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Longwood Medical Area
2012.06.22 05:07 bettlebrox Longwood Medical Area
News, events, favourite lunch spots, drinking places or anything else about the various Hospitals, Colleges, and School in the Longwood Medical Area of Boston.
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2013.04.23 11:46 bravenewgirl85 Beta Sigma Phi Sorority Reddit
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2023.05.30 17:33 wfh_gooner M30 Bi Latino in Socal - WFH Gooner :p
Hey, gooner here. I regularly WFH most of the week and goon when I do, as long as work isn't too busy... and well, even if work is busy. Married here, so discrete and regularly tested JObuds are preferred -- especially since me and another friend (she is married) have a bit of an affair going on, off-and-on lately. Open to MFM scenarios and JObuds near the LA County area of California :D
- creampies / breeding
- thick women
- public play
- ritual play
- group play
- cum play
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2023.05.30 17:31 Cerulean-sea Why did my cycle crash?
I’ve had a well cycled 10 gallon for 3 years. It has a hang on back filter with sponge, ceramic balls and poly filter plus a separate sponge filter. It is planted and, after I added pothos cuttings, the nitrates were practically zero. With the low nitrates I got lazy with the water changes the past few months. I would just top off the evaporated water and change it infrequently. My beta starting hiding a bit which I assumed was because my cat was annoying him. I would end up putting extra food in the tank to get it down to him but it wasn’t all that much. Then I ended up in the hospital for a week and came back to a very sick beta with dropsey. He didn’t make it. I tested the water immediately and found my ammonia was at 1-2ppm 😬 I had no idea a cycle could crash without any inputs?? No new water, plants or anything. I definitely messed this up somehow and feel so guilty for hurting my fish. I would like to learn how this happened before I add anything else to my tank. My amano shrimp is perfectly fine. Also, I did notice a build up of this very dark algae on the outtake of my HOB filter. Are there types of algae that can crash a cycle??
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2023.05.30 17:30 trailmixisfantastic Over the Top Experiences in SE MI
Hi! My wife is looking for something special to do with her mom for her 70th birthday. My wife and I are from SE MI, but we haven’t lived there in nearly fifteen years. It’s been difficult for my wife to find the right experience. Im hoping you all might have some ideas? Some background on my mother-in-law: she’s a retired professor who taught at American Studies at a university in SE MI. Member of the DIA and Season pass holder at Henry Ford Museum. She likes spas, etc. museums, enjoys good food and wine. Dines at the Whitney a couple times a year, and loves a good cocktail. Any ideas or suggestions are great appreciated!!
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2023.05.30 17:27 Mongoose-These Bottom sitting blackmoor
Had it a few months been happy but 2 days ago he just started sitting in the conor or behind stuff for no reason, he still goes to get food but i have no idea why he started doing this behaviour the tank water values r all good according to my teat kit and i change water 50 percent every 2 weeks.
Anyone know why and how i can fix it (sorry for bad picture he was hiding near the back)
Wont let me upload picture but its a panorana 64L what i plan on upgrading when he gets bigger)
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2023.05.30 17:23 Suicine865 (29M) (30F). I really like this woman. We met on a dating app almost 6 mos ago and really connected well and then she friend zoned me and calls me her friend but we talk everyday and she acts like she likes me sometimes. I have to take a stand. How does this sound?
2023.05.30 17:18 KamchatkasRevenge Out of Cruel Space Side Story: Of Dog, Volpir, and Man - Ch 220
A solid half hour of hugs, kisses, handshakes, back slaps, well wishes, greetings from new inlaws and long time customers of the shop alike, and the occasional cheek pinch by one of his new auntie in laws for good measure ensued.
Finally the ebbing of the great tide of very happy people sees the Sarkin clan installed in one of the large booths that dominate the corners and walls of the room.
Set up with a two piece table with the centerpiece able to spin to allow people to share dishes easier, and to allow waitresses to gently send food to customers in the corner without any form of issue around a circular table. Miu'Kin's mother, Kamei'Kin, had pulled out all the stops and laid out a veritable feast in front of the new members of her family, clearly eager to celebrate her youngest daughter's success by the preferred method of the Kin clan... food.
Dino ribs that would do Fred Flintstone proud, delectable looking steaks of some local critter that were just right in terms of being juicy and lean. Cuts of rich white and red fish fresh off the grill or served raw. Fresh steamed crustaceans and shellfish. Whole game birds of sizes ranging from 'chicken' up to a glossy fried bird with beautiful crispy skin that resembled and tasted like pure dark meat turkey but was around the size of an ostrich.
That last one was something that Tyler had immediately texted Jerry about as soon as he had his first bite. Not just because it was a good opportunity for his boss and friend's business... but also because he wanted to be able to butter fry one of these monsters and eat it himself whenever he pleased too!
With all that meat in front of them it was easy to miss the various sides. Mostly small types of rough vegetables, the turtle rice or a few other little things that packed a serious punch flavor wise by Galactic standards, or served as a form of cleanser, like ginger almost. All served with ample Apuk style sauces ranging from something not too far off from BBQ sauce to more of the berry jam that had been in the pastry they'd enjoyed earlier at Caring Conquests. The main flavoring on offer was of course one of the Apuk's favorite animal based foodstuffs... butter.
Apuk used enough butter to make Paula Dean an honorary noble, if not a saint in one of the Apuk's native religions. They cooked in it, put it on food in various formats ranging from butter based sauces to slightly less complicated offerings. For example, lightly herbed butter was a favorite for many Apuk to put on meat. The herb and butter mixture was considered strong stuff by the Apuk and was just flavorful enough that a human could enjoy it without needing to supplement any further flavor... except maybe a pinch of salt like most galactic cuisine.
Cassie, normally so prim and proper was apparently hungry enough that she'd gone slightly feral, and was forcing herself to not automatically hood her wings over her food like a great bird of prey as she tore at one of the dinosaur ribs, proclaiming it to be absolutely delicious before cracking the bone and eating the marrow and moving on to the next rib in the rack.
For Tyler's part while the sheer volume of meat was awe inspiring, he felt himself craving a decent amount of vegetables, or at least a bowl of plain white rice to cut all the richness with as the meal went on. In fact the more he thought about that, the more appealing layering some of this mountain of carnivorous delights onto a bowl of freshly steamed white rice became.
The sheer mix of delectable flavors that would soak into the rice as he worked his way through the meat alone seemed designed to tantalize his taste buds. Thankfully the Apuk grain the troops on the Tear generally called Turtle rice was a somewhat close enough substitute. It got the job done any way, even if it lacked the delicate flavor of true white rice.
Miu'Kin, for her part, was having a grand time despite her initial familial misgivings. She was seated to Tyler's right, teaching her new husband about Apuk family style cuisine both for her family specifically and for the capital region.
There were commonalities compared to Nara's home province, and as the capital you could generally get anything from anywhere on the planet if you wanted it, but the Kin mainstay was Northern cuisine which tended towards more intense flavors.
The North also had a unique dish in a strong broth that was served cool, and either drunk as a beverage or a very strong tea, or eaten with noodles in a style that strongly reminded Tyler of soba. It was considered essential for cooling off when you were out working near an active volcano in the specific parts of the North the Kins hailed from.
There was of course hot noodle dishes too, Apuk spicy noodles was a dish that had eagerly been adopted by humans aboard the Tear after Jerry had learned about them on a date with Masha, though Nara pointed out that the way it was served on the Tear was distinctly non-traditional to a horrified Kamei'Kin.
"Well that just won't do at all! I'll be sure to send a cookbook along with you when you head back up to orbit. I know you humans can take a lot but there's no reason to not get it right. Besides, if I manage to open up a dialogue with this Chief Noitaka of yours, I bet I can get some tips on doing things in a more human style. This dashi stock you talked about sounds very similar to some concepts in Apuk cuisine already and I just bet I could replicate it... without the massive amount of sodium chloride and other poisons you seem to ingest. An Apuk grade human hot sauce also seems like it has a lot of potential too! Oh this will be all sorts of fun! Especially if I can actually get my hands on some human style meat."
Tyler nods, smiling at his newest mother in law. "I don't see why not ma'am-"
Kamei'Kin holds up a hand. "Hold it right there. I love that you're so polite, sweet ember but really I can't have my son in law, or any of my daughters in law calling me ma'am! You just call me Kamei'Kin or "Momma" like my little flame over here."
Miu'Kin wilts slightly, clearly wishing her species still had a shell so she could hide in it for a moment, only to brighten up a touch when Tyler gives her thigh a reassuring squeeze under the table. He could appreciate how it could feel having a parent who was such a... bombastic personality to say the least.
Kamei'Kin settles back in the booth a bit. "So, let's get down to the brass tacks I suppose, how long till you leave? I always figured Miu would leave Serbow at some point but goddess's shell it does seem like it's come up faster than I'd expected."
Tyler shrugs. "Well we don't rightly know, we were making port call for at least two weeks, and we're a literal day into the first week practically speaking, but now the Skipper's marrying an Imperial Princess so gods only know how long that's gonna take to shake out completely. There's some sort of business the Skipper needs to attend to in Nodawk city in the Tier barony too, so that'll eat some time up, I mean the list goes on. I'm sure the Captain and the diplomats will find plenty for us to do to make the stop over worth the time. Can't just have everyone on liberty the whole time after all. Though from what we just saw at Caring Conquests one of the major activities will be moving the personal effects of new Apuk spouses up to the Tier from Serbow."
Kamei'Kin slaps her knee and lets out a bark of laughter. "Don't I believe it too! Hah! Goodness it's been awhile since we found a species that had menfolk who were downright eager for Apuk brides. Normally ladies like us and the Cannidor can have a hard time reeling in mates from the more delicate species. Dating only Apex species limits the dating pool quite a bit, to the point that you may as well marry into your own species. Apuk in general tend to stick to our own space and prefer our own culture... similar again to the Cannidor. So we end up marrying within our own species more often than not."
Tyler nods. "Then along comes my species, and the biggest debate in the barracks among our Marines and sailors is if Apuk or Cannidor make for the best possible bride for a human. With strong camps arguing for the Horchka and Seramali, but that's a demographic bias as much as anything. We have a lot of men happily married to Seramali and Horchka gals, myself included. Undaunted wide, the Apuk and Cannidor have very strong fan clubs among humans."
"Considering you've got two Apuk brides, two Seramali and this beauty of a Rabbis to my left I think I can guess where you fall in that debate."
"Heh. Guilty as charged. Cannidor can be a bit... much for me. I enjoyed meeting the Crimsonhewers at our last port call, and I've met some of their girls who have shipped aboard the Tear now, but honestly, even married and allegedly a bit calmer they're just... a lot. Apuk have big personalities but tend to compensate by being proper ladies too. That said I've met a lot of wonderful alien women from all sorts of species now and while I understand the debate as just something stupid to kill time, I don't think there's a definitive species that produces the best wives for humanity as a whole. It's a silly concept inherently. I'm sure there's a guy out there who's got a perfect match in just about any species. Hell one of my buddies has built himself a family of primarily Arachne women... and frankly, while his wives are lovely for the most part, they creep me the fuck out to the point that I have trouble being in the same room as them. I've never been a big fan of spiders."
The Apuk matriarch considers that for a moment and nods. "Hmmm, fair enough, there's always going to be one species or another that someone just can't process or understand for whatever reason. I don't understand the Slohb at all. Or the type of man who'd seek out a Vulba or Charbis hive as his family. Or other peoples with what we might consider more extreme lifestyles... and I know the Apuk's lifestyle, especially here on Serbow where things are still a bit more... traditional, than the colonies, you could say, is considered extreme in it's own way.”
"Kidnapping as a method of courtship can certainly leave that impression on people." Cassie notes primly, gently dabbing her mouth with a linen napkin to clean off any errant sauce or meat.
"Oh psh." Kamei'Kin waves Cassie off a bit with a laugh. "It's not that common!" She stops and considers for a second. "Well. It is more socially accepted, so fair enough. Ah you lot are fun though! I'm glad Miu'Kin got settled into such a wonderful family. Make sure you folks stop by on the regular while you're still on Serbow alright? Food's on me!"
The Sarkins exchange some looks and Tyler turns to face his new mother in law more directly.
"With food like this on offer, you can consider that a promise Kamei'Kin. I'll see about sending some of the boys your way too. Humans appreciate a good meal and I do try to help family out where I can."
"Well hell, always happy to have new customers! I'll make sure anyone from that ship gets treated proper. It's just not right to let visitors to Serbow escape without a little Apuk home style hospitality in their lives!"
Cassie rips a chunk off another rib. "On that, I think we can all certainly agree!" First Last
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2023.05.30 17:14 Financial_Skirt_7151 a girl or a woman?
I'm certain I wanted to be a girl but not really an adult woman until I was almost 30 years old. I had severe stunted puberty and was really like a child
I moved into a communal living situation in the Santa Cruz mountains and worked at a health food store with other women who are also living communal hippie lifestyle.
I was more like a girl, than a woman and other women who were my age understood it.
More than anything else I enjoyed playing with children especially little girls, doll playing fantasy games.
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2023.05.30 17:13 oldorder99 46 [M4F] Married white male in seeking discreet fwb
I'm a 46 year old married white male looking for a female for some discreet nsa fun. I am not picky when it comes to your race, age or body type. More concerned with finding someone that can understand my situation or even shares it and is okay with discreet ongoing fun that stays between us. Not looking to change my or your situation. I'm 6ft, inshape, very clean and discreet. I'm d&d free and expect same. I'm near the Sugarland/Katy area so ideally someone on the the south, southwest or west side but open to others if a good fit. If you might have interest and you actually read this tell me your favorite food to help weed out spam.
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2023.05.30 17:09 StupidInternetFart Tinder Misadventures - Pt1. Seafood Surprise
After years of listening to ReddX, I've decided to throw my story out there for the internet cringe-connoisseurs to feast upon. Cast lists aren't necessary, TLDR is at the end. Let's just get this show on the road.
Tinder is hell. That hasn't stopped me from bludgeoning myself against the towering wall of losers that people swear Prince Charming is hiding among. I do realize that Tinder probably isn't the ideal place to find a real relationship, but I remain optimistic for a reason that I can't fully explain. Maybe it's just for a lack of anything better to do. Perhaps it's fear of dying alone. The people and experiences have ranged from lackluster to outright horrifying, and to start this series off... I will chronicle one of the deepest mental scars for the edu-tainment of any and all internet strangers. Given hindsight, the signs were all there... I should've bailed, but I tried to power through. And I came away with a true tale of terror.
It all started with the swipe, as these things often do. The profile was fairly non-descript as I recall. A bio that was clearly copy/pasted from Tinder
and 3 or 4 photos that made it seem like he was someone who knew how to have some fun. He was smiling despite his teeth looking a bit worse for the wear. He was a bit chunky but seemed comfortable with himself. Those are both things that go a very long way for me. I didn't give the swipe very much thought beyond that, but we did match and he slid directly into the messages. His first message was a play on my first name. He said he wanted to wake up to the crack of Dawn or something like that. Not the first time I've heard it. Won't be the last. He might be a fuckboy, but maybe he was just taking a risk to break the ice... I wanted answers, so I decided to dig in and see what he was really all about.
He introduced himself as Dean. The conversation was largely uninteresting, until I mentioned that I'm a baker for work. This led into a long diatribe about how he was a trad alpha male that was looking for a woman who was worth the effort to take care of. He claimed that I'd be a great mother because of my ability to cook, and then went on to describe how cute our kids would look. I stopped responding and let him continue to spin his wheels for a while. He did continue on for much longer than would normally be socially acceptable, but I thought maybe he was just nervous. Eventually he caught the hint that I was starting to disengage completely. Honestly? I should've followed through with the ghosting. But he showed contrition and apologized, so I let the interaction continue.
He managed to keep his human-mask firmly affixed after the almost-ghosting. He was remarkably good at acting like a genuine person. We talked about our life and experiences for around a full month before deciding that we probably should meet up at some point. During that month he wasn't pushy or weird. Dean had taken the unspoken hint and remained on his best behavior. Once a possible date was agreed on, he jumped at the chance to take the lead in deciding where we were going, but then mentioned that he didn't have a car and needed to be picked up. I sighed. It may be that trad alpha males have better things to do than driving a car. They have people for that sort of thing. Barefoot, pregnant people. When he decides to let her out of the kitchen, that is. Obviously that's all hyperbole. I think.
So yes. I should've run. I know I should've run... but remember what I said about hindsight? Stupid me agreed to pick him up. I asked where we were going and he insisted that I was in for a surprise because we were headed to his favorite restaurant. I shrugged and decided to go with the flow. I spent a good few hours getting ready on the day of our date. I wasn't particularly eager to impress Dean, but it had been a little while since I was able to have a night out on the town and I decided to make the most of it. I showed up about 15 minutes early to the date, which is something that I do often. I take that time to decompress and relax and maybe even second-guess myself... Lord how I wish I would've second-guessed myself a little bit harder on this day.
The 15 minutes flies by, and I finally decided to roll up in front of the ramshackle house that he occupies. It looked like a flop-house. The yard was dead where it wasn't completely overgrown, the roof was missing more tiles than not, and there was a curious amount of children's toys strewn around. Dean hadn't mentioned any kids. Regardless of the red-flag parade that was marching before my eyes, I figured that I was already here. I might as well give the guy a chance. So I leaned on the horn to summon Dean. There was no response. Maybe I have the wrong house? Maybe I've been catfished? Maybe I should just go home? ...Yes, I should've just gone home. I didn't though. Instead, I got out of the car to go knock on the peeling paint of that front door, while saying a small prayer that I wasn't kidnapped and sold off into white slavery.
As I slowly crept up the cracked walkway, the weeds reached up from every crevice. They were trying to hold me back from that door, but I persisted in my quest for dating mediocrity. I could hear the screams of children inside. Were they the ghosts of the future I was dooming myself to? Feasibly. Regardless, I reached the door and knocked. A large Armenian woman answered the door. She was built like a refrigerator and about the hairiest woman you can imagine. She raised her upper lip in a sneer, her mustache bunching up enough to tickle the frontal cortex of any lesser being.
"Barev?" she grunted, a few decibels too loud. Our town has a large Armenian population, so I knew that meant hello.
"Hello ma'am. I'm looking for Dean. We're supposed to go on a date tonight." I meekly explained.
She grunted again, spun on her heels and bellowed something that I won't even try to decipher. Presumably she was calling Dean. I wasn't aware that he lived with his parents. As mama legbeard disappeared into the house, she had left the door open. I realized that a small crowd had gathered near the doorway. At least 5 dead-eyed children drinking a dark-colored liquid from bottles that they were clearly too old for were muttering amongst themselves. I waved a greeting but they only retreated further into the darkness of the hovel. I wasn't sure what to do at this point, so I closed the door and walked back to my car.
Part of me wanted to gun it down the street and make a break for it, seeking the comfort of my own relative normalcy... But I didn't. I sat and waited. I doomscrolled on my phone for around 30 minutes before debating if I should knock again. I didn't want to knock. So I leaned on the horn instead. I was giving him 5 more minutes. If he wasn't here at that point, I'd take myself out for a nice meal. That probably would've been the more enjoyable option anyways.
Five minutes passed, and I turned the key in the ignition. What a waste of time, what a bunch of bullshit. I shifted the car into gear, cranked the wheel to pull off of the sidewalk when suddenly... Dean flung the front door open and waddled toward my vehicle. I didn't feel any relief at this. He was at least 50 pounds heavier than he was in his Tinder photos. If it looked like he put any effort into actually getting ready, I might be more understanding about the situation, but it looked like this dude had just rocked up out of bed. It wasn't just his hair that was disheveled. He wore striped pajama pants, stained and threadbare My Hero Academia t-shirt, and the rattiest pair of slip-on Vans I've ever seen.
Again, should've hit the gas. Should've driven myself right into a telephone pole. Any EMT that came to pick me up would be a better alternative, even if our date was just to the emergency room. Instead I stared in shock as this pigman wandered towards my vehicle and let himself in. The car lurched to the passenger side as he plopped down, clearly out of breath from the short trip down his walkway. His heavy breathing carried distinct notes of halitosis, and that fetid breath only combined with the scent of unwashed rotting ballsack as the air he displaced from the seat started swimming around the car. I was speechless. This was not the date that I had signed up for. My stare continued as Dean began his rambling introduction.
"Hey Dawn! Sorry to make you wait. I had a pretty crazy night last night with my gaming crew. I set an alarm for our date, but I usually don't wake up until my mom starts yelling at me. It's good to make a woman wait anyways. They do it to us, so why shouldn't guys do it right back?" he chortled.
Words were still unable to escape my lips. Instead, the only sound that came out was similar to that girl from The Grudge. Seeing that I wasn't going to engage with that, Dean shifted topics.
"Oh, my bad. I probably shouldn't reveal all of my dating secrets. Tonight I will reveal a big one to you though..." he paused pointedly, and I shifted my eyes to stare at the steering wheel instead. He continued "The big secret is the place I take all the girls on our first date. It's my favorite seafood restaurant!"
I didn't really want to eat seafood. I didn't really want to be seen with Dean or even to continue existing near him in any capacity... But sometimes the social contract twists your arm about this kind of thing, particularly if you're a woman who was raised to behave a certain way. All I had to say was "Get the hell out of my car, you absolute wreck of a human being." It could've all been over if I said that. But I didn't. Instead I asked him to put on his seatbelt. He whined, saying that seatbelts were "for little beta bitches." But I refused to be ticketed over an ego so fragile that a seatbelt could bruise it. I told him he could buckle it or get out. Unfortunately, he did decide to buckle up... And the cringe-train rolled onward.
Dean barked out instructions while regaling me with all types of insider knowledge about "what women actually want, and how they don't know what they want, and how it takes a strong man to lead them to water and force them to drink. For their own good, you see?" All I could manage was a series of disinterested "oh" and "okay" and "jesus christ". He did not get the hint. I wanted to just melt away. Why was I in this situation? Why was I letting it continue? How could someone seem so normal and even perceptive online and then reveal themselves as a complete mess in person
I should've questioned him but didn't have much to add to his monologue, since my own inner-thoughts were spiraling out of control... and I couldn't get a word in edgewise anyways. Maybe he could turn it around and we'd have a nice conversation when we got to the restaurant. He's probably just looking for someone to help him become the best version of himself. If this didn't go well, I told myself a thousand times that I'd never find myself in another situation like this again... Isn't it funny how we lie to ourselves?
Anyways, eventually Dean screeched for me to stop and find a place to park. I complied. I didn't have the energy to argue. It might be because of the lack of oxygen. Throughout this 10 minute trip my car had become inundated with Dean's stench. Imagine rotten sour cream wrapped in a piece of moldy Havarti cheese, sprinkled with sweat from a mountain troll. Little did I know, that wasn't the worst of the night though. Not by a long shot.
Finally snapping out of my daze, I looked around to see the secret seafood restaurant that had only been talked about in hushed whispers. I'll give you a moment to guess for yourself what the place was. Not some well-kept secret as he had implied. It wasn't a quaint hole-in-the-wall, it wasn't even a Red fucking Lobster. We had just pulled up into the parking lot... of a Long John Silver's. Have you ever been to a Long John Silver's? Maybe. Have you ever been to a Long John Silver's by choice? Ew. It's fastfood seafood and it is just... The worst "food" that you could possibly put into your mouth. This can't be real life. We have just lost cabin pressure. We are headed directly into freefall. Finally I found my voice. "What the fuck is this?"
Dean unabashedly said "Long John Silver's, duh. It's the best seafood in town by a long shot, the pricing is also pretty good so you can eat as much as you want." He continued barreling through, extolling the virtues of Long John Silver's as I reluctantly followed him inside. He didn't bother holding the door open. It isn't necessary, but it can be a nice gesture. Instead he bounced up to the counter and started rattling off his order to the worker drone stationed at the register. It was a long order. He ordered enough to feed 5 or 6 people. I thought maybe he was ordering for both of us, until he turned and asked "Did you want anything?" I choked out a number representing one of their combo meals, and tried to hand him $10.
He made a great show of refusing the ten dollars, proclaiming that a lady should never have to pay for her own meal. The worker drone stared on, looking about as vacant as I felt. I think Dean expected the restaurant to start clapping at his chivalrous gesture. Instead the drone went back to scrolling on his phone, and I found a place to sit. When Dean flopped into the seat next to me, I asked if he could please sit across from me instead. He ignored that request, extending a flabby arm across my shoulders, rubbing his putrid armpit on the shoulder of a blouse that I really liked, but later had to burn...
"It's a first date. We should get close, y'know. Get to know each other?" he drawled.
"Go and sit over there Dean, or I'm leaving." I finally insisted. "I have no idea how the date got this far. You don't even look like your picture!"
His ego was hurt now. He rambled on about how "the picture was actually him, he just Photoshopped it a little, and girls do it too. Why do these bitches on dating apps have to be so shallow? Probably just looking for a Chad to take them home and rearrange their guts. Women should be submissive and that means not being choosy. They should feel honored that any man would deign to take them on as a responsibility."
Eventually, all I heard was a high-pitched whining in my ears as I had a Vietnam flashback to all the niceguys and neckbeards that I had run across in high-school. It was the same speech they all seem to end up giving, verbatim. I sat with my head in my hands and he didn't stop this auditory assault until our number was called. He fetched his food, came back to the table, made another trip, and then a third... Until finally he flopped down across from me and said "Yours is still up there, if you want it."
I was ready to boil. "I don't want it Dean. I wanted to have a nice date, but instead I ended up at a fucking Long John Silver's with a big FAT fucking catfish." I expected him to come right back at me with all the rage and fury of an incel scorned, but instead he just walked up to the counter. Brought the tray back, and began to ravage the meal that I had ordered. It sounded like rhinoceros crap being sucked down a bathtub plug hole that had been severely clogged with pubic hair that had been matted together by decades of cum spent on myriad anime waifus. I covered my ears. I fumed. I wanted to cry, but I would not allow this creature to break my will.
I hadn't said more than 20 words during this entire date, and I wasn't about to start talking now. Besides, Dean seemed perfectly happy to just hoover up every speck of greasy fried seafood in relative silence. All I could do was sit and glare. My stare had turned into a glare, and there is a subtle difference... But I don't think Dean was equipped enough to detect that shift. For minutes on end I simply watched the spectacle unfolding before me. He chomped and glorped and gobbled until he had decimated everything that lay before him. Then he sat back and unbuckled his belt while patting his engorged stomach. Disgusting.
"Seems like you really enjoyed that." I said sarcastically as I got up and started heading to the car. He jiggled after me outside like a very overfed and very stupid puppy. Again, I said nothing. I got in and started the car. Right as I was going to peel out and let him walk off that greasy feast he had consumed, Dean wrenched the door open and buttslammed into the seat. As he did, he let out a rather large fart and started giggling like a child. "Good thing I didn't let that one rip in the restaurant!" he chuckled. I was not amused. Yeah. Just let it rip in my fucking car instead you abomination. My patience had been stretched to its breaking point, but I didn't say so. I was simply ready to get this dumpster fire over with. Surely the worst of our interaction was over now, right? We could just part ways and never speak again, right? I never expected that my poor car would be left with one more souvenir that fateful night. Something far more disgusting than Dean's stench.
We pulled out and bounced down the road. The windows were promptly rolled down, which I suppose Dean took as an invitation to continue his butt-orchestra. He'd fart and laugh every couple of minutes. I can't begin to fathom the reason. Either he's given up like I have, or he's trying to rebuild bridges in the worst way possible... Either way, I sped down the streets. Freedom was calling my name and I wanted to get this guy out of my car so I could disinfect, sanitize, deodorize, and cleanse not just my car... But myself as well.
We were in the home stretch. Another minute or two and we'd be rid of each other. Then I noticed that Dean had gotten very quiet. His face turning a strange shade of green. I thought he was going to throw up, but it was even worse than that. As we headed down his street, I hit a speedbump. The jolt must have stirred something in Dean, because he let out another fart... This one sounded different than the others however... It was low and wet. It sounded like a choked blast from a tuba that had been stuffed to the brim with congealed mayonnaise.
Dean did not chuckle like before. Instead, his face shifted from green to a blushing red. I slowly looked over at him and the smell hit me. Rancid greasy sick people poop. The kind of poop that comes out of a sick and dying person right before they kick the bucket... My eyes widened as realization dawned on me. I started to scream all of the frustration that had built up over the night right into Dean's stupid fat face. What I said wasn't really words, it was pure emotion. A screech of incredulity, pain, confusion, and of course the disappointment that I'm sure his mother felt every single day of her life.
We were still down the street from his house. Maybe another 50 yards away... But instead I mashed the brakes and continued slamming him with a nonsensical torrent of emotion. Dean wasn't going to sit around for that. He fumbled with the door, let himself out of the car, leaned back in to tell me he had a lovely time before I gave him one more resounding, hate-fueled "FUCK OFF!" And so he did. I watched him waddle his way back home, the greasy brown stain on the back of his pants only growing with each step. I looked down at the passenger seat. It would never be the same again. I hate to go into any more disgusting detail, but suffice it to say... There was splashback. The diarrhea fountain had stained not just the bucket, but it had spurted up the back of the seat as well.
I cried. Sitting there in that disgusting car, I had a long ugly cry with the windows still fully down. I considered approaching Dean's mother for money to get my car reupholstered, but given the state of the house? I'm not sure she had much to give on behalf of her son, even if by some miracle she was willing to do so... No. This was my problem to deal with now. I finished crying. I drove home. I spent weeks having to stare at that stain, but eventually I was able to buy a completely "new" seat from the junkyard. No more ghost-Dean sitting passenger and laughing at his own honking asshole.
I'm still amazed at how this specimen managed to lure me into a date. While I was far too passive, I'm going to mark that down as inexperience. I'd be much more bold in the future. I did tell myself that I'd never get on Tinder again after this experience. It's by far the worst interaction that I've had with another human being. Ever. But eventually the allure of online dating called me back, and I do have even more stories to tell... But those are tales for another day... Thanks to ReddX if he reads this. Please subscribe to him on YouTube if ya haven't. I'll see you again next time my little Tinderlings.
TL;DR After a terrible date, trad alpha male Tinder guy pooped in my car.
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2023.05.30 17:06 NikkiRose88 Recovering after 1 year abroad.
I have just arrived back to my home country after 1 year abroad. I quit my job in hospitality with enough savings to travel and backpack around Europe and SE Asia.
Had the best time of my life! Explored, made some new friends, learnt new things, taught myself a new language. I tried new foods.
If it was a few days or maybe 1 - 2 weeks. It'd be easy to get over it, but I'm still not used to my normal life again.
The problem now is i'm unemployed. I still live at home with my parents. I'm super depressed because life isn't exciting as when I was abroad. I want to get back on my feet.
I've also decided I hate hospitality now, because of previous experiences in the past with bad work environments and managers.
I was a bartendehostess/FOH at a huge venue with 3 floors. Super busy and super understaffed. I felt overworked there. I don't want to go back to hospo in fear I will experience that again with another venue. So I quit. My mental health went down the drain working there as no one cared.
I want to change industry but don't have other qualifications other than a hair course I finished and I dropped out of an Accounting course.
I'm still thinking about studying again, but can't decide on a course. Perhaps I might study abroad or move to another country. Just looking for a stable day job.
I'm a very artistic person. I love drawing and painting, fashion, hair and makeup, baking cakes, desserts, pizza and breads.
I've thought about starting a bakery.
I feel stuck and like i've hit a wall.
I'm really stressed about this and have trouble sleeping at night. I'm in the process of looking for a new therapist too.
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2023.05.30 17:05 FloppingOnSunshine WIBTA to pay $5k to not shave my head
I (F36) got a severe case of Guillain Barre, a condition where a minor infection causes the immune system to attack the sheath around the nerves. My case was severe and I lost all strength in and control of my arms and legs. My face, arms, torso below the waist, and legs all feel like I put them to sleep and there is almost no feeling in those areas. I was in the hospital for 3 weeks. I required an ambulance to get me out of bed and appointments for 3 months.
I have very long hair (down to my butt). It’s always been very important to me. It makes me feel like me (which is super important when I have lost everything else. I have lost all ability to do things I am passionate about). Laying in a hospital bed is havoc on the hair. I asked my wife (43F) to brush it several times but it never happened (she’s done what I needed otherwise). It did hurt a bit as she knew how I feel about my hair. I asked the care staff at the hospital but they were too busy. By the time I got home my hair was in a horribly tangled braid. Pre-illness I could have gotten it free in a few hours but I couldn’t control my hands at all. At this point my wife made a half effort to untangle it but lacked the patience for it. She called a few stylists to see if someone could come to our house to work on it but no dice. Over the next 3 months lying in bed my hair transformed into a hard, matted baseball on top of my head. When I could get out a bit we tried a few local salons but they had no idea how to fix it. All suggested shaving it off. And that hurts my heart a lot. It would take 6 years to grow back.
This brings me to the issue: there is a salon 9 hours away that specializes in this issue. I have an appointment next week after an 8 week wait. The problem? They believe it will take 20 hours over 4 days to fix it. The appointments will cost $4000 and it’s another $600 at least for gas, hotel, food, and expenses. We are not rich in good times but my wife has had to quit working to be home to care for me. My medical supplies have increased spending (it takes forever to get Medicaid to cover supplies). That is a disgusting amount of money we could really use elsewhere. If i felt like this was my fault I wouldn’t even consider spending that money. I feel like my wife could have prevented this all by just brushing my hair. Or having a measure of patience to detangle it when I got home. Also, she clearly hates working on my hair and I will need someone to brush it (possibly forever). She’s the only option. I know being a caregiver is hard enough. I don’t want to be more of a burden. There is also the chance none of this works and I have to pay a lot of money and still lose it. I could live with a shaved head, no matter how hard it would be. Tomorrow morning is my last chance to cancel and get most of my deposits back. Would I be the asshole for spending all this money on my hair?
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2023.05.30 17:02 Jayyd23 Wedding is making me consider going no contact…
So our wedding has had plenty of small dramas we have worked through. Venue was a big one (due to my family), and budget (my family), and guest list (mostly my family yet again). I’ve had to have multiple conversations explaining we wanted a smaller event and as such wouldn’t be inviting the entire extended family (it would easily put us over 100 guest and that’s still if we cut out children completely!) Despite telling my close family this, and giving them a response for if any extended family asked they aren’t happy. (If the family asked I would always give a more polite response of “we are very limited with the number of guest we can invite and regrettably can’t include everyone.” I told my grandma and mom thats what they could use are reasoning as well.)
Well, that brings us to Sunday.. the quick run down is: Mom and grandma drove over to confront me about the wedding guest list again. I started getting frustrated considering we’ve already talked about this multiple times. So I did get kinda snippy and eventually I stopped beating around the bush for the sake of politeness. Mom said I was acting like “a snot” which really made me pissed. For context, If I was ever emotional or opinionated when I was growing up I got told I was being mean. Even if it was me just being upset that plans got cancelled, I was a brat for being upset. Not even temper tantrum upset, just expressing I was disappointed.. I finally just smiled and nodded without doing more than minimal talking cause I knew if I opened my mouth I would either say something mean or start crying. Welp, when mom tried to apologize at the end for calling me that, I finally broke. I think I might of said “I’m just so tired of having to repeatedly say the same thing when if feel like no one cares about what I say or respects me.” I started crying almost immediately though so I’m not sure how much of that was coherent. At that point I just stood up and pretty much stormed off. After the 45 minute confrontation and having had this talk multiple times without being acknowledged, I was just so done I was ready to cancel the wedding.
I was ok changing everything else. I was flexible with food (given that I could still eat it as I have many stomach problems), grandma really wanted a large enough cake for everyone so I adjusted the deserts for her, I cut out decorations I wanted to save cost for changes others wanted, I was willing to add and alter colors, photos, times and nearly everything else. All I wanted was just a small event with food I wouldn’t get sick from. That’s it. And that was too much.
My family has been toxic and manipulative since I was a child and I kept them in my life because it was that or risk homelessness. Now that I am no longer relying on them to survive, I realized how not OK the way they’ve treated has been. I wanted to try to make the relationship work because we can have great moments where we get along and can be close to each other. But I can’t go 3 months without them pushing me to the point of having some sort of breakdown or hurting me to the point I’m considering very not good things. After all this I just realized: You can’t respect my wishes for the one day that’s supposed to be about me, my fiancé and our love. Why do I try so hard to force a relationship and make things work with people that will never give me a sliver of the same courtesy.
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2023.05.30 17:01 demondork224 [F4GM] Oide Yo! Welcome to Mizuryuu Kei Land U.S.A's Grand Opening Week!!
I’m 18+ and all characters and participants must be 18+
"Oide Yo! My name is Honoka~! And it is my great pleasure to welcome you all to Mizuryuu Kei Land U.S.A's Grand opening~!!" A very busty, pink haired woman appeared on the screen at the front of the transportation bus. The only thing she was red heart shaped pasties over her nipples and pussy, a red armband that read "cast", and matching elbow length gloves and thigh high stockings.
"As Mizuryuu Kei Land U.S.A's first ever guests, we have many great surprises in store for you all~! Unfortunately I can't talk about them, you all will just have to see them for yourself~. But what I can talk about is all of the amazing "worlds" that Mizuryuu Kei Land has!
Starting with the Beginner Area, this part of the park is the first thing you see once you leave the gear area. In Mizuryuu Kei Lands original location in Japan. This is the area where our shy guests spend their time. Mizuryuu Kei Land is all about sexual freedom, and sometimes that can be very scary. For guests that aren't as open with their sexuality as others. But that's OK! For most guest all it takes is one ride on the "Meet N Fuck FerrisWheel" to break them out of their shell. Apart from the Ferris wheel, the Beginner Area also has other attractions for both men and women. The Dildo Carousel, and Glory Mystery Wall are both very popular attractions.
The Urban Jungle is a place where our guest can live their exhibitionist fantasies. Built to look like New York City. Guests here can live out their wildest public sex fantasies. Sure fucking in public is what the park is all about. But there is something special about fucking in a city environment. And in the Urban Jungle there is a place for every fantasy. From bars and clubs, to all types of store recreations, and of course all types of dirty alleys and public restrooms. It is a guarantee that you will never have the same experience when you visit the Urban Jungle.
From Urban Jungle to actual Jungle. Where the Wild Whores Are, is the ultimate pet play experience. Men and women alike can live out their most depraved fantasies of living as fuck pets. The area is divided into several "habitats". A tropical jungle, a pet walking park, and "the zoo". So if you want to let out your wild side, or want to know what it feels like to own your own fuckpet come on down to to Where the Wild Whores Are.
There are many more areas inside of Mizuryuu Kei Land. So many that I am unable to inform you about all of them in such short amount of time. Unfortunately due to legal reasons I am also unable to discuss what goes on inside of areas like our Raceplay World, and Land of Beasts. You will just have to experience those places for yourself hehe~.
Now I'll leave you all by letting you know that as our lucky week long guests. You all have the ability to switch hotels at any point during your stay for free. There are many themed hotels inside of the parks areas. And we want you all to be able to experience as many of our facilities as you can~!
Other than please enjoy all the amazing attractions, restaurants, facilities, events, and both staff and guest contest. Your ride is now at its end. Welcome to Mizuryuu Kei Land U.S.A!
Hello dear pervs :3. And thank you for reading my Mizuryuu Kei Land roleplay idea. Based off of the original doujinshi, I want to create a story that severely expands on the world that wonderfully depraved doujinshi created.
So I did not emphasize a "main character" during the prompt. That is because there are many different characters that we can choose from for this rp.
There is Honoka, the current peppy mascot of Mizuryuu Kei Land U.S.A. Who gets to live in the park and do all sorts of fun events for the guest. Unfortunately she did not read her contract to well. And now she has to fight for the right to keep her job as the parks mascot. Or be replaced by another slut.
There is also Natalia, a college student who's friend was somehow able to score 3 tickets fo the theme parks grand opening week. As a closet pervert Natalia was basically dragged along by her friends. In an attempt to get her to loosen up. Oh if only they knew the bitch in heat they unleashed in the park.
Another option is Stephanie, a 30 year old single mother who was given a ticket by her best friend as a birthday present. She didn't really want to come, as she felt the idea of the park was disgusting. But accepted to go anyway as it was a gift from her friend. The question is will Stephanie be able to come out of the park as the same woman she was when she got there? Or will the depravity of the park turn her into a shameless slutty milf?
And finally there is Evelyn, a recently graduated journalism major and self proclaimed artist. Who infiltrated the park by getting a job as a staff member. As she is trying to launch her career as a real journalist. By exposing Mizuryuu Kei Land as a corrupt cesspool of depravity, and misogyny. Created by the "Patriarchy" to force a narrative that women are nothing but sex objects. Will Evelyn be able to find enough evidence to prove this? Or will the parks influence and its "secret board of directors" turn her into the thing she hates the most, a whore?
The park is basically a sandbox, where we can create anything we want. The only limit for what story we can create is literally our imaginations! So as my GM you will have a lot of creative freedom for what ever lewd attraction, event, store,etc. You want to add to the park.
As for what I am looking for in a partner? I'm looking for someone literate, creative, who can match my writing. Be it multiple paragraphs if the need arises, or just short replies. Really just someone as excited as I am for this prompt. So if my prompt interested you, then please message me at Demondork on Kik. Chat will be ignored, and long detailed replies will get my attention first.
Kinks and limits list:
Kinks: cum, cum eating, cum food, cum play,bukkake,cream pie,bdsm, bondage, forced, body writing, spanking, cuddling, degradation, rough partners, sizeplay, dominant partners, toys, multiple partners, spit roasting, mating press, full Nelson,frenching,rimming,body oil,bestiality,water sports,wax play,sex machines,being filmed,cosplay,NTR,petplay,exhibitionism,biting and pretty much anything that isn’t my limits
Scat,gore,vore,hyper sizes,necro and vomit
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2023.05.30 17:00 _call-me-al_ [Tue, May 30 2023] TL;DR — This is what you missed in the last 24 hours on Reddit
If you want to receive this as a daily email in your inbox, you can now join at this link French minister threatens to ban Twitter if it doesn’t follow EU rules Comments Link 25 to 32 drones attack Moscow: 2 buildings damaged, people evacuated Comments Link Groundbreaking Israeli cancer treatment has 90% success rate Comments Link At least 16 dead, dozens injured in shootings across the U.S. over Memorial Day weekend
Third nuclear reactor reaches 100% power output at Georgia’s Plant Vogtle
Man with Nazi flag who crashed U-Haul near White House praised Hitler
New DNA testing technology shows majority of Australian dingoes are pure dingoes, not hybrids, challenging the view that dingoes are in decline due to crossbreeding with domestic dogs
Free prescription drugs could reduce overall health-care costs in Canada: study
Researchers have developed a self-administered mobile application that analyzes speech data as an automatic screening tool for the early detection of Alzheimer's disease with 88% to 91% of accuracy
One-third of galaxy's most common planets could be in habitable zone
China will send three astronauts to its Tiangong space station on Tuesday, putting a civilian scientist into space for the first time as Beijing pursues plans to send a manned mission to the Moon by the end of the decade
The United Arab Emirates Is Heading for the Asteroid Belt
Georgia nuclear rebirth arrives 7 years late, $17B over cost. Two nuclear reactors in Georgia were supposed to herald a nuclear power revival in the United States. They’re the first U.S. reactors built from scratch in decades — and maybe the most expensive power plant ever.
Inflation Reduction Act Sparks a Rural Clean Energy Revival. The USDA announced $11 billion in new funding for rural clean energy projects, with part of the program described as “the single largest investment in rural electrification since FDR signed the Rural Electrification Act into law in 1936.”
Japan will try to beam solar power from space by 2025
Whats something attractive people can do, that ugly people cant?
What's an unspoken rule on a first date?
What actor or actress ruins a movie for you?
TIL that the early 2000s Nickelodeon children's show, "LazyTown", was not only filmed in Iceland but also one of the most expensive children's show ever made (each episode cost nearly $1 million to make)
TIL that George Washington only left the present-day United States one time in his life, when he traveled to Barbados with his brother in 1751.
TIL in 2018, a middle school in Dallas organized an event called “Breakfast with Dads,” but saw that not all of the students have fathers or father figures to attend the event with. So, they put up a post on Facebook seeking around 50 volunteers. On the day of the event, 600 men showed up to help.
[OC] Three years of applying to PhD programs
Chart of Mountains & Rivers -- published in 1862 in Johnson’s New Illustrated Family Atlas
[OC] Forbes List of Highest-Earning Musicians: 1987 to 2021
What’s your cooking tax?
Really weird question. But if I use the same amount of ingredients but half the amount of water for a soup, then add back the normal amount of water after cooking, would that be the same if I’d just cooked everything together?
I finally tried using a hand mixer to shred crockpot chicken. Holy crap! It was amazing! Just took a few minutes! Then, in a moment of inspiration, I used a salad spinner, think it’s been used once before in 8 years, to get the extra juice out!
[Homemade] Hot Honey Chicken Sandwich, Garlic Fries, & Kimchi Ranch
[I ate] Cheesy Chicken Quesadilla
[Homemade] Spaghetti Carbonara
Raiders of the Lost Ark Is Perfect In Its Simplicity
White Men Can't Jump (2023) .... WTF.
‘The Little Mermaid:’ This 1976 psychedelic live-action film could be the best adaptation to date
Wooded path, paintwithbram, oil, 2023
Sonny, Sasquatchinheat, paint markers, 2023
Untitled, SxDayz me , digital painting,2023
Streaming services are removing tons of movies and shows — it’s not personal, it’s strictly business
‘Scrubs’ — Sam Lloyd’s “Hey Ya”
‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’ EP & Director Deborah Chow: “This was conceived as a limited series, it is closed”
Dinner at a homeless shelter (Sioux City, IA)
dinner at a homeless shelter
Please buy new sunblock if you haven't recently. It can expire (pic of when I learned the hard way)
Tomb Of Ancient Egyptian Pharaoh Ramesses VI In The Valley Of The Kings [Year 12th Century BC]
Funny ass horse trot
I drew this pixel art animation and called it "Artist fire" [OC]
The eggs of the newts form algae underwater on their surface to produce oxygen, as the embryos require a continuous supply of oxygen to survive. Without the formation of algae, the embryos would not receive enough oxygen, which could lead to their death.
This unused casket left outside for trash pickup.
This oddly shaped egg that my chickens laid
This House on Top of A Warehouse in Syracuse, NY
Gorillas make vocalisations to express satisfation when they enjoy their food...they are also in a permanent state of flatulence because their food is almost exclusively fiber(a lot of it)
Iceland, the land where the sun will never set
Japan’s transparent restrooms hope to dispel stereotypes of dirty public toilets
Summer in the UK
Never lose your girlfriend
This is why you always bring your glove
She thinks she’s looking through a window so she keeps going to look for the dinosaurs in the backyard
His One Ear Is Tuned In To His Favorite Words
Our 3.5mth-old puppy meeting our 9yr-old bunny for the first time.
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2023.05.30 16:58 DisastrousBaby2000 needing to vent
i’m an almost 23 y/o mom of a 3 y/o whom i suffered terribly during my pregnancy. I wasn’t diagnosed with HG until after my pregnancy so i absolutely thought something was wrong with me. I just found out in April that i was expecting. About three weeks later, massive sickness. I’m 13 weeks now and i’ve been hospitalized 3 times. I recently lost my job, and my partner has been working over 40 hours a week to help cover me until i can find a new job. It’s so hard to chase my toddler, call jobs and follow up while feeling like absolute shit all day long. I take Zofran, and i also have Reglan which has been working well for me unlike Promethazine which makes me very drowsy and I don’t like that especially around my kid. Mornings and late late nights are hard. I’ve been throwing up since 7:30a it’s 11am now, one Reglan left i haven’t touched because it was prescribed from ER doctors , it’ll take at least a day to get my new script. It was memorial day yday so the offices were closed and everytime i call my OB office the lines are busy. Already had two zofran, I’m just miserable. Why can’t i have a happy nice pregnancy like other women. I feel like i would never want to do this again. I had an eating disorder in highschool i worked really hard to get out of my anorexia and i’m only 120lbs about 5’6 it’s not like i have anything to spare but i look healthy. Throwing up gives me instant chills and triggers me. i’m so unhappy i just want the baby instead of this terrible pregnancy i can’t even shower it’s been two days because i barely have enough energy but to throw up and cry
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2023.05.30 16:56 comet-song Prokinetic success
Just wanted to come on here and share some of my progress. I have mixed hydrogen and methane SIBO and am currently treating it with antimicrobials (Berberine and atrantil.) My main symptoms are constant bloating and constipation. I wasn’t seeing any improvements until I started taking a prokinetic (motility activator by integrative therapeutics) every morning 3-4 hours before food. It’s only been a week of taking it and it has already made a huge difference. I am having a complete or nearly complete bowel movement every single morning. I’ve never been regular in my life and since getting SIBO my constipation has been severe. My symptoms aren’t gone yet but I’m feeling so much relief being able to go again. Prokinetics have been a game changer for me! Crossing my fingers that the relief stays consistent and I continue to get better from here. If you’re considering a prokinetic I would say it’s well worth a try.
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2023.05.30 16:56 AshfordBased Aladore II - Reticence, Mayhaps it's Useful.
Alone he walked through Ashford, his hands clasped calmly behind his back.
A gentle breeze passed him by as he walked across the street - the market he strode through was bustling and peaceful. It was as beautiful a day as he could possibly hope for, and yet he remained at a tension he could hardly uncouple from.
Siblings unmarried, the realm beyond the Reach agitating for war, in some places dying.
He held back the sigh that bristled beneath each breath he took. The white coat he wore marked him out from everyone else, and still he moved about without a concern about the people who passed him. Aye, the peasants and tradesman he moved about paid him mind, some bowed, many worked around him with carts being carried about to stalls to refill. He was not surprised by the amount of fanfare he was afforded and in fact quite appreciated it. He only had his white coat to highlight his status, but he noted a few other wealthier individuals who moved about with servants to carry their gains, also bore similarly styled coats. So perhaps to those who had not seen their lord, he was merely another rich man.
He found himself wondering as he looked about from the centre of the market square - how many of the men who stood by alleys and leaned against stalls inconspicuously, were men his brothers had sent to watch over him. He thought himself safe out here, but they were used to watching over him as he was for them. He identified a handful of stockier men who looked like their musculature was honed from swinging a sword rather than hammering at a forge, cutting trees or hauling goods. Once he had identified them, he moved on.
It was still surreal to be among his people. They seemed so strange still - not a year ago he was in Essos, and now he watched people move in and out of whitewashed buildings, living their lives. Yet they were all his. He wasn't confident in how much he appreciated that detail - he was a military man and after that he was a student of history and lore. History spoke of the great men and their exploits. Lore was about how people worked, what they worked for, why they worked. Not much of it regarded the every day of the commonfolk.
Of course, those who lived in Ashford, as opposed to the hamlets and villages beyond his castle's view, were different to those within the market streets. Yet they all were his.
Gods, he quickly thought, he had let himself think too much on the minor things. The every day, the miniscule was for when his family was secure. He had brothers unwed and a sister who needed marry and he walked about his town, without his people realising he was their lord.
Of course, a solution was at his feet, house Leygood were vassals, he could probe them for aid - matches were aplenty within the lesser house. But the prestige and security such matches offered were limited, and he wasn't going to throw away bargaining chips if he could. Loathe as he was to consider his family bargaining chips.
Pragmatic as he was, he knew better than to simply think of them as family.
There was the added pressure of Clifford, his youngest brother, who had spent his time in love. That was too difficult to broach - he would love to see them contented with each other, but the realm would scarcely approve, and losing his brother's hand so easily was another worry.
The gods were cruel to gift him with such loyal siblings, it made every choice his, and the pain that came with it. Cliff would give up his woman if he asked, but could he ask that of him? It was too cruel to consider.
He wished he had a book for such things - ones that would teach him what other, better men had done about their family and their lives and connections. He was certain there would be something of the kind somewhere in the world. Somewhere. What little good it did him as he stood before a stall, looking over the exceptional produce before him. He had been there for a good few minutes and the storekeeper had grown irritable in his posture.
Aladore couldn't blame the man, he looked wealthy and that drove away everyone who might want to buy. You didn't interject with a rich man's business.
Yet someone thought better of such things. They squeezed past him, half pushing him aside. He didn't protest, but his brows furrowed with concern.
Had she not realised he was looking?
No, she was plucking from the produce, placing it in a basket she held. long, but slender arms worked in light orange sleeves. Not quite Ashford colour, a shade or two darker than that. Her dress was comfortable and free-flowing. The sleeves stopped shy of her shoulders, and a string of marks dotted them. They seemed to be freckles at first glance, but staring was rude so he didn't linger.
The storekeep did not hold the same views as he watched the woman's bust.
Aladore had at least a fraction of decorum as he admired the woman. She was tall, stopping only a few inches shy of him, and there was a strange physical prowess to her physique. Her shoulders were not broad, but they were tense, the muscle lining one end to the other seemed well-developped. Her long, auburn hair danced over them gently as she moved, plucking fruits from the shelves.
He had to stop himself, he had grown smitten at a glance. Gods, he must have been concerned if he was eyeing off strangers in the market. It reminded him that most of all he needed a son.
"Might I help you?" the woman said with a snide twist to her voice. He didn't think that was voiced at him, but he was thinking like a lord and quickly he substituted that thought pattern for when he walked the streets of Pentos.
"I was perusing these shelves," he supplied.
"Then why didn't you buy anything?" She asked, the snark filling her voice and the light, but not quite smooth voice she spoke with was a welcome reprieve from the words in his head.
"I was thinking."
Clearly a joke pulled at her lips, for she smiled and then stowed the expression, not yet looking to him as she finished assembling her foods. She then placed the basket on the top of the stalls counter and furnished a coin purse.
"You have no escort," he observed, earning a derisive chuckle.
She looked back at him, and as he suspected, no realisation dawned upon her, he got a better look at her face however. She was pretty - clearly she spent a good amount of time in the sun, as freckles dusted her face and shoulders, her long hair had been allowed to form a string-like fringe that danced down from the corners of her hairline. The rest was pulled back neatly, so he could stare down cleanly at her hazel eyes.
"My father speaks well of the lord of Ashford - but that absentee fool has only done one good thing, he's kept this place peaceful, and for that I would say he's not terrible - but the man has spent more time about the realm since he took his seat." She finished picking her coins from the purse and placed a couple of them on the counter.
"You ask why I have no escort - it is because this place is safe, so no one bothers me."
He held back his smile at her words - it was not often one heard an honest review of their job as a lord.
But then someone pushed into him from behind. When he took a half step forward, he put some force into the step to make sure he didn't fall into the younger woman.
Glancing back, he spied a hooded woman passing him.
"Sorry, my lord," she said with panicked breath and a hint of an accent he couldn't pick away at. The woman did not remain however and scurried off to an exiting alleyway.
"Tramp," his conversation partner intoned.
"I beg your pardon."
"Check your pockets, ser," she said with a hint of superiority now, seeming quite happy with the idea that he hadn't thought of it.
As he looked to the alley with furrowed brows, a figure left, dressed in pale blue and with lightly tanned skin - when she looked back, he spied a familiar smiling face. Ezarra? he wondered, but his attention was dragged back to the woman before him as seemingly others had taken to watching him.
"She said lord, right?"
"I suppose so."
"And why would she?"
It finally hit him, others had taken notice of his presence too - but the white cloak, light brown hair turning almost red, and the stature of a nobleman had been enough for some when flavoured with the idea of lordship.
"I would assume, because she realised I am the lord here," he offered, a smile hidden away.
The woman paused, and realisation finally dawned. That moment was enough for him to fall deeper into his infatuation. The woman was pretty, the prettiest he had seen for some time - it was true, thinking so much of matching his brothers had infected his mind with the same worries for himself. Now he thought about women on his own time.
But as her realisation crystalized on her shocked face, a shade of the emotion hit him as he looked at the broach that pinned one of the sleeves of her dress to the low neckline. Three black bolts of lightning against orange.
"Those are Leygood arms," he said absently and she looked down and then back up, her head tilted.
"Yes, my father is lord Leygood... your... vassal..." she said the words but was struggling with understanding it, he was no different, the honest and open disregard for decorum she espoused was a refreshing sight in truth and he battled with how much he liked that against how much he was meant to be insulted by how little she believed he was a lord.
Have i made such a poor first impression? He wondered. He shook his head, that didn't matter - he had a second chance now that they both knew each other a fraction better.
"Very well," he finally said - "Aladore Ashford, lord of Ashford."
She nodded absently.
"And you are?"
"Jeyne Leygood," she replied, a hint of worry nagging at her tone.
"What brings you to my town?" He continued, some of the onlookers had begun to depart now - and he hoped that meant the awkwardness would die down. Once again he pondered if he had a book for solving these kinds of complex social concerns.
Jeyne proffered the basket she had filled with fruit, "I come to town to fetch sweets to eat," she replied quickly and he noted her voice was becoming more curt and proper, and he frowned - he had lost some of the freedom she had employed in her speech.
She seemed to note it and her eyes widened a fraction, seemingly worried he had been offended. He wasn't sure how much she believed him to be the lord, but a degree of faith had been directed to said understanding and slowly she was falling deeper into it. A moment of thought was cast to whether another had claimed to be the lord to her once before, but he tossed the query aside.
"I hope it's up to your standards then," he said and turning to the shopkeep, he produced a single coin, well above the value of an apple and placed it on the counter before retrieving one particularly shiny looking red fruit. He took a single bite out of it as the shopkeep marveled at the prize he had just earned.
The fruit was delicious. The perfect mixture of soft, crunchy, sweet and lightly sour. It was good.
"Y-yes... the produce here is excellent!" she declared, and then bowed her head, "I must be off," she declared. She seemingly knew not to just run away though because she waited to lift her head.
"You can go, I'm not going to tell you to stay - but I must admit, I do not know your family as well as I should. If you could, would you bring your father to dinner in the coming days? I wish to depart for Highgarden, and I'd like a chance before then to meet with your father and family - it doesn't do that I have yet to meet my vassal and your family, their lord," he said, and she lifted her head. With a polite smile she nodded to him and scurried off.
He found himself standing there for a few minutes, confused by the whole interaction.
His mind flickered back to Ezarra - his brother's paramour had been the one they assigned to watch him it seemed. He was a fool for thinking they would only use men.
With that decision in mind, he decided to take a walk to the Cockleswent and resolved to ponder the strange Leygood woman, and try to convince himself he hadn't fallen for a stranger on first sight. It was a frightful prospect, especially at his age.
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2023.05.30 16:54 Survivor_08 Is it possible to reduce your risk of chronic diseases after years of unhealthy eating?
To clarify what I’m trying to ask, once the pandemic began I went from active every single day and mindful of what I consumed, to comfort food nearly every single day. It’s obviously taken its toll three years later. So from this point forward, is it possible to … “reverse”, “mitigate”, whatever the proper term might be … stave off chronic illnesses after years of turning to complete comfort junk food? If so, besides “eat a damn salad”, what else should I be doing to better protect my body for the long term?
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2023.05.30 16:53 InsuranceAway4133 What dentist could diagnose a complicated issue?
Not asking for medical advice but wondering if a puzzling problem in the mouth can be diagnosed?
Severe pain, burning and aching in gums in between a healthy tooth and a molar implant. No visible signs of inflammation, 3d negative for anything except minor bone loss, Previous hx of ill fitting crown, perio pocket surgery, root canal, extraction 4 years ago) pain returned and dentists have no idea why I’d be in so much pain.
Suggested neurologist and he still thinks it’s a dental issue. Oral surgeon who did the implant says it’s fine. Endo sees no sign in healthy took, perio said maybe go get laser surgery to regenerate bone. Only thing visible is little bone grafts near the gum, a little gray around the implant, tori bone a little larger and more vascular. Touching the gums with tongue, toothbrush, floss or food sends it into oblivion.
Why is this so difficult? Any suggestions on next steps please and thank you.
Deeply grateful to anyone who has any idea.
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2023.05.30 16:52 Commander_Oganessian I've not had as much motivation to work on my fanfics, but Nonetheless here is The Trials and Tribulations of a 'Traitorous' HiveWing Chapter 3
Once he starts to wake up he feels a comforting warmth around him. Opening his eyes his vision is still dark. Once his vision clears he realizes he's looking at a black claw.
Following the claw he finds Palinurus snuggled against his back, her face settled in a peaceful bliss.
'This feels nice,' muses Crabron, making sure not to move and wake her, 'But should it? She's my friend and this is a very intimate pose.'
'What if you became more?' asks another train of thought, 'You could be happy.'
'But what if she doesn't want anything more,' questions Crabron.
'Of course she does, think back a little bit, she wasn't looking for guards she was looking at you. Need proof? Her flustered response is all you need, or how about when you mentioned dating and she hastily backtracked?'
As he is arguing with himself Crabron notices that her smile has turned to fear and her breath quickens, as she mumbles, "No, Crabron! No, no, no!"
'She must be having a nightmare!' thinks Crabron as he shakes her awake, "Palinurus, Palinurus, wake up. I'm alright."
With a gasp she jumps awake. Wrapping his wings around her he whispers, "It's okay Palinurus. It's okay. I'm right here. I'm alright."
"Thank the moons!" Exclaims Palinurus, "I dreamt that you never woke up from Sheyleyong's attack. I was thinking about what I would do. If, if you died. I was thinking about how I could even live with you gone," she starts to panic. "I couldn't bear the thought of living without you and all the things I would never say. What I would miss out on!"
As she rambles an he carefully shuts her mouth with a gentle claw silencing her worries.
In the sudden silence he speaks, "You don't need to worry about that, ever. I'll always be here when you need me, even if it means leaving a mission. You've been at my side for as long as I can remember. Hell I don't even remember how we met, just that you've been there for me just as I have for you. Some stuck up, slaving, honey snorter, won't change that."
She looks at him with tears in her eyes, "But you nearly died. When you were out it was like you were gone, no matter what I did you never even flinched, you had two dislocated ribs and you'd lost a lot of blood."
"Looks like Clearsight hasn't decided to accept me." Comments Crabron with a smug but gentle smile, "And a couple dislocated ribs certainly won't kill me."
A look of sudden remembrance crosses her face, "Ooh, that reminds me, to fix your ribs you need to relocate them yourself."
"How am I supposed to do that?" Asks Crabron.
"According to Viceroy, the doctor who lives here, you need to take a deep breath and try to blow it out without opening your mouth and plugging your nose." Crabron tries and gasps in pain.
Palinurus places a comforting claw on his shoulder, "Keep at it until you feel them pop back into place. If you black out I have some hartshorn."
After a few painful attempts he finally feels them relocate with a relieved sigh, "Wow, I never thought it was that hard to breathe. Where are we?"
"Viceroy's house, in the Bloodworm Hive SilkWing District. I told you that." Says Palinurus with a disapproving look, "Viceroy didn't mention brain damage."
Crabron smiles as he pushes aside the entrance curtain, "That you did, but where in the district?"
"Just outside the Plaza of the Hope for Peace." Says Palinurus as Crabron lays eyes on a large, vividly painted statue depicting Monarch, Wasp, and a rather monochromatic LeafWing, each working together to hold up a crown. "How is that thing not tearing through the silk?"
In reply a voice comes from the street as Grayling steps through a line of SilkWings, "It's made from treestuff and it's hollow, as such it's a lot lighter than it looks."
"Hello again Grayling," Crabron suddenly remembers something, "Did I miss the handout?"
"No, I fact you're just in time," he motions to the line he just walked through, "These are the ones who showed up. Come with me. Palinurus, you too."
Grayling leads him to a row of tables overflowing with baskets full of various goods with yet more still in the crates behind it, "How much did y'all get?"
"Three quarters of the entire warehouse." Answers Leafcutter as she flicks her tail at a table, "You'll be there with Palinurus, your father and I will be asleep at home. However before I go," she grabs a curious scabbard off a table and hands it to him, "I do believe this is yours."
Looking at it he notices that it seems to be made out of long strands of grass. Wrapping one loop before his wings and the other just behind his wings Crabron asks, "What is it?"
"Sheyleyong's sword," answers Leafcutter, "I took the liberty to procure a new scabbard from my contact. Apparently she had to steal this one from another group that doesn't share their opinion. When her daughter was told to get it they had a big argument. I have never seen such a dysfunctional family. But I get it, she was hiding someone."
"If she's hiding it, how'd you know?" Asks Crabron.
She points to her eyes, "Her eyes, it was just for a split second, but it was there. The same look I always hid during my experimentation phase, before I met your father."
"You experimented? With who?" Asks Crabron.
"Well, I say it's time to stop wasting these family's days, and get me some sleep. Each family gets one basket and try not to vandalize anything." Dismisses Leafcutter as she rushes away calling behind her, "He's in charge guys!"
"You'd think she 'experimented' with my mother with how she rushed away," muses Palinurus, "How is the sword not slicing through those grass fibers?"
"Maybe it's lined with something?" Asks Crabron as he gives the scabbard a light squeeze, feeling something hard as steel between the wrappings and sword, "I'll have to ask my mom."
Stepping behind the table he calls out, "I can help the next family!"
A few families down the line Crabron hears a squeaky voice, "That's him! That's the Hiveing that saved me!"
As a familiar purple dragonet runs up, his mother close behind, Crabron smiles, "If it isn't Dusky, the toughest dragonet I ever met. Have you shown your friends your awesome new scar?"
"Not yet, he has construction work today," says the dragoness accompanying him, presumably his mother.
"It's Friday shouldn't he be at school?" Asks Crabron.
She gives a sad nod, "Yes, but after his father died he was expected to pick up his shifts, Thursday nights and Friday to Monday days."
A look of horror crosses Palinurus' face, "He's a dragonet! He deserves an education!"
Dusky's mother sighs, "I know, but Lady Bloodworm won't allow it."
"I'll see if I can change her mind," growls Crabron.
"How?" Asks Palinurus.
"Enough threats can change any mind." Hisses Crabron before taking on a kind look, "Say, little Dusky, what is your favorite fruit?"
"Bananas!" Chirps Dusky.
Taking an extra bushel of bananas from the crates behind him Crabron places them and an extra loaf of bread into a basket before handing it to Dusky's mother, "Have a wonderful day."
Once the line diminishes Crabron looks over the still remaining food and tells the other SilkWings that were helping him pass out baskets to help themselves to the food.
"Your parents say you killed Vinegaroon's son last night," prefaces Grayling, "Is it true?"
"Who?" Asks Crabron.
"Lord Sheyleyong is, or rather was, Vinegaroon's youngest son." Supplies Grayling.
"Oh, him." says Crabron, "I did."
"How'd you do it?" Asks Grayling.
"Nothing too hard," says Crabron with a shrug.
"Not too hard?" Exclaims Grayling, "In Vinegaroon hive every HiveWing is expected to start training in combat at five and serve for three years minimum. However, the most skilled Dragons are placed under Sheyleyong, yet you killed him!"
"I wouldn't say those soldiers were skilled," scoffs Crabron.
"What armor were they wearing?" Questions Grayling.
"Leather." Says Crabron.
"Then those were probably peasants sent along with him." Dismisses Grayling, "Vinegaroon's Midnight Sons wear plate armor coated in a black lacquer, with the exception of Sheyleyong himself."
Crabron's mind flashes back to that night as he once again hears Sheyleyong, "My son has cared for Valeriophonus, that's the dragoness you just murdered, for years. He was sure he would marry her, but now that will never happen."
'Valeriophonus must've been a peasant,' Thinks Crabron, 'By Clearsight! That might've been her first mission, and I killed her!'
"Crabron? Asks Palinurus a concerned tone in her voice, "Are you okay?"
"I killed her." Breaths Crabron, "It was probably her first mission and I killed her."
"Who? Who did you kill?" Asks Palinurus
"One of the soldiers sent on what was supposed to be a simple investigation last night was a peasant girl named Valeriophonus. She was no older than five or six, probably on her first mission, a-and I killed her," her terrified face flashes through Crabron's eyes causing an involuntary shiver to race down his spine, "I saw her face, I saw the light leave her eyes. She was terrified."
Palinurus gives his shoulder a comforting squeeze, "I'm sure you didn't have a choice."
"But did I?" Asks Crabron, "We could've tried to talk our way out of it, or escaped after they arrested us, but my mom decided to kill one of those innocent peasants in cold blood. Not to mention she feigned surrender, now whenever one of the Chrysalis actually tries to surrender the guards won't trust them!"
"Crabron," says Grayling with an understanding look, "Killing will never get any easier, but unless a HiveWing's eyes are white then that HiveWing chose to attack. That's what gets me through fights."
"And if their eyes are white?" Questions Crabron.
Grayling shrugs, "Then it's not them, it's Wasp forcing them to fight."
“Y-yes of course,” says Crabron before changing the subject, "Does Lady Bloodworm ever leave Bloodworm Place?"
"Not without, at the absolute least, a dozen guards," answers Grayling.
"Rest up, we have a night trip to make," states Crabron before nodding to Palinurus, "You too."
"Where are we going to sleep?" Asks Palinurus, "This isn't our hive."
"I have a place," says Grayling.
"What would your pare- mother say?" Asks Crabron.
"She didn't handle the death of my brother and father very well." Answers Grayling before mumbling, "Now I live alone."
"I'm so sorry," apologizes Palinurus, "It must be hard on you."
"Don't be," says the gray Silkwing with a smile. "It gives me more resolve."
Once they arrive at Grayling's house Crabron spies writing materials on a desk, "Before I sleep I'll need to write a letter to my parents, telling them my plan so they don't panic."
Taking his newly written scroll he finds Codling and passes the scroll over with a kind request to deliver it to Leafcutter.
Re-entering Grayling's house he curls up beside Palinurus quickly falling asleep.
After a brief stop to steal a pair of spears, support straps included, and basic armor for his SilkWings as well as a roundel dagger and armor for himself he leads his group to Bloodworm Place. Sneaking to the windows Crabron spies Bloodworm sitting at an overflowing table with her courtiers.
"She has that much food yet her SilkWings are starving!" Cries Palinurus, "That's perverse!"
Yanking Palinurus into the nearby bushes Crabron hisses, "Lower your voice! We are trying not to be discovered." At her meek nod he continues, "Good now we have to find all possible entrances and exits and where Bloodworm sleeps. So somebody needs to track Bloodworm through the windows while the others examine the outside."
"I'll track Bloodworm," volunteers Grayling, "However there are areas without windows so I'll have to track her from inside."
"That seems risky," says Palinurus.
"My family has always been Hive Drones." Grayling waves, "I just have to act like one if I get caught."
"As soon as things seem dicey, run," orders Crabron, "I don't need to lose anyone."
"Yes, sir!" Snaps Grayling as he removes his gambeson and kernel helm.
"You make me sound like some old, grizzled guard," muses Crabron as Grayling slips in through a window and worms his way into the serving staff.
"This is your mission," says Palinurus, "It makes sense for you to be the leader."
She picks up his chin and whispers in an attempt of a sultry tone, "Besides it leaves us alone."
"If I'm the leader, as you say, then I think you should study the bottom floor and I'll use my wings to study the upper floors. Keep track of any potential exits and remain unseen." says Crabron missing her insinuation.
If Crabron had looked behind him he would've seen Palinurus smack a fist onto the ground with a hiss, "I came on too strongly."
After searching the exterior he spies Grayling on the topmost floor balcony waving him in, swooping around to pick up Palinurus he drops her and Grayling's armor on the balcony, "Did you find her?"
"Yes, she is protected by two guards at her door." Reports Grayling.
"What about in the hallway leading to it?" Asks Palinurus.
"None," answers Grayling, "Hell I haven't seen a guard, except those two, since I came in!"
"Didn't you say she's paranoid?" Asks Palinurus.
"Maybe she feels safe in her home." Shrugs Crabron, "Though we're about to shatter that illusion."
"Something doesn't feel right about that." Says Palinurus as a visible shudder runs down her back, "Grayling, I think you should don your armor before we head in."
"Relax, it's just nerves," dismisses Crabron, a confident smile on his face, "We'll be in and out before they can spring any traps. Grayling if you will?"
"Right this way." Stopping just short of a three way intersection, Grayling motions to the intersecting hall, "Just at the end of that hallway is her room, be careful though the hall is rather empty."
Glancing around the corner he sees a long, wide hallway painted with a vivid scarlet red, the columns painted a vibrant and contrasting yellow. The floor is covered with a plush high pile, purple carpet trimmed with golden flamesilk.
At each column is a statue of various important HiveWings, including Bloodworm herself, each supporting a flame silk lantern, half of which are covered by silk darkening the hall.
The gaps between the columns are occupied with shallow pools and elaborate fountains, where there isn't a doorway. Looking to the other side of the hall the space between columns is occupied with huge and nearly invisible panes of crystal glass leading to the night outside.
Following the colors up he sees an arched glass ceiling that is completely invisible against the night sky, giving the impression of being outside without the wet of the monsoon rains that have just started up.
At the end of the hall stands two guards, just as Grayling reported, eerily staring straight ahead with empty, glowing white eyes and spears at the ready to intercept any intruders.
Dipping back around the corner, Crabron digs his talons into the tree stuff wall and climbs up to the darkened arch of glass, not willing to risk his wingbeats being heard. After examining the slick gold-plated girders supporting the glass he determines that they are too flush to utilize as claw holds. Opting to use his claws, Crabron slowly inches along the top of the wall until he is above a guard. Watching a lightning bolt in the distance he counts it out until the thunder strikes. When another strikes at a similar distance he drops, fist balled at the ready, and lands on one of the guards just as the thunder hits, overwhelming what little sound his strike made.
Hooking his arm around the other's throat he waits until he stops struggling. Motioning to his friends they run up the hall, claw taps silenced by the rug.
"What'd I tell you?" Smiles Crabron as he removes the key ring from one of the guards and starts trying them on the door. "Easy. We'll be in and out lickety split."
"We still should be quick," warns Palinurus, "Who knows when these guards will wake up."
"Of course." calls Crabron as the lock gives a quiet click and he pushes open the door revealing what could be the definition of luxury.
The color scheme and carpet match the hall with a sunken pit in the floor surrounded by various lounge cushions and squat tables, all facing a stone fire pit. Looking around the room he sees various highly detailed tapestries depicting HiveWing triumphs and SilkWing suffering hung between curtained doorways to different rooms.
"I didn't take Bloodworm as the devout type," whispers Palinurus.
Following her eyes through a slightly open curtain Crabron sees a large, regal portrait of Clearsight writing her book of prophecies while nestled within the wings of her primary husband, Sunstreak, though she is far more prominent. Below the painting is a short wooden desk cluttered with various offerings, from jewelry to food to a small statuette of Clearsight, between unlit incense lamps.
Entering the room, Palinurus picks up a finely detailed egg carved from jade from the shrine to admire it.
"Woah, woah, woah!" Calls Crabron trying to keep his voice at a whisper, "Put that back now!" Startled, she quickly puts it back. Sitting down in front of the shrine he closes his eyes, keeping his head down, "Forgive her Clearsight, for she didn't know."
"What the hell was that!" Cries Palinurus.
"Stealing from a shrine is the surest way to be denied by Clearsight's doormen. Being left to wander the void as a twisted shade," says Crabron.
"I just thought it was a pretty color," mumbles Palinurus.
"I'll see about buying you some jade knick knacks." Suggests Crabron.
"Like that one?" Asks Palinurus pointing to the egg.
"I'm sure you don't want a fertility charm," dismisses Crabron.
"A what?" Asks Palinurus.
"A fertility charm," repeats Crabron, "You keep it where eggs come from and pull it out when you're about to make eggs. Pretty common with Lady Jewel's crowd."
Her confusion turns to horror, "Ew, ew, ew! I had it in my claws! I eat with those!" She rushes towards the curtain separating the shrine from the common area, still somehow keeping her voice down, "I need a sink, now!"
“Is she alright?” asks Grayling, catching his eye through the swinging curtain.
Crabron shrugs as he leaves the shrine room, “She was holding a Jade egg and just learned what they're used for."
"She had to learn somehow," he holds out a mask of Odorata, messenger of Clearsight and a guide for lost souls, "There's a black table cloth over there."
"Brilliant!" Calls Crabron with a pat on Grayling's back, "Bloodworm is obviously devout so she'll listen if she thinks Odorata is after her! We need to turn that tablecloth into a hooded cloak, can you sew?"
He smiles, "Of course, I have been living alone after all. I think I saw sewing supplies in a side room."
By the time Palinurus re-enters the room Crabron is already wearing his makeshift costume as Grayling finishes his stitches, "There you are. Looks like we have a plan! Now I need you on standby as Clearsight if I need it, Grayling you will be a look out after you wake Bloodworm. Understood?"
With two simultaneous salutes Crabron goes through the only wooden, yes wooden, door in the suite revealing a giant bed with silky, see through curtains. Stepping up on a chest at the end of the bed he points from Grayling to Bloodworm before pointing from Palinurus to the shadows at the corner of the room where her dark scales render her nearly invisible.
Getting the message, Grayling taps her on the thigh until she starts to stir, prompting Grayling to sprint out the door.
Striking an intimidating pose he glares down at her with his wings wide. With a start Lady Bloodworm shoots up her back against the headboard, "W-who are you."
As lightning flashes lighting up his skull mask Crabron speaks with a deep projecting voice, "Madame Clearsight is hurt that you don't recognize her one and only messenger!"
Recognition spreads across her face, "You're Odorata, am I dead?"
"Not yet," hisses Crabron, "But you will be if you don't heed my mistresses warning. She told me that you must not allow dragonets to work on school days or a figure, scales dark as night, will send you to Clearsight early."
"I'll get right on that!" Says Bloodworm with a sarcastic tone.
"Are you questioning Clearsight?" Asks Crabron.
"Of course not," says Bloodworm with a shake of her head.
"I don't believe you," says Crabron before he gets an idea, "In fact Clearsight wants to give you a reminder."
Drawing his sword he slashes it across the side of her snout, digging deep enough to surly leave a scar, "Let that be a reminder of Clearsight's warning. If you do not obey, a matching gash will adorn your throat. Now I must take my leave. May you live long."
Making his escape he finds Grayling at the door to the hallway. Spotting him out of the corner of his eye, Grayling starts to walk down the ornate hall outside Bloodworms suite before speaking up, "How'd it go?"
Taking the hood off he lets the Odorata mask hang around his neck, "Optimistically it went well. Realistically I might need to pay her a visit out of costume."
Grayling rolls his eyes, "Knowing her, that's a definite revisit."
Crabron's reply dies on his tongue as a voice booms from the hallway they had just started down, "Intruders, identify yourself!"
"Shit," hisses Crabron, reversing direction just to see another group cutting them off at the other side of the intersection.
Thinking quickly, Crabron rips a painting from the wall and hurls it through the nearby window, shattering it. Without needing instruction Grayling leaps through the window and into the pool below it, however Palinurus hesitates at the window.
Avoiding a slash from a guard, Crabron calls out, "Go!"
"Not without you!" Exclaims Palinurus, her helmet narrowly deflecting a blow.
"No time to discuss this!" Hisses Crabron as he headbutts Palinurus hard enough to knock her through.
Nursing a cut claw, Palinurus surfaces to see Crabron draw both of his blades and rear up onto his back legs, his escape now blocked by a guard.
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2023.05.30 16:51 IllustriousAd642 My and my bf's female friend is not malicious but has boundary issues. How to deal with it and be the bigger person?
Its a long one, but please bear with me, backstory is kinda necessary and I am truly at a loss... skip to bolded sentence to get to the most recent issue.
My bf (24m) and I (26f) have a female friend, Jenna (f 28) (name's changed). I met her when we started dating nearly 3 years ago as she was a friend of his and part of a shared friend group that I am not also a part of. She has always been very sweet and welcoming, but I was wary as her relationship with my bf was emotionally close. The would hang out and confide in one another about emotional issues ( thought these 1v1 hangouts stopped when she started dating her ex shortly after my bf and I started dating). On top of that, she was very affectionate toward him in group settings. Little things she did bothered me, excessive and lingering hugs, taking sips of his drink without him offering, touching him when she laughed at his jokes etc.. . She was also something of a pick me, not in that she put other women down but in that she primarily seeks male validation and friendships over the friendship and validation of her female friends.... when she's single..
Fast forward to a year or so later, Jenna's bf completely breaks her heart. She is reaching out to my bf more, I am still having some issues with her behavior. So after some talks with my bf I decide I need to get to know her better. We hang out and I immediately notice that she is very kind, open and trusting. She and I get along great and over the next year she and I hang out more often than she and my bf do. We told each other secrets and confided in one another. I consider her a close friend now as well. I realize that she isn't malicious at all, but also notice that she wears her heart 100% on her sleeve and allows herself to get attached easily. She is also just a *bit* self-interested when it comes to her relationships. In the past she had lost a best friend by beginning to date her ex immediately after they'd broken up (She had asked for and received her friend's blessing at the time but once she noticed it wasn't actually cool had chosen her new bf anyway). She also doesn't seem to acknowledge that when one of her guy friends gets into a relationship certain behavior's aren't appropriate anymore. Another friend in the group who's bf is also friends with Jenna had brought up that she felt the same way as I did, and that Jenna wasn't malicious, but lacked boundaries with her bf as well. When she'd addressed it with Jenna, Jenna had evidently brushed it off said something to the effect of " I don't see why its an issue".
Throughout this time of being broken up she continually tries to get my bf to hang out with her one on one, my bf has been gently avoiding it except for one time they went out to dinner together. I ended up having to have a talk with my bf afterward when he told me things had gotten emotional and a boundary was crossed. He respected that it had happened and apologized to me, promising it wouldn't happen again.
Recently, her ex got engaged to someone new in a very quick shift ( him and Jenna had been broken up less than 6 months) and while hanging out I had invited her, on two separate occasions, to come and do something with my bf and I on the date of the wedding so that she wouldn't feel alone and as if the whole group had abandoned her. She seemed appreciative, but moved on without accepting both times. So I assumed she wasn't interested and didn't bring it up with my bf. Well yesterday I get a text from my bf asking how I would feel if he canceled our regular plans to hang out with Jenna next Sunday, which.. yup.. was the date of the wedding (unclear if its still happening as Jenna's ex ended up eloping a week ago, which was hard for her). She had texted him privately asking him to hang out on that day. Immediately I was rubbed the wrong way and let him know I had already offered for the BOTH of us to hang out with her on that day more than once. He immediately saw the issue and called her out. She then texted me, asking if I would want all of us to hang out on that day. Her text was lackluster, lacking any enthusiasm, not even a question mark at the end of the 'invitation'. Likely because she only did because my bf called her out. My bf said he'd like to so I agreed for his sake.
I do not want to.. I don't want to go hang out with her for plans she was obligated to invite me to as an afterthought after getting called out. I have no idea how to feel or behave. I love Jenna, she's a wonderful person by most accounts. One of those people who is very sweet and almost TOO nice. And I know she doesn't mean anything by it. But her lack/ blatant disregard for boundaries and inadvertent shadiness just continues to bother me over and over again. I am tired of having these conversations with my bf. I don't know what to do. I KNOW she is not malicious and that I can trust her to not pursue my bf in any sort of romantic way.. but her self-interest and lack of emotional boundaries means I cannot trust her to respect his and MY emotional boundaries and not let herself get attached to him. ( it doesn't help that my bf, though trustworthy as well, is protective and often doesn't recognize boundaries have been crossed until its been pointed out to him) That, and the little moments of casual disrespect.... I am starting to get sick of it. I don't want to ruin his or my friendship with her. I just want her to back off a little bit and to respect me and the boundaries of men who are already in relationships.
What do I do??? Please help..
TL;DR: My bf and I have a friend, we are both close with her but she seeks male validation/ friendships over her female ones and lacks emotional boundaries. She is very sweet and kind and not malicious, but frequently steps on the toes of her female friends who are in relationships with her male friends as she "doesn't' see an issue" with crossing those boundaries. Her behavior with my bf makes me uncomfortable and she frequently does things that are mildly disrespectful to me as his gf. I want to remain her friend and want my bf and her to remain friends as well, but I am continually bothered and frequently having to have conversations with him about her.
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2023.05.30 16:49 Then-Dinner-6466 Why is this so difficult
I'm a 40 yo guy in the Chicago area, I date all over the place race wise. For me I could care less about skin tone. Asian, Black and Hispanic women seem interested but it feels more like I'm an experiment for them. Why is it so hard here near this city. I have tried all of them dating sites, done the bar stuff. Even blind dates. I always get "I have never dated a white guy" and it makes me feel like a lab rat. Any real place to find a meaningful relationship near Chicago?!
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