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Why I’m Not Going To Be Playing CK 3 Anytime Soon

2020.09.23 16:02 CoolCrusader Why I’m Not Going To Be Playing CK 3 Anytime Soon

This is going to be a rather long read, so grab a cup of coffee or tea or whatever suits your fancy :-D
I got introduced to CK 2 fairly recently, August 2019 to be precise when I bought it in a Humble Bundle sale (Base game + 5 DLCs: Old Gods, Republic, Aztecs, Legacy of Rome, Sword of Islam).
I’d heard a lot about it and the medieval era is my favourite so I was super excited to play it. Mind you I’m an experienced strategy gamer, so I thought it’d be no big deal. Grew up on AOE series, Rise of Nations (won a tournament on that), fell in love with the Total War series starting from Medieval 2 and then almost every TW game after that, Endless Legend, Civ series, City Building Sims and other strategy games but funnily enough never played any paradox game before this. My gf had gifted me HOI4, 2-3 years ago but I never got around to playing it properly.
So anyway, I did the tutorial playthrough and then I thought let’s start my first campaign on ironman mode primarily because of steam achievements (I like maximising achievements in the shortest amount of time possible) and because I was an arrogant punk who thought CK 2 would be easy.
Boy was I wrong. I got my ass handed to me. It was such a brutal learning curve for me. I had a couple of bad starts (all ironman) as an Irish count in 867 (old gods starting date) because I read up that Ireland was supposed to be a safe launch (I didn’t realise they meant in 1066 and not 867). And I grew super frustrated. It would take too long for my chancellor to fabricate a claim. My treasury would go bankrupt because my income was low whenever I went to war. Didn’t have enough vassal levies so would always hire mercenaries who would turn on me due to going bankrupt.
The dated graphics and complex UI didn’t help either (I got LASIK surgery done recently and some of the font on 1080P is sometimes difficult to read and strains my eyes). Somehow, I managed to do fairly well in one of my playthroughs – basically learnt that crusades are the lifeline of this game. If you proactively participate in a crusade and contribute well – your game gets easier. The Pope rewards you with a lot of money (and at times land), you get prestige, you gain piety, you gain rare artifacts (and exotic lovers) , your vassals love you (I somehow figured out how to do the vassal commander swap while on a crusade on my own so that all characters with the Crusader trait get +15 bonus with each other)
But even then, my dream of conquering Britannia was left unfinished – just about managed to form the Kingdom of Ireland. After about 2-3 days (24-30 hours in game), I realised that I didn’t know much and that the game was hard. So, I grew dejected and stopped playing CK 2.
Fast forward a couple of months, CK 3 was announced and Paradox put in some challenges for cosmetic items in the upcoming CK3, so I thought I’d give it a try again. I started playing again (Ireland on Ironman in 867 – I know I’m such a sucker for punishment) but at the same time I watched a few videos online on the basics of the game. (Arumba’s videos were a lifesaver to me. He explained the basic mechanics of the game really well – CBs, De Jure issues, etc.) And I began to do slightly better. Then another bombshell dropped.
CK 2 became free on Steam. I was so miffed & salty that I stopped playing CK 2 again (I’d paid money to buy the game and barely enjoyed it before it became free – Yeah I was sulking at that time and being selfish (:-P). Btw now I’m really happy btw that people got to try such a great game for free!)
Anyway, fast forward a couple of months and as we grow closer to CK 3’s launch date some videos of CK 3’s gameplay release and some streamers get to play and showcase the game before launch so I developed an interest in playing CK 2 again -
This time I thought I was well prepared (Arumba’s videos + extensive reading online). So after a bad ironman start in India, I finally start an ironman campaign as Bjorn Ironside Af Munso with the aim to unite Scandinavia and play through the end till 1453 (by this time I had about 50 hours in game while starting).
Oh boy was that roller coaster ride for me. I made so many mistakes. For my first 3-4 rulers I did not know how to raid so was just surviving on tribal mechanics and prestige-based retinues from forming the Kingdom of Sweden. I converted to feudalism too early. That set me back by a few years. But I manged to conquer Lapland & Finland. Gavelkind screwed me and split my growing empire into Kingdom of Sweden and Finland between two brothers (I learnt that it’s better to wait and not form kingdoms & duchies with gavelkind especially if you’re planning to form an empire)
The HRE blob grew and ate up the kingdoms of Denmark and Norway so I focused on Estonia. Before I could do anything, my cousin vassal rebelled and my character was imprisoned and died. He usurped my title for the kingdom of Sweden. So I was just left with a few destitute provinces in the kingdom of Lapland and my heir was a woman. Well I was like, atleast the kingdom is still within my dynasty but no – the usurper got deposed by another character who wasn’t of my dynasty. So my character at this time is a woman ruler who tried to fight for the kingdom of Sweden but gets captured like her father.
At this point, I was feeling so low. Didn’t feel like continuing the game and was thinking of a new playthrough. Somehow, I persisted and managed to ransom my queen back AND THEN THE POPE SAVED MY ASS! He called for a Crusade on the Kingdom of Sweden. My queen was the top contributor and chose herself as the recipient and won back the kingdom of Sweden! Oh boy that was such a sweet victory. (When I saw my total dynasty score at the end of the game, she had the highest prestige contribution - 17K) – And this whole thing happened again. Another Pope saved my ass but this time against Norway!
I managed to capture the kingdom of Estonia via a holy war (Another of my characters briefly became Suomensko) and gave it to my heir to balance my demesne limit penalties. But he couldn’t control it and lost it in a rebellion.
Anyway, I finished my playthrough all the way till 1453 holding the kingdoms of Sweden, Lapland, Finland & recapture half of Estonia with a total score of 144K on Ironman mode. This playthrough took me about 50 hours and I fell in love with the game.
I keep making mistakes and learning new things all the time but it’s a lot more fun now! I really do want to play CK 3 (the graphics and new hook mechanics look amazing)
But now I first want to take my time enjoying CK 2 in each and every aspect. Even after 100 hours in, I feel like a novice, who’s just discovering newer mechanics and I so want to explore more mechanics, cultures and more DLCs etc! I feel like I haven’t done justice to this game. Barely scratched the surface.
P.S: I haven’t played a single campaign without ironman so gonna keep continuing on Ironman only :-P
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2020.09.15 10:53 Oriskana [ARMA 3] - Friday 18/09/2020 - UTC 19:00 - Hearts and Minds - session #29 - Ginger Ale edition.

Calendar Details:2020-09-18 19:00 UTCArma 3 Hearts and Minds

Hearts and Minds is a cooperative mission that aims to recreate a post war environment. After successful revolution known as Antistasi campaign, the new Republic of Oriskania is in dire straits. A new formed group, known as "Oplitas", is againts the RoS and it is ready to fight back. Unites Nations deployed units and vehicles to help the local population.
You main task is to defeat the "Oplitas" group and restore peace and order in RoS. The militia has an unknown number of hideouts on the island that need to be destroyed. They have also ammo caches in various locations, destroy them to weaken its power.
Bad actions cause bad effects. Infact there's a reputation system: helping the local population, fighting the "Oplitas", disarming IED will rise your reputation; killing civilians, losing vehicles, respawns will decrease your reputation.
Online wiki explaining mechanisms of HnM
JIP is possible for this mission. Once you spawn in, gear up and contact your SL.
Edits from vanilla HnM
Included scripts: VCOM AI replaced with TCL; Virtual JTAC; Diwako's ragdolling (I prefer to ACE); Advanced Slingloading/ Towing, Simplex Support Script
Edits: cTAB, RAVEN UAV backpack available in limited arsenal. SSS. Only vanilla mine detector is necessary to detect IEDs and mines. Expanded Oplitas access to equipment. Implemented Boxloader support (praise Klausman). Every Crew is now capable of repairs.

INFO:

Where? PA Arma 3 Server
When? 19:00 UTC
Join the Discord!
Join the steam group!
Get the mods through our custom mod downloader, Swifty
When should I update the mods? As soon as you can, PM me with issues.
Want more info? LINK to our wiki
Recommended reading: http://ttp3.dslyecxi.com/
If you have any issues with any of them, or anything really. Do not hesitate to contact me or any of the other helpers on teamspeak. Reddit PM is the easiest way to get a hold of me.
Please take the time to watch our Orientation Video

MISSION

ingame starting time: Intel Pending
You main task is to defeat the "Oplitas" group and restore peace and order in Republic of Altis.
Hide your beer, hide your women. Irish are coming to town!
OBJECTIVES:
  1. Gather intelligence on Oplitas
  2. Help civilian population as needed.
  3. Seek and destroy Oplitas caches and hideouts.
Score:
15x Cache Destroyed!
4 / 5 Hideouts destroyed!
Uncountable number of destroyed homes and exploded IEDs
INTEL:
UN intel package suggest that Oplitas presence is now limited to western half of RoS. Only remnants remain in eastern half.
Current known Oplitas possible presence:
Intel Pending
Oplitas capabilities & Limitations:
Locals equipped with outdated bolt rifles up to modern rifles. Supported by unknown number of heavily equipped mercenaries (intel suggest payment provided by CSAT).
Enemy assets are technicals up to outdated generations of MBTs. Rare sightings of transport helicopters.

Slotting:

Use this in your slotting comment:
IGN: yournamehere SLOT: Alpha FT1 AAR
CO, squad leaders and special roles (All roles in bold letters) should join the teamspeak 30 minutes before the event starts for planning the mission.
If this is your first event with us we would also like to ask you to join 30 minutes early for a quick introduction to PA.
ROLES
  • Leaders - Please be aware you can take cTAB from the arsenal to be able to track friendly forces.
  • Interpreter - Only person to speak local language, mandatory to get any usable intel out of locals. ACE interaction with civilians
  • Adv. Engineer - Only person able to fully repair in field and defuse IEDs. (Do not use RHS mine detector, only vanilla one)
  • Engineer - Capable of light repairs and defuse IEDs. (Do not use RHS mine detector, only vanilla one)
  • Pilot - please be aware due the dynamic nature of HnM, the kind of helicopter you'll by flying will be decided during the session itself.
  • Soldiers - Note your prefered role (Rifle, AR, AT, AA, Marksman) but it may be adjusted by SL as needed
Simplex Support Script
Available for (access through self ACE interact):
All leader, 2IC roles and Pilots.
  • Artillery support:
  • 2x 155mm naval cannon
  • 1x VLS battery
  • UAV
  • 2x MQ-4A Greyhawk (6x ATGM)
  • Supplies
  • AC130 callsign Saint Nicholas - Medical crate, Spare tracks/ wheels, Vehicle Ammo/ Repai Refuel, Land Rover.
EQUIPMENT
  • AR - Model 14
  • MG - FN MAG
  • MR - FN FAL
  • AT - Carl Gustav, Javelin
Slots
This list is not guaranteed to be up to date! Do a quick look through the comments to make sure your slot hasn't already been claimed.
You need to have played at least three events with us for all leadership and special roles like pilots or vehicle crew.
In case of no CO volunteer, UN liaison will take command
Callsign/ Role IGN
Company HQ
CO
2IC/FAC EmmaK
Liaison Officer for UN Oriskana
Company Combat Medic Comrade Stalin
HUMINT detachment Intel gathering
SL/ Interpreter
Interpreter
Engineering detachment Defusal, Repair, Recovery and Logistic tasks
SL/ Adv. Engineer BoopSnek
Engineer
Comrade Engineer
1st PltHQ
1Plt CO
1Plt 2IC
1Plt Medic Klark Morrigan
Alpha Squad
Alpha SL CupcakeEternity
Soldier Dave Vysoudil
Soldier JusJakeSLOT
Soldier Legensassy
Soldier SonicCZ
Soldier Madlax
Bravo Squad
Bravo SL RoverRoat
Soldier Tetra
Soldier Firehead
Soldier Shade
Soldier Sas
Soldier HammerDan
Vic 01 Vehicle will be assigned as needed
Crew CO TheRider
Crew
2nd PltHQ
2Plt CO
2Plt 2IC
2Plt Medic
Charlie Squad
Charlie SL
Soldier
Soldier
Soldier
Soldier
Soldier
Delta Squad
Delta SL
Soldier
Soldier
Soldier
Soldier
Soldier
Vic 02 Vehicle will be assigned as needed
Crew CO
Crew
Pilot roles:
Transport Pilot #1 TomoKIN
Crew Chief #1
Transport pilot #2
Crew Chief #2 UwU'Zargo
OVERFLOW In case we get more people than expected, note your preferred role in case we need backup.
Backup/ additional vic01 crew
Backup/ additional vic02 crew
Reserve:
Reserve
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Before you begin the procedure, see if you need a visa or not. There are visa exemptions rules in every country. It might be true for you.

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2020.09.14 16:03 Glittery_Gal Mom plans to charge us rent for the new house, but then cancels last second and reveals she hasn’t paid rent in over a year and that we are being evicted.

So the title is pretty self explanatory.
My (20, F) mom (42) has sat down with my boyfriend (25) and I multiple times to discuss our next move. My mother had said that she “didn’t want me to move out too early, like she did.” I agreed. She stated that living with her for another year or so would be beneficial. I could save money with cheaper rent while BF and I look for a house. The last 6 months, the plan was to move out towards the end of the year or early 2021. Depending on the property price, my and my BF’s rent would be between $350-$450.00 a month. Perfectly reasonable! Very affordable. Sounded like a great plan!
However, suddenly, last Tuesday my mother came home suddenly. It was about 10pm, and BF and I had just gotten home from work. I was finishing dinner when she came into the kitchen. This is the conversation as follows.
Mom: Hey kiddo, I’ve been wanting to talk to you about something.
Me: Yea? What’s up.
Mom: Well, this has been weighing on my mind heavily all week, and I’ve just been avoiding telling you because I just didn’t know how you’d react.
Me: What’s going on?
Mom: Well, honestly kid, it’s way past overdue for you to be out and on your own. I left at an early age (note, she was kicked out at 18 for breaking curfew.) You should leave now too. It’s time.
Me: Oh, well, okay.
Mom: That’s it? Okay? I kinda wanted to talk about this, kid.
Me: Well, what’s to talk about? You want me to move out.
Mom: Well... yea. You just seem rather calm about it.
Me: Well, mom, I kind of honestly expected something like this.
Mom: getting visibly offended What do you mean?
Me: Well, ever since you got back with insert her toxic boyfriends name..
Mom: I’m gonna stop you RIGHT there. This has NOTHING to do with BF. This is ENTIRELY my decision. You don’t get to assign blame to BF just because he’s here.
Me: I’m not assigning blame, you just haven’t really been the same since you got back with-
Mom: I’m not talking with you, I am telling you something. Stop bringing up BF. This has NOTHING to do with him. I am telling you information and I am not asking for your response. Okay? Good.
Me: feeling defeated, just wanting to leave the room Okay mom. I’m gonna go. Food is getting cold.
Mom: Love ya kid. Don’t slack off on this, try to get out ASAP.. I don’t know how much time we really have so..
Me: What do you mean you don’t know how much time?
Mom: Well, this apartments a piece of shit and I honestly haven’t paid that asshole (landlord) in about a year so I can’t imagine we are welcome here.
Me: Oh. Okay. Gotta go. Food is getting cold.
I enter the bedroom and break down into tears. I give BF his food and relay the conversation. He is livid considering we were just looking at a house with my mom just a week prior. Suddenly she gets back with her shitty alcoholic bf and now we have to leave. It’s scary and sudden but, we figure we’ll make it work.
Cue yesterday. My BF and I were talking to his friends about a house. We plan on roommating. Mom knocks on the door and this, this reddit, is what fucking BROKE me. Not only am I being kicked out suddenly, not only am I expected to leave “ASAP,” not only is she snapping at me randomly and screaming about shit I had nothing to do with, this is the icing on the cake.
An important thing to note is that my mom and her bf had planned for over a year to get the entire apartment professionally cleaned because we unfortunately had a severe flooding issue which left the rugs filled with mold and mildew. Our at home carpet shampooer broke and mom returned it, getting Home Depot store credit for a new one. Last week, she asked my bf if he would be willing to clean the living room rug if she got a machine, and he said yes.
So this is what happened yesterday:
Mom: knocks on door
Me: Come in
Mom: Hey kid. Here’s a picture I don’t want anymore.
Me: cool, thanks! I always liked it.
Mom: No problem.
BF: Hey, so how long do we have here? We are looking at places and just need to have an idea as to when the sheriff is coming haha
Mom: As soon as possible.
Me: What do you mean “as soon as possible,” when is the eviction date? Is there a court date?
Mom: No. I don’t know. Look, I’m getting out of here the second a place approves me and I suggest you do the same. Doors are getting locked up after I’m gone. And don’t get all dramatic about this either.
Me: Well, okay, but when is the eviction date?
Mom: It DOESNT MATTER, KIDDO. Get out of my house as soon as possible or you don’t have a place to live, I don’t know what to tell you.
Me: Okay, whatever.
Mom: Also, make sure to get the rugs professionally cleaned before I leave. It only costs 100-300$ and it wouldn’t be fair to have my bf have to pay for the rugs since it’s in his name too. That’s HIS security deposit and YOUR dog pissed on the rug. It’s YOUR responsibility.
Me: Okay, why don’t we go online and order a new shampooer with the store credit card you have? I can show you how-
Mom: Aha, no. I am getting a new shampooer for MY house. Not for YOU.
Me: Really? How is that logical or fair? You and your BF were going to get the rugs cleaned before, and we picked Charlie (dog) out TOGETHER. We have money on a Home Depot card-
Mom: slamming door and screaming outside of it LALALALA IM NOT FUCKING LISTENING TO YOU. WE ARE NOT CHATTING THIS IS AN ORDER GET IT FUCKING DONE LALALALA!!!
I sat there in silence, stunned. I have no idea how to interact with someone like this and it breaks my heart. I don’t know what to do. We are finding a place but I’m scared and essentially bf and I are living out of a backpack waiting for the sheriff to show up. It’s terrifying and ridiculous.
She is able bodied. She works. She has money. Her bf owns TWO tattoo shops and is living off of his retirement. They have plenty of money and now I’m expected to get the ENTIRE HOUSE cleaned for 100-300$ out of the blue because the dog peed on the rug once last year when he was a puppy (he’s a good boy- he can hold it if we are running late or something. The house isn’t filled with urine and the rugs were DESTROYED from repeated flooding.
How do I even process this? This will be my 24th move and every other time growing up was much like this. Leaving at night, taking only a few valuables, Irish goodbye, the whole 9. Dad in jail or we couldn’t or didn’t pay rent. (Mind you, I offered my mom money, as did my bf for this apartments rent and she declined twice.)
What the fuck.
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2020.09.12 18:46 Darthfuzzy Megathread: Tropical Storm/Hurricane Sally

What is Damp May Never Dry!

This thread has been updated as of 3pm on 9/14
A storm is in the gulf and might be headed our way. As such, it's time for a megathread!
In order to make it easier and provide current information to individuals, please keep the conversations surrounding the storm to this thread. We are trying to consolidate the more serious conversations/information to this thread. It is highly recommend that you sort comments by new given the changing environment
For the time being, memes and funny-ish posts can be standalone posts. This is subject to change depending on how the situation evolves. Despite all the humor surrounding it, please take this event seriously and make plans based upon your needs.
Below is some general information/advice, but should not be taken as official recommendations. Please listen to local/national authorities in determining your next course of actions. I will try to update this post with current information when I can.
Once the storm gets closer to landfall, we will switch from this standalone post to the /TropicalWeather live thread as it's a great resource to get up to date information on the storm.
P.S. If you believe something should be appended/amended to this post, please let me know and I'll be happy to consider it.

What is happening?

Hurricane Sally is off the SE Coast of Louisiana and is anticipated to keep moving NW towards the Louisiana/Mississippi Gulf Coast over the next 48 hours. The storm is projected to reach hurricane force winds before making landfall sometime between very late Monday night/Tuesday morning. Most models are now predicting a Cat 2-3 landfall.
This storm is not necessarily going to be a huge wind concern - but due to the slow moving nature of the storm, this is expected to be a major rain event with up to 10" anticipated over the next week.
As of 2:40pm on 9/14, the storm has moved slightly more east and we're expecting an Gulfport/Biloxi landfall. We're still not out of the woods yet, but it looks like we might get some western rain bands (as dry as the western side looks). Expect the worst, hope for the best.

Where can I get more information on projected paths, evacuation notices, and general preparation information?

As always, we recommend paying attention to local and national media forecasts. Here are some official government links for you to monitor:
And some local news sources as well:

I'm a weather junky and I need my fix, what do you recommend?

Again, please take advice of your local and national government when making decisions. However, like you, I like knowing what the Euro, GFS, UKMET, HMON, HWRF, COAMPS and Navy models are all doing at all times. For these people:

Should I evacuate?

Please refer to the above local/national section when making your evacuation plans. Every person's situation is different. Please begin making preparations 3-4 days out. I will attempt to monitor and post evacuation updates below, but please refer to this article by WWLTV for more up to date information:
Mandatory Evacuations (As of 9/13):
Voluntary Evacuations (As of 9/13):

Cat 3 then flee, otherwise I'm staying.

Cool. Good For You! Some people aren't so lucky and can't afford to stay. However, here's some general advice for those of us who are new to those whole hurricane thing:

What should I buy?

/TropicalWeather has a fantastic mega-thread on this that I am stealing. I highly recommend visiting this link and making sure that you have all of these things in your household.
Also pop-tarts. All the pop-tarts. Brown sugar for life though.

How much alcohol should I stock up on?

Yes.

What about public transportation? Will it still be operational?

While a lot of people don't have reliable alternative transportation, always make sure you have a plan. In general, you shouldn't expect public transport to operate during a hurricane. Don't rely upon it. Make plans to move to a safe location or a shelteevacuation center prior to the storm.
Should you need evacuation notices and/or assistance, please review the New Orleans Regional Transit Authority's website for further information on public transportation and and out of the city in the event of a mandatory evacuation.
Update as of 9/13 from RTA:
In preparation for expected impacts of Hurricane Sally to the Gulf Coast region, the New Orleans Regional Transit Authority will suspend all bus and streetcar service beginning at noon on Monday, September 14th. Ferry services will be suspended after normal operations on Sunday, September 13. Services will remain suspended until further notice.

What schools will be closed?

Schools will likely be closed the day before the storm. Depending on the extent of the damage and various other factors (power, water, etc.) it's unknown for how long the schools will be closed for.
It's recommended that you monitor your local parish's school district websites for up to date information on school closures. That being said, we'll post information as it becomes available. WWLTV tends to have a good up to date listing that's available here. Most private institutions abide by the local Parish's closures, but please refer to your specific school for up to date information.
For universities, please refer to your university's individual emergency guidance.
Orleans Parish
Jefferson Parish
St. Tammany Parish
Plaquemines Parish
St. Bernard Parish
Lafourche Parish
Terrebonne Parish
St. Charles Parish

Sandbags?

There is a complete list available from WWLTV. I will be publishing some of the major parishes below.
Orleans Parish:
Sandbags will be available beginning 8am on Sunday for Orleans Parish Residents:
St. Bernard Parish:
Self sandbagging will be available Sunday morning beginning at 8 a.m., going on until sand runs out. Residents can fill their sandbags at the following locations:
Plaquemines Parish:
Beginning at 10 a.m., parish-wide sandbag locations will be open, but residents should bring their own shovels and only take what they need. Bags will be provided. Residents can fill their sandbags at the following locations:
St. Tammany Parish:
St. Tammany Parish Government will open six self-service sandbag locations beginning Sunday. All locations will have sand and bags provided. Residents are asked to bring their own shovels in case all shovels provided are in use. residents are asked to limit the number of sandbags to 15 per vehicle. There will be someone on-hand to help the elderly and/or disabled at each location.
The locations will be open Sunday 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Monday 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Can you sharpie this situation away?

Neither NOAA nor FEMA recommends this. It doesn't work.

What is Damp May Never Dry!

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2020.09.08 21:13 fuzzymaple My [18F] boyfriend [23M] is into raceplay and it’s making me question our relationship

I’m black and he’s white, but he’s Irish (moved to the US kinda recently) and I’ve lived in the US my whole life. We’ve been dating for 2 months
When we met (online originally) he kept saying how I’m one of the sexiest black girls he’s ever seen. Most of his compliments towards me would insert my race into them, he also asked if I could twerk which is cringe lmao.
I’ve always lived in predominantly white areas but I’m very attractive so I’m used to men being shocked at me not fitting black women stereotypes (and not knowing how to navigate that thought process appropriately when they’re attracted/speaking to me) but compliments like that are usually red flags to me. He didn’t grow up with black people at all though so I’ve been pretty forgiving.
He’s hilarious and super nice to me and he’s friends with another black girl so I don’t think he’s racist or anything, but I’m worried that he might just be fetishizing me? When we were first flirting/ getting to know eachother we watched interracial porn together and it was hot but kinda weird since he went out of his way to search for it. All of his exes are white so i know that he’s not obsessed with black women or anything.
The first time we did sexual stuff he asked me if I liked “sucking his big white cock” which I said yes to without question so that he’d be happy but the focus on race made me confused, until a different day when he blatantly asked me if I liked raceplay. I said that I’d be willing to try and ever since there’s been racial aspects in our sex life but it seems like he’s trying to see how far I’m willing to go (I feel like he wants me to call myself a slave or the nword but I’m not sure honestly)? I degrade myself already because it turns him (and me kinda) on but when I’m not horny it kind of bothers me that he likes racial stuff like that :(
I’m having a hard time telling if our relationship is even beneficial to me because I feel like I’m teaching him how to treat me like a normal person? Like my race seems very tied to my identity in his eyes even though there’s a lot of different things that make me who I am. Also it bothers me that he’s so into raceplay because doesn’t that show how he views black and white interactions? Like in the beginning he kept asking me if I usually/mostly like white guys and when I said that I date people regardless of race he seemed kinda disappointed. I just would like to know if this sounds like a bad relationship or not I guess.
TL;DR: my boyfriend of 2 months is into raceplay but he also attaches my race to a lot of things in our nonsexual interactions. I’m curious about whether that says something about his character, and if it’s a bad idea for me to keep dating him.
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2020.09.08 20:31 boywhocriedlesbian Looking for some advice

Hey everyone. I had a breakup four months ago but I haven't been able to completely get over it. There is a pattern in my breakups that are now freakin me out.
So far, I have only dated two girls. The first girl I dated was an American and the last one was Irish. The last one was a long-distance relationship that lasted over 17 months. In the beginning, we were just great friends. I had just had a breakup when we started talking and she was telling me how awful my ex was and how much better I deserved.
After being friends for a few months we sort of became FwB online. And we got close to each other. She had a rough past and so did I so we both sort of loved talking to each other. She was the dream girl. Whatever I had wanted in a person she had it. Well, almost. But at that time I didn't know she loved me. I told her my ex wanted me back and she started crying and told me she loved me. I decided not to go back to my ex and asked her out instead a month later. We would call regularly and we were gonna meet this year. But due to the coronavirus we couldn't.
We never got out of the honeymoon phase in our relationship. And then, her mum asked a girl to stay with her for a week because her mum lived in a different country and she was just 17 and she wasn't able to get out much because of the virus. This girl who came to live with her was gonna stay for a week. On the 29th of April 2020, she texted me saying she needed a break. It was out of the blue because we were amazing just a week ago! I called her and she said she loved that girl. But I was confused, she is a girl and you are straight. She didn't tell me much about it and just broke up. We tried to remain friends but the fact that she started dating her the day we broke up crushed me and I got into an argument with her and then she blocked me.

The thing is, I had two crushes in high school, and when I asked them out they said they were lesbians (I checked it by talking to their friends and even now they are dating girls). Then the first girlfriend who had broken up with me because she was a lesbian. We are still friends and she sure is a lesbian. After her, a girl asked me out but I was dating my last girlfriend so I had to say no. After my last relationship ended because she was a lesbian, I contacted this girl who had asked me out. Guess what? She told me she had realized she was a lesbian and was dating a girl. Keep this in mind, that all of these girls had never dated a girl before they had met me.
So, here's the question. Do I convert girls into lesbians? Am I working as a recruiter for the LGBT community? What are your thoughts? I am scared to date ever again.
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2020.08.30 19:37 jimmyprideaux I'm a US permanent resident, moving to the UK, and a US company wants to employ me as an independent contractor / consultant over there - where do I start?

Hi folks,
I'm an Irish citizen, have lived in the US for four years, have a 10 year greencard, and am moving to the UK with my American spouse next month. We eventually plan to come back to the US at an undefined future date.
My spouse (US citizen) is working for a US company in their London office which is the reason for our move.
I'm talking to a US company that wants me to be their first EMEA employee but will only put the time and money into creating a UK entity after a successful quarter or two first.
So they want me to start off as an independent contractor or consultant. I will in all likelihood be putting my name on an apartment lease in the UK and while I can travel to and from America multiple times a year, it could be a few years before we're back living in the States.
Additional info that might be important:
  1. I own 2 investment properties in the US and am paying mortgages on both.
  2. I have a decent amount of my net worth in a US investment account and will be keeping that open and active.
  3. I will also be maintaining two US bank accounts.
    From what I've read online, these kind of things can help with proving to USCIS that I intend to return in the future.
What's the best way for me to maintain my permanent resident status while (temporarily) living outside the US for an undefined period of time with my spouse (US citizen)?

Thanks!
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2020.08.30 16:01 M_Mathur Ahriman proudly presents: The Banana Split

“And if you forget? Or somehow convince yourself this wasn’t real? I’ll find you right in that moment, Danny Boy. I’ll find you. And I’ll kill you.”
This is without a doubt the most difficult thing I have ever written in my life. My therapist suggested that sharing my story about the night of the crash – even via online communities – might help someone struggling with an experience like the one I will describe. My hands are frozen… it’s as if my fingers would rather spare you from knowing what happened. This feels like a horrible idea.
ButDoes He know? He must know. He must. I’m terrified by the memory and I suppose that’s all that matters to Him. That’s what He said. Anyway, this suggestion was from my clinician, and for that reason, I’ll give it a try. I know how much Dr. Ritter cares about what happened to me. She’s been remarkably compassionate. So, here goes: this all happened last year. The night of October 24th.
By way of background, my name is Daniel. I’m seventeen and I’ve lived in Malone, New York my whole life. Malone is a village far upstate. Near the Canadian border. No reason you would know about Malone unless – like me – you were raised here. The closest cities that come to mind are Montreal and Burlington. The lame and oft-repeated refrain growing up was, “because we’re alone in Malone.”
Since childhood, Halloween has always been my favorite time of year. An occasion I’ve looked forward to even as I grew older. October is a special month generally. Especially in the northeast. There’s something about the spiced scent in the air that gives me goosebumps. As the nip of the season sets in, the drying leaves mingle with wood-burning fires and the first sip of winter’s chill.
Throw in pumpkin carvings? CVS Halloween makeup? Cinnamon vanilla lattes? Suffice to say, I’m not alone in my enjoyment of this cherished occasion. My best friend and girlfriend (Kyle and Darcy) were both on my wavelength. We’ve been getting dressed up and trick–or–treating since preschool. And so last year, being jaded seniors in the 12th grade, we decided to try something different.
We’d been hearing about a new haunted house and hayride that lay about halfway to Massena. Maybe 30 minutes away. Run by some locals who apparently had connections to the movie industry. I’m talking Hollywood. The feedback from my more discerning buddies was positive, and so we took advantage of their weekday and student discount pricing and purchased tickets.
I remember that night vividly. A colder-than-normal Thursday. The hayride was decent enough, at least for our area. We finished everything at around 11pm and bookended the adventure by scarfing down some hot chocolate and apple cider donuts. Kyle had an early appointment to meet his chemistry teacher for office hours, and so we piled into Darcy’s SUV and started on our way home.
Dr. Ritter needs to realize… this is pointless. I cannot justify typing these words because you cannot, you will not understand what I am about to describe. And it’s not your fault. How could you possibly believe me? How could you understand? I’m supposed to tell you what I saw in as much detail as I can… But why? Perhaps you too will notify me that I’m suffering from “traumatic delusions”?
Just get it over with… He already knows. Like I said: it was a Thursday. It was a Thursday and it was dark as hell. I suppose nighttime is typically dark, but there are barely any lights on the roads that connect Massena and Malone. No lights and scant traffic once the hour hand itches midnight. Especially after you get off Route 37. As usual, Darcy was driving faster than I cared for.
Ever the rebel, Darcy began abusing her beat-up-as-shit 2014 Subaru Forester. Apparently trying to set a land speed record. We used to joke that Darcy had something fucked with her adrenal glands: the girl was routinely testing her limits. I was in the passenger seat playing DJ, and Kyle was sitting behind me, trying to finish a chemistry assignment on his phone. None of us had taken drugs or alcohol.
At this point, we’re about 15 minutes from home and find ourselves on a particularly dark stretch of road. I know this spot well because the cellular service is non-existent. You’re guaranteed to drop a call. We had some so-so jam band going on the speakers when Darcy decides that she wants to play a game. And so she asks me to lower the volume:
“That wasn’t scary. The hayride? I think we need to go ask for our money back.”
“Oh?” Kyle retorted. “You seemed pretty freaked out by those nurses.” I concurred that Darcy had seemed unnerved. “Trust me. Your lady was tweaked. Think she peed herself?”
“That’s bullshit,” Darcy stiffened. “Only yipped because those jerks touched my leg. They’re not allowed to touch you.” As you can imagine, we teased her. “Fuck off… If you two morons wanna feel scared? Just gimme the word.” I asked what she meant. “Well, Danny Boy,” this was my pet name, bestowed by Darcy. Never my favorite. Darcy was forever amused by it. “I can’t say. You and Kyle have to tell me you’re in. Without knowing for sure. And then… I’ll show you both a good time.”
“Nice phrasing,” I couldn’t help myself. Behind me, Kyle faked a yawn. “I’m already bored.”
“What’s that, Danny Boy?” Darcy became heated. “You’re what?” While Darcy acted tough, she had thin skin. Like a baby deer. “You’re bored?” At that moment: Darcy smashes the gas pedal. The car starts flying along this snaking lane… I’m talking fast. Both Kyle and I are yelling that she needs to slow the fuck down. “Thought you wanted to feel scared?” Darcy’s hooting at us. “Watch this!”
Without warning – while the Subaru’s hurtling at maybe 70 miles per hour on this deserted stretch – Darcy reached down and killed the headlights. I cannot explain how utterly disoriented this made me feel. To have been looking ahead at a narrow, zigzagging road? And suddenly? Nothingness filling the windshield? Kyle and I were shrieking like maniacs at Darcy to turn the lights back on.
I’ve spent countless hours since that night trying to determine exactly how long the lights were out. For some reason, this feels important. My adrenaline had spiked. Best guess is: we were in pitch black darkness for about three or four seconds before Darcy switched the headlights on. That’s when we saw the naked body. Lying lengthwise in the middle of the road. Just a few yards ahead.
The accident itself? Total blank. Like a hole in my memory. Both the investigators and lawyers said – based on the mechanics of the crash – Darcy swerved the Forester. I have zero recollection of the car veering, hitting the guardrail, flipping, etc. The next thing I remember is the sensation of being upside down. Gravity pooling the blood in my brain. All I could see was my own heartbeat.
The first few seconds after the crash were fractured. I’ve pieced together shreds of memory that draw from muddled senses. Discomfiting warmth seeping down my forehead and face… The pungent smell of gasoline. Wet fumes stinging my nostrils. Strained humming from the engine. And everywhere: a faint white mist coiling around us… Like cigarette smoke or midnight fog.
There was something else from these primordial, post-crash memories. At this point, I’d become lucid and aware that we’d been in an accident. I recall that – out of the corner of my eye – I noticed the flash of emergency lights. There’s no way to mistake the red, white and blue blinking of a police car or ambulance. And I remember feeling extraordinarily grateful: we’d been found.
As my vision returned, it struck me how violent the crash had been. How dangerous and life-threatening our situation was. I was completely tangled in my seatbelt and shoved the deflating airbag away from my face. I began to panic. The SUV was fully upturned and the chassis was mangled. Each way I looked, I saw only warped metal, blood splatters and shards of splintered glass.
What follows is the truth of what happened that night. After the crash. It is entirely fact: I did not dream or hallucinate. I swear on my life. No one – including my own family – believed me when I told them what happened. I realized with an empty despair in the days that followed that I would be alone in this anguish of “knowing”… It feels more isolating than I could possibly hope to describe…
Kyle and Darcy were still alive. Kyle was roughed up in the back. Badly injured from the impact. Honestly? I think Kyle would’ve died regardless. The way my body was turned – caught in the seatbelt and remnants of the dash – I was stuck angled forward and couldn’t see Kyle behind me. I knew he was in pain because of the noise. Heels stamping the car door as my best friend gurgled in protest.
Darcy was upside down next to me. Inverted, she was ensnared by the curling remains of the hood that had jutted against us. Darcy was sobbing hysterically… Apologizing and crying for her parents to save us. From what I could tell? Darcy had taken a crushing blow to her lower body. I wasn’t able to check under the debris. Wouldn’t have wanted to. I remember telling Darcy that help had arrived.
“Just calm down, Darcy,” I kept repeating. “We’re going to be fine… Okay?”
Rodger Dodger,” came the honeyed voice. “Ma’am? I’ll need to see your license and registration. No sudden movements, please. Hands where I can see them.” The person let out a slow, undulating whistle. “Kiddos have any idea? How fast you were going?”
While I’m convinced my recollection of the encounter is continuous, I readily admit that – once He arrived – there are brief intervals of no memory. Short snippets soaked in black… Maybe once every few minutes. Like a badly maintained reel of film. Absent a handful of frames. I will try and transcribe each word spoken: every impossible detail. And I promise to be honest when my memory fails.
“Been hittin’ the bottle, kiddos?” The voice sounded mildly curious. “Smoking pot?”
“N – no, sir,” I groaned in pain, bewildered by His question. “I don’t… we can’t move, sir! We’re stuck!” How was Darcy supposed to retrieve her registration? When the dash was crumpled? “Our friend’s hurt. He’s in the back. Please, sir… Please call an ambulance.”
“Ambulance?” The man went quiet. “First: you’ll tell me what’s happened here.”
“There was... there was a person!” I wheezed. “A body. Lying right on the road.”
“You saw a body on the road?” A blurry face materialized on the other side of the windshield. By some miracle, I saw it was a police officer. I recognized the dark telltale uniform and badge. “Are you sure? Are you absolutely positive that’s what you saw?” The man had pale blonde hair combed fastidiously to the side. Tousled with dirt and sweat. Like crops in blight. Below the ugly hair were His eyes. Silvery firmament flecked with russet. Boyish features that masked His true age. “Are you willing to sit for a polygraph? To authenticate the veracity of your claim?” The policeman’s flashlight needled my eyes. “I’m only kidding, Danny Boy. Only kidding.”
“Huh?” I felt lightheaded and confused. How did he know that name? “Please, sir…”
“Aw, shucks. Don’t you see, Danny Boy? That was me in the road,” the cop spoke gently. A low, breathy voice. Soothing lilts to each word that nibbled my ears. The officer chuckled. “You nutty fuckers almost clipped me, too! Dead to rights. Kiddos came within inches of interfering with official police business.” This was when I started feeling anxious… The body on the road had been motionless. Naked. What was this guy saying? “Anyways. Where there’s no harm, there’s no foul.” He hacked on the road. “Let’s see about this mess we’re in. You can call me, uh…” I gazed in disbelief as the man checked His own name tag. “Gary! That’s right. You can call me Officer Gary.” The man smiled and tipped His black, wide-brimmed hat with an exaggerated flourish.
“H – h – help us, sir!” Darcy was able to stutter. “Please… call my… my mom and dad.”
“We need an ambulance,” I cried. This was too much. “My friend’s hurt! In the back!”
“Your friend?” Officer Gary – what else to call Him? – stalked around the Subaru. Inspecting. We could hear gruff mumblings outside the Forester as His flashlight probed the interior. Pricking my eyes. “Oh, Danny Boy… Sweet Danny Boy.” Smoke was filling the space; it was getting hard to see. I couldn’t tell if He was blinding us intentionally. “We have some serious casualties in this vehicle. Your buddy here? Dude is legitimately motherfucked.”
You need to help him!” Darcy bawled. “Call an ambulance! PLEASE! Get us out of here!
“Jesus. I will, lady. Calm down. We have to follow protocol. From the manual. And not for nothing? I hope you know the Kelly Blue Book value of this vehicle is basically zero.”
Based on our shared looks of alarm, Darcy and I realized at the same time that something was seriously wrong with Officer Gary. This had been a major car accident; all three of us required transport to a hospital. Officer Gary’s relaxed manner? The bizarre, coarse language? My heart rate went through the roof. I remember immediately starting to feel claustrophobic, sick and nauseated.
“Ah, crap,” Officer Gary let out a warbled sigh. “Could always look at the manual. Kinda feels like cheating, though. Doesn’t it?” He grudgingly strolled to the driver’s side where I could no longer see His face. Only a pair of leather boots as they crunched over windowpane. “You’re probably right, Danny Boy.” Officer Gary stood very still before affecting the strangest accent for His next sentence. Like He was an Irish pirate. “THIS BE one HELLUVA fend-ARR bend-ARR!” Then, back to His syrupy hiss. “Didn’t mean to be silly.” The way He was speaking… Like it was all a joke! A big inconvenience. Officer Gary had no choice but to assist. “I’m gonna call it in. Fire and ambulance. Be right back, kiddos.”
“Hurry!” we cried. “There’s smoke!”
Officer Gary disappeared in the direction of the emergency lights. Leaving me and Darcy swaying upside down. Dangling helplessly in a mix of disbelief and budding apprehension. I couldn’t see the police vehicle on account of my position and – at this point – I didn’t care. My only objective was to get my friends out of the Forester. I tried in vain to locate my cell phone that had been resting on the dash.
“Darcy?” I coughed. Twisting my head as far as I could. “Darcy. Your purse… it’s right there. Can you reach your phone?” Darcy spotted the bag. Her fingers dipped inside. “I have no idea what this cop is doing. Call your parents right now. Tell them what’s happened.”
“Okay,” Darcy was a mess. “Oww… my leg!” She started crying; I implored her to act quickly. Darcy nodded and lifted the phone from her purse. The glow from the screen illuminated the pale smoke dancing between us. I asked if she could see Kyle in the back. “Yes, but… his arm… Daniel! His arm is gone!” Darcy was dialing and weeping. “W – what should we do? There’s no s – s – service!”
“HANDS!” A command from the dark. “HANDS WHERE I CAN SEE THEM!” Darcy and I froze. “DROP THE FUCKING WEAPON! ON THE GROUND!” Before either of us could reply, I caught a flash of something strike Darcy on her cheek. There was a brutal POP: a frenetic crackling sound filled the air. Darcy squealed and released the phone. She began to writhe in agony. “LEMME SEE YOUR HANDS!”
Officer Gary reappeared from beyond the gloom. Legs crouched and arms extended in a tactical combat pose. A black and yellow Taser stun gun was pointed at Darcy’s face. Horrified, I could see the glint of moonlight on the wiring that ran from the barrel to where the electrodes had burrowed in her skin. The fizzing of electricity grew louder… and louder… Darcy was convulsing like a rag doll.
“Don’t hurt her!” I recoiled in fright. “It was a phone! It was just her phone!
“Citizen! Do not resist!” Officer Gary ignored my frantic pleas. “You are experiencing neuromuscular incapacitation!” He spoke mechanically as He approached the vehicle. Darcy shook wildly; I was convinced her neck would snap. “Civil disobedience is still disobedience!” The hum of the Taser increased as Officer Gary arrived at the Subaru. “Hold on a sec,” The pop-pop-popping cut to silence. Darcy stopped juddering and hung there. Limp. Unconscious. Officer Gary lowered the Taser and let out a strained wheeze. He sounded relieved. “It was a phone, Danny Boy. It was just her phone.”
WHAT DID YOU DO?” I wailed.
“ME?” Officer Gary circled to the driver’s side to check on Darcy. “Well, shit, man… it’s dark as heck out here! Bitch had something in her hand. Had to utilize judicious force,” His tone was indifferent. I watched His arms trace karate chop motions in the air. “Zapped her ass good. Know what we call it? In the legal system? Justifiable. Self. Defense.”
“You could have KILLED her!”
“Hey, now. Them’s fighting words.” Officer Gary reached through the driver’s side window and plucked the electrode from Darcy’s cheek. He slapped her – much too hard – as if trying to rouse her from sleep. “Darcy? Darcy? Ya in there?” I screamed at Him to stop. He brought a skinny finger to His lips. “Shhshhhh… Easy frequency, Danny Boy. We don’t need to worry about Darcy. And I’m not going to hurt you. No, no… No WAY would I EVER. You matter more than you can imagine!”
As Officer Gary told me this, I experienced a temporary lapse in memory. Slipped into darkness. The paramedics said later that I was without question in-and-out of shock at this point. The surgeons who treated me at Essex General reported significant blood loss. Apparently, I had suffered six shattered ribs, a broken hip, and a split femur in the crash.
“Wakey, wakey,” I came to as Officer Gary was caressing my clavicle. He had looped around to the passenger’s side. I noticed Officer Gary carried a peculiar musk: like onions, lavender and turpentine. “You must be overwhelmed.” Officer Gary wore an expression of concern. He spoke reassuringly. “But you’re gonna be okay, Danny Boy. Trust me. It’s in the manual.” I ignored Him and jerked Darcy’s arm, trying to stir her awake. “Mamacita? Out cold, amigo. Don’t worry… She’s not quite dead yet.” Officer Gary leaned into the car. I shrank as He peered around my seat. “This dude, though? Fuckin’ toasted… Whole arm lopped off! Arteries collapsed like a natural tourniquet! Only reason he’s not bled out.” Officer Gary – adorned with a self-important smirk – puffed His chest and nodded. “Mammy always said I’d make a good doctor. Great bedside manner, she said.” Officer Gary had nudged very close to me. How uneven His mottled teeth! How ashen the color of His tongue! “Wait a minute.” He paused. “There’s a whole chapter in the manual. Yes… of course! What to do! When they ain’t gonna make it!”
Officer Gary vanished with a whoop of purpose. When He was gone, I reached out and grabbed Darcy’s wrist. Tugging her towards me. Crying like a baby and pleading with Darcy to wake up. I was howling for Kyle to run away. The fear had become difficult to tolerate. I will never forget this sensation: I was convinced that we were about to die. And there was nothing I could do to stop it.
“Let’s see,” Office Gary took a knee outside my window. I could hear pages flipping. “Where is it?” He started humming quietly. Reading to Himself. “Yup… yup… knew that already. Not relevant. Mhm… that’s common knowledge. Aha! Here we go!” He went quiet. His eyes narrowed into slits. “Holy hotdog,” Officer Gary seemed upset. “Yikes. That’s no fun. I’m, uh… I’m sorry to be the bearer of bad news, Danny Boy. The manual says here that – by the Universal Law of Merciful Pity and Compassionate Kindness – we’ve gotta, umm… oh, boy. He’s in pain. So we’ve gotta do your friend a solid. Ya dig what I’m saying? We’ve gotta make it easier for the poor gook.”
“Huh?” My eyes grew wide as I processed. “STAY THE FUCK AWAY FROM HIM!”
Officer Gary gazed upon me with those deep-set, glistening orbs. His expression patient. Sympathetic. He told me that it was okay if I didn’t understand why this was happening… That it was perfectly reasonable if I felt lost and scared. That bit was important, He added. Officer Gary assured me that I would appreciate everything in time. Echoing footfalls as He was summoned by the fog…
I thrashed wildly. Ignoring the pain of my broken bones. Struggling to escape from my seatbelt and the dash pinning me in place. I heard the sound of a trunk open and slam shut again. Then, in my peripheral vision: an unbroken line of light. A bright green ray. It was a laser beam… Carefully feeling its way through the destroyed side of the car before settling somewhere behind my chair.
This wasn’t possible… It wasn’t! Next to me, Darcy stirred awake. I saw her eyelids flutter open. Her pupils dilated as she focused on the scene behind my seat. Darcy could see what I could not. Then, we heard the unmistakably wet sound of a WHIZ and WHUMP; Darcy let out the most bloodcurdling scream I had ever heard. It was absolutely chilling… I nearly fainted from the wretched, discordant cry.
“Goddamit!” Officer Gary bounded over, His voice pinched with frustration. “Ah, man… What happened?” He ducked to peek inside the Forester. My jaw dropped when I saw the man was wielding an enormous, camo-colored crossbow. “Aw, jeez. Sorry about that, Kyle!” I could hear distressed babbles from behind my seat. Next to me, Darcy was losing it. “That was meant to be a headshot. I had good tone!” Officer Gary spoke reflectively. Musing aloud. Darcy and I were yelling for Him to leave Kyle alone. “Huh?” He glanced over. A vacant expression. Like He was noticing us for the first time. “Must’ve been the wind. I never miss.” He raised the crossbow and winked. “I see y’all peepin’ this foxy bitch. Says a lot about your taste.” Officer Gary patted the stock. “Reverse-draw design. 17 inch power stroke. Carbon bolt porked this V-C at 450 feet per second!” He sighed and turned to Kyle. “Not good, buddy,” He whistled in a tone of insouciance. “That arrow? Sucker perforated your carotid. You’re gonna bleed out. No matter what I do.” He spoke in a perfunctory manner. Like he was delivering a lecture to a cadet that he’d given hundreds of times. “I’m sorry, Kyle. But you’ll die now. I’m going to pull the bolt out. Very carefully. And then I’m going to sit here and take a little bath.”
It’s hard to continue. Even though I couldn’t see what He was doing with Kyle in the back of the Subaru, I could hear the frenzy. While my eyes were squeezed shut, I listened to Darcy’s agonizing cries for her mom and dad. Darcy was pleading with God to save us. I kept telling myself: it’s not real. When I dared to look again, He was but a few inches away. Ugly blonde hair and rancid smile waiting.
“Oh, boy… Oh, WOW. That was wild!” Officer Gary beamed in ecstasy. “Are you kiddos ready? For the best part?” His face was soaked in gore. Drenched with streaks of crimson. It was rimming His nostrils… Matting His sideburns… Dripping down His gums. “I’ll save this for later.” Officer Gary flicked His tongue. Lapping the bloody residue on the carbon bolt. “Oh, Danny Boy… Sweet Danny Boy. Do you know the difference between terror and horror?” Darcy and I were helpless. Moaning like pigs in an abattoir. “I asked you a question.” Officer Gary’s voice had become menacing. But injuries and abject fear had taken their toll. Sapping our strength. “Are you ignoring me because of what I did? To that one-armed slope?” Officer Gary looked us up and down. Buggy pupils vibrating with paranoia. “Anyways. There’s a difference. The manual is clear. And we’ll need the balance just right for this to work.” He paused to stretch and touch His toes. “Woof… Knees creaky. What I’m trying to say is: I didn’t want you to see, Danny Boy. What I did to your friend. I wanted you to listen and wonder… This next part, though?” His grin grew wider than physically possible. He turned to Darcy. “I need you to watch this next part carefully.” Darcy’s eyes were fixed on His every breath. “My understanding, dear Darcy? This is all your fault. You’re the one that caused the crash.” Officer Gary shook His head and spoke robotically. “Excess speed. Low visibility. Slick conditions. Just watch… That’s what they’ll say when it’s all said and done.” His brow furrowed. “Now, I’m a father. And I know from raising kiddos that it’s all about the example. Gotta teach lessons they’ll never forget.”
Officer Gary excused Himself and crept into the void. Leaving me and Darcy weeping, wilted and shivering in dread. Alone… Abandoned. Kyle’s freshly-drained corpse cooling somewhere beyond my sight. The temperature had dipped below freezing; the condensation of my breath clung desperately to Darcy’s as we struggled to stay conscious. Both of us fast succumbing to the adrenaline.
In the distance: a weird commotion. Coughing and clunking. Winding and grunting. Then the whizzing of a cable as Officer Gary came skipping into view. The man was huffing with exertion. Towing a long, metallic wire equipped with a J-hook at the end. I blinked in disbelief. This was the type of winch used to help stuck vehicles out of ditches. Or to remove a stubborn tree from the earth.
“Darcy? Ya good to go? It’s time to fly, baby dragon.” Officer Gary smacked His lips as He wound the cable around Darcy’s midsection. “You and me, m’lady? You. And. ME? We’re gonna have some fun tonight… Still awake?” Darcy whimpered pitifully. Weakened hands trying to wipe Him away. “Good girl… good. You’ve been amazing, Darcy. Seriously. That’s no joke. I’m talking superstar.” He secured the J-hook with a loud, deliberate click. “And now, dear Darcy? We’re gonna give Danny Boy a sexy strip show he’ll always remember. You wanted to scare him, right? I promise: this is gonna do the trick. Oh, fuck yes, it will! Let’s give him a sight he’ll never forget!”
“No,” I croaked. Barely able to speak. “Let her go.” The blood had gone to my head for too long. I was slipping. “Please?” Officer Gary checked the winch cable. Making certain it was secure. He snorted in satisfaction. “Please d – don’t hurt her. Please, sir… Please…”
“Charlie Brown to Linus. HQ? Do you read?” Officer Gary was speaking into a walkie talkie that had appeared from nowhere. “This is Officer Gary. How copy?” There was no reply. Only the crackle of static as biting winds swirled around the wreck. “They’re never there,” He muttered. Disappointed. “But it doesn’t matter… it doesn’t. I know what to do! This part is going to be messy, Danny Boy. How ‘bout some tunes?” Officer Gary fiddled with the dial on His walkie talkie until jumbled music filled the inside of the Subaru. A distorted country song… The lyrics slow and distended. The jingle of a Christmas carol. The words perverted and strange. Then, the gentle sound of wind chimes. “Better,” Officer Gary purred. “And now, Ahriman proudly presents: The Banana Split. Please, watch carefully.”
Officer Gary bowed. He faded from sight. Nearby: a car door opened and closed. Keys jangled in the ignition. The blare of an engine. Dazzling floodlights washed over us. In this radiance, I saw the cable go tight. Darcy let out a moan from deep within… Her eyes bulged like a toad. Darcy grabbed my hand as the growling throttle increased. Ruthlessly yanking her frame against the driver’s seat.
I was squealing in guttural fear. Begging for Officer Gary to stop. But… He didn’t stop. Rather, Officer Gary revved His machine until the cable strained and shuddered. Squeezing Darcy like a vice. Her sternum began to SNAP like a dry Weetabix. Our terrible shrieks reached a fever-pitch as Darcy’s eyes went lily-white. Blood poured over her mouth; down her chin. Such meaty bursting and tearing!
Then, a new sound. The squelching of moist suction. I suddenly understood the meaning… Banana Split. I watched in unthinkable horror as the upper third of Darcy’s figure peeled back and away from the rest. Dragging her innards along for the ride. A ruptured, human-shaped rind. Exposing the juicy produce rotting inside. Guts and bones splashed everywhere.
To witness the burst of her body? I felt my mind go blank. Unable to process. A survival mechanism, I think. Darcy was dead. Yes… Darcy was ripped in half and I was hanging next to her jittering stump. The stalk of her spine. Wisps of steam rising off viscera. Looping entrails that ended in giblets. Hot chocolate. Barely-digested apple cider donuts.
“It’s done?” Officer Gary slunk back to the Subaru, wiping His brow. “It’s done!” He sounded grateful. I watched Him sit in the pool of gizzards. Waving His arms like a child in snow. Making wings. “And not a moment too soon. We’ve gotta chat about what happens from here, Danny Boy. And then we’ll sing. You won’t have to worry about me for some time.” Officer Gary removed His wide-brimmed hat, laid back in the offal and stared at the sky. “Now that’s a moon too big to be real,” Officer Gary cooed. “A tawny jewel. Across the neck of night.” He exhaled. “Don’t need to explain myself. But I don’t make the rules. And, as far as you’re concerned? There are two. Rule number one? Next year – on this date – you need to come back here. You need to come back to this exact spot. Alone. I’ll be waiting for you, Danny Boy. And I swear… It’ll be worth it,” His voice lost all mirth. “You have NO. FUCKING. IDEA. How long I’ve been waiting here? On this road? I’ve been sitting and waiting…” His eyes became wet. “Also, you have to remember. That’s rule two. You have to remember.” The stink of His whisper. It made me dizzy. “I need you to remember.” A sigh. “And if you forget? Or somehow convince yourself this wasn’t real? I’ll find you right in that moment, Danny Boy. I’ll find you. And I’ll kill you.” His tongue flitted out. “The very instant you forget? I’ll be there… You’ll see! I’ll be there, no matter WHERE you are, and I’LL EAT YOUR FUCKING GUTS. Not in the way you think, either. From the inside out.” He smiled: how the teeth had changed! How they wriggled at me! Was it a trick of the light? “I’m gonna eat you from the inside out. And I’m going to look like Darcy while I do it.”
Finally: the part I understand least of all. Officer Gary began to sing, but He didn’t sound like Himself. It was the most beautiful voice… Like a young child. Different languages and dialects… Joyful innocence. A resonant sense of belonging. The melody carried over the wind. My muscles relaxed… I felt no pain. No fear. Only boundless love for Officer Gary.
The next thing I remember? I’m strapped to a gurney in the back of an ambulance. Racing to Essex General. IVs sticking out of every appendage; an army of paramedics working to stem the bleeding. My parents and the authorities waiting when I was done with surgery. Of course, there was no trace of any “Officer Gary”. No such person existed. They spoke in hushes of “traumatic delusions.”
In the end: they called it an accident. Single vehicle collision. Excess speed, low visibility and slick conditions were judged contributing factors. A tragedy. Nothing more. But, for the record? The coroner who conducted the autopsies in Plattsburgh? Unanswered questions. The puncture in Kyle’s carotid artery? The inexplicable ligature marks that marred Darcy’s stomach and breasts?
My life for the past 10 months? A never-ending rotation of hospitals and rehab. Police stations and attorney’s offices. Ceaseless depositions. Anonymous faces melting together. They made me take a polygraph. Of course I passed. I was supposed to start college in the fall of this year. Instead, I’ll be home. Lying awake in bed. Praying for God to keep me away from His awful squirming teeth.
If you’ve somehow made it this far – all I can say is – Dr. Ritter was right. I feel relieved to have been able to share my story. And now? You know everything… The truth about that night. I still dream about Kyle and Darcy. Mostly nightmares. I miss them terribly. If anyone has any thoughts about what I’ve experienced… literally, anything to go on… I promise to listen with an open mind.
There are less than two months until the anniversary of the crash. I don’t know what to do. A part of me wants to disappear… To run away. And yet… deep down? I believe every vile word. I know exactly where I’ll need to go on October 24th. Where Officer Gary will be waiting for me. That stretch of road. No service. I’m not frightened that He’ll kill me.
What I’m scared of is worse.
Please… help me!
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2020.08.26 01:47 swashbuckler29 Letter from Provost Miranda on Covid-19

Dear Colleagues,
At times like these, it’s important to recognize that what we’re trying to do this semester at Notre Dame is unprecedented. We are trying to offer in-person instruction during a global pandemic. We are trying to create a sense of normalcy for students in abnormal times. We are trying to curb the tendencies of 18-to-22-year-olds to socialize in ways that are not healthy during a pandemic. We are asking our faculty and staff to be critical partners as we work our way through this unusually challenging semester. As we adjust and adapt our plans going forward, this will still be a fight, but we are the Fighting Irish.
Here are some important updates:
COVID-19 Numbers
Enhanced Dashboard
Yesterday, we launched an enhanced COVID-19 dashboard that provides significantly more data, including a rolling seven-day average of positive cases and drop-down menus that allow users to sort some of the data categories.
Surveillance Testing
The new dashboard also began reporting data from the phase two general surveillance testing, which started Friday. We have now done over 1,000 general (non-athletic) surveillance tests on students, with a positivity rate to date of 1.1%. Tomorrow (Wednesday, 8/26), we will include a group of faculty in our general surveillance testing. We will soon also include staff in our general surveillance testing, with an emphasis on customer-facing positions.
Why the Data Sometimes Change
All data on the dashboard and in our master datasets are provisional and subject to change – which is true for most, if not all, of the public dashboards you may be checking. One especially meaningful source of change on our dashboard results from PCR tests that are given on a particular day, for which we do not receive results until 1-2 days later. We count the tests on the day that they were administered. If we get positive results on a subsequent day, we attribute those positives to the day on which the test was taken. This may lead to the number of cases reported on a given day going up a few days later. This gives a more accurate sense of how case numbers are changing over time.
In addition, on a few occasions, in conducting data quality control analysis, we find tests that were originally attributed to the wrong day. When we discover such data issues, we correct them in the master dataset. Because there is an automatic feed from the master dataset to the public dashboard, it would be very difficult for us to notate any such changes in the public dashboard.
How Do Our Numbers Look Right Now
The number of cases diagnosed daily has declined substantially from our peaks last week, but we are still seeing new cases. The number of tests we are doing (diagnostic and surveillance) has increased. Our overall positivity rate (# positive tests/total # of tests) is 12.2%. That number is too high, but is trending down. Our surveillance testing positivity rate is 1.1%. Our Day 4 quarantine test positivity rate is 15.8%, and our Day 7 quarantine test positivity rate is 11.5%. We expect the Day 4 and Day 7 positivity rates to be higher, which is further explained in the next section, because those tests are conducted on close contacts to known positive cases based on our contact tracing efforts.
What Might We Expect in the Next Few Days
We had 85+ cases on each of August 17, 18, and 19, all of whom generated close contacts. The close contacts are in quarantine or isolation. For students who are close contacts, we conduct a PCR test on Day 4. If that is positive, they move from quarantine to isolation. If that is negative, they remain in quarantine, and we conduct a rapid antigen test on Day 7. If the rapid antigen test on Day 7 is negative, the student is cleared and released from quarantine. If it is positive, they move from quarantine to isolation. Importantly, we are required to keep students in quarantine for at least 7 days, regardless of when the close contact occurred with known positive cases. We are aware that there have recently been issues with students who are quarantining in off-campus apartments. We appreciate the feedback we have received and are working to improve this part of the system to ensure that all are brought into the Day 4/Day 7 protocol.
We have been conducting Day 4 testing on the close contacts from the beginning of the August 17-19 peak and will soon conduct Day 7 tests on the earliest close contacts. Because the positivity rates are higher for these quarantine groups, we expect our case numbers to increase in the next few days.
Dealing with Hot Weather this Week In anticipation of high temperatures this week, three new air-conditioned spaces have been added to those already set aside for students to study and participate in classes remotely. Spaces that have been available since the beginning of the semester include South Dining Hall, North Dining Hall, the Main Hesburgh Library, Duncan Student Center, and LaFortune Student Center. The three new venues available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Sept. 1 are the Joyce Center’s Purcell Pavilion and Monogram Room (via Gate 1), the Dahnke Ballroom on the seventh floor of Duncan Student Center, and the Smith Ballroom at the Morris Inn. Ambassadors will be present in each of these locations. Students will be asked to sit where indicated by the HERE decals and should use headphones while listening during online classes so as not to disrupt others.
Care and Wellness for Students in Quarantine and Isolation
Caring for the increasing number of students who entered isolation and quarantine has been a priority. We continue to add resources from across the University to assist in this effort of calling students to inquire about their symptoms and address any pressing needs. Thank you to the significant number of employees from across the University who have stepped up to help make these important calls.
Update on Mental Health and Wellness Among the many challenges presented by the pandemic are the heightened stress, anxiety, and tension many people are feeling. The CRU hotline is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to answer questions and to help point students, faculty and staff members to appropriate resources. The CRU hotline is 574-634-HERE (574-634-4373).
Support for Parents and Care-Givers
The Working Group on Schools and Child/Eldercare, which continues its work in support of parents and other care-givers, has two new efforts underway. One is a Google Group for faculty, staff and graduate students who have an active Notre Dame email address. They created the group to help members exchange ideas and information on child and elder care resources and needs. For example, you can find information on drop-in virtual learning assistance, care centers with availability, and support from a community of parents facing what you are. You can join by following instructions at this link.
Parents with school-age children at home may also be interested in taking advantage of new free supplemental learning being developed that will provide 12 weeks of virtual learning sessions for children of Notre Dame faculty, staff, and graduate students. All programs will be led by Notre Dame tutors, and the content has been vetted by faculty members in the Education, Schooling, and Society Program and the Robinson Community Learning Center. We ask those interested to complete one of these survey forms for each child who might participate by 5 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 28. Those who express interest will receive a follow-up email with the formal registration process.
Laboratory Update There are no plans to reduce access to labs by faculty, technical staff, or graduate students. In fact, Vice President for Research Bob Bernhard sent a message to those involved in laboratory research this past weekend assuring them of our confidence in the safety and compliance of those involved in lab-based research. Our labs have had strong safety protocols in place since they reopened, and we have no indications that we will need to change the current level Phase 3 lab operations, except for the existing temporary restrictions regarding undergraduates.
Gaiters versus Masks In recent weeks there have been conflicting reports on the effectiveness of wearing neck gaiters as a means to reduce virus transmission. According to research performed at Notre Dame and elsewhere, the effectiveness of neck gaiters – as with others masks, bandanas, and face coverings – depends on factors including the material used, the number of layers of the material, whether it is worn properly, and fit. Several studies concluded that masks provided by the University are very effective. Gaiters are much less effective when stretched thinly to fit over the mouth and nose and when they are wet. Research has shown that gaiters are less effective at containing droplets, and are significantly less effective than a mask at reducing inhalation of viral particles. Thus, we will be communicating with students and others this week that while gaiters may be worn outdoors or when running, they are not a suitable replacement for a mask indoors on the Notre Dame campus, and care should always be taken in the presence of others while wearing a gaiter for virus protection.
Concluding Thoughts During the past week, we have responded to both expected and unexpected challenges, and we will continue to do so. As Father John noted in his message last week, the novel coronavirus is a formidable foe, and one we must all work together to defeat. Following safety protocols is the most important way to do so. So please:
· Wear your mask
· Practice physical distancing
· Wash your hands regularly
· Complete your daily health check
Be kind to each other and good to yourself.
Yours in Notre Dame,
Marie Lynn Miranda, Provost
Shannon Cullinan, Executive Vice President
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Next time you see a croc floating towards you, remember this image and you won't panic.
posted by MMDX on /interestingasfuck
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Second Place
I hope people will appreciate this new template :)
posted by c_4Catmar on /memes
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Third Place
Smokers... pick up your damn butts!!
posted by I_Only_Have_One_Hand on /pics
Click here to view the post. ● 123,302 Upvotes ● Posted: 23/08/2020 at 00:34:59 UTC
Fourth Place
Netflix be following them everywhere
posted by Jommy69 on /dankmemes
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Underwater sunset
posted by Palifaith on /pics
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Millions of years of evolution for that beach-ready, apex predator look and you just floating by like a derp
posted by iwantcandybubblegum on /interestingasfuck
Click here to view the post. ● 8,262 Upvotes ● Posted: 23/08/2020 at 15:43:14 UTC
Second Place
My favourite one : ` What? Internet is down?`
posted by f__h on /memes
Click here to view the post. ● 6,514 Upvotes ● Posted: 23/08/2020 at 12:15:46 UTC
Third Place
It just needs a big hug. Maybe that's why they lash out and bite things, nobody will give them a hug.
posted by AudiGuy3point0 on /interestingasfuck
Click here to view the post. ● 5,840 Upvotes ● Posted: 23/08/2020 at 16:00:25 UTC
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I read the title and 100% expected a floating rubber shoe
posted by dannydorito104_12 on /interestingasfuck
Click here to view the post. ● 4,992 Upvotes ● Posted: 23/08/2020 at 16:11:11 UTC
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I used to have a hippy housemate and he was really into environmentalism, planting trees, car pooling, recycling, using as few resources as possible. He was good at it. But he smoked and would flick his cig butts on the ground. ` I said something and he was flabbergasted that never realized it was polluting. He said he literally never thought twice about it.`
posted by MoreThanWYSIWYG on /pics
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The Batman - DC FanDome Teaser
posted by Neyo708 on /movies
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[Surette] TMZ is reporting Kobe Bryant has died in a helicopter crash in Calabasas.
posted by TheRainbowNoob on /nba
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You could be talking to a therapist right now. Give online counseling a try today.
posted by BetterHelpCounseling on /u_BetterHelpCounseling
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Irish Lads Piano Jam
posted by The_One_Jedi on /RedditSessions
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I've Been To Hell, This Is What I Saw (Finale)
posted by HeadOfSpectre on /nosleep
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I've been moderating on /fightporn for 8 years and I'm pretty sure that this is the ugliest comment thread I've ever seen on here. Every single day people to want to come into comment sections here when we have videos of people of color, or in this case trans-gendered, and spew their bullshit. So, for the past hour, I've sat here on my weekend afternoon off deleting hate-thread after tired-ass 'well he's a guy so' joke comment chains in this comment section and it's just absolutely ridiculous. We're all here because we love fights, and this is not some club house for hate monger edge-lords. `I'm pinning this video as the top video on /fightporn until I feel like putting something else up. So if you have a problem with it, or if you have a problem with people of color, or if you have a problem with LBGT, fuck you, unsubscribe. ` I won't miss you.
posted by noktiis on /fightporn
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Clutch ass white boy
posted by thewallstar on /nba
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posted by Hsjak500 on /copypasta
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Oh boy. Ok so Mortal Kombat is a tournament set up by the elder gods (the highest authority in this universe) that effectively replaces interplant invasions. You have to win 10 consecutive MKs and then you get to merge your realm with the other. `MK1 is the tenth MK in Earthrealm hosted by Shang Tsung who is a shape shifting soulmancer. Goro is the champion and is about to win his tenth championship but is defeated by Liu Kang` In MKII, a very butthurt Shao Kahn (emperor of outworld and general dick) kidnaps Sonya and says he's hosting his own MK which will count as 10 MKs and that if he loses he will swear off invading Earthrealm. Liu Kang wins again. `in MK3 Shao Kahn, the most butthurt he's ever been) decides to just invade Earthrealm and ignore the MK rules which explicitly goes against the elder gods wishes but they don't do anything cause they suck. Liu Kang wins again. Shao Kahn's dead (or is he). Johnny Cage also gets killed here. ` MK4 is about Shinnok, a former elder god that was imprisoned in the MK prequel (MK Mythologies Sub Zero) by Raiden but is brought back by necromancer Quan Chi who was secretly around the whole time. Shinnok invades but Liu Kang wins and Shinnok is banished. `MK5 (Deadly Alliance) is when shit gets interesting. Quan Chi and Shang Tsung decide they've had enough and team up to form the deadly alliance. They manage to kill both Liu Kang and Shao Kahn, getting rid of the strongest dudes in both realms, and effectively beat up everyone in their path. ` MK6 (Deception) starts with Shang Tsung and Quan Chi about to win their final fight against Raiden (a god in charge of protecting Earthrealm) but all three of them are interrupted by the return of Onaga, the dragon King and true emperor of outworld who was defeated and betrayed by Shao Kahn millennia ago. Deception is about how Onaga came back by trucking a guy called Shujinko into collecting the Kamidogu (magical maguffins) that revive him to power. Onaga is top dog now and Raiden dies and comes back as Dark Raiden, who is the same guy but a bit more edgelordy. Liu Kang is now a zombie. `MK7 (Armageddon) does the EVERYONE IS HERE thing before Smash Ultimate by a good decade or so. The elder gods (remember them?) Actually devised a plan for when everything gets too fucky involving a pyramid and a guy called Blaze who was actually in the background of an MK2 Stage. This is the pyramid shown in the beginning of 9. Everyone fights there in order to get to Blaze and attain ultimate power` MK8 is MK vs DC universe and can be skipped. Only notable for being the first game to do the story mode that is used now by the MK games. `MK9. The results are in and Shao Kahn wins the pyramid battle. Raiden, in a last ditch effort to stop Shao Kahn from becoming top dog of the universe, sends an incredibly vague message (\"he must win\") back in time to himself during the events of MK1. The game is then a series of fuckups from Raiden during the events of MK1-3. Turns out the message meant that Shao Kahn must win but only during the events of MK3, leading to him breaking the rules established by the elder gods (remember that?) and finally causing the elder gods to intervene and destroy Shao Kahn once and for all. Unfortunately most of the heroes die during these events and Shinnok is basically unopposed. ` MKX is MK4 but half the heroes are undead revenants now working for Shinnok, including Liu Kang who was killed by Raiden in MK9. Shinnok is defeated by Johnny Cage (who survived the events of MK3 thanks to raidens timey wimey bs). Shinnok comes back for round two but is defeated by Cassandra Cage, Johnny's daughter. Raiden is incredibly frustrated and becomes Dark Raiden. Liu Kang is now emperor of the Netherrealm (basically hell). `MK11. Kronika (a super elder god of time) is not happy about how Raiden has fucked up the timeline. She recruits bad dudes from previous timelines to help her fix the timeline. Dark Raiden is erased from history replaced by a good boi Raiden from earlier in the timeline. Good boy Liu Kang from earlier in the timeline is eaten by Evil Liu Kang in this timeline who is then defeated by good boi Raiden. Raiden then infused Liu Kang with God powers turning Raiden mortal. Super Liu Kang defeats Kronika but not before she erases all of time. Now he and Raiden are stuck at the beginning of time and Liu Kang is gonna make his own timeline. ` Tldr, MK lore is actually dope and involves a ton of weird rules and stipulations. People die and come back all the time. Time travel. Liu Kang is the strongest guy to ever exist.
posted by TheRealT-LO on /MortalKombat
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posted by Evil_Fecker on /blursedimages
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2020.08.22 23:46 fcatthepanerabread A week in the life of your favorite firearm dealer 8/10/2020 PLUS ADDED PANDEMIC GUN SHOW COVERAGE!

Monday 8/10/2020 to Thursday 8/13/2020
I won't do the play by play. It's more fun to just amalgamate the highlight reel of the week.
I get call after call from people looking for 380 and 9mm ammo. One notable dialogue at 8PM
1: You have any 380 ammo?
Me: Yes, I have 7 boxes yet
1: How much?
Me: 20 to a box, 50 each
1: Great we can come pick it up now!
Me: It's 8PM and I've already left for the day. Come in tomorrow
1: But we need it now.
Me: I'm not heading back to work to sell a box of ammo.
1: Oh come on! I called you! You should be able to help me!
Me: I am, during normal business hours. But if you really want 2 boxes - $100 bill and I'll head back in.
1: ONE HUNDRED DOLLARS? YOU JUST TOLD ME IT WAS TWENTY!
Me: Twenty to a box, 50 bucks each box times two boxes
1: That's highway robbery! That's price gouging!
Me: Go look online. Nobody has any 380 ammo. And if they do it is $1 or $2 per round.
1: That's ridiculous! You're not the only guy in town that has 380 ammo!
(Editors note: She calls back the next day asking for 380 ammo. Apparently I am the only guy in town that has 380 ammo. I tell her there's a new policy. No ammo sales to people who have not bought firearms.)
One of my surgeon customers calls me telling me his lead nurse who hates guns wants to buy a gun. I tell them to come on down. Her whole family and the doc come in and I have this dialogue.
1: Can you suggest a gun for someone who hates guns?
Me: That's like a vegan walking into a steakhouse and saying "whats a good steak for a vegan?" - there's no real good way to do it and everything I can suggest you is sold out and then some.
1: Well what do you have here?
Me: That's a Glock 17, here take a look.
(Unload and show clear, hand her a Glock 17)
1: OH MY GOD THIS IS SO HEAVY!
Me: That's one of the lightest full size firearms ever made.
1: Do you have something with a safety? I love safeties. The more the better. If you have a gun with 150 safetys, that's something I would be interested in.
(I glare at the doc)
Me: I've only got three or four different model pistols left in stock. Here try out this springfield XD-S.....
1: I don't like this thing in the grip here the bump....
Me: You mean the grip safety?
1: yes
1: What happened to "I love safties the more the better"
(Doc nearly inhales his surgical mask from laughing)
She hates guns and wants to go rent a bunch of guns before buying any guns but I explain the problem is you can go rent something, fall in love with it and the dealer can't get one for a year. Case in point: Glock 19's, Sig 365's and Springfield Hellcats. She believes she is not ready to buy a gun until she rents one. I tell her go to a range and go rent one and find out what she likes.
She has just taken a "safety course" offered by the local girl and a gun chapter. The local girl and a gun chapter is run by a middle aged woman who has NRA instructor creds that is the WORST FIREARM INSTRUCTOR I HAVE EVER MET IN MY LIFE with the possible exception of James Yaeger. The last time I was at one of her events she was using the "mugger in a hoodie" paper targets and she instructed all the women to shoot him in the balls during one course of fire.
Now, I wasn't wearing my Caltech shirt that day but the fast math and trig is as follows.
Person shooting at a target 10 feet from the bench at a downward angle with a backstop of dirt 50 feet behind the bench...
I was trying to fix someone's gun before I could do anything. I am concentrated on fixing this pistol and the first volley of gunfire breaks my concentration. I then hear the sound of dozens of 9mm projectiles hitting the concrete and skipping off the property. I drop the pistol and shout at the top of my lungs a cease fire and evetyone looks at me funny
Me: KAREN! WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU DOING?
1: Oh they're just girls, let them have their fun!
Me: ALL THE BULLETS ARE LEAVING THE PROPERTY!
1: What? No! How?
(I point at all the ricochet gouges on the concrete of the gun club)
1: Ohhhhhh
This woman is barely qualified to run a dairy queen much less instruct neophyte gun owners. Holy fucking shit. Why are people going to her? She's open, and she's a woman that has credentials that "can teach".
Yeah.
One day I head to lunch at the local pizza joint for lunch with Megan. Eddie makes a nice pizza and I sit down and have a pie. We rap about business as I eat my antipasato and wait for my freshly prepared clam pie to cool down a bit. It's not on the menu but he makes it special for us.
Me: hey eddie how's business?
ed: It's steady, lots of takeout.
Me: Its a tough economy I'd take it!
ed: Hey now!
Me: You doing okay?
ed: yeah I found that derringer I wanted at the last gun show!
Me: Oh really?
ed: Yeah! Someone ceracoted it tiffany blue and magenta
Me: Whoa whoa whoa! Please! I'm trying to eat here! Disgusting!
(Megan is drinking water and nearly does a spit take)
This is the world we're living in now.
Speaking of the new world... I wind up working a deal with a friend and we split 100k pcs of once fired lake city 5.56 brass. A local military contractor was doing some testing and they had a fucking ton of it and this is what was left. We got it for the cost of manpower to scrape it up and load it, clean it, tumble it and sort it and deprime and resize it.
My friend has two kids that are doing online learning with school, so he made them a deal. He cut the kiddos a deal to help him clean and resize and deprime the brass as labor.
We're into this stuff CHEAP. So we can sell it cheap or whatever the fuck we want in this market. I tell Ray I've got the perfect ad. We get some projectiles, some powder and primers and we run an ad. "5.56 ammo! $275/thousand! Some assembly required!" and Ray laughs his ass off.
The we got it was it was loaded into some wooden ammo crates that were left over at the contractors facility. They're heavy, not cost effective to ship and came with 5000 pcs of brass each. Ray gets an idea. He has discovered that if we portion it out and throw out or sell the wooden crates, we save a ton of money on shipping.
I wonder where he got this idea from. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nozIkRy0v-M
The kiddos load all the brass into USPS flat rate boxes in no time flat and we've got ourselves loaded ready to roll product that can ship immediately. His kids did the legwork in the loading on account of my bad back and I'm tasked with lining up buyers. No problem. I start working the local gun boards, my customers, myspace, etc. You know the usual spots.
This is where the wheels come off the wagon. I get a guy who comes right out the gate asking for 9k and then he blurts out "How much do you have, I'm interested in all of it"
Little hint for the readers. Anyone that says they're interested in everything you have are interested in nothing you have. They're blowing smoke 99% of the time and the 1% of the time that someone does buy everything you have, you're making a killing off them or they're making a killing off you. You know the old saying in poker - if you sit down at the table and you can't find the sucker in 5 minutes, you're the sucker? It's like that.
Anyhow, my ad reads as follows: $125/thousand 5.56 Brass Lake City cleaned, sorted, resized, trimmed and polished - DILLON 1050 READY!
The guy calling me wanting 9k then asked how much I had left - he lines up 9 of his friends and they want to take ALL of it and divvy it up. Pick up today or when the guys can get off of work and come get it, they're working back asswards logistics as to who's truck is going to haul all of it, who's loading it and unloading and they plan to show up at 630 tonight after work to come get it.
At 445 I get a message - hey can you send me a picture again one of my friends wants to check something and I send it over.
And that's when the entire deal falls apart because this butthead read 5.56 brass lake city NATO headstamp $125/thousand and thought he was getting loaded 5.56 NATO spec ammo for 12.5 cents a round in 2020, told all his friends about it and shot his mouth off like a damn fool. Now he has to explain to every single one of his friends that no you're not getting 10,000 rds of 5.56 NATO ammo for $1250. Wasting my fucking time. That was my Thursday. All these people begging for ammo are driving me nuts. Yes, I have 250,000 rds of ammo. No I am not going to bend over backwards and sell it to you cheap just to be a nice person/earn your business/because your sister gave me a handjob in high school. God damn.
Lady calls me looking for 380 ammo. She needs some for her CCW class that Karen is teaching and I tell her I have some left. She comes in and I tell her it's $50 a box. She leaves without buying anything.
There's other miscellany but you get the gist of it.
NOW here's the meat and potatoes you've wanted! The tale of the gun show!
Friday 8/14/2020
I take inventory. I'm down to about 500 guns in stock and I pack as much as I can and get it ready for the show. I've got some Sigs left, a handful of Glock and a mishmash of everything else. I head to bed early knowing full well the next show will be a total shitshow. I have not done a show in a big city for nearly six months. This will be epic or epic fail.
Saturday 8/15/2020
I pull chocks at 430AM, hit the flying J for diesel and pull into the local grocery store for a sandwich at 7AM right around the corner from the gun show. They fuck up my sandwich. Serves me right for buying morning of. Fuck me to tears. I start loading into the show and the entire front of the building is set up with crowd control barriers and it takes me an extra 40 minutes to thread the needle of my hand truck and loadout. I get the table setup as fast as I can and by 9AM the doors are open and we are off to the races. I will do hour blocks instead of my previous play by play for simplicity.
9AM: Right out the gate I have people asking me for Sig 365's. I have a used one with three mags and a holster I have tagged at $650. The guy asks me if I can do any better. I ask him if he's feeling lucky. I run the 4473 bet with him.
He fills out the form straight on the first shot, no corrections - and he gives me $650, he gets $50 back with his ID.
If there's a correction to be made, I keep half a yard. He says its a bet. He loses.
As I write that up at $650, I have another guy snag a regular 365 for $700. Both their background checks clear quickly.
The morning is not off to a bad start, I think to myself. I'm about to be proven wrong massively.
One of my old friends from high school asked me to liquidate some of his collection and I told him that I would selectively cherry pick some stuff and haul it to the show since I didn't want to commit large amounts of table space for other people's guns. He's got a super clean Century M70 underfolder. It's clean even by century standards but I don't want to buy that gun.
I have it out on the table and an old romanian guy starts checking it out.
1: What country is this from?
FC: I'm not a big AK guy, it's a century so I'm guessing maybe yugoslavia or maybe romania - I don't think that its a bulgarian one, but you're welcome to take a look
1: Does it say cugir?
FC: It does not
1: How do you know it does not say cugir?
FC: I can see the side of it it does not say that
1: Where does it not say?
FC: If you look at the side of the receiver, Century has shitty electropencil that is parkerized over that you can barely read
1: Do you have some oil I can put on there to rub on it so I can read it?
FC: Look, I'll read it. What do you want to know?
1: Does it say cugir?
FC: it does not.
1: What does it say?
FC: Century M70 AB2 7.62 x 39 Georgia Vermont
1: it does not say cugir? I am romanian if it says cugir is romanian
FC: It does not say that
1: Come on then make me a deal!
(1 taps the price tag marked at $850)
FC: It's the first 20 minutes of the show, I'm not making anything on the deal it's a favor for a friend of mine. I think that gun sells down here for top dollar.
1: I give you 600 cash
FC: Come see me at the end of the show maybe I'll be amenable to discounting but not this early
1: You know problem with topcover right?
(FC looks at topcover, it's slightly off from the hole and detent. Why? IT'S A CENTURY! WHAT DID YOU FUCKING EXPECT?!?! The care and attention to detail that only Jim Fuller from Rifle Dynamics or maybe a Bulgarian Arsenal offers? Fuck you.)
FC: This gun is gonna sell this weekend as is where is, even if you think it's not right.
1: Come on make me deal!
FC: I don't negotiate with terrorists or people spending under $10k. This ain't over $10k.
1: I have cash!
FC: Got $850? We'll write it up right now.
(1 walks away and comes back 3 minutes later)
1, while holding a wad of cash: Come on make me a deal!
FC: What's your offer?
1: I will go $700
FC: Come see me at the end of the show on Sunday and I'll see what I can do.
(1 gets yelled at by the county exhibition authority for not wearing a face mask correctly and he adamantly refuses to adjust his mask and starts a full blown screaming match with the poor county employee who VERY politely asked him to wear his face mask properly. As he is engaged in this animated debate, two individuals who I will call 2 and 3 show up. 2 and 3 want the underfolder AK. 2 and 3 are what we would call hip hop/droopy jean enthusiasts, their dialogue is presented word for word without adjustment. They were dropping the hard r, not me so please don't call me names for reporting the truth.)
2: ohhhhh snapppp this is what I came here lookin for!
3: damn nigga thats a straight up choppa right there you should buy that
1: HEY I WAS HERE FIRST I AM MAKING DEAL! BACK OFF!
FC: No, you walked away - these two gentlemen are here and now they're interested in that gun and I'm giving them my time.
1: BUT I WAS HERE FIRST HOLDING CASH!
2: back off nigga I'm here to check out stuff motherfucker i'm gonna mess you up
3: yeah man back the fuck off before my nigga messes you up god damn shieeeeeeit
1: I AM HERE! HOLDING CASH! YOU GOING TO DO BUSINESS WITH ME?
FC: You walked away. This is what happens when you walk away. It's their turn......
1: BUT I AM HERE WE ARE MAKING DEAL
(FC does an ACTUAL facepalm and presses his forehead and feels a headache beginning. A deep sigh)
FC: You two.....you're killing me here.
1: I WAS IN THE MIDDLE OF MAKING DEAL AND YOU DON'T WANT TO DEAL!
FC: You want to see deal? I'll show you deal!
(FC grabs AK from the hip hop enthusiasts and looks right at them while holding an order pad in right hand and rifle in other)
FC: You got $750 cash?
2: nigga I got $750 cash right here (pulls out wad of 100's)
3: oh shit that guy gonna get fuckin SWOOPED
FC: You want me to write this up right now? $750 cash. And I'll throw in 4 mags (I pull out 4 mags loaded with x39 brown bear)
2: I GET THE MAGS AND THE AMMO FOR THAT PRICE? FUCK NIGGA YOU GOT A DEAL! (he counts out $800 in c-notes and drops his ID on the table)
FC: You got yourself a rifle.
(I look back at angry romanian)
FC: That's a deal. You passed. Move faster next time.
1: I AM STANDING HERE! HOLDING CASH!
(1 throws down a stack of cash on the table, some falls behind on my table. I pick it back up and place it on his stack)
FC: You dropped some back here, don't want you thinking I shorted you or stole your money. I've got to write up these gentlemen, we're here until 5 today if you need anything else
1: (shouts at me in angry romanian while gesticulating like George Costanza complaining to Elaine about taking credit for the big salad)
FC: I'm sorry about that guy, he's got some issues. That man needs therapy not another gun
2: all good nigga all good that mofo gonna get his ass beat someday
FC: Today I didn't even have to use my AK, I got to say it was a good day
3: sheeeeeit he knows ice cube! this nigga og!
FC: Catholic school for the win!
(we fist bump)
I piss off at least one person every show. Sometimes it's good to get it out of the way in the first hour, lets you concentrate on the bigger picture things.
Three down.
10AM: Guy points at a green Glock 43 and Glock 19 Gen 4 that I have. They're each tagged at $725. Cash comes out and I write up the sale. Three women in a row snag black Glock 43's from me at $700 each. We are cranking now!
Eight down before lunch. This is getting wild.
11AM: Colt Lightweight Commander - tagged at $1050. Sells for cash. Colt Combat Unit - tagged at $1450 Sells for cash. Glock 19 MOS Gen 4 - tagged at $825. Sells for cash. Two of them back to back. Gen 4 straight 19 tagged at 775 sells on Amex. Background checks begin to start bogging down.
Thirteen down before I can even touch my sammich.
12PM: I write up three ruger LCP's in a row at $300 each. I eat half my sandwich as I sell a Kel Tec Sub 2000 at $825. Springfield Hellcat tagged at $735 goes out on a mastercharge.
Eighteen before I'm done with lunch. Sheeeeit.
1PM: My old buddy Rusty Shackleford sends me some of his collection he does not want the hassle with selling. Three ugly as sin Glock 21's, three semi clean Glock 17's and two super like new 17's. 1PM is profitable as I manage to sell everything except for a 21 and 17. People are paying $650 for PD trade 21's and $700+ on trade in Glock 17's. Why? They're the only ones in the show. Not glocks in general, I mean 21's and 17's.
Twenty four down and I have yet to finish my sandwich.
2PM: I have an immigrant from another country come over and try to buy a gun. He's super patient waiting for me to finish with customers that DO NOT STOP. Springfield XD goes out at $600. That's 25. He hands me the clipboard and I immediately stop everything I'm doing and I look down at the form.
Not only has he forgotten 10A and 12.d.2 but he's put the city in the county box and answered the firearm is not for him and he's been convicted of misdemeanor DV. I sigh and hand the form back to him for corrections.
FC: Okay, what county are we in?
1: (names city)
FC: What COUNTY are we in?
1: oh! USA!
FC: What COUNTY is this city in?
1: (names city)
FC: We're in (names county)
1: Ohhhhh thats right
FC: Who's this gun for? You or someone else?
1: Me
FC: Is there any reason you've indicated you are NOT the actual purchaser?
1: Not good at reading the form I guess
FC: Strike out intiial and date the change
1: Okay
FC: Have you been convicted of a misdemanor crime of domestic violence?
1: No it was just a misdemeanor
FC: Is there a reason why you said "yes I have been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence?"
1: oh man I screwed that up
FC: Initial and date the change
(He fixes the front of the form and signs on 14 and dates on 15. I turn the page. He's written his passport number expiration date in the ID field and indicated that NICS has denied him)
FC: Is there any reason you wrote your passport expiration date and number here?
1: Well I'm supposed to do that, right?
(FC points to line that says SECTION B MUST BE COMPLETED BY SELLER)
1: Oh man
FC: Is there any reason you checked DENIED on the NICS result box?
1: did I do that?
(FC points to the box where he's put a big bold X under DENIED)
1: Was I not supposed to do that?
(FC hands him another form to complete)
3PM: It is now over an hour to get this 4473 done. His wife and child have to help him with the form. I finish my sammich as I look at the front of his form and it is still marked "firearm is being purchased for someone not me" and he has to correct it. I turn the page. The date is marked 9/8/2020.
FC: What day is today?
1: Saturday
FC: No I mean what day is today, what calendar day?
(1 pulls out his phone)
1: Oh. You want me to do another form?
FC: No, strike out using a single line. And using WORDS - write the date.
1: gotcha
(FC looks down at the form. the date is struck out using a single line. It now reads in words SATURDAY 9/8/2020)
FC: What day is it?
1: It's saturday.
FC: Saturday the.........
1: Fifteeenth?
FC: Then explain why this says 9/8/2020?
1: Oh man you want me to do another form?
FC: Just fill it out using WORDS AS THE DATE - MONTH/DAY/YEAR
1: okay I got you
(FC hands the form back for correction)
1: I got it now! Man was that hard!
(FC looks down at the form. SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 8 2020)
FC: Take out your phone
(1 takes out his phone and presses the home button)
FC: Look at the date. What does it say and look at what you wrote.
1: Oh man
FC: Is it possible for us to get the correct date?
1: Yeah man I'm so sorry....
FC: Take out your phone and write out the date in letters and words EXACTLY AS YOUR PHONE DISPLAYS IT
1: Okay I can do that
(FC looks down at the form. 3:23 SATURDAY AUGUST 15. Fuck it, this is as good as it gets.)
FC: Close enough. Give me your ID.
(I write up my last Glock 19. It's tagged at $825. He pays cash without blinking.)
I mean, I've seen some shit but WOWWWW.
That's 26.
4PM: The rest of my glocks fly off the table. NIB Glock 36 - tagged at $725, gone. NIB Glock 30SF, tagged at $700, gone. NIB Glock 30, tagged at $700, gone. The only thing left on the table are 17 Gen 5 MOS's at $875 and 43X's at $775 and 44's at $400. That's 29 by 4PM. One guy does not have current ID so I have him go on the fish and game website on his phone and get a fishing license that gets me his up to date address. After 20 minutes he emails me a screencap and he's on his way home with his Glock 30.
5PM: Time to go home! I drop a stack of guns off at the local dealer for transfer on my way out the door and I make it home just before 7PM after stopping at the grocery to pick up dinner. I have a platter of fried chicken and mac and cheese. It is delicious. I get to bed early, tomorrow is going to be a long fucking day.
Sunday August 16th
737AM. I wake up and get my ass to my desk. I need to replenish some of the table. I grab stacks of more guns and get them loaded up and I swing by the grocery store deli on the way to the show. It's 8AM and they are out of bread. As in the bakery has not baked them any bread for sandwiches. For fucks sake. They make me a wrap instead. And they make it WRONG. I am not happy.
10AM: Get to the show and uncover my tables and get cranking. A millennial wants a Ruger LC380 and her fucking debit card does not work. This is why you bring cash to gun shows. It's fucking useless when technology fails AND YOU HAVE NO BACKUP. She transfers money from wells fargo to her boyfriends account at chase and he tries to use the ATM to get her cash. No dice. I swear to jebus, if you take debit cards away from this generation all of them will starve to death and die alone. Gun number 30 for the weekend is hard fought but it's done.
11AM: Crank off a Sig 1911 for a guy. He sends a stand in to pick it up for him since his son is exempt from waiting period but he isn't. It goes like this.
1: I'm gonna buy this gun instead
FC: why?
1: that's none of your business
FC: Yes it is. Purchase of firearm with intent to resell is unlawful
1: What I do with the gun after I get it, if I want to sell it to my dad is my business not yours
FC: No dice. Take a hike
Dad: Lets just do it his way, he wants to give it to the other dealer that's what we'll do. Sorry for the misunderstanding.
I write up 31 for the weekend. My jack sack is full of cash.
12PM: I got a guy come over, former law enforcement wanting to buy his kid a gun. He wants to do the paperwork and pay me and the gun is for his kid. I say if the gun is for the kid, he needs to do it. I shake off the forms and get the kid on the clipboard and everything goes smooth and I rack up a sale for a trade in FN FNS. That's 32.
1PM: Old school NYPD beat cop comes over wanting a deal on a springfield 1911 Long Beach Operator
1: They're 1911's! They're not popular anymore! Make me a deal!
FC: ANYTHING with a barrel and a trigger is popular right now. Best deal you're getting is on the tag, which is 1250 plus tax and call in that puts you right near 1350.
1: Come on, hook a brother up!
FC: That's the rate on everything, we're selling it out as fast as we can get it! Excuse me as I help these other people......
2PM: Lady comes by and says she wants a shield EZ. I ask her why. She says her man and her firearm instructor says she cant rack the slide. I pick up a Sig 220 off the table and tell her to show me. She racks the slide. I ask her how does it feel to rack a slide properly? She spends the rest of the day wondering why they lied to her. Another lady asks me for suggestions for a first gun. I ask her what she's shot before. Answer: Nothing. She cannot rent guns and try them out because every range is booked for firearm rentals for the next 2 months out. Yeah.........
Brooklyn 99 comes back over and taps on the LB operator
1: Come on man, hook a brother up!
FC: That's the price, the LB operators are a sexy gun and they're not coming out of the warehouse very often
1: Come on brother! I'm just looking for a deal! How about 1200 all in?
FC: Cash or card?
1: Card
FC: No dice.
1: Come on brother! (more pleading for a discount)
At this point the crowd at the table has heard this guy trying to get a discount for a few minutes and I've had enough.
FC: Let me ask you a question
1: Sure thing
FC: Do you have pictures of my nephews on your phone?
1: No
FC: Did you spend thanksgiving dinner at my house?
1: No
FC: Are you a named beneficiary on my will?
1: No
FC: Then guess what? You're not my brother. Hell, without your money you're not even my customer.
You could hear the snickers from the peanut gallery as I gave the guy a dressing down. I wasn't about to let him off the hook. I still had an out in the deck to play and I was going to use it.
FC: Now, if you want this gun - you want it at a discount, I respect that. Here's what I"ll do. You feeling lucky?
1: Always!
FC: Here's the clipboard. Give me a straight form, no strike outs, no errors, no mistakes, NOTHING that needs correction - I'll give it to you for 1200 on a card flat. I hand the pen back to you to fix something, I write it at 1400 all in. $200's the action, you in or you out?
1: getoutttahere
FC: I'm serious. You want the discount, get the form right and you got what you want. If there's even one error, I keep the two bills.
1: It's a bet! Lets go! I've done this hundreds of times without a problem!
I hand him the clipboard and he starts filling out the form. The peanut gallery is now fervently watching for the results as if it were not already a foregone conclusion. The fans had no idea but they were watching a fixed horse race. My dealer neighbor at the next table over chimes in.
Neighbor: hey, are you seriously taking action?
FC: ALWAYS!
Neighbor: What's the money?
FC: two bucks
Neighbor: High stakes!
FC: You haven't seen high stakes yet.
Neighbor: You're a character. I'm glad that romanian guy didn't get that rifle yesterday, he was such a pain in the ass. Like even I was annoyed by it and it wasn't even my stuff.
FC: I know, right? You snooze, you lose.
Neighbor: But really, can I get in on the 4473 bet?
FC: You can take the bookmaker out of the catholic school but.....
NYPD: I'm all done! Lets see my new $1200 gun!
(I pick up the forms and his ID and credit card and look at the forms. 12.d.2. is blank. I hand pen back to him and point at 12.d.2.)
FC: Forgot 12.d.2. That's $1400 on your Amex, sign here.
NYPD: MOTHERFUCKER THAT WASN'T ON THERE LAST TIME!
FC: When was the last time you filled out that form?
NYPD: 2012
FC: That's why. Here's your new gun, thank you for your action.
Neighbor: How often does that bet win?
FC: My house edge on that bet is 100%.
Neighbor: Shit. That's fucking hilarious. Now I know how you got that watch. I just picked up a 50th anniversary sub myself (he shows me his sub and we rap about horology for a bit.)
33 down.
3PM: ONE HOUR TO GO! I write up a shield 2.0 9mm for a lady and her hubs for $650. One lady gets unhinged when I tell her she's not going to get her gun today on account of background check volume. She starts terrorizing me with WHY CANT I GET MY GUN TODAY?!?!?!??!?! This isn't dealing with Al-Quaeda, this is Al-Karen. Last minute sale 10 minutes before the show closes cleans me out of Ruger LC9's tagged at $450. 35 down. One guy snags a Glock 43X from me for $775.
36 for the weekend makes me a happy boy. I look at all the sales in cash and credit cards and I've booked quite the fat stack of cash. I've done a month's worth of business in TWO DAYS.
4PM: Show is closed. I start packing up. The dealer across from me has Gen 5 Glock 34's tagged at $1000, 9mm at $575/thousand and 380 at $750/thousand. We rap about the state of the industry. It's just gonna get worse closer to the election. I pack up and get all my stuff loaded up.
530PM: Homeward bound........I wish I was........HOMEWARD BOUND..............
730PM: I get back to my desk and dump off a fucking STACK of 4473's. I make a bank drop for the cash and I unload and head back home. I'm starving, so I decide to have the deli re-make their culinary abortion of a wrap.
8PM: The deli is out of bread AGAIN. Are you fucking kidding me? The deli is out of bread at 8AM and 8PM? What is this bullshit..... the deli clerk takes an entire loaf of italian sandwich bread and uses it to make me a single sandwich. My colon is about to hate me. I'm waiting in line to have the cashier comp me as I see a big tall gun guy from the gun club walk in. I yell and wave since I'm wearing a mask and he comes over.
815PM: Tim O'Toole is a big giant irish gun nut criminal defense attorney that I know from the gun club. He is an aggressive and in your face about how wrong you are if you are wrong and at 6'6" he cuts an imposing presence on any courtroom he walks into. He's just bought a house in my neighborhood and we start chatting guns. He asks me if I have a Glock 17 Gen 3 9mm barrel for his latest build and I tell him that I've probably got 3 sitting on my desk. I jump on my phone and check pricing. Wholesale + $5 for him since he helps out a lot out at the gun club and he says it's a deal. He goes and gets groceries and I eat my meat tornado of a sandwich at home.
Monday August 17th
10AM: Tim comes by right on time for his barrel and asks what else I have. I have a Glock 43 come off layaway and go back into rotation and he snaps up that and a 43X and a whole litany of extra parts, glock 17 gen 3 firing pin, channel liner, trigger bars, extra mags, etc. My 1 item sale I set up in line at the grocery store is now a 15 item $2500 sale. And he wants even more stuff that I can't get! We rap about the best legal film ever made, My Cousin Vinny. He gets every judge to approve his demand to videotape depositions and witness statements. Why? "I shot the clerk" - you have to watch the movie to understand this reference. Every time a judge asks him why he wants it on tape he simply says "I shot the clerk" and since we are in the deep south and every judge that's been stuck in the Louisiana mud knows the film My Cousin Vinny, his motion is approved. I laughed my ass off. I told him I was very much looking forward to regaling the federal judge with some witty banter that went along the lines of "the two utes" and he laughed his ass off. I really wanted to pull that stunt.
11AM: Lady comes in to pick up a layway and she can't fill out the 4473 and wear a mask at the same time. She also cannot stop talking. She drives me nuts but I hold it together long enough to get her stuff worked up. She also asks me to get her a Glock 23 Gen 4. I tell her it won't be cheap and it's probably going to set her back $850 by the time I beat the bushes and line one up. She says no problem, Visa okay? Done. I get a Glock 23 Gen 4 off one of my dealer buddies in NC and get it squared away.
12PM: Lunctime. It's Salmon Hollandaise special at this new market just down the road from me and I stop in and say hi. It's like a small version of Eataly. I went to high school with the owners daughters and he's got 5 million bucks into this concept. Wine bar, cafe, grocery, NY bagels delivered daily, ramen bar, raw bar, restaurant, the whole 9 yards. Amazing. The fish is delish and on the way out I run into a guy I went to ELEMENTARY school with that's now the general manager. He offers me a job managing the seafood department and I am seriously considering it given how screwed up the gun market is.
1PM: Back at my desk, have eaten the salmon and the hollandaise has found a home in my thighs. I am fat and sassy. I sell the remaning 380 I have to a customer picking up a Sig P238 and she's super stoked to get a gun.
2PM: Random walk in. Local restaurant owner that I sold a Sig 227 to a few months ago wants me to put in an SRT kit. He's disassembled the entire frame and wants me to put it togther. I explain that an SRT install is normally 5 minutes. This is easily a 45 minute job to reassemble and that's IF he has all the parts. He says he has all the parts. I begin putting the gun back together. He does not have all the parts. He goes home and says he will look harder for the missing part.
3PM: I look online for the missing part. It's $5 and 4 weeks to ship and in stock at most vendors. This sucks. I call some favors and I know of one in the mid atlantic area I can get here in a week in case he can't find it. As I get off the phone he walks in with the missing part.
Just an FYI for the readers. In ten years, I have had "bag o gun" come through the door on three previous occasions.
First: Sig 229 from local PD. Chief took it apart, couldn't put it back together. Had no backup gun and had to go on duty in a few hours, I was asked to put it together.
Second: My buddy Bruce in PA. He detail stripped his 220 and got it wrong. I put it back together and sent it back to PA.
Third: Rusty and his 226. See above. He missed some parts. I put it back together and sent it back to Texas.
If anyone thinks they see a pattern here it's because there IS a pattern here.
I start work on the 227 and this thing is a bitch and a half. The ejector, which is a 25 cent stamped metal part is not to spec. Sig's QC sucks. Their 3mm hole PRECISELY stamped in one place isn't 3mm and isn't precise. The sear pin that has to go through the left side of the frame, through the ejector, through the left side of the sear, through the sear reset spring, through the other side of the sear, through the safety lever and through the right side of the frame is NOT COOOPERATING because the ejector is too tight. I have to beat on this thing with a drilling hammer to get it to go. 45 minutes of anger and frustration later, 227 is back in action with the garbage one piece E2 grips.
For this pain, I bill $100. He tells me he should have had me do it in the first place. I say he's right but it's a tough job doing Sig classic pistols right. They're a very challenging platform.
4PM: I ship off some more 5.56 brass and pay my buddy Ray. I head home.
5PM: Beef jerky time.
I hope you all enjoyed these stories. They have not been embellished because they need no embellishment. Stay tuned for my next story where I post about the state of the firearm industry!
God bless and have a wonderful Saturday.
PS - and this is how you do a "week in the life" thread, you fucking imposter. https://www.reddit.com/guns/comments/i759qj/a_week_in_the_life_of_your_favorite_firearm/
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2020.08.21 22:50 CindyMorrisonwatts1 {Discussion} Understanding Excalibur; the Sword of Power

{Discussion} Understanding Excalibur; the Sword of Power

Understanding Excalibur; the Sword of Power

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Excalibur, in Arthurian legend, King Arthur’s sword. As a boy, Arthur alone was able to draw the sword out of a stone in which it had been magically fixed.
This account is contained in Sir Thomas Malory’s 15th-century prose rendering of the Arthurian legend, but another story in the same work suggests that it was given to Arthur by the Lady of the Lake and that, when the king lay mortally wounded after his last battle, he ordered the faithful Sir Bedivere to go to the water and throw the sword into it. An arm rose to catch it, brandished Excalibur three times, and then disappeared.
Sir Bedivere returning Excalibur, Arthur's sword, to the lake from which it came, illustration by Aubrey Beardsley for an edition of Sir Thomas Malory's Le Morte Darthur.
There was a famous sword in Irish legend called Caladbolg, from which Excalibur is evidently derived by way of Geoffrey of Monmouth, whose Historia regum Britanniae refers to Arthur’s sword as Caliburn. Malory says that Excalibur means “cut-steel.”

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YouTube video: The Sword Excalibur The Truth Behindhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sAqb8XHGezI
Arthurian legend, the body of stories and medieval romances, known as the matter of Britain, centring on the legendary king Arthur. Medieval writers, especially the French, variously treated stories of Arthur’s birth, the adventures of his knights, and the adulterous love between his knight Sir Lancelot and his queen, Guinevere. This last situation and the quest for the Holy Grail (the vessel used by Christ at the Last Supper and given to Joseph of Arimathea) brought about the dissolution of the knightly fellowship, the death of Arthur, and the destruction of his kingdom.
Stories about Arthur and his court had been popular in Wales before the 11th century; European fame came through Geoffrey of Monmouth’s Historia regum Britanniae (1135–38), celebrating a glorious and triumphant king who defeated a Roman army in eastern France but was mortally wounded in battle during a rebellion at home led by his nephew Mordred. Some features of Geoffrey’s story were marvelous fabrications, and certain features of the Celtic stories were adapted to suit feudal times.
The concept of Arthur as a world conqueror was clearly inspired by legends surrounding great leaders such as Alexander the Great and Charlemagne. Later writers, notably Wace of Jersey and Lawamon, filled out certain details, especially in connection with Arthur’s knightly fellowship (the Knights of the Round Table).
Using Celtic sources, Chrétien de Troyes in the late 12th century made Arthur the ruler of a realm of marvels in five romances of adventure. He also introduced the themes of the Grail and the love of Lancelot and Guinevere into Arthurian legend. Prose romances of the 13th century explored these major themes further. An early prose romance centring on Lancelot seems to have become the kernel of a cyclic work known as the Prose Lancelot, or Vulgate cycle (c. 1225).
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Excalibur is the sword of King Arthur in Sir Thomas Malory's iconic work Le Morte D'Arthur published in in 1485 CE. The sword was originally introduced in Geoffrey of Monmouth's History of the Kings of Britain (1136 CE) as Caliburnus (or Caliburn) and further developed by later writers before Malory immortalized it in his work. The sword, from its first appearance, is a powerful weapon in the hands of a skilled warrior and retains that reputation in every story which features it.
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As with many other magical or powerful swords in legend or mythology, it is identified with a single hero and should not be allowed to fall into the hands of an enemy owing to its inherent power. In the case of Excalibur, when Arthur is dying of his wounds following his battle with Mordred, it must be returned to its source, the Lady of the Lake, rather than being entrusted to whichever knight - no matter how noble - might succeed Arthur as king.
This rule does not always hold true in every version of the legend, however. In the poem Conte du Graal, Provencal poet Chretien de Troyes (c. 1130 - c. 1190 CE) makes Excalibur (called Escalibor) Sir Gawain's weapon. In the Vulgate Cycle (1215-1235 CE) and the Post-Vulgate Cycle (c. 1240-1250 CE) Arthur presents Gawain with Excalibur who then loans it to Lancelot for his defense of Guinevere. Gawain then returns the sword to Arthur for his final battle with Mordred and, afterwards, it must be returned to the Lady of the Lake.
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Swords in Mythology
The concept of a "sword of power" did not originate with the Arthurian legend. Greek mythology mentions a number of magical swords and, especially, the harpe used by the titan Cronos to overthrow his father Uranus. Julius Caesar's sword, the Crocea Mors was supposed to have supernatural powers as was the Sword of Mars wielded by Attila the Hun. The Gianjiang and Moye swords of the Chinese Spring and Autumn Period are also supposed to have been imbued with great power by their makers.
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EXCALIBUR IS FREQUENTLY ASSOCIATED WITH ANOTHER ARTHURIAN MOTIF, THE SWORD IN THE STONE, BUT THESE ARE ACTUALLY TWO DIFFERENT SWORDS.
In the biblical Book of Genesis, after the Fall of Man, God sets his cherubim to stand watch to the east of the Garden of Eden along with a flaming sword "which turned every way" to prevent Adam and Eve from returning. The Shinto storm god Susanoo finds a magical sword in the tail of a dragon and this eventually became part of the Japanese imperial regalia.
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Norse mythology frequently makes use of magic swords, such as Gram, the weapon of Sigmund and his son Sigurd and the Celts wove a number of magical swords into their tales, including the Claiomh Solais (kleeve sollish), the Sword of Light which triumphs over darkness. The 11th century CE Spanish hero El Cid was claimed to have two magic swords and the 8th century CE French champion Roland wielded his famous blade Durendal and fell with it defending the Pass of Roncevaux in the epic Song of Roland.
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Although there are these precedents for earlier magical or supernaturally powerful swords, Excalibur is arguably the most famous. It is frequently associated with another Arthurian motif, the Sword in the Stone, but these are actually two different swords.
In some versions of the legend, the Sword in the Stone is broken in Arthur's first battle and is replaced by Excalibur while, in others, the Sword in the Stone substantiates Arthur's right to rule (as only he can draw the blade from the rock) as the son and successor of Uther Pendragon while Excalibur serves as a symbol of his power as king.
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THE FAMOUS NAME & ORIGIN
The name Excalibur may originate in the work Culhwch and Olwen from the Mabinogion, a collection of Welsh legends, if one accepts a date of composition as c. 1100 CE. The Mabinogion only exists in manuscripts from the 13th and 14th centuries, however, and some scholars date it at 1200 CE. In this tale Arthur's sword is called Caledvwich which derives from the Latin chalybs ("steel" or "iron") and means "hard cleft".
Caledvwich as the name for a sword of power most likely comes from the mythological Irish blade Caladbolg (which means "voracious") carried by the king Fergus mac Roich in the Ulster Cycle of Irish mythology.
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Geoffrey of Monmouth calls Arthur's sword Caliburnus in Medieval Latin which is a more direct use of the Latin chalybs as "steel" but denotes a particularly hard or effective blade. Essentially, by the time Geoffrey was writing, the name of Arthur's blade would be understood as "famous sword" or "great sword" because of the earlier associations of chalybs with mythological weapons.
The French poet Wace (c. 1110-1174 CE) translated Geoffrey's work into Old French vernacular and re-named the sword Chaliburn. Chretien de Troyes changed the name to Escalibor. When the Arthurian legend was translated into English, Chaliburn/Escalibor became Excalibur.
Malory, drawing on the Vulgate Cycle, calls Arthur's sword Excalibur shortly after Arthur has found and drawn the Sword in the Stone, linking the name with that weapon, and this association has stuck.
Later, however, once this first sword is broken in battle, it is made clear that Arthur must receive the "true Excalibur" from a mystical source, the Lady of the Lake, and Merlin (who seems to be the magical force behind both swords) guides him to the place where it will be offered to him. No explanation is given as to the meaning, power, or origin of the sword and, in fact, Malory focuses more attention on the scabbard.
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Whether presented as the Sword in the Stone or given by the Lady of the Lake, it is clear Excalibur comes from another realm. This motif follows from an established paradigm in Celtic lore of magical weapons, such as the spear of Cuchulain or the sword of Fergus mac Roich, having been forged in a mystical realm.
The same device, however, is used in legends from many cultures around the world. The great swords of Gianjiang and Moye, for example, also have mystical origins. In the case of Excalibur, the sword develops from a mighty weapon to a symbol of divinely inspired justice and redemption. When the weapon is first mentioned in Geoffrey of Monmouth's work, no magical attributes are ascribed to it.
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THE POWER OF THE SWORD
In Book IX of History of the Kings of Britain, Caliburn is first referenced as "the best of swords, that was forged within the isle of Avallon" and is listed by Geoffrey along with Arthur's other gear as an item of particular importance. As Arthur is preparing to meet the Saxons in battle at Bath, Geoffrey writes:
He did set upon his head a helm of gold graven with the semblance of a dragon. Upon his shoulders, moreover, did he bear the shield that was named Pridwen, wherein, upon the inner side, was painted the image of holy Mary, Mother of God, that many a time and oft did call her back unto his memory. Girt was he also with Caliburn, best of swords, that was forged within the Isle of Avallon; and the lance that did grace his right hand was called by the name Ron, a tall lance and stout, full meet to do slaughter withal.
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The Saxons have broken trust with Arthur after they had sworn a treaty of peace and so the battle is a matter of personal honor as well as a necessary defense of his realm. Geoffrey describes a hard-fought battle in which the Saxons hold the high ground and inflict heavy casualties on the Britons under Arthur. The Saxons continue to hold their position until the day is almost gone and then Arthur has finally had enough and leads a final charge on their position himself. Geoffrey writes:
Arthur waxed wroth at the stubborness of their resistance, and the slowness of his own advance, and drawing forth Caliburn, his sword, crieth aloud in the name of Holy Mary, and thrusteth him forward with a swift onset into the thickest press of the enemy's ranks. Whomsoever he touched, calling upon God, he slew at a single blow, nor did he once slacken in his onslaught until that he had slain four hundred and seventy men single-handed with his sword Caliburn. This, when the Britons beheld, they followed him up in close rank dealing slaughter on every side.
Excalibur is described in more or less the same way every time it appears in a story. In Malory's work, when Arthur is attacked by King Lot, he is at first beaten until he unleashes the power of his sword:
Therewith King Lot smote down King Arthur. With that, his four knights rescued him and set him on horseback; then he drew his sword Excalibur, and it was so bright in his enemies' eyes that it gave light like thirty torches. Therewith he put them back and slew many people.

Arthur confronts Lot early in Malory's version of the legend and it seems as though Excalibur is the same sword as the one Arthur earlier drew from the stone. This has caused confusion between two weapons which are often identified as the same but are not.
Excalibur, from the 1981 Film Excalibur. By Eduardo Otubo (CC BY)
THE SWORD IN THE STONE
The concept of the Sword in the Stone was added to the Arthurian legend by the French poet Robert de Boron (12th century CE) in his Merlin. Robert de Boron presents the sword as anchored in an anvil which later writers changed to a stone. The Vulgate Cycle of the legend differentiates between the sword that Arthur drew from the stone and Excalibur and this tradition is continued in the Post-Vulgate Cycle and repeated in Malory's work.
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Although Arthur's sword is identified as Excalibur early in Malory's version, it becomes clear that it is not the true Excalibur since this sword is broken in Arthur's fight with King Pellinore. Pellinore gets the best of Arthur after his sword breaks and tells him to yield but the young king will not. In order to save both their lives, Merlin puts Pellinore to sleep and then takes Arthur to receive the true Excalibur from the Lady of the Lake. Arthurian scholar Norris J. Lacy writes:
In certain texts (and in popular Arthurian lore), Excalibur is also the Sword in the Stone, but such an identification is incompatible with the tradition, found, for example, in the Post-Vulgate Cycle and Malory, whereby the sword is given to Arthur (and finally taken from him) by a hand in the lake.
Since Excalibur is defined by its power and strength it cannot be the same weapon which is broken in Arthur's encounter with Pellinore. Even so, according to Merlin, it is not Excalibur which is so extraordinary but its scabbard. Merlin asks Arthur, "Which pleases you better, the sword or the scabbard?" and Arthur answers, "The sword pleases me better." Merlin then rebukes him:
"Ye are the more unwise," said Merlin, "for the scabbard is worth ten of the sword. While ye have the scabbard upon you, ye shall never lose any blood, be ye ever so sorely wounded. Therefore always keep the scabbard with you."
This detail becomes significant later in Malory's version of the story when Arthur's sister, Morgan le Fay, steals the scabbard. She had hoped to defeat Arthur through magic by pitting her lover Sir Accolon against Arthur, giving Accolon the true Excalibur and Arthur a fake (a plot device taken almost directly from the Irish Ulster Cycle). When Arthur's sword breaks he knows it is not Excalibur and manages to defeat and kill Accolon. Morgan takes the magical scabbard in revenge and throws it into a lake; thus dooming Arthur in his final battle with Mordred.
SIGNIFICANCE OF EXCALIBUR
The sword has become more famous than the powerful scabbard and continues as a symbol of Arthur's virtue and power. Later works, including El Cid and the Song of Roland, draw on the symbolism of Excalibur for their heroes. J.R.R. Tolkien's famous trilogy of The Lord of the Rings relies on the symbolism of a sword of power which is broken and must be made whole to convey the concept of the return of the rightful king; a plot device which is similar to the Sword in the Stone motif where the land suffers after Uther Pendragon's death until the legitimate king is able to draw the magical sword from the stone.
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More than simply a literary device, however, Excalibur has come to represent the noblest aspects of the Arthurian legend. Although it is always described as a sword of power, that power is wielded in the best interests of the people, of justice, not in the self-interest of the king. Excalibur is given to Arthur through magical means, by the Lady of the Lake; it is not a weapon forged in this world but in another. The sword comes from this other realm and, once Arthur is defeated and dying, it must be returned there. This motif is not unique to the Arthurian legend but is borrowed from Celtic tradition in which the magical weapon must be returned to its source.

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In some versions of the story, the knight Sir Girflet, who has survived the final battle between Arthur and Mordred, is given the task of throwing Excalibur back into the lake; in Malory this falls to Sir Bedevere. Whether Girflet or Bedevere, Arthur's command that Excalibur be returned to where it came from goes unheeded twice since the knight he sends on the errand cannot see the sense in throwing away such a noble and powerful weapon.
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This failure on the part of one of Arthur's most trusted companions resonates with the Christian story of the betrayal of Christ by Judas, as it is intended to, and points to the same meaning: that the world cannot understand or appreciate the efforts of the divine will to help it rise to more than what it thinks it can be.
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2020.08.18 18:09 patbaenlothmartucci was gonna be a vent, turned into my story

(this was posted in gifted first, hence wording)
was gonna be a vent, but it turned into my story
first off, I just want to apologize for posting a lot of depressing shit in here kind of often; if it's too much or not warranted, please feel free to not approve of it and let me know. I won't take personally at all lol. I just need to vent sometimes (maybe a bit more than sometimes), and I feel like while everyone in here may not suffer from depression or other mental illnesses there's just a better chance for people to "get it" on a level that they can communicate well. but that being said, I feel kinda guilty and embarrassed by it so just let me know if it's not cool. and either way, thanks for reading
so anyway, onto the actual topic: are any of you guys in your mid 20s-ish or higher, dealing with or have dealt with mental illness issues that you feel go hand in hand with your giftedness?
to explain my situation:
I'm about to be 27 here in just a couple of days, and I am a NEET on gov't disability. I also just found this thing that sums me up as a kid basically to a T:
"While seeming to waste a great deal of time, children like Lydia are actually engaged in intense exploration of their own ideas. They get caught on a problem or question and spend all their time thinking about it. Thus, Lydia solves the math problem several chapters ahead but does not do her homework. To force herself to do the homework is difficult. Usually she feels that school and home chores are intrusive and demand a great deal of her time and energy with little left for her own pursuits. Since her mind is constantly active, there is usually a strong pull towards solving a problem or thinking about something, and she cannot stop herself and put it away until a more convenient time. To do so is too painful; it feels as if a part of herself is being cut off or squeezed into a tiny box. The pressure of being in the box is too much and then Lydia explodes.
Following the task demands in school is also difficult. Lydia appears to run out of interest part way through long term projects even when she selects them. Teachers see her as unmotivated, even manipulative. Yet, for Lydia, it is impossible to go back and accomplish what the teachers want. She has already organized, analyzed, and created a complete response in her mind and gone on to another interest; she is simply somewhere else by the time the work is due. Lydia also finds it difficult to force her mind into the framework that teachers demand. She cannot write a paper using an outline and index cards full of information, or neatly write out every step of a math problem according to the teacher's format. She often cannot answer questions asked in class at the level teachers frame them."
So yeah, this was me. Before I get into this next part though, I want to make it clear how much I try to not blame other people for my own problems. But just looking at everything, it's kind of hard not to.
Basically, my environment was not one that dealt with these things in a proactive way; I'll even go so far as to say they (unintentionally) did the worst possible things they could do. To start, my dad has very bad OCD and probably a small tinge of Aspbergers; he's incredibly smart, a chemical engineer, but he's also incapable of seeing things from other perspectives (let alone knowing how to deal with them). He's also very stubborn and hardworking;!brought himself up out of an extremely impoverished situation, so he has kind of a big head. "My way or the highway" sums him up pretty well, and it's hard to challenge it because he's kind of right; he's a smart dude who singlehandedly pulled himself out of the projects (we're white though, just to frame the image better), so between that and his already-rigid brain it's totally understandable why he'd be so sure of himself.
However, that also made him basically the worst match for me; a clever-but-impertinent lightning bolt who for some reason is just stubborn and self-assured as he is, except he's a 9 year old.
My mom, on the other hand, died while birthing me over 2 months early. Now, in recent-ish years I've done a good deal of research into emotional and developmental problems that can develop from that happening, and there are kind of a lot; look up secure attachment if you're curious. From what everybody tells me though, she was kind of the opposite of my dad; a massive-hearted, caring, vibrant, also hardworking & from a poor background elder-insurance agent who would have been the most doting Jewish mother ever.
My dad remarried when I was 4 though, and what's more: she legally adopted me. I call her Mom, always have, and I do love her; I also know she loves me, and always has. However, because of my dad's traditional and hardlined nature, she stayed far out of the way when it came to any parenting decisions/disciplining. I also think though, if we're being honest, that maybe because I wasn't biologically hers, that there was a slightly reduced level of natural motherly instinct on her end; where I feel like the stereotypical mom comes in and checks on you after you have an episode, sits with you, talks with you, she stayed clear during and all "bad" moments.
Lastly, school. FUCK school.
To preface: Mom comes from a traditional Irish Catholic background, and given that she was taking me in fully, she had me baptized. It's ironic because my birth-Mom's family is Jewish, and my dad is atheist x1000; she would make me go to church with her every sunday (the WORST), he only (and clearly begrudgingly) came with on holidays. And since we lived in the actual city of Cleveland (rough), they sent me to the church's school instead of the public system. I know they thought they were doing me a favor, but–
insert Lydia
add fact that all teachers were late middle-aged conservative-temperamented religious women
Honestly, I feel bad for them for having to deal with me lol. The first big thing, of course, was God; when Mom first thrust me into the church thing at 4, I honestly and truly believed it was like a symbolic fairy-tale sort of thing; it wasn't until I started going to school, having to do religion class, that I realized they ACTUALLY believed in the stuff.
Right off the bat, moral dilemma: lying is bad, right? So when we're doing our first kindergarten assignments, probably having to say something we like about God or whatever, I naturally tell the truth: "well....I don't think he's real, so....". I don't remember specifically how they responded the first time, and I've gotta believe it was in an earnest trying-nicely-to-explain way, but obviously it didn't click (I didn't even believe in Santa or anything at this point either). So over the years, that developed into a full blown issue; I was doing the right thing and being honest (I also had/have an extremely high moral standards), but I'd get in trouble for it. I'd ask why, not out of intended impertinence but just genuine gifted curiosity, and would get no real answers. I'd start getting frustrated, point out that they're not giving me real answers, which would just lead to more resentful teachers and worse punishments. This also happened in most other areas, constantly, and it was absolutely soul crushing; I can vividly remember being deeply depressed about it in first grade.
Now, I'm not gonna get into the details of either my giftedness or how I fared socially; I'll just summarize it:
my grades started slipping in 3rd grade, in 4th grade I stopped doing homework (and would lie about it to my parents, adding to guilt), 5th grade I stopped bothering to hide it and started acting out a bit harder, 6th grade I started "giving up" in every sense of the word and started seeing a counselorn, 7th grade I started having agressive outbursts and mood swings (basically got expelled), 8th grade we moved and I got an official depression diagnosis, 9th that changed to bipolar disorder, and the rest is just the rest; specific events and memories, not just the vague blur of feelings.
once my grades started slipping, mom and dad stopped smiling at me. then with the acting out came endless groundings, endless crying alone in my room with nobody coming to check on me. and that's really the biggest defining feeling: loneliness, and longing to feel like someone loved and valued me just for being me, not having to get good grades to matter to anyone. and the more I started hurting, the more I wanted the love and understanding, the angrier they got with me. I isolated more and more, and by the time I was 12 started wondering if maybe I was cursed for killing my mom. it was so fucking bad.
now, in their defense(s): simply put, they didn't know what to do or what was going on because I couldn't communicate anything properly; I was drowning in so many feelings that I couldn't make sense of them, let alone describe them. I would just isolate and try to escape by any means necessary, and I explicitly tried to hide the feelings, so I can see where the perceived laziness came from. also, we were poor; my dad went back to college when I was in kindergarten; he dropped out of college his freshman year because he didn't have enough money, and worked as a blue collar laborer from then until he went back. then after he graduated he couldn't find a job for so long. also, my brother was born when I was 8, so obviously that took up time as well. point being, I cannot and do not blame or resent them anymore for anything; looking back, I can see that they really did/do love me, they just were so perplexed and overwhelmed by my behavior that they didn't know what to do (especially having come from poor, working class backgrounds). I love them, and appreciate that they at least sent me to therapists right away; they never once told me "you're fine, just suck it up", like so many parents do. (also it was CLEAR that I was not fine).
with school, kind of the same thing: once we moved in 8th grade, to a new city, I had literally shut down; slept in class, never did anything, I was even in special needs classes lol. point being, maybe if I had been able to open up more they would have seen that I'm actually kind of smart, and been able to deal with it accordingly and in a way that could have actually helped me.
but it's just so hard.
like I said before, by the time 7th grade kicked I was beyond done; I had given up on myself, the world, and had zero motivation. so then, as I got older and started seeing the world from a more wide view, I was literally repulsed; "society is inherently fucked because people are inherently fucked, I have zero desire to be part of this, I would rather die." my emotional needs were so neglected, how could I bother to care about, believe or trust in anything?
there were some okay things though. first off, books. then, video games. then, manga. and then the big one: music. and music = metal
I'll straight up admit it, the only reason it appealed to me is because the aesthetic was "cool", and seeing that I was the polar opposite of cool (fat nerdy cringelord), I wanted to be it more than anything in the world. besides, cool people were looked up to by others; people were drawn to them, admired them, but they didn't have to pretend to be nice and happy to get them to. also, to be fair, even before really being socialized I had always thought guys with long hair looked awesome, and had always liked the edgy characters in things (saiyan saga piccolo in dbz, for example). but anyway, it thankfully clicked with me creatively too; I started playing bass at 16 (because I thought people would laugh at me if I tried to play guitar).
still, it didn't make me cool, or even feel cool; I was fat, thought I was repulsively ugly in every sense of the word, knew I didn't have an attractive personality. so instead, I would become friends with the hottest girls (probably in true gifted fashion), we'd get close, I'd fall "in love", would start feeling like shit because I knew they didn't feel the same way, would eventually tell them, they "love me like a brother", we'd grow distant, repeat. I cannot properly communicate in words how much I hated myself. lol
but
winter of senior year, I stopped taking the giant cocktail of meds I'd been on since 9th grade. I'd also switched to an online school because the previous year I had stopped going to school entirety; I'd just sleep all day, not leave my room for days a time, got charged with truancy and shit. but anyway, I didn't do any of the work for the whole year until the last week, did all of it in 4 days and passed (even though everyone kept saying I was going to fail, and didn't believe me when I said I wouldn't). so that was nice.
but THEN, something even better happened: I started losing weight out of nowhere (almost certainly because of stopping the meds). the rush of happiness it gave me triggered some mania, I went crazy with it and lost 100 pounds in 10 months.
AND THEN, the best (and most shallow) thing:
right when I started losing weight, I started noticing girls looking at me. it was nice, sure, but remember; I only had a thing for girls who were infinitely out of my league. once it was all shedded though, two things happened simultaneously:
so THAT was kind of a lightning bolt. however, mixed with my empty well of self worth, it was also a nightmare. I'm not gonna get into the details of that whole thing though, my "love quest" or whatever, because it's it's own novel, but it ended 3 years ago on the best note possible: getting the courage to message one of the hottest of the hots from high school days (girlfriend of this dude from a popular local band). I never met her in person, just kinda was friends with him and would gush over her facebook. but anyway, she responds, I squeal, discover within 2 hours that she's the exact opposite of what I'd she was probably like, that she's actually a lot like me; border between bright and gifted, similar mental health issues that cause her to think like and have basically the same temperament as me, nerd, no real world motivation, we almost never fight, fiercely loyal, intimate bonds are a treasure, etc. I could go on and on, but the best way to sum her up: I never believed in an afterlife or anything, still don't, but she really makes me wonder if my mom might have sent her to me to fill the void that she wasn't able to fill herself. she accepts me, doesn't judge me (even for the NEETness), makes me feel loved and understood, and I never want to be without her. she makes me feel like dreams can be real. and to add onto it, I live with her and her mom, and we have 3 pefect babies:
so that's cool lol. I guess it's nice to end on a good note? I dunno
couple last things to get out:
okay wow, this took some turns and came out to be everything I've every wanted to share lol. damn. I dunno
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2020.08.18 18:06 patbaenlothmartucci was gonna be a vent, but it turned into my story

first off, I just want to apologize for posting a lot of depressing shit in here kind of often; if it's too much or not warranted, please feel free to not approve of it and let me know. I won't take personally at all lol. I just need to vent sometimes (maybe a bit more than sometimes), and I feel like while everyone in here may not suffer from depression or other mental illnesses there's just a better chance for people to "get it" on a level that they can communicate well. but that being said, I feel kinda guilty and embarrassed by it so just let me know if it's not cool. and either way, thanks for reading
so anyway, onto the actual topic: are any of you guys in your mid 20s-ish or higher, dealing with or have dealt with mental illness issues that you feel go hand in hand with your giftedness?
to explain my situation:
I'm about to be 27 here in just a couple of days, and I am a NEET on gov't disability. I also just found this thing that sums me up as a kid basically to a T:
"While seeming to waste a great deal of time, children like Lydia are actually engaged in intense exploration of their own ideas. They get caught on a problem or question and spend all their time thinking about it. Thus, Lydia solves the math problem several chapters ahead but does not do her homework. To force herself to do the homework is difficult. Usually she feels that school and home chores are intrusive and demand a great deal of her time and energy with little left for her own pursuits. Since her mind is constantly active, there is usually a strong pull towards solving a problem or thinking about something, and she cannot stop herself and put it away until a more convenient time. To do so is too painful; it feels as if a part of herself is being cut off or squeezed into a tiny box. The pressure of being in the box is too much and then Lydia explodes.
Following the task demands in school is also difficult. Lydia appears to run out of interest part way through long term projects even when she selects them. Teachers see her as unmotivated, even manipulative. Yet, for Lydia, it is impossible to go back and accomplish what the teachers want. She has already organized, analyzed, and created a complete response in her mind and gone on to another interest; she is simply somewhere else by the time the work is due. Lydia also finds it difficult to force her mind into the framework that teachers demand. She cannot write a paper using an outline and index cards full of information, or neatly write out every step of a math problem according to the teacher's format. She often cannot answer questions asked in class at the level teachers frame them."
So yeah, this was me. Before I get into this next part though, I want to make it clear how much I try to not blame other people for my own problems. But just looking at everything, it's kind of hard not to.
Basically, my environment was not one that dealt with these things in a proactive way; I'll even go so far as to say they (unintentionally) did the worst possible things they could do. To start, my dad has very bad OCD and probably a small tinge of Aspbergers; he's incredibly smart, a chemical engineer, but he's also incapable of seeing things from other perspectives (let alone knowing how to deal with them). He's also very stubborn and hardworking;!brought himself up out of an extremely impoverished situation, so he has kind of a big head. "My way or the highway" sums him up pretty well, and it's hard to challenge it because he's kind of right; he's a smart dude who singlehandedly pulled himself out of the projects (we're white though, just to frame the image better), so between that and his already-rigid brain it's totally understandable why he'd be so sure of himself.
However, that also made him basically the worst match for me; a clever-but-impertinent lightning bolt who for some reason is just stubborn and self-assured as he is, except he's a 9 year old.
My mom, on the other hand, died while birthing me over 2 months early. Now, in recent-ish years I've done a good deal of research into emotional and developmental problems that can develop from that happening, and there are kind of a lot; look up secure attachment if you're curious. From what everybody tells me though, she was kind of the opposite of my dad; a massive-hearted, caring, vibrant, also hardworking & from a poor background elder-insurance agent who would have been the most doting Jewish mother ever.
My dad remarried when I was 4 though, and what's more: she legally adopted me. I call her Mom, always have, and I do love her; I also know she loves me, and always has. However, because of my dad's traditional and hardlined nature, she stayed far out of the way when it came to any parenting decisions/disciplining. I also think though, if we're being honest, that maybe because I wasn't biologically hers, that there was a slightly reduced level of natural motherly instinct on her end; where I feel like the stereotypical mom comes in and checks on you after you have an episode, sits with you, talks with you, she stayed clear during and all "bad" moments.
Lastly, school. FUCK school.
To preface: Mom comes from a traditional Irish Catholic background, and given that she was taking me in fully, she had me baptized. It's ironic because my birth-Mom's family is Jewish, and my dad is atheist x1000; she would make me go to church with her every sunday (the WORST), he only (and clearly begrudgingly) came with on holidays. And since we lived in the actual city of Cleveland (rough), they sent me to the church's school instead of the public system. I know they thought they were doing me a favor, but–
insert Lydia
add fact that all teachers were late middle-aged conservative-temperamented religious women
Honestly, I feel bad for them for having to deal with me lol. The first big thing, of course, was God; when Mom first thrust me into the church thing at 4, I honestly and truly believed it was like a symbolic fairy-tale sort of thing; it wasn't until I started going to school, having to do religion class, that I realized they ACTUALLY believed in the stuff.
Right off the bat, moral dilemma: lying is bad, right? So when we're doing our first kindergarten assignments, probably having to say something we like about God or whatever, I naturally tell the truth: "well....I don't think he's real, so....". I don't remember specifically how they responded the first time, and I've gotta believe it was in an earnest trying-nicely-to-explain way, but obviously it didn't click (I didn't even believe in Santa or anything at this point either). So over the years, that developed into a full blown issue; I was doing the right thing and being honest (I also had/have an extremely high moral standards), but I'd get in trouble for it. I'd ask why, not out of intended impertinence but just genuine gifted curiosity, and would get no real answers. I'd start getting frustrated, point out that they're not giving me real answers, which would just lead to more resentful teachers and worse punishments. This also happened in most other areas, constantly, and it was absolutely soul crushing; I can vividly remember being deeply depressed about it in first grade.
Now, I'm not gonna get into the details of either my giftedness or how I fared socially; I'll just summarize it:
my grades started slipping in 3rd grade, in 4th grade I stopped doing homework (and would lie about it to my parents, adding to guilt), 5th grade I stopped bothering to hide it and started acting out a bit harder, 6th grade I started "giving up" in every sense of the word and started seeing a counselorn, 7th grade I started having agressive outbursts and mood swings (basically got expelled), 8th grade we moved and I got an official depression diagnosis, 9th that changed to bipolar disorder, and the rest is just the rest; specific events and memories, not just the vague blur of feelings.
once my grades started slipping, mom and dad stopped smiling at me. then with the acting out came endless groundings, endless crying alone in my room with nobody coming to check on me. and that's really the biggest defining feeling: loneliness, and longing to feel like someone loved and valued me just for being me, not having to get good grades to matter to anyone. and the more I started hurting, the more I wanted the love and understanding, the angrier they got with me. I isolated more and more, and by the time I was 12 started wondering if maybe I was cursed for killing my mom. it was so fucking bad.
now, in their defense(s): simply put, they didn't know what to do or what was going on because I couldn't communicate anything properly; I was drowning in so many feelings that I couldn't make sense of them, let alone describe them. I would just isolate and try to escape by any means necessary, and I explicitly tried to hide the feelings, so I can see where the perceived laziness came from. also, we were poor; my dad went back to college when I was in kindergarten; he dropped out of college his freshman year because he didn't have enough money, and worked as a blue collar laborer from then until he went back. then after he graduated he couldn't find a job for so long. also, my brother was born when I was 8, so obviously that took up time as well. point being, I cannot and do not blame or resent them anymore for anything; looking back, I can see that they really did/do love me, they just were so perplexed and overwhelmed by my behavior that they didn't know what to do (especially having come from poor, working class backgrounds). I love them, and appreciate that they at least sent me to therapists right away; they never once told me "you're fine, just suck it up", like so many parents do. (also it was CLEAR that I was not fine).
with school, kind of the same thing: once we moved in 8th grade, to a new city, I had literally shut down; slept in class, never did anything, I was even in special needs classes lol. point being, maybe if I had been able to open up more they would have seen that I'm actually kind of smart, and been able to deal with it accordingly and in a way that could have actually helped me.
but it's just so hard.
like I said before, by the time 7th grade kicked I was beyond done; I had given up on myself, the world, and had zero motivation. so then, as I got older and started seeing the world from a more wide view, I was literally repulsed; "society is inherently fucked because people are inherently fucked, I have zero desire to be part of this, I would rather die." my emotional needs were so neglected, how could I bother to care about, believe or trust in anything?
there were some okay things though. first off, books. then, video games. then, manga. and then the big one: music. and music = metal
I'll straight up admit it, the only reason it appealed to me is because the aesthetic was "cool", and seeing that I was the polar opposite of cool (fat nerdy cringelord), I wanted to be it more than anything in the world. besides, cool people were looked up to by others; people were drawn to them, admired them, but they didn't have to pretend to be nice and happy to get them to. also, to be fair, even before really being socialized I had always thought guys with long hair looked awesome, and had always liked the edgy characters in things (saiyan saga piccolo in dbz, for example). but anyway, it thankfully clicked with me creatively too; I started playing bass at 16 (because I thought people would laugh at me if I tried to play guitar).
still, it didn't make me cool, or even feel cool; I was fat, thought I was repulsively ugly in every sense of the word, knew I didn't have an attractive personality. so instead, I would become friends with the hottest girls (probably in true gifted fashion), we'd get close, I'd fall "in love", would start feeling like shit because I knew they didn't feel the same way, would eventually tell them, they "love me like a brother", we'd grow distant, repeat. I cannot properly communicate in words how much I hated myself. lol
but
winter of senior year, I stopped taking the giant cocktail of meds I'd been on since 9th grade. I'd also switched to an online school because the previous year I had stopped going to school entirety; I'd just sleep all day, not leave my room for days a time, got charged with truancy and shit. but anyway, I didn't do any of the work for the whole year until the last week, did all of it in 4 days and passed (even though everyone kept saying I was going to fail, and didn't believe me when I said I wouldn't). so that was nice.
but THEN, something even better happened: I started losing weight out of nowhere (almost certainly because of stopping the meds). the rush of happiness it gave me triggered some mania, I went crazy with it and lost 100 pounds in 10 months.
AND THEN, the best (and most shallow) thing:
right when I started losing weight, I started noticing girls looking at me. it was nice, sure, but remember; I only had a thing for girls who were infinitely out of my league. once it was all shedded though, two things happened simultaneously:
so THAT was kind of a lightning bolt. however, mixed with my empty well of self worth, it was also a nightmare. I'm not gonna get into the details of that whole thing though, my "love quest" or whatever, because it's it's own novel, but it ended 3 years ago on the best note possible: getting the courage to message one of the hottest of the hots from high school days (girlfriend of this dude from a popular local band). I never met her in person, just kinda was friends with him and would gush over her facebook. but anyway, she responds, I squeal, discover within 2 hours that she's the exact opposite of what I'd she was probably like, that she's actually a lot like me; border between bright and gifted, similar mental health issues that cause her to think like and have basically the same temperament as me, nerd, no real world motivation, we almost never fight, fiercely loyal, intimate bonds are a treasure, etc. I could go on and on, but the best way to sum her up: I never believed in an afterlife or anything, still don't, but she really makes me wonder if my mom might have sent her to me to fill the void that she wasn't able to fill herself. she accepts me, doesn't judge me (even for the NEETness), makes me feel loved and understood, and I never want to be without her. she makes me feel like dreams can be real. and to add onto it, I live with her and her mom, and we have 3 pefect babies:
so that's cool lol. I guess it's nice to end on a good note? I dunno
couple last things to get out:
okay wow, this took some turns and came out to be everything I've every wanted to share lol. damn. I dunno
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2020.08.17 17:54 rusticgorilla [Lost in the Sauce] Trump pressures Durham to release anti-Biden material before election

Welcome to Lost in the Sauce, keeping you caught up on political and legal news that often gets buried in distractions and theater… or a global health crisis.
Housekeeping:

Russian disinformation and the US election

Trump publicly pressured Attorney General Bill Barr and U.S. Attorney John Durham to release damaging information on Obama and Biden before the election. Durham was appointed by Barr to investigate the origins of the Russia probe. Barr himself has stated that “we are trying to get some things accomplished before the election.” (clip)
“Bill Barr can go down as the greatest attorney general in the history of our country, or he can go down as an average guy. It depends on what’s going to happen,” the president said. “Bill Barr and Durham have a chance to be — Bill Barr is great most of the time, but if he wants to be politically correct, he’ll be just another guy.” (clip)
Trump has told aides he'd like to hold an in-person meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin before the November election. The goal of a summit would reportedly be for the two leaders to announce progress towards a new nuclear arms control agreement between the U.S. and Russia.
Senate Homeland Security Chairman Ron Johnson admitted his Obama-Biden probe “would certainly help Donald Trump win reelection.” The admission is another piece of mounting evidence that the Republican-led Senate probes have no basis and are intended to tank Biden’s support à la the Benghazi hearings in 2016.
Republicans, including Sen. Johnson himself, supported Obama and Biden’s efforts to reform Ukraine in 2016 - their outrage began only once Biden started winning primaries.
At a Senate hearing in 2016, a number of GOP senators who are still in office today sat in attendance during discussions of the Obama administration’s approach to Ukraine. At those hearings, officials and outside experts repeatedly discussed the need to remove the prosecutor in question — Viktor Shokin, the prosecutor general — describing this imperative as central to official U.S. policy.
...What this shows is that ousting the prosecutor was about fighting corruption in Ukraine as a matter of administration policy — and that GOP senators understood this full well at the time. Indeed, none of that stirred any controversy.
  • Further reading: “The Senate Created a Playbook to Counter Foreign Influence. Then it Did the Opposite,” Just Security
Johnson also suggested last week that subpoenas to former FBI Director James Comey and former CIA Director John Brennan were being blocked by at least one Republican member of the committee. "We had a number of my committee members that were highly concerned about how this looks politically," Johnson said. While Johnson did not name the senator(s) involved, it is speculated that Mitt Romney may be the chief holdout.
Last week, Johnson issued the first subpoena of his Senate probe to FBI Director Christopher Wray, demanding documents but not testimony. Specifically, it asks for “all documents related to the Crossfire Hurricane investigation” — the FBI’s counterintelligence probe into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election.
  • Days after the subpoena was issued, Trump publicly criticized Wray for not being more helpful to his re-election effort, saying: “We have an election coming up. I wish he was more forthcoming, he certainly hasn't been. There are documents that they want to get, and we have said we want to get. We're going to find out if he's going to give those documents. But certainly he's been very, very protective.” (clip)
Intelligence officials appear to distrust Johnson and his investigation. The CIA has ignored requests to brief committee members regarding the allegations against Biden and his son. According to Politico, Johnson is considered “toxic” by some members of the intelligence community. Furthermore, the committee has accepted material from a Ukrainian lawmaker identified by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence as a tool of a Russian election interference effort.
  • On Sunday, Trump retweeted audio of a conversation between Biden and Poroshenko that was released earlier this year by Derkach. Trump is amplifying disinformation released by a man his own intelligence advisers have publicly called a Russian asset.
EDIT, NEW: Sen. Wyden says the FBI has been improperly prioritizing Senate GOP-led investigations targeting Trump’s political foes and leaving Dem side of the committees in the dark. He accuses the FBI of “succumbing to political pressure from Republicans" by agreeing to "surge" resources to comply with their document requests.
“Providing documents to committee majorities without disclosure to the minority is unacceptable,” Wyden later added. “Providing access to documents for review by Republican staffers without notice to, or inclusion of, Democratic staff is also unacceptable.”
Last year, the Senate Intelligence Committee notified federal prosecutors that Jared Kushner, Don Jr., and several Trump associates may have committed perjury during their testimony in the panel’s investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election. In a letter to the U.S. attorney’s office in Washington, D.C., the committee indicated the evidence of perjury was strongest in the testimony of the president’s former chief strategist, Stephen K. Bannon, former campaign co-chair Sam Clovis, and private security contractor Erik Prince.

Trump finances and campaign

A watchdog group is asking Manhattan DA Vance and the FBI to look into whether Trump violated the law by filing false documents with the U.S. government to hide the financial health of himself and his company. U.K. records indicate that Trump has inflated the value of his Scottish and Irish resorts by at least $152 million more than they’re actually worth.
“It was my experience that Mr. Trump inflated his total assets when it served his purposes, such as trying to be listed amongst the wealthiest people in Forbes, and deflated his assets to reduce his real estate taxes,” Michael Cohen said.
Trump has decided to accept the Republican nomination from the White House, an idea even some Republicans have criticized. Under federal law, government employees and property are generally barred from being used for political purposes. The Hatch Act exempts the President but not any other officials - campaign or administration. So anyone who helps set up the event will be in violation of the law.
  • Administration officials have been cited for breaking the Hatch Act 13 times by federal investigators at the Office of Special Counsel. Twelve more investigations are underway.
Trump’s hotel, down the street from the White House, just so happens to have spiked its room rates by more than 60% for the dates around Trump’s nomination speech. A night during the week of Trump’s speech is listed as between $795 to $2,070, up from a $495 starting rate offered for the weeks before and after the RNC nomination.
“When it comes to the Trump Hotel, DC, there’s a clear correlation between rate hikes and Trump events in the area, even though it is both one of the most expensive hotels in the city and generally fairly empty,” Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington Communications Director Jordan Libowitz said.
Taxpayers are paying for Trump’s re-election campaign. Over the past couple of weeks, Trump has held rallies and campaign speeches sold as “press conferences,” sometimes even inviting his golf resort’s paying members to serve as a live audience.
Turning official White House business into a re-election rally—particularly a special rally, at your own golf course, for people who pay you for access—is using taxpayer money for personal use. That’s corruption.
Trump has made close to $1.5 million in income over the past three years from his online store selling products made overseas. As of last Friday, 180 items in the store are made outside of the US, while only 100 are marked as made in America.

Bad behavior and rule-breaking

The White House has been inviting pro-Trump, conspiracy-spreading outlets to press briefings, violating an agreement with the White House Correspondents’ Association. Last week, the White House had representatives of the Gateway Pundit and Epoch Times admitted to the briefing room, ignoring the 14 person limit put in place to protect reporters from the coronavirus.
  • Trump has already allowed One America News Network to join every day even though the WHCA suspended their access for refusing to comply with the rotation schedule. Trump called on the above three outlets as much as possible, ensuring that he is asked softball questions that advance his agenda. Here is a clip of Trump taking a question from the Gateway Pundit.
  • WHCA’s president, Zeke Miller, said in an email, “It is outrageous that the White House continues to invite ‘guests’ to press briefings, putting the health and safety of everyone in the workspace at greater risk.”
The Government Accountability Office determined that Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf and Acting Deputy Secretary Ken Cuccinelli were invalidly appointed to their positions and are ineligible to serve. The GAO referred the matter to the DHS Inspector General for potential action. It is possible that any actions taken by Wolf and Cuccinelli will also be deemed invalid.
  • Beyond an illegal Acting Secretary and deputy, DHS lacks a chief of staff and the acting general counsel, Chad Mizelle, is just a few years out of law school. There are vacancies, effectively, in all four of the next most-senior DHS positions: There's no Senate-confirmed Under Secretary of Science and Technology nor an Under Secretary for Intelligence and Analysis, (he was fired this month after his office compiled dossiers on reporters). There's an Acting Under Secretary of Management, which oversees FPS (the agency involved in occupying Portland). Furthermore, Chad Wolf is supposed to be the Under Secretary for Strategy, Policy, and Plans, so there's somebody filling in for that role too.
  • The Assistant Secretary for Counterterrorism and Threat Prevention role is vacant. There's also no Senate-confirmed leader for ICE, CBP, or USCIS. At FEMA, in the midst of hurricane and wildfire season, and during a pandemic, both of the deputy roles are vacant.
Michael Pack is continuing his purge at the U.S. Agency for Global Media, removing at least 6 of the top 10 executives last week. Former officials and experts warn the purge could turn broadcasters such as the Voice of America and Radio Free Europe into distributors of propaganda on behalf of the Trump administration.
"This is a pretextual purge," [ousted general counsel David] Kligerman added in an interview. "I think it's designed to remove the career leadership of the agency — the people who are in charge of enforcing the rules and norms."
House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel: "Tonight's actions smack of illegal retaliation… I understand that a number of the individuals who have been relieved had tried to make agency leadership aware of potentially inappropriate or unlawful actions during Mr. Pack's first months in his position.”
Pack hired former rightwing radio show host Frank Wuco as an adviser at USAGM. Wuco promoted fringe conspiracy theories and made numerous racist, homophobic, and Islamophobic statements.
More controversial appointees and staff problems:
  • Trump administration is withdrawing the controversial nomination of William Perry Pendley to serve as director of the Bureau of Land Management. However, Pendley still serves as acting director. In addition to anti-immigrant and Islamophobic comments, Pendley denies the existence of climate change and said there was no evidence of a hole in the ozone layer.
  • Interior Department withheld Trump nominee docs ahead of confirmation, watchdog finds. House Democrats accused Trump administration officials of having “orchestrated a coverup to protect Secretary Bernhardt during his confirmation.” Additionally, they allege Interior Department solicitor Daniel Jorjani provided false information under oath.
  • Trump reportedly plans on removing Defense Secretary Mark Esper after the November election. Trump is upset with Esper’s opposition to invoking the Insurrection Act to deploy active-duty forces to quell civil unrest following George Floyd’s death.
  • Trump Appoints Voting Rights Act Critic and Voter Suppression Advocate to U.S. Civil Rights Commission
  • Trump's ambassador to Britain, Robert "Woody" Johnson, made inappropriate comments on race, religion, and gender to embassy staff. Reminder: Johnson has come under scrutiny for suggesting to a British official that the annual British Open be played at the Turnberry golf course in Scotland owned by Trump. The House Foreign Affairs Cmte. has called him to testify on Sept. 30.
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