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MAILLOT JAUNE

HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!!!!

Happy Valentine's Day to all on the JC forum. Hope you all survived it!
Feel the lurve!  Wink
Nolte

my most successful St. Valentines Day ever. I got 2 letters

alas, one was my bank statement and the other my credit card statement
Slapshot 3

It was Valentines day????? Obviously Mrs Slapshot forgot...AGAIN!!!!!!
gerry12ie

Nolte wrote:
my most successful St. Valentines Day ever. I got 2 letters

alas, one was my bank statement and the other my credit card statement


I managed to get a letter from the credit card fraud unit confirming that my debit card got knocked up for Ä1500 on Saturday... in Peru!! Evil or Very Mad
Guiness

No valentines here - Ms G and I both see it as a major con - its valentines day for us every day!!!  Wink
SlowRower

Guiness wrote:
No valentines here - Ms G and I both see it as a major con - its valentines day for us every day!!! †Wink


No Valentine's Day in the Rower household either. Mere trinkets aren't going to compensate Mrs SR for 20+ years of co-habitational and conjugal servitude with me, so I don't bother sending a card. Neither does Mrs SR - at least not to me...Smile
Bartali

Guiness wrote:
No valentines here - Ms G and I both see it as a major con - its valentines day for us every day!!! †Wink


That's sweet .... Cool
Slapshot 3

Bartali wrote:
Guiness wrote:
No valentines here - Ms G and I both see it as a major con - its valentines day for us every day!!! †Wink


That's sweet .... Cool


Did you get a Card from the Parlee???? .....or did you send it one Wink
Bartali

No idea .... there was a whole sack full and I didn't get around to opening them all.  Wink
Guiness

Bartali wrote:
No idea .... there was a whole sack full and I didn't get around to opening them all. †Wink


And I bet the vans delivering the roses to your door were causing a traffic jam... Wink
Guiness

Did anyone watch on tv something about how tv wrecks your life? Watched it with with Ms G as we simply couldn't be bothered to press the button to change channels on the remote! Got us thinking. Ms G and I had a interesting discussion afterwards that I'd thought i'd share with you guys (and gals) given this topic on here. The programme was all about how tv idealises relationships and the truth is that we just "settle" for someone.

Pretty straight forward question then: what are some ways to know if you're just settling in your relationship? Like how do you know there is not someone better for you? You know, like The Right One?

For the paired off ones amongst us -
There are billion people on the planet so the chances are, there is *someone* out there who would be "better" for you than the person you're with. Does that mean you're settling? Only if YOU feel dissatisfied.  No-one is the "perfect" partner for anyone, because no one is perfect, and we have to accept the flaws of the people we love. After all, we hope that they will accept our flaws too. So the only way to know is to evaluate your own feelings. If you have a need that your partner isn't meeting and it's something that another human being can realistically be expected to do, like comfort you when you're sad, then maybe you are settling. But if you feel dissatisfied because your partner isn't sending you flowers every Tuesday, "just because", then maybe it's your expectations that are to blame, and not her/him.

For the singeltons amongst us -
Would you settle for someone or just be alone until you find The Right One? When I met Ms G I was a loose cannon. Messed up in the head 'cause of the ex wife. Had to break up with Ms G (shock horror) and it took me a long while (too bloody long) to have the balls to contact her again. I thought she would have moved on with someone else. We weren't in touch. I had no idea what her feelings were or what she was up to. I moved to London with my son and all that. You get the picture. I realised that not only did I have to sort myself out but it was no point looking for someone else just for the sake of it as the connection I had with Ms G was what I wanted. Why be alone and keep looking when she had come into my life and had made me happy then. It was me that broke the relationship up. I had to be the one making contact with her. That isnít easy.  A lot of people get this wrong and end up scaring their ex away or they back out. I sent her a simple email asking her how she was (it was years since we spoke). I didn't call her as I knew she could easily miss my call if she was busy. I got a response after a few days. I just saw how things went and then eventually asked her out for a catch up chat. Some people have a knee jerk reaction when they donít get a response within the first hour and send a load more messages. If your ex finds one message from you itís enough to tell them that youíre still interested. Not every relationship can be saved. Getting back together with an ex must be something you have taken time to think about. You need to be sure if you are in the right place. You have to ask yourself if you really want your ex back for correct reasons - whether you miss that person and what you had. If you are thinking of getting back to fill you loneliness, then this relationship is not going to work. It is going to restrict you from your future relationships to find your Mr or Ms Right. If your intentions for getting back are to evoke guilt, demand an apology or try to get back with your ex just long enough to hurt them as you have been hurt, then that is foolish. If you were thinking to get back with your ex only because they are with a new partner, then that's wrong. If your ex was happy with their new relationship, they are going to break up with you again. Importantly ask yourself whether your ex needs a second chance. Think of the reason why you broke up earlier. Did they do something bad or leave you for some other person? Rethink then.  Or maybe there were some reasons that you have some personal problems for the break up.  Can you change and get back to your relationship?  Sometimes it is worth a shot.
Guiness

scratch

Deep I know.....
Slapshot 3

Guiness wrote:
scratch

Deep I know.....


Bloody hell mate....that's deep stuff!!

I've always felt the depth of a relationship is about how good your FRIENDSHIP is, if it hadn't been that way Mrs S and I would have split up years ago in fact we'd possibly never have stayed together for long initially. Friendship drags you through the tough times(jeez we've had too many of those) when the relationship isn't reliant on sex or any massive demands.

We're mates, soul mates if you like and though I suspect there are others out there with different qualities that might seem attractive to either of us I couldn't stray....no one else would lookat me anyway. The grass is always greener somewhere else suppose it depends how much you love what you have.
Guiness

Slapshot 3 wrote:
Guiness wrote:
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Deep I know.....


Bloody hell mate....that's deep stuff!!


Valentines... getting married in a few months time... it is bring it out in me! What can I say, mate?  Wink

Slapshot 3 wrote:

We're mates, soul mates if you like and though I suspect there are others out there with different qualities that might seem attractive to either of us I couldn't stray....no one else would lookat me anyway. The grass is always greener somewhere else suppose it depends how much you love what you have.


Spot on. Ms G and I are definitely mates. I love what I have. I'm glad I sorted myself out and made contact with her again. More to the point, I am glad she hadn't moved on with anyone else! Never should have let go of such a good thing. Glad to read Ms S has been the right one for you.
Slapshot 3

You realise we've opened the door to let Bartali talk about the loves in his life, Parlees, Pink Jerseys, Porkers and the Pyrenees....... Wink
Bartali

Slapshot 3 wrote:
You realise we've opened the door to let Bartali talk about the loves in his life, Parlees, Pink Jerseys, Porkers and the Pyrenees....... Wink


What are you suggesting???   Wink

Ah ... the loves of my life are Jack  cat  and Oliver  cat .... the rest is a long story!!
Guiness

Bartali wrote:
Slapshot 3 wrote:
You realise we've opened the door to let Bartali talk about the loves in his life, Parlees, Pink Jerseys, Porkers and the Pyrenees....... Wink


What are you suggesting??? † Wink


Rich City Lad?  Wink Mamil?  Wink Or maybe just a man with good taste!  Smile

SS- For a moment I had to think what the hell you meant by Porkers! Does Bartali go for fat women?!  Shocked Then the penny dropped. Cars.  Embarassed  

I also thought Bartali's love was the Alps not the Pyrenees... Confused

Bartali wrote:
Ah ...  .... the rest is a long story!!


With cats or women?! Wink We won't probe.

Slapshot 3

Well I was just going for aliteration really but it all seemed to fit, yes the porkers are the cars, MAMILS......I get the impression Guiness, that Bart has yet to join that over 40's club.....lucky git!!!
Guiness

Slapshot 3 wrote:
MAMILS......I get the impression Guiness, that Bart has yet to join that over 40's club.....lucky git!!!


I'm a proud member of the 40's Club. Best years of my life really!

Spotted this on the internet. Not sure I agree with it...

Males in Mid-Life Crisis
Denying of middle-age through various escape mechanisms, i.e., affairs with younger women, extreme exercise to try to maintain body, and by being a workaholic to avoid thought on crisis.
Learning balance between career and family.
At 45, restabilizes & equilibrium returns.

Both Males & Females in Mid-life Crisis
May be panicky; fear of getting too introspective.
If depression does set in - get help!
Looks more to the past than the future.
Men & career women feeling time is running out; can everything be accomplished?
Assessment of self extends to examination of responsibilities, career, and marriage.
Time of considerable inner stress.
Aging versus successful aging.
Letting go of impossible dreams leads to sense of relief.
Realigning goals and setting new ones.
Dealing with dreams and aspirations.
Adjusting idealistic hope to realistic possibilities.
Recognizing the need to change in thinking.
Replacing achieved goals & dreams with new goals & dreams.
Moving out of roles; becoming more aware of self.
Bartali

Slapshot 3 wrote:
I get the impression Guiness, that Bart has yet to join that over 40's club.....lucky git!!!


If only .... I've been a fully paid up member for nearly 6 years!!
Guiness

Bartali wrote:
Slapshot 3 wrote:
I get the impression Guiness, that Bart has yet to join that over 40's club.....lucky git!!!


If only .... I've been a fully paid up member for nearly 6 years!!


Shocked  Shocked  Shocked  You're older than me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YES!  king
Slapshot 3

Guiness wrote:
Bartali wrote:
Slapshot 3 wrote:
I get the impression Guiness, that Bart has yet to join that over 40's club.....lucky git!!!


If only .... I've been a fully paid up member for nearly 6 years!!


ShockedShockedShocked †You're older than me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YES!king


MEEE TOOOOO JOY!!!!
Guiness

Slapshot 3 wrote:
Guiness wrote:
Bartali wrote:
Slapshot 3 wrote:
I get the impression Guiness, that Bart has yet to join that over 40's club.....lucky git!!!


If only .... I've been a fully paid up member for nearly 6 years!!


ShockedShockedShocked †You're older than me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YES!king


MEEE TOOOOO JOY!!!!


Very Happy We might be jealous as F**k  of your Parlees, Pink Jerseys and Porkers but we are YOUNGER. Bartali - you have made our day! Cheers!
Slapshot 3

Guiness wrote:
Slapshot 3 wrote:
Guiness wrote:
Bartali wrote:
Slapshot 3 wrote:
I get the impression Guiness, that Bart has yet to join that over 40's club.....lucky git!!!


If only .... I've been a fully paid up member for nearly 6 years!!


ShockedShockedShocked †You're older than me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YES!king


MEEE TOOOOO JOY!!!!


Very Happy We might be jealous as F**k †of your Parlees, Pink Jerseys and Porkers but we are YOUNGER. Bartali - you have made our day! Cheers!


cheers spot on  cheers
Bartali

Oh great .... thanks guys. Sad
Biosphere

The arbitrary age of 40 has cropped more than once today. Interesting the significance we attach to a meaningless side effect of having 10 fingers.

The computer programmers I work with use hexadecimal to get around it (28 sounds sounds so inconsequential), whilst the physicists go one better and use 10*log(age) and get themselves all the way back to sweet 16 again †Wink

By the way, I'd take Hertfordshire's finest bike museum and the porkers anyday Very Happy
Slapshot 3

Biosphere wrote:
The arbitrary age of 40 has cropped more than once today. Interesting the significance we attach to a meaningless side effect of having 10 fingers.

The computer programmers I work with use hexadecimal to get around it (28 sounds sounds so inconsequential), whilst the physicists go one better and use 10*log(age) and get themselves all the way back to sweet 16 again †Wink

By the way, I'd take Hertfordshire's finest bike museum and the porkers anyday Very Happy


Arbitrary....are you there yet mate??? Wink  Wink

I don't think fancy being 16 again all those exams and the chance to do all those stupid things again......nah!

Secretly chaps, wouldn't we all fancy a "nice batcave and a Porsche" and Bio have you told Mrs Bio about that Wink
Bartali

I'm keeping out of this .... it could get nasty! Wink
Biosphere

Slapshot 3 wrote:
Arbitrary....are you there yet mate??? WinkWink


Nope.

Slapshot 3 wrote:
Secretly chaps, wouldn't we all fancy a "nice batcave and a Porsche" and Bio have you told Mrs Bio about that Wink


Mrs. Bio knows that this is the bat cave I want to be let loose in (and she knows she's invited along to help me leg it with a few more of those big boys). The lens that's being held by the young lady will set you back about £10k by itself - or a new set of tyres for Porker if you want to think of it in those terms Wink

Guiness

Biosphere wrote:


By the way, I'd take Hertfordshire's finest bike museum and the porkers anyday Very Happy


Very Happy. Yup

I wonder if women say the same to Bartali " Mr B I don't care if you're old and grey but your rich with Parlees abd Porkers soi I'll take you anyday." !!!

Sorry B - just playing along. Couldn't resist. All I had in my head was the advert I've seen of a gorgeois yound model frolleking all over a very old man just for his money.
Bartali

Guiness wrote:
All I had in my head was the advert I've seen of a gorgeois yound model frolicking all over a very old man just for his money.
Laughing  Laughing  Laughing In my dreams ....
Slapshot 3

Biosphere wrote:
Slapshot 3 wrote:
Arbitrary....are you there yet mate??? WinkWink


Nope.


Just wait.....it'll mean nothing till the week beforehand!!

Slapshot 3 wrote:
Secretly chaps, wouldn't we all fancy a "nice batcave and a Porsche" and Bio have you told Mrs Bio about that Wink

Mrs. Bio knows that this is the bat cave I want to be let loose in (and she knows she's invited along to help me leg it with a few more of those big boys). The lens that's being held by the young lady will set you back about £10k by itself - or a new set of tyres for Porker if you want to think of it in those terms Wink



The one in her hand ( †Rolling Eyes †) is the 800mm F4 L series, bottom shelf left looks like the 600 f4 L series, bottom shelf right the 500mm. (at a glance...)

I have to say boys I think †i'd be with Bio, all that Canon technology... now if they would leave a couple of Eos 1d Mk3s lying around as well 580 Flash guns, remote flash power packs.......
Mrs John Murphy

You're thrifty, you're nifty, you're nearly fifty.
Slapshot 3

Mrs John Murphy wrote:
You're thrifty, you're nifty, you're nearly fifty.


Bloody Kids!!!
Biosphere

Well since Mrs Slapshot has got 50+ weeks to save up for next years day of romance, you could drop a few hints on this one

http://www.the-digital-picture.co...00mm-f-5.6-L-USM-Lens-Review.aspx

A good used model will only set her back $120k Shocked

Apologies to the 360ish forum members with no interest in these things †Wink
Bartali

$120k!! You could get a bike for that!!
Guiness

Bartali wrote:
$120k!! You could get a bike for that!!


What the f***!!! Is this one bike made of gold??! I'd be able to buy a whole shop of bikes for that money!
Bartali

Very Happy  Very Happy  Very Happy   ... but I'd rather have another bike than a bloody big lens!

$120K .... might just about get one of Coppi's Bianchi for that?
Slapshot 3

Would be nice but even I would have to baulk at that price, besides I can't think of what I'd want to do with it really. A nice 300 f2.8 or the 70-200 F2.8 zoom would do the job.....and save a packet!!
Guiness

Slapshot 3 wrote:
... besides I can't think of what I'd want to do with it really.


It would just have to be a piece of art that you hang on the wall! Wouldn't really go in my house. Probably only suits Bartali's bike cave! The beautiful museum of bikes  Smile
SlowRower

Guiness wrote:
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Deep I know.....


Positively subterrainean, I'd say.

The key to a harmonious relationship is accept that people might change over time, but they might not, or even change adversely and there's no point getting shacked up with an envisaged future version of someone if there's something about the current version you really don't like.

In my case, I've found it very helpful in terms of offsetting my numerous failings to be enthusiastic, prolific and moderately talented in...



















































...the kitchen. Smile
Guiness

SlowRower wrote:
Guiness wrote:
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Deep I know.....


Positively subterrainean, I'd say.


You have a way with words, mate.  Smile

SlowRower wrote:

there's no point getting shacked up with an envisaged future version of someone if there's something about the current version you really don't like.


Wise words oh mighty weekend warrior! If you can't live with them no amount of rose-tinted glasses will change them.  You can't force love out of your heart so don't try ....  all you can do is learn how to live without them. Let them go and move on. You owe it to yourself to be available for when the right person does come along. Love is like a bus stop, there's always going to be another opportunity for the bus to stop again -- if we are ready for it at the bus stop.  We just won't be ready to find it if we are pining for a love that is not healthy. We owe it to ourselves to always know we deserve what's best and healthy.

SR - Iíve been through a lot of weird, sad, hurtful, and painful stuff, but you donít hear me bitching about it all the time.  It happened.  Itís in the past.  I do get carried away with some deep stuff sometimes. My tip to any guy (or woman) is:  Move on.  It does get better.

SlowRower wrote:

In my case, I've found it very helpful in terms of offsetting my numerous failings to be enthusiastic, prolific and moderately talented in...

...the kitchen. Smile


Ha Ha Ha!!! Very Happy  Very Happy  Very Happy  Took me a while to see "the kitchen" at the end of your message! Had me laughing. So what sweet pudding do you make to stir the passion in Mrs SR? A rolly-polly or a spotted dick?   Wink  
Sorry - couldn't resist!
SlowRower

Guiness wrote:
SlowRower wrote:

In my case, I've found it very helpful in terms of offsetting my numerous failings to be enthusiastic, prolific and moderately talented in...

...the kitchen. Smile


Ha Ha Ha!!! Very HappyVery HappyVery Happy †Took me a while to see "the kitchen" at the end of your message! Had me laughing. So what sweet pudding do you make to stir the passion in Mrs SR? A rolly-polly or a spotted dick? † Wink
Sorry - couldn't resist!


Sticky Toffee Pudding never fails to hit the spot.

Although, that's not to underplay the impact of the Baked American Cheesecake.

(Both from one Gary Rhodes tome or another. He might be a spikey-haired p*llock, but he knows his puddings!)

Unfortunately, my meringue sank to the occasion recently and I've been banned from even attempting another Pavlova. I blame Jamie Oliver. No particular reason, as it wasn't one of his recipes, but he just deserves it. Smile
Slapshot 3

My whisky Bread and Butter Pudding hits the mark, with any woman....Mrs S fights them off with a stick!!

When she was ill wayyyyyyyy in the past, I had two options, starve or learn to cook, I learnt to cook. Specialities....Italian, Chinese and Indian, though I'll try anything and everything, my indian rice pud is good as well.

Mrs S's dietry issues means that puds are not a regular thing in here which is disappointing but she does go out some nights.

Mix up some eggs milk and icing sugar and soak two slices of stalish bread in the mix, heat frying pan up and put in a decent sized knob of butter in and fry the two slices of bread on both sides. In another pan melt some butter and caster sugar together, not too much, and once melted add in a couple of generous tablespoons of double cream. Once your caramel (it's a very soft caramel) is ready slice some bananas lengthwise and drop them in the caramel to cook and soften. Now make a sarnie, bread then the bananas and caramel then the other slice of bread serve with a very large dollop of thick thick cream........heaven!!
SlowRower

Slapshot 3 wrote:
My whisky Bread and Butter Pudding hits the mark, with any woman....Mrs S fights them off with a stick!!


Mrs SR has just dumped me and is heading north as we speak, armed with a bottle single malt...Smile

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