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Realjambo
10-10-2008, 07:51 AM
We all hail from different home ports' and our ages, careers and free time outside of our chosen U-Boat or Submarine differ greatly.

... But by how much?

Are the things that drive me nuts more a source of mild amusement to you? Are the frustrations you encounter in day to day life issues that just pass me by unnoticed?

I thought we'd try and find out. Welcome to the Life in the Day' thread.

Simply post a short-ish account of your typical day, what you enjoy, what you struggle with, things you notice - You might find you are not alone in your opinions, and perhaps someone may offer a solution or tip to help you along. Feel free to include photo's!

I'll start us off:

My day always starts too early, but that's kids for you I guess. 5AM is not unheard of. PC goes on before the kettle, as I have a lot of posts to read and catch up on.

I take the eldest Jambino to Nursery, which is a pleasant stroll across this bridge from the beach to town if the weather is good. It never fails to amaze me the number of cyclists who ignore the signs telling them to walk, not ride across it, yet the looks you get because you dared to get in THEIR way? http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/51.gif

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v642/antsmith/Footbridge004.jpg

I'm an Account Manager by trade, and being home based I manage my own time, so most days I'll visit some accounts to tell them how they should be spending their budgets http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif This takes me all over the place, until recently Central London quite often which, whilst it's a dynamic and exciting place to be, the traffic is actually slower now than when the only things on the road were horse drawn carts! There is a noticeable change in attitudes depending on where you go I find London can be quite soulless, whilst other places can be quite welcoming and refreshing.

Back home in the afternoons, much to the relief of Mrs. Jambo but often to the detriment of my home office work as I fight the Jambino's whilst typing up reports. We have enough here to open our own 'Toys 'R' Us' but Daddy's PC is the best toy of all for some reason!

I'll cook the boys dinner, I'm a dab hand at making trees from Broccoli spears or faces on a pizza - a children's meal is always healthy but rarely conventional. Sometimes they even eat some of it.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v642/antsmith/Pasta.jpg

The PC is rarely off, and I'm in the forums most of the time I am home. Once the Jambino's have been <STRIKE>sheep dipped</STRIKE> bathed I can at last catch up with things properly, and hopefully tiredness allowing get some patrol time under my belt. The TV is on in the background but I don't watch much, apart from Top Gear and the News. As for daytime' TV, don't get me started on that - It must be designed to be so mind numbingly dull deliberately so people get off the couch and go and do something more productive!

Because a lot of my friends are in the US, I often have to wait for the time zones to be mutually convenient if I want a chat online, and I invariably end up retiring to my bunk far later than intended and I'll read WW2 books or accounts of more recent and current conflicts The Falklands, Afghanistan and Iraq (currently WW1 Trenches actually) until I fall asleep. I'm then aware of fingers pulling open my eyes and the clock confirms my worst fears its 5AM again!

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v642/antsmith/DVDWrecker.jpg

Realjambo
10-10-2008, 07:51 AM
We all hail from different home ports' and our ages, careers and free time outside of our chosen U-Boat or Submarine differ greatly.

... But by how much?

Are the things that drive me nuts more a source of mild amusement to you? Are the frustrations you encounter in day to day life issues that just pass me by unnoticed?

I thought we'd try and find out. Welcome to the Life in the Day' thread.

Simply post a short-ish account of your typical day, what you enjoy, what you struggle with, things you notice - You might find you are not alone in your opinions, and perhaps someone may offer a solution or tip to help you along. Feel free to include photo's!

I'll start us off:

My day always starts too early, but that's kids for you I guess. 5AM is not unheard of. PC goes on before the kettle, as I have a lot of posts to read and catch up on.

I take the eldest Jambino to Nursery, which is a pleasant stroll across this bridge from the beach to town if the weather is good. It never fails to amaze me the number of cyclists who ignore the signs telling them to walk, not ride across it, yet the looks you get because you dared to get in THEIR way? http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/51.gif

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v642/antsmith/Footbridge004.jpg

I'm an Account Manager by trade, and being home based I manage my own time, so most days I'll visit some accounts to tell them how they should be spending their budgets http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif This takes me all over the place, until recently Central London quite often which, whilst it's a dynamic and exciting place to be, the traffic is actually slower now than when the only things on the road were horse drawn carts! There is a noticeable change in attitudes depending on where you go I find London can be quite soulless, whilst other places can be quite welcoming and refreshing.

Back home in the afternoons, much to the relief of Mrs. Jambo but often to the detriment of my home office work as I fight the Jambino's whilst typing up reports. We have enough here to open our own 'Toys 'R' Us' but Daddy's PC is the best toy of all for some reason!

I'll cook the boys dinner, I'm a dab hand at making trees from Broccoli spears or faces on a pizza - a children's meal is always healthy but rarely conventional. Sometimes they even eat some of it.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v642/antsmith/Pasta.jpg

The PC is rarely off, and I'm in the forums most of the time I am home. Once the Jambino's have been <STRIKE>sheep dipped</STRIKE> bathed I can at last catch up with things properly, and hopefully tiredness allowing get some patrol time under my belt. The TV is on in the background but I don't watch much, apart from Top Gear and the News. As for daytime' TV, don't get me started on that - It must be designed to be so mind numbingly dull deliberately so people get off the couch and go and do something more productive!

Because a lot of my friends are in the US, I often have to wait for the time zones to be mutually convenient if I want a chat online, and I invariably end up retiring to my bunk far later than intended and I'll read WW2 books or accounts of more recent and current conflicts The Falklands, Afghanistan and Iraq (currently WW1 Trenches actually) until I fall asleep. I'm then aware of fingers pulling open my eyes and the clock confirms my worst fears its 5AM again!

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v642/antsmith/DVDWrecker.jpg

Goose_Green
10-10-2008, 09:15 AM
A very interesting and enlightening read RJ http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif And a great new thread too! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

For me I spend most of my waking hours in the afternoon and nights. Some of you may know that I drive articulated lorries (bendy trucks!) for DHL working on the M&S retail contract based out of Swindon. My working week is Sunday night to Thursday night, while every other week I work a 6th day as overtime and spent only in the yard shunting! I have to say nights are brilliant for road work as I don't have to deal with lunatic car drivers causing mayhem on the roads. Seeing bad driving is something that annoys me to no end http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/51.gif

My day usually starts about midday, depending on how my previous nights work panned out, but I usually aim to up and about midday, mostly in a somewhat dazed & confused state of mind! I will usually switch on the PC first thing, more of a reflex action to be honest. I will check out a number of websites I have interests in namely this one of course and the NFL website for the latest news from the league as well as the news in general. Breakfast for me is usually the time the rest of the UK are having their hurried lunch breaks!!

Checking out the latest goings on the forum!

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I will mainly lazy about at home chilling out watching the history channel or something I have recorded on Sky +, at this time of the year it's catching up on the American Football games I recorded the previous Sunday night! If I'm not sitting on my backside I'm doing some gardening or housework http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

I will prep my work bag before I go to work, replenishing my food and drink for my evening meal later on. I start work at 1545hrs and I will spend the next 5 to 6 hours working in the yard as a shunter. Most days it's pretty chilled out, but as the Christmas season is approaching our distribution centre is gearing up for the season, which we call "peak". At this time the yard becomes a scene of frenzied action with the constant movement of trailers from one loading bay to another! It can be quite a stressful job as you are constantly on the go, but I love it!

A quiet moment in the yard!

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After I finish shunting I will have a break and then prep my lorry and trailer before departing on a run. I usually do "trunk" runs to other DC's but every so often I will do a store delivery. Mostly I visit DHL / M&S distribution Centres like Cape Hendre in West Wales, up north to DC's in Stoke-on-Trent, Coventry and Leicester, and all the way East to DC's in Enfield & Neasden in London prior to a collection at West Thurrock near Dartford.

Stuck in London traffic!

http://i113.photobucket.com/albums/n235/Goose_Green/DSC00408-1.jpg

Due to the nature of the job where there is heavy legislation I have to ensure I have a break after 4.5 hours driving (one rule amongst many!), I usually stop somewhere secure for a nice large Cappuchino and read my current book, always something military hstory related, or something light hearted like Nuts and Zoo http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif After that it's back to the open roads and usually back to base!!

Parked up in Leicester DC

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I will usually do a 12 to 13 hour working day due to the nature of my job, and with paying a mortgage at the moment the hours I do are very handy! I usually finish work between 3 and 6am, when I get home I will unwind by reading my current book or by watching TV or a DVD in bed before going to sleep - and then all to do it all over again!!

Realjambo
10-10-2008, 09:53 AM
Great post Goose! Do they allow guests in your rig? I'd love to see what the roads look like from in the cab - I'll bring my own Yorkie Bar http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Goose_Green
10-10-2008, 11:51 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Realjambo:
I'll bring my own Yorkie Bar http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Ha!! Very good RJ! When I passed my class 2 licence (17 ton rigid) my driving tutor and assessor allowed me to have a Yorkie bar to celebrate provided it was the normal milk chocolate version. The Fruit and Nuts variety was reserved for and ONLY those who passed their Class 1 licence or artics!!! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

I'm afraid passengers are "verboten" due to insurance reasons, only fellow drivers requiring a lift to work shops or another DC to collect another tractor unit or VIP's on store or DC visits are permitted inside the cab http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif Although I spend all my time on the road on my own it is nice to have a passenger to break up the boredom factor - preferbly a nice young lady http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

I have always thought it would be a good idea for members of the warehouse to sit in with us just so they know what it's like to drive these things, we as drivers do have a reputation of being rather lazy since we sit on your backsides for most of the day!!!

dgrayson
10-10-2008, 05:16 PM
I think that if I ever have a typical day I will be forced to throw myself off the nearest bridge. Fortunately for me, every day is different. Sometimes I have to pull out the phonebook in the hotel room in order to remind myself what city I'm in. My travels are mostly in the state of Florida with a few out of state trips to locations in the Eastern United States. My company headquarters is in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and I am up there two or three times a year.

I am the Florida product manager for several lines of air conditioning and heating equipment for a national wholesale refrigeration and HVAC distributor. I am also the technical service advisor for those lines. When the installing contractor can't figure out why it doesn't work, I get the call. I could start any day in any of my 24 Florida branches or maybe one of the U.S. Virgin Islands ones. I have two there that I am responsible for. I could also be at any of the factory locations that supply the company I work for, such as Indianapolis , IN, Collierville, TN, Tyler, TX, or Fort Smith AR to name a few. Essentially I can work from any internet connection, so I guess that is the thread that holds my days together. It also explains why I am on the forum as much as I am. It keeps me out of trouble when I am on the road.

Here is a shot of me at one of the branches. This one is in Melbourne, Florida, but they all look pretty much alike.
http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z107/davegrayson/Avatar/MeatthecounterSized.jpg

Just passing Disney just outside of Orlando.
http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z107/davegrayson/Avatar/EpcotSign.jpg

The Melbourne Branch
http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z107/davegrayson/Avatar/TheBranchSized.jpg

Every once in a while you just have to stop and admire the view. This is the Indian River in Brevard County on the East side of the state.
http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z107/davegrayson/Avatar/IndianRiverSized.jpg

When the day is done the beach is never far away.
http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z107/davegrayson/Avatar/CanovaBeach.jpg

http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z107/davegrayson/Avatar/Beach.jpg

U-boats roamed here in 1942 and several tankers were sunk just North of here, off Jacksonville. That's the Atlantic out there.
http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z107/davegrayson/Avatar/DueEastSized.jpg

Today I was at three of the Tampa Bay branches and Sunday I'm off to Nashville. Just a couple of typical days.

Dave

Goose_Green
10-11-2008, 04:20 AM
Great post and pictures Dave!! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

Realjambo
10-11-2008, 12:29 PM
Thanks for sharing Dave! Always nice to add a little flesh to the bones - which is really what this thread is all about - Loved the photo's! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

Methinks there are some rather shy people out there http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/shady.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

Goose_Green
10-11-2008, 12:42 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Realjambo:
Methinks there are some rather shy people out there http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/shady.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/10.gif I was starting to think the same thing RJ !

Doolittle81
10-11-2008, 02:41 PM
I will reply in detail later...right now, I am heading out to an Art Festival (outdoors with food vendors, beers, music, etc). I seldom miss a 'festival', cultural/ethnic...whatever. Today is no exception.

Hasta Luego, Amigos....

RockinRobbins
10-12-2008, 07:33 AM
What a great thread! OK RJ, I'll contribute later today. It's only fair to confirm all the speculation about what twisted life I must lead!

Realjambo
10-12-2008, 08:06 AM
Doolittle and RR - I look forward to reading your entries http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Maverick_U2007
10-12-2008, 08:08 AM
Well I like this post but am sort of restricted as to what I can put in a Public forum.

Up until 18 months ago I used to work in the field of Law Enforcement and my days were never usual....never was one day anything like the next.

I used to travel a lot, not just in the UK but throughout Europe and even the USA.

A normal week would involve being away from home probably 5 or 6 days a week, (good job I have an understanding wife) and whilst away I would work anywhere between 12 and 18 hours a day...don't get me wrong I loved my job and the issue over the number of hours never bothered me....competely ignored the 'European working time directive', but it did suit me.

Then my time was up and I retired, not my choice!!!...a long and involved story.

So now my days take on a totally different look. Firstly I am now home 7 days a week and manage to sleep in the same bed each night!!!!

I normally 'rise' between 8 and 9 and out to the gym for a 40 minute session.

Home...breakfast, check emails and do other things on the Computer and then in the 'Summer' I would do my preferred sport, 'Flat Green Bowling' or some know it as 'Lawn Bowls.' I actually managed to qualify for the English National Championships in Worthing 2 years ago, my best achievement so far.

I also have a garden of about a third of an acre, good job I enjoy Gardening.
http://i199.photobucket.com/albums/aa216/Maverick-U2007/24072008015.jpg
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http://i199.photobucket.com/albums/aa216/Maverick-U2007/13072008133.jpg

My wife loves 'Crafting' so I have converted one of the bedrooms into an office and shortly will be having the garage converted because we have outgrown the space we have now.

Something else that my wife appreciates is that I love to cook...doesn't matter what it is so long as it is 'foreign'...can't be doing with the English 'standard' of 'meat, potatoes and vegetables'. I much prefer chinese, italian, Greek and Indian although the latter is not liked by 'her indoors'. So I am now getting more accomplished...in fact I haven't poisoned anyone...YET!!!!

Because we both have our pensions there is no great rush to find work and at the moment I am 'signed off'...so the question of work is immaterial at the presnt time.

In winter there is not as much bowling, we go indoors, it is more expensive and I have to travel further.

I have already said on another thread that computing has given me another avenue to explore. I get plenty of time for gaming and the like and have set up a website for our County Bowling Association...so that is always a work in progress. Will never be able to 'program' or anything like that but I can make major use of the new computer I purchased when I retired earlier this year.

Well thats how my days 'pan out'. Some might find it quite boring...to me it is a major shift in lifestyle and I am just about starting to embrace it....haven't got a clue about the future....will have to hope this thread is still going in 10 years time and then I can put up an update.

Maverick

RockinRobbins
10-12-2008, 01:13 PM
Okay, here goes. A typical day, huh? Well, I live with my wife, Annie, my two childern, Chris and Erika in a little house that Annie and I built over 75% of in a little town called DeLand, halfway between Daytona Beach and Orlando.

http://i196.photobucket.com/albums/aa293/RockinRobbins13/000_0437.jpg

Yes, it isn't a big thing, and it's kind of minimal footprint, but we built it and we like it.

http://lh5.ggpht.com/steve.robbins13/SPJBoGbWCGI/AAAAAAAABgk/c532vO-7DF4/s912/living%20room%20pano.jpg

I work as a retail sales operations manager for The Daytona Beach News-Journal. This is in keeping with the requirement that no job title is allowed to give you the slightest idea what someone's function is now days. My real function is to do what I'm told and make the boss look good no matter what hits the fan. I guess that wasn't much better.

I'm in the sales and distribution end of the newspaper. The writers have already produced the product, the printers have bundled up 100,100 copies and now they're ours. Our job: make 'em vanish and bring back some cash while you're at it. My end of the process is the contractors who sell in coin operated racks and in retail stores. I personally handle all the store accounts that insist on paying the newspaper (usually around 60 days late), designing and producing printed promotional materials and sprinkling fairy dust in to Excel spreadsheets to make 'em answer all the questions that come from higher regions of the business.

Hold it, where's all the pictures? Anyway I get to do some pretty interesting stuff. We do a lot of business with Daytona International Speedway, so I get into places the general public can't see. I got to hang out all day when they did the testing of Indy cars at the Mecca of stock car racing. All these elite, legendary drivers are wandering around and nobody paid them any attention because they didn't know who they were.

http://i196.photobucket.com/albums/aa293/RockinRobbins13/100_4393.jpg

http://i196.photobucket.com/albums/aa293/RockinRobbins13/100b4482.jpg

That was a blast watching by far the fastest cars ever to have run the road course at Daytona and getting to see the drivers in a low-key environment.

Let's try this hand-held panorama of night shots during a sports car race.

http://lh5.ggpht.com/steve.robbins13/RKsgUGxhABI/AAAAAAAAAE4/yno3DJj_Prk/s912/speedway%20night%20panorama.jpg

Well, heck, I got away with it! I'll just follow up with uncommented shots from the area that I live, including some shot from my porch the other night under a bright orange sky. Note the porch decoration: my incredible wife, Annie. I'd literally be dead without her, twice!

http://lh3.ggpht.com/steve.robbins13/SC4CpJpU3oI/AAAAAAAAAxI/IhiRaKX-MzY/s720/100_6827.jpg

http://lh6.ggpht.com/steve.robbins13/Rw1T3LuM0CI/AAAAAAAAAh4/l8TG6NG8MSs/s720/100_4196.jpg

http://lh5.ggpht.com/steve.robbins13/RwwwbLuMz3I/AAAAAAAAAe4/dzZAtXXgS3k/s912/pano.jpg

I'm an amateur astronomer. No, that's not mine!

http://lh5.ggpht.com/steve.robbins13/Rww1WLuM0BI/AAAAAAAAAgg/13hDdRGW2B0/YARDSCOP.jpg

My family with Chris a bit proud of himself at his high school graduation. I don't get caught by the camera that often so that's the best you can get.
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Actual colors on the night of the bright orange sunset. Some processing could be called for but I don't want to ruin the exceptional color saturation. Some tornadoes that night.

http://lh4.ggpht.com/steve.robbins13/SPI4iPa1ZvI/AAAAAAAABUM/g6YirBZP_Yw/s912/pano.jpg

And the love of my life lit up in that magnificent orange light.

http://i196.photobucket.com/albums/aa293/RockinRobbins13/100_7915-1.jpg

Did I crash Ubi forums? Did I crash your computer?. Should I drop in more photos? Run for my life!http://i196.photobucket.com/albums/aa293/RockinRobbins13/smileys/hit-with-club.gif Too late.

Doolittle81
10-12-2008, 10:24 PM
Great 'life accounts' and Pictures....and a very cool idea for a thread!!!

Now, where do I start? Okay...well, I am (as some of you already know) fully retired. I retired at a very young age...first after a career in the US Air Force in the rank of Colonel (equivalent to Group Captain in the RAF); then after a couple of years in a major Defense/Intelligence contractor corporation I totally retired. I was 48. I had enough "stuff" and saw no point in accumulating more just for the sake of accumulation and bragging rights over the next door neighbors and/or friends' as to who had the most "stuff"...what's the point of that??!!

Anyway, a few years later my ex and I divorced, amicably more or less (she wanted more stuff), after a full 30 years of bliss (ha ha). Since then I've pretty much done what I want, when I want, how I want to do it.

Went back to college a couple of times...learned about computers, got a second Baccalaureate degree in Japanese Studies (with 2+ years in the language), my first B.S. and Masters were in international relations with East European/Russian focus (inc 3 years Russian language). Anyway, later in my retirement years I went back to college again for Chinese/Mandarin language and some related studies.

Along the way, I learned to ride motorcycles and horses while living in Colorado and did a lot of riding(horseback) and camping up in the so-called federal wilderness' parts of the Rockie mountains; even did two cattle drives from Wyoming to Montana (a la the movie "City Slickers" with Billy Crystal)...In winters I became somewhat of a ski bum at the age of 50 or so, skiing about 85-95 days a year...it was only a one hour drive from home to the ski slopes. Got/stayed quite healthy, jogging 4-6 miles about 5 days a week...and took up mountain biking in Spring/Summers.

Moved to Las Vegas 5 years ago (had gotten really tired of shoveling snow and driving under precarious winter conditions in Colorado) to be near daughter and best friends who had preceded me here.

Bottom line, though, is that I've become much more sedentary as the years are passing...at least locally and routinely I am a bit sedentary (call it cerebral). However, in my not so sedentary mode I do travel quite bit. Pics below from recent trips to Australia and Alaska this year and China last year...currently planning another trip around Xmas possibly to Argentina or in Spring to Japan or Russia.
http://i440.photobucket.com/albums/qq121/Doolittle81/McKinley2Glacierlanding8X6B.jpg http://i440.photobucket.com/albums/qq121/Doolittle81/AustraliaB.jpg http://i440.photobucket.com/albums/qq121/Doolittle81/GreatWall2B.jpg http://i440.photobucket.com/albums/qq121/Doolittle81/SuzhouHotelLoungeb.jpg

Daily routine: I go to bed at 1230 or 1 AM, arise at 8:30 or possibly as late as 9AM. I used to immediately take my dog for a 30-45 minute walk, but I had to put her to sleep last year (after 15 years of loyal and unconditional love and friendship)...so now I just walk across/down the street for a very large coffee, usually generic but sometimes Starbucks. Sipping that coffee, I scan the NY Times for non politically slanted stories and news'.

When I return home, I read the local Las Vegas paper and then about 10:AM, I fire up the Puter and check Email and Forums of interest, such as Subsim. It varies, of course, but I probably then average 90 minutes to 2 hours on one aspect or another of Emailing and/or Posting on Forums....or reading news-related stories/blogs. Other forums of interest are IL2 Flight SIm related forums and movie-making related forums. As my sig block shows, an active hobby interest of mine is Movies made from the IL2 Flight Sims...the core group of us (located worldwide) have become quite friendly over the years, and we share in personal as well as hobby-related discussions. "Faith Hope and Charity" was our master production, two years in the making.

I used to put in several hours every day working on Home Owners Association business as a Board Director. It's a long story, but I resigned last year after fighting serious white collar criminals for almost three years. The FBI is now conducting an inter-agency investigation and had raided the homes offices of the crooks (and their lawyers) beginning 3 weeks ago. Headline news hereabouts on TV and in the newspapers...still is. I can't go into details, but I am doing my part, let us say. That's high priority on my list of activities...but not a daily activity.

Anyway, here are some pics of my Condo...you'll note my taste for Japanese decorations and furnishings.
http://i440.photobucket.com/albums/qq121/Doolittle81/LivingRoom1B.jpg http://i440.photobucket.com/albums/qq121/Doolittle81/LivingRoom3B.jpg

Here's a pic of my Puter setup in the Den..an older pic, I've remodeled and refurnished since then, but you get the idea. Also a view of the pool from the Den.
http://i440.photobucket.com/albums/qq121/Doolittle81/02-10-04_1621B.jpg http://i440.photobucket.com/albums/qq121/Doolittle81/PoolFromDenWindowB-1.jpg


Most days recently I put in a couple of hours on a major project converting 20 years of VHS home movies to DVD. It's been very time-consuming and I have lots of VHS home movies, beginning in 1980. At about 10-12 hours of work to produce each 2 hr DVD, not including crashes/glitches, it's something I jump in and out of...needing a break from time to time. I've got about 20 DVDs done with another 10-15 remaining to finish.

Around 1 PM, 3-4 days a week, I go to the Fitness center (immediately adjacent to my Condo building) and do a very light workout...a couple of basic machines and 30-45 minutes walking/jogging on the treadmill. From March through October, I'll often/usually then spend an hour or more down by the pool, which I overlook from my balcony.

Alternatively, once a week I'll head out to see an afternoon Movie and/or stop off to browse a Borders or Barnes and Noble Bookstore... Sometimes, rarely though, I'll stop by one of the Casino's Sports Book and watch a few horse races...place a few penny ante bets of 4-6 bucks, drink a free beer or two...lose the $4-6.

If I am home, the mid to late afternoon time period is when I get in a couple of hours of SH4 or IL2 time, either playing or tweaking Mods,etc...

Before you know it, its' time to think about dinner. I eat out a LOT....five times a week or more...sometimes with a friend or friends, other times by myself. Las Vegas has hundreds of excellent restaurants, from gourmet to local family style....and of every imaginable ethnic variety. My favorite restaurant, naturally, is a Japanese Sushi/Sashimi spot...World Class sushi! I do that at least once a week. Twice a week I meet some friends at a local Pub for Trivia games. Of course, being Las Vegas, hardly a month goes by that some relative or old acquaintance or friend doesn't fly into town on vacation (or quasi-business) and we head down to the Strip for an "Evening", with a major show (Broadway/WestEnd type musicals or Cirque du Soleil extravaganzas or Elton John or Tony Bennett or older retreads like Johnny Mathis or Jimmy Buffet...whatever) and upscale dinner.
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I am TIVO-Addicted...that is, I never watch Live TV....I digitally record everything so that I can watch at my leisure, and fast forward thru the crap and commercials. On average, I probably watch two hours most evenings when I get home at 9 or so...selected political/news shows, some reality shows such as Survivor, Amazing Race...History channel stuff of course...very little in the way of drama series other than "House"...
After TV, it's an hour or so of reading (always Fiction at night), then lights out.

That's it for me... I have no Weekends, I should note. In fact, I guess every day is like a Saturday for me, if that makes any sense.

Realjambo
10-13-2008, 08:52 AM
@ RR and Doolittle!

Outstanding! See? That didn't hurt did it guys? (Tell the others http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif) Fascinating posts - Thank You - and I loved the photo's too!

@ RR - You built your own house? Impressive! Must be fun to start from scratch with a blank canvas http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/partyhat.gif

@ Doolittle - When I'm in Vegas you'll have to show me this Japanese restaurant you talk so highly of http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif and should we be addressing you as Dolittle, Sir! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/winky.gif

More please! Come along! (I need all the info I can get if this years Christmas Forum Story is going to top last years! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

vietvettwo
10-13-2008, 10:10 AM
Well being a professional old fart, don't expect any pictures. After many years working in hospitals on days, I switched over to nights a little more than a year ago. Just don't have the tolerance for the stupidity I used to.

I'm a respiratory therapist by trade. In simple terms, if you're having trouble breathing your butt is mine. It can range from the asthmatic in the emergency room, to the new born premi on a ventilator in the neonatal ICU. That said, there really isn't anything typical about my day. You just do the best you can to play the cards you're dealt this shift.

I work 3 days a week, 13 hours per shift. That works out to a fair amount of time off. Sometimes it's a day or two, sometimes it can be almost two weeks off in a row. The longer stretches are when my "patrolling" gets done.

Have 2 boys, 1 away in college, one in high school, so the "Daddy" demands are growing less and less. Have to admit it, I miss that to a degree.

What ticks me off? Well I guess I am basically what you would consider conservative in my views. I'm listening to the Presidential candidates on TV, it is almost impossible to escape, and I am amazed at how one party seems to think that it's ok to use my money to support someone who has no intention of doing anything for him or herself. What ever happened to personal responsibility? I'm going to try not to rant, I just wish the government would stick to things it should worry about, such as foreign policy, the military, delivering the mail, things of that nature, and leave the day in day out issues of life to the people.

KytherianEagle
10-13-2008, 11:04 AM
Well I think that I will add a somewhat different typical day http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif

I am a 15 year old student and i live somewhere in the northern suburbs of Athens. Its a cosy little house, I have no complaints... But my favourite place is the garden with our Aphrodite bathing herself every night...
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http://i368.photobucket.com/albums/oo129/Kytherian88/DSC03054.jpg

Well my day usually starts with unimaginable curses towards the bloody alarm-clock that ended my voyages in the dreams...
http://i368.photobucket.com/albums/oo129/Kytherian88/DSC03059-1.jpg

I then hurry to eat, wash, dress up and get ready for school in time before the bus arrives.

Then, on the bus, I kill my time listening to music, while waiting for the driver, who apparently fears speeds over 40 km per hour, to get us to school.

Time goes by quickly since my classmates are really joyful fellas... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif The problem is that I live in one of the few countries that religious studies is a compulsory lesson at school and I have to tolerate a continuous blabbing about the virtues of God, Christ etc etc...(no offense to anyone just my personal opinion)

Then home sweet home again after nearly 8 exhausting hours... I get a warm welcome by my sister, who comes back earlier than me, listening to her crying and whining about every imaginable reason: about her drawings that someone had sabotaged or a missing shoe to a boy not paying any attention to her...I have a quick lunch and then get started on my homework and projects.
http://i368.photobucket.com/albums/oo129/Kytherian88/DSC03063.jpg

Then I turn on the PC. I check news in the ubi forum, my mails. Chat for a while on the MSN messenger and, if there is time, I make some progress with my career in SH4... On the weekends though, I join the WolvesDen Flotilla for some online gaming.
http://i368.photobucket.com/albums/oo129/Kytherian88/DSC03065.jpg
( I know the screen and the sound-boxes are not the best,, but I get along with them...)

Then evening comes and (at last) all my daily duties are done. I have a quick glance at the sunset
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and then i enjoy my favourite tv show (House m.d. actually)
http://i368.photobucket.com/albums/oo129/Kytherian88/DSC03057.jpg On weekends, I sit with my dad and cheer (to moms disappointment) for our favourite team, btw Olympiakos S.F.P.
Then back to my sweet bed to rest a little only to be brutally awakened a few hours later and start all over again...

I am preparing for the International Bacallureate class of our school, preparing for studies in England or Scotland. My dream is to become a diplomat in the U.N. and strive to improve this faulty world, protect human rights and all that U.N. stands for. I know its practically impossible, but i will follow my dream... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif
Actually I take part in 2-3 M.U.N. (Model United Nations) conferences every year.
Here I am with my fellow delegates of the political committee in the Athens American College. I am the idiot that wasn't facing the camera in the wite circle http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif
http://i368.photobucket.com/albums/oo129/Kytherian88/DSCN2257-1.jpg

RockinRobbins
10-13-2008, 01:33 PM
Whoa! Whoda guessed that they have sunsets in Greece too?http://i196.photobucket.com/albums/aa293/RockinRobbins13/smileys/clueless.gif

pharmman17
10-13-2008, 01:43 PM
OK, here we go; Like Vietvet I don't have any pictures to post but i'll tell you about my daily life. My wife, Dolores is an Accountant. She has a normal 8-5 job. Me on the other hand have to work 9pm to 5am at a local Distribution Center. I used to be a Supervisor in a Pharmaceutical company but the FDA shut them down for not doing the things they were supposed to be doing. Now i'm just another worker in this big DC. I work Sunday night thru Thursday night. We live in Toledo, OH...not my choice...i'm originally from California. Anyway, I get home from work at 5:30am, kiss the dog, kiss the wife (in that order) go to bed. Wake up at 12:30 when the wife comes home for lunch, make coffee, kiss the dog, kiss the wife (in that order) she goes back to work and I get on the computer and read this forum and play either SH3 or SH4. Wife comes home at 5:15, we talk about dinner, we talk about dinner some more, then I either fire up the grill or we go out for something. Then it's shower time, get dressed, pack up my lunch, Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwich and a banana, kiss the dog, kiss the wife (in that order) and leave the house about 7:45 to head to work. On weekends I have to mow the lawn, rake the leaves (they're falling already) and take care of other minor chores that my wife dreams up for me. Boring but I like boring...

Realjambo
10-13-2008, 02:29 PM
Keep 'em coming! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

@ KytherianEagle - Good to see Greece represented here in the community http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif I have spent many many lazy weeks on the beaches of your beautiful islands!

@ Pharmann17, Ahem...

<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content"> kiss the dog, kiss the wife (in that order) </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content"> kiss the dog, kiss the wife (in that order) </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content"> kiss the dog, kiss the wife (in that order) </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content"> On weekends I have to mow the lawn, rake the leaves (they're falling already) and take care of other minor chores that my wife dreams up for me </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Now I'm no Marriage / Relationship Psychologist, but perhaps, just perhaps I see a pattern here? I'm thinking there might be a way to get out of those chores? http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/88.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/88.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

I'm only kidding! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/10.gif Kiss the wife first, then see if that reduces the chores list next weekend http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

Doolittle81
10-13-2008, 02:53 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by KytherianEagle:
... then i enjoy my favourite tv show (House m.d. actually)
... </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

KytherianEagle:
What a small world, indeed! My only dramatic TV series, my favorite I suppose you could say, also is "House"...and I am a full half-century older than you! How unexpected that seems.
As for your picture of yourself with your fellows of the Political committee, somehow I think that Dr. House, the character, would have very intentionally turned his head just as the camera snapped...his way of making a statement about being independent and going against the flow and against accepted behavior. Perhaps you are a 'rebel' yourself?

pharmman17
10-13-2008, 03:03 PM
RJ" hey you might be onto something there!! Actually i'm one of those lucky individuals who happened to fall in love with and marry my best friend...(no, she's a woman) That's why I agreed to move to Ohio with her. She's from here and wanted to come back to be with her family. (Most of them have died since we've been here, don't question me too thoroughly, I DO have alibis) But maybe, just maybe if I kiss her FIRST, then the dog I'd get more time on my patrols...besides she thinks we got the computer for her to do accountant type stuff...bah! That's not why they were made!!

pmh273
10-14-2008, 02:52 AM
Morning all!!

Right, my typical day goes something like this:

Crawl out of bed at 7.30, I'm really not a morning person - it's a struggle however early I go to bed the previous night.

Out of my flat by 8. I've only been there 2 months and still haven't got a proper morning routine set up, so its all a bit jumbled.

25 minute walk to the train station - I'm still not fully awake yet so I must look like a zombie shuffling along with my MP3 player plugged in, trying to avoid the multitude of kids on bikes who I'm sure go out of their way to try and kill. Do kids on bikes have no sense of direction these days???? http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif Perhaps it's me with no sense of direction?

Quick train journey followed by a bus to work where I'm and International Sales Co-ordinator for a company manufacturing fluorescent X-ray screens. Basically I prepare quotes and make sure our customers are kept happy.

17.00 It's home time - Woohoo!!!! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/partyhat.gif
Another bus, train and 25 minute walk, sometimes with a little shopping where necessary on the way.

18.20 I'm in and doing my dinner which is washed down with a nice glass of wine or a bottle of Ridgeways Oxfordhire Blue - a lovely ale they used to sell in Tesco - I can only buy it mail order now!

Depending on which typical day it is, I'll either have a couple of beers with my mate Dave whilst playing Monster Hunter Freedom 2 on PSP, a weekly visit to the cinema - I'll watch practically anything although I try to avoid lame comedies (the kind of stuff Eddie Murphy's doing for example. Love a good horror though, or just chilling out watching a bit of tele or reading/listening to music.

Tend to save my patrols for weekends

Then bed!!

Realjambo
10-14-2008, 07:58 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">weekly visit to the cinema </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

pmh273 - You go to the cinema every week? http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_eek.gif That must cost a small fortune?

Last time I went (Shrek, naturally) I got little change from 20 I seem to recall http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

Maverick_U2007
10-14-2008, 08:08 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Realjambo:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">weekly visit to the cinema </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

pmh273 - You go to the cinema every week? http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_eek.gif That must cost a small fortune?

Last time I went (Shrek, naturally) I got little change from 20 I seem to recall http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

That's CHEAP!!!!!!!

The cinema I use is at the Trafford Centre Manchester which is one of those 'purpose built' shopping malls with shops, restaurants, cinema, amusement arcades, stalls, etc etc.....

Mrs Maverick treats it as a DAY OUT....loads of shops for her to shop in for a few hours....then to the Cinema for the afternoon film....no kids in and normally the time we go there are probably only 10 people in there.

That finished it is time for a meal...'Ma Potters' is our favourite.....starters, main course an if I really want to 'pig out' a sweet!!!!

RJ...consider yourself lucky that your trip to the Cinema only costs 20

Maverick

KytherianEagle
10-14-2008, 10:04 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Doolittle81:


KytherianEagle:
What a small world, indeed! My only dramatic TV series, my favorite I suppose you could say, also is "House"...and I am a full half-century older than you! How unexpected that seems.
As for your picture of yourself with your fellows of the Political committee, somehow I think that Dr. House, the character, would have very intentionally turned his head just as the camera snapped...his way of making a statement about being independent and going against the flow and against accepted behavior. Perhaps you are a 'rebel' yourself? </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

It is a very odd coincidence isn't it?? http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif
There are also 2-3 students in my class that are fans of house, like me. I think it is probably due to the incapability of Greek TV producing anything worthwile watching (only a few exceptions).

Similarly to you, it is the only dramatic series I watch. Even though, here in greece, we are still at the 4th season because emm... actually nearly everything in my country comes late... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif

Actually yes, I am kind of a rebbel, since I am one of the few students that protest against having religious studies at school and also having to learn Ancient greek( an other important issue of the greek educational system)

But then again I dont want the other students, when they look at the photo in the future, to laugh at my brilliant idea of talking the guy next to me while being photo'd... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/34.gif

digital.trucker
10-14-2008, 01:24 PM
I hope past lives are allowed since the current life is pretty boring http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

A day in the life of a prematurely retired person: I get up whenever I feel like it, spend the day doing whatever I feel like and go to bed whenever I want to.

The house that my wife and I share with my son and his family North of Atlanta, Georgia :

http://img392.imageshack.us/img392/6294/houseeu7.jpg

My ugly mug in the spot where I spend most of my waking day (and with my normal "I'm getting my picture taken" look)

http://img380.imageshack.us/img380/3876/meab3.jpg

Kris (my wife of 31 years) and I:

http://img201.imageshack.us/img201/2816/meandkrisfi3.jpg

A day in my previous life of 12 years as a cross country truck driver :

Wake up in the sleeper of my rig wondering exactly where it is that I am at the moment, get a shot of caffeine, deliver a load, get a new load, drive as far as possible before running out of energy, climb in the sleeper, repeat as necessary. One of the wonderful parts of the job was getting to see parts of the US that I would never have been able to see otherwise (and some parts that no one would ever want to see). Disadvantages of the job, mainly that the good parts of the country you saw at 3AM and the bad parts were in the daylight http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-mad.gif

Here's some of the rare good stuff seen in daylight as captured through bug-splattered cracked windshields by my navigator and photographer Kris:

The odd freeloading hitch-hiker we picked up in Salt Lake City, Utah

http://img139.imageshack.us/img139/8076/utah01ma9.jpg

Happened to catch the Thunderbirds doing their thing

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A tennis ball tree?

http://img407.imageshack.us/img407/620/outwest02bb0.jpg

General scenery

http://img518.imageshack.us/img518/9567/outwest01qc8.jpg

http://img408.imageshack.us/img408/9417/oregon03mz6.jpg

http://img522.imageshack.us/img522/7821/oregon02qp8.jpg

http://img392.imageshack.us/img392/2924/oregon01hr6.jpg

The "legendary" hole in the rock:

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http://img520.imageshack.us/img520/8088/holeinrock2yc2.jpg

The end of the day

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Much less exciting was the 16 years prior to the trucking career that I spent as a computer programmer.

BTW, guys, my favorite TV show is also House. I think the common thread no matter what the age is his attitude. Just have to love it.

Realjambo
10-15-2008, 09:47 AM
Great pics and an interesting post Digital Trucker!

Oh, and I'm going to have to see this 'House' you are all talking about!

Socko2008
10-15-2008, 10:37 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content"> Hey Socko! You big wuss! All well and good popping up randomly in people's threads, Get 'yours' posted Here - What you scared of eh? </div></BLOCKQUOTE>


Well, ....well, ....well!!!! ....RJ obviously feels that he got up on the "Big Boy" side of the bed this morning!!!! (....As opposed to the wet side!)

Wuss?????

Scared??????

Get yours'????????

Nice attitude, Nancy!!! ....That's really big talk from the guy that Milton here handled nicely; .....The last time we had "issues"!!

http://i134.photobucket.com/albums/q84/klcarroll/squirrelwgrenade.jpg


....But since that lesson didn't seem to "take", ....I fear that RJ may soon have problems with gophers in his garden!! (Meet Oscar; ....Another of my "little helpers".)

http://i134.photobucket.com/albums/q84/klcarroll/gopher.jpg



So RJ wants to know what my typical day is like, ....eh??? ....Well, I suppose I could "share" (one of today's "in" buzzwords!) that with you: .....After all, RJ will probably not be able to entertain you today, .....as it is likely that he will be "all tied up" with his gardening problems for a while!

*******************


My day starts just like yours: .....When I get up! .....The only difference is that I get up whenever I damn well feel like it.

I hop down out of Kplt. Schwanz's underwear drawer and onto his bunk to read my morning paper. On a really good morning, Schwanz is still asleep, and I land on his face: ....Always amusing!!

I usually have "a little pick-me-up" along with my paper. My favorite morning drink is a "Sunrise Surprise". (A standard "Diesel & Seawater" with half a can of creamed corn added to give it that "breakfasty appeal".)

After I finish my paper and drink, I usually do a quick inspection of the boat; ....Then I'm off to the head for a swim. (I just love those whirlpool tubs!!) Once I've finished my swim, I head back to Schwanz's bunk to dry off; .....Leaving me feeling refreshed, and him with a soaked mattress and sheets.

Then it's up to the wintergarten to take a look at the weather, and to indulge in a little target shooting. I find Seagulls particularly amusing, and the C38 20mm twin is my favorite for this sport!! .....But I will, on occasion, use one of my pistols; .....Just for the challenge!

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The advantage to using the silenced .22 is that you can usually tell what kind of seagull it was.

http://i134.photobucket.com/albums/q84/klcarroll/DSC00343.jpg


When you connect with the 20mm, ....there's not much left!

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What I do after my morning target shooting largely depends on whether or not we are in port. If we are in port, I will usually wander down to The Port Hole, and check in with Gunter and Franz to see how my Black Market business is going. Since we are just a simple, profit-motivated, free enterprise business, we will deal in almost anything that can be sold quickly for a profit.

Schwanz's new Kubelwagen (originally "donated" by the Luftwaffe) is a good example:

http://i134.photobucket.com/albums/q84/klcarroll/KUBEL2.jpg

It's really amazing what you can do with a quick paint job and a new set of number plates!!

...But while cars are fine, and the market for them is good, ....my true interests lie in other areas: ....That's why we tend to specialize in Arms and Explosives.

....And in wartime, it's so EASY to specialize in these items!! ....It seems like EVERYONE is trying to give me guns!!! Schwanz's kubelwagen came with a back seat full:

http://i134.photobucket.com/albums/q84/klcarroll/SockoinKubel.jpg

.....And I got my favorite pistol, the silenced High Standard .22 by taking it away from one of the "undercover" O.S.S. jerks that are always hanging around The Port Hole!

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My own personal collection keeps growing: ....But I do have my favorites; ......which I keep on-board, rather than at the warehouse. They are my MG-34, my MP-40, my High Standard .22, and Schwanz's Luger.

I took the Luger away from Schwanz because he would hurt himself with it! ....The only reason I leave him in command of the boat is because I don't think that even he could manage to shoot himself with a submarine!


....Anyway, ...back to my day!

After I chat with Gunter and Franz, and after I take a quick look at the books and the new inventory, ...I walk up front to the bar and settle down for a relaxing afternoon of drinking and terrorizing Bernie.

I usually eat dinner at The Port Hole; (creamed corn and peanut brittle! ....Yum!) ....and then it's back to the boat to turn in, ....in the pleasant anticipation of doing it all again tomorrow!


If we are at sea, things are somewhat more regimented! First of all, I find that it is almost a full time job just following Schwanz around, telling him what an idiot he is!! The few free moments that are left, I try to spend up on deck with my birthday present: ......A beautiful C30 37mm gun! (One of the few things that Schwanz ever got right!)

http://i134.photobucket.com/albums/q84/klcarroll/SOCKOAT37MM2.jpg

Not only is this gun a real terror on small shipping, ...but it has also proven itself to be quite useful in dealing with the Luftwaffe's habit of shadowing us at high altitude!

The only thing it really isn't good for is seagulls! .....There's no skill required! ....You don't even have to hit them! ....The muzzle blast gets them every time!

********************

Well, ....that's a general idea of how my day goes.


Socko

P.S.

@RJ: ......When Oscar finishes with your "Garden", .....and IF you have any "Berries" left; ........You can try calling me names again!!

S.

Realjambo
10-16-2008, 04:25 AM
Ummm. Great report! I'll finish reading it when the I've, er, <STRIKE>re-landscaped</STRIKE> tidied up the gardens here at Jambo Towers!

Raide
10-16-2008, 05:06 AM
Day In the Life of me?

Wake up, log into and scan the forums, cry for 9 hours, log out. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/88.gif

impactonly_jb
10-16-2008, 07:46 AM
Just for something entirely different...(no pictures sorry - not sure that all would be excited by photos of different crops!)

I work in agriculture, I give independant advice on how to grow crops and hopefully make some money at the end of the day.

My day starts early, I start the PC and log on to this forum and grain market web sites to see what has transpired overnight.

After this I am either:

1) Checking crops of wheat, barley, oats, tritiale, canola, lentils, chickpeas, field peas, faba beans, lupins, vetch and pastures for any problems (weeds, disease, pests and environmental constraints) and hopefully providing a solution to them.

or

2) Conducting research that aids our decision making processes for all of the above crops.

Reackon that I am pretty fortunate, I enjoy my job and look forward to the next day at work ( most days).

Great forum and thread. Great to see what everyone deals with day to day.

Cheers,

J.B.

Socko2008
10-16-2008, 01:10 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Wake up, log into and scan the forums, cry for 9 hours, log out. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Hmmmm.......

Raide sounds "stressed"!!

......Maybe I can help??? http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/icon_twisted.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/icon_twisted.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/icon_twisted.gif

S.

Celeon999
10-16-2008, 02:57 PM
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sevenem
10-17-2008, 01:09 AM
My turn............


8:30am hop out of bed and make some coffee and preform normal morning hygiene. I then turn on the comp. and check the weather/message boards
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10:00am - I climb in to my faithful steed and head for work.
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I live in Madison, Wisconsin were there are four seasons: almost winter, winter, still winter, road works.
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Some shots of downtown Madison
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Inside Camp Randall Stadium, home of the University Of Wisconsin Badgers. <span class="ev_code_RED">GO BUCKY!!</span>
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10:30am I arrive at my place of employment.
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I set-up and run CNC lathes and VMC's
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9:00pm - After 10 hrs. of work I come home to my totally awesome Girlfriend Erin and our two cats.
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Scout
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Cleo
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Tonight I opt for some quality British entertainment before taking a shower and hitting the bunk.
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Realjambo
10-18-2008, 03:51 PM
Top Gear in your last photo! A great finale to your very welcome contribution, sevenem! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

Incidentally, I remember being dragged to the cinema to to see the Clint Eastwood film 'The Bridges of Madison County' - I believe Meryl Streep also starred?

tuddley3
10-18-2008, 07:42 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Socko2008:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Wake up, log into and scan the forums, cry for 9 hours, log out. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Hmmmm.......

Raide sounds "stressed"!!

......Maybe I can help??? http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/icon_twisted.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/icon_twisted.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/icon_twisted.gif

S. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Hello Socko, you will have to excuse the forum members here. Normally we like to welcome new members to Ubi, but I think some of us are a little intimidated by your bigboy toys. To make it up to you Sir, there is coffee and doughnuts in the moderators lounge, just stay away from RJ's office.

I couldn't resist http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/halo.gif

pmh273
10-20-2008, 02:55 AM
Hi RJ and Maverick - sorry for late reply - haven't been around for a while.

Yep, cinema once a week - doesn't cost too much really - I pay 12 per month for an unlimited access card so thats 3 per film rather that the 7 per film it would cost if I only went occassionally. I do have to sit through some rubbish though - my friends and I have varying tastes in films - always a good evening out though.

I've never been one for eating the over-priced food these places sell, so that helps

pacific_breeze
10-20-2008, 04:23 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by pmh273:
Hi RJ and Maverick - sorry for late reply - haven't been around for a while.

Yep, cinema once a week - doesn't cost too much really </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Talking about weekly out to the movie ... it sounds like my weekly ritual too http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Look forward to watch Death Race and Quantum of Solace http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_cool.gif

pmh273
10-20-2008, 05:46 AM
Death Race is good fun - not a great story, but entertaining enough. Loosely based on Death Race 2000 from years ago with Sylvestor Stallone. Haven't seen Quantum of Solace yet - looking forward to it though

wh1skea
10-20-2008, 06:19 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by sevenem:
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Not only Top Gear in the photo, but SH4 too!

Ok, a typical day for me involves waking up around 6:40, out the door 15 minutes later, 45 minute drive to work, start work around 8:00. Leave work around 18:00. Drive home. Go to the store and buy dinner. Go back home. Help take care of the kids and help with dinner. Get the oldest (8 years old) in bed by 22:00 for school the next day. Try and keep the other 2 kids (3 and 1 1/2) from destroying the house. Get to bed myself somewhere around 23:00 or midnight.

This pretty stead schedule during the week makes the weekend very appreciated. Most times, the 2 oldest go to their dad's for the weekend (the youngest one is mine), so my fiancee and I are able to relax for at least 1 day out of the week.

f14driver
10-24-2008, 07:43 PM
Well let's start with mine then.
I don't have fixed days, since I work in shifts.
Shifts run from 07-15, 15-23 and 23-07 (n the last one now)
I work an average of 5 days in a row, once in 5 weeks 6, After that 3 or 4 days off work, the first one always being a sleeping days ( to recover from a nightshift). http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/sleepzzz.gif
I have worked fixed days for 10 years, then changed to shiftwork and don't want to revert back anymore.
The feeling of having more free time available ( it's just a feeling anyway) is bigger then when I worked normally 9-5.

I'm a shiftleader at the Network Management Centre for a Mobile network operator.
My duties are exactly the same as the ones for my co-workers except that I have to deal with all the issues that arise if something isn't resolved in time.
Workpressure is very unpredictable as well as the issues that arise.
Combined with personel performance ratings, dealing with suppliers, escalation managers and a truckload of conference calls every day is can be challenging sometimes.
So not a single day is boring.
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Besides my work I have a family consisting of me , my wife and our 8 year old daughter.
The wife is a police officer and works in shifts as well so sometimes we have to relieve each other from the household duties http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

The spare time I've got left is put into my own website on FS2004 and FSX (www.world-of-ai.com).
Sometimes pretty time consuming but we run it with 4 guys, sharing workload and covering each others absences. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/typing.gif
And to make sure http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif I have little time left I'm also representing parents in the schoolboard of the elementary school our daughter is attending and the board that governs over the 40 schools that are in the same trust.( responsible for 800 employees and 8000 children aging from 4 till 13)
I spend on average 8 hrs per week on reading up the policy documents of the trust and to assert if they are in the interest of the children.
Policies are constantly changing as well as the laws the trust has to abide by.
Anything that's impacting the employees and/or the childeren has to be reviewed and approved by the board ( compare it to a workers counsil).


When I do have time left I'm either flying FS2004 or doing some SH4. I have SH3 as well but haven't touched it in a year or so.

On the days I'm off I usually get up around 7 AM, make coffee,make breakfast for both ladies and get the little lady ready for school around 8:30.
Then do some house work ( whatever is needed, just no ironing, after I wrecked 2 shirts it was deemed unsuitable for me http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/winky.gif)
Then around 12 I'll take a look at my own website, check other forums and then do some work for my own website.
After that it's time to get ready for the little lady again, aiding with housework, cooking or anything else that's needed.
After that we usually have to do some more household chores and then around 20:00 the little lady goes to bed.
We switch on the TV, usually NCIS or House ( many fans here) or something decent on the History Channel ( when the wife's not home).
Then hop into bed around 23:30 and start all over again the next day.

Realjambo
10-25-2008, 12:31 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">just no ironing, after I wrecked 2 shirts it was deemed unsuitable for me </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

I tried that trick some years ago - I burnt a shirt hoping I would be relieved of ironing duties forever. No such luck! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/bigtears.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

Realjambo
11-04-2008, 04:17 PM
A slow day on the forum - Is there an election going on somewhere? http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

ash1976
11-05-2008, 07:18 AM
I think this (http://www.tsgnet.com/pres.php?id=370743&altf=Sfbm&altl=Kbncp) may explain it . . . . . http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

Realjambo
11-05-2008, 04:04 PM
Ah, thanks Ash!

RJ has naturally extended an invitation to Mr. Obama to post his 'Day in the Life' in this thread.

He says he'll respond soon, but presently his fingers are a little sore from counting all those voting slips http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

dgrayson
11-05-2008, 05:52 PM
This is a historic moment.
I am very proud of my country.

Dave