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Cromer, Norfolk, United Kingdom

I'm a former hospital radio/club/mobile DJ, avid record collector and amateur musician (playing guitar, keyboards, recorder, harmonica and percussion.) I've even filled in on bass guitar for a couple of local bands as well (although that was quite a few years ago). Also interested in Motorsports, Wrestling/Mixed Martial Arts and Classic Television and Radio from the 1960s - 1980s.

Why am I on here? Well, I'm just trying to make some sense of life before it's too late...but who cares anyway?

Saturday, 29 August 2015

Time To Make That Move

Well, I've had a few days away from About With Friends, and I've slowly come to the conclusion that it's now got to the point where it's not worth going all the way over there to basically be told that there's nothing for me to do.  For example: on Monday I went in as normal, just stood around as various members did a computer assignment, then when I checked to see if there was anything else I could get on with I was just told "go and entertain yourself for an hour or so."  It's been getting frustrating to say the least, as in the last couple of months there have been several staff members, who would have normally given me plenty of work to keep me going, leaving the charity.

In the meantime (as I mentioned on Monday) I've recently started doing some data entry work for the LDN Research Trust.  A few days ago, they sent over some work for me to do which is a lot more complex than what I've done in that past for them, and it also involves some checking up on the internet to verify the contact details these organisations provided, so it would need a lot more time to be devoted to the task than the other stuff I've done. It's also home-based stuff, with all communications done via e-mail, which is perfect for me.

So after weighing everything up, there's really only one decision I can make.  Sure, several people at AWF won't be happy about it, but I really need to be somewhere where I have plenty to do, be productive and be proud of what I achieve, not sitting around waiting for the next task and stagnating. And if that means leaving AWF, then so be it.

I think it's time to drop a pipe bomb.....

Monday, 24 August 2015

Getting Cynical As I Get Older

So this is where I stand having slowly come to terms with (in no particular order) becoming a 50-something, dealing with type 2 diabetes, and my chances of getting a job lessening with each day that goes by.  (that last bit is just my opinion but others will say I’m just being defeatist.)

For starters I’ve had two job interviews in the space of a month:  one at Wensum Tailoring outside Norwich and the other at Drury’s Transport in North Walsham.  Both interviews seemed to go well, and I was hoping that I’d at least get some feedback.  It’s too early to judge on the North Walsham job, but Wensum Tailoring (so it appears to me) simply hasn’t bothered to reply, having now being over a month since the interview - and according to Universal Jobmatch the job has now been filled.  Methinks I might as well write that one off then.

It’s not exactly all go at About With Friends either.  I ended up taking two weeks off from there last month due to the fact that there simply wasn’t any work for me to get on with.  In the meantime, I’ve got involved with the LDN Research Trust, a charity which aims to initiate research into the benefits of Low Dose Naltrexone, and assist those patients who could benefit from the treatment.  It’s basic data entry stuff which I can easily do at home, and it’s also connected to a conference in Florida which is due to take place sometime next year.  As for About With Friends, I’m slowly getting to the same situation I had last month - where I was going over there only to be told that there wasn’t anything for me to do, so I end up struggling to occupy myself for three hours. An ideal scenario would be for me to go in as usual, but instead of what happens now, I have the stuff that the LDN Research trust supply to me in the event of the AWF staff not having a task for me to get on with.  I happened to suggest this to the Work Skills manager this morning, and he appears to be fine with the idea, as he thinks of it as “one charity helping another”.  Whether any of the others will let me go ahead with it is another matter.

So what else is going to happen?