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It’s been over 3 years since any real activity on the site here, but behind the scenes a lot of changes had occurred outside of the digital realm.

So to quickly recap from the previous post, I had been in Chicago for my new job which I had started a few months previously, and somewhat celebrating the change itself with the post.  At the end of it I remarked that I would hopefully update it all before January 2017…

Subsequently I somehow survived the 3 weeks in America without any unforeseen disasters and made it back into the UK without offending anyone at the borders.  So much so they decided about two years later to ship me back for another week in Chicago!

Of course, I should really detail some of the other changes that occurred behind the scenes;

  • After spending a year and a half in the Windows & Linux space, mostly working on the Red Hat Linux stuff and occasional dabbling with their ESXi platform,  I volunteered to change roles to work with the newly created Virtualization team.  Nothing really changed since most of my Windows work had been fixing ESXi anyway!
  • I got a job promotion (yay), well two in fact but a bit more coin in my hand for doing so well at fixing the broken stuff and helping others out.
  • Towards the end of 2015, I decided the Nissan Qashqai I had bought back in 2007 had seen better days, so a quick visit to the garage to fix it up and I quickly part-exchanged it for a nice new Ford Focus instead.
  • On the gaming side of things, I got involved with a bunch of guys who run the tight ship ARK for playing lots of Arma 3 missions.  I have been known to feature loudly on a number of the session highlight videos with my shouts and screams as all hell normally breaks loose on us.

With that quick and somewhat lacking summary, it’s on to the “meat and bones” behind this actual post, and the reasoning behind the ridiculous title itself.  So after 5 years of owning a small 2 bedroom Apartment in Belfast I decided to go look for something a tad larger to call “home”,  I eventually found somewhere nice and kicked off the ever painful and stressful process to sell the Apartment and buy an actual house.

This took just under 4 months to complete, but during a snowy weekend in March I hired a couple of guys to ransack the Apartment, and moved everything about 20-odd miles away to a new 3 bedroom house located far far away in another town.

So I am now one step higher on the property ladder, with loads more space to accumulate junk over the coming months and years instead of tripping over everything in a tiny apartment.  I did learn a few annoyances from living in the apartment in Belfast though!
Communal hallways and Security Doors are a pain, especially when the main front door is broken more often than not…
The first plane out of Belfast City Airport is normally an Air Lingus A319 at 6:30am, usually with engines howling as it takes off overhead…
Trying to find a parking space in the communal Car Park late at night, when there’s none left because the builders miscounted them…
Some residents don’t understand recycling, or the waste bins, or keeping things tidy in the first place…
Certain noises carry, so neighbors earn nicknames like “Mr. Stompy” due to their traits…
Deliveries are a pain, especially during cold wet winter evenings when you have to walk across the compound to let Domino’s in through the front gate…

Thankfully I will not have to deal with any of that ever again, now I just need to get proper fast internet installed in here!  Oh the pain of standard ADSL after 5 years of Fibre Broadband.