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2023.06.08 19:58 jaunty_azeban Oh God Help
Got a very triggering email today out of the blue regarding my grandmother, who raised me and legally adopted me. Shes a narc and my bio mother is too. Ive never had a relationship with bio Narc mom and she is very manipulative, likely BLP and has lost custody of two kids. She found out there is a life insurance policy in my name and we fought becasue she is now going against my wishes for grandmother (who lives with brother) and has severe dementia and should be in a home. Im the bad guy in all this. A cobbled together trust and will lists me as sole heir and Im also Medical POA but now grandma doesnt remember raising me and my mom is now the saint and savior. Triangulation even now!! Narc mom wants control and money. Grandmas older brother ( with whom this email is from) is on Narc bio moms side and he has been doing all narc grandmas finances and taxes. Grandma gives him money as "rent" which she should. Got this gem outta the blue today. I havent talked to any of them since last Novemeber, just to keep my peace in my heart. Im not sure how to respond or even if I should. I dont know what to say, he doesnt realize how Narc mom has been to me my whole life and he doesnt care. She is the saint. Email below:
Hi, I thought I'd catch you up on your grandmother's condition. Her dementia has progressed slowly. She is at the stage where she will never be able to live alone. I do 98% of the housekeeping and meal prep. She has her favorite memories, which she tells over and over again, but she forgets most of what happens seconds or minutes ago. She does remember the way to her doctor's office, and to her pharmacy, but I'm driving her more often lately. I keep the peace by not arguing, or correcting her. She can lose her temper at the drop of a hat. Dementia is only part of her problems. She is in constant pain, with a lot of arthritis in different joints. She has to use a walker whenever she goes out. At home, she uses her cane, and the support of walls, furniture and counters to get around. It's a shame, but I think you are in an impossible position to be much help, being self employed, and so far away. I suppose you can help by expressing your love and support. I don't think you should fight with your mother either. You have to realize that if in a nursing home her estate will be used up in a matter of months. Medicaid goes back five years, checking that no money has been hidden or transferred to protect assets from them. I'm 87 years old. I have lived longer than any male in our family. I believe God lets me live to take care of my Sister. I will as long as I can. Love, Uncle (Grandmas brother)
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2023.06.08 19:57 theMezz Why a local man was court-martialed for saving Lafayette's life
1825, 198 years ago
A tearful reunion
You can't miss Amos Parker. He is well over six feet tall. Some say closer to seven. Many say he was the tallest soldier in the American army during the Revolutionary War.
This week, the now 63-year-old Parker enters Shepard's Hotel on Bagg's Square in Utica (really the Bagg's Hotel, but the name was changed while Abraham Shepard owned it from 1825 to 1828). Parker is determined to meet the hotel's distinguished guest, the Marquis de Lafayette.
In 1777, while the Revolutionary War was raging, the then 19-year-old, tall, red-haired Lafayette left his home in France and joined the American army in its fight to win for the American colonies their independence from Great Britain. He fought in many battles and, in 1781, commanded troops in Yorktown, Virginia, when British Gen. Charles Cornwallis surrendered his army to Gen. George Washington, just about ensuring an end to the war and an American victory.
On the night of January 30, 1948, Utica firefighters fought one of the most spectacular fires in the city’s history. Flames roared through “The Long Block” on the west side of Lower Genesee Street, between Oriskany and Whitesboro streets. The 3-alarm blaze was fought in temperatures 30 below zero. Seventeen firefighters were injured and 11 businesses damaged. Losses were estimated at $400,000.
Now, 44 years later, the 68-year-old Lafayette is back in America, touring the country as a guest of its grateful citizens. This week, after visits in Rome, Oriskany and Whitesboro, he enters Utica triumphantly via the Rome Road (today Lafayette Street). After a big celebration, he is in his hotel room, resting before continuing his journey east.
Suddenly, there is a knock on the door and in walks the very tall Amos Parker. At first, Lafayette is puzzled, but then Parker begins to relate an incident that occurred at the Battle of Yorktown.
As the fighting there raged, Lafayette ordered 25 of his men — including Parker — to remove a fence so that Lafayette could lead his soldiers through the breach. "Once you remove the fence," Lafayette shouted, "allow me and my men to ride through the opening. Do not fire your weapons!"
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The fence was removed and Lafayette and his men began to ride through. Suddenly, Parker spotted a British sniper aiming his rifle at Lafayette. Before the sniper could fire, though, Parker raised his musket and shot him.
Unbelievingly, an aide to Lafayette had Parker court-martialed for disobeying Lafayette's "don't fire your weapon" order. He, of course, was acquitted when it was learned that by disobeying the order, he had saved Lafayette's life.
Now, in a hotel room 44 years later, Parker and Lafayette relive the incident. They embrace and (a historian later wrote) enjoy "a heart-tugging event and weep" in each other's arms. (After the war, Parker settled in the town of Augusta in southwestern Oneida County and died there in 1842 at age 80. He was buried at the Parker (Augusta) Cemetery at the intersection of Augusta-Solsville Road and Anderson Road. A blue and yellow state marker there reads: AMOS PARKER, TALLEST MAN IN AMERICAN ARMY. SAVED GEN. LAFAYETTE'S LIFE. PRESENT AT THE SURRENDER OF CORNWALLIS. BURIED HERE.
1923, 100 years ago
Record at UFA
A class of 210 students receive diplomas at Utica Free Academy (UFA), the largest class ever graduated in the school's more than 100-year history. The Right Reverend Charles Fiske, bishop coadjutor of the Central New York Episcopal Diocese, addresses the students: "Why has the city of Utica paid for your education? … It expects to receive from you a return for its investment. You owe the community repayment for this debt. Not in money, but in service. You are expected to exercise a high standard of living, put forth an honest effort to make your neighborhood a better place to live and accept public calls of duty to serve your community with its charities and efforts to improve the public well-being."
1948, 75 years ago
Utica in novel
Carl Sandburg, noted poet and historian, completes a novel that contains a chapter on Utica and the Erie Canal. He was in Utica a year ago to collect material for the novel: "Remembrance Rock."
1973, 50 years ago
The General Electric Aircraft Equipment Division in Utica is awarded a $1.3 million contract for a computer system for the Viking Orbiter, which will explore Mars in 1975.
1998, 25 years ago
The village of Morrisville celebrates its 150th anniversary. It was incorporated in 1848 and named for its founder, Thomas Morris. He settled in the area in 1797 and built a house on the corner of today's Main and Cedar streets. His father, Robert, was a Founding Father from Pennsylvania, who signed the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.
Civita M. Allard, a registered nurse and an associate professor in the Health Services Department at Mohawk Valley Community College, receives the college's "alumna of merit" award.
In American Legion baseball, Utica Post defeats Parkhurst Post, 13 to 3, behind the pitching of Chris Donalty (a four hitter) and the hitting of Eric Miller (3 hits, 2 RBIs). Meanwhile, Whitestown beats Lee, 6 to 4, behind the hitting of Jason Englehart, Mike Antanavige, Bernie Martin, Brent Wengert and Matt Maine. Steve Rice has two hits for Lee.
The Genetaska Club of New Hartford elects Ellen Boerger as its president. Other officers include: Peg Mullin, vice president; Barbara Reinshagen, recording secretary; Sue Maher, corresponding secretary; Joyce Ebensperger, treasurer; and directors Joyce Goggin, Ada Ruhm, Ellie Lampert and Barbara Weaver.
2013, 10 years ago
Pro hockey returns
Utica, after many years without a professional hockey team, has one again. The Utica Comets are in the American Hockey League, a minor league affiliate of the Vancouver Canucks in the National Hockey League. They will play in the Utica Memorial Auditorium. Robert Esche, a former goalie in the National Hockey League and president of the Mohawk Valley Garden, will operate the team. Mayor Robert Palmieri says the move fits in with his vision for a revitalized Bagg's Square and Harbor Point development. "What a great day for the city!" he says. "The emotion is overwhelming."
The Greater Utica Sports Hall of Fame inducts Stan "Buddy" Evans, longtime baseball coach at Rome Free Academy and college football official; Bill Holowaty, originally from Mohawk, longtime baseball coach at Eastern Connecticut State University; Ed Wadas, a "super" supporter of local athletics and called the "candy man" for giving out candy at local games, especially in Whitesboro, Oriskany and New York Mills; and Tom Wells, multi-sport coach at New Hartford schools, especially known for his highly successful swim teams.
Bobbi Jo Kahl is approved by the town board in Remsen as as the town justice.
In American Legion baseball, Roberts Post defeats Whitestown, 3 to 1. Nate Palmer, a senior at Holland Patent High, strikes out 18 and gets the win. He is supported by the hitting of Kinsey Williams, Nico Ramos and Austin Mann. Whitestown's Jared Muraca pitches well, allowing only five hits.
Next Sunday is Father's Day. Let's celebrate with a tough question. Name the man who was the son of a U.S. president and also the father of a U.S. president. If you can't name him, at least name the two presidents. (Answer will appear here next week.)
Answer to last week's question: Richard Nixon was president when, on July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin first walked on the surface of the moon after landing in the Apollo 11 lunar module.
This Week in History is researched and written by Frank Tomaino. E-mail him at [[email protected]
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2023.06.08 19:56 wilkehmeh Nurses, do you have any particular hobby you practice regularly ?
I am a nursing student and I was wondering what kind of hobby do you practice ? Do you have time to do that hobby ? Or do you mainly work and have your resting times ? I know being a nurse is very tiring, I am a student and I already feel very tired as soon as I get home after the interships.
I was wondering if you could share with us any hobby you like to do ?
Do you have time for it ?
Any tips to manage the time ?
I'd love to know ^^
Thanks and have a cute day
did ask + love you + you are the best
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2023.06.08 19:53 tswizzle417 School List Help: TX ORM (3.8/515)
I would love some help with my school list. I am hoping to cut it down, but I am also open to schools I should add/replace with to increase my chances! I have already applied to all TX schools through TMDSAS, but I want to apply widely OOS as well.
cGPA: 3.8 sGPA: 3.74
MCAT: 515 (126/127/130/132)
Camp for Children with Disabilities Volunteer (75 hours)
Nursing home Volunteer (120 hours)
Science lessons for elementary students (30 hours)
Underserved Clinic Volunteer (380 hours)
CRC Job (Not started yet, will be 2000+ hours by Aug 2024)
Shadowing (45 hours)
1000+ hours, 4 presentations/posters, 2 conferences, thesis
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President of National Honor Society (270 hours)
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School List: Einstein, UF, UCF, Kaiser, Eastern Virginia, Indiana U, Oakland University, Penn State, Tulane, UCLA, UCSF, UCincinnati, UColorado, UIllinois, UIowa, UKentucky, UMaryland, UVermont, Virginia Commonwealth, Wayne State, West Virginia, Western Michigan, George Washington, UMass, Saint Louis, Dartmouth, Emory, UMiami, Rutgers, Sidney Kimmel, Tufts, Drexel, Lewis Katz, Georgetown, Wake Forest, Quinnipiac, Creighton, Jacobs, NYMC, Nova Southeastern, Univ of South Carolina, MCW, Hebert, Central Michigan, Brown (?), UMKC, Ohio State, Rosalind Franklin, Loyola, Georgetown
Thank you in advance; any input is greatly appreciated!
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2023.06.08 19:48 NightCities13 88 Years Later-Game 12
This year’s arena was a dry riverbed covered in rocks, with about four feet of water in the river at some parts. A small forest was above the river. The usual weapons, supplies, and consumables were included, along with the backpacks.
When the bell rang, Anesthesia ran forwards and grabbed a bow and six packs of arrows, as well as a backpack, before running off into the forest. Paul grabbed a backpack and took off, and Appa grabbed a backpack, waiting for Nikon to grab a taser before the two ran away.
Jessica and Aelianus killed the girl from 11, the boy from 9, the girl from 8, Kerry (10), the boy from 6, the girl from 5, and the boy from 4, finishing off the bloodbath by killing Brookie, who was the youngest and shortest tribute this Games.
Paul arrived at the perimeter and drank thirstily from a small pool of water nearby. He decided to camp here, and sat up against a large rock.
Anesthesia climbed a tree with expertise, as hunting outside one’s district was now allowed since a year after the original 100th Games. She sat up in her high point, and shot Rubiana and Garry (both 1) when they passed by her tree.
Meanwhile Appa and Nikon stopped in an area up high with a bunch of boulders everywhere. They ate some bread and drank some water, and when Appa noticed a suspicious rock, she pressed on it, causing a loud noise, which turned out to be some rocks falling from the sky, which killed Holleen (7) and Harold (5).
Appa noticed other suspicious rocks, and she told Nikon that they could set traps for other tributes here. This was a special area set up by Game Maker Juliana Ricci, and the person that found this area was set for most of the Games.
Nikon pressed a second rock, which sent rocks down on the south side of the arena, killing Jessica and Aelianus (both 2), Ryla (9), and Wallis (11).
Appa pressed a third rock, and a gigantic flood occurred, which killed Missoula (6), Jamie (8), Job (7), and Clayton (10).
Paul tried to run from the flood, but due to being underweight and brittle, he got exhausted after running a mile. A satisfied smile crossed Paul’s face when he realized that he had won his family the prize money, before he stopped, told his family he loved them, and the flood hit him.
Paul’s cannon sounded and Anesthesia appeared to be watching from her tree, and she seemed to realize that the forest would be next, and jumped down from her tree and fled the forest.
All of a sudden she noticed a suspicious knob on a tree, and touched it with her finger. She accidentally pushed it down, and Appa and Nikon heard a rumbling near them, Nikon and Appa seemed surprised, right as the ground opened up beneath them, and they went flying down the cliff, slamming into the rocky riverbed below.
Nikon died instantly, while Appa clutched her legs and screamed. Anesthesia came up next to Appa, and told the girl how close she had been to winning. Anesthesia then shot her arrow into Appa’s head.
A final cannon sounded as seventeen year old Anesthesia Mellark of District 12 was announced as the victor of the 12th Hunger Games.
After many Games with little to no hazards, this Games was very popular for its ingenious idea, and Juliana Ricci was highly praised. More Games like this occurred over the years, with hidden traps and hidden buttons to cause hazards.
Meanwhile Anesthesia returned to District 12, and opened up a food shop, with free food for the poor, and cheap food for the rich.
Anesthesia became certified as a nurse, and married a doctor friend of hers named Wilbur Kettler. They had two daughters, Leia and Tawny, and two sons, Injectio and Blight.
Anesthesia mentored the tributes of District 12 until her eventual retirement, and was known for being a kind mentor, and for being very helpful to her tributes.
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2023.06.08 19:48 Few-Setting-2489 my toddler never sleeps!!! when she was born the nurses tried to give her extra milk bottles and they said she was hard to make fall asleep. she is 15 months and rarely like to be rock
She scream multiple times every nights, oragel, Tylenol doesn't change anything, the only thing that sometimes make her sleep is milk
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2023.06.08 19:47 impoliteinfamy0 Home and Away to be rocked by ‘jaw-dropping’ episode where one character ‘won’t come home’
2023.06.08 19:47 impoliteinfamy0 Home and Away to be rocked by ‘jaw-dropping’ episode where one character ‘won’t come home’
2023.06.08 19:47 _METALEX In 1972, 14 years before the Chernobyl accident, an underground nuclear explosion was staged in the densely populated Kharkiv region of Ukraine.
Posting it here since nobody either interested in this info (history
) or don't allow it in their sub rules. 51 years ago, an underground nuclear explosion was planned in the densely populated Kharkiv region to extinguish a burning gas borehole.
Today, only a few people know that in 1972, a nuclear explosion was arranged near Kharkov. Its explosive power was only three times less than that of the bomb dropped on Hiroshima. Fortunately, none of the people then died. And Soviet scientists used a nuclear charge to put out a huge "torch" of gas. The attempt ended in failure. The fiery gas geyser burned for another year, and the radioactive cloud spread over half of Ukraine. All this was swept under the rug and kept a strict secret. In order to lift the veil over this mystery, we went to the village of Pervomaiskoye, Krasnograd district, Kharkov region, a kilometer away from where, back in 1972, a nuclear explosion occurred.
In 1970, geologists found the largest gas field in these places. According to early estimates alone, its reserves were 300 billion cubic meters of gas. A year later, there were already 17 boreholes. And suddenly an emergency happened - on one of the drilling rigs, at a depth of 20 meters, gas condensate caught fire. In a moment, the column of fire was already rising several tens of meters. The torch hummed louder than a jet plane or space rocket during launch. The gas spread throughout the neighborhood and began to poison the inhabitants of nearby villages. "We were forbidden to use matches, turn on the light, or turn on all electrical appliances. They said there was a gas accident. And if we light a match, everything will explode. My family and I were very scared, we cried. And something was making a terrible, loud noise. It’s impossible to describe," recalls a resident of the village of Pervomaiskoye, Ekaterina Yatsenko. According to her, on the outskirts of the village at night, it was as bright as during the day.
They tried to put out the burning fountain with everything that science was then capable of. For example, they threw multi-ton concrete slabs from cranes, but they were blown away like fluff hundreds of meters away. "They tried to inject concrete there under high pressure. But it didn’t help either," recalls Leonid Chernogor, Doctor of Physical and Mathematical Sciences of Kharkov National University, a native of those places. Finally, Moscow decided to use an underground nuclear charge to create a local earthquake. The explosion was supposed to move the soil and create an artificial seal that would close the gas flow. Back in 1963, at the Urta-Bulak gas field in Uzbekistan, in exactly the same way, exactly the same burning fountain was put out. But… that accident happened in the desert, the area was uninhabited for hundreds of kilometers. And here is the densely populated Kharkiv region. Near the city of Krasnograd, with a population of about 50,000 inhabitants.
By all calculations, the probability of failure was only 1%
This was to be the 28th nuclear explosion for peaceful purposes in the Soviet Union and the first in Ukraine. Not a drop of radiation should have escaped to the surface - Soviet scientists did everything for the safety of the population. All radiation, according to their calculations, was supposed to remain underground.
"There was no other way to put it out and inflict less damage to the state. The likelihood that this torch would extinguish is 99%. The probability that it could not have been possible is only 1%. Was it worth the risk? Definitely, "says Leonid Cherogor, who was an eyewitness to these events. "I remember when the torch was burning, it was very beautiful and scary at the same time. Such an unprecedented, natural rocket. My parents lived 12 kilometers from the well. I saw and heard it all, "the scientist recalls. According to him, the gas torch produced acoustic fluctuations, in particular an inaudible infrasound for a person, which affects the nervous system and human psyche. "Some become aggressive, others lose their minds. And most importantly - the infrasound from this fire spread hundreds and thousands of kilometers without weakening! This is one of the astonishing factors of this fire," says Leonid Cherogor, who immediately adds that no one studied this problem seriously, and if any studies were conducted, then everything was "completely secret."
The second time a nuclear charge was used for peaceful purposes in Ukraine was in 1979. On September 16, in the city of Yenakiyevo, Donetsk region, at the mine "Yuniy Communar," the secret operation "Clivazh" was successfully implemented. Rocks were shaken with a nuclear charge so that methane came out of the mines, which often exploded and led to the deaths of people. The second explosion was successful.
Explosion: "The authorities began to flee in their cars"
A nuclear charge was delivered from Moscow to the village of Pervomaiskskoye. The highest leadership of the Soviet Union arrived. The fiery torch was encircled: the first row was police officers - they were on duty only a kilometer away from the accident, the second was the military. And the third were the KGB officers. "We stood in an encinrclement one row every 20 meters. We were not given weapons, but they told us to stand to death and not let anyone approach," recalls the local resident Nikolai Taran, who worked in those years as a policeman. " Near the torch was the T-34 tank, but instead of a gun, it has a huge fan, with which the gas stream was directed in the right direction. Two helicopters were parked nearby: a white Mi-8 and a green Mi-2. There were still many black cars called "Volga". Rumors had already spread that they would use a nuclear charge. We knew nothing more," he adds. The inhabitants of Pervomaisky—about 450 people—were evacuated five kilometers into the neighboring village of Krestische. " They were taken out in an organized manner by buses, and buses were evacuating up to five families each. We went by car ourselves," says Nadezhda Diabur, chairman of the village council of Krest, who was then only 15 years old. People only took documents with them. "All pets were left at home. Only food cans were brought to the gardens so that the glass would not break. We were told that they would extinguish the explosion, and we did not know anything else," recalls the paramedic of the village of Natalya Taran. The locals remember that day perfectly. "It was Sunday. It was warm and good on the street after the rain. A sunny day. A light breeze blew. Just your good summer day. I remember when they left Pervomaisky village, the soldiers cleaned the territory- they checked every house for people," says Nadezhda Diabur.
At 10 a.m. on July 9, 1972, the charge was detonated. "The authorities ordered us to stand on tiptoes so that our spines would not break from the shockwave. I felt an underground impetus, and then an unnatural silence came, as if suddenly I became deaf. I don’t know how long it lasted—a minute or two—but suddenly an explosion sounded: stones, dirt, and water flew up. A heavy brown-black, mushroom-like figure was formed. Leadership immediately fled away on their helicopters and cars," recalls Nikolai Taran.
The torch went out.. for a while, and everyone applauded. But then a fiery geyser appeared again. According to Leonid Chernogora, a radioactive trace stretched through the Kyiv and Chernihiv regions. "Of course, the first secretaries in Kyiv sniffed about this, and they have already begun to import food from Moscow instead of the Kiev regions. They fed the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Ukraine with food that was imported from uninfected regions. "The top officials were very frightened, but they did not know the numbers and facts," says Leonid Chernogor. According to the scientist, the products of this nuclear explosion would break up in a maximum of two months. " In Ukraine, radiation was more or less distributed, and its level was relatively low," says Leonid Chernogor. " It’s also impossible to tell what exactly killed locals (either after months or ten years later)."
Pervomaiskoye: returned, as if after the war
Residents of the tiny Pervomaiskoye village, which was only a kilometer from the epicenter of the explosion, naturally weren't told that their territory was infected. They learned the truth only after the collapse of the USSR. The only bad sign was the sudden death of all bees within a radius of several kilometers. But five hours later, the locals had already calmly dined at home and drank water from the wells. Because of the explosion, the doors and windows in some houses were scattered, and the walls cracked. " This is a normal phenomenon - the consequences of the shock wave, albeit an underground explosion. All the specialists foresaw this, "explains Leonid Chernogor. The old buildings even completely collapsed. " The barn collapsed, one of the walls in it disappeared. It was scary to enter. I had a feeling as if the war had broken out," recalls Ekaterina Yatsenko, a resident of the village of Pervomaisky, with tears in her eyes. There were some devastations in every house. In our barn, the roof collapsed and the walls cracked. And those who lived closer to the explosion were shaken up by the shockwave," says the chairman of the village council, Nadezhda Diabur. Building materials were brought only to those whose homes had serious damage, the inhabitants of Pervomaisky said.
"My dad wanted to go home immediately after the explosion because the farm was abandoned. We went in a roundabout way - but were not allowed into the village, which was encircled before the explosion. After 2 p.m. in the afternoon, they brought us back by buses. Only after 30 years did we learn that it was a nuclear explosion. But there were rumors before, too. On the radio, someone heard, according to the American station, that it was a nuclear explosion. At that time, nobody paid much attention to this," continues Nadezhda Diabur. According to the former paramedic of the village of Natalia Taran, a quarter of the population will die from cancer in the next 30 years. " Now about 250 people live in Pervomaisky. These are mostly old people. The rural school was closed when we were still under the Soviet regime," says the paramedic.
People recall the first months after the explosion with a shudder. When a gas torch still burned. The height of the flame reached 150 meters. "White nights came to our village. My friends then lived on the outskirts. When I came to visit them, we could not hear each other even from one meter away. I had to scream," recalls local resident Lidia Pisareva. Someone abandoned their homes a few days after the gas fountain was set on fire, and someone did not want to leave even after months. People recall that chickens did not want to carry eggs in the evening because it was so bright, like it was daytime. The cows did not want to give milk because it was very loud. "People could not live in their homes for a prolonged time - they would go mad. They could not fall asleep for the first few weeks - it was like a nightmare. I once came to visit them in the evening. It was very bright in the room, and an unusual look opened from the window - a burning fountain in the sky. I will never forget this sight. A month later, they had to leave their house. They took the most valuable things, their animals, and moved to the neighboring village of Krestische to live with their relatives," says Lidia Pisareva.
They managed to put out the fiery torch only in the summer of 1973. They had to dig out this well and close it with liquid concrete under high pressure. For 21 months of gas burning, as much energy has been produced as the whole of humanity consumes per day. Ukraine would have had enough of it for 10 years. And the smoke from the burning fountain was thrown into the atmosphere as much as Ukraine is out as a result of its industrial activity in two years.
Now scientists say that the terrain has suffered more from the fire than from the discarded radiation. Acid rains fell around this well within a radius of several hundred kilometers." In the summer, trees were without leaves. And in winter, there was no snow. Green grass grew around the well within a radius of 200 meters," recalls Nadezhda Diabur.
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2023.06.08 19:47 Robvon29 Thermostat for Heat Pump and Electric Heat?
I have a 3 bed, 2 bath condo. It’s a lofted 2-floor place around 1300sqft. The main heating system is electric, but it’s wired with a separate thermostat in every room (7 total). The thermostats I have for these are the simple kind you get at Home Depot. Not Nest or anything fancy.
In addition, the previous owner installed Mitisubishi mini-split heat pumps. 2 upstairs in the bedrooms, 1 downstairs. I have those running on Cielo smart thermostats so I can turn the AC (mini split) on/off from my phone. However now I have 10 thermostats and it’s confusing for people that stay there (Airbnb guest, friends, etc). It gets cold in winter and I need to keep the electric heat as a back up when the temp is too low outside for the heat pump.
Is there a way I can run the mini split and electric heat from 1 thermostat? Any suggestions would be helpful. I really only want the electric heat as a backup when the mini split can’t.
TL;DR - I have 7 electric thermostats, 3 more for mini split heat pumps. How do I combine them?
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2023.06.08 19:46 rrmdp 📢 Lutheran SeniorLife is hiring a Certified Nursing Assistant C.N.A. Home Care!
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2023.06.08 19:46 rrmdp 📢 The Care Team Home Health & Hospice is hiring a Registered Nurse- Full Time- Hospice- Lehigh Valley Area!
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2023.06.08 19:46 rrmdp 📢 KPH Healthcare Services is hiring a Home Health Nurse - RN!
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2023.06.08 19:41 Username_of_Chaos Selling a mortgaged home with a home equity loan on it?
We have a primary residence with a mortgage on it (85k original mortgage, 50k remaining). Last year my family decided to split the cost of a vacation property with a cabin on it, for which my spouse and I are responsible for 25k. For this we got a low interest home equity loan through a different lender with a 5 year pay-off plan.
Now we're looking to sell our residential house and finance a new home in about the 300k range, expecting to get at least 100k for this house (hopefully more though).
How does that work with the home equity loan? Am I expected to pay that off with the sale of the house, or is it transferable to a different property? Supposing the payments on the home equity loan continue as agreed upon (which we plan to do faithfully) would I even need to inform them of the sale of the original home? (Sorry if that last part is a stupid question, not trying to do anything illegal here).
Thanks for any information and advice on the matter! Also sorry if this fits more under the 'Financing' tag.
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2023.06.08 19:39 Redbird55555 I (32m) broke up with my (29f) gf of 2.5 years and I feel terrible....
Had this on the wrong subreddit so it got deleted....lets try again.
So I recently broke up with my gf. Reason being is that she has had a history of verbal abuse (calling me names, attacking my character, saying she could do so much better than me etc) which if anyone is inclined they can read about in my post history. I made other posts over the past 2 years of our relationship but they were anonymous. however they all follow a similar pattern to the one in my history now. We took a week break back in March because of this exact thing and it almost broke our relationship but I ended up going back to her to try and make things right however I’ve been on edge and contemplating things since then. She doesn’t call me an asshole or say fuck you now etc but she still has a bad temper at times
Besides what she has said to me I feel like she was always disagreeing with me just for points of contention. Half of the time our points of view weren’t even really different, she would just disagree with me then repeat basically what I said back to her using different wording. Which can become very tiresome. I think overall we’re both somehow disagreeable people and butt heads over certain things
Anyway this all came to a head several days ago. I made reservations at her favorite restaurant (not cheap lol) and took her to dinner. When we got home she was on the couch and said she was a little cold and asked if I could turn the AC to 77. I got up and I think it turned it to 76, I was already sort of hot and so I didn’t go exactly that high. So ok that was my fault… Anyway a few minutes later she got up, saw the thermostat and started getting nasty with me how inconsiderate I am, im so selfish and can’t think about anyone but myself etc. i apologized at first then I calmly (but somewhat annoyed) told her we just had a great dinner and I just wanted to have a relaxing evening. But that didn’t seem to matter and she continued to sulk and have an attitude for the next hour over this. I understand her frustatrion but the reaction way way over the top. I can remember laying there thinking that this is a pattern of behavior and I’m tired of feeling like shit every time something small like this happens. I have been feeling this way off and on for months and it wasn’t going away. I kept thinking am I wasting my time here? What if we have a kid I can’t leave then and idk if this person is going to actually keep me happy? What I waste 2 more years here and this doesn’t get better??
The next day one of our mutual friends got engaged. My gf has also been pressuring me for engagement recently which I have been putting off for the reasons above. I think to myself can I deal with this person forever? And honestly my answer to myself is a strong I don’t think so… I have told her it would be next year before I’d be ready for that pending that our relationship continued on a good path since we just almost broke up. She wasn’t originally happy with this but accepted it or so I thought.
Anyway she put the screws to me again and said if I don’t propose to her by the end of this year then she would leave me. I told her that she keeps making me feel pressured and reiterated to her we had almost just split up three months ago and I wanted more time than just 6 months to make sure our issues were sorted out. (Some have been but obviously her demeanor still eats at me). Which I think is only logical before a commitment like that. She said that I should be fully ready to marry her and that she regrets staying with me during the first year of our relationship when we had some other issues. She said should have just left me and found someone who appreciates her. At that point I snapped and told her she’s right and I want to end things. She moved her stuff out and here I am. I feel slight relief but also huge loss and wonder if I made the right call. I do miss her a lot
I should add I’m very ready for marriage so it’s not a commitment fear.
Edit: Just to add a little more context so the AC isn't the only example.... A month or so ago I noticed her tires were wearing unevenly so I suggested that we get her a front end alignment. She then proceeded to flip out on me cussing and swearing at the time telling me how self centered I am that I hadn't noticed the issue sooner and now she had to buy new tires (they were already 6 years old). I was supposed to be taking care of her car but now she couldn't count on me because I obviously only care about myself. Im not going to lie but over the Course of our relationship I have grown a little resentful because I feel like a lot of this is unjustified.
TLDR; I broke up with my gf who is putting pressure on me to be engaged when our relationship hasn’t always been good and I had doubts. But I feel terrible
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2023.06.08 19:38 yellowgreenblue12345 Cohabitation agreement - Ontario?
My bf and I are hoping to purchase a home together in the coming months. We are getting engaged and hoping to have a child this year.
We received a pre-approval together with both incomes and will be splitting the mortgage payments equally.
I am going to contribute about 120k to the down payment and he will contribute 20k.
What should the cohabitation agreement include? I want to ensure I receive my down payment back if we were to split.
Does the cohabitation agreement change when we get married? Does this home now become the marital home and in the case, do I need a prenup to ensure I receive my down payment back?
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2023.06.08 19:37 Upstairs-Feed-4455 My family built a small walkable community in the Caribbean
My family has “wealth” but not in the American capitalist sense.
When I went to visit last year, I was in awe of the lifestyle. They own a multi-acre compound with about 200 residents. There are about 50 small homes, densely packed with most only consisting of bedrooms, a bathtub, outhouse, a kitchenette, and a living room. In the center of the compound is a community center, where a full kitchen, social space, and large schoolhouse are located (non-family neighbors can pay to use these resources). There is no running water, only wells.
There is one medical office with an on-call general practice doctor and one nurse. There is one barestaurant with a pool hall. There are 2 seamstresses. There are 3 hair stylists. One household has a farm. Everyone barters internally and sells goods and services externally for cash.
Only 3 people own cars, and they only use them when visiting faraway towns.
It’s fascinating to see. At a glance, many people would feel sorry for these “poor” people with small homes, no running water, and no cars. But there is amazing organization in this community. The neighborhood is not particularly stylish or sexy, but everyone is taken care of. And it is not a cult-like setting; family members are free to come and go.
It is not perfect because this system suggests that those in this country who do not have wealth and organized families are left without a security blanket. But it is an interesting study into how communities can ethically self-sustain without cars.
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2023.06.08 19:37 youbetterwalkthtduck My mom always remembers things differently
My (22F) mom (41F) always remembers my trauma differently. I know this is usual and there’s nothing I can do but it hurts so sharply. I graduated hs in 2019 and was headed to state college in the fall. That summer between, I got a misdemeanor. My dad is a police officer so he spent all the time before my court date telling me I’m going to jail, I’ll never get a job, take a shower while you can because you won’t want one in prison. All of this psychological torture for about 6 weeks until I went to the dorms. My date kept getting postponed so from June-October I thought I was going to prison. During that time I was extremely lonely and depressed. I told no one of the legal trouble because I was ashamed. I started the semester strong bc I was excited for classes. But by October I was struggling. Couldn’t get out of bed struggling. My charge was dropped and I decided to move home for the next semester and commute to a different school. Dorm life was so isolating for me. I ended with 9 credits my first semester. In my head, I would take summer classes to make up for this terrible semester.
When I got home, I started classes and working. Then COVID shut campus down and I was supposed to do online classes. Well my parents sat me down during quarantine and told me that my mom decided to go to nursing school so I am on my own with paying for school. About 5k a semester after loans. At this point I am 18 and work about 20 hours a week with full time online classes. I pay car insurance and a car payment. And also credit card payments because my mom had me get one for my books.
I ultimately decided I couldn’t afford it and being a dependent, I got no FAFSA. I didn’t hold resentment to my parents for this until my youngest sister was put into a private HIGH SCHOOL this past fall. And they plan on paying for her college.
My mom still argues with me to this day that I quit college because I was lazy. She said she would have never gone to nursing school if I stayed at state college. Which is really upsetting bc I also wanted to come home and commute bc it’s 50% cheaper than living at a state school. I knew my dad was working mega overtime for me. I am super grateful for that semester but how can they say that I quit college willingly?
Now my mom is finished and is a full time nurse. I can’t help but mourn my own degree and college experience I will never get back. I am currently saving up for massage school on my own. I hope to use that license to get a bachelor’s degree when I am no longer a dependent. I have worked full time since 2020 and have yet to find a one bed that I can afford.
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2023.06.08 19:35 tulpacat1 To Kill a Predator, Chapter 25
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--- Memory transcription subject: Martin Russo, Human Refugee Date [standardized human time]: December 14th, 2136
The initial search through the offers is not going well.
“What about John Hopkins University?”
“Pre-approved for their internal loan program.”
“University of California Berkeley?”
“Pre-approved for their internal loan program.”
“It’s pronounced Dartmouth, and they’ll help talk to the bank to take out a loan.”
“Are there any universities in your entire tribe that don’t want us to take out huge expensive loans?!”
With a frustrated yell, Vilek throws herself on a chair. Thiva sighs and crosses more names off the list.
I was expecting this. The US and its wretched predatory profit-based educational system is a non-starter. I am not saddling the lambchops with about a million dollars of debt. Each.
At least I’m unlikely to have to pay my own student loans back, what with my debt holder being a smoking crater.
“Hey, this is promising!” Thiva’s ears perk up. “I told Johan we were looking into education on Earth and he said he’d see if he could talk to some people at Lund University. They sent us an offer, check it out!”
“Lund University. That’s in Sweden…” I’m reading the letter rapidly on Thiva’s pad and getting more excited the more I read. “They’ve got both therapist and engineering courses. And they’re willing to transfer your credits and give you both full-ride scholarships, as long as you’re willing to start the term early and ‘establish a baseline of knowledge’. And they’ll split your classes into morning and evening so you don’t have to run double-claw studies like we usually do… And they’ll even have the UN pay for housing and transportation to Earth? Jesus Christ, that’s… really damn good.”
Vilek perks up too, both of them watching me closely now with wagging tails. “So what’s the catch?”
I read it again. Slowly and carefully. And I find myself faced with a bastard of a choice. “Well for a start… this says nothing about me.”
Vilek and Thiva are running the math. It’s not looking good. “What if we sell your house? That should give us plenty of money, right?”
“Vansi still owns it, even if she’s never setting foot there again. How about a loan?”
“Nah, that was the first thing I checked. Banks aren’t issuing loans right now. Even taking out any money is hard. With the economy in freefall they don’t want to encourage a bank run.”
I chime in unhelpfully. “And I don’t think they want to give out a loan for a one-way ticket someplace they can’t make us pay it back.”
Thiva pouts with frustration. “That too. Ughh, this was such a good opportunity, too!”
“It is. So maybe you girls should go anyway.”
Thiva’s eye locks onto me right away. “No.”
“I’m just saying-”
“No, I’m not leaving you alone here! I can just finish school here, and…”
“…and leave Vilek alone on Earth instead? No, you two should stay together. I can house-sit Thiva’s place and try to find a job. Maybe get enough money for you girls to head back during summer and winter breaks.”
“I told you it’s not my place, it’s Vansi’s.”
“And she’s welcome to it as soon as she gets out of jail.”
Vilek flicks her tail-tip with uncertainty, ears moving thoughtfully. “…Are you sure this is our best bet?”
“I’m pretty sure it is. And we don’t have a lot of time to look for alternatives. Says here you guys will be working with a pair of tutors to make sure your knowledge base is up to spec, and that’d start in just a few days.” They’re my friends, and they have an amazing opportunity here. I have to be strong. It’s what’s best for them. It’s just a year or two. It’s not like I’ve barely survived the last month and a half on this wretched rock.
Date [standardized human time]: December 15th, 2136
Today’s physical therapy session is in my room. If I were hoping that’d lead to less pain, I would’ve been wrong. “C’mon, keep pulling your leg back! That’s the way!”
My arch-nemesis is currently leaning on my leg and levering it back toward my torso with her entire weight, and is encouraging me to pull back with both arms too. I’m pulling like a beast, teeth gritted so hard I think they might crack. “don’t… fucking… say it…”
My vision is blacked out from the sheer goddamn agony, while Chasa cheerfully encourages me. “Gold star, Martin! Do it for the gold star!”
But it’s the only way I’ll be able to restore a normal range of motion without lopping my limbs off and going for prosthetics. “mother… fucking… hate you…”
Which I can’t afford. And besides, upper prosthetics are nowhere near as advanced as people think. “That’s the way! Alright you can let go now, you did an amazing job!”
I collapse back immediately and straighten my leg. Opening my eyes I can see white stars dancing in my vision. Chasa pads up the bed and licks her paw before stroking it through my hair, giving me another cowlick. “Good boy, I’m so proud of you!”
I am defeated. “…thanks.”
“Hey, uh, is this a bad time?”
I blink at the familiar voice and turn my head. Mosun’s standing there with a confident expression, and Jarkim is right beside him. They both look good, far better than me at least. Jarkim’s got bandages on his leg and Mosun’s got a clavicle brace, but they’re both mobile.
Chasa gingerly climbs down from the bed and moves over to my file. “Nope! We were just done for the paw, except I was gonna give Martin his gold star~! He loves the gold stars!”
“…I am going to eat you.”
Jarkim squawks with alarm at my threat to my Zurulian nemesis. She is undeterred and cheerfully says “No you’re not.”
Jarkim speaks up. “Aren’t you… concerned, about him using that sort of language?”
Chasa stretches idly before placing the shiny sticker on my file. I’ve still got one for every session. “Nah, he doesn’t mean it. Threats and cursing are proven to help human pain responses, that’s all! He’s a big softy; I’ve got him eating out of my paw.”
I try to sound disagreeing but it comes out as a rather pathetic whine. “…I’m an apex predator…”
“So you were both discharged?”
Mosun flicks his ear affirmative. “I was in for a paw longer than Jarkim was, but we’re out and healing now. It’ll be another thirty-ish paws before my collarbone’s fully fixed up, but I can return to daily life.”
That’s an insanely short time to recover from a shattered collarbone, but I suppose the medi-teddies are the leading health care providers in the galaxy for a reason.
I nod. “Well, that’s good. The rest of the posse doing okay?”
Jarkim moves a wing in the positive. “Hanya got in contact with that human you mentioned, doctor Eriksson. She seems positive about it. Slavik’s back on their farm.”
I nod. “So what are you guys gonna do? I, uhh, I don’t know what you do for work, Mosun, but I think Jarkim’s out of a job.”
Mosun grins, before getting a thoughtful look and tapping his leg a few times on the floor. “I drive around stocking vending machines, so nothing that matters. But I’ve been teaching Hanya a little, like she asked. And I think… I think I’d rather like to start a Dance school. So I’ll be saving up a bit and getting it set up while I heal.”
It’s clear he doesn’t mean ballet, but I make sure to censor myself around Chasa just in case her cheerful disposition toward humans doesn’t carry on to ‘primitives’. “I think that’s a fantastic idea. I know there are a ton of humans who’d be lining up for a chance to learn your culture’s Dances. Yotul too, obviously. And Hanya’s shown there’s interest from other sapients too…”
Jarkim clacks his beak twice before speaking. “I’ll go work on Slavik’s farm for a while to pay them back, and to stay airborne. But after that… I want to help people. And I’ve still got contacts. So I was thinking of setting up a sort of troubleshooting agency. People could come to me with problems, and I’d try to help them out.”
I laugh, but quickly reconsider as my body protests the action. It’s the most stereotypical ex-cop thing he could do!
“You’re gonna become a freaking private eye?!”
Jarkim looks me dead-on and deadpan. “…What’s a private eye?”
Date [standardized human time]: December 19th, 2136
My fingers run through Vilek and Thivas’ fur slowly. I have been discharged from the hospital, but I’m still going to be in for physical therapy every other paw for the foreseeable future. Right now, though, I am relaxed. “How long, now?”
Vilek answers. “Half a claw.”
That’s not a lot of time, but I am determined to not ruin it with a foul mood. “Mm… You girls all packed?”
“There’s not a lot to pack. We’re getting most everything once we’re there.”
Thiva’s currently quietly crying onto my shirt. “I’ll miss you.”
“I’ll miss you too, lambchop. But I’ll feel better with you two together, and doctor Eriksson is in Lund, so you can have in-person sessions.”
“And you’re sure you can’t come with?”
I shake my head. “Unless you got any new ideas. Besides, moving between human nations is a pain in the ass. I can’t get in as a refugee. Sweden’s been strict about refugees since before the Satellite War: I set foot on Venlil Prime first and VP’s been willing to house me, so that means according to Sweden and most other nations that I have to stay here until I can go back to the US.” Fucking ‘first safe harbor’ laws.
“And since I’m a citizen of the United States of America I can’t move to Sweden on my own anyway. At least not without having a job or family or something there.”
Thiva looks up at me and says softly “…We’re family, right?” Oh, wow, okay.
I bite my lip for a second to keep from crying. It mostly works. “Yeah, of-of course we are. But that’s not how they see it. Don’t worry, we’ll try to figure something out. We just need to be patient.”
She gives a soft and sad sigh. I scratch behind her ears and look over at Vilek.
Vilek gives a soft beep and leans her head against my other hand. “Do you know a lot about the place?”
I shake my head. “Almost nothing. Lund’s a city in Sweden, and Lund University is around five hundred years old. Before going to Venlil Prime I had never left the US, which is almost as far from Sweden as you can go before you start getting closer again. But it was practically untouched by the extermination fleet, and the people are famous for being friendly.”
Even that much I had to search online to learn. The stereotype that Americans can’t tell Swedes from Swiss might not be true but it’s apparently not as far off as I thought.
“You’ll be studying one claw, then a break claw, then another claw of study, then you have three claws off. These six-claw periods are a day. You’ll study five days, then have two days to yourselves.”
Vilek whistles a soft laugh. “So there’s a lot of time to recover.”
“Remember, humans tend to sleep for eight hour stretches. So most people sleep eight hours, study or work eight hours, and have the remaining eight for transportation and personal stuff.”
“Hopefully that’s not going to be a problem…”
“I managed to adjust to VP’s time, I’m sure you’ll manage Earth’s. Worst case scenario, there’s coffee. Every student lives on coffee. And there’s soda, and potato chips, and curry. There are so many tasty things that you girls will adore trying on Earth.”
Thiva wags her tail softly, looking up at me. “You make us sound like gluttons.”
“No, I’m saying I miss those things because Venlil food sucks.”
Both girls play-push me and bleat with protest, making me laugh. Mary mother of God I am going to miss them.
“Speaking of that, it smells like the food’s done.”
“Huh? I don’t smell anything?” Thiva gives me her most deadpan expression of confusion, and I roll my eyes at her and gently pinch the tip of her ear to pay back her jest. That elicits an adorable little squeak, and I smile while I get up and grab my crutch. I won’t be able to walk unaided for a long time, perhaps ever. I’m okay with that. I kinda want to have a walking stick anyway. A classy wooden one, like Tom’s. Maybe I can be the first human with a walking stick made from Venlil wood?
I put out the spread. Cooking has been an extra pain in the ass with my injuries, but I’ll be damned if that’s going to stop me.
I present the plated-up meal on the table by the couch with a small flourish. “Here we go, girls. This is the meal I was going to make for you before things got… hectic. Tomato focaccia and pasta alla norma. And to drink, wine. That’s a fermented drink from the juice of grape berries. This particular wine is a variety called Nerello Mascalese, from my family’s ancestral home of Sicily.”
Vilek wags her tail as she leans forward. “This focaccia looks sort of like Strayu, but with a bunch of stuff on top?”
“It’s a sort of bread, almost all human cultures have some variation on bread. I’ve topped it with cherry tomato fruits, rosemary herbs, and kosher salt.”
The lambchops look at it with excitement, and Thiva’s the first to tear off a bit and place it on her outstretched tongue. She rolls it into her mouth and starts chewing, and her ears perk up and her tail wags at once. Her eyes half-close and she looks like she’s melting. “Ohhhh Protector… it’s so sweet, and salty, and juicy, and-and-and-”
Vilek excitedly tears off a piece for herself and plops it into her mouth. I’m rewarded for my hard work with an adorable squeal of joy from her, and she takes a second piece and shovels it into her mouth too. Only after swallowing does she focus an eye on me. “If I didn’t already want to mate with you beforehand, this ‘focaccia’ would’ve sealed the deal!”
I find myself blushing rather hard, and simply take a small bit of the bread for myself wordlessly. Thiva and Vilek both whistle a laugh.
After having thoroughly sampled the bread Thiva pokes at the pasta dish with a claw. “So what’s this other stuff? It looks utterly wild!”
I smile at the two, letting my explanation cool my jets a bit. “Pasta is made by combining a ground wheat powder with water, and then shaping the resulting dough and boiling it. Here I’ve combined it with a sauce made with tomato fruit and herbs, as well as a spongy and nutritious plant called eggplant. You guys don’t seem to mind bitter plants, so I figured it might be a good idea. Finally, it’s got a vegan ricotta made with almond nuts, lemon juice, and garlic powder… and basil, a wonderfully fresh leafy herb. This is a classic meal from Sicily, modified the tiniest bit for my herbivorous lambchops.”
The two take a pair of spoons and scoop up some of the mixture, making sure to get a bit of everything. They look at each other and, on an unspoken signal, put the food in their mouths.
They squeal and gasp. Vilek even squirms happily in her seat, while Thiva just wags her tail rapidly and moves her ears in slow little circle motions as she chews. Vilek’s the first to speak up. “…this is absolutely crazy, there are so many flavors… all at once! But I can taste each one…”
I pour some of the wine into their glasses, wincing a bit at having to awkwardly brace the heavy bottle in both hands.
I know the Venlil can hold their alcohol well enough to make the Irish blush, so I’m not concerned about that part. Having tried Venlil drink once, I am mostly curious as to if the lambchops will be able to appreciate the complexity of something that doesn’t taste like everclear and paint thinners.
As they take small sips, I needn’t have worried. Thiva in particular bleeps with joy and perks her ears. “Oohh… that’s rich! There’s sweetness, and acidity, and a sort of dried herb taste underneath it all?”
Vilek adds her own opinion, but is slower with it. “There’s a sort of earthiness… and I can taste it a little differently just by holding my mouth near the glass… that’s wild. It goes really, really well with the food too…!”
I laugh quietly. “Heh… I’m glad you girls enjoy it. Just make sure to leave some room for dessert. There will be chocolate cake.”
Thiva tilts her head. “You humans have meals for after
“Only for special occasions. Don’t worry, you’ll love it.”
“It looks like dirt.”
I wait patiently with a small smile. They load their spoons with some of the moist, spongy chocolate cake and the rich frosting that I’ve so lovingly slaved over. And into their mouths it goes. I wait for the reaction.
It does not disappoint.
They immediately start devouring their dessert, while I grin. “Well girls, If you don’t want the ‘dirt’ I’ll be glad to take it off your paws.”
They quickly protest. “Don’t you dare!” “Yeah, we’re keeping the whole thing! This stuff is better than mating!” “How would you know? You’ve never even done it!” “Yeah okay, but am I wrong?” “…I didn’t say that!”
Laughter and whistling fills the room. As far as last meals together goes, this one is going about as well as I could’ve hoped.
We’re standing outside. We’re beside the politely impatient cab driver that’ll take the girls the first leg of their journey to the space port and on to Earth. Thiva’s crying again and clinging to me. It hurts, but I grin and bear it.
Vilek smiles, the human expression looking a bit foreign on her face. “…You promise you’ll be okay? I… I need to hear you say it.”
Thiva flicks her ear and tail. “Yeah. W-We can still change our minds, if… If you need us.” I have no goddamn idea what I am going to do after you girls step into that cab.
I smile at my beloved lambchops, give them a warm hug, a pair of quick kisses on their cheeks.
And I lie to their faces.
“Don’t worry about me, I’ll be fine without you.”
This is the penultimate chapter of this story. Thank you for reading so far!
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2023.06.08 19:34 ERNP1982 My survival story
I'm not really sure how to start this post. I guess I can start by saying that I really enjoy this forum and listen to your podcast almost daily. Also, I must apologize, as this is kinda long, but I didn't want to leave anything out. So, here goes....
I'm a 40 year old male and I pride myself on being fairly successful in my life. That's not to say I'm filthy rich or don't have my problems, which we'll get to in a minute, but I have a life that many would be happy to live. I have a beautiful and loving wife, two wonderful kids from a previous marriage, and a job that is not only fulfilling, but allows me to live comfortably. Most people wouldn't suspect some of the things I've dealt with in my time, but I wanted to share this aspect of my past in hopes it will help me work through it.
All my life I've lived in the South, Mississippi specifically, and as one might suspect I've grown up going to church. This has never bothered me, although some of the experiences I could've done without (I'll looking at you youth choir). When I was a young child, probably 7-8 (the exact age escapes me, possibly blocked out for my sanity's sake) my family attended a Baptist church in the boonies which we lived on a family farm. It was your typical southern style church, we had service every Sunday morning, night services that would include business meetings, and RA's every Wednesday night. For those unfamiliar, RA's (short for Royal Ambassadors) was an organization very similar to the Boy Scouts of America. Granted, we didn't have all the same types of awards or taskings they did, but the group would study the Bible and how we could apply the teachings to serve the community at large. Every year we had a couple camping trips and nature hikes we would attend, but no merit badges or anything. I suppose now would be good to introduce our characters in this story. Myself, whom I'll call Addie, my brothers John and Steven, and a young man named Robert. Obviously, these aren't the real names, but you get the idea. Robert was the leader of my RA class and always seemed to be a fairly cool guy. He was probably in his mid-twenties and seemed to be really in tune with all the youth group. Robert was very well known to all the RA classes, as we all would meet in the fellowship hall after the individual classes were done, typically to have an activity as a large group before going home. My brothers and I seemed to be of a particular interest to Robert (And yes, as a grown man I look back and see the absolutely wrong and inappropriate nature of this) and he would always seek us out Wednesday nights to joke around or tussle. This type of behavior went on for a long time, not really sure how long as I've already said, but it was long enough for our parents to feel comfortable with him around us. Before any one starts trying to throw stones my folks way, you have to remember this was in the late 80's and society was far more trusting that it is today. As such, people in the church were thought to be mostly good people and it never entered into anyone's mind what could have been going on behind the door those nights.
I remember some nights where Robert would forgo the weekly lesson, instead opting to "play games" with all the boys in his class. These games were always posed as innocent enough, but always involved....well....things that boys shouldn't be doing with other boys, let alone in the presence of a grown man. This is bad enough, but one of Robert's favorite young men was my oldest brother, Steven. As I would come to find out, Robert had cornered my brother on multiple occasions and assaulted him. One of these times, my brother and I were walking through the church on a Wednesday night, no one else in sight. I honestly can't remember what we were doing (Possibly running an errand or something) but without warning, Robert rounds the corner. Apparently, he had seen us leave the fellowship hall and decided to follow. When he saw us, something about his facial expression gave me and Steven a chill. He looked excited, almost giddy, and had a big smile on his face. He started walking towards us, saying something about he was going to get us or some garbage like that, and that prompted us to run. We bolted back down the hallway and through the sanctuary, with aim to get out the front door and make our way down to the safety of the rest of the group (As our father was one of the teachers and we knew he was there). To give an idea of the layout we were traveling, the sanctuary sat on a hill and the fellowship hall was at the base of the hill. Also, the church was in the process of building a new sanctuary next to the old one, so we had to run around this giant construction zone to get down the hill. So, we exit the front of the church, sprinting to the right as fast as we could, past the construction, and down the hill. When we rounded the corner, we were looking straight at the door to the fellowship hall. We pick up our pace, the sound of Robert gaining from behind, but we keep a good lead until we get to the door. Now, you would think this should be the end of the story right? We fling open the door, the throng of people see our predicament, and rush to our aid. But no, we grab the door handles and find them locked. We ran to the side window, trying to get our father's attention, but to no avail. By this time, Robert had caught up to us and was blocking our way to go back. Things get hazy at this point, mostly coming in flashes, but the jest of it is clear enough. My brother attempted to run past or through Robert, but he ends up being lifted in the air and carried away from the building. He stopped at the far end of the parking lot and began to assault my brother right in front of me. I remember trying everything to get him to stop. I kicked Robert in the ribs, jumped on his back, screaming at my brother to do things to make him stop. But nothing worked. This man was violating my brother right in front of me. This particular memory is as clear in my head as what I had for breakfast today. I don't remember much of my grandfather, the majority of my Christmas holidays, or a thousand other things from my childhood, but this freaking memory sticks out like a billboard. Fast forward, it turns out (not surprisingly) Robert had been doing the same things to lots of other kids, John and I included. When everything came out, my father threatened to beat him to death, Robert was thrown in our state penitentiary, and put on the offender's registry for life.
For years I would check the registry, making sure that Robert was still behind bars. One day, fifteen years later or so, I checked it and found he had been paroled, now living close to my old hometown. It was a gut punch, as I hoped he would never breathe free air again. But by this point, I was grown, big into weightlifting, and trained by the military so I felt confident in my ability to handle myself. If I'm being honest, I actually had concocted an entire scenario in my mind that if I ever saw him in Walmart or something, I would confront him and throw him a beating for everything he had done to my family. Well, the years came and went, I got married, and welcomed the birth of my sons into the world. I also started a career in nursing, eventually earning my master's degree and becoming a nurse practitioner. Having kids of my own gave me a new perspective on life and truthfully gave me a different outlook on life and I never let my guard down when it came to my boys. Eventually, after almost 15 years, my wife and I divorced. I moved back to my hometown to be closer to my support system. This opened up an opportunity to manage and practice medicine in a clinic nearby. I did this for almost two years until I was given the chance to work back in the ER of a hospital system and decided this was a better fit for me. So, I'm working my last few shifts at the clinic, when I went into a room to see a patient. The patient was an older woman, a little older than my parents, and as old folks often do, she wanted to talk about anything but why she was there. I've always been somewhat of a people pleaser, so I typically would just let these type of people talk. I think about how my grandmother and how she lived alone for almost 30 years after my granddad died and how lonely she would get at times. I figured, if someone wanted to ramble and it would make them feel better, I was more than happy to lend an ear. Well, she asked me where I was from, if I was married, if I had kids, etc. Just typical stuff really and I answered everything she asked as it wasn't terribly strange stuff. She remarked at the beginning that my name was familiar, but she couldn't place where from. I told her who my parents were, where they worked, and where I had grown up. Eventually, it came around to where I had gone to church as a child and after I told her, her face grew stoic. Seriously, it looked like someone had pulled the drain plug on her face and emptied it of blood. I looked into her eyes, curious as to what caused this shift, and she started to cry. I was obviously stunned at this drastic turn of her demeanor and asked her what was wrong. She replied, "I know where I know your parents from, where I know you from. I don't know if you would remember my son, you were so young, but I don't want to tell you." When she said this, my brain jumped back to the start of her inquiry about me, at which time she had told me her children's names. I looked at her chart, searching frantically for her last name. When I found it, everything clicked and the name of her youngest child left my lips quietly, Robert.
The realization that I was looking at the mother of my childhood monster was, sobering to say the least. She began to apologize over and over, telling me she had prayed my brothers and I had led normal lives and hadn't been "ruined" by what her son had done. Now, it's important to clarify that while we all have been successful in our chosen fields, all three of us have carried scars from what he did to us. I, personally, have had difficulty with relationships and trusting other people. I can't say for certain what John and Steven endured in all these years, but I know that none of us were ever "normal" after what happened. However, as this woman had nothing to do with her son's atrocities, I didn't want her to feel attacked or responsible. I leaned in and tried to comfort her, reassuring that we all turned out well and had moved beyond the past (Despite this not being entirely the truth). This seemed to give her peace of mind. As she dried her eyes, she spoke again, "I'm glad to hear that. I know what he did was wrong, horribly wrong. He never could tell me why he did it, he told me he knew it wasn't right but he couldn't seem to stop himself. I know he went to prison, and he suffered there, but he's done so good since he's come home. He's not a bad man, he's so good to me." She kept talking, but by this point, I was tuned out. I felt sorry for her, truly I did, but I was ready to get out of that room. Then she said something that made my heart sink and my guts implode. "He's so good to me, he even brought me today. He's out front right now."
I stood up, my legs were numb, and I felt short of breath. I quickly told her what her treatment plan entailed and left the room. I walked to the front of the clinic, looking through the check-in window out into the lobby, and there he was...Robert was sitting not even 10 feet away. My mind raced, all of my rage and anger that had been pent up for over two decades boiling inside me. That memory, the one I spoke about, played in my mind like a bad snuff film (As if any snuff film is a good one, but I digress). I walked back to my office and sat down, trying to rationalize what was going on. All these years, I have had a clear and focused plan for how things would go if I ever saw him again. I rose from my chair, walking towards my car and the gun I always kept inside. I told my nurse to keep all the patient's in their rooms and not to let anyone out to the lobby. She asked me why and, for some reason, I told her everything. She looked into my face and said, "What are you gonna do Addie? What are you going to tell your boys when you go to jail for life?" Her questions stopped me in my tracks, like my feet were bolted to the floor. She continued, "He took something he never should have, no doubt. But don't let him take you from your boys, you're a better man than that." As soon as it had come on, my crazy idea to deal with this guy like I had always wanted evaporated from me. I asked her to discharge the old woman and I went back to my office. I stayed in there until they had both left and then continued with my day. I called my fiance and told her what happened, making sure she knew that I hadn't done anything stupid. She told me that she was proud of me and the rest of the day went by without incident.
I never thought the day would come where I was face to face with this guy. Despite my blustering, I'm no killer and he wasn't threatening anyone in that moment. Since that day, I've started my new job and haven't seen Robert again. I told John about the whole situation, and he echoed my fiancé's opinion, glad I had let him leave without incident. I've since told my mother about it, yet again, was told I did the right thing and that she was proud of me. I wish that I could say I was proud of myself, but I can't. I feel like, I dunno, that I somehow betrayed my brothers by not doing something...anything. Granted, no matter what I did to him, it wouldn't have been enough. Even if I un-alived him, it wouldn't do anything to remove what had happened or the impact we all have endured. But still, I can't help but feel guilty I didn't dish out the punishment I feel Robert deserved, the justice I feel the kids he messed up deserved.
I guess if anything, I'm writing this to hopefully let other people who have been through similar circumstances they're not alone. And to warn everyone else, no matter what you think, there really are monsters in this world and they look like everyone else.
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