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    Country Bumpkin is seeking helpful advice with answering questions for an important job interview.

    I  received a call for a job interview this coming Monday. The last time I interviewed for a job about two years ago, I did a botched up job. Here are some examples I need help with:


    1. What is the difference between  "qualifications" and a "skills"? Please give examples.


    2.What answers are they seeking when I'm asked, "What can I offer this company"? Are they wanting me to answer this with words such as I'm honest and dependable or are they seeking more technical terms etc...?


        This is a job working in an office performing, Point of Care and CLIA-waived tests for drug screening, pregnancy testing, paternity testing etc.I'm so lost here guys. I'm afraid I'm going to give another lousy interview. Please help me to be prepared to have GOOD answers to any questions they may ask me. I want to ACE THIS INTERVIEW!! 


    Thank you,CB.

    +12  Views: 2034 Answers: 29 Posted: 7 years ago
    Clonge

    Hi, it's me again! If the interviewer says "See ya later Country Bumpkin", you might have it! http://youtu.be/JMRnKYNlHVA
    country bumpkin

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    I'll be listening for those words. (*~*)

    29 Answers

    ""qualifications" and a "skills"


    Qualifications is learned information as in you went to school and got a degree. Skills means you've put that knowledge to work in a job and have personal experience learned by doing not not just by reading about it. 


    " "What can I offer this company "


    A dependable worker who will work diligently, respectfully and give 110%  to ensure your work is equal to an A1 rating. You will strive to be a shining example of the quality of professionalism the company is built on. 


     

    dowsa

    "Shucks that's me on AKAQA Colleen "Oh make that 200% I do strive good example to all
    country bumpkin

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    Thank you, Colleen. I really like what you wrote. I will work on personalizing this with my own words before my interview. Everything you said, does fit me.
    DonDowningJr

    Coleen, you are so smart, how the heck did you ever becopme a truck driver? Puzzels me. I know that you've got an answer that will make me look stupid. And I know it's my fault.
    Colleen

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    Truck driving takes knowledge and skill. It's not an easy job. You say that like it's a low life job. I made dang good money at it. I bought my house (paid off and 3 vehicles also paid off).
    DonDowningJr

    Why did you stop?
    Colleen

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    Had enough money to retire and was tired of fighting dumb drivers on the road.
    DonDowningJr

    Colleen, Loan me a $100?
    Colleen

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    Never a lender nor borrower be ;)
    country bumpkin

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    I would love to have the skills to drive an 18 wheeler?
    Yvonne57

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    Hi Colleen, I'd hire you!! LOL TU
    DNanners

    Colleen , I always wanted to drive a 18 wheeler for a living but never pursued it. Its nice to hear that a women drives one.
    Colleen

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    Most people are frightened by their size so never go for the license. Just think of them as a big pick up truck, they're not hard to drive.

    I'm bumping up my own question again in seeking  more answers to help me pass a job interview this Monday with flying colors. If you are reading this now for the first time, please scan my questions and the answers I've been given so far and  add your own two cents worth. """"Are there any questions you were asked in a job interview that "threw you for a loop"''''?What was the question and how did you answer?

    PEOPLELOVER

    Thanks for letting me know you took my advise on board, as far as the shaving bit goes I know a few women who could do with a shave.
    Your outfit sounds right on the money, as a mate of mine always said "Neat but not gaudy"
    Please let us know the outcome one way or the other.
    mycatsmom

    CB, YOu have to research the company before the job interview.But, you did just say what their endeavor is, so I guess you looked into it. Do you know anybody who works there that can give you the inside scoop ?

    I reckon you're a winner CB.Be yourself & don't exaggerate.Bet you get the job.Good Luck girl.

    country bumpkin

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    Thank you for your vote of confidence, Tommyh. I appreciate you calling me a winner. This really does boost my confidence. (*~*)

    Find out everything that you can about the company, how long it has operated in the area, the people who work there (if possible), how many employees, all the details about the job of course.  Sometimes, it's helpful to know how the group socializes and/or volunteers in the community, does things outside of work. 


    I once interviewed for a job and the interviewer said, "So I see by your resume that you've done this before."  His next statement was, "Didn't I see you at the game the other night?"  The whole  conversation after that, was about nothing but our community involvement. He hired me.  Sometimes an employer has already made up his/her mind, based on your resume, and only wants to find out if you can carry on a conversation, deal with people, speak proper English, those types of things.  I say, take a few deep breaths on your way in, relax, smile, make eye contact, good handshake and most of all, be yourself. Just pretend you are speaking with a friend.  Good luck cb.

    country bumpkin

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    Thank you, Ducky. I'll see if I can find anything out about the company so I can have good knowledge when speaking of the company. I really like what you said about an employer wanting to find out if I can carry on a conversation, deal with people, speak proper English etc. I know I'm lacking in the proper English department but I have this marvelous little lite that shines through me, people notice this about me and it helps me out at times when I need it most. Hopefully my little light will shine bright on Monday afternoon. (*~*)
    Ducky

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    Glad to hear it cb. A great personality will always give a job candidate that extra edge. You'll be just fine! Here's another hint. Whenever I felt nervous about a job interview, I tried to pretend (in my head) that "I'll take this job if it suits me". haha It helps to calm the nerves. :)
    country bumpkin

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    Don posted a new comment. I think he took your advice about rereading all the helpful interview tips. Maybe he realizes that not every question on here should be answered with a joke. There is a time and place for everything.

    Hi CB  wishing you luck on Monday,i hope you get the job.

    country bumpkin

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    Keep your fingers crossed. (*~*)

    Presumably CB you have your C.V which they will have asked for when you applied on this they will be able to tell now much experience you have had. It is said that after as ;litte as three minutes of interview they know if you are the person for the job (which they will know) show them you are confident in your abilities by your body language and think to yourself you are lucky I am here and can offer you my experience. Do your very best from the confidence point of view - do not gesticulate - and smile  be pleasant and positive.Do not feel intimidated - youv'e got it, so do it. They are only people like you and believe me they are as interested in you as your qualifiations. I have never failed a job interview and I am nothing special - just be natural and confident. Hope this helps and good luck. Being  too confident is not always such an endearing quality.They will not be asking you what books you have read - they will know from your experience. Have confidence in them as well as confidence in you - good luck. 

    country bumpkin

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    I'll never be to confident, Dopey, I promise. You are the second person here today to tell me that the interviewers know almost immediately if I'm the person they will hire or not. This is is good to know because it helps me to understand that I have to be in high form from the get-go! No time to warm up! I just have to go out there and nail it from the begining. Thank you, Dopey. (*~*) By the way, I've never heard of a C.V. before. Is this the same as a Resumee?
    Poppy3

    CB In Britain when applying for a job usually you have to submit a curriculum vitae - always if you are applying for a professional position - which will state your qualifications where obtained, where you have worked, what your position and responsibility was, how long you held the position for any promotions etc. Yes just like a resume it would seem and this job you are applying for sounds Professional. References will be applied for by your new employer if wanted or needed. Do not go in there all guns blazing just be you and natural and as calm as you can be. Applying for a new job is always a bit awe inspiring but be realistic - I think if they do not recognise your qualities - they are the ones who have lost out and if they ask you do you have any questions try to think of one or two which are applicable. Very good luck to you and please try not to fret about thisxxx To answer your question regarding qualification and skills - the qualification is to enable you to carry out the skill - this will be seen from your resume and maybe you will have to elaborate on the skills you have used. When they ask you what can you offer the company which seems to me a stupid question if your resume answers this refer to what you have done in the past say what you can regarding how interesting you would find working there - no they do not want personal details like honest, dependable if they need this they will contact previous employers. I do hope this helps although somewhat disjointed - you will be OK I am sure - all the best to you.

    I can't help you, I haven't interviewed for a job in 30 years but, I do wish you luck.  You go. girl!

    country bumpkin

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    Thank you, Julie for wishing me good luck!
    DonDowningJr

    Have another shooter!

    Well I wish you all the luck in the world


    next thing to do is reseach the company what they do what acheivemts they want ect next is to be honest as I belive honesty is the best policy ... Colleen has given you very good advice and so has dopey and peoplelover make sure your CV is up to date they will ask about your last jobs make sure you know what that firm did and what they were trying to adcheive try to stay calm and answer all there questions and dont for get to ask about there job they like lots of questions on the company , they also will ask you what hobbies you do reading always gos down well and also say you like research thats a brilliant one to put this means that you are always learning! I do wish you all the luck in the world you can do it we are all behind you xxx

    country bumpkin

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    I thought up some questions earlier to ask of them. I've never asked any in the past but after reading all this top notch info from you guys, I'll certainly have at least 2 or 3 to ask. Does research for AKAQA count? LOL
    melandrupert

    country bumpkin NO but really I do wish you all the luck in the world xxx

    I have learnt over the years that you definately need confidence, you say you lack confidence, i see you answer questions quite well, i know you have got in you, bluff your way through if you must, a lot of people do, with a smile. remember that old adage, '' If you cant dazzle them with brilliance, baffle them with bull-shit' -i don't mean you tell them lies, act as though you know everythimg they ask, it all comes back to Confidence -- go and get 'em  Best of luck, Country Bumpkin.

    country bumpkin

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    What a nice thing for you to say. I'm learning how to answer questions and spell better since I've been on here but there is still some serious room for improvement LOL. I'm very familiar with bull-sh!t too. LOL Thank you,CB.

    GOOD   LUCK!!!!!!!!!!!!Let us know how you get on

    country bumpkin

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    I'll let you know as soon as I can. It's good to see you on here again. I've noticed that you were away for awhile.

    No advice, just wanted to wish you luck..I hope you come out the winner.

    country bumpkin

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    Thank you, Rick!

    One more bit of advice as Colleen has said it all .Be yourself confidence look sit straight in your chair .You know the person interviewing is nervous a little like you .Good luck 

    country bumpkin

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    Thank you, Dowsa. I can sit up pretty straight, LOL but, I have no confidence. I've been in clinicals for over a month now and I"ve been told by my clinical teachers and patients that they can tell I have no confidence in myself. I've tried to fake it but they still see straight through me. This is one of my big fears but I'm not going to let it win!!!! (*~*)

    I never interviewed for a job, self employed all my life.


    Best I can tell you is don't lie and don't over answer anything.

    country bumpkin

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    I did a practice session today. I was told to make my answers a little shorter.(*~*)

    Best of Irish Luck on Monday country bumpkin. Guess you already have all advice you need.

    country bumpkin

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    I'm always up for helpful advice. I feel so good right now seeing all this support from people here. (*~*)

    1 - requirements, - you will do job as trained and as expected, to fulfill the company  needs.


    2 prevention - do what need to prevent unwanted or undesirable results


    3 zero defects  - to meet needs and goals of company.


    4 - price of non conformance - this is what happens when a job is not done correctly, you get fired.


    Hope this helps.  Pulling for you.

    country bumpkin

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    Thank you,Zorro. I'm grateful that you took the extra time to come back again and answer my additional question. It helped so much, this is what I needed.

    Country Bumpkin Dopey and Ducka have given you the best advice that I have seen on this question.


    With regards to the difference between "Qualification" and "Skill" A qualification is where you have trained for and passed a exam for some task. EG a qualified hair dresser has passed the exams of their craft.  A skilled hair dresser is one that carries out that work to the upmost satisfaction of the client.


    A qualified hairdresser is no always a skilled hairdresser.


    I was in sales and marketing and managerial position stretching over 45 years and have conducted countless interviews for staff in a variety of jobs and believe me you only have to look at me and answer my question clearly and you get the job if the answers are correct.


    To find out about the company Google and hopefully there will be at least some information in there for you.


    When you turn up for the interview do not offer to shake hands unless the interviewer offers first, you could be accused of being presumptious and above all turn up dressed in a manner befitting the position, this does not mean as a labourer in singlet and shorts but neither does it mean suit and tie. Your shoes should be clen and your clothes clean and pressed.


    Make sure you are shaved or facial hair trimmed.and breath fresh, no garlic the night before.


    At the interview do not sit up like a stuffed dummy, rather sit up in a relaxed manner. Don`t loll in you chair. Don`t what ever you do take the USAs gift to the world with you , I mean chewing gum, the biggest no no in the world is a gum chewer at a interview.


    Don`t fold your arms, this is body language for defensive attitude, don`t put your hands bihind your head  with arms out to the side, this is body language for "I am relaxed to the stage where I don`t give a shit", Don`t interrupt and if you are not certain what is asked say " Now if I have this clear you want to know ...." Do not say if I have this "right" as some people take this as confrontational.


     There is one final thing ask yourself Would I employ Me For This Position. Your answer should be a loud and clear"My word I would"


    Read Dopey and Duckas` answers along with this one and write out the salient points and read the points over and over when you go to bed then go to sleep. It is called subliminal learning.


    Crikey is that the time, sorry got to feed Inca. Good luck.

    Ducky

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    peoplelover...interesting point about the handshake. In our area, a handshake, either way, has become almost mandatory, with people extending their hand, sometimes even as they are approaching you from across the room...different areas and customs. I enjoyed reading your comments. I've always liked this "stuff"...people interactions, sales, marketing, the business world and how it all works!
    Poppy3

    Peoplelove - as ducka says very interesting point about the handshake - always best to wait for them to extend their hands as you say, in this instance. If possible as well simulate their handshake, do not sit down until they ask you to and if they are not polite enough to take your coat - just sit there in it. Interesting points from you indeed - dress should be somewhat classical - and not too much jewellery - just simplicity - I am sure CB will look just the part. Just looking at her should be enough to employ her.
    country bumpkin

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    Great information,PL. I've pen & paper in hand right now to take notes. Being that I'm a woman, I won't need to shave my face for the interview but I'll consider shaving my legs. Tee-Hee! Seriously though, thank you for the helpful advice.
    country bumpkin

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    Dopey: I bought a two-piece matching shirt/jacket with pants. The outfit is black with small grayish, pin size dots. I perceive it as being a classic. I have a small pair of diamond stud earrings that my mother gave me so I plan to wear these. I keep my nails short-no nail polish. I think my clothing attire will be right on the mark for the interview. (*~*)

    A ll the very best on monday, CB your aka friends have given excellent advice, don't forget tp post the good news , we are all, as you American's say -- rooting for you, good luck.

    bulletman

    TU's to all of you !

    I really hope you got the job, some good advice given

    country bumpkin

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    Thank you, keep your fingers crossed.

    After reading all of the answers, I would say that you got some great information. The best of luck to you and you will prevail .

    country bumpkin

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    Thank for changing your opinion on the advice I've been given by all these wonderful people here. Do you need a hug? Well too bad, I'm giving you one anyway. (((HUG)))

    Don't listen to these people and their "opinions". There are professionall interviewing classes and they  are serious. I just attended one. You need a personal voice recorder.

    country bumpkin

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    Opinions and advice is what I'm looking for, Don. I'm perfectly capable of deciphering what will be usefull information for me and what probably won't be. So far each person who has answered my questions has helped me with either good advice or support. My interview is this Monday. I don't have time to take a full course in interviewing etiquette. A crash course is all I have time for right now. (*~*)
    DonDowningJr

    OoooooKay.
    Ducky

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    Now dd, do I have this right? A person asks a serious, legitimate, question and we are NOT supposed to answer it to the best of our ability, knowledge and experience? Hmm. I'm confused. I thought this site was called Q&A. I'm not suggesting that MY answer was from an "expert" but you might like to actually READ the response from peoplelover. It sounds pretty good to me. I'm thinking that pl could probably TEACH a class, such as the one that you suggest and here it is...for FREE.
    country bumpkin

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    Well Don: I think Ducka's comments were addressed to YOU-NOT ME!(*~*)
    Ducky

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    Right you are CB!

    Hoping you ace that interview C.B.  
    Qualifications are specific;  BA in accounting; 5 years of experience; bi-lingual......you HAVE to possess these to be considered for employmentSkills are things like computer literacy, typing skills, communication excellence


    What you bring to the company?  Dependability, co-operative attitude,  top skills.  It's important for the employer to know that you are interested in long-term commitment to the company. Getting along with co-workers,  focused, conscientious are some things you bring to the company. LOYALTY, honesty, integrity.  Someone who will work with others, strive to maintain an impartial, unbiased attitude, avoid office gossip.
    For your interview, I'd say that I would be bringing a positive attitude, strong desire to maintain the high quality of the employer, a positive attitude, enthusiasm,  intelligence and understanding of the job requirements; initiative.  
    Don't forget to let us know how it goes.  I'm praying for you! 

    country bumpkin

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    I'm so glad to see you're back on here again. I love to read everything you write, you strike me as such an intelligent person. If I possessed at least half of your knowledge and writing skills, I would be one smart cookie. I've considered writing down some of your past posts just for future reference to help me when writing letters etc. I really mean this-no bull. The women on akaqa are all so unique and each and everyone of you girls/ladies/women (or around here are term of endearment is "heifers") touch my heart personally. My interview is this afternoon. I'll let ya'll know how it goes.
    Bob/PKB

    Hi CB. I feel much like you, that the folks here are such inspirations, support, and the unique views are so helpful in seeing life from different perspectives (as in my own not always being the best view!). It is gratifying and flattering (I'll admit it) that you find anything I say worthwhile. I reference you and many others when sharing time with people here. Can't wait to hear about your interview!

    country bumpkin i wish you the best of luck regarding A'ing this interview.  My humble advice is to do the following:  What can you offer the the company?  Think about what you have done to help people feel comfortable.  You always make us feel comfortable when you answer our concerns.  Let them know that you have an online presence when you seek to make the lives of others better.  You are emphathetic and you care about other people. ( i personally feel that many of the people, especially the regulars, truly care about others). I love you all.  Back to the issue.  Dealing with drug testing etc.  It is improtant to the people that you care about them.  I use to work in a halfway house and had to take p samples for drug testing.  And the women and girls were more concerned about did i care about them, more than the test.  (they also will try to fool you).  What can you offer the company?  You can offer them your caring for others.  And let them know that you care for others and have the ability to make others feel comfortable no matter what they are going through.  I pray for you.  I visualize for you.  And I wish all the luck is pointed towards you.  LOL

    country bumpkin

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    Tabber: I've been told that I'm good at helping people feel at ease and I do want to come across as someone who cares instead of someone who is only there to get a job done. Thank you for your prayers.(*~*)

    Hey if you are looking for good paying job, with great benefits, the prison in Lamesa is hiring 150 and more officers. After 5 years making 36,000 dollars. Sick time and vacation. My friend has been there for about 15 years. I know there are about 50 percent of women working there. Most departments are run by women. Thats how many are working there. Its a state job with great retirement.


     


    Whats more important is the defination of QUALITY.  tell them this.


    1 . Conformance to requirements


    2. Prevention


    3. Zero defects


    4. The most important-----Knowing the price of non conformance.


    memorize these few 4 items.  Tell them this in a closing statement. This is what a job is all about. These are called the four absolutes of quality. Wish you well.


     

    country bumpkin

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    Zorro: I know what each of these terms above means but please give specific examples to how to address each topic in a closing statement. Remember, I'm just a Bumkin. LOL

    Thanks for all helpful posted, .   always sell the buyer what the buyer needs.


    My question is, For instance a question is asked  and the candidate could not know the answer can the candidate just say "i don't know or there is another technic, 


    At the candidate's entrance  at the interviews' room, can't the he/she say Hi, Good Morning /Afternoon ect since no hand shaking.


    There is one interview  i personally undergone asking me repeatedly "How would you deceive your Boss"

    country bumpkin

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    I don't know!
    melandrupert

    Nnena I would say I have never and it has never entered my mind in my tire working life now if it was a birthday suprize then that would be different!
    lambshank

    I would answer that I had no intention of decieving anyone and also ask the grounding for his question

    they want to know how you increased the companie's bottom line. And they want to know that you get along with people. And that you will fit in there.

    its no3w 8 40 Sunday evening,good luck for tomorrow

    country bumpkin

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    I'ts 4:26 pm here. I'ts crunch time.

    Did you get the job???

    country bumpkin

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    I'm so sorry. I had no idea there was a page 2 until just now. Please don't think that I was ignoring you because I did not mean to.
    Well CB I just saw this and see the response you have......I hope the interview went WELL......PLEASE LET US KNOW THE NEWS......
    country bumpkin

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    I'll know by the end of the week. They were looking for a manager and I'm not management material but we'll see.
    Mr.Den

    I am sure with a little experience at their place you can become a good manager.....

    God bless, or should i say, keep blessing your heart!  Countrybumpkin my 2 cents is: visualize and truly feel and believe. Picture yourself having a great interview and picture you being told, "you've got the job."  I've visualized much of my adult & what i've pictured usually came true, even as far as getting jobs.  I've always said if i can get the interview, i'll get the job. Then i visualize the  most interesting interview dynamics and i most often won the job. i love the interviews. Good Luke Sweetie!

    country bumpkin

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    Thanks Tabber, I appreciate your kind words to me. I did get the job and I loved working there, but I've moved on since.
    tabber

    ok i just noticed the date.
    country bumpkin

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    No problem. There is a lot of great advice here from people including yourself and good advice never goes out of date. (*~*)
    Poppy3

    country bumpkin - Hello you! What is this - moved on what?? You need some luck - I am sending you right now. What is this "I love Scotland" - ? - Of course I do toox0x
    country bumpkin

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    Hi Poppy! Good to see you back here at aka.
    Poppy I moved to Scotland and everything is FANTASTIC!
    You were away for a while so you may have missed this congratulations thread from Fishlet.

    Please click here and enjoy reading.
    http://www.akaqa.com/question/q19192311050-Take-a-wild-guess-who-found-love-on-akaqa
    Poppy3

    country bumpkin - I am amazed and dazed - I did not know any of this. I have taken so long to get back to you as I was reading Fishlet's posting - I lost the whole thing. I am not here so often and missed this wonderful news. Strange not so long ago I saw a posting from ROMOS saying how he found love on askaq. And to think Le Chat is ROMOS - oh my - good choice!!! I wish you both every joy and happiness together. Still cannot believe it. Congratulations!!!xx
    country bumpkin

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    I'm glad you got to read most of Fishlet's congrats thread. ROMOS (Roy) sends his love and asks that you please call him Roy, this is what his friends call him.
    Thank you Poppy for being so happy for us, we're Ecstatic!
    Kisses & Hugs to you!
    Poppy3

    Roy and country bumpkin - just magic!!!xx


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