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2 minutes ago, Mr. Alli said:

Personally, I spend money on tattoos as I prefer the aesthetics of it rather than normal skin colour. I'm probably only about ~20% covered. Ideally I'd have been about 60%. I'd never get my face or neck done out of respect for my mother as she asked me that I promise not to. 

I regret some, but those are ones easily worked over. I have one I will most likely have to cover if I move into a career I'm in the pool for. It isn't in any way offensive but certain groups of people have an alarmingly high irrational hatred of the thing and confrontation in the career is both highly dangerous and stupid. 

It's money I have spare and it's something I truly like, I even enjoy looking through other artists work miles away. 

I doubt I will reach anywhere near retirement age so the idea of working my whole life in the hope I can have a wee pot of money to enjoy for a couple of years seems bizarre to me. 

For me, tattoos belong a long way out to sea but I do concur with the retirement plan thing. I prefer to live to the best of my ability (which is not luxuriously by any means) now rather than curtailing life's pleasures now in the hope that I may live beyond work. Especially given the number of older people I have observed who retire and just wither away as they have no tangible purpose to get up anymore or those who have retired and snuffed it within a year. Keep working is the answer, not squirreling it away. 

Of course just my opinion.

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17 minutes ago, Mr. Alli said:

Personally, I spend money on tattoos as I prefer the aesthetics of it rather than normal skin colour. I'm probably only about ~20% covered. Ideally I'd have been about 60%. I'd never get my face or neck done out of respect for my mother as she asked me that I promise not to. 

I regret some, but those are ones easily worked over. I have one I will most likely have to cover if I move into a career I'm in the pool for. It isn't in any way offensive but certain groups of people have an alarmingly high irrational hatred of the thing and confrontation in the career is both highly dangerous and stupid. 

It's money I have spare and it's something I truly like, I even enjoy looking through other artists work miles away. 

I doubt I will reach anywhere near retirement age so the idea of working my whole life in the hope I can have a wee pot of money to enjoy for a couple of years seems bizarre to me. 

I hope you reach retirement age.

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31 minutes ago, Mr. Alli said:

Personally, I spend money on tattoos as I prefer the aesthetics of it rather than normal skin colour. I'm probably only about ~20% covered. Ideally I'd have been about 60%. I'd never get my face or neck done out of respect for my mother as she asked me that I promise not to. 

I regret some, but those are ones easily worked over. I have one I will most likely have to cover if I move into a career I'm in the pool for. It isn't in any way offensive but certain groups of people have an alarmingly high irrational hatred of the thing and confrontation in the career is both highly dangerous and stupid. 

It's money I have spare and it's something I truly like, I even enjoy looking through other artists work miles away. 

I doubt I will reach anywhere near retirement age so the idea of working my whole life in the hope I can have a wee pot of money to enjoy for a couple of years seems bizarre to me. 

Without wanting to speak for you, things can happen in life that really give us a sense of how fragile life is. In turn, it can make you want to seize the day, don’t “just say no” and experience what life has to offer. 

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37 minutes ago, Mr. Alli said:

Personally, I spend money on tattoos as I prefer the aesthetics of it rather than normal skin colour. I'm probably only about ~20% covered. Ideally I'd have been about 60%. I'd never get my face or neck done out of respect for my mother as she asked me that I promise not to. 

I regret some, but those are ones easily worked over. I have one I will most likely have to cover if I move into a career I'm in the pool for. It isn't in any way offensive but certain groups of people have an alarmingly high irrational hatred of the thing and confrontation in the career is both highly dangerous and stupid. 

It's money I have spare and it's something I truly like, I even enjoy looking through other artists work miles away. 

I doubt I will reach anywhere near retirement age so the idea of working my whole life in the hope I can have a wee pot of money to enjoy for a couple of years seems bizarre to me. 

Cheers for the explanation.

As far as saving goes I've a few explanations for my behaviour:

1. It's not so much to have a wee pot to enjoy for a couple of years. It's to make sure I have basics like food, shelter and heating if/when I get too old to work. I won't have enough qualifying years to get a full state pension so I need to make sure I can provide for myself.

2. If things go well and I do accumulate a decent amount of cash then it means I can start working less as I get older. Switching to part-time five years before retirement so you can see more of your (grand-)kids probably isn't a bad thing.

3. Geographical arbitrage. I've saved up enough in the last four months or so  for me to spend a year and a half living in a country I enjoy. Again, if things go well I could retire and fifty and see out my days watching football in the sun rather than Elgin vs Thistle on a cold Tuesday.

4. Compound interest. Of course there's the usual caveat about prices going down as well as up, but generally speaking for someone in their thirties you have a choice: spend £10 today, or the equivalent of £40 when you retire.

5. Peace of mind. Knowing you have a lump sum in case of emergencies really frees you from a lot of stress. When you don't have much spare cash there's a lot of worry. Knowing that you can tell your shitty boss to go f**k himself and not stress about paying the bills afterwards makes a huge difference from grinding away at the same job knowing you can't afford to quit.

6. I said "for retirement" but of course I might use that money for something else. Like you, if my job/lifestyle changes and I need a car, I know I can go out and buy one tomorrow without much fuss. If I fall for some girl who talks me into a £10,000 wedding, well, I don't need to worry about getting into debt for that, either.

7. Most of the things I enjoy doing are free/very cheap anyway, so I'm not taking much of a lifestyle hit by saving. In my free time I'll listen to the football, go for a walk, play chess, learn a language, write, draw, read, cook, et cetera.

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Got a leaky shed. Anyone got any ideas on stuff I can use to waterproof where the roof is nailed on? I've tried gutter sealant stuff around the nail heads, which works for a while but it seems to not be able to manage big fluctuations in temperature.

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1 hour ago, MixuFruit said:

Got a leaky shed. Anyone got any ideas on stuff I can use to waterproof where the roof is nailed on? I've tried gutter sealant stuff around the nail heads, which works for a while but it seems to not be able to manage big fluctuations in temperature.

Duct tape is always the answer, imo.

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Why is "mince" used to describe something bad?

Surely everyone loves a bit of mince.

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4 minutes ago, die hard doonhamer said:

Duct tape is always the answer, imo.

Would that work when exposed to the weather?

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5 minutes ago, BFTD said:

Why is "mince" used to describe something bad?

Surely everyone loves a bit of mince.

Mince is absolutely mince.

2 minutes ago, MixuFruit said:

Would that work when exposed to the weather?

A quick google suggests it will. I used a load of it to hold a gazebo up in the garden for a good while, it never failed me.

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1 hour ago, MixuFruit said:

Got a leaky shed. Anyone got any ideas on stuff I can use to waterproof where the roof is nailed on? I've tried gutter sealant stuff around the nail heads, which works for a while but it seems to not be able to manage big fluctuations in temperature.

There was some miracle sealant spray being advertised to me on YouTube last week. Sprayed the inside of wicker baskets with it, then filled them with water without a drop spilled. If it's being advertised on YouTube, it must be quality.

No idea what it was called, so I recommend you search for the same things as me for a while and see if it comes up.

2 minutes ago, die hard doonhamer said:

Mince is absolutely mince.

Minception  :blink:

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Anyone got solar panels on their house? We've just moved into a new build that came with 6 solar panels installed. I appreciate that there are a number of factors that will affect how much energy they produce (and its during the winter just now) but over the last 2 and a half months they've only generated 17kwh of energy.
I've checked over a 24 hour period, on a sunny day, and it didn't even generate 0.5kwh in that period.
Is this normal for the winter or should they be producing more?

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Wait, I found it. No need to spend any time watching videos of fart porn or hamster wrestling. Unless you want to, of course.

 

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Got a leaky shed. Anyone got any ideas on stuff I can use to waterproof where the roof is nailed on? I've tried gutter sealant stuff around the nail heads, which works for a while but it seems to not be able to manage big fluctuations in temperature.

Can you not just fling another layer of felt over it

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5 minutes ago, just me 2 said:


Can you not just fling another layer of felt over it

Na it's onduline.

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Leaky shed ? Tetraseal car underseal. Black and tarry applied with a brush. Great for covering nail heads, holes and wee rips.

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In the early Nineties, did Toyah Wilcox host a late-night sex-themed TV show in which she came across as incredibly naive, or was that a dream?

I'd completely forgotten that she was Miss Scarlet on that terrible Cluedo show  :lol:

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21 minutes ago, BFTD said:

In the early Nineties, did Toyah Wilcox host a late-night sex-themed TV show in which she came across as incredibly naive, or was that a dream?

I'd completely forgotten that she was Miss Scarlet on that terrible Cluedo show  :lol:

Good Sex Guide or something like that...she'd been completely off my radar for decades til someone posted this on FB recently featuring her and Robert Fripp's somewhat unconventional take on Metallica's Enter Sandman.

 

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