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2016 in review

Unread postby Harper » Sat Dec 31, 2016 10:20 am

As it's the last day of 2016 I think it's time for a quick reflection on how it was for you. No exact format required although I'm breaking mine down in to sections so it's not one huge rambling load of text. In general though 2016 was better than 2015

Car: The punto keeps going and is now on 82k at 7 years old which is not a lot considering it's a derv. It's been cheaper to run this year probably because so much structural stuff got done in 2015. The paintwork's beginning to look pretty shoddy in places though and the difference in shade of the front bumper has me quite convinced it had a shunt at some point prior to my ownership - and I'm the only owner :eek: Still, if I get another few years out of it I'll be happy. P.S let's not mention the other car....

Work: Unemployment was looming at the start of 2016 however thankfully I managed to secure a new position and my first ever permanent one as well. It's not my dream job but it's interesting and challenging and more importantly I didn't need to take a pay cut. It can be incredibly stressful though and I know more about the politics of my work than I'd like. 2017 is going to be very difficult

Finance: I'm starting 2017 with no unsecured debt, an emergency fund and over payments to the mortgage. Probably the most financially secure I've been since buying the house

Health: Oh dear, this is the bad one. The aim for 2016 was to eat less crap, drink less alcohol and do the physio exercises for my knackered ankle. I did none of those probably due to the stress of the new job which means I'm starting 2017 heavier than I've ever been and I suspect my blood pressure is none too healthy. Luckily I work in a place with a human nutrition unit so I'm putting plans in place to monitor my weight and blood pressure and perhaps even nabbing a food diary for my own use too. let's see how long that lasts :lol:


So overall not bad but could do better. How was 2016 for you?
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Re: 2016 in review

Unread postby lowered-punto » Sat Dec 31, 2016 11:05 am

I'm going with the easy option as I'm an unsociable bastard

Ach it was alright dory was a pain in the but and shark bait got some attention over all its hopefully better next year haha

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Re: 2016 in review

Unread postby Martyn » Sat Dec 31, 2016 1:39 pm

2016 was a year to forget, personally.

Lost my job at the end of June and still a bit raw about the whole experience. Not going to go into detail in public, but safe to say I disagree with the handling of the whole situation. Meh. I'm far from the only person to find themselves out of work up here, but over 100+ applications submitted and 2-3 interviews. It's not been a good year in this neck of the woods.

That in turn lead to my first ever period of unemployment. Most of those 6/7 weeks were spent arguing with DWP for enough money to live on...an argument I ultimately lost. Seems when you're out on the arse, but have paid tax for 16+ years the gov don't give a flying fuck!

The back half of 2016 however has been fantastic. I'm back in employment (zero stress, part time hours) plus I have my radio work and a good group of friends around me who have helped enormously. 2x best man duties, 3 or 4 weddings (I actually forget how many!) but sadly no FS Xmas Weekender...something I plan to get back on top of in 2017.

Next year things are going to be back on track. Holidays looming, a trip darn sarf in the 147 for Forza (maybe it's last show with me??) and hopefully moving back into the 'deen by the end of the year.

2016 can run tae fuck :)

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Re: 2016 in review

Unread postby Piers » Sat Dec 31, 2016 5:52 pm

I have to agree with Martyn, 2016 has been a real tough year and one that I am personally glad to see the back of.

I started the year with enforced retirement due to health issues, so have had to adjust to living off a pension and a financial loss of over 25k a year. However my pension gratuity allowed us to pay off all our overheads, we moved into a house for injured service persons which has a really low rent, so it's not all bad.

We also lost a close family member this year which hit really hard, but on the flip side, it has brought the family closer together.

Getting Betty was perhaps the best highlight of the year, she is a cracking little car, and perfect for pottering around Glasgow. My wife also started her own company and next year is promising to bring good things, so roll on 2017 and lets see what you got.
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Re: 2016 in review

Unread postby Harper » Sun Jan 01, 2017 11:14 am

Happy New Year everyone and I hope 2017 brings lots of good things (especially to those of you who had a crap 2016)
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Re: 2016 in review

Unread postby Martyn » Mon Jan 02, 2017 1:48 pm

Ha - well, 2017 started in typical Martyn fashion.

Enjoyed a bit too much Honey Jack D at a Hogmanay Party then was bed bound most of yesterday.

Ah well, happy new year :D

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Re: 2016 in review

Unread postby Stuart » Mon Jan 02, 2017 8:23 pm

2016 wasn't a bad year for me, myself and my family woke up every morning, we are all healthy and have a roof over our heads. Winters haven't been very wintery, but Imo the summer was a cracker.

I was unemployed for 6 months, but that gave me a chance to see my family more. Now working just enough to keep the wolves from the door.

Anyone moaning about the past 12 months are looking past the good.


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