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About CaptainJess

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  • Birthday 17/07/1991

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  1. CaptainJess

    What Floats Your Boat 4

    Balks and I were at El Jannah's in Blacktown last week. Apart from one of the best damn chicken rolls I've ever had from EJ's, the thing I loved the most was the amazing multi-cultural dining room. Here we were, a Bosnian and an Anglo sitting with Indians, Islanders, Wogs and Asians eating middle-eastern food. It was ******* brilliant. I love the fact that within 10mins of our house, I can get proper traditional Thai, Vietnamese, Mediterranean, Italian, Chinese and Lebanese food. I love going to all the Chinese festivals in Cabramatta every year. We have a Laos temple down the road from us and their celebrations are always huge and joyful. I'm going to head to the Republic Day celebrations at Marconi on Sunday and stuff myself with pizza, cannoli and Italian gingerbread. I honestly pity people who live a sheltered existence in the Eastern Suburbs and Northern Beaches. My life has been so much fuller knowing so many people from different backgrounds and experiencing the best their culture has to offer right in my backyard.
  2. CaptainJess

    What Really Grinds My Gears 5

    Stage 2. Bored at work so did some research. Here's the highlights, not sure if they feature - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q73eKDu9SYk
  3. CaptainJess

    Last ANZ Derby Drawn

    On a funny note, Balkanite and I had a lot of fun winding up Ufuk Talay on the ESFC bench during the game. The dickhead wouldn't stay in his box, so we had a few choice words for him. We definitely got under his skin because he made a few gestures our way throughout the game and then right before half-time he starred down Balks with such fury that I honestly thought he was going to jump the fence and have a go Even our friends in front and beside us noticed it and made comment. Didn't take too kindly to me flipping him off either
  4. CaptainJess

    Memberships 2019/20

    Yeah I think you'll be right. As long as it's valid until our last home game, it should be fine.
  5. CaptainJess

    Memberships 2019/20

    Watch out if anybody has been trying to rort the membership system. A couple of people who usually sit with Balkanite purchased concession memberships in the first season as a cheaper alternative and have just been renewing them since. They weren't eligible for the concession memberships and have never had any proof i.e. pension card, student ID etc. The Wanderers have contacted them this week asking for proof of concession and will be demanding back payment if they can't provide it. Not sure how much back payment they are after, but I can imagine if they don't pay up or provide proof they might withhold next season membership. I'm having a laugh at the whole thing because they've bragged about this for ages while the rest of us did the honest thing and paid for adult membership. Good to see them finally cracking down on it. It just ruins the system for people who are actually rightly entitled to those discounts.
  6. CaptainJess

    Finals Hopes Extinguished

    I figured based on your PM, but he didn't incriminate himself unlike you It's alright, I'll shout you a wine at our next trivia night.
  7. CaptainJess

    Finals Hopes Extinguished

    Doesn't count cause you cheated Bingo. We have a winner. No wonder our defence was terrible. Our GK and two CB's decided as adults and professional football players to eat a kebab three hours before the game. Boggles the mind.
  8. CaptainJess

    Finals Hopes Extinguished

    Nope. Sorry not Roly
  9. CaptainJess

    Finals Hopes Extinguished

    I was with Manfred and heard the story firsthand from the garlic sauce. I know who the third player is. Anyone want to take a guess... First person to get it right wins an expired Balkanite beer voucher I know the person very well who saw the players at the kebab store. I don't have any doubts about the truth of this story. He was able to give the exact store and time. The worse thing was, knowing who the players were, you could see them getting exhausted at the start of the second half and we knew exactly why. It ******* burned
  10. CaptainJess

    Wanderers Members Committee News

    Bingo. Unfortunately there's plenty of people who have an inflated sense of importance and love to say a lot without actually saying a lot. There's a few on this forum and it irks me that they withhold information for no obvious reason other than to throw it in people's faces in a "na na nana na I know something you don't" way. I'm all for protecting sources, but it has gone beyond that at some points. Let's be straight. JT is a smart man. He wouldn't be CEO if he wasn't. He would not say anything in front of twenty odd people (that he doesn't know from a bar of soap) that he wouldn't feel comfortable with them relaying. If these meetings were meant to be confidential, that would have been properly communicated and documented officially in someway. Nothing that Manfred stated is a surprise to me or would be shocking to various parties. I think it's fairly common knowledge that many aren't happy with the new board, the expansion process or the FFA in general. What is the point of these meetings if information is only passed on to a special few. They should be for the exact purpose of this thread. Open collaboration and sharing between fans. The members committee can be a sounding board for the club and the committee can be a conduit to the membership base. Thanks for the info Manfred and Ed, it is very appreciated by a lot of us on here.
  11. Was listening to the radio this morning and they had a on-air dating segment where they get a bunch of women on the phone and then introduce a guy in the studio who tells them about himself. The women can’t see him and drop off the line if they hear something they don’t like. The guy they had in the studio this morning was a guy named George. He was 29, Greek and a big Wanderers fan. He admitted that he’d never had a girlfriend, had sex or even kissed a girl. He reminded me of our whole saga with Unlimited and it made me proud that Unlimited finally got there on his own in the end. Turns out you weren’t even the unluckiest Wanderers fan out there How’s it all going Unlimited? I think last I heard you were still with her? If George is on this forum, show your face dude and we can try to help!
  12. It actually did believe it or not. I'm always happy to hear other people's thoughts and especially from someone with first-hand knowledge. I have come to the conclusion that while I believe the card is good in theory, some of issues with the practical implementation of it are alarming. We definitely need more funding for vital things like employment and health services that should accompany an initiative like this. Another suggestion I heard was that everyone on Newstart would have someone look over their bank statements for a period of a few months, just like if you were going for a loan. If your spending/withdrawing patterns raised concerns, then you would be put on the card. I thought it wasn't a bad alternative. If you're on Newstart for longer than a couple of months, then you get looked at. If everything is above board, you continue as is. If people are withdrawing large sums or using it in pubs, clubs, bottle shops etc. then you have issues. Unfortunately this is true. If people are desperate enough, the card won't stop them. But what I would hope is that those on the edge are the ones who might see a benefit from it. The people that have kids but like to go to the pub and blow half of their payment in the pokies or at the bar in one sitting. Maybe, just maybe it might force that person to think about their decisions and their kids. Sometimes, cutting off access to the harm is one of the only ways to help people.
  13. CaptainJess

    What Really Grinds My Gears 5

    People who hop off an escalator and stop dead in the middle of the walkway I almost had a lady with a trolley run me over from behind after a guy stopped at the bottom of the escalator to look at his phone. He didn't even apologise after I gave him a blast. Douchebag.
  14. Goat, I have always been one of the nicest people to you on here. I've always supported you in the Mental Health Thread and tried to give you advice whenever you asked. Balks and I have shouted you many drinks over the years and I've even driven you places. There's no need for the sarcasm. People can have discussions without snide remarks. You obviously have a strong opinion on this given your situation, so why not share your thoughts/insights instead of the sarcasm? I think this is the problem with the debate. There is a hell a lot of hyperbole being thrown around by both sides of the debate. Statements like the one above don't add anything to the debate and make it harder to have a proper discussion. People saying things like "we're second or third class citizens" is just not true. You are receiving a payment to help you that you have to do almost nothing for and a requirement of that is you use the card. In order to receive other benefits from the government, plenty of people have conditions or requirements they have to meet. It's not something new. People will disagree with me, but welfare is privilege not a right. There are many other people around the world who would be more than happy to receive the Newstart payment and use the card. I read something really good on Twitter yesterday. Someone basically said that most people's opinions on the card will be formed on the basis of whether they view the payment as a "hand-out" or a "hand-up". If we take the initial premise of Newstart - an income support payment whilst trying to find suitable employment - then it should be a short-term means to an end. Not a lifestyle. I saw a woman on social media yesterday commenting on several posts about the two or three methods she had come up with to circumvent the card. From the time stamps on her comments, she spent over three hours responding to comments all over this post. I feel like if she had put in just a fraction of the effort she did arguing with people and coming up with ways around the card, she probably could have found a job. But no, it's much easier to just sit there and complain you're being discriminated against.
  15. Goat, I haven't interacted with you on here in quite a while due to some of the stuff you post. And this reinforced why. Was that comment really necessary? I'm happy to have a debate but leave the snide remarks out. And you know what, I think a lot of people share my view. Based on the social media reaction I saw today across various channels, most seem to think it's a good idea. So I'm definitely not in a minority. Don't have kids unless you can afford them. I see so many people having multiple kids and then complaining they don't earn enough to look after them. Maybe people should think before pro-creating. Even with two sizable salaries, I will probably only have one (maybe two) children. I know that I won't be able to afford more than that and give them everything they need. So it bugs me when I see my high-school friends popping out kids left, right and centre and then sitting at home raising them on my tax dollar. I don't think there should be a certain salary, but there should be a limit to the amount of welfare you receive for each child. A sliding scale that decreases until the third child, then no more would be my model. I think if you have/are paying tax then yes, you do deserve more than someone who isn't contributing. I don't believe you are entitled to more if you pay more though. A welfare system should look after the most needy who are incapable of working first and foremost. Then it should go from there. I don't think it should be equally though. I don't expect to be supported beyond medicare, HECS and a few subsidies here and there. You know why, because I work and receive an income which provides for most of what I need. The only way a welfare system works well is if everyone contributes. If not it just becomes inequitable. I think there is a good amount of welfare recipients that fall into this category. I know of four off the top of my head that just don't want to work. So if I can rattle of that many just from personal knowledge, then I'm betting there is a quite a few. The thing is, they can still spend the money how the see fit with the exception of alcohol, drugs and gambling. That's not a terrible thing. They are luxuries of the highest order and you shouldn't be buying those things at the expense of other essentials especially when, as everybody has mentioned, the amount of welfare they get is so low. If I was unemployed for whatever reason, I would be quite capable and happy to use the card. If that's what I have to do to receive my payment, then so be it.