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2013.02.08 01:42 Life finds a way

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2023.06.06 14:36 xXx_myspace_emo_xXx Immigrant SAHM. No village, no breathing room. Am I just weak?

I'm an immigrant living in Japan with my husband and our son (7.5mo). I lost my job at the start of the pandemic and became a housewife. I was totally on top of cleaning, cooking, and household management and it felt like a breeze.
It was a struggle to get into a survivable rhythm, but once my son was sleeping better, I was starting to enjoy being a SAHM. Then, 2 weeks ago, I got really sick. I almost passed out while feeding our son, but my husband couldn't take time off so I had to power through til the weekend. I got a "break" from baby duties on the weekend, but I still wasn't recovered by Monday so also lost out on decompressing time. It wasn't the best week, but we all made it.
Last weekend, my husband needed to finish up a research paper for his PhD and was on a time crunch. Even though I was drowning, I tried to give him the weekend to focus on research. I lasted til Sunday afternoon solo parenting before breaking down. Then, this week started and I just can't do any more. I sobbed off and on all day because I'm so exhausted and overwhelmed. I fantasized about falling asleep and never waking up again.
My husband's workday is 10-12+ hours. He also is working on a PhD. Despite this, he does bath/bed routine and insists on handling overnight wakes. When he isn't swamped with research, he will do more than his share of baby care so that I can focus on non-baby tasks. He is an amazing partner and is stretched so thin. I feel terribly guilty about how much he does, and I really miss quality time with him. He knows this and has filed to transfer to a different section in his company with fewer overtime hours, but it will take time to go through.
My family is in my home country. My in-laws are neither interested in nor capable of helping. My friends do not have children, and their availability rarely aligns with ours. Because I'm unemployed, it's impossible to get our son into a daycare unless we pay a huge sum of money (which we don't have) for an international or private one. Nannies are rare and in high demand. Gyms in our area don't offer childcare. There are storytimes at the local library, but my baby is in a screeching phase that is not socially acceptable here.
I'm alone with my baby from 6am-6pm. He is very vocal, which is adorable but sets off my anxiety, since Japanese culture is very strict about not disturbing others. This means we have to close all the windows in our apartment when he is crying or getting off the train/bus if he won't stop screeching. I try my best to balance both of our needs, but it feels like no matter how much I try, he always needs more than what I can give.
I desperately want to be a good SAHM. I want to be cheerful and fun for my son, but I am struggling so hard. When he scream cries, I soothe him, but inside I just feel dead. I have been losing my patience and end up sobbing with him. The jealousy I feel of other parents with more support is embarrassing and ugly. I don't know how to get past this besides just waiting it out, and I'm worried that my stress and mood will impact my son negatively, even though he seems happy nearly all of the time.
Advice I have adopted from this sub:
This advice has helped me go from daily drowning to drowning only after a series of bad days. Maybe there are other things I could do more efficiently? Or maybe I am not cut out to be a SAHM...
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2023.06.06 14:36 I_dont-get_the-joke Would you guys know how to install mods/cheats into dolphin for a Wii game? I have the file with the mods, just don't know how to do it.

I have a copy of Dokapon Kingdom for the Wii that I put on my phone and run with Dolphin emulator. I've been looking for things like a recolor pack or something to maybe get orange and purple into the game as character colors, but so far, nothing. I did however find a link to a discord that no longer works that shows a bunch of action replay codes you can input for different cheats, mods and quality of life changes.
I tried to look for a link to the discord and found A separate link with the actual action replay download. But I do not know how to import it to Dolphin. Does anyone have some insight?
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2023.06.06 14:35 Choice_Client_5400 Uncovering Potential Under $1 ( $EPAZ, $CLNV, $ENZC, $AMBL)

CapitalGainsReport: Uncovering Potential Under $1 (EPAZ, CLNV, ENZC, AMBL)
In the dynamic realm of stock trading, a captivating segment can often catch the eye of countless investors: stocks trading under $1 on the OTC exchange. These intriguing securities, commonly known as penny stocks, attract those who enjoy ventures that are risky but rewarding.
Are you ready to set out on a journey that explores the thrilling world of these intriguing stocks? Let's set the stage with Epazz, Inc., an up and coming drone company that could hold immense promise
EPAZ is a provider of mission-critical business solutions, revolutionizing the way businesses operate with a diverse portfolio encompassing drone technology, blockchain mobile apps, and cloud-based business software.
In 2023, Epazz showcased its innovative technology through its subsidiary, ZenaDrone Inc. Specializing in intelligent unmanned aerial vehicle technology, ZenaDrone has seamlessly integrated machine learning software and AI to enhance its capabilities. While initially targeting the hemp farming sector, the ZenaDrone has expanded its reach, offering versatile solutions for industrial surveillance, inspection, and monitoring.
At the forefront of Epazz's technology stands the ZendaDrone 1000, an intelligent drone that has garnered significant attention in various demonstrations this year, notably from the US Military. The ZendaDrone 1000 has been recognized for its potential as a valuable tool in hazardous environments for package transport, as well as its capability in transporting critical medical supplies. Its advanced technology and adaptability make it an indispensable asset across various sectors.
In a recent move, Epazz announced the creation of Galaxy Batteries Inc., a subsidiary solely dedicated to housing the company's intellectual property in battery technology. Epazz has been actively engaged in the development of specialized batteries to power high-performance devices and aircraft, including the ZenaDrone 1000.
Dr. Shaun Passley, CEO of Epazz, said, "The journey of our drone project has paved the way for unforeseen opportunities that we couldn't have anticipated back in 2019. We are now actively evaluating how to monetize our diverse range of developed technologies and maximize the value they bring to our company."
With ongoing patent filings for their innovative battery technology, EPAZ envisions Galaxy Batteries emerging as an independent entity in the near future. To streamline and consolidate their battery technology initiatives, the company launched, a dedicated website catering to the subsidiary's offerings.
Epazz's strategic venture into battery technology aligns with the surging demand for high-powered batteries for various devices. EPAZ is positioning itself favorably to capitalize on the expanding market. Investors should keep an eye on Epazz's battery technology subsidiary, which could hold potential and is could make an impact across multiple industries for EPAZ
Epazz's focus on advancing drone technology, combined with its explorations of cutting-edge battery innovations, shows its dedication to remaining at the forefront of technological advancements. With a unique approach in an ever-evolving landscape, EPAZ emerges as a compelling company that deserves close attention.
CLNV is a company operating in the sustainable clean technology and green energy sectors. The company's focus is on acquiring and operating a portfolio of synergistic companies in these sectors.
In a company update from June 5, Clean Vision announced a significant development for its subsidiary, Clean-Seas West Virginia. Clean-Seas, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Clean Vision, is actively working towards providing efficient and cost-effective technology solutions to address the global plastic crisis.
The subsidiary focuses on plastic diversion and conversion, including securing plastic feedstock and off-take agreements. By deploying pyrolysis technology and forming strategic alliances, Clean-Seas aims to create economic opportunities and social benefits worldwide.
According to the company update, Clean-Seas West Virginia has signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) with the West Virginia Department of Economic Development (WVDED). The MoA aims to leverage state incentives amounting to over $12 million to establish a manufacturing facility in West Virginia.
The facility will be dedicated to the conversion of plastic feedstock into precursors for recycled content plastics and clean fuels, including hydrogen. This initiative aligns with Clean Vision's commitment to delivering innovative solutions for a sustainable environment and supporting clean economic growth.
The project has received strong support from West Virginia Governor Jim Justice and WVDED Secretary Mitch Carmichael, who recognize the potential for job creation and industry development. The MoA includes $1.75 million in forgivable loans, with additional support provided through tax and employment incentives.
Once operational, the facility is expected to process 100 tons of plastic per day, starting in 2024, and gradually scale up to 500 tons per day. This project not only contributes to the clean energy sector but also addresses the global plastic crisis by removing harmful plastic from the environment.
Clean Vision's expansion into West Virginia and its commitment to clean energy demonstrate its dedication to sustainable practices and contributing to a cleaner, greener future.
ENZC is a drug development company focused on commercializing its proprietary proteins and monoclonal antibodies to treat infectious diseases. The company's primary compound, ITV-1 (Immune Therapeutic Vaccine-1), has shown promising results in treating HIV/AIDS and modulating the immune system.
In recent updates, Enzolytics provided details regarding the sale of its subsidiaries, Virogentics, Inc., and Biogenysis, Inc., to Sagaliam Acquisition Corp. The negotiations and regulatory filings are currently underway, with both parties working towards completing the transaction efficiently.
Furthermore, the Bulgarian Academy of Science for Korporativ Klinik Drug Research and Development conducted a comprehensive study that highlighted the efficacy and molecular composition of ITV-1. The preparation for phase 3 clinical trials, following the European Medicine Agency (EMA) guidelines, is in progress.
Furthermore, the final protocol for administering ITV-1 under the supervision of Neuro Pharma Ltd. in Rwanda is expected to be completed soon. The impact of the treatment on the HIV/AIDS virus will be reported after the 17-week cycle, with plans to begin the trial in late July or early August 2023.
Enzolytics continues to make significant strides in its projects and looks forward to ongoing success.
AMBL is a company focused on providing low-cost, environmentally friendly, and domestically sourced battery metals. With its three divisions focused on lithium-ion battery recycling, primary battery metal extraction technologies, and primary resource development, AMBL aims to meet the growing demand for battery metals. The company's ESG-principled platform emphasizes ethical and sustainable sourcing of critical materials, contributing to a closed-loop circular economy for battery metals.
Last month, AMBL announced financial results for its third fiscal quarter 2023, highlighting its continued and accelerated progress in bringing new, domestically manufactured battery metal products to market.
During this quarter, AMBL expanded its recycling business by securing a move-in-ready facility for lithium-ion battery recycling operations, with commissioning planned for summer 2023. AMBL also published a resource report for its Tonopah Flats Lithium Project, which is identified as one of the largest known lithium resources in the United States.
In addition, AMBL chose engineering firm Black & Veatch to build a commercial-scale lithium hydroxide refinery with the help of a US Department of Energy grant.
Key financial highlights include $12.6 million in cash as of March 31, 2023, and total operating costs that are 47% lower year over year.
In addition, AMBL is in final contract negotiations with the U.S. DOE for two recently awarded competitive grants to further develop its advanced recycling processes and the commercial refinery for lithium hydroxide production from claystone resources.
AMBL aims to continuously improve battery recycling and manufacturing processes to align with new technologies, conserve resources, reduce environmental impacts, and maintain economic viability. The company's participation in the DOE-funded initiative aims to enhance economic competitiveness and reintegrate more constituent components into the domestic battery manufacturing market.
For interested investors, AMBL's CEO, Ryan Melsert, will be sharing industry insights and perspectives on building a sustainable, domestic supply chain for lithium-ion battery materials at the TD Cowen Sustainability Week.
The virtual conference will feature a fireside chat with Melsert, hosted by David Deckelbaum, TD Cowen's equity research analyst and managing director of sustainability and energy transition. The fireside chat is scheduled for June 6, 2023, from 2:20-2:50 PM EST. The event will be live-streamed on AMBL's website and will be available for viewing for up to a year.
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2023.06.06 14:35 White__Hart Thoughts on how Postecoglou will set up and what we will need

I'm sure we've all been reading and watching a lot about how our new Head Coach wants his teams to play and have been getting excited about a new high tempo high pressing attacking style of football coming to Tottenham. Big Ange clearly has a very clear vision of what he wants from his players and I think it's interesting to consider how some of the current crop of Spurs players would fare in his system.
The first thing that came to my mind when I heard the Postecoglou to Spurs rumours was the fullbacks, as he is known to favour inverted wingbacks and my initial response was "well our players just can't do that". While a WB bombs up and down the touchline putting in crosses, when the team is in possession the IWB tucks and and essentially plays as another central midfielder. On second thought Davies and Emerson could switch flanks and do this job reasonably well, though neither really has a terrific passing range for the middle of the park. One player who is uniquely unsuited for this though is Porro, imo it would be a total waste of his considerable attacking talents. Postecoglou requires wingers to provide the width and I'd be surprised if he isn't used primarily as a right winger with Kulusevski (someone who certainly does have the vision and passing range) perhaps moved infield to play as more of an attacking midfielder.
This is to say nothing of Sessegnon (rumoured to be moved on) and Spence (who knows what will happen with him) and let's not forget Destiny Udogie who is similar to Porro in that his pace and crossing is suited more to wingback than central midfield. Definitely the most interesting position to see what will happen in my opinion as there doesn't seem to be a clear answer to what will be done with the very Conte style players we have in a Postecoglou system. Maybe he's a pragmatist and he'll play 3 at the back but, from what I hear, he's much more interested in building his own style of team.
We all know this - Spurs are desperately in need of a quality centre back. Lenglet is on loan, Sanchez is dogshit, Tanganga just fouls people, Romero is talented but also an unreliable wildcard and needs a solid partner. Maybe Dier has taken more of our scorn than he deserves and maybe Postecoglou can get him performing but really I doubt it. Remember in Pochettino's latter days he was already phasing Dier out. It's Dier's attitude and leadership that has kept him in the team not his talent (but who knows maybe that will be enough to convince Postecoglou).
With IWBs tucking into midfield and the team pressing very high up the pitch, the two centre backs will often find themselves 2-on-2 with opposition forwards with acres of space behind them. This requires a lot of awareness positioning speed and ability to play the ball. This isn't news to anyone but quality at CB is a priority for the summer.
We have a few of these but always seem to be linked to more. Bentancur when he's back should absolutely thrive in this system and I'm very excited to see him do it. Bissouma is another one that might have a big big season with his ability to keep and move the ball in tight spaces.
Most of these slot into the team in a self explanatory fashion. Hopefully we'll see that Son isn't past it and given actual license to attack and players up with him he might have another 20 goal season. Richarlison might improve too but also I'm sure some of us grow tired of a petulant attitude from him. Kulusevski can play on the right of the three or move into central attacking midfield. With Moura gone :( and presumably all the loan players not in our plans, this is an area Spurs will certainly invest in.
I personally think it's most likely that Kane stays but I think if he does go then it should be seen as an opportunity to buy a real pressing forward. I don't know who, maybe Victor a parallel fantasy world where he would even consider us. If real life was FIFA I'm sure we could convince Dusan Vlahovic to end his tepid Juve spell.
With a big summer ahead of us I'd be interested to hear if there anyone other Spurs fans are particularly keen on or someone in our squad that you think will thrive.
Up the Spurs, to dare is to didgeridoo
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2023.06.06 14:33 Trick_Face2176 My(23M) best friend(22F) has feelings for me, and that makes the girl I am dating(21F) uncomfortable

Last november, I (23M) broke up with my girlfriend of 4 years. At the same time, a new friend, (22F who I'll call BF where distinction is needed) of mine experienced a traumatic encounter with someone that has previously sexually assaulted them. We supported each other immensely through our respective hardships, becoming very close to the point that most people assume we are dating. We hang out and talk a *lot* and we are occasionally flirty and teasing. She lives close to the nightclubs we go to together each weekend and so I have slept over at her place, we watch movies and cuddle sometimes, but nothing more has happened and I do not intend on anything more happening.

Not long (1month?) after my breakup, she had gotten asked out to a date by a friend of mine. Fearing that I would "lose her" in some way, I also asked her out on a date, half-panicked. I find her attractive and was interested and flirty with her when I first got to know her while my relationship was "on break" pre-breakup, but she did not reciprocate which I was fine with. After I had asked her out she responded that she would rather not risk losing me as the result off us breaking up in the future, which was an answer I was content with and a sentiment I agreed with. After this, I did not experience any desire to pursue her as a partner.

After this we go about our merry ways in the dating scene, none of us finding anyone we truly wish to commit to. Whilst I'm exploring and enjoy single life, she's trying to do the same. However, she has an overarching, unhealthy situationship that she finds herself unable to leave. She sometimes comments on the fact that she misses or requires love or attention in some ways, which I try to provide. Over time, I notice how her communication is becoming more loving and endearing which I reciprocate because I love her as a friend. At one point, I start dating one of her friends from HS who I'll call S, who knows how close me and BF are. We were friends at another time and place, but BF has reintroduced us since S had a crush on me. While I am dating S, BF seems conflicted and is more reserved and avoidant in engaging with our friendship in the loving ways of yore.

Over easter vacation, S and I stir up a big fight and I toy with the prospects of breaking up. At the same time, BF slingshots back the other direction and goes even further in the displays of love and affection. She starts out by saying things like saying she misses me and wants to do things together, but as the fight with S evolves BF starts saying things like "It would probably be nice if we married" and "I think I love you, as a friend?". Mind you, BF knows all about this fight. When I get home, I manage to band-aid my relationship with S. Afterwards I go to BF and directly ask her about what she meant with what she said but she is reluctant to answer and, among other things, tells me "I don't think I want to have sex with you", unprompted mind you as this was not a topic of discussion. Previously, both of us have expressed that we aren't against the idea but none of us pursue it in any way. I respond by saying that I have no problem not having sex as it stands, but it would be weird if she wants anything more. After this, she again becomes avoidant and reserved in the displays of love and affection, as well as saying "I feel like I've said something wrong".

Time goes on and me and S break up in a bad way, which BF finds herself in the middle of as she knows us both so well. S involves her to a large extent, which involves a lot of flame and critique towards me. After it is done we are both exhausted mentally, and BF has received a lot of information regarding how I am a bad partner, bad person etc. from S. Despite this, BF drops hints that she "probably wouldn't say no to me" if I asked.

Last month, I met a girl(21F, I'll call her GF for simplicity) that I am significantly more interested in than any others I have dated since my breakup. As I get more involved with her, BF starts swinging back the other direction again, becoming more loving and flirty. GF can read people like it's nothing, however she struggles with insecurities. One night a couple of friends and I, including BF, are out drinking. At the pregame I sent a snap including BF to GF, just as a response to something mundane. Later that night, GF and I meet to get some food and go back to her place. I end up telling her an unrelated story that involves BF, and she tells me straight up "She likes you". I confirm her fears and she tells me how this makes her immensely uncomfortable, as she would end up constantly comparing herself to BF (and other female friends that she might consider a "threat") and stress out due to jealousy and insecurities regarding her self-image. She tells me that due to her attachment issues that her subconscious is telling her to push me away to avoid this pain.

GF highly values the level of respect and trust displayed by not engaging with someone who has an interest in you whilst you are dating someone else due to previous bad experiences. She has explained how she had to cut off her best friend with feelings at one point. At the same time, however, she is highly aware of the manipulative nature of asking me to cut off my best friend and would feel severe guilt because of it, and so has not said anything other than what she values in herself. I am very extraverted while she is quite introverted, and if these issues spill over into my other friendships it would be draining for me to cut off not only my best friend but my other female friends as well, as outside my primary male dominated friend groups I am closer friends with girls in general. I may be fine reducing contact with one friend, but the second scenario is untenable for me. What are good ways I can talk to her about this? What can I say or do to help her trust me and my friends more?

TL;DR: My best friend (22F) has feeling for me (23M). The girl I am dating (21F) is uncomfortable with this, and would be most comfortable with me reducing or cutting contact with her due to her insecurities. She is torn and does not want to manipulate or influence my actions, but it is clear that she is pained by the fact and her subconscious tells her to push me away because of it.
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2023.06.06 14:33 Accomplished_Lab1383 Choosing the Right Construction Company in Chennai: Key Factors to Consider

Choosing the Right Construction Company in Chennai: Key Factors to Consider
When it comes to undertaking a construction project in Chennai, choosing the right construction company is of paramount importance. The success of your project hinges on selecting a reliable, experienced, and capable company that can bring your vision to life. With numerous construction companies vying for your attention, it can be overwhelming to make the right choice. In this article, we will discuss the key factors you should consider when selecting a construction company in Chennai, with a particular focus on Bluemoon Construction, a renowned player in the industry.
Reputation and Experience
One of the primary factors to consider is the reputation and experience of the construction company. Reputation is built over time through consistently delivering high-quality projects and satisfying clients. Bluemoon Construction has established a strong reputation in Chennai through its track record of successful projects and satisfied customers. With over 20 years of experience in the industry, Bluemoon Construction has honed its expertise and gained insights into various construction techniques and practices.
Portfolio and Expertise
Evaluating the company's portfolio and expertise is crucial in assessing their capabilities. Bluemoon Construction boasts an impressive portfolio of completed projects, ranging from residential complexes to commercial buildings and infrastructure developments. Their expertise extends across various construction types, including traditional, contemporary, and sustainable designs. By reviewing their portfolio, you can gauge the company's versatility and ability to handle projects of different scales and complexities.
Licensing and Insurance
Before finalizing a construction company, it is essential to ensure that they possess the necessary licenses and insurance coverage. Bluemoon Construction is a licensed contractor in Chennai, complying with all the legal requirements. They also maintain comprehensive insurance coverage to protect their clients, employees, and the project itself. This aspect provides peace of mind, knowing that you are working with a legitimate and responsible company.
Chennai Construction Company
Client References and Testimonials
Gathering feedback from previous clients is an effective way to gauge a construction company's performance and client satisfaction. Bluemoon Construction willingly provides client references and testimonials, allowing you to get firsthand insights into their work. Speaking directly to their past clients or reading testimonials will provide you with valuable information about their professionalism, project management, adherence to timelines, and overall customer experience.
Quality of Workmanship
The quality of workmanship is a crucial aspect when selecting a construction company. Bluemoon Construction takes pride in delivering top-notch quality in every project they undertake. From the selection of materials to the execution of construction techniques, they ensure meticulous attention to detail. The final outcome is a testament to their commitment to excellence, ensuring that your project is built to withstand the test of time.
Project Management and Timelines
Efficient project management and adherence to timelines are essential for the smooth execution of a construction project. Bluemoon Construction employs experienced project managers who oversee every aspect of the project, ensuring effective coordination among various stakeholders. They utilize advanced project management tools and techniques to optimize efficiency and minimize delays. By choosing Bluemoon Construction, you can have confidence that your project will be completed within the agreed-upon timeframe.
Safety Standards
Construction sites are inherently risky environments, making safety a paramount concern. Bluemoon Construction prioritizes safety and strictly adheres to industry-standard safety protocols and practices. They provide a safe working environment for their employees and take necessary precautions to mitigate potential hazards. By choosing a construction company with a strong focus on safety, you are safeguarding the well-being of everyone involved in the project.
Sustainable Practices
In an era of growing environmental awareness, incorporating sustainable practices in construction has become imperative. Bluemoon Construction recognizes the importance of sustainability and implements eco-friendly construction techniques wherever feasible. They employ energy-efficient systems, use environmentally friendly materials, and promote practices that minimize the project's carbon footprint. By selecting Bluemoon Construction, you contribute to a greener future.
Cost and Budget
Budget considerations play a significant role in any construction project. Bluemoon Construction offers transparent and competitive pricing, providing detailed cost estimates upfront. They work closely with clients to understand their budgetary constraints and offer suitable solutions without compromising on quality. By collaborating with Bluemoon Construction, you can achieve the desired outcomes within your financial framework.
Communication and Collaboration
Effective communication and collaboration are vital for a successful construction project. Bluemoon Construction emphasizes open and transparent communication throughout the entire project lifecycle. They keep clients informed about progress, address any concerns promptly, and encourage active collaboration to ensure that the project aligns with your vision. Their approachable and friendly team fosters a positive working relationship, making the construction journey a seamless experience.
Warranty and After-Sales Service
A reputable construction company stands behind its work and offers warranty provisions and after-sales service. Bluemoon Construction provides warranties on their projects, giving you assurance that they are committed to resolving any issues that may arise post-construction. Their prompt after-sales service ensures that you receive the necessary support even after project completion, further enhancing their customer-centric approach.
Awards and Recognitions
Awards and recognitions received by a construction company serve as a testament to their expertise and exceptional performance. Bluemoon Construction has been honored with several prestigious awards for their outstanding projects and contributions to the construction industry. These accolades demonstrate their commitment to excellence and validate their position as a trusted construction company in Chennai.
Client Support and Flexibility
Having reliable client support and flexibility in accommodating changes can make a significant difference during a construction project. Bluemoon Construction values client satisfaction and offers excellent support throughout the project duration. They understand that changes or unforeseen circumstances may arise, and they are flexible in adapting to new requirements without compromising the project's integrity. Their client-centric approach ensures that your needs are met with utmost priority.
Choosing the right construction company in Chennai is a critical decision that can determine the success of your project. By considering the factors discussed in this article, such as reputation, experience, expertise, licensing, client references, quality of workmanship, project management, safety standards, sustainability, cost, communication, warranty, awards, and client support, you can make an informed choice.
Bluemoon Construction, with its proven track record and commitment to excellence, emerges as a highly recommended option for your construction needs in Chennai.
Frequently Asked Questions
1.Can I visit some of Bluemoon Construction's completed projects before making a decision?
Absolutely! Bluemoon Construction welcomes you to visit their completed projects to witness their workmanship firsthand. Simply reach out to their team, and they will arrange a site visit for you.
2.How long has Bluemoon Construction been in the construction industry?
Bluemoon Construction has been operating in the construction industry for over 20 years, gaining extensive experience and expertise in various types of projects.
3.What safety measures does Bluemoon Construction have in place on their construction sites?
Bluemoon Construction prioritizes safety and strictly adheres to industry-standard safety protocols. They have comprehensive safety measures in place to ensure the well-being of everyone involved in the construction process.
4.Does Bluemoon Construction offer customizable construction solutions?
Yes, Bluemoon Construction believes in tailoring their services to meet clients' specific requirements. They work closely with clients to understand their needs and offer customized solutions accordingly.
5.What warranty coverage does Bluemoon Construction provide for their projects?
Bluemoon Construction offers warranty coverage for their projects, ensuring that any issues or defects discovered after completion are addressed promptly and efficiently.
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2023.06.06 14:32 thunderbrdmusic Genius bluff from Stefan11222? - May 2023 High Stakes Review (/w Avr0ra) [ENG SUBS]

Genius bluff from Stefan11222? - May 2023 High Stakes Review (/w Avr0ra) [ENG SUBS]
Good day!
In this video, we talked with Avr0ra about the offline poker show in May, which featured the biggest pot in TV history with Tom Dwan, as well as a couple of hands with Stefan11222, DavyJones992, LLinusLLove. Tobias "dudd1" Duthweiler wins ~$3.6M in Triton tournament.
Enjoy watching!
00:00 Review of high stakes reg wars
00:51 How often do new players get into high stakes?
01:50 Genius bluff from Stefan11222?
10:25 Linus vs DavyJones992
18:46 Dead money concept
21:40 Offline poker at Hustler Casino
22:12 Hand featuring Doug "WCGRider" Polk
22:58 Tow Dwan wins the biggest pot in history
23:22 Does it make sense for online regulars to play live shows?
24:39 What happens when a player becomes the best 1x1 in the world?
25:35 Why did Tow Dwan end his online career?
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2023.06.06 14:29 gdpromotions Tapping into pharma’s growing opportunities in digital health

Soaring patient numbers are stretching hospital capacity across the globe, forcing healthcare providers and their partners to think laterally about how to meet the demand without doubling their resources. Smarter diagnostic tools and more sophisticated remote- and self-care models will have an increasingly important role to play, as long as any advances are seen to deliver excellent outcomes and a better patient experience.
Pharma, which is already growing its role in delivering hybrid solutions combining therapies with diagnostic and smart solutions and devices, could play a significant role here, providing smart end-to-end solutions and data-related tools that transcend the immediate treatment.

Secondary prevention and certain chronic diseases present a particular opportunity to add new value beyond the lab. Examples abound already in diabetes management, but smart monitoring and targeted interventions are also making inroads into the management of autoimmune disorders like inflammatory bowel disease, cardiovascular health issues, and cancer – both in monitoring the progression of those conditions, and in predicting and averting the chance of flare-ups.
In addition to doing more to proactively support healthcare providers and patients, digital health opportunities provide a chance for pharma companies to capture (and become a trusted source of) important real-world data about patients’ behaviour and their wider wellbeing.

Breaking down the opportunities
There are two main dimensions through which digital health solutions can have a significant impact. One is at a healthcare provider level, where the latest advances in genetic testing and biomarker measurement have the potential to boost the early detection of conditions and hone decision-making around the most effective treatments. The second is at a patient level, once an individual has started treatment. There, applications comprise of teleconsultations, remote monitoring and self-management of chronic conditions, which includes associated education, reminders and prompts to modify and maintain desired behaviour.
At a hospital or speciality care level, digital health can transform early and even incidental detection of serious diseases like cancer. Teams managing targeted screening programmes, such as checks for lung cancer in high-risk populations, may already use artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning to ‘read’ high volumes of medical images efficiently, and detect even minute traces of the disease that may be invisible to the human eye.

Cosmo Pharmaceuticals’ GI Genius AI-enhanced endoscopy aid device, for instance, which detects colorectal lesions during a colonoscopy, is now approved for use in Europe, the US and Canada. The device, marketed worldwide via a partnership with Medtronic, works in real time as an adjunct to the gastroenterologist, highlighting regions with visual characteristics consistent with different types of mucosal abnormalities – such as colorectal polyps of all shapes, sizes and morphology.

Pharma’s potential role here is linked to the wider theme of how the industry can become more deeply embedded at the different stages of clinical pathways; how they can help relieve pressure on healthcare resources; and be present as part of the solution as conditions are detected and managed.
Doing more for patients with chronic conditions
Up to now, the treatment of chronic conditions has been the most transformed by digital health, attracting strong investment, from diabetes to multiple sclerosis (MS).

Targeted digital solutions here are helping both with the monitoring of patients’ physical symptoms and in maintaining good mental health. Sanofi’s partnership with mental health app provider Happify Health is a good example of the latter, extending support to patients to help them cope with depression and anxiety (people with MS can be up to five times more likely to develop severe depression than the general population). The app they are working on uses cognitive behavioural therapy to help improve mental health through education and other activities.

Merck KGaA’s SmartPatient/adveva multi-channel patient support system, meanwhile, connects MS patients all over the world with a range of support services, including round-the-clock access to instructional videos on how to safely handle medication, tips for living with MS, personalised reminders to keep patients on track, and a built-in diary to facilitate discussions about their treatment.

Tools for maintaining a close connection with patients affected by broader mental health conditions are also attracting a lot of interest. During the pandemic, Boehringer Ingelheim and Click Therapeutics announced the collaborative development of a prescription-based digital therapeutic tool for use in the treatment of schizophrenia, filling a gap in support for patients (while treatment guidelines recommend tailored psychosocial intervention therapies, it isn’t always easy for patients to access these interventions).
Although respecting patient confidentiality is paramount, companies providing digital solutions will automatically be capturing a wealth of real-world data which, as anonymised trend insights, could inform their own development and commercial strategies. These findings could also hold interest for clinicians, as pharma organisations look to foster trusted partnerships with healthcare providers.

If, via digital channels and tools (even if applied in the third line of care), pharma is able to identify when an initial or alternative treatment is failing, the benefits for the patient, healthcare provider and pharma could be considerable. That is if those insights could help trigger new, targeted intervention so that the affected patients are redirected in a timely fashion to a more effective therapy. A good example is in the case of autoimmune diseases like Crohn’s, where it is relatively common for resistance to therapies to build: close monitoring could help identify the point of drop-off or decline at an earlier stage, to everyone’s advantage.

Assessing opportunities in the context of brand strategy
To scope the potential, pharma companies need to look at the current care pathway and see where there might be an untapped opportunity to make a difference and improve the value for patients, linked to their own brand strategy and claims for their product. Guided by this all-important convergence of interests, they can start to design a solution to fill the identified gap.

As the new solution will require a different business model to established products, involving partnerships with both the care provider and a digital technology specialist, considerations will need to extend beyond the patent expiry on the core product (support cannot be suddenly withdrawn). Consideration must be given, too, to the scalability of the proposed solution: that is, how readily and efficiently it could be replicated across other hospitals/regions/countries.

Although it is still early days for traditional pharma’s involvement in digital health and optimal delivery and partnership models are still being formulated, the evolving landscape is ripe with potential for those sufficiently agile and open to emerging opportunities.
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2023.06.06 14:28 Jacob1030 Tell me about your PRK experience!!!

I just got the email to schedule my Pre-OP appointment @Lackland so I’m going to do that Friday. Was told it’s a 3-4 appointment. What are some things I should know heading into that appointment? I’ve been told this appointment basically qualifies you for the surgery and or disqualifies you. Really hoping I don’t get disqualified I might this surgery pretty bad. Also does anyone have info on the Fischer house and how the process goes to getting a room? I’ve heard it’s completely free. Thanks in advance friends!!!
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2023.06.06 14:28 ThrowRA2944 F 43 and M43 am i being taken for a ride

I(f43) am in an open relationship I am seeing another man (M43) also married but not in open relationship and in a dead bedroom situation We met at work, he left and we met again and sparks flew. We have unbelievable sexual chemistry!! Now here is where things don't sit well with me and i am super confused
1.He doesn't take my calls as he and his wife both work from home and the wife apparently monitors all his calls so i can't call when he is working from home. So then i asked how about when he is outside. He barely calls me when he is out and does only if i beg too many times. My thing is he doesn't want to call me and i feel sad about it. We have fought a lot about this.
  1. He wants us to text and i get the feeling that he rarely reads what i write. He doesn't even answer many times... Or answers to one thing only.
  2. His love for his wife is something that honestly makes me feel jealous and we were 2 months into the realtionship and then one day I woke up to WhatsApp stories with lovely doodle describing every little detail about his wife and a million cute photos.. this was the same guy who was talking about divorcing his wife two weeks back..this was him celebrating her birthday. Oh and he forgot my birthday and ofcourse didn't call me and called me when i asked.. He tells me i am his priority and the moment he goes home he is like " are you kidding. She is my priority" If i confront and remind him what he told me he fights with me and ghosts me and then threatens to break up.
TL: DR - is he taking me for a ride ?
i feel sad and never listened to and often think about breaking up but can't find the strength... What do you guys think is happening here
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2023.06.06 14:27 WorldAwayTweedy I’m in my first semester at a prestigious university, and I've noticed that students keep dropping out of their classes.

It first came to my attention in my 100-level Political Science class.
Week one, the class was absolutely packed. There was energy. Debate. Discussion.
Five weeks in, and now it looks like nearly half the class is gone.
Mind you, Professor Weldon was not only an exceptional lecturer who explained concepts with passion and great insight - he was also a very easy grader. It made no sense to me that people were transferring out of his class. A couple of stragglers dropping off once they realize that Poli Sci isn’t for them? Sure. But this was ridiculous.
It happened in my other 100-level classes too: four weeks in, and a little over 40% of the class transferred out of English 101. Psychology? A lecture hall of roughly 200 people had been reduced to 120 or so.
I brought it up to my friends on campus who were also in their first year.
“People dropping classes in their first few weeks is totally normal,” replied Dinesh. “If I saw you sitting there in one of my classes with that dumb expression on your face, I’d drop it immediately too.”
Ha-ha. Very funny.
I turned to Mallory. She just shrugged and said “I don’t know man,” and went back to reading her book.
I’d known both of them for close to five years now. While none of us were in the same program (Dinesh was a robotics geek, Mallory was obsessed with history), we’d all been very close since high school. We were outcasts who clung to each other over our shared love of D&D, video game music, and badminton. After weeks of nervousness hoping all of us would get admission to this university, we were thrilled to find out that we’d all made it - our little trio would get to continue.
“Guess I’m just overthinking things, then. Don’t know why this isn’t sitting well with me,” I responded to both of them.
As we continued hanging out in the mezzanine, I couldn’t shake the fact that the campus, as a whole, looked much emptier than usual for a Monday.
As usual, I showed up early for the Poli Sci lecture. Yes, I am a tryhard, and yes, it’s important to me that I’m as close to a model student as possible in this new chapter of my life.
I watched as students shuffled into class. I also paid attention to Professor Weldon’s pre-class demeanor. He was his usual chipper self.
I took the opportunity to go up to him and ask a quick question.
“Hey, Professor Weldon…”
“You can call me Michael!”
“Right, hey… Michael, so obviously, we’re only like five weeks into the class and it’s my first year so I’m new to this whole thing… just wanted to confirm it’s normal for students to transfer out of their classes in the first few weeks? I’ve noticed a really big drop off in all of my classes including this on–”
“Totally normal! I mean, students are still figuring out what their interests are and what their overall class workload needs to be, so this is all very standard stuff. Great question though!”
Well, alrighty then. I think I just needed to hear it from a professor. I started questioning why the whole drop-off thing was even bothering me in the first place. I turned to go back to my seat.
“Don’t ever ask that again, alright?”
I turned around. Did the prof just whisper what I thought he did?
He doubled down with a hushed response.
“I’m not gonna say anything about it, but a word of advice. For your own good, just listen to the material and study it. You really don’t wanna be asking people around here questions like that. Are we clear?”
All I could do was muster up a nod and walk back to my desk.
And with that, the lecture kicked off. As Professor Weldon discussed the various types of political systems around the world, I tried my best to forget the weird exchange I just had with him. To his credit, he defaulted to his regular sunny disposition throughout the presentation. I even answered a few questions he posed to the group, and he called on me as if nothing had even happened.
There were moments though, as I looked around the class, where I felt like I wasn’t alone in my… hypervigilance. Most of the students were tuned in or dozing off as usual, but I spotted a couple of faces who seemed… nervous? Like they were anxiously contemplating something?
In the midst of my surveying of the room, my eyes were drawn to a student sitting near me: a student who I remembered being quite outspoken in earlier weeks of the class, but who now seemed very reserved. From my vantage point, I could make out some of the notes he was scribbling in his notebook:
Follow up Q’s for the Dean:
- Has my drop out request been approved?
- Am I allowed to tell my family?
- Why are only some students notified about this?
- Does it emerge from Williams Hall?
As you can probably tell, these questions had absolutely nothing to do with the class.
I wrote them down in my journal. It was time to do some research.
After class, I invited Dinesh and Mallory to my (unfortunately) tiny dorm room for an evening conversation about everything that happened today.
While I waited for them to arrive, I spent my time doing online research to see if I could uncover anything that would shed light on the happenings - looking up things like “dropoff rates increasing” or “odd occurrences” at my university. I unfortunately wasn’t able to uncover much of anything - everything online was very boilerplate and sanitized.
The note - “Does it emerge from Williams Hall?” - from class earlier was the only thing that led to something of moderate substance. After searching through our school intranet, I realized that Williams Hall had been more or less designated as “off limits” for a number of years now. Outside of being the location of some of our final exams and student body meetings, the building had been cordoned off so that construction and renovations could be completed there.
Strangely enough, my research also showed me that prior to Williams Hall being sequestered, it used to be the hub for our Faculty of Arts, and was the former homebase for a lot of our major university clubs (theater, debate). These classes and clubs had all been moved into other buildings at the university over the last fifteen years or so.
As I continued digging, Dinesh arrived.
“Hey cuckoo bird,” he said as he came in. Before I could cut him off and tell him that this was kind of serious, he continued–
“So, uh, something happened actually and… maybe you’re not totally completely nuts.”
“Okay…,” I responded.
“So, we’re in week five right? Up until last week, my robotics class was basically at capacity - one or two stragglers dropped off in the first few weeks, but we were more or less a full group. Today, I shit you not, half the class was missing. I asked the prof, and he said they dropped out, and then he just changed the subject. I looked into it, and if you drop a class after week three, you’re required to pay a full refund. Why the fuck would anyone drop a class this late?”
I nodded. “It’s not just dropping classes and switching into other ones. I think it’s–”
“People dropping out of the university altogether,” Dinesh said, cutting me off. “Feels like there’s… less people in general now, at the campus.”
A rush of anxiety hit me as I realized that Mallory hadn’t responded to any of my texts today. I shook it off.
“So… something really weird happened in Poli Sci class today.”
I filled Dinesh in on everything. He was a bit incredulous, and didn’t totally believe the exchange I had with the instructor (his interpretation being that Professor Weldon was simply offended I was pointing out that people were dropping his class).
Nonetheless, he helped me with my research.
We scoured the web, searching up old Reddit posts, blog posts, discussion board conversations - anything at all that mentioned Williams Hall or bizarre events at the university. Aside from jaded former students calling out the difficult grading scale here, everything we came across was useless. But, we did notice a suspicious trend…
The year 2008 was very interesting for the school… in that there was no record of anything happening here that year. No campus events that took place here (or events that were hosted at the university in general, for that matter), no sports records, no graduation records, the list goes on. Nothing. Were there any professors that taught here in the year 2008? Not that we could find. A 2008 yearbook? Nope.
Dinesh and I went deeper and deeper down our rabbit hole, as I tried to push aside concerned thoughts of still not hearing back from Mallory. Dinesh mentioned that we should hone in on the year 2008 and try to use the Wayback Machine, in case that could help us find anything that might’ve been archived or deleted since. It took a little while, but we were able to dig up an old message board conversation, which I’ll share below.

Thread: So are we going to talk about that?
06/10/2008, 12:03PM
Title says all… June 8 at Williams Hall. won’t say more at risk of exposing myself, but I know there are lots of others who go to this school or went here, and were there when it happened. Why the actual fuck is no one talking about this?!?

06/10/2008, 4:33PM
This some Skull & Bones Society shit? :)

06/10/2008, 4:46PM

06/11/2008, 12:00PM

06/12/2008, 12:05PM

06/15/2008, 8:49PM
Yep. Count your blessings and stfu. Nothing more you can do. Remember what they said happens if you blab about it.

06/16/2008, 9:52AM
That’s insane.
that no one has called the cops in this whole fucking time is insane.
also I swear to god they told some kids to get out of dodge before it happened. Knew a bunch of ppl who pced out a few weeks before. linguistics class with a certain hot professor was emptyyyyyyyy. No one else had a clue…
btw: Have any proof you were actually there? Also wtf is reality? Like that actually happened.

06/16/2008, 7:46PM
I’m sure people tried to call the cops.
I was the only guy that crawled to the door when it was all over. Apparently the rest of you just stood up and walked out. Maybe different reactions to shock for all of us?

06/16/2008, 11:18PM
heard about this through a friend, friend knew a guy who went there and said something really messed up was happening there and that the rumor mill was in full swing, like the *final exam* wasn’t normal, he tried to drop out but they wouldn’t let him(?), but left nyways. Apparently they found his body later.
I never believed him tho lol my friend says shit a lot of dumb shit when he’s blazing >_>

06/17/2008, 7:20AM
Thread locked due to inappropriate content.

We also found two other threads on a different message board, both created by the same person in 2008. The posts didn’t mention Williams Hall or the university explicitly, but they did mention the June 8th date. The post was of a mother claiming that her daughter randomly disappeared after going to the campus one day. The mother detailed how she didn’t buy the official story she was told by the police that her daughter simply “ran away”. She said that she was speaking with other parents in the area who were dealing with the same situation, and that she would provide updates as they came. Both threads were locked soon after posting.
As I jotted down the recurring date that was coming up in these threads (June 8th, 2008), I heard the door open.
Dinesh and I exhaled as Mallory entered. But that relief washed away quickly - something was off. Mallory was not herself. She’s always been quiet and reserved, preferring to be 'near people but not participating', but this time felt different.
We slowly started filling her in, trying to find a way to make our disconnected musings make sense. She listened as we talked about the student drop-offs in our classes and the overall campus feeling more empty, the peculiar goings-on in my Poli Sci class earlier in the day, and the archived message board posts we discovered during our online research. As we detailed our findings, we realized that we both sounded a little crazy… all of these things were, ultimately, random occurrences that we were stitching together like some sort of conspiracy theory.
But then Mallory spoke up.
“I had a meeting with the Dean earlier today. I’m going to drop out.”
The hours after Mallory said that were stressful. Obviously, Dinesh and I were shocked, confused, and most of all, deathly curious on what spurred this on for her.
Frustratingly, she wasn’t giving us too many details.
She asked us if the Dean had organized a meeting with either of us earlier in the week. When we both said no, she looked really, really miserable. Her reaction only added to our confusion.
We asked her if her reasons for dropping out were similar to what we were researching, and she begrudgingly said yes. When we asked her to elaborate, she said she was sworn to secrecy and couldn’t speak further.
“Why can’t you tell us what’s going on?!” I asked her, for probably the 30th time in our back-and-forth.
“I just can’t. If I say anything more…”
Her eyes trailed off, as if suggesting there was some terrible fate that would befall her if she elaborated further. Most of her answers to our following questions were just a simple “I’m sorry.”
Our one-sided conversation with Mallory continued for quite some time. Eventually, Dinesh asked the question that was lingering at the back of my mind. A question that seemed utterly ridiculous but also very necessary.
“Do you… do you think we should drop out too, maybe?”
It took a while for Mallory to respond. She chose her words carefully.
“I guess it’s random,” she started. “It’s random… which students they explain this whole thing to, and which ones they don’t. If they call upon you, you’re given the option to drop out. But if the Dean didn’t meet with you…”
“What the fuck does that even mean?!” Dinesh responded.
“It… means that I don’t think they’ll approve it. Even if you want to leave.”
Dinesh turned to me with a look of bafflement.
“I mean… we could just, like, leave though, right? Like… physically get up and leave? Like, how could they actually stop us from doing that?”
I saw Mallory’s eyes widen as Dinesh spoke those words to me. I knew that she wanted to say so much more to us, but she just couldn’t. The look in her eyes made it clear to me - us running now would be a mistake.
We struggled to get anything more out of Mallory. Eventually, I jumped in with a softball question that I prayed she’d answer. Referring to the research we were doing, I asked her plainly –
“If Dinesh and I keep digging, do you think we’ll be able to figure out what’s going on?”
She paused for a moment, and then nodded.
And that was all I needed.
“I think it’s time we go on an adventure, Dinesh,” I said.
“Goddamnit,” was his reply.
As we all left my dorm room, the three of us reluctantly gave each other a group hug. We’re not the mushy, touchy-feely types, so this was the first time we’d ever done anything this sentimental. It was awkward and not great, but everything felt too serious for us to not do it. As we let go of each other, I saw the first tears I’d ever seen Mallory cry.
“I”m really sorry I can’t say more. I’m really, really sorry,” she said. All good, Mal.
And with that, Dinesh and I headed out on a nighttime trek towards a certain building.
We made our way through the nearly pitch-black, empty courtyard, towards a bunch of construction signs and scaffolding that suggested we were getting closer and closer to Williams Hall. Dinesh, continuing his research on his phone, was chiming in with some “fun facts” –
“This building’s been under construction for like over a decade… how?”
“It’s probably just an excuse,” I responded.
Past a collection of tools and barriers, we arrived at a side door to the building. To my surprise, it wasn’t locked.
We entered, using our cell-phone flashlights to maneuver through the dark. Past the scent of old wood and peeling wallpaper, in a hallway that I can best describe as “rickety”, a word that I’m aware doesn’t make sense in this context but is the only one that comes to mind -
We arrived at the foyer. The ceiling stretched high above us. We maneuvered around a wet spot on the floor reflecting back at us (probably a leaky pipe somewhere) as our phone lights illuminated the dusty engraving above us that read Faculty of Arts.
“Which way do you think we should head?” I asked as our lights spun around the room, taking in every inch of the once-bustling building. The beam from my cell phone cut through the air, creating a glow that illuminated relics around us: various seating areas that seemed carelessly assembled, abstract art installations that were now covered in grime, and a collection of aged plaques adorning the walls, preserving the wide smiles of professors and administrators of years past.
A sign off in the distance that read Final Exam Room caught my attention. I motioned to Dinesh and he followed.
With our footsteps across the marble floor of yet another hallway that had seen better days, we approached our destination. Along the way, we encountered empty classrooms on both sides of the large corridor. Our brief peeks into all of the rooms revealed perfect preservation and consistency: desks and chairs neatly arranged, and the boards in each room having only one simple message written on them:
“Does every class do their final exam on the same day?” I asked Dinesh.
He didn’t reply. He was drawn to the large doors at the end of the hallway. I flashed my light at the engraving above them -
Huh. Weird combination if ever I’d seen one.
“I feel like coming here was beyond stupid,” Dinesh said.
“Yep. But we’re here now.”
Dinesh shined his phone light on a small sign posted up beside the doors.
Final Exam Room
Most Recent: June 8, 2008
Next Exam: June 8, 2023
Don’t forget to study!!!
We froze up. The obvious question for both of us was why a seemingly abandoned and under-construction building would have a note about an upcoming final exam scheduled for just a few days from now… an exam taking place only half-way through the semester, mind you.
“Do we go in?” Dinesh asked.
I wasn’t voted “most inquisitive” in high school superlatives… because it wasn’t a category. If it was, I would’ve secured it, no competition. This whole thing had been nagging at me from the first couple of weeks. I needed to know what was going on.
“Yes. We go in.”
We opened the doors, revealing a large room with hundreds of desks, all perfectly spaced out from each other. It was an exam, after all.
The hall stretched far and long. As we inched our way in, a pungent smell flooded my senses - like nothing I’d ever experienced before.
I pointed my phone light from desk to desk as I walked on by, realizing why the abandoned room felt so “lively” to me from the second we opened the door.
Nearly all of the desks were occupied by the headless and decayed bodies of students seated upright. Hands on the table. Coats on the chair behind them. Bags under desks.
Before the shock of the sight could overtake us and force us to get the fuck out of there, the sound of footsteps from the other end of the large exam hall caused us to redirect our phone lights to the source of the sound.
A figure emerged from the shadows, dressed in attire that was unmistakably formal. His hands were clasped behind him, a posture of composure and control. A face that I hadn’t seen since my first week orientation. The Dean?
He addressed us.
“Gentlemen - the exam isn’t for a few days now. I suggest you get back to studying.”
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2023.06.06 14:27 nishasiyaramcreation Why social media audit is important for your business?

A social media audit is a set of techniques for evaluating and enhancing a company's social media profiles and tactics. Ecommerce businesses that want to keep track of their online presence may benefit from a social media audit.
Why is a social media audit so important?
A social media audit can assist your company in refocusing its social media marketing efforts on its goals. An audit will show you how well you're doing, what needs to be changed, what your future priorities should be, and how well your personnel are qualified (or not) to use social media efficiently.
Let me put it this way: we have our cars maintained so that we don't have any problems later on. Consider a social media audit.
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You can assess the consistency of your profiles.
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To put it another way, we have our cars serviced so that we don't have any problems later on. Consider a social media audit in the same way.
Metrics show you how well you're performing on social networking.
Using social media auditing tools, you may obtain precise data on your company's online performance across all of your social media channels. Consider the following parameters:
People use social media to share, remark, like, view, and mention stuff.
The number of followers you have.
Important segments of the audience.
People with clout.
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Put the data from the aforementioned metrics from all of your social media profiles into a spreadsheet or an online auditing template so you can compare them. With data in hand, you can decide if you met, missed, or exceeded the goals you set for your organization. You can see if your actions or inactions have an impact on the outcome of each goal. For example, the interaction with your material may have fallen short of your expectations. Using social media auditing tools, you can determine why this is the case.
Perhaps you haven't posted enough or have posted too much. Alternatively, your content may have been too commercial and impersonal to pique the interest of your intended audience. Use sentiment analysis techniques on social media.
You may check how your online business compares to the competitors.
Every company faces competition. This isn't always a bad thing. You can uncover why customers choose your company over another by doing a brand audit and comparing your brand to competitors' brands. A social media audit investigates how your competitors use social media to obtain new customers and highlights areas where you should focus more to attract new customers.
Examining your online presence
1. Identify all of the profiles.
Certain profiles will be easier to find if social media is well-integrated into a company's marketing plan. Even so, it's probable that a few have been overlooked. These are mostly profiles from lesser-known networks or platforms that were once popular but have since fallen out of favor. Businesses should look into Google Plus, LinkedIn, Yelp, Tumblr, Instagram, Snapchat, Vine, Periscope, and a variety of other social media sites in addition to the obvious suspects (Facebook and Twitter). Additionally, keep an eye out for job advertisements on websites such as and An Internet search will assist you in locating elusive profiles and identifying those that are not official.
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Examine each profile to check that all input options are filled out. The amount of information a business can post on social media networks varies (for example, Instagram allows for a website, biography, and profile image, but Yelp adds options for hours, location, and much more). This ensures that a company gets the most out of its social media profiles. Some profiles alter based on the platform used to view them; for example, Tumblr's mobile version features a header and color options that the desktop version does not.
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All profiles should have the same logos and names, and any colors used should be consistent with the branding.
Images, videos, and other material should be comparable enough to be related to each profile, but the unique aspects of each platform can be utilised.
Certain types of information perform better on different social media sites, and having some unique content encourages people to follow all of a company's profiles. Examine the content of each profile to ensure that it is consistent with the overall marketing strategy. Communication should be constant unless the message is platform-specific, such as a drawing only for Twitter users.
5. Think about the market.
Certain markets gravitate towards specific platforms; for example, Pinterest is dominated by women, but Google Plus is dominated by men. Ecommerce executives should investigate the market that each profile attracts and assess whether or not this market is compatible with a brand's goals and techniques. Examining the interaction between visitors and the posted content is also a component of this. Is one profile more interesting than the other, and why? What are the most effective marketing strategies?
In the same way, examine the tone of consumer feedback. Are they complementary, or are customers unsatisfied with the available product? Customer service should be extended on the internet, and complaints should be resolved as soon as possible.
6. Define your goals.
Now that the profiles have been built and reviewed, it is time to look ahead. Determine what is most important in the coming months and what may be improved. Establish explicit goals, such as increasing the number of followers, comments, or reactions by a certain percentage. Once the audit is completed, save the results for future reference.
7. Remove any no longer required profiles.
At times, a profile may underperform. The amount of followers or interactions may be small, or the platform may be unfamiliar. In this case, close the profile and redirect your marketing efforts elsewhere.
8. Identify any non-authorized profiles.
Unfortunately, a firm may come across false profiles made in its name. Making a note of these profiles and taking action to remove them. Sending a message to the creator may suffice; if not, read the terms of service, FAQ, or help section to discover what else is available.
Social media audits, while time-consuming, ensure that branding is consistent and online marketing is effective.
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2023.06.06 14:25 Loud_Tumbleweed4376 I lost my closest group of friends for 4 years in one day. I cannot decide if I deserve it or not.

Less than a week ago a girl from my school called me and told me that my closest friend group, along with some other people, threw a huge party. Now this would not bother me in the slightest, and I had already known there was a groupchat without me in it. I figured I did not need to be invited to everything, so I let it go. That was until she called me
She had told me that they said shitty things about us in the group chat when they decided not to invite us. I read some screenshots. Best friend number 2's boyfriend said that I kill the vibe in every function I go to, and multiple people agreed along with best friend number 2, and my ex (who was actively trying to get me back while this was happening.) It was basically just "yeah theres no way shes coming" the same was pretty much said for the other girl. i dont want to get too much details in here because my friends are active on socials like reddit. but my ex in the groupchat also called me a hoe ass mf and a lot of them agreed.
after i learned this information, what hurt me the most was best friend number 1 and 2's disinterest in talking to me or apologizing. i am a really easy person to get things by. if they would have told me about the party, i would accept not being invited a lot easier. in the group chat they decided on the excuse that best friend number 1's boyfriend was not comfortable with me there (me and him have never gotten along, he is disloyal and he texted me to fight with me in the past) so i would have accepted that easily. The thing is when they did say that, i had already read the groupchat when they decided to say that. it was clearly a lie, they just did not want me there. they added me to a facetime, and instead of apologizing, they asked me how i found out. i just played dumb until the other girl texted them and let them know, because i did not know what to do. 3 of them were confronting me at once. after this call, at this point i was very frustrated and upset, so i left all of our groupchats and blocked them on instagram. i did have a brief interaction with best friend 2, she told me to cut them all off and go be friends with the girls i talk shit on. (we were all giving opinions on some stories and situations the day before this happened, and all girls involved know my opinions.) but i was so mad i told her to go get cheated on again. i blocked her after that. i know that was wrong of me. anyway, i forgot to block best friend number 1's main account on insta (she has two.) a day or so later, she had posted on her spam, saying that it is "crazy" that i had blocked one account and not the other. this post was shared to me by the other girl who wasnt invited's best friend. i felt like it spoke volumes that her best friend was invited, and instantly told us. VS my 2 best friends of four years not telling me, talking behind my back and lying to me. i was so angry i sent best friend number 1 a short paragraph on her instagram. i basically said im mad that she hung out with us the entire year and did us like that, and i was mad at her for lying to me, even though the truth would not have made me so mad. i defended the girl who was not invited in this paragraph, but that was not my main point. my main point was that we were friends for 4 years, and she did this to me. i blocked her on instagram after this.
her response was to send a screenshot of best friend number 2 saying "tell her that other girl who wasnt invited told people that OP faked sexual assault." this shook me to my very core. i was angry, i was sad, but over all i was mortified that my 2 best friends would even think to use this information against me. i had so many questions. like, why hold this information until now if you really cared? yes, the girl i am defending in this situation is fake for saying that about me, but i dont even care. she does not dictate whether or not it happened. i was hurt. i replied back with 5 points, basically the questions i had, telling her id never do this to them (i was not the best friend, i am not perfect, i am hot headed sometimes but i would never ever use assault to get under someones skin) and then told her i wanted to break it off maturely. i blocked her after that. its been nearly a week now.
for some background, i have struggled with depression-like symptoms and diagnosed PTSD, as well as diagnosed OCD, self harm, and ED's for a really long time. when i begin to ruminate on situations, i just cant stop and i have noticed that i have been thrown into a really deep depression. i have no motivation to do anything, and without my friends, i feel as if i have nothing. i am extremely lonely, and i am getting really dark thoughts on what to do about it. i saw that they have already replaced me as well, and i am feeling quite worthless. i know its stupid highschool drama (we will be seniors next year) but i think the mention of my assault made it so much worse. i feel like they never really understood me. i know i can be quite literally impulsive, and maybe even annoying, or too excited, and that makes me feel like i deserved everything they said. i am having some really heavy thoughts about suicide, and this hasnt happened in a really long time.
i just dont know what to do with myself. i need some tips on what to do when youre really depressed and having these thoughts. i did not want to relapse on self harm, but i have come to it a few times already. my trichotillomania (i pull my hair out) has gotten a lot worse, but i am not cutting or burning myself. I find it harder to eat, sleep, or do anything I enjoyed. i am currently in the middle of recovering from bulimia, and with this happening, i am having thoughts that i should start again.
i know i can be stronger than this. i just need some help and tips. i am young and i want to live, i want to escape these thoughts.
thank you for reading
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2023.06.06 14:25 SepticSauces Blue Roses: Non-Sapient Predatory Introduction! [17]

A special thanks to u/SpacePaladin15 for the fantastical universe.
Have a really long chapter!
Memory transcription subject: Jaxton, son of a humble sheep farmer
Date [standardized human time]: October 11th, 2136
If someone asked me years ago how many people would travel the globe just to see me. My answer would have been three; my father, my mother, and Dex Mason. My mother and father would have been simply obligated to do so, as I was their son, and I would have done the same thing. Dex was my best friend when I went to middle school in America, and he stayed my best friend when I went back to Wales, going back to Atlanta for many vacations.
What can I say? He had a nice collection of guns, and his general cheerful attitude made many people optimistic, so a day on the range with him led to the both of us being happier.
Then you add in Dex’s older and younger brothers, our mutual friend John Dillinger, and then you have a recipe for a fun time; guns, video games, hiking, and the occasional sheep herding if they ever come to my home: It’s a blast!
An alien porcupine though… I honestly never expected that I would ever in my honest-to-God lifetime, have such an impact on someone before. We barely knew each other for even a few minutes, yet she to my knowledge was merely some sad Gojid that was struggling with depression and loss. All I did was walk in and comfort her, or well, that’s how I saw it.
I still feel like an absolute idiot for forgetting about what I told her. It wasn’t a promise, but based on the implication of how I said it. It may as well have been a declaration to see the girl a few hours later, or however long it took her to get ready.
Now, speaking of Barlim, it’s been a few minutes since she arrived at my doorway at the most unexpected of times. I had her sitting in our living room on our couch. The Gojid, or Gojya, that I had to have explained to me, had her arms wrapped around one of our decorative pillows. She was giving squeezes every few seconds depending on how she felt, and if she was really giving it a firm squeeze, I’d reach over and stroke the top of her head. Barlim seemed to relax every time I did this.
“You holding up better?” Barlim appeared to be holding up better: No longer sobbing out tears from her eyes, or having mucus running from her nostrils.
She merely sniffed weakly for a second, nuzzling into my hand. If I had to admit, I had no idea if I was performing some massive social taboo by patting her like an animal, but if she wasn’t going to complain, neither was I. I mean, I already poked myself twice more! “I’m feeling much better. Sorry for intruding…”
“Don’t be,” I said while holding back a small laugh. “Are you feeling better enough to talk now?” Barlim’s ears flicked in response, and then she nodded in response upon realizing I didn’t know what those ear flicks meant. “Good.”
“Hey, I would just like to apologize for how I acted,” my mother started before I had the chance to speak. “It’s just that I’ve seen on the news and read of murderous xenophobic aliens…-”
“It’s fine,” Barlim let out the most adorable-sounding chittering noise I have ever heard. It sounded as if a porcupine was, well, laughing! “I would not have reacted much differently… Three days ago?” At least she could make fun of herself for how she acted. Her ears gave a few flicks, gesturing towards amusement or self-depreciation if I had to guess. They burned bright blue.
My father took a minute to stand up and walk over to Barlim. She only fidgeted a little bit, but not much when he reached out to her with one hand. “Jameson, again, it’s been pleasant to meet you so far.” The man’s hand hung in the air for several seconds. Barlim eyeing it up with what had to be a quizzical expression. “You’re supposed to grab it and firmly shake it,” my father eventually grunted.
“Oh!” That seemed to snap Barlim out of her stupor. She reached forward in kind with one paw, clasping her surprisingly big paw around my father’s hand, which he shook. The Gojid seemed to have a fair understanding of the action after a few seconds, at which point the handshake ended and my father returned to his seat.
A brief, quiet pause occupied the four of us before there was more knocking at the front door. “Oh, uh, that may be the rest of my friends. I sort of forgot about them when I realized we were so close.” The tips of Barlim’s ears turned a delicate shade of blue. She started to get up, but with a firm palm on the top of her head, I held her down, gently.
“You traveled a long way. Let me get the door,” I state and get up from the couch. My knees and back stretch, giving a satisfactory series of pops before I work my way to the front door. I decide against grabbing the mask, assuming that Barlim’s friends have gotten quite used to the infamous human binocular stare. When I open it, I see a rather eclectic group of individuals, some familiar and some not.
“Arwen, Trivi, Tova, and I take it Barlim’s friends.” Arwen and Trivi issue some friendly waves. Tova has her forearms clasped around Arwen’s neck from behind, jaw resting on the redhead’s shoulders. Her eyes are puffy and orange. It was pretty easy to assume what she had been going through. Meanwhile, the other three flick their ears and tails in a way that was most likely a greeting, but that was just me making an inference based on this being our first interaction, and them not giving waves in greeting.
I really need to learn Gojid and Venlil body language.
“Just delivering the rest of that one Gojid’s friends.” Arwen’s tone was the general cheerful tone it always was. She briefly stepped back from the door and swung an arm to the side, pointing to the three aliens behind her, doing so while under the weight of Tova.
“Barlim,” one of the Gojid said to Arwen. “My name is Pragh,” she then pointed over to another Gojid, “That’s Tack, and,” she indicated to the final Gojid, “That is Telg.” Again, the other two Gojid gave very similar flicks of the ears when they glanced at me with one of their eyes. “I take it you’re Jaxton?”
I couldn’t resist the urge to curl my lips upwards in a smile. The three Gojid didn’t flinch when I exposed my teeth, for which I was grateful. I really didn’t feel like bowing to more people than I needed to at the moment, having not gotten a particularly great amount of sleep last night was not a wise idea. “You’d be correct. It seems I’m the popular man of the hour. What can I do for you all?”
“Well, Tack and I were simply following Barlim, so we were going to stay with her until the UN or whoever really controls the whole Gojid refugee camp situation comes looking for us-”
I cut off Pragh with an amused tone. “So let me get this straight. You wanna come and mooch off my family for a bit because you have nowhere to stay at the moment?” I hold my tongue for just the slightest second, letting Gojid raise up her paws defensively. Even Arwen’s eyes widen briefly at what I just said.
“That’s not-” Pragh doesn’t speak for long before I dismissively wave my hand.
“I’m joking, yes, I’m sure my parents will allow you to stay for a bit, but you’ll have to clean up after yourselves, and all that stuff.” I lean up against the doorframe. “Ok though, jokes aside, what do you all want?”
Pragh rubbed her paws over her blue ears. “Yes, well, you did sort of hit one of them. I will admit, there was very little planning other than we’re going to Wales on our part. You don’t have to worry about Telg though.”
“I scored myself a date! Hah!~ So, I will be going back to Georgia in about an hour or two.” The Gojid paused, popped open one of the pockets on his hoodie, and took a peek inside at a slip of paper he pulled out. “Two hours, yeah, I have about an hour to spend here. So you and Tack are going to stay here?”
Pragh nodded to Telg’s words. “Yep, someone has to make sure Barlim continues to be a responsible Gojid. Also, I still have more research to do over the internet-”
“Ah yes, research, Pragh, research, am I right?~
“No! Not that! I’m not going to be looking up that!
The two male Gojid couldn’t help but hold back giggles and chitters, making me feel as if I was missing some sort of- Oh. The second it clicked for me, I just let out a long, slow sigh. “Please, let me just say that humanity is probably not whatever you found. Factory farms are a thing of the past.” Apparently, I was wrong, for the other two Gojid started laughing more uproariously, “Ok, I’m wrong it seems…” The gears proceeds to click a second time after realizing it was something a lot more bawdy than damning. I opened my mouth to say something but quickly realized that I wouldn’t have anything to follow up on if one of them decided to make any sort of accusation, so I quickly shut my plan to speak about that down. “How about you all just come inside now? Your friend Barlim already came by, and I’m pretty sure you all would like a break from your adventure.”
“Actually, Trvi and I were going to take Tova to my home. Might take her to the hospital if Quilix has calmed down. God, I wished they transported him to Ysbyty Gwynedd, but no. He had a freakout and had to be moved to London.”
“It’s all my fault…” The dark venlil whined.
Arwen’s hand managed to work its way between Tova’s ears, giving a few scritches. Scritches that Tova nuzzled into. “Come on you big, big venlil. I know you’re upset. Just, hang in there for a little while longer. I’m sure Quilix will come around. Let’s take you home, see ya Jaxton!” Arwen waved and carried the venlil toward the parked taxi in front of my house. Well, carried was a generous term for half-carry/half-assisted in guiding toward the car.
Trivi followed seconds later, giving his own bye and wave. “Tell your mother and father I said hi, see you tomorrow!” And with that, the blonde venlil scampered off, following after his human lover.
This left me with the three other hedgehog-looking aliens standing awkwardly in front of my door. They looked amongst themselves, thinking about saying something.
Wait, someone’s missing…
“Arf! Arf!”
The three Gojid who looked like they were about to say something all jumped about a foot in the air when Lacey came bounding through them, running straight past me into my home. “Oh, Lacey! Welcome ho- Oh, and ignored.” I shake my head upon hearing the following oof that comes from my father. Lacey must’ve claimed my father’s lap as her seat. “Well, if you want to come inside and meet the rest of my family. Come right on in.”
The next few minutes are filled with more pleasantries being exchanged. The Gojid all take their place on the couch, somehow managing to fit four of them on a couch meant for three. I end up choosing to stand by my father, who gently strokes Lacey across her back. The border collie panting jovially, looking back and forth between us and our alien guest, giving the occasional bark to beg for more attention.
The Gojid guests seem calm for the most part, sitting on that couch, but it is quite clear that the dog makes them uncomfortable since they flinch every time Lacey either makes a noise or stares at them with those heterochromatic eyes. “Not a fan of dogs, are you?” My father breaks the silence once it starts up again.
“I didn’t like…” Pragh started but stopped seconds later. “Listen, I believe you know why most Federation species don’t like humans, right?” Pragh’s words earned an affirmative grunt from my father. My mother and I nodded too. “Well, you’re all sapient and in control of your hunting instincts…” I raised my eyebrow at that but chose to say nothing. “That dog though-”
My father raised a hand, telling Praph to stop speaking for a moment. “I am going to have to stop you right there. Firstly, humans don’t, or we believe don’t have hunting instincts, and secondly, Lacey is a good girl that has harmed no person before, human or alien. I can assure you, as well as Quilix, Trivi, and Tova, that Lacey wouldn’t harm any of you, your pups, or anything else you will be worried about.”
Those few calmly spoken, but sternly voiced words are enough to calm the four Gojid down a fair amount. While I can’t see their muscles under their fur all that well, I can safely assume that their muscles grew lax at such information. Maybe we can do more to ease them around the dog while they’re here?
With an idea springing to mind, I take a few steps over to our old wooden hall tree. It is adorned with a few coats and hats, but what I am interested in is blue colored, six feet long rope of dog leash. The second it makes the lightest noise, Lacey is bolting toward me. “Eistedd!” The dog swiftly responds to the command: Hind quarters hitting the ground the second the word leaves my lips. I reach down and stroke the top of the dog’s head with one hand, getting a jovial arf out of her. “Merch dda, merch dda.~” I give the dog’s head a little bit more tender love with my palm and fingers before attaching the leash.
“Cefn.” I keep my voice low, coaxing Lacey into walking toward the couch.
The four Gojid, three of which have probably spent some time outside with the dog, all had a similar reaction when the dog came over: Paws came up off the ground, retracting safely onto the cushions above. It wasn’t really out of the border collie’s reach, but it was clearly instinctual-driven or propaganda-driven fear. “No need to be afraid, she won’t bite you - eistedd.” True to my words, Lacey gets close, sniffing along the edge of the sofa, but not jumping up onto the furniture.
“I see you’ve been practicing, Jaxton. You showing off for the guest?” My dad jokes.
“Hey, I don’t really get a good chance to speak Welsh. Dam- Darn it, really should’ve paid more attention in school. Might go get some lessons so I’m not part of the ten percent that can’t speak it. All I can do is shepherd a dog around, ask for the bathroom, a beer, where am I, and a few other things.” It’s hard not to let out a disappointed sigh. “I need to get off my backside and stop being so lazy.” I pause for one small moment. “And that probably translated for all of them to their native tongue. Doesn’t matter if I say it in English, Welsh, or honestly, Mandarin.”
My old man grins and laughs, leaning his back into the old rocking chair he claimed. My attention returns back to the dog, the fearful porcupine, and three scared hedgehogs.
The first one to reach out if I recall his name is Tack. The Gojid’s claws lightly brush the top of Lacey’s head in a tepid fashion. The dog stares back up at the curious paw; not growling, barking, yipping, biting, or making any sort of fuss that could freak out the apprehensive Gojid. Slowly, Lacey’s tail beings to wag as the curious touching continues for a few seconds. “Is that normal?”
“Mhm… Yes, dogs’ tails wag when they are happy. If she was really happy, she’d jump on you and start licking your face.”
The four Gojid recoiled with what looked like disgust: The thought of a predator’s maw all over their face, tasting them as if they were her next meal was probably what was coursing through their minds. “I think… That’s something I wouldn’t like from a non-sapient creature.” Telg adds in.
He says he doesn’t want it from a non-sapient, but what about a sapient? Oh, what wonderful thoughts this one has. I internally joked.
Both my father and mother let out an audible cough at Telg’s… Well, it could’ve been an indecent statement, or maybe licking was a sign of greeting? There was no way for me to know with my lack of knowledge of Gojid customs.
God damn; Gojid customs, language, body language, and Welsh! That was leaving out Venlil ear and tail signals as well! Too much to learn.
With a gentle nudge, I guide Lacey down the bottom of the couch, letting each Gojid get about a minute or two of bonding time with the goodest of girls. It’s only been a few minutes, but the four could be easily seen relaxing: Tack and Telg are both confident enough to let their paws touch the floor again.
From fearful of anything that ate meat their entire life to sort of fearfully allowing a dog to sniff them, or them to touch a dog, must be leaps and bounds beyond possibility months ago.
“So, you all more comfortable around dogs?”
I get a non-varied amount of reactions: All of them positive to a minor degree, but none are negative or super positive. “Good.”
With such a positive, or well, lacking in a negative reaction from our alien guests. I reach down and unhook the canine’s restraint. No one flinches and Lacey continues to sit for about another few seconds before lazily pacing around the front of the couch, sniffing at paws for some more time before retreating back beside my father’s feet.
“So… What’s the history between humans and dogs?” Pragh was the one that shot this question. One is no doubt born from the fact that we probably allowed a non-sapient predator into our home.
Well, if I was using their logic, of course: I wouldn’t be surprised if it came from ‘Wouldn’t predators eliminate the competition?’ if I had to guess.
“The history involving our canine companions is long and complex.” I reach behind my head to adust my blonde ponytail, tightening up the black band to keep my hair from falling in front of my face. “Most domesticated dogs you’ll see; German shepherds, border collies, Australian shepherds, golden retrievers, and on and on the list goes. I believe there are hundreds of breeds, but that is another tangent we can go on another date. What you’re more interested in is the history, as you have asked.”
I took a few steps around toward the front of the couch, using this new position to project my voice onto my alien audience. My parents had already heard this story a few times when they spoke with one of our dog breeders.
“It all started roughly speaking, thirty-thousand years ago.” I paused, totally for dramatic effect, but to also allow the Gojid to digest this fair-sized crumb of information. “Our competitor, an antagonizing species of persistent pack predators with a strong social bond, the wolf, would often invade human territories, and vice versa. You see, humans and wolves aren’t too dissimilar. We’re both highly social species, pursuit pack predators as I have heard, emotionally intelligent, highly adaptive, strong parental connections, and good communication skills. I can go into specific details another time, but those are some of the big traits we share. I’d say that the large preference for having a social structure coupled with good communication skills on both sides were the two assets that helped the most. Emotional intelligence and actual intelligence would probably be third and fourth. Dogs and wolves can be pretty smart.”
I take a moment again, allowing my audience to follow along with what I am saying, waiting to see if any of them have a question. “So due to these similarities, humans and these wolves cross species’ barriers?” The bipedal porcupine opined.
I nod to Barlim’s question. “Very close, but not quite.” I take a moment to swing a pointing finger down to Lacey. “I mean, as much as I love Lacey. I don’t see a dog diplomat coming through any time soon to argue for their sapience let alone an alliance.” I then straighten my posture back up, holding back a small laugh by letting a grin stretch across my lips. “It was more along the lines of wolves were desperate for food, and they’d feed off the scraps we humans left behind. This would go on for some time with the braver or more docile canines being allowed to slowly integrate with human society.”
“But they’re eating your scraps and food, but what do they do for you? Other than herd sheep? It just seems like your competition is swooping your food from under your nose, but… You’re not complaining at all.” Pragh was the one to ask that question.
Called it!
“These proto-dogs had many purposes! Just look at Lacey and you can probably see what she has that is superior to a human. Tell me what traits you can see.”
I give the four Gojid some time to look over the dog. They eventually look like they all have something to say, so I slide down the line of them; Pragh, Telg, Tack, and then finally Barlim.
“A better sense of smell to hunt for prey you can’t see?” Pragh opined.“Better hearing for locating threats?” Telg questioned.
“Sharp teeth and claws for fighting off other humans.” Tack would state rather confidently.
“To form an emotional connection with and to not feel lonely?” Barlim tilted her head to the side, giving the dog another look.
I let them stew over their answers for about thirty seconds to discuss amongst themselves. Needless to say, I was kind of shocked, but also not by Barlim’s answer. Maybe my time spent with her gave me some subconscious understanding of her mentality? The other Gojid all looked at her, so I assume her different answer probably made something click amongst all of them.
“Well, to answer your questions; yes, yes, yes, and yes. You’re all correct. Some may say that the first three are probably the priority.” This statement earns a chitter from the four Gojid occupying the couch. “But I like to have hope for that last one: When you’re by yourself. The world is a scary place after all. It’s best not to be alone. I believe you all have herds? Well, we humans have families, tribes, or nations, depending on how deep you wish to look into it, and yes, dogs can be a part of a human family. Family cares not from where the blood comes.”
“Quick question and not to side-track the conversation too far, but I was told by my date that humans dislike being called predators. Is that true here too, or was that a dialect or cultural thing?” Telg was the one throwing this question.
“It is that way here too. When humans refer to other humans as predators, it is because that other human is a gross pervert that does horrific, deviant, and sexual things toward other people, animals, or in this case now that aliens exist, aliens, so I would refrain from calling humans predators unless you personally know the individual and they are ok with it. That being said, humans define predator as more of a relationship adjective when between animals. A deer is a predator to plants as a wolf is a predator to a deer. It is the relationship of consumption rather than dietary traits.” I finish off my statement with a nod.
“Well… If you don’t mind me referring you to as a predator for one statement…” Telg droned on.
I take a brief glance over toward my parents. My dad gives me a nonchalant shrug. My gaze returns back to Telg. “Go ahead and shoot your question or statement at me.”
The four Gojid look stunned for a moment, off-put by something I said-
Oh, don’t tell me ‘shoot’ was predatory… Probably was.
“Just… throw out your question.”
“It was more of a statement, actually, but anyways. Family cares not from where the blood comes, has to be one of the most herd-like statement I have heard from a predator.”
Did he really just say that?
He really did, but I can’t fault him. From his point of view, he’s been spun so many times that up is down, and left is right.
I shake my head, lowering it. A small chuckle slipping from between my lips. I could even hear my mother and father laughing behind me a few seconds later.
“Was what I said really that funny?”
“No, just the logic behind it is kinda funny. Like I said, humans don’t normally refer to ourselves as predators, and this whole alien thing is kind of new to me.” My words carried upon by a light tone earns some laughs as well from our Gojid guests.
I clap my hands together, signaling the end of our little tangent. “Now, if I may resume my, if I do say so myself, informative explanation… The proto-dogs seamlessly integrated into our small tribes at the time; they could track threats and prey miles before we were even aware of them, they could hear the smallest sounds and alert us of their dangers. Moreover, their sharp teeth and claws served as deterrents against other threats such as large carnivores, food-stealing rodents, or hostile human forces. Additionally, their companionship provided solace to lonely humans. As you can see,” I pointed back to Lacey, who was having her back rubbed by my father’s sock-covered foot, “Lacey seems to be enjoying herself quite nicely, but so is my father. In short, interacting with dogs triggers the release of feel-good chemicals in both human and canine brains. Activities such as petting, snuggling, and playing contribute to this positive bond."
Again, I pause, giving everyone some time to follow along. “Thus, they’d impact our evolution and vice versa: Humans that had dogs in their tribes were more successful than tribes without dogs. Humans that bonded more effectively with their canine companions would get even farther. As millennia went by, humans would get better at reading dog expressions, and dogs would get better at reading human expressions.”
I reached into my pocket and pulled out my phone. I typed into it for a bit until an old photo of a wolf showed up. I turned my phone’s screen toward the four Gojid. “Here you can see a wolf. They aren’t extinct due to some wildlife restoration efforts, but we had a few close calls. Wolves are extinct in the UK and Ireland as of now, but not in North America, Europe, or Asia. What you see before you are what thirty-thousand years of evolution has done to us.”
Based on the look that the Gojid were giving me. I would guess it was along the lines of wow.
“Now, before you start asking more questions. I should let you know that humanity has not only domesticated one carnivorous species, but a few others as well; some birds of prey like falcons, felines, and mustelidae such as ferrets. Meanwhile, on the herbivorous side, we have horses, elephants, rabbits, and so on. Yeah, it’s quite a long list. Means more animals for us to pet and touch. Humans can bond with just about anything, even non-living things, but that’s a story for another time.”.
I perform a small stretch, feeling my back pop. A small break in the monotony of speaking for so long.
“Now, to go back to the human-dog bond. I should remind myself to tell you the story of Gelert. It’s quite a sad story, but bear with me for just a moment.”
I clear my throat, getting ready to speak out an old Welsh folklore myth.
“A long time ago, a prince of North Wales by the name of Llywelyn went out hunting without his trusty dog, Gelert. He’d return home later that day to see Gelert, covered in blood, jovially returning to him. This freaked out the prince, who rushed to his son’s crib, finding it knocked over and messy with blood. He feared that the dog had killed his son and immediately plunged his sword into the dog’s side.” The four Gojid wince at the description, having just been told of the forged bond I have described moments ago. “The dog’s pained cry heralds the cry of the prince’s infant son, who lay on the other side, protected from a slain wolf. Gelert had valiant fought to protect Llywelyn’s son from the wolf, and in so was rewarded with a blade through its heart! A tragic tale to discourage impulsive thoughts and rash rushes to judgment. It was said that the prince buried Gelert and never smiled again.”
I never considered myself a great storyteller, but somehow I managed to get the four Gojid all teary-eyed. Barlim was rubbing at her eyes once again, and so was Tack too.
“H-how could he have done that to the dog..?” Barlim’s meek voice trailed off.
“Well, as said, Llywelyn thought Gelert killed his son. It was a rash decision. This moral folklore is supposed to warn against such tragedies, speaking of which, isn’t there an extermination fleet heading this way?”
While I may have been speaking for so long, having taken all our attention away from the potential destruction of Earth, or the general mopey attitude that came from meeting Tova. It probably was wise to bring up the fact that armageddon was on its way to Earth.
The four Gojid just sort of looked down sheepishly at the ground or flicked their ears in a way that probably meant the same thing. I didn’t really mean to put them on the spot like that, considering it was some of their former allies committing this attack, but I guess that’s just how the cookie crumbles sometimes.
“I think I can speak for all of us here that we don’t-” Telg was interrupted by my father.
“We don’t blame you, or at least I can attest to myself, my son, and my wife over here. One day, assuming we survive this looming catastrophe. There will be regret, followed by hope, and then love and compassion once again. Though, I don’t think that’s what my son was hinting toward, more over the fact that your allies are about to make a rash decision they don’t understand. Probably one you would have made years ago, but that doesn’t really matter here, or there. We live in the now, and I think it’s time we started stocking up on some goods for our cellar. Well, we got goods actually, and a couple of guns too, but nothing fancy like the Americans and all their machine guns. A .30-30 lever action, an old .44 revolver, a twelve gauge shotgun, and a .22 hunting rifle. Nothing fancy,” he shrugs and grunts. “I’m more worried about my sheep. The best we can do is pray they don’t shoot the barn.”
There’s a brief silence as the seven of us come down from the long monologue that was dispersed between moments of questionnaires. I rub one of my eyes, stretching my jaw open wide in a hand-covered yawn.
How long have by been talking?
“Sprak! I gotta go or I am going to miss my flight!” Telg clamors, quickly hopping off the couch. He quickly taps at his phone with his claws, making his way toward the front door. “See you guys later, and thanks for letting us stay! Yes, I know how to call a taxi!” He opens the door and bolts outside. At least had the manners to close it back without slamming it.
This left us with three Gojid!
“Well,” my mother stood up from her chair. “I’m certain you’re all hungry after such a long adventure, and Telg is probably too, but he’s gone already. Let me see if I can make you all something to eat…” She hesitates for a second before continuing. “Nothing with meat or animal products in it. Just vegetables and fruit,” she iterates before walking off to the kitchen, leaving my father and I with the three Gojid.
You know, that leaves one important question that’s been on my mind. One that I had asked Barlim, but have been quickly distracted by her onslaught of sudden tears due to my forgetful nature. “A quick question if I may have your attention.”
The three Gojid turned their attention toward me, looking at me as they awaited my question
“How the hell did you all get here?”
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2023.06.06 14:22 Traditional_Shopping Global Transformation: The Future of Property Management

Have you noticed the seismic shifts in our professional landscape? The surge in urbanization, technology, and real estate markets are reshaping the demand for our skills across the globe.
The Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM) is trailblazing this international expansion, opening chapters worldwide, and collaborating with key partners like ThinkProp in the UAE. It’s fascinating, yet prompts questions about our profession’s future.
What’s intriguing is how distinct property management practices in Dubai are from ours. Leasehold properties are more commonplace, with the government owning the land, unlike our familiar freehold system. Their rental market, shaped by unique laws and a diverse expat population, is thriving.
So, what implications does this hold for us all? Are we peering into a future where knowledge of international property laws and practices is crucial? Could this mean opportunities to broaden our horizons beyond local shores? This global metamorphosis of property management is upon us.
What's your stance on this international evolution? How do you envision it impacting our roles and the real estate industry at large? Let's delve into this discussion.
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2023.06.06 14:21 Reptarro52 Wedding invitations

The “over 100 lost in mail” has been on my mind. How does that happen? A few ideas of mine…
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2023.06.06 14:21 shinypotatoz 6 month old golden retriever biting/nipping is not getting better

Hi all, to start, my golden retriever is currently 3/4 through with his teething. Most of his adult teeth has already came in. He has had a nipping/biting problem since he was 9 weeks old, which i have been trying to train him out of since the very start. Nothing has ever worked. He will show improvements, then suddenly regress. Its not even a matter of accidental nips during play, but all out attacks on me, ignoring any kind of redirection unless put into timeout. Here is what i do for the common reasons that puppies go into full biting mode.
Not enough rest/enforced nap: everytime before i bring him out of his play pen, i always ensure he has at least 2 hours of rest/naps. His rest may sometimes be interuppted as it can get quite noisy in my house hold
Being out too long/Overtiredness: i usually bring him out for 1h to 2hr at a time. However, his biting can be completely random, even 5 mins after he is let out
Overstimulation: the common reason for overstimulate in the household is when he is playing tug. After a short while, he will completely ignore the tug rope and only go for my hands(basically his crazy biting mode) or he likes to bite near where my hand is holding(I use a long tug rope) and always nips my hand. This is why i do not play tug with him unless i am behind a babygate or on a high area like the bed. Even when i use a flirt pole to play with him, i have to be hiding behind a babygate as he may just suddenly go crazy biting mode on me.
Other than the above reasons, here are the other things that may trigger his crazy biting mode
I would like to add that very frequently his biting starts off as small, not painful nips. However, no matter what i do, his nips will always escalate into full biting mode.
Redirection? He will bite on the toy for 5-10 seconds, and go back to biting me, but this time he is even more riled up.
Walking away? He will continue jumping up and trying to nib my hands and legs until i go behind a babygate.
Ignoring him while he nips? He will slowly get rougher and rougher, but i rarely ignore it as i do not want him to think its ok to nip hands.
I am basically at my wits end here. I have watched tons of videos on stopping puppy biting, but nothing has ever worked out. I learned about 1/2 month ago that no matter what i do, consistency is key. Thus now I always just go behind a babygate in another room. If he follows me in, he will be put into timeout. If he stays outside(which he does as he knows he will go into timeout), i will close the door and ignore him for 30-60seconds, depending on how fast he finds trouble elsewhere. I would say there has been some improvements, in terms of his bite inhibition when he is tired and at night during. But other than that its pretty much as i stated in this post.
I am getting increasingly worried as his teething is coming to an end, and i do not see an end of his crazy biting anytime soon. This is definitely not a habit that i want him carrying into his teenage and adult years. Any tips or view on how i can do better is appreciated and deeply valued!
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2023.06.06 14:18 jpitha Just A Little Further 21/40

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Fine. I admit it.
The Royal Dawn is a really nice hotel.
And the best part is, after my... demonstration to the Administrative offices today, I didn't have to order the Hotel to give us some rooms! They just offered rooms to us the minute we walked in!
I was given 'The Empress Suite.' I giggled at the name. I wonder if this had something to do with the royal retinue back in the day. Between the opulence, the name, and the theme it feels possible.
It is possible. There was always more than the Throne for you and your retinue. Every Starbase competed to offer you the most luxurious accommodations. After all, if you didn't like them, you could just rest on your starship.
My room - my suite of rooms actually - are easily the nicest place I've slept in my entire life. I made sure Omar, Ava, Um'reli and I each had our own rooms and while I'm glad that they have their own space, I'm too used to being around other people in the close quarters of FarReach or Starbases back home. I rattle around the rooms opening cabinets and drawers until I see it in the corner near a window overlooking the promenade.
They have a bath here!
It's made of some kind of golden flecked white stone, and is carved to look like it was weathered by the wind and water over millions of years. I figure out the taps, and set a bath going.
Once it's finished, I take off my outfit - Ugh, I wish I packed, this is my only clothes unless I use the Nanites to make more - and slip into the bath. It's blissfully relaxing.
I'm laying back in the tub, just floating, and I wish Ava was here with me.
Where did that come from?
I think for a split second about calling her in, but decide against it. I'm sure she'd come running if I called, I'm sure she'd be... enthusiastic about it, but I don't think I'm ready yet. I comfort myself with the thought, and soak for nearly an hour.
After, I dry and climb into the bed naked. I'll deal with clothes tomorrow.
More wild dreams.
My ship, operated and led by my most trusted Builder, Aeche, carries us to her prized Starbase. Built on her order for me, it's beautiful. She takes me on a tour, and we visit all of the highlights. She is especially proud of the transit system, the largest off planet in the Empire.
A team of 10 Builders live and work at the Reach operating in shifts to make sure all the needs of the residents and builders that live here are taken care of. It's one of the most complex Starbases yet and one of the most impressive.
That night, she comes to my rooms while I'm in the bath. She asks to join me, and I accept. For her, this is a culmination of months of jockeying and positioning to catch my eye, it's the realization of a goal years in the making.
For me, it's a fun night. She is easy on the eyes though, I see no harm in keeping her around for a while.
The next day, she leads me to the Throne. The only larger one exists back home on Imperia and I get the impression that this one is smaller only out of courtesy.
Sitting upon the Throne, with a full contingent of Builders behind me, I'm able to instantly take stock of my Empire. Things are going well. There are new reports from the frontier, and I set them to my ship, Worldshaker, so I have something to read while en route to the K'laxi.
This is the last stop before I go see the K'laxi, turn their Gate back on and remind them what the price of insubordination is. Worldshaker is getting reprovisioned and refreshed as the trip is longer than normal and I want to make sure we can stay a while if needed. On my way out, I'll touch the Gate, and commit an upload.
That night, Aeche visits me again, and we have more fun. After, we go to bed and I lay awake thinking about next steps. Aeche sighs and rolls over in her sleep next to me. I stroke her hair gently. Yes, things are going quiet well. It's nice to have some quiet.
I wake up in my bed, alone, in the hotel room, fully myself again. Not only was that the most... idyllic dream I've had yet, it's the first that I felt like it was me doing the things, not some other Empress.
Yes, the Nanites are doing well. You can probably integrate with the Throne if you were to try. It's up to you however. But remember you told The Smell of Soil after Rain to bring everyone today. We should head over there.
Hmm Good point. Okay, let's get up, get dressed, grab everyone and head over. I look over at my outfit from yesterday. It's nice, and it's impressive, but if I'm going to be presenting as Empress to everyone, I need something... more.
I concentrate and think about what would be right. I don't think about specifics, I let the Nanites take my whims into consideration and see what I get. The fog cloud of them surrounds me and my outfit from yesterday and I when they finish I turn and look in the mirror near the bath.
I'm still in royal blue - good, I like that color - but the outfit now is a... strapless ball gown? It's rather severely low cut - I wonder if that's from dreaming about Aeche - and the dress clings on the top half and billows and flows on the lower half and ends in sparking stars and nebulae on a train that flows behind me, rippling gently as if a breeze is blowing it. I check and... yes, it's not touching the ground. That's a neat trick. I'm wearing taller heels than yesterday too, but at least they're comfortable - for now. It's not something that Lieutenant Mullen would ever wear, but it seems... right for Empress Melody The First. I'll roll with it. In deference to who I am, there is a way to mount my rifle on my back. I click it in place and feel complete. I wonder how many Empresses were armed?
Many were. We even have records of a few who would carry a battle rifle with them.
That brings me some happiness. Even after how different we are, there are still some things that I share with Empresses across time.
As I open the door to leave, I see Omar, Ava and Um'reli in the hall already dressed and ready. They turn to see me and Ava and Um'reli both gasp and blush. Omar grins wickedly. "Melody, I have to say that this is the first time since you told us you were an Empress that you look the part. That is an amazing outfit."
I curtsy slightly "Thank you Omar. Did you all sleep well? I have a hunch with the Nanites you had... intense dreams?"
Ava snaps her had up to me. "I did! I dreamt that I was running a Starbase. We were preparing for your visit and I had so much to do, but I knew how to do all of it, and I had a really strong team, and you complimented our readiness when you arrived!"
Um'reli looks at me with an odd expression. "I did too, but... I dreamt I was a human. A Builder. I was operating a Starship, the Sunrunner. We were tasked by you directly to tour the frontier worlds and build a report about how they were doing, if they needed anything and if we thought there was any unrest. We were very proud because you had personally asked for us."
"What about you Omar?" Ava turns and looks at him.
"Yeah, I had a vivid dream. I dreamt that I was a planetary administrator. I ruled over more than a billion people on a world with two suns. One was white and the other was larger and redder. I remember clearly the odd shadows it cast, and how everything had an odd coloration. You had requested an increase in the delivery of Magnesium. We were able to meet the new quota this time, but I was worried that if you had requested to keep the quote high, how we would be able to make it without overworking the miners."
"Wow, so not only did you dream about being a Builder, not only did you dream about being a powerful Builder, but you all were in direct contact with the Empress. I wonder if that's because you received your Nanites from me directly."
"Who knows?" Um'reli looks at all of us. "But I for one am starving. Let's get some breakfast and go back to the Throne. Melody has a performance to give."
We head downstairs and sure enough there is a restaurant attached to the Hotel. We sit down and immediately I ask for a carafe of boiling hot water to be brought. While we wait, I take out my hand grinder and scale and make some coffee. By the time the water arrives, everything is ready. The Mariens who brought me the water is watching curiously as I make the coffee. Soon enough, it's finished, and I take the first sip of coffee in nearly three days.
Ahh, now, I can rule.
"Pardon my asking, Empress, but what is that?" The Mariens points to my beverage.
"It's called coffee. It's the roasted seed of a plant that's native to the planet we lived on. I like to drink an extraction of it made with boiling water. It does have a chemical, called caffeine, that offers a stimulant effect to Hu-Builders, but we've found it to be toxic to other Sapients, like our friends the K'laxi here. You can smell it if you'd like though." I hold out the cup.
The Mariens leans in and gently inhales. They lean back sharply and look at me. "That smells amazing." Their body language expresses wonder. "Truly, the Builders do amazing things. Now, what will you be having for breakfast?"
We order and eat and walk towards the Throne. As we're walking this time, people are not ignoring us. Children wave, people follow us with their eyes. They don't seem to be fearful of us, more respectful this time. As we turn a corner, I see Rapid River Roaring and The Smell of the Ocean. They look worse for wear. Both of them have matted feathers, even a few bare spots. Wild eyed they're looking around. River is clutching a bag of some kind.
Uh oh.
They turn and see me. Relief washes over them and they run up to me "Empress! My Empress!" They both approach me and bow low, head touching the ground. "We have completed your task. We have found Vivvix and Zemmlin and brought them to you."
Ava looks around. "But, where are they?"
I know where they are.
River opens the bag they're carrying.
Inside are most of Vivvix and Zemmlin.
"I see..." I try to not look unsettled. Omar's face darkens and he turns away. Ava look in and nods, satisfied. Um'reli doesn't look in, but she isn't unsettled by this development either.
Well. What's done is done. "I would have preferred they be brought to me alive, but my fault for not specifying that. Where were they?"
"The cowards were hiding in the docks. They were attempting to board another ship and catch up to that traitor, Ottarn. We were able to surprise them, and carried out your order, Empress."
"Yes, I can see that. Er, thank you both for your hard work. Go to High Line and find Starlight on a Moonless Evening. After this presentation, I plan on visiting the ship to assess it for refitting.
They both bow again. "Empress."
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2023.06.06 14:17 JustHereToComment24 Am I wrong or is everyone else? - Pay in retail

I got promoted last year from a supervisor to a department manager during a time when all the other managers were quitting. I used the shitty store manager's desperation to keep me into getting a pretty large raise with my promotion, and let me tell you, I freaking earned it with blood, sweat, and tears. Dealing with his aggression towards customers and employees, protecting employees, trying to get him fired and out of the store, until he finally was. Now myself and the operations manager have been running the store ourselves for several months while corporate fails to find us a new manager and doing a kick ass job of it.
Fast forward to now, merit reviews/raises come. For running the store, I get pennies for my raise, and my co-manager gets nothing. She's been here almost a decade to boot. I look at the manager from another store giving me my review, crumple the paper, and throw it in the trash. It felt like such an insult. I started applying elsewhere immediately. My co-manager tells me not to bother, other places won't touch what we're making. I call bullshit though so far she's right and I've been told by two interviews they can't match what I'm looking for. Talked to my mother, she says I make the same amount she does and she makes it work. I explained I live in a more expensive state so no that's not how it works. Besides, doesn't holding things together mean something? She says not to do anything rash. Today, I talk to a different store manager that I'm close to about it that came to cover a shift. She said I already make the high end for my position and that there's people who have been with the company ten years that don't make what I do. I told her that's disgusting and makes me want to leave more. That she's just giving me a glimpse at my future saying stuff like that. She says to transfer to a bigger store then. I said for what? A few more pennies for triple the work? That keeping the store afloat should mean something. She says it doesn't to corporate. I said then I'll keep looking.
It's making me want to bang my head against the wall that people I'm close to are telling me to just accept it. I don't want to after everything I've been through. But it's proving difficult to move on and forward so maybe they're right. Right now I make 24/hr.
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2023.06.06 14:17 UnderstandingSome322 Not sure what this stems from, but I get triggered by compliments, any advice?

I've been dating my girl for 6 years and although we were always happy or at least content and we enjoy each others company, maybe even depend on each other at this point, we were never really the expressive type. This means, even though I compliment her a lot and we made it a point to try to tell each other clearly how we feel, I never received many compliments, aside from an occasional "you look handsome today," which was honestly a mental boost for the next 2 months, lmao.
Lately, I feel like she (without any prompt) started to compliment me more, but she's also away a lot, so she's got an active life and meets more people now. I don't generally care and she's helped me work through my jealousy issues by being upfront and working through any issues with her, it helped a lot that she was willing to communicate about it and even took some consideration before doing things I might find inappropriate. I don't wanna sound like an asshole, but I definitely used to be when we started dating. That's why I'm making a point of telling you about my issues, before connecting it to the whole "compliment" thing.
As I said before, she's around people a lot now and I'm ok with it, as long as we communicate (this doesn't mean she needs to send me report on anything she does, just to be honest and open when I do ask about anything that worries me) - also dont' worry, we've set up boundaries, so she doesn't ever feel pressured or controlled. To be fair, most of the time I feel that way a bit, as I feel I've got virtually zero impact on her decision making, unless we're planning something she's looking forward to, but I know she tried to accomidate my needs as well, so it's fine.
Anyway, again went off topic. Sorry. She started complimenting me a bit more often recently and it absolutely triggers me. I try to control my urges and try to mask my feelings, but I am insanely worried. She had 6 years to of almost daily interaction to make me feel seen, but now, when we're aparrt a bit more and she's active, which as discussed earlier can potentially make me a bit jealous, she starts complimenting me more. Not just my looks, but also my perosonality, which I've been working on for years to improve for her and to make her feel like she's worth everything. It's a weird timing. It bothers me that I can't take a compliment without falling into a whirlwind of traumatizing thoughts, "what could this means" and the spiral begins...
I brough it up with her and asked if something happened and if there's anything she wants to tell me. She brushed it off and said I was beingf paranoid. A while after, I had this same reaction so I asked her again if anything was wrong or if she feels bad about something, because I'm simply not used on being comlimented when everything is ok between us. She got a bit mad and told me to trust her more, which I completely understand and I thinnk I'd react in the same way.
I feel like the asshole, I'm pretty sure I am. Buut this is a personal issue t hat I can't work out with her, so how do I go aboiut fixing it alone? I know it's not by being even more intrusive and showering her with self-reassuuring questions and there is not way to morally bring up that I do infact need some reasurance.
How do I fix myself? Thank you and sorry for this absolutely incohesive rant. This is also a throwaway for clear rreasons, but I will be logged in and answering comments for a couple days.
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2023.06.06 14:15 I_say_hello1 My comments on every episode of Survivor: One World

I recently completed Survivor: One World and made notes simultaneously as I watched what I was thinking when the episodes went on. Keep in mind, these are my opinions; and everyone has a different viewpoint! Hope you find these intriguing. Let me know what you think of it!
Episode 1: I like the concept of dividing them into men and women; an interesting idea. Not so sure about them living together, but it's fine ig. I thought that Matt was arrogant off the bat. The chicken scene was enjoyable to watch. Sabrina shouldn't have given the idol to Colton as he was friendly with all the other girls too, she could have given it someone who could have been more loyal to her. I do think that the women tribe might be decimated quickly in challenges, so it remains to see how the makers balance it out for them. Not sure why Alicia was so riled about about a beneficial trade but Christina being friendly with the guys shouldn't warrant such a huge reaction imo.
Episode 2: The rewards challenge is interesting; that is something I miss in new survivor is reward challenges. I think Sabrina is regretting her decision about giving the idol to colton since he's being so annoying. I don't understand why colton revealed the idol with a tribal council not close by running the risk of the new getting out. It's interesting how open the tribal councils are with nina vs kat being openly discussed which would be very rare in the new era. But it does make tribal much more interesting. In the new era, I just skip over tribal discussion because it's the same repetitive cryptic stuff being talked about.
Episode 3: Finally the girls win a challenge, I am happy it is not a whitewash for the boys. Alicia does think they are above the boys and need to be given special treatment which might hurt her at the merge. The comeback win was amazing in the immunity challenge; a bit unfair since they saw the boys starting pieces but since it was allowed, that's that ig.
Episode 4: I liked the reward challenge of connect 5 by throwing coconut. The immunity challenge was also good but the copying completed puzzles just feels unfair, I think they allow it for come from behinds possible. I agree with kats statement that the manano tribe(boys) have lost their marbles when they started talking about giving up immunity. What was shocking that they actually went to tribal!!!! I don't understand how all 8 people agreed to this, least of all bill and leif with they or thier shield being voted off. Crazier was the tribal with the colton basically saying he doesn't like bill because he's poor (maybe cause he's black too). Going from the new era seasons to the earlier ones, there is definitely less thinking about voting strategy in the earlier seasons. This was one entertaining episode though!
Episode 5: The tribe switch happened - I was a bit underwhelmed because I would have liked to see Men vs Woman go uptil the merge. I also would have liked them to continue on the same one world beach location. Colton is kind of entertaining - 'its really hard being the leader of a bunch of idiots'. It's interesting to know that Jeff didn't know of Tarzan's name-forgetting disease considering the lengthy interviewing process they go through. I think its the first time I hear Jeff talk about a voteout after the voteout, basically saying it was a dumb move to vote out their strongest player so early.
Episode 6: Again suprised to see such open hostility and targetting of Christina. Jeff was definitely more sassy in the earlier seasons - 'Getting up here in itself is a adventure for Tarzan' - lol. 'My nephew could throw further than that' lmao. Colton getting out due to medical was disappointing, I wanted his dramatic exit through a voteout, whenever it happened. Leif seems to be really indecisive and a people pleaser. The merge happens due to Colton's exit.
Episode 7: A bit surprised to see Jonas voted off.
Episode 8: In the reward challenge I was thinking about the purpose of the slide for the challenge, it doesn't add much to the challenge according to me.The plot to pit Troyzan againt mike was smart. I liked the puzzle challenge with 60 pieces in the immunity challenge with the comeback from Jay. The votes didn't make sense to me. Christina and Alicia voted for Tarzan? Weren't all the girls supposed to vote for mike? And leif voted for Mike? That doesn't make sense for his game.
Episode 9: I am surprised the alliance formed while walking to camp at day 1 still is there till now. The temptation of food in the immunity challenges is interesting, I think it has not been done much in the new era? Jay telling Kim about Troy's idol was stupid. I know we as a audience has a bird's eye view of the reality which the contestants don't but even from his point of view; if they were voting Troyzan off without telling him and keeping him out, let them suffer and Kim be voted out. He should have asked the final vote- if it was not Alicia and it was troy, then he should have said that there is a possibility of him having an idol and let's vote alicia. The women seem to be in control after the voteout of Jay and Troy playing his idol. I didn't understand why Tarzan voted for Jay.
Episode 10: The auction was fun! The Troyzan immunity was amazing drama honestly. Good TV! The voting off Kim strategy makes sense for everyone on the puts except maybe a bit dicey for alicia, however I don't think they the players are smart/strategic enough to understand that. At voting, Christina and Tarzan's vote for leif and tarzan respectively make no sense for their gameplay. It seems like the women's alliance seems to be going till the end.
Episode 11: Funny that At the start Tarzan says that I look around and there are only 2 boys and it's a hopeless situation - but you yourself voted for Leif yesterday! Kim wins immunity. Christina says she's okay that her name is written down when which I find to be weird. The girls finally get Troy out.
Episode 12: Its the loved one's episode and I thought it was kind of unfair that the loved ones compete with them, cause obviously Christina's dad will be less able to compete than Kim's sister. Tarzan and christina really don't know how to play the game; Sabrina and Chelsea offered to vote Kat, and tarzan was like it will not be the smart choice and all; like you need to jump on such opportunities! But finally it played out and all voted for kat.
Episode 13: 7 episodes ago, Christina was the cockroach to be thrown out, and now everyone wants to take her to the final three because she's a goat. I have no idea who Kim is actually in a alliance with.Maybe that's her stratergy or she's keeping her options open. The immunity challenge where they had to attach fish hooks was not a puzzle at all. It was a bit a of let down challenge. Thetop five is all women, well done!
Episode 14 The Finale: Kim is playing a really good game where no one wants to target her. She hasn't even considered using her idol till now is a testament to her game. I feel she might go on to win. Kim goes to win the immunity. She is in the middle of the 2 groups of ALicia-Christina, Chelsea-Sabrina and is the decider. Kat is definitely bitter and now I think she might influence the jury and some votes might go to Chelsea/Sabrina. I liked the way they revisited the previous players and lit them up with a bonfire. Kim won the last challenge too! I don't get why Christina was not taken to the final 3, after bringing her all along to the final 4 as a goat. I guess the bonding between the three was really great that they wanted the three of them in the top.Was chelsea basically telling people to vote for Kim at Final tribal council?! Sabrina basically started with saying why she shouldn't be voted for?! Seems to be a easy FTC for Kim. The reasoning by Kim about not taking christina due to bitter jury votes going to her might actually be valid. And finally the winner is announced!!!
E15: In the reunion episode, Jeff basically rains down on colton to be the villain - are you ashamed etc. I think this just deters people from being villainous - which we see in the new era; there are no villains. Pleasantly surprised to see Mayim Bialik in the show!!

Final thoughts: The low amount of idols means gameplay was more open, this is much more different now in the new era where advantages and idols are galore, which made this an interesting watch for me. The absolute domination of Kim was also interesting to watch.
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2023.06.06 14:15 Quinlov Unsure if my mother is autistic, or has something else, or is just very incompatible with me?

So I'm not looking for a diagnosis here, more just a general indication of if my suspicions are generally aimed in the right direction or not; my knowledge of autism spectrum disorder is pretty poor compared to my knowledge of other mental disorders.
I have borderline personality disorder and am not autistic, although I do have quite a few of the associated traits. But I have discussed this with more than one mental health professional, and all of them have been of the opinion that I essentially display the opposite of criterion A rather than meeting it. I do have the circumscribed interests from criterion B, although I don't think I meet any of the other parts of that criterion.
I suspect my brother is autistic. He has pretty severe misophonia and is much more introverted than I am. I couldn't really say how he performs in social relationships though, we were very distant growing up and haven't got much closer since. His biological daughter has been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, however, so have both of her other parents (although ASD being neurodevelopmental should mean that her having 50% of her genes coming from him is still relevant)
Funnily enough, my mother reckons my father is autistic but I don't. I reckon he is somewhat schizoid, he seems to find showing any kind of vulnerability/closeness to be painful/dangerous, and I know that he endured a lot of physical abuse at the hands of his own mother growing up. I reckon his difficulties relating to others are semi-intentional combined with a lack of practice/desire.
So back to my mother: it just kind of hit me just how poor her theory of mind is. She does not understand that I am a separate being, nor that I might be busy doing something else. She tries to monopolise my time even though we are now back to living together, but I don't think this is like how I used to do the same to others (which was fuelled by attachment anxiety) as the way she goes about doing this seems to be suggestive of a more global cognitive deficit. So whereas I would be intrusive with prospective romantic partners because of needing to know I am not about to be abandoned (while being conscious of the fact that them doing something else does not mean abandonment is imminent) she seems to simply be oblivious to my own independence, both in terms of my wants/behaviours and my access to knowledge. She tries to deceive me about stupid shit for no obvious reason but always acts surprised that her "version of reality" does not actually hold true in consensual reality. She always then knuckles down on it, oblivious to the cat being out of the bag.
Hugs are difficult for me - not with most people, only with her, as it feels like I'm being put in a freezer. Yet she often wants a hug very much out of nowhere, ignoring/not understanding the context of the moment (e.g. am I in the mood for a hug at all) or the context of our relationship (i.e. stormy and distant yet also engulfing from my perspective). She seems to think that simply asking for a hug (and I'm not talking about when she might be upset and *needs* one) should result in her getting one. She also seems to not really get how much insistence is too much, even though I make sure to spell it out for her. And again, in the past I have insisted too much in the context of severe fears of abandonment, but she insists that everything be done her way when she says, and really digs her heels in - on issues that are clearly not attachment-related.
I'm the most extraverted of my family by a country mile so I couldn't really judge anything introversion-related - my family members are all several orders of magnitude more introverted than me and it all starts looking the same (like how theoretical physicists can get away with setting pi as equal to 1) but she does seem to genuinely be content doing gardening and housework for many hours a day and simply sitting and enjoying her environment (i.e. the house and the garden). But then again, maybe that's actually neurotypical behaviour and I'm the one that's perpetually understimulated.
Overall, what raises suspicions here for me is the general need to impose her inner world on external others very rigidly, and the apparent absence of theory of mind. These are things I have heard to be associated with autism but not necessarily diagnostic. Going back to that tricky criterion A, while she does not understand relationships, I think she mostly handles each moment quite well in terms of emotional expression and reciprocity? That is, her facial expressions, body language, and tone of voice are more or less congruent with her presumed internal state (although they can be a bit stilted at times) and her verbal communication is fluid, contributing to a natural dialogue between two people - not falling flat or devolving into monologuing (which, funnily enough, I can end up doing, but this is usually related to anxiety, as if I don't get enough of a reaction from the other person I just end up with verbal diarrhoea). Yet she seems oblivious to other people's internal states (whereas in therapy I apparently manage to correctly identify my therapist's emotional reactions to shit I say before even *he* does; yay for anxious-preoccupied attachment)
As you can see by the parallels I draw between my experience of her and other people's presumed experiences of me as someone with BPD, I had chalked a lot of this up to her having borderline traits. But I am now wondering if mine and her experiences are considerably more different than I had be assuming. I suppose what I am most confused about is if she is another case like me where we have traits that are often associated with (and suggestive of) ASD but which do not reflect the core (diagnostic) deficits that someone with ASD would experience.
So yeah, enough rambling...thoughts? Do the traits I describe collectively paint a picture that looks somewhat like how one would expect ASD to present in a woman of her age (retired) with borderline traits (which I perceive to confound things significantly), or am I barking up the wrong tree? I would just like to be able to understand what hand she's working with so I can better manage my expectations for living with her.
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