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Re: What made your day / made you smile today?

Unread postby René » 27 December 2019, 19:23

mxguy01 wrote:
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mxguy01 wrote:Personally I'd never do business with relatives but to each their own.

I've made more than $100,000 over the years doing business with relatives. It can work.

Some can make it work. I'm not one of them. So I eliminate the problem for myself by never letting it exist in the first place. I just look at it as family and friends are difficult enough to maintain a relationship let alone add financial business dealings to that as well.

I guess I'm lucky my relationship with my mom has always been great; we've never had any problem getting along or working together, and she depends on me more than ever before now that dad's no longer with us.

My mom's brother and sister also run an accountancy firm together, and that aunt's husband also employed one of my cousins in another business for a long time without issues. And way back before I gained sentience, my late grandpa and grandma ran a store together I believe. So I guess it runs in the family :P
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Re: What made your day / made you smile today?

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Brenden coming home from Tesco with a massive delicious haul of massively discounted post-Christmas chocolates. :awesome:

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Kind of hard to believe he carried it all back by himself.
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Re: What made your day / made you smile today?

Unread postby Brenden » 27 December 2019, 19:35

I was able to get up to £40 with the shop, so I could use a £4 off coupon I had, which brought the cost of the haul above down to just £27 ($35)! :awesome:
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Re: What made your day / made you smile today?

Unread postby mxguy01 » 27 December 2019, 22:32

René wrote:So I guess it runs in the family :P
Sounds like good fortune.

While I make jest of it that it is my issue, I've actually been given plenty of reason or at least know enough of things that transpired to cause me to feel that way towards them. While I over generalize to all of them, none would inspire me to enter into an business arrangement, for most I have little respect. Most are gone so I'm mainly talking about sister-in-laws, nieces and nephews. As the saying goes "you don't get to pick your relatives".
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Re: What made your day / made you smile today?

Unread postby Capt._Trips » 28 December 2019, 04:09

Brenden wrote:I was able to get up to £40 with the shop, so I could use a £4 off coupon I had, which brought the cost of the haul above down to just £27 ($35)! :awesome:


I don't pay much attention to sales but im always all over an after season sale. After hallowen i got lime 6,dozen bat shaped peepz for like. A quarter the normal price for peepz.
I will always recommend after season sales. They just want something and its still good. After valentines has a lot of deals to. But basically every holiday has deals right after. And they get better the longer you wait
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Re: What made your day / made you smile today?

Unread postby rogonandi » 28 December 2019, 04:18

The new houseman/maintenance guy who I worked with tonight is yummy. :keke:
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Re: What made your day / made you smile today?

Unread postby René » 28 December 2019, 06:15

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René wrote:So I guess it runs in the family :P
Sounds like good fortune.

While I make jest of it that it is my issue, I've actually been given plenty of reason or at least know enough of things that transpired to cause me to feel that way towards them. While I over generalize to all of them, none would inspire me to enter into an business arrangement, for most I have little respect. Most are gone so I'm mainly talking about sister-in-laws, nieces and nephews. As the saying goes "you don't get to pick your relatives".

In a sense, my relative did pick hers, since she chose to create life with a well-suited partner and then kind of groomed/raised me to work in/for her business and eventually succeed her in running it, encouraging my interest in her and my dad's work and in learning the skills needed for it and even letting me pretty much completely take over for her whenever she travelled, including for 3 weeks in a row one time when she went on a trip to America (managing projects worth maybe $30,000/month) when I was still just a teenager. :P
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Re: What made your day / made you smile today?

Unread postby René » 29 December 2019, 07:22

I'm loving my dad's old watch (Samsung Gear Sport) so much! It's automatically been tracking my walks since I started using it, but I've only now started exploring its other tracking options. I started wearing it during sleep and was pleasantly surprised that it automatically detected when I was sleeping and tracked and analysed it, even for short naps. I'm also having it track my heart rate (continuously 24/7) as well as my rowing-machine exercises, push-ups and weight-lifting and getting lots of neat stats in the accompanying app on my phone, which somehow makes it all a lot more satisfying, which has contributed to a big increase in the amount of time I spend working out every week :)

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Re: What made your day / made you smile today?

Unread postby Brenden » 30 December 2019, 20:12

IKEA shopping spree! :awesome:

Plus had Swedish meatballs and gravy with lingonberry jam for lunch there:

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Re: What made your day / made you smile today?

Unread postby Derek » 30 December 2019, 20:17

In America you have to go to Costco and eat greasy pizza off a concrete table.
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Re: What made your day / made you smile today?

Unread postby rxxli » 30 December 2019, 22:31

Brenden wrote:IKEA shopping spree! :awesome:

Plus had Swedish meatballs and gravy with lingonberry jam for lunch there:

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I was in Ikea twice in the past month. Of course I had to travel to another country to get to it, because there is no Ikea here.

But their meatballs are pretty nice. Although I get them without the jam, because I am not too fond of it. What always amuses me about that is that their employees at the food section seem way too happy and nice. Not used to that from people in large corporations.
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Re: What made your day / made you smile today?

Unread postby René » 31 December 2019, 05:33

rxxli wrote:I was in Ikea twice in the past month. Of course I had to travel to another country to get to it, because there is no Ikea here.

Oh, to live in Slovenia...

It is surprising there aren't more of them around. There are only two of them in the whole of Scotland (serving some 5.5 million people). You'd think they could make more sales/profit.
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Re: What made your day / made you smile today?

Unread postby Brenden » 31 December 2019, 10:51

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rxxli wrote:I was in Ikea twice in the past month. Of course I had to travel to another country to get to it, because there is no Ikea here.

Oh, to live in Slovenia...

It is surprising there aren't more of them around. There are only two of them in the whole of Scotland (serving some 5.5 million people). You'd think they could make more sales/profit.

I remember when Michigan got its first, for 10 million people, back around in the early 2000s. Previously the closest one to Detroit was I believe in Mississauga, or Chicago for the rest of Michigan! (Maybe Columbus, Ohio, but who the hell wants to go to Columbus, Ohio?)
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Re: What made your day / made you smile today?

Unread postby rxxli » 31 December 2019, 12:00

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rxxli wrote:I was in Ikea twice in the past month. Of course I had to travel to another country to get to it, because there is no Ikea here.

Oh, to live in Slovenia...

It is surprising there aren't more of them around. There are only two of them in the whole of Scotland (serving some 5.5 million people). You'd think they could make more sales/profit.

What’s that supposed to mean? :P

Well we are actually getting our own soon. It’s supposed to open in the summer of 2020. They had massive issues with the local government here - as does anyone that wants to build anything. I think it took them 10 years before they actually finally got the permit to build the damn thing.
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Re: What made your day / made you smile today?

Unread postby Subra » 31 December 2019, 12:54

Saw the Frock Destroyers last night in Sheffield and got to meet them. The show was great.
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Re: What made your day / made you smile today?

Unread postby René » 31 December 2019, 15:36

rxxli wrote:
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rxxli wrote:I was in Ikea twice in the past month. Of course I had to travel to another country to get to it, because there is no Ikea here.

Oh, to live in Slovenia...

It is surprising there aren't more of them around. There are only two of them in the whole of Scotland (serving some 5.5 million people). You'd think they could make more sales/profit.

What’s that supposed to mean? :P

Well we are actually getting our own soon. It’s supposed to open in the summer of 2020. They had massive issues with the local government here - as does anyone that wants to build anything. I think it took them 10 years before they actually finally got the permit to build the damn thing.

Oh, nothing :P

Wow, was any reason given? If I was a government planner I would be more concerned with the fact that my country didn't have a single IKEA and everyone had to either overpay or go abroad and support a foreign economy to get furniture :runaway:
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Re: What made your day / made you smile today?

Unread postby rxxli » 31 December 2019, 19:39

René wrote:Oh, nothing :P

Wow, was any reason given? If I was a government planner I would be more concerned with the fact that my country didn't have a single IKEA and everyone had to either overpay or go abroad and support a foreign economy to get furniture :runaway:

Doesn’t seem like nothing :D .

Oh you know... any of generic reasons. Usually to do with ecology. Maybe traffic. Or they didn’t want to sell them that piece of land in the middle of the city that nobody was using. I really don’t know what went wrong in this case - after all it took 10 years. At least Ikea persisted.

My guess is that the government’s point of view is that we have enough local furniture companies. Reality is that a lot of people simply went to one of the border countries. If you type in the URL of the Croatian Ikea here you will be redirected to a welcome page in Slovene inviting you there.

Any major investment from any (usually foreign) company here will end in some major scandal. Usually some ecological group will complain about something (like with wind turbines - apparently they kill birds).
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Re: What made your day / made you smile today?

Unread postby René » 31 December 2019, 21:08

rxxli wrote:Doesn’t seem like nothing :D .

I guess it was just an expression of difficulty imagining living in a country that has zero IKEAs :D

I used to live in a small European country too, but it was a densely populated tax haven and the place where IKEA chose to incorporate and base its headquarters, so of course it had 13 of them :P
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Re: What made your day / made you smile today?

Unread postby Tobias » 1 January 2020, 00:22

Talking with friends and being apart of this forum. :)
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Re: What made your day / made you smile today?

Unread postby René » 2 January 2020, 19:25

I love how Facebook brings people together. In this case, a friend we made back at the Green Party in Yorkshire who is very well-informed on environmental issues was put into interaction with Brenden's American stepmom's climate-denier brother via the comments on a post Brenden made and gave a strong evidence-based rebuttal to his ignorant comments. :D
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