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Compilation of "sparkly lights" seen in the past week

2020.09.14 16:56 bijobini Compilation of "sparkly lights" seen in the past week

Hello, I have noticed a spike in reports of "groups of sparkly lights" on this subreddit recently. I'm not saying they're balloons, drones, aliens, China, birds or anything specific. I'd just like to list them here so they're easy to find and discuss as a whole. It's also important to note that while all videos look kind of similar, they might be different things.

I now the title says "in the past week" but as I started compiling them, I found more. I also recommend looking at the comments for other links I might have missed.

Date Location Link Notes
June 10th 2004 Guadalajara, Mexico Here
June 20th 2014 Astana, Kazakhstan Here
Aug 12th 2014 Houston, TX, USA Here
Aug 13th 2014 Houston, TX, USA Here Video is gone, found here instead
Aug 29th 2015 Chichester, PA, USA Here
Apr 12th 2016 Labelle, FL, USA Here
Nov 11th 2019 Shreveport, LA, USA Here
April 2nd 2020 Kelowna, BC, Canada Here
May 15th 2020 Somewhere in Peru Here
May 2020? Altoona, AL, USA Here
~May 2020 Henderson, NV, USA Here Link to videos from other locations in the comments but not exactly the same so not included here
June 24th 2020 Houston, TX, USA Here
June 27th 2020 Houston, TX, USA Here Same city and time range as the previous entry
June 27th 2020 ~Watertown, WI, USA Here
July 26th 2020 Casper, WY, USA Here
Aug 2020? ? Here I remember seeing this on ufos but I don't have the link now
Aug 18th 2020 Somewhere in Chile Here
Aug 23rd 2020 Los Angeles, CA, USA Here
Aug 25th 2020 Moscow, Russia Here
Sept 4th 2020 Spartanburg, SC, USA Here
Sept 9th 2020? Los Angeles, CA, USA Here
Sept 13th 2020? Izmir, Turkey Here
Sept 13th 2020? Somewhere in Poland Here
Sept 13th 2020 Lille, France Here

EDIT: StuckAtWork stabilized and compiled all of the above videos into one, thanks again!
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2020.09.13 22:56 knowyourrockets Virtual Boston, held together by lidocaine and bad decisions

Race Information

Goals

Goal Description Completed?
A Sub-3:50 Yes
B Sub-3:40 Not quite
C Sub-3:30 No
D Finish it without wrecking my hip flexor Yes

Training

Well, it's been a bit of a year. I was extremely excited to run my first Boston in April; having lived here for over 5 years and seen the hype every year (first as a non-runner and then as a gradually more ambitious runner over the last couple of years), this is the big one for me. I spent the winter on my third round of Pfitzing and felt like I had this marathon thing more or less figured out. The training cycle was going well enough that I was pretty confident of a new PR in April, and then planning to step up from 18/55 to 18/70 and go hard for Chicago in October. After the pandemic hit, I couldn't see how the race could go ahead, but the BAA took so long to put out the announcement that I clung to the last remnants of hopefulness for ages. On March 12, I decided to go and buy myself the Boston jacket, and about two hours later, they announced the postponement. I sulked and took a couple of days off running, and then realised how much I needed the stress relief during a global pandemic and got back outside.
On April 20, I went out for a solo run and incorporated the last couple of miles of the marathon course, which oddly made me feel both happier and sadder about the whole thing, especially when I saw a couple of other masked runners on Boylston St taking selfies with the dilapidated remains of the 2019 finish line. Two days later, I woke up with a dead arm and ignored it for a few hours, thinking I'd slept weird and it would go away. After I noticed that the same side of my face felt kind of weird, I ended up in the ER, where after a few hours of tests I found out that I'd had a stroke. In the end I spent 3 days in the hospital, as they were extremely keen to get me out of there asap once I'd tested negative for COVID. Unfortunately my dominant side was affected, but fortunately it seems to have been relatively mild as such things go; I was still able to walk the whole time (albeit unsteadily at first) and I could still talk (with a slight slur and lopsided face). I was extremely exhausted for the first couple of weeks, and the worst effect was on my right hand, making for plenty of cutlery-flinging and the inability to easily type or handwrite anything at first.
Luckily for me, being young and in pretty good shape helped a lot with the recovery process. I was approved to try running after a few weeks of building up to long walks, and was astonished at how tiring my first few short runs were. The rapidly increasing summer heat wasn't much help, but I built up over the next few months and was pretty determined that I was going to have a crack at running the marathon if it seemed remotely possible. Having a goal to work towards helped a lot with structuring my running buildup through this time. Having done two rounds of Pfitz, I used it as a familiar starting point for my improvised training plan, aiming to get in a long run, medium-long run and some recovery runs each week. Speedwork went out of the window after my first attempt, as running a faster workout made me feel completely dreadful and actually question whether I was setting back my own recovery - this may have been a side-effect of the summer humidity, but I decided I was fine with focusing purely on rebuilding my endurance, especially as it didn't feel like I had lost too much speed despite the setbacks. Partly due to this, I didn't really set a timing goal for the race, but based on previous experience (past marathons: 3:21 and 3:16) and the pace of my long runs thought that 3:30 might be a good effort, 3:40 would be okay, and anything slower than 3:50 would be a little disappointing.

Pre-race

My improvised plan built to a peak week of a little over 40mi, with the longest two long runs both coming in around 21mi. After these, I was pretty confident of finishing the marathon. I came up with a river route that avoided traffic intersections and would require just over 6 loops to hit the distance, and then decided I would wait until September came along to try to choose the best day based on the weather. A final snag hit when two weeks before the race, I did the last long-ish (12mi) run from Pfitz, thought it had gone fine, and then wondered why I had a stabbing pain in my hip afterwards. It mostly seemed fine walking around after a day or so, but any attempt to run brought the stabbing pain right back. I tried to rest it as much as possible without seeing much change, and then contacted my thankfully-also-a-sports-medicine-specialist primary care provider, who suspected a hip flexor strain and tried me on an anti-inflammatory with no effect, before prescribing me a lidocaine patch with extremely strict instructions about the circumstances under which I could or could not continue with the attempt to finish this thing. I also promised her that I would do my best to stay well-hydrated, bringing along a 2L hydration pack for the effort.
Seeing this week's weather forecast firm up, Saturday became the obvious choice for my effort, with much cooler morning temperatures than any other option. Friday evening consisted of carb-loading on homemade pasta and a fruitless attempt to get to sleep about 3 hours earlier than usual. I spent most of the wakeful hours wondering how much of a mistake I was making with the hip flexor. On Saturday morning, I somehow woke about 4 minutes before my 5:30am alarm, made coffee, applied my lidocaine patch, ate half a banana and a gel, and put on the hideous green magic shoes. I jogged over to Harvard Square to my selected starting point and could feel the hip twinging slightly, but not so much that I was going to give up now.

Race

Miles 1 - 5 (7:41, 8:29, 7:27, 7:40, 7:50): My first loop went pretty smoothly, although my right foot was sitting a little uncomfortably in the Next% and I briefly stopped in the second mile to retie my laces and try to fix it. It didn't seem placated and I couldn't quite tell what was going on, but I didn't have any other ideas to try and I was feeling pretty good about my pace so far. I could already see a lot of other runners who were clearly doing a virtual Boston effort, which was a weirdly nice separate-but-together sort of feeling. There were several friend groups set up with makeshift water stops for their runners and signs, and a lot of encouraging signs for someone called Anna chalked on the path, which I tried to talk myself into interpreting as more general encouragement I could take on board.
Miles 6 - 10 (7:37, 7:45, 7:44, 7:51, 7:50): Second and part of the third loop, took a gel at around 6.5mi and was feeling very optimistic about my pace through this whole section. It felt like I was headed for something around 3:25, which seemed like a very satisfying target to go for. Some of the spectators sitting at makeshift water stops were clearly realising who was doing a race effort as they saw the same people pass multiple times, and started cheering every time they saw racers, which made for a nice improvised race experience!
Miles 11 - 13 (7:59, 7:50, 8:01): Up until now my extremely basic 'keep the pace number starting with a 7' strategy had been working fine, but my right foot started to get more unhappy and keeping to the target started to become harder work. My hip was holding together fine - a little sore but not actively painful, and I was starting to confusedly accept that I had a much bigger issue developing elsewhere. A girl sitting by the path waved a sign at me that said "Could you BE running any FASTER??", so I said "Haha, I literally could not, no" as I went by and she chuckled awkwardly at me.
Miles 14 - 17 (8:46, 8:11, 8:13, 8:32): I took another gel just after the halfway point, and this one didn't sit too comfortably in my stomach, so I kept sipping water to try to settle things. During mile 14 I made another attempt to adjust my right shoe, as the tendons on the top of my foot were starting to get angry. I don't know if this was just too late to do anything about it, or if it was inevitable given how little padding there is in the tongue of the Next%. I noticed a chalked rocket ship by one of the bridges around this point and decided it was my clear favourite of the chalk drawings.
Miles 18 - 21 (8:54, 9:13, 8:54, 8:56): My right foot started hugely cramping up, causing my pacing strategy to slip to 'can I actually keep this pace number starting with an 8?', which had been fairly easy for the last stretch but was now also becoming an active fight. Every step was incredibly painful, and pausing briefly during mile 19 to wriggle my foot around and stretch it out didn't help. I saw one of my run club friends heading in the opposite direction on his own virtual Boston effort, who shouted "IS IT-- ARE YOU--???" at me excitedly. It turned out afterwards that he was about 2 miles into his run so still sickeningly cheerful. I responded by shouting "FUCK THIS FUCK VIRTUAL RACES FUCK EVERYTHING" at him and ploughing on. I am an extremely motivational speaker. At this point I got bored of my loop and extended down an extra bridge to mix up the scenery, because I no longer cared if traffic intersections might add on a few seconds to my time. I ate three energy chews just before hitting mile 20 and abruptly realised my hydration pack was empty. AGH. I still had a bit of a sticky taste at the back of my throat from the chews that I couldn't get rid of, so I gave up on trying to take in any more carbs after this.
Miles 22 - 26.2 (9:14, 9:28, 10:07, 9:29, 8:57, and 8:43 for the final stretch): My right foot was complete agony at this point. I was frustrated because I wasn't feeling tired and felt like I could have run a considerably quicker race if it had only been down to endurance, but my gait was slipping into something shuffling and lopsided and wanting to scream on every alternate step. I wondered if I was giving myself a stress fracture and if I should have given up miles ago. It was too late. I had only agreed to give up if I was clearly damaging my hip. My foot was fair game. Mile 24 was a real low point in terms of the pain, and then I managed to adopt some specific variant of the awkward shuffle that hurt fractionally less, and got into a better rhythm for mile 25. After that, it was all a push for the finish, looping around a parking lot to get to the final half-mile. 3:40:31. For 144 days after a stroke, I'll take it.

Post-race

I unceremoniously stopped in the middle of the footpath, seeing as there was nobody nearby to inconvenience, and immediately lost 95% of my mobility. I started to painfully shuffle-walk back towards the parking lot, and a man on a bench shouted "DON'T WORRY, YOU'LL GET THERE" at me. I shouted back "I ALREADY DID, I'M DONE" and he confusedly gave me a thumbs-up. It took me about 5 minutes to walk about 0.15mi over to a picnic table so I could slump and text to ask where my ride and post-race snacks were. My partner turned up after about 5 minutes, enabling me to lie on the ground with Gatorade and chips while he cheerfully questioned why exactly I thought this was a fun hobby. No more virtual races. Once was enough.
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Edit: Corrected date
Edit: I should have said in the original post, I have moved out of Watertown already, but I have to go back and get some other belongings. In doing so, I will need to take the time to pack things up. The hours I need help will be spent mostly waiting, and helping me put things in my vehicle. There won't be any furniture, just suitcases and boxes. I didn't go to Watertown today on 7/28. Possibly needing help on Thursday or Friday.
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2020.06.12 00:22 jackiefox4 Looking to fill a bedroom in 3br1ba in Newton between Watertown and Brighton. $645/mo plus utilities. Driveway space, pet friendly, close to public transit. Other two roommates 25-28F working professionals. Move in date 8/1 or 9/1 with lease ending 5/31. Please PM me if interested.

Looking to fill a bedroom in 3br1ba in Newton between Watertown and Brighton. $645/mo plus utilities. Driveway space, pet friendly, close to public transit. Other two roommates 25-28F working professionals. Move in date 8/1 or 9/1 with lease ending 5/31. Please PM me if interested. submitted by jackiefox4 to bostonhousing [link] [comments]


2020.05.22 19:56 emmettgb Just wanted to tell my story. (feel free to AMA)

My childhood was never good. As far back as I can remember I hated all of it. Of course, there were good times here and there that would arise, but me and my siblings lived in constant fear of a freakout over nothing. This could be something as small as making a noise with your foot, or something as large as breaking a window, it didn't matter because any similar action will return an unequal result. I used to go to friends houses and think it was so weird how they acted around their parents, and how their parents acted around them. What I eventually realized is that I was the weird one, not them. The few people that truly loved and cared about me were always there, however, despite these challenges. I am thankful for that. My mother, my sister, my mawmaw, and many other people who have supported me at one point or another, without them I certainly wouldn't have made it this far before giving up. I feel like growing up with three older brothers is a pretty terrible experience, but that compounded with a father who very clearly has some mental issues makes for a pretty terrible experience. My father's problems didn't start there, either, while physical abuse was definitely something that was accepted as a part of my life, the emotional abuse was just as jarring. For as long as I remember, I grew up being called a " retard," being made fun of for the way I look, everything that could possibly be made fun of or taunted was. My dad would scream and implode in someones face for an absolutely slight violation of anything that he deemed an unspoken rule in his head. For example, if I were to be drinking water from a bottle and accidentally krinkle the bottle whilst tilting it, I would be greeted with a swift smack to the face. Growing up, it always felt like there was some sort of tension in the air. If you understand the feeling of tension in a social climate, then it is very likely that you're aware of what this felt like. While I love my sister, Isabelle, with all my heart, it's hard to ignore my dad's preference to her over everyone else. The irony in that is that Isabelle obviously isn't even his kid. It seemed like she always got better things, because my dad loves her more, which is cool I guess. Honestly i'm happy with this because I don't want Isabelle to fall into the same hole as us. She wouldn't have to worry about the wall, or getting hit, or screamed at constantly. Living with my dad is like walking on eggshells, and anytime you break one you have to endure 3 hours of torture. I remember I used to have nightmares at a very young age where I would be in trouble with my dad and he would beat me and sometimes even kill me. I would wake up screaming nearly every night from these night terrors. Eventually, we were forced to move from our house in Tennessee because my father had a new job offer down in Georgia. The only person who stayed behind was the eldest of us, Phoenix. As a result, Timbo, Griffin, and I were forced to move into Georgia. Funny enough, I was offered a life that would have been far better, I would have been able to actually eat food, travel, and have a loving home with my Uncle in Louisiana. My dad refused to let me go because he's an arrogant idiot.

Moving into my teenage years, things declined further. My parents got a divorce, which -- call me cynical; I was incredibly happy about. Not having to see my dad 9 times out of 10 was a huge bonus for me, and drastically improved my quality of life. I still had to visit my father every other weekend, which I absolutely dreaded. My dad will never admit it, but he's the laziest fucking idiot ever born. We would have to do his dishes from the entire week, clean his room, his living room, basically do all of his chores every fucking weekend because to him we were nothing but workers. He has even said this out loud. " The whole reason I had kids is for the free labor" - That's a quote directly out of this man's mouth. We moved several more times, just about every year for a while until I eventually reached high-school. Anytime I was at my dad's house for the weekend, the biggest discreptancy was food. I would starve whenever I spent the weekend at my dad's as he literally didn't feed us 3 boys; Timbo, Griffin, and myself. Himself, Isabelle, and his girlfriend would keep all food to themselves, and we would see hell if we ever ate anything. " Who ate all the fucking lunch meat?" " Who ate all this" " Who ate all that", it's like he never understood that human beings have to eat. Honestly, I'd probably be even taller and not as underweight to this day if it weren't for my dad. My dad would adopt dogs and not take care of them. We didn't want these dumbass dogs and somehow it would be our responsibility to maintain their well-being. Slowly, but surely, we all started moving in with him. My dad would manipulate us each individually to get back at my mother. While I can't speak for the manipulation of my brothers, I can at least explain what happened to me. Timbo was the first to go. Timbo moved in with my dad because he made new friends who were neighbors with dad, and didn't really have as many friends near my mom's house. A year later, dad moved out of that location and back into the same school district. Griffin got into a fight with my now step-dad, Mr. Mike. Griffin had many problems of his own. While i'm sure you can attribute these problems to his natural brain chemistry, I don't agree with that observation. The reason why Griffin has problems to this day is because he grew up with dad on his ass the most. Out of all of us in the family, I probably understand Griffin the most in this regard. Griffin hates dad, and hates Timbo because Timbo would get dad to go after him by either tattling or lying his way through a situation. This makes sense, because as you might imagine, my dad was pretty rough and unfair to him, and all of this is with him not even being Griffin's real dad. His real dad left him with this asshole, and that's something that I imagine is difficult to come to terms with. Well, with all of these underlying issues in Griffin's mental state, he would inevitably clash with some individuals. To understand why it makes since that my brother would fight my stepdad, you need to understand that we were fighting our whole lives. Fighting eachother, fighting our dad, our whole lives up until this point had been spent fighting. There isn't much else we know how to do but fight, because it is the only thing we ever learned how to do.

After a brawl with my step-dad, Griffin of course was sent to go live with my dad. When I eventually moved into high-school, I ran into a perfectly parallel issue. Mr. Mike had a son, and if we're being honest, he just couldn't have understood our lives. This is no fault of his, but to understand us you would have needed to be at the house in Tennessee, you would have needed to be starved by my father, loved by my mother, and you would have needed to deal with the other boys in our family. I used to attribute this to him being " a spoiled brat," but after many years of reflection i've kind of realized: He was just normal, and none of us were. To make a long story short, he hit me in the face; so I pushed him down. In my family, usually this would be something more like him getting pumbled with fists for 30 minutes, but I have never really been much of a fighter or contributor to that affliction. I just figured if someone is going to hit me, you best believe I am going to hit back. That has always kindof been my motivation for violence. I am not at all a violent person, but I really really don't like to be bothered for no reason. Anyway, as a result of this event I was forced to go to my dad's house. The night that I arrived, I remember my dad took me out to eat and for icecream. This was honestly one of the best memories I have with my dad, because he was consistently nice to me for this entire period of time. No insults, no smacks, no hits, no screaming, nothing. Plus, getting treated to a resteraunt and icecream was never a bad thing. As a result, I kind of started to think that living with dad might be better than living with my mother. My dad pushed me to stay with him, saying I would get my own room, even saying he'd buy me a TV, all kinds of stuff... All I had to do was tell my mother I wanted to move in with him. The day after my mom made me stay at his house, he drove me out to meet here where I told her I didn't want to come back to her house. She cried. I took the fraction of my stuff that she brought and went my seperate way. At this point, my favorite hobby was programming computers, and among my stuff was not my computer. Of course, this made me resent my mother even further. The only reason that she would have done this is to spite me, as the computer just sat there unused until literally present day. It doesn't really matter, in the long run though, because I likely wouldn't have been allowed to use it at my dad's. The day after retrieving my stuff from my mother, my dad kept me out of school to bring me to a lawyer's office in order to pay less child support. I didn't realize this at all at the time, as I was somehow oblivious to his manipulative tactics, but this was clearly the entire reason he wanted me to move in with him in the first place. He pretended to like me in order to lower his child support payment. This might seem like something a dramatic high-school friend would do to you, be your friend for only their benefit. Pretend like they like you so you buy them a milk at lunch, but this was my dad. My dad manipulated and took advantage of me. Another big agreement that came with the terms of me moving in was that I would be able to go to the same school.

All of the promises my dad made, from having my own room, to having a TV were all lies. It was all fluff he was using to convince me to spite my own mother, because he isn't enough of a grown up to get over a divorce. At the time, I was just getting into dating as a freshman in high-school, and I was participating and enjoying JROTC. After living with my dad for literally a month, he dropped a bombshell; we would be moving half way across the country to Illinois for a new job. At this point, I kind of panicked. The last thing I wanted to do was change schools, and this definitely wasn't part of the agreement with me moving in; but there was kind-of nothing I could do. Despite my best efforts, and even a suicide attempt (I really did not want to go), I ended up moving to Illinois and starting completely over again.

After a few years of living in Illinois, 1 or 2, I ran away for the first time. I couldn't stand living with my dad. No matter what it seemed like something was always wrong. I would get home around 4 and fear the moment he got home from work. It seemed like everyday there was something to yell at me or beat me over. I spent probably a week out and about before he ended up somehow finding me. He first did his usual shpeel, then I was to drive back and meet him at home, where as you might imagine things got far worse. A year later, while my sister was visiting, I ran away again, but this time I was more careful with my movement and tried my hardest not to be found. I stopped going to school because I couldn't pay for gas and didn't want my dad to show up there and get me to come back home. I was given the choice of either going to an alternative school, or repeating the semester because I didn't have the credits that I would have needed to graduate. Of course, I went the alternative school route. Another reason I made that decision is because at that moment in time I was living about 50 minutes from the school, and driving a Jeep with poor gas mileage everyday. I worked two jobs to provide for my girlfriend and her 5 year old sister, whose parents were in prison. Despite this, I still managed to find the time to call my grandmother each and every day to remind her how much I loved her. Despite all of these challenges I was facing, she never really gave up on me, and I love her to death for that.

I did during this time also go to a lot of parties, as an 17-18 year old living on their own likely would. There was something relaxing about finally being away from my past that made alchohol a really satisfying way to forget. During this time I also fell in love with marijuana even moreso. However, with this lifestyle came its own problems. I ended up oversleeping after a party one night and lost one of my two jobs that I had held for quite a while at this point. My car ended up blowing a head gasket (I let my girlfriend drive it ONE TIME,) so I was immobile, and frankly things in the relationship just weren't working because I was always either at school, at work, or drunk and high. I also slapped someone on the back of the head because they were insulting how I was providing for my girlfriend and her sister, saying the only reason they even spent time with me was because I paid for the apartment and their food. I'm not sure why it made me so angry honestly, because obviously this wasn't true, but regardless, I slapped him on the back of the head and he called the police. Eventually, I ended up leaving late at night and I haven't seen or talked to them since. I left 3 months rent on the table and went my own way, living in my Jeep and being perfectly happy. I lived, homeless in my Jeep for about a year. I spent most of my time in East Moline, more specifically Watertown. Watertown is to the Quad Cities what Compton is to L.A.. I watched a lot of my friends get shot for absolutely nothing, and witnessed a lot of senseless, stupid violence. Throughout my year as a homeless 18 year old, however, I never really needed to beg anybody for anything. The only family I ever had, my best friends in highschool, helped to keep me alive and fed. While I certainly wasn't dying, I ended up losing about 45 pounds over the course of the year, bringing me from 160 lbs all the way down to about 115. For BMI purposes, I am 6'3" tall.

I ended up getting arrested for that battery I did way back when at this time, not once but twice. Got off with probation, but I was definitely treated like a convicted felon by my whole community.

I replaced the head gasket on my Jeep, but the old car was still falling apart. While it was definitely reliable, the rust and age were certainly starting to show themselves. Eventually I decided to buy a new car for 1200 dollars, a prestine 2002 Honda Civic. I loved this car. It was great on gas, and I was finally able to escape Illinois and move back to Tennessee with my grandmother. I did exactly that, and I was so happy to finally be reuinited with what at the time I considered to be the last piece of my family. Thanks to dad, I was estranged from both my mother and my sister. So I finally made it and moved in with my mawmaw. Two weeks later, it was around 11pm when I heard a crash come from the bathroom. It wasn't particularly loud, and I didn't think much of it. I did conveniently need to pee, however, so I got up to do precisely that. There, on the bathroom floor was my collapsed mawmaw. She was covered in blood, but I remember being relatively calm and trying to think if I should call 911 or not. My mawmaw really did not want to carry on living, and I thought she would be very angry with me if I called 911. I wasn't ready for her to leave, though, so I went ahead and called 911. The police showed up, and eventually the ambulance did as well. They took her out on a stretcher and as you might imagine, I stayed up all night worrying about when and if I was going to see her again. The next day, my grandpa and his wife showed up asking what had happened, and they scolded me for calling 911. Apparently I was supposed to call " Hospice," -- Which I didn't even know what that was, so I don't really understand how I was supposed to know that. Later that night, my grandmother arrived. She was confused and distraught, she didn't know who was talking to her and was definitely in delirium. Whenever I saw her, i'll never forget the first thing she said to me. She got really angry and yelled at me for calling the ambulance. Over that night, I had to lift her onto this plastic bed-side toilet thing, and you know - help her excrete and stuff. I fell asleep on the floor next to her bed, and the plan was for my step-grandma to wake me up the next day because I had to go to work. Fortunately, it rained that day, and I didn't have work. Unfortunately, however, my mawmaw died in her sleep that night. I remember my step-grandma saying " Emmett, I don't think she's alive", so I went over and felt her pulse. Her neck was stiff and purple, it was incredibly obvious she wasn't alive.

That morning they removed her body from her room, as you might expect. But what happened next is something I will never be able to forgive. It makes me so angry to even think about that I am steaming to type about it. My grandmother probably died around 5-6a.m., and by 10a.m. my family had arrived and were emptying out her room and claiming her possessions. The anger that I felt on this day, September 17th, 2018, cannot be compared to any other sensation I have ever felt in my life. I was almost in shock. If your child died, would you tear their room apart later that day?
I wanted to tell this story as a testament to the American lifestyle. While my rough certainly hasn't been difficult, it has definitely had its lows. My Honda that I talked about in the story actually got stolen last week, and as a result I basically have nothing. That's alright, you know me now, and clearly i'm okay with that. It's not like i've really had much to begin with. I am open to suggestions for self help, etc. Thank you for reading the story of the man on the moon.
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2020.05.22 19:56 emmettgb Just wanted to tell my story. (feel free to AMA)

My childhood was never good. As far back as I can remember I hated all of it. Of course, there were good times here and there that would arise, but me and my siblings lived in constant fear of a freakout over nothing. This could be something as small as making a noise with your foot, or something as large as breaking a window, it didn't matter because any similar action will return an unequal result. I used to go to friends houses and think it was so weird how they acted around their parents, and how their parents acted around them. What I eventually realized is that I was the weird one, not them. The few people that truly loved and cared about me were always there, however, despite these challenges. I am thankful for that. My mother, my sister, my mawmaw, and many other people who have supported me at one point or another, without them I certainly wouldn't have made it this far before giving up. I feel like growing up with three older brothers is a pretty terrible experience, but that compounded with a father who very clearly has some mental issues makes for a pretty terrible experience. My father's problems didn't start there, either, while physical abuse was definitely something that was accepted as a part of my life, the emotional abuse was just as jarring. For as long as I remember, I grew up being called a " retard," being made fun of for the way I look, everything that could possibly be made fun of or taunted was. My dad would scream and implode in someones face for an absolutely slight violation of anything that he deemed an unspoken rule in his head. For example, if I were to be drinking water from a bottle and accidentally krinkle the bottle whilst tilting it, I would be greeted with a swift smack to the face. Growing up, it always felt like there was some sort of tension in the air. If you understand the feeling of tension in a social climate, then it is very likely that you're aware of what this felt like. While I love my sister, Isabelle, with all my heart, it's hard to ignore my dad's preference to her over everyone else. The irony in that is that Isabelle obviously isn't even his kid. It seemed like she always got better things, because my dad loves her more, which is cool I guess. Honestly i'm happy with this because I don't want Isabelle to fall into the same hole as us. She wouldn't have to worry about the wall, or getting hit, or screamed at constantly. Living with my dad is like walking on eggshells, and anytime you break one you have to endure 3 hours of torture. I remember I used to have nightmares at a very young age where I would be in trouble with my dad and he would beat me and sometimes even kill me. I would wake up screaming nearly every night from these night terrors. Eventually, we were forced to move from our house in Tennessee because my father had a new job offer down in Georgia. The only person who stayed behind was the eldest of us, Phoenix. As a result, Timbo, Griffin, and I were forced to move into Georgia. Funny enough, I was offered a life that would have been far better, I would have been able to actually eat food, travel, and have a loving home with my Uncle in Louisiana. My dad refused to let me go because he's an arrogant idiot.

Moving into my teenage years, things declined further. My parents got a divorce, which -- call me cynical; I was incredibly happy about. Not having to see my dad 9 times out of 10 was a huge bonus for me, and drastically improved my quality of life. I still had to visit my father every other weekend, which I absolutely dreaded. My dad will never admit it, but he's the laziest fucking idiot ever born. We would have to do his dishes from the entire week, clean his room, his living room, basically do all of his chores every fucking weekend because to him we were nothing but workers. He has even said this out loud. " The whole reason I had kids is for the free labor" - That's a quote directly out of this man's mouth. We moved several more times, just about every year for a while until I eventually reached high-school. Anytime I was at my dad's house for the weekend, the biggest discreptancy was food. I would starve whenever I spent the weekend at my dad's as he literally didn't feed us 3 boys; Timbo, Griffin, and myself. Himself, Isabelle, and his girlfriend would keep all food to themselves, and we would see hell if we ever ate anything. " Who ate all the fucking lunch meat?" " Who ate all this" " Who ate all that", it's like he never understood that human beings have to eat. Honestly, I'd probably be even taller and not as underweight to this day if it weren't for my dad. My dad would adopt dogs and not take care of them. We didn't want these dumbass dogs and somehow it would be our responsibility to maintain their well-being. Slowly, but surely, we all started moving in with him. My dad would manipulate us each individually to get back at my mother. While I can't speak for the manipulation of my brothers, I can at least explain what happened to me. Timbo was the first to go. Timbo moved in with my dad because he made new friends who were neighbors with dad, and didn't really have as many friends near my mom's house. A year later, dad moved out of that location and back into the same school district. Griffin got into a fight with my now step-dad, Mr. Mike. Griffin had many problems of his own. While i'm sure you can attribute these problems to his natural brain chemistry, I don't agree with that observation. The reason why Griffin has problems to this day is because he grew up with dad on his ass the most. Out of all of us in the family, I probably understand Griffin the most in this regard. Griffin hates dad, and hates Timbo because Timbo would get dad to go after him by either tattling or lying his way through a situation. This makes sense, because as you might imagine, my dad was pretty rough and unfair to him, and all of this is with him not even being Griffin's real dad. His real dad left him with this asshole, and that's something that I imagine is difficult to come to terms with. Well, with all of these underlying issues in Griffin's mental state, he would inevitably clash with some individuals. To understand why it makes since that my brother would fight my stepdad, you need to understand that we were fighting our whole lives. Fighting eachother, fighting our dad, our whole lives up until this point had been spent fighting. There isn't much else we know how to do but fight, because it is the only thing we ever learned how to do.

After a brawl with my step-dad, Griffin of course was sent to go live with my dad. When I eventually moved into high-school, I ran into a perfectly parallel issue. Mr. Mike had a son, and if we're being honest, he just couldn't have understood our lives. This is no fault of his, but to understand us you would have needed to be at the house in Tennessee, you would have needed to be starved by my father, loved by my mother, and you would have needed to deal with the other boys in our family. I used to attribute this to him being " a spoiled brat," but after many years of reflection i've kind of realized: He was just normal, and none of us were. To make a long story short, he hit me in the face; so I pushed him down. In my family, usually this would be something more like him getting pumbled with fists for 30 minutes, but I have never really been much of a fighter or contributor to that affliction. I just figured if someone is going to hit me, you best believe I am going to hit back. That has always kindof been my motivation for violence. I am not at all a violent person, but I really really don't like to be bothered for no reason. Anyway, as a result of this event I was forced to go to my dad's house. The night that I arrived, I remember my dad took me out to eat and for icecream. This was honestly one of the best memories I have with my dad, because he was consistently nice to me for this entire period of time. No insults, no smacks, no hits, no screaming, nothing. Plus, getting treated to a resteraunt and icecream was never a bad thing. As a result, I kind of started to think that living with dad might be better than living with my mother. My dad pushed me to stay with him, saying I would get my own room, even saying he'd buy me a TV, all kinds of stuff... All I had to do was tell my mother I wanted to move in with him. The day after my mom made me stay at his house, he drove me out to meet here where I told her I didn't want to come back to her house. She cried. I took the fraction of my stuff that she brought and went my seperate way. At this point, my favorite hobby was programming computers, and among my stuff was not my computer. Of course, this made me resent my mother even further. The only reason that she would have done this is to spite me, as the computer just sat there unused until literally present day. It doesn't really matter, in the long run though, because I likely wouldn't have been allowed to use it at my dad's. The day after retrieving my stuff from my mother, my dad kept me out of school to bring me to a lawyer's office in order to pay less child support. I didn't realize this at all at the time, as I was somehow oblivious to his manipulative tactics, but this was clearly the entire reason he wanted me to move in with him in the first place. He pretended to like me in order to lower his child support payment. This might seem like something a dramatic high-school friend would do to you, be your friend for only their benefit. Pretend like they like you so you buy them a milk at lunch, but this was my dad. My dad manipulated and took advantage of me. Another big agreement that came with the terms of me moving in was that I would be able to go to the same school.

All of the promises my dad made, from having my own room, to having a TV were all lies. It was all fluff he was using to convince me to spite my own mother, because he isn't enough of a grown up to get over a divorce. At the time, I was just getting into dating as a freshman in high-school, and I was participating and enjoying JROTC. After living with my dad for literally a month, he dropped a bombshell; we would be moving half way across the country to Illinois for a new job. At this point, I kind of panicked. The last thing I wanted to do was change schools, and this definitely wasn't part of the agreement with me moving in; but there was kind-of nothing I could do. Despite my best efforts, and even a suicide attempt (I really did not want to go), I ended up moving to Illinois and starting completely over again.

After a few years of living in Illinois, 1 or 2, I ran away for the first time. I couldn't stand living with my dad. No matter what it seemed like something was always wrong. I would get home around 4 and fear the moment he got home from work. It seemed like everyday there was something to yell at me or beat me over. I spent probably a week out and about before he ended up somehow finding me. He first did his usual shpeel, then I was to drive back and meet him at home, where as you might imagine things got far worse. A year later, while my sister was visiting, I ran away again, but this time I was more careful with my movement and tried my hardest not to be found. I stopped going to school because I couldn't pay for gas and didn't want my dad to show up there and get me to come back home. I was given the choice of either going to an alternative school, or repeating the semester because I didn't have the credits that I would have needed to graduate. Of course, I went the alternative school route. Another reason I made that decision is because at that moment in time I was living about 50 minutes from the school, and driving a Jeep with poor gas mileage everyday. I worked two jobs to provide for my girlfriend and her 5 year old sister, whose parents were in prison. Despite this, I still managed to find the time to call my grandmother each and every day to remind her how much I loved her. Despite all of these challenges I was facing, she never really gave up on me, and I love her to death for that.

I did during this time also go to a lot of parties, as an 17-18 year old living on their own likely would. There was something relaxing about finally being away from my past that made alchohol a really satisfying way to forget. During this time I also fell in love with marijuana even moreso. However, with this lifestyle came its own problems. I ended up oversleeping after a party one night and lost one of my two jobs that I had held for quite a while at this point. My car ended up blowing a head gasket (I let my girlfriend drive it ONE TIME,) so I was immobile, and frankly things in the relationship just weren't working because I was always either at school, at work, or drunk and high. I also slapped someone on the back of the head because they were insulting how I was providing for my girlfriend and her sister, saying the only reason they even spent time with me was because I paid for the apartment and their food. I'm not sure why it made me so angry honestly, because obviously this wasn't true, but regardless, I slapped him on the back of the head and he called the police. Eventually, I ended up leaving late at night and I haven't seen or talked to them since. I left 3 months rent on the table and went my own way, living in my Jeep and being perfectly happy. I lived, homeless in my Jeep for about a year. I spent most of my time in East Moline, more specifically Watertown. Watertown is to the Quad Cities what Compton is to L.A.. I watched a lot of my friends get shot for absolutely nothing, and witnessed a lot of senseless, stupid violence. Throughout my year as a homeless 18 year old, however, I never really needed to beg anybody for anything. The only family I ever had, my best friends in highschool, helped to keep me alive and fed. While I certainly wasn't dying, I ended up losing about 45 pounds over the course of the year, bringing me from 160 lbs all the way down to about 115. For BMI purposes, I am 6'3" tall.

I ended up getting arrested for that battery I did way back when at this time, not once but twice. Got off with probation, but I was definitely treated like a convicted felon by my whole community.

I replaced the head gasket on my Jeep, but the old car was still falling apart. While it was definitely reliable, the rust and age were certainly starting to show themselves. Eventually I decided to buy a new car for 1200 dollars, a prestine 2002 Honda Civic. I loved this car. It was great on gas, and I was finally able to escape Illinois and move back to Tennessee with my grandmother. I did exactly that, and I was so happy to finally be reuinited with what at the time I considered to be the last piece of my family. Thanks to dad, I was estranged from both my mother and my sister. So I finally made it and moved in with my mawmaw. Two weeks later, it was around 11pm when I heard a crash come from the bathroom. It wasn't particularly loud, and I didn't think much of it. I did conveniently need to pee, however, so I got up to do precisely that. There, on the bathroom floor was my collapsed mawmaw. She was covered in blood, but I remember being relatively calm and trying to think if I should call 911 or not. My mawmaw really did not want to carry on living, and I thought she would be very angry with me if I called 911. I wasn't ready for her to leave, though, so I went ahead and called 911. The police showed up, and eventually the ambulance did as well. They took her out on a stretcher and as you might imagine, I stayed up all night worrying about when and if I was going to see her again. The next day, my grandpa and his wife showed up asking what had happened, and they scolded me for calling 911. Apparently I was supposed to call " Hospice," -- Which I didn't even know what that was, so I don't really understand how I was supposed to know that. Later that night, my grandmother arrived. She was confused and distraught, she didn't know who was talking to her and was definitely in delirium. Whenever I saw her, i'll never forget the first thing she said to me. She got really angry and yelled at me for calling the ambulance. Over that night, I had to lift her onto this plastic bed-side toilet thing, and you know - help her excrete and stuff. I fell asleep on the floor next to her bed, and the plan was for my step-grandma to wake me up the next day because I had to go to work. Fortunately, it rained that day, and I didn't have work. Unfortunately, however, my mawmaw died in her sleep that night. I remember my step-grandma saying " Emmett, I don't think she's alive", so I went over and felt her pulse. Her neck was stiff and purple, it was incredibly obvious she wasn't alive.

That morning they removed her body from her room, as you might expect. But what happened next is something I will never be able to forgive. It makes me so angry to even think about that I am steaming to type about it. My grandmother probably died around 5-6a.m., and by 10a.m. my family had arrived and were emptying out her room and claiming her possessions. The anger that I felt on this day, September 17th, 2018, cannot be compared to any other sensation I have ever felt in my life. I was almost in shock. If your child died, would you tear their room apart later that day?
I wanted to tell this story as a testament to the American lifestyle. While my rough certainly hasn't been difficult, it has definitely had its lows. My Honda that I talked about in the story actually got stolen last week, and as a result I basically have nothing. That's alright, you know me now, and clearly i'm okay with that. It's not like i've really had much to begin with. I am open to suggestions for self help, etc. Thank you for reading the story of the man on the moon.
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2020.05.13 21:51 apiroscsizmak First Boston new grad job offer postponed indefinitely

After months of searching, I finally got my first job offer at a LTC facility back in March. After a few months of back-and-forth with the facility, I was just informed that my start date is now officially postponed indefinitely.
Back to the job hunt, I guess? This time, with even more uncertainty and chaos.
If anyone has any suggestions for places within an hour or so of Watertown that are considering new grads, I would appreciate any leads available.
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2020.05.13 11:07 buggydaze I Wish I Could Show You

There are so many things I wish I could show you since you left. These 72 days without you in my life have been agonizing. The pain never seems to go away. If anything, it will mask itself, but it's always there. So many things have happened that I wish I could show you, that I wish I could tell you.
I've finally grown out my nails. I always picked at them and bit them, and you grew frustrated with how I would consistently maim them when I was so close to my goal. I finally stopped. Every time I went to gnaw or pick in a moment of anxiety, boredom, or fear, I thought of you. I thought of you saying no, and how you tried your hardest to support me with this little goal of mine, even though I failed time and time again. I grew them out, and tonight I painted them. They're a nauseatingly bright pink, but part of me thinks you'd like the color anyway, because you'd just be proud of me for doing it.
Our bunny is potty trained now. That's such a weird sentence to write. To be fair, it's just as weird to read or hear. But, he did it! I got him a little triangular pan thing for the cage. I bought it the last day we had a conversation over text that lasted more than two messages. That was a sad day for me. It was when I got the most solid sense of closure. It was painful, but it was helpful. It was strange to talk to you that day, and most days since our breakup to be fair. Post breakup, you've been short and cold. Exceptions to this are the night you came to my apartment to talk things through, the two facetime calls in March, and the first half of the night I came to get my things. But otherwise, you haven't been your kind, patient, and warm self. But you don't have a reason to be. I understand. It makes sense. Unfortunately, it hasn't taken off the sting of it. I miss my sweet lovey. It's strange to see this side of you. But I know it's what I deserve, after how I treated you.
I've made some funny stuff on tiktok. You hated tiktok and thought it was stupid. I wanted you to love it so badly. It's been one of the only things getting me through our breakup. Some of the content I come across is brilliant. Other content is funny, sad, exciting, intriguing, and everything in between. If you took your wall down a bit, I think you could have fun with it. I think we could. Even as just a goofy passtime where we don't post the results. I wish I could create things with you. Seeing my brother and his girlfriend make them together leaves my heart aching. It's not even about the content itself. They prepare to make something, they rehearse, they goof off, they mess up, they laugh, they try over and over to get the video right, and either end up with something they're proud of or something that makes them laugh their asses off. I wish I was doing that with you. I miss laughing with you.
I paid my May bills ahead of time. Money management, as you well know, has always been one of my weakest areas. When I got my stimulus check, I paid off things that needed to be paid off, and made sure my April and May bills were taken care of. I think you'd be proud. I'm going to receive a refund from the school, and also be getting unemployment money once I finally get through to the call line. With that money, I plan on paying off and closing my credit card like you told me to, paying ahead on my car payment and insurance, and paying my rent for next year. If we were still together, I'd stop after paying the rent for the fall semester, and use that money to take us somewhere. The whimsical part of me says I'd arrange for us to get our passports and travel to Ireland as soon as international travel is acceptable. The more realistic part of me says that I'd get us train tickets to DC and a nice hotel there, and we could go around to all the museums together. I know you don't like driving long distances like that, you probably don't trust me to (who could blame you?), and you can't sleep in the car. With all of that in mind, cars would be out, and then planes would be out because they're expensive and I have a feeling that you'd be anxious about flying at first. The idea of a train is romantic. It's a lot of time we would have to spend together, watch out the window as the country went by us, and we wouldn't have to stress about driving or experience the harsh physical effects that both driving and flying can impose. I know that if I suggested a trip to you, your first thought would be that I want to go to Disney. That's always gonna be true, but I'm trying to grow from my childish and selfish desires. DC is somewhere I've always wanted to revisit since I didn't appreciate it the first time I went. You may not remember this, but the first year we were together, we talked about going to DC together as our first vacation. Our first vacation ended up being Harrison, New Jersey for the Red Bulls game after your birthday, but I loved it. I'm sorry I didn't pay for more of it. I'll always regret that.
I'm much more aware of my behavior. I've started working on ways to positively correct it, and to think before I act or speak. I wish I learned this earlier. If I had, we would probably still be together. I'm sorry for how I treated you and how I spoke to you.
I got elected to big positions in my sorority. I sometimes hate it there. I know that joining it didn't ruin our relationship or anything, but it definitely didn't help when we were struggling. I'd deletter in a second if it meant we could rebuild our relationship. But I know that won't happen. So, I'm trying to become content with what I have left, and one of the things I have left is my sorority. People trusted me enough to elect me to Vice President. That's crazy to me. The girl you started dating in 2017 would have never been capable of even being considered for something like that. I grew so much in our relationship when I wasn't busy being shitty. My positive growth was fostered and nurtured by you, and I'll never be able to thank you enough for that.
I use reddit now. That's a big, crazy one. I never thought I'd use this site and you probably didn't either. I've looked at your page, but I'll leave it be. I know my username isn't one you can find, not that you'd know to look anyway, or even want to. The biggest reason I'm writing to you in Unsent Letters is because I can't say any of this to you. You don't want to hear from me. That breaks my heart, but I understand it now. I do. I'm so sorry, lovey.
I started writing you an actual letter the other day, with intent to send it. I don't plan on finishing it, therefore it will never be sent. Here's what it read before I gave up: "[name redacted], I'm taking down my wall to write this. No lies, no embellishments, no lame excuses for my shitty attitude and behavior. I'm putting that all in a metaphorical dumpster, because that's all I can do I guess and it's what I should have done a long time ago. I act just like my dad, and that's something I've always feared in life. I've harassed you, romanticized our troubles, and played the victim to get out of owning up to my mistakes. I did that to you, and you never did anything to deserve that shit. Literally nothing. You were my best friend, you stood by me through so much, and showed me nothing but love and patience for as long as you could. I know that. I'm sorry that it took me being so shitty, you leaving, and two months of me being a baby to get that and to start working out my shit on my own. I'm trying to do good things for myself, even though I don't always want to. I've picked up some hobbies like cross stitching, makeup, and some kind of graphic design/typography. I make shitty tiktoks, I'm trying to get better at the ukulele thing, too. I'm the Vice President of my sorority now, as well as the Senior Rush chair, songleader, and literary editor. The last one means I run the instagram. It's small, but I like it so far. I'm excited for you to be a Big Fancy Director of EMS. I'm so proud of you for persisting with them, and for coming out on the literal top. You're seriously amazing, I hope you know that."
That took me maybe two nights to get out. I kept getting distracted, or crying, or rewriting. Now I know it's just good to toss, and I should leave you be.
It's so hard to not talk to you. To not know how you're sleeping, what you're up to, what you're painting, what you think of everything going on in the world. I miss your mind. I miss your voice. It's getting to the point where I can't easily hear it in my head anymore, and that hurts. I remember what it sounds like when you cry, but not when you talk. That's devastating. I'm sorry for all the tears I caused at the end. If I could take it all back, I would. You don't deserve any of that pain.
I have a list of questions that I keep for you, in the off chance you ever want to rekindle something, or even just talk with me one day.
There are countless other questions I have. 72 days of not being your girlfriend anymore has sucked. I have 72 days worth of questions, thoughts, and affection (among other things) just pent up inside. I know it'll be 73, then 74, then 75, so on and so forth. I know you aren't coming back. It's still just strange. Sometimes when I wake up, I'll forget for the briefest of moments that we aren't together. It's a nice feeling, but the plummeting of my heart and stomach when I remember we aren't is one of the worst feelings I've experienced. I hate it. I wish I was where you are with all of this. I wish it didn't hurt anymore.
I'd love to hear from you one day. I'd love to wake up to a missed call, or a message on my phone asking how I am. Asking to meet up, just to see how the other is. It would send me over the moon. What's hurt most about all of this is that you've never reached out. You've never checked on me, or had someone else do so. You've shown no concern or care. You didn't say anything to me on my birthday. You don't have to, I get that. You don't have to do anything for me. You don't owe me anything, I guess. You have no responsibility to me. It just makes me sad. It's strange to realize how much time I spend thinking about you, longing for you, wishing I could see you again and hear your voice. Wondering how you are. Crying when I've been told that you aren't doing well. It's strange to know that you don't care about me like that anymore, or not enough to reach out. I've reached out many times, and I know that aggravated you. I'm sorry for that. I guess that just speaks to how different we are and how we emote differently. Maybe you're right, and maybe we weren't meant for each other.
There are things I don't miss. I don't miss how you'd get mad at me at night when I couldn't sleep. I was anxious and sad, and wanted you to hold me, and you made that seem like a chore. I don't miss being shamed for certain things, like eating or sleeping. I don't miss being scared of your sister or mom and having you stand by more often than not, rarely sticking up for me. I don't miss the days that I was going stir crazy and wanted to do something, anything, and you refused. Whether it was something ridiculous like a trip to Watertown to waste money, something you promised we would do like go to the castle together, or something as simple as asking you to come sit outside with me, you wouldn't do it. That hurt me. It still hurts to think about. I don't miss you getting mad at me for little things. I don't miss fighting for your attention, with my opponents being your DnD group, or your family at times. I hated when we would go to Sunday dinner at the pond and I would be very clearly uncomfortable or upset after having a bad day, and you would sit with me for a bit, but then dip after about ten minutes. Seeing your family is such a common occurrence. While I wanted you to enjoy the time with you family, it's something you get to do constantly, and there were days that I really just needed you and you knew that, and you still didn't sit with me. Dinners like this are what made the night worse, then ignited some of our issues. Not all of them obviously, but two summers of it did end up taking a toll on me.
Even with all the shit I don't miss, there are still countless things I do, because I love you. I love you more than I thought it was possible to love another human being. There will never be a day where I don't love you. I love your smile, the gap between your teeth, your rosy cheeks, your sweet curls, your bushy eyebrows, your ever-changing eyes, your belly, your big hands, the veins on your leg, the hairs on your toes, your laugh when you think something is funny, the very different laugh you have when you're being tickled against your will (I'm sorry), the way you'd yell my name in fear (and then kinda anger) when I was threatening to blow a raspberry, the way you'd shake your butt in bed at night when I told you I loved you or you were sweet, the way you'd always manage to roll over and put your hand on my forehead, the little "paw" you'd make to appease me, the way you'd kiss my forehead, or how when I'd ask you to rub my back, you'd pat it like I was a dog. I miss listening to you explain things I really didn't understand, I miss driving around with you, I miss the few parties at the annex I actually got drunk for and we danced and sang and had fun, I miss watching things with you, I miss exploring things with you, I miss learning things from and with you, I miss coming home to you, I miss having sex with you, I miss making love with you, I miss sleeping by your side, I miss waking up next to you in the morning, I miss your voice telling me you love me. I miss it all so much. I miss you so much. I love you so much. So, so much.
You're always going to be my first love. I thought I'd experienced love before, but each day with you showed me that I had never even come close. I wish I was able to share my first time with you instead of with someone before you who didn't respect me or my body. I wish I had all of my firsts with you, the same way you did with me. Maybe things would have been better. Or maybe things would have been worse. We'll never know. But no matter what would or wouldn't have happened, I know this for sure: I loved you more than I thought it was possible to love another person. I still do. You will always have a place in my heart. Though I know you'll never come back, I'd be remiss to ignore this fact: no matter what, and no matter when, I will welcome you back with open arms and a whole lot of love if you ever change your mind. I know you won't. Deep in my bones, I know it's over. That pains me so much. I cry over it almost daily. I wish you would change your mind, but I know you won't, so I'm working on coming to terms with that.
I love you forever and always, lovey. You're my sweetness. I'll always miss you, and I'll always love you. be well.
Love, Kathryn
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2020.04.25 20:05 wiselindsay [SF] Reclamation Day

Linus was running later than usual. He had somehow agreed to finish up a co-worker's overdue paperwork. He hurried up the elevators with the completed folder of documents. He smiled to himself imagining Theo's nightly greeting of non-stop "daddy!" for 20 minutes. The elevator doors open and Linus skipped out, spinning the folder in his hand. He happily anticipated and assumed the daily gossip that Dora would have to share. I bet Rhonda still didn't apologize about telling everyone that Dora's handbag was a knock-off. He thought as he turned a corner. Just then, Linus heard a door being open and people's voices echo through the empty hallway. He walked the few feet and dropped the folder in the proper after-hours slot. He was in his own head and almost at the corner when he realized he recognized one of the voices as Errol Wayne. He thought it odd, Mr. Wayne rarely visited, he knew him from the media and company wide memos. He unconsciously stopped and began to eavesdrop.
"...been delivered and received... well, considering the circumstances. The King of England is refusing to accept, but I can almost guarantee he will be there, do NOT re-book his suite." Errol Wayne instructed. "Any other leader refusing to accept?"
"Our evidence is hard to refute sir, all others have accepted the facts of the situation." The man paused and began more cautiously, "However...There are a few leaders that refuse to leave and choose the same fate as earth." The man spoke quick and clear but without confidence.
"Re-book their suites immediately." Mr. Wayne ordered.
“Y-y-yes Sir. Everything is on schedule, we are finalizing needed resources for the trip. We have taken all precautions to eliminate any leaks." He snorts a bit of a giggle when he says, "Some random conspiracy forums, that have minimal following, have made some allegations in respect to Rex, but nothing of importance.”
“Why mention it then?” Errol scoffed.
“I apologize sir..." The man sounded as if an apology is his go-to form of communication. "Excuse me sir?....I had one more issue to discuss in person." He waited for Mr. Wayne to encourage, he did not. Linus heard someone press the elevator button. "Sir...I could not find my name on any of the ship manifests..." The elevator doors opened and closed and the conversation was not longer audible.
"MO55-R3X, affectionately called Rex, will be the largest, closest meteorite to pass through the earths atmosphere. It will reach its closest point on Nov. 23rd and many people are throwing Rex parties", was an article title on Linus's home page this morning. In the last few weeks there had been a growing glowing mass in the sky. The news reported that it would get uncomfortably close to the earth but just far enough to not cause any long lasting damage. They claimed it would be a sight of the Millennia. Every article and newscast, pertaining to Rex, assured that everyone was safe.
Linus was a realist. He lay awake that night, mulling over the words of a very powerful man. He was a nobody, a worker, an employee, a slave seeking the comfort of things and dreams. He tried to think of any other possible meaning for the words but he came to the same conclusion every time, him and his family were not important enough to save.
Linus didn't know how to share this information with his wife. He wanted to tell her and have someone else's opinion on deciphering the conversation.
Linus enjoyed his weekend family time despite in the back of his mind he was looking for a best segue to, " Honey, the world is ending." After Theo went to bed for the night, he explained the best that he could to Dora. She didn't believe him. Lately she had been a little distant, more interested in the T.V or phone. Conversations consisted of Linus saying something and Dora responding with "uh huh" or "Really?" unenthusiastically and absent-mindedly. He didn't take it personally, we all have bad days, weeks or months. He was just a little frustrated that he felt he couldn't get through to her. She called him crazy, told him he was having an existential crisis and he should sleep on the couch for the night.
Linus worked for a company called Futransport or FT. FuTransport was founded by a brilliant man name, Errol Wayne. They were one of the first companies to manufacture hover vehicles in the U.S and designed, manufactured and sold many other ingenious and unique modes of transportation. FT creates everything from motorcycles to military aircraft and sea craft. However most of their efforts were to fund their main project which was space tourism.
Futransport had completed their exclusive space resort named The Eves of Saturn, a few years ago. Executives and some elite others were the first to travel to the premier resort. Articles and marketing of the destination boasted "Entertainment that was not possible on the planet earth", nondisclosure agreements prevented any other details. The last of touches of the shuttle fleet were being completed by Linus and his co-workers. The shuttles were luxurious ships in themselves, offering beautiful apartment suites for each wealthy family. Each suite has its own themes based on the guests preferences, the ships boasts top of the line technology for security and entertainment. The Shuttles were each named for famous explorers, there is ' Da Gama', 'Couseteau' and 'Himilco'. On the two month journey, guests could enjoy many different activities and entertainment, as well as delicious food from every culture. It is rumored that there is a waiting list for popular performers to work on the ship, they don't even get paid, but do get a discounted price and that wait list is shorter than the 'regular' guest waiting list. It is something Linus would never be able to afford in his lifetime. The lack of details on the resort have imaginations spewing rumors. People have asked to be ensured that all activities are ethical which has lead to many debates on ethics, legalities and enforcement in space. At a press conference, Errol Wayne placated the masses by not addressing the claims directly but by answering each question that was asked of him with an example of integrity in his business. For Example, when Sharon Wilcox from the Watertown Times asked "Will you have a private police force at Eves of Saturn?" Wayne never lost his small sincere smile. "Good question..." he squinted to view her press pass. "...Sharon. uh The smallest of my facilities is 1 million square feet." He paused. "And all of my properties need to be secure for my guests and employees. I-I-I employ security that follow all company rules and all laws. At times we have had to, uuuuh, detain an individual that have or attempted to break a-a-ah the law on our private property..." he looked up from his papers just for a second before adding "...Only when necessary and only until we can ummm hand them over to the proper authorities. That is what we have always done and that is what we continue to do. uuuuhhh Thank you....Next question." The Bon Voyage event for the shuttles was scheduled for November 23rd in the afternoon.
Linus knew the meteorite wouldn't hit until after the shuttle launch on the 23rd. He had a little over two weeks to come up with a plan to save his family. He felt slightly invigorated with the new task, it was a risky but the reward was proportionate. His first thought was of his great luck to have access to the shuttles. He needed an ally and he knew who would fill that role.
Marty was a engineer at FuTransport and Linus's best friend. Linus had worked for FT for over 10 years and met Marty his first day on the job. They both worked at the largest FT campus in Watertown NY. After a few days of cooperative work, Marty invited Linus out for a beer. A couple hours at the pub and it became obvious that Marty's intention for the night was a romantic date. Linus was enjoying their conversations. He apologized shyly to Marty and explained the miscommunication as delicately as he could. Marty raised his eyebrows in feigned offense. Linus began to apologize and gather his belongings. Marty laughed out loud and said, "You are not obligated to date me, we can be friends." They had been best friends ever since.
Linus woke early with Theo poking his belly button and whispering "Daddy?...Daaaddy....Dadddy....Daddy?". Linus opened his eyes to see his son was pretty serious about his belly button poking, focused on his finger, he turned to notice Linus's eyes open and smiled happily and clapped. "Breakfast, Daddy?" He tilted his head. Linus made breakfast for them both and left a note for the still sleeping Dora. He buckled Theo in a drove to his best friends house.
Marty happily welcomed Linus and Theo. Theo immediately headed to the back yard with Marty's 6-year-old Cocker Spaniel, Rusty. Marty could instantly tell that it was not a social visit with Linus's unannounced arrival and preoccupied look. Andy, Marty's boyfriend was sitting on his laptop at the kitchen island surrounded by plates up cut fruit and two coffee mugs. He smiled to greet Linus, but continued with his computer task.
"What's going on?" Marty asked as he motioned toward a stool and poured a cup of coffee and set it in front of said stool.
Linus shook his head and said, "I am not crazy." Marty looked bemused and Andy peeked over his laptop seeking a glance from Marty. Neither of them spoke, imploring Linus to continue. He carefully describes to them what he had overheard. "How would you decipher this?" Linus asked after a moment. He had gained both of their attention. "I am not crazy." he repeated.
"I don't think you are crazy." Andy stated.
Marty rolled his eyes but smiled and stepped behind Andy to rub his shoulders. "Mr. conspiracy theory here." He chuckled. "He has read everything he can find about Rex..."
"It's not a joking matter! People have died, Martin!" Andy Scolded.
"We are all going to die, but I have an idea." Linus was solemn.
" I have tried to convince him." Andy says over his laptop. "There has been multiple scientists, researchers and journalists whom have released evidence to something more sinister relating to Rex. Many of them have been found dead!...DEAD!" He tensely used his hand to chop his open palm. He was breathing heavily. Andy used air quotes and said, " 'Suicide' is documented as the cause of death." his voice quivered on the last sentence.
Linus looked to Marty with a slight smirk, "I wouldn't believe it if I hadn't heard what I did."
"Jesus Christ!, we really are all going to die and you didn't believe me!" Andy's voice was high-pitched and holding back a sob, he was facing Marty.
Marty looked over his partners head and gave Linus a look that said 'oops', Linus gave him a knowingly nod. "Baby...I am sorry. I'll figure it out, we will figure it out." Andy was sobbing quietly and hugged Marty. "Come on, why don't you go somewhere quiet and meditate while we make a plan?" Marty soothed as he walked Andy to another place in the home.
Andy and Linus devise a plan to secretly build a secret room in Himilico.The security cameras were not operating inside the shuttles as of yet and the ones in the FT were only monitored if something happens or suspected to happen. They could be careful enough to do it during the work shift. The area they planned on modifying was an area that had already been inspected. It was the part of the ship that was created to house some of the necessities for pets. It was a large area with a veterinary station, kennel areas, large turfed areas for exercising pets and bathing facilities. They could easily build a faux wall and create a space for both of their families. They only needed to stay hidden until the shuttles blasted off. They would not be returning. The last part of the plan was going to be the trickiest. They had tickets to the exclusive Bon Voyage party for the shuttles. They would need to attend the event and sneak onto the shuttle.
Linus spent the next couple of weeks attempting to adjust to what would be his new reality. He bought his wife flowers everyday and offered to take the family on small trips and events.
At work, Marty and Linus used some extra materials to create a wall. They attached a closet to the wall with a small loop handle that would open the back of the closet to the secret room. They moved some extra bedding and food supplies into the hiding spot. They also added some oxygen masks and copied a set of keys to an "life boat" ship, just in case.
On the morning of the 23rd, an announcement came. Interrupting all morning broadcasts. It was told through multiple different News casters. They reported that Rex was no longer going to miss the earth, instead was going to crash right through our planet and not leave anything living. There was nothing that humans would be able to do and the calculations of when the planet would die of the effects of the meteorite were varied. They varied anywhere from a couple of weeks to a year.
Dora had no choice but to believe Linus at this point. He was able to ease her panic when he explained that he and Marty had a plan.
Linus and his family arrived at the Bon Voyage event to meet with Marty and his family. The ship was beyond huge and was situated behind a very tall fence with razor wire and guard towers. Helicopters and jets landed one after another, the ship was being loaded with the most powerful individuals on earth. It was already overwhelmed with people. They were shouting and some even had guns. Linus picked up Theo and squeezed him tight. They all locked hands and pushed their way to the front gate. Behind the gate were men with automatic weapons slung over their shoulders. Linus screamed over the noise of the crowd
“ We have tickets for the launch!” He pushed his tickets to the fence.
One of the men lifted his helmets visor and said. “ The ceremonies are canceled due to the circumstances.”
Linus’s heart dropped. This is it? After years of working hard to improve his station in life. He was a good person. He rarely called in sick at work, he helped his neighbors and co-workers, he was a dedicated loyal husband and father. Linus’s eyes started to tear up.
Marty patted Linus's back and stepped forward. “ The world is fucking ending man. What do you gain by not letting us in?” He calmly asked the guard.
“A ticket for my family.” With that, the guard tipped his visor back down and turned away, ignoring any further attempts at contact.
Linus squeezed Theo tightly. They joined the crowd pushing on the fence. They were making some progress the fence was beginning to loosen and give. The security personnel gathered in front of the crowd and pointed their weapons.
“ Back up!” One of them shouted, as the crowd continued to push while screaming and some crying. One of the men shot his gun in the air and the crowd quieted to a murmur accented with some sobs. “ Anyone touching the fence will be shot at the count of three! ONE!...”
The crowd collectively let go of the fence, except for one man. It was a frail elderly gentleman with a sagging wrinkled tan face and milky eyes. His lips sunk into his toothless mouth. Everyone stared at the man.
“TWO!...”
The man gazed fearlessly at the guns pointed at him.
“THREE!”
The crowd tensed. It was quiet, the man counting said through his helmet. “ Come on sir, we don’t want to shoot you.” The elderly man didn't flinch. A shot rang from the guards, the bullet whirring through the air could be heard, almost in slow motion. It hit the man in his lower abdomen and he crumpled. All heads, including the guards turned towards where the shot came from.
The guard that seemed to be the calling the shots, pulled his helmet from his head. “Dammit Cruz! Did I order you to shoot?”
Another guard pulled her helmet off and shook her blond curly hair from her face. “ Yes sir!”
“NO!” The leader was red in the face and pulling his gloves off as he stalked towards Cruz.
“ You said we would shoot anyone who was touching the fence on the count of three.” Cruz's smile was cocky and cold.
A shrill shriek moved everyone’s attention. Some of the people from the crowd were tending to the shot man. A woman was pushing through towards them. “ Who did this?!”
When she reached the man she knelt and gently touched him. He weakly turned his head and she smiled and begun signing to him. He slowly moved his hands in response before passing out. The woman’s smile quickly turned to a look of rage. “ Which coward shot a defenseless, deaf and senile man?” She stood glaring through the fence.
Cruz stepped forward towards the fence. “ Who leaves an elderly, deaf man alone in this type of situation?” She smirked.
The woman glared back with her mouth open and tears streaming down her face.
The original counting guard quickly punched Cruz in the face. She fell and touched her face to feel blood oozing from her nose.
“ Motherfucker.” She mumbled as she stood up.
As soon as she is on her feet she started swinging at the guard that punched her; he didn't hit her again. He tried to restrain her while she is spinning, writhing and screaming. He had her wrapped in his arms while she was trying to bite when, the ground begins to rumble. It grew more powerful with each passing second. Everyone looked towards the ships. The engines had been turned on and it was beginning the launch process. All the guards from every direction started running towards the massive ships, the snipers climbed down from their towers. The crowd rushed the fence with panicked force and successfully pushed the fence down. The mob charged over the fence messily and forcefully. People were getting cut by the razor wire and just continued to race towards the ship. People fell while running and the horde promptly trampled them. The man who was shot was forgotten with the rumble of the engines; his daughter stood by screaming at the masses as they carelessly crushed him.
Linus held his son and his wife’s hand as they also followed the crowd. As the people reached the transporter, some tried to mess with the entrances and super reinforced windows others just pounded on the metal with their fist's, feet and tools. Linus reached the ship and stared at it as the feeling of hopelessness crept in. Theo was in his arms, miraculously sleeping. His arm was beyond exhausted but he refused to let go of his son. His wife was in a haze and didn't seem to accept the situation, or maybe she had more so than any of them.
Marty pulls Linus from the ship and says, “This is it Linus, we tried. When this thing takes off we will all be burnt to a crisp by the engines. Let’s go, enjoy the last days.”
The next morning Linus woke at his usual time to see Dora not in bed. He quietly looked around the house to no avail. He called her cell and was forwarded to the Voice mail.
Linus began to make breakfast for three, glancing out the window every time he heard a car come onto the block. His mind began to circle every bad situation he could create. He imagined Dora going to free all the animals in the zoo for the last days on earth. She most likely got eaten by a Polar bear. Her phone continued to go to voice mail, obviously because a bear ate it.
Theo questioned his mother’s absence during breakfast. Linus told him she was out today and attempted to mask his worry.
“ She’s coming home soon.” Theo said matter-of-fact and shoved a piece of toast in his mouth.
Linus slowly cleaned up after breakfast, hoping Dora would walk through the door anytime. His phone rang and he jumped to grab it from the counter, seeing Marty’s name on the screen, he answered. “Hey, have you seen or heard anything from Dora?”
.
“ uh uh, no...why would I? Wait! What is going on? Is she missing?”
“ No, no...well kind of. She will come back. She needs to deal with the situation in her own way."
Dora came home with the smell of alcohol leaking from her. Linus and Theo are playing video games with when she stumbled in the door.
“ Mommy!” Theo jumps up and runs to Dora, he knocked her down with his running hug. They both landed on the floor, laughing. “ Daddy says I don’t have to go to school and can stay up as late as I want!” Theo bounced on his knees excitedly. Dora drunkenly bobs her head from her position on the floor, attempting to focus on her son and laughs. Theo grabs her hand and pulls his mother towards the couch, she continues to laugh on the floor. He eventually gives up and runs and jumps on the couch picking up his video game controller he is still smiling and squirming with excitement but looks at his mother curiously.
Linus is not sure how to interact with his son now that everything they know will be gone, he wants him to experience life and gain knowledge but he doesn't want him to be scared. “ Mommy’s drunk” Linus says when he notices his sons curiosity.
Theo acknowledges his father and looks at his mother shyly. “ Will she get better?” Theo whispers in Linus’s ear.
“ Yeah buddy, she will be okay.” Linus hugs his son.
The next morning Dora sleepily makes her way to the kitchen table to drink the coffee and eat the aspirin Linus had placed out for her. “ Theo, when you finish breakfast do you want to go over to see Mr. Astor feed his snake?”
“Mmm hmm!” Theo shovels a few more mouthfuls of cereal and runs out the door.
“ He never stops...” Dora moans.
“ Where did you go yesterday?” Linus asks
“ Out.”
“ Where?”
“ Ug, I have a headache, can you just stop” Dora put her head on the table.
"Dora, we aren't going to survive this shit.”
“I never go out.” Dora says dismissively.
“ Ooookay, your son may never get the chance to go out.”
"Why did I never go out?” She paused “I met so many nice people, so many. I never experienced life, always been so caught up in this” Dora lifted her finger and pointed in a circle motion.
Linus looks around the room with his mouth open to see he is still in his kitchen. “ What!?…are you insane?” Linus grabb his head like he is trying to keep it from exploding. “ We are your family! We love you. Don’t you want to spend time with us?”
“ I’ve spent most of my life with you, I need to experience more than...” She is quiet for a couple of seconds, “ just more."
Linus stared at her in disbelief. She quietly sips her coffee and texts on her phone, smiling periodically, oblivious to her husband.
“I was going to take Theo to the beach today, I was hoping you would come.” Linus said in a quiet even tone. “I know we are two different people and the fucking world is ending, we each deal with it in our own ways, there is no right or wrong way. I just assumed you would want to spend it with us.”
“ Oh don’t fucking do that! Don’t try and make me feel bad for wanting to do what I want to do for once!” Dora spat with a dirty look.
“If you feel bad, that is on you, I was trying to be understanding.” Linus scoffed but kept calm and compromised, “ Do you want to go the beach with us today, and then you can go with your friends tonight?”
“ No. I already have plans. See! I just met these people and they already invited me, they are just so welcoming.” Dora smiled at herself. “I am going with my friends to a waterfall with a swimming hole. I’ve never seen a waterfall in real life, 30 years old and have never seen a waterfall... and what the hell is a swimming hole? What makes it a swimming hole as opposed to a pond? I am thinking it is just a super deep hole, filled with crystal clear water.” Dora chuckled introspectively.
“ Great, Theo can see a waterfall for the first time too.”
Dora looked up abruptly, “ No no, you guys don't have to go.”
“ Dora! Again, we WANT to spend time with you.” Linus pleaded.
Her silent stare gave Linus hope that he was finally getting through, she was finally considering her family. “ Okay, go get Theo. My friends will be here soon, I was going to follow them in my car.”
Linus rushed out the door towards the neighbors. He happily thought about all the pieces falling into place. He and Dora always said they could get through anything together. He was an insignificant little spec of dust in this universe, hell in this town or even in the neighborhood but he was going to make the most out of Armageddon!
When him and Theo came in through the kitchen door, Dora was no longer sitting at the table. “ Dora!” Linus yelled but he instinctively went to the garage door to see her car was gone. Maybe she ran to the store really quick, he attempted to convince himself until he saw the note. On their bedroom mirror it was taped. It read: I really need this “ me” time. You are not Brad Pitt in some apocalyptic movie, get over yourself."
The announcement of the end of the world, not only changed his wife, it changed society into depraved monsters. Some people continued to go into work because it is their passion or they felt obligated. A male newscaster continued to air random news reports. He reported the incident at the ship. Looters had cleaned out most stores. A few shop owners stood guard and continued to sell necessities, as per the usual. Suicides were rising, as well as murders. The police force and military were almost all abandoned. One soldier took a tank and drove it through a few towns. He didn't do any damage, he would just stop randomly and pop out of the hatch to happily wave at any passerby’s. People were living out their bucket lists. Some were having sex in public places, others stealing cars and boats just to get to drive them. People were seen doing dangerous acts. Hang gliding through the city, jumping from planes, riding a skateboard as it was pulled by a car. The unleashed sadistic criminals were the worst, but with the current threat of complete annihilation a gun to people heads was not as convincing as it once was. But some people could be seen tied to trees or car hoods, covered in cuts and bruises. And this is the behaviors that were not behind closed doors. All the prisons and jails were emptied.
Linus held Theo close, keeping him safe and secure. Linus and Theo were staying at Marty’s. He had left notes for Dora, but she hadn't come by. Marty’s house was larger, safer and it had a pool. They all laid out in the backyard as Theo played in the pool, Rusty was running back and forth or the edge of the pool excitedly, but not jumping in. Rex shone bright above them now even visible during the day and getting larger with ever hour.
“ Should we go to church?” Andy asked.
Linus scoffed “Why? God only exists if we exist. If he did exist, he wouldn't let this...” he waved towards Rex, “ happen.”
Andy looked worried. “ You were always the one trying to get us to go to Sunday Mass. Why would you change your beliefs now when it is needed more than ever?”
"I know...I know, I don't really believe that." Linus paused and forced a smile. "We just don't need church anymore."
Linus stood to grab his son a towel when the sky exploded in a fiery inferno. A deafening whoosh ending in an explosion and rumble like never heard filled the air. Waves of orange, red, yellow and blue flames rolled in plumes up above. The heat was intense but also came in strange bursts. They all stood at awe at the sheer beauty of the end of the earth, but at this point they are still alive. Smoldering debris began to fall from the clouds of fire.
Linus broke his trance of terror and awe and yelled above the thunderous noise. "Inside!"
They all ran across the manicured lawn as larger debris began to smack the landscape around them. They all huddle in the basement away from the windows. The intense colors and eerie lighting were still visible. Theo cuddled onto Linus lap as Linus soothed him with loving words. Marty and Andy hugged saying thier last goodbyes.
When death did'nt come and the hell fire storm begins to recede, they wait some more. It is late at night when they feel safe to go upstairs and take a look around. The house is littered with glass, debris and ashes.
"Is this hell?" Marty asked.
They all laughed, way more than the question warranted.
Someone thought to turn on a radio or TV and this is the repeated statement that was coming through on all stations:
“ Attention Humans, This message is being broadcast world wide in every conceivable language. In the past few days life as we know it has changed drastically, it will never be the same BUT you will survive to meet your unpredictable death. Many of you know my name while others will just be learning it. I am Errol Wayne, I will be the one to lead us into the next phase of human existence. The knowledge that this meteorite was going to collide with Earth was discovered much earlier than when it was announced. My company, Futransport, was contracted to create comfortable escape pods for the leaders and the wealthiest of earth. Although they believed the ruse was on all of you here on earth, it was actually them who were fooled. While the ships did have the most luxurious accommodations they were actually engineered to defeat the huge rock that threatened humanity. In extreme secrecy the ships were programmed to keep course towards the meteorite, technology was installed to ensure the complete destruction of the threat. Today will be forever known in history as reclamation day. Now, every leader that stood by their people during this event, I like your style, I will be contacting you very shortly with further instructions. Everyone else, this is Reclamation Day! Relax, enjoy, tomorrow we will begin the new era.”
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2020.03.27 16:35 CRCKrun13 Pit-bull friendly apartments in and around Somerville/Medford/Arlington?

Pit-bull friendly apartments in and around Somerville/Medford/Arlington?
Hi everyone,
My husband and I own a condo on Pearson Avenue near Davis/Ball in Somerville but are helping my parents look for an apartment in the nearby area for mid-May/early June. I am currently pregnant and they would like to rent a place in our area to use as a home-base to be closer to us - they live outside of Philadelphia.
They have the sweetest, sleepiest, most loving, mushy-gushy, lazy and quiet pit bull, but I know about the discrimination many insurance companies write into their by-laws against pitties and other misunderstood breeds; therefore, I know how difficult finding a place might be. My parents are extremely responsible dog owners who literally have never left their dog alone (they are obsessed, and I can't blame them). She goes everywhere with them or they split up :) See attached pic of our girl dressed in her PJs, ready for bed <3
Please, please, please spare the discussion over pits here - that is not what I am looking for. Trying to keep things positive and not get into any prejudiced arguments. If any understanding, informed, empathetic, dog-loving, pit-knowing, kind-hearted people out there have any insight about or experience with finding a place in the Somerville area (individual apartment/condo or managed building) that shows love for this loving breed please share. I'll include some of our (ideal) criteria below. Thank you so much for considering and keeping any responses informative and positive <3
Move in date: late May/early JunePrice range: under $2500 with utilitiesNo of bedrooms: 1Location preference: Somerville, North Cambridge, Medford, Arlington, Lexington, WatertownPets? One large, well-behaved, sleepy, older, quiet pittie Parking? 1 parking spot (preferably off street)Other deal breakers: Air conditioning a must; neweupdated; first or second floor, or elevator
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2020.03.24 08:19 bankbonusphil Every bank account bonus that expires at the end of this month (March) [End of quarter, BIG LIST]

The end of the quarter means tons of expiring bonuses. All should be soft pulls unless noted. List updated with new info as it comes. Grouped by bank in no particular order. Source - https://everybankbonus.com/bonuses

HSBC
[Nationwide] HSBC Advance Checking *LONG TERM* ($350). - Set up a monthly $1,500 direct deposit to get a $30 monthly bonus for a max $350 annual bonus. Expires: 3/29/2020 Link: https://www.us.hsbc.com/checking-accounts/campaigns/advance-offe
[Nationwide] HSBC Premier Checking *LONG TERM* ($700). - Set up a monthly $3,000 direct deposit to get a $60 monthly bonus for a max $700 annual bonus. Expires: 3/29/2020 Link: https://www.us.hsbc.com/checking-accounts/campaigns/premier-offe
PNC
[AL, DE, FL, GA, IL, IN, KY, MD, MI, MO, NJ, NY, NC, OH, PA, SC, VA, WV, WI, DC] PNC Virtual Wallet/Standard Checking (Not Nationwide) ($50) - Within sixty days of account opening, make cumulative direct deposits of at least $500 to get a $50 bonus. Expires: 3/31/2020 Link: https://www.pnc.com/en/personal-banking/banking/checking/campaigns/checking-vw-tiered-offer.html
[AL, DE, FL, GA, IL, IN, KY, MD, MI, MO, NJ, NY, NC, OH, PA, SC, VA, WV, WI, DC] PNC Virtual Wallet with Performance Spend (Not Nationwide) ($200) - Within sixty days of account opening, make cumulative direct deposits of at least $2,000 to get a $200 bonus. Expires: 3/31/2020 Link: https://www.pnc.com/en/personal-banking/banking/checking/campaigns/checking-vw-tiered-offer.html
[Nationwide] PNC Virtual Wallet with Performance Spend (Nationwide) ($200) - Within sixty days of account opening, make cumulative direct deposits of at least $2,000 to get a $200 bonus. Expires: 3/31/2020 Link: https://www.pnc.com/en/personal-banking/banking/checking/campaigns/checking-offer-for-PNC-customers.html
[AL, DE, FL, GA, IL, IN, KY, MD, MI, MO, NJ, NY, NC, OH, PA, SC, VA, WV, WI, DC] PNC Virtual Wallet with Performance Select (Not Nationwide) ($300) - Within sixty days of account opening, make cumulative direct deposits of at least $5,000 to get a $300 bonus. Expires: 3/31/2020 Link: https://www.pnc.com/en/personal-banking/banking/checking/campaigns/checking-vw-tiered-offer.html
[Nationwide] PNC Virtual Wallet with Performance Select (Nationwide) ($300) - Within sixty days of account opening, make cumulative direct deposits of at least $5,000 to get a $300 bonus. Expires: 3/31/2020 Link: https://www.pnc.com/en/personal-banking/banking/checking/campaigns/checking-offer-for-PNC-customers.html
[Nationwide] PNC Bank Virtual Wallet Performance Select ($500) - Open a new Virtual Wallet with Performance Select. Establish direct deposits of $5,000 or more to receive a $500 bonus. Expires: 3/31/2020 Link: https://www.pnc.com/content/pnc-com/en/personal-banking/banking/checking/campaigns/vw-cash.html
Andigo
[IL] Andigo Credit Union Checking ($250). - Use promo code GET500: set up a $500 monthly direct deposit for 3 months to get a $250 bonus. Expires: 3/31/2020 Link: https://www.andigo.org/JOYN
[IL] Andigo Credit Union Checking with Debit Card ($500). - Andigo Credit Union Checking with Debit Card ($500). Expires: 3/31/2020 Link: https://www.andigo.org/JOYN
Associated Bank
[IL, MN, WI] Associated Bank Packers Money Market ($100) - Maintain qualifying Associated money market account with a minimum deposit of $10,000 for ninety days to get a $100 bonus. Expires: 3/31/2020 Link: https://www.associatedbank.com/packersoffer
Orange County CU
[CA] Orange County Credit Union Checking ($100) - Use code BEST100 and open your checking account, enroll in eStatements, sign up for a debit card, and do one of the following: set up a direct deposit or make 5 debit card purchases to receive a $100 bonus. Expires: 3/31/2020 Link: https://www.orangecountyscu.org/latest/tell-a-friend/send-invitation/
First Tech Federal CU
[Nationwide] First Tech Federal CU Checking ($100) - Deposit $1,500 within the first month to get a $100 bonus. Hard pull: Yes Expires: 3/31/2020 Link: https://www2.firsttechfed.com/LP=1156?utm_source=acq&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=DEPP_1244209_Bundle-2020_Email_1244804&utm_content=cta-button&campaignId=7014M000001dYjgQAE
[Nationwide] First Tech Federal CU Checking ($150) - Deposit $5,000 within the first month to get a $150 bonus. Hard pull: Yes Expires: 3/31/2020 Link: https://www2.firsttechfed.com/LP=1156?utm_source=acq&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=DEPP_1244209_Bundle-2020_Email_1244804&utm_content=cta-button&campaignId=7014M000001dYjgQAE
[Nationwide] First Tech Federal CU Checking ($200) - Deposit $15,000 within the first month to get a $200 bonus. Hard pull: Yes Expires: 3/31/2020 Link: https://www2.firsttechfed.com/LP=1156?utm_source=acq&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=DEPP_1244209_Bundle-2020_Email_1244804&utm_content=cta-button&campaignId=7014M000001dYjgQAE
[Nationwide] First Tech Federal CU Dividend Rewards Checking w Direct Deposit ($200) - Set up $750 monthly direct deposit within the first 2 months to get a $200 bonus. Hard pull: Yes Expires: 3/31/2020 Link: https://www2.firsttechfed.com/LP=1156?ANdigoutm_source=acq&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=DEPP_1244209_Bundle-2020_Email_1244804&utm_content=cta-button&campaignId=7014M000001dYjgQAE
[Nationwide] First Tech Federal CU Dividend Rewards Checking w Direct Deposit ($500) - Set up $2,000 monthly direct deposit within the first 2 months to get a $500 bonus. Hard pull: Yes Expires: 3/31/2020 Link: https://www2.firsttechfed.com/LP=1156?utm_source=acq&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=DEPP_1244209_Bundle-2020_Email_1244804&utm_content=cta-button&campaignId=7014M000001dYjgQAE
[Nationwide] First Tech Federal CU Dividend Rewards Checking w Direct Deposit ($700) - Set up $3,500 monthly direct deposit within the first 2 months to get a $700 bonus. Hard pull: Yes Expires: 3/31/2020 Link: https://www2.firsttechfed.com/LP=1156?utm_source=acq&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=DEPP_1244209_Bundle-2020_Email_1244804&utm_content=cta-button&campaignId=7014M000001dYjgQAE
[CA] First Tech Federal CU Odyssey Rewards World EliteMastercard ($160) - Spend $2,000 on an Odyssey Rewards World EliteMastercard within the first 2 months to get a $160 bonus. Hard pull: Yes Expires: 3/31/2020 Link: https://www2.firsttechfed.com/LP=1156?utm_source=acq&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=DEPP_1244209_Bundle-2020_Email_1244804&utm_content=cta-button&campaignId=7014M000001dYjgQAE
[CA] First Tech Federal CU Odyssey Rewards World EliteMastercard ($300) - Spend $3,000 on an Odyssey Rewards World EliteMastercard within the first 3 months to get a $300 bonus. Hard pull: Yes Expires: 3/31/2020 Link: https://www2.firsttechfed.com/LP=1156?utm_source=acq&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=DEPP_1244209_Bundle-2020_Email_1244804&utm_content=cta-button&campaignId=7014M000001dYjgQAE
Capital One 360
[Nationwide] Capital One 360 Performance Savings ($100) - Earn a $100 cash bonus on balances of $10,000 (within the first 10 days) or more when you open an account and maintain the balance for 90 days. Use promo code NEW500. Expires: 3/31/2020 Link: https://www.capitalone.com/new500/
[Nationwide] Capital One 360 Performance Savings ($200) - Earn a $200 cash bonus on balances of $20,000 (within the first 10 days) or more when you open an account and maintain the balance for 90 days. Use promo code NEW500. Expires: 3/31/2020 Link: https://www.capitalone.com/new500/
[Nationwide] Capital One 360 Performance Savings ($300) - Earn a $300 cash bonus on balances of $30,000 (within the first 10 days) or more when you open an account and maintain the balance for 90 days. Use promo code NEW500. Expires: 3/31/2020 Link: https://www.capitalone.com/new500/
[Nationwide] Capital One 360 Performance Savings ($400) - Earn a $400 cash bonus on balances of $40,000 (within the first 10 days) or more when you open an account and maintain the balance for 90 days. Use promo code NEW500. Expires: 3/31/2020 Link: https://www.capitalone.com/new500/
[Nationwide] Capital One 360 Performance Savings ($500) - Earn a $500 cash bonus on balances of $50,000 (within the first 10 days) or more when you open an account and maintain the balance for 90 days. Use promo code NEW500. Expires: 3/31/2020 Link: https://www.capitalone.com/new500/
LM FCU
[MD] LM FCU Free Checking ($50) - Have one direct deposit of at least $500 each month for the first three months, and at least five VISA check card purchases within forty-five days of account opening to get a $100 bonus. Expires: 3/31/2020 Link: https://www.lmfcu.org/About-LM/News-Promotions/Promotions/Get-a-75-Cash-Reward-With-a-New-Checking-Account
[MD] LM FCU Regular Checking ($100) - Have one direct deposit of at least $500 each month for the first three months, and at least five VISA check card purchases within forty-five days of account opening to get a $100 bonus. Expires: 3/31/2020 Link: https://www.lmfcu.org/About-LM/News-Promotions/Promotions/Get-a-75-Cash-Reward-With-a-New-Checking-Account
Ent CU
[CO] Ent Credit Union LUCENT ($500) - Use promo code LUCENT, open checking with $100, set up direct deposit and debit card, and deposit $10,000 for at least 90 days to get $500. Expires: 3/31/2020 Link: https://www.ent.com/LUCENT500
First National 1870
[CO, NM, TX] First National 1870 Checking ($200) - Open a checking account and complete 20 or more debit card purchases. Also, have ACH credits, ACH debits, or a combination of both totaling $500 or more to receive a $200 bonus. Expires: 3/31/2020 Link: https://www.firstnational1870.com/200ForYou
Sunflower Bank
[AZ, CO, KS, MO, NM, TX] Sunflower Bank Checking ($200). - Set up a $500 direct deposit and complete 20 debit card purchases within the first month to get a $200 bonus. Expires: 3/31/2020 Link: https://www.sunflowerbank.com/abc?=flash
Newtown Savings Bank
[CT] Newtown Savings Bank Flagship Checking ($250). - Use promo code WINTER20: set up monthly direct deposit to get a $250 bonus. Expires: 3/31/2020 Link: https://www.nsbonline.com/freensb
[CT] Newtown Savings Bank Free Checking ($200) - Use promo code WINTER20: set up monthly direct deposit to get a $200 bonus. Expires: 3/31/2020 Link: https://www.nsbonline.com/freensb
[CT] Newtown Savings Bank Everywhere Checking ($250). - Use promo code WINTER20: set up monthly direct deposit to get a $250 bonus. Expires: 3/31/2020 Link: https://www.nsbonline.com/freensb
Rockland Trust Bank
[MA] Rockland Trust Checking ($250) - Visit the Rockland Trust Bank location in Needham, Massachusetts and open a personal checking account. Have direct deposits totaling $2,000 within the first 90 days to get a $25f0 bonus. Expires: 3/31/2020 Link: https://www.rocklandtrust.com/needham-branch-now-open
[MA] Rockland Trust Bank Business Checking ($300) - Visit the Rockland Trust Bank location in Worcester, Massachusetts and open a business checking account. Deposit $1,000 in new money by 3/31/2020 to get a $300 bonus. Expires: 3/31/2020 Link: https://www.rocklandtrust.com/worcester-branch-now-open-business-banking
Hancock Whitney Bank
[AL, FL, LA, MO, TX] Hancock Whitney Bank Priority Checking ($300) - Open priority checking account in branch with the promo code you will receive after signing up using the link below. Qualify by making one monthly direct deposit of $250 or more. Expires: 3/31/2020 Link: https://www.hancockwhitney.com/mychecking300pc-20
[AL, FL, LA, MO, TX] Hancock Whitney Bank Checking ($100) - Set up a monthly direct deposit of at least $250. Promo code must be used to open account and minimum account balance is $50 for a $100 cash bonus. $20 service fee if account is closed within 180 days. Expires: 3/31/2020 Link: https://www.hancockwhitney.com/mychecking100ac-20
Mission FCU
[CA] Mission Federal Credit Union Checking ($100) - Open a checking account by bringing the flyer in the link below to a branch. Make 5 transactions totaling at least $1,000 within 90 days to receive a $100 bonus. Hard pull: Yes Expires: 3/31/2020 Link: https://www.missionfed.com/Mission-Money#gref
Arsenal CU
[MO] Arsenal Credit Union Checking ($100). - Complete 10 debit card purchases within the first 15 days to get a $100 bonus. Expires: 3/31/2020 Link: https://arsenalcu.com/2020/01/16/perk-up-the-way-you-bank-earn-100/
1st United CU
[CA] 1st United Credit Union Simple Checking ($100). - Use promo code SIMPLE100: set up one $500 direct deposit and complete 1 debit card purchase within the first 2 months to get a $100 bonus. Expires: 3/31/2020 Link: https://www.1stunitedcu.org/simple100
Star Financial
[IN] Star Financial Checking ($200) - Enter your email address on the offer page to request the bonus coupon. Bring the coupon to a STAR Bank branch and open a checking account. Have a monthly direct deposit of at least $500 for 120 days, enroll in eStatements, and make at least five debit card transactions to get a $200 bonus. Expires: 3/31/2020 Link: https://www.starfinancial.com/switch/offer
First Horizon
[FL, MS, NC, SC, TN, TX, VA] First Horizon BizEssentials Business Checking ($150) - To receive a $150 bonus Visa gift card, you must present a copy of the offer certificate at a branch and open your account with a minimum opening deposit of $500. Maintain the account in good standing for a minimum of six months. Gift card will be mailed 3-6 weeks after completing the above requirements. Expires: 3/31/2020 Link: https://www.firsthorizon.com/sb150
[AL, AR, FL, GA, KY, MS, NC, SC, TN, VA] First Horizon Checking ($200) - Use promo code FHDG20 or print certificate: make 1 direct deposit within 60 days to get a $200 bonus. Check to make sure your region of the state where you live is eligible. Expires: 3/23/2020 Link: https://www.firsthorizon.com/bonus
[MS, NC, SC, TN, TX, VA] First Horizon Business Checking ($450) - Use promo code BZD300: open a Basic BizEssentials Checking with a minimum of $5,000 and complete 5 qualifying transactions within 30 days to get a $300 bonus. Use promo code SMBSSV: open a Basic BizEssentials Savings with a minimum of $2,500 to get a $150 Visa gift card. Total potential bonus of $450. Expires: 3/31/2020 Link: https://www.firsthorizon.com/landing/business/300-bize-checking-landing-bzd300
Town Bank
[WI] Town Bank Total Access Checking ($300) - Town Bank subsidiary: open account with $100, enroll in ebanking and estatements, and complete 2 monthly direct deposits of $500. Expires: 3/31/2020 Link: https://www.townbank.us/personal/banking-and-borrowing/checking/total-access-checking.html
Beverly Bank
[IL] Beverly Bank Total Access Checking ($300) - Beverly Bank subsidiary: open account with $100, enroll in ebanking and estatements, and complete 2 monthly direct deposits of at least $500. Expires: 3/31/2020 Link: https://www.thebeverlybank.com/lp/2019/values.html
Wintrust
[IL] Wintrust Total Access Checking ($300) - Open account with $100, enroll in ebanking and estatements, and complete 2 monthly direct deposits of $500. Expires: 3/31/2020 Link: https://www.wintrust.com/tac.html
Town and Country
[IL] Town and Country High Yield Savings ($200) - Open a new Relationship High Yield Savings account with $10,000 and retain said balance for 120 days. Expires: 3/31/2020 Link: https://www.townandcountrybank.com/Authenticate/?ReturnUrl=/current-offers/
[IL] Town and Country Clear E-Checking ($150) - Open a new Clear E-Checking account with $50, set up a monthly direct deposit of $500 or more, and make 5 debit card transactions within the first month. Expires: 3/31/2020 Link: https://www.townandcountrybank.com/Authenticate/?ReturnUrl=/current-offers/
Summit FCU
[NY] Summit FCU Premium Checking ($150) - Open a Premium checking account and order a new debit card. Make 20 ddebit card purchases between 2/1/20 and 3/31/20. Account must remain open through 9/30/20 to receive a $150 bonus. Expires: 3/31/2020 Link: https://www.summitfcu.org/landing/i-want-150/
Bank of the West
[AZ, CA, CO, ID, IA, KS, MN, MO, NE, NV, NM, ND, OK, OR, SD, UT, WA, WI, WY] Bank of the West Any Deposit Checking ($250) - Open an Any Deposit checking account using the link below and applying the promo code. Enroll in online banking and download the Bank of the West mobile app. Receive a $250 bonus after making direct deposits totaling $1,000 or more each month for 3 months in a row. Expires: 3/31/2020 Link: https://www.bankofthewest.com/campaigns/personal-banking/checking-offer-bonus-c
Citibank
[Nationwide] Citibank Basic Banking Package ($200) - Deposit $5,000 within the first month to get a $200 bonus. Expires: 3/31/2020 Link: https://banking.citi.com/cbol/citigold/offedefault.htm?BT_TX=1&ProspectID=1DA65884FEFF4D16AF03CF2C896F7B33
[Nationwide] Citibank Account Package ($400) - Deposit $15,000 within the first month to get a $400 bonus. Expires: 3/31/2020 Link: https://banking.citi.com/cbol/citigold/offedefault.htm?BT_TX=1&ProspectID=1DA65884FEFF4D16AF03CF2C896F7B33
[Nationwide] Citibank Account Package with Direct Deposit ($500) - Set up 2 monthly direct deposit and deposit $15,000 within the first month to get a $500 bonus. Expires: 3/31/2020 Link: https://banking.citi.com/cbol/citigold/offedefault.htm?BT_TX=1&ProspectID=1DA65884FEFF4D16AF03CF2C896F7B33
[Nationwide] Citibank Priority Account Package ($700) - Deposit $50,000 within the first month to get a $700 bonus. Expires: 3/31/2020 Link: https://banking.citi.com/cbol/citigold/offedefault.htm?BT_TX=1&ProspectID=1DA65884FEFF4D16AF03CF2C896F7B33
[Nationwide] Citibank Citigold Account Package ($1,500) - Deposit $200,000 within the first month to get a $1,500 bonus. Expires: 3/31/2020 Link: https://banking.citi.com/cbol/citigold/offedefault.htm?BT_TX=1&ProspectID=1DA65884FEFF4D16AF03CF2C896F7B33
SunTrust
[AL, AR, FL, GA, MD, MS, NC, SC, TN, VA, WV, DC] SunTrust Simple Business Checking ($200) - Open a new eligible SunTrust simple business checking account online or in a branch with $100 and make cumulative qualifying deposits of $1,500 or more into your new account within 30 days. Expires: 3/31/2020 Link: https://www.suntrust.com/lp/open-small-business-checking-account
MidFirst
[AZ] MidFirst Business Checking ($250) - Maintain year-to-date average balance of $750 and enroll in online banking to get a $250 bonus. Expires: 3/31/2020 Link: https://www.midfirst.com/business/checking
OneWest
[CA] OneWest Bank Checking ($250) - Maintain a $1,000 balance and a monthly $650 direct deposit OR $10,000 total balance for 90 days to get a $250 bonus. Expires: 3/31/2020 Link: https://www.onewestbank.com/250checking/#tooltip
[CA] OneWest Bank OneBusiness Interest Checking & Money Market Savings ($400) - Open checking with initial deposit of $1,500 and maintain daily balance for 3 months to receive a $200 bonus. Open savings account with initial deposit of $10,000 and maintain daily balance of $10,000 for 3 months to receive a $200 bonus. This is a total potential bonus of $400. Expires: 3/31/2020 Link: https://www.onewestbank.com/biz600/
Santander
[CT, DE, MA, NH, NJ, NY, PA, RI] Santander Bank Business Checking *TARGETED* ($500). - Maintain daily balance $3,500 for 3 months to get a $500 bonus. Expires: 3/31/2020 Link: https://www.santanderbank.com/us/pages/business/business500
KeyBank
[AL, AK, CO, CT, FL, ID, IN, ME, MA, MI, NY, OH, OR, PA, UT, VT, WA] KeyBank [email protected] Program Checking ($250) - Open a Key Advantage checking account with promo code ONKW0120 after enrolling in the [email protected] program. Make $1,000 or more in direct deposits within 60 days. Expires: 3/31/2020 Link: https://www.key.com/kco/images/Key_at_Work_Flyer_Mkt.PDF
[CO] KeyBank Express Checking ($300) - Use offer code CAFK0120 and make one direct deposit of $500 within sixty days of account opening and get a $300 bonus. You will also receive a Colorado Avalanche fan kit with a stated retail value of $200. Expires: 4/10/2020 Link: https://www.key.com/personal/promo/colorado-avalanche-tickets.jsp?ppc=2001_CMPAVL_alias
Air Academy FCU
[CO] Air Academy FCU Kasasa Checking ($100) - Receive a $100 bonus when you open a Kasasa checking account and set up direct deposit within the first month. Expires: 3/31/2020 Link: https://www.aafcu.com/save-yourself-from-winter.html
North Shore Bank
[IL, WI] North Shore Bank Checking *LONG TERM* ($300) – Use promo code MAR2020 $300BONUS: $20 monthly bonus will be credited to the new checking account each month after your statement cycles for up to 15 months provided you have had 10 qualified debit card transactions or a direct deposit for that statement cycle. Expires: 3/31/2020 Link: https://www.northshorebank.com/get300
Vectra Bank
[CO] Vectra Bank Checking *Workplace Banking* ($150) – set up monthly direct deposit, complete 5 monthly debit card purchases, and enroll in online banking. Expires: 3/31/2020 Link: https://www.vectrabank.com/workplace-banking/vworks-assets/forms/2020-VectraWorks.pdf
American Heritage CU
[PA] American Heritage Credit Union Totally Free Checking ($150). - Set up a $500 monthly direct deposit within the following first 3 months to get a $150 bonus. Expires: 3/31/2020 Link: https://americanheritagecu.org/revolution/free-checking/
[PA] American Heritage Credit Union Totally Free Checking with Debit Card ($200). - Set up a $500 monthly direct deposit within the following first 3 months to get a $150 bonus. Complete 25 debit card purchases within the first 3 months to get an additional $50 bonus. Total bonus of $200. Expires: 3/31/2020 Link: https://americanheritagecu.org/revolution/free-checking/
Cambridge Savings Bank
[MA] Cambridge Savings Bank Performance Checking ($400) - Set up a $1,000 monthly direct deposit and complete 5 monthly debit card purchases for 3 months to get a $400 bonus. Expires: 3/31/2020 Link: https://www.cambridgesavings.com/400cash/
Columbia Bank
[ID, OR, WA] Columbia Bank Business Checking ($300) - Enter email to get unique promo code: Deposit $500 within 15 days of opening and maintain daily balance of $500 for 3 months to get a $300 bonus. Expires: 3/31/2020 Link: https://pages.contact.columbiabank.com/dabus-0718-lp01
Dollar Bank
[OH, PA, VA] Dollar Bank Everything Checking ($400) - Open an Everything checking account and receive a $100 reward after making $1,000 or more in direct deposits within 90 days. Receive an additional $100 after receiving $5,000 in direct deposits within 90 days of account opening. Finally, receive $100 within 2 months of the 1-year anniversary of your account opening. Expires: 3/31/2020 Link: https://www.dollar.bank/Ads/$400-Checking-pa
Evangelical Christian CU
[CA] Evangelical Christian Credit Union Checking ($200) – Use promo code BNS200: Set up $1,000 monthly direct deposit to get a $200 bonus. Expires: 3/31/2020 Link: https://www.eccu.org/bonus-offer?utm_source=guidestone&utm_medium=webpage&utm_campaign=taxguide
First South FCU
[TN] First South FCU First Start Checking ($200) - Complete 15 debit card purchases within the first 2 months to get a $200 bonus. Expires: 3/31/2020 Link: https://www.firstsouth.com/nashville-fresh-start-checking
Homestreet Bank
[CA, HI, OR, WA] Homestreet Bank Premium Select Checking ($300) - Set up a $3,000 direct deposit within the first 3 months to receive a $300 bonus. Expires: 3/31/2020 Link: https://www.homestreet.com/bonus
[HI] Homestreet Bank Business Checking ($200) - Open an account with $100 and keep the account open for 90 days to receive $200 bonus. Expires: 3/31/2020 Link: https://www.hjcc.org/membership/discounts/homestreet-bank-2/
Michigan State University FCU
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2020.03.17 21:38 Vitalizes Coronavirus Megathread

Hey guys!
So from here on out please post all coronavirus related things in this megathread. I will update it as information comes in. Please comment with what you know and I will add it to this!
Stay safe and thank you all!
*Please note that your content will be removed if it is false, downplaying the severity of the virus, or if you are being racist. MEMES ARE STILL OKAY AS WE NEED HUMOR IN THESE TRYING TIMES. If you continue to post these things after your post is removed and you are given a warning, do not be surprised when you are muted for a week. Repeated offenses will end in a ban. I don’t wanna do it, you don’t wanna go through it, so please be smart. Being willfully ignorant is inexcusable.
*Subscribe to the COVID-19 subreddit. It has a wealth of information and updates posted quite frequently.
*We need to do our part in preventing the spread of misinformation. Although this article is directed towards students, it definitely it is an amazing resource if you are still unsure of how to spot misinformation (or a refresher even if you already know!)
*Samaritan Medical Center has been continually updating their website with current restrictions and guidelines.
*If you believe you or someone you know has Covid-19 and requires testing, call the Samaritan Medical Center helpline at 315-755-3100. The line is open from 8a to 9p, seven days a week.
*IF YOU ARE EXPERIENCING WORSENING SYMPTOMS DO NOT HESITATE TO SEEK IMMEDIATE MEDICAL ATTENTION FOR THEM.
*NYS COVID-19 hotline 1-888-364-3065
*Sign up here for texts and email alerts from Watertown Public Health officials
*Official NYS webpage with updated restrictions and state-specific information as of March 18.
*NYS case tracker
*Symptoms of Covid-19
*What to do if you believe you are sick or have been exposed
*Preventative measures you can take to protect yourself and others
*The CDC webpage created for Covid-19 is an amazing resource that you all should take advantage of.
*Here is an amazing tool to monitor the worldwide growth and progression of the virus.
*This tool, created by a redditor, shows you if there are any active cases near you in the United States.
*All schools are temporarily closed with a projected opening date of April 17, reported here.
*Universities have closed and will remain so to the end of the term, moving to distance learning.
*There currently is a nationwide stimulus package being pushed through legislation that has bipartisan support. EDIT: as of March 18 this has passed in the house, further details pending.
*“While schools are closed, the Watertown City School District will provide FREE meals to all children 18 and under through an outside drive-thru or walk up process.
Starting Wednesday, March 18, visit us Monday through Friday at the following locations between 11:00am and 12:00pm:
North Elementary -171 E. Hoard Street - front loop Ohio Elementary - 1537 Ohio Street– side entrance near gym Sherman Elementary - 836 Sherman Street - front loop Watertown High School - 1335 Washington Street - cafeteria entrance in back Fairgrounds YMCA - 558 Rand Drive - parking lot
Each day, each child will receive one lunch and one breakfast for the following day.”
*No reports on food banks but I am checking frequently
*As of March 17, 2020, Jefferson County has its first case of Covid-19. Details here.
*Many essential companies such as National Grid and and Spectrum have announced their plans to help their customers through this time.
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2020.02.16 20:12 Brady_2_Moss Newly Married - Looking for Pet Friendly 1 Bed/1 Bath

Good morning everyone,
Wanted to get some assistance regarding finding an apartment in the Boston area. I have never lived in Boston and need some assistance from the community. A few key variables that we are looking for:
- Needs to be pet/dog friendly. We have 1 golden retriever. - Needs to be car friendly. Have a car and would like a guaranteed parking space. - 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath. Move in date for 03/01/2020. - Budget is $2100-$2500 max.
I work in the Watertown area and my wife works in the Brighton area. So something in the middle or even at one location or the other would be ideal. We are looking at the Watertown areas and Brighton areas and have encountered a few places that were very expensive (Laterna Boston, Elan Union in Watertown, E3 in Brighton). But we do like the luxury apartment layout. Does anybody know any new construction/apartments that are opening up in March or even April? Usually these projects offer a very good promotion (such as 1-2 months rent free). For example: the Overlook at St. Gabrielle's is something we would be interested in, but I want to make sure I have as much information as possible before making a decision. Any help is appreciated!
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2019.11.25 04:24 spindizzy_wizard Lily Of The Waters : Part 01-01

Part 01-01

Introductions

Lily : 2019-04-12 (Fri) High School 1500H

Brriinnggggg!
Thank Ghu! It's Friday, and school is over. We've just spent an absolutely wonderful last period of the day with Mr. Gneiss. Never smiles, unless it's at a rock. Never smiles at you, unless you are dumber than a box of rocks. Somehow, he still makes geology fascinating.
"Hey Lily! Want a ride home?"
"Thanks Jason, but my mother is picking me up shortly." He asks that every day! Any other guy would have picked up on 'No' by now. Still, no reason not to be polite. He's a neighbor, and my parents do get along well with his. Mother really is coming to pick me up today, we're going to hit up the crafts store for materials for my next cosplay outfit.
"Okay Lily, see you later!"
He's such a dork. The only time he seems to connect with anyone is in debate club and cosplay; when he can adopt a persona. He can't even connect with the other gear-heads. No helmet, again. His parents are going to ground him so hard he's going to miss the convention.
He's so obvious. Wants a girl to ride with him; had pegs mounted on the back wheel and everything. That would be fine, but as reckless as he is, there's no way that any girl in this school is going to get on a bike with him.
And there he goes, peeling out like there's nothing in his way! Look out!
Hooonnnkkkk! MEEEEEPP!
That's got to be the umpteenth time I've seen him squeeze through a gap without getting creamed. It's a wonder he hasn't gotten himself killed already!
"I see Mr. Voorhees is still up to his tricks", said Mr. Gneiss.
"Oh! You startled me Mr. Gneiss!" As much as he acts like one of his rocks, he moves around like a cat stalking its prey. You never hear him until he wants you to.
"Sorry, Miss Waters. I'm glad you didn't go riding with him. I'm not sure his luck will extend to a passenger."
"Luck, Mr. Gneiss?"
"Well, I can't think of what else to call it, but I've seen him riding around in the hills while I'm rock hunting, and some of the things he's done should have at least cost him some skin. I can't figure out how he manages to avoid getting hurt. You stay away from his bike, Ms. Waters. Sooner or later, Jason's luck is going to desert him." And he walks away, soundless. Spooky. Good teacher though.
"Lily! Over here!". Great! My mom's here! Time to go shopping!
"So Lily, who is it this time?"
"Goku, Mom!"
"Goku? Isn't that character male?"
"Yes, that's what makes it such a challenge, an adaptation of Goku to female is going to require a lot of study and practice. Plus a good costume."
"I assume you have some sketches ready?" I blush, the last time we went shopping, I hadn't done the sketches and we ended up buying a bunch of stuff we didn't need.
"Got them with me this time. And I've designed it to use a bunch of that stuff we got last time, so we won't need as much now, Mom."
"Good! Lily, we'll make a great designer out of you yet!"
Ohhh, she's still thinking that I'm going to be a haute couture designer like she always wanted to be. Well, maybe, and maybe not. I have such fun organizing the Anime conventions, and making sure all the arrangements are in place, maybe I'll become an Exhibition Coordinator. Thing is, whether it's art school for designer, or college for MBA, it's going to be expensive.
"Lily, just to remind you, I won't be able to help you right away tomorrow. Your father and I have the Volunteer Fire Department fundraiser to go to."
"That's okay, Mom. I can practice the KaMeHaMeHa move. I still don't have it down right." I need more time to practice the move, and I always feel self-conscious when they're watching. It makes it so much harder. I should have half the day to practice.
"I've seen you do it, it looks fine to me. What's wrong with it?"
"It just doesn't feel right. There's something I'm missing."
"Well, you'll figure it out. You're one of the best at getting the character down perfectly. Rather like Jason that way. Oh, his parents will be out with us too."
"Which means Jason will be playing with his motorcycles. I know, Mom. No riding with Jason. Not like anyone would if they had any other choice, he's too reckless. Even Mr. Gneiss said so."
"Mr. Gneiss?"
"Yes, he said something about not riding with Jason because he wasn't sure Jason's luck would hold for anyone else. He also said something about Jason's luck running out sooner or later." I wonder why he made a point of telling me? I'd have heard about it if he'd told anyone else.
"So now you know it isn't just your worry wart parents!" I can see the smile, but there's something else bothering her. I wonder what it is.

Jason : 2019-04-12 (Fri) High School 1500H

Lily looks so fine, and she's so good at cosplay too! I wish I could at least get her to agree to a date, even if it isn't on my motorcycle. Tony's Pizza is close enough that we could walk to it Saturday night, and still be home before dark. That's a plus for both our parents. Her's will know she's not staying out late, and mine will be happy I'm not taking anyone else on my bike. Even if they did agree to get the pegs so someone could ride on the back.
Dang it! I just can't get the hang of talking with girls, or guys for that matter, unless they're on the debating team, or into Anime, I just don't seem to understand how to talk with them.
Dad says it's a phase I'll grow out of. Mom says don't worry, you'll figure out how to talk with girls soon. Soon just isn't happening.
Hooonnnkkkk! MEEEEEPP!
Jeez, what were they worried about? There was at least a foot and three seconds to spare. I wasn't going to scrape their paint!
Back to planning. Okay, I need a character for the next Anime convention, but we're running low on money. I spent so much on getting the Kaneda motorcycle done that I can't afford a full red leather suit for Kaneda. I guess I'll have to go with Tetsuo after all. A T-shirt, pants, and a red cape should be easy to score.
I'll have to carry the costume though, and only put it on when I'm on the Anime convention grounds. My parent's will ground me for sure if I ride like I want, free and easy in the breeze! Sigh, too bad. I'm going to have to get a new haircut. Then again, if I'm doing Tetsuo, the haircut can be a bit rough and ready. Maybe I can save the money and do it myself.
Time to go home and listen to another lecture on "what are you going to do with your life?" If I knew that, I'd already be doing it. I love my parents, but they don't see a future in cosplay — they're right — and they don't think a motorcycle designer is a good career choice either — they're partly right — but that's what I want to be. That's why I put so much work into the Kaneda 'cycle, it's going to be my showpiece when I try to get hired on by one of the masters.
I've done tons of other sketches, even learned how to use a CAD program so I could get everything into engineering diagrams too. Figured out the costs for all the parts, did the trade-offs between Design for Assembly, and Design for Manufacture, and then did a full up 3D rendering of the 'cycle. If I can get an interview, I know I can convince them!
I just wish my parents understood. It's almost as bad as trying to talk with the 'norms' at school. I know they love me. They know I love them. Somehow we keep missing the connection. Like a spark plug that's got an intermittent short, the engine just can't get a smooth purr going.

Kamehameha : 2019-04-13 (Sat) Lily Water's Home, 1000H

I've been through that video a zillion times. I've done everything I can think of to get it to feel natural, but it always comes across as awkward. Hmm… I'm a female interpretation of Goku, maybe treating it more like a dance move will work. Instead of standing there stiffly … "Ka" … with feet planted, I start a smooth swinging … "Me" … motion like a Tai Chi move, shifting through the … "HA" … steps, bringing my hands … "ME" … forward cupped, it feels so perfect.
Even the glow seems to be there...
The glow?
It worked?
It worked!
O'Shit!
Wha'do'I'do!?
Think! You can do this. It's just like the time those idiots brought fireworks into the convention.
Door? No, closed, too heavy, no hands.
Fireplace? Hah! It'd never take the blast and I can't get the flue open.
Windows? Yes! It'll hurt, but better that than blowing the house up. I'll need a clear shot at the sky, which window is best?
ShhhreeooooOOOARRR!
Augh! Can't think with those jets coming right over the house!
Jets? Jets! Airport! O'Shit! No sky shot! Where else!
The old well? No. Gneiss says BIG sinkhole, maybe whole town.
I need a backstop… Backstop?
Backstop Mountain! Right behind home plate at school. Perfect!
How'm'I'gonna'get'there?!
vrooom!
Ugh! Jason's out front practicing wheelies again!
Jason? Motorcycle! He could get me there fast…
He's a dork! Yes, but he knows Anime. He'll understand! Besides, I can't use my hands, so it's a good thing he got those pegs mounted hoping to give some girl a ride.
Yeah, TWO rides! Fine. He'll have earned it.
If we survive… If we survive…

The Run To Backstop

Okay Girl! Through the front window, tuck and roll.
CRASH! Oof! Ow! Stop complaining and get moving!
"Jason!" He's riding his new bike, the one with the Kaneda design.
"Jason!!" He's even got the Tetsuo outfit.
"JASON!!!" I don't believe this! He's not wearing a helmet, how can he not hear me!
"HEY DORKWAD!!!!" Thank Ghu, he finally heard me. Jeez, he's even cut his own hair to look like Tetsuo.
"Lily? What's going on? Oh no. No, No, No! You did NOT just …"
"Yes I Did! Backstop Mountain! Now!"
I jump on the back of the bike, onto the pegs, half standing so I keep my hands above his head. My knees gripping him and the bike. "Go Go Go!"
"Hang On, Lily!" He takes off like a drag racer.
"Augh! Not so fas…" Blink? I didn't fall off? Something is holding me? Groping ME! I hit the top of his head with my elbows. "Jason! Now is not the time!" The bike wobbles.
"Hey! Watch it! I was only thinking about it! I guy can dream, can't he?" Oh. My. God. He doesn't know! It's the only thing keeping me on the bike.
"Fine! Just make sure you keep me on the bike!"
"You got it, Lily!"
Holy! We're going even faster now! Aieee! Truck! TRUCK! Truck? There was a truck wasn't there?
How'd we get around the truck? He can really do it! We're going to make it!
"Woo Hoo!"
"Glad you're enjoying the ride, Lily! Wanna go out on a date?" He sounds so hopeful, and yet so alone at the same time.
"If we survive, YES!" The bike wobbles worse. "Hey Dork! Eyes and mind on the road!"
We round the corner where the sheriff likes to park, claiming that he's running a speed trap. He's never even tried to catch anyone, so we figure he's taking a siesta. No one minds because no matter what, you can count on Sheriff Buford to be there when something's going down. Siren? Uh Oh… He wasn't asleep yet! Great, now we've got the police after us too.
Jason says, "Good!" What? Being chased by the police is good? "Now we have a police escort!" Jason is right! The traffic, not that there was much to begin with, has melted away. Jason starts playing the Sheriff like a fisherman, gaining ground on the corners and losing a bit on the straights. Just enough to keep the Sheriff following us.

Blast (T+00:00:00)

There's the school! OOF! Over the curb!
O'shit! A pickup game! "GET OUT OF THE WAY!"
Good, they've heard the siren and are scattering. The shot is clear! "…HA!"
The bolt goes off and strikes the mountain square at the base. I can see debris start to fly everywhere, then Jason gets really stiff, the air thickens, and I'm out…

Intermission (T+00:00:01)

Gee. Everything's gone dark. I wonder if I died? Jason? Yes, I'm here too, wherever here is. Are we dead? I don't think so. Together: I hurt too much. We laugh. Well, we'd better wake up and see what's going on.

Central City Channel 5 (T+00:00:05)

"What the hell was that!? An earthquake?!"
"No! Over here! Look at the mountain to Watertown!"
"A … tunnel? Get a crew out there right away!"

No Good Deed Goes Unpunished (T+00:03:00)

Groan. "What happened?"
I hear the sheriff answer, "That's what I'd like to know little Missy." Odd, he sounds a bit shaky, he's always so cool and controlled. I open my eyes. There's a big hole in the mountain now. I can actually see Central City in the distance. Good. No smoke. It wasn't strong enough to reach the city. I look down. I'm still on the back of the bike, but why is the sheriff's hood wrapped around us like a U?
My Dress! It's shredded!
Jason! Between my legs with a [email protected]#$% grin on his face!
"So… How about that date? Tony's Pizza tonight sound good? 6pm?"
He's so hopeful. "Yes Jason, I promised." Well, I did promise, and we did survive. At least this. Next is going to be worse, our parents. I can already hear the volunteer fire department coming towards the school. Wonderful. Both fathers right off, and mothers soon to follow.
Both our fathers are volunteers in the fire department, so they're here first, mostly putting out small grass fires and checking for other damage. After making sure that we and the Sheriff were okay, they got to cooling off all the hot stone scattered around. Starting with the splash of rock all around us. Of course, that didn't last.
Our Mothers were here almost as fast as the VFD. They were both at the fundraiser, so that makes sense. They both make sure that we're okay too, and then keep an eye on our fathers. As soon as the VFD makes sure there's no other damage or hidden fires, the chewing out will start. From the looks of our Mothers? This is not going to be good, at all. At this point, I'm starting not to care. We took a very nasty situation, and kept it from blowing the town to bits. You want to chew on us? Don't be surprised if you get snapped back at.
My Mother catches me looking at her. I look back. Impassive. She gets angry for a moment, but then sighs. At least she understands. Just then, Sheriff Buford comes over to talk with us again. "Don't give your parents grief, you two. They do love you, and right now, they're scared out of their wits. Cut them a little slack, okay? I'll try to explain to them."
"Thanks, Sheriff. From both of us, but I don't think they're going to be in a mood to listen."
. . .
"Woah! Lily! Did you see that!"
"Yeah, Jason! The Channel 5 TV truck! Were those tires on fire?"
"I don't think so, I think it was just smoke, looks like the fire department isn't taking any chances though. What gets me though, is where all that water spray was coming from."
"Water spray? I thought that was just steam from the tunnel."
"No, it was definitely coming from the TV truck."
"Heh, I guess their ads are right. They'll do anything to get the news."
. . .
Our Mothers are looking at us. Like it's illegal to enjoy something just because you're ticked? Sorry, that's not how it works. Jason's too excited to notice, but I do. They both get the impassive look. We didn't do anything wrong. Well… except accidentally calling up the KaMeHaMeHa, and that's my fault, not Jason's. I give a small shrug. My Mother looks away, sadness in her eyes. Jason's Mother is even angrier, but I'm not her child. My Mother tries to talk with her, but she's not listening.
Buford tries several times to talk with them, but they aren't interested in what he has to say either; he's not a parent of their child, even if he is one of the most level-headed people in town, with plenty of good advice. He looks our way, sees me looking, and gestures to remain calm. Keep it down. This will blow over, if it doesn't blow up.
The fire department is almost done, the other volunteers gesture for our fathers to go on, they'll take care of the rest of the cleanup.

Parental Chewing : Lily

It was so unfair! Neither set of parents were interested in hearing our side. They were too busy chewing us out for what they thought was important. Like a great big hole in a mountain wasn't important enough to hear about? Sheesh! You'd at least think they'd be curious about how it got put there! But noooo… Chewing us out was far more important… to them anyway. Sheriff Buford couldn't even get their attention. I could see him getting exasperated, but he didn't lose his cool. More like an older sibling shaking his head at what the younger has gotten themselves into.
Mine? They were mostly upset about the motorcycle ride. Didn't even mention the state of my clothes, or pay attention to my requests for a jacket or something! Jason's not bad, just a dork. He DID save us, so … nope, they're still not listening. Parents are weird.
I half listen to mine while I listen to Jason's. They're really wrought up, and not listening either. He can't connect to his parents any better than the "norms". He glances at me, and sighs.

Parental Chewing : Jason

Sigh. It's the usual, with cherries on top.
Grounded.
Sell bikes.
Shave head. (What! Not with the Con so soon! I can't do Tetsuo with a bald head!)
Double grounded for no helmet. (So much for the Con, they might as well shave my head.)
Triple grounded. (That's new, what for? Oh, for getting "in trouble with the sheriff". Gee, nice if you'd ask Sheriff Buford whether or not I was in trouble first. Just look at him! He's shaking his head, but not at me! Nope, cussing me out is more important than finding out what really happened. Jeez…)
Grounded for LIFE. (What! For taking Lily on my bike? She ASKED!)
I'm hanging on to my temper, but it's getting harder. I love them both, but what they're doing is wrong. And as neat as the arrival of the TV crew was, I really wish this wasn't being recorded.

Town Council Chewing

What is it with adults? It's not just our parents, but adults focus on the stupidest things. The town council isn't asking about the tunnel, they're too busy telling everyone how reckless and irresponsible we were to even think of asking about the tunnel. Now they're complaining about the damage to the ball field!?! They haven't even been asking Sheriff Buford — who's been trying to talk with them for an hour now — what happened. They're not asking about the tunnel. They're not listening to Buford. They're complaining about the ball field. They've been yelling at us for an hour. That's Enough!
Debate club always taught us that you stand to speak. It shows that you are requiring the opportunity to speak, makes your voice clearer, and gives you a slight edge of authority when you stand straight no matter what the opposition is saying.
My father, "Lily! You sit down right now! You're already in enough trouble with your mother and myself!"
I've had enough from everyone. "No." Father went purple, that's disturbing, it doesn't look healthy.
"Lily Waters! You WILL sit down RIGHT NOW!"
I step out of reach. "No", and faced the council. "You're all going to sit down and listen to our side now. You haven't even let Sheriff Buford speak, and he knows more about what happened than any of you! You're all so wrapped up in how we've done something so reckless that not one of you is considering all the things we did right!"
A low growl from behind me, "Lily…"
Sternly, "No Father. It's about time that everyone listen to those who were most involved!"
"YOU'RE GROUNDED!"
"NOT UNTIL I HAVE MY SAY!"
Things got a lot brighter for a moment. Dad got a shocked look on his face, and went ghostly white. Mother took his arm, got him to sit down, and whispered something to him. He looked at her, and some color came back to his face. Good. I was glad to see that, he wasn't looking good a second ago.
"Dad? I'm sorry, but I'm not going to let anyone ride roughshod over the two of us when we did everything right, save one thing; and that was entirely my fault, although I don't see how anyone could have predicted it. I certainly didn't." Why does Jason look startled? I turned back to the town council.
"Council Members, Fellow Residents, Honored Guests." Yeah, I was laying it on thick and treacly. Good thing I was on the debating club, like Jason. I wonder why he never used that speaking skill, he was so good at it in club. "What happened here was ― very nearly ― as much of a disaster as you're making it out to be. It wasn't a disaster because two teenagers:
Talk about hard audiences! "The initial mistake was mine, although I do not see any way that anyone could have predicted it. How many of you are familiar with Dragon Ball Z? A show of hands please, from all present." Of course, the council is clueless, but also getting angry about my apparent non sequitur. "I promise to show why this is question is necessary, and how it relates to the circumstances." Thank you, Perry Mason reruns! I slowly turn around, counting the hands.
My parents? Father, no. Mother, yes. Jason's parents? Both yes. Jason? Both hands up and waving them. Dork. He's so wrapped up in his persona. Jason's parents get him to settle back down, but he gets another funny look on his face. I wonder what's going on there? The residents? Several had their hands up, but not all that many. The TV crew from Central City? All hands up except for the camera man, who already has his hands full. They hadn't thrown the camera man out? Good, video coverage is a bonus. It might make the adults a bit more self-conscious about what they're saying. Doesn't bother me though, I've emceed at too many Cons.
"I see. Well to understand what happened, you need to know a little about Dragon Ball Z. It is an animated television show. Nothing in it is real except how people react to each other, good and bad. The protagonist is a warrior. A warrior with unusual powers. It is an Anime."
The lights come on in the eyes of the council. They may not know "Dragon Ball Z", but they do appreciate the money that our Anime convention brings into the town every year. We have the absolute best cosplay in the entire state. People will drive the five hours around mountains it takes to get here from Central City. A-Ha! Another talking point! That television crew got here in less than two hours!
"Would anyone here believe that anything that happened in an Anime could become true, in real life? That any of the unusual powers would ever appear in our world?" A general shaking of heads, no. "Neither did either of us." Jason looks thoughtful. Please don't do anything rude! Oh my, he shook his head no! He must have finally figured it out. A slow nod. Sweet! A silly grin from Jason.
"I had just watched the scene where the protagonist, Goku, learned his most powerful move. I wanted to get it down in my mind for our next convention. So I started the move." I motion to Jason to come up. "Jason? Will you demonstrate the move to the council? I don't think I should try it. I might set it off again." He nods gravely.
"Council members and friends, Lily is correct." Finally! He's remembering that debating can be used for more than just school. :Yes, Lily, I do have a brain.: Oops!
"The maneuver is started from a braced position, as the recoil is severe. Hands cupped forward, starting at your hip. You move forward as you say the key phrase, until your hands are extended fully in the direction of your target." He fits his actions to his words. "Ka… Me… Ha… ME… HA!" The TV crew flinched, including the cameraman. There is a loud burst of noise from their radio links. "As you can see", Jason continues. "Nothing happens when I do it. It did work for Lily, inside her parent's house."
I nod slowly at my dad, his face goes back to white. Jason nods to me, and takes a half step back into a guard position. :You may need a guard soon, Lily.: My turn to be startled. :Yes, Lily. Look at their faces, they're becoming afraid.: He's right, we'll have to defuse this too.
I clear my throat, the council's eyes return to me. "That is what happened. Knowing the power of that move, I had to find some way to discharge it in a relatively harmless fashion."
A council member interrupts, "HARMLESS!?!"
Sheriff Buford steps up, between the council and us. "YES! HARMLESS! As I've been trying to tell you for the last hour! They risked their own lives to save all of us! $$$Now. Sit. Down. And. Listen.$$$" Not even irate council members were going to ignore that voice of command. Voice Of Command…? I wonder.
"I had few choices," I count them off on my fingers as I go.
"One, discharge it in the house, which would have destroyed the entire neighborhood." Muttering in the audience starts.
"Two, discharge it into the air, probably taking several aircraft with it." The airport manager and some pilots who saw what happened pale.
"Three, fire it into the old well," Mr. Gneiss, who also serves as an advisor to the council goes absolutely ashen. Shaking his head 'no' at the council. He stops, gets a peculiar look on his face, and smiles!? Uh Oh, that's not good. What? He winked at me?
:Lily, I'm side channeling to Mr. Gneiss. He knows the reason you didn't do that was because you remembered his lectures about a sinkhole big enough to eat the town.: Uhm… Jason? Do you think flashing your powers like that is a good idea? :Shrug: Hearing a shrug is weird. :The cat's out of the bag already. Besides, I think Mr. Gneiss had more than a few suspicions.:
"Or, Four, fire it into the biggest backstop I could find. A backstop, if you will, that is the biggest reason that it takes five hours to get a patient from here to the Central City hospital, unless you use a helicopter!"
"You! The Channel 5 reporter from Central City! You're William Cardille, yes?"
Gulp, "Yes Ma'am."
Poor fellow, but a bit of drama may keep the council from getting the bit between their teeth again.
"Mr. Cardille, how did your team get here from Central City in less than 5 hours?"
"Our driver insisted that we take the new tunnel. I was against it, the steam pouring out showed it was still extremely hot. Our cameraman was all for it, pointing out the beautiful shots we'd get going through the tunnel. The producer agreed and told us to go for it."
"The new tunnel?"
"Yes, Ma'am. The one that appeared an hour or so ago."
"Thank you, Mr. Cardille. I would appreciate it if your team would prepare the visuals of the tunnel for display here."
"Yes, Ma'am," gulp.
I turn back to the council. There's a small sigh from behind me, and the sound of something hitting the floor. Jason has a look of concentration on his face. The crowd gasps. I turn back around. The reporter has fainted, poor guy, and the cameraman has swung to cover the reporter, who is now floating slackly in mid air.
Sheriff Buford asks, "Are you doing that Missy?"
Jason responds, respectfully, and as himself for once. "No, Sheriff. I am."
Buford looks puzzled, "How?"
"Much the same as Lily, Sir." For a wonder, Jason is actually being serious.
"Dragon Ball?"
"No, Sir. Akira." Jason looks grim, Tetsuo did not come to a good end. Oh Jason, don't lose it. Jason smiles ruefully at me.
The cameraman fumbles the camera, almost dropping it. We can hear the producer screaming at him over the radio link. He jerks the camera back up into position. The cameraman stammers, "T… T… Tetsuo?"
"Yes, Sir." Jason responds. "I hope I don't go the way he did though. That would really suck." Jason slowly lowers the reporter into a hastily vacated seat. His aide steadies him, while she's talking rapidly over the radio link in a whisper.
A chiding voice, "Jason, language!"
"Sorry Mom," just like any teenager. The audience and council laugh, although nervously. Still need to sooth them down before they go ballistic. "It's the only way we could have gotten there so fast. Lily couldn't hang on with her hands full, and I would never have been able to make those turns otherwise." The muttering gets louder. Not good.
"Order!", the Mayor says. "Order! Order I Say!", Bang! The gavel comes down. Half the crowd jumps, but settles down, the other half are now talking loudly. It does not sound good for us. "ORDER I SAID!!" Bang! Crack! As the head of the gavel goes flying off behind the council table. "Dang it! Third one this year!", the Mayor mutters. Hmm… The Mayor too? Nah. Three is already pushing it. Then again, there's Mr. Gneiss, and the way he moves without sound.
"Sheriff Buford?" Jason asks, "Can you please help the Mayor restore order?" There's a bit of nervousness in his voice. A faint shimmer appears around us, and our parents. :See, Lily?: Jason sounds so sad. Yes, I do. Thanks, Jason. We'll make it come out right.
"$$$ORDER IN THE CHAMBER!$$$" SLAM! As Sheriff Buford brings his hand down hard on the council table. It's solid oak, and I swear I saw it bend. Yep. He's one too. The Voice, and some strength. The crowd sets back in startlement. No one has heard the Sheriff use that tone of voice on anyone other than armed crooks from Central City. The Mayor clears his throat now.
"Sheriff Buford, thank you. Would you please stand by to deal with any more … unruliness?" Sheriff Buford nods, and stands at the side of the table, looking more than strong enough to take on the entire audience. "You two continue. I want to hear the rest of this. Jason? How long have you had this … power?"
"I'm not sure, Sir. Before a couple of hours ago, I thought I was just a pretty good rider. People have seen me pulling all sorts of stunts, although nothing like this. It was some things that Lily said here in this chamber that started me thinking." Jason blushes, "I owe you an apology, Lily. I really didn't think it was anything but in my own mind."
"Jason? You got us here in one piece. Kept us alive. Protected all of us and the town from the blast. You did good. Don't you ever do that other thing again though!" Now I blush. I notice my father getting angry again, but this time at Jason. I smile at my father, he grumbles a bit, but settles back down.
"You got it, Lily! Um… Are we still…?"
"Yes, Jason. I promised. This evening, 6pm, at Tony's Pizza for dinner. Although I will insist that you not wear the Tetsuo costume. It's just a bit ratty for a date."
"Yippee!", with a pump of the arm in delight. The crowd laughs, and even the council smiles a bit. Jason's fumbling attempts to get a date are nearly legendary. It was also the best thing for calming the crowd. Nothing quite like a young man finally getting his first date.
Down, Dork! Jason settles beside me, still smiling.
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