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  1. How am I "generally dissing"? What does that mean? I have been called a drama queen, and I have been called rude. I haven't used any such insults (although I could, if you want). And again, I really fail to see how "not following advice" qualifies as the "height of bad manners". It's called advice for a reason. If it was mandatory, it would be called 'a command'.
  2. Why do you think you're that important? Did you research me in-depth before replying? There are dozens of people replying to this thread, I'm not going to read character biographies of all of them. If I googled everyone I interacted with on the internet to make a judgement on them, I'd be doing nothing else, ever. I asked a question. I got an answer. I repeat: I give advice to people all the time about computers. If they don't take it, I don't call them rude and tell them to google me because I'm such a big shot and they clearly don't expect to do anything for themselves. I just shrug and get on with my day. I would do the same if you asked me. Why some of you think asking a question means that someone has signed some kind of sacred contract with you if you respond, I have no idea.
  3. I find this attitude bizarre. I'm a programmer, and when people ask me for computer advice, I give it. If they don't take my advice, I don't get on my high horse about it and call them rude, to their face. That really would be rude. And how do I know you know what you're talking about? You could be anybody. You could BE the random bod from the boatyard for all I know.
  4. If they didn't want to spend their time replying, they shouldn't have done so. There is no rule that if you ask for advice, you're obliged to take it. Not least because all I asked about was if anyone knew what my fridge was doing. So no, it is not "the least I could do". Given that I've been called a drama queen for refusing to sell my only home to a random stranger on the internet, when I didn't ask and had already politely declined, even after I have repeatedly explained my situation, I will reiterate that nobody is obligated to post on this thread, including you.
  5. I see your Alice Roberts, and raise you Hannah Fry. Wot. A. Lady.
  6. We must be on the same marina then, because the other day I could have sworn I saw Reese Witherspoon sashaying along the towpath like Naomi Campbell, past some bloke that looked like Harold Shipman.
  7. Ok, that one did actually get me 🤣 Of course I was referring to the lady boaters being fabulous like Naomi Campbell, I'm sure all the blokes look like beardy OAP-snuffers.
  8. Fickle but gorgeous, like Naomi Campbell.
  9. Hang on a minute, you were on my team the other day! What gives? Did D'arth Vader nobble you with promises of divvying up my crappy canal boat after I'm out of the picture?
  10. I'd be surprised if they sell them for delivery, tends to be just food and such, although I haven't looked. Of course I could just say that I've bought one, and then everyone on here would stop asking me about it.....
  11. Crumbs, I've gone from being an insufferably ignorant drama-queen noob to being asked for my advice in the space of about 20 minutes! I feel as if the captain of the football team has just asked me to take off my glasses and let down my hair. All the major supermarkets deliver as far as I know (Tesco, Sainsburys, Morrisons, Asda), I've even heard of people having food deliveries to random parts of the canal ("please be at this bridge in this post code at this time"), the drivers'll do pretty much whatever you ask them to (within reason) - and in fact, every driver we've had has been a cheerful delight, I keep expecting a grump to turn up eventually but it hasn't happened yet - you can go out to their van, they'll carry the stuff to your boat, you go back and forth carrying and they'll help you etc. Yes, it's very easy.
  12. I'm free to post on the internet if I wish, you are free to offer advice or not if you wish, and I am free to choose to accept it or not. (although what have I done that "annoyed" you?? Seems a rather strong reaction).
  13. That is your privilege, and I accept your flouncing withdrawal of offer.
  14. I certainly don't want to put a lot of effort in! Nor do I want to buy some equipment, and then try and follow instructions from well-meaning but remote people while they try and explain to me how to Tom-Cruise-from-Mission-Impossible myself into some dark corner that they can't see. Nor do I want anybody to go out of their way to help me - I would find it excruciating. I feel I've been pretty clear on all of that. As I said, if I'd asked the marina guy before asking on here, I probably wouldn't even have thought about it since. And I like posting on here, it's quite fun, and people keep asking me questions. I became very aware very soon after coming aboard that boats need never ending effort. That's why I intend to get off the boat as soon as I'm able, and this will just be a bad memory.
  15. Maybe I just don't want to sell to some random person on the internet? Or at least waste the time talking to them about it. Ok, how about this: £150k, in my bank account, and the boat is yours (or anyone else's). Or do you perhaps not have faith in some random person posting on an internet forum? (I quit drinking years ago, and supermarkets deliver, you know).
  16. How much do I want for it? Or what is it worth? Very different questions.
  17. I do find it really difficult, it makes me very uncomfortable when people go out of their way for me, I don't know what to say. My wife is brilliant at it, but she's a beautiful young chick, so all she has to do is smile and say hello and people are falling over backwards trying to help her (the other day I had a lady who I don't really know stop me on the marina and say, "Your wife is sooooo cute!").
  18. The chandlery lady is lovely and probably could order one for me, but by the time I've explained to her (very poorly), it's been delivered, and I've made a ham-fisted attempt to follow instructions on here, the engineer will probably be in a position to take a look, and then I've wasted the chandlery lady's time, all you guys' time, my time, and my wife will ask me why I've been spending so much money on voltometers and such that I don't understand, and I'll say that some older boys on the forum made me do it, and she'll say Oh really, and if the older boys on the forum told you to jump off a cliff, or start throwing distilled water around near electrics and batteries that you don't understand, would you do it? And I'll say, errr........look, I made a fire! And then she'll beat me. I really appreciate the help, but I'd really rather not bother anyone, it makes me very uncomfortable!
  19. Thank you, that's actually all good for me: If the marina supplies coal / wood etc, all the better. I have bought and changed a gas cylinder, I'm actually expecting this one to run out any day now. I was planning on just using the fire for warmth rather than using the eberspacher - I did fill up the tank once but that was by just wheeling a couple of jerry cans back and forth. I'm pretty sure I've lit the stove before - once I think, I can't remember, wife did it a couple of times I'm sure. I'm more worried about accidentally starting fires elsewhere, than in the stove tbh.
  20. Sorry, yes, I really don't mean to sound ungrateful in this thread for the advice, I really do appreciate it. I've been meaning to ask somebody about this (chandlery lady, probably), I assume there's a fuel boat or something that goes around, I have one bag of coal and I've ordered some fire lighters, if anybody has any info on the best way to provision for warmth in winter that would be information gratefully received (but please bear in mind I don't have access to a car). I have to get up really early because of work (around 4.30am), and even in September it's chillier than Mr Freeze's gonads on the HMS Noether of a morn. Our diesel heater needs a service, I contacted the most local company I could find, and they told me they no longer come out to do services, you now have to remove the unit and post it to them, they'll service it, and send it back. As this thread evidences, this isn't something I'm capable of, as even I know enough to know that the unit will involve diesel and some form of ignition, so I would definitely die. (and my plan is to be off the boat fairly soon, I need a couple of months wages in my pocket, basically).
  21. Thanks, yeah, if I had any choice other than a park bench I wouldn't be here, and even a park bench looks pretty tempting sometimes, at least I won't die from noxious fumes, and I could stretch out properly...... We'd never have stayed a single night on the boat if we'd had somewhere else to go, the place was pretty filthy, we've cleaned it up a fair amount (inside anyway). I do feel bad for my wife, she wanted to take the boat out but I vetoed the idea, and will continue to do so, as I'm afraid my need to not die of anxiety trumps her desire to go out boating. Maybe one day, for a holiday, after I've done a few years of boat therapy. (we had a leaky window and a wet duvet as well, and the diesel heater is broken). Really, I can't wait to just go and chuck the keys at the marina and shout "send me a cheque when it's sold" over my shoulder, and in fact, I have derailed my own thread quite considerably here and I would like to start a new one soliciting advice on what I should do about selling it - the truth is I'm a bit too effete for this kind of living, I like computers, tea and toast, Melvyn Bragg on Radio 4, I'm not a resourceful rough living type of person. Don't get me wrong, if Tony Brooks was my next door neighbour and said "Do you want me to teach you about boat electrics?" I'd say, yes please, because I'm sure it would be fascinating to learn about, but when you have to know it or you'll die, and you've already had it up to here with boat problems, I think it's past time to admit defeat.
  22. It's not sad to me, I like working, it's the boat I don't like! So I'll just move off the boat - and unless I die some James Bond-y type death in a cloud of sulphur dioxide and exploding time bombs in the meanwhile, then no harm, no foul, you live and learn (or you live at any rate, as Douglas Adams pointed out). As mentioned above, buying the boat was my idea, it was desperation as much as anything (had already lost money on renting somewhere, that fell through because travel plans etc cancelled).
  23. Moved on to the boat in April, I've been on my own since July. Haven't travelled at all, and like I say, I'm afraid that I'm permanently soured now, even thinking about trying to take the boat out makes me feel ill, you know like when you're a kid and you get really really drunk on a certain type of drink, and you can't then even countenance the idea of drinking that drink again? I feel like that about it. I'm also extremely busy with work at the moment, I work every day (including weekends), and as another moorer put it to me when I talked to him about it, "Lots of people think they'll live on a boat and work a fulltime job, but most soon give up one or the other." Even with the boat moored at the marina, plugged in to the mains, with a shower block nearby, it still takes all my energy just to get through the day. I can't begin to imagine what it'd be like trying to take the boat out.
  24. Reminds me of the quote by victorian Prime Minister Lord Salisbury, "There are only 2 happy occasions for a prime minister during his tenure: his first day in office, and his last."
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