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Started by Lento_ on Jan 10, 2022 10:48:59 AM
Little achievements you are proud of anyway

Somehow I managed to go through my entire school life without learning anything about music - never played anything properly, didn't learn any theory, picked up absolutely nothing about how to read music. I come from quite a musical family, and love listening to music, so it always felt like a big gap that I couldn't play an instrument.

I've decided to do something about it, and spent a bit of time this weekend messing about trying to learn to read some basic notes and play them on a digital piano. Finally, aged forty-something, for the first time in my life I was able to read a bit of music and make the appropriate sounds come out of an instrument.

It my have just been Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, but fuck it, it's a first for me and I'm weirdly happy about it.

So what small triumphs have you recently had which have made you feel proud despite other people probably not being impressed by them?

CarlosFandango - 12 Jan 2022 00:24:42 (#1 of 50)

I have spent a bit of money, not much, on an online course (with certificate!) in Finance, with Imperial College.

Of little to no professional benefit but quite pleasing nonetheless. My formerly mostly-correct but a wee bit hazy notions about debt vs. equity, bond yields, capital asset pricing, discount rates etc. have now been satisfyingly crystallised and I look forward to casually dropping dismissive references to volatility and risk premium into smart dinner party conversations.

CarlosFandango - 12 Jan 2022 00:27:33 (#2 of 50)

And well done on the music, Lento.

I did learn an instrument at school and took it up again semi-seriously about 3 years ago. It's been great.

Macpaddy - 12 Jan 2022 00:46:02 (#3 of 50)

The Triangle?

CarlosFandango - 12 Jan 2022 00:48:48 (#4 of 50)


No, far too much counting. And nothing like loud enough.

Tenesmus - 12 Jan 2022 01:17:48 (#5 of 50)

Changing the head gasket on a Honda C70, just me, following Haynes, having never seen anything like it done before (we didn't have a car when I was growing up).

TheFLUFFIESTKittenEvah - 12 Jan 2022 01:50:04 (#6 of 50)

Wonderful, Carlos. I look forward to in-depth discussions of the Black-Scholes options pricing model.

Just kidding. The fucking thing is a head-splitter.

CinqueCento - 12 Jan 2022 07:53:48 (#7 of 50)

I fixed the striker plate for the sitting room door so that the lock catches and stays caught. I get a small thrill of achievement each time I close the door.

nemo75 - 12 Jan 2022 08:03:11 (#8 of 50)

Fixing the dishwasher by resoldering the relay for the heater and replacing the door springs. Will replace the relay when spares eventually arrive.

mingmong - 12 Jan 2022 08:25:38 (#9 of 50)

Building a wine-rack. The closest thing to DIY I have ever successfully achieved. Still in use after 15 years.

Eligelis - 12 Jan 2022 08:32:12 (#10 of 50)

Flat tidying: I tidied an area of about 3 square feet that I hadn't touched in years last night.

nemo75 - 12 Jan 2022 08:34:55 (#11 of 50)

I’m in that situation too. It’s hard but getting it done is really something to be proud of

carterbrandon - 12 Jan 2022 13:15:12 (#12 of 50)

"Yeah, erm well I've done a lot of stuff I ain't proud of; and the stuff I am proud of, is disgusting."

moto748 - 12 Jan 2022 16:03:17 (#13 of 50)

I've made some pretty good beer.

phantlers - 12 Jan 2022 16:23:43 (#14 of 50)

I am naturally green fingered and also have a happy knack of getting old cars started.

Macpaddy - 12 Jan 2022 16:35:46 (#15 of 50)

I saved a dog from drowning in a river. It had been put in a sack and thrown in. Luckily the sack got ripped and caught on big stone in the middle of the river. Th dog had got half out of the hole but was fastend by the flow of the river, her cries alerted me and my friends. I swam and waded my way to her then back to the river bank.

TableTopJoe - 12 Jan 2022 16:40:30 (#16 of 50)

Excellent - well done, Macpaddy. I'd call that a big achievement.

moto748 - 12 Jan 2022 16:41:59 (#17 of 50)

That's great stuff, well done.

phantlers - 12 Jan 2022 16:50:34 (#18 of 50)

But he then posed for a photo and threw it back.

nice one McP

DonkeyOT - 12 Jan 2022 17:20:50 (#19 of 50)

That reminds me of a frontpage headline in our local rag a few years ago, "Dead Dog Found In Canal".

Hold the front page!

Cordelia - 12 Jan 2022 17:28:33 (#20 of 50)

Bled the radiators then re-pressurised the boiler. Never done either before, and felt like a proper grown-up afterwards!

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