed is entirely your own choice. They'd probably have given you a whole extra burger for free.
That you mention there was a large queue tells me it was busy so occasional mistakes are bound to happen in somewhere like a fast food kitchen. Can't be helped.
|>>|| No. 423489
And I was starving hungry, freezing cold and in a hurry to run an errand for a friend. No time to dawdle around babysitting staff to make sure they did their job. Can't be helped. Why exactly are you so eager to shift the blame here? I'm allowed to gripe about someone fucking up my order, there's nothing unfairly at stake.
|>>|| No. 423492
She's been locked in the bathroom for a while and I can hear crying. Her dad got her a really cheap looking photo frame as a present.
|>>|| No. 423496
She should realise she's not 10 years old anymore and won't get that rush of excitement I used to get when I got Lego for a birthday.
Life is shit once you grow up.
|>>|| No. 423501
My missus looks very much like Emma Stone, but gets annoyed or even offended when people tell her that. I never quite worked out why, but I think she thinks Emma Stone is a minger or something? I fancied Stone long before I ever met my girlfriend, that's for sure. I would have assumed being compared to any young hollywood actress would be a compliment, it's not like they hire uggos very often is it?
Maybe she's just sick of people saying it, I dunno. People say I look like Olly Reed, but I never get sick of that as long as I pretend they mean him in the 60s and not him on After Dark.
|>>|| No. 423502
I get told I look like a certain actor quite a lot, to the extent that a few years ago, back when I was a studying lad, I went from class to class with different teachers/fellow pupils making the comparison. I remember one day a girl in my class mentioned it to another girl who agreed, I went to a different class where a teacher mentioned it, then went to my ex's house where her family who were around for a party also mentioned it, all making the comparison from different films.
It also meant that when said actor was in a string of films, if I ended up going to the cinema to see it, somebody I was with would undoubtedly say 'he kind of reminds me of you'/'has anybody ever told you you look like [said actor]?'
Anyway the point is, like Emma Stone, media hype, sexy celebrity lists and general opinion is that they aren't half bad looking and are in fact super attractive.
It can be really embarrassing because whilst I don't think I'm ugly, I definitely don't have film star looks, and there's never really a good response, even if it is complimentary. What do you say 'oh nice, thanks?', people don't stop to think that if somebody has made the comparison you've probably heard it a million times before.
It can be scary to embrace to because for those that don't really see it or even those that do, you don't want to be seen equating yourself to somebody who is obviously very attractive. It's just not really a pleasant thing if you're a normal person.
On a weird sidenote it's not happened as often recently, yet the quality of woman I attract has massively, despite the fact you''d think people comparing you to an A-list actor with frequent occurence would have you swimming in it.
|>>|| No. 423503
It's the depersonalisation aspect. It's as though she doesn't look good on her own merits, people look at her and see someone else entirely. Birds put a lot of time and effort into their appearance, so in a way, it's really not a compliment at all, it's just lessening the value of their hard work.
For a more male example, have you ever got annoyed when you put effort into some work project or one of your hobbies, and when you show someone, they just go "Oh yeah, that's just like (thing somebody else did)"?
|>>|| No. 423505
Emma Stone is conventionally attractive, at least in my opinion, so maybe her looks don't translate very fell across sexualities.
I've gotten Mark E. Smith before I'd turned 21 though so she should count her blessings, all things considered.
|>>|| No. 423507
It's insulting and even dehumanising when people making such broad superficial and repetitive remarks about you.
>I don't see you I only see your vague similarity to an actor
|>>|| No. 423509
I suppose since it's more than a vague similarity she might feel robbed of her individuality, too.
I can't help but think I'd be well chuffed with that sort of comparison, but my self esteem is through the floor so I suppose that's to be expected.
|>>|| No. 423511
I'm addicted to PUBG mobile.
I don't like computer games these days, especially mobile ones, however this game is so addictive.
It doesn't cost anything and you can't cheat your way through because each game is about using what weapons you find as you go along.
You all parachute onto a map and it gets smaller as 100 people fight to the death. It's really addictive and somehow I keep winning the odd one too. Mental that it's free to play and they make their money from people buying outfits.
|>>|| No. 423514
For some reason my other half has started binge watching Father Brown. It's one of those harmless and mundane programmes they show on weekday afternoons after Doctors with the only highlight being whatshisface from Shameless' terrible over-acting, especially when he regularly shouts 'Padre!' at the titular character (Padwe! with his lisp.
|>>|| No. 423515
Oh, and the woman who plays Bunty is exceedingly shaggable; especially when she's wearing a tight fifties dress that accentuates her lovely knockers.
|>>|| No. 423525
It's just the Counter-Strike of the day.
Quite okay even though I don't play it myself. Still better than whatever that makes you to wank off through n levels of grind to unlock an AK or something.
Gor blimey is that XK150 in the background?
On a second glance, disregard that. Clearly something else.
|>>|| No. 423526
I'm addicted to 'Free Fire' which is an arguably crapper knock-off. Again free to play, they must make a ton with people buying outfits.
It's quite thrilling though. The only problem I have is that I keep playing until I finally win, which means it can take 10 minutes or an hour if I'm not careful. Oh, and because I started using it in Taiwan 50% is in Chinese.
I got out of gaming and consoles a while ago. So now, I can't really be bothered to buy a TV and a PS4 and copies of games I want, it seems a bit of a hassle. Very occasionally I'll play red alert online.
|>>|| No. 423536
BIN WATCH. The bin has finally been taken in, five days after bin day, because the wind blew it over and blocked her car on the driveway.
|>>|| 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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