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Diary
By ambrosen (Fri Feb 16, 2007 at 04:57:17 AM EST) move along now, nothing to see (all tags)
In a chirpy mood today. It appears to be endogenous, as I can't thinnk of external stimuli. Or at least if I can, I'm not willing to admit to them to myself, let alone publicly.


This year's mainly been on a downer, starting with coming back from Dublin for New Year's (not a big party destination for that holiday, I was seeing family) on the ferry, only getting on the ferry because I had the directness to ask if they'd closed boarding so they had to tell me not. Everyone who hadn't asked was kept waiting until they were told they'd (literally) missed the boat. That's what happens to your customer service when you only pay Eastern European minimum wage in Western Europe. Various stresses of the journey meant I arrived home with an evil migraine (y compris auras) and vomitted through the night. So that was a nice start to the 'get my shit together and put everything in perspective' period of the year.

Got my car up on the jackstands soon after that to replace some suspension bushings and some of the bits were stuck, so after a week or so of working on it for two or three hours before it got dark, I took it in to a local specialist garage to fix it, mentioning that the MOT was due in about a month. So he loooked at the suspension, found £600's worth of stuff to fix on that (all new bushings, droplinks, etc.), then another few hundred quid's worht of mild stuff (new cambelt, timing belt, brake hoses, ...), and in the end it added up to, well, fuckloads. And it took ages, so knowing I had to spend fuckloads and still having to commute by train (i.e. 2 hours door to door each way) meant that I wasn't too relaxed most of the time.

So those things kind of took the oomph off the start of my year.

And I diarised about a few non self-aware people making me feel like shit, one deliberately, one merely because of narcissism (frowned upon in her chosen vocation). But now, well, there's a few things I can do at work which I wouldn't be embarassed to put on my CV, and I've got some socialising booked up for most weekends, so I'm reasonably content. Not as much as if I knew people local to me and had a job which paid money and used my brain, but you can't ask for everything.

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When life hands you carbonated water, citric acid, sweeteners, flavouring and sodium benzoate, make | 20 comments (20 topical, 0 hidden)
citric acid and sodium benzoate by sasquatchan (2.00 / 0) #1 Fri Feb 16, 2007 at 06:00:22 AM EST
can combine to form benzene, not something you want to be downing ye olde pie hole.

There is a British drink by ambrosen (2.00 / 0) #2 Fri Feb 16, 2007 at 06:57:50 AM EST
Called lemonade, which uses these ingredients. The actual answer was too long to fit in the title field.

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right, what the US calls by sasquatchan (2.00 / 0) #3 Fri Feb 16, 2007 at 07:28:42 AM EST
sprite or 7-up ?

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Good job... by Metatone (2.00 / 0) #4 Fri Feb 16, 2007 at 08:39:14 AM EST
I really need to try and book some socialising into my life. I think I'm getting (even more) odd as time passes without much social contact.

Did someone mention? by ambrosen (2.00 / 0) #5 Fri Feb 16, 2007 at 08:57:37 AM EST
A north of England Curry night?

I'd be all up for that, but I can't do hosting, so I'd feel a bit of a sham pushing it too hard. At least I don't live alone from the point of view of getting odd, even if I do live with my parents, which doesn't help from the point of view of not being pathetic, of course.

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Heh... by Metatone (2.00 / 0) #6 Fri Feb 16, 2007 at 10:55:35 AM EST
I too am stuck with the parental units at the moment, although I am finally approaching the point where my mother is well enough to begin to think about changing that.

See, somehow parental social time doesn't seem to make me any less odd...

Gazbo was up for hosting, but we were waiting on nebbish's sister to finish her decorating, so nebbish could safely journey North without fear of being "roped in."

Also, in the next installment of "Northern HuSi Life" curry night is put off again when the newly found "Gazbette" takes a dislike to: curry AND "weird internet people."

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There's a newly found gazbina*? by ambrosen (2.00 / 0) #7 Fri Feb 16, 2007 at 11:31:53 AM EST
I'm really not keeping my Stalkodex™ up to date.

My parental social time is relatively peer-like, and they have pretty active lives, so luckily it's fairly good on the normality scale. On the self-respect scale, well...

*wouldn't want to confuse the issue by using a diminutive ending rather than a feminine one, would we? People might assume a large age gap.

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Nyet... by Metatone (2.00 / 0) #8 Fri Feb 16, 2007 at 12:06:44 PM EST
but he has declared that the search is on and I presume his exploits with the new band surely must be generating fodder for some kind of humorous gazbina-related diaries...

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My parents... by Metatone (2.00 / 0) #9 Fri Feb 16, 2007 at 12:07:13 PM EST
are ok, it's just, well, y'know.

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Indeed. by ambrosen (4.00 / 1) #10 Fri Feb 16, 2007 at 12:13:20 PM EST
No slur intended. And also, the unusualness of my parents' lives (my Dad's a priest setting up a new parish, and the way I relate to the parishioners is, well, complicated) has been as much a detriment as a positive, come to think of it.

Anyway, no point talking in vague terms about it.

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very good by komet (2.00 / 0) #11 Fri Feb 16, 2007 at 12:15:02 PM EST
stalkodex.{com,org,net} are all free.

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<ni> komet: You are functionally illiterate as regards trashy erotica.
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not as in beer. by ambrosen (2.00 / 0) #12 Fri Feb 16, 2007 at 12:16:17 PM EST
Also, I don't think stalkers actually spend much money.

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She's all done by nebbish (4.00 / 2) #15 Mon Feb 19, 2007 at 02:15:25 AM EST
Just need to sort out a visit. Should be the next month or so - I'll keep you (and gazbo) posted.

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It's political correctness gone mad!

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Update! by nebbish (2.00 / 0) #16 Mon Feb 19, 2007 at 04:42:53 AM EST
Make that the next couple of months...

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It's political correctness gone mad!

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Cashflow interruptus? by Metatone (2.00 / 0) #17 Mon Feb 19, 2007 at 04:55:28 AM EST
Or did you just find a real social life for the next month or so?

(If so, can you let me in on the secret...)

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Well spotted by nebbish (2.00 / 0) #18 Mon Feb 19, 2007 at 05:21:21 AM EST
Managed to get a mate's car towed yesterday. It cost me £200. Things are going to be a wee bit tight next month.

Realistically I don't think I'll be coming up to Shef, though I was thinking about it.

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£200 for a car tow? by Metatone (2.00 / 0) #19 Mon Feb 19, 2007 at 09:56:03 AM EST
Ouch.

Truly evil.

Sorry to hear that. If I end up in London in the next month I'll buy you a pint.

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Hence your absence on Friday, I guess. by ambrosen (2.00 / 0) #20 Mon Mar 12, 2007 at 07:18:17 AM EST
Well hopefully you'll make it soon.

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Dude! by Dr Thrustgood (2.00 / 0) #13 Fri Feb 16, 2007 at 03:30:41 PM EST
Benzo's rock!

/shuts up



Well, by ambrosen (2.00 / 0) #14 Sat Feb 17, 2007 at 08:26:31 AM EST
quite possibly, but given that you're missing the diazepam bit of the equation, and merely having a preservative for lemonade, I'd think that the best you're going to end up with is a dodgy stomach.

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