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By Merekat (Mon Jun 26, 2006 at 03:12:17 AM EST) (all tags)
but not that slowly.


I was at a BBQ this weekend with a group of people I've known since college (c.1995/96). Some of us still meet up, with others it is more infrequent. There are a number of indicators of time passing:
  • Almost without exception, we are all chubbier
  • Some of us have greying hair
  • People have bigger cars, for dogs or babies
  • People have holidayed outside Europe in the last 12 months
  • We bring things like tuna steaks, home marinated chicken or real butcher's sausages instead of yellow-pack frozen burgers
  • We bring wine or Belgian beer or organic cider instead of cans of dutch gold or scrumpy jack
  • Some of us don't drink alcohol
  • Conversation with those we have not met in a while is 'oh, how many people do you have reporting to you now'
  • People are ready to dump their careers in IT to become alternative practitioners
The thing about clich├ęs and stereotypes is that they are so frequently true.
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Dutch Gold by MrPlough (2.00 / 0) #1 Mon Jun 26, 2006 at 03:17:28 AM EST
That brings me back. Specifically, outside the Pav. It once made my stomach bleed.

Also, I read that as "I was at B&Q this weekend...". I've recently been saddled with a mortgage and have a builder. Your post rings true.
No work.

I hate B&Q by Merekat (2.00 / 0) #6 Mon Jun 26, 2006 at 06:33:09 AM EST
The mortgage BBQ was about two years ago. The DIY one last year.

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BBQ I was at on Saturday by nebbish (4.00 / 1) #2 Mon Jun 26, 2006 at 04:03:55 AM EST
Listened to a friend talking about how she'd just taken on a cleaner. My sixteen year-old self would have shot me.

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Last BBQ I was at. by Evil Cloaked User (2.00 / 0) #3 Mon Jun 26, 2006 at 04:14:38 AM EST
So in summary, not there yet, but getting there.

Some of those are sort of not true for me by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #4 Mon Jun 26, 2006 at 04:51:35 AM EST
I am a little below my uni weight, drastically reducing starches, carbs and alcohol is a great way to lose a little weight. I reckon I'm a few pints short of 10 stone.

In uni, I drove a 1987 Mercury Zephyr station wagon, a slow, wallowing boat that died before making 100k mile, a typical sad American car. Today I drive a small Tercel.

I really don't have anyone reporting to me, unless you count all the people pestering me with problems and questions.

I suppose being a debug engineer counts under the IT umbrella, and I'm fine with it.


Most recent by coillte (2.00 / 0) #5 Mon Jun 26, 2006 at 06:16:17 AM EST
BBQ attended was a small affair with similarly old friends.

Me, who doesn't drive at all these days, and has no one answering to them. Same size essentially as university. And I drink whiskey these days, instead of beer.

One unemployed person (drinks, drives and owns a large van). One community resource person, who also teaches (drinking non driver, but owns a small car). One alternative therapist (non drinking non driver). One academic/developmental aid organisation head (drinks, drives, doesn't own a car), and one manager in the private sector, with several hundred people answering to him (drinking non driver).

All childless.

Conversation largely about hammocks, Italian food and houses, fiddles, accordions and sex.

Cheap wine, foreign beer, bellinis. Excellent food.

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Hurray, I'm Peter Pan. by priestess (2.00 / 0) #7 Mon Jun 26, 2006 at 09:08:59 AM EST
* Almost without exception, we are all chubbier

I'm slightly thinner than I was as a student. Only slightly mind.

* Some of us have greying hair

Still so dyed it's hard to be sure, but I don't think there's any grey.

* People have bigger cars, for dogs or babies

No dog, no baby, no car come to that.

* People have holidayed outside Europe in the last 12 months

Only holidays I've had in the last lost-count years have been festy's really. Was vageuly planning a trip to egypt, then my girlfriend left me so I used up all my vacation time on more festys instead.

* We bring things like tuna steaks, home marinated chicken or real butcher's sausages instead of yellow-pack frozen burgers

I still just take beer and drugs really.

* We bring wine or Belgian beer or organic cider instead of cans of dutch gold or scrumpy jack

Scrumpy cider, always has been when I can get it. Usually still has to be the crappy filtered, sweetened, carbonated crap though coz of poor availability

* Some of us don't drink alcohol

Wow. Strange.

* Conversation with those we have not met in a while is 'oh, how many people do you have reporting to you now'

Damnit, I fail one. I have a minion and some volunteer minions. Don't want 'em though, I'm fantasizing about quitting my job and getting something where I can work from home. Maybe next year.

* People are ready to dump their careers in IT to become alternative practitioners

Can I altarnative practision from home? ;)

I'm doing the thing where I go to a bbq style party with all the old uni friends next weekend as it goes. The birthday girl has had another baby this year. Nice to be forewarned, will have to try and get a bad reputation....

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