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2020.09.27 02:58 death-ace The Wedding of Sheridan and Grayson

The hour was sunset. The entire sky looked gold as the sun hovered on the horizon. The stretch of beach near long island sound was prepped for something magical. Several long rows of black folding chairs were lined up in the sand leading up to a black altar with flowers covering it in a rainbow color coded order. This was the wedding of Sheridan Marlowe and Grayson Rhodes after a year and a half of dating and everyone in camp was invited.
One of the young men in question, Grayson Rhodes, was standing in the front next to the altar. He wore a black tuxedo with a checkered rainbow vest underneath. It was befitting the theme they’d both chosen for their wedding which was simply just goth but make it gay. He awaited his fiancé to come down the aisle even though there were no brides in this situation.
Chiron was poised at the altar as well in his centaur form. It seemed that the ancient Activities Director was also a certified wedding officiant and had many more talents that the campers didn’t know about. In the front row of seats was a ghostly figure that shared some of the same features as Sheridan. This must have been the boy’s father summoned in order to be present at the wedding itself. That was the only seat of honor though. No one from Grayson’s side of the family showed up.
Suddenly the music started. If anyone was a Tim Burton fan they would recognize a version of a song from the Corpse Bride. It was one of their favorite movies and also a funny little inside joke on how they were both death based demigods. The first person to come over the hill and down the sand was actually not a person at all but a ghost. A twelve year old ghost girl with features like Sheridan throwing ghostly petals off of ghostly flowers. Her name was Charlotte and she was Sheridan’s older sister who died a long time ago.
Next came the second groom himself. Sheridan’s long hair had grown back by now and of course he’d done himself up in the perfect goth make up. His dress was black with flowing bohemian sleeves and he was holding a rainbow bouquet of flowers. He wore black and iridescent high heels which weren’t great for the sand but made him look really good. Grayson looked at him with pure love and adoration in his eyes as he walked down towards him and then the ceremony began.
It was a beautiful and heart warming ceremony. As soon as it finished the sun had completely set and darkness set in upon them. As they walked together back down the aisle as husband and husband, the campers got to throw glow in the dark confetti into the air in celebration. No monsters attacked them, no gods harassed them, though unknown to everyone else there were two gods in attendance. An invisible pair sitting in the back. One with ebony skin and black wings, the other with a ghostly visage. As soon as the ceremony was over they disappeared.
Finally it was time for food and partying! The party moved inside to the dining pavilion where spooky decorations were set up everywhere. Black flowers on the tables, spider ring favors for everyone with cobwebs hanging off the ceiling. This could have been a Halloween party if not for the rainbow colored lights shining everywhere. There was a spot for sitting and eating and a spot for dancing and mingling. Black tie optional, just look fabulous.
The food for the evening was two fold. There was a pot roast with all the fixings and also boxes of take out vietnamese food. Some of the food was vegetarian of course. Later on there would also be a cake covered in black frosting with edible glitter all over it. When the music started there would be show tunes, music from gay icons, goth and punk music, and pretty much whatever anyone else wanted to request. There was a bar serving wine and champagne but also sparkling juice and soda pop for all the smalls. It was a celebration for the ages.
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2020.09.26 21:10 27061304002 Tricking Covid Immigration

I am citizen of two countries therefore I have two passports. I am at the moment in a category C country. My plan is to fly to a category B country with one of my passports and then to Cyprus with my other passport. Does this work out? Did anybody of you try it? Does anybody know whether the Cyprus authorities have access to passenger databases from other countries? Can they look up my name and birth date and find out that I have been to a C country?
PS: I did take precautions and I did not mingle with lots of people here so I believe my personal COVID risk is lower many people from category B countries who are constantly around other people.
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2020.09.26 18:21 scay33 How do you know your sexual orientation?

I am a 23 yo girl but still unsure about myself. I was very into guys when i was young and spent my childhood to teenage year being huge fans of some boyband. But as I grow older and started dating, I notice that I just can’t have more than “bro-sis” relationship with guys (perhaps they are just not the right people? Not sure).
I think starting from around 18yo, I started to pay more attention to girls, and I even have this kind of unexplainable “protective” feelings towards few girls this last 5 years and girls kind of turn me on more). So I was kind of sure that I am into girls more. The problem is, I also find some guys attractive (just not sexually turning me on), but I love the feeling of mingling with guys more than girls (in fact all my close friends are guys), and I always love the feeling of being protected when being with guys (like you feel safe, and you know you can have someone that can protect you invade something happen). So i have protective feeling towards girls but I love that “being protected” feeling that guys give.
I was in relationship once when I was much younger and thought I was straight af, he was my bestfriend, at that moment I didn’t really find him attractive or like him more than friend but I was afraid that I hurt him if I rejected him. But even after we were attached, he’s still like a friend for me, the feeling didnt change, and i found kissing with him very not pleasant somehow (after my first kiss I was like “oh hmm this is how kissing feel like, why do people kiss seriously? It’s disgusting! “>.<) but I am not sure, is it just that he’s not the right person?? I am still meeting guys on dating app these recent few years as I am really unsure. But everytime they took a step further, i just couldnt take it and started to find stupid reasons to push them away even if I think they are attractive and have good personality, I just don’t know how to proceed further. Kind of give up. Was thinking to try dating girl to have clearer answer, but unsure how to start (+ in our place it is not widely accepted yet)
Help T.T Guys, mind to share how you figure out that you are not straight? Or which moment that make you sure about it?
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2020.09.26 03:28 helpcreepylandlady My grandpa's parrot keeps shouting weird stuff at me

I guess I should give you all some context on this before I get started. My grandpa loves animals and he’s had some pretty strange ones in his time. He’s had dogs and cats, but he prefers exotic animals like snakes and birds of paradise. Apparently he once had a pet spider monkey, but that was before I was born. He lives on a farm now and, as a kid, I used to love going to visit him.
I’d get to feed the chickens, play with his two dogs, and ride on the little russet-coloured pony he had called Sir Jimmy. It was a pretty idyllic upbringing. I remember loathing the sound of my parents’ car coming up the driveway, because I knew that it was time to go home and I’d have to wait another month or so before I was able to come back.
 
I never asked too much about what happened to my grandmother but, from what I have gathered over the years, she left not long after my mother was born and they haven’t heard from her since.
My mom once hinted that there was a history of mental illness on that side of the family and that it was possibly her mother’s post-natal depression drove her to abandon them, or worse. My grandpa never remarried and I don’t think he dated another woman after my grandmother left him. I never bring it up with him, because I don’t want to open any old wounds.
 
Since I went to college, I’ve not been able to visit him as often as I used to, but I told him that I’d stay with him for the whole summer once I graduated. The pandemic has made everything a lot more complicated and I nearly decided to abandon the idea, because I didn’t want to put my grandpa at risk.
In the end, my parents convinced me to go, because I can drive and it meant that I could safely get groceries for him. They worry about him living on his own, since he’s over an hours’ drive away from my parents’ house and he’s fiercely independent, so he doesn’t ask for help even when he needs it.
The pandemic did mean I had to delay my trip, however, so I didn’t arrived here until the start of September.
 
When I first walked through the door, it felt like nothing much had changed, although the house was in a bit of a state. Everything was covered in a fine layer of dust and there were dishes piled up in the sink, some still with moulded food clinging to them. The smell in the kitchen was pretty unbearable if I’m honest.
My grandpa seemed well enough though and he was wearing clean clothes, so I tried not to worry myself too much. He had dropped a bit of weight, but he was in good spirits and totally cognisant. I told myself that I’d have plenty of time to get the house in order anyway.
For the first week or so, I got stuck in with cleaning around the house and stocking up the kitchen. I was so engrossed in getting everything up to scratch that I didn’t really pay too much attention to my grandpa’s parrot, which is the only pet he has left now that he’s too old to tend to the farm animals anymore.
My parents were the ones who bought him the parrot, since he’d always talked about getting one and they thought being able to “talk” with it might help to keep him mentally stimulated. He had his heart set on a scarlet macaw because of their plumage but, in the end, my parents bought him an African grey parrot, since they’re the most competent “talkers.” Staying true to his sense of humour, my grandpa named the parrot Bob, because of his habit of bobbing his head up and down when he was excited.
 
It was about a week in to my trip that Bob spoke up. I was in the kitchen sorting out some of the canned foods, when I called out to my grandpa in the living room and asked what he wanted for dinner.
 
“Shut up. Just shut up,” I heard him call from the other room, his voice hoarse as though he had been shouting for some time. I was in shock, so I asked him again in a softer tone, only to be told to “shut my damn mouth.” I decided to go check on him and, as I was walking through the hallway, I noticed Bob fidgeting in his cage.
 
“Shut up,” he snapped at me, in my grandpa’s voice. It was a really surreal moment and, out of sheer nervousness, I started laughing. This apparently set the parrot off, because it embarked on a barrage of insults that I won’t repeat here. All the while, I just couldn’t stop laughing and, by the time my grandpa found me, I was practically crying with laughter.
 
“Oh Bob,” my grandpa said, wiggling his finger in the cage to try and calm the bird down, “that’s no way to speak to our guest.” My grandpa flashed me an apologetic smile and followed me into the kitchen to help sort out dinner.
 
The whole incident seemed harmless enough, until about a week ago.
 
I don’t know whether you’ve ever stayed in the countryside, but the nights out there are about as dark as they come. Sometimes, when I’d sleep over at my grandpa’s farm, I felt like the sheer weight of that darkness was physically pressing down on me. It wasn’t necessarily an unpleasant feeling, but there’s something unnerving about that almost impenetrable type of blackness.
It was into that blackness that I awoke to the sound of a woman screaming.
 
“No,” I heard from down the stairs, “please stop.” It sounded as though her cries for help were mingled with weeping. I was paralysed with fear, but summed up the courage to grab my dressing gown, turn my phone’s flashlight on, and rush down the stairs. I had no idea what I’d encounter on the way down.
When I got to the base of the stairs, I could still hear the sound of the woman whimpering, and I followed the sound down the hallway.
 
It was the damn parrot!
 
I put my hand on my hip and wagged my finger at it.
“Bob,” I said, “you scared the sh** out of me. Please don’t do that again.”
He only responded by bouncing up and down so, feeling relieved yet exhausted, I turned around to go back to bed. As I was about to start up the stairs, however, something stopped me dead in my tracks.
 
“He’s going to kill me,” the parrot screamed, with such visceral fear that the hairs on my arms prickled up. I swivelled around to check that it was still the parrot, since the sound felt so human. The light from my phone glanced off of the parrot’s glassy eyes as he turned his head left and right. I wondered if there might be something wrong with him, so I decided I’d wake my grandpa up and see what we should do.
 
As I climbed the staircase, every creak sent a shockwave up my spine. I hadn’t felt this shook up since I was a kid and I had caught a glimpse my grandpa “putting down” one of the sick pigs.
When I reached his bedroom, I turned the doorknob as quietly as possible, so as not to give him a fright. I crept into the room and started walking towards the bed, when it struck me that I couldn’t hear him breathing. My grandpa is a heavy sleeper and he snores almost constantly throughout the night, so this put me on edge.
I rushed to the side of the bed thinking the worst, only to find that he wasn’t there. I shone my flashlight around the room, but there was no sign of him.
 
In a panic, I went on a tear through the top floor of the house, turning on all of the lights and checking all of the rooms. He was nowhere to be found. I went down the stairs again and caught sight of the parrot, who kept taking me in with sideways glances from those reptilian eyes.
I don’t know what possessed me to do this, but I felt compelled to approach his cage and take a closer look at him. To my surprise, the parrot seemed receptive and almost calmed by my presence. I reached through the cage and he let me stroke his head, which was downy and soft. I don’t know how long I stood there petting him, but I remember feeling at ease. By the time I felt the sharp corner of his beak sinking into the fleshy tip of my finger, I was already in a trance.
 
In a split second, I was reeling backwards and lurching away from his cage, as he fluffed out his feathers and raised his wings up in an unmistakable display of aggression.
 
“He’s coming,” the parrot screamed, bobbing up and down with increasing fervour, “he’s coming.”
 
I heard something wooden slam in the living room and, out of instinct, I trained my flashlight on the source of the sound. All I could see was my grandpa standing upright in the corner of the living room and staring right at me. He was so silent and still that, at first, I thought he might be sleep walking.
 
“Grandpa?” I called out, my voice trembling. Without a sound, he started walking towards me with his eyes trained on me and his head turned slightly downward, so the rings under his eyes seemed like two dark pools that my flashlight couldn’t penetrate. It wasn’t until he was about two feet away from me that he smiled and his expression softened.
 
“Oh,” he said, “it’s you.” As though he had just seen someone in the street that he recognised.
“Come on, my dear,” he said, patting me on the shoulder, “you should be getting to bed. You’ve been working so hard for your old grandpa.” With that, he ushered me up the stairs and back into my bedroom, even going so far as to stand in the doorway and shut the door.
 
I wanted desperately to chalk his actions up to the onset of senility, but there was something so menacing and deliberate in the way that he approached me that night, as if he thought I might be someone else. What would he have done if he hadn’t recognised me? I don’t want to think about it too much.
I didn’t get a wink of sleep that night and I swear that I could still here him shuffling around downstairs long after he’d “gone to bed.” I couldn’t get the image of him standing in the corner of that room out of my mind.
 
The next day, I didn’t broach the subject and neither did he, although there was a palpable tension between us. We barely spoke the whole day, and the parrot spent most of the day sleeping. An endless series of questions seared themselves into my brain and tormented me for the next few days.
I wasn’t sure whether to get in touch with my parents, forget about the incident altogether, or handle it myself. In the end, I came to the conclusion that the answers I sought could be found in the corner of that room.
 
The only issue is that my grandpa is almost always in the living room or somewhere nearby, so it was difficult to find a window of opportunity when he wouldn’t be able to see me. Luckily, today, I convinced him to take a short walk outside to “get some fresh air” and I seized the opportunity to finally check what was in the corner of the room. I spent ages agonising over the wallpaper, seeing if there were holes or any indication of anything unusual, knowing in the back of my mind that I had only a precious few moments. I could feel the blood pounding in my head as I searched, but I couldn’t find anything. It was then that I looked down and saw the corner of the carpet, which looked as though it had been shifted ever so slightly.
When I pulled up the corner, I discovered a hatch in the wood floor. I don’t remember my grandpa ever mentioning that the house had a cellar, but the hatch had no dust on it and must have been used relatively recently. It took all of my self-control not to bend down and wrench open that door.
I’m thankful that I didn’t give in to temptation because, not long after I’d made the discovery, I heard the backdoor slam and my grandpa’s shuffling gait as he walked through the kitchen. He thanked me for the suggestion, since the walk had done him good, and then settled into his leather armchair. I don’t think he suspects me just yet.
 
What should I do? I’m going to be here at least until Thanksgiving and I don’t want my imagination to get the better of me, but I have an uneasy feeling about everything that’s been going on. Should I call my parents? Or just forget all of this ever happened?
Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
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2020.09.25 13:32 OilyPeanutMan Girlfriend (F21) of 4 months calls me to "hear my voice".

I made it very clear from the very beginning to my girlfriend that I'm rarely on the phone, I prefer to see people IRL and use my phone accordingly, to schedule dates.
If she calls, I answer and once a week let her know that she is desired and appreciated by a text.
Lately we've been getting closer and she began to call me during business-hours to "mingle".
I always plan wonderful dates and make sure that she has something new to brag about but I don't know how to do the out-of-the-blue-call thing well. I get that this is an opportunity for me to improve my mingle and am willing to compromise my lifestyle a little bit to make this work.
It would be very helpful if I knew the reasons to why girls call their partners to spend time over the phone so that I can accomodate her needs.
Ladies? What makes you call your partner to spend some time over the phone? "Just to hear his voice."
Thank you for your attention!
TLDR: Why would you call your partners to "just talk"?
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2020.09.24 18:40 PaulJP Fallout 76: Inside the Vault – PTS News, Upcoming Hotfix, & More!

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This week, we’re sharing information about what you can expect to see in the Public Test Server during our next round of play testing, which is slated to begin next week. We’ve also got some details for you about an upcoming hotfix, as well as a reminder about the Meat Week Seasonal Event that’s taking place right now.

Public Test Server Reopens Soon

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In last week’s Inside the Vault, we shared a look at what’s headed your way through December with an updated Roadmap and Community Calendar. The Steel Dawn Update is coming toward the end of this year, and it will bring new features, quests, and more to the game. We’re excited to get a head start on hearing what you think about what’s next for Fallout 76, so we’re planning to kick off our next iteration of the Public Test Server (PTS) next week with our new C.A.M.P. Shelters feature. Initially, Steel Dawn quest content will not be available in the PTS, though we plan to add it in the coming weeks. In the meantime, you may encounter a few NPCs who have temporary “Robovoice.” Read on to learn more about C.A.M.P. Shelters play testing.
Building in Fallout 76 is an area of the game that we know many of you are passionate about. We often hear requests from the community to give players more opportunities to construct awesome creations, and C.A.M.P. Shelters are going to do just that. All you’ll need to do is build the door to your Shelter in your C.A.M.P. You’ll then gain access to an instanced underground location with a separate build budget from your main C.A.M.P. that you can build in to your heart’s content.
Shelters will come in varying sizes, layouts, and styles, and we’re looking to playtest three different types in this upcoming version of the PTS. You can have one of each type in your C.A.M.P., and each will have its own budget. We’re also going to remove material requirements in the PTS, so that you can let your inner interior designer run wild without needing to spend time hunting for components.
As mentioned above, Shelters will be the only new content available in the PTS at first, so that we can focus play testing, feedback, and bug reports on that feature. In the weeks that follow, we’re planning to bring additional content to the Test Server, like new Steel Dawn quests, so that you can share even more thoughts with us about the Steel Dawn Update prior to release. Keep an eye on Fallout.com next week for more details about the PTS, including the start date.

Hotfix Update Incoming

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Last week’s One Wasteland Update brought some significant changes to Fallout 76 with the addition of Daily Ops, Legendary Perks, a new Season, and of course, One Wasteland. We’ve been reading a lot of community feedback since we released One Wasteland, including the thoughts you’ve shared with us about mid-level characters facing a more difficult Appalachia following the update. We agree that the mid-game has become a bit tougher, and so we’re performing a balance pass on many mid-level creatures to help smooth out difficulty jumps in combat for these players. Not every creature needs adjustments. However, some will have their health, damage, or resistances tweaked, while others will receive tuning in two or all three of those areas.
Overall, these changes will help improve the experience for characters on the road to level 50, and we really appreciate all of the great feedback you’ve been posting since patch day. We’re currently aiming to release this hotfix next Tuesday, September 29, and it will include a few bug fixes in addition to the One Wasteland adjustments.

Join the Meat Week Festivities

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In case you missed it, Grahm and Chally have returned to the Forest to bid farewell to summer with a second round of the Meat Week Seasonal Event, which began on Tuesday. Help them grill up a mighty feast by attending Primal Cuts events throughout Appalachia to score some Prime Meat. Then, bring it to Grahm’s Meat-Cook every hour at the top of the hour near Vault 76 to turn it in for Legendary Scrip. While you’re there, you may as well mingle with your fellow Dwellers, and lend Grahm a hand with throwing his cookout for everyone. The more successful the party, the better your chances at rare rewards.
Meat Week will conclude at 12:00 p.m. ET on Monday, September 28, so be sure to take part in the protein-packed celebration by then. We’ll see you in the Wasteland!

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2020.09.24 18:03 SadWeebBoy Can somebody give me some life advice that would suit me? (Trigger warning for some)

I want to warn you that this is going to be a long post so sorry in advance if you do decide to read it. I am a 14 year old boy, and I have severe depression. Let me start from the beginning. I was always the kid that was a gifted, smart child. The kind that would be one of the first to be done with a test. I had a wide friend group, and I really didn't have any beef with anyone. I always would help, even if I would get in trouble though. I would do others homework (I don't anymore, but I will still help), and wouldn't snitch at all. It's always been a policy of mine. As long as they aren't harming themselves or others, I don't care. I was always like this until 4th grade. That's around when I hit puberty. I had the basic stuff, having a crush and starting to learn more about the human body, and things like that. One day, I was playing Plants vs. Zombies on my computer, when I thought about my crush. Now, once I get thinking about something I am interested in or that I like, I won't stop unless something happens to get me out of that trance. Now, I was thinking about my crush and I wondered what women looked like naked. Biggest fucking mistake of my life. That has brought me down a porn addicted path in life, and I am trying so hard to quit, but I can't. I then learned what sex was and that was all I thought about. That started distracting me in class. Then I started getting self conscious. I started caring about my looks, hating how I look, etc;. I am just getting into 8th grade and my parents are just now starting to buy me things like Hollister and AE, which I find annoying since I have friends that have been having those clothes since 5th grade. And it's not like we are scrounging for cash either. My 6 year old brother is getting better stuff than I did at his age, and my parents act like I was nothing different than him. Now I get that he is different, being that when I was his age, my dad went to Afghanistan for 2 years, so I had a lot more Mom time than he does. They constantly compare me to him, saying that I was never that good at that at his age, or that he is doing soooo good where I do poorly. Then when I compare myself to him, they say "It's like comparing apples to oranges." I know that is bullshit because I know he is the favorite child by how they treated me at his age. I was let watch only 6 episodes of my shows, while he gets to watch whatever the hell he wants, for however long he wants. I would get 30 minutes of video games a day. He doesn't have a time limit. I had that time limit until I was 11. He never has. The worst part about this is when I bought my Nintendo switch in fall 2018, my parents said that I had to let my brother play on it when he wants to, or they would take it from me. I paid for the whole damn thing. Now all he does is hog the system and I rarely get a chance to play it. I saw that altogether I have 300 hours of gaming on it. My brother however, has 2500 hours of gaming on it. While I do understand that some of that is because I play more PS4 than Nintendo now, I still find that to be dumb. They only recently let me start gaming more because I "started to show interest in gaming" when I bought my switch. I have over 900 hours of minecraft on my PS3. I play Destiny 2, and if you play that, you know that you could barely get a raid encounter done in 2 hours with a dysfunctional raid team. I've resorted to sneaking downstairs in the middle of the night to play it so I can be mediocre compared to others. The call me a "Gaming addict" and threaten to prevent me from gaming if I can't "Regulate my time" on video games. I also just got my first phone in july last year, compared to my friends who got their first ones in 4th grade. And with that phone, I am heavily locked down. No youtube, no tik tok, snapchat, instagram, twitter, facebook, twitter, pintrest, no downloading apps without their permission, a google search safeguard, and I must have my location on at all times. I barely can keep up with my friends when all they do is post on social media about what they are doing. That has socially stunted me so fucking much that I don't have a clue what trends are going, popular music, who all is popular at school, famous people, or have many friends.
So, getting back to my grade and school advancement, my 4th grade teacher was terrible. Not a bad person, quite likable to be honest, but she never prepared us for middle school. I could count on one hand the amount of times we had homework or tests. Once I got into 5th grade, it was like I got hit by a truck. My new teacher was the reading, LA, and science teacher for the "Gifted team". Boy did he have the expectations for us. We were righting essays 2 weeks into school. My mom said that she didn't do some of the stuff we were doing until she was in 9th grade. I suddenly had so much pressure on me, as I could just skate by, doing the bare minimum in K-4th, but in his class, the bare minimum was the best we could do. And this school was the convergence of 5 different elementary schools in our district, and I came from the smallest so I barely knew anybody. Somehow, most kids knew each other, so I was the odd one out. I started failing assignments and forgetting to do homework. And my parents are the kind that flip their shit if I get a C+ or a B-. All the while I am getting compared to other peoples kids, and how I could better myself. This started my path into depression. I luckily got my first new friend in tech ed (Thank You Mr. Lytle), and we hit it off like this.
Me - "Uh... Hi
Her - "Um hello. What's your name?"
Me - "Garret, whats yours"
Her - "Izzy.(fake name) Do you like Anime?"
Me - "Oh yeah I do"
And that began my introduction into that friend group. Looking back, it was one of the best times in my life being in that friend group, and I would give anything to get the group together again. I was toxic as a 10 year old though, looking back. I don't even know how they could stand me at all. Now Izzy is a person who was sexually assaulted and raped throughout her life, and I was an insolent asshole who would make jokes about it. I guess she tolerated it throughout 5th and early 6th. I don't know why. Maybe because she saw me as a good person at heart and I just don't understand people properly, but I don't know why. My friend group consisted of Izzy, Meredith, James, and periodically a few others but they never lasted long with us. We had a little book thing going where Izzy was writing a story, and Meredith and I were doing out own story. We started out with just creating a character of our own for Izzy's book, but then we ended up taking up our characters' stories in our own books. I never really got into it, so I basically went and let Izzy do what she wanted with him. She said she had the books chapters on Tumblr, but she never showed it to us nor told us how to find it. Sometimes I doubt she even wrote it, more as we just had out own little universe with our characters and their mingled stories. Anyways, once I got into 6th grade, Izzy had enough with my rape jokes. She and the others started ignoring me when I talked, and never started conversations with me. After about a week of this, I had enough and asked them why the fuck they were doing this. They then proceeded to lecture me about how I was toxic and that I needed to leave this table and find somewhere else to sit and people to hang out with. Luckily my bro Nathan let me have a seat at his lunch table, though I never really became friends with anyone there. Things went downhill fast from there. Instead of trying to pick my self up and apologize and be the better man here, I went down a path of cutting and drinking. I have managed to hide most of my scars, but some are still there. The only thing that really saved me from suicide in that time was music. NF was a big part of that. His music was like he was reaching out a hand to me saying "Hey, I am like you, I want to help" and guided me with his music. Eventually during gym class, Izzy came up to me and apologized for giving me the silent treatment and invited me back to their table. Things began looking up from there. I began to stop drinking, and slowed down with cutting. I eventually even got a girlfriend. Now let me get started on this shit.
Her name was Kylie, and she meant the world to me. We dated for 2 weeks before I told any of my friends. That was when Nathan and Zach sat me down to give me some backstory on her. According to them, she cheated on everyone she dated. I didn't want to listen to them, and started ignoring their warnings, and that was a huge mistake. We went to Kennywood for our schools day with Me, Kylie, her twin, Hayley, Nathan, and Kalee. Now during this one ride, the bigger person goes on the outside part of the coaster cart. When we got to the part where it hits a sharp bend, she "lost her seatbelt and ended up on my lap". Lucky me had a goddamn fucking boner at the time and I most definitely believe she felt it, that night, I called her and we did an all nighter with her talking about each other. Altogether I learned a whole new side of her. We ended up wanting to hold hands, hug, and kiss and all of that good stuff but the most we did was held hands because of my parents always checking in on us every 5 minutes when she was at my house, and we couldn't at hers because her house has cameras everywhere. Thats when my relationship went to shit. She got distant, and she would always hang out with other male friends instead of me. Then we broke up because I was "trying to not let her have male friends and I was being controlling" Ended up she was cheating with 4 of them. Yeah. She had an 8 person dating octagon apparently (she was Bi). Nobody knew. So I decided to go undercover and get a fake phone number. It worked. I pretended to be my cousin and I asked some questions. Apparently she trusted him more after 5 minutes of knowing "him" so I asked her why she cheated. Apparently I didn't give her enough attention. Apparently not holding hands every time we see a glimpse for each other was reason to cheat. And then she made some bullshit excuse that I abused her and shit so I shut that down instantly. She then apparently did some shit talk about me on tik tok and instagram, so I had my friends disprove that.
Now onto my second Gf. Hayley. She was a tomboy of sorts. She wasn't transgender in any way, just liked sports more, liked to wrestle, and has short hair, but she was a girl to the core. We had something great going on until she broke up with me saying that she heard rumours that I lie. She believed what others said about me and were rumours. I then got the truth that she just liked someone else. I'm still friends with her currently.
So now currently I have just moved away from when I used to go, so I have no friends here, I haven't heard from Izzy or James in 7 months, I talk to Meredith still. I am failing 3 classes right now due to technical problems. My parents are threatening me with millitary school, where I would have no PS4, no Phone, no music, no way to let my anger out, no friends to text for a whole fucking year. If they do that, I swear I will do some petty shit like not mail them back if they mail me or not contact them for the whole year except for my brother. I love that little shit to death. I am currently a 9/10 on the depression scale, cutting again. starting to vape, and I haven't had a girlfriend for a whole year as of today, and that is depressing the shit out of me. Can anyone give me advice on how to get a new GF? Or at least some new friends and how to better myself?
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2020.09.24 07:04 Ablethegoat Found this in r/teenagers lol

Please somebody just read (trigger warning for some)
I want to warn you that this is going to be a long post so sorry in advance if you do decide to read it. I am a 14 year old boy, and I have severe depression. Let me start from the beginning. I was always the kid that was a gifted, smart child. The kind that would be one of the first to be done with a test. I had a wide friend group, and I really didn't have any beef with anyone. I always would help, even if I would get in trouble though. I would do others homework (I don't anymore, but I will still help), and wouldn't snitch at all. It's always been a policy of mine. As long as they aren't harming themselves or others, I don't care. I was always like this until 4th grade. That's around when I hit puberty. I had the basic stuff, having a crush and starting to learn more about the human body, and things like that. One day, I was playing Plants vs. Zombies on my computer, when I thought about my crush. Now, once I get thinking about something I am interested in or that I like, I won't stop unless something happens to get me out of that trance. Now, I was thinking about my crush and I wondered what women looked like naked. Biggest fucking mistake of my life. That has brought me down a porn addicted path in life, and I am trying so hard to quit, but I can't. I then learned what sex was and that was all I thought about. That started distracting me in class. Then I started getting self conscious. I started caring about my looks, hating how I look, etc;. I am just getting into 8th grade and my parents are just now starting to buy me things like Hollister and AE, which I find annoying since I have friends that have been having those clothes since 5th grade. And it's not like we are scrounging for cash either. My 6 year old brother is getting better stuff than I did at his age, and my parents act like I was nothing different than him. Now I get that he is different, being that when I was his age, my dad went to Afghanistan for 2 years, so I had a lot more Mom time than he does. They constantly compare me to him, saying that I was never that good at that at his age, or that he is doing soooo good where I do poorly. Then when I compare myself to him, they say "It's like comparing apples to oranges." I know that is bullshit because I know he is the favorite child by how they treated me at his age. I was let watch only 6 episodes of my shows, while he gets to watch whatever the hell he wants, for however long he wants. I would get 30 minutes of video games a day. He doesn't have a time limit. I had that time limit until I was 11. He never has. The worst part about this is when I bought my Nintendo switch in fall 2018, my parents said that I had to let my brother play on it when he wants to, or they would take it from me. I paid for the whole damn thing. Now all he does is hog the system and I rarely get a chance to play it. I saw that altogether I have 300 hours of gaming on it. My brother however, has 2500 hours of gaming on it. While I do understand that some of that is because I play more PS4 than Nintendo now, I still find that to be dumb. They only recently let me start gaming more because I "started to show interest in gaming" when I bought my switch. I have over 900 hours of minecraft on my PS3. I play Destiny 2, and if you play that, you know that you could barely get a raid encounter done in 2 hours with a dysfunctional raid team. I've resorted to sneaking downstairs in the middle of the night to play it so I can be mediocre compared to others. The call me a "Gaming addict" and threaten to prevent me from gaming if I can't "Regulate my time" on video games. I also just got my first phone in july last year, compared to my friends who got their first ones in 4th grade. And with that phone, I am heavily locked down. No youtube, no tik tok, snapchat, instagram, twitter, facebook, twitter, pintrest, no downloading apps without their permission, a google search safeguard, and I must have my location on at all times. I barely can keep up with my friends when all they do is post on social media about what they are doing. That has socially stunted me so fucking much that I don't have a clue what trends are going, popular music, who all is popular at school, famous people, or have many friends.
So, getting back to my grade and school advancement, my 4th grade teacher was terrible. Not a bad person, quite likable to be honest, but she never prepared us for middle school. I could count on one hand the amount of times we had homework or tests. Once I got into 5th grade, it was like I got hit by a truck. My new teacher was the reading, LA, and science teacher for the "Gifted team". Boy did he have the expectations for us. We were righting essays 2 weeks into school. My mom said that she didn't do some of the stuff we were doing until she was in 9th grade. I suddenly had so much pressure on me, as I could just skate by, doing the bare minimum in K-4th, but in his class, the bare minimum was the best we could do. And this school was the convergence of 5 different elementary schools in our district, and I came from the smallest so I barely knew anybody. Somehow, most kids knew each other, so I was the odd one out. I started failing assignments and forgetting to do homework. And my parents are the kind that flip their shit if I get a C+ or a B-. All the while I am getting compared to other peoples kids, and how I could better myself. This started my path into depression. I luckily got my first new friend in tech ed (Thank You Mr. Lytle), and we hit it off like this.
Me - "Uh... Hi
Her - "Um hello. What's your name?"
Me - "Garret, whats yours"
Her - "Izzy.(fake name) Do you like Anime?"
Me - "Oh yeah I do"
And that began my introduction into that friend group. Looking back, it was one of the best times in my life being in that friend group, and I would give anything to get the group together again. I was toxic as a 10 year old though, looking back. I don't even know how they could stand me at all. Now Izzy is a person who was sexually assaulted and raped throughout her life, and I was an insolent asshole who would make jokes about it. I guess she tolerated it throughout 5th and early 6th. I don't know why. Maybe because she saw me as a good person at heart and I just don't understand people properly, but I don't know why. My friend group consisted of Izzy, Meredith, James, and periodically a few others but they never lasted long with us. We had a little book thing going where Izzy was writing a story, and Meredith and I were doing out own story. We started out with just creating a character of our own for Izzy's book, but then we ended up taking up our characters' stories in our own books. I never really got into it, so I basically went and let Izzy do what she wanted with him. She said she had the books chapters on Tumblr, but she never showed it to us nor told us how to find it. Sometimes I doubt she even wrote it, more as we just had out own little universe with our characters and their mingled stories. Anyways, once I got into 6th grade, Izzy had enough with my rape jokes. She and the others started ignoring me when I talked, and never started conversations with me. After about a week of this, I had enough and asked them why the fuck they were doing this. They then proceeded to lecture me about how I was toxic and that I needed to leave this table and find somewhere else to sit and people to hang out with. Luckily my bro Nathan let me have a seat at his lunch table, though I never really became friends with anyone there. Things went downhill fast from there. Instead of trying to pick my self up and apologize and be the better man here, I went down a path of cutting and drinking. I have managed to hide most of my scars, but some are still there. The only thing that really saved me from suicide in that time was music. NF was a big part of that. His music was like he was reaching out a hand to me saying "Hey, I am like you, I want to help" and guided me with his music. Eventually during gym class, Izzy came up to me and apologized for giving me the silent treatment and invited me back to their table. Things began looking up from there. I began to stop drinking, and slowed down with cutting. I eventually even got a girlfriend. Now let me get started on this shit.
Her name was Kylie, and she meant the world to me. We dated for 2 weeks before I told any of my friends. That was when Nathan and Zach sat me down to give me some backstory on her. According to them, she cheated on everyone she dated. I didn't want to listen to them, and started ignoring their warnings, and that was a huge mistake. We went to Kennywood for our schools day with Me, Kylie, her twin, Hayley, Nathan, and Kalee. Now during this one ride, the bigger person goes on the outside part of the coaster cart. When we got to the part where it hits a sharp bend, she "lost her seatbelt and ended up on my lap". Lucky me had a goddamn fucking boner at the time and I most definitely believe she felt it, that night, I called her and we did an all nighter with her talking about each other. Altogether I learned a whole new side of her. We ended up wanting to hold hands, hug, and kiss and all of that good stuff but the most we did was held hands because of my parents always checking in on us every 5 minutes when she was at my house, and we couldn't at hers because her house has cameras everywhere. Thats when my relationship went to shit. She got distant, and she would always hang out with other male friends instead of me. Then we broke up because I was "trying to not let her have male friends and I was being controlling" Ended up she was cheating with 4 of them. Yeah. She had an 8 person dating octagon apparently (she was Bi). Nobody knew. So I decided to go undercover and get a fake phone number. It worked. I pretended to be my cousin and I asked some questions. Apparently she trusted him more after 5 minutes of knowing "him" so I asked her why she cheated. Apparently I didn't give her enough attention. Apparently not holding hands every time we see a glimpse for each other was reason to cheat. And then she made some bullshit excuse that I abused her and shit so I shut that down instantly. She then apparently did some shit talk about me on tik tok and instagram, so I had my friends disprove that.
Now onto my second Gf. Hayley. She was a tomboy of sorts. She wasn't transgender in any way, just liked sports more, liked to wrestle, and has short hair, but she was a girl to the core. We had something great going on until she broke up with me saying that she heard rumours that I lie. She believed what others said about me and were rumours. I then got the truth that she just liked someone else. I'm still friends with her currently.
So now currently I have just moved away from when I used to go, so I have no friends here, I haven't heard from Izzy or James in 7 months, I talk to Meredith still. I am failing 3 classes right now due to technical problems. My parents are threatening me with millitary school, where I would have no PS4, no Phone, no music, no way to let my anger out, no friends to text for a whole fucking year. If they do that, I swear I will do some petty shit like not mail them back if they mail me or not contact them for the whole year except for my brother. I love that little shit to death. I am currently a 9/10 on the depression scale, cutting again. starting to vape, and I haven't had a girlfriend for a whole year as of today, and that is depressing the shit out of me. Can anyone give me advice on how to get a new GF? Or at least some new friends and how to better myself?
PS I will try to attach screenshots of my ex's chat with me as my cousin if possible.
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2020.09.24 06:59 SadWeebBoy Please somebody just read (trigger warning for some)

(edit) I'm sorry for formatting I wrote this at 2 am so I'm tired
I want to warn you that this is going to be a long post so sorry in advance if you do decide to read it. I am a 14 year old boy, and I have severe depression. Let me start from the beginning. I was always the kid that was a gifted, smart child. The kind that would be one of the first to be done with a test. I had a wide friend group, and I really didn't have any beef with anyone. I always would help, even if I would get in trouble though. I would do others homework (I don't anymore, but I will still help), and wouldn't snitch at all. It's always been a policy of mine. As long as they aren't harming themselves or others, I don't care. I was always like this until 4th grade. That's around when I hit puberty. I had the basic stuff, having a crush and starting to learn more about the human body, and things like that. One day, I was playing Plants vs. Zombies on my computer, when I thought about my crush. Now, once I get thinking about something I am interested in or that I like, I won't stop unless something happens to get me out of that trance. Now, I was thinking about my crush and I wondered what women looked like naked. Biggest fucking mistake of my life. That has brought me down a porn addicted path in life, and I am trying so hard to quit, but I can't. I then learned what sex was and that was all I thought about. That started distracting me in class. Then I started getting self conscious. I started caring about my looks, hating how I look, etc;. I am just getting into 8th grade and my parents are just now starting to buy me things like Hollister and AE, which I find annoying since I have friends that have been having those clothes since 5th grade. And it's not like we are scrounging for cash either. My 6 year old brother is getting better stuff than I did at his age, and my parents act like I was nothing different than him. Now I get that he is different, being that when I was his age, my dad went to Afghanistan for 2 years, so I had a lot more Mom time than he does. They constantly compare me to him, saying that I was never that good at that at his age, or that he is doing soooo good where I do poorly. Then when I compare myself to him, they say "It's like comparing apples to oranges." I know that is bullshit because I know he is the favorite child by how they treated me at his age. I was let watch only 6 episodes of my shows, while he gets to watch whatever the hell he wants, for however long he wants. I would get 30 minutes of video games a day. He doesn't have a time limit. I had that time limit until I was 11. He never has. The worst part about this is when I bought my Nintendo switch in fall 2018, my parents said that I had to let my brother play on it when he wants to, or they would take it from me. I paid for the whole damn thing. Now all he does is hog the system and I rarely get a chance to play it. I saw that altogether I have 300 hours of gaming on it. My brother however, has 2500 hours of gaming on it. While I do understand that some of that is because I play more PS4 than Nintendo now, I still find that to be dumb. They only recently let me start gaming more because I "started to show interest in gaming" when I bought my switch. I have over 900 hours of minecraft on my PS3. I play Destiny 2, and if you play that, you know that you could barely get a raid encounter done in 2 hours with a dysfunctional raid team. I've resorted to sneaking downstairs in the middle of the night to play it so I can be mediocre compared to others. The call me a "Gaming addict" and threaten to prevent me from gaming if I can't "Regulate my time" on video games. I also just got my first phone in july last year, compared to my friends who got their first ones in 4th grade. And with that phone, I am heavily locked down. No youtube, no tik tok, snapchat, instagram, twitter, facebook, twitter, pintrest, no downloading apps without their permission, a google search safeguard, and I must have my location on at all times. I barely can keep up with my friends when all they do is post on social media about what they are doing. That has socially stunted me so fucking much that I don't have a clue what trends are going, popular music, who all is popular at school, famous people, or have many friends.
So, getting back to my grade and school advancement, my 4th grade teacher was terrible. Not a bad person, quite likable to be honest, but she never prepared us for middle school. I could count on one hand the amount of times we had homework or tests. Once I got into 5th grade, it was like I got hit by a truck. My new teacher was the reading, LA, and science teacher for the "Gifted team". Boy did he have the expectations for us. We were righting essays 2 weeks into school. My mom said that she didn't do some of the stuff we were doing until she was in 9th grade. I suddenly had so much pressure on me, as I could just skate by, doing the bare minimum in K-4th, but in his class, the bare minimum was the best we could do. And this school was the convergence of 5 different elementary schools in our district, and I came from the smallest so I barely knew anybody. Somehow, most kids knew each other, so I was the odd one out. I started failing assignments and forgetting to do homework. And my parents are the kind that flip their shit if I get a C+ or a B-. All the while I am getting compared to other peoples kids, and how I could better myself. This started my path into depression. I luckily got my first new friend in tech ed (Thank You Mr. Lytle), and we hit it off like this.
Me - "Uh... Hi
Her - "Um hello. What's your name?"
Me - "Garret, whats yours"
Her - "Izzy.(fake name) Do you like Anime?"
Me - "Oh yeah I do"
And that began my introduction into that friend group. Looking back, it was one of the best times in my life being in that friend group, and I would give anything to get the group together again. I was toxic as a 10 year old though, looking back. I don't even know how they could stand me at all. Now Izzy is a person who was sexually assaulted and raped throughout her life, and I was an insolent asshole who would make jokes about it. I guess she tolerated it throughout 5th and early 6th. I don't know why. Maybe because she saw me as a good person at heart and I just don't understand people properly, but I don't know why. My friend group consisted of Izzy, Meredith, James, and periodically a few others but they never lasted long with us. We had a little book thing going where Izzy was writing a story, and Meredith and I were doing out own story. We started out with just creating a character of our own for Izzy's book, but then we ended up taking up our characters' stories in our own books. I never really got into it, so I basically went and let Izzy do what she wanted with him. She said she had the books chapters on Tumblr, but she never showed it to us nor told us how to find it. Sometimes I doubt she even wrote it, more as we just had out own little universe with our characters and their mingled stories. Anyways, once I got into 6th grade, Izzy had enough with my rape jokes. She and the others started ignoring me when I talked, and never started conversations with me. After about a week of this, I had enough and asked them why the fuck they were doing this. They then proceeded to lecture me about how I was toxic and that I needed to leave this table and find somewhere else to sit and people to hang out with. Luckily my bro Nathan let me have a seat at his lunch table, though I never really became friends with anyone there. Things went downhill fast from there. Instead of trying to pick my self up and apologize and be the better man here, I went down a path of cutting and drinking. I have managed to hide most of my scars, but some are still there. The only thing that really saved me from suicide in that time was music. NF was a big part of that. His music was like he was reaching out a hand to me saying "Hey, I am like you, I want to help" and guided me with his music. Eventually during gym class, Izzy came up to me and apologized for giving me the silent treatment and invited me back to their table. Things began looking up from there. I began to stop drinking, and slowed down with cutting. I eventually even got a girlfriend. Now let me get started on this shit.
Her name was Kylie, and she meant the world to me. We dated for 2 weeks before I told any of my friends. That was when Nathan and Zach sat me down to give me some backstory on her. According to them, she cheated on everyone she dated. I didn't want to listen to them, and started ignoring their warnings, and that was a huge mistake. We went to Kennywood for our schools day with Me, Kylie, her twin, Hayley, Nathan, and Kalee. Now during this one ride, the bigger person goes on the outside part of the coaster cart. When we got to the part where it hits a sharp bend, she "lost her seatbelt and ended up on my lap". Lucky me had a goddamn fucking boner at the time and I most definitely believe she felt it, that night, I called her and we did an all nighter with her talking about each other. Altogether I learned a whole new side of her. We ended up wanting to hold hands, hug, and kiss and all of that good stuff but the most we did was held hands because of my parents always checking in on us every 5 minutes when she was at my house, and we couldn't at hers because her house has cameras everywhere. Thats when my relationship went to shit. She got distant, and she would always hang out with other male friends instead of me. Then we broke up because I was "trying to not let her have male friends and I was being controlling" Ended up she was cheating with 4 of them. Yeah. She had an 8 person dating octagon apparently (she was Bi). Nobody knew. So I decided to go undercover and get a fake phone number. It worked. I pretended to be my cousin and I asked some questions. Apparently she trusted him more after 5 minutes of knowing "him" so I asked her why she cheated. Apparently I didn't give her enough attention. Apparently not holding hands every time we see a glimpse for each other was reason to cheat. And then she made some bullshit excuse that I abused her and shit so I shut that down instantly. She then apparently did some shit talk about me on tik tok and instagram, so I had my friends disprove that.
Now onto my second Gf. Hayley. She was a tomboy of sorts. She wasn't transgender in any way, just liked sports more, liked to wrestle, and has short hair, but she was a girl to the core. We had something great going on until she broke up with me saying that she heard rumours that I lie. She believed what others said about me and were rumours. I then got the truth that she just liked someone else. I'm still friends with her currently.
So now currently I have just moved away from when I used to go, so I have no friends here, I haven't heard from Izzy or James in 7 months, I talk to Meredith still. I am failing 3 classes right now due to technical problems. My parents are threatening me with millitary school, where I would have no PS4, no Phone, no music, no way to let my anger out, no friends to text for a whole fucking year. If they do that, I swear I will do some petty shit like not mail them back if they mail me or not contact them for the whole year except for my brother. I love that little shit to death. I am currently a 9/10 on the depression scale, cutting again. starting to vape, and I haven't had a girlfriend for a whole year as of today, and that is depressing the shit out of me. Can anyone give me advice on how to get a new GF? Or at least some new friends and how to better myself?
PS I will try to attach screenshots of my ex's chat with me as my cousin if possible.
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2020.09.24 03:20 Pretty_iin_Pink NSW reports 🍩 new local cases and 1 new overseas case

NSW reports 🍩 new local cases and 1 new overseas case

New cases reported in the last 24 hours

  • 1 is a returned overseas traveller in hotel quarantine.
  • 🍩 local transmission ✅ ✅ ✅ = 3 days of no local transmission
Note:
1. Since 8pm last night, there is 1 new local case which is under investigation, but there is a suspected link to a known case or cluster. This case is a man in his 50s, who lives in supported living accommodation, and has underlying health conditions. He lives with 2 others who have been tested (no result as yet), and there are support staff who have been identified as close contacts. He is currently being treated at Campbelltown hospital, in ICU. This case will be in tomorrow's numbers.
2. NSW Health will provide an update re the case who is a taxi driver - however, the covid safe app did not aid contact tracing (still no update).
3. If you’re heading out to a venue with friends or family, bookings can only be made for 10 people or less. When you’re at the venue, it’s important to stay with your group at your table and avoid mingling with other people.
4. Easing of some restrictions to come: Maximum of 20 in a bridal party who can dance at the reception; School sport to resume as pre-pandemic, however parents cannot attend unless at a public venue; up to 5 students can sing in a choir; unlimited students in music ensembles; parents may once again volunteer to aid school activities; camps and excursions will resume; orientation and transition programs for kinders and year 7 students to resume; Kids community sport: from this weekend all spectators can attend, as long as covid-safe guidelines are in place.

Case and Test Summary

Last updated 5:33 PM [24/09]
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Sources of confirmed cases

Last updated 10:30 AM [23/09] - New Data
To track reclassification across time, check out our wiki page.
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September 2020 source totals - as of 21/09 - New Data: For a breakdown see here.
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Recent Clusters

Last updated 11:00 AM [24/09]
The name of each cluster links to a wiki page where the initial cases associated with the cluster are detailed, as well as information concerning the original source of each cluster.
Cluster Last 24 hours Total Reported
Sydney CBD - 72 Sept: 16, 13, 11, 9, 8, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2. Aug: 31, 30, 29, 28, 27.
St Paul’s Greystanes - 17 Sept: 13, 12, 10, 4, 3, 2, 1. Aug: 30
Concord/Liverpool Hospital - 22 Concord = Sept: 21, 18, 17, 16, 15, 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7. Liverpool = Sept: 18, 11, 7, 6, 4, 1. Aug: 13.
Eastern Suburbs Legion Club - 9 Sept: 17, 14, 13, 11, 10.

Affected Educational Institutions

Last updated 11:00 AM [24/09]
School Suburb, LGA Last 24 hours TOTAL (students) Reported
St Paul's Catholic College Greystanes, Cumberland - 7 Sept: 10, 2, 1. Aug: 30
Blue Mountains Grammar School Wentworth Falls, City of Blue Mountains - 2 Sept: 16, 11

Latest COVID-19 case locations in NSW

Last updated 10:55 AM [24/09]
Please view the NSW Gov website for the most up to date information, including information concerning additional locations and Sydney bus and train routes where you are required to monitor yourself for COVID-19 symptoms.
Increased testing and surveillance Self-isolate and get tested immediately
Bankstown (suburb) Campbelltown: Mama Wok, Macarthur Square
Blue Mountains LGA Glen Alpine: Campbelltown Golf Club
Cumberland LGA Mollymook: Bannisters Pavilion Rooftop Bar & Grill
Fairfield LGA Ulladulla: Carlo's Italian Ristorante Bar & Seafood
Hunters Hill LGA Ulladulla: Milton Ulladulla Ex Servos Club
Liverpool LGA
Mt Druitt (suburb)
Parramatta LGA
Randwick LGA
Waverley LGA
Woollahra LGA

A collated list of NSW media releases and public health alerts are also available on our Wiki

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2020.09.23 22:45 TheCyhiraeth $19k Pre-COVID, $6k Post-Covid Connecticut Wedding Budget and Recap

Hi Weddit!
I did the thing and got married last week! It was amazing, even with COVID going on. Sadly, no official pictures yet. (I do have some photos of setup and flowers if anyone would like those.) This subreddit was helpful to me while planning, especially the budget recaps, so I wanted to return the favor and help someone else out!
I got engaged in summer 2019, pre-COVID, and started planning then. So, this breakdown will go through what I had planned pre-COVID for a 140 person wedding, and also my cut down COVID wedding. Both in Connecticut--the original wedding was planned at a venue, and the smaller one was at an AirBNB. For anyone looking into an AirBNB wedding, maybe this will help!
Pre-COVID, 140 person wedding breakdown:
Here, I cover the costs of vendors that were booked, with deposits down, and any other significant anticipated spend for the big wedding. Costs that remained the same over both weddings are shown with the small wedding breakdown, later! Apologies if this ends up confusing!
Venue: $4500
The venue was a park on the beach in New Haven with a lighthouse and carousel. The plan was to have the wedding on the beach, and the reception in the carousel building. The venue did provide chairs and table for indoors, but I had to arrange for outdoor rentals and linens.
Catering: $5500
Our catering was BBQ, and it was amazing! (We did keep the same caterer for the smaller wedding). The cost included apps for cocktail hour and the reception dinner. It also covered staff to help set up, serve, and clean up.
Cake: $330
The cake was a 2-tier cake to feed about 20 people, with sheet cakes on the side for the remaining guests.
Photography: $1380
The photographer was booked for 6 hours, and had some prints/art as part of the package. She showed me some examples of previous beach weddings, and they were stunning! More on photog later.
DJ: $850
The DJ and MC were lovely and were working with me to plan special songs/dances and keep the night flowing.
JP: $300
Loved our JP! We did use her for small wedding, more later.
Day of Coordinator: $850
Our DoC was lovely! We had planned to have her for the night of our reception, and she would help with setup and cleanup of everything. She helped me when I had planning questions and checked in periodically to ask what I was working on and what she could help with. Sadly, we did not get to see her in action on the day of.
Bartending: $900
The bartending fee covered the bartenders, non-alcoholic drinks, garnishes, helping to mix signature cocktails, and bar supplies. They were awesome with planning and I am sad I didn’t get to see them in action.
Liquor: $1000
This was an estimate based on 140 people, as my husband (ahh!) and I were going to be responsible for liquor ourselves. Our actual purchase is outlined in the small wedding!
Rentals, dishes, linens: $1200
This cost was for renting outdoor ceremony chairs (venue provided indoor chairs only), cocktail tables for cocktail hour, tablecloths, napkins, dishes, silverware, glassware. I used a couple different vendors in the area to book these, as some had better prices on items, such as tables, than others. Linens I planned to purchase myself from LinenTablecloth.com (and I did for the small wedding!)
Total estimated cost: $19,643
This includes all the décor, flowers, misc. items not talked about above!
Post-COVID, 12-person wedding breakdown:
Due to COVID, our venue ended up cancelling all 2020 events. CT also set requirements on guests at 25 people inside, 100 outside. Since our reception was planned to be indoors, I knew we would have to cut down in size. In the end, we decided on 12 guests (14 with JP and Photographer). The guest list included me, my husband, our immediate families, and 1 close friend each. In the end, I am sad that we ended up having to cancel some vendors that we truly loved, but it was a much more intimate and personal experience for everyone.
To the budget!
Venue: $4200
Almost the same cost as for the bigger wedding, but this time was an AirBNB. I booked a beautiful, old mansion for 3 nights. We used it for the rehearsal dinner, wedding, and a post-wedding brunch! It was roomy enough to have all guests stay overnight and had a pool table, tennis, ping pong, and a lovely yard. It ended up being a perfect spot for an intimate wedding.
Catering: $745
We kept the same BBQ caterer and same menu, but this time cut down to feed about 20 people instead of 140. We loved them and the food was amazing!
Cake: $115
We kept the same baker, as my husband loved her more than anyone else we looked at. We kept our 2 tiered cake, and just removed the extra sheet cakes from the order. Part of me wishes I had kept the order for the sheet cakes though…cake for days!!!
Photography: $950
We kept our same photographer, but went from 6 hours down to 4 hours. She was incredible! She came up with some creative and fun shots for us to do, and I am looking forward to getting my pictures back. I’m not that comfy in posed pictures, but she made us feel confident.
JP: $300
Kept our JP. She was kind and flexible with the location change. She also worked with us to customize the ceremony to be exactly what we wanted. My husband is not a gushy romantic, so we were able to customize the ceremony to be personal without sounding too cheesy or like a fairy tale.
Videographer: $50
This was my dad! Since not everyone in our families could be present, we live streamed our wedding over Zoom. I bought a tablet holder, microphone, and super long USB cable off Amazon and we used it to set up Zoom on my dad’s tablet. (We already had a tripod at home.) He set up the call to start recording once he logged in, so we automatically had a video of our ceremony. The relatives had a blast chatting with each other pre- and post-ceremony. My dad also walked the tripod around during the portrait session so the relatives could feel like they were with us, mingling.
Liquor: $120
We stopped at a liquor store and bought some of our favorite wines, beer, and ciders.
Linens, dishes: $80
I bought tablecloths and napkins off LinenTablecloth.com, and a disposable party dinnerware set off of Amazon. The set included dinner plates, dessert plates, silverware, and cups for I think around 50 people. They were surprisingly good quality, and I don’t think anyone minded that they were disposable.
Dress and alterations: $300
I chose a beautiful dress off Azazie and had it tailored at a local seamstress. It fit me fantastically! I didn’t want to spend more than $500 on the dress, so Azazie was a good fit for me. I was pleasantly surprised at the quality and customer service.
Hairpieces: $25
Bought a sparkly wedding headband and hair clip off Amazon. Loved them.
Flowers: $70
I bought 50 roses off of Costco and stopped at the grocery store to pick up extra flowers I thought would look nice. Greenery I cut out of my yard off some bushes that were overgrown. Then I made the bouquets for me and 3 bridesmaids the morning before the wedding. I was so pleased how they turned out, and not to toot my own horn, I got some compliments from the family and vendors! 😊 Spare flowers and greenery were used to decorate the arch, which I did with my sisters-in-law the morning of the wedding.
Stationery: $70
I purchased save the dates off of Vistaprint in postcard format for my husband's side, since we didn’t have all his family’s emails. I did my save the dates using Paperless Post, since I did have most everyone’s email. When we cancelled our big wedding, we ordered cancellation postcards from Vistaprint, and Paperless Post let me notify everyone for free!
Misc.: ~$100?
My fiancé is very handy and built us an arch out of metal piping. Other misc décor included dollar tree vases, cake stand from Marshalls, robes for bridesmaids.
No DJ, rentals, day of coordinator, or bartenders for this wedding. The DJ was me making a Spotify playlist, and one of my sisters in law monitoring a Bluetooth speaker. Bartending was done just by setting glasses on the table, and beewine out on the counters. My husband did make a whiskey blackberry cocktail and we served it in my parent’s crystal punch bowl. The day of coordinator was mostly me with my endless spreadsheets, and my lovely family (both immediate and new in laws!), who all volunteered to complete tasks on my task sheet. I am happy to share spreadsheets or playlists if they would help anyone.
Total: $6500
Maybe that was a little costly than your normal small wedding/elopement, but we did cover lodging for our guests and had the venue for 3 nights. Overall, it was an incredible experience. If anyone has specific questions about vendors or the day please feel free to ask me!
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2020.09.23 20:15 blogmoneyweb How To Make A Good First Impression With Men

How To Make A Good First Impression With Men

How would YOU like to give EVERYONE you meet ' friends, colleagues, potential boyfriends ' a first impression they'll never forget?
Wouldn't it be great to naturally win just about anyone over because of your awesome personality? Well, don't pay any mind to your inner naysayer'these qualities are already in you, and NOW is the best time to bring them out!
This plain truth eludes a lot of women because it's one of those 'right-under-your-nose' kind of things. Well, it's high time you played up the best version of yourself and share it with the rest of the world!
It all starts here:
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That's right, all you need is the proper guidance to bring out the ATTRACTIVE and IRRESISTIBLE person that you've always wanted to be!
For the meantime however, I'd like to give you some pointers on how to jumpstart the inner transformation process TODAY.
Like I said, wouldn't it be just peachy to leave folks no choice BUT to really dig you? The thing about making a great first impression is that those who are good at it DON'T put too much thought about it.
They don't think'they just DO. In my experience, the single greatest obstacle to pulling this off is getting lost in your own head and trying to size up the situation too much.
You know what I mean: shutting out the person you're talking to (along with the rest of the world) as your brain works overtime to second-guess everything you do!
'Did I laugh too loud?'
'Is there something in my teeth?'
'Was I talking too fast?'
'Sheesh, my joke sure sounded lame!'
'I seem too eager'good luck hearing from him again!'
These kinds of thoughts are POISON to your attractiveness. Being deathly afraid of being less than perfect is going to make you TENSE.
And as you know, TENSE equals UNATTRACTIVE.
So, to put it succinctly: RELAX.
Don't let your nagging thoughts and doubts cloud your thinking. Even if your emotions seem like chaos, you can 'fake it 'til you make it', as some like to say.
Let me clarify what that means: it ISN'T about putting up a PHONY personality that doesn't really speak of who you really are. On the contrary, it's a matter of *temporarily* putting up a semblance of being calm and collected.
Nothing more, nothing less.
At first, acting cool as a cucumber may feel like putting on a new set of clothes that feels stiff and awkward at first. However, this feeling will go away the longer you 'wear' this attitude of confidence.
In the meantime, you'll just have to put up with this new feeling so that your anxiety won't get it the way of others seeing the REAL YOU.
In due time, you'll eventually outgrow it and being relaxed WILL become a natural part of you!
But I'm getting ahead of myself here. What are the things you should do to make people feel you're relaxed and in control?
First of all, your body's subtle visual cues will tip them off on what you're feeling. Body language goes a long way in generating the aura you're aiming for.
So, what you can do is discreetly OBSERVE your confident friends or other people you're often with. Do you notice how laid-back their posture is?
Maybe you'll see the way their feet are apart at just the right distance. Not too close, but not too far. There's something about standing in a way that says you're not about to apologize for the space you're occupying'.
'but at the same time, NOT being smug about it.
A good way to exude confidence is by standing slightly on one leg with your back propped up just enough to avoid slouching. At the same time, you don't want to be too upright like a solider either!
Also, resist the temptation to give away your nervous energy by fiddling with the straw in your drink or that handbag you may have on you. You'll need a place to tuck away those restless hands, but keeping your arms crossed isn't a good idea (as it's a very UNWELCOMING gesture!).
Instead, simply rest your hands on a stationary spot. If you're sitting for instance, one hand could be resting on the table (if you're sitting) while your other palm is flat your knee.
Feel free to mix and match the placing of your digits as long as they'll serve to make you look like at ease.
Next on your to-do list: make proper eye contact.
My general rule of thumb here is to look away and occasionally make quick, casual glances at your conversational partner as you speak. Then, hold a more consistent gaze when it's their turn to talk.
This is a great way to make a connection because being able to visually communicate with someone ensures that there's a healthy amount of rapport going on. This aspect of self-confidence is often glossed over since some folks don't realize how vital this is.
In general, this style of eye contact is flattering as your gaze implicitly tells them you're listening to them. Giving someone your attention in this manner is a subtle way to express interest and joy to be in their company.
As women, we're fortunate that prolonged eye-to-eye communication is well-received received by men AND fellow girls. When we make eye contact, it's generally perceived as a friendly gesture, so you can use this to your advantage!
When you think about it, looking away too much while a person is talking might send the wrong message. It could look like you're bored to tears'or worse, that their company isn't good enough for your undivided attention!
Similarly, not making brief moments of eye contact while speaking suggests you're ashamed or unsure of what you're saying. Visually reconnecting every now and then during your turn to speak implies confidence in your thoughts and opinions.
The last component of today's first impression skill set is the ability to SMILE. Sometimes, we get so caught up in looking so confident that our facial muscles have forgotten to follow suit!
That's ok ' we've all gone through times when our preoccupied minds have distracted us from expressing confidence with a smile. Like the other basic things, it's easy to overlook this simple but powerful gesture.
Now, it doesn't have to be the ear-to-ear kind of grin that would make Jack Nicholson proud. Again, you have to appear relaxed so your smile should reflect this attitude.
However, you also don't want to do it the way salesmen do. It's the kind of smile that seems like a rigid, unreal mask that can be taken off as quickly as it was put on.
You know what I mean, right? They're smiling just because they HAVE to, and not from the pleasure of hanging out with you.
The type of smile you'll need is the kind that GROWS on you during the course of the conversation. Why? It just seems more natural, relaxed, and NOT forced at all.
It's an unspoken sign, but the message that the right smile gets across is worth a WHOLE conversation in itself. So remember to ease up on the trigger, so to speak.
In fact, there's a powerful effect to be found in not smiling much when meeting someone for the first time. This allows you to create a connection by SLOWLY flashing those pearly whites after they've said something to 'EARN' it.
Trust me, creating such an experience for that lucky person is quite meaningful ' even if their CONSCIOUS mind doesn't acknowledge it.
As I told you earlier, you have a better chance of people warming up to you when they feel that their presence has made you feel better. So what I'm really saying is that your smile is a reflection of that JOY within you.
Hardly rocket science, right? I'm telling you, this first impression stuff isn't some great mystery that needs solving!
All the things we've covered today add up to a basic goal, which is to knock their socks off right from the GET-GO.
The first encounter is your best window of opportunity to permanently etch the kind of impression you want to make on someone.
The great thing about it all is that you have the means to make this happen, and having enough PRACTICE is what it boils down to.
You may know the basics now, but you don't study confidence, you DO it. Only then can you truly embody the irresistible woman that's lurking within.
Therefore, I'd like you to try out these things in the REAL WORLD where you'll truly LEARN what works and what doesn't. As I've talked about in the past, mingling with folks isn't a matter of life or death.
Once you wrap your mind around the truth that you have virtually infinite chances to hone your people person skills, the pressure just melts right OFF.
So don't sweat having to practice your awesome first impression-generating skills on the unsuspecting public! Just go about your day as normal, and when the next person is poised to have little chat with you, have at it!
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2020.09.23 09:27 Giora_Thorntree Oki Islands

Overview
The Oki Islands are a small archipelago in the Sea of Japan, roughly 50km off the north coast of Shimane prefecture. On a clear day, they are clearly visible from the Japanese mainland. However, the distance is enough that the islands feel distinctively remote, and have their own pace of life.
The islands are the remnants of two large volcanoes which sit on the sea bed. One of the volcanoes has produced only one large main island - Dogo, also known as "Okinoshima" - which is where the bulk of the Oki's population live: there are about 20,000 people on the island. The other volcano has produced scores of islands, though only 3 are inhabited: Chibu, Ama, and Nishinoshima. These islands cluster around each other, with the underwater caldera of the volcano forming a little "inland sea", in an area known collectively as "Dozen". Only about 5000 people live on the 3 Dozen islands in total.
History
The Oki Islands have been inhabited as long as the rest of Japan, and were incorporated into the earliest Japanese states, much like neighboring regions of Honshu. The islands comprise their own Japanese province: Oki. Always a small and lightly populated province, it was kept independent because of transportation issues, and the difficulties of trying to administer it from the mainland. The only real famous episodes of history that occurred on the Oki Islands were during the Kamakura Era, when two emperors were sent into exile on the islands after rising up against the Kamakura government. In the early 13th century, the first Kamakura era emperor Go-Toba's rebellion was ultimately unsuccessful, and he spent 19 years on Ama before dying a lonely death. A hundred years later, Go-Daigo was only in the Oki's for a year, before escaping, Napoleon-style, back to the mainland, where he triumphantly re-enterred Kyoto, briefly became ruler of all Japan, and then had to flee again and establish an alternative court in Yoshino. The Oki's make the most of their connections to these emperors.
In modern times, the islands are the base of the Liancourt Rocks dispute, with Japan claiming that the Korean controlled uninhabitable rocks are part of the Oki Islands. The Oki's are peppered with propaganda declaring that "Takeshima" (as the Liancourt Rocks are known in Japanese) are an inalienable part of Japan.
To and from the Islands
There's an airport on Dogo, with limited flights. Most visitors come and leave by boat. Three large vehicle ferries, and one smaller high-speed passenger ferry run between the islands and the mainland, as well as between Dogo and the Dozen islands. There are at least 2 boats a day on most routes. Two ports on the mainland are served: Sakaiminato, in Tottori Prefecture, and the port of Shichirui, in Matsue, Shimane, which is in a remote location, but has good road access. In addition, there are many ferry services each day running the short hops between the three Dozen islands.
The ferry services are among the highlights of visiting the Oki's. The islands look spectacular from the sea, and the ferries round remote capes and off-shore islands that are difficult to get to by other means. For the best views, use the slower, cheaper car ferries rather than the high-speed boat.
Getting around the islands
RENTING A CAR - Cars can be rented on the islands, and are a particularly good bet on Dogo, which is large. The car companies tend to run policies which suit island travel reality, offering good rates on 24-hour rentals, for example, which will give you a car between two ferry sailings. Being small, the number of cars on offer is limited, and rental cars sell out during busy vacation periods.
CYCLING - You can rent bicycles on the island, though the Oki's are very hilly. Dogo is roughly 100km around, and with lots of big hills along the way, it's not suited for a day cycle unless you're practicing for the Tour de France.
BUS - Bus services on the islands tend to be infrequent, but many places of interest are served. The tourist offices tend to discourage use of buses - particularly on Dogo - but if strategically combined with some hiking, the buses can be very handy for getting around the islands.
HIKING - The islands are perfect for hiking! They're beautiful, roads are generally wide and little trafficked, and there's very good pedestrian infrastructure, with lots of pavements. Combined with the odd bus ride, hiking is a great way to explore the Oki's.
HITCHHIKING - Should be comparatively easy. Even without flagging anything down, we had several vehicles stop and ask if we wanted rides, and had multiple offers from people to drive us out their way to our destinations. In out of the way places, however, there are very few cars!
Accommodation
Hotels and minshuku can be found all over the islands. There are also lots of campsites on the islands, many with spectacular settings. Camping is recommended.
General infrastructure
There are no convenience stores on the islands. The only real supermarkets are in the main town on Dogo. Away from there, larger villages have some very basic grocery shops, but don't expect much! The main port areas on Ama and Nishinoshima have some restaurants. In general, you need to plan your food carefully on the Oki's, particularly if you don't have a car.
Tourist information offices were found at all the ports we visited. We found them very helpful, with useful maps and pamphlets, and an eagerness to answer questions. On the smaller islands, you can also use them as left luggage. Visitors to the Oki's should bring money with them, but if desperate, you can probably find useable ATM's at island post offices.
General Sightseeing
The scenic beauty of the islands is undoubtedly the highlight. The coastal scenery in particular, with dramatic volcanic cliffs, and all kinds of rocky islets is worth the visit alone. On top of that, there are some nice historic and cultural sights, as well as a chance to mingle with the friendly locals, who still live in rather cut off, insular communities.
One word of warning: there are too many museums on the Oki's. Many of the museums and other ticketed attractions are only somewhat interesting, without much on display. The islands would benefit from an amalgamation of museums!
Dogo
The largest island in the Oki's. The main town lies in the south, sprawling for several kilometers around rice-filled valleys, rocky hills, and the coastline of a beautiful natural harbour. This is where the main port is. The port area is quite pretty, and has the biggest concentration of restaurants in the Oki's. The main shopping area is a few kilometers inland, and includes the islands' only real supermarkets.
Elsewhere, the island is a mess of coastal fishing village, rocky highlands, and remote, forested hills. The sights are spread out, and beautiful scenery is just about everywhere, particularly along the coast.
COASTAL SCENERY
The coast is gorgeous pretty much everywhere. Given the dramatic nature of the volcanic coastline, there are few places with coastal roads. Accessing coastal scenic spots often involves long jaunts in and out of the interior. Here are some selections of nice spots, going clockwise around the island from the main port. No doubt there is plenty of dramatic scenery elsewhere as well.
Saigo Bay - The Bay shares its name with the island's main port. This is the best natural harbour on Dogo. There are some very pretty roads running alongside the bay.
Airport cliffs - Just below the airport are some beautiful, dramatic cliffs. They're most easily seen from the ferries.
Candlestick Rock - One of the island's most famous spots, this is a pointy rock which sticks out of the sea a little like a candle. It's surrounded by more dramatic coastal scenery. One way to see it is to take a sightseeing boat, though there are also some spots on the island from where you can see it and more dramatic scenery, including the pretty village of Kumi.
Shirashima - The island's most beautiful spot! Stunning volcanic scenery here, including gorgeous white cliffs, like a volcanic Dover. There are hiking trails along the cliffs, as well as a beautiful viewpoint. The nearby village of Igo is my pick as the island's prettiest, located in highlands overlooking a stunning bay, framed by volcanic scenery.
Nakamura - The village of Nakamura has more rocky cliffs, as well as a pretty little beach.
Jodogoaura - Another well known spot, with lots of little rocky islets, and dramatic cliffs, some so dramatic that they have fallen down and destroyed the hiking trails. Less visited (and indeed less beautiful) than Shirashima, there are still some hiking trails that remain here, as well as nice viewpoints.
Kuroshima - This is a small offshore island composed of hexagonal column rocks, a la the Giant's Causeway. The coastline here is very beautiful. There's a viewpoint on the main road, high above the sea, where you get nice views of the island.
INLAND SCENERY
We didn't visit much in the interior, but the mountains of Dogo hold various attractions, including a notable waterfall, some old cedar trees, and the habitat of the endemic Oki salamander. Many roads to these places are currently closed, making them difficult to visit. In the north of the island, there are some pretty highlands, including grasslands grazed by cows. Pheasants are also quite common.
CULTURAL SIGHTS
Nature Museum - Just across the street from the port is a nature museum, dedicated to the island's natural geography. It's not the most interesting museum in the country, but will at least teach you about some of the Oki's unique wildlife.
Tamawakasu-Mikoto Jinja - Within walking distance of the port, this shrine is the island's top cultural site. Three buildings here - the Honden, a small gate, and a house built for the shrine's priest - are an Important Cultural Property (ICP). The Honden is a large, beautiful structure in a style unique to the Oki islands. There's also a very old cedar tree on the shrine grounds. Next door is an interesting little museum, housing just a handful of historic artifacts. The highlight here are three copper artifacts from the Nara era - two bells used by official envoys traveling between the Oki's and the capital (Nara/Kyoto), as well as an official provincial government tax seal. All three are very rare official government articles of the era.
Kokubun-ji - Oki's Kokubun-ji bizarrely charges an entrance fee, though there isn't much to see. The temple burned down once in the 19th century and then again in the 20th century, so its old statues have been reduced to little more than charcoal. Slightly more interesting are a small collection of Nara era roof tiles which have been dug up at the site. The Kokubun-ji is also one of two locations in the Oki's which claims to have been the site of Go-Daigo's "palace", so there are also the ruins of that, as well as a small shrine dedicated to the former Emperor on the temple grounds.
Mizuwakasu Jinja - In the north of the island, in one of its larger valleys, this is another interesting shrine. The highlight here is the large, imposing Honden, built in the unusual local style. There are two museums next to the shrine. We only visited one, which is housed in a couple of interesting historic buildings, both of which were moved here from elsewhere on the island. One is an early Meiji Western-style office building, which once housed the Oki's main government offices; the other is a traditional farmhouse.
Isemikoto Jinja - If you can't get enough of Oki-style Honden, this shrine, in the pretty village of Kumi, has one dating from the late Edo period. It's noted for its rather distinctive carvings of dragons on the front of the building.
Tsuma Boathouses - The village of Tsuma is noted for its unusual boat houses, built on the beach. We didn't get a chance to visit.
Sasaki Residence - In the barely inhabited village of Kama, this residence is considered the best preserved old house on the Oki's. It was built for the local village chief, at a time when the village was much more prosperous. It's an impressive, rather upscale house, open with a ticket. If you speak Japanese, the caretaker will try and explain just about every artifact in the house to you, and may even inexplicably ply you with croissants.
Nishinoshima
The largest of the Dozen islands, this is a big step down from Dogo, with a fraction of its population. There are three main population centers, none of which is more than a small village: Beppu, where the main port and bulk of facilities are; a network of villages spread out around a very pretty bay, right in the middle of the island; and the very sleepy Urago, which has a modern coffee shop to help wake you up, but little else. The highlight of Nishinoshima is its incredible coastal cliffs.
KUROKI-GOSHO
Very close to Beppu port, this is the other site in the Oki's which claims to have once housed Emperor Go-Daigo. There's little to see at the site itself, though its located at the top of a little hill, and offers nice views. There's a tiny museum at the site, where Go-Daigo's story is told.
MT. TAKUHI
The tallest mountain in the Dozen islands, this is the remnant of the main volcano which created the islands in the first place. It's surrounded by a large caldera, most of which is under the sea, though the northernmost section connects Mt. Takuhi to the rest of Nishinoshima Island. The mountain is about 450 meters high. You can drive a car up to 210 meters, but from there on you must proceed on foot. About halfway up the mountain is a dramatic shrine, with its Honden installed partially within a natural cave formed out of a massive volcanic rock. The shrine has very pretty buildings, which are an ICP. From the shrine grounds, as well as the top of the mountain itself, there are spectacular views all over Dozen and beyond.
CANAL AND BAY
In the middle of Nishinoshima sits a large, and very pretty, bay. At the north end of the bay, a small canal cut in the Taisho era effectively cuts the island in two. There are some nice cliffs here, as well as a beach. The bay is best appreciated from the large bridge that stands at its mouth.
YURAHIME JINJA - The most important shrine on the island, Yurahime Jinja has very pleasant, though rather modern, buildings. The shallow inlet next to the shrine is said to be full of squid, though I didn't see any when I visited.
CLIFFS - This is what the island is known for! Most of Nishinoshima is essentially the edge of the caldera of a massive, extinct volcano, and the volcanic forces combined with erosion have created some of the most stunning scenery in the country - I kid you not! The north and western coasts of the island are full of incredibly impressive coastal cliffs. The best known and most easily accessible cliffs are called Kuniga and Matengai, and are linked by a 2km long hiking trail. Matengai sits 250 meters above the sea, at the top of a nearly vertical wall of volcanic rock. It is quite something! The clifftops are noted for unusual vegetation (for Japan), including lots of grasslands, and horses and cows are allowed to graze freely here. It's thus a rare spot in Japan where hikers can come toe to toe with cows and horses out doing their own thing. In addition to the cliffs, there's more volcanic fun, including lots of rocky islets, and a famous natural arch. It really is a beautiful and unique spot! Further to the south are more cliffs, as well as a couple of notable viewpoints. It's also possible to take a tourist boat around the cliffs, with sailings leaving from the previously mentioned Urago.
Ama
Ama is the flattest of the Dozen islands, or at least the north is. A couple of pretty valleys here are the only place in the Dozen's where rice is farmed. The south of the island is hilly and sparsely populated, with a rather wild cape at the very southern tip, where there's a little lighthouse. There are only a select number of places of interest on Ama.
AKIYA COAST - This is a beautiful little spot by the sea, in the northeast of the island. There are some lovely red-and-black volcanic cliffs here, an isolated little cove, lots of rocky islets off-shore. It's the island's number one scenic spot. It's been very lightly developed, with a public toilet, very simple campsite, and little else.
KONKO-JI - This temple has some kind of connection to Emperor Go-Toba, though I have no idea what it is. In fact, the temple itself is difficult to comprehend. It's very basic! It lies at the top of a tall, steep hill, and the main reason to come up is for the great views over the island.
GO-TOBA SITES - Emperor Go-Toba spent nineteen years on Ama, and a cluster of sites around his former "palace" (anywhere that an Emperor lives is automatically a palace!) celebrate the island's most famous resident. The ruins of the temple where he stayed are kind of interesting, with an old well and pond. Nearby is Go-Toba's main tomb. Apparently, most of the old emperor was buried here, though some of his bones were taken to Kyoto, where they were buried in Ohara. A separate tomb for him sits there, and is also open to the public, just behind the famous Sanzen-in. Back on Ama, there's also a small museum dedicated to Go-Toba (who was a noted poet and man of letters, as well as a failed government rebel), as well as the very grand Oki Shrine, dedicated to the Emperor, which dates from at least the early Edo period, though its present form is from the 20th century.
MURAKAMI HOUSE - Close to the Oki Shrine, this is a rather grand mansion built by a family of local notables. It's usually open as a museum, but is currently closed. The grounds are open, and are rather pretty.
Chibu
We didn't have time to visit Dozen's smallest inhabited island, with just 600 people and 600 cows. It appears to be little more than one, rather big hill. The main port, which appears to have very little, is on the north side of the island, though the main settlement is in the south. The island's best known tourist attraction are grand red cliffs, on the west coast. Presumably there's the chance to see some cows on the way there.
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2020.09.22 04:29 greengod210 Did it recently occur to anybody else how much online dating sucks?

I have been on many online dating sites, and I have had no success on any of them. Here is a list of the sites I have been on:
-Bumble: I got absolutely no messages or matches. I made a good profile, tried to filter my preferences, and I didn’t get a single message in the 4 months before I cancelled and deleted my account.
-Match: If possible, this was the worst one of all. It surprised me because it normally has the reputation of being a welcome relief from other, cheaper dating sites, but I didn’t get a single match or message on this app. It’s just awful for people my age (22). My (divorcée) parents both met their respective partners on Match and are still going strong and happy after 5 years. Match is great for middle-aged people, but for young people, it’s awful.
-Christian Mingle: I am religious, attend Mass every Sunday and am a Eucharistic Minister, so I figured this would be “it.” But not a single match or message in the five months I was on there. Just as bad as the other site.
-Catholic Match: trash
-OkCupid: Perhaps the most depressing app I’ve used so far. Not only do hardly any of the girls on there actually take it seriously. “idk why I’m here lol, just follow me on Instagram,” all that sort of crap. But the features of the app make it impossible to get in touch with anyone. My friend has a date with a girl he met from there tomorrow night and has had 5 matches in the past 2 weeks, texting for days with 2 of them. I sat down with him and reviewed everything about my profile, and he even took some good, professional photos of me. I’ve done the exact same thing he did that got all these matches, and I have yet to receive a single message from an actual pretty girl. I filter my preferences (Catholic, thin to average, within 25 miles) and the app gives me the exact opposite of all those things (atheist, “full-figured,” 60 miles away, etc). This is my only active subscription right now, and I will be cancelling after this month. I’m done with this.
I have literally never felt worse about myself than trying all these online dating sites to no avail. I am about a 5 out of 10, a relatively ugly guy. So these apps are just horrible for me. Whenever I did get a message (once every 3 months, if I’m lucky), they were from girls I was repulsed by. If I just found them “ok” I would’ve pursued it, but I’d rather be single than end up with the girls who messaged me-not one of them weighed less than 250-300 lbs, which just makes me realize I am ugly as sin if no one messages me besides massively overweight girls. Starting at the end of my current OkCupid subscription, I’ll be focusing on expanding my social circle and hobbies in real life and meeting someone that way. I don’t even like meeting people through a computer. I was only trying it because I live in the suburbs and there are hardly any single girls my age where I live, and I was at a complete loss. Anyone else feel the same way, particularly guys??
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2020.09.21 20:29 anonpsychogirl Am I the Psycho One Here??

Dear Reddit – I am sure I will get skewered but I am struggling to figure out what has happened to me over the past few years.
Three and a half years ago I got an email from an old love "Jim" that was going through a divorce with his wife. I’d like to explain – that I was very careful and standoffish in the beginning not wanting to effect the course of the marriage in any manner. I actually asked and encouraged him several times – to go to his wife and ask her if they could work things out. He did twice and he told me that she said there was no way to save the marriage. Shortly thereafter – I fell in love – hard. His wife had kicked him out of the house and he moved in with me and my two kids that I share half time with my ex-husband. I was a little worried that things were moving so quickly - but Jim assured me that his feelings were real, that he loved me like no other and that he had thought about me for the last 20 years.
I was extremely happy – thought I had finally found the love of my life – he was hilarious, intelligent, kind to me, generous and successful. The first year and a half was perfect. I should have known – it was too good. I was madly in love and we spent all of our time together. I knew the relationship was not entirely healthy – he was an alcoholic and a gambling addict and his mood could sometimes be very dark. He also had an almost non-existent relationship with his family. I tried to bridge the distance between him and his mother as well as the rest of his family members and I became close to them and we spent Thanksgiving and Christmas together for the past few years. My two kids also became very close to his two kids.
The first major red flag that occurred was a little over a year in. The daughter of a friend of mine came to stay with me (and Jim) while she found an apartment in the city I lived in. Jennifer was 27 years old and very attractive. I recall one Saturday afternoon – she wanted to go to the thrift store – I wasn’t in the mood and Jim eagerly volunteered to take her. I felt weird about his eagerness to spend time alone with Jennifer and maybe sulked about it for a couple hours but got over it pretty quickly. A few weeks later – we met Jennifer for dinner. She was wearing a very very very low cut shirt and I recall Jim being almost giddy at the dinner table. Jim often commented on how “hot” young girls were but I am not the jealous type – and often thought he was just being over the top to be funny. Later that evening we ended up going to a strip club – Jim starting flirting with the waitress and when Jennifer wanted to leave – he begged her to stay – I ended up getting upset and went home angry. Jim stayed out. I called him several times and he finally called back to say that he was staying the night at his nieces house. It didn’t sound right – I went to his old phone that was laying in a drawer and found his location. He was at Jennifer’s apartment. I immediately drove over and knocked on the door. He was sleeping on the couch and ended up going home with me. He apologized explaining that he just needed somewhere to stay because they had drank too much. I felt as if he wasn’t telling me the truth. I called Jennifer two days later and she told me that he had also tried to kiss her and was “very persistent” but that she declined and that nothing had happened. I was devastated. I confronted Jim and he apologized and said it would never happen again. However – his apology seemed hollow and he got angry at me when I wasn’t getting over it fast enough.
After the Jennifer incident – things seemed to go back to normal. We spent most of our time doing the things he enjoyed i.e. drinking, gambling, strip clubs, cartoons etc. I didn’t mind because we had fun – lotsa fun – at the end of the night we would dance and sing to songs he would play for me and he would whisper sweet things in my ear… like how he wanted to marry me in Hawaii and how he wanted to take care of me, buy a house with me, etc. His younger son lived a couple hours away and he would spend a week with me and then a week up at his house near his young son. We talked about buying the house we were renting and fixing it up – or buying a house somewhere else. We spent holidays together and our kids got along great. I was happy.
But – something always seemed to be a bit off – I didn’t fully trust him. I began noticing that he would be on his phone a lot – texting. So – while I never felt the need to look at my ex partner’s phones and I’m not proud of this -- I ended up snooping on his phone. I found part of a conversation that he was having with his friend “Mandy” and another woman – where he talked about wanting to cum on someone’s face. I confronted him – he said he was joking and that if I ever looked at his phone again – he would dump me because to him – this was a major violation of trust. Unfortunately - because I was so in love – I believed him. I found it strange that he didn’t see my point of view at all i.e. that his past actions had made me feel insecure in the relationship and that I felt that he needed to earn my trust back. Jim said I was ridiculous for feeling insecure and snooping. I was also taken aback by the intensity of his anger surrounding the fact that i had looked at his phone.
Time went on and things were mostly good unless I showed any emotional neediness. If I said I was stressed about money for instance – he would tell me I was a downer and to stop playing the victim. I was working full time and Jim did not have to work but instead was living off of the 400k that he had in his stock brokerage account when he and his wife divorced - that he had since turned into 1.2 million dollars as well as his ownership interest in the family business. I was often stressed -- because I had previously lost some of my savings/retirement in an investment and was working 50 hours a week for a boss that was very full of himself (I had worked with several difficult people in the past – but this guy was different – he would actually say things in an extremely condescending manner to try and make you feel stupid – and I wasn’t the first employee that had spent a day at their desk in tears because of harsh words by this guy). If I complained about money or my boss – Jim – would get agitated – and tell me that he bet I didn’t dump this kind of emotional baggage on my other friends. I was disappointed – but eventually learned to control my emotions and not look to Jim for emotional support – however, I would lose it from time to time like when Jim would talk about his great success in the market – and I would just want to feel like we were a team and that we could build a future together.
At this time, I also began noticing that he was spending less and less time with me and more and more time in the City where his son lived -- even when his son would be in the care of his mother. I would complain and he would tell me that if I wasn’t so emotional – things would work out and we would bet together forever, we could be a team etc. I had also noticed that he wasn't say nice things to me as often. In fact, I couldn’t remember the last time he had told me he loved me or that I was pretty or anything else nice for that matter. I also remembered that during this time – he accidentally sent me a text that was meant for his single friend “Don.” He was planning on going out on Don’s boat that day and asked if there would be any other “single” people there because married people were “boring.” I was hurt and asked him if he wanted to be single – he said that again – I was being childish and that he was an adult and didn’t want me restricting his freedom. For the next six months – I vowed to stay chill with my emotions – no matter what occurred and whether it hurt.
I remember around Christmas last year – he sent me a text saying – that he wanted to tell me that he loved me – because he knew he hadn’t in a very long time – and that I was kind to him and that he didn’t deserve it. I was so happy – to hear that he did still love me that I burst into tears… I had thought that because I had been “good” and not bothered him with my emotional baggage or other relationship "demands" i.e. seeing each other more.… that he loved me again and that things would go back to normal i.e. we would start planning our future together and see each other more.
I remember some time last February – I went to Jim’s house and ended up waking up in the middle of the night. I sat down at his computer that he had given me the password to when we were trying to place a sports bet. I went to type in something and noticed the first previous search bar that popped up was a craigslist add for a hooker in Dallas Texas – where his adult son “Matt” lived. I knew that Jim was planning on visiting Matt for his birthday and while I had been invited on such vacations in the past, I wasn’t invited on this one. Shortly thereafter, I was making Jim’s bed and found a condom on the floor. – we didn’t use condoms. I confronted Jim on both issues. He became livid and the discussion got more heated than I would like to admit. He accused me of being insecure, emotional, petty etc. and explained that he was planning to rent this hooker for photos with Matt and his friends for Matt’s birthday. He also explained that the condom was probably Matt’s from the time Matt and his girlfriend had spent at his place during Christmas. He then told me he no longer trusted me because it was obvious I was snooping, violating his trust etc. and that I needed to leave his house immediately. He then accused me of bizarre things like – turning over the photos of his kids (which I had not done – I actually loved his kids and had even put photos of them up at my house). I told him I wanted to stay and to try and work things out – but his tone was so mean – it was like I was talking to another person. I broke down and cried – Jim had no empathy – he told me to stop being a baby, to grow up and get control of myself.. Jim left me at his house the next day and told me that he was so angry he was staying somewhere else. Once again – I was devastated and he made me feel as if it were my fault. And I believed him.
Things were on and off again from there on… Jim would be kind and show me attention from time to time but then other times – would tell me I was too emotional and “crazy” for him to be with. He also started saying – things like – I need to find a new “good” girlfriend and that I should do the same. I thought he was joking. I felt strongly that he had fallen out of love or more likely was never in love with me but somehow believed him when he would say that if I could just stop being so emotional and needy that the relationship would strengthen and go back to how it was in the beginning. During this time - I would ask Jim how he felt about me and he would tell me that he “loved” me when I was being normal and not crazy. So – I stupidly tried to sweep my feelings under the rug and offered up my love and friendship to him without asking for anything in return. Towards the end of the summer – Jim planned a family vacation with his kids and his niece that I had also become friends with. My sons and I weren’t invited. I was hurt but he explained that he didn’t need someone “crazy” around – and that he just needed to spend some quality time with them. I understood. He and his kids stopped by my house on their way back from their vacation we hung out as if we were a couple again. We were intimate and Jim even sent me a text of quote talking about loving someone so much that it hurt. I was happy – He said we could see each other more if I would just stop being so psycho all the time.
Shortly thereafter – Jim invited me to his house – I was excited. I thought maybe we were starting to repair things. I hadn’t been there in months. While I was there, he took me to this property that he had decided to buy with this young single mom/real estate agent that he had just met. I was upset - but tried to hold it together. I think I was mostly upset because we had talked about buying a house together where I would put down some $$ and he would put down some $$ and I had also asked him several times if he had wanted to invest with me as I loved investing in fixer-uppers and building spec homes. He had always declined explaining that he didn’t have enough money because it was all in stocks etc. and that if this stock went up he would etc.
When he took me to the property – I said it was beautiful – but that I wasn’t sure if it would make a good investment as the sitework would be very expensive and the price that you could get for the homes out there didn’t really justify the costs involved with the development. He got angry- very angry – and called me petty, jealous, insecure and immature. He said – you’d have no problem if she was a male. I said that wasn’t true and that maybe I was a little insecure about the fact that she was so striking but that most of my hurt stemmed from the fact that he wanted to invest with someone else other than me – after I had sent him a million properties to look at as an investment over the years and he had declined all of my ideas. I asked if – I could see the numbers and if it looked good, I could maybe put in some cash too as it would be fun to do a project together – he said "no – I don’t want to do a project with someone as emotional as you." I later found out that he had purchased the property with cash and formed a LLC with this woman that he did not know and was willing to split the profits with her 50/50. We got into a huge argument – and I lost it. I screamed that he was mean and that I thought he was buying property with another person – just to spite me! He called me manipulative and controlling just like his mother and ex-wife. He explained that he was an adult and could buy anything he wanted. I said - I agreed but that it still hurt because I felt like he was listening to this woman's opinion over mine. I cried – and for the first time ever -- He laughed at me for crying. It was at that point – I started questioning everything – did this person who I deeply loved – have any empathy at all whatsoever? I had seen him hug his niece when she was upset and crying once – but he had never offered me that kind of care when I was upset. But to actually laugh and take enjoyment from someone else’s pain? I was not only devastated but I then started questioning not only my own judgment by my own sanity. Maybe – I deserved this – I thought – Maybe I am jealous… I know I am too emotional… etc. I left in tears.
We slowly starting talking again. Then - a couple weeks later – I was on social media and noticed – that he had commented on this photo of this female with her boobs hanging out – it was a fire emoji. I was hurt and pissed. I had no idea that he was out flirting with other people. I thought we were on again off-again -but that we were still working things out and might get back together. After I saw his comment, I sent him a million angry texts that I’m not proud of – things like “f*&$ you” – “I hope you drop dead” etc. I know. I know. No excuse - not okay - I own it. I realize that this was an overreaction for a comment on a photo – but by that point – I felt as if it was a confirmation of what I had thought all along – he was treating himself as single when I wasn’t around -- I had finally lost it and was angry – very angry. I thought to myself – what else don’t I know? That’s when I checked Tinder – I made a fake account and sure enough – Jim was on there – “divorced for 20 years. Friends first then connection. No drama.” My heart shattered. I had no idea he was actually dating other people – especially since we had just slept together a week and a half earlier. I was so hurt. I immediately called Jim. His immediate reaction of course was anger – but when he understood that I knew he was on Tinder – he explained – that his "friend" had signed him up and that he had only been on for a week and that we were broken up. He also said he was deleting his account. I took that as a sign that there was still a chance we could mend things. I know – I look like a pathetic idiot at this point.
After the Tinder incident - I told Jim that I still loved him and wanted to work things out - he immediately showed up on my doorstep and spent the next couple days with me – he was sweet and kind, and we were intimate – but we didn’t talk about our future at all. We again started texting all day long like we had done before when things were good and when I tried to raise the issue of how he felt about me - he basically said - don't start- and that if i could just let things be -- they would get better. At this point – I had no idea – how Jim really felt about me – I just remembered the good Jim and how great those first two years had been – and the last six months just felt like this surreal bad dream. I just wanted it over – or to know once and for all how Jim really felt about me.
That's when I did one of the worst things I’ve probably ever done. I signed up on Tinder under a fake account and sure enough – Jim was on there. This was of course – after he had stated several times that he wasn’t. I swiped right – Jim had liked me too!! I sent him a message as “Carly” and before you know it – I was meeting Jim for a drink… and I was extremely flirtatious… the texting quickly turned sexual - he loved it – I ended up cancelling at the last minute (because I’m two hours away) – and said I would make it up to him. He said he could meet up with me on Saturday after he got back from running an errand near where I lived (Jim didn’t tell me he was coming to my town to run an errand). Friday night, Carly texted to see if they were still on - he texted back saying he was horny and couldn’t wait... Shortly before his Tinder date – I was sure to tell Jim that I missed him and loved him and still wanted to work things out. He texted me back a love song – (which he had explained was his way of telling me he loved me) with lyrics like “the love that I feel is oh so strong”… etc. I was disgusted - It was at this point that I realized that not one of the songs that he had sent me in the past meant anything to him. That it was all lies. I hopped in the car and drove up to meet him – he showed up looking dapper and ready to mingle. I thought about just cancelling on him – but I needed to see his reaction – because in the past – when I had confronted him about questionable behavior – he was always able to explain it away – and I was usually in such an emotional state – that nothing was ever clear. This time, I would be watching his reaction closely with a clear head and there was really no way he could explain this away.
When I came walking in – he looked as if he had seen a ghost. Jim was livid. I tried to tell him that since things had been so confused and he wouldn’t be honest with me – that I had to figure out for myself what was going on. He said I had gone too far and that this was next level devious/psycho shit and that if I posted this story on Reddit – I would be the one skewered. I felt bad. I told him I was sorry that I had hurt his feelings and that I didn’t do it to make him feel stupid or embarrassed – that I just needed to know the truth. He actually told me - that he just wanted to talk to some person that was nice and wasn't me or is his ex-wife. I didn't really say much - because there was really no point anymore. So anyway – I am posting this on Reddit – to see – if I am a terrible person or if perhaps – my crazy actions might have been justified by Jim’s behavior. Sorry – this is so long – but – without the background facts – even I think that I appear psycho. Also - while I still love Jim - I don't think there's any recovering from the above - Thoughts??
TL/DR - i made a fake Tinder account after months of breaking up and getting back together with my ex to see if he was lying to me about his feelings and interest in dating other people. He set a date with my fake Tinder girl, I showed up and he was extremely angry - called me psycho and said if i posted this on Reddit - I would be skewered.
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2020.09.21 05:34 Dels1nRowe 40[M4F], Seattle: We ride together, we die together

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2020.09.21 02:47 Leather_Term Meet Brock Pierce, the Presidential Candidate With Ties to Pedophiles Who Wants to End Human Trafficking

thedailybeast.com Sep. 20, 2020.
The “Mighty Ducks” actor is running for president. He clears the air (sort of) to Tarpley Hitt about his ties to Jeffrey Epstein and more.
In the trailer for First Kid, the forgettable 1996 comedy about a Secret Service agent assigned to protect the president’s son, the title character, played by a teenage Brock Pierce, describes himself as “definitely the most powerful kid in the universe.” Now, the former child star is running to be the most powerful man in the world, as an Independent candidate for President of the United States.
Before First Kid, the Minnesota-born actor secured roles in a series of PG-rated comedies, playing a young Emilio Estevez in The Mighty Ducks, before graduating to smaller parts in movies like Problem Child 3: Junior in Love. When his screen time shrunk, Pierce retired from acting for a real executive role: co-founding the video production start-up Digital Entertainment Network (DEN) alongside businessman Marc Collins-Rector. At age 17, Pierce served as its vice president, taking in a base salary of $250,000.
DEN became “the poster child for dot-com excesses,” raising more than $60 million in seed investments and plotting a $75 million IPO. But it turned into a shorthand for something else when, in October of 1999, the three co-founders suddenly resigned. That month, a New Jersey man filed a lawsuit alleging Collins-Rector had molested him for three years beginning when he was 13 years old. The following summer, three teens filed a sexual-abuse lawsuit against Pierce, Collins-Rector, and their third co-founder, Chad Shackley. The plaintiffs later dropped their case against Pierce (he made a payment of $21,600 to one of their lawyers) and Shackley. But after a federal grand jury indicted Collins-Rector on criminal charges in 2000, the DEN founders left the country. When Interpol arrested them in 2002, they said they had confiscated “guns, machetes, and child pornography” from the trio’s beach villa in Spain.
While abroad, Pierce had pivoted to a new venture: Internet Gaming Entertainment, which sold virtual accessories in multiplayer online role-playing games to those desperate to pay, as one Wired reporter put it, “as much as $1,800 for an eight-piece suit of Skyshatter chain mail” rather than earn it in the games themselves. In 2005, a 25-year-old Pierce hired then-Goldman Sachs banker Steve Bannon—just before he would co-found Breitbart News. Two years later, after a World of Warcraft player sued the company for “diminishing” the fun of the game, Steve Bannon replaced Pierce as CEO.
Collins-Rector eventually pleaded guilty to eight charges of child enticement and registered as a sex offender. In the years that followed, Pierce waded into the gonzo economy of cryptocurrencies, where he overlapped more than once with Jeffrey Epstein, and counseled him on crypto. In that world, he founded Tether, a cryptocurrency that bills itself as a “stablecoin,” because its value is allegedly tied to the U.S. dollar, and the blockchain software company Block.one. Like his earlier businesses, Pierce’s crypto projects see-sawed between massive investments and curious deals. When Block.one announced a smart contract software called EOS.IO, the company raised $4 billion almost overnight, setting an all-time record before the product even launched. The Securities and Exchange Commission later fined the company $24 million for violating federal securities law. After John Oliver mocked the ordeal, calling Pierce a “sleepy, creepy cowboy,” Block.one fired him. Tether, meanwhile, is currently under investigation by the New York Attorney General for possible fraud.
On July 4, Pierce announced his candidacy for president. His campaign surrogates include a former Cambridge Analytica director and the singer Akon, who recently doubled down on developing an anonymously funded, $6 billion “Wakanda-like” metropolis in Senegal called Akon City. Pierce claims to be bipartisan, and from the 11 paragraphs on the “Policy” section of his website it can be hard to determine where he falls on the political spectrum. He supports legalizing marijuana and abolishing private prisons, but avoids the phrase “climate change.” He wants to end “human trafficking.” His proposal to end police brutality: body cams.
His political contributions tell a more one-sided story. Pierce’s sole Democratic contribution went to the short-lived congressional run of crypto candidate Brian Forde. The rest went to Republican campaigns like Marco Rubio, Rick Perry, John McCain, and the National Right to Life Political Action Committee. Last year alone, Pierce gave over $44,000 to the Republican National Committee and more than $55,000 to Trump’s re-election fund.
Pierce spoke to The Daily Beast from his tour bus and again over email. Those conversations have been combined and edited for clarity.
You’re announcing your presidential candidacy somewhat late, and historically, third-party candidates haven’t had the best luck with the executive office. If you don’t have a strong path to the White House, what do you want out of the race?
I announced on July 4, which I think is quite an auspicious date for an Independent candidate, hoping to bring independence to this country. There’s a lot of things that I can do. One is: I’m 39 years old. I turn 40 in November. So I’ve got time on my side. Whatever happens in this election cycle, I’m laying the groundwork for the future. The overall mission is to create a third major party—not another third party—a third major party in this country. I think that is what America needs most. George Washington in his closing address warned us about the threat of political parties. John Adams and the other founding fathers—their fear for our future was two political parties becoming dominant. And look at where we are. We were warned.
I believe, having studied systems, any time you have a system of two, what happens is those two things come together, like magnets. They come into collision, or they become polarized and become completely divided. I think we need to rise above partisan politics and find a path forward together. As Albert Einstein is quoted—I’m not sure the line came from him, but he’s quoted in many places—he said that the definition of insanity is making the same mistake or doing the same thing over and over and over again, expecting a different result. [Ed. note: Einstein never said this.] It feels like that’s what our election cycle is like. Half the country feels like they won, half the country feels like they lost, at least if they voted or participated.
Obviously, there’s another late-comer to the presidential race, and that’s Kanye West. He’s received a lot of flak for his candidacy, as he’s openly admitted to trying to siphon votes away from Joe Biden to ensure a Trump victory. Is that something you’re hoping to avoid or is that what you’re going for as well?
Oh no. This is a very serious campaign. Our campaign is very serious. You’ll notice I don’t say anything negative about either of the two major political candidates, because I think that’s one of the problems with our political system, instead of people getting on stage, talking about their visionary ideas, inspiring people, informing and educating, talking about problems, mentioning problems, talking about solutions, constructive criticism. That’s why I refuse to run a negative campaign. I am definitely not a spoiler. I’m into data, right? I’m a technologist. I’ve got digital DNA. So does most of our campaign team. We’ve got our finger on the pulse.
Most of my major Democratic contacts are really happy to see that we’re running in a red state like Wyoming. Kanye West’s home state is Wyoming. He’s not on the ballot in Wyoming I could say, in part, because he didn’t have Akon on his team. But I could also say that he probably didn’t want to be on the ballot in Wyoming because it’s a red state. He doesn’t want to take additional points in a state where he’s only running against Trump. But we’re on the ballot in Wyoming, and since we’re on the ballot in Wyoming I think it’s safe—more than safe, I think it’s evident—that we are not here to run as a spoiler for the benefit of Donald Trump.
In running for president, you’ve opened yourself up to be scrutinized from every angle going back to the beginning of your career. I wanted to ask you about your time at the Digital Entertainment Network. Can you tell me a little bit about how you started there? You became a vice president as a teenager. What were your qualifications and what was your job exactly?
Well, I was the co-founder. A lot of it was my idea. I had an idea that people would use the internet to watch videos, and we create content for the internet. The idea was basically YouTube and Hulu and Netflix. Anyone that was around in the ‘90s and has been around digital media since then, they all credit us as the creators of basically those ideas. I was just getting a message from the creator of The Vandals, the punk rock band, right before you called. He’s like, “Brock, looks like we’re going to get the Guinness Book of World Records for having created the first streaming television show.”
We did a lot of that stuff. We had 30 television shows. We had the top most prestigious institutions in the world as investors. The biggest names. High-net-worth investors like Terry Semel, who’s chairman and CEO of Warner Brothers, and became the CEO of Yahoo. I did all sorts of things. I helped sell $150,000 worth of advertising contracts to the CEOs of Pepsi and everything else. I was the face of the company, meeting all the major banks and everything else, selling the vision of what the future was.
You moved in with Marc Collins-Rector and Chad Shackley at a mansion in Encino. Was that the headquarters of the business?
All start-ups, they normally start out in your home. Because it’s just you. The company was first started out of Marc’s house, and it was probably there for the first two or three months, before the company got an office. That’s, like, how it is for all start-ups.
were later a co-defendant in the L.A. County case filed against Marc Collins-Rector for plying minors with alcohol and drugs, in order to facilitate sexual abuse. You were dropped from the case, but you settled with one of the men for $21,600. Can you explain that?
Okay, well, first of all, that’s not accurate. Two of the plaintiffs in that case asked me if I would be a plaintiff. Because I refused to be a part of the lawsuit, they chose to include me to discredit me, to make their case stronger. They also went and offered 50 percent of what they got to the house management—they went around and offered money to anyone to participate in this. They needed people to corroborate their story. Eventually, because I refused to participate in the lawsuit, they named me. Subsequently, all three of the plaintiffs apologized to me, in front of audiences, in front of many people, saying Brock never did anything. They dismissed their cases.
Remember, this is a civil thing. I’ve never been charged with a crime in my life. And the last plaintiff to have his case dismissed, he contacted his lawyer and said, “Dismiss this case against Brock. Brock never did anything. I just apologized. Dismiss his case.” And the lawyer said, “No. I won’t dismiss this case, I have all these out-of-pocket expenses, I refuse to file the paperwork unless you give me my out-of-pocket expenses.” And so the lawyer, I guess, had $21,000 in bills. So I paid his lawyer $21,000—not him, it was not a settlement. That was a payment to his lawyer for his out-of-pocket expenses. Out-of-pocket expenses so that he would file the paperwork to dismiss the case.
You’ve said the cases were unfounded, and the plaintiffs eventually apologized. But your boss, Marc Collins-Rector later pleaded guilty to eight charges of child enticement and registered as a sex offender. Were you aware of his behavior? How do you square the fact that later allegations proved to be true, but these ones were not?
Well, remember: I was 16 and 17 years old at the time? So, no. I don’t think Marc is the man they made him out to be. But Marc is not a person I would associate with today, and someone I haven’t associated with in a very long time. I was 16 and 17. I chose the wrong business partner. You live and you learn.
You’ve pointed out that you were underage when most of these allegations were said to take place. Did you ever feel like you were coerced or in over your head while working at DEN?
I mean, I was working 18 hours a day, doing things I’d never done before. It was business school. But I definitely learned a lot in building that company. We raised $88 million. We filed our [form] S-1 to go public. We were the hottest start-up in Los Angeles.
In 2000, you left the country with Marc Collins-Rector. Why did you leave? How did you spend those two years abroad?
I moved to Spain in 1999 for personal reasons. I spent those two years in Europe working on developing my businesses.
Interpol found you in 2002. The house where you were staying reportedly contained guns, machetes, and child pornography. Whose guns and child porn were those? Were you aware they were in the house, and how did those get there?
My lawyers have addressed this in 32 pages of documentation showing a complete absence of wrongdoing. Please refer to my webpage for more information.
[Ed. Note: The webpage does not mention guns, machetes, or child pornography. It does state:“It is true that when the local police arrested Collins-Rector in Spain in 2002 on an international warrant, Mr. Pierce was also taken into custody, but so was everyone at Collins-Rector’s house in Spain; and it is equally clear that Brock was promptly released, and no charges of any kind were ever filed against Brock concerning this matter.”]
What do you make of the allegations against Bryan Singer? [Ed. Note: Bryan Singer, a close friend of Collins-Rector, invested at least $50,000 in DEN. In an Atlantic article outlining Singer’s history of alleged sexual assault and statutory rape, one source claimed that at age 15, Collins-Rector abused him and introduced him to Singer, who then assaulted him in the DEN headquarters.]
I am aware of them and I support of all victims of sexual assault. I will let America’s justice system decide on Singer’s outcome.
In 2011, you spoke at the Mindshift conference supported by Jeffrey Epstein. At that point, he had already been convicted of soliciting prostitution from a minor. Why did you agree to speak?
I had never heard of Jeffrey Epstein. His name was not on the website. I was asked to speak at a conference alongside Nobel Prize winners. It was not a cryptocurrency conference, it was filled with Nobel Prize winners. I was asked to speak alongside Nobel Prize winners on the future of money. I speak at conferences historically, two to three times a week. I was like, “Nobel Prize winners? Sounds great. I’ll happily talk about the future of money with them.” I had no idea who Jeffrey Epstein was. His name was not listed anywhere on the website. Had I known what I know now? I clearly would have never spoken there. But I spoke at a conference that he cosponsored.
What’s your connection to the Clinton Global Initiative? Did you hear about it through Jeffrey Epstein?
I joined the Clinton Global Initiative as a philanthropist in 2006 and was a member for one year. My involvement with the Initiative had no connection to Jeffrey Epstein whatsoever.
You’ve launched your campaign in Minnesota, where George Floyd was killed by a police officer. How do you feel about the civil uprising against police brutality?
I’m from Minnesota. Born and raised. We just had a press conference there, announcing that we’re on the ballot. Former U.S. Senator Dean Barkley was there. So that tells you, when former U.S. Senators are endorsing the candidate, right?
[Ed. note: Barkley was never elected to the United States Senate. In November of 2002, he was appointed by then Minnesota Governor Jesse Venture to fill the seat after Sen. Paul Wellstone died in a plane crash. Barkley’s term ended on Jan. 3, 2003—two months later.]
Yes, George Floyd was murdered in Minneapolis. My vice-presidential running mate Karla Ballard and I, on our last trip to Minnesota together, went to visit the George Floyd Memorial. I believe in law and order. I believe that law and order is foundational to any functioning society. But there is no doubt in my mind that we need reform. These types of events—this is not an isolated incident. This has happened many times before. It’s time for change. We have a lot of detail around policy on this issue that we will be publishing next week. Not just high-level what we think, not just a summary, but detailed policy.
You said that you support “law and order.” What does that mean?
“Law and order” means creating a fair and just legal system where our number one priority is protecting the inalienable rights of “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness” for all people. This means reforming how our police intervene in emergency situations, abolishing private prisons that incentivize mass incarceration, and creating new educational and economic opportunities for our most vulnerable communities. I am dedicated to preventing crime by eliminating the socioeconomic conditions that encourage it.
I support accountability and transparency in government and law enforcement. Some of the key policies I support are requiring body-cams on all law enforcement officers who engage with the public, curtailing the 1033 program that provides local law enforcement agencies with access to military equipment, and abolishing private prisons. Rather than simply defund the police, my administration will take a holistic approach to heal and unite America by ending mass incarceration, police brutality, and racial injustice.
Did you attend any Black Lives Matter protests?
I support all movements aimed at ending racial injustice and inequality. I​ have not attended any Black Lives Matter protests.​ My running-mate, Karla Ballard, attended the March on Washington in support of racial justice and equality.
Your platform doesn’t mention the words “climate change.” Is there a reason for that?
I’m not sure what you mean. Our policy platform specifically references human-caused climate change and we have a plan to restabilize the climate, address environmental degradation, and ensure environmental sustainability.
[Ed. Note: As of writing the Pierce campaign’s policy platform does not specifically reference human-caused climate change.]
You’ve recently brought on Akon as a campaign surrogate. How did that happen? Tell me about that.
Akon and I have been friends for quite some time. I was one of the guys that taught him about Bitcoin. I helped make some videogames for him, I think in 2012. We were talking about Bitcoin, teaching him the ropes, back in 2013. And in 2014, we were both speaking at the Milken Global Conference, and I encouraged him to talk about how Bitcoin, Africa, changed the world. He became the biggest celebrity in the world, talking about Bitcoin at the time. I’m an adviser to his Akoin project, very interested in the work that he’s doing to build a city in Africa.
I think we need a government that’s of, for, and by the people. Akon has huge political aspirations. He obviously was a hugely successful artist. But he also discovered artists like Lady Gaga. So not only is he, himself, a great artist, but he’s also a great identifier and builder of other artists. And he’s been a great businessman, philanthropist. He’s pushing the limits of what can be done. We’re like-minded individuals in that regard. I think he’ll be running for political office one day, because he sees what I see: that we need real change, and we need a government that is of, for, and by the people.
You mentioned that you’re an adviser on Akoin. Do you have any financial investments in Akoin or Akon City?
I don’t believe so. I’d have to check. I have so much stuff. But I don’t believe that I have any economic interests in his stuff. I’d have to verify that. We’ll get back to you. I don’t believe that I have any economic interests. My interest is in helping him. He’s a visionary with big ideas that wants to help things in the world. If I can be of assistance in helping him make the world a better place, I’m all for it. I’m not motivated by money. I’m not running for office because I’m motivated by power. I’m running for office because I’m deeply, deeply concerned about our collective future.
You’ve said you’re running on a pro-technology platform. One week into your campaign last month, a New York appeals court approved the state Attorney General’s attempt to investigate the stablecoin Tether for potentially fraudulent activity. Do you think this will impact your ability to sell people on your tech entrepreneurship?
No, I think my role in Tether is as awesome as it gets. It was my idea. I put it together. But I’ve had no involvement in the company since 2015. I gave all of my equity to the other shareholders. I’ve had zero involvement in the company for almost six years. It was just my idea. I put the initial team together. But I think Tether is one of the most important innovations in the world, certainly. The idea is, I digitized the U.S. dollar. I used technology to digitize currency—existing currency. The U.S. dollar in particular. It’s doing $10 trillion a year. Ten trillion dollars a year of transactional volume. It’s probably the most important innovation in currency since the advent of fiat money. The people that took on the business and ran the business in years to come, they’ve done things I’m not proud of. I’m not sure they’ve done anything criminal. But they certainly did things differently than I would do. But it’s like, you have kids, they turn 18, they go out into the world, and sometimes you’re proud of the things they do, and sometimes you shake your head and go, “Ugh, why did you do that?” I have zero concerns as it relates to me personally. I wish they made better decisions.
What do you think the investigation will find?
I have no idea. The problem that was raised is that there was a $5 million loan between two entities and whether or not they had the right to do that, did they disclose it correctly. There’s been no accusations of, like, embezzlement or anything that bad.
[Ed. Note: The Attorney General’s press release on the investigation reads: “Our investigation has determined that the operators of the ‘Bitfinex’ trading platform, who also control the ‘tether’ virtual currency, have engaged in a cover-up to hide the apparent loss of $850 million dollars of co-mingled client and corporate funds.”]
But there’s been some disclosure things, that is the issue. No one is making any outrageous claims that these are people that have done a bunch of bad—well, on the internet, the media has said that the people behind the business may have been manipulating the price of Bitcoin, but I don’t think that has anything to do with the New York investigation. Again, I’m so not involved, and so not at risk, that I’m not even up to speed on the details.
[Ed note: A representative of the New York State Attorney General told Forbes that he “cannot confirm or deny that the investigation” includes Pierce.]
We’ve recently witnessed the rise of QAnon, the conspiracy theory that Hollywood is an evil cabal of Satanic pedophiles and Trump is the person waging war on them. You mentioned human trafficking, which has become a cause for them. What are your thoughts on that?
I’ve watched some of the content. I think it’s an interesting phenomenon. I’m an internet person, so Anonymous is obviously an organization that has been doing interesting stuff. It’s interesting. I don’t have a big—conspiracy theory stuff is—I guess I have a question for you: What do you think of all of it, since you’re the expert?
You know, I think it’s not true, but I’m not running for president. I do wonder what this politician [Georgia congressional candidate Marjorie Taylor Greene], who’s just won her primary, is going to do on day one, once she finds out there’s no satanic cabal room.
Wait, someone was running for office and won on a QAnon platform, saying that Hollywood did—say what? You’re the expert here.
She won a primary. But I want to push on if we only have a few minutes. In 2006, your gaming company IGE brought on Steve Bannon as an investor. Goldman later bought out most of your stock. Bannon eventually replaced you as CEO of Affinity. You’ve described him as your “right-hand man for, like, seven years.” How well did you know Bannon during that time?
Yes, so this is in my mid-twenties. He wasn’t an investor. He worked for me. He was my banker. He worked for me for three years as my yield guide. And then he was my CEO running the company for another four years. So I haven’t worked with Steve for a decade or so. We worked in videogame stuff and banking. He was at Goldman Sachs. He was not in the political area at the time. But he was a pretty successful banker. He set up Goldman Sachs Los Angeles. So for me, I’d say he did a pretty good job.
During your business relationship, Steve Bannon founded Breitbart News, which has pretty consistently published racist material. How do you feel about Breitbart?
I had no involvement with Breitbart News. As for how I feel about such material, I’m not pleased by any form of hate-mongering. I strongly support the equality of all Americans.
Did you have qualms about Bannon’s role in the 2016 election?
Bannon’s role in the Trump campaign got me to pay closer attention to what he was doing but that’s about it. Whenever you find out that one of your former employees has taken on a role like that, you pay attention.
Bannon served on the board of Cambridge Analytica. A staffer on your campaign, Brittany Kaiser, also served as a business director for them. What are your thoughts on their use of illicitly-obtained Facebook data for campaign promotional material?
Yes, so this will be the last question I can answer because I’ve got to be off for this 5:00 pm. But Brittany Kaiser is a friend of mine. She was the whistleblower of Cambridge Analytica. She came to me and said, “What do I do?” And I said, “Tell the truth. The truth will set you free.”
[Ed. Note: Investigations in Cambridge Analytica took place as early as Nov. 2017, when a U.K. reporter at Channel 4 News recorded their CEO boasting about using “beautiful Ukranian girls” and offers of bribes to discredit political officials. The first whistleblower was Christopher Wylie, who disclosed a cache of documents to The Guardian, published on Mar. 17, 2018. Kaiser’s confession ran five days later, after the scandal made national news. Her association with Cambridge Analytica is not mentioned anywhere on Pierce’s campaign website.]
So I’m glad that people—I’m a supporter of whistleblowers, people that see injustice in the world and something not right happening, and who put themselves in harm’s way to stand up for what they believe in. So I stand up for Brittany Kaiser.
Who do you think [anonymous inventor of Bitcoin] Satoshi Nakamoto is?
We all are Satoshi Nakamoto.
You got married at Burning Man. Have you been attending virtual Burning Man?
I’m running a presidential campaign. So, while I was there in spirit, unfortunately my schedule did not permit me to attend.
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2020.09.20 20:36 Dels1nRowe 40[M4F], Seattle: We ride together, we die together

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I am Indian, 5'8, brown and slender with a barely noticeable gut. Yeah, don't have a six pack. I eat healthy and stay active. I prefer thicc, curvy or slender but not plus size. Senior engineer and a great career. I have done dating, relationships and even marriage. I am not looking to get married again. I don't see love in co-mingling furniture or finances. I want us to have a life together without a piece of paper. Love transcends a superficial paper. Love even transcends time and is beyond a dimension that we will barely grasp in this lifetime. I want us to go on long walks, enjoy a movie together, go on a hike as I hold you in my arms and travel the world. I want to feel alive knowing I am it for you and that messaging me makes your day. So go ahead, I am waiting.
Edit: I can send a pic if you send me yours. I will send you a OneDrive link with my image that is fully secure. OneDrive is like Imgur but it is Microsoft’s cloud service and protects privacy.
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2020.09.20 20:31 MoreOrlessIguess2 I've set an exit date for myself.

I need to rant, read it or not, I'm just going to write away.
I'm a 38 year old dude, had an okayish childhood. My parents weren't good parents but at least I was financially secure. I was raised the same way you handle dogs when you lack diplomacy: orders and slaps if I misbehaved. I was terrified of my mother and spent more than 20 years doing exaclty what I was told being scared shitless for myself. I grew up to be a good head taller than her and stronger but even then I knew how to be afraid of anyone that had so much as a shrink of authority.
After puberty she wondered a lot why I wouldn't go out and mingle with people, I don't think she knows the impact she had. But to put it in short: I didn't learn how to behave and act with people, books were my escape and still are, I can understand the protagonists and the antagonists when I just don't get the humans around me.
I tried to learn how to, with group sports especially, but I also went to a psychiatrist, cut contacts with my idiot parents and went on on my own.
When that failed, I hit other areas of my life I could succeed with, I worked, became a physiotherapist, volunteered abroad for the red cross and at a suicide hotline, got ripped. I joined online dating for months but at the end of the day, I'm not attractive or desirable.
It got me depressed, so I went back to therapy to handle said depression, it worked and I went back to keep on with life.
Lately, I've just been contemplating my life. I never had a girlfriend, I barely have friends and I can't be half-assed to keep them for long, I'm balding, wrinkles appear more and more. I'm getting old and I never enjoyed my youth.
I'm set, I spent life alone and it's not worth it.
I don't like my life, but I can at least leave on my own terms, my 40th birthday will do, I can binge some series and visit south america which I always wanted to do in the meantime and then I can leave this shitty existence behind.
Rant over, thanks for reading.
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2020.09.20 20:29 MoreOrlessIguess2 I've set an exit date for myself.

I need to rant, read it or not, I'm just going to write away.
I'm a 38 year old dude, had an okayish childhood. My parents weren't good parents but at least I was financially secure. I was raised the same way you handle dogs when you lack diplomacy: orders and slaps if I misbehaved. I was terrified of my mother and spent more than 20 years doing exaclty what I was told being scared shitless for myself. I grew up to be a good head taller than her and stronger but even then I knew how to be afraid of anyone that had so much as a shrink of authority.
After puberty she wondered a lot why I wouldn't go out and mingle with people, I don't think she knows the impact she had. But to put it in short: I didn't learn how to behave and act with people, books were my escape and still are, I can understand the protagonists and the antagonists when I just don't get the humans around me.
I tried to learn how to, with group sports especially, but I also went to a psychiatrist, cut contacts with my idiot parents and went on on my own.
When that failed, I hit other areas of my life I could succeed with, I worked, became a physiotherapist, volunteered abroad for the red cross and at a suicide hotline, got ripped. I joined online dating for months but at the end of the day, I'm not attractive or desirable.
It got me depressed, so I went back to therapy to handle said depression, it worked and I went back to keep on with life.
Lately, I've just been contemplating my life. I never had a girlfriend, I barely have friends and I can't be half-assed to keep them for long, I'm balding, wrinkles appear more and more. I'm getting old and I never enjoyed my youth.
I'm set, I spent life alone and it's not worth it.
I don't like my life, but I can at least leave on my own terms, my 40th birthday will do, I can binge some series and visit south america which I always wanted to do in the meantime and then I can leave this shitty existence behind.
Rant over, thanks for reading.
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2020.09.20 20:29 MoreOrlessIguess2 I've set an exit date for myself.

I need to rant, read it or not, I'm just going to write away.
I'm a 38 year old dude, had an okayish childhood. My parents weren't good parents but at least I was financially secure. I was raised the same way you handle dogs when you lack diplomacy: orders and slaps if I misbehaved. I was terrified of my mother and spent more than 20 years doing exaclty what I was told being scared shitless for myself. I grew up to be a good head taller than her and stronger but even then I knew how to be afraid of anyone that had so much as a shrink of authority.
After puberty she wondered a lot why I wouldn't go out and mingle with people, I don't think she knows the impact she had. But to put it in short: I didn't learn how to behave and act with people, books were my escape and still are, I can understand the protagonists and the antagonists when I just don't get the humans around me.
I tried to learn how to, with group sports especially, but I also went to a psychiatrist, cut contacts with my idiot parents and went on on my own.
When that failed, I hit other areas of my life I could succeed with, I worked, became a physiotherapist, volunteered abroad for the red cross and at a suicide hotline, got ripped. I joined online dating for months but at the end of the day, I'm not attractive or desirable.
It got me depressed, so I went back to therapy to handle said depression, it worked and I went back to keep on with life.
Lately, I've just been contemplating my life. I never had a girlfriend, I barely have friends and I can't be half-assed to keep them for long, I'm balding, wrinkles appear more and more. I'm getting old and I never enjoyed my youth.
I'm set, I spent life alone and it's not worth it.
I don't like my life, but I can at least leave on my own terms, my 40th birthday will do, I can binge some series and visit south america which I always wanted to do in the meantime and then I can leave this shitty existence behind.
Rant over, thanks for reading.
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