I used to work at a convenience store with a bad manager but not now. Since November I've been working in a warehouse taking apart computers and other electronics for recycling. I am enjoying working with my hands but I've gotten lots of little cuts on them and a deep one last week, ouch! The computers sometimes are full of dust and one time full of pink fiberglass insulation, please explain if you know why somebody would do that. Getting a new job was very healthy for my mentality.

Is there a giveaway here?

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Still excited with new job? :)

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Yes I like the consistent 9-5 schedule and it's actually kinda fun so I hope to keep doing this for a while :]

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good luck then ;)

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That's great! I was always able to keep being excited about new job only for a month or two so I'm happy for you :) Wish you all the best!

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Cool, glad to hear it's working out. :)

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Congrats on the new job. Sounds like a better one regardless of some occupational hazards. Try to get some gloves that are thin enough to work with but protect from small cuts.

Pink fiberglass might be an attempt to silence the machine?

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Thank you, a coworker gave me gloves afterwards but I've only been using them when I am doing something I consider risky because they do limit my mobility somewhat. I hadn't thought about noise reduction, that's a good guess

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There is some fiberglass-like material which is used for dust filters (I have it..).. no clue how it's exactly called, but it looks like fiberglass. Congratz on the new job ^^

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Is it like this? https://imgur.com/EaydEDi

I guess pink wasn't exactly right..

Thanks ^.^

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Oh, yea, hell no, this is just plain stupid.

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That's a rat/mouse's nest.

See the little black pellets? Rodent poop.

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Fuck I think you are right. There were some damaged wires around that area and I thought maybe somebody put insulation to try and fix them, but they were probably chewed on by the rodents who put the insulation there :[

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I agree. The mice probably brought the insulation from inside a wall or ceiling or something.

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Ah, that would explain it. And also why they gave it to Mr Ratpoison to fix

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Why would you recycle such a beauty ? :'( :'( :'(

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they pay me (the parts go to loving homes don't worry)

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Wow. I've never seen or even conceived of something like that being possible.

Assuming it is a rodent nest, how would they even get inside it?

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The entrance seems to be the open slot in the bottom left, I guess that's why they have those little cover pieces

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ah, ok. thank you!

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Nice I can't deal with customer service jobs. Have you considered studying for a another career? I'd be worried about inhaling all that metal dust. Could be detrimental in the long run.

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Tbh the customer service part was fine it was just my manager who didn't do her job and would call me at 4:30 to work her 5AM shift like fuck off with that nonsense I can't believe she isn't fired yet. I am on the fence about more school, I do have a web design certificate so I am literally a certified web designer whatever that means. I dropped out of college but that's a time I don't really wanna think about I did wear painters masks for a while for the dust because I would have black boogers after work, I used to go to a skatepark in an old warehouse and we would get black boogers there too. Smoking weed and cigarettes toughens up my lungs I think they are now much more powerful than puny metal dust >:]

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Aha! that's how you get the confidence stream live. Smoking weed. Noted! I'll stick to punching the earth, with my knuckle push-ups. Yeah, college isn't for everyone. I got a degree in Accounting, but I'm not really using Accounting at work. Just picked up Excel skills from online tutorials and moved up to be good at checking large amounts of data for errors. Not the level of a data scientist, but good enough.

I'm sure you can get some nice side gigs if know people needing a website done. Just need a decent portfolio, if you ever want to pursue that. And you can advertise on twitch, potentially.

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The weed actually makes me nervous to stream sometimes and that's one reason I want to smoke less. Drinking even 1 beer helps my nerves a ton though, so I definitely need to start drinking more :]

edit: Maybe I shouldn't ignore 90% of your comment
Working out is a much better confidence booster because there's actual long-lasting results, physically and mentally. Do you like your job better than just doing accounting? I really have very little interest in designing a website, I just figured it would be an easy certificate to get because I already had some experience with HTML

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Well I didn't have a high enough Accounting GPA to be considered for any Accounting Firm, so I never was able to land one. I did a bunch of unpaid data entry internships and did a bunch of other extracurricular stuff like volunteering and finally got a business administrative internship, doing busy work in a nice company. I worked my way up from there trying to learn how to automate tedious data-entry stuff :]. And got the title Business Analyst.

I put in a lot of overtime to build myself up my experience and skills, but some parent health stuff happened at home and I decided I needed to focus less on my career and more on taking care of my aging parents and myself. So now gaming and this community is my outlet for the achievements instead of work. I guess you could call that work-life-balance. There's more to life than work-work-work :)

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I like that success story, you earned your spot in the company like a true protagonist :P And you've still got your priorities straight which is all too important, very nice!

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Smoking does not toughen your lungs. Exactly the opposite is true. Smoking damages your lungs, in some cases for life. Please stop.

Source--medical news, knowledge from doctors and people who work with lung-damaging products and study this stuff, the OSHA etc guidelines. Numerous family members whose lungs have been ruined by smoking to the point that they have emphysema and lung cancer.

Smoking, especially nicotine, deadens the cilia fibers (your body's natural air filters) in your throat, allowing junk into your lungs. When these fibers awaken, you start to cough up all the junk they would have filtered out had they not been deadened by the nicotine. What stays in your lungs and cannot get filtered out gets attacked by the lung tissue. Many things cannot be dissolved by the lungs, and thus are covered with scar tissue. Anywhere there is scar tissue is a spot where your lungs cannot absorb oxygen, thus reducing your lung capacity.
What is even worse is Alpha-emitters. They can be stopped by a piece of paper, and cannot get out of your lungs because skin is too thick. As they discharge radiation into your lungs, this promotes cancers due to too much radiation. More about this can be read here.

Numerous people have been hospitalized in the last year due to vaping, and some have died or have had permanent lung damage.

See also: https://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/data_statistics/fact_sheets/health_effects/effects_cig_smoking/index.htm

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Smoking bad, got it. I already quit cigarettes but then Charlie Baker banned vaping so blame that fucker

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Glad to hear, that you've got a better job. Hopefully, with a few more months of practice and you will not get cut that often. Also, have you tried using anti-cut gloves? You can find some, that offer a decent protection and a good grip, costing like $2/pair. Takes a week or 2 to get used to wearing them at work, but it's probably worth at least a try, especially if you still have a deep cut on your hand.

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I have these gloves now but not at the time, they are not anti-cut specifically but they have 15 gauge Nylon Outer Shell so I'll be literally invincible I'm pretty sure

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If those still somewhat limit your mobility, you may want to try some $5-10/pair ultra thin anti-cut gloves made especially for assembly and computer repair jobs. Actually, I'm surprised, that they are so cheap nowadays, but - well - I guess, they are also mass produced in China or Taiwan.
Take into the account, that we are much more likely to notice being annoyed by gloves being cumbersome and slowing us down, than to notice the time lost because of being extra careful to avoid getting cuts. I think, that unless you get some specific problems, like rashes, using such gloves all the time is just a matter of taking some time to get used to them.
Being long time ago obliged to wear gloves working in meatpacking industry, in over a year I have once seriously strained my wrist due to bad grip (which might have or not have happened without the gloves), but I have avoided at least a few equally bad or worse accidents.

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They put fiberglass inside to keep out the spiders; I've taken apart computers that were filled with dead spiders before. Yes, the second half of that statement is actually true. But hey, congrats; a change of venue can make all the difference in the world!

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I guess it's better than a computer full of live spiders but still that's disguating. I don't want to meet any creatures at work but someday it's bound to happen I suppose. Thank you, it's certainly been refreshing and I feel very alive :]

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Eww. Eww, eww, eww. At least they were dead, but yikes!

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Congrats! I'm really happy for you!

Sometimes I wish I could do the same, but I don't know what to do. I've been unemployed for more than a year now, so there is also that.

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Thank you Jeff, I think maybe finding a job could help with your unemployment problem but sometimes things are easier said than done, am I right? I was able to find a job searching job listings online and you can filter by part-time or full-time and search for something that you are interested in or skilled at. However, my thread title is deliberately vague because even something much smaller than getting a new job can have an even bigger change than you imagine.

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You're right, of course! Hopefully, I'll eventually find something to make a change.

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I used to wear dust masks but they were just a pain so I didn't get more, maybe a better mask would be better, I mean that is how comparatives work...

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I hate the standard cheap dust masks since they get hot quickly, seal poorly, and I feel like I can't breathe well with them on.

But then I got a respirator like this and I love it - it seals really well, I can breathe normally, it doesn't get hot, and it's actually comfortable to wear.

Seeing the fiberglass, dust, mold and crap I had to work with - and seemingly the fiberglass and literal crap you encountered - I was glad to have it to keep that stuff out of my lungs.

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I second this. A half-face mask with P100+Organic Vapor filters literally changed my life. Before I got this, I was unable to mow the lawn or even really be outside in the spring without feeling half dead when I got back inside due to my allergies to pollen. With the face mask, I can breathe easily when working. It also filters out the smoke of campfires, and keeps concrete dust and fiberglass out. When using a chipper shredder in the fall to mulch leaves it is also very useful to keep all the shredded leaf dust and dirt outside of my body.

Being able to breathe is very important - in fact, critical.

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Try imagining pulling a computer apart that has had 2 day old vomit all through it... had to do that a few weeks ago.

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That sounds really awful and terrible, were you trying to salvage the parts that the vomit didn't get to? Or... trying to get to the hard drive because the data wasn't backed up externally? I don't have any data valuable enough to dig through vomit for... My official guess is retrieving the hard drive so it can be properly wiped of personal information like banking details usernames passwords and cookies and stuff

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Insurance Assessment, to confirm the extent of the damage, I don't think we even did a data recovery when it came to that job.

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Damn that's a nasty one, I hope you had gloves at least

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Congrats on your new job. It's a natural tendency to be reluctant to changes and so easy to miss on many opportunities. Taking a step forward and finding something you like to do is very important since you'll have a better efficiency and also feel better about it. What matters in the end is how happy you are with yourself and whether you live to your full potential. Good luck!

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Thank you, I was very hesitant to leave even though I had plenty of reasons, I even one time quit for like a month or two and then they offered me the job back and I didn't have a new job yet so I took it. Now I can be proud that I moved on, and proud of the work I manage to complete each day

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Congrats on the new job, sometimes a new start is needed to go further! Please do consider wearing a mask, maybe an N95 or something though, jobs like those tend to have a lot of particulate matter that may have long term health repercussions!

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Thank you, yes I think this is a step in the right direction and a bit of much needed momentum if I do say so myself. I'll be looking into better masks but I probably do more harm to my lungs recreationally if I'm being honest :P

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Working with your hands is actually relaxing and good for the mind. Sounds like you need to invest in a bottle of liquid bandaid though. Have fun with all the peculiar things you find in those machines - as for fiberglass, I'm not a computer guy, but I know you got to keep them hot.

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Yes I think that working with my hands is good for my (supposed) ADHD and I also get to listen to my own choice of music from my phone speaker. The cut's already scabbed over after wearing BAND-AID® Brand Adhesive Bandages for a few days so I'm just letting it heal in the air. Maybe it's not the best way to heal and avoid scarring but it's what my skateboarder ancestors would have wanted. I do like finding all sorts of stuff in there, whether they are part of the machine or not. But it's the other way around, computers generate heat and need to be cooled with fans and heat sinks and stuff

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Hey Robby, it actually sounds like the best decision you could make to quit your old job, and I'm so happy that you feal mentally better now. That's a good omen, isn't it? ;)
Most of us are afraid to make a real change in our lives cos it feels so uncomfortable in the beginning, before we manage to adapt to the new environment. But it seems you really needed that, since you were so tired of your old working conditions.

Congrats on your courage to move forward and I really wish it's gonna work out fine for you!

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Hey heyday :] Leaving my old job was really important and long overdue. And if I'm making you happy I must be doing something right! It was intimidating at first but I figured nothing too terrible would happen even in the worst case scenario: I get fired or quit and then I just go back to the job hunt. Still better than the old job. I do still wonder if somebody's gonna be like "wait you haven't been doing ____ for the past 2+ months!?" since I'm not closely supervised but I think I do a fine enough job that they want to keep me around! Thanks for your kind words, I wish you the best :D

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Aww thanks, I'm going through a bunch of changes myself recently, as I'm about to move to another town which is quite a challenge for me and also somewhat intimidating. But your optimism and positivity is inspiring and we need to change in order to find our way.towards happiness.

I guess your feeling is right, and they want to keep you around. But please protect yourself from the dust with an appropriate mask. Although smoking weed is able to mobilize self-cleaning mechanisms of the lung, it is dangerous to be permanently exposed to dust. Please take care! <3

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I got a kick out of the reply you wrote above regarding why little metal bits and dust can't hurt your lungs. I like to think that applies to me as well. Have a 💙

Best wishes to you at your new job, Robby. Thanks for all the GAs you do around here.

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What doesn't kill you makes you stronger, right?! tyty

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Life is good.

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Employment is like relationships... If you dread going to work, it probably isn't the right job for you.
Congrats on finding something that makes you happy! May your 2020 be awesome and thanks for sharing.

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I used to smoke weed before work to make it more bearable but now that I don't hate my job I don't do that anymore :] Thanks and I hope you have a great year too!

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You really should wear a mask and gloves when handling stuff like that. Doesn't have to be thick gloves, thin ones like for auto mechanics or rubber ones for medical use will work.
You may not feel it but eventually the dust, detritus (poop, snot) and germs will take their toll on your body.
You're handling people's rubbish, after all.

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Yeah I'm gonna look into some of the masks and gloves people suggested, it does seem like there are some good options out there. I do think that my immune system is strong enough to handle most of it but yeah getting sick or infected would be really unpleasant.

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You may not notice anything in the first few months or years and feel fine but it may eventually take it's toll. Just think about asbestos etc.
Or people who used to spraypaint a lot and ridiculed others in masks. They're not laughing any more.

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Glad to hear the new job changed things to the better ;)

I could suggest these kind of gloves - https://beltsandboxes.com/quest-for-a-great-mechanics-disposable-glove/
I previously worked as a mechanic (and still tinker around my own car) and I just loath most of regular gloves that you can buy in stores (the ones you showed you have are great, but only when working big and dirty jobs like exhaust, wheels a thing or two from suspension..) But they get to be pain in the ass when you have to grab smaller things or get hands in tight places.. Dont know if it applies to the job you do, but I would think disassembling electronics involves handling small components that gets awkward with bulky gloves
If you dont get the thinnest rubber gloves I think they could easily serve for a long time..

Talking about job - I had an interview last week and had to do a logical, language and excel test yesterday.. Not sure if I did that good, but I do hope I passed requirements and they will offer me a job.. Ive been without a job for a while now and the city I live in doesnt offer a lot of companies to work for (its a seaside city with main business being tourist attractions, so manufacturers or companies in technical field are rarity and new positions opening up is even more of an rarity). I was even starting to consider moving away if I was without work for a month or more.

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Somebody else posted that same list and the orange gloves with the scales look nice, probably gonna try and pick up a big package of those. I do hope you manage to get that job you applied for, but if not maybe looking in a greater radius could be useful. Or maybe there could be a technical job at a tourist attraction. Either way I have faith that you'll find something eventually if you keep putting in the effort :]

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I enrolled in Uni to study Masters in Business in this city..
A bit dumb without work, but that was sort of impulse decision as I didnt have to pay for studies

So it would be great to work here as well, but lets see how this opportunity will turn out :) Because if I move away to work somewhere else I probably will have to drop out of Uni (as I already have bachelors degree, I can just continue masters at different time, so not that big of a loss, but still).. But work is primary at this point, so heres to hoping, thanks for well wishes :)

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+1 on wearing a mask. It is good to hear the change you made is working out for you Robby. I like seeing good things happen to good people. Maybe one day I will have to make changes as well but I'm not ready for them now.

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Thank you Cole, I am gonna be looking at masks soon since people here seem to think it's a really good idea. I do hope that you can take steps towards a better life when you are ready. Maybe start with something small and easy just to get the ball rolling without becoming overwhelmed. Good luck :]

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It's always hard to choose... My current work is not hard, people are friendly, it's pretty good for my mentality. BUT, my salary is not so great. So I'm always thinking about changing my job, to earn more, but at the same time I'm afraid to lose a place like this(

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Maybe finding another job to compliment what you do currently would help if you have enough spare time. And if you don't have spare time, you could see if they will give you less hours so you can have time for a new job. It's hard to avoid risk but you can try to mitigate it at least. And if you leave on good terms they are more likely to have you back if you want to return!

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Glad to hear that you are liking your new job (except for the rat-nest computer tower! Yuck!). :)

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Thank you, luckily the vast majority of stuff I deal with is not gross :]

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Remember: if you load and move charges, ask your boss for some protection gloves and shoes, I'm sure it is compulsory.

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Sorry I'm not sure what you mean by "load and move charges." They have gloves but they are either too thick or too thin for what I need to do unfortunately, but now I do have gloves that work and I'll be looking into getting some thinner ones as well

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I meant "make manual labor moving heavy things" and the gloves and boots are for protection.
Of course if you need to do precision handling, the gloves have to be thin enough to do sensitive movements and still protect.

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I hope everything will be even better for you!

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Thank you, things are looking bright so far :]

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I just moved the family across the country for work. Change is change! :)

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How has the new job and location been treating you so far, btw?

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It's been good. The job is a bit different from what I was doing before, but the state/environment is beautiful!

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In my experience, anyone who has ever moved anywhere far away from home always thinks the pizza was better in the place where they grew up. :P

Hope your family is adjusting to the move well! I just moved across the county (no "r") and that was a big enough hassle. Best of luck to you. :)

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Thank you very much! The move itself was a pain, but now that we're here and set up, it's been very good. As far a pizza goes, I'm a fan of Little Caesar's as it is, so I'm good. :P

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Wow that's a real big change! Congrats on a new chapter in life, hope it's a good one :]

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