Well, prompted by @jeremy, here I am.
I’m 65 3/4 and have done a little or a lot with my life so far, depends on how you see it. I also followed @simon here from the Monzo forum just to keep up with things. Joined Mondo in the early days when you had to go down to London to get your card.
My start in tech came about in 1979/80 when I got bored of my job and ended up on a government course covering 3 programming languages (COBOL, Assembler, & RPGII) and basic data processing. I managed to get my first job at Findus based in their office in Cleethorpes where I wrote my first program - it had something to do with the pea season but it’s so long ago that it’s lost in the mists of time. Ended up being made redundant (story of my life) and next found myself in Swindon where I bought my first house. More jobs, more redundancies, then on to Norwich. Worked for Norwich Union in their document composition team (my eye for detail & language coming in useful) until yes, you’ve guessed it, redundancy a couple of years ago.
Luckily I managed to pay the remaining mortgage off so I’ve been living off my savings waiting for my pensions to kick in. Used to get out & about quite a lot until COVID appeared - first time round I lasted 130 days without leaving the apartment except for exercise (walking round the fields nearby).
Im the eldest of seven children (six still living) and we’re scattered all across England. Guess living in such close proximity and having to look after the younger ones is what has made me want to be alone for most of my life. I have had 2x7 years relationships so not completely on my own but for now I’m happy in my own company. However, just recently I’ve been thinking about selling up and moving again - somewhere cheaper where I can get a bigger place and live with one of my sisters. Looking at South Wales and it’s surprising what I can afford over there.
Main interest - music (BBC Radio 6 keeps me young-ish), coffee (Pact subscriber), and anything Apple related. Got one of the first iMacs when they came out because I’d learnt all I could about Windows and haven’t looked back. Bought my first iPhone 13 years ago? Can’t wait to see what happens with their M1 line.
Anyway, coffees brewed so that’s enough (too much?) from me for now.
See you around!