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posted by [personal profile] pmsumner at 09:07pm on 04/05/2013 under , , ,
Reading back through the last few updates, there's a few things to update on.

The accident (http://phil99.livejournal.com/821313.html) from April 2012 that I wasn't really involved in, in any serious capacity, came back again to haunt me. I got a letter from Mold county court demanding that I turn up as a witness for the case against the person at the back. Actually it didn't really demand anything, it very subtly implied that I had to turn up, without actually saying it.

Court date was 18th April. I got a phone call on the day before saying I didn't have to turn up. Sigh. Hopefully that's it done with, for good.

Work. Work carries on, I'm still relatively happy with the place though actively keeping my eyes open for work closer to home as I'm really starting to get fed up with the 80 miles/2hrs a day commuting. I've been ITIL foundation trained/qualified through work and am off to London for a week's MySQL Administration training on the 12th, so I'm not giving anything up just yet.

Speaking of which, any London-ites fancy doing food/drinks/coffee after 5-pm Mon/Weds/Thu or Sunday evening, 12th/13th/15th/16th May? It's either that or I go to the theatre :)

Being on-call has settled down significantly, apart from the sodding gambling company who don't seem to be able to keep their processes working. We query their servers at 6am for some data, and I suspect about 1 in 4 or 5 days we make the call, it fails because of something at their end. It's great for my overtime pay, but I really want to be able to sleep in some more days.

Musical Theatre, our last show went OK, took a long time to get going but once we got there we certainly seemed to be there. AGM in a few weeks, I really must prepare a speech. Now got a lot of politics to surrounding the next show. I'm trying to get people to stop playing sodding games but people are people and they seem to like playing politics, so I'm keeping well back and letting them play games. Hopefully the bad things that I think may happen if they don't stop messing around won't happen, but I think it could.

I don't know what else I've been doing. Went to see Chris Addison do a show at Glyndwr Uni a few weeks back, he was hilarious. I hope he tours again, despite him saying he wasn't going to. Jane and I went to an evening in Chester hosted by the Balvenie distillery. It was great fun. i was driving so didn't drunk too much, but Jane was rather drunk by the end of the thing. It was amusing and horrifying in equal measures.

OHOH! The Sci Fi Weekender! Great fun. The caravan was absolutely f-ing freeeeeezing. The events were mostly fun. They overall did a good job, but some of the stuff they put on was a little... I want to say insulting, but that's not quite accurate, to the sci-fi fans who were there. Some guy with a saucepan on his head pretending to be a dalek is not funny. The robot marching up and down the aisle with the sound effects was impressive for the first 5 minutes. Then it just got dull. The guests and talks were brilliant. The screening zone was brilliant. More of both of those would be brilliant.

Rocky Horror at the Liverpool Empire was brilliant. Oliver Thornton as Frank was brilliant. Ben Forster is going in soon as brad, and Dani Harmer as Janet. You should see it.

I bought myself a Nexus 7 a few months back. It's awesome. It's not as slick and smooth as an iDevice, but damn it's good and a lot cheaper.
Music:: The Voice - BBC1
location: LL11
Mood:: 'mellow' mellow
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posted by [personal profile] pmsumner at 04:14pm on 27/02/2011 under ,
day 10 - discuss your first love and first kiss.

My first love was different from my first kiss. The first kiss that I remember was Danielle, I would have been 13 or so, and it was round the back of the English & Home Economics sheds, in the dark :) Not much to say beyond that as I don't remember a huge amount about it.

My first love was Kate. She was gorgeous and sweet and from the Scottish border region. I don't think she ever liked me in the same way *sobs* I had a slow dance with her at a disco and was smitten. Ahh well... good memories :) A bit short on details but I don't remember an enormous amount outside of that.

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location: LL11
Mood:: 'bored' bored
Music:: The League of Gentlemen
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day 6 - write 30 interesting facts about yourself.

heheh, really?

1. My birthday is 10/10
2. I was at boarding school from age 8-18
3. I did a degree in Software Engineering
4. And ended up with a 3rd, mainly because in my 3rd year I had a great time
5. I am jack of many things - I know a lot of things about many things. I'm not an expert at many of them, mind
6. I hate hate hate heights. Or to be more accurate, edges. I can cope with being up high as long as I can stay away from the edge.
7. I've traveled a bit but nowhere near as much as I'd like to, and mostly to the USA.
8. I was born in Alexandria (though not Egypt)
9. I am are definitely a night-owl. If left to my own devices I slip further and further into nocturnalism.
10. I am a geek, in the techy-geek sense of the word. I love trying to make things do what I want them to do and get frustrated when things are harder than they should be.
11. I have a fairly clear sense of what is right & wrong, though by no means do I think these things are absolute.
12. I have never lived in the same house for more than 3yrs
13. My dad was in the navy, a submariner. For as long as I remember, there have been 3 months absences.
14. I am an active on-stage member of a musical theatre company and am not gay :) </stereotype>
15. As part of this I have had several large roles within some of the shows we've done
16. I know more than I care to know about security and CCTV products in general thanks to my employer.
17. I went through a stage when I was living on my own where I was going to the cinema to see 3 or 4 films a week. I had a Cineworld unlimited card and made damn good use of it.
18. I can get hooked on some things far too easily. World of Warcraft sucked a year of my life away, playing for 6hrs a day on a workday was not unusual, double that on a weekend.
19. I've tried most online social networking sites that seem to be doing the rounds, and still think that twitter is the best (as in, most useful, best interface - despite this "new twitter" crap) and most easily accessible.
20. I've been using the internet since 1995 when my dad got a PC and put Windows 95 on it.
21. While he was away I managed to break his modem one time so it wouldn't dial up, not sure how. In fixing it I learned more about how things worked that ever before. I now believe this is truly the best way to learn how anything works. Unless you've broken something in every way possible you can't really understand it.
22. I don't have any religious beliefs.
23. I don't tend to express my opinions on a lot of "stuff", because I don't believe that my opinion is necessarily worth expressing. This is one reason why I dislike newspaper opinion pieces.
24. I have kept blogs on and off for about 14yrs in various places. I read back through them now and cringe :-)
25. I have met several famous people, my favourite one being Chris Barrie! He was quite nice and chatty.
26. I once spoke to Vadin Jean - the director of Leon the Pig Farmer (and others) while working at T-Mobile customer service :)
27. I loved working for T-Mobile - even in a call centre. They were good employers. I was so heartbroken when they sold us to TSC and hated working for that bunch of cheapskates.
28. I cook. I'm quite adventurous with it too, and enjoy it. My favourite is probably Thai green curry even if it is a hassle to prepare.
29. I also bake, again I try to be adventurous. I've recently done an absolutely gorgeous carrot cake based on a recipe from the Women's Institute books :)
30. This meme feels like an excuse not to go to bed now :-)


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posted by [personal profile] pmsumner at 11:08pm on 19/02/2011 under , ,
day 2 - where you’d like to be in 10 years.

There are numerous aspects to this, mainly work (career) and physical location. Also relationship-wise, hobby-wise, family-wise and so on.

Work - I used to know, but now I don't. When I was working for T-Mobile I had a potential future career progression and due to the nature of the business it would have been inevitable I would have ended up in Hatfield.

Now I don't know. I'm working in a small company and career progression isn't going to happen. The industry I work in (CCTV) is small and very incestuous and I don't see a future for myself within it. I need a change.

Along with this goes location. I like it in this part of the world (this part of the world being the North-West (well, kinda) of England, or more technically I'm now in North Wales) and have no plans to leave it. I look occasionally at jobs that would involve moving to the South and I can't see enough advantages to make it worthwhile (I do see some advantages, but the disadvantages really are huge). I just wish that more of the people I knew lived nearby.

My current location makes finding a new job kinda tricky. If I was based in or near a big city (Manchester/Liverpool) there are LOADS of jobs I could probably blag my way in to. But Wrexham? If you want mechanical engineering jobs, plenty of those around. Picking & packing jobs? LOADS. Tech support, IT, anything vaguely IT-support related? Nope.

What do I want to do career-wise? My goal is to avoid people management as much as possible and keep towards the technical side of things whilst also avoiding direct customer support, and perhaps head towards product management. This provides a nice mix, in my mind at least, of a requirement to keep technical skills up-to-date, innovation and keeping an element of support/training but not necessarily direct customer support.

I keep applying for anything I find interesting. Unfortunately even though I see my skills as being highly transferable (a support job is a support job), employers have their pick of the crop and why bother training me in a specific system when someone already knows it.

Relationship-wise I should probably add that by then [personal profile] pipsytip and I should be married by then. What could change between us? Who knows eh?

Family-wise, no plans. My family are fairly distant in general and I have no direct wishes to change this. I would like to see my parents more but who can afford to do a 400 mile round-trip every few weeks? Or should I say, I can't.

Which leads inevitably on to - financially - I will be debt free. Except for good debt (e.g. a mortgage). I explain this fairly regularly to people, but when I stop paying ~£300/mo in debt repayments - excluding student debt which adds yet more on to this - I will be able to do so much more.

Hobby-wise, I would like to seriously get involved with some kind of open-source project that I believe in and could contribute to seriously. I look every now and then at volunteering for various things but whenever I get involved with anything like this it takes over my life. I know Warcraft is a poor example but I don't do things by half.

I could go on, but I don't think I should.

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day 1 - your current relationship; if single discuss how single life is.

I am and have been for ~7yrs (more?) now in a relationship with [personal profile] pipsytip. For the past 4yrs we have lived together, moving in with one another in a lovely house in Chester, and have now moved to an almost identical house in Wrexham - just not one on a main road any more :)

Life is generally good, she drives me mental occasionally and I'm sure I do the same. We both have similar tastes in many things and when we don't, neither of us mind doing our own thing.

As neither of us know many people locally we do spend a lot of time in "our own company". Going on what I know of our other friends, this seems to be fairly normal.

She's still waiting for me to ask her to marry her, I'm still waiting for her to ask me :-)

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Mood:: 'drunk' drunk
location: LL11
Music:: Lunch Monkeys (ugh) on BBC3

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