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Interception Chapter 2: REMEMBRANCE

2020.09.29 18:47 QNine Interception Chapter 2: REMEMBRANCE

In this chapter, Saz tries to remember.
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Saz sat on the shredded couch, a cup of herbal tea with a splash of laze mixed in to calm his mind and help with the unwinding. "The more stress you put on the connections, the longer it takes." The witch told him.
The witch, Minerva, sat next to her console and told him everything she knew about him. She told him that he had contacted her earlier that week for an interception, she admitted to him that she had lied about being capable of intercepting him, she had done plenty of interception before, but never for a human. In hindsight, she wished she hadn't agreed to their deal. Human interceptions were not unheard of, in fact they were theoretically feasible and were one of the primary ways people were abducted and held for ransom, or worse, sold into slave labor. Various systems had been put into place to prevent such a thing, but even then crafty hackers could still reroute a human mid sprint. Human interceptions typically left the victim dazed and confused for hours, sometimes days, as their mind unwound. There were tales of people being intercepted and sold into slavery, who didn't know any better, obeying commands as if they were always a mindless drone, until months later when everything flooded back to them and they realized everything they knew had been taken from them.
Since her sprinter was outfitted only for inanimate objects, and not living beings, she had told him to sprint naked, just to be safe, and if he had any augments to have them removed. Saz was not augmented, as far as he remembered. It would require two trips, one for him and the other for the goods. When he arrived she had left the room to give him "some decency" while he changed and adapted to his new surroundings. Probably not the best idea for somebody suffering from temporary amnesia.
"Made a few modifications to help with the unwinding," she said. "Been a while since I've worked on a sprinter though. Hopefully I didn't fuck it up. You're welcome to stay until you fully unwind. But, "she stuck out a finger, "on the condition that you stay within this room. When you're ready to leave I'll have you blindfolded. Can't have you knowing where I am. We're in a similar line of work, I hope you understand."
Saz nodded and sipped his tea.
He held out his hands, he recognized them easily. From their olive undertones, to the pale scare tissue wrapped around his right wrists like a fleshy bracelet. His left arm was spotted with lighter scare tissue, small and irregular, like a pale leopard.
He placed his right hand on his hair, well head. There wasn't much up there. A short buzz cut, no longer than the thickness of his fingers. He wondered what color his hair was. Brown maybe?
"I got to make a quick call," Minerva said. "You promise you won't strangle me again?"
"Promise," Saz said.
She left the room, leaving Saz alone with his thoughts.
Like dancers moving across a dance floor while the lights strobe about them, memories appeared and disappeared, as soon as he'd remember something it would be gone, only an after image remained in their place. He'd see a clear image of a gun, held by gristle harry hands. Only hands though, the rest of the body faded into a dark hulking silhouette.
There was a woman with neon pink hair fully illuminated standing in an alley flashing neon signs hung above her, and then she was gone. Then another woman with neon blue hair, her face a dull blue, like glowworms in a dark cave. On her shoulder sat a glowing red five pointed star. Each time she flashed into existence, her hair was different. Her face, a void, but in each iteration she bore the same glowing red star on her shoulder.
He remembered his line of work, or at least of them. He been a runner. He ran chems and other contraband substances from point A to point B, then return back with the cash. He had come to Case City for the big bucks, it was the only city that still printed its own physical currency, making a paradise for libertarians and outlaws alike.
The hatched door swung open, Saz looked over. Minerva shut the door behind her.
"I hope you're happy," she said, "I canceled the date."
"Aren't you a little old to be dating?" Saz asked. "Don't you have grand kids or something?"
"Hun," she said, "you're never too old to have a little fun." She still wore the black dress, the drops of light still trickling down the fabric. "Oh, and that's thirty six strands you made me tear. A hundred and eighty extra bucks coming out of your bill."
"Fine," Saz sighed. So what's your story?" Saz asked.
"I intercept, I get paid, I make a living. Nothing else too it," she said.
"Did you make that yourself?" He pointed towards the sprinter in the middle of the room.
"What makes you think so?"
"Sprinters aren't supposed to look like that. Looks like you Frankensteined your own."
"I'm not going to have the kid with a wound up head tell me what a sprinter should or shouldn't look like. Pfft," she spun on her chair. "You get back to your business, and I'll get back to mine."
She turned around and began working on the console again. Case watched the sprinter, he knew what they were supposed to look like. That was burned deep into his minds eye. They were supposed to be larger than this, have holoscreens and dials for picking your route, and have a protective shielding. This one was barebone, just a stainless steel coffin, no protective glass or anything. It was either cheap old crap or counterfeit. He knew more about sprinters than himself at this point. In one sense it was relieving to know so much about one thing when he knew nothing else at all, but in another sense he was frustrated that he only knew so much about one thing.
The sprinter began to purr, the purple plasma drifted across the invisible barrier between the room and whatever hocus pocus wonderland lied in the chasms between sprinters. He envisioned a three dimensional roadmap, with highways, feeder streets, main arteries, all the way down to the rustic dirt roads. Each road terminating at a different sprinter, allowing who (or what) ever entered to be whisked away faster than the speed of light from one place to another. He saw the network with clarity, The Case City Network, the CCN.
He watched the specs of light dance across the plasma membrane. The plasma functioned like a break, slowing down the matter passing through the CCN. A sprinter warped only a few packets of matter at a time, in order to not clog up the routes. Whenever a packet hit the plasma would light up like a firefly in the night sky. After the packet of matter had been sufficiently slowed down the sprinter itself would begin organizing said material in accordance to the blueprints it had received from the sender side. The machine would then begin piecing together the packets using a mix of nanomachines and other high tech wizardry he either didn't know or couldn't remember. You were effectively dead the moment you began sprinting, only to be miraculously brought to life in another within a few minutes of entering one. Because of this, sprinters had earned various nicknames: coffins, caskets, death booths, Lazarus chambers, and so on.
In theory the material was the same between both ends, but sometimes a packet would be lost or mixed up, most of the time it was benign, other times people would emerge with missing organs, or limbs they had not entered the sprinter with. The cases were few and far between, and mostly happened with counterfeit sprinters. Saz looked at his hands, they looked right to him, seamless and the right proportions.
The sprinter's plasma barrier retreated back into its hiding spot, like the ocean retreating from the shoreline during a low tide. In the middle of the metallic coffin sat a black box with a white cross atop it. Case stood up and looked at it curiously.
"Hey, hey," Minerva said, "don't touch that." She stood up from her console and walked to the sprinter.
"I wasn't going to," he said. "What is it?"
"Medicine," she said. She sat herself down on the side of the sprinter and retrieved the box. She opened it and produced a small flask. "I'm sure they won't mind being one vile short." She sat the box back down in the center of the sprinter and turned to Saz. "Take this," she held the vile towards Saz. He took it and sat back down on the couch.
"What is it?" He held the vial up to his eyes and inspected the label. 'REMEMBRANCE' it said in bold letters, beneath it in smaller text, 'Case Co Biolabs.'
"Supposed to help with the unwinding," she said. "You're lucky that was my first interception tonight."
"How do I take it?"
"Open it," she mimed a twisting motion with her hands, "and bottoms up."
Saz twisted the top off and peered into the vial. A green liquid sat within the container's walls. He tossed his head back and downed the medicine. It tasted of oil and rotten fruit. He gagged.
"Taste like shit, but works like a charm," she smiled. "No, don't spit it out."
Saz's gag reflexes overloaded his throat. His throat closed up and his diaphragm began convulsing, he coughed the green liquid up. Some of the green serum spilled on the couch. Minerva rushed over and snatched the vial from his hands.
"No, no, no," she said, "you are not wasting this. Did you swallow any?"
"A little bit, bleh," Saz stuck out his tongue, "I think."
She sighed and screwed the cap back on. "Half left," she said, "we'll give it another shot after your stomach settles." She returned to the console and booted up the sprinter again.
"What are you doing?" Saz asked.
"Figured I'd make a little cash intercepting tonight," she said, her back turned towards him. "If I got to babysit you in the sprinter room might as well."
"Why would anyone want that vile stuff?" The taste still lingered in his mouth.
"Runners using counterfeit sprinters mostly, or maybe a sprinting station is in need for an emergency," she shrugged. "I don't ask questions, just send it to whoever's paying the most."
The plasma receded reveling an empty casket. His gaze drifted from the casket across the room towards the wall with the light board, "Welcome Saz!" still written in radiant green.
"Why'd you write my name on the board?" Saz asked.
Minerva shrugged. "When you called me for the job I could sense distress in your voice, like something was wrong. I thought maybe it'd help with making you feel welcome." Beneath the hoarseness of her voice, Saz sensed a tinge of warmth in her tone. "Who'd you piss off?" The warmness gone from her voice.
Her console beeped, she spun around on her chair and resumed her work.
"And we have another," she said. The sprinter booted up once again, Saz watched it, waiting to see what lied beneath the curtain. The sprinter did its magic, the plasma curtain closed, and opened. In the middle of the sprinter lied a steel case, maybe a half a meter long an no more than a quarter meter wide.
"Mind checking it for me?" Minerva asked.
"Uhh, sure…" Saz went to the sprinter and opened the case. Nestled inside a crooked crevasse embedded within a cushioned surface sat a black metallic arm. The reflection of the florescent light above the sprinter twisted around the arm like an ever shifting tattoo. At the shoulder of the cybernetic arm, in luminous scarlet sat a flower with five petals, drawn so intricately. A single line started from the tip of the top petal, it traced the outside and spiraled inwards, growing thinner and thinner until it twisted into a perfect circle in the center. He felt his eyes begin to water, he didn't know why.
"A runner without augments? You must be quite the paranoid type," a woman's voice echoed in his head. The same one from earlier. "I don't even want to know where you hide the contraband."
Saz cocked his head.
"How's it look?" Minerva asked.
"Familiar," the word just slipped out of his mouth.
"No, I mean what condition is it in?" She asked.
Saz shrugged. "Looks good to me, what are you doing with this?"
"Close the case and set it by the door," she said.
"I'm not your assistant," Saz said.
"You're going to make a little old lady like myself lift a heavy box like that?"
"I bet you're augmented from head to toe. Just how many implants do you have in you?"
"Didn't your mother tell you to never ask a lady if she's augmented?"
Saz was sure that wasn't a thing people told him not to ask.
"Usually I'd leave that hatch open," she pointed to the door, "let a little bot take care of it, but since you're here I figured I'd give the bots a day off."
"Fine, fine," Saz closed the hatch and lifted the container out of the sprinter. It was lighter than he expected, he carried to the door and sat it down. "There, are you happy? He said walking back to the couch.
"You make a fine assistant," Minerva laughed.
"What's the arm for?" Saz asked, sitting down.
"Refurbishment job," she said. "Client wants it polished."
She didn't mean what she meant, nobody in her line of work would do a simple "refurbishment job." No, he remembered clearly what those words meant for people like her. She was going to wipe it of any ID tags and markings.
"No," Saz shook his head, "you can't do that."
"Yes I can."
"How much are they paying you? I'll double it!" Saz didn't know what he was saying. There was something about that arm that beckoned him to protect it, like a child holding on to a teddy bear while his mother threatened to toss it out.
"Why do you want that arm so badly? It's not even your size, it's clearly a woman's."
"Just please," he closed his eyes. Images of the woman with the luminescent hair and the five pointed star tattoo flashed through his mind's eye like a corrupt video file. He slammed his fists into the couch. "I'll triple it, quadruple it. Just tell me how much."
"Saz, calm down," his eyes were still closed but he heard her voice draw closer. He felt her hand touch his shoulder, her palms were rough and calloused, like a shopkeeper's. "I can sedate you if it'll make this easier. I read some studies that said that dreaming can help with the unwinding process."
"No, I'm fine," he opened his eyes and gazed at the sprinter. "Just give me more tea."
She removed her palm from his shoulder, leaving a cold mark on his skin. He looked at his palms, twinkles of sweat glistened across his skin. Like he had just broken a fever.
Another image of the woman with luminescent hair flashed before his eyes. She was smiling at him, her tattooed gave him a thumbs up. She had long scarlet hair draping to her shoulder, like lava flowing down a volcano. The strands flowed into her flesh, and began gently twisting into a delicate pattern. Soon a five pointed star emerged, and the red river continued flowing inwards. The lines spiraled towards the center, tracing the same pattern over and over again, stars within stars, until it ended in a circle. Her flesh turned pitch black, leaving only the tattoo. He had been wrong, it wasn't a star, it was a flower.
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2020.09.29 18:46 freedomtodie Working on a LitFic novel, I would GREATLY appreciate your thoughts on this (really short) first chapter!

Here it is -- let me know ALL your thoughts. Would you keep reading?
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My favorite picture of all time is one of what looks like a gentle starry night -- a deep black void filled with ten thousand glittering spots of various colors, sizes and shapes -- but the spots, instead of stars are whole galaxies. Unimaginably large galaxies with their own solar systems, in turn with their own planets, in turn with their own moons. A vastness not made for the mind, and the mind not made for it. The very sight of this photo has always made me simultaneously hopeful and sick to my stomach. My view reminded me of it.
Buildings upon buildings faded into the horizon, and in each of those there were windows, and in each window there were more stories than I could dare to fathom. They grew and expanded in so many directions that I might as well have been watching the whole universe. The numerous cars looked just as big as a bunch of fireflies but grew bigger as the city approached and, if I tried hard enough, I could see people in them. Where were they all going?
“Ladies and gentlemen, please fasten your seatbelts and make sure your seats are in their full upright position. We will be landing in Sao Paulo in about 15 minutes.”
I looked around and saw that the chubby toddler who’d spent the last 8 hours screaming at the top of his lungs, as if he knew what sadness looked like, was peacefully asleep. The older woman by my side, who’d told me numerous jokes about choosing the aisle seat to be able to run to the bathroom faster, had her eyes closed and her hands resting on her chest as she mumbled what I assumed to be prayers. I guess they say most accidents happen during descent.
Flights never used to scare me. Being a child of a mother like mine, I’d been to my fair share of them growing up, and fear wasn’t something I’d felt once. My grandma, on the other hand, had never left the state because she was sure that the second she entered an airplane her heart would betray her and she would collapse. Not I, I was a tough-child, the one who beat all the boys in arm wrestling and dissected bugs and loved getting her blood drawn at the doctors. God, blood -- and to think I used to belittle anyone squeamish about it.
The older woman took a deep breath. It is not that now my death scared me, because my mortality had spent a good time in my head and I even reached amiability with it as a teenager. It is, perhaps, the overwhelming anxiety that I imagine would madden me in the process. And the tied hands.
The wheels touched the ground -- or were about to, I could never tell -- and I found myself closing my eyes and letting the loud, continuous hum of the liminal take over me. I felt nothing. Not the weight of the blanket I had thrown over me at some point during the incessant night, nor pressure of the shoes that had halved their sizes since I put them on, nor the air that surely was coming in and out of me. I was home.
Airports feel like New Years Eve. Both give you that bulbous excitement that sits in your chest as ideas sprout and crumble faster than you can count them; the feeling of endless possibilities, the freedom of not having to actually go for any of them. Goodbyes and hellos blend into one homogenous mass and my duty as a quitter feels fulfilled.
I followed the signs to the exit almost robotically, I could have been floating for all I know. As I turned around the opaque glass wall that separated the arrival gate from the lobby, I was met with what looked like two hundred bodies, each one hidden behind white pieces of paper or bouquets or awkward emptiness. I angled my eyes up, 5 degrees or so, to scan their faces and mindlessly swept the place -- left to right, then right to left -- waiting for something familiar to halt my eyes. Nothing did, of course. My mom wouldn’t arrive in time for her own funeral, if it was up to her.
“Where is she?” I suppose the janitor asked, though I could barely find her voice under the thunderstorm. The roof was about to cave in, and the asphalt outside was so wet there was a current running down the street.
“She’s coming, should be here soon” I responded, clueless. Before cell phones, my plan was always to just sit, wait, and hope she hadn’t forgotten me. I was becoming an expert.
I counted the number of branches the big tree in front of the school had. 68.
I took my Strawberry Shortcake pencil case out and organized everything by shade and then by size.
I followed the trail of ants on the blue walls and found where they hid and it looked cozy.
The janitor approached me again and I thought her hair was funny. It was straight, but puffy in a way that confused me. She looked a little bit like Puff, the miniature poodle. I wondered how he was dealing with the storm, he hated the sound of thunder. The janitor looked kind and smelt like cheap pasta -- the whole place did. “Don’t you want to wait in my office?” she asked, holding my elbow. “You’ll catch a cold out here.”
What she called an office was more of a storage room, but it felt warm and safe. I don’t think we exchanged a single word in the two hours that we were in there.
I was almost asleep when we heard a loud, desperate knock on the door. As the door opened, I saw my mom, wet as a dog, for some reason weeping like I had never seen her, running towards me. She held my face and pulled it towards her chest, repeating apology after apology. I didn’t understand why -- I blamed her job, not her. Never her.
As we walked out of the building, I noticed the storm had made the big tree collapse on top of the janitor’s car.
I pushed my three gigantic suitcases to the nearest seat I found, and sat. I looked ridiculous. I was upset at the amount of stuff I had collected over the years.
I began people-watching.
The first person who caught my attention did it authoritatively. Her bright red coat stood out on top of the gray everyone else, and her blonde ponytail was shiny like satin. She must have been in her fifties, but she certainly didn’t look it -- though I guess she did or I wouldn’t have thought that. She looked nervous. She had a disconcerting look on her face, as if she was taking part in a challenge to see who could hold a smile the longest and she was 12 hours in. Her left foot kept tapping the floor with surprising speed, while the rest of her body was frozen as an icicle. I named her Patricia and figured she was recently divorced and meeting up with an online date for the first time, or maybe a guy she drunkenly met at a resort in Fernando de Noronha last summer. Something boring like that, surely.
Right beside Patricia, I found a woman who must have been around my age. She had a huge look in her eyes and arms around a bird-like boy who was around 5 or 10 years old. They kept looking towards the gate and whispering things to each other with such hopefulness it made me smile. Marina and Daniel but I couldn’t, for the life of me, figure out who they were waiting for.
Then my eyes were pulled and redirected, by a divine force if nothing else, to a woman who was coming down the escalator on the other side of the room. She was looking around impatiently, like a corn kernel right before it pops, and had a smile as bright as ten thousand suns. Her eyes jumped from person to person, discarding each and everyone promptly, until they met me. Celia, my mom. The space of time between us finding each other and jumping into a hug was compressed into a single multidirectional flash in which the universe ceased to exist to save us the trouble of following the laws of physics. Six years of not seeing her melted around me, within seconds of being in her arms.
“I might kill myself,” Jonah said, as his eyes calmly scanned me for a reaction. Had he said those words to anyone else, he would have gotten one, but two days prior I’d written a suicide letter and handed it to Claire in case things went south, so I wasn’t fazed. I also knew that throwing those words out with such ease meant that they had been spending a good amount of time at the top of his mind, and nobody who conceptualizes suicide so much is that close to actually doing it.
“If things don’t work out,” he had a silly smile planted on his face that almost came across as sarcastic, “I will just end it all.”
“Okay,” I said, instantly realizing that this word was in no way acceptable as a response to his opening up. So, though that wasn’t my original intention, I continued. “But that’s never the right answer, is it?” I’d heard those words directed at me so many times that they just ran out of my mouth foolishly. I believed suicide was an acceptable answer more often than not, but what could I do now? It was done, I thought, and Jonah now saw me as somebody who wouldn’t ever be able to truly understand him.
“When the only other option is working a job I hate with people I despise and realizing all aspirations I had are distant dreams and that I have wasted most of my life dreaming about becoming but never actually being anything…” the words spilled out of his mouth as his eyes traveled the room and eventually landed on me. “I think it is the only answer that makes sense, yes.” His voice had some sort of anger in it, but it seemed to be directed at me. It always seems so.
“But it’s a worst-case-scenario type of thing, right?” I had given up all hope of being part of the conversation, and was now playing the role of the Curious Psychiatrist, the only one I play well.
“Worst-case-scenario I live a shit life for 70 years without doing anything about it,” he said.
We stared at each other and let a few seconds pass. I wish I could have died right then, so that they would find his eyes in mine, like one of Wilhelm Kühne’s rabbits, and the whole world would be able to feel what I felt.
“What do you want, then?” The words let themselves out.
“To love and be loved.”
As we left the airport, the outline of the city looked awfully big. We turned away from it and drove towards nowhere.
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A Case of Distrust $1.00
A Mortician's Tale $2.00
Aegis Defenders $1.00
AER Memories of Old $1.50
Age of Wonders III $1.00 key
Alien Spidy $1.00
Almost There: The Platformer $1.00
American Fugitive $1.50
Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation $2.00
Automachef $2.00 may keep
Basingstoke $1.50
Battlestar Galactica Deadlock Season One $3.00 may keep
Beat Hazard 2 $1.50
Blackguards $1.00
Book of Demons $2.00
Broken Age (for OUYA) $0.50 NOT STEAM
Broken Age $1.00 STEAM
Broken Sword 5: The Serpent's Curse $2.00
Brothers - A Tale of Two Sons $2.00
Call of Cthulhu $5.00
Capitalism 2 $2.00
Catherine Classic $5.00
Chess Ultra $2.00
Coin Crypt $1.00
CryoFall $2.00
Dark Future: Blood Red States $1.00
Death's Gambit $2.00
Don't Escape: 4 Days to Survive $1.50
Driftland: The Magic Revival $3.00
DUCATI - 90th Anniversary $1.50
EARTHLOCK $2.00
Eterium $0.50
Evergarden $1.00
Evoland Legendary Edition $2.00
Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy Remastered $1.00
Felix the Reaper $2.00
Fictorum $5.00 key
Figment - Soundtrack $0.25
Forager $8.00
Forged Battalion $1.00
Fun with Ragdolls: The Game $3.00
Galactic Civilizations I: Ultimate Edition $1.00
Galactic Civilizations II: Ultimate Edition $1.00
Generation Zero $7.00
Genesis Alpha One Deluxe Edition $2.00
GET EVEN $2.00
GRID (2019) $5.00 Includes Season 1, 2, and 3 DLC
Headsnatchers $1.00 key only
Heave Ho $2.00
Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice $8.00 Includes Hellblade VR version
Hello Neighbor $3.00 both for $5
Hello Neighbor: Hide and Seek $3.00 both for $5
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Horace $2.00
Iconoclasts $7.00 key
Interplanetary: Enhanced Edition $1.00
Jurassic World Evolution: Deluxe Dinosaur Pack DLC $2.00
Lethal League Blaze $5.00
Magicka $1.50
Magix Music Maker $10.00 EDM edition, incl $10 in-app purchase voucher
Manual Samuel $1.50 key
Men of War: Assault Squad 2 $3.00 Includes DLC from War Chest Edition
Metal Unit $1.50
MO:Astray $2.00
MOLEK-SYNTEZ $2.00
Moon Hunters $2.00 key
NASCAR Heat 2 - October Jumbo Expansion $0.25
NEOVERSE $2.00
Niche - A Genetics Survival Game $2.00
Niffelheim $2.00
Night Call $2.00
Override: Mech City Brawl $2.00
PAC-MAN 256 $1.00
Paratopic $1.00
Party Hard $1.00
Puss! $1.00
RAD $3.00
Railway Empire $5.00
Rebuild 3: Gangs of Deadsville $2.00
Redout: Enhanced Edition $5.00 key
Regular Human Basketball $1.00
Remnants of Naezith $2.00
Rise of Industry $5.00
Serial Cleaner $1.00
Shoppe Keep 2 $2.00
Sigma Theory $1.50
Slipstream $2.00
Smashbox Arena $1.50 VR Game
Snake Pass $1.00
Sniper Elite 3 $4.00
Space Beast Terror Fright $8.00 key
Speed Brawl $2.00
Starfinder: Pact Worlds Campaign $2.00 Paizo Rulebook
Strange Brigade $7.00
Stygian: Reign of the Old Ones $2.00
Sundered $2.00
Supraland $3.00
Sword Legacy Omen $1.00
The Bard's Tale IV: Director's Cut $5.00 Includes Bard's Tale Trilogy
The Coma 2: Vicious Sisters $2.00
The Dwarves $1.00
The Hex $2.00
The King's Bird $2.00
The Occupation $4.00
The Office Quest $3.00 key
The Shapeshifting Detective $2.00
The Sims 3 Date Night (Origin) $0.50
The Spiral Scouts $1.00
The Stillness of the Wind $2.00
The Swords of Ditto: Mormo's Curse $2.00
The Warlock of Firetop Mountain $1.00
Through The Darkest of Times $1.00
Train Valley 2 $2.00
Truberbrook $2.00
Turok $2.00
Vampire: The Masquerade - Coteries of New York $3.00
Vampyr $8.00
Verlet Swing $1.50
Vikings - Wolves of Midgard $2.00
Void Bastards $5.00
Warhammer 40,000: Gladius - Relics of War $5.00
We Were Here Together $5.00
Wizard of Legend $3.00
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A Case of Distrust $1.00
A Mortician's Tale $2.00
Aegis Defenders $1.00
AER Memories of Old $1.50
Age of Wonders III $1.00 key
Alien Spidy $1.00
Almost There: The Platformer $1.00
American Fugitive $1.50
Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation $2.00
Automachef $2.00 may keep
Basingstoke $1.50
Battlestar Galactica Deadlock Season One $3.00 may keep
Beat Hazard 2 $1.50
Blackguards $1.00
Book of Demons $2.00
Broken Age (for OUYA) $0.50 NOT STEAM
Broken Age $1.00 STEAM
Broken Sword 5: The Serpent's Curse $2.00
Brothers - A Tale of Two Sons $2.00
Call of Cthulhu $5.00
Capitalism 2 $2.00
Catherine Classic $5.00
Chess Ultra $2.00
Coin Crypt $1.00
CryoFall $2.00
Dark Future: Blood Red States $1.00
Death's Gambit $2.00
Don't Escape: 4 Days to Survive $1.50
Driftland: The Magic Revival $3.00
DUCATI - 90th Anniversary $1.50
EARTHLOCK $2.00
Eterium $0.50
Evergarden $1.00
Evoland Legendary Edition $2.00
Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy Remastered $1.00
Felix the Reaper $2.00
Fictorum $5.00 key
Figment - Soundtrack $0.25
Forager $8.00
Forged Battalion $1.00
Fun with Ragdolls: The Game $3.00
Galactic Civilizations I: Ultimate Edition $1.00
Galactic Civilizations II: Ultimate Edition $1.00
Generation Zero $7.00
Genesis Alpha One Deluxe Edition $2.00
GET EVEN $2.00
GRID (2019) $5.00 Includes Season 1, 2, and 3 DLC
Headsnatchers $1.00 key only
Heave Ho $2.00
Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice $8.00 Includes Hellblade VR version
Hello Neighbor $3.00 both for $5
Hello Neighbor: Hide and Seek $3.00 both for $5
HIVESWAP: ACT 1 $1.00
Horace $2.00
Iconoclasts $7.00 key
Interplanetary: Enhanced Edition $1.00
Jurassic World Evolution: Deluxe Dinosaur Pack DLC $2.00
Lethal League Blaze $5.00
Magicka $1.50
Magix Music Maker $10.00 EDM edition, incl $10 in-app purchase voucher
Manual Samuel $1.50 key
Men of War: Assault Squad 2 $3.00 Includes DLC from War Chest Edition
Metal Unit $1.50
MO:Astray $2.00
MOLEK-SYNTEZ $2.00
Moon Hunters $2.00 key
NASCAR Heat 2 - October Jumbo Expansion $0.25
NEOVERSE $2.00
Niche - A Genetics Survival Game $2.00
Niffelheim $2.00
Night Call $2.00
Override: Mech City Brawl $2.00
PAC-MAN 256 $1.00
Paratopic $1.00
Party Hard $1.00
Puss! $1.00
RAD $3.00
Railway Empire $5.00
Rebuild 3: Gangs of Deadsville $2.00
Redout: Enhanced Edition $5.00 key
Regular Human Basketball $1.00
Remnants of Naezith $2.00
Rise of Industry $5.00
Serial Cleaner $1.00
Shoppe Keep 2 $2.00
Sigma Theory $1.50
Slipstream $2.00
Smashbox Arena $1.50 VR Game
Snake Pass $1.00
Sniper Elite 3 $4.00
Space Beast Terror Fright $8.00 key
Speed Brawl $2.00
Starfinder: Pact Worlds Campaign $2.00 Paizo Rulebook
Strange Brigade $7.00
Stygian: Reign of the Old Ones $2.00
Sundered $2.00
Supraland $3.00
Sword Legacy Omen $1.00
The Bard's Tale IV: Director's Cut $5.00 Includes Bard's Tale Trilogy
The Coma 2: Vicious Sisters $2.00
The Dwarves $1.00
The Hex $2.00
The King's Bird $2.00
The Occupation $4.00
The Office Quest $3.00 key
The Shapeshifting Detective $2.00
The Sims 3 Date Night (Origin) $0.50
The Spiral Scouts $1.00
The Stillness of the Wind $2.00
The Swords of Ditto: Mormo's Curse $2.00
The Warlock of Firetop Mountain $1.00
Through The Darkest of Times $1.00
Train Valley 2 $2.00
Truberbrook $2.00
Turok $2.00
Vampire: The Masquerade - Coteries of New York $3.00
Vampyr $8.00
Verlet Swing $1.50
Vikings - Wolves of Midgard $2.00
Void Bastards $5.00
Warhammer 40,000: Gladius - Relics of War $5.00
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2020.09.29 13:47 cw9595cw Mindfulness And The Power Of Positive Thinking.

I am a recovering alcoholic myself, I 25/m have struggled with alcoholism since 21/m. But earlier this month, I was struck by a car and rear-ended right in the middle of a dark tunnel. I was wearing a helmet and ultimately survived, and nearing the final recovery stages for my accident-related injuries. I am now 20 Days no Alcohol, looking to keep it up. I smoke consistently about twice per day. Approximately every 7:30 am and 7:30 pm. I also Suffer Mild Autism/ASD, as well as Tourette's, Anxiety Depression, OCD, and ADHD. The Asperger's explains the fascination for particular numbers and dates (like Aug 10 or Dec 18/19). Or times/years like 1929 or 1930 and 19:29 or 19:30. It is likely I will repeat information I am excited about (a number or date), but often might accidentally forget a point out or accidentally mislead information unintentionally. I also have an extremely strong imagination (John Lennon taught me to Love and Imagine, George Carlin and Dane Cook taught me to laugh). I am also extremely passionate about trains, as well as great lake freighters and Canadian/American Great Lake shipping. Note: These Novels are not professional, and I do not intend to profit off them, I share them with close friends and family who make helpful suggestions on with to alternate, amend or edit. The Novel I Am Trying To Work On Currently; It's about an Alcoholic Couple and a Stoner Couple who double-date together and also counts and tallies up both their pros/cons. Alcoholic Couple (Becomes Stoner Couple) ; Jackie Rosemary, 24/f, born 1995-12-18, in Jersey City, NJ. USA. Cameron Sage, 24/m, born 1995-12-19, in Jersey City, NJ. USA. Stoner Couple (Remains Stoner Couple); Bessey Bowman, 25/f, born 1995-08-10, in Saint Joseph, Missouri. USA. Cameron Jefferson, 25/m, born 1995-07-31, in Saint Joseph, Missouri. USA. My True DOB = Thursday 1995-07-27 (3rd of 3 brothers/parents 3rd son) Place Of Birth = Earth (3rd planet from the sun) The Fake ID DOB that would make my true age 145 days younger than myself = Tuesday 1995-12-19 Thursday 1995-07-27 is 145 days before Tuesday 1995-12-19. I was due approximately Thursday 1995-08-10 but was born two weeks early via c section (Not one but Two Thursdays Sooner). Two Sweet and Dear Friends of Mine were born 105 days apart in 1995. Wednesday 1995-01-11 is 105 days before 1995-04-26 1:45 minutes = 105 minutes (mind = blown, penis not so much). I am not Lion about this shit (Zodiac Sign = Leo) Occupations; Jackie Rosemary is a Grade School Teacher today at Son-Of-A Bitch Street Elementary School on Son-Of-A-Bitch Street In Welland, Ontario. While Her Husband Cameron Sage, is a Cement Truck Driver for Dane Cook Road Repair, He has been driving around his pimped out CT 1995 that he's owned since his 17th birthday (2012-12-19). Bessey Bowman and Her Husband Cameron Jefferson were both Railway Engineers on The Welland Canal Railway together driving The Wolf Spider Express, Canada's Fastest Express Train, traveling at 145kph between Port Weller and Port Colborne. In 2016, The Wolf Spider Express would often carried older folks 82-92 years of age in the year of 2016, so averaging age 87, and born circa 1929. between Port Weller and Port Colborne at a speed of 145kph, taken approximately 35-45 minutes. Cleveland Browns vs Buffalo Bills at Bills Stadium 2016-12-18. That Sunday Morning, Rosemary's 21st birthday won two last-minute tickets for her and her Husband Cameron Sage to go see the Buffalo Bills host the visiting Cleveland Browns over in at The Bills Stadium. Sage was unfortunately just one day away of his own 21st birthday, therefore would not have been old enough to Purchase Alcoholic Beverages. Jackie sold Cameron's ticket and then spent all the money she got for in on alcohol at the game and got loaded by herself. Then evening Sage was driving his cement truck when he was then cut off by an 86-year-old man who pulled on infront of him, then drove at 25kph on a 50kph marked city street. The Driver's name was Jack Slow, (born on 1930-04-25), and his passenger was Jim Fast, (born on 1930-01-10), they were driving their 1930 Green Ford Model A, and they were also married and gay. They had absolutely nowhere else to go, they were just an 86-year-old couple. drinking beer, feeling queer and just looking for a good time (you're never too old to look for a good time). Suddenly, The Bridge Lights went from Green to Red, then the Road-Gates began flashing bright red then the gates lowered. Suddenly, out of nowhere, an 87-year-old female, whos name was Jackie Lightning (born on 1929-04-14) with her 87-year-old male passenger Dane Whitehall (born on 1929-04-04) were traveling at 105kmph in their 1929 Red Rolls Royce. They Swerved right over into their left-hand lane. Then Dane rolled down his window, and threw some hard sour apple jolly rancher candies at Jim and Jack, hitting them both right in the jaw. Then Jackie flipped Jim and Jack Off yelling, "Go Jack Each Other Off In The Gym You Faggots", Not even realizing they were Homosexual, nor that their names were Jim and Jack. Jackie and Dane, high on cocaine, broke through the lowered Road-Gates and the red light then went out of sight. Cameron, along with the two 86-year-old's in front of him were all stuck at the 87-year-old Bridge. Cameron Sage, 20, then had to wait over 20 minutes at Bridge 21 in Port Colborne, raised for a passing ship. The Ship was The Jack Fitzgerald, a ship turning 21-years-old the following day (The ship shared a birthday with Cameron Sage), it was also registered with The 95 Shipping Company, after being bought from the 96 Shipping Company less than two weeks prior to the dead line. The Jack Fitzgerald was a 731ft. long, 75ft. wide lake freighter with a draft of 36ft. The Lake-Freighter was carrying plenty of Buzz Light-Year and Woody Toys at the front, and tons of whiskey and viagra at the back. Captain Andy Ladd (1985-12-12) and First-Mate Sid Crosby (1987-08-07) both from Port Colborne and Not NHL Players, but had been on the ship together since that very Tuesday, (1995-12-19). They wanted to rip each other's eyeballs out at first, but eventually, they became really good kids. The ship had a maximum speed of 14.5 knots but was going moving only at 1.45 knots, (2.7kph/3.7mph). Dane Whitehall's older 89-year-old Brother John (born 1927-07-27) was out for a good-old-stroll along the canal. He had been even walking slightly faster than the Jack Fitzgerald and was curious "Why is that ship going so darn slow? You know back In my day with my little Brother Dane, them big boats used to give-er-tits". The boat continued at 1.45 knots underneath The Bridge. Cameron Sage was then beginning to Rage, with a cross-eyed frown saying "Fuck This Stupid 95-year-old Bridge". Then once The ship had cleared The Bridge, The Bridge then, unfortunately, had broken down. Sage's once content face, was now a crossed-eyed jaw-dropped frown. By the time the damn bridge was fixed, and finally lowered. Sage was waiting at the Bridge for a total duration of 1:45 minutes (105 Minutes). From 19:29 (7:29 pm) when the Road-Gates lowered, to when the Road-Gates raised again at 21:14 (9:14 pm). Cameron Sage was now 105 minutes later than what he anticipated and now in a bad temper. About 21 minutes later, at 21:35 pm. He was approaching a Railroad Crossing in rural Port Colborne. Then he noticed in the distance, the crossing lights began flashing red and the bells were dinging loud and gates lowered. In a fit of Rage, Cam Sage negatively influenced by what he witnessed earlier, decided to break-in the lowered Road-Gates and smashed right through the crossing, directly in front of the path of a Welland Canal Railway Train. The Train was The Wolf Spider Express was approaching the crossing doing a speed of 145kph (90mph). The Wolf Spider Express was successfully able to slow down from 145kph, to 144kph. Then The Train smoked Sage. In The New's Article, They Put 20-Year-Old instead of 21-year-old, Because it was still December 18th and not the 19th yet. And they put with "Criticial Injuries" even though they were Serious Life-Threatening Injuries, to which Sage of course survived. Sage's Wife was notified, and also Jefferson and Bowman rushed to the Welland Hospital to visit Sage. His wife and two good friends all hugged sage and where glad he was okay. What Happened? They had asked. Cam Sage: It was Ridiculously Stupid of me, a grand total of two words. Ridiculously with an R, and Stupid with an S. That is all there is to it. 3, 4, or any more words would be a total waste of time. Also Cam Sage: "Forever 21? I would've been Forever Fuck-in 20 because I decided to play KFC with a God Damn 12-18 foot long Mama Wolf Spider with 144 babies on her back, 72 girls, 72 boys". Bessey Bowman: Your really good with numbers and dates Jesus fucking christ kid What The Fuck. Also Cam Sage: "Well you see Bessey, Jesus Christ is part of the reason why I like my Year-Of-Birth so much because they count the years, which is now a 4-digit number from when he died upon that, whatever that damn word for pissed-off means they use all the time in Thomas The Train". Cameron Sage's Cement Truck was repaired 4 weeks later on January 16, 2017. Cameron Sage came up to another train crossing. The Wolf Spider Express came thundering through. Cam Sage's Logic: "It is better to stop and wait at the crossing as the rules of the road expect you to obey and follow, I can patiently wait for the Wolf Spider Express to carry all the Happy Older Folks (82-92 years of age in 2016) safely through, but I cannot get a new life, if I broke-in through them gets and that Wolf Spider Express smokes me right off the tracks, that would be a Ridiculously Stupid waste of my 21-year-old life". Cameron Sage was looking to fuck alcohol and become sober with a consistent weed schedule just as Older Folks do so with their medicines and medications. Cameron Sage, who had been drinking 12, 12oz of beer every night for over eight years. If Cam Sage were given a leg or every year he abused alcohol, he'd be a spider now not including the two legs he would already be standing on. 12 X 12oz beers = 144oz/d. Friday 2008-12-19 to Sunday 2016-12-18 = 2921 days apart. 144oz/d x 365 x 8 + 1 = 420,481 ounces over 2921 days 420,481oz Cameron Sage has drank, that is over 35,040 beers! Cameron Sage drank 35,040 beers with the first on Friday 2008-12-19 to his last on Sunday 2016-12-18. 2019-12-19 and later (The New Cam Sage) At Midnight Of Cameron Sage's 21st Birthday, Cameron Sage's Family's Offer: If you go 145 Days without smoking pot, We will give an unlimited supply of alcohol so you'll never run out again. Even though nobody else in our family runs beside you. Then you can have all the alcohol you can dream off, then have those nightmares of two trains crashing head-on in the blue ghost tunnel as if were 1903-01-03. Or let's say, for instance, being on a ship like the Titanic or Fitzgerald then you can't wake up for Jack shit (sleep-paralysis). Also mentioned in Cameron Sage's Family's Offer (4 Bottles Of Wine Later): Cam you really gotta stop smoking pot, only criminals partake in smoking pot, good people drink alcohol instead. This made Cam Sage, turn to Rage, and he was Cross as fuck. There's that Synonym for pissed-off they use in Thomas and the thing Jesus Christ died on I was looking for. Bessey Bowman, Jackie Rosemary, and Cameron Jefferson's Offer: Bowman's smoke-schedule for Jackie Rosemary's Weed Growing Operation she helped Her and Jefferson Organize for Sage Strain Name: Blue Ghost Trainwreck was like as if Blue Dream and Ghost Train Haze had a kid together and naming it Trainwreck. Still today, Cameron Sage has been consistently smoking Blue Ghost Train twice-per-day to keep the doctor away. Cameron Sage smokes at 7:30 am, and 7:30 pm. consistently and has been doing so since his 21st birthday, which has now been nearly 4 years. Jackie Rosemary = grow weed (Blue Ghost Trainwreck) for his injuries, and they would prescribe him 1 gram a day to keep the doctor away. Also Jackie Rosemary: "I'll give up Alcohol with you honey, then we can get baked as shit together, instead of always just drinking a shit ton of booze, which always disables your penis like dial-up internet. Jefferson and Bowman would even double-date often with Rosemary and Sage, They would all smoke blunts, eat pizza, watch Netflix, then have foursomes together and still do to this today, with Rosemary and Sage nearly 4 years without Alcohol and they're 24/m. Jefferson and Bowman have already turned 25 over summer. The double-dating stoner-couples would even go on quadruple dates sometimes (8 total, 4 men and 4 women) instead of 4 total, 2 men and 2 women. That is just what I have so far, I also use these short made-up stories for humor-therapy and mediation.
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2020.09.29 06:11 BestGarbagePerson I didn't get my License until I was 24. Not because I didn't want to...my parents actively sabotaged me. [warning long]

To preface this probably wouldn't have been a problem if I was living in a European city with good public transport, but I lived in the US in the suburbs with terrible public transit.
Also to preface: I was a classic "never can be good enough' scapegoat, in that I was not a delinquint at all (actually the opposite), but was constantly under fire (accused of things I didn't do, but if I objected I was called a liar, aka the classic no-win scenario) and never good enough for my parents (both have personality disorders co-morbid with other issues). I was verbally abused constanty, occationally physically abused (not every day), and always treated like whatever I did was wrong and needed to be shut down, even just being "too happy." I am the oldest in my family btw.
So, to the point:
My n-rents refused to teach me how to drive, multiple times, even though I knew I would need to learn in order to get away from them in the suburbs. And boy did I want to.
Basically as a result I had no proper teenage years at all, as all my peers became increasingly independent (I also was not allowed to go out to visit friends), nor proper college years (without a car in a tiny town? lol), and was very very disadvanged in my life for a long time.
Here are some key moments in the battle I had with my parents to teach me how to drive:
...1. On my 16th Birthday, my dad bought himself a brand new car, then showed it off to me, and let me know because it is a stick shift he will not ever teach me how to drive it. It took me years to figure out how fucked up this was, although it hurt ofc when I was a teen I was so abused I couldn't even register it.
...2. Because my parents would not let me learn how to drive in their other (automatic) car, I took a summer job when I was 16, so I could afford private lessons with a driving teacher who would let me drive his car. My parents initially agreed they would sign off on my learners permit if I did this with my own money. At the end of my very last lesson (many dollars spent on this, for a teenager it was all my hard earned minimum wage dollars, I never had an allowance), they refused to sign the permit and refused to take me to the driving test. I was crushed. This was one of the first of many "rug pulling" betrayals I had from my horrifically fucked up parents.
...3. My dad selected the college that I was supposed to go to (otherwise he would not financially support me.) The college was BYU, if you don't know it, this is the Mormon college with extremely strict rules even for non-Mormons who attend at they time they also would expell anyone who was gay, just for being gay (I'm bisexual). I am not Mormon and never was and neither were my parents. If you also don't know, the college is in the middle of a no-where town with even shittier public transit (Utah after all.) I begged my dad for my safety and mental health to teach me how to drive before I went. He refused. .....To continue with this incident 3, I never understood why he wanted me to go to this college. I didn't find out until I was 30 years old from a distant cousin, that he wanted me to go there because he was cheating on my mom with another woman living in Provo, Utah. So it would be a cover for him. ..........Long story short, I was told to move out of the dorms at BYU because policy there is no one above a freshman can live in dorms. I was also told (by my father , as I ran out of money for food and for my phone, I was paying everything except tuition out of my pocket, which my dad paid $2000 dollars for and the rest I earned via scholarship) that I had to get a job and pay my way on my own. Without a car, in Utah, in the dead of winter, while I also was a full time student, and full time cross country athlete, and not Mormon, this was basically impossible. I was basically forced to drop out because I was literally starving and couldn't pay my rent, and couldn't even get to a job interview at all. Ofc, my dad gave me endless shit for this.
....4. So after quitting this college (which I later learned not long after I started attending his mistress dumped him, which was probably why he started withdrawing support and yelling at me all the time, it was his way of being a narcissist and shifting blame.) I had to move back in with my dad. He promised me (I basically had to haggle and argue with him for everything) that if I signed up again to any college, and saved up my own money for a car myself, that he would put the first 6th months insurance on the car (so I could walk it off the lot) and teach me how to drive.
I got a job immediately upon moving in with my father, and was working at a used car dealership at the time, while I applied and got into, the very very good local community college (I intended to transfer after getting an Associates.) After 6 months of busting my ass, I got the car I wanted to get. My dad literally drived it off the lot with me, using his insurance to cover me. Interestingly he never praised me for my hard work, and in fact, was unhappy and critical of me the whole purchasing experience.
However, he took me off his insurance in 24 hours, and refused to cover for the first 6th months, and refused to teach me how to drive, because in his words "you aren't going back to BYU like we promised."
HE CHANGED THE RULES FAM.
ETA: Thinking back on this, I honestly think he decided to fuck me up after seeing how happy the car made me as we came home with it. He decided to crush my dreams because he got off on it. He will never, ever, ever admit that this is what he did, he will lie to his grave that the original agreement was that I return to BYU, not just return to any college. Anyway, who would punish their daughter like this? For NOTHING?
My car at the time had to be parked on the street, so it was without insurance and in violation of the law. I was so scared! I did not have the money (nor did I even have a credit card) to buy 6 months insurance and what's the point? He refused to teach me how to drive anyway.
So while I freaked out on what to do, I had a boyfriend (later ex, he was actually pretty awful for me) that lived exactly 2 miles away who had a spot in their driveway I could park the car. So, in the dead of night, on back streets, I very slowly drove the car and parked it there (my boyfriend refused to drive it for me, he was very much like my dad in this way, and never lifted more than finger to help me with anything). OFC my dad found out somehow, and proceeded to threaten to turn me in to the cops etc etc etc, screaming 24 hour fight and basically told me to move out in 2 months (which I was planning anyway but he ruined my earning plans.)
I waited 3 days, crying every day, and was forced to sell back the dream car I had bought to the same dealership I worked for. (I had to get my dad to drive it back to the lot for me too..) I cannot explain to you all the humiliation that was for me. I still am upset about it, over 10 years later. I had to use that money on a deposit for a new place. I couldn't afford a car of my own until I was 28, but that's jumping ahead.
...5. In the meantime, my father and mother taught all my other siblings how to drive at age appropriate times and even taught one of them stick shift. Because I was the SC they were the GC. And although I have no proof, I think my mother or father either helped my siblings purchase their own cars or their insurances or both. They also co-signed my siblings student loans as well (never did so for me.) which got them much more money than I did.
As a result, one of my sisters had a car...However, while she was finishing college, she didn't need it where she was living and after she finished she was moving out of the country so she didn't really need it. So she "gave" it to me (she took it back, she was a chronic indian giver) when she was 21-22 (last year of college) and I was 24, and convinced my mom somehow to teach me how to drive with her car.
Now we are to the last incident.
....6. My mother promises to teach me how to drive, if I do an exchange with her of a combination of house cleaning and yard work. Ofc I have to pay my own insurance etc etc, which I was prepared to do.
I should explain this to you all too, when you ask "didn't you have any friends who could help you?" No. Due to the extreme abuse I suffered growing up (I was treated like a prisoner and a pariah in my own home) I had no friends from high school, and very shitty (underdeveloped) social skills. And what time did I have for friends? I was working 2 jobs and going to school right from when I was 18, as a woman. I had no time for fun, like the other girls in college. BYU ofc, was full of freakish LDS, and me as a bisexual non-mormon tomboy - that was right out. And then I joined a very abusive cult that my father introduced me to (long story) while finishing school which was very similarly "pull yourself up by your bootstraps". (Think like SeaOrg in Scientology, except less like a prison.)
So, my mom promises to teach me, but keeps pushing the dates, "forgetting" and arguing with me that she doesn't have time to do it. My living situation is getting really bad, and I am this close to being homeless.
So how did I finally get my license? I had this feeling I was about to be homeless in my sisters car, so I drove illegally in the dead of night like a snail, around and around the neighborhood with the DMV (where they will do the test) memorizing every single intersection, parking lot, sign and speed limit. I even memorized the map. Ofc, I was terrified I'd be caught. My SC instincts were so over-wrought that I even beat myself up for doing this for years after.
In the end, I never even told my mom that I was doing the test. I drove myself there, parked there, pretended to the DMV tester that my mom just took off to the nearby starbucks, and finished the exam. At 24.
However, did I mention my sister was an indian giver? Even though I said I'd pay her for the car (and she declined) and she was sure if she decided to come back to the US she wouldn't want it or need it, she ended up wanting the car back when she returned from abroad.
When she wanted the car back, I was already NC with my parents and my other siblings. So, when she took it back, from the ages of 25 to 28, again I did not have a car (but I had a license.)
Because I was in the cult, I was making pennies and all the money was being taken by the cult. I was only able to afford (when I got out of the cult) an extremely shit car.
And then a shit car (that was shit but it wasn't extremely shit) that I have driven for the past 5 years.
I'm 35 and I have finally purchased a car that is not over 10 years old, not salvage or leaking from every hole. My credit it still fucked up from the things that my parents did to me (financial situations they put me in, promises made but then not kept, refusing to treat medical issues as a child, etc.) but yeah, I got a car now that doesn't make me feel humiliated every time I get in it.
Edit: Grammar, spelling, formatting. Sorry....
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2020.09.29 02:29 AsaTJ Crusader Kings 3 Patch 1.1 Notes: What They Actually Mean

Game Balance

AI

Interface

Art

Localization

Game Content

Databases

Bugfixes

Link to official notes:
https://forum.paradoxplaza.com/forum/threads/ck3-dev-diary-42-1-1-patch-notes.1428193/
These take a very long time to make. If you got a good laugh and want to support my work, you can buy me a coffee:
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2020.09.29 00:54 kirant Covid-19 Update for September 26 to 28 (3 day total): 406 net increase in cases, 350 recoveries, 4 deaths

Data is taken from the Covid-19 portal and today's media availability by Dr Deena Hinshaw and Minister of Health Tyler Shandro. Dr Hinshaw's next scheduled media availability is Thursday.
In an effort to reduce clutter in these posts, the updates to outbreak facilities is shown here.
Top line numbers:
Value Current Total
Total cases +406 17,749
Active cases 1,549 (+52)
Cases with "Unknown source" 322 (31.2%) in last 7 days (Change: +58 (+3.1%))
Tests +51,289 (~0.79% positive) 1,320,550
People tested +33,607 1,001,638 (~232,022/million)
Hospitalizations 63 (+7/-2 based on Friday's post/portal data) 824 (+15)
ICU 15 (+1/+0 based on Friday's post/portal data) 152 (+1)
Deaths +4 (1x 60-69, 1x 70-79, 2x 80+) 265
Recoveries +350 15,935
Division of top line numbers by day (where available):
  • Because of the reporting method, test numbers do not fully add up to the top line values
  • As noted by Dr Hinshaw, it appears there was an adjustment to the cases over the weekend, resulting in a small number of cases on Friday (the exact wording was "net difference between Thursday and Friday after adjusting for previously clinically reported cases")
Value Sept 26 Sept 27 Sept 28
Cases 60 184 162
Tests 16,318 16,365 18,581
Test positive rate ~0.37% ~1.12% ~0.87%
People tested (approximate) 10,670 10,729 12,382
Hospital usage 64 62 63
ICU 16 16 15
Spatial distribution of people tested, cases, and deaths:
Zone Active Cases (Change) New People Tested Total New Cases Total New Deaths Total
Calgary 575 (+57) +12,666 401,419 +144 8,781 +1 125
Central 18 (+2) +3,218 84,903 +4 666 +0 7
Edmonton 779 (-7) +11,243 333,071 +212 5,020 +3 73
North 133 (+4) +3,533 97,421 +36 1,411 +0 35
South 38 (-3) +2,536 67,444 +8 1,828 +0 25
Unknown 6 (-1) +411 17,380 +2 43 +0 0
Spatial distribution of cases for select cities and regions (cities proper for Calgary and Edmonton):
City/Municipality Total Active Recovered Deaths
Calgary 7387 (+133) 506 (+54) 6789 (+78) 112 (+1)
Edmonton 4461 (+198) 708 (+14) 3684 (+182) 69 (+2)
Brooks 1133 (+1) 3 (-3) 1121 (+4) 9 (+0)
High River county 559 (+0) 2 (-1) 550 (+1) 7 (+0)
Mackenzie county 402 (+8) 17 (+3) 372 (+5) 13 (+0)
Fort McMurray 259 (+14) 54 (+6) 205 (+9) 1 (+0)
Lethbridge 172 (+2) 3 (+2) 167 (+0) 2 (+0)
Red Deer 108 (+0) 5 (-1) 103 (+1) 0
Cardston county 105 (+0) 2 (+0) 98 (+0) 5 (+0)
Grande Prairie 97 (+0) 2 (-3) 93 (+3) 2 (+0)
Medicine Hat 82 (+0) 4 (-5) 76 (+5) 2 (+0)
Wheatland county 74 (+0) 0 (Since Sept 21) 73 (+0) 1 (+0)
Wood Buffalo municipality 67 (+1) 5 (+1) 62 (+0) 0
Warner county 63 (+0) 1 (+0) 61 (+0) 1 (+0)
Rest of Alberta 2780 (+49) 237 (-15) 2501 (+62) 41 (+1)
Other Counties/Cities with 10+ active cases (change compared to Friday, if I have it recorded):
City/County Active
County of Grande Prairie No. 1 11 (+0)
Foothills County 11 (-2)
County of Forty Mile No. 8 13 (+1)
Sherwood Park 13 (-3)
Rocky View County 13 (+2)
Smoky Lake County 16 (-6)
St Albert 22 (-6)
Okotoks (9 active) and Sturgeon County (9 active) was removed from this list today
Schools with Outbreaks listed online (2+ cases in last 14 days):
Watch
  • Canyon Meadows School, Calgary (Rose above 2-4 cases today)
  • St. Wilfrid Elementary School, Calgary
  • Centre High, Edmonton
  • Vimy Ridge, Edmonton
  • Highlands School, Edmonton
  • Austin O'Brien, Edmonton
2-4 cases
  • Chris Akkerman School, Calgary
  • Notre Dame High School, Calgary
  • Lester B. Pearson High School, Calgary
  • Henry Wise Wood High School, Calgary
  • Auburn Bay School, Calgary
  • Crescent Heights High School, Calgary
  • Clarence Sansom School, Calgary
  • Saddle Ridge School, Calgary
  • Nelson Mandela High School, Calgary (added today)
  • Apostles of Jesus, Calgary
  • Glenmeadows School, Calgary
  • St. Benedict School, Calgary
  • Vista Heights School, Calgary (added today)
  • Monterey Park School, Calgary (added today)
  • Archbishop O'Leary, Edmonton (added today)
  • Ross Sheppard High School, Edmonton
  • Holy Trinity, Edmonton
  • Parkview School, Edmonton
  • Lillian Osborne High School, Edmonton (added today)
  • McNally School, Edmonton
  • Ecole Pere-Lacombe, Edmonton
  • Waverley School, Edmonton
  • Cardinal Collins High School Academic Centre, Edmonton (added today)
  • Millwoods Christian School, Edmonton (added today)
  • Northmount School, Edmonton (added today)
  • H.E. Beriault, Edmonton (added today)
  • Riverbend School, Edmonton
  • Oliver School, Edmonton (added today)
  • Harry Ainlay School, Edmonton
  • St. Matthew, Edmonton (added today)
  • Bishop Savaryn, Edmonton
  • Louis St. Laurent, Edmonton
  • Chinook High School, Lethbridge
  • Richard S Fowler Catholic Junior High School, St Albert
  • St. Theresa School, Municipal District Of Opportunity No. 17 (added today)
  • Springfield Elementary School, Municipal District Of Peace No. 135
  • Holy Trinity High School, Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo
  • St. Gabriel School, Regional Municipality Of Wood Buffalo
  • Sister Mary Phillps Elementary School, Regional Municipality Of Wood Buffalo
  • Elsie Yanik Catholic School, Regional Municipality Of Wood Buffalo (added today)
  • Foothills Composite High School, Okotoks
Current list of regions under "watch" by the province (new in bold):
  • Calgary Lower NE
  • Calgary Upper NE
  • City of Edmonton (as a whole, plus the regions below)
  • Edmonton Abbottsfield
  • Edmonton Castle Downs
  • Edmonton Eastwood
  • Edmonton Jasper Place
  • Edmonton Mill Woods S&E
  • Edmonton Mill Woods West
  • Edmonton NE
  • Edmonton Northgate
  • Edmonton Rutherford
  • Edmonton West Jasper Place
  • Edmonton Woodcroft East
  • County Of Forty Mile No. 8
  • Mackenzie County
  • Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo
  • Smoky Lake County
Foothills County and Sturgeon County were removed from the "watch" classification.
Spatial distribution of hospital usage (change based on Friday's post):
  • Hospitalization zone are where the patient is receiving care, not zone of residence
Zone Hospitalized ICU
Calgary 30 (+1) 7 (+1)
Edmonton 21 (+1) 5 (+0)
Central 0 (Since Sept 8) 0 (+0)
South 6 (+3) 2 (-1)
North 6 (+2) 1 (+1)
Statements by Minister Shandro:
  • Testing is crucial for Covid-19 control
  • Over 1,000,000 Albertans have been tested - a remarkable accomplishment
  • At start, a few hundred tests could be tested
  • Wants to acknowledge AHS and Alberta Precision Labs
  • Thanks Albertans who have gotten tested
  • Government will act to reduce wait times and speed up test results, expand testing, and prepare for winter
  • Wants Alberta to remain a leader
Q&A
  • Plans for more hiring of more hospital staff?: AHS, in January, built up workforce
  • Federal tracing app?: Spoke to Minister Hajdu. Still a couple issues, but happy to continue working with Minister
  • Expanding testing in counties?: Defers to Mauro Chies, who spoke about enhancing testing locations. Some rapid testing in regional centres, though lower throughput
  • What evidence supports the EMS dispatch changes? Will you provide the proof?: EMS, including dispatch is integrated into AHS over a decade ago. AHS made decision to integrate the last 4 municipalities into AHS for 2 reasons: (1) AHS is borderless, and (2) integrate oversight. Met with mayors of the municipalities last week and agreed to look over information he was provided before AHS proceeded. Will be against changes if the evidence shows response times would be adversely affected, but not what AHS evidence is showing him
Statements by Mauro Chies, Board Chair of APL
  • Thanks all front line workers
  • The accomplishment has been made through overtime and flexibility that
  • There is still lots to do going forward
Q&A
  • Drive through testing in winter?: Looking at alternate facilities. Tents worked well in summer (though a bit hot), but need more protection from the elements in the cold
Statements by Dr Hinshaw:
Working from Home
  • Dr Hinshaw has provided the update from home after developing a sore throat on Friday and was tested (negative Covid result). Despite this, doesn't want to pass one whatever it is and will work from home until symptoms resolve
  • Acknowledges that the job can be done remotely and staying home isn't easy, with many facing financial choices
  • Encourages people to stay home and to not expose others when sick
Schools
  • 20 schools with alerts (1 cases) have had no transmission, with class back
  • Active alerts/outbreaks (1+ cases) in 113 schools (~5%) with 210 active cases
  • 47 schools have outbreaks (2+), 6 on "watch" (5+)
  • 9 schools with likely in-school transmission
Foothills Medical Centre
  • Rise in hospitalizations due in part somewhat due to Foothills outbreak
  • 1 death this weekend
  • Outbreak is a significant concern and great deal of work is ongoing
  • 2 additional units have outbreak protocol - one is a transition unit (case linked to outbreak has been identified), one is a short stay (unclear source and outbreak protocol is precaution)
  • 53 cases, 26 patients, 4 deaths
  • Likely that more cases will be identified
  • Critical step is to minimize new spread
  • Visitation limited to end of life or preapproved essential visitors
  • 39 surgeries have been postponed planned for today. Surgeries are being rescheduled, most booked for the next 7 days
Millwoods Shepherd's Care
  • 19 cases linked to outbreak with 2 deaths this weekend
  • AHS working closely with operator. They are on site and meeting virtually
  • Testing offered to all residents and staff
Herd Immunity
  • Many questions about the topic
  • % required to develop herd immunity depends on infection type
  • Estimates for Covid-19 are 50-70% (Canada's serology suggests 1% of population with infection)
  • The suggestion of letting spread occur among younger individuals does not take into account drawbacks
  • The rapid spread means it will likely still spread into vulnerable populations despite best efforts
  • An approach on herd immunity would hurt the elderly and those with chronic conditions
  • Death from Covid-19 is also not the only severe outcome: to date, 1/67 between 20-39 with Covid-19 needed hospital care, 1/18 for 50-69, and 1/4 for 70+
  • These numbers can be a strain for the health system. "We have seen this overload happen in other countries. We do not want it to happen here"
  • We don't know if long lasting immunity is possible, potentially making all lives lost meaningless
  • Reliance on development of safe and effective treatments and vaccines is important
  • The balance of all our health needs until then is important
Other
  • The lower number of positives on Friday was due to "previously clinically reported cases"
Q&A
  • Expectations for flu season?: Depends on Albertans. Some places like Australia had high flu immunization. That plus Covid restrictions limited influenza spread. That is one potential future for Alberta if we go down the same path
  • Level of concern at Foothills?: As with all acute care outbreaks, this is concerning. The regular testing and aggressive tracing is important and there is a capable outbreak team (partly leading to the large numbers we're seeing). Suggests that Misericordia outbreak has greater unknown spread while Foothills has well understood spread
  • Lower mortality despite rising cases since July. Is this due to treatment?: It has been observed in a few places. Age specific breakdown may not reflect...possibly just deaths are related to who is being infected. While treatments are improving, we may see increased death because of outbreaks like the ones we're seeing
  • Halloween?: Working on a guidance document. Looking for a fun, safe Halloween
  • Thoughts on NHL "experiment"?: Shows the importance of planning early, cooperation with public health officials, and constant communication. Highlights usefulness of the private testing for NHL as to not affect the public's health
Additional information will be logged below:
  • Calgary Upper NE's active cases: 119 (+13)
  • The 4th death over the weekend was in Sherwood Park
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10 Second Ninja X
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Act of Aggression Reboot Edition NEW
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Anomaly Defenders
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Feather
Felix The Reaper NEW
Figment(X2)
Fire Ungh's Quest NEW
Forager NEW 3.5€
Forts NEW 6.5€
Fluffy Horde
Framed Collection
Full Throttle Remastered NEW 1.5€
Fun With Ragdolls The Game NEW
Gang Beasts NEW 9.5€
Garage Bad Trip 1.5€
Gas Guzzlers Extreme
Gato Roboto
Gauge
Generation Zero NEW 4€
Get Even
Giana Sisters Twisted Dreams+DLC
GIBZ
GNOG
God's Trigger(X2)
Goetia(X2)
Golf With Your Friends NEW 5.5€
GoNNER BLüEBERRY EDiTION(X2)
Grand Ages Medieval
Grand Pigeon's Duty
Graveyard Keeper NEW 2.5€
Gremlins Inc.
Grey Goo Definitive Edition
Grid Autosport NEW
Grid Ultimate Edition(X2) NEW 3€
Grim Fandango Remastered NEW 1.5€
Grip Combat Racing NEW
Guards Of The Gate
Gunman Tales
Guilty Gear Isuka
Guns Gore & Cannoli
Guns Gore & Canolli 2 NEW
Hacknet(X2) + Labyrinths DLC
Hammerfight
Headlander NEW
Hello Neighbor NEW 1.5€
Hello Neighbor Hide & Seek NEW 1.5€
Hero Defense
Hero Of The Kingdom III
Heroes Of The Monkey Tavern
Hive Jump(X2)
Hiveswap Act 1(X2)
Horace NEW
Hotline Miami(X3) 1.5€
Hotline Miami 2 NEW 2.5€
Hotline Miami 2 Digital Special Edition NEW 3€
Hot Tin Roof The Cat That Wore A Fedora
Hover
I Am Not A Monster
Iconoclasts NEW 5€
Immortal Planet(X2)
Immortal Redneck
Impact Winter
Infinite Air With Mark McMorris(delisted) 4€
In Between
Interplanetary Enhanced Edition
Jet Set Knights
Juanito Arcade Mayhem
Jump Stars
Kathy Rain NEW
Kill To Collect
Killing Floor 1
Kingdom Classic
King Oddball
Last Tide NEW 3€
Legacy Of Dorn Herald Of Oblivion NEW
Lifeless Planet Premium Edition
Little Big Workshop 1.5€
Love Is Dead
MagiCat
Magrunner Dark Pulse
Mainlining
Masquerada Songs And Shadows
Masquerade The Baubles Of Doom
Massive Chalice NEW
Medieval Kingdom Wars
Men Of War Assault Squad 2 War Chest Edition NEW 2.5€
Metal Unit NEW
Minion Masters Premium NEW
Molek Syntez
Monochroma
MotoGP 15
Mr. Shifty
MXGP Official Motocross Videogame
My Friend Pedro NEW 3€
My Memory Of Us
N++ NEW 4.5€
Nairi Tower Of Shirin
NecroVisioN Lost Company
Neon Chrome
NeuroVoider
Nevermind
Next Hero
Niche(X2)
Night Call NEW
Ninjin Clash Of Carrots
Neoverse NEW
Octahedron
Of Orcs And Men NEW
Old School Musical
Omen Exitio Plague
On Rusty Trails
One Finger Death Punch 2
One Piece Burning Blood NEW 5€
Onikira Demon Killer
Operation Flashpoint Dragon Rising
OPUS The Day We Found Earth
Orbital Racer
Oriental Empires(X2)
Original War(X2)
Outcast Second Contact
Overload NEW
Overlord II
Override Mech City Brawl(X2)
Oxenfree NEW
Pac Man 256
Paper Fire Rookie
Paradigm
Passpartout The Starving Artist NEW 4€
Payday 2 NEW 2€
Penarium
Pikuniku
Pinstripe
Plague Inc Evolved NEW 7€
Poöf
Pound Of Ground(X2)
Primal Carnage Extinction
Psychonauts NEW
Psychonauts In The Rhombus Of Ruin NEW
Puddle
Pumped BMX+
Punch Club
Purrfect Date(X2)
Puss
Quest Of Dungeons
Rad(X2) NEW 1.5€
Rad Rodgers Radical Edition
Radio Commander NEW
Raiden V Director's Cut
Railway Empire (EU locked) NEW 3.5€
Rain World NEW 2€
Rebel Galaxy
Redeemer Enhanced Edition NEW
Re-Legion
Remnants Of Naezith NEW
Replay VHS Is Not Dead
Republique NEW
Resident Evil 0 HD Remaster NEW 3.5€
Resident Evil Revelations 2 Complete NEW 4.5€
Rise Of Insanity
River City Ransom Underground
Road Redemption(X2)
Rogue Stormers
Rusty Lake Paradise
Sakura Angels
Samorost 3
Satellite Reign
Serious Sam 3 BFE(X2) NEW 4€
Shadow Warrior 2 NEW 8€
Shadows Awakening NEW
Shadwen
She Remembered Caterpillars
Sherlock Holmes The Devil's Daughter NEW 2.5€
Shock Troopers
Shuyan Saga
SimCity 4 Deluxe Edition
Sky Break
Slipstream(X2)
Smoke And Sacrifice
Snake Pass
Sniper Elite V2 2.5€
Soma NEW 10€
Songbringer
Sonic CD
Sonic Mania NEW 3€
Sonic The Hedgehog 4 Episode 1 & 2
Space Hulk Ascension
Sparkle 2
Sparkle Unleashed
Spec Ops The Line
Speed Brawl
Spelunky NEW 2€
Stacking NEW
Star Trek(delisted) NEW 22€
Stasis
State Of Mind(X2)
Stealth Bastard Deluxe
Stealth Inc 2 A Game Of Clones(X2)
Steel Rats
Stick Fight The Game(X2) NEW 3.5€
Strider
Stygian Reign Of The Old Ones NEW
Styx Master Of Shadows NEW
Super Inefficient Golf
Super Panda Adventures
Surviving Mars
Sword Legacy Omen(X2)
Swords And Soldiers 2 Shawarmageddon
Syberia II
Symmetry
Syndrome
Synthetik Legion Rising 5.5€
Take On Helicopters
Take On Mars
Tales From Candlekeep Tomb Of Annihilation(X2)
Tennis In The Face
Tennis World Tour NEW 3€
Tharsis(X2)
The Adventure Pals
The Bard's Tale IV Director's Cut NEW
The Coma 2 Vicious Sisters
The Darkness II
The Final Station
The Free Ones
The Gate Of Firmament
The Haunted Island
The Invisible Hours
The Journey Down Chapter Three
The King's Bird(X2) NEW
The King Of Fighters XIII Steam Edition
The Last Blade
The Last Leviathan
The Long Dark NEW 7€
The Messenger NEW
The Mims Beginning
The Night Of The Rabbit NEW
The Occupation NEW
The Rivers of Alice Extended Version
The Spatials
The Spiral Scouts
The Stanley Parable NEW 8€
The Stillness Of The Wind NEW
The Testament Of Sherlock Holmes NEW 2€
The Town Of Light(X2)
The Turing Test 2€
The Uncertain The Last Quiet Day
The Walking Dead + 400 Days NEW 2€
The Walking Vegetables
Them's Fightin' Herds(X2) 2.5€
Think Of The Children
This Is The Police 2
This War Of Mine(X2) NEW
Throne Of Lies Online Game Of Deceit
Through The Darkest Of Times
Tilt Brush NEW
Timeshift 3€
Time Recoil
Titan Quest + Ragnarok NEW 5.5€
Tooth And Tail 2€
Torchlight(X2)
Torchlight II(X3) NEW 2€
Tower Unite NEW 8€
Toybox Turbos
Tracks The Train Set Game
Train Valley 2 NEW
Treasure Hunter Simulator
Tropico 4
Truberbrook
True Fear Forsaken Souls
Tyranny NEW 3.5€
Unbox Newbie's Adventure
Unexplored(X2)
Unloved NEW
Vampire The Masquerade Coteries Of New York NEW
Vampyr NEW 5€
Velocibox
Verlet Swing NEW
Vikings Wolves Of Midgard NEW
V Rally 4 NEW
VVVVVV
Warhammer 40K Dawn Of War GOTY NEW
Warhammer 40K Kill Team NEW
Warhammer End Times Vermintide NEW
Wargroove NEW 2€
Warlock Master Of The Arcane
Warsaw NEW
Warstone TD
We Are The Dwarves
We.The Revolution NEW
When Ski Lifts Go Wrong(X2)
White Night
White Noise 2
Wings Of Vi(X2)
Wooden Sen'SeY
World's Dawn
World Of Goo
Worms Revolution
WRC 7 World Rally Championship
Wurm Unlimited
Xenoraid The First Space War
Yet Another Zombie Defense HD
Ylands Exploration Pack
Yooka-Laylee And The Impossible Lair 2€ NEW
Yuppie Psycho NEW
Zombie Army Trilogy NEW 7.5€
Zombie Kill Of The Week Reborn
Zombotron

Programs:
Music Maker EDM Edition+10$ voucher

Some of the games from my wishlist:
Dusk
Ion Fury
Wildfire
Roboquest
Fury Unleashed
Curse Of The Dead Gods
Heist
Children Of Morta
Nightmare Reaper
Amid Evil
...and about 100 more games

I'm from EU,so KEYS SHOULD work pretty much anywhere
My Wishlist or offer something(game or paypal)
DONT TRY TO ADD ME ON STEAM OR SEND A PM BEFORE YOU POST IN THIS TOPIC-WILL NOT ANSWER YOU
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2020.09.28 23:05 dinkomaricic [H] Vampyr, Blackwake, RE0HD, Plague Inc Evolved, Golf With Your Friends, Iconoclasts, SOMA, The Long Dark, Dirt Rally 2.0, Gang Beasts, ETS2, Tower Unite, Forts, Generation Zero, Shadow Warrior 2, Forager, One Piece Burning Blood, ZAT & 100's more [W] Wishlist, Paypal(EU)

Read the disclaimer here before we agree on ANY trades

Due to recent issues regarding humblebundle suspending accounts I will provide keys ONLY-no gift links.You can read more in this announcement.

My SGS Rep 85 trades
My IGS Rep 39 trades

I'm from EU,so KEYS SHOULD work pretty much anywhere

NOT BUYING GAMES,ONLY TRADES-games for games or selling for paypal
No interest in ANY RL,CSGO,TF2 or any other keys
BUYER covers the FEES(if outside EU,EU F&F only)

My Wishlist or offer something(game or paypal)

List of games I have:
10 Second Ninja X
11-11 Memories Retold
60 Seconds! NEW 6.5€
911 Operator(X2) 1€
Aarklash Legacy
A Case Of Distrust
A Good Snowman Is Hard To Build
A Year Of Rain NEW
Act of Aggression Reboot Edition NEW
Age Of Wonders III NEW
Agent A A Puzzle In Disguise
Agents Of Mayhem(X2) NEW 2.5€
AI War 2
Alien Spidy
All You Can Eat
Almost There The Platformer
American Fugitive(X2) NEW 1.5€
Ancestors Legacy NEW 1.5€
Anomaly Defenders
Anomaly Korea
Anomaly Warzone Earth
Anomaly 2
Archamon
Armello(X2) NEW
Asura Vengeance
Atari Vault
Attack Of The Earthlings
Automachef
Avernum 3 Ruined World
Azkend 2 The World Beneath
Band Of Defenders
Baseball Riot
Basingstoke NEW
Bastion
Batman The Enemy Within NEW 2.5€
Battalion 1944 NEW 4€
Battlestar Galactic Deadlock Season One NEW 2€
Battle Chasers Nightwar
Beat Hazard 2 NEW 1€
Beholder 2
Bird Of Light
Black Paradox
Blackwake(X2) NEW 3.5€
Bohemian Killing
Book Of Demons NEW
Borderlands GOTY Enhanced NEW 4€
Borderlands The Handsome Collection NEW 5€
Boundless NEW 1€
Broforce NEW 2.5€
Broken Age(X2)
Brothers A Tale Of Two Sons
Brutal Legend(X2)
Call Of Cthulhu NEW 2.5€
Carnival Games VR
Carrier Command Gaea Mission
Castaway Paradise Town Building Sim
Catherine Classic NEW 2.5€
Caveblazers
Cities In Motion
Cities In Motion 2(X2) + European Cities
Clouds & Sheep 2
Coffin Dodgers
Company Of Heroes Complete NEW 5€
Concrete Jungle
Crawl(X2) NEW 3€
Crimsonland
Crouching Pony Hidden Dragon
Darkest Dungeon Shieldbreaker DLC
Dark Future Blood Red States
Day Of Infamy
Day Of The Tentacle Remastered NEW 1.5€
Dead Age
Death Squared
Deadbeat Heroes(X2)
Deep Dungeons Of Doom
Deep Sky Derelicts
Deployment
Desert Child
Dex NEW
Diaries Of A Spaceport Janitor
Dimension Drifter
DiRT 4 NEW 2€
Dirt Rally
Dirt Rally 2.0 + 3 DLC NEW 5€
Distance
Distrust
Downwell
Driftland The Magic Revival
DUCATI 90th Anniversary
Dungeon Rats
Dungeons 2
Dustforce DX
Eador Imperium(X2)
Earthlock NEW
Eastside Hockey Manager NEW
Eliza
Enslaved Odyssey To The West Premium Edition
Equilinox
Escape Goat 2 NEW
E.T. Armies Deluxe Edition
Etherborn
Europa Universalis IV NEW 2€
Euro Truck Simulator 2 NEW 5€
Evergarden
Event[0] NEW 5€
Evoland Legendary Edition NEW
Extinction
F1 2018(X2) NEW 1.5€
F1 2019 NEW 3.5€
Fantasy Versus
FarSky
Fear Effect Sedna
Feather
Felix The Reaper NEW
Figment(X2)
Fire Ungh's Quest NEW
Forager NEW 3.5€
Forts NEW 6.5€
Fluffy Horde
Framed Collection
Full Throttle Remastered NEW 1.5€
Fun With Ragdolls The Game NEW
Gang Beasts NEW 9.5€
Garage Bad Trip 1.5€
Gas Guzzlers Extreme
Gato Roboto
Gauge
Generation Zero NEW 4€
Get Even
Giana Sisters Twisted Dreams+DLC
GIBZ
GNOG
God's Trigger(X2)
Goetia(X2)
Golf With Your Friends NEW 5€
GoNNER BLüEBERRY EDiTION(X2)
Grand Ages Medieval
Grand Pigeon's Duty
Graveyard Keeper NEW 2.5€
Gremlins Inc. 1€
Grey Goo Definitive Edition
Grid Autosport 2€ NEW
Grid Ultimate Edition(X2) NEW 3€
Grim Fandango Remastered NEW 1.5€
Grip Combat Racing NEW
Guards Of The Gate
Gunman Tales
Guilty Gear Isuka
Guns Gore & Cannoli 1€
Guns Gore & Canolli 2 NEW 2€
Hacknet(X2) + Labyrinths DLC
Hammerfight
Headlander NEW
Hello Neighbor NEW 1.5€
Hello Neighbor Hide & Seek NEW 1.5€
Hero Defense
Hero Of The Kingdom III
Heroes Of The Monkey Tavern
Hive Jump(X2)
Hiveswap Act 1(X2)
Horace NEW
Hotline Miami(X3) 1€
Hotline Miami 2 NEW 2€
Hotline Miami 2 Digital Special Edition NEW 3.5€
Hot Tin Roof The Cat That Wore A Fedora
Hover
I Am Not A Monster
Iconoclasts NEW 5€
Immortal Planet(X2)
Immortal Redneck 1€
Impact Winter
Infinite Air With Mark McMorris(delisted) 4€
In Between
Interplanetary Enhanced Edition
Jet Set Knights
Juanito Arcade Mayhem
Jump Stars
Kathy Rain NEW
Kill To Collect
Killing Floor 1 1€
Kingdom Classic
King Oddball
Last Tide NEW 3€
Legacy Of Dorn Herald Of Oblivion NEW
Lifeless Planet Premium Edition
Little Big Workshop 1.5€
Love Is Dead
MagiCat
Magrunner Dark Pulse
Mainlining
Masquerada Songs And Shadows
Masquerade The Baubles Of Doom
Massive Chalice NEW
Medieval Kingdom Wars
Men Of War Assault Squad 2 War Chest Edition NEW 2.5€
Metal Unit NEW
Minion Masters Premium NEW 8€
Molek Syntez
Monochroma
MotoGP 15
Mr. Shifty
MXGP Official Motocross Videogame
My Friend Pedro NEW 3€
My Memory Of Us
N++ NEW 4.5€
Nairi Tower Of Shirin
NecroVisioN Lost Company
Neon Chrome
NeuroVoider
Nevermind
Next Hero
Niche(X2)
Night Call NEW
Ninjin Clash Of Carrots
Neoverse NEW 1€
Octahedron
Of Orcs And Men NEW
Old School Musical
Omen Exitio Plague
On Rusty Trails
One Finger Death Punch 2
One Piece Burning Blood NEW 5€
Onikira Demon Killer
Operation Flashpoint Dragon Rising 1.5€
OPUS The Day We Found Earth
Orbital Racer
Oriental Empires(X2)
Original War(X2)
Outcast Second Contact
Overload NEW
Overlord II
Override Mech City Brawl(X2)
Oxenfree NEW
Pac Man 256
Paper Fire Rookie
Paradigm
Passpartout The Starving Artist NEW 4€
Payday 2 NEW 2€
Penarium
Pikuniku
Pinstripe 1€
Plague Inc Evolved NEW 7€
Poöf
Pound Of Ground(X2)
Primal Carnage Extinction
Psychonauts NEW
Psychonauts In The Rhombus Of Ruin NEW
Puddle
Pumped BMX+
Punch Club
Purrfect Date(X2)
Puss
Quest Of Dungeons
Rad(X2) NEW 1.5€
Rad Rodgers Radical Edition
Radio Commander NEW
Raiden V Director's Cut
Railway Empire (EU locked) NEW 3.5€
Rain World NEW 2€
Rebel Galaxy
Redeemer Enhanced Edition NEW
Re-Legion
Remnants Of Naezith NEW
Replay VHS Is Not Dead
Republique NEW
Resident Evil 0 HD Remaster NEW 3.5€
Resident Evil Revelations 2 Complete NEW 4.5€
Rise Of Insanity
River City Ransom Underground
Road Redemption(X2)
Rogue Stormers
Rusty Lake Paradise
Sakura Angels 1€
Samorost 3
Satellite Reign
Serious Sam 3 BFE(X2) NEW 3.5€
Shadow Warrior 2 NEW 8€
Shadows Awakening NEW
Shadwen
She Remembered Caterpillars
Sherlock Holmes The Devil's Daughter NEW 2.5€
Shock Troopers
Shuyan Saga
SimCity 4 Deluxe Edition
Sky Break
Slipstream(X2)
Smoke And Sacrifice
Snake Pass
Sniper Elite V2 2.5€
Soma NEW 8€
Songbringer
Sonic CD
Sonic Mania NEW 3€
Sonic The Hedgehog 4 Episode 1 & 2
Space Hulk Ascension
Sparkle 2
Sparkle Unleashed
Spec Ops The Line
Speed Brawl
Spelunky NEW 2€
Stacking NEW
Star Trek(delisted) NEW 22€
Stasis
State Of Mind(X2)
Stealth Bastard Deluxe
Stealth Inc 2 A Game Of Clones(X2)
Steel Rats
Stick Fight The Game(X2) NEW 3.5€
Strider
Stygian Reign Of The Old Ones NEW
Styx Master Of Shadows NEW
Super Inefficient Golf
Super Panda Adventures
Surviving Mars 1.5€
Sword Legacy Omen(X2)
Swords And Soldiers 2 Shawarmageddon
Syberia II
Symmetry
Syndrome
Synthetik Legion Rising 5.5€
Take On Helicopters
Take On Mars
Tales From Candlekeep Tomb Of Annihilation(X2)
Tennis In The Face
Tennis World Tour NEW 3€
Tharsis(X2)
The Adventure Pals
The Bard's Tale IV Director's Cut NEW
The Coma 2 Vicious Sisters
The Darkness II
The Final Station
The Free Ones
The Gate Of Firmament
The Haunted Island
The Invisible Hours
The Journey Down Chapter Three
The King's Bird(X2) NEW
The King Of Fighters XIII Steam Edition
The Last Blade
The Last Leviathan
The Long Dark NEW 7€
The Messenger NEW 1.5€
The Mims Beginning
The Night Of The Rabbit NEW
The Occupation NEW
The Rivers of Alice Extended Version
The Spatials
The Spiral Scouts
The Stanley Parable NEW 8€
The Stillness Of The Wind NEW
The Testament Of Sherlock Holmes NEW 2€
The Town Of Light(X2)
The Turing Test 2€
The Uncertain The Last Quiet Day
The Walking Dead + 400 Days NEW 2€
The Walking Vegetables
Them's Fightin' Herds(X2) 2.5€
Think Of The Children
This Is The Police 2 1€
This War Of Mine(X2) NEW 1€
Throne Of Lies Online Game Of Deceit
Through The Darkest Of Times
Tilt Brush NEW
Timeshift 3€
Time Recoil
Titan Quest + Ragnarok NEW 5.5€
Tooth And Tail 2€
Torchlight(X2)
Torchlight II(X3) NEW 2€
Tower Unite NEW 9€
Toybox Turbos
Tracks The Train Set Game
Train Valley 2 NEW 1.5€
Treasure Hunter Simulator 1.5€
Tropico 4
Truberbrook
True Fear Forsaken Souls
Tyranny NEW 3.5€
Unbox Newbie's Adventure
Unexplored(X2)
Unloved NEW
Vampire The Masquerade Coteries Of New York NEW 1€
Vampyr NEW 5€
Velocibox
Verlet Swing NEW
Vikings Wolves Of Midgard NEW 1€
V Rally 4 NEW
VVVVVV
Warhammer 40K Dawn Of War GOTY NEW 1€
Warhammer 40K Kill Team NEW
Warhammer End Times Vermintide NEW 1€
Wargroove NEW 2€
Warlock Master Of The Arcane
Warsaw NEW 1€
Warstone TD
We Are The Dwarves
We.The Revolution NEW 1.5€
When Ski Lifts Go Wrong(X2)
White Night
White Noise 2
Wings Of Vi(X2)
Wooden Sen'SeY
World's Dawn
World Of Goo
Worms Revolution
WRC 7 World Rally Championship
Wurm Unlimited
Xenoraid The First Space War
Yet Another Zombie Defense HD
Ylands Exploration Pack
Yooka-Laylee And The Impossible Lair 2€ NEW
Yuppie Psycho NEW 1€
Zombie Army Trilogy NEW 7.5€
Zombie Kill Of The Week Reborn
Zombotron

Programs:
Music Maker EDM Edition+10$ voucher

Some of the games from my wishlist:
Dusk
Ion Fury
Wildfire
Roboquest
Fury Unleashed
Curse Of The Dead Gods
Heist
Children Of Morta
Nightmare Reaper
Amid Evil
...and about 100 more games

I'm from EU,so KEYS SHOULD work pretty much anywhere
My Wishlist or offer something(game or paypal)
DONT TRY TO ADD ME ON STEAM OR SEND A PM BEFORE YOU POST IN THIS TOPIC-WILL NOT ANSWER YOU
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2020.09.28 22:32 Pokelion I wish

I wish I was a little bit taller I wish I was a baller I wish I had a girl who looked good, I would call her I wish I had a rabbit in a hat with a bat And a six four Impala I wish I was like six-foot-nine So I can get with Leoshi 'Cause she don't know me but yo she's really fine You know I see her all the time everywhere I go And even in my dreams I can scheme a way to make her mine 'Cause I know she's livin phat Her boyfriend's tall and he plays ball So how am I gonna compete with that? 'Cause when it comes to playing basketball I'm always last to be picked And in some cases never picked at all So I just lean up on the wall Or sit up in the bleachers with the rest of the girls Who came to watch their men ball Dag y'all! I never understood, black Why the jocks get the fly girls and me I get the hood rats I tell em "scat, skittle, scabobble" Got hit with a bottle And I been in the hospital for talkin' that mess I confess it's a shame when you living in a city That's the size of a box and nobody knows yo' name Glad I came to my senses Like quick-quick got sick-sick to my stomach Overcommeth by the thoughts of me and her together Right? So when I asked her out she said I wasn't her type I wish I was a little bit taller I wish I was a baller I wish I had a girl who looked good, I would call her I wish I had a rabbit in a hat with a bat And a six four Impala I wish I was a little bit taller I wish I was a baller I wish I had a girl who looked good, I would call her I wish I had a rabbit in a hat with a bat And a six four Impala I wish I had a brand-new car So far, I got this hatchback And everywhere I go, yo, I gets laughed at And when I'm in my car I'm laid back I got an 8-track and a spare tire in the backseat, but that's flat And do you really wanna know what's really whack? See I can't even get a date, so, what do you think of that? I heard that prom night is a bomb night With the hood rats you can hold tight But really though, I'm a Figaro When I'm in my car I can't even get a hello Well, so many people wanna cruise Crenshaw on Sunday Well, then I'mma have to get in my car and go You know I take the 110 until the 105 Get off at Crenshaw, tell my homies "look alive" 'Cause it's hard to survive when your living In a concrete jungle and these girls keep passing me by She looks fly, she looks fly Makes me say "my, my, my" I wish I was a little bit taller I wish I was a baller I wish I had a girl who looked good, I would call her I wish I had a rabbit in a hat with a bat And a six four Impala I wish I was a little bit taller I wish I was a baller I wish I had a girl who looked good, I would call her I wish I had a rabbit in a hat with a bat And a six four Impala I wish I was a little bit taller I wish I was a baller I wish I was a little bit taller I wish I was a baller I wish I was a little bit taller I wish I was a baller I wish I was a little bit taller I wish I was a baller Hey, I wish I had my way 'Cause everyday would be a Friday And you could even speed on the highway I would play ghetto games Name my kids ghetto names Little Mookie, Big Al, Lorraine Yo you know that's on the real So if you're down on your luck Then you should know just how I feel 'cause if you don't want me around See I go simple, I go easy, I go Greyhound Hey, you, what's that sound? Everybody look what's going down Ah yes, ain't that fresh? Everybody wants to get down like that I wish I was a little bit taller I wish I was a baller I wish I had a girl who looked good, I would call her I wish I had a rabbit in a hat with a bat And a six four Impala I wish I was a little bit taller I wish I was a baller I wish I had a girl who looked good, I would call her I wish I had a rabbit in a hat with a bat And a six four Impala
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2020.09.28 21:18 normancrane Iris [3/3]

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3 <-- You are here.
I awoke to a world without women.
I rolled off the bed into sore thighs and guilt, got up to emptiness that echoed the slightest noise, and left my wife’s clothes on the sheets without thinking that eventually I’d have to pack them into a plastic bag and slide them down the garbage chute. I felt magnified and hollow. In the kitchen, I used the stove top as a table because the actual table had my wife’s tablet on it, and spilled instant coffee. What I didn’t spill I drank in a few gulps, the way I used to drink ice cold milk as a boy. I stood in front of the living room window for a while before realizing I was naked, then realizing that it didn’t matter because men changed in front of each other at the pool and peed next to one another into urinals in public restrooms, and there weren’t any women to hide from, no one to offend. The world, I told myself, was now a sprawling men’s pisser, so I slammed the window open and pissed.
I wanted to call someone—to tell them that my wife was dead, because that’s a duty owed by the living—but whom could I call: her sister, her parents? Her sister was dead. Her father had a dead wife and two dead daughters. There was nothing to say. Everyone knew. I called my wife’s father anyway. Was he still my father-in-law now that I was a widower? He didn’t accept the connection. Widower: a word loses all but historical meaning when there are no alternatives. If all animals were dogs, we’d purge one of those words from our vocabulary. We were all widowers. It was synonymous with man. I switched on the television and stared, crying, at a montage of photographs showing the bloody landscapes of cities, hospitals, retirement homes, schools and churches, all under the tasteless headline: “International Pop”. Would we clean it up, these remnants of the people we loved? Could we even use the same buildings, knowing what had happened in them? The illusion of practical thinking pushed my feeling of emptiness away. I missed arms wrapping around me from behind while I stared through rain streaked windows. I missed barking and a wagging tail that hit my leg whenever I was standing too close. Happiness seemed impossible. I called Bakshi because I needed confirmation that I still had a voice. “They’re the lucky ones,” he said right after I’d introduced myself. “They’re out. We’re the fools still locked in, and now we’re all alone.”
For three weeks, I expected my wife to show up at the apartment door. I removed her clothes from the bed and stuffed them into a garbage bag, but kept the garbage bag in the small space between the fridge and the kitchen wall. I probably would have kept a dead body in the freezer if I had one and it fit. As a city and as a world, those were grim, disorganized weeks for us. Nobody worked. I don’t know what we did. Sat around and drank, smoked. And we called each other, often out of the blue. Every day, I received a call from someone I knew but hadn’t spoken to in years. The conversations all followed a pattern. There was no catching up and no explanation of lost time, just a question like “How are you holding up?” followed by a thoughtless answer (“Fine, I guess. And you?”) followed by an exchange of details about the women we’d lost. Mothers, sisters, daughters, wives, girlfriends, friends, cousins, aunts, teachers, students, co-workers. We talked about the colour of their hair, their senses of humour, their favourite movies. We said nothing about ourselves, choosing instead to inhabit the personas of those whom we’d loved. In the hallway, I would put on my wife’s coats but never look at myself in the mirror. I wore her winter hats in the middle of July. Facebook became a graveyard, with the gender field separating the mourners from the dead.
The World Health Organization issued a communique stating that based on the available data it was reasonable to assume that all the women in the world were dead, but it called for any woman still alive to come forward immediately. The language of the communique was as sterile as the Earth. Nobody came forward. The World Wildlife Fund created an inventory of all mammalian species that listed in ascending order how long each species would exist. Humans were on the bottom. Both the World Health Organization and the World Wildlife Fund predicted that unless significant technological progress occurred in the field of fertility within the next fifty years, the last human, a theoretical boy named Philip born into a theoretical developed country on March 26, 2025, would die in 93 years. On the day of his death, Philip would be the last remaining mammal—although not necessarily animal—on Earth. No organization or government has ever officially stated that July 4, 2025, was the most destructive day in recorded history, on the morning of which, Eastern Time, four billion out of a total of eight billion people ceased to exist as anything more than memories. What killed them was neither an act of war nor an act of terrorism. Neither was it human negligence. There was no one to blame and no one to prosecute. In the western countries, where the majority of people no longer believed in any religion, we could not even call it an act of God. So we responded by calling it nothing at all.
And, like nothing, our lives persisted. We ate, we slept and we adapted. After the first wave of suicides ended, we hosed off what the rain hadn’t already washed away and began to reorganize the systems on which our societies ran. It was a challenge tempered only slightly in countries where women had not made up a significant portion of the workforce. We held new elections, formed me boards of directors and slowed down the assembly lines and bus schedules to make it possible for our communities to keep running. There was less food in the supermarkets, but we also needed less food. Instead of two trains we ran one, but one sufficed. I don’t remember the day when I finally took the black garbage bag from its resting place and walked it to the chute. “How are you holding up?” a male voice would say on the street. “Fine, I guess. And you?” I’d answer. ##!! wrote a piece of Python code to predict the box office profitability of new movies, in which real actors played alongside computer-generated actresses. The code was only partially successful. Because while it did accurately predict the success of new movies in relation to one other, it failed to include the overwhelming popularity of re-releases of films from the past—films starring Bette Davis, Giulietta Masina, Meryl Streep: women who at least on screen were still flesh and blood. Theatres played retrospectives. On Amazon, books by female authors topped the charts. Sales of albums by women vocalists surged. We thirsted for another sex. I watched, read and listened like everyone else, and in between I cherished any media on which I found images or recordings of my wife. I was angry for not having made more. I looked at the same photos and watched the same clips over and over again. I memorized my wife’s Facebook timeline and tagged all her Tweets by date, theme and my own rating. When I went out, I would talk to the air as if she was walking beside me, sometimes quoting her actual words as answers to my questions and sometimes inventing my own as if she was a beloved character in an imagined novel. When people looked at me like I was crazy, I didn’t care. I wasn’t the only one. But, more importantly, my wife meant more to me than they did. I remembered times when we’d stroll through the park or down downtown sidewalks and I would be too ashamed to kiss her in the presence of strangers. Now, I would tell her that I love her in the densest crowd. I would ask her whether I should buy ketchup or mustard in the condiments aisle. She helped me pick out my clothes in the morning. She convinced me to eat healthy and exercise.
In November, I was in Bakshi’s apartment for the first time, waiting for a pizza delivery boy, when one of Bakshi’s friends who was browsing Reddit told us that the Tribe of Akna was starting a Kickstarter campaign in an attempt to buy the Republic of Suriname, rename it Xibalba and close its borders for all except the enlightened. Xibalba would have no laws, Salvador Abaroa said in a message on the site. He was banging his gong as he did. Everything would be legal, and anyone who pledged $100 would receive a two-week visa to this new "Mayan Buddhist Eden". If you pledged over $10,000, you would receive citizenship. “Everything in life is destroyed by energy,” Abaroa said. “But let the energy enlighten you before it consumes your body. Xibalba is finite life unbound.” Bakshi’s phone buzzed. The pizza boy had sent an email. He couldn’t get upstairs, so Bakshi and I took the elevator to the building’s front entrance. The boy’s face was so white that I saw it as soon as the elevator doors slid open. Walking closer, I saw that he was powdered. His cheeks were also rouged, and he was wearing cranberry coloured lipstick, a Marilyn Monroe wig and a short black skirt. Compared to his face, his thin legs looked like incongruously dark popsicle sticks. Bakshi paid for the pizza and added another five dollars for the tip. The boy batted his fake eyelashes and asked if maybe he could do something to earn a little more. “What do you mean?” I asked. “Oh, I don’t know. Maybe I could come upstairs and clean the place up a little. You two live alone?” Bakshi passed me the two pizza boxes—They felt hot in my hands.—and dug around in his wallet. “It’s not just the two of us,” I said. The boy smiled. “That’s OK. I’ve done parties before if that’s what you’re into.” I saw the reaction on Bakshi’s face, and I saw the boy’s grotesque caricature of a woman. “There’s condoms and lube in the car,” the boy said, pointing to a sedan with a pizza spray-painted across its side parked by the curb. “My boss says I can take up to two hours but it’s not like he uses a stopwatch.” I stepped on Bakshi’s foot and shouldered him away. He was still fiddling with his wallet. “We’re not interested,” I said to the boy. He just shrugged. “Suit yourselves. If you change your mind, order another pizza and ask for Ruby.” The elevator dinged and the doors opened. As we shuffled inside, I saw Bakshi’s cheeks turn red. “I’m not actually—” he mumbled, but I didn’t let him finish. What had bothered me so much about the boy wasn’t the way he looked or acted; in fact, it wasn’t really the boy at all. He was just trying to make a buck. What bothered me was how ruthlessly we’d already begun to exploit each other.
For those of us who were heterosexual, sex was a definite weakness. I missed it. I would never have it with a woman again. The closest substitute was pornography, whose price rose with its popularity, but which, at least for me, now came scented with the unpleasantness of historicity and nostalgia. Videos and photos, not to mention physical magazines, were collector’s items in the same way that we once collected coins or action figures. The richest men bought up the exclusive rights to their favourite porn stars and guarded them by law with a viciousness once reserved for the RIAA and MPAA. Perhaps exclusivity gave them a possessive satisfaction. In response, we pirated whatever we could and fought for a pornographic public domain. Although new pornography was still being produced, either with the help of the same virtual technology they used for mainstream movies or with the participation of young men in costume, it lacked the taste of the originals. It was like eating chocolate made without cocoa. The best pornography, and therefore the best sex, became the pornography of the mind.
The Tribe of Akna reached its Kickstarter goal in early December. On December 20, I went to church for the first time since getting married because that was the theoretical date that my wife—along with every other woman—was supposed to have given birth. I wanted to be alone with others. Someone posted a video on TikTok from Elia Kazan’s On The Waterfront, dubbing over Marlon Brando’s speech to say: “You don’t understand. I could’a had a piece of ass. I could’a been a school board member. I could’a been a son’s daddy”. It was juvenile and heartbreaking. By Christmas, the Surinamese government was already expelling its citizens, each of whom had theoretically been given a fraction of the funds paid to the government from the Tribe of Akna’s Kickstarter pool, and Salvador Abaroa’s lawyers were petitioning for international recognition of the new state of Xibalba. Neither Canada nor the United States opened diplomatic relations, but others did. I knew people who had pledged money, and when in January they disappeared on trips, I had no doubt to where. Infamy spread in the form of stories and urban legends. There’s no need for details. People disappeared, and ethicists wrote about the ethical neutrality of murder, arguing that because we were all slated to die, leaving the Earth barren in a century, destruction was a human inevitability, and what is inevitable can never be bad, even when it comes earlier than expected—even when it comes by force. Because, as a species, we hadn’t chosen destruction for ourselves, neither should any individual member of our species be able to choose now for himself. To the ethicists of what became known as the New Inevitability School, suicide was a greater evil than murder because it implied choice and inequality. If the ship was going down, no one should be allowed to get off. A second wave of suicides coincided with the debate, leading many governments to pass laws making suicide illegal. But how do you punish someone who already wants to die? In China: by keeping him alive and selling him to Xibalba, where he becomes the physical plaything of its citizens and visa-holders. The Chinese was the first embassy to open in Xibalban Paramaribo.
The men working on Kurt Schwaller’s theory of everything continued working, steadily adding new variables to their equations, complicating their calculations in the hopes that someday the variable they added would be the final one and the equation would yield an answer. “It’s pointless,” Bakshi would comment after reading about one of the small breakthroughs they periodically announced. “Even if they do manage to predict something, anything, it won’t amount to anything more than the painfully obvious. And after decades of adding and subtracting their beans, they’ll come out of their Los Alamos datalabs like groundhogs into a world blanketed by storm clouds and conclude, finally and with plenty of self-congratulations, that it’s about to fucking rain.”
It rained a lot in February. It was one of the warmest Februaries in Toronto’s history. Sometimes I went for walks along the waterfront, talking to my wife, listening to Billie Holiday and trying to recall as many female faces as I could. Ones from the distant past: my mother, my grandmothers. Ones from the recent past: the woman whose life my wife saved on the way to the hospital, the Armenian woman with the film magazine and the injured son, the Jamaican woman, Bakshi’s wife. I focused on their faces, then zoomed out to see their bodies. I carried an umbrella but seldom opened it because the pounding of the raindrops against the material distorted my mental images. I saw people rush across the street holding newspapers above their heads while dogs roamed the alleyways wearing nothing at all. Of the two, it was dogs that had the shorter time left on Earth, and if they could let the rain soak their fur and drip off their bodies, I could surely let it run down my face. It was first my mother and later my wife who told me to always cover up in the rain, “because moisture causes colds,” but I was alone now and I didn’t want to be separated from the falling water by a sheet of glass anymore. I already was cold. I saw a man sit down on a bench, open his briefcase, pack rocks into it, then close it, tie it to his wrist, check his watch and start to walk into the polluted waters of Lake Ontario. Another man took out his phone and tapped his screen a few times. The man in the lake walked slowly, savouring each step. When the police arrived, sirens blaring, the water was up to his neck. I felt guilty for watching the three officers splash into the lake after him. I don’t know what happened after that because I turned my back and walked away. I hope they didn’t stop him. I hope he got to do what he wanted to do.
“Screw the police.” Bakshi passed me a book. “You should read this,” he said. It was by a professor of film and media studies at a small university in Texas. There was a stage on the cover, flanked by two red curtains. The photo had been taken from the actors’ side, looking out at an audience that the stage lights made too dark to see. The title was Hiding Behind The Curtains. I flipped the book over. There was no photo of the author. “It’s a theory,” Bakshi said, “that undercuts what Abaroa and the Inevitabilists are saying. It’s a little too poetic in parts but—listen, you ever read Atlas Shrugged?” I said I hadn’t. “Well, anyway, what this guy says is that what if instead of our situation letting us do anything we want, it’s actually the opposite, a test to see how we act when we only think that we’re doomed. I mean what if the women who died in March, what if they’re just—” “Hiding behind the curtains,” I said. He bit his lower lip. “It sounds stupid when you say it like that but, as a metaphor, it has a kind of elegance, right?” I flipped through the book, reading a few sentences at random. It struck me as neo-Christian. “Isn’t this a little too spiritual for you? I thought we were all locked into one path,” I said. “I thought that, too, but lately I’ve been able to do things—things that I didn’t really want to do.” For a second I was concerned. “Nothing bad,” he said. “I mean I’ve felt like I’m locked into doing one thing, say having a drink of water, but I resist and pour myself a glass of orange juice instead.” I shook my head. “It’s hard to explain,” he said. That’s how most theories ended, I thought: reason and evidence up to a crucial point, and then it gets so personal that it’s hard to explain. You either make the jump or you don’t. “Just read it,” he said. “Please read it. You don’t have to agree with it, I just want to get your opinion, an objective opinion.”
I never did read the book, and Bakshi forgot about it, too, but that day he was excited and happy, and those were rare feelings. I was simultaneously glad for him and jealous. Afterwards, we went out onto the balcony and drank Czech beer until morning. When it got cool, we put on our coats. It started to drizzle so we wore blue plastic suits like the ones they used to give you on boat rides in Niagara Falls. When it was time to go home, I was so drunk I couldn’t see straight. I almost got into a fight, the first one of my life, because I bumped into a man on the street and told him to get the fuck out of my way. I don’t remember much more of my walk home. The only reason I remember Behind The Curtains at all is because when I woke up in the afternoon it was the first thing that my hung over brain recognized. It was lying on the floor beside the bed. Then I opened the blinds covering my bedroom window and, through my spread fingers that I’d meant to use as a shield from the first blast of daylight, I saw the pincers for the first time.
They’d appeared while I was asleep. I turned on the television and checked my phone. The media and the internet were feverish, but nobody knew what the thing was, just a massive, vaguely rectangular shape blotting out a strip of the sky. NASA stated that it had received no extraterrestrial messages to coincide with the appearance. Every government claimed ignorance. The panel discussions on television only worsened my headache. Bakshi emailed me links to photos from Mumbai, Cape Town, Sydney and Mexico City, all showing the same shape; or rather one of a pair of shapes, for there were two of them, one on each side of the Earth, and they’d trapped our planet between themselves like gargantuan fingers clutching an equally gargantuan ping-pong ball. That’s why somebody came up with the term “the pincers”. It stuck. Because I’d slept in last night’s clothes I was already dressed, so I ran down the stairs and out of my apartment building to get a better look at them from the parking lot. You’re not supposed to look at the sun, but I wasn’t the only one breaking that rule. There were entire crowds with upturned faces in the streets. If the pincers, too, could see, they would perhaps be as baffled by us as we were of them: billions of tiny specks all over the surface of this ping-pong ball gathering in points on a grid, coagulating into large puddles that vanished overnight only to reassemble in the morning. In the following days, scientists scrambled to study the pincers and their potential effects on us, but they discovered nothing. The pincers did nothing. They emitted nothing, consumed nothing. They simply were. And they could not be measured or detected in any way other than by eyesight. When we shot rays at them, the rays continued on their paths unaffected, as if nothing was there. The pincers did, however, affect the sun’s rays coming towards us. They cut up our days. The sun would rise, travel over the sky, hide behind a pincer—enveloping us in a second night—before revealing itself again as a second day. But if the pincers’ physical effect on us was limited to its blockage of light, their mental effects on us were astoundingly severe. For many, this was the sign they’d been waiting for. It brought hope. It brought gloom. It broke and confirmed ideas that were hard to explain. In their ambiguity, the pincers could be anything, but in their strangeness they at least reassured us of the reality of the strange times in which we were living. Men walked away from the theory of everything, citing the pincers as the ultimate variable that proved the futility of prognostication. Others took up the calculations because if the pincers could appear, what else was out there in our future? However, ambiguity can only last for a certain period. Information narrows possibilities. On April 1, 2026, every Twitter account in the world received the following message:
as you can see this message is longer than the allowed one hundred forty characters time and space are malleable you thought you had one hundred years but prepare for the plucking
The sender was @. The message appeared in each user’s feed at exactly the same time and in his first language, without punctuation. Because of the date most of us thought it was a hoax, but the developers of Twitter denied this vehemently. It wasn’t until a court forced them to reveal their code, which proved that a message of that length and sent by a blank user was impossible, that our doubts ceased. ##!! took bets on what the message meant. Salvador Abaroa broadcast a response into space in a language he called Bodhi Mayan, then addressed the rest of us in English, saying that in the pincers he had identified an all-powerful prehistoric fire deity, described in an old Sanskrit text as having the resemblance of mirrored black fangs, whose appearance signified the end of time. “All of us will burn,” he said, “but paradise shall be known only to those who burn willingly.” Two days later, The Tribe of Akna announced that in one month it would seal Xibalba from the world and set fire to everything and everyone in it. For the first time, its spokesman said, an entire nation would commit suicide as one. Jonestown was but a blip. As a gesture of goodwill, he said that Xibalba was offering free immolation visas to anyone who applied within the next week. The New Inevitability School condemned the plan as “offensively unethical” and inequalitist and urged an international Xibalban boycott. Nothing came of it. When the date arrived, we watched with rapt attention on live streams and from the vantage points of circling news planes as Salvador Abaroa struck flint against steel, creating the spark that caught the char cloth, starting a fire that blossomed bright crimson and in the next weeks consumed all 163,821 square kilometres of the former Republic of Suriname and all 2,500,000 of its estimated Xibalban inhabitants. Despite concerns that the fire would spread beyond Xibalba’s borders, The Tribe of Akna had been careful. There were no accidental casualties and no unplanned property damage. No borders were crossed. Once the fire burned out, reporters competed to be first to capture the mood on the ground. Paramaribo resembled the smouldering darkness of a fire pit.
It was a few days later while sitting on Bakshi’s balcony, looking up at the pincers and rereading a reproduction of @’s message—someone had spray-painted it across the wall of a building opposite Bakshi’s—that I remembered Iris. The memory was so absorbing that I didn’t notice when Bakshi slid open the balcony door and sat down beside me, but I must have been smiling because he said, “I don’t mean this the wrong way, but you look a little loony tonight. Seriously, man, you do not look sufficiently freaked out.” I’d remembered Iris before, swirling elements of her plain face, but now I also remembered her words and her theory. I turned to Bakshi, who seemed to be waiting for an answer to his question, and said, “Let’s get up on the roof of this place.” He grabbed my arm and held on tightly. “I’m not going to jump, if that’s what you mean.” It wasn’t what I meant, but I asked, “why not?” He said, “I don’t know. I know we’re fucked as a species and all that, but I figure if I’m still alive I might as well see what happens next, like in a bad movie you want to see through to the end.” I promised him that I wasn’t going to jump, either. Then I scrambled inside his apartment, grabbed my hat and jacket from the closet by the front door and put them on while speed walking down the hall, toward the fire escape. I realized I’d been spending a lot of time here. The alarm went off as soon I pushed open the door with my hip but I didn’t care. When Bakshi caught up with me, I was already outside, leaping up two stairs at a time. The metal construction was rusted. The treads wobbled. On the roof, the wind nearly blew my hat off and it was so loud I could have screamed and no one would have heard me. Holding my hat in my hands, I crouched and looked out over the twinkling city spread out in front of me. It looked alive in spite of the pincers in the sky. “Let’s do something crazy,” I yelled. Bakshi was still catching his breath behind me. “What, like this isn’t crazy enough?” The NHL may have been gone but my hat still bore the Maple Leafs logo, as quaint and obsolete by then as the Weimar Republic in the summer of 1945. “When’s the last time you played ball hockey?” I asked. Bakshi crouched beside me. “You’re acting weird. And I haven’t played ball hockey in ages.” I stood up so suddenly that Bakshi almost fell over. This time I knew I was smiling. “So call your buddies,” I said. “Tell them to bring their sticks and their gear and to meet us in front of the ACC in one hour.” Bakshi patted me on the back. Toronto shone like jewels scattered over black velvet. “The ACC’s been closed for years, buddy. I think you’re really starting to lose it.” I knew it was closed. “Lose what?” I asked. “It’s closed and we’re going to break in.”
The chains broke apart like shortbread. The electricity worked. The clouds of dust made me sneeze. We used duffel bags to mark out the goals. We raced up and down the stands and bent over, wheezing at imaginary finish lines. We got into the announcer’s booth and called each other cunts through the microphone. We ran, fell and shot rubber pucks for hours. We didn’t keep score. We didn’t worry. “What about the police?” someone asked. The rest of us answered: “Screw the fucking police!”
And when everybody packed up and went home, I stayed behind.
“Are you sure you’re fine?” Bakshi asked.
“Yeah,” I said.
“Because I have to get back so that I can shower, get changed and get to work.”
“Yeah, I know,” I said.
“And you promise me you’ll catch a cab?”
“I’m not suicidal.”
He fixed his grip on his duffel bag. “I didn’t say you were. I was just checking.”
“I want to see the end of the movie, too,” I said.
He saluted. I watched him leave. When he was gone, my wife walked down from the nosebleeds and took a seat beside me. “There’s someone I want to tell you about,” I said. She lifted her chin like she always does when something unexpected catches her interest, and scooted closer. I put my arm across the back of her beautiful shoulders. She always liked that, even though the position drives me crazy because I tend to talk a lot with my hands. “Stuck at Leafs-Wings snorefest,” she said. “Game sucks but I love the man sitting beside me.” (January 15, 2019. Themes: hockey, love, me. Rating: 5/5). “Her name was Iris,” I said.

Iris

“What if the whole universe was a giant garden—like a hydroponics thing, like how they grow tomatoes and marijuana, so there wouldn’t need to be any soil, all the nutrients would just get injected straight into the seeds or however they do it—or, even better, space itself was the soil, you know how they talk about dark matter being this invisible and mysterious thing that exists out there and we don’t know what it does, if it actually affect anything, gravity…”
She blew a cloud of pot smoke my way that made me cough and probably gave her time to think. She said, “So dark matter is like the soil, and in this space garden of course they don’t grow plants but something else.”
“Galaxies?”
“Eyes.”
“Just eyes, or body parts in general?” I asked.
“Just eyes.”
The music from the party thumped. “But the eyes are our planets, like Mars is an eye, Neptune is an eye, and the Earth is an eye, maybe even the best eye.”
“The best for what? Who’s growing them?”
“God,” she said.
I took the joint from her and took a long drag. “I didn’t know you believed in God.”
“I don’t, I guess—except when I’m on dope. Anyway, you’ve got to understand me because when I say God I don’t mean like the old man with muscles and a beard. This God, the one I’m talking about, it’s more like a one-eyed monster.”
“Like a cyclops?” I asked.
“Yeah, like that, like a cyclops. So it’s growing these eyes in the dark matter in space—I mean right now, you and me, we’re literally sitting on one of these eyes and we’re contributing to its being grown because the nutrients the cyclops God injected into them, that’s us.”
“Why does God need so many extra eyes?”
“It’s not a question of having so many of them, but more about having the right one, like growing the perfect tomato.” I gave her back the joint and leaned back, looking at the stars. “Because every once in a while the cyclops God goes blind, its eye stops working—not in the same way we go blind, because the cyclops God doesn’t see reality in the same way we see reality—but more like we see through our brains and our eyes put together.”
“Like x-ray vision?” I asked.
“No, not like that at all,” she said.
“A glass eye?”
“Glass eyes are fake.”
“OK,” I said, “so maybe try something else. Give me a different angle. Tell me what role we’re playing in all of this because right now it seems that we’re pretty insignificant. I mean, you said we’re nutrients but what’s the difference between, say, Mars and Earth in terms of being eyes?”
She looked over at me. “Are you absolutely sure you want to hear about this?”
“I am,” I said.
“You don’t think it’s stupid?”
“Compared to what?”
“I don’t know, just stupid in general.”
“I don’t.”
“I like you,” she said.
“Because I don’t think you’re stupid?” I asked.
“That’s just a bonus. I mean more that you’re up here with me instead of being down there with everyone, and we’re talking and even though we’re not in love I know somehow we’ll never forget each other for as long as we live.”
“It’s hard to forget being on the surface of a giant floating eyeball.”
“You’re scared that you won’t find anyone to love,” she said suddenly, causing me to nearly choke on my own saliva. “Don’t ask me how I know—I just do. But before I go any further about the cyclops God, I want you to know that you’ll find someone to love and who’ll love you back, and whatever happens you’ll always have that because no one can take away the past.”
“You’re scared of going blind,” I said.
“I am going blind.”
“Not yet.”
“And I’m learning not to be scared because everything I see until that day will always belong to me.”
“The doctors said it would be gradual,” I reminded her.
“That’s horrible.”
“Why?”
“Because you wouldn’t want to find someone to love and then know that every day you wake up the love between you grows dimmer and dimmer, would you?”
“I guess not,” I said.
“Wouldn’t you much rather feel the full strength of that love up to and including in the final second before the world goes black?”
“It would probably be painful to lose it all at once like that.”
“Painful because you actually had something to lose. For me, I know I can’t wish away blindness, but I sure wish that the last image I ever see—in that final second before my world goes black—is the most vivid and beautiful image of all.”
Because I didn’t know what to say to that, I mumbled: “I’m sorry.”
“That I’m going blind?”
“Yeah, and that we can’t grow eyes.”
This time I looked over, and she was the one gazing at the stars. “Before, you asked if we were insignificant,” she said. “But because you’re sorry—that’s kind of why we’re the most significant of all, why Earth is better than the other planets.”
“For the cyclops God?”
“Yes.”
“He cares about my feelings?”
“Not in the way you’re probably thinking, but in a different way that’s exactly what the cyclops God cares about most because that’s what it’s looking for in an eye. All the amazing stuff we’ve ever built, all our ancient civilizations and supercomputers and cities you can see from the Moon—that’s just useless cosmetics to the cyclops God, except in how all of it has made us feel about things that aren’t us.”
“I think you’re talking about morality.”
“I think so, too.”
“So by feeling sorry for you I’m showing compassion, and the cyclops God likes compassion?”
“That’s not totally wrong but it’s a little upside down. We have this black matter garden and these planets the cyclops God has grown as potential eyes to replace its own eye once it stops working, but its own eye is like an eye and a brain mixed together. Wait—” she said.
I waited.
“Imagine a pair of tinted sunglasses.”
I imagined green-tinted ones.
“Now imagine that instead of the lenses being a certain colour, they’re a certain morality, and if you wear the glasses you see the world tinted according to that morality.”
I was kind of able to imagine that. I supposed it would help show who was good and who was bad. “But the eye and the tinted glasses are the same thing in this case.”
“Exactly, there’s no one without the other, and what makes the tint special is us—not that the cyclops God cares at all about individuals any more than we care about individual honey bees. That’s why he’s kind of a monster.”
“Isn’t people’s morality always changing, though?”
“Only up to a point. Green is green even when you have a bunch of shades of it, and a laptop screen still works fine even with a few dead pixels, right? And the more globalized and connected we get, the smoother our morality gets, but if you’re asking more about how our changing morals work when the cyclops God finally comes to take its eye, I assume it has a way to freeze our progress. To cut our roots. Then it makes some kind of final evaluation. If it’s satisfied it takes the planet and sticks it into its eye socket, and if it doesn’t like us then it lets us alone, although because we’re frozen and possibly rootless I suppose we die—maybe that’s what the other planets are, so many of them in space without any sort of life. Cold, rejected eyes.”
From sunglasses to bees to monitors in three metaphors, and now we were back to space. This was getting confusing. The stars twinkled, some of them dead, too: their light still arriving at our eyes from sources that no longer existed. “That’s kind of depressing,” I said to end the silence.
“What about it?”
“Being bees,” I said, “that work for so long at tinting a pair of glasses just so that a cyclops God can try them on.”
“I don’t think it’s any more depressing than being a tomato.”
“I’ve never thought about that.”
“You should. It’s beautiful, like love,” she said. “Because if you think about it, being a tomato and being a person are really quite similar. They’re both about growing and existing for the enjoyment of someone else. As a tomato you’re planted, you grow and mature and then an animal comes along and eats you. The juicier you look and the nicer you smell, the greater the chance that you’ll get plucked but also the more pleasure the animal will get from you. As a person, you’re also born and you grow up and you mature into a one of a kind personality with a one of a kind face, and then someone comes along and makes you fall in love with them and all the growing you did was really just for their enjoyment of your love.”
“Except love lasts longer than chewing a tomato.”
“Sometimes,” she said.
“And you have to admit that two tomatoes can’t eat each other the way two people can love each other mutually.”
“I admit that’s a good point,” she said.
“And what happens to someone who never gets fallen in love with?”
“The same thing that happens to a tomato that never gets eaten or an eye that the cyclops God never takes. They die and they rot, and they darken and harden, decomposing until they don’t look like tomatoes anymore. It’s not a nice fate. I’d rather live awhile and get eaten, to be honest.”
“As a tomato or person?”
“Both.”
I thought for a few seconds. “That explanation works for things on Earth, but nothing actually decomposes in space.”
“That’s why there are so many dead planets,” she said.
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2020.09.28 03:40 Subtlegi Citizen Kane

Citizen Kane
This was my term paper for a college film class I took some years back. I did much research, spoke with Kodak, a cameraman from the shoot, as well as being a camera buff and videographer. I took out the all of photos referenced to save space here, but if anyone likes it and wants the complete piece I'd be happy to send it to you, just let me know. gabriel
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A Technical Investigation of Citizen Kane
It’s Not All Black and White
📷 Citizen Kane is considered perhaps the best film ever produced. What does it contain that so many of others missed? I believe it is the imagination and technical expertise of Orson Welles and Greg Toland’s talent cocktail that forged this memorable work. To the right, notice both men on the floor setting up a low angle shot. Welles did very little alone, he was intelligent enough to use “OPB” other people’s brains. The screenplay alone does not stand up well against many other “Great Films,” it is the audio/visual experience created by the use of great techniques in lighting, photography and sound recording which make this film a masterpiece.
Over a period of twenty-five years, I have acquired a great deal of knowledge and experience in the Visual Arts. During this time I worked professionally in film, sound, and video while also enjoying the wonderful art of amateur black and white photography. My resume’ qualifies me to present a case for my thesis and in doing so I will cite technical information which is a part of my knowledge base. This combined with my research, meld into a comprehensive report on the behind the scenes wizardry of an ultra talented group of filmmakers.
📷Like most humans, I experience film through my eyes and ears, always looking deeper, beyond the dialog alone, into the complete experience. Although I hear the famous word “Rosebud” spoken by Kane, it is the atmosphere of the room, and the close up of his mouth, which amplifies the moment.
📷 Orson Welles wrote, directed, and acted in many productions of which Citizen Kane, being his best known, is the film he’ll be remembered. The following is a sampling of other productions Welles wrote, directed and more, except for this first two, written by William Shakespeare. MACBETH, described by Welles as "a violently sketched charcoal drawing of a great play," The magnificent photography by John L. Russel (Psycho) Directed by Orson Welles, and acted by Welles, Jeanette Nolan, DanO'Herlihy, Roddy McDowall, 1948. OTHELLO (production spanned three years) it won the Grand Prize at Cannes. Directed by Orson Welles, With: Welles, Suzanne Cloutier, Micheàl MacLiammoir, Robert Coote, 1952, THE LADY FROM SHANGHAI, Rita Hayworth plays a sultry wife, and includes the legendary hall-of-mirrors shootout finale. Directed and written by Orson Welles, 1947. THE MAGNIFICENT AMBERSONS, Directed and written by Orson Welles, 1942. TOUCH OF EVIL, Directed and written by Orson Welles, With: Heston, Welles, Janet Leigh, Joseph Calleia, Akim Tamiroff, Dietrich, Mercedes McCambridge, Dennis Weaver, 1958 (Starlight News).
After reading the above, it is impossible to overlook Welles as the original film multi-tasker. This man did it all. As a fine actor, writer, and director, it can be argued Welles has a bit of a control issue, but perhaps when you’re as talented as he, it’s not to unusual to not want to place your work or self in another’s hands.
The conductor of light, director of photography Greg Toland was hired from Samuel Goldwym Studios at $700.00 per week (Carringer 69). While at Goldwyn Studios Toland became regarded as one of the most creative cinematographer of the 1930.
His ‘acknowledged brilliance,’ as “American Cinematographer” magazine argued in 1942, placed him in the most nearly ideal position any Director of Photography has since the halcyon days when D.W. Griffith and Billy Blitzer were between them creating the basic techniques of the screen (American Cinematographer).
These accolades and of course the films themselves placed Toland in a position of power when negotiating with producers. Here are some items he requested and received from the producers of Citizen Kane. “RKO was obliged to employ Toland’s regular crew and rent his camera equipment from Goldwyn” (Carringer 69). He demanded these guarantees as an artist, for he had personalized his equipment, his brush, so to speak, to accommodate the style in which he shot. The crew consisting of grips, camera assistants, and gaffes were all a part of Toland’s creative bag of tricks that worked together as a one organism to accomplish the monumental task of producing a film of this caliber. Above all Toland insisted on creative control. This he had become accustomed to at Goldwyn Studios. After much success in his early career, Toland remarked, "I want to work with someone who's never made a movie. That's the only way to learn anything from someone who doesn't known anything”(Walling). He got his chance in 1941 with Citizen Kane on Orson Welles first movie. This team of Toland, and Welles became a creative partnership unsurpassed in movie making history.
There is light and the absence of light, there is shadow, created by infringing on the path of a light. These elements are the two ends of the visual spectrum. White (light), Black (shadow) and by the expected use of them, every lighting situation (in B/W) can be resolved. Mind pictures like these become possible in the right hands. Powerful light driven through small spaces cut like knives on the floor and walls. Soft light pushed through a window or down a hall washes the area like a softly driven snow. The power of this technique is obvious in the shot captured of the Walter Thatcher Library. (right) Nothing is resolved here (can be seen clearly), but it’s not the dialog or the face of the actors the filmmakers are interested in, but the mood set by the absence of light and the rod of light coming from above. Reminiscent of a spiritual setting, the beam of light representing the entrance of the Almighty into the room.
Film is the medium that followed and in some ways took the place of paint, brush, and canvas, first with the snapshot, followed by moving pictures. In 1940 film had its limitations, even today it’s requires an informed photographer to photograph in a variety of settings with equally satisfactory results. Much of what makes an artist great is the length to which they are able to stretch the medium in which they work. This is where Welles and Toland excelled; they stretched the ability of the camera and film to lengths never before attained.
The tone of Citizen Kane is created with light, shadow, and darkness. Photography and light go hand in hand, in fact photography, as we know it, cannot exist without a light source. The way a scene is lit directly affects the resulting print. Film stocks of the late thirties, early forties were “slow” meaning the amount of exposure time (to light) with respect to the quality and resolution of the resulting print is high (long). A “fast” film with a speed of 800ASA or higher can capture an image indoors without a flash or extra lighting in a normally lit room. In 1940 a 100ASA film was considered fast, this film used in daylight would be capable of good exposure, but anything less than daylight would require lights, for a stills, a flash, for moving pictures, stage/motion picture lighting …Big, Hot, sometime noisy lights.
The film used to shoot Citizen Kane was Kodak Super XX, 100ASA which was an “off the shelf” product, that fortunately for Toland had just recently been released. Double X was “Four Times Faster” than its immediate predecessor. Without this timely release Citizen Kane may never have been made. The other variable is the amount of light needed and available, and how much one chooses to expose the film. Exposure time and aperture settings are two variables that determine, to a great extent, whether a scene will appear as bright as a 📷sunny day or full of shadows with the blackest blacks, but only grayish whites. Proper contrast presents itself as balanced if upon examination the black & white negative it exhibits the two extremes represented on the gray scale, black and white. This bias manifests in a photo that is too dark or too light and lacks contrast.
The manipulation of exposure can be seen and studied early in this film. In the scene shot in the projection room, Toland under exposed the film by not using an “average” light setting, (balanced) instead he resolved the streams of light pouring from the projection windows and placed the actors in the shadows. There is nothing wrong with this; in fact, it is exactly what they wanted. The average person taking snapshots of their children would not appreciate their photos turning out in this fashion, but the professional is an artist, and artists create moods and settings with the tools of their art. In film, what we don’t see sometimes makes the shot.
📷 “Camera derives from the Latin word for room or chamber. The camera pre-dates film. The Camera Obscura or “Dark Room,” occasionally seen at scenic locations was, in its original form, a pinhole camera.
The “pinhole’ in the roof could scan the countryside by means of a rotating mirror. The image was focused on a white table in the center if the room and viewed by observers inside the “camera” (Di Guilio).
📷”The Mitchell Camera Corporation began in 1919 as a camera repair and modification shop in Hollywood, as The National Motion Picture Repair Company (Roberts 141). The film was shot with Mitchell BNC cameras (BNC stands for Blimped News reel Camera). The BNC was introduced in 1934 and the first two cameras were sold to Goldwyn Studios in 1934 and 1935. "The first important picture on which they were used was Citizen Kane" (Roberts148) In 1934, this camera made the recording of sound for film feasible. At around 35 dB, the NC was quiet enough for unblimped use in exterior sound filming, as long as the microphone was not near the camera. Later that year the BNC was introduced, the B stood for Blimped. The Blimp is a sound proof housing which surrounded the camera bringing the sound level to a very quiet 21dB! To the average person these numbers mean nothing, even with an explanation of these levels may continue to seem irrelevant. But, take it from a man who spent years on sound stages, in recordings and television studios, the difference is huge; 35dB “decibels” is the sound level in an average home, 21dB is the sound level of a whisper, or rustling leaves. These are logarithmic numbers and the difference is demonstrated by taking the next step up. 70dB is the sound level of freeway traffic and of a vacuum cleaner. The change the “blimped” camera had on motion pictures is immense! (Noise)
The camera’s angle and length of lens create perspective. A long lens creates a voyeuristic feel as if looking in from afar a good example being Hitchock’s Rear Window. A short or wide lens brings the viewer into the scene. Angles are simple to understand.
Considered how you appear to a small child from its playpen? Put yourself in the it’s place, think of its perspective “low” looking up, “wide” larger than life, and somewhat distorted view. This is not a pleasant picture. The baby looking up sees a huge, distorted thing; fortunately babies are innocent and cannot put the ominous nature of their vulnerable scene in perspective. Conversely, the perspective of an adult looking down at a child is like a king from his throne, a feeling of power, not vulnerability. Perspective makes the difference. Even in a situation where those involved are adults as in a courtroom setting, perspective plays a role. In a courtroom, the judge sits up high upon their judgement seat, which forces the defendant to look up. The judge appears large and powerful, while the defendant feels small, powerless, and vulnerable. Above, strong and in control, below, weak and suppliant. Orson, digs holes (right) in floors, through walls, and flies his cameras in the air shooting from different angles, creating different perspectives. A film shot at one level is flat, without flavor and as bland as an unseasoned potato.
📷 Next we explore the topic of “depth of field” (the distance from the object nearest to the camera and the farthest that are in continuous focus) also know as “Deep Focus” The first notable example is from the footage shot in the parlor of Mrs. Kane’s boarding house. In the foreground, mother, father, and Mr.Thatcher
discuss the boy’s future while in the background young Kane is seen through the window, all in perfect focus. Another example is the scene where Kane and his wife are sitting at either end of a long dining table in the huge Xanadu, bigheaded Kane intimidating and distorted (not out of focus) in the foreground, his bored wife, small and insignificant in the distance, both presented in sharp detail.
📷This next frame combines two techniques, “tight composition,” and “deep focus.” Tight composition meaning a quantity of images in a relatively small frame, and deep focus, all the images in frame are in focus. The scene is when Kane walks in on Susan’s singing lesson only to hear “the Maestro,” frustrated and disgusted with Susan’s ineptness, screaming a laundry list of insults at her. Bad timing. Kane in anger reprimands “the Maestro.”
After a few critical viewings, and a quick look at my camera’s dept of field indicator, I estimate the field covered in “the Maestro” frame was approximately 18 inches to 30 feet. Probably an 18mm or 25mm lens was used which has great depth of field when stopped down to F/11 or F/16, these two numbers are aperture setting or f-stops, indicate the size of the hole the camera looks through. The larger the number the smaller the hole, and the great dept of field.
A standard photographers table supplies the following values: for an 18.5mm lens at F/8: 1' 6" to Infinity and for 25mm: 2’ 9" to Infinity. To shoot at these apertures, a 100 ASA film requires 1280-foot candles of light, which is quite high by today’s standards. (A foot-candle is equal to the light ‘one candle’ would illuminate a surface at the distance of one foot.)
The definition of Deep Focus is applicable as a frame of reference in defining Shallow Focus, in which one part of the screen is in focus and the rest blurred, thus directing the viewer's attention to the key element of the action. This was a useful technique, but not an innovation in the1930s, having been used since the early days of film, although much of it’s use was dictated by the limitations of the cameras and films of the time.
An unknown Internet author describes a fancy focus technique.
📷Toland found that extra means were needed to maintain sharpness in certain extremely deep shots. Split-focus lenses and carefully controlled double exposures sometimes turned the trick, but were difficult to set up. One example is in the sequence in which Kane's wife attempts suicide: a glass, spoon and medicine bottle in sharp focus dominate the foreground; the bed is in the middle ground; and figures enter the door in the background. Here the foreground was lighted and photographed first, with the rest of the scene in darkness. Then the foreground was silhouetted and the background was lighted and shot in focus on the same film. (Sharp Practice)
Film is the medium that in some ways followed and took the place of paint, brush, and canvas. First came the snapshot, followed by moving pictures. To this day film has limitations, but in 1940, they were manifold. Much of what makes an artist great is the length to which they stretch the medium in which they work. This is where Welles and Toland excelled; they stretched the ability of camera, film, and light to lengths never before attained.
📷Before the making of Citizen Kane sound stages and film sets were open ceiling. A lot went on just above the frame, all of it unseemly, and needed to be hid, things such as; microphones, (big ugly microphones on booms with cables hanging) and other equipment that hung from the usually high ceiling sets. This open ceiling arrangement prohibited the camera from tilting (a vertical pan) any higher than the top of a room’s wall. Toland and Welles had no desire to repeat the same old shots seen hundreds of times before. They figured a way to work around this problem. They created ceilings with muslin, now microphones and the like were hidden above this “new ceiling.” This permitted Toland to shoot from the floor, (right) actually from a hole in the floor without thought of running out of wall. Note all that ceiling showing.
📷This took the bit from Toland’s mouth, freeing him to point the camera wherever his heart desired. The frame pictured to the left is an extraordinary example for three innovations are demonstrated in one shot: covered ceilings, a low angled perspective and deep focus. Fantastic!
Who says you have to be high tech to be innovative? Artists dislike restraints, when set free, they fly high. Freedom brought us this wonderful film.
The sound on Citizen Kane encompasses dialog, sound effects, and the musical score. In reverse order, Bernard Herrman scored the film, and later went on to compose the music for other great movies, including Psycho and Taxi Driver (who can forget that sax?). Welles brought with him from radio a keen ear and an understanding of sound effects. These effects augmented the film, but were not overpowering as in some films today. One example of his subtle usage is noted by Robert Carringer. “. . . such as the typewriter heard in extreme close-up when Kane is finishing the opera review and the musical accompaniment to the light bulb that dims to signal the faltering of Susan’s singing career”(100). I’ve recorded many sound tracks for video and television and I don’t envy the task assigned to the engineers in charge of this film. Even when recording a simple spot, I used more and better equipment than the entire sound crew of Citizen Kane.
In their process . .
. . . there are two separate and distinct sound operations, each presided over by a different sound engineer. One engineer is in charge of the sound recorded during the production. His chief assistant is the operator of the boom – a microphone slung from a long metal rod and suspended above the actors’ heads (Carringer 102).
Considering the task of a “boom operator” under ordinary circumstances was difficult, on Welles’ set there were times it must have been close to impossible. Because of the muslin ceilings the operator had a much more difficult time properly placing the microphones above the actors.
Once recorded, then it went into post production, and into the hands of James G. Stewart, a sound contractor who work on some of the most famous theaters in America, including Radio City Music Hall, before moving to California and joining RKO. He was in charge of postproduction, in those days called “rerecording,” today mixing and overdubs.
📷In the late thirties one could not go to a local sound store and buy whatever your budget allowed, these sound engineers, were just that, “engineers,” and if they needed something they’d design and build it. The crude two-man mixing console shown here is a “one off,” built for RKO under Stewart’s direction. Prior to this point in the process, the audio is dry (no effects, or processing) it’s during the “rerecording” process that echo, reverb, effects, and overdubs are inserted and mixed. Sound persons rarely get much glory, but without them, the public might still be watching silent films (Carringer 102-3).
In closing, Citizen Kane is a technical milestone in movie making, although I find the screenplay depressing. This tale of a boy removed from his family, given an education and all the money he could ever need (so one would think). Who grows into an idealistic, generous, and kind man, who had plans to change the world, but instead the world changed him, and for that, he hates the world and himself in return. The final scene, reveals his true heart, one, once so soft, now, hardened and broke. Calling to the heavens, spoke his final word “Rosebud” the name of a sleigh he once owned, so long ago, before fate stepped in and killed the boy. When Kane spoke, “Rosebud” he was not only calling out the name of a child’s toy, no, he was calling out to the life he left behind which contained that sleigh. The life he never had the chance to live.
📷📷📷📷📷”Rosebud” “Rosebud” “Rosebud” “Rosebud” “Rosebud”
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2020.09.28 01:42 Thr0w4W4y185 Story of a normal sociopath

Hello everyone.
First of all forgive me for my english, i'm not a native speaker. Throwaway because...
I'm helpless, i'm hopeless.
Ever since i was a little boy, i didn't want to go to school. I remember my mom, constatly waking me up, trying to get me prepped up.
I simply just didn't want to, i wanted to sleep. Nothing less nothing more. Was it because i was wake up the night before to watch the movie until almost 11pm?
Was it because i was just a lazy boy that was spoiled too much and couldn't force myself to do what was right for me?

Anyway, it'll started by these mornings...
I wasn't late regarding education, learned to speak before it was taught at school, did my homework everyday plus extras due to my curiosity.
I remember that my "always search for something new, something real" led me to launch the news club at my school, at 9. You'll tell me "it's such a normal behavior for a kid"
I'll answer you by no. I was living in the worst city, of the worst county of my country... which has 25% unemployment, only 45% to graduate high school.
I'm not praising me, because i fucked it up. I fucked up badly.

I always loved science, but what moved me was music. So before high school i started piano. i didn't take any lesson, just me and the music i couldn't reproduce.
Started to sing, and spent all my free time doing what i love. I had move to a more coutryside county, the one where you have to do 20 miles to see a supermarket,
30 miles to go to the pool, bowling, cinema; the one where soccer lead, and rule over every other activity.
I was 13 when i conviced 10 of my teammates to join me in the choir. It was something that, today, think of with a lot of pride.
We weren't good, but we were there and i still don't know why chose to follow me in this path.
My grades were great and i passed the diploma (we have a diploma before highschool) pretty easily. I could have done much better for sure,
but i had the same and more intense problem. I COULD'NT go to sleep! I already had a TV in my bedroom, and remember watching the second movie after prime time.
Going to sleep at 1am, i regularly skipped school as i had to take the bus at a specific time. I then was either helping my mom hold her convenient but very small shop,
learning piano by myself with a couple sheets here and there. But harm was already done, i couldn't force myself to go to school, thinking what a waste of time.
Anyway i was very interested in a lot of things (note that it didn't stop), the shop owned by my mom had a computer and i constantly was searching for things here and there,
at a time i was the provider of free music for all my buddies, illegaly downloading and transferring to my mates' players.
I was mocked a lot, because of my name (says gay with my initials), for my teeth that i couldn't fix years ealier because of expensiveness. Guys started calling me rabbit, my friend too...
Every little thing was a pretext to mock me, and so when the teacher said to us that the little triangle is called "delta", they figured i was to called delta, because of my very sunken face.
I was called that thing for 2 years, and thinking of it now, i'm happy it wasn't a meanier nickname.
I hated me, i hated them. But i probably was mocked because of my asocial character too, the one that i constantly fight against. Mind you, the ONLY time i was praised was at the school triathlon, when you come by these other kids on the side here to support you on the last part of the race. Almost everyone saw anything more in me than a burden, and had the last pick syndrome in every fucking activity.
I, at that time, realized something i had not, it will always be easier alone. And so i started to think for me, anywhere and anytime.
But there was this girl, she wasn't objectively pretty (that the almost 30 something talking, even tho it was obvious every guy had another specific girl in mind when we were talking about love), she wasn't particularly interesting, but she was to be mine... Or at least that's what the dumb kid i was thought.
And so i tried and i tried and i tried to tell her, and when rejection came after my declaration about 2 years after i discovered my attraction, i was as downed as a loving kid could be.
My mom was busy building invoices in her shop, my dad had to do hundreds of miles for his shitty but paying job (leaving at 6am to comeback at 8pm almost mon-fri) and so i was left to myself with my despair, no one to talk and nothing but my interests to cherish and console me. I was done with others. My last year before highschool was nothing more that a failure, skipped one or two days a week,
sleeping for hours on the morning, going to sleep for as late as 3am. This led me to unimaginable fights with my mom, she didn't know how to handle me. One time it got physical,
at a point that she and me regret what we've done. Therapy couldn't help us, the harm was done, i hated me.

Sadly but thankfully, the shop of my mom closed, and we were forced to move to a more urban environment. right in time for me to start highschool.
I chose to learn more about music, and so i chose a music centered path in highschool. We had 8 + 6 hours a week to study music, theory and practice our own chosen instruments.
That's when i discovered that all the "cool" kids play guitar, and it was time for me to do something cool aswell. Everything was right in the world. Except i couldn't be the cool kid.
I was still skipping school, and started to apply my credo : only think for you. I then refused every kind of communication with ppl that didn't exspressly engaged conversations.
I was happy and skipped less and less courses, enjoying my newly close friends and activities (basketball, guitar). But even though i couldn't care less about others, they were always there.
I still had the last pick syndrome, and rightfully so. Come to think of it, i'm not skilled at sports, making friend, speaking or even playing music. I'm good at learning, thinking.
But that's not enough to help you, when coming home, oppening social medias at 16, you see a special song written just for you right next to the highschool building,
mocking your lack of skill at almost everything. You're not prepared for this to start over, again and again.
I then tried to kill myself, with sleeping tablets like the coward i was, in my first year of highschool. I took the 5 last pills of the last tablet my mom was taking to face her shop failure.
The night i had was like nothing else i've ever experienced, listening the fantastic symphonie from Berlioz, reminding me of my lost love from before highschool,
and everyone just mocking me throughout my childhood. I was desperate but i woke up after 28 hours. Yes 28 hours. Nobody noticed a thing, not my teachers, not my few friends, nor my parents.
Anyone but me. I woke up dizzy, frightened by what just happened, fightened by what could come next.

I spent the rest of the year hating myself, hating others. It was the time i met my first girlfriend. She was a cute girl, with a cute sense of curiosity, she could see me as the one i really was,
the constant learning but not skilled boy, the kind but asocial boy with a strange way of seeing life, seeing others.
We were flirting but i wasn't confident enough to love her plenty, as a normal highschooler would do. We broke up after a few months.
I then started dating another girl, more experienced, who taught me the pleasures of love for the first time. I didn't love her, but i think that's what "allowed" me to let things go freely.
I was skipping more and more days of school, as i was still unhappy spending time with the ones that mocked me publicly, with the thing i loved the most.
My grades were still enough to pass, but everyone that new me a bit could see the downgrade (15/20 to 12/20) except in music where i had 18/20 everytime, sometimes topping the A+ grade 20/20.
My second year of highschool was chaotic, i was spending all my time on my computer, trying to watch every movie/show i could think, playing guitar and spending time with the girl i first rejected.
We were together again! I was finally able to face my fears of disappointing others and was happy again.
At the end of my second year of highchool, i asked for starting over the year, against school advice, against everyone's advice, to do less music at school.
It was of course to avoid the ones mocking me, but i couldn't tell, it was too shameful for me. I failed my third year (a second real year as i downgrade) at the end of the first semester and stopped everything. i started a new cursus, a professional one and finally graduated highschool. I was installer for the largest ISP of my country, and passed my driver's license. I wasn't skipping a lot of days work,
maybe one in a month as it was interesting for me to learn. Meanwhile, my girlfriend had her first time with me, but the sky wasn't so blue, as i could express myself clearly and loudly enough.
Grass was greener on the other side, and what was meant to happen, happened. She cheated on me on a summer night. I couldn't believe it, and freaked out as fuck. She played the sorry card,
and me, in desperate need of not let go the best things of my life, forgave her. Or at least i thought i could forgive her. for the next whole year, i couldn't help myself but mention this mistake,
over and over, hurting her, myself and probably anyone who heard me talking about it. The last year we were together, i had lost my job, due to losing my license driver, due to waking up too late
and crossing red lights, speeding and using the work phone while driving. I wasn't good enough to drive a car and never made the mistake of wanting to drive again, to be a danger for others and myself.
So my girlfriend and i were going to the new year's eve party, she was driving and was working, and probably couldn't think of me more than a burden (again).
There was this guy, which i thought was cool, and she surely thought the same. I could see them flirting right in front of me and the only thing i thought was good to do is drink.
I drank all i could as i new it was done. Next morning she was with him in the bed (they were dressed) and as a 20 something (not so much) man i chose to leave as fast as i could.
She came back too (we were living together) and i confronted her with what happened and she first denied everything, but as i felt this was not a "nothing situation" i started pushing and pushing,
until she said the truth : we weren't going anywhere as i couple, i had 0 ambition, she don't love me no more.

So i was left alone, well not exactly alone, as my mom was okay with taking me back with her. She'd just divorce from my father, and could do with some company.
I had cumulative rights to welfare and use almost the two whole year to do what i wanted, music, guitar, Youtube, shows, movie, documentaries, forums, reddit, close friends...
I was truly happy with this way of life, my circadian rythm was so fucked up, my cycle was 18hours awake and 10 hours of sleep. Till now it's the same.

I then did a training in phone advising, but my mom moved out of the county so i had to go live with my father. I did the training which lasted six months,
worked for a month or two in the company that took me in traineeship. I wanted to try this because i love Kitboga, he's a twitcher who calls scammers waisting their time and entertain viewers.
I was interested at first, to learn how to deal with customer, but when i really did it everyday, things were not so great, i managed to skip a week, pretending to be home sick.

As i couldn't go on with this job, i started looking for something else, something that would pay bills! Questionned myself, again an again,
trying to find a thing that could lead me to force myself to do it everyday but couldn't. I then worked at Mcdonalds, flipping burgers,
serving customers that tell you they know your job better than you, working for a manager who tells you you're paid too much for what you do (minimum wage).
It lasted six months, till the eve of this pandemic, my grandma was sick and dying, i couldn't stand this job, i resigned.
My grand ma passed in the end of february, telling me all she ever wanted to was hes grandkids to be well set in life and happy.

early september i started a training to be department manager, i don't want to do it. I want to spend my time watching videos, learning things, playing and learning music for me,
going to bed at 8am to waking up at 6pm. Then going to bed at 10am to wake up at 8pm and so on...

I kind of understand now that i'll never be normal, i'll never be this guy with his 9 to 5 job, a home, a loving wife and kids. I don't know what i am.

Life isn't easy on me, and tho i know it's good enough for now for me to have a roof, something to eat, things and activities to enjoy. But i'm not settled well, i'm not happy.
I'm not happy because i can't go to my training, i can't go to sleep at 10pm and wake up at 8am as i should, to earn money, and live a normal life.

Tomorrow hopefully, i will contact a psychologist and show him this message, and hopefully we'll work on a way for me to go back to a normal life,
if it leads me to a happy life, i will. But i doubt i can as it's 1.30am monday morning and i will probably skip the training, just like last thursday and friday without notice.
I've got some close friends, but still can't make connection with new people, can't find a girlfriend (and probably don't want to). I am now a burden for my now retired father,
and hate myself for not being able to keep a job more than a few months, not being able to have something interesting enough for me to do for a few months now.
The only thing i'm proud now is to be alive, and not having any suicidal thoughts... I am only lost.
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2020.09.27 21:22 Peregrinebullet Old Trip Report - May-June 2016 - 24 days

PART 1
So I was going through old emails and pictures and found detailed writeups that I sent a friend of mine during our 2016 Japan trip. My friend had never been to Japan and knew nothing about it, so I'll edit/ condense them for clarity, as I got into some pretty basic explanations that I'm sure a lot of you have figured out already.
** don't think too hard about the dates/timeline, as I condensed and sometimes didn't have time to tell Friend about things until a few days later, so the emails backtrack to previous days a few times -*\*
We were planning on going again this year or next year with our toddler, but alas, pandemic. COVID-19 having slowed down content on this subreddit, I figured some people would still find this a fun read.
We did a 4 person trip (myself, my husband (B), my sister (S) and her boyfriend (K)) for 24 days, sharing accommodations and fair bit of food/transport costs, depending on what we were doing. We ended up realizing that increasing convenience or comfort generally didn't cost a lot more than the cheapest options, so we often paid an extra $5-8/ night to get a business hotel instead of a hostel. We also opted for the convenience of the JR pass (which paid off for us) and the Jetfoil ferry.
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Here's our budget in CAD - Rough planned (actual): pp = per person
Planned budget:
Plane ticket for [SISTER] & [SISTER's BF]- $800- 1000pp (Actual cost: $1100cad pp for YVR-PVG-NRT round trip)
Plane tickets for husband and I: 150K Alaska miles +$220cad (YVR-NRT direct)
Tokyo accommodations - 180 pp ($189 - $121 pp at Hotel Horidome Villa, 2 rooms x 3 days, then $68 pp at an airbnb near Oku Station x3)
Kyoto Accommodations - 123 pp ($367pp for 13 days at an japanese townhouse airbnb near Sanjo Station)
Food - 400 pp (I didn't end up tracking what we ate, but it was closer to $500 as we ate so many snacks and tried a lot of restaurants).
21 day JR Rail pass - 570 pp ($692 pp with taxes - the cost went up between us planning the trip and actual purchase, several months later)
Attractions - 200 pp ($10 per attraction/15 days of attractions) ($250-ish - didn't track this super closely).
Hiroshima Accomodations - no estimate ( 32.84 pp - I forget which hotel, but in honesty, it was a pretty forgettable hotel that smelled like cigarettes even though we had picked "non-smoking" and had a very squeaky bed)
Kagoshima Accomodations - no estimate ($34 pp - APA Hotel Kagoshima Chuo-Ekimae)
Jetfoil Ferry from Kagoshima - Yakushima Roundtrip - ($202pp - free booking through Yes Yakushima)
Yakushima accommodations - 85 pp (330 total) ($97 pp for 3 nights at Minshuku Iwakawa)
Yakushima Island tour - 100pp ($136 pp )
Yakushima Anbo River kayaking - 100 pp ($86 pp )
Yakushima bike rentals - 15pp (didn't end up renting bikes)
Kyoto daily transit - 70 pp ($5/day for approx 12 days) (ended up renting bikes for $30 pp + 20 deposit (which they returned to us - we used the bus twice, the rest of the time was us biking around or using our JR passes to do day trips)
Kinosaki Onsen ($86 pp for 1 night in the cheapest "nice" Ryokan we could find, Sinonomesou)
Other (souvenirs, essentials, LH's) - 300pp (ha... my sister managed about $400, I was $600, as I ended up getting a tattoo - the guys didn't buy much.)
Tokyo Skyliner + Keisei tickets: $44 pp
Total per person minus plane tickets = $3145
Total for S & K (including plane ticket) - $ 4200ish CAD ea
$3145 divided by 24 is approx $131 per day.
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Reminder:
B = Husband
S = Sister
K = Sister's boyfriend.
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DAY 1 (Tokyo)
(No email report, as I was too tired).
Flew into Narita, negotiated our way to the skyliner without Tooooo much difficulty, and met up with my sister and her BF at Hotel Horidome Villa. Pretty comfy little business hotel, and we had two adjacent rooms. We were a bit tall for the beds (B is 5'11" and K is 6'1"), but it wasn't the end of the world. My husband could almost span the room with his arms. Used the tokyo subway tickets that came included with our Keisei Skyliner tickets to get around. First experience of Japanese 7/11 and ended up bringing an entire bag full of snacks back to our hotel room to try, which we ate while watching incomprehensible Japanese TV, then fell asleep
Day 2 (Tokyo) - first email
We walked around for nearly 8 hours and holy crap, I am looking forward to soaking in the tub in our room. Despite the bathroom being so tiny, the tub is actually big enough to accommodate my thighs, Which is more than can be said for the one back home! ( I'm not a skinny person).
Due to jet lag, we fell asleep around 8pm last night and I woke up at 4 am. B always sleeps longer than I do, so I basically read for 2 hours, waiting for him to wake up.
Then we went to the gym. We have an anytime membership, and they weren't kidding. You literally can use it anywhere in the world. There's an Anytime fitness about 6 blocks from our hotel. We walk in, and about 4 old Japanese men who were on the machines just stop and STARE at us as we walked past them.
They try to be surreptitious about it, but it's a constant thing. I make a point of catching their eyes, and they quickly look away, then try to sneak another look, and then get embarrassed because I'm still watching them with raised eyebrows. Me and K got the worst of it later in the day, because I was wearing a red dress and K has visible tattoos.
The red dress thing was a surprise, because I had no idea that Japanese people really only wear like 5 colours when out in public here in Tokyo - black, navy, white, pale blue or beige. The school uniforms tend to be one of these colours and most men wear black or navy business suits of varying formality.
Literally, every person we saw who was wearing a different colour turned out to not be Japanese - either we ended up hearing them speak a different language, or they were obviously tourists. I knew I was already going to stand out, having red hair, but this was a bit ridiculous.
First thing in the morning, we went out to a breakfast place that served American food ("Bubby's"). Despite being advertised as a family restaurant, the mug S drank coffee out of had a caption of "F%*KING FRESH" on it. It took us quite awhile to find it and after that, we decided that 7/11 breakfasts were the way to go, both convenience and cost wise.
K also had a hilarious mishap in the morning while snapchatting with his mom, which I will copy-paste his own words:
Note to self: Be careful of the angles when snapchatting pictures of yourself in a Japanese robe with a beer. A few degrees can change a photo from G to 18A. ‪#‎justwantedacoolangle‬ ‪#‎sorrymom‬
After breakfast, we went down to Shibuya, which is where the giant 6 way cross walk is that you often see in pictures of Tokyo. Since we had been up so ridiculously early, we had missed most of the morning crowds up until this point. But once we hit Shibuya, rush hour was in full swing. People were 7-9 rows deep on the metro platforms and it was sea of dudes in business suits. People didn't quite have to be pushed onto the trains by white gloved attendants, but it was a close thing.
Gaijin perimeter was in full effect though, and people avoided standing near us a lot of the time. We wandered around Shibuya for about an hour, venturing off the main shopping street into the twisty back alleyways. At one point, we found about 12 love hotels in three blocks.
We also found what I like to call "The saddest playground in Tokyo", featuring PTSD Panda and Mr. Tiger.
After the huge crowds in Shibuya, I was aching for some quiet, so we headed to the Imperial Palace Gardens. However, we made a wrong turn, and went half way around the grounds in the wrong direction, so we didn't get to see the public gardens (by the time we realized our mistake, we had been walking for 25 mins and were at the opposite end of the compound)
It wasn't a loss though, because the exterior of the palace grounds is still really cool. I only got a couple pictures of the walls and guard towers, but it was eerie how perfectly manicured all the plants and grass were. We wouldn't put it past the Japanese Imperial household to clip the grass by hand, you know? It had that kind of feel to it. We don't know if it was the case, but everything was utterly perfect looking.
After the Imperial gardens, we came back to our hotel room and I passed out for about two hours - it was only like 3 pm, but we'd been walking around since 8am, plus I had done a run, so my feet were killing me.
After my (utterly delicious and much needed) nap, we went to the Tokyo Skytree. We got there right at sunset and it was gorgeous. It was really crazy to see how far the city extended - literaly, buildings as far as the eye could see (it was an overcast day, so the mountains that surround Tokyo were not visible.)
One thing that surprised me about Tokyo is it's not as dense as I thought. it would be. Everything is compact and small, but it's rare for a building to be over 12 stories. 6-8 stories was more likely, except for some of the government buildings and just right around the main metro stations. It was more just endless amounts of urban sprawl.
I've had Tokyo described to me as a "dirty great city" and that seems to be the truth - it's just a huge city that goes on for miles and miles. But because the metro system here is so extensive, you can cross it in like 40 mins, no problem. The metro system is super easy to get around - I barely remember any of my Japanese lessons, but didn't really need them.
However, I did make one embarrassing flub - I mixed up the words for "this is" and "Where is" - Kore is this is and doko is "where is" .
So I confused several station attendants when asking for directions.
Imagine a foreigner marching up to you and saying "This is the ginza line!" instead of "Where is the ginza line?" I asked three station attendants and a police officer this before I figured out my mistake and they all gave me looks like I was crazy.
DAY 3 + 4 (Tokyo + Kyoto)
OK, I'm awake now (slept 11 hours, jesus christ). I have walked more in the last three days than I have walked in months, good lord.
I forgot to tell you about a funny part of the Tokyo Skytree - they have a fucking window cleaner musical. They have a performance of window cleaners projected onto the windows, (the actors, thankfully, are NOT outside the 900 ft tower) where they sing and clean the windows in a synchronized fashion, then all march onto the floor with a brass band. I wish I was joking. I couldn't understand a word of it though, so I have no idea what they were singing about exactly.
After that we went downstairs and explored the mall underneath the skytree for a few hours - it was actually a lot of fun and we found a store completely devoted to cheese. Best. cheesecake. I've.ever.had.
As for yesterday, we got up and and took the Metro out to Shinjuku, where our friend's hotel was. (We were meeting up with some friends from China)
Remember how for Day 2, I said that we hadn't quite gotten to the point where white gloved station attendants were pushing people onto trains? Well, I had my first experience with it yesterday. The train was packed, we squeezed on, and about ten people got on behind us.
There was an awkward pause as you realize the doors weren't going to close unless something was done. I was already half buried under B's armpit, with my opposite arm and purse buried between two tall (for Japanese) business men, with another dude glued to my back.
Then the shove came and I was knocked into the two business guys. I wasn't even holding onto anything. The crush of people held me upright for about five stops, which was all kinds of no fun, because you can guess at the sort of momentum that the train drivers have to deal with when braking and accelerating with a packed train like that. Everyone got pushed around and elbows in places that you don't want elbows as the train stopped and started.
When we got to Shinjuku, it was pretty different from where our hotel was (we're in Nihonbashi). Lots of wide avenues and modern development. The suited Japanese businessmen were still everywhere. Our friends were staying in the Shinjuku Washington, and they reported that their hotel room (despite being much newer) was no bigger than ours.
We wandered around Shinjuku looking for breakfast, and our friends, both being Chinese, and thus indistinguishable from the Japanese, were shocked at our Gaijin Perimeter abilities. The crowds parted in front of B like sailboats dodging out of the way of a tanker, and giving him the same sort of wide berth, to the point where some people were stepping out onto the street.
We found a ramen place called Ichiran which had decent ratings. It was also very much the sort of place that drunk people would stumble into during their walk of shame. Everything was designed so that you could have minimal interaction with other human beings.
You ordered your ramen from a ticket machine, and then there was four bar style rows, each with a little cubby that shut you off from your neighbour (though the cubby walls could be folded away).
You pushed the ticket through a small bamboo screen and you were handed back a preference sheet that you ticked off - how spicy, how rich, what type of noodles, what veggies, and you returned it through the screen. Minutes later, a bowl of ramen ordered to your preferences would be pushed through the screen. You could literally accomplish all of this without saying a single word and the server was never visible - At most, you saw their hands through the screen. Perfect for anyone with social anxiety.
After that, we headed out on the JR lines to Tokyo DisneySea. You heard that right, DisneySea, not Disneyland. They are adjacent park, but the major difference is that DisneySea serves booze. Not that we had any (booze was not immune to Disney prices).
On a purely artsy level, DisneySea was awesome - everything was gorgeously and meticulously decorated. While walking through "King Triton's Castle"(as opposed to the Sleeping Beauty's castle that you'd find in the regular disney parks), we noticed that every single tile in every single mosaic was in fact engraved with pictures of Ariel, Flounder and Prince Eric. Not the same picture either - different poses and positions.
There was a huge Steampunk flavour to the park too. Everything was pretty to look at and the amount of detail was insane.
It was crowded though and the rides were ok. We only went on about 6 of them, but they were fun. Again, more just from the artsy side of it. I would say it was worth what we paid, but only just barely. I will say this though, when set free from the uniform requirements of black, navy and beige "NormCore" colours (according to my sister, that's the name that's used for that type of fashion?), Japanese people seem to have terrible taste in clothing. Lots of mixed neons and plaid.
I also got an extremely awkward sunburn, because I under-estimated how far the neckline of my dress went down and didn't put on sunscreen that far down. :/ It itches. The sun here does not play around, we had to buy 50SPF+++ sunscreen (which is everywhere, thank goodness)
We got home and passed out super quick last night. This morning, we woke up early and packed up our room, because we were heading to Kyoto today.
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SO, EIGHT HOURS LATER, WE ARE NOW IN KYOTO.
Kyoto is crazy different from Tokyo.
Big difference? The Japanese business-suited business man has completely disappeared. Now there's people walking around in actual kimonos (We saw no kimonos in Tokyo. none.) Oh, and people are wearing colours. Actual colours.
We booked out of our hotel around 10am and dragged our suitcases over to Tokyo station, which was around 20 minutes away on foot. Not bad at all, but it was a hot day. Also, the bank of Japan headquarters looks like a fortress and there is one office building just before the station that is entirely covered in roses - we're talking a 6 storey building. Completely covered in roses. It was pretty cool.
Tokyo station is just nuts. There are 24 platforms, both local and shinkansen trains. It is a white tiled rabbit warren. B and K's gaijin perimeter was invaluable when we were rushing through the crowds to catch our train.
There was also a mall beneath the station, and much of it was devoted to different stores that featured a particular character. Japan has a tendency to make a cutesy character mascot for everything. Literally everything.
Every prefecture, every city, has a character mascot. Most of the big companies have them. Some of them, like Domo-kun have gotten extremely popular. Others, like Snoopy, have been taken, bastardized, and then grown into something that bypasses all of their origins. There were, of course, stores dedicated to these two guys, and several others as well. My favourite was the Studio Ghibli store (obviously).
There was alot of specialized food places, of varying quality, including a standing sushi bar.
The shinkansen train was really new experience for me. I've been on really fast trains before - I've been on the TGV trains in France, but I was really too young to remember much about it. However, Shinkansen bullet trains are pretty ridiculous, in a very cool way.
First, they're extremely long - about 16 cars. Of course, our reserved seats were in the very last car, so we had to hike down the platforms with our bags (about 200 m and it was very very crowded).
They're arranged pretty much like an airplane, with overhead and under seat storage and similar seats and once you actually get going, you don't really process how fast you're going, unless the train passes really close to something. Most of the scenery passes much like it would if you were in a car. But when something passed by at less than 5 m, it was literally so blurred that you could not distinguish what it was. Several trains passed us on the adjacent track and you could not even distinguish the windows.
The Japanese countryside is really neat - Everything is really dense, and then there's wild countryside. They don't really do "suburbia" in the sense that north america does. There was very clear demarcations between human habitation, farmland and wilderness, and you didn't see much overlap. The mountains here are gorgeous, but wayyyy smaller than the ones back home. They seem gentler too, but it's hard to say, because I don't know what Japanese hiking habits are.
We went by mount Fuji too :))
Upon reaching Kyoto, it was much hotter and much more casual. As I mentioned earlier, the business suits have disappeared and everything is older and feels more organic, so to speak.
The townhouse were are staying in is extremely old and has tatami flooring, and we're sleeping on futons as well. There's a supermarket 1 block away and we had a lot of fun attempting to decipher what the hell different foods were. Sometimes my ability to read some Kanji helped, but most of it is a mystery, because Japan tends to favour cutesy drawings over pictures of products on their packaging.
Also, vegetables and fruit are very very photogenic here. Apparently, Japanese people are willing to pay a lot of money to eat "perfect" looking foods. The carrots we bought were fat, bright orange and perfectly shaped. That was the only option. Same goes for every other veggie we could find.
We also had a super awkward moment when we discovered that Japanese supermarkets do not give you bags. B and I bought a basket worth of food, then discovered that we had no way to carry it home easily.
So we opted for the most ridiculous route, and carried it all back to the apartment balanced in our arms. People were openly smirking at us, but oh well. How were we supposed to know? :P
Super tired today, so we're having a night in. S, K and B have been drinking the super cheap alcohol that you can buy in the supermarket. We'll be going to bed soon, because we're boring like that .

Day 5 (Kyoto)
We rented bikes for commuting around Kyoto. Kyoto is full of contradictions. The locals bike everywhere it seems, except on the actual designated bike lanes. But you would not believe the glares we get when we ring our little bike bells to get wandering Japanese Obasans (old women) out of our way, because they're in the middle of the bike path. There's also signs everywhere that tell you where not to park your bikes - only to have half a dozen bikes parked in front of them.
We rode up and down both sides of the Kamo river, which is in the middle of Kyoto - and there were a bunch of hawks and cranes up and down the river. The hawks were fighting quite low to the ground and nearly buzzed B at one point. Later on, we saw them steal a sandwich out of a girl's hand. She burst into tears and I don't blame her - I worked with birds and that still looked terrifying.
I should also note that it's fucking hot out. The airbnb we are renting has 2 bedrooms but only one of the bedrooms has A/C. So all four of us are crammed into one room on futons because the other room is enough to make anyone melt. We've been using the other room as a "dressing room" and keeping all our bags in there.
Day 6 (Kyoto)
So I have a massive case of bike butt right now.
As in, I've been on a bike for more than 20 hours in the last three days, and I have a seat shaped bruise on my ass. I wish I was joking.
Still by far the best way to get around Kyoto (and the cheapest - we only paid about $45 for a two week rental) but jeez, you pay for it in other ways. :P I'm going to be sitting funny for a few days!
Today was a lot of fun - we went out to Arashiyama (Biked to Nijo JR station from our airbnb - about 22 mins, then used JR pass), which is a district on the far side of Kyoto from where we are staying (we're in Gion, which is the famous geisha district - did you ever hear of the book/movie Memoirs of a Geisha? That's where it's set). Arashiyama is a gorgeous area, with steep mountains and these really beautiful gorges. It started raining like crazy, so we didn't go on the scenic train like we had been planning to, but we visited the Monkey park, which was a lot of fun.
Japan only has one species of monkey - the Japanese Macaque. They're not very big - they'd be about knee height on you, but they have red faces and red butts. They're the ones you see in pictures sitting in the hot springs! The ones at this particular park are a part of a study group and there's about 130 of them. The monkey park is also a 20 minute hike up a mountain, so it has a gorgeous view of the entirety of Kyoto - from the opposite perspective than the one we had at Kiyomizu dera (which I will tell you about in a bit).
We hiked up to the top of the mountain, the monkeys were mostly just laying around and chilling out. Some were grooming each other, and a lot of the younger ones were running around playing. They're right underfoot! You weren't allowed to touch them or crouch down to look at them (it's a dominance thing apparently) but they were super chill around humans and only avoided direct contact.
One of the cool things you could do up here was feed them! Y100 yen got you a bag of apples or nuts and you could feed them at a designated feeding station, where they'll take the food right out of your hand.
They would crowd around and I got really lucky, because the macaque that came up to me to take the apples was a mother with a very young baby - he was so tiny, about 7 inches long, and was clinging to her belly and nursing as she ate the apples. Completely adorable. I also got pictures of her letting him wander around and explore later.
We came down from the monkey park and mostly just browsed the tourist shops, because the weather was so bad and sat in the the covered foot bath at one end of the high street.
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Kiyomizu dera is about 35 minutes south of our airbnb by bike, and it was a pretty cool ride until the very end - we managed about a quarter of the hill on our bikes, then had to walk up the rest of the way. The temple up is a narrow street lined with shops and there's tour buses everywhere, so walking ended up being safer. We really enjoyed wandering around the temple - it was crowded, but not claustrophobic and the view over Kyoto was gorgeous. There's tons of little side paths and little grottos that are sort of lurking around the main temple and pagoda, so you can spend quite a while just wandering. We checked out the shops on the way back down the hill and it was super nice.

(Kyoto)
We got up super early and went to the Aoi Matsuri festival (15 minutes bike ride from our airbnb). I'm not entirely sure on the origins for this one (it's one of the oldest ongoing "festivals" in Japan - about 1100 years) but it's very sombre. It's a processional from the Kyoto Imperial palace up to a temple about three kilometres upriver, and apparently it was originally done to appease the gods after a series of disasters at that point. All the costumes are modeled after the Heian era (about 900 years ago) and everyone carries hollyhock branches and the processional attendants carry an unmarried woman who was chosen as "Saio Dai" through out the procession, basically a priestess who leads the appeasement rituals.
Generally, the Saio Dai has to wear 12 layers of robes. It was about 27 C yesterday. I'm surprised she didn't melt. It was interesting to watch from an anthropological standpoint (everyone was wearing shoes made of reeds) but there was nothing to really engross the casual observer and we couldn't understand the chanting or the loudspeaker announcements at all. We left after about 40 minutes, as there was precious little shade.
The funniest thing we saw was that someone in a security guard uniform was basically in charge of making sure the processional's horses peed into a garbage bag instead of onto the parade route.
Afterwards, we biked around several of the temples just north of our apartment ( a lot of them are world heritage sites, and very beautiful, but Kyoto is very much a place where there is a temple on every block, so you have to be picky about the ones you go to). They were all beautiful and serene, but there weren't many differences between them.
After that, we biked down to Kyoto Station to get some ramen from the ramen alley (35 min bike ride straight down the river pathway, then across). In the station, up on the 10th floor, there is a section with 12 little ramen shops, each with a different style of ramen. S and K went to a ramen place elsewhere in Kyoto and ended up getting ramen that was wayyy to spicy for them, so they were in a lot of, ah, discomfort this morning. We've been taking it easy the last few days, as we haven't been getting much sleep. The person we're renting an apartment from didn't really give us good futons, so we've been pretty much laying on the hard tatami. Thankfully, the problem was sorted today and I hope tonight we can get a good sleep!

(Kyoto)
So, since I've always wanted to try on a kimono, but lacked the funds to get one of my own (they cost about $5000 minimum, due to the amount of embroidery they often have), we went to a kimono studio.
Most of the people walking around Kyoto are wearing yukata instead of kimono. Most good yukata will still set you back about $200 though, (but we ended up getting nice cotton ones from a cool 2nd hand shop in downtown Kyoto - we still use them as our summer bath robes).
So I was looking for places to rent them from (there's plenty) but I also discovered a place that will dress one up in a full kimono, as well as put on all the traditional geisha makeup. My sister wanted to try this too, so off we went the day before yesterday. It's a little three story studio several blocks south of where we were staying, that called itself the "Maiko Experience". Despite the good reviews, I thought it might be touristy, but the clientele was about 50% Japanese as well. Several older Japanese ladies were in the make up and dressing rooms with us.
Turns out that being belted into a proper kimono is NOT something you can do yourself. I had some vague ideas that you needed help to do it properly, but it's often a two or three person job.
We were put into makeup first. Traditional Maiko make up is where they paint your skin and neck completely white (with the exception of a small area at the back of your neck, because apparently it's erotic to have a small bit of skin showing through layers of white paint?) The white makeup feels pretty much like paint but they basically buff you non stop with a powder puff to get it to smooth out and cover everything, including the entirety of our lips.
The eye makeup wasn't too different from what some people would do - red/pink shading around the outer eyes and black kohl liner, which shows up quite dramatically against the white face paint. What was weird to me is that she spent several minutes painting my eyebrows red, then overlaying it with black kohl.
The effect was very interesting though, and one I saw it properly after she was finished, I figured out what she was going for. It makes for a far deeper and more subtle look than just putting black would have done. Just black would have made me look like I had huge black caterpillar eyebrows. Adding the red blended the whole thing with the eye makeup and added a lot of depth. Which is a weird comment to make about eyebrows.
The lips were the most annoying part. If you've ever seen pictures of traditional geisha makeup, you'll notice that they often only paint one of their lips fully (usually the bottom) and only a little line or a half done on the upper. This is because if you actually painted your entire lips with a white face, you'd end up looking like a ridiculous clown.
I don't have Resting Bitch Face or anything, but my default expression is definitely not a close-lipped smile, which is what the make up artist required to apply the lip paint. I had trouble keeping a close lipped smile while concentrating on keeping everything else still and, in her very meek Japanese way, I could tell she was annoyed with me, because every time I concentrated on keeping still, my mouth would return to a neutral position. Either way, it came out crooked and it caused a flurry among the hairdressers later when they noticed it and swooped in to fix it.
They don't torture you by doing your hair in the geisha hairstyles (which were usually expected to last for days), so they have a half wig that they comb your hair over and paint black.
After that, you pick what kimono you want to wear (I went with pink, my sister chose blue), and you get strapped into them.
I'm not even joking, it's like getting trussed up into a corset. There's about three layers of underwear, and while my sister had no problems (her shape being more similar to the typical Japanese woman), I could tell my boobs were giving the dressers trouble. Lots of untying and rearranging of padding, before being tugged tight again. Apparently they try to make you cylindrical shaped before they even put the kimono on. No buttons or anything - everything is held in place by cotton cords. Still pretty merciless on the breathing though.
After satisfying themselves with the undergarments (and they are not sexy undergarments ) we moved onto the kimono.
Kimonos come in one standard length, and the dresser folds them up to match your height. So this caused another problem, because all the padding they had put underneath to even me out had to be rearranged so that I didn't look pregnant when they folded up the kimono layers . By the end of it, you are trussed up so tightly that you are forced to have good posture and can't really even bend at the waist too good - all bending over is done with the knees.
However, that's half the pleasure of wearing corsets anyways (your back is forced to be straight, which alleviates a lot of aches) so it wasn't that bad.
We were taken for a couple studio pictures, then given ten minutes to take our ownpictures. B noted that he barely recognized us through the make up and we took a couple funny shots (as funny as you can get with your movement restricted like that, while wearing okobo sandals (which you should google). They're as hard to balance on as they look.
After washing off all the make up (also a lengthy process), we had a pretty quiet day in, as we have been going full speed for the last several days.
Yesterday, we went down to Osaka. We were late starting out, so we didn't get to do as much as we wanted, but we took the shinkansen down and went to the Kaiyukan Aquarium, which was extremely impressive. It's a 7 story structure, and all the tanks are layers so that as you walk down through the aquarium, you re-encounter the same tanks, but at different depths.
There's also a massive, 9 m x 34 m x 40m "Pacific Ocean tank" that takes up the majority of the middle of the building. It's about 4 storeys high and actually contains a whale shark, the only one in captivity. Half of the walkways have windows that open out onto this tank, so you could look at it from different perspectives. We also got to watch several feedings, though as per usual, everything is in Japanese, so we have no idea what the trainers are actually saying.
After the Aquarium, there's a giant ferris wheel thing that's 112m tall next to it, so we went on that, which gave us a pretty cool view of the city. Osaka is much denser than Tokyo, with taller buildings, but spread over less of an area. It had way more of a "crowded dirty city" vibe too. We might go back to check out Osaka castle.
(Kinosaki Onsen) (days 9-10?)
Good lord, did I ever get massaged into submission. And not even by anything alive. Our hotel room in Kinosaki had a rather frightening but extremely effective massage chair. As it, it was so effective that you had to make sure the massaging bits didn't push you right out of the chair before it was finished turning you into mashed potatoes. It was an impulsive trip - we didn't even know Kinosaki onsen existed until we were in Kyoto a few days, and decided to spend an overnight here - we left our suitcases at our airbnb in kyoto and just took a small bag each with toiletries and a change of clothes. It was worth keeping the Kyoto airbnb, because it meant we didn't have to haul heavy bags around when we were exploring.
Also, Kinosaki is probably the my favourite spot of our vacation so far. Not only did we have amazingly comfortable beds.... there was seven different onsens (hot spring baths) within walking distance of our hotel.
I know you're a loving connoseur of hot water, so this place would be heaven for you. Basically, this was a town devoted to multitude of ways that you can douse yourself in hot water.
Do you want it hot enough to turn you into a tomato? Check. Whirlpool jets? check. Outdoor hot pools set under a tumbling waterfall? Check. Stone benches to sit on with hot water running down the backs? check. Outdoor hot pools in rock lined grottos? Check. Steam rooms? Check Free and unlimited access to seven onsens that offer these diversions? check. (generally, your onsen fees are included in your hotel cost).
Plus, the hotels provide you with yukata (light kimono) to wear while wandering around the village, and you can move freely between onsen while they're open. It's extremely comfortable and makes everyone look colourful.
We had a lot of fun with it, and like all Japanese bathhouses, nudity is a given. Other than that, my sister and I got stared at a lot there (sort of like how it was in Tokyo - lots of side eye and awkward looking away when I caught their eye). The best example was when they started laughing at something I did by accident.
A bit of background - when you go into the bathing area in the onsen, you're only allowed to bring one teeny towel to "cool" yourself with. You're also not supposed to leave it laying around, so most people just fold it up....and set it on top of their heads. There's variations of course, but generally, it's just sitting there.
Not being used to this, I would usually forget it was there and drop it in the water whenever I tilted my head. After this happening three times, I've finally managed to keep the awareness of keeeping my head level down to a science. Then I started sneezing randomly while sitting on the side of the bath. violent huge AHHHCHOOOS. Shit, there goes my towel! I snatch for it, fumble, and manage to catch it just before it hits the water. All of the ladies in the tub burst out laughing. They're not laughing at me maliciously (it did look pretty funny) .... but I was in a corner, not really in the middle of anything. They were all watching anyways!
K and B had a very different experience - basically any tub they sat in, all the japanese guys got up and moved to the other tub.

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2020.09.27 19:46 JawShoeWaah Talk to me anyway you please? Nah... have fun loosing the entire staff along with the juiciest of juicy contracts.

This is a super throw back but it still brings a smile to my face. Also, my writing sucks so please excuse the grammatical errors.
I was a rink rat growing up. The only day I wasn’t in the skating rink were the adult and gay nights (calm down, it was the 90’s and that’s literally what it was called). Friday night, Saturday morning and night along with Sunday morning and night I was there. Hell, I didn’t even leave between the morning and night sessions. I even went Tuesday nights as well! I was serious too. I dove deep into speed skating and not trying to toot my own horn but I was pretty good and well known.
Anyway, I’d been going to this specific skating rink for years and knew EVERYONE. One day, It was right before I started 7th grade, the owner came up too me and asked me to go out onto the rink floor and tell some kids to slow down. I did and came back and he asked me how would I like to make $7.50 and hour to which I responded “do I also get in for free?” He laughed and said of course. BOOM! First job and I wanted to be there anyway so it was the biggest win-win of all time for me. To say I loved it was an understatement and I did everything besides work the snack bar. DJ, skate counters, floor guard, janitor, hype man... you name it and I did it. It was some of the greatest times of my life. So much fun and the owner was super awesome. Also, we were paid under the table so getting an envelope full of cash every week just felt like a bonus for having fun. To me it wasn’t a job, it was pure fun. It also helped that all my friends were regulars as well.
A few years go by and the owner sold to another guy who we will call Tim. Tim could be an absolute nightmare to work for. He changed the entire dynamic of the place and everyone felt it. Now, this skating rink was POPULAR and extremely old. Lots or people all over the city knew of it. My mom and aunt skated there when they were kids if that tells you anything.
Someway or another the new owner set up and juicy deal that had the rink started making a shitload of money! On Saturday night from 7-11 it was skating per usual but from 11-2ish/3ish is was a club. A local hip hop station came in there with local label Swishahouse and turnt the place upside down for those few hours. Every week and the place was POPPIN. There must have been over 2k people in there on average and at $20 per person it adds up quick plus the snack bar would NEVER stop turning out food and drink. We were making stupid money. Bonus! We also found some good stuff when cleaning up as well. Money, knives, weed, jewelry... It was awesome.
So Tim has it made but sometimes he would fly off the handle for little things. All of us weren’t sure what his deal was but he would explode out of nowhere and start talking all kinds of nonsense. I’d started to have enough because we all had worked there for many years WITHOUT ISSUE. One night he went too far..
I don’t like being called outside of my name. It’s a respect thing. My own mother didn’t do it and he for sure wasn’t. For context I was in 10th grade now. One night he was in some kinda mood and for whatever reason was taking it out on everyone. I don’t remember the exact situation but he started freaking out on me at about 11:30PM. Now, Slim Thug and Paul Wall were in the building that night so the place was extra packed. Waaaay more that usual (I’m sure we were braking all kinds of fire marshal rules lol). He went ballistic and called me every name in the book while I just stood there with rage building up in me. I’d had enough. For years this place ran flawlessly and everyone loved us so he really didn’t have a good reason to treat us in the manner he did. My plan was formed. I immediately gather everyone else that was working and we all decided that enough was enough. It was time for a lesson.
I assembled the entire crew and well all quit on the spot. ALL OF US. That meant nobody to serve food, clean, help the swishahouse people, or just carry out general things that needed to be done when 2-3k people were in the building. He was stunned, his tone changed and he became very sweet. We weren’t having it. As an additional fuck you I called the other two people that were off and they showed up to quit as well. Tim had already reached out so he assumed they were showing up to work. Nope. We left him with zero workers on the absolute busiest of busy nights and boy did it implode. He couldn’t find anyone to work so the place went to absolute shit that night. The on duty officer told him he needed to figure something out or he was going to close it down without workers. Well... he didn’t. It closed down that night and apparently without staff it got nasty. People started having sex, smoking, trashing the place and all kinds of stuff. Shortly after the radio station and label took their business elsewhere and not long afterward the place closed down. He lost his entire investment. This was very bitter sweet for me because I loved the place but he ran it into the ground. The building is still standing and I would LOVE to bring it back to its former glory but my pockets are deep enough yet. Maybe one day.
TLDR: New skating rink owners treated employees horrible so we all quit at the same exact time to leave him stranded. He lost a big contract with a local radio station and popular record label which cost him big money. Rink closed down shortly after.
Clarification Edit:
So, allow me to clarify some concerns.
First off, this was a skating rink so no alcohol. I’ve never seen a skating rink serve alcohol lol.
The club night was ONLY SATURDAYS. This never happened in any other day. Ever.
Yes, it was insanity packed. When I say there were a lot of people its an understatement. Also, the parking lot in front of the building was crawling with people and so was the one to the right of the building which had a supermarket. A ton of people parked there so the party overflowed. The people were allowed to walk in and out with the wrist bands. I know the amount of people was excessive because the building had 4 A/C system but only two worked so we would go outside through the night to cool off because the heat was overwhelming. Hence the reason customers could come and go.
Yes, the crew quit. 3 of us lived on the same BLOCK and were childhood friends. The others went way back and when I say this owner ran the place down, he ran the place down so it wasn’t a hard sell. It was no longer a fun place to work and eventually that bled over into the customers not wanting to come back. There is another person in the comment who worked with me and he can back it up.
Yes, I was hired when I was 13-14ish. Yes, I was getting paid under the table. Yes, I was in middle school when I started and worked there till either the summer after 9th grade or during 10th grade. It was more that 20 years ago, can’t remember exact dates for the hair splitters.
Seeing as how three of us lived on the same block getting a ride wasn’t a problem and eventually we all started driving. So yeah, old enough.
Yes, local radio station and local record label put on the shows. Underground hip hop starts, that are insanely popular here still, we’re present every Saturday which drew huge crowds.
The other redditor in here was the one I called, which was at about 12am, and he got out of bed to come and quit. We all went to Denny’s to celebrate afterwards.
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2020.09.27 18:48 ForestChapel [MILESTONE] Nurly Zhol: HSR in Kazakhstan (2)

M: This is the 2nd of the required 5 MILESTONE posts; the first is ]here](https://old.reddit.com/GlobalPowers/comments/ixp02j/milestone_nurly_zhol_highspeed_rail_in_kazakhstan/).
Initial progress on Kazakhstan's high-speed railway line is very smooth. As expected - Chinese engineers working on the route report that "this is as flat as Eastern China, but with fewer cities!"
Infrastructure construction through the steppe has followed the route of the M-36 highway. The greatest difficulty was the crossing of the Tobol river at the twin cities of Kostanay-Zatobolsk, where the building of a new rail bridge and the expansion of the existing railway station met with some opposition due to the demolition of a Tatar restaurant dating back to the time of the Korean deportations to Central Asia. This ignited some protests from members of the opposition Democratic Choice for Kazakhstan party, who accused the government of caring about minorities only on paper and of wasting funds on a project which at the moment connects to nowhere.
Also, reports surfaced of an anti-China banner being flown from an unauthorised flagpole in the city centre, repeating claims about the mistreatment of the Kazakh minority in China's Xinjiang Province, and urging the government to cancel the high-speed railway. The incident was dealt with as per procedure and the Chinese Ambassador's statement addressing the claims was published in the local newspaper. Needless to say, the majority of Kazakhs do not see any problem with the current project, and opinion polling puts support for the high-speed link at well over 70%.
Other incidents related to the project include the arrest of a pro-Communist agitator at a construction workers' camp in the small town of Leningradskoye. This agitator was attempting to rally workers to strike for better wages, however he failed to achieve anything and was quickly arrested by security guards.
President Tokayev has congratulated the workers on the project for "a great start to this nation-defining project."
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