Jakz

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from London, England

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    • Well...

      3 years ago

      Jakz

      that last journal plan didn't go too well did it!

    • Free Thoughts - 0

      4 years ago

      Jakz

      So I've figured that I really don't post enough, so I came up with a solution; when you see journals with the above title they will be part of my all new:

      Gavin Free to Rest of World Translation Service!

      There is a lot of rubbish that spew from the mouth of one of our two favourite British staff members, but some times there are glimpses of something deeper that I feel needs someone else to explain them for him. These are not necesarily 'British' issues, more a block somewhere between Gav's brain and mouth.

      This page will act as my root, contents and intro.

      If you have any ideas for things that Gavin has said that need better explanation then please respond in comments and I'll do my best to decode.

      Look out for new journals coming soon!

    • 4 years ago

      Jakz

      So, whats be going on with me?
      Well....
      smiley9.gif Completed 4 out of 5 Great British Swims - 1 mile each in open water next/last in Scotland on August 25th.
      smiley9.gif A promotion of sorts to now be the "Quality Manager", trying to get out company to get some random certification
      smiley9.gif Got a pay rise, and maybe a considerable bonus if we pass said certification
      smiley9.gif Told my company's directors that they have all be lazy and misinformed
      smiley9.gif Booked my ticket, accomodation and flights to RvBTO - going by first class on a cheap airline
      smiley9.gif Turned 26 on Friday
      smiley9.gif Going to Munich on Thursday to race Porsches for free paid for by one of our suppliers at work

      As some of you know, as my birthday is in the middle of the year I make birthday resolutions instead of New Year's resolutions. Last year my plans were to get fitter, be more creative, and introduce more colour to my wardrobe.

      This year my main resolution is to not over-think things. I usually have a terrible habit of pre-editing pretty much everything, from how I talk, dress and act. Less so on here, and that was certainly what was liberating about TO last year, that I felt I could release the inner-geek that I usually keep private. So being more 'me' is something I have been considering since then, but I thought that this year I felt I really needed to set it to myself as a challenge.
      To thine own self be true.

      So, do you have any ideas of other things I should try? Or what would be your challanges?

    • woop!

      4 years ago

      Jakz

      Its my birthday!! Yup, Friday 13th.

      Better update coming soon (when I sober up).

    • Ch-ch-ch-changes

      5 years ago

      Jakz

      So whats new with me? Well I'm a cartoon character now.

      Seriously though...

      I've been made a manager at my work. In fact I'm now the Quality Manager. Can't wait to get that as a business card! In practice what it means is that I now have about a month and a half to get my company to pass an audit of business practice. My predecessor did a fantastic job at putting various policies and procedures in place, got us certified, and then was fired. In the 9 months since then, nothing has been done, all the policies and procedures have not been actioned, and now it is left to me to get it all fixed and ready to work. Genius. Our audit is on August 1st.

      Regardless of whether we pass or fail on August 3rd, however, I get out of the country and come back to RvBTO2012! I had been hoping so much that I'd be able to make it back, especially as its the last. ITs strange that it feels like so much and so little has changed. It feels like it was only a month or two ago that I was there last. This time I'm also planning to make a more concerted effort to job hunt in the hopes of moving that side of the pond. As far as I can tell I'm only a job offer away from being able to get residency if I requested.

      *EDIT*
      How could I forget. Last year I signed up to an open water mile-long swim for charity in Lake Windermere, very famous lake in England that from top to bottom is over 26miles long. It's in a gorgeous part of the country called the Lake District (guess how it got that name). I completed the race in 34m56, with which I was ecstatic. and raised over £1000 for charity.

      To give you a hint how tricky it can be the water last year was 13C (55.4F), and one guy died part way round.

      This year I have signed up to do it again, but also four others in the series. My target is to get under 30minutes as that would put me in the 'Elite' category, and lets face it, how cool would that be!

      About a month ago I competed in the Great London Swim in the Thames, right outside the the Excel centre where the London Comicon was being held. The water was warm but the wind was a bastard, meaning I completed it in 35m29. Yesterday I competed in the the Great East Swim in 32m40! I am over the moon with that time. If I can shave off that pesky 2m40 I'll be an elite!

      Only Windermere this Sunday, Manchester the Sunday after, (a break where I go to RvBTO) and then finally Scotland on August 25th.



      So whats new with you?

    • 5 years ago

      Jakz
    • Surpriiiiiiise (buttsex)

      5 years ago

      Jakz

      I am currently watching the fairly trash-tv show "One Upon A Time". The premise is about Rumplestiltskin changing the path of all the famous fairy stories with the main linchpin being that the Evil Queen has put a curse on every other fairy story character (making them forget who they really are) and transporting them to modern-day America. The reason for this is because she is Jealous of Snow White and Prince Charming. To maintain their cover all the characters have been given real-world names; the Queen is called Regina (which comes from the Latin to mean Queen). Anyway, what name do they give Prince Charming...James!

      So I have been rather behind in listening to the podcasts, and I have only caught up to last week's episode today. They were talking about how the podcasts are (obviously) recorded and that how strange it would be if all the podcasts were recorded individually when to my surprise Gus chimes in at the back "Hello James". I nearly shat bricks.

      I do love my name sometimes.

      Except when its used as the name of a chauffeur company in LA.

    • Punchline

      5 years ago

      Jakz

      I'm currently reading Around the World in 80 Days, I've just finished the last episode (season2) of Sherlock, and at uni I read Robinson Crusoe.

      All these men I've admired, as characters I love them. They are men of measured intelligence, and well travelled. As such, they are knowledgeable of the world and their limits within it. They can be cautious, and men of action when they reasonably believe they will win. Something that in many respects I've aspired to be like.

      However, they are also dicks to the people they are around, emotion is downplayed, and relationships get started and dropped for convenience. Something I definitely don't want to be, although sometimes I fear I get close to it.

      It feels weird to have such a juxtaposition about these characters that I used to love the cynicism and clinical approach they had, where now I despise it.

      tl;dr - I love dicks.

    • Catch-up

      5 years ago

      Jakz

      After hearing so much about The Guild on the RTpodcast I decided to look it up, and yes I like it.

      Now I'm not a (MMO)RPG player, the last one I dabbled with being Everquest, but I can just about keep up having known those that play WoW, and currently working on Skyrim. What I'm mostly enjoying is getting to see Felicia Day doing a great job of cute gamer-girl, having developed quite a crush since Dr Horrible.

      Still, not as good as RvB (or PANICS which is my personal favourite)

    • New year new face

      5 years ago

      Jakz

      What do you think of the new profile pic?

  • Comments (312)

    • fluffnight FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      4 years ago

      Nice profile picture! Did you draw it?

    • krautmouse

      5 years ago

      hey man hope u had a good day today sa it was pretty damn cool :)

    • spastic_jedi

      5 years ago

      Well of COURSE we are visiting you!
      Also, seriously? You've NEVER been?? We may have to find a way to fix that.

    • madmanmoe Keeper of Shenanigans

      5 years ago

      Much appreciated my friend. we're doing everything we can to end this asap, and every day more and more people keep volunteering to go out and fight.

    • madmanmoe Keeper of Shenanigans

      5 years ago

      Yeah, i saw the riots on tv today. I understand how black people feel about police brutality and that they have to deal with it so much. they, and even Hispanics in the US, put up with so much and eventually something like this happens and the people just pop!

      I get it, i really do. but why the heck did they have to burn down businesses and apartments? that's messed up.

      With all the bad stuff that's happening here, I'm actually really grateful its not as bad as it could be. we could have become the next Ruwanda...Cambodia...or even Sri Lanka, but thank God we managed to keep things as civil as could have been expected under these conditions.

      Thanks for the best wishes, and I'm sure those who caused the chaos in London will be caught and prosecuted accordingly.

    • Cheshire_Cat FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Registration Team Lead

      5 years ago

      yes, of course! :)

    • AllisonDay

      5 years ago

      I wish everyone who went to TO was coming to Philly!!! Major sadface smiley2.gif

    • Cheshire_Cat FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Registration Team Lead

      5 years ago

      oh no! LOL

      Guess that means you'll just have to come back

    • Cheshire_Cat FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Registration Team Lead

      5 years ago

      late / sleepness night?

    • otter_be FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Butts Forum Moderator

      5 years ago

      Bahaha, you wrote it down, it's going to happen next year.

      IT'S PERMANENT NOW.

    • karlibean FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      5 years ago

      Glad to be of service.

    • acidrain700 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      5 years ago

      You get used to the heat, and by used to I mean you don't step out of the house unless it's absolutely necessary :D. I've been alright, having a summer break and not doing a whole hell of a lot, need to crack down on myself and be more productive with my free time.

      Good to see you had a fun time in Toronto, that's something I've been wanting to go to ever since the 2nd one or so, but funds are just always lacking at this time of year. So other than getting back from Toronto and dealing with turning 25 (a privileged I'll have in about 3 months), what's up with you?

    • whtsnk58

      5 years ago

      As in giving them or getting them? smiley8.gifsmiley8.gif

      Also, did you get that text I sent you?

    • spastic_jedi

      5 years ago

      BIRTHDAY BIRTHDAY BIRTHDAY! Only... it's almost over in my time... 15 MORE MINUTES OF CELEBRATION!

    • Cheshire_Cat FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Registration Team Lead

      5 years ago

      some of us are chatting on a free teamspeak server through Rooster Speak

    • AllisonDay

      5 years ago

      Happy Birthday!!! smiley13.gifsmiley12.gif

    • Lammy FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      5 years ago

      Happy Birthday!! From America!! ...worth a LITTLE less than Canadian wishes, but just as good!

    • Schraver FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Party Hard

      5 years ago

      Same here man. Do you have any future plans for next years RTX or anything of that sort? smiley9.gif

    • Schraver FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Party Hard

      5 years ago

      Hey man! This weekend was a BLAST! are you still in the area or did you fly out already? smiley9.gif

    • spastic_jedi

      5 years ago

      It was so nice meeting you this weekend! I hope you had a blast and that we will see you again next year! Have a safe trip home! smiley12.gif

    • Cheshire_Cat FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Registration Team Lead

      5 years ago

      Hi there! found you instead if you'd like to accept the add :)

    • queenspammy

      5 years ago

      You should swing by the Delta Chelsea, room 2004. We're all lounging around.

    • film_geek FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      5 years ago

      I do, thanks man, it's really appreciated.

    • SaraRose

      6 years ago

      LOL, thats amazing!!! Cool man!

    • SaraRose

      6 years ago

      Lol what day was it? I looked at it yesterday and it wasnt me! Haha...I'm sorry I'm totally stealing everyone's thunder.

    • SaraRose

      6 years ago

      For a moment I thought you meant i was FU again today, but I was thinking that had to be impossible. Lol!

    • Boomer FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold RTX London Head Guardian

      6 years ago

      hey dude...just putting the feelers out for RvB:UK 2011

      thinking of hosting RvB:UK 2011 Tues 25th - Thurs 27th October in order to maximise the chance of RT attendance, seeing as Gus, Geoff and Griffon are at MCM 28th-30th Oct

      do you think you'll be able to attend RvB:UK 2011?

    • James FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Volume III

      6 years ago

      Thanks! smiley0.gif

    • Mesk

      6 years ago

      Er....the movie was "Cidade de Deus". "Ciudad" is Spanish...
      And yeah. that was in the 1960's, though favela life hasn't changed that much. But it's mostly a matter of avoiding the favelas.

    • griffon FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      6 years ago

      i have three silkies: one rooster and two hens. they are marbled black and brown though

    • Kempob FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      6 years ago

      Hey hows it going? You live in London? That sounds pretty awesome. I'm originally from Las Vegas, Nevada so I know what its like to live in a bigger city too.

    • KumaDuo

      6 years ago

      Crafty crafty.

      It's a shame for you then that I must reveal my true home: someplace that is not where you think it is.
      (Hint: If you think that is where I am, you are wrong.)

      However, I am 100.03% sure where I actually reside is shark-with-a-fricking-laser-beam proof.

      It would seem your efforts will have gone to waste.

      But hey, it's the thought that counts, right?

    • Syldari

      6 years ago

      happy birthday! :)

    • KumaDuo

      6 years ago

      Why hello there more-or-less evil twin who has been displaced by time and location; I hope you are enjoying your birthday however many hours in advance of mine on this side of the planet.

    • clazziquai_

      6 years ago

      In reply to Jakz, #4:

      Haha, sun... haven't seen that thing in a while... Not quite the Australia I love =P Party good? I've been to a few lately... detox week this week...

      Okie =] First question then! So, I've been wandering around RvB for at least three or four years but I haven't been a part of the community, how does one get more involved in the RvB community?

      I've done ballet for fifteen years of my life, but in the last two/three years I've found my niche as hiphop and street and now competing in that~ I teach ballet to littlies though =] You into anything like that?

    • clazziquai_

      6 years ago

      In reply to Jakz, #1:

      =) Thanks for the adoption!

      Sheffiie - Clazzi to most people online though =S - pleasure to meet you!

      I'm great! Just had dance for three hours, how about you?

    • clazziquai_

      6 years ago

      Heya =) Thanks for the add! How are you? I'm Clazzi~

    • katti

      7 years ago

      Hello Jakzzzz!
      Thanks for commenting. I am doing much better than the last entry - it's pretty much been an upward spiral since then. Should probably make an update in the near to immediate future.
      Hope you are doing dandy
      xxx

    • kzuelch FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Voice of Freelancer Tex

      7 years ago

      Hey! I hope your paper is going well! I went to Stonehenge today and saw the Windsor Castle from afar today. We leave tomorrow. I wish I had more time here to really see the country. Very beautiful! Hugs

    • Mesk

      7 years ago

      Well considering that my hearing was muffled after the party and that I was uncomfortable at times I'd say it was too loud. What's more, the singing voices of every song were raised to a squeak in a way that every song sounded like it was sung by the same person. Lady Gaga sounded like Kesha who sounded like Blondie. That really dulls the experience in my opinion. I understand remixes but that's a bit much...

    • Mesk

      7 years ago

      Thanks, man! I had a great night! Music was a bit too loud though, to be honest...

    • KumaDuo

      7 years ago

      En Garde!
      Wait, that's French.
      ...
      Bring it on!
      Actually that sounds kind of lame.
      ...
      I'm out of ideas, so I'll just glare ominously at my monitor.

    • KumaDuo

      7 years ago

      I just noticed, we have the same birthday, but 1 year apart.
      I see you are also a student looking for employment.
      It looks like I might have a new evil twin.
      Unless I'm the evil one.... Always room for another!

    • MichyGeary FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Red vs. Blue Forum Moder

      7 years ago

      yay! update!

      I already posted my opinion to this episode in the previous post...just desperate to see the next one!

      Yeah, that's sort of what inspired me to make a new post. XD

    • HurriHam

      7 years ago

      Your alive!!!

    • acidrain700 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      7 years ago

      That's why it's a broke system, more often than not the featured user is inactive, you know it's bad when they don't even have a primary image.

    • acidrain700 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      7 years ago

      That is the highest modded image, Burnie verified it in a journal he posted a couple months ago. But like I stated, I don't care, especially now since FU isn't as big of a deal as it was in the past in how cluttered the main page has gotten, the Featured User part is pretty minor.

    • brandy606

      7 years ago

      merry FU day!!

    • philippeHC

      7 years ago

      happy FU day!!(:

    • rotors08

      7 years ago

      Congrats on FU :)

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