Mid July… I should write more

Wow, sorry I haven’t updated for 2 weeks folks. Here are the stories:

ShaneO had to go

(this should have been in the last update, before Kelly’s birthday)

Shane unfortunately didn’t get his visa and had to leave. So naturally we see him off by going down to Merlin’s on Shred night and drinking ourselves stupid while reminiscing etc. Highlights of the night included:

·          Liam putting Hugo in a headlock for timeout

·          Me continuing in my quest what I can get away with when it MC (this is not an intentional quest but seems a great idea at the time)

·          Many, many pints

·          Pool tournament

·          Getting refused any more beer since I was so wasted

Very hungover the next morning let me tell you. Shane had to go on a later bus he was so bad. I think it helped him pay the $250 to get 2 large boxes of stuff to his door in London.

I’ve since heard from him and he’s landed yet another well paying job and is having a good time, will see him in a few months.

Canada Day (1st July)

Got up, got to Dublin Gate just time, started drinking. Was pretty good, $10 pitchers, open at 8am, breakfast for $5. Everyone showed up… and everyone was disappointed. Dylan was there and said that this was as close to going to a game in England as he would get, nah, they are better.

Anyway, to cheer ourselves up we bought a load of food, went home and cooked a good fryup. Gotta hand it to everyone, its was good. The George Forman grills that me and Mike had worked a treat.

We then headed to Lost Lake, with the remaining beer to chill out in the sun for the rest of the day. Me and Andy finally “convinced” Janet to go in the water, mostly by sudden introduction to it. Alan managed to swim to the pontoons with an open can. Me and him then went onto one of the smaller pontoons and (with the help of some random family) tried to get it to turn over, and nearly succeeded.

On the way back, Alan and Liam had open cans on the street. Me, Caz and MC see cops approaching and try to signal Alan and Liam to hide the cans quick, and we continued to say aloud “hide the cans” as the cops drove right by (fortunately with the windows up). Cops turn their lights on and one of them hops out, this still seems unbeknownst to the lads. In fact, the copper couldn’t get them to stop until I turned round and pointed him out to Alan and Liam, worst fugitives ever. They were just asked to tip out their open cans and received a talking too about the $150 fine they could have gotten, or that they could be asked to tip out all their booze, open or not.

Merlin’s for tea, where the waitresses seemed to be becoming more rude. Then back up to house to watch some TV.

Glacier Skiing

Can’t remember which day I actually did this, but me and Mike went up the Glacier. Its great up there, the view has completely changed. The Glacier feels bigger when it’s the only place you can ski. It is true that it takes about an hour to get there and an hour to get back. The Glacier Camps folks are sweet riders, the tricks they pull are ridiculously good. The Moguls training is insane as well. Anyway, tried the pipe, did some speed runs, a few jumps etc. Great time.

MCs Birthday

Ok, I’ve skipped a few days of my life there, this is the last thing I can really remember that’s noteworthy.

MC’s birthday was a fun affair. It started in Andy’s room where the pre-drinks were held, proceeded to MC/Caz/Leisa/Clare’s room where Jagerbombs were had, then proceeded to Bill’s where everyone had a damn good drunken dance and party. You know a night has been good when you had a good time and can only really string this much out of it. You also know its been good when your talking drunkenly in the Pie Shop at 3 am.

After that

2 Merlin’s nights in a row. Both enjoyed.

Work Leaving Date

I’ve been told now that I am leaving work 24th July. Bit earlier perhaps than I would have liked, but I’ve already stayed 3 months more than I ever thought I would.

MacBook

When I get back to England, I’ve decided to replace my current laptop with one of these!

David

David is leaving on his Mongol Rally trip on 22nd July! Back a few days after I get back. Oh on that note…

My return date

I land back in England on 18th August. I’ll try to get my mobile going ASAP. Let me know what your up to folks.

Forgotten something in this post?

If I have please let me know!

PC Fix Up Links

I always need links like this when I’m off fixing all your computers, so I’ve posted links to free and trustworthy tools that will remove 99.9999% of viruses and spyware, and keep it that way. Here is the list:

  • Adaware: Spyware Scanner/Remover from Lavasoft
  • AVG Free: FREE virus scanner from Grisoft, which also makes commercial products so keeps its virus detection rules (definitions) up to date. Also uses a lot less system resources than bloody Norton (tip: Norton, although kept well up to date, uses a disproportional ammount of system resources)
  • Microsoft Update: Provides updates for Windows and Office, run this weekly at least
  • Microsoft’s Security & Privacy: Links to lots of information on keeping your PC secure (if you keep your PC secure, it won’t get spyware/viruses and therefore not be slowed down by them)
  • Spybot S&D: Spyware Scanner/Remover, independent maker. Better still… they do a Tutorial on how to use it (better than I can write!)
  • Windows Defender: Spyware Scanner/Remover from Microsoft

In addition to the above, have the built in Windows Firewall turned on. I’ve got to hand it to Microsoft, they did a good job on getting something inobtrusive and secure going. Combined with anti-virus, a frequenty updated copy of Windows and the occasional anti-spyware scan… well I have no trouble.

So in summary, you should have all of the following true about them:

  • Anti-virus software running
  • Windows Firewall running
  • Automatic Updates or Windows/Microsoft Update run frequently (weekly)
  • The occasional Anti-Spyware scan: whenever you think that there is something odd about your computer (pop-ups, wierd harddrive activity, slowness), and perhaps every 2 weeks/month. Make sure you update your anti-spyware package beforehand (all of the above have updating tools inside the application

EDIT: FYI folks, I personally only trust the above mentioned sources, plus some commercial ones in terms of security. Simply typing “Spyware Remover” into Google does produce the above links, along with a load of advertised crap that was probably made by the spyware makers themselves.