1. mtf1380's Avatar
    Joined a new Gym today, pretty excited about it.
    06-29-2016 04:27 PM
  2. sahib lopez's Avatar
    Not until you have an offer in hand. Good luck.
    Well at least I got passed the interview stage 😁 that's something
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    06-29-2016 05:40 PM
  3. sahib lopez's Avatar
    No peeing in the cup? I'm surprised as pretty much everyone wants a potential hire to get a drug screening test.
    I have no idea yet. I mean I don't mind seeing as I haven't done drugs 😛.
    06-29-2016 05:42 PM
  4. sahib lopez's Avatar
    Nothing is certain until you signed that contract. Good luck!
    I would be exited to see it :p
    06-29-2016 05:43 PM
  5. sahib lopez's Avatar
    I was in Athens a couple of weeks back with weather a lot hotter than that. :P

    It's been pretty crap here. Barely hitting 20 and cold nights. Not the best time really.
    Hotter than this.......forget that. Its to hot to go outside. The only time you can is either at 6am or 8pm. :p
    06-29-2016 05:45 PM
  6. sahib lopez's Avatar
    It's a mix bag. There are people totally ecstatic about the whole thing. In other words, clueless. Others did a 'protest' vote (why I don't know) and they're the ones regretting their decision.

    There's a lot of nationalistic nonsense running mad at the moment. I don't think most people really understand the implications or how bad it can or will be.

    Most have this belief the EU will crumble in a year's time and believe that it's best to get out now. Other's think that the EU will bow to our demands. While others can care less about the EU altogether and just want the 'foreigners' out.

    There's this idea of freedom to trade with the world now that we're free of the shackles... trade what I haven't quite figured out but... you know.. details...

    Of course the leave campaign lied the entire time and most on that side fully believed they wouldn't win so have no plan at all. We're in this sort of vague space at the moment.

    Until the actual triggering of the exit begins I don't think we'll have a clear idea of what will happen but already many companies are withholding investment, banks are looking to leave and the markets are in a bounce formation.
    All because they wanted to make "UK great again"
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    06-29-2016 05:47 PM
  7. sahib lopez's Avatar
    Looks like it got quieter here...

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    It sucks cutting the grass of an apartment complex with 100F weather glad I'm done with that
    06-29-2016 05:48 PM
  8. sahib lopez's Avatar
    So having played the guitar for around 35 years, I finally went out Monday and bought something I've never owned or used...

    A capo!

    Attachment 127978
    The guitar its stunning 😀
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    06-29-2016 05:49 PM
  9. sahib lopez's Avatar
    Man, the resale market for phones these days is a buyer's paradise...and a seller's nightmare.

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    I agree. My mom bought a blu win HD LTE for 50$. I think it's a great buy.
    06-29-2016 05:52 PM
  10. MSFTisMIA's Avatar
    I agree. My mom bought a blu win HD LTE for 50$. I think it's a great buy.
    It's a solid phone. The issue for phone swappers is now it is getting harder to buy and sell stuff.

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    06-29-2016 07:10 PM
  11. MSFTisMIA's Avatar
    It sucks cutting the grass of an apartment complex with 100F weather glad I'm done with that
    Better close that job offer and stay out of that heat...

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    06-29-2016 07:10 PM
  12. worldspy99's Avatar
    I have no idea yet. I mean I don't mind seeing as I haven't done drugs .
    Just don't ride the blunt bus to the testing center :-P
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    06-29-2016 07:47 PM
  13. worldspy99's Avatar
    Okay folks I am signing out for today and will be back the AM of July 11.
    Have a great 4th of July weekend to the folks in USA.
    06-29-2016 07:48 PM
  14. MSFTisMIA's Avatar
    Okay folks I am signing out for today and will be back the AM of July 11.
    Have a great 4th of July weekend to the folks in USA.
    Enjoy the trip...hope you blow the Eats thread up with pictures of some good food when you get back.

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    06-29-2016 07:52 PM
  15. sahib lopez's Avatar
    Better close that job offer and stay out of that heat...

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    I hope so too. Can't do this in this heat
    06-29-2016 11:59 PM
  16. sahib lopez's Avatar
    Just don't ride the blunt bus to the testing center :-P
    They will smell it on my cloths lol
    06-30-2016 12:00 AM
  17. sahib lopez's Avatar
    Okay folks I am signing out for today and will be back the AM of July 11.
    Have a great 4th of July weekend to the folks in USA.
    Enjoy your vacation 😁
    06-30-2016 12:01 AM
  18. Laura Knotek's Avatar
    Okay folks I am signing out for today and will be back the AM of July 11.
    Have a great 4th of July weekend to the folks in USA.
    Have a great vacation!
    06-30-2016 12:03 AM
  19. N_LaRUE's Avatar
    Good article here of the potential ramifications. Here?s How Brexit Could Affect The Global Car Industry
    The car industry, financial industry, any other manufacturing, etc... it's a big big mess. The car manufacturing is really a small part of the whole thing but there is the underlying issue as to how we got here in the first place and that's not been discussed much.
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    06-30-2016 01:31 AM
  20. N_LaRUE's Avatar
    Busy printing out boarding passes and hotel reservations! Can't wait to get out of this depressing place!
    Enjoy!
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    06-30-2016 01:31 AM
  21. N_LaRUE's Avatar
    All because they wanted to make "UK great again"
    It's 'Make Britain Great again." Here's a graphic explaining that:

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    06-30-2016 01:43 AM
  22. Laura Knotek's Avatar
    I once tricked someone into thinking I was British, since I managed to pull off the received pronunciation despite my normal dialect being US Midwestern.

    I also tricked folks into thinking I was British by using English UK in emails.
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    06-30-2016 01:52 AM
  23. N_LaRUE's Avatar
    All because they wanted to make "UK great again"
    This idea of Britain being great again is a complex statement. A lot of people have related it to more 'empire' type thinking, which I'm sure some people foster but really we're talking about a time of around the late 70's and early 80's.

    To explain you need to understand what was happening at this point in time. There was a recession early on but the economy was changing for the better. A prime minister was in power, Margret Thatcher. Depending on where you live and how you came out economically at the other end determines your feelings for this particular person.

    Ronald Reagan has a similar divisiveness about him as his policies were very similar to Thatchers. Not sure who copied who. I personally hate both of them for their policies but that's neither here nor there. I'm giving a quick history lesson.

    Basically what you have happening in the 80s is the birth of the global market as it is today. You're used to it but growing up in it and dealing with the vast changes it bought has been tough for a lot of people. Gone was the idea of stable employment. Gone to was the idea of large quantities of blue collar jobs. Most importantly, gone was the unions power. Now I have both a good view and a negative view of unions. But I'll leave that for another time.

    Basically Margret Thatcher set out to deregulate everything and take the power away from the unions. This is how you know that the UK is very different than the rest of the EU. In the EU the unions still have a lot of power but there is movements in certain countries trying to change that now.

    What happened is that she sold off lots of state owned companies. There were strikes by a lot of unions, the biggest being the miners strike that lasted for a over a year. At the end, mines closed, even profitable ones, others were sold off. Thousands of people loss jobs. As the global economy ramped up lots of other industries followed the money to China and other emerging markets seeking cheap manufacturing and labour costs.

    So to put this into perspective. The mid and north part of England, where most of this stuff is, is a complete wasteland of people mourning about the past when times were good. Mining, fishing, textiles and all other manufacturing has suffered causing massive economic downturns in the north. However, London continued to thrive regardless. Hence the division within the country.

    To add to all this mess, you then bring in free movement of people to the mix from the EU. Immigration starts to soar as Poland and other Eastern European countries enters the EU bringing with it it's own set of complications.

    Now due to UK policy, let's be clear about that, not EU, companies have taken advantage of the cheap labour available within these Eastern EU countries. Therefore wages have suffered in areas where wages and employment were problematic already. Add to that the added strain on public services and you can then start to understand the bigger picture here.

    Where London has prospered with the influx of immigration as have other areas, the north, south and mid parts of England feel they have suffered from it. They mistrust the politicians, they dislike the EU and blame it for the problems that they have.

    The thing is, the policies that have made the big mess out of this has been UK policy, not EU. Successive UK governments have continually pointed to the EU as being the bad guy. So it's not surprising that many people believed that the EU was a bad thing for the UK. Add in the refugee crisis, increases in immigration, the economic downturn in the Euro and all the austerity measures and you can see why selling the EU to the UK populace wasn't going to be easy.

    Thing is, the government and even the leave campaign didn't think the UK would vote out. There was no contingency plan for an out vote as they felt it was never going to happen. This is why it's a complete mess at the moment with a big upheaval in the political sphere and why companies aren't sure what to do.

    All I know is that I'm waiting to see what happens with the EU talks before I make any permanent plans one way or the other. I don't see the UK being a pleasant place for the next 5-10 years.
    Last edited by N_LaRUE; 06-30-2016 at 05:12 AM.
    06-30-2016 02:34 AM
  24. N_LaRUE's Avatar
    To add to all this. This exit has increased the belief that the UK doesn't want immigrants or even foreign things here. There's been several small groups marching through London chanting racist and homophobic mantras and damaging German cars.

    All this because of the leave vote.
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    06-30-2016 02:37 AM
  25. Sport Driver's Avatar
    Hmm, an X? Interesting... What did I got today? ;)
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    06-30-2016 04:56 AM
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