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  1. I've been struggling lately. Not entirely sure with what.

     

    A friend of mine has recently gone through a divorce, and as such is looking to move to the US part time to take up a new career,  other people keep announcing they're pregnant, or having children, or just being happy that they're able to be around their kids whilst they're in lockdown/furloghed/work from home, and that hurts like you wouldn't beleive.

     

    This whole thing in the states is getting me down, I didn't realise quite how bad it was, but then a friend over here explained his experiences with the police, and realised it's so much worse.

     

    I just feel a bit... distant, and apathetic about everything. It's just exhausting  at the moment.

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  2. Top tip - plugs that you put in from the outside of the tyre are total emergency only stuff, they're not MOT compliant (if I remember correctly) and I wouldn't use one on my own cars.

    'Normal' puncture plugs are put in from the back of the tyre and pulled through to the 'tread' face, after keying the surface inside the tyre and adding vulcanising compound, and then pressure to ensure a good seal.

     

    Personally, I can't see how your tyre there would fail an MOT unless it was pissing air out, it's well within the central 75% of tread width so should be easily patched if if needs it.

     

    Is it on a wheel or just a lose tyre? If it's just lose, have a look on the inside and see if it's gone all the way through - if it's on a wheel, take it to a tyre place you trust and ask their opinion. Personally I would find it hard to justify over £10 to have somebody plug a puncture though, it's not particularly a difficult job if you've got the tools.

  3. Mrs Tink had her 12 week scan today. I was excited to share a scan of a tiny Tink with you all.

    Instead I got a tearful phone call saying that there's no heartbeat.

     

    Turns out tiny tink hasn't grown for about 5 weeks, and Mrs Tink's body just hasn't realised, which means we have all the trauma of the actual miscarriage to come.

     

    I have no words.

     

     

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  4. something something Grado Labs.

     

    After months of trying, I start a new job on August 19th after a week off the week before and visiting the cotswolds with Mrs tink, and my best friend and his wife.

    Me and Mrs Tink got back yesterday from a week away camping with our church and had a great time and I've only got 10.5 days left in the motor trade.

     

    I'm Happy.

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  5. On 4/14/2019 at 9:48 PM, sandstorm said:

    Tink, would you tax all fuel, or would things like food transport get a subsidized price? Because it'll get a bit Trotskyish if you start engineering famines due to lack of transportation to distribute food...

    I wouldn't engineer famines.

     

    with adequate proof they would get a subsidy or help to buy more fuel efficient vehicles. I dunno, I just make the rules. It's for peons beneath me to enact it.

  6. My corrodo has 75% of its engine working.

    My daily golf is now only 25% lowered (new shocks and springs all around but the N/S/F pinch bolt is siezed in place so waiting on some plus gas oil to free it off and a steering knuckle spreader to help knock the strut out.) The tracking's out since changing the track rods with the subframe and roll bar as the centre engine mount snapped the bolts in situ and left threads. Was easier to get a new subframe (£99!) than drill the old studs out.

    Mrs Tinks car needs a new exhaust thanks to the centre mount arms snapping off the main pipe! Genuine parts are up near £600 but can get pattern ones for around £100. will be nice to work on something not hideously rusty for once.

     

     

    Also, I've been applying for jobs since the new year, it feels like, and getting nowhere.

    I'm *fruitcage* tired of this.

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  7. As minister of transport I would introduce larger minimums for car parking spaces, whilst at the same time introducing a legal maximum size for vehicles to be registered and used on UK roads.

     

    Vehicle Excise Duty would be immediately abolished and made up through tax on fuel.

    Efficient vehicles and people that don't use personal vehicles would be better off. 'Gas guzzlers' and people that drive significant distances would pay more for the upkeep and maintenance of the roads that they are using, as is fair.

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  8. Struggling lately.

    Been applying for jobs alice über der platz but getting nothing. Took a day's holiday to meet with a recruitment agency and then go to an interview last week and I've not really had anything from that, the company emailed me the very next day to say I hadn't got it.
    Which, y'know, was good. At least I wasn't kept waiting, but *fruitcage*, how *suitcase* must I be for them to not even take 12 hours to make a decision about me?

    Feel like I'm a bloody yo-yo with my mood. Tuesday was my birthday and I had a really nice day. Yesterday was ok I guess and today I just want to curl up and go to sleep.

    Also I *fruitcage*ed up the carbonation sugar in my homebrew and two thirds of each bottle escapes as foam when you open them.

    And now I'm old, too.

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