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 Post subject: Re: April whinges - please whinge away in here!
PostPosted: 29 May 2018, 00:46 
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PostPosted: 03 Jun 2018, 19:30 
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I am so sick of badly-behaved dogs. I don't particularly blame the dogs themselves, because I don't suppose it's very nice being cooped up in a garden because your owner can't be bothered taking you out for a walk in hot weather, or being tied to a table whilst your owner has a drink and a cake, but does it not occur to the owners that the barking and yapping might be upsetting other people? One person had three dogs tied to a table, yapping their heads off, and seemed totally oblivious to the fact that everyone else trying to enjoy sitting out in the sun was giving them filthy looks and that a little kid at the next table was practically in tears. And my neighbour seems to think that yelling at his dog to shut up makes it OK for it to bark its head off every time anyone else goes out in their garden. Gah!!

I have great sympathy with everyone who was hassled by Bruno.

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PostPosted: 03 Jun 2018, 20:52 
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I agree Alison. My pet hate is dog owners' who watch their dogs run up to you growling and say something along the lines of 'oh he's only trying to be friendly!'. My daughter was traumatised by a young dog jumping up on her stroller when she was a toddler. She used to scream whenever a dog came near her and at the age of 26 she is still very wary of dogs. The owner of the dog thought it was very funny!


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PostPosted: 04 Jun 2018, 06:55 
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Jools wrote:
I agree Alison. My pet hate is dog owners' who watch their dogs run up to you growling and say something along the lines of 'oh he's only trying to be friendly!'. My daughter was traumatised by a young dog jumping up on her stroller when she was a toddler. She used to scream whenever a dog came near her and at the age of 26 she is still very wary of dogs. The owner of the dog thought it was very funny!


Exactly the same happened to me, when I was still in a pushchair (according to my mum). It's certainly true that I was terrified of dogs until well into my adulthood.

I'm much better these days (in my 60s), although I'm still wary of large dogs that I don't know. I think the fact that my brother kept Dobermans for many years helped, although I was certainly scared of them in the early years. But he kept his dogs under proper control, which helped a lot.

Generally, the problem is not the dogs, but irresponsible owners, as is the case with dog mess on our pavements.

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PostPosted: 05 Jun 2018, 07:30 
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Hugs to everyone who needs them and sympathies to everyone with dog problems! I'm hesitating to post this but having moved countries for my new job... I'm really not sure it's working out. By that, I mean it's quite difficult and I've been very miserable because of a number of factors (thanks to Abbey in particular for her support recently!) but I am reluctant to walk away when I am making key contacts, taking a step up, and, perhaps most importantly, when the job market in my sector is so poor and I've just moved countries. All in all to say I'm unexpectedly miserable in a very beautiful country and it's been tough going recently.


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Sorry to hear that it's not going well - hope things improve x.

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PostPosted: 05 Jun 2018, 08:46 
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That's a pity, roversgirl - so sorry to hear that. Paws crossed for you that things improve, and sending positive wishes. I have to say that I felt rather similar about my first term at university (OK, not in a different country, but still a huge change), but things improved once I'd got some new friends and sorted out what I wanted to do with my spare time, to the extent that I hated to leave at the end of three years...I'm not saying that that's the answer to your problems, of course, but very much hope that you can find one.


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Give yourself time to settle in Roversgirl, it would be similar if you moved departments. One girl I know moved from Childerenswear to Menswear and spent the first 3 weeks hating every minute. Now, she's been there 4 years and loves it! She said it was that she felt a bit like a fish out of water (a newbie if you like!) until she got to know about the new department. She said she felt like an idiot when customers asked about things that she didn't know yet. So,
' If you don't know, ask!' If dealing with customers just say 'hang on, I'm fairly new, I'll go and find someone who'll know more'. That way people are more likely to be sympathetic.

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PostPosted: 05 Jun 2018, 12:10 
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((((roversgirl)))) so sorry to hear that. I felt really unsettled here (huge language problems, no friends and not earning any money when I'd been used to paying my way since leaving uni), and frequently unhappy and having to hide it from SLOC who was loving it. I missed my kids, my family and my friends, but it did improve with time and I'm much more settled now. The language however is still a problem - I'm not a natural linguist! :lol:

Hang in there and hopefully it will improve.


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PostPosted: 05 Jun 2018, 17:00 
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I'm sorry you're so miserable there, roversgirl, when, as you say, it is a beautiful country. But you are stuck in a big city, and they're always more impersonal, so hopefully things will improve both job wise and otherwise once you get to know more people.

Bonne chance!

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PostPosted: 05 Jun 2018, 17:16 
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I think some countries are much more welcoming to foreigners than others (the Czechs are not really welcoming at all, they are highly suspicious of difference, especially in the villages, for example) and so it can be really hard to settle and even harder to feel accepted.

If I remember correctly you are in Switzerland which, from various past experiences, I would class as one of those countries that it takes a while to find one's way in.

I do know how very hard it can be but as you say, you are making key contacts, and it is a step up jobwise, so it would be a pity not to hang in there a while longer.

If you can find a point of entry, like joining some sort of interest group, like a choir perhaps if that is to your liking, or a walking group or some such thing, then that might help ease the journey.

Thinking of you and the very best of luck. Do use us to work off steam!

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PostPosted: 05 Jun 2018, 19:34 
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Thanks all - support much appreciated! While cestina is right on, the major factor is my employment - about which I don't want to say much more here. My main conclusion of the last 48 hours was I wish the job market and world in general were much fairer across the board ;-) Thanks again all - the virtual support means a lot :)


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PostPosted: 05 Jun 2018, 20:17 
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Good luck Roversgirl. I don't really have anything to add, other than that time is a great healer and things will hopefully improve. Even if the job isn't great, trying to maximise enjoyment outside work should improve things .


Now for my own rant...

As you may remember I had surgery on my left shoulder last year. Now my right shoulder seems to be going the same way. I went to see my Gp today, he seemed rather concerned by this development - there was a distinct lack of reassurance that I'll be fine (Mind you, the last time he tried that line, I asked him what made him so sure). He has referred me for a scan, so it's great he's taking it seriously but I'm definitely rather worried.


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PostPosted: 05 Jun 2018, 23:19 
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Sorry to hear that, exile - but on the whole, I'd much rather a doctor took my health problems seriously than not - and I think what you're saying is that you would too. But yes, of course it's of concern - backs, shoulders and necks are painful things when they get out of kilter. Can you see the same consultant as last time?


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PostPosted: 06 Jun 2018, 06:26 
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That's worrying Exile, but as Noreen says - much better that your doctor is taking it seriously! Shoulder/neck/back pain is miserable.


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PostPosted: 06 Jun 2018, 06:39 
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Thanks, exile. Yes, that's the plan! Sorry to hear about that but glad it's been taken seriously. Do you have a long wait?


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PostPosted: 06 Jun 2018, 15:31 
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A repair man has just been to investigate changing the washer in the cold tap part of a mixer tap in my son's kitchen.

He's supposed to be a plumber, for heaven's sake!

He also made the huge mistake of calling me 'darling' at least twenty times in five minutes.

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PostPosted: 06 Jun 2018, 15:56 
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exile wrote:
As you may remember I had surgery on my left shoulder last year. Now my right shoulder seems to be going the same way. I went to see my Gp today, he seemed rather concerned by this development - there was a distinct lack of reassurance that I'll be fine (Mind you, the last time he tried that line, I asked him what made him so sure). He has referred me for a scan, so it's great he's taking it seriously but I'm definitely rather worried.

That happened to me, too, Exile. The second one started about two years after the first one was done and I wasn't a happy bunny, as shoulders do tend to take a while to settle down afterwards, and the number of nerves in the shoulder area make the recovery time very painful. Having said that, they are both now fine, although arthritis is creeping into the left one, but that's own to old age! :evil: Good luck!

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Thanks guys. Not sure how long I will have to wait for the scan, my GP said he would ask them to do it ASAP but that they are over-stretched so it probably won't be that soon. I think that if I did need to be referred it would be to the same consultant. I hope so anyway, as he is a lovely guy and has a very good reputation. I also wonder if he remembers cheerfully assuring me that in a year's time I wouldn't notice any difference between my shoulders...

For added entertainment, at some point my notes have been messed up so my medical records say that I had surgery on my right shoulder rather than the left one!


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PostPosted: 07 Jun 2018, 06:28 
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Fingers crossed it happens soon and you get the right treatment! Oh yes, like my left wrist is the injured one and I couldn't walk on my right side, not the left! I always feel for whoever is left to write up doctor's notes. I assume it's a thankless task and these things happen :lol:


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