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The falling aiport Santa TV3 kid, Christmas 2010

‘Real Sam’ writes:

As I have no friends would your readers save me the bother of making up quotes [for a college project]. The question:  Are You Better Off Now Than You Were Four Years Ago? Better off can also mean happier, more content, self-medicated, etc.


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  1. Joni2015

    So much better. I’m rich, incredible job, better relationships, nice car, more confidence and a new woman every week. I pinch myseld some days.

  2. sǝɯǝɯʇɐpɐq

    If I can answer that on a personal level…

    I’m probably old enough to be your Grandad still struggling from day to day..
    Nothing has ever changed.
    Nothing ever will.

    1. sǝɯǝɯʇɐpɐq

      Other people has better experiences, and make less spelling mistakes.
      Don’t forget that.

      You’ll wreck your project if you concentrate on me or anyone like me.

      You need ‘optimism’.

  3. MoyestWithExcitement

    Yeah I’m definitely more self medicated anyway. Everyone sells green as opposed to brown these days.

  4. Neilo

    More ethically rich through the deepening reservoir of my love and compassion for the vulnerable, voiceless and senescent.

    Materially poorer through the death of a thousand cuts inflicted on my pay packet through The Years Of Austerity™

    1. sǝɯǝɯʇɐpɐq

      I think I’m with you Neilo.

      The more I think about it the more sure I am.
      But ‘voiceless and senescent wasn’t necessary.

      You could’ve just just called me ‘old-fashioned’.

      1. Neilo

        Maybe. I mean I come across all Keith Joseph* and suchlike, but I’m really a big aul’ softie

        *Blessings me upon his name

        1. Caroline

          I love the way you always preface your statements by warning that you have the political leanings of a South American dictator, then follow it up with something level-headed and compassionate. More of this kind of bait and switch!

    2. Joni2015

      Funny how I would see those as the cause of my pay cuts. I don’t want to see my family suffer to fix their problems.

  5. DubLoony

    I decided to stop worrying about it all and concentrate on the things I could actually do something about.
    bit like the AA prayer.

  6. Clampers Outside!

    Five years ago, I’d still another two years of hell to go through. That had nothing to do with govts, taxes or recessions. At the time, I thought… this’ll never get any better, but it did :0)

          1. scottser

            An intense sibling rivalry with a liverpool fan and the 1977 fa cup final is how it all started for me.

          2. bertie blenkinsop

            August 77 and the arrival of Dalglish is what really sparked my Liverpool fixation.
            Same year – completely different path Scottser!

  7. Peadar

    Five years ago, I was unemployed, depressed, and trapped in Ireland.

    Now, things aren’t perfect, but I’ve emigrated, found a job, left said job, and started a PhD. I’m in a far better place, emotionally, and financially.

    1. sǝɯǝɯʇɐpɐq

      Sorry Peadar, but you have me confused.
      Is this a preamble to something you daren’t say out straight?

      -It smells like it.

    2. Tish Mahorey

      “Now, things aren’t perfect,”

      Ha haaaa! Weakness! Ye see? You’re not better than us with your abroad thing using foreign systems and being all cosmopolitan.

    3. Spaghetti Hoop

      Oh he wants OUR stories??
      Nosey or wha?

      Ok then…

      Dear Real Sam,

      Two little mice fell in a bucket of cream. The first mouse quickly gave up and drowned. The second mouse, wouldn’t quit. He struggled so hard that eventually he churned that cream into butter and crawled out. Ladies and gentlemen, as of this moment, I am that second mouse.


  8. Happy Molloy

    4 years ago I was in a call centre on 18k and single and lost.
    now I’m on three times that, in an amazing firm in a great role and am engaged.

    life is great. lot of work though. will plateau in another 5 years

  9. IrishBird

    4 years ago I was :
    -in Dublin

    Now Im:
    -divorced (yayayayayayay!)
    -In not ireland
    -happy, full of hope, hoping to return but not until i have enough money behind me.

    So yes, Im in a much better place.

    Thanks for the opportunity to see this!!!

  10. Andy

    Emigrated and loving it.
    Unbelievable standard of living. Earn obscene money and keep most of it.
    No whinging (RTE/Newstalk)- surrounded by a can do positive attitude. No begrudging.
    Have done a ton of things and visited a load of places i’d never have thought possible.
    No kids yet.
    Miss family.
    Miss sausages.

      1. Lilly

        + 1 Tell us! We won’t tell any bottomholes – male or female, young or old – who might move there and spoil it, promise.

  11. Caroline

    Four years? Sure that’s just the blink of an eye ago. You’d really need at least 120 years of data to see if things were really changing for me.

  12. sǝɯǝɯʇɐpɐq

    I went away once, for a long time.
    Then I came back.
    I have kids all over the place, but I still haven’t found a job.
    -Am I doing it wrong?

  13. sǝɯǝɯʇɐpɐq

    *I went away once, for a long time.

    *I mean I went abroad. I wasn’t locked up or anything like that.
    You have to get caught first before they can lock you up.

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