Asking for a little help when you are down

In which needing someone else’s help is hard but important.

It’s a strange topic to talk about today because I’m pretty happy. That’s because today is Mine and Mrs G’s third wedding anniversary. Even though we are not even out of the good anniversaries yet (this one is leather) it still seems like a long time. That is meant in a good way.

Wedding photo of Mr and Mrs G
She’s done well to put up with me

Often this blog is very flippant and doesn’t take things seriously, hopefully readers understand that and don’t think I’m just some random angry little man with access to the internet (surely if I was I would be more active on Twitter). One of the reasons for this is that I have been in a place where I have let life become too serious and feared it would take the heart of me. That now seems like even longer ago.

Just like many other people I have had moments where my mental health has not been as robust as it could have been, I have been treated for depression. I look at it as just another illness I had, and just like asthma or hay-fever I had treatment for it and got better. Even so, I still take precautions to make sure I don’t have another bout of the blues.

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Wear sunscreen

In which I impart my advice to the class of 94.

After just listening to the amazing Everybody’s Free (To Wear Sunscreen) I’ve just though about what I would tell myself if I could go back to talk to myself while I was at school.

Back then I was a 14 year old not really knowing what I wanted to do and ready to lived a life where I have changed jobs numerous times, moved house twice, and had some not-very-good times and had some amazing time. What have I learnt? What pearls of wisdom can I dispense? What advice can I give?

Ladies and Gentleman of the class of 1994…
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Making the same mistakes

In which making the same mistakes over and over is not a problem.

They say the definition of madness is making the same mistakes over and over again. It could be keep gambling your money away, going out with the wrong kind of people or just writing the same post that you did 10 days ago.

I’ve made plenty of mistakes that I keep on repeating, but my tenacity in finding new ways to go wrong has got me to the great place in life I’m currently in. It took a walk around the zoo to make me realise this.

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PC Wizard made me smash my computer

In which someone tries to use my computer against me.

I’ve just had a scam call from some random company called PC Wizard letting me know that there are some files causing my computer to run slow, and because they are kind and altruistic they would help me to fix it. I am so lucky, here I am with a computer that is barely able to run The Witcher 3 on high settings and can only just get Skyrim to run with a few hundred mods, because the computer International Rescue has fired up Thunderbird 1 (let’s be honest…Thunderbird 2 was always the best one) and found out that my computer is not as fast as it should be.

Let’s be honest, the moment they started speaking I knew its a con. Firstly how can someone else tell me computer has problems without even looking at it and secondly they are going to either do something illegal to my computer or charge me for it. If you ever have a call from a company claiming that your computer or internet is running slow then just hang up. Also tell your friends and relatives to do the same, especially if they are not very computer literate. They prey on people’s unfamiliarity with computers to trick you into purchasing their wares (or possibly worse – installing a virus to steal personal data) and it’s very easy to confuse those who are not technophiles.

The con works in this basic way, you get a call saying something is slow with your computer and you think “why yes of course it is, I always think my computer isn’t as fast as it should be”. And then they start to do their snake oil salesman tricks on you, let me show you how…

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