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Re: What's made you smile today? (Part II)

Actually I probably should come "clean" about the bowling club. We became social members because my wife's best friend and her husband are members. I was never really into it all but the social events were good fun and most of the members were friendly and we had a good laugh. There was a small element who obviously didn't like "social" members though.

The commitment required - as you say Jim, it's taken very seriously - would never work for me because I just have far to much else to do - and actually I don't find the bowling itself very interesting (my friend has tried to get me involved but I'd rather be helping one of my boys with DIY or at home with an old lawnmower or motor bike or even just going for a walk) It's just not for me.

The thought of you and your "frisky" women, when transposed to the possibilities with our club down here makes me laugh Jim - more likely it would induce strokes and heart attacks!

Then my wife's pal died - the big "C" - and we just stopped going - painful memories!
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Believe it or not Jock, some of the women were quite attractive and were very feminine without going into too much detail. I didnít make the running either Jock There was dancing as well, being held very close was not unusual, Iíll leave it there...

As you know Jock, back in the day you made your own entertainment
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It was a very different world that we grew up in Jim wasn't it. I never found myself involved in any way with older women but we had some quite wild parties - beach parties in the summer were a big thing with us. Not a lot of sex or drugs as I remember, mind you just too damned cold on a Scottish beach? (or maybe I just missed out?) but almost anything else was fair game - especially if alcohol was involved. We had a lot of fun and never upset anyone - well not much anyway.
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It was a very different world that we grew up in Jim wasn't it. I never found myself involved in any way with older women but we had some quite wild parties - beach parties in the summer were a big thing with us. Not a lot of sex or drugs as I remember, mind you just too damned cold on a Scottish beach? (or maybe I just missed out?) but almost anything else was fair game - especially if alcohol was involved. We had a lot of fun and never upset anyone - well not much anyway.
I watched a programme about a Scottish summer beach party. It was called The Wicker Man.
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I watched a programme about a Scottish summer beach party. It was called The Wicker Man.
Yea, The Wicker Man, quite shocking and a bit controversial I seem to remember?

Regarding beaches in East Lothian, there are some beauts starting at Portobello and right on down to Dunbar. Some quite wild with little facilities, for instance Gullane. Or the "Full Monty" quaint seaside town like North Berwick (a favourite with Mrs J who spent most of her childhood summers there in a rented cottage. The sea pool is legendary and still there today - Brrrr, is all I can say! This gives you a wee flavour for it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U9llTKP4Kak
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Now is the time for me to get my roof gutters cleaned, so set about going about some quotes The idea was indeed to hire someone to do the job for me, but Iíve decided to do the job myself due to the money involved. I have ladders and Iíve recently purchased a ladder stand off, Best Buy Iíve made in ages. Makes gutter cleaning far easier and safer. Did the deed today on the lower guttering with ease, of course Mrs J cannot bring herself to watch, but all good, and saved myself a three figure sum.
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Now is the time for me to get my roof gutters cleaned, so set about going about some quotes The idea was indeed to hire someone to do the job for me, but Iíve decided to do the job myself due to the money involved. I have ladders and Iíve recently purchased a ladder stand off, Best Buy Iíve made in ages. Makes gutter cleaning far easier and safer. Did the deed today on the lower guttering with ease, of course Mrs J cannot bring herself to watch, but all good, and saved myself a three figure sum.
Well done that man. Do be careful though, sounds like your Mrs and mine could write a book on "What not to watch your husband doing".

I thought I was invincible until I fell off the top of that ladder cutting the 8 foot high hedge round my son's garden. It was an 8 ft "A" type ladder and I was standing astride the top 2 rungs, so my feet must have been a good 6 to 7 feet from the ground, so "balancing" with my heavy petrol hedge cutter and nothing to hold on to! Sounds insane doesn't it? but familiarity breeds contempt and I've cut high hedges like this for years without incident. Didn't check the footings well enough this time though so down I went. I landed partly on a path but with my shoulders in a large shrub which is what saved me, but, oh boy, it really hurt!

I'm now completely forbidden, under threat of unspecific dire consequences, to tackle anything which can't be reached on the kitchen steps!
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Being able to have a good laugh with my friends.
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Well done that man. Do be careful though, sounds like your Mrs and mine could write a book on "What not to watch your husband doing".


I'm now completely forbidden, under threat of unspecific dire consequences, to tackle anything which can't be reached on the kitchen steps!
Thats the common theme there Jock..

I got a local fella who was really good with a basic roof repair to quote for guttering.. its been up for 25+ years.. but is UPVC.. so potentially just wants cleaning and resealing
£2600 !! But most of that is scaffolding

I could BUY a tower for @£200
but apparently my 'Wolverine' medication ( blood thinners...) mean my ability to fly..or bounce .. is potentially impaired
Its staying in situ until it NEEDS to come down.. then its good for another 25+
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I had 'news headlines ' appear on my phone this morning:

'NEWS
Everyone from the North East named in the Queen's Birthday Honours list 2021'

Congratulations Steven

I'm sure any rellies who migrated from the 'North East' are very proud of you all

Probably lucky its not a knighthood -
That nice lady in the big house is a bit old for too much 'sword waving'
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Finally...

Although I'm not sure being honoured for "services to being Northern" is that much of honour.

Also this amused me yesterday...I had to take a photo as it made me laugh.

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Well at least it didn't end with the words "going forward".
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Thats the common theme there Jock..

I got a local fella who was really good with a basic roof repair to quote for guttering.. its been up for 25+ years.. but is UPVC.. so potentially just wants cleaning and resealing
£2600 !! But most of that is scaffolding

I could BUY a tower for @£200
but apparently my 'Wolverine' medication ( blood thinners...) mean my ability to fly..or bounce .. is potentially impaired
Its staying in situ until it NEEDS to come down.. then its good for another 25+
Our fascias needed doing as, after 70 odd years since the hosue was built, they were rotting through and starting to leak. For the full soffits, fascia and new gutters first guy we had out quoted over £4k, with a good chunk of that being scaffold.
The guys we eventually ended up using did a bang up job for only £1,400 and didn't even use scaffolding, just a pair of mobile towers with some planks across them, all done in about 6 hours.
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This is came up on my memories from 4 years ago...

Now this was actually a business trip hence the Corsa SRI...the Hartside pass? Well quickest way to Otherside of the country innit

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Oddly enough I'd just started a new job and was visiting various sites to see how they did things. Start my new, new, new job tomorrow nearly 4 years to the day after.

Unfortunately no time for a high speed country tour in a hire car this time but given the new one pays nearly 50% more the one I'd started when this photo was taken I guess I'll have to suck it up.

That might sound good but I moved to a pretty badly paid job for what I was doing at the bottom end of the salary band with the hope of moving up so if anything I had two years of getting paid not much..followed by 2 years of getting paid a reasonable wage when I did manage to move up.

Now have chance to play the next level up which if I'm honest may be as far ever get with this particular career as beyond that is the sort of decisions I don't want to be involved in.

As it's maternity cover think I'll be pretty happy resume my normal business after 12 to 18 months but hey we'll have at it and see where we end up.
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I went to Snetterton today to see the British Touring Cars live: such an absolutely incredible experience!!
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Went to see them at Croft a few years ago it's certainly a show!

Although did regret standing on the outside of Clervaux where the action happens when I got chunk of gravel to the chest .
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