Hello, and welcome to my 8000th post in these forums.
I don't see the count getting too much higher than this in the future. There's been some big changes in my life (and all at once - aaaaargh!!!) and now is the time, I think, to tell you all about them. And after that, I'm going food shopping...
Well, I guess some of you know about what's happened, but just to bring it all into focus, and save much searching for those who don't, then here it all is, nice an concise:
I got a divorce from the wife (now ex, obviously!) cos I discovered something that I never even considered. I wasn't in the right relationship. It took meeting someone else before I realised the problem. And yet I look back now and it seems so blindingly obvious... So now, post-divorce, I have to sell my house to pay her off. Luckily my house has doubled in value. Sadly, it means she's entitled to half of it, even though she never paid a penny towards it.
The yucky bit out of the way, let me tell you all about how it is now! I'm now living with my new lady and her three kids - one is 10, the other two are 5 year-old twins. All three are adorable little munchkins, and I love 'em to bits! My lady, Jane, is wonderful; she makes me feel so many more things than my wife ever did, and in much stronger ways. The relationship isn't as easy going, but that's cos she always lets me know what bothers her, rather than the stuff I was used to (basically bottling it all up until it grew out of proportion, then having to take a few hours out to mop up the mess). There's a lot more openness between Jane and I, and it makes me feel much more secure and happy knowing that we can be like that, rather than me sensing something amiss and worrying about it.
We all live in a nice big house in a quiet area, the sort of thing I always wanted to live in (except for the absence of a big whirlpool bath, but then you can't have everything!!) and we're all happy! Well, except for the occasions when that wanker of a husband/father starts dipping his oar in and disturbing the status-quo. Sooner he's gone the better.
Being a father is very tiring and yet very rewarding. I come home from the training centre (which is another bit I need to tell you about!!) quite late, very tired, and then wake up when I'm bombarded by three little ones, all bright eyes and big smiles, all wanting to say hello and hug me and stuff! And today I watched the eldest getting an award at school for her continued good work and behaviour there. A proud moment indeed!
My training centre thingy... well, I got my CCNA last September (as I believe I mentioned at the time) and now I go to a training centre 2 nights a week to work towards my MCSE. It's a lot harder this time, as I don't have anything like the time to do the extra work these days. Plus, I decided to go to a centre which is 60 miles away from where I live. Why?? Well, the package was good and it was relatively inexpensive. Plus, when I ordered it, I had the time to do it at home... It's going okay, I think. I suspect the fact that I use the Microsoft stuff at work helps me a bit, but possibly makes me overconfident. I'll soon know in a couple of weeks time when I do my first mock exam. There's seven exams in total!!
So everything is tickety-boo, except my job. I think I've cleared enough of my changes away to address this one now. I need something more interesting, something to fire my enthusiasm and make me feel I'm not wasting my life in a soul-destroying and demoralising job!
I don't come here very often any more. Thing is, I don't feel the same as I did. I used to love coming here to escape from my crappy life. I don't have a crappy life to escape from any more, and so the desire to come here is greatly diminished. I have had a great time here, and I've met some wonderful people. But I think the time has come for me to concentrate on what is important to me now, and to move on from what was. I expect I'll pop in occasionally, to see what's going on with you all, but I don't think I'll be back in anything like the capacity I was.
Mata, I know I'm not going to be able to keep up my modly duties in the future, but I'd like to keep the moderator status, if I may. I'm a bit of a status snob like that! Or maybe I could be added to a new group called "Once were Mods" or something?? I'd hate to be demoted!!