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38 years old and I finally got a Big Boy Job.

That's about how old I was.

Start training tomorrow. Real money, great benefits, no management responsibilities required to obtain said money and benefits. Still get to play with food for a living (good, real food no less) but I'll be goddamned if I ever subject myself to the restaurant industry again in this life or any other. There's a serious rant brewing about that, and when it forms cohesive paragraphs it'll probably ruin going out to eat for the rest of you, if you have any sort of moral compass at all.

I am so down.

I just had the best worst idea ever.

Some fine day in the future, you and I should run a food truck together.

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38 years old and I finally got a Big Boy Job.

Start training tomorrow. Real money, great benefits, no management responsibilities required to obtain said money and benefits. Still get to play with food for a living (good, real food no less) but I'll be goddamned if I ever subject myself to the restaurant industry again in this life or any other. There's a serious rant brewing about that, and when it forms cohesive paragraphs it'll probably ruin going out to eat for the rest of you, if you have any sort of moral compass at all.

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: EU Referendum 23rd June: In or Out?
« on: June 29, 2016, 04:10:18 pm »
And now Corbyn has had a 170-40 motion of no confidence against him pass.

Because it's not binding, he's refusing to resign. 

 :lulz:

So the PM is away with the faeries, Boris and Gove are hiding behind their PR officers, Farage is doing a stage act in Brussels and the Labour Party is tearing itself apart.

Right now, Nicola Sturgeon is the closest thing to a responsible leader the UK has got.

And this is still just the beginning.

Please tell me I'm being utterly retarded in worrying that Blair may yet re-appear. I've got a horrible feeling that Chilcot will declare that no-one did anything wrong at any point and he'll use it as an excuse to "unite" people and slip back in.

Farage at the EU was comical. The "man" continues to demonstrate all the charm and political skill of a dead sheep.


On a slightly different note, will you all please make sure you're pronouncing "Farage" correctly. No french affectations, its pronounced to rhyme with "Garage" or "Gay Marriage".

Additionally, for the uneducated:
http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Farage

Quote
To masturbate in an angry and confused way using unconventional stimuli.
Mark's Wife was furious when she caught him having a farage over a picture of Ann Widdecombe.


Woah woah WOAH.

"Garage" rhymes with "barrage", not with "marriage".

Who taught you Brits how to speak English, fer chrissake?

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: UNLIMITED Arizona Hilarity thread
« on: June 29, 2016, 04:02:04 pm »
Running for office ain't cheap.

I tried once and it emptied me out and that was just a run at a selectmen position in a tiny town at the end of nowhere.

Also, here's this:

http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/arizona/2016/06/27/tucson-tv-reporters-charged-child-abuse/86454336/

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: Orlando shooting thread
« on: June 12, 2016, 06:35:50 pm »
Jesus. Do yourselves a favor and don't click the links to the live feeds. Especially the live blogs from inside the club as it was happening. Fucking nightmare fuel. I started just bawling uncontrollably at one point and had to go take a shower. It's that bad.

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I HAVE SEEN TUCSON.

I HAVE SEEN THE HOLY LAND.

I AM A CHANGED 40 YEAR OLD FAT MAN WHO HAS CROSSED THE DESERT TO...ANOTHER FUCKING DESERT.

 :zombie:

That is exactly what it felt like in the stretch of hate-filled landscape between the Arizona border and the ridge before San Diego. WHAT THE FUCK IS THAT PLACE I HAVE FELT HELL AND DRIVEN THROUGH MARS.

But seriously though, I has a writing upcoming about the mountain that never got closer, but the road got longer. I swear this happened.

That's the place where bad mobsters go when they die.

and yes, that's a death valley thing.  The background recycles like a Scooby Doo cartoon, and the dot where the road meets the horizon never ends.

The Jacumba Mountains, those were the fuckers. Steep grades, and a sign to turn your AC off so your car wouldn't overheat. I had no issue with my Subaru until then. I pulled over, gave her a few seconds. Put the windows down and the heat on, wrapped my head and ears really well with my scarf, and the AWD locked her in 50mph across the range. It was like driving through a blast furnace from below sea level to 4000ft, and then the temperature plummeted within minutes from 112 to 89. By the time we got into the city about an hour later, it was 70. It was bizarre in the best way possible.

I was told the brakes get spongy too.

My brakes did okay. San Diego is far more hilly than NH was, however, so I can see that I'll be needed a brake job shortly. In addition to the oil change that I earned doing a 3500mi drive. But damn if this ain't a pretty city. The people are certifiable, but I think that comes with the combination of "desert" and "California."

Are you living in San Dawg now?

I'm jelly. It's the only inhabited part of California that's worth a shit. I'd move to La Jolla tomorrow if I could afford the rents.

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Yeah, but there are fewer runs that time of year anyway. After the first year I'll be able to bank enough PTO to avoid the worst of it entirely. It's one day PTO accrued for every day at sea so that's not difficult to do. And, in addition to cooking I'd have to help load/unload cargo when we're in port. All time spent doing that is $20/hr extra on top of my day rate. And I'll be credentialed as an A/B so that sea time can go towards sitting for a mate's or master's license sometime in the future if I want to go that route.

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So I don't bother posting about my life ITT very much because I figure anyone who cares probably already sees it on facebook but I can't talk about this on FB because my current employers would no doubt see it, so...


I just completed my application for my TWIC and I have an appointment in a couple weeks to bring my documents and my fingers for printing to a physical location to complete the process and then I will be able to get my MMC and then I will be able to take that sweet gig with the tug company and get fat paid to do runs between here and AK or HI.

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A question occurs to me.

How easy is it to immigrate to Canada? Should I be starting the paperwork for that now, or can it wait for a confirmation of Trump winning the presidency?

There are too many jokes about preparing for Trump online, not enough actual advice.

Hard.  Canada is a great place to live and they don't want everyone taking advantage of that.
I'd like to go over with my girlfriend, four children, and my ailing mother ideally.

... I don't have a chance in hell of being able to plan this out properly.

As long as you're fabulously wealthy they'll welcome you and your brood with open arms.

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But WHICH 3rd party?

Just because they're funnier doesn't make them better.

That's a good question. I don't even know which ones will have a candidate in my state. Green party is the first one to come to mind, mostly in an "I would have voted Democrat, BUT..." kind of way.

Oh, the cunts who handed the country over to George w Bush?  That Green Party?

The Supreme Court is the Green Party? :lulz:

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61, but I thought this test was about as stupid as a test can be.

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Or Kill Me / Re: Soft, warm little animals
« on: April 04, 2016, 05:49:59 am »
I missed this before. This hit me right in the guts.

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Also also, it's finally my weekend after 8 brutal days in a row including the hardest day I've spent in a restaurant since the time I tore my rotator cuff on friday of July 4th weekend and had to work one-armed until sunday. And it's going to be 70 degrees and sunny today and tomorrow. Today, we buy a baby carrier and a stroller and test them out with a walk to the little secret beach down by the end of the Port of Everett property. Tomorrow, if all works well, we take Joey for her first real excursion, probably to Lake Goodwin where I might even get stupid enough to go in the water.

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This is great!

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Also, I randomly ran into an old buddy a few days ago. Not ordinarily noteworthy, but the last time I saw this particular friend was in the Bahamas at AUTEC where he worked when I was working on the ship so it was one of those small world coincidences that your mind tells you feels like fate.

And my mind was right, because he's offered to get me in with Dunlap in a few months when the GF and I have a routine down with the baby and she feels comfortable handling things on her own for a month at a time. It'd at least double my income and more importantly I would fucking love the job. Ocean tugs running between the west coast, Alaska, and Hawaii. Unlimited food budget. Great union with great benefits. Small crew. And and extra $20/hr on top of my day rate for any time I have to spend helping to load/unload cargo when we're in port. I'm trying not to be too over the moon about it until I actually have my TWIC card in hand and am headed to the union hall but I'm really fucking stoked.

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