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willyvic
02-10-2008, 10:11 AM
Just can't believe some of us have been here for 6 years. A lot has happened in that time. In no particular order:

My youngest daughter finally left the nest.

Tagert put on some weight.

My son completed two tours in Iraq.

BC finally got a new monitor.

My wife survived breast cancer.

The Blitzpigs are still around.

All four of my grand children were born.

Woofiedog has become our forum mascot.

My house was paid off.

I spent hundreds on new hardware for this frickin game.

I retired from my second career.



A roller coaster of a ride this thing we call life be. But I wouldn't have it any other way.



Here's to the next 6!

WV

Airmail109
02-10-2008, 11:15 AM
Originally posted by willyvic:
Just can't believe some of us have been here for 6 years. A lot has happened in that time. In no particular order:

My youngest daughter finally left the nest.

Tagert put on some weight.

My son completed two tours in Iraq.

BC finally got a new monitor.

My wife survived breast cancer.

The Blitzpigs are still around.

All four of my grand children were born.

Woofiedog has become our forum mascot.

My house was paid off.

I spent hundreds on new hardware for this frickin game.

I retired from my second career.



A roller coaster of a ride this thing we call life be. But I wouldn't have it any other way.



Here's to the next 6!

WV

Wow great to here your wife survived, and your son managed to make it through two iraq tours! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

I'll think up a list as well.

foxyboy1964
02-10-2008, 02:33 PM
Too much info there Megile, dont be waving your degree in my face http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif.

Low_Flyer_MkIX
02-10-2008, 03:28 PM
I prefer Drum - you get that sticky bit on the outside of the packet to put your papers on.

Bearcat99
02-10-2008, 03:31 PM
LMAO... this thread is interesting....

Hmmmm lets see...

I got two new granddaughters
I got laid off from the company I was sold to in 97 in early 04 by the company I went to work for in 81 and then I got hired by a company that was bought by the company I went to work for in 81 that sold me to the company I got laid off from in 97 and after 2 years i got all my time back from my original days from 81 to 97... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/53.gif
I got a house
I learned photoshop & webdesign
I upgraded my PC 3 times... including 2 monitors.. the last one an LCD
I gained 12 pounds
I started playing bass again
The 99th grew from 2, 99th_RedDiamond & I to 26.... with 9 inactive..
I lost 3 close loved ones..
My 40 drinking blunt smoking corner rat of a cousin turned his life around, joined the army is finishing up his second tour in Iraq and his first hitch... and is about to make E-6 if you can believe that..
My 10 year old son has become a football player
My teenage daughter has become a highschool senior/soon to e college freshman.
My 25 year old daughter has become a wife & mother.

and more.. but I just don't feel like typing anymore.... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/winky.gif

Friendly_flyer
02-10-2008, 11:43 PM
More or less in order, I:

- Got a company
- Totally revamped my computer
- Ruined my company
- Got married
- Got good at Photoshop
- Aged ten years physically in 5 hectic months
- Discovered the joy on online friends
- Got famous (relatively speaking, Norway is a small country)
- Got a real job
- Became a father

... and I'm still playing this game!

-HH-Quazi
02-11-2008, 01:26 AM
Just in case you are wondering, it was I that deleted posts speaking about the privates of women. Bad form guys.

danjama
02-11-2008, 04:08 AM
Wow, lets see.

Got the game with new computer.
Mum died.
Step dad moved away with my 2 younger daughters.
I have moved house 21 times, literally, in 5 years.
Detached myself from my uncle who offered to take me in and then kicked me out, 4 months after i lost my life as i know it, all at just 15!
Now live with my older sister, even though she has kicked me out twice, and i spent a year in a hostel, where i tried to sort my life out, and also met my best friend.
My cousin committed suicide.
My childhood best friend jumped from a balcony.
Another good friend died in a car crash.
I messed up my GCSE's and barely passed my A levels.
My niece was born. nice to have someone come into the world.
Met my girlfriend, now over a year since we have been together. Did removal work for a year or more, sucked ***.
Enrolled in college to do motor mechanics, love it.
Have a great job working part time in a decent shop with good pay.
All the while still playing this, of course my best days were online with all the great people i met on here, who to be honest, helped me through alot of hard times. I am now 20.

Great characters i met thanks to this game!

Friendly_flyer
02-11-2008, 07:12 AM
No wonder you've been scarce for a while, mate!

foxyboy1964
02-11-2008, 10:23 AM
@ DJ...that's been a tough few years for you mate, I hope things go much better for you in the future.

@ Friendly Flyer...famous in what way, if you don't mind me asking?

tjaika1910
02-11-2008, 10:50 AM
Coming from the same country I had to check him out. Found on wiki that he made an exhibition in the zoologigal department of a museum some years ago that caused some stirr. So he has a whole page on wiki with pictures and everything. I dint see that one but then I think it was only a local exhibition.

Low_Flyer_MkIX
02-11-2008, 10:54 AM
He's a Whirlwind Whiner. Jeez guys - how famous does it get? http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

foxyboy1964
02-11-2008, 11:29 AM
http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif Well, that is some interesting reading. I'm not surprised it caused a stir.

@ Low Flyer...a word to the wise, be very careful when handing bananas to an orangutan, you never know where it might lead http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif.

BrewsterPilot
02-11-2008, 01:15 PM
"- Got famous (relatively speaking, Norway is a small country)"

Oohh...? En känd Norrman? http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_eek.gif http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Friendly_flyer
02-11-2008, 01:46 PM
Originally posted by foxyboy1964:
Friendly Flyer...famous in what way, if you don't mind me asking?

I've sort of used to be the guy the media in Norway talks to every time they need some info on animals. I was a regular at the state channel Breakfast TV-show talking about topics from the animal kingdom once a week (you need to get up earlier, Tjaika http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif ), but I have a bit of an hiatus now (paternity leave since new year). Old ladies still come over to me to tell me I'm a funny guy though.

Here's me talking about elephants in Norway (mammoths) on an evening TV show a couple of years ago (in Norwegian, I'm the bearded guy). It loads a bit slowly:

http://www1.nrk.no/nett-tv/indeks/59857

If you spool forward about an inch, you can compare my behind to that of a live elephant.



Originally posted by tjaika1910:
Found on wiki that he made an exhibition in the zoologigal department
.

The exhibition was my "International fame" thing. Google "Petter Bockman (or Boeckman) Against Nature?", and it'll give you a few hits. Back when the exhibition was actually on, the number of hits ran into four figures, now it's only a couple of hundred.

In all fairness it must be said that it's not to hard to get noticed in a country of 5 million.

foxyboy1964
02-11-2008, 03:04 PM
I think that's very cool, well done. I couldn't really see the video, I use Real Player and couldn't find an option for it. I don't suppose you've got a link to an options page? It's nice to know we've got at least one genuine experten on the forum.

Stew278
02-11-2008, 03:09 PM
Wow, my life's been (thankfully) uneventful compared to most of you. For me it has been:

-Enrolled in college as a water resources major/ chemistry minor
-Switched those two around during 3rd year, graduated with a BS in chemistry
-Moved from Wisconsin to Ohio (huge, huge mistake), can't wait to move back to Wis.
-Enrolled in grad school
-Sold my old Challenger because I needed money for school
-4 years into grad school wondering if I'll ever get my degree or if I'll be able find employment even if I do
-Kicking myself in the rear for not sticking with water resources as my major all those years ago
-Some part-time jobs like UPS and lab assistant positions in there to pay the bills too

Pretty much the same monotonous life day after day

Urufu_Shinjiro
02-11-2008, 03:32 PM
I always thought it would be cool to have a BS in marketing, that way you would have a BS in B.S., lol. /random thought]

MEGILE
02-11-2008, 03:34 PM
Originally posted by Stew278:

-Switched those two around during 3rd year, graduated with a BS in chemistry


Back in kiddy school i used to think chemistry was as exciting as watching paint dry.

In college however, I love it. Biochem next semester should be uber http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_cool.gif

Urufu_Shinjiro
02-11-2008, 04:19 PM
I remember in school I used to like science because I hated math and was no good at it. Imagine how upset I was when I got to higher grades and found out that all science was was math http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/bigtears.gif

Airmail109
02-11-2008, 04:53 PM
Originally posted by Urufu_Shinjiro:
I remember in school I used to like science because I hated math and was no good at it. Imagine how upset I was when I got to higher grades and found out that all science was was math http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/bigtears.gif

Do Geology, **** all hard maths

tjaika1910
02-11-2008, 07:29 PM
Originally posted by Friendly_flyer:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by foxyboy1964:
Friendly Flyer...famous in what way, if you don't mind me asking?

I've sort of used to be the guy the media in Norway talks to every time they need some info on animals. I was a regular at the state channel Breakfast TV-show talking about topics from the animal kingdom once a week (you need to get up earlier, Tjaika http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif ), but I have a bit of an hiatus now (paternity leave since new year). Old ladies still come over to me to tell me I'm a funny guy though.

Here's me talking about elephants in Norway (mammoths) on an evening TV show a couple of years ago (in Norwegian, I'm the bearded guy). It loads a bit slowly:

http://www1.nrk.no/nett-tv/indeks/59857

If you spool forward about an inch, you can compare my behind to that of a live elephant.



Originally posted by tjaika1910:
Found on wiki that he made an exhibition in the zoologigal department
.

The exhibition was my "International fame" thing. Google "Petter Bockman (or Boeckman) Against Nature?", and it'll give you a few hits. Back when the exhibition was actually on, the number of hits ran into four figures, now it's only a couple of hundred.

In all fairness it must be said that it's not to hard to get noticed in a country of 5 million. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

I didnt know any of this. I DO get early up in bed, having a near 6 year old and a baby of 9 months. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/53.gif But we never watch breakfast-TV. I was on a pre-commersial "snutt" for years on TV2s breakfastTV. Luckily very few of my friends ever found out.

So you are your departments answer to Knut Jørgen Røed Ødegaard (thats a lot of ø's right ) Cool, but for me you are, and will always be, our beloved Friendly_flyer. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

tjaika1910
02-11-2008, 07:49 PM
BTW: I am also on a paternity leave. Thats why I am here in lovely Dundas in Hamilton Ontario. I have taken lots of nice pictures from the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum. (its 20 mins with car away). I just have to make a place to upload those and show it to you all.

Strange thing that being so much farther south than home, it is quite cold right now. (thank you Golf stream, keep on going!) -16C last night and maybe -18C this coming night. Back home my mother told me she picked a rose last day from their garden. The spring flowers are coming now.



To be on topic with the thread.

Ive got two lovely kids. Feels Ive been a father a lot longer than the actual years. Got the job I am in now, like that very much. Moved two times, still not bought the house I will end up in. Happy with life and everything.

I still love the IL2 game, not playing regular (not now, only having a laptop here).

Been more busy on the forum now than home, where its not so much time to lurk around here. Also enjoyed the gigantic book today; Flying Legends: THE HIGH BATTLEGROUND. Taking it for what it is, I really enjoyed it. Really nice pictures.

Low_Flyer_MkIX
02-12-2008, 07:46 AM
Cool, but for me you are, and will always be, our beloved Friendly_flyer.

I'll second that. You do come across as friendly on t.v. I have to say - maybe it's the ponytail.

I like to experiment with people's reaction to me according to haircut. I've discovered the following:

Big bloke with beard and ponytail seen as approachable and intelligent. Pacifist.

Big bloke with shaved or very close cropped head and beard seen as fairly approachable, but don't wind him up. If he can't do you damage, he knows people than can.

Big bloke with shaved/ close cropped head and no beard seen as uneducated thug who wouldn't think twice about punching your lights out. Steer clear unless you want a bouncer for your bar.

Funny thing is, as I'm sure you've all worked out, it's the same bloke whatever he looks like.

A roundabout way of confessing I've had some very dodgy haircuts during the time this sim's been out, I suppose.

Friendly_flyer
02-12-2008, 07:47 AM
Originally posted by tjaika1910:
I DO get early up in bed, having a near 6 year old and a baby of 9 months. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/53.gif But we never watch breakfast-TV.


I feel your pain mate, mine's 10 moths.


So you are your departments answer to Knut Jørgen Røed Ødegaard

Nah, I'm not quite in his class, I guess I should have said "semi-famous".

Friendly_flyer
02-12-2008, 09:06 AM
You don't look all that unfriendly yourself, LowFlyer. It must be the gentlemanly look http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

MB_Avro_UK
02-12-2008, 05:15 PM
Hi all,

As a result of il2 DF and Co-op I have been to Germany to meet with fellow fliers (they use the term FliegerKamarade I think). Destinations were Coburg,Munich and Celle.

Also return visits to me in London UK.

Beer is the international social lubricant http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_cool.gif

Best Regards,
MB_Avro

danjama
02-14-2008, 05:52 AM
so, does being famous get to your head?? http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/icon_twisted.gif

@Friendly flyer & Foxy, it was a difficult few years, but i don't mind because i know i will always appreciate my life as i get older and things that almost killed me become water under the bridge. I hope things won't ever get as hard on me as they did, or for anyone here. All i can do now, is just appreciate it when i have an easier life, and make sure i teach that appreciation to the ignorant people in the world.

Friendly_flyer
02-14-2008, 01:27 PM
Originally posted by danjama:
so, does being famous get to your head??


I guess I just demonstrated it has http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

Good to see you up and about. Perhaps you will run into equally bad trouble later in life, but if you do, you know you can handle it. That's something to take with you.

DuxCorvan
02-14-2008, 01:29 PM
Well, six years:

-I got a job for the Government and moved to Cádiz, to live with my uncle.
-Started a new career
-My best friend was ran over and killed by a drunken driver.
-I met a woman. Moved to her house. Lost my stillborn baby. Lost her. Moved again.
-My brother was about to die in an accident, but survived, and married.
-Promoted in my job, have no time for anything.
-Almost lost my job because I had to attend -without permission to leave- to the burial of a man who saved my life once.
-My lil' niece was born.
-Got my PC destroyed by workers in unending home improvements.
-Met a woman I love SO MUCH. Working on it.

Low_Flyer_MkIX
02-14-2008, 01:50 PM
Originally posted by Friendly_flyer:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by danjama:
so, does being famous get to your head??


I guess I just demonstrated it has http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

Good to see you up and about. Perhaps you will run into equally bad trouble later in life, but if you do, you know you can handle it. That's something to take with you. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

I was going to post something remarkably similar. Life's not exactly a bed of roses here at the moment - but I've had far worse. I was told at an early age to be nice to people on the way up because you might well meet them on the way down. Let's just say a lot of people are being nice to me at the moment and I won't forget that. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

DuxCorvan
02-14-2008, 02:35 PM
Wow, you're Peter Jackson! When are you gonna film "The Hobbit"? Ian Holm and Ian McKellen are getting old... http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_razz.gif

Friendly_flyer
02-15-2008, 11:02 AM
I guess I could do a decent orc http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

It sound's like you've had your fair share as well, Dux. Good luck with the woman and the home improvement.

ploughman
02-15-2008, 01:53 PM
I got into this reluctantly after CFS3 shortly before I ended up working for the military industrial complex in a soul sucking job, stopped that and worked for myself but the money was thin and my partner got depression so we ditched the gigs we had and started a new life living fast and robbing banks, ahem, we bought a pub in Snowdonia and everything's peachy with clear mountain air and low flying jets agogo, only fly in the ointment is I just put my back out lifting a lump of slate.

MEGILE
02-15-2008, 02:06 PM
Originally posted by Ploughman:
we bought a pub in Snowdonia and everything's peachy

What's the name bar keep?

Low_Flyer_MkIX
02-15-2008, 02:09 PM
Don't tell him, Pike!

MEGILE
02-15-2008, 02:17 PM
http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/shady.gif

I know what you look like.

Low_Flyer_MkIX
02-15-2008, 02:19 PM
I know people... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-tongue.gif

Actually, do tell us old chum - could put some trade your way. Safe from a visit from me for a while.

MEGILE
02-15-2008, 02:24 PM
Whirly Whiner Summit 08 in the making.

Low_Flyer_MkIX
02-15-2008, 02:28 PM
Indeed - I'm often seen in Cardiff, sure my native guides could load me on the right bus to the Ploughmeister's Arms.

ploughman
02-15-2008, 02:33 PM
'Tis in Welsh, on account of, you know, this being Wales.

Tafarn Dwynant, in the village of Ceinws Escairgeiliog, nearest pub to the Centre for Alternative Technology. I tried to rename it the Elliptical Schwing but the locals weren't having it.

I really should be helping her indoors but, the back, oh how I suffer.

Low_Flyer_MkIX
02-15-2008, 02:38 PM
Hmmmmm....the 'restored tavern'. We're back to property maintainance again.

Checklist....

Real Ales?
Live Music?
Comely Welsh wenches?
Local cuisine?

MEGILE
02-15-2008, 02:43 PM
What do the locals think of the English invader? http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/winky.gif

Urufu_Shinjiro
02-15-2008, 02:47 PM
Originally posted by Megile:
What do the locals think of the English invader? http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/winky.gif

The welsh women aren't concerned with your "invader", the welsh men have "longbows", lol.

MEGILE
02-15-2008, 02:53 PM
Length is a state of mind.

foxyboy1964
02-15-2008, 02:53 PM
Originally posted by Megile:
What do the locals think of the English invader? http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/winky.gif

That's a good question. A few years back one of my cousins bought a house in the south of Wales. The locals shunned them. They ended up selling it again inside the year.

SeaFireLIV
02-15-2008, 02:56 PM
I wasn`t going to look at this thread but decided too. Seems like danjama and dux have had it tough, yet by the end they seem to have met a positive period around now.

Since I had IL2 (about 5 years) - Much has happened, some very tough and at this point in time I cannot go into even as much as I feel I trust some of you guys.

One of the least traumatic was at the start of my flying IL2 my daughter was with her mother... now she is with me. A completely unexpected event. It was a pretty big up heaval at the time, arranging, home, school, doctor, everything... It blew the actual job, etc, I had at the time.

ploughman
02-15-2008, 02:58 PM
Locals are great, never had such a warm welcome. But then I control the beer supply... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/784.gif

Low_Flyer_MkIX
02-15-2008, 03:04 PM
Aw....for a moment there I had a dream of me and Megile doing the 'Roadhouse' thing. Well actually Megile doing the roadhouse thing while I held his coat and looked after the ladies...

Seafire - hard times, but I bet you wouldn't swap your daughter for the world. Good luck to all here.

MEGILE
02-15-2008, 03:11 PM
Originally posted by Low_Flyer_MkIX:
Aw....for a moment there I had a dream of me and Megile doing the 'Roadhouse' thing. Well actually Megile doing the roadhouse thing while I held his coat and looked after the ladies...


A pint of Spitfire, and a packet of skips says, I can pick up more ladies in Ploughmans tavern, than you.

Low_Flyer_MkIX
02-15-2008, 03:13 PM
Prawn cocktail Skips?

MEGILE
02-15-2008, 03:15 PM
You ever tasted salt and vinegar skips?

It boggles the mind

foxyboy1964
02-15-2008, 03:16 PM
Originally posted by Ploughman:
Locals are great, never had such a warm welcome. But then I control the beer supply... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/784.gif

Yep, that'll certainly do it.