@_ Sorry to hear mate. Better to keep them off though, IMO. Our 14 year old was off with a cough last week and the school were very much of the opinion that there was no need to worry about missed work, as lots of kids were in the same position. I hope you're all on the mend, soon. πŸ‘πŸ»

@Gina It's worked for me for 25 years... (though I do have a GNVQ in COBOL programming and was an MCP for a few years at the start of the 00s).

You'll be fine! This is fine!

@korruptor It was 8.30am before I remembered it was pre-order day. Far too late. I can wait, even if Cyberpunk 2077 looks a bit like Beneath A Steel Sky on my existing Xbone by comparison. πŸ˜‰

@mookie Nice, nice. πŸ‘ I ran a single-line RemoteAccess system between '94 and '96 (I think it was!) Fun times.

One of the first things I did was write a bridge between its and my Internet connection (which was dial-up) so local users could also have an Internet email address and send/receive...very slowly (as I dialling out only every hour).

Man, now I need to dust off my bad ANSI art sk1llz. πŸ˜†

@_ Wife and youngest are diseased at our end. Trying to dodge it!

@nigeldgreen That is beyond shit. πŸ˜• Sorry for the circumstances you're in, I hope it works out and everything is okay with your wife.

@nigeldgreen Can you get a home test sent through? We had to do this back in April as the whole family came down with symptoms. Took 2 days for them to arrive and 2 days to process.


@_ Sleep on it. If you've done a positive thing that is also something you fear, I'd put money on the ol' cognitive dissonance kicking in. Give your conscious and subconscious mind time to process it. I completely understand m, I've been in similar situations myself. For what it's worth, it's always turned out to be a good thing. Good on you mate, especially for being so self aware. That in itself is a rare skill. πŸ‘πŸ»

@_ Sorry to hear that mate. Any idea what the trigger was (guessing: groups of people at the school drop-off?)

Meditation has become a part of my life. I’m still learning, but here’s a quick list of some of the lessons learned so far.

Part of the #100DaysToOffload series.


@thelonius Cheers! None, just theory I've read around.

The premise of the book is that alcohol addiction starts from our earliest exposure to it, is normalised by society and our upbringing and is therefore subconscious. So to quit it consciously, we need to rewire that subconscious connection. Attempting not to creates dissonance as the conscious and subconscious become conflicted, which leads to pain and turmoil ("it's an endless battle" c.f. AA/12 Steps) and often, relapse.

Day 60 and I'm really enjoying it. More clarity and moments of self-awareness, especially regarding my relationship with alcohol. I'm listening to Annie Grace's "This Naked Mind" as well, which is reinforcing many of the conclusions I'm coming to, as well as some things I've known for longer than I would normally admit. It's a weird combination of metaprogramming, NLP and liminal thinking but I'm enjoying it.

@kat Yep, my Microbiology lecturer described Campylobacteriosis as "like shitting explosive, frothy coca cola". Having known someone that once had it, he was right.

But seriously, you'll be fine I'm sure. I tend not to take risks with chicken but our sense of smell is pretty much the ingrained mechanism for determining if something is okay or not. If you could stomach cooking and eating it, it's likely to be fine. Most bacterial infection is by not washing hands and cutting boards adequately.

@kat Campylobacter jejuni usually kicks in 24-48 hours from initial exposure at the earliest, though you should be fine as long as you cooked it well and it wasn't whiffy. Good luck! ☠️ πŸ˜€

(At last, a use for the two years of undergraduate study I actually did!)

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