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2023.05.31 03:21 _GrownUpKid_ Unsure if I'm codependent

Hi all, I've recently been looking inward towards myself after a failed relationship last year with a person who I really thought was going to be my person. I've come to realize that I'm not a person who puts myself first in a lot of situations and I am always worried about what others may think of me. I also have social anxiety that I've finally opened up to friends an family about who have all been very supportive in that regard, which was exacerbated during the pandemic. I'm not sure if these two things might go hand in hand. My specific form of social anxiety is usually what I'd term the spotlight effect. That feeling that more people are paying attention to you than is probably true and possibly even judging you even if you have no proof this is true; this judgement is usually negative for me. I would have thoughts that my friends were inviting me out due to pity rather than legitimately doing so because they enjoy my company.
For reference, I'm in my early forties and my parents divorced when I was relatively young, early enough for me that I don't even remember them being together. As I grew up, my mother would not always be present as she was working two jobs a lot of the time to support my brother and myself. As a result, there were times when she wasn't really there a lot of the time. I was basically a latchkey kid around the age of seven and was always seen as the more responsible sibling despite my brother being two and a half years older. I grew up shouldering a lot of the household responsibility and was entrusted with things such as getting dinner ready for everyone while my mother worked two jobs. That's not to say I resent my mother for doing this, she was doing what needed to be done to provide for her children, which is completely understandable to me. My mother is also an amazing person in general, but I feel like this could be why I seek validation from actions at times. My father has always been supportive as well, but my brother and I would only get to see him on school vacations and summer vacations.
I've noticed a pattern as I've looked back on my life where I've always had trouble saying no to others and seem to have based my identity on what others thought of me. As an example of this, there have been times in the past where a friend has asked me to go on vacation with them and I said yes, even though I really didn't feel like going. That's not to say I didn't enjoy those vacations, but why would I say yes to something I don't feel like doing in the first place? I've also tried to behave in ways that I would deem normal to others rather than doing what would be best for me. I burned out hard from a job where I was legitimately overworked and underpaid, but as I look back, I realize some of that burnout was due to my inability to say no and set healthy boundaries for myself. I finally left that job a few years ago and work somewhere that I am much happier and the work life balance is much better. I've definitely gotten better about saying no in a professional setting, but I didn't realize that I might have to do it in personal settings as well.
After the breakup with this person last year, I obsessed unhealthily about how I could have fixed or solved it or put the relationship back together. I now realize that I was also probably clingy at times in the relationship and when she would speak to me about problems, I would try to offer solutions. I realize now in talking to people and reading some stuff on this website, that sometimes people don't want to be offered solutions, they truly just want to vent. When the person didn't text back, I would immediately jump to thoughts such as "are they mad at me" or "did I do something wrong." The relationship ended at approximately eight months. There were other issues as well, which looking back I can see. This person was not great in terms of communication and pretty much did anything to avoid conflict. She was open at the beginning and told me the issue around being non-confrontational, but either I didn't listen well enough or I thought they were things that could be overcome. I was thinking of solutions around fixing them, without realizing that I could also be part of the problem. Eventually, I got there but it took a long time to look into the mirror and focus inward. I also finally realized that the relationship may have felt easy the entire time because they avoided all conflict, so we never had the confrontation that was needed. Also, I didn't push to have that confrontation due to not wanting to upset them, but to my credit, I did at least ask a few times what was wrong, all of those attempts were met with deflection.
I haven't really had a lot of relationships in spite of my age, mostly as I am somewhat introverted and struggling with social anxiety anyway. The only other major relationship I had was for five years and it was with an individual who had BPD. In looking back, I realize that I may have been somewhat of an enabler in that relationship and that person likely used gaslighting at times to get me to do things that they wanted. This would work as I am not great at saying no already. I feel as though they may have even manipulated me at points using fear so that I would give in to their requests rather than dealing with having a confrontation. In truth, I feel like maybe we enabled each other.
I've finally had some epiphanies after this that I'll share below in case it helps others, but maybe some of you already know these things considering where I'm posting. I feel like I definitely lean towards being codependent, but I'm not sure if I'm fully all the way there.
Epiphany 1: Communication is the absolute key to dealing with other humans. Most problems that you've had with other humans comes down to communication in some way. Whether that is a lack of communication, miscommunication, misinterpretation of communication, or dishonest communication. Dishonest communication doesn't mean outright lying, it can be someone communicating disingenuously out of fear to how you may react.
Epiphany 2: This one came about after reading a helpful post about dealing with social anxiety. If you're starting to think that everyone is focusing on you, focus on someone around you and imagine their thoughts. That person isn't thinking about you, they are thinking about work tomorrow, they are thinking about what they will have for dinner, or they are thinking about their kids. This one has been a game changer for me and been really helpful to get myself out of my own head at times. I have to realize that nobody cares and that's a good thing!
Epiphany 3: Don't hold yourself accountable for problems of which you are ignorant or unaware. You can't fix problems that you don't know about. This one was more due to my last partner not being great in terms of communication.
Epiphany 4: Set healthy boundaries for yourself. Respect the boundaries of others even if it can be painful to do so.
Epiphany 5: Love yourself before you love others. Don't seek validation from others. Accept yourself as you are, even if you know there's work needed to become better.
Epiphany 6: You can't control others. It is not your responsibility to aid them or solve all of their problems. Their burdens are not your burdens. You can only change yourself and not others. You'll never truly know what another person thinks or wants. Don't assume what they need without them telling you.
Epiphany 7: If you're the captain of the ship and the ship is heading towards an iceberg, it's not your responsibility to aid all of the passengers and crew into the lifeboats. It's your responsibility to try to steer the ship away from the iceberg. If you try to help others before yourself, there's no one steering the ship.
Epiphany 8: Don't let the voice inside your head be a bully, you wouldn't accept that from someone else, so why would you accept it from yourself?
After getting all of that off of my chest to those who know codependency best, would you be inclined to say that I am codependent or that I simply have tendencies that lean that way?
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2023.05.31 03:21 rhahnsolo4020 [OC] Hi, I'm smiling again 💜

[OC] Hi, I'm smiling again 💜
[OC) I'm a 26F who just got out a relationship I knew I shouldn't have gotten in and we had a beautiful trauma bonded relationship and I had to walk away from the job I loved so much. I lost confidence, I lost my smile, my real laugh, my potention- I lost it all. It was the end of 2021 I lost myself.
And when he left I was so relieved and I took my entire life back, and my life is slowly unfolding myself, as a whole (single) grown ass woman.
I was devastated when I lost him until I realized I had let go a while ago. He wanted to stay friends but... "I needed to lose you to find me" essentially.
Today, I have that all back. The woman I was trying to heal for her is back AND I FEEL SO GOOD. HEALING FEELS SO GOOD!! I feel beautiful, loving, powerful, creative, and I've got a whole lot of good coming my way, and I hope those who are lost, I hope the same happens for you. 💜 And if you're in the same boat, I am here for you.
Let go and let love. Keep smiling. Keep on keeping on.... As best as you can. Days will get better but I want to to remember YOU ARE LOVED. I'm finally loved and finally able to give my love. 💜🦋
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2023.05.31 03:21 CaptainChristopher02 My Floridian Arxur Daughter (Part 16)

My Floridian Arxur Daughter (Part 16)

Art by u/HaajaHenrik
Memory Transcription Subject: Dennis Ramos Rodriguez, Floridan Factory Meat Distributor
Date [Standardized Human Time]: November 25, 2136
I woke up to my wonderful wife by my side. She was still asleep. I gave her back rubs, earning a delightful coo from her.
“Psst, my love. Pancakes?”
Elena was still tired from last night. She spoke in a tired voice. “Mhmm, in bed please. I don’t think I can walk for now.”
I gave myself a pat on the back. “Your husbands still got it right?” I said smugly, earning a smile and blush from Elena.
I gave my wife a couple good kisses before heading downstairs. On my way to the kitchen, I noticed everyone else was up and already had breakfast.
Did I sleep in that much? We got home at 9:00pm… me and Elena started at 10:30pm… finished around 1:30… nope it’s only 9:30.
Everyone at the table looked like they didn’t get any sleep. Except for Chalta, who had a picture book next to her about aquatic animals, but why was she wearing headphones around her neck.
“Hey gang, how did everyone sleep?”
“Great daddy! Big brother gave me his special headphones, their so comfy and helped make everything quiet!”
“That’s great. Why did he give them to you though?”
Every adult looked at me like I said the worst dad joke in my life. Carlos put the headphones over Chalta’s ears while she continued eating.
My son looked right at me. “We heard it dad, all of it.”
Wait he doesn’t mean… oh sh-
Salisek interrupted my train of thought. “Where you even trying to be quiet?! We started hearing moans and had to cover Chalta’s ears! Also, three hours?! How?!”
“W-why didn’t you just go back to sleep?”
“Go back to sleep? With the last thought that my boyfriends’ parents were doing it in the other room?” Salisek looked at her parents. “You’re no better either! My ears work fine, and I know you two were having your own moment!”
That’s why the Venlil couple looked tired?
Carlos pointed at the princess. “Seriously! Did none of you think about Chalta! She’s like six! I wanna protect her innocence as much as possible, but it’s pretty hard when we have a grown women screaming in the next room ‘Oh yes, mi amor! Show me the nature of predators’! Like, what the hell is that even supposed to mean!”
My face was red with embarrassment. I could have sworn she whispered it! Tarvik and Talice also looked embarrassed.
Salisek continued from where Carlos left off. “That’s nothing compared to my dad who bleats like crazy! Yes, I know you do that, you were terrible at hiding it when I was growing up! I know you weren’t just giving mom a message! Then MOM was moaning ‘my dearest, show me the savagery humans have taught you’! That alone is not only wrong, just wrong, it’s also like… what does that even mean?!”
Talice spit out her orange juice! “Y-you heard that!”
“Seriously dad, WHAT IN THE ACTUAL SEPH!” my son said calmly. Wait, isn’t that a Venlil swear? “I gotta wait till marriage, but you couldn’t wait util we were all out of the house! GAWD DAYUM!”
We all looked over at Chalta who was still calmly eating her food. Smiling at the delicious bacon and eggs while looking at the pictures of fish. Those noise cancelling headphones where a really good investment.
“I’m… gonna make pancakes. Sorry.”
Everyone returned to their respective breakfast. As I walked past Tarvik I gave him a high five. Which earned a distasteful look from my son. I finished the pancakes and reached for the orange juice… I decided to go for the Gatorade instead.
My son noticed, “Why are you getting an energy drink?”
“Well since everyone knows I thought I might as well get ready for round too while you and Salisek take Chalta to the park or something. She hasn’t seen her Arxur playmate in a while.”
“Don’t you da- Arxur playmate?”
“Call Samuel, your old friend. I met him, he’s living with Arxur and her sister. The sister is close to Chalta’s age, and they became friends. Call them and set up a play date.”
“Yup. Now if you excuse me, I’m going back upstairs to make intense love with your mother.”
Tarvik and Talice looked at each other prompting a horrified look from the young couple.
“What? We might as well get it out of our systems?” Tarvik said, pulling his wife up and carrying her to the guest room.
Memory Transcript Subject: Carlos Jose Rodriguez, Mechanical Engineer, Florida Man
Date [Standardized Human Time]: November 25, 2136
I cannot believe that I had to grab my girl and sister because the “adults” got an itch from the Devils Tango! I decided to shake it off and enjoy the opportunity to spend more time with my sister. I decided to call Samuel another day. I’ll take Chalta to her old friend, but I wanted ‘us’ time.
I drove my car, my baby, of my own design and make. Mom said she’d keep it in good shape and boy did she! Electric and smooth, self-driving but I love having control. It also looked futuristic, as in glowing LED’s and a spoiler that moves on its own to adjust for aerodynamics.
The girls were sitting comfortably in the back. Salisek was reading to Chalta about blue whales.
“Wow! They’re so big!” said our wonderful princess.
“Yes, they are, apparently they weigh at most 330,000 pounds. Do you know how heavy that is?” said my adorable Venbig.
“No, is it a lot?”
“Your brother weighs about 200 pounds. It would take…” Salisek used the Calculator on her holopad. “1,650 of him to be the same as one of them!”
“That’s a lot of big brothers. What do they eat?”
“They eat very tiny fish called ‘krill’. They swim in very big groups. When a whale finds them, they open their mouths really big and filter the water out.”
It impressed me that Salisek was at the point where reading about predators didn’t bother her. I was proud at how far her family had come. They were once a timid bunch, now they’re riding death rides and cuddling with predators. It’s a good day to be a Floridian!
After some more driving we finally got to the area I wanted to spend the day. The Florida Mall had gone under some renovations in the past decades. The center of the mall had a small play area, perfect for kids. It also had some interesting places I wanted to check out with my, hopefully, future wife and little sister.
Chalta walked with us through the front doors, and she was in awe. She looked around at all the sights and smells the mall had to offer before tugging at my shirt. “Big brother, this place is so big! What is it?”
“It’s a mall Chalta. It’s a big store with a bunch of smaller stores in it. With some other places to play and eat. We have so much to explore!”
Salisek wrapped her tail around my waist. “So, where do we go first?”
“What are you in the mood for? Clothes, games, food, toys, cosmetics, technology, the list goes on.”
Chalta let out an audible gasp. “I KNOW! Let’s go look at dresses!”
“Like all dresses… or princess dresses. The Disney store has-”
Chalta’s scream turned about a dozen heads in the mall. Salisek walked over to give Chalta uppies. “Well Carlos, I guess we’re going to the Disney store.”
I looked on my phone for the Florida Mall app so I could perfectly Navigate the store. The Disney store was more in the center since it was popular with tourists and would bring people further into the store. This wasn’t a big deal as it allowed the girls to take in more of the sights. Despite being only stores, the designs and aesthetics were there to wow and impress.
“We have nothing like this on Venlil prime. Most of the stores we have are outside, but because these are all indoors it gives them more options for comfort and decorations since they don’t have to worry about weather and can put a plug anywhere.”
“I love the pretty lights! The ladies in the windows are pretty. I wish I was as pretty like them.”
I stopped in my tracks and scooped up my sister from Salisek’s arms. I held her close and looked her dead in the eyes.
“What did you just say? You are the prettiest of the pretty! You know that right?” Chalta looked unconfident in her appearance. Time to be a big brother. “I want you to repeat after me, I am the prettiest of the pretty. Say it!”
“I am the prettiest of the pretty?”
“I am the prettiest of the pretty.”
“Louder, give it all you got!”
Some random group of young women where walking past us and heard our conversation and decided to join in. “Yes, you are gator girl!” “The prettiest of the pretty!” “You are so cute!” “I wish I had your claws!” “*squeal*AWW, BABY!”
At moments like these I realized, I am such an awesome brother. Salisek seemed to think so. The way she moved her tail and ears indicated attraction. Can’t say I blame her; responsibility is one of the hottest traits a man can possess.
Chalta giggled in my arms and gave me a forehead kiss. “I love you, big brother.”
“I would die for you.”
After some more walking we finally arrived at the Disney store. I let Chalta down and she raced to the Princess section. There were a variety of styles of new and old characters. Snow White, Belle, Merida, Ariel, Mulan, Tiana… but we all knew what she wanted.
“Cinderella! Big brother look it’s Cinderella!”
“I can see.” I looked around for one of the employees. An older Hispanic women caught my attention, and I flagged her down. She seemed to know the drill and wasn’t even surprised that Chalta was an Arxur. I didn’t know why until she spoke.
“Hello niña, what can I help you with?”
“I wanna Cinderella dress!”
The women whose name was Camila, indicated by her name tag, looked Chalta up and down. I had a feeling she was getting her measurements. Grandma would do the same thing when fixing our clothes. Some women just had a knack for knowing your size after getting a good look at you.
“Give me a moment.” She went to the back and pulled out an extra small in… Arxur?! “I always keep spares just in case. This should fit your body type nicely. Would you like to try it out?”
Chalta looked at the dress, mouth agape and eyes wide. “Yes. A thousand times yes.”
She ran into the changing room and Salisek followed to help her with any zippers and fittings. I took the time to ask Camila some much needed questions.
“Camila… how often do Arxur shop for princess dresses?”
“A lot of Arxur. Most of the refugees from Wriss love getting pretty. They just don’t show it in public.”
While I was trying to process the information, I noticed a tall figure approaching us. It was an Arxur, a very big female Arxur. The gator women paid no attention to us as she confronted Camila.
“Hello Camila, I’m here to pick up my order. Under the name, Vraka.”
“Of course, you said it’s for work, right?”
“Yup, boss said I could get it here. They really want to make young Arxur feel more comfortable at Disney.” Vraka turned her gaze towards me and took on a defensive tone. “What? Got a problem with an Arxur making little Arxur girls dreams come true?”
“N-no ma’am. In fact, I think it’s rather beautiful.”
Vraka smirked and pulled a picture from her wallet that was in the greenish blue dress I just realized she was wearing. Arxur usually don’t wear clothes, but since coming to Earth they’ve started adhering to a lot of our customs. Whether it was for integration purposes, or they just liked it was anyone’s guess.
“Sorry sir, but I already have a human in my life.” The human in question must be the man in the picture next to her and the smaller Arxur. Wait a minute, is that Samuel?
“Does this human know a man by the name of Dennis… and an Arxur named Chalta.”
Vraka’s eyes shot wide open and pulled the photo back. “How do you know that?”
“Big brother! How do I look in my dress!”
I turned around to see… oh my god. The most beautiful princess in all the land had somehow waltzed into the real world with grace unlike any other.
Salisek followed behind and both the girls were frozen at the sight of the huge Arxur.
“C-Carlos… who is this?”
I quickly answered to calm her down. “Chalta, you had an Arxur friend on the ship, right? What was her name?”
“A-Akara.” Chalta stuttered.
Vraka’s eyes lit up and a smile cracked beneath those huge teeth. “Akara! I got someone you might like to see!” A small Arxur appeared from the direction of the toy section. Not as small as Chalta, but definitely a child.
The two girls ran toward each other and embraced in a beautiful display of affection. It’s good we came today, otherwise we might have missed them.
I gently grabbed Salisek’s hand, she seemed to be feeling better. Seeing that the small Arxur was clearly friendly and familiar with Chalta, it only seemed natural that it would help calm her senses. Still, I could tell she was overwhelmed with fear, mainly from Vraka. A smaller Arxur was one thing, but Vraka was anything but small.
“Vraka this is my girlfriend Salisek. I’m Carlos, Dennis’s son. I used to know Samuel from our old jobs. The little princess you see is Chalta, I’m sure Akara has told you something.”
“Yes, she has, thank you. I don’t think you have any comprehension of just how happy Akara is. Finding friends and adjusting to Earth’s customs was hard enough for a young Arxur. Everything we’ve seen seems like a paradox from what were used to. Even you, Salisek. It’s nice to know some Venlil aren’t measly cowards.”
Salisek swallowed. “I-it’s n-nice to know n-not all Arxur are vicious k-killers, b-but Ch-Chalta already p-proved that t-to m-me.”
Vraka gave a hardy chuckle. Arxur voices are surprisingly deep, it’s hard to imagine that might be Chalta one day. “You do have some moxxy, I’ll give you that. Not even some humans would call us killers to our faces without trying to get on our bad side. Yet here you are fighting fear, and not letting it control you from some decent banter. I’m impressed.”
The girls continued playing and I noticed that Akara had a purple dress. I assumed that dresses where popular with Arxur women since they didn’t have to worry about their tails being constrained and it would help humans better identify their sex.
“Vraka, is Samuel here today?”
“No, but I’ll tell him about you. He’s at work right now. Funny thing, when he came back, he talked about some fond memories of you and your family. I assume you too go way back?”
“Yeah, but I changed jobs and after keeping in tough for a while he just… stopped. I was always worried and tried to contact him, but nothing happened. I just assumed he moved on and that was that.”
“Really, just like that?” Vraka’s voice indicated sympathy. That seemed to take Salisek off guard slightly. I guess she assumed that most Arxur couldn’t feel much empathy. Chalta seemed to be an exception due to her age.
“Yeah, could you talk to him about it for me? I don’t know if he’ll open up to you and it might be wrong, but I just want to know if he’s okay.”
“I’ll get your contact information, and I think Samuel already has your fathers, but as of now you don’t need to worry. Samuel is doing fine.”
“Thanks. Say, how did you and Samuel meet?”
“We met while I was stationed on Earth with Chief Hunter Isif to help with survivors.”
“Really, why did you decide to stay?”
Vraka’s face seemed to turn red almost instantly. Did I say something wrong? Wait, what did dad say about them.
“…Um. W-well you see. I-It’s actually a reaaaaaaly funny story.” Dear God, they totally did it. “Um, HEY LOOK AT THE KIDS!”
Not wanting to make the situation more awkward I diverted my attention to Chalta and Akara. The little Arxurs continued playing and I could only laugh at seeing something so precious. Salisek’s tail motion showed she agreed. Even Vraka’s cheeks blushed a little seeing her sister so happy.
Akara grabbed a red lightsaber from her dress pocket while Chalta grabbed a nearby magic wand bubble dispenser. While they were “battling” I looked at the price of the dress. A decent price but I was worried Chalta would wear it so often she would break it.
Like us and our Spider-Man costume.
Vraka seemed to sense my concern. “Don’t worry about it, I get discounts. We got a buy one, get one free sale right now.”
Freakin’ score!
I went and purchased two dresses of the same size. I also managed to find an extra secret surprise for Chalta when we get to Disney World this weekend.
Salisek was still anxious around Vraka but attempted to make small talk anyways. “S-so Vraka, h-how’s Earth? Do you l-like it more than W-Wriss?”
“Oh, much better. I’m always fed, and humans are also surprisingly warm to be around. If the socialization gets to be too much I can just politely leave and they’re okay with it. Their lives and cultures are all so interesting; I’ve been spending a lot of time studying them.”
“Oh, t-that’s very nice to know… um, I k-know I shouldn’t ask but h-have you ever… p-participated in a r-raid?”
Woah! Okay, even Vraka was shocked about that question!
“W-why would you ask if I participated in a raid?!”
Vraka and I were stunned. Somehow the girls ignored the yelling, but Camila was watching from a distance. She was definitely listening to our conversation like a soap opera.
Vraka took a moment to think and took a deep breath.
“I was part of Chief Hunter Isif’s fleet. I haven’t been on many raids, but I’ve still participated in some. Many of them on Venlil Prime.”
Salisek started to tremble. I gave her soothing scratches behind her ear to calm her down. I gestured that she could stop if it was too much, but she insisted. I couldn’t imagine why she’d do that, but she made her choice, so Vraka continued.
“When Earth was attacked, I was one of the many Arxur sent to help in the aftermath. That’s where I met Samuel. I eventually left the fleet, not because we were still eating… you know, but because I didn’t want to leave Earth. After me and Samuel had gotten… acquainted, I had gotten a taste of the love humans offered. I realized for the first time in my life that I was missing something, genuine love. Not obligatory or fake love many of us would emulate for benefits, but real love.”
Vraka’s voice started to tremble ever so slightly. She didn’t look like she was about to cry, but she sounded like she was fighting a tear. “Little by little everything that I believed about strength and usefulness, about sentience and betterment, was broken down into nothingness. Salisek, know I have been to Venlil prime. I have killed and eaten many Venlil. At the time, I enjoyed it. Now I hate myself for that. I realized what I’ve done. Since I’ve worked at those ‘theme parks’ the humans have, I’ve had to work with other prey species. I call them friends now.”
Salisek’s tail wrapped around my waist. I could feel her calming slightly as Vraka started showing more signs of emotion. “Nothing I do can erase my past, but I am trying to do better. Still, I understand if you hate me. I won’t judge, but please don’t blame Akara. She’s never been outside of home. Any sapient thing she’s eaten, it’s because that’s all we-”
“I know.” Salisek had finally worked up the courage to talk to the Arxur without stuttering. “I don’t know everything about the Arxur, but I’ve been talking with Carlos and Dennis. I know you didn’t have much of a choice.”
Tears formed in Vraka’s eyes, and she spoke humbly. “I… I’m sorry. For everything we’ve done, I’m sorry.”
Salisek let go of my waist, and with minor hesitation, embraced Vraka. Vraka looked like she wanted to return the favor, but she looked as though she was debating her worthiness of it.
“I can’t forgive every Arxur, and I don’t know if the thought of what you’ve done will ever leave my mind, but I know Arxur can show love. They can show regret, sadness, fear, and empathy. I don’t even know if I should, but I want Chalta to grow up in a world where she doesn’t need to hate who she is. If I want that, then maybe I need to break some barriers and accept some people can change.”
A small, singular tear found its way down Vraka’s cheek and onto Salisek’s fur. “W-what?”
“I… forgive you.”
Vraka finally accepted the hug and pulled Salisek in for a strong embrace. “Th-thank you. You have no idea how long I’ve been battling my own demons ever since I came to Florida. Thank you.”
Watching them embrace warmed my heart. I would have joined but I felt a little princess tug at my shirt.
“Big brother, why are the sisters hugging?”
“Because they love each other my little princess.”
Memory Transcription Subject: Vraka, Arxur Defector, Disney Cast Member
Date [Standardized Human Time]: November 25, 2136
While Carlos was playing with Vraka and Chalta I sat on a bench with Salisek. We agreed that the human had enough energy to spare for two active kids. I’ll admit that while I felt guilty hugging a, rather large, Venlil, her touch was much appreciated. We chatted a bit about our lives.
“Vraka, where do you work? I know you said at Disney, but doing what?”
I let out a heavy sign. “Tell no one.”
“Lips are sealed.”
“I work as… a princess. Disney likes representation so giving Arxur girls their own princess before their own proper movie made sense.” And it worked too, the kids love it. Human, Arxur, hell even a Yotul.
“Sorry what?”
“A princess! The outfit was for Snow White, or a guess Snow Grey now.”
Salisek looked like she was trying hard not to laugh. *pftt*“I’m sorry, ha. But that’s adorable!”
“Adorable huh! Well guess what, I bought a second dress because my human like a little role play!”
“…I beg your pardon.” Salisek’s face when to disgust and had an light orange color to it.
Heh, I’ll show her adorable!
“Oh yeah, sometimes I’ll send Akara out with his grandparents and we get busy after his big lonely Arxur princess craves some release. Think about that when you picture me in a dress! Wait… actually don’t I got way to ahead of myself. Oh, Prophet please forget!”
That was so stupid of me. God this is so embarrassing!
I covered my face with my clawed hands. After a moment I looked up at Salisek, who’s look went from disgust to… curiosity?
“Vraka, Carlos and I have an agreement. We’re doing the whole, ‘wait till marriage thing’, while I don’t mind, I am concerned that we won’t be… compatible. Is there any advice you can give me?”
Is she serious? This is what she wants to ask.
“Well… I don’t know much about Venlil anatomy, but it can’t be much different than Humans and Arxur. If you want my advice, let him lead. If he’s lost, help him find his way. Take your time and enjoy each other’s presence. But most of all, when in doubt remember this, humans are endurance predators. Do with that what you will.”
Her face was completely orange now, and she used her paws to bury her tail in her face.
“Oh Seph, I shouldn’t have asked.”
“Heh, you innocent Venlil!”
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2023.05.31 03:20 Jay_102r [F4A] Looking for Nick Valentine!

Hi! I'm looking for someone who could play my favourite synth detective, Nick Valentine! Fallout 4 is one of my favourite games. I'll be playing my sole survivor who was a mechanic and engineer back before the bombs fell.
The story does follow mostly with the game, but we can add our own plots and make it into our own story.
I've been roleplaying on and off for about 11 years and I've had many great adventures with other roleplayers.
I'd like a story with some romance, some action and character building. I want someone that doesn't write one liners and I don't want someone that doesn't put any effort into their responses. I want someone that is somewhat literate and puts effort into their posts and can come up with creative ideas and not leave it all up to me.
First impressions are important, if you send me a simple "hey" or "I'm interested" I will most likely not respond. One liners put me off.
I can play either 1st or 3rd person. Looking for someone that's 18+ Thanks!
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2023.05.31 03:20 ShafordoDrForgone A plurality of "original beings" makes more sense than a single "original being"

Here's the strict, but not useful or interesting debate: there's nothing logically mutually exclusive about "one being" and "designing everything". So if anything can do anything, yes I can make up all sorts of "creators". Like I said: not interesting
This is actually supposed to be a more persuasive premise:
There are a great many things that are not designed (in the mundane context). As far as we can tell, everything that is not on earth or launched from earth is not designed. And most of the things on earth are not designed. Newborn children are not designed (again in the mundane sense of the word). That is a lot of things.
Among the things that are designed, very few of them are designed by one person. Of course there are plenty of explicit collaborations. There are also less explicit compositions, inspirations, education, etc.
But I want to get even a bit more abstract than that: very many things exist as the result of an uncoordinated expression of individual wills. Perhaps the most significant and powerful things: societies, governments, economies, etc. Individuals acting within their own boundaries but in concert with others acting within their own boundaries is what builds cities, fights wars, connects every person to every other person on the planet via smart phone, and so much more.
And as much as certain people try, there is no single person who can even control very much of it, much less create the entire thing themselves. Dictators have historically had a difficult time controlling their own countries without lordships of some kind. POTUS might be considered the most powerful person in the world. Here is a quote from one such POTUS: "Nobody knew health care could be so complicated". He hadn't accomplished what he said he would for that statement
But this does make a lot of sense. Everything we know of only interacts with a limited amount of the world. Each individual "bumps" into any number of others, changing their "trajectory" slightly or significantly. But it is only the combination of these interactions that makes truly large things happen. In fact generally speaking, the larger the effect, the more people contributed to it
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2023.05.31 03:20 yadiyadi2014 Advice on handeling the hitting phase

My daughter started hitting me a few months ago. She’s 21 months by the way. I’ve always tried to be gentle and let her know it’s not okay, we use gentle hands, that hurts, I won’t let you hit me….bla bla bla all that gentle parenting stuff. Most of the time it’s just really gentle little slaps that I can tell she is doing just to see what happens so I address it firmly and move on. But tonight she was in some kind of mood and was just relentless over it and slapped me pretty hard after me telling her multiple times all the things I mentioned above already. So that last time I didn’t say anything I just removed her from my lap, put her on the ground and left the room and went into my own room and shut the door. Cue the tears and meltdown. My husband tried to calm her down until they came and found me and then we hugged it out and talked to her about what happened. I know a lot of it probably went over her head because she’s not even two but I tried to tell her about some other things she can do when feeling frustrated. Anyways, my husband said he didn’t think me getting up and leaving abruptly like that was a good idea and shamed her into feeling like mommy left and abandoned me. I get that but also feel like at a certain point boundaries need to be enforced. So anyways, I’m not a proud person and I am open to feedback. What are your thoughts? Did I handle this okay? What would you have done differently? And one last thing- she doesn’t seem to hit her dad like she does me. We tend to spend a lot more time together then dad usually so my theory is she just feels comfortable testing the limits with me. But who knows because I certainly don’t lol! Give me your feedback! I need it.
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2023.05.31 03:20 quirkytorch LF: Fenniken in dream ball FT: gold bottle cap, Aprimon, Tera type changing services.. You name it.

I absolutely need a fennekin in gen 9 right now. If you want an Aprimon, here is my list :)
Rowlet (HA) - friend ball - beast ball - dream ball -love ball - fast ball - moon ball - heavy ball (heavy is not HA)
Charmander (HA) - beast ball - level ball
Ralts (HA)- love ball - friend ball
Eevee (HA) - love ball - lure ball
Froakie (HA) - beast ball - moon ball - lure ball
Larvitar (HA)- heavy ball - level ball
Scorbunny (HA)- level ball - lure ball - fast ball - moon ball
Cyndaquil (HA) - friend ball - lure ball - dream ball - fast ball - love ball - level ball - beast ball
Slowpoke - dream ball
Zorua - moon ball
Hzorua - moon ball - love ball
Tynamo - beast ball
Dratini (HA) - beast ball
Cyclizar - beast ball
Impidimp (HA) - dream ball- love ball
Mimikyu - beast ball - moon ball
Charcadet (HA)- dream ball - moon bapp
Mareep - love ball - fast ball
Petilil - love ball
Girafarig - moon ball
Gible - moon ball
Rockruff (own tempo) - friend ball
Wattrel - fast ball
Fletching - level ball - fast ball - dream ball
Finizen - love ball
Gmeowth (HA) - heavy ball
Frigibax - moon ball
Houndour - beast ball
Glimmet - beast ball
Pawniard (HA)- heavy ball
Magikarp (HA) - fast ball
Fire breed tauros (HA) - heavy
Bagon (HA) - Friend ball
Shroomish (HA) - friend ball
Litleo (HA) - best ball
Tadbulb(HA) - friend ball
Goomy (HA) - love ball
Murkrow(HA) - dream ball
Toxel(HA) - dream ball
Flamigo(HA) -dream ball
Tandemaus - heavy ball
Dreepy (HA) - moon ball
Applin(HA) - friend ball
Mankey(HA) heavy ball
Rotom - fast ball
Tediursa(HA) - friend ball
Larvesta(HA) - friend ball
Squackabilly - dream ball
Skiddo - dream ball
Spiritomb - dream ball
Whooper - love ball
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2023.05.31 03:20 Kitsunisan I hear a lot of customer service horror stories about Fi, are there any happy customers?

I understand that the ones who will go to a forum and make a post have an issue and are upset about it, but I'm just wondering what the percentage actually is? I'm looking to leave T-Mobile for Fi (I know they're the same network, but there would be a huge price difference for me), but this sup kind of scares me off of it. Would anyone recommend it if I'm bringing my own devices?
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2023.05.31 03:19 Scar_4_4_4 [LF] Jotaro (9547) Best Friend after reset: 347,619,466

[LF] Jotaro (9547) Best Friend after reset: 347,619,466
I'm looking to actually use my Jotaro, when the best friends reset, I'd like to best friend someone who has Jotaro up all the time, let me know if you do!
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2023.05.31 03:19 AnodyneRedamancy A parable, Part 1: The Friend Zone Con Job

This girl and guy are in a semi-new relationship. Things are going well. They've been learning a lot about each other. They've talked about their likes and dislikes, their interests and goals, and what they want the future to look like.
Even though things are going well, the guy makes a mistake that strains their relationship. There is now an uncomfortable distance between them that didn't exist before, and things seem to be unsure. They guy is worried that the girl will never be able to trust him.
The girl, although being hurt, says that not all hope is lost, but that things can be repaired if the guy doesn't make that mistake again and promises to improve. The girl says that they can no longer have direct contact for now, that all communication must go through a good friend of hers, a third party. The guy agrees.
After some time, things do seem to be getting better. The girl and guy, although having a third party delivering their messages, have grown closer together.
The girl writes a letter to the guy that says she has forgiven him and that soon, they won't need a third party helping them in their communications. The guy is ecstatic! He responds to the girl saying how grateful he is and how much he loves the her. The girl writes back, saying she loves the guy with her whole heart and can't wait to be together!
The third party, in delivering this message to the guy, gets cut off by a 4th man.
The 4th man brings the letter to the guy. The guy, confused, asks what happened to the third party? The 4th man says that the girl and the third party have chosen them to be another layer in all communications with the girl. When they guy asks "why?" - the 4th man quips "Because I'm their favorite. Now here's your letter".
The guy reads the girl's letter and expresses to the 4th man how happy he is that the girl loves him with all her heart and how excited he is that the relationship is back to being stronger than ever.
The 4th man now shakes his head and says "No, no, no. You see, you've been misunderstanding the girl's letters this entire time. Everything she has told you, actually applies to ME. She loves me and the two of us are in a special relationship".
The guy, recalling all the letters that were addressed to him specifically, says to the 4th man: "I don't think that's so, the girl even gave me her diary so that I could learn as much about her as possible. The letters were all addressed to me and delivered to me by the third party. What you're saying doesn't make sense".
The 4th man, now angry that he's been questioned, proceeds to tell the guy: Of course it makes sense! The girl chose me and promised me that I would be with her forever. Our bond is so strong, that we don't even have to speak. We can communicate by thought! And you... The only hope for you is to, at most, be her friend. She says that if you truly love her, you'll support her and I by listening to everything that I say. And if you don't, she'll wish you were dead".
The guy, still not thinking that this makes sense, asks "But how do I know that this is true? How do I know that she chose you? How do I know that she wants me to listen to you? She never mentioned any of this in her letters to me".
The 4th man, with a patronizing tone, replies: She wants you to stop reading her letters on your own as they do not belong to you. Nor can you properly understand them without my help. I'll tell you what though, I'll translate the letters for you and I'll tell you what they mean. This will make the girl even more pleased with me and help you to see how special her and I's relationship really is.
The guy, though saddened, agrees.
After some time, the 4th man provides his translated version of the girl's letters. Some things are the same, the girl's likes and dislikes, her interests and goals. But now the letters talk about what will please the 4th man, and what the guy has to do in order to make him happy.
The guy asks the 4th man - "if this is true, if all her letters were referring to you and I wasn't able to interpret them correctly on my own, should I move on and hope to find someone who does love me?
"No! Absolutely not!" - replies the 4th man. "Remember that she expects you to always be improving and to never make the same mistakes. If you do, she'll wish you didn't even exist".
"But I thought everything in the letters applied to you?" says the guy.
"Oh no. Don't be absurd" the 4th man chuckles. "I've never made a mistake! And my relationship and marriage with her is already guaranteed. I know this is too hard for your weak mind to understand. But don't worry! I've written up some extra guides to help you understand the letters. You should study these every chance you get. And just remember, in order for you to keep the girl happy, you must remain loyal to her AND to me".
The guy, loving the girl so much, wants to do anything to make her happy. Even IF that means that they will never be together. He's determined to do what he must to keep the girl's favor. And maybe, just maybe, they'll be able to remain...friends.
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2023.05.31 03:19 Marklar916 People parking next to me when the parking lot is practically empty.

People parking next to me when the parking lot is practically empty.
I work Uber Eats at night and a lot of times I'll take something for dinner and eat it when I'm out out working. Once in awhile I get somebody who parks right next to me when there is plenty of space to spread out and it's drives me up the wall. I don't understand how people can think that parking right next one of the the only 2 cars in the lot is the best place to post up. Very unnecessary!
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2023.05.31 03:19 RainbowUchiha A Doubtful Decision (PSO2 x DDLC Pt 26)

Habits are certainly hard to break.
As I woke up, I unconsciously waved my hand to summon the tablet. When I couldn’t feel the cold metal on my fingers, I opened my eyes and sighed in disappointment.
Adjustment is going to take awhile Monika. Let's forget the past and move on.
I stepped out of bed, untangled my hair and got ready for the day. The only solace I had was seeing an entirely new wardrobe hanging up in the closet. For once in my life I had to make a conscious decision to wear something.
I had the rather depressing black outfit yesterday, so I’ll wear something cute today.
A white T shirt and some jeans was the outfit for today. As I was about to put on my usual white bow, I looked at it and got a heavy sadness in my chest.
Didn’t I wear this to fit in with the others?
The memories came rushing back and now I was sitting down on the bed with tears silently dripping onto the bow.
…..it was Sayori who made me want to wear this, right? Because I wanted to get closer to Ivan, and I thought wearing this would boost my chances, right?
But she wasn’t here anymore. None of them were. So what’s the point of wearing this? I gently put the bow back into a drawer and walked outside, hoping I could find the answer.
It wasn’t long before someone found me aimlessly walking around.
“Hey! Monika!”
I looked over to see Hitsugi jogging over to me.
“I didn’t see you at breakfast. What happened?” “I….. wasn’t hungry.” “That can’t be good. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day! Cmon, let’s go get something.”
I followed her back to her room, which was on the opposite side of where my room was and saw someone waiting for us.
Hitsugi: Huh? Al, what are you still doing here? Aren’t you supposed to be seeing Xiera right now? Al: I was, but something happened. Hitsugi: Seriously? Like what? Al: Something about a gigantic black hole opening up out of nowhere. They think it’s Adam trying to come back, so they sent me here. Hitsugi: Eeesh. You think Cat is going to be alright? Al: Yep! She was already dealing with it before the news was announced. Hitsugi: Huh. Guess we have nothing to worry about then. Al: When have we ever? But uh, who’s your guest?
Hitsugi gasped and slapped her forehead. “I’m so stupid. Al, this is Monika. Monika, Al.” Al looked so small in his oversized sweater. I crouched down to meet his gaze.
“Hi.” “Hello.”
He waved with his hand still covered in the sweater, which was incredibly cute.
H: At least you can contain yourself, unlike Kohri. M: Hmm? It’s just a boy. What’s so special about him? H: Try asking that to Kohri. She made such a fuss about him when he first came here. M: Well, he is kind of cute, in a little brother kind of way.
I stood up to see Hitsugi rummaging through her drawers. She eventually pulled out a bar of some kind.
“Here.” “What is it?” “A protein bar. It should do you good until lunch.”
I took it and realized how massive it was. This wasn’t a normal protein bar; this was a protein meal. I opened it up and began to chew on it while Hitsugi lead me to the high school. It was odd not seeing the usual gateway, but considering how massive this place was, I suppose they didn’t need one. We made our way to an empty council room, to which Hitsugi shut the door behind me.
“Alright, so I’ve been told you’re just as old as I am. Which means you need something to do, so…..”
She opened up a screen in front of her and began to go through them. I took a seat and waited for her to do whatever it was she was doing.
“….there!” “What did you do?” “I’ve signed you up to typical 3rd year classes. You’ll be my classmate!” “Woohoo…..” “Aww don’t be like that! This year is going to fly by, trust me! After all-“
Hitsugi’s face dropped whatever happiness she had and was now dead serious. “-there’s the issue of what you’ll do after this year.” “What do you mean?” “Well right now you’re at a crossroad. You can become a normal person, get into a good college, and live a completely normal life, free from whatever weird stuff you experienced with Cat.” “…..and what’s the other option?”
Hitsugi pulled a pin off of her uniform and slid it across to me. “You join Mother Corp and jump right back into that weirdness. Your safety is not guaranteed, not in the slightest. But you’d be able to see Cat on a daily basis, as well as the other wonderful people of ARKs.”
I held the pin up to my face and inspected it. It was a crescent moon, but it was translucent and almost seemed to glow.
“You have a year to think about it. Cat said to not worry too much about this decision. She’ll respect whatever you want to do.”
Before I could respond, a bell rung twice. Hitsugi stood up and took the pin out of my hands. “I know it’s a hard decision to make, but it’s one you have to make. That’s why I didn’t immediately sign you up for Mother Corp. Not everyone is cut out for this kind of lifestyle.” “…..I get it.” “You do? Good. Now let’s go to our first class.”
The classes were still the same even after 50 years.
My memory of these boring classes were deeply ingrained into my mind, so much so that with a simple glance I could instantly solve any problem put in front of me. I didn’t know if I should be thankful or angry for this country making zero effort to advance itself in any meaningful way. Well at least I could think about this one all important decision constantly, which totally isn’t ruining my every waking moment with the horrifying realization that if I pick wrong I can fuck up my life with no way to recover. No of course I’m not stressing over this decision, right Cat? I snapped a pencil in my hand, which snapped me back to reality.
“Oh, uh-“ I glanced over to Hitsugi, who understood and slipped me another pencil. I gingerly took it and spun it in my hands as I went back to the crushing weight of this one decision. Huh. Who would’ve thought that one simple decision would be this excruciating to think about? I wish I could ask someone for help, but the person I’d ask isn’t exactly here anymore. None of them were. Goddamnit-
I blinked, and now I was standing outside of my dorm with Hitsugi.
“You there?” “Uh yep. What were you saying?” “I was saying we could get dinner together, but it would seem that you need the sleep.” “Agreed. Today was exhausting. Goodnight Hitsugi.” “See you tomorrow, Monika.”
I went inside and opened the drawer that had my white bow inside. I gently held it and sat down on my bed.
“…..Sayori, what do I do?”
Silence was my answer. Somehow, I expected her voice to reach me, but even I knew that would be impossible.
“…..I’m sorry.”
The hollowness of those words made the pain so much worse. I curled up onto the bed as I silently cried myself to sleep.
“She’s been notified of the decision.”
Hitsugi was looking at a screen with Matoi on it.
“Well that’s good to hear. Cat is off on a mission, so I’ll relay the information when she gets back.” “Alright. See you around Matoi.”
Matoi waved, then the screen disappeared. Hitsugi got ready for bed and as she lied there in the dark, she had one last thought.
“Monika has to learn to stand on her own two feet. Just like I had to so long ago…..”
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2023.05.31 03:18 uawithsprachgefuhl My NM and ND are getting a divorce. What do I do?

I’ve been a nanny for a lovely family with 3 kiddos for the past 5 years. We have become great friends and my family hangs out with theirs all the time. I consider NM a good friend and we have lots of heart-to-heart conversations during and outside work hours. I love their kiddos dearly and two of them I knew since they were infants. They are amazing kids and I have a wonderful relationship and rapport with each one of them. Their ages are 7, 5 and almost 3.
NM had told me a few months ago that she fell out of love with ND and that she doesn’t really see them being together any more. Although the words “We are getting a divorce” haven’t been spoken yet, it’s very clear where this is heading. They are in couples therapy, but prognosis isn’t great from what she tells me.
I feel terrible about the people I care about being in this position. In this case it seems that both mom and dad have valid points, rather than an abusevictim or cheating situation. I especially feel terrible for the kids, whose entire world will be flipped upside down. I have no authority to tell anyone what to do, obviously. For months both parents have been (separately) confiding in me regarding their failing marriage. All I can do is listen and sympathize.
At this point the divorce seems inevitable, although nobody is talking logistics yet. I’m not super worried about being able to find another job, but I do want to make the right decision on how to handle it.
On one hand, I’d like to leave before this divorce sh!t hits the fan. It’s a stressful thing to go through with my nanny family and I can’t help but bring my frustration home to my own family. I know divorces can get messy and I might be called upon to testify as a nanny and as a friend if things come to that. I’d rather not, because like I mentioned, nobody is being abused. It’s just that one person fell out of love with another.
On the other hand, if the kids have to go through their parents divorcing, it will be extremely hard on them. I’d like to support them through this tough time, since they love me and trust me. I can’t imagine them having to go to a stranger for comfort while their world is falling apart.
However, I would hate for their mom to leave first (she wants to move to a different city and take less than half custody of the kids) and then for me have to leave right afterwards, since I don’t really see myself continuing to nanny ONLY while the kids are at their dad’s. I cannot imagine putting them through two betrayals back to back. I’ve been their caretaker and friend for the past 5 years!!!
I just don’t know what to do.
I should also mention that the family loves me and are terrific as employers. They would keep me forever if they could, so there aren’t issues like that between us. But it has become very tense to be in the house where the parents don’t get along and are both less than cordial with each other.
Both NM and ND treat me well and discuss their struggles and feelings with me. I respect them and wish them the best, but obviously cannot force them to change their minds or behaviors.
I’d appreciate any thoughts on how to handle this. I don’t want to hurt their feelings by leaving abruptly. I don’t want to betray the kids. I feel like I’m stuck in a tough situation with no good outcomes in sight. Please, help!
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2023.05.31 03:18 PotSniffer0811 In hindsight, it probably wasn't the best idea.

Worked at a gas station owned by a grocery store for a very long time. We had little pouches attached to the clips for our name tags. I found out one day that said pouch was just barely big enough to put one of our orange clearance tags in. It had an arrow that was supposed to point up towards the item name, but instead, it pointed up to my name.
Any time a customer would ask how much I was on clearance for I would jokingly tell them $1 million. It was a nice ice breaker and most people would also joke back. I had one regular who started calling me Clarence, and another who actually presented me with a fake 1 million dollar bill. Any time I worked with one particular co-worker and someone asked, he would shake his head and say it was too much money (rude).
Of course there's always one person that ruins everything. He happened to come into the gas station on valentines day of all days. He pulled up to the pump closest to the pay window so I got a good look into the garbage dump he mistakenly called a vehicle. There were bags and bags of trash, old yellowed pillows, empty and half empty bottles of soda crammed up to the ceiling and in every free space of the backseat, to the point where it was spilling into the front seat. I'd never seen him before but this wasn't my first time handling a mobile hoarder.
He putzed around the store a bit, made his selection and came up to my pay counter. I made the usual small talk with him ('Hi, how are ya?' 'How was your day?') but he wasn't particularly chatty so I didn't press further. I had just finished scanning his items and was about to ask if he wanted a bag when he spoke first.
"How much?" He asked. After confirming with my register I told him the price of his items. I can't remember how much it was exactly but it couldn't have been any more than $15.
He goes, "No. How much." Then points to my name tag/the clearance tag. Realizing what he meant I laughed and told him $1 million, like I did everyone else.
Completely stone faced and without skipping a beat he asks, "Would you take $250,000 cash?"
"No, sorry. $1 million is already the discounted price." I tried to awkwardly laugh it off, wanting nothing more than for this man to leave.
He continued to give me his dead eyed stare before responding. "Damn. Wish I had it then you'd be coming home with me tonight."
Bruh, what? Do you mean out to the parking lot where your rolling cesspool awaits?
"Yeeah." I kind of nodded. We finished the rest of the transaction and he sat in his car staring at me through the plate glass window for about 10 minutes before finally oozing away. I took the clearance sticker out of my nametag pouch and never looked back.
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2023.05.31 03:18 filay-me-nawn Want to learn to climb without leaving my job

Hello all,
I’m about to take my ISA exam and wanted to get some experience climbing, rigging, etc. since I have no experience with that stuff.
I used to do a lot of brushing and chipping so I’m familiar with chainsaws, felling, pruning cuts, ID and some aspects of forestry. I also used to work at a tree company (not as a climber or groundsman) so I know a little bit about utility clearance.
Currently I’m working in an adjacent field, but I’m playing with the idea of going back to tree work as an arborist and be in a position to start my own company several years down the line.
For the climbing arborists, did you guys learn climbing as trimmers for big companies like Davey, Bartlett, Asplundh? Or were you able to get good experience in a different way? I’d like to work as a part-time climber without leaving my current job, but all the jobs I’m seeing are full time only. Do you feel like starting with utility companies is the best way to really understand everything that goes on in the field? What would you recommend for someone who wants to slowly transition their career into this?
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2023.05.31 03:18 FarmFamilyGamingYT My opinion on the EXE bans…

I will still respect the creators choices if I ever do decide to mod, but I really think some of it was unnecessary, and a little troubling. Well for one thing, I don’t know why they wanted to ban characters like lord x, god z, mx, faker, and even starved (that one physically and mentally hurt me lol), so then fan favorites can’t even get fan made mods, which I thought was weird. But if you do really think about it, why are they trying to act like their work is copy-written, when the origins of the characters are owned by massive businesses and corporations, like SEGA, and Nintendo? Does the creator of lord x own sonic? No. Who is lord x based off of? Sonic. Does the creator of MX own Mario? No. What is MX based off of? Mario. That could be a lawsuit happening, with these “owners” claiming these creations they made, and are just creepy versions of popular video game mascots. I mean look at Sonic.EXE and xenophanes, they are literally Sonic The Hedgehog, but with bloody eyes and random purple crystals. Faker is literally an almost complete replica of the speedy hedgehog! And MX is just Mario on steroids. They could possibly get away with God Z, for being a super distorted version of mighty, but in the end, it’s still mighty, and all of these can get the creators in trouble. The reason people like smg4 can get away with it, is because he isn’t copywriting the Nintendo characters he is using. He is making money, yes, but that’s just how YouTube works. Honestly, they coulda done a bit better with this. What are your thoughts?
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2023.05.31 03:18 Noob_Sauce82 Discounted 3060 or wait for 4060?

I've been looking into the flow family of laptops cause I dig their form factor and think they would work nicely for gaming and doodling when I'm stuck in hotels for work.
I'm traveling right now and there's a Best Buy in a neighboring city with a used 3060 X16 in excellent condition going for $1500. Is there any reason to wait for the 4060 version? So far what I've seen points to getting the 3060, but want some input to confirm if I should grab this on my way out or wait for the 4060 / better deal.
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2023.05.31 03:17 turnerpike20 Muslim critics lie to you.

A case in point is when they talk about Quran 8:30 in trying to say it says, deceiver.
وَإِذْ يَمْكُرُ بِكَ ٱلَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا۟ لِيُثْبِتُوكَ أَوْ يَقْتُلُوكَ أَوْ يُخْرِجُوكَ ۚ وَيَمْكُرُونَ وَيَمْكُرُ ٱللَّهُ ۖ وَٱللَّهُ خَيْرُ ٱلْمَـٰكِرِينَ
And [remember, O Muḥammad], when those who disbelieved plotted against you to restrain you or kill you or evict you [from Makkah]. But they plan, and Allāh plans. And Allāh is the best of planners.

What the critics don't really want you to know is that Arabic can be a very open language to a lot of meanings for one word or you can delete something and it becomes a different word.

This word is 'the planners'
This word becomes 'deceiver' or 'cunning'
This becomes 'the pain'
And this is 'pain'

Another thing you could do is Allah.
'for him'

So Islamic critics who point to Allah being a deceiver I want to say are you really sure it says that? If you're a Christian then how are you not seeing how you insult God in the same way? The verse in question is talking about how people plan against Allah and Allah is planning or plotting against them and Allah is the best of planners.
John 12:40
40 “The Lord has blinded their eyes and hardened their hearts— so that their eyes cannot see, and their hearts cannot understand, and they cannot turn to me and have me heal them.

The Christian God does make points of deceiving people for the hopes of saving his followers which is exactly the meaning of the Quran verse. So it's like Christians who criticize this verse again you would have to use that same logic in the Bible because the Bible has the same exact mindset of God being a deceiving being.
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2023.05.31 03:17 GoldenHeart411 S*xual Harassment bc of Pregnancy

I am currently recently postpartum, but during my pregnancy I had to report my boss for sexual harassment. I've been feeling extremely guilty about it and I wanted to share here the things that happened and see if others agree that I did the right thing.
When I arrived to work from a doctor’s appointment my boss said in a snappy, joking tone, “I shouldn’t say this, but…You better not be pregnant!” This was after a miscarriage (that he didn't know about) and while my husband and I were trying to conceive.
When I told my boss about my recent (successful) pregnancy, he looked straight at my stomach and said, “I thought so! I've knocked up enough girls I know the difference between a baby bump and someone getting fat! I've known ever since you wore that tight shirt on Halloween!" (It was a regular t-shirt as part of my costume but it was less baggy than the clothes I had been wearing and I was barely showing.) He then said "Let me guess, you are three months along?” I said no, 5 months and he said, “Wow you don't look that far along! That's a good problem to have!” He then asked if I was going to have a girl or boy and when I said girl he started complaining about how dramatic and difficult girls are and that he has “lots of daughters” so he knows. He also said that he would have kept having kids until he had a boy, even if it took 11 or 12 kids. That felt demeaning to women.
When I informed my boss of my pregnancy I asked him to keep the information in confidence until I was ready to share with the team. Shortly after, during a conversation between me and him discussing my job duties regarding my pregnancy, prior to telling the team, my boss asked if he could call my coworker over into the conversation and I said yes, assuming he wanted to talk to her about taking over some of the duties that he had just expressed he didn't want me to have to do further along in my pregnancy. But when she came over my boss suddenly announced my pregnancy to my coworker by saying "Sarah got herself knocked up!"
This same coworker told me later that day that our boss had already hinted to her about my pregnancy a few days prior by saying, “I'm not sure how much longer [my name] can do things, in her condition.” I feel very upset that he was telling people my news which is also confidential medical information, as well as assuming my abilities.
When I informed my work team of my pregnancy my boss proceeded to make a bunch of jokes about the “husband stitch” in the meeting for everyone to hear, and he told me I would need to warn my husband not to do the same thing in the delivery room. I told my boss my husband wasn't like that and it wouldn't be a problem and he insisted, “Believe me, every husband wants to make those jokes”. I told him, “That’s very sexist.” But he did not take the hint.
In this same team meeting the topic of baby showers came up and whether I would have one at work, and my boss said I should paint my belly like a beach ball for the baby shower and asked if the baby shower could be co-ed or, “One of those lame 'girls only' ones”. I said, "It could be co-ed only if you can be appropriate!" However he still didn't seem to get the hint and started to act out a stereotyped version of a pregnant woman, like charades, laughing at how pregnant women walk and get out of chairs. He was holding his lower back and groaning and waddling around, and then said "oh you poor things, I feel sorry for you girls going through it, but it's like 'oh you're so cute!'"
A little later a different manager had sent my boss a picture of a new baby in her family and he called me over and showed me the photo and said "Look! These things come out of your guys' va-jay-jays and they're so stinkin’ cute! Can't wait to get pictures of yours!" Even though I don't think my boss is a predator toward children I was still very uncomfortable giving him photos of my daughter at this point.
About 4 months before my due date my boss asked me if I had applied for maternity leave yet and he informed me that he had rubber gloves if I wanted to stay at work “till it was time to pop”. I was pretty grossed out by the implication that he wanted to deliver my baby. I did stay at work until a few days before delivering and that had been my plan all along, so I didn't appreciate the weird pressure to take leave sooner.
I'm not good about speaking up in uncomfortable situations, especially when I'm in shock at what was just said, but I was trying hard to say something and ended up along the lines of “Um, okay that was over the line,” but he seemed to think we were bantering back and forth and it was all a joke. Once when I spoke up in a similar way he retorted, “Remember that sweet, innocent almost childlike person who got hired last year? Where did she go?”
My boss said he didn't want me driving the work delivery van later in pregnancy. I said that's fine and asked why. Then again he started acting out a stereotyped pregnant woman by waddling, sticking his stomach out, holding his lower back, groaning, and then told me that's how it would be for me. I told him, “Please don't stereotype my pregnancy. It’s different for everyone. I'll ask for the support I need.” But he kept telling me how miserable I would be later in pregnancy and when I said, “It’s different for everyone, we’ll see how it goes”, he started bragging about how many women he's "knocked up" and that "he knows" because he's seen what they went through. I told him it might not be like that for me, and indeed it wasn't. I had a really easy pregnancy all the way through and had pretty much no limitations in any of my job duties. I didn't walk with a waddle, or have any back pain or do any of the things he insisted I would do. Not that I would ever look down on women who experience those things, but it wasn't the case for me and it was frustrating that he kept stereotyping me and insisting on what I would go through. He was trying to tell me about my own body and even though I hadn't been pregnant before I knew my body and I was fairly certain that wouldn't be how the experience would be for me. He didn't believe me, but I ended up being right.
My boss told me a lot of really personal stories about his wife such as saying that he was her first sexual partner and that she gets really jealous as a result, and that he often tries to make her jealous on purpose by telling her how beautiful all the women he works with are, all the while making eye contact with me. He also said, “I destroyed that girl!” in reference to his wife having a hard pregnancy. He also continuously implied that he has had a lot of sexual partners.
When I reported these incidences to my HR department, They interviewed my other coworkers as a way to gather evidence on whether these things happened and most of the stories were substantiated. Some of them weren't because no witnesses were there. My boss had to work from home throughout the investigation which took about 3 months.
I've been having a lot of mixed emotions since reporting him, which took a lot of bravery on my part. I'm partly feeling very proud of myself and partki feeling very guilty and regretful.
My HR department found my boss guilty of sexual harassment and this validates that I did the right thing by reporting him - however I'm still feeling very guilty. My brain tells me that it was just a few comments, that he didn't mean anything by it and that I could have handled it. I also keep remembering the ways that he has been a good boss sometimes such as being really supportive when I had some family emergencies and how accommodating he was and how he has always worked with us on our time off requests, allowed us to work independently, always asked us what jobs we prefer doing and did his best to accommodate our preferences. I keep feeling like I should not have destroyed someone's life by ruining his career. I'm actually not sure yet if he is getting terminated or demoted, but it's likely that something like that will happen. It's still in process. He's not a rich guy who had things handed to him, he did have to work for his position and so I feel really bad.
When I received the report from HR on the results of the investigation, even though he was found guilty of breaking multiple ethics codes, there are many stories that I shared that he denied and it felt pretty awful seeing that he did that. Oddly enough he admitted to some of them and it seemed arbitrary which things he admitted in which things he denied. I'm currently on maternity leave so I haven't been at work recently to see what the atmosphere is there, but I'm nervous about the dynamics on the team since it'll probably be obvious who reported him and I'm hoping that nobody is upset at me.
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2023.05.31 03:17 Happy-Hamster2510 Vegan Camp Out Australia 2023

Vegan Camp Out Australia 2023
Vegan Camp Out is finally coming to Australia!
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Who will be going?!
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2023.05.31 03:16 sah0724 Is 6.1 the preferred size?

Considering selling my S21 fe mostly due for it's a little too tall and the os is clunky. Those who the 6.1 is it the best size all around?
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2023.05.31 03:16 AnimeOcCreator77 Hika Hika no Mi [Plane-Plane Fruit]

Appearance: An orange banana with square white and circular blue swirls coating its skin, with two long leaves and spirally stems resembling wings and tail fins from the end
The eater of this fruit gains the ability to summon a customizable plane that they can alter the size, shape, and structure of, making them a Plane User


Plane: The user is able to summon a construct based around a plane that they can control in a telekinetic manner. This plane can move not just forward and turn, but even hover in place, fly backwards, flip, spin, and even stop on a dime even if moving directly downwards. The user can control their plane from anywhere they want even from whole other islands away or directly above themselves like a protective drone or pet. The user is able to open various sections of their plane such as the cockpit, emergency doors, and cargo bay and store anything they want inside of them regardless of the plane's current size, shrinking them down to the respective dimensions of the plane and being stored in places the user arranges them in
Aero-morphis: The user is able to control and reshape their plane with simple thoughts of the design, form, attributes, interior, and capabilities. This allows the user to remodel their plane for various scenarios and abilities, such as being small enough to fly around the inside of buildings and confined spaces, large and armored enough to be used against giants, stealthy and silent enough to fly undetected by security, even become more militaristic with powerful guns and explosives the user may store in their cargo and integrate into their plane. The user is able to make their plane small enough to be hide on their person and used as a responsive weapon with guns and sharp wings and revolving propellers
The user's plane can become strong enough to carry entire ships of crews and plow through whole mountains and forests with enough speed and power by simply becoming more jet-like. They can even alter the inside of their plane to suit themself and others in better comfort when cruising or fighting inside their own plane, gifting them impressive capability

Awakening: Wide Open Planes

The user is now able to create multiple planes with their own designs and capabilities as various models, each as well being able to change in dimensions of size, shape, and interior like their first plane. This gifts the user better versatility and power with multiple planes that they can control simultaneously for coordinated attacks against multiple opponents and covering a large area.
The user is also able to integrate with their planes to control them better and even form their attributes into controllable appendages to themself and even travel between, becoming part of one to get to another in an instant, giving them even more control and awareness over their planes and safety that allows them to switch between their planes to become an unpredictable target to their opponents
Drawbacks: The user's mind will need to keep up with the conditions, locations, and responsiveness of each plane they create and any damage correlates onto themself as well even with one plane


• The user's plane can be affected by outside forces such as attacks and heavy winds, causing damage to the plane that reflects on the user, although take no actual damage/harm themself
• The user's plane can create it's own form of weaponry such as guns, bombs, and ammunition without needing to be stocked up beforehand, however that method drains the user's stamina overtime with prolonged use
• Standard Devil Fruit weaknesses apply


Hawkite Bomber: User control their plane to unleash a rapid-fire salvo of bullets and even an explosive bomb at their designated target
Wave Glider: User makes their plane large enough to stand on or sit in and ride it silently while moving, allowing them to cross large distances quickly and safely or get out of dangerous environments. The user can utilize their plane's natural response to air-currents and observation haki to avoid incoming attacks
Stealth Wing: User transforms their plane into a large vehicle resembling a stealth-aircraft, being streamlined, black (Actually pentachromatic plating that allows them to change color depending on the light levels of their environment) and sharply angular with the wings fins and windows. This special plane allows the user to not just avoid making sound and being smooth, but even being able to fly undetected by transponder snail and territorial sea slug signals, making this technique of the the best for espionage
Toxcatl Slipstream: User utilizes their stealth-plane to slash at opponents with their razor-sharp wings and fins in a serpentine movement around their bodies quickly. The flashes of color from the plane moving around quickly can even disorient opponents that see them
Typheron: User has their plane become large and broad-winged with large turbines, then fly around at high speeds in a circle to create a powerful vortex to cause massive damage. The user can add explosives to the winds for even more chaotic destruction
Blast Predator: User merges with their plane to gain the senses and direct control over their giant aerial body, then create many large machine guns, missiles, and even fire their propellers forward like boomerangs to hit their opponents with incredible firepower. The user can create a torrential force of wind from their props and thrusters to keep them opponents pinned to one place as they unleash their payload of explosive ammunition
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