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Offline penguin

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Hello...
« on: June 01, 2006, 05:03:52 AM »
(i have absolutely no idea what all those fancy buttons ^^^ mean, so I'm just going to go ahead and type. Hopefully it will work)

umm...I guess this is where I introduce myself.  I live in England, the home of posh people looking foolish as they try to squeeze landrovers into tiny parking spaces at Waitrose.  I don't have a landrover, but I do quite like Waitrose.
I acquired my viral "houseguest" sometime in 1995, I believe. Went a little crazy at first, but think I've got to grips with it now. In between T-20 shots and other assorted potions, I sometimes even manage to forget about it.
Up until(fairly) recently, I used to work for an HIV charity, until I a) got sick of commuting into London every day, b) got sick of all the bureaucratic crap, and c) just got sick.  These days, I work part-time in the prison service, with 18-21 year old young men. Psych-ed groups, rehab stuff, life skills etc. It's still full of bureaucracy, but for far fewer hours per week!
Some other things I like...
-My allotment, where i grow assorted vegetables
-Cooking, anything really, but especially north african and italian food
-my i-pod. actually, just music in general. At the moment, I'm listening to Joshua Radin, Jose Gonzalez, Orson, and the red hot chili peppers.
-pottery/ceramics. I'm not very good at it, but i keep trying.
-converse trainers and birkenstocks
-climbing(indoor mostly) and canoeing. I am lucky enough to have the river thames within (almost) spitting distance, so often head down there for a few hours on the water(or in the water, as the case may be!)

I don't like banana flavoured custard. I just found that out this morning. Nor do I like horror films or excessively revealing clothing on people who should know better.
 
so that's a bit about me  :)  look forward to "meeting" you all soon!

 

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Re: Hello...
« Reply #1 on: June 01, 2006, 05:57:05 AM »
Hi Penguin, welcome to the forums!

I live on the Isle of Man and if you think posh gits driving around in Landrovers look foolish on the mainland, you should see them driving around in big vehicles on the narrow streets of Peel. Our streets (at least down in the old section of town where I live) were designed for people on foot or a horse and cart at the very biggest. We even had someone driving around in a Humvee for a while. It's disappeared now, and I like to think he got it stuck between two cottages somewhere and had to have it taken to bits.  ;D

I like gardening too - but I only grow flowers so far. I don't have an allotment and my garden doesn't get enough sun for veg.

Anyway, good to meet you. Don't worry about the fancy buttons, your post was just fine. Check out the Off Topic forum if you want to play around with the buttons. You can learn how to use them HERE

Don't forget to check out the rest of the AIDSmeds website by clicking on the different links in the upper left-hand corner of any forum page.

Ann
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"...health will finally be seen not as a blessing to be wished for, but as a human right to be fought for." Kofi Annan

Nymphomaniac: a woman as obsessed with sex as an average man. Mignon McLaughlin

HIV is certainly character-building. It's made me see all of the shallow things we cling to, like ego and vanity. Of course, I'd rather have a few more T-cells and a little less character. Randy Shilts

Offline penguin

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Re: Hello...
« Reply #2 on: June 01, 2006, 06:18:19 AM »
hi ann ooo...I worked out how to use a button  :)
thank you for your reply! So, you are an islander...I visited the Isle of Man a few years ago, and thought it would be a beautiful place to live. Not sure I could navigate those little roads on anything other than my own two feet though!

Thanks for pointing out the other features of the site, too...I will have a little investigate. Am so far very impressed by what I've seen!


Offline Ann

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Re: Hello...
« Reply #3 on: June 01, 2006, 06:43:27 AM »
The Rock is a beautiful place to live and there's a strong sense of communitiy here, but it's perhaps not the best place to live when you're hiv positive, not because of the people but because of the health care situation. I'm lucky and because I fly to Liverpool for my care. I say I'm lucky because the doc they bring in to the Rock once a month from Manchester has got to be the least respected hiv specialist in all of the British Isles. Anytime I mention his name in Liverpool, people just roll their eyes and say... "oh, him..." I feel sorry for the people who have to use the clinic here and one day I'm going to gather up enough courage to start getting something done about the local situation.

I think it's great what you're doing in the prison service. May I ask which charity you were working with in London?

Ann
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"...health will finally be seen not as a blessing to be wished for, but as a human right to be fought for." Kofi Annan

Nymphomaniac: a woman as obsessed with sex as an average man. Mignon McLaughlin

HIV is certainly character-building. It's made me see all of the shallow things we cling to, like ego and vanity. Of course, I'd rather have a few more T-cells and a little less character. Randy Shilts

Offline J.R.E.

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Re: Hello...
« Reply #4 on: June 01, 2006, 07:39:29 AM »
Hello Penguin,

 Just want to say hello, and welcome you. My name is Ray, was diagnosed positive in 1985, And live in the Tampa bay area of Florida. Will be looking forward to hearing from you.



 The Best-----Ray

Current Meds ; Viramune, Epzicom, 40mg of simvastatin, 25 mg of Hydrochlorothiazide.
Metoprolol tartrate 25mg



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Diagnosed positive in 1985,.. In October of 2003, My t-cell count was 16, Viral load was over 500,000, Percentage at that time was 5%. I started on  HAART on October 24th, 2003.

 As of 8/25/14,  t-cells are at 402, Viral load <40

 Current % is at 11%

  
 62 years young.

Offline Dachshund

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Re: Hello...
« Reply #5 on: June 01, 2006, 08:06:22 AM »
Welcome Penguin,

Greetings from Memphis,TN...I have witnessed an Elvis impersonator driving a Humvee. We are glad you are here. 8)

Peace,
Hal

Offline aztecan

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Re: Hello...
« Reply #6 on: June 01, 2006, 08:31:52 AM »
Howdy Penguin,

My name is Mark and I live in Aztec, New Mexico, USA.

I enjoy watching Humvee owners  - and SUV owners in general - filling their vehicles while cursing at the gas pump.

I'm told I have a perverse sense of humor.

Welcome aboard. I look forward to getting to know you.

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Offline Teresa

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Re: Hello...
« Reply #7 on: June 01, 2006, 08:44:50 AM »
Hello Peguin,
Welcome..Ive only been here about a month but i can tell you these are a GREAT bunch of people. My hubby tested HIV+ May 5, 2006 and they have been a great help and comfort to me.

My name is Teresa and Im one of those SUV owners thats cursing the whole time im filling up at the pump!

Welcome again
Teresa
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Atripla (started it 8/24/06)
 

Offline Moffie65

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Re: Hello...
« Reply #8 on: June 01, 2006, 10:24:59 AM »
Hi Penguin,

Thanks for your very entertaining post/intro.  From the High Deserts of Arizona, welcome, and I trust you will fit in just fine here; your dry wit certainly plays well in this format.   ;D

In Love, and Support.

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Re: Hello...
« Reply #9 on: June 01, 2006, 11:16:21 AM »
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Offline bear60

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Re: Hello...
« Reply #10 on: June 01, 2006, 11:46:25 AM »
Hi
Well, let me introduce myself to you.  I am 62 years old, and have been HIV positive since 1980 something but was officially tested in 1989. And again around 2000 just to be sure. My life partner is on disability.  We both lost former partners to AIDS in the early 1990's
 You have a great attitude and I am happy to know you here on the AIDSMEDS forums.  I kow you will contribute much with your sense of humor !!!! I loved your laugh at the Rover folks. With the price of gas here I am laughing at all those people who insisted in buying vehicles that could carry an extended family of 14 and insist on driving rather than take public transportation.
« Last Edit: June 01, 2006, 11:48:30 AM by bear60 »
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Offline water duck

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Re: Hello...
« Reply #11 on: June 01, 2006, 04:59:47 PM »
I don't want to poke YOU  :P

Just want to hug you & wish you welcome  :D

Siang

PS: now don't poke those fancy buttons

Offline TugaMan

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Re: Hello...
« Reply #12 on: June 01, 2006, 05:29:02 PM »
Hi!
Greetings from Lisbon, Portugal. I don't have a garden. Or a car. I use taxi and train mostly :-)
Welcome, you'll find very nice people here, very useful information and a way of having someone to talk to, in case you need.

:-D

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Re: Hello...
« Reply #13 on: June 01, 2006, 06:11:57 PM »
Do you actually think those landrovers look good anywhere?

Iggy

Um, on safari in Kenya? :D
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"...health will finally be seen not as a blessing to be wished for, but as a human right to be fought for." Kofi Annan

Nymphomaniac: a woman as obsessed with sex as an average man. Mignon McLaughlin

HIV is certainly character-building. It's made me see all of the shallow things we cling to, like ego and vanity. Of course, I'd rather have a few more T-cells and a little less character. Randy Shilts

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Re: Hello...
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Offline pozguy75

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Re: Hello...
« Reply #15 on: June 01, 2006, 06:53:54 PM »
Hey Penguine!!

Welcome to the new and improved forums!! And welcome to the forums in general! Glad you found us...I look forward to seeing more of you in the future!!
Dx 2005
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Offline anniebc

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Re: Hello...
« Reply #16 on: June 01, 2006, 07:44:45 PM »
Hi Penguin

Welcome to the forums..hugs coming to you from NZ, I look forward to hearing more from you...I enjoyed reading your introduction.

Hugs
Jan :)
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Re: Hello...
« Reply #17 on: June 01, 2006, 09:41:50 PM »
Hi Penguin!

*poke*

Welcome to the forums.   :D
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Re: Hello...
« Reply #18 on: June 01, 2006, 11:17:37 PM »
Howdy Penguin from California USA.  Welcome aboard.
Duuude

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Re: Hello...
« Reply #19 on: June 02, 2006, 09:31:38 AM »
hey everyone...a UN-worthy welcoming committee indeed  :)
Sorry not to get back here yesterday to reply, was rather tied up in the creation of (yet another) raised bed down at the allotment...and mourning the passing of several tomato plants(frost, would you believe...I do love the British weather)

Ann, to answer your question, I used to work for THT. Before that I worked briefly for Positively Women. As I said, it all got a bit bureaucratic and silly for my liking. I have a somewhat crazy belief that services exist for the client group they serve, not for the self-promotion etc of the management team...please don't get me wrong though, tht have done and continue to do some very important work. I just didn't feel I was able to help them do it anymore!

thanks again for the welcome everyone!



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Re: Hello...
« Reply #20 on: June 02, 2006, 09:38:10 AM »
Welcome!

Greetings from a fellow resident of the UK theres actually quite a few of us on here you might be surprised.  Good intro anyway and look forward to hearing more from you.

Chris
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Offline OzPaul

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Re: Hello...
« Reply #21 on: June 02, 2006, 01:24:39 PM »
Hi Penguin

Welcome to our global family !!! I'm an American living in a small rural beach town in Victoria along the Great Ocean Road. I chuckled about your remark about Land Rovers. In my town not many folks have 'SUVs', but on the weekends they come down from Melbourne with their posh owners. I guess SUV's need a getaway too.
I'll look forward to hearing more from you. Oh yea, I like gardening too. My favorites vegie last summer were fingerling potatoes and freash dill, yum !!

Cheers
Paul

 


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