Archive for June, 2007

Addiction

I am 77% Addicted to Coffee

I took the test. I had a cup of coffee by my side as I took the test. I was surprised by the result… I would have thought nearer 98% addicted.

Apparently it’s because I don’t roast and grind my own coffee beans……

Click below if you think you may be a fellow Coffeeholic.

http://mingle2.com/bb/view/how-addicted-to-coffee-are-you

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I’ve been rated

Now, isn’t that reassuring.

Obviously there is not enough swearing.

 OK. Here goes.

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Sorry if that offended anyone, but it made me feel [censored] better.

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A sinking feeling

Well, we have been together for 2 years, but it’s time that we have to go our seperate ways. I just haven’t been able to give her the time and attention she deserves. I know I don’t take her out often enough. It’s my fault, I admit. She has always been faithful and waited patiently for me.

It’s just that I’m working more weekends than I used to work, and I have only visited my mistress twice this year. It’s time she has someone who will visit her more often than I can.

So I have asked the Marina to put my boat up for sale.

I feel kind of sad… but life has to move on.

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50 Questions

Every other blog I read seems to have done these, so here goes……

1. WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE? Yes. I was named after everyone who was named before me, but named before everyone who was named after me.
2. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU CRIED? my Dad’s funeral.
3. DO YOU LIKE YOUR HANDWRITING? No. It’s awful. Ever since I got a “handwriting recognition” PDA my handwriting has gone from bad to worse.
4. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LUNCH MEAT? Roast Beef, on a sandwich with sliced onions.
5. DO YOU HAVE CHILDREN? One. That’s plenty.
6. IF YOU WERE ANOTHER PERSON WOULD YOU BE FRIENDS WITH YOU? Maybe, but I might not like the other person.
7. DO YOU USE SARCASM A LOT? Not as much as I use my laptop.
8. DO YOU STILL HAVE YOUR TONSILS? Yes.
9. WOULD YOU BUNGEE JUMP? Not a chance.
10. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CEREAL? Raisin Bran.
11. DO YOU UNTIE YOUR SHOES WHEN YOU TAKE THEM OFF? No. Sometimes I even slip them back on, still tied. Lazy, eh!
12. DO YOU THINK YOU ARE STRONG? My feet and armpits smell strong… will that do?
13. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ICE CREAM? Tutti Frutti. There’s this little shop in Torre se la Horadada above the Marina……….
14. WHAT IS THE FIRST THING YOU NOTICE ABOUT PEOPLE? Their attitude.
15. RED OR PINK? Neither. Blue.
16. WHAT IS THE LEAST FAVORITE THING ABOUT YOURSELF? Fat belly.
17. WHO DO YOU MISS THE MOST? My dad.
19. WHAT COLOUR PANTS AND SHOES ARE YOU WEARING? Black Jeans and blue/brown “deck shoes”.
20. WHAT WAS THE LAST THING YOU ATE? Sausage (2), Egg and Chips. (see answer to Q 16)
21. WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW? The bell on the reception counter. A customer wants serving. Back in a minute.
22. IF YOU WERE A CRAYON, WHAT COLOR WOULD YOU BE? Blue.
23. FAVORITE SMELLS? The smell of the open ocean, from a cruise ship, somewhere off the coast of Cuba (or anywhere south of Miami, I’m not that particular).
24. WHO WAS THE LAST PERSON YOU TALKED TO ON THE PHONE? Receptionist at a CCTV company. Telling me why the engineer hasn’t come to fix my system yet.
25. WORST HABIT? Nail biting.
26. FAVOURITE THING ABOUT YOURSELF? Just so hard to choose from all my fabulous talents, so I’ll say it’s my modesty.
27. FAVORITE SPORTS TO WATCH? Sport? See answer to Q16.
28. HAIR COLOR? Brown, with (quite a few) grey bits.
29. EYE COLOR? Brown.
30. DO YOU WEAR CONTACTS? No.
31. FAVORITE FOOD? Fillet Mignon, well done, butterflied, with a Lobster Tail “on the side”. (Eating Out) Or Egg and Chips. (Eating In)
32. SCARY MOVIES OR HAPPY ENDINGS? Happy endings. Like Dirty Dancing.
33. LAST MOVIE YOU WATCHED? Something on TV. I probably fell asleep part way through.
34. WHAT COLOR SHIRT ARE YOU WEARING? White with blue stripes.
35. SUMMER OR WINTER? Winter. To be exact, winter in the Caribbean. Paddling in the warm sea in the Virgin Islands, on Christmas Day, listening to a steel band make a hash of playing christmas carols, then drinking a Rum Punch.
36. HUGS OR KISSES? Hugs. And back rubs.
37. FAVORITE DESSERT? Creme brulee.
38. MOST LIKELY TO RESPOND? What?
39. LEAST LIKELY TO RESPOND? Pardon?
40. WHAT BOOK ARE YOU READING? “If you lived here, I’d know your name” (tales from small-town Alaska).
41. WHAT IS ON YOUR MOUSE MAT? Don’t use one… I have an optical mouse which sits on the bare desk top.
42. WHAT DID YOU WATCH ON TV LAST NIGHT? “Pie in the Sky”. See answer to Q16.

43. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE SOUND? The sound of waves breaking at the bow of a cruise ship.
44. ROLLING STONES OR BEATLES? Beatles. Ever since I was given Sgt Pepper when I was 8.
45. WHAT IS THE FURTHEST YOU HAVE BEEN FROM HOME? Fairbanks, Alaska.
46. DO YOU HAVE A SPECIAL TALENT? I am probably the worst Karaoke singer in the world.
47. WHERE WERE YOU BORN? Southport.

(shouldn’t there be a 48, 49 & 50?)

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This made me smile…..

A Northern Ireland police station which was targeted by burglars had been left with its windows open and its alarm switched off, it has emerged. The station in Ballynahinch, County Down, was broken into last month.

Assistant Chief Constable Duncan McCausland told the Policing Board officers went on patrol and forgot to lock up properly.

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Honest! It’s true! http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/northern_ireland/6730139.stm

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Frank Carson couldn’t have written a better one!

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Bon Voyage!

As summer approaches, many of us will be jetting off for our holidays. What most of us don’t know would scare us.

From “Ask the Pilot” (see link on sidebar)

……………most of the public is unaware that thousands of contract airport workers around the country — the caterers, cabin cleaners, fuelers and cargo loaders who service the nation’s airlines — are subject only to occasional random screenings when they come to work. These are individuals with full access to aircraft, inside and out.

That’s not to propose there are terrorists out there refueling and cleaning our planes, and if you ask me, preventing terrorism is the job of intelligence agents and law enforcement, not concourse security guards. But if we’re going to screen at all, can we please do it sensibly, and without a ludicrous double standard? Why are pilots and flight attendants paraded through metal detectors and X-ray machines, but not cleaners and caterers? ………………

That’s the acknowledged situation in the USA… I wonder if it’s any different in Europe.

Scared? Maybe a caravan holiday in the UK could be right for you…………..

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On my own

The staff have all gone for a short break to Ireland. All of them. So I’m running things on my own.

We expected that this week would be quiet… almost all sales have been completed and there were no guests due in the cottage apartments.

However… no sooner had everyone departed on Monday morning…

1. Phone Call. “Morning, Mate, we’ll be delivering your ‘ot Tub this afternoon, will you have a couple of strong lads to help lift it?”

(This hot tub is to go in the garden between the cottage apartments… a touch of luxury to hopefully attract more bookings. It’s being delivered from Portsmouth, so that’s going to be a long day for the delivery lads)

2. Phone Call. “Can we come to take the photographs tomorrow, because the brochure goes to print on Friday”

(the brochure advertising the cottage apartments… one is completed and ready for use, the second is waiting for the furniture to arrive. At least the hot tub will be in place for the outdoor photos.)

3. Caller. “Have you got any caravans to rent till Friday?”

(“no, but I’ve got a lovely apartment you can have”… and a quick check shows that everything is in place, bed made, towels hung, so that’s one happy guest and a nice “ker-ching” from the till, I just hope that enough interior photos were taken last time.)

4. Sound Effect “Grrind…..crrruncchhh!”

(A delivery van has managed to collide with both of the exit gate posts – at the same time – now that takes some doing as they are 12 feet apart! Fortunately the concrete posts survive…)

5. “Where do you want this ‘ot tub, mate?”

(The hot tub is manouevred into position, and it takes me an hour to get rid of all the plastic and styrene packing)

By the end of all this it’s 7pm… and I’ve got 4 more days on my own till Pete, Yvonne & Dave get back from Ireland. And if they dare tell me how good it was…….

By the way, it wasn’t the van delivering the hot tub that hit the gate posts… it was a van belonging to a local firm that delivers here a couple of times a month.

I’m just going to have a look on the internet… I need a holiday!

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