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  • Re-Introducing myself after 12 months of being MIA

    Hi there old colleagues, and new of the Forum

    Just in case you ever want to stop being obsessed with watches, I do have a method.

    I managed to temporarily cure my watch addiction, and daily visits to the Forum by:-

    1. Commencing building a new house
    2. Renovating existing home of 20 years
    3. Auctioning existing home in Auckland
    4. Moving after 20 years - DON'T DO IT, IT'S AWFUL
    5. Going to live in a 2 Bedroom Apartment in my office building with 2 adults, a teenager, a pre-schooler, a Labrador (Yes, the one that ate his lead at the Watch Club meeting. Surprise! He failed his Guide Dog training and was re-homed to live with us permanently) and a demented cat...and all my worldly possessions, (fortunately stored elsewhere in the building) - Dec 2010
    6. Moving again in April 2011 to new house in the Waikato, well what was loosely referred to as a completed house. If your house doesn't have a kitchen, and you have to cross a muddy bog to get close to any entrance, then that would be accurate
    7. Finishing house, barn, hard landscaping, lawns, planting, blah blah blah
    8. Settling in to the Waikato, getting to know our local village 9 k's away, Huntly or Pukekohe are the next 'bigger' towns, pre-schooler starts school, embracing a 4-day-a-week commute to Auckland (68k's each way), and 1-day-a-week in the Tron (Hamilton-55k's each way).

    This enabled me to curb watch buying by having no money, time , money, energy, money...or fingernails, for a year.

    9. 28th December 2011 - The unpacking reaches the box with my watches in it, and I cut the sellotape.....

    So, I like older Hamilton's, Tudor's, Oris, Smiths and Orients. I'd like to be buying a new modern watch this year, but instead my husband is mowing the (new) lawns with my watch budget. Apparently the next best thing to a nice watch is your first ride-on lawnmower. It is also, arguably, more useful than an additional watch. Well, that's what he said.

    I was in Singapore on business in early December and went to Paragon to visit Watches of Switzerland who just happened to be having a Watch Fair. Gorgeous.

    Anyhow, I hope I'll get back to being an active participant in the forum again :D

    Jo

  • #2
    Is that a case of the cure being worse than the affliction?
    “I want to touch base on how we’ll synergize the pivot going forward”

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    • #3
      You might have a very good point there :? The end result is fantastic, but the journey was hard. And our Auckland friends mainly think we've lost the plot.

      I'm finally back on TM hunting around for little gems, and as I'm looking for ladies watches, or vintage men's watches which are so small compared to modern watches, I often score some great bargains, cos you blokes don't want 'em.

      I'm about to get back onto some of the US and English sites as well, for Hamilton's and Smith's and older Tudor's.

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      • #4
        Welcome back Jo. You certainly have been busy but once addicted, you can never escape.

        Paul
        'I hope, when i die, my wife doesn't sell my watches for what I told her I paid for them.'

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        • #5
          Been the odd jafa debate on the forum, seems they don't really understand us real people anyway welcome back and :thumbup: luck with the watch searches in the shark infested TM waters. Steve
          “I want to touch base on how we’ll synergize the pivot going forward”

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          • #6
            Thanks Paul, and I hope you are taking care of that beautiful Rolex. You had just got it last time I went to a Watch Club meeting.

            Steve, I have to confess to being a Counties girl from the early days, so I'm returning from the city to my first real home patch (army brat=moved a lot in the early years)

            I always knew what I was missing!

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            • #7
              Counties isn't that bad. My girlfrind tells me SBW is pretty close. Pretty indeed (her words)

              Welcome back Jo, and as I am relatively new to this wonder called TKNZ, the loss over the year must have been hard as I find it a daily addiction like no other

              Take care heading into the new year, new dwelling with family and pets.

              Peace
              Phil
              "It is better to conquer yourself than to win a thousand battles. Then the victory is yours. It can not be taken from you, not by angels or by demons, heaven or hell" - Buddha

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              • #8
                Welcome back Jo ,
                Good to have a feminine voice among all these blokes.
                You still hooked on bmw .
                good to have ya back
                Rest easy Matty , My best Mate and Son

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                • #9
                  Welcome back Jo..

                  Good to see someone else who has found life south of the Bombays.. :D
                  Tony Lewis
                  New Zealand

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                  • #10
                    Hiya Pete and Tony, and nice to meet you Phil

                    The Chiefs first training was on the news last night, and SBW is looking great. I'll be starting at the other end of the scale with a 5-y-o having his first season.

                    Yes, still..largely....BMW reigns supreme. I might have accidentally bought myself a new racecar, from the other side of WWII - A Triumph TR8. I'm still getting settled into it and had a few things to do like a new rollcage.

                    For those interested in Motorsport, the BMW F estival kicks off in 10 days. Have a look at http://www.nzfmr.co.nz/

                    More distraction from watches.

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                    • #11
                      Hey Jo welcome back Your ears must have been burning as only a week or so ago I was asking Harlan if he had heard from you Q1.Same office location ? I have something you may like. Q2 When the next classic car meeting at Hampton downs? Q3 Is a ride on mower as much fun as a vintage BMW full noise going sideways? Glad ya back Jo.there goes my misogynous jokes repertoire Ps ignore Q2 I clicked on your link
                      I don't suffer from insanity, I enjoy every minute of it.

                      Nothing is fool-proof to a sufficiently talented fool.

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                      • #12
                        Hey Jo welcome back Your ears must have been burning as only a week or so ago I was asking Harlan if he had heard from you

                        Greetings, good Doctor. I wondered why my head was hot. It certainly hasn't been due to a wonderful summer.



                        Q1.Same office location ? I have something you may like.

                        Yep, still here. Level 7. Not on Fridays as that is my Hamilton office day.



                        Q2 When the next classic car meeting at Hampton downs?

                        The track was closed from the end of December and only re-opened last Saturday, although the skidpan has been running throughout. They've always had this damn bump, just as you go through a long right hander onto the front straight, so they spent a couple of weeks ripping the track up and taking it out.
                        The next classic meeting is the NZ Festival of Motor Racing, Fri/Sat/Sun for the last two weekends of January. Lots of international competitors, and '10 was Bruce McLaren, '11 was the Chris Amon Festival, with this year being the first "marque" meeting, so this is the "Celebrating BMW Motorsport". Most of the international visitors, and most of our group of friends will carry on to the South Island for 3 weekends of Classic Racing at Ruapuna, Levels and Teretonga. We've been too busy to go down for the last 3 years, but will try and make time next year.

                        I saw that you found the link for http://www.nzfmr.co.nz/

                        If the weather co-operates it should be wonderful viewing. My husband's running the Alpina, in the '70's saloons and the BMW classes, and I'm working behind the scenes, as well as having a house, driveway and barn full of people/sleeping bags/campervan's etc. Plus GroundSky is the official photographer of the event, and this is the 3rd and last year we'll produce a book of the Festival, so it is - as usual - full on.

                        Following weekend is the Tier One meeting, and I scored a ride in the 2-Seater TRS car which I'm really looking forward to. Dunno who the driver will be, but I'm hoping for Damon Hill's kid, so I get a shot at meeting Damon Hill!



                        Q3 Is a ride on mower as much fun as a vintage BMW full noise going sideways? Glad ya back Jo.there goes my misogynous jokes repertoire Ps ignore Q2 I clicked on your link

                        Perhaps but nowhere as much fun as a 1970's V8, going sideways - which I won't do, because although the TR8 is faster than the Alpina, he's a better driver than I am so I can't waste time drifting!

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                        • #13
                          I will definitely be there for the second weekend .Went last year to the Sunday event unfortunately rain prevented really good racing especially the formula 5000's. That Canadian TVR was impressive as was the last lap of the last race ( RS Porsches are much faster than escort mexico's eh? ) :roll: :roll:
                          I don't suffer from insanity, I enjoy every minute of it.

                          Nothing is fool-proof to a sufficiently talented fool.

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                          • #14
                            Jack Ondrack's Tuscan? It's awesomely fast. Most years it's kept in Christchurch, but I heard he might have moved it to Aussie for some events. No doubt he'll be back.

                            I think Mike Sexton's Mexico in the Saloons should give some Porsche's something to think about, after his busy winter adding go-faster bits.

                            Mike Delmont's firebreathing 2002 Turbo is always amazing to watch as it whistles it's way around. I was his tarmac rally co-driver for 5 years, and it gets pretty violent, and incredibly loud on the inside.

                            Last year I spent that early Sunday morning digging a trench on what is now my patio, to get water away from the half completed house. This year we'll be using a friend's apartment during the days as a viewing platform, as well as our various "tent bases" in the pits. And it's not far to go home across the park for a hot shower and change of clothes. I reckon it's going to rain again, although I don't want it to.

                            We're going to get thrown out of here soon, with all this talk of motorsport

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                            • #15
                              For those who don't know Jo and haven't realized ,
                              She is a petrol head first 8-) and watch nut second :P
                              Rest easy Matty , My best Mate and Son

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