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OorWullie

@Lroy It's a long story but I enjoy telling it so here goes.

I left Scotland 18 years ago now,it would have been longer but I met a girl which delayed my move. I've known from a young age, probably my early teens that my future wasn't in Scotland. As all my mates were putting their names down for houses I never did. I just didn't know where or what I wanted to do. I had a couple of mates who worked out in the Netherlands when I was in my late teens and were getting good money so that was something that stuck in my mind. I was a bit of a party animal in my youth though, to put it mildly. I met that girl at a place I worked and was with her for a couple of years, plans were being made for a future I didn't want a part of, it was always in my mind to escape but the weeks and months were flying by and I wasn't sure if it would ever happen. I knew other older guys who said they wished they had gone overseas when they were young so I knew if I didn't do when I had the drive to it may never happen. Things weren't going well in my relationship and after one argument too many I said that's it, I'm off. I left alone for the Amsterdam the next day with far too much belongings and 1 phone number of a Dutch guy who could possibly get me work in a greenhouse.

Before then I had only been overseas once, to France with my parents when I was 14,so it was one hell of a culture shock. After a few weeks living in a hostel in central Amsterdam, I finally got a job from that guy. Cutting Orchids in a greenhouse and living with 20 others from around the world in Den Haag. Got my good mate from home over and for 3 months I had the time of my life. The work suddenly ended though and me and my mate were kicked out our abode and robbed of our salary. Didn't want to ask our parents to bail us out so we slept in Schipol Airport for 1 week haha before facing facts and calling home for help.

Came home but still wasn't deterred, I was planning my next escape. After 2 days at home, to my disbelief I got a letter about a job I had applied for months previously. It was for a holiday rep in France and after a successful interview I left after 2 weeks. Done that for 2 seasons and was an unbelievable experience. Met a lot of great people, some of whom had been to Thailand and told some amazing stories about the place so that's what planted that seed into my mind. At the end of my second repping season I returned to the Netherlands and made contacts that would end up seeing me work there with 2 mates from home for near 7 years.

During that time we went on a lot of trips around Europe. One of which was to Budapest, where I met an American Norwegian girl. An absolute stunner who was the cleverest person I'd ever met. After some time of keeping in touch we became a couple. I'd travel to the States to meet her, she'd travel to Netherland to meet me. Was an amazing time. I was punching so far above my weight it was hard to believe. Daughter of a multi millionaire. Was like living in a movie. When she finished Uni she moved over to live with me,hoping to find work. We got a new house together, got engaged and everything was perfect. Except she couldn't find a suitable job. This went on for months before she got offered a hard to turn down job in Norway. She took it and we went back to the long distance relationship again and it started to wear us down. Eventually we mutually agreed to go our separate ways, it wasn't going to work. I was broken hearted and really unhappy. Didn't know what to do. Then Thailand popped into my head.

I booked a 2 week holiday and enjoyed it so much I booked a 2 month one for 3 months later while I was at the airport returning home. Around this time the 2008 recession was kicking in and the company I worked for was really struggling. It was a case of when not if it was going to come to an end. Luckily for me, during my 2 month holiday I met an Irish guy who lived out there, we became good friends and he convinced me to make the move. He'd show me how to make money online. I returned back to my job and was lucky to be getting 2 or 3 days work a week. After a few months we got the inevitable news that it was over,after 6 years of working there. That was my cue to make Thailand my next move. I went out on holiday 1 more time to figure some stuff out, worked a crappy job in Scotland for 4 months to save some money then left for Thailand in 2010 and have been there ever since. Life is great, too easy and I'm in complete control of my own destiny.

Laos is an option for me as it's close to Thailand, I've been there a few times now for renewing my visa plus I was in a relationship with a Laos girl who I'm still good friends with. More importantly I can keep my business going from there. Vietnam I've never been too but have friends who have. I don't really know much else about it other than it's a beautiful country with great people and again, I can run my business from there. It would be a bold move to just go there without familiarizing myself with the place first but I kind of like that. I love the thrill of just doing stuff without worrying about the what ifs. It gets harder the older you get though. But my thinking is if it doesn't work out I can always return to Thailand.

My life story right there haha. Hope I didn't bore you.

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Lroy

@OorWullie Wow, what an amazing anecdote of life experience. Thanks for sharing mate and naturally, wish you the very best of luck. You're a braver man than most and all power to you for that.

Edit: we're assembling quite a group for our imaginary barcade. All the past weekly arcade challenge games lining the wall and @Meppi64 regailing us with his personal history of video games and consoles. Now your escapades in love, work and life. 🍻

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@OorWullie well that's a really cool story… you've been down quite a long and winding road. But at the end of a day the one thing thats really important is that you're happy now!

Back to MS1: did I tell you I REQLLY REALLY REALLY hate the waiting time at the end of the level... Just finished level 2 with a good 320K but only 5 sec left... Numbers were about to roll out but time was up so my bonus didn't get recorded... Ugh, this sucks

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Metal Slug final score: 338,500, 31st.

Fun game, but getting a high score really depends on getting those stuffed bears. IMO, it’s a matter of speed.

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@OorWullie

Whoa, you’ve been through a lot but found your way. That’s great. You never know where life will bring you.

Cheers!

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I’m a-ok with that!

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wasilewski

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this is my final score.

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Well played chaps @wasilewski @agent721

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wasilewski

Thank you @Lroy

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Inspired by the gents above, I had one more stint on METAL SLUG. My new personal best is 307, 800. I am right behind @wasilewski at 50th on the Global Leaderboard. Can also see @CW13 at 45th. Nice work chaps.

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GrailUK

Is the end of level 100k bonus purely for all the prisoners? I self destructed my tank into the boss and still got the bonus!

I never drive faster than I can see. Besides, it's all in the reflexes.

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wasilewski

Congrats to everyone! NL has loads of members on the leaderboards now!

@GrailUK I thought you got that bonus if your tank was in good condition, but I could be wrong.

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@wasilewski Oh I send mine in to explode all the time while I'm practicing at level 2 (just a tad quicker to get there lol) but I still get the 'great' bonus. Might be able to touch 400K tomorrow if I have some play time. Christ I want Contra Arcade Archives.

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I never drive faster than I can see. Besides, it's all in the reflexes.

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wasilewski

@GrailUK how do you make it explode ?

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GrailUK

@wasilewski Press shoot and jump together. You get out and it races ahead and detonates for massive damage.

I never drive faster than I can see. Besides, it's all in the reflexes.

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wasilewski

@GrailUK So that's how it's done!! Cheers!

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GrailUK

@wasilewski No probs Not sure I'm going to chase the top score because I always appreciated MS for it's artwork more than it's gameplay.

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CW13

@Lroy. Thanks my best is 309980. Can't get any highe. Trying to post pic. I'm definitely going to need help posting if we're not doing the hamster ones!(although I'm in for anything!) I'm happy with my score. See a lot of names in the leader boards, nice all!!!!

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the_shpydar

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So that's about the best i can do. I have no idea how y'all have nailed some of the scores you have.

Personally, I was always more of a Contra fan, but this week's challenge was an excellent excuse to pick up this game rather than watch it sit in my wishlist forever.

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the_shpydar wrote:

... this week's challenge was an excellent excuse to pick up this game rather than watch it sit in my wishlist forever.

Ditto 👍

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