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Well, this hasn't aged well. I wonder what armin thinks of this looking back now.

 

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yeah, in my case my previous phone was about to crap out, so I needed to replace it asap. Got good trade-in value from Samsung as well and a bunch of extra goodies/Samsung Care+
I made the payments through Affirm and my credit card, which is why it took me ~2.5 months to finally get out of it haha
no interest rate, which was the best
Adding on to this, more as a random thought than anything serious.

@Gagi my previous phone was a budget Samsung Galaxy A50, bought toward the end of 2019 but unused until late 2020. I used it mainly for spotify and android auto, but recently I started seeing huge lag and major drops in performance. The phone was not very responsive, had an awful battery life, and was slow to recharge. My biggest concern was that it would suddenly stop working, leaving me unable to use Android Auto/GPS. So I saw that Samsung had some pretty good offers for the Flip, and I found a way to make it work within my budget.
My next phone 2-3 years from now will likely be an iPhone flagship, but for that I'll just make a one-time payment on my credit card. I will definitely take advantage of interest-free financing for my next electronic purchase, though: a gaming laptop (which I plan on buying toward mid 2023).
 

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USA critical infrastructure is being attacked at my neighboring states (the Carolinas), this could get way worse real quick...
 

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So far unclaimed/unknown, Prime suspects are (various) anarchy groups. (Eco terrorists, Ancap's etc.)
Correct, we don't exactly know who. Most likely domestic terrorists being guided by a foreign country, but that is conspiracy-y.

By whom and how?
The North Carolina attack was coordinated/planned and aimed at power substations. Lots of people are without electricity right now. Not sure what exactly the attackers did.
 

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hey, what are you up to, unfortunately I have to spend the evening at home today and it wears me amazingly! have a nice evening ;)
but it's trance and i'm happy!
 

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Hi IXM, hope you feel a bit better soon. Ive been doing a remix for LostLegend. Going pretty well. Almost done, Finish it and sending tomorrow. Im just about to watch the football. Im English so im wearing my England Top tonight and moved on to the G & T! ( from Bud, 🙈)

Have a good one!
 

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Hi everybody.

Yesterday I made progress with my fatigue. I am so happy about this.
- incase I haven’t seemed myself this last few weeks I will give a little story of what happened to me.

2 years ago. November 2020 i caught covid as my fiancé had it and had caught it from a friend. It was before the vaccines were available. The initial friend who we got it from became very ill and was hospitalised. She is a Nurse but can no longer see patients due to health issues so does coordinater management work. ( community nhs team)

My girlfriend got covid worse than me when we had it, and for a few weeks after used to get out of breath more than me.

6 weeks later. Something happened at work. ( i also work as nhs community health care worker ) which indicated i had a problem with my bladder.
This problem didnt go away and has continued since and is being fully investegated although no diagnosis can be made despite scans, tests and ha hmm a very recent camera procedure down the little chap. ( nice!) 😆. Cystoscopy - had it on Tuesday 4 days ago. Painful so horrible I kept making loud odd high pitched noises. I apologised but the consultant said its fine, people often throw fists at him during the procedure.

Luckily the moment it was over the consultant told me, its not cancer but we aren’t actually sure what it is causing your symptoms. - I shook his hand. A big relief but still, im not sure what’s causing it.

Ive been off work for 5 weeks because I physically crashed at work and had to sit ln my car for over an hour to get my breath back. It actually took 2 hours during which my Pulse ( not PWM😃) had raised by 25% for all of that time. ( I had my finger oxymeter that measures pulse and blood oxygen) my blood oxygen levels were well below healthy during that 2 hours too.

Anyway i was given time off work and work has been very supportive. My GP has been incredible.
I have been diagnosed with post covid fatigue and now belong to a supporti group to help me. I have been afraid i may not be able to work with patients again as over the past few weeks there have been times i have been exhausted after doing such little it’s unbelievable.
- But yesterday, progress was made. My fiancé is getting very tired as she is both looking after me, her daughter and working 30 hours a week as an nhs community maternity support worker and unfortunately work has been incredibly busy lately. So i thought i would help out more round the house while she was at work. I did a mountain of washing up. Could have made a sculpture out of the results! 😃. I then emptied the washing machine ( dryer) which produced a massive ikea bag load of washing to put away. I was going to do half but just kept thinking how tired my fiancé is. I did it all! I then trimmed my beard, my fiancé was hinting it had become a bit bristly and uncomfortable for her. ( well i cant have that can I 😁) After doing those 3 physical things I sat on my bed and realized I didn’t take a rest during any of it. I was only breathing a little faster and my pulse was a bit higher but no more than expected.

I hadn’t been this good at physical stuff for a month without suffering. But… i was doing well today. So happy because i aswell as not being able to work had wandered if id ever be able to go to a trance club night againnas recently had to give away an Anjunadeep ticket to my mate. I also wondered, if my music ever gets enough fans etc i might not actually be able to play propper live performances again. ( ive had to cancel all electronic open mic performances which i was to do which gutted me). Missed performing at my electronic open mic group Christmas performance! ☹️

Finished a track at home that night instead. At least ive had my ‘cupboard of creativity’ - writing music has been my therapy so im grateful i could do that.

And - just incase I’ve been a slight dick on here ever, I apologise as there have been low times.2 days ago, the day the nurses were on strike I actually cried propperly for the first time in many years, i was writing about the nhs at the time on a electronic producers Facebook post about the support he had for the nhs.

- I now have hope and my dreams ( which include positive change in music scene etc) are still allive as I feel im going to beat this!

🤜✊🏽👊🏿✌️🕊😌🕉🕉🕉✌️✌️✌️❤️❤️❤️🫶🫶🫶🫶🫶🫶🫶🫶🫶🫶🫶🫶🫶
 
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This post made my morning, nice one @Bobby Summa

all the best man 🙏

Jetflag, Im a bit speechless as what to say at your touching response. ( that never happens 😁)

All i can say, is bless you dude! 🫶
Incidentally ( the producer I mentioned was Solarstone’s post about nhs support) i was reading some very sad responses from nhs nurses so added my story but with a positive edge to it)
 
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Alright, been to see a man about a car today. I was a bit hungover, so the day still feels a bit foggy, but the car, as expected, is fantastic.

It's a 2011 Giulietta, and as you can imagine, it's drop-dead gorgeous, inside and out. Full leather inside, Bose sound system (with a sub in the trunk), with a rather small 1.4 l engine which packs a big punch (170 hp). Got to drive it around a little - not enough to get a feel for it but enough to spin the wheels...three times.

The issue is the cost. Initial purchase is 7k, but I need 1k more just to be able to drive it - registration, tires and service. And then there are some city driving little wounds on the paint itself, as well as just regular maintenance etc. which can be taken care of later.

I have the money, but it's at my limits basically. Would empty my savings almost - and that's if everything is ok and no surprise costs pop up. I have some trips planned up, as well as a change of phone, so it will be tough.

Right now though, I'm just weighing up - do I like it enough that I would splash out that much? And if I don't, what else can I find in that same price range (seems very little)?

Very difficult.
 
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Alright, been to see a man about a car today. I was a bit hungover, so the day still feels a bit foggy, but the car, as expected, is fantastic.

It's a 2011 Giulietta, and as you can imagine, it's drop-dead gorgeous, inside and out. Full leather inside, Bose sound system (with a sub in the trunk), with a rather small 1.4 l engine which packs a big punch (170 hp). Got to drive it around a little - not enough to get a feel for it but enough to spin the wheels...three times.

The issue is the cost. Initial purchase is 7k, but I need 1k more just to be able to drive it - registration, tires and service. And then there are some city driving little wounds on the paint itself, as well as just regular maintenance etc. which can be taken care of later.

I have the money, but it's at my limits basically. Would empty my savings almost - and that's if everything is ok and no surprise costs pop up. I have some trips planned up, as well as a change of phone, so it will be tough.

Right now though, I'm just weighing up - do I like it enough that I would splash out that much? And if I don't, what else can I find in that same price range (seems very little)?

Very difficult.
I'd put $5,000 down and finance $4,000. You'll want to have cash in hand for any possible repairs, especially for a used car from 11 years ago.
Not sure how interest rates are like in Serbia, though. In the US that downpayment makes sense even if our rates are at 5-6%.
 

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I'd put $5,000 down and finance $4,000. You'll want to have cash in hand for any possible repairs, especially for a used car from 11 years ago.
Not sure how interest rates are like in Serbia, though. In the US that downpayment makes sense even if our rates are at 5-6%.
I can pay it straight cash and still have some left over, I did some math late yesterday. Will tighten my budget surely but it seems more and more viable. That said, would love to get a price reduction, though it seems like he won't get it down.
 
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I can pay it straight cash and still have some left over, I did some math late yesterday. Will tighten my budget surely but it seems more and more viable. That said, would love to get a price reduction, though it seems like he won't get it down.
Send us a pic once you have it
 
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Having a bit of a classic trance rave on Christmas Eve, got everything set up and tested today :LOL:

Doing the same at the NYE do I’m going to, will be more modern stuff at that one.

Food, loads of booze and trance, should be an utter train wreck :ROFLMAO:

Sounds great, but …new years eve I’ve been invited to my local working mans club to watch an elderly lady sing. £10 bargain!

Maybe you can pop daaawwnn south for an hour at 10pm to give me a rest from same old 70s songs!

(its a lovely friendly club and shes a great singer - Still prefer some Trance Bangers tho! 🕺🏼👯‍♀️💃🫶 )
 
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I got all 21 albums of sheet music of Brian Crain

over 1,100 pages of sheet music to go through and he gave it to me for free.
 

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I'm just about to sell my car, for a loss of about $3,000. Not bad after 8 months of ownership. Still need to schedule delivery of my new car before the end of the year.

@jetflag you'll be very surprised at what I'm getting... :)
 
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