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Unwashed Village / Re: What's going on in your life?
« on: October 17, 2020, 03:49:10 AM »

I'm 44, and there's at least one grandparent from my high school class, and most of the others have children. (I graduated from a small public school of 206 students; there were 46 in my class, which was the smallest of the four classes. The freshman class had around 75 students.)

I don't even have kids yet...though Liz and I are planning on starting this month. She's 38, due to our age we're pretty much getting to the "now or never" stage.

I'm still not dead, but I am 40 now. A few flecks of individual grey hairs these days near my temples (right where I wanted them if I was going to get them as luck would have it) as a result of that and I still have the beard, but I'm otherwise in one piece.

I'm one of those older father type folks. After I got married, we started trying a few months later. I was 34 at this point and Mrs. P 32. After 3 years of failure, the twins took hold and were born, I turned 38 the following month. There was no reason, be it medical, social or whatever else you'd put a name to for how long it took, it was just simply bad luck. Some couples have an easier time of it than others, but getting pregnant isn't as easy as the world makes it look. Many of the folks I used to go to school with have older kids, but if I look back, had I had kids when I was in my early 20's, I probably wouldn't have been ready for it. Hell, I'm still learning this parenting thing and I don't always get it right, but they're both healthy and coming along well. One of them is better with their speech, the other is better with their motor skills.

They'll turn 30 in the year 2048, the same year I'll turn 68. It's scary biscuits when I think about it in those terms, but those days are still some way off.

Oh and hello for the first time in about 2.5 years.

Unwashed Village / Re: What's going on in your life?
« on: February 15, 2018, 02:25:31 AM »
Remember me?

I was 19 when I first showed up around here and now I'm approaching 38 - doesn't time fly?

Anyway, here's the news: I'm one week away from beginning the journey into Fatherhood, we're having (non-identical) twin girls. I need to figure out this parenting job as I go along.

Unwashed Village / Re: What's going on in your life?
« on: December 11, 2013, 12:31:38 PM »
I am here to formally revoke my Unwashed Bachelor status, because as of yesterday, I'm officially a married man. Had formal cuff links for the service but swapped them for Nuka Cola ones at the evening do.

Unwashed Village / Re: Love
« on: September 30, 2013, 05:41:05 PM »
Congrats Aldy, all the best for the future for you both.

Like Hoopy, I too was inspired to seek out the cuff links for something a little different and I did indeed get them from his link. My better half loved them so we're both pleased, assuming they get here in time of course.

Unwashed Village / Re: What's going on in your life?
« on: October 24, 2012, 09:35:35 PM »
Another passing stop in from me.

Things have gone incredibly well on the relationship front - we're both on the same wavelength, want the same things and get along brilliantly at all times, so now after all those years of single life, I'm engaged and getting married at the end of next year.

Unwashed Village / Re: What's going on in your life?
« on: December 27, 2011, 02:29:41 PM »
I last posted here over a year ago for what was intended to be the final time. For anyone that still remembers who I am, I finally found what I was always looking for in life. Not going to go into details as it's very early days, but I really like her and its going well so far. Which has made for one of my better christmas holidays in the last decade. I suspect however it may be a strange thing for folks to actually see me happy for once.

Unwashed Village / Re: Wow...
« on: November 01, 2010, 08:05:31 PM »
Fallout New Vegas was something of a glitchy mess and I didn't enjoy it to the degree I did with Fallout 3 because of that, but it's still not a bad game.

As for the UV - its had a good innings, but all good things as they say. The place hasn't been the same for the last number of years. It's not the fault of anyone or everyone, most of us have just moved on as the years passed. Some have fadded into the wastes, some are wandering around in them, a few remain behind. This is only the 3rd time I've posted in over a year in my case. Maybe it'll live on, but the time may have finally come for some to let it slip into the annuals of history.

You can still find me on Xbox Live, though you'll never see me on Facebook, MySpace or whatnot as I still have a steadfast refusal to use them.  ;) I've had good times, bad times, made friends, lost friends, good decisions, bad decisions - but it was a good run. If all else fails, Turjan and I are still in regular contact and I see Kama now and then, so they'll know how to get hold of me.

On that note, I'll sign off for what's likely to be the final time. Goodbye, good luck and all the best for each of you in the future, whatever it holds.

Unwashed Village / Re: Mass Effect (spoilers)
« on: February 02, 2010, 12:17:37 AM »
Me again.

Despite Star Trek Online arriving, I got through Mass Effect 2 over the weekend and finished it this evening. Used an imported Shepard. Suffice to say, I'll keep how it ended for my character under my hat for now.

Unwashed Village / Re: We need a reboot
« on: December 17, 2009, 07:32:02 PM »
Not that I'm really around anymore, but I agree. The place is on its last legs and has been for a while now. A little shot in the arm wouldn't hurt, certainly nothing to lose by it.

Unwashed Village / Re: Ordered a new system
« on: July 18, 2009, 09:07:29 PM »
Wouldn't get 2 295's either - that'll make it a quad SLI setup and frankly it's not worth it. A single 295 will destroy pretty much anything you can throw at it.

Unwashed Village / Re: Ordered a new system
« on: July 18, 2009, 08:57:09 PM »
Well, the 975 is top of the line so you'll see an increase over the rest of course, though they weren't available when I built my system so I can't say exactly how good they are.

It's the price that's the killer - it's a staggering amount of money, £800 which works out at $1300. The question you need to ask is do you really need it that much?

Personally, I wouldn't be prepared to hand over that sort of money for it - if you have that much to spend, I'd still go with the 920 and put the saved money towards the graphics card, throw in a 24" widescreen monitor and a nice set of speakers to go with it. You'd probably still have change after that too.

Word of warning as well - overclocking an i7 is ill-advised if you're not up to speed on the whole scene.

Unwashed Village / Re: Ordered a new system
« on: July 18, 2009, 07:20:35 PM »
Glad to see you're enjoying Fallout at the full shabang. I have to turn SLI off when I run it (otherwise the HDR doesn't work correctly) but that doesn't seem to hold it back at all.

Just as a word to Sandru as well, stick with the i7 920. As I've mentioned above the 940 simply isn't worth the extra money.

I shall end on a screenshot, which being 1980x1200 res, is too big to link in without my getting shouted at.

Unwashed Village / Re: Honourable peace.
« on: July 17, 2009, 06:10:15 PM »
I am confused.

This incarnation of the UV, while having moved hosts several times, was the only one that has existed for the last 7-odd years as far as I knew.

Unwashed Village / Re: Ordered a new system
« on: June 26, 2009, 07:36:43 PM »
Not bad at all - I love my i7 920. Not enough difference between it and the 940 to justify going higher given the price difference.

You should go for the extra RAM and get to 6GB as soon as possible - just need to be careful with the BIOS settings as the i7 needs it to run at lower voltages. Anything over 1.65 and you risk frying something.

Unwashed Village / Re: Boo!
« on: June 26, 2009, 01:14:37 AM »
Ahoy there - long time no see.

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