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From Spain, Germany To Portugal: All 20 Eurozone Countries Have Now Sunk Into Recession

2023.06.09 09:52 gleogeorge From Spain, Germany To Portugal: All 20 Eurozone Countries Have Now Sunk Into Recession

Nearly two weeks after Europe’s largest economy and the world’s fourth largest, Germany, fell into recession, the remaining 19 countries that are part of the Eurozone, too, have sunk into recession.
The euro zone economy fell into a technical recession in the first three months of 2023, data from the statistics agency Eurostat showed on Thursday, as signs emerge that central bank rate hikes will weaken the region's future growth prospects.
The IMF and World Bank have repeatedly warned of a global recession's possibility this year.
Read More @ From Spain, Germany To Portugal: All 20 Eurozone Countries Have Now Sunk Into Recession (msn.com)
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2023.06.09 09:51 Jeffers19 Another rant about the Pokémon dub

I know it’s been said a million times but I’m sitting here tearing up at Dokimeki Diary (the visuals are so good idk) and the US just.. won’t get to hear it.
So many kooky Kanto moments I wanna talk about with other people, but they don’t know the scenes because 4Kids censored them out.
Fine, we may or may not need James with an inflatable chest.
But also just.. the current voices, what’s happened here? Is everyone just collectively bored dubbing the show? Who let recast Meowth sound like that? Also Sarah Notechenny could be near Rika’s level if the voice directors well, ever let her. Her “Charizard!” in the Mewtwo Remake Movie when it’s about to lose against the clone? Chef’s kiss, some urgency! But then it’s cringey later when the often poorly written script has her say a benign “Knock it off!” at the climax of the movie.
And her scenes with Ash like, jumping into the volcano to save Talonflame, is only one instance of numerous scenes ruined by bad direction. And if it’s not the voices, it’s the music! Jessie’s VA was great in the Dustox release moment, but when you hear the scene without Kaze to Issho Ni, it just doesn’t hold up.
And speaking of music, it’s really criminal the West is missing out on some of the best orchestrated music period and for no good reason. And if not the OST, the vocal songs - Mezase, Because the Sky is There, High Touch, Volt, Pose, 123, and so on, some of my absolute favorite music just.. cut for cost sake.
And what really stings is it’s fine if TPCI wants to ruin the dub (it’s not) but to have no legal way to watch it? For one of the most impactful franchises in history? A real shame. And the episodes will never get fixed.
Anyways lol, hope y’all are having a good night, excited for Nemona!
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2023.06.09 09:12 Lululemonpowerlift 28” Black Wunder Trains excellent for hiking and fishing in Alaska near Denali!! Tough as nails!! 😎😎

28” Black Wunder Trains excellent for hiking and fishing in Alaska near Denali!! Tough as nails!! 😎😎
Cantwell, Alaska
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2023.06.09 07:42 Unusual-Ad8175 The Art of Travel

The Art of Travel
Traveling is one of the most enriching experiences one can have. It allows you to discover new cultures, explore different landscapes, taste exotic foods, and create unforgettable memories. Whether you prefer to travel alone or with friends and family, there is always something new and exciting to discover.
One of the benefits of traveling is the opportunity to broaden your horizons. When you visit a new place, you are exposed to new ways of thinking and living. You can learn about the history, traditions, and customs of the people who live there, and gain a new perspective on the world. You may even gain a new appreciation for your own culture and way of life.
Traveling can also be a great way to step outside of your comfort zone and challenge yourself. You may find yourself in situations that are unfamiliar or uncomfortable, but these experiences can help you grow as a person and build your confidence. Whether it's trying a new food, navigating a foreign city, or communicating in a different language, every new experience can be a valuable learning opportunity.
Another great thing about traveling is the chance to disconnect from your daily routine and immerse yourself in a new environment. You can leave behind the stresses of work and responsibilities and focus on relaxing and enjoying your surroundings. Whether you're lounging on a beach, hiking in the mountains, or exploring a bustling city, travel can be a great way to recharge and rejuvenate.
Of course, traveling isn't without its challenges. It can be expensive, time-consuming, and sometimes even dangerous. It's important to do your research and plan ahead to ensure a safe and enjoyable trip. But with careful planning and a willingness to embrace new experiences, traveling can be one of the most rewarding things you ever do.
In conclusion, traveling is a wonderful way to broaden your horizons, challenge yourself, and create unforgettable memories. Whether you're traveling near or far, alone or with others, there is always something new and exciting to discover. So, if you have the opportunity to travel, take it! You never know what adventures await.
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2023.06.09 07:15 lorem_ipsum_H So, it's been a heck of a year, but I look back and I'm astonished by how much I've grown.

CW: Abuse and Trauma and stuff. I promise this post has a happy ending. Approximately 365ish days ago, my dad and I were talking about politics. My father was and still is a very conservative man, in keeping with the rest of my family. I was and still am significantly more progressive than him. In some fashion or another, I asked him how he could conscience his uncritical support for republican establishment after the awful things they had been doing to trans and queer people in various places across the U.S. and elsewhere. He asked me a question I was not prepared for.
"Why do you care so much? Are you gay or something?"
Let's back up a little. I'm Vanessa. I'm 19, almost 20. I'm a nonbinary transgender woman and I use she/her pronouns. I've known I was trans, definitively, since I was 17. Up until my dad asked me that question, though? Nobody in my family really had any clue. I owned exactly one dress, which I concealed in the depths of an old hiking backpack. I didn't even buy the thing - I sent the measurements to a friend and she bought it for me. I also had one of those jokey catgirl maid outfits that people usually buy as a bit, but it didn't fit me very well (I'm 6'3" and change, broad shoulders, big ribcage, yadda yadda). Needless to say, I'd worked very hard to keep the details of my identity hidden from my family - a staunch intergenerational clan of members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, a fundamentalist Christian sect known more colloquially as "Mormons." I'll spare you the intimate details of their doctrine here, but, they're not big on the queers.

Despite my efforts, here I was. Sitting on the edge of a bunk bed, leaning forward to keep my head from scraping the underside of my brother's upper bunk, utterly silent in the face of my father's aforementioned question. Now, I want it to be known that I am an accomplished liar. My skills in subterfuge were not to blame for what happened next. I was simply so tired and so frustrated with the way of the world that I simply answered "Yes, dad. I'm a trans girl."
I begged my dad not to tell anyone else. He ignored me, telling my mother near instantly. The next two weeks were, to say the least, pretty hellish. At first my parents wanted to conceal my identity from my siblings - they didn't want me "spreading" it or "indoctrinating" them, most notably the younger brother with which I shared a room. But that didn't stop us from having nightly arguments well into the night where I would plead with them to look past their implicit biases and religious dogma, bombarding them with study after study to no avail. One particularly bad night, my mom called me the T-slur, and when I pointed it out she said that I had basically done the same thing to her by calling her transphobic.
It didn't lack its funny moments, though. When I first sat down with my mom to talk about the subject she said, completely serious "[DEADNAME], I really want to you just... think for a second. About what you would look like as a woman."
My sister in Christ, that's KIND OF THE ISSUE HERE
Anyway, I talked to my brother about my identity despite their protests, because, yknow, they're dumb and wrong. He was 14 at the time. Very mature and intelligent. I really love the kid, and I hope he's doing okay. I asked him "What do you think makes you a boy?". He responded, bluntly "well, I have a penis." And I asked him, then "Well, what if you didn't? Would you still be a boy?" "Well, yes, I have XY chromosomes." "Okay, but, what if you didn't have those either. You're still the same person, just different chromosomes." And so on and so forth. Essentially, my goal was to establish a difference in his mind between the ideas of gender and sex. I thought it was a pretty interesting conversation. Afterward, my parents told me he said it made him very uncomfortable. He didn't express that to me in the moment, but if it's true, I regret that. I do harbor more than one suspicion that a lot of that might just stem from them sensationalizing it in his face all the time, but I digress.
He told my parents about it. I think his intentions were probably pure, but, they definitely didn't see it that way. The next morning, my mother said I needed to be out of the house by 2:30 PM or she would call the cops. My parents said a lot of really bad stuff that day. They said I was evil, that I had tried to groom my brother (yes, really). So, I left. They let me take the car I drove to and from work every day, at the very least. I packed the bare essentials into some bags and just... left. I didn't have anywhere to go, other than some local shelters I had examined in the event of this specific occasion arising. I lived in a city with a police force and populace that were notoriously hostile to homeless people (and trans people for that matter) and I was terrified for my future.
I reached out to a bunch of friends, especially the queer ones, telling them about my situation. One of them, to whom I am eternally grateful, made an arrangement with their parents for me to stay at their house temporarily. That may very well have saved my life.
Getting kicked out was fucking awful. I lost my house, most of my possessions, relationships with my siblings. I had to drop out of college since I now needed to work full time to save up for a new place to stay. But the family I was staying with was extremely supportive and gave me what I needed to bounce back.
It's now been almost a year since I first got outed. I've moved in to a new place in a better area for queer people (shoutouts to the puget sound woooo) with housemates who accept me for who I am. I'm working full time, and it's retail, and that sucks, but I'm surviving, and more importantly I don't have to be in the closet anymore. A month ago, I finally started HRT. My wardrobe is gradually being filled up with more and more cute, femme clothing. My hair is growing out and it's beautiful. I bought a gun and familiarized myself with its use and maintenance. Soon I'm going to apply to work at a nearby shipyard, which will be a job I might actually like.
The point I'm trying to make here isn't that I'm a really cool and awesome person (although, to be fair, that is true), but rather, that even when things get really, really, really bad, they can always, and, more than likely will, get better. I know with things being how they are right now it can be easy to lose hope and start panicking about the state of the world, but if there's one thing trans people, broadly, are very good at doing, it's surviving, especially through support of one another.
I look back on how I answered the question my dad asked me today, and despite all the awful shit that my family did to me as a result of it, I can't in good conscience say that I regret that decision. Life may not be easy, but I'm living it as who I am, and finally growing into the woman I've always deserved to be.
mtf, surround yourself with people who care about you as you are. Keep those people close and cherish them. Support systems are lifesavers. You're all beautiful and far stronger than you know.
happy pride and goodnight. - Vanessa
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2023.06.09 07:09 ThrowAway7s2 "A well organized Girl Scout weekend at Cuesta" from the May 29, 1973 Door County Advocate

A well organized Girl Scout weekend at Cuesta

Pop and Popcorn. Julaine Jeanquart, Patty Baudhuin, Mrs. David Marsh, Jackie LaVine, Teresa Stroh, Kelly McDougall, Barb Kelsey and Kim Pagenkopf.
By JACQUY STROH
It's secluded in a wooded area near Kangaroo Lake. The large cabin, of surprisingly modern construction, has no indoor plumbing. Lack of plumbing does not upset, or even surprise, the 12 eager girls tumbling out of station wagons with sleeping bags in tow. They are Junior Girl Scouts, Troop 350. And this is their first weekend camping experience at Cuesta.
Their leader, Mrs. David Marsh, supervises the stowing of bedrolls in open box-shaped cupboards. Next she shows everyone the "washing-up room"; basins are arranged on a shelf beneath the counter-top; towel racks are fastened to the shelf. A "water-boy" sits on one end of the counter-top. Perhaps because this is a girls' cabin, several mirrors adorn the walls.
Then everyone sits on benches at picnic tables in the middle of the main room to eat their nose­bag suppers. When appetites are satisfied, the leader instructs the girls to throw their paper bags into the fireplace. "We'll build a fire later and make popcorn."
"We want to go to the bathroom," announces Barbara.
"We know where it is," Paula adds, "right down the gravel path." Half a dozen of the girls put on their coats and go out into the gathering darkness, carrying flashlights.
Five minutes later they come running back, squealing and shoving one another to get into the cabin door.
"There's something out there!"
"Loud noises down by the outhouse!"
"Something is going bang­-bang-thud, bang-bang-thud!" Motioning for quiet their leader explains that there is nothing to be frightened of in the woods.
"I'll go back out with you, girls," Chaperone says with false bravado. "Maybe there are some rascally raccoons out there."
Shining her flashlight on the gravel path, Chaperone leads the way toward the source of the noise. Some of the less-intimidated scouts chant, "There's lions, and tigers, and bears, of my! Lions, and tigers, and bears, oh my!" Up ahead something is going bang-bang­-thud! Reaching the outhouse, Chaperone takes a firmer grip on her flashlight and pushes open the first door.
"Nothing in there!" She pushes open the second door. "Nothing in there!" From the other end of the outhouse comes bang-bang-­thud!
"No raccoons, girls; not even lions or bears. But watch the doors." The wind caught the doors. opening them slightly and banging them gently shut.
"Oh, it's only the wind banging the doors."
"Shucks" said Chaperone, wiping her brow.
Back in the cabin they gathered around Mrs. Marsh who ex­plained that they would now go on a night hike. Chaperone sighed softly and put her coat back on.
Down the gravel path, past the no-longer-scary outhouse, and out into a field under the stars, they walked.
"Look, there's the big dipper."
"And the little one too."
"I can see the North Star!"
Mrs. Marsh showed them several fire scars where they would do outdoor cooking tomorrow. Then they started back to the Scout Cabin singing, "The other day I saw a Bear"
After washing up, spreading bedrolls, and getting into their pajamas, they divided into "details": the fire-building detail, the find the pan and melt the butter detail, and the pop the corn detail. Chaperone took pictures of the gay group and joined them in eating buttered popcorn and drinking soda pop. Then, to bed.
At four o'clock in the morning, somebody shook Chaperone's shoulder and whispered in her ear, "Will you go to the bathroom with me?" Groggily Chaperone pushed back her covers and got to her feet. The scout who'd roused her was searching for something, using her flashlight as a guide. Whispers: "What are you looking for?" "My other red tennis shoe." "Did you look under your blanket?" "It's okay; I'll put on my boots instead." Just then another scout awakened and felt the need to join them. Once outside, and jogging down the now-familiar path, Chaperone became aware of how sweet and fresh the air smells at four in the morning.
Three hours later Mrs. Marsh sounded reveille. Quickly everyone washed up, dressed, and began the work of the preassigned Patrols. The Water Patrol filled three "water-boys" from the outdoor pump (started by electric switch). The Cooking Patrol began making French toast. Mary, flipping a piece of toast, asked, "Does this count toward our Cooking Badge?" Mrs. Marsh assured her that it certainly did. The Hospitality Patrol gathered leaves, shells, and pretty bits of wood and fashioned centerpieces for the tables. Breakfast ready, they sat down.
"Please pass the syrup," Kelly requested politely. The leader passed the pitcher. "Mrs. Marsh, that doesn't look like syrup on your French toast."
"Why, this is the syrup pitch­- oh no, this is the coffee pit­cher!" Amid the merry laughter, the leader tasted her French toast and pronounced it "Exotic! Sort of like the Galloping Gourmet might cook."
After cleanup and a brisk hike in the woods, the Cooking Patrol began making Jungle Brew over an outdoor fire. Ordinary cooks of the world would call it spaghetti 'n hamburger, or glorified goulash. Only Girl Scouts un­derstand its very special essence.
Early in the afternoon, co-leader, Mrs. Bob Schultz joined the campers. They spent the next two hours studying nature. Saturday's supper offered another surprising specialty, Hawaiian Eyes. Teresa and Patty placed shortcakes filled with crushed pineapple sweetened with brown sugar in aluminum foil wrappers. After heating in the campfire they made a scrumptious dessert. Mustard, meant for the hot dogs, was spilled five times during supper, once into someone's milk.
After supper, Brother Andrew arrived driving a cattle truck. Seeing the questioning look on Chaperone's face, Mrs. Schultz calmly explained that they would all ride in the back of the truck to attend mass in Baileys Harbor. It was just a windy enough ride to blow away all adult inhibitions. Before entering the church, everybody picked straw off their coats.
Before bedtime the scouts put on a hairstyling contest, shrugging off the fact that sleep would muss their elegant coif­fures.
Sometime around midnight, a voice came out of the darkness. Sleepy heads started up to hear Mrs. Schultz intone, "I want one print here, and one print there!" When nothing followed this startling pronouncement, the sleepy heads giggled and sank back into their pillows.
On Sunday afternoon they set off hiking down Logerquist road to visit the Brothers of St. Joseph Novitiate. Halfway there Brother Andrew met them in the cattle truck.
At the farm, operated by the Brothers, the scouts were treated to horseback rides. Then, Brother John asked, "Now, who would like to ride the bull?"
"The bull!! He'll throw us off!"
"No, he won't. He's a gentle old fellow, really." "Okay, I'll ride him." "So will I!" And ride him they did. The adults watched from a sensible distance.
After the rides, the Brothers invited them into the big recreation room of the farm­house. They gathered around the piano. Brother Andrew played and the girls sang. He surprised them by knowing every request.
Next, refreshments. The scouts brought out cupcakes and cookies from their totebags. Brother John served glasses of Kool-aid. Then it was time to pile into the back of the cattle truck. The girls said good-bye to Brother John and the spotted dogs, Alice and
Poncho. Brother Andrew drove them back to camp.
The cabin was tidied and locked. Then everyone par­ticipated in a flag ceremony to close the day. "Would you like camping here every weekend?" asked Mrs. Marsh. "Ye-e-sss!" came the enthusiastic reply.
https://archive.co.door.wi.us:443/jsp/RcWebImageViewer.jsp?doc_id=1e8fc801-90a4-4104-8e86-19a1ea0947dc/wsbd0000/20170120/00000311&pg_seq=12
Courtesy of the Door County Library Newspaper Archive
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2023.06.09 06:50 Emergency-Ad-752 Best tips to prepare for a 2024 thru?

Hello! I'm a somewhat famous hiker who's backpacked all over the country and climbed all of our major peaks and hiked nearly all of our national parks. I fell in Guadalupe last fall and tore my ACL+meniscus. I had surgery a few weeks ago after 6 long months of denial about the seriousness of my injury. I am recovering quickly which is great news, and I think I'll be able to hike again, but not this year. I need to spend the next ~9 months training to hike the PCT. All I have to hike in my area is a small hill which is only like half a mile long, but very steep. I usually do my training here, by going up and down it like 10-20 times a day, but I am so unbelievably tired of doing that. I also attract crowds at the trailhead and I'm tired of it. I need better ways to get into shape that don't cost a lot of money. I'm not a gym person, either. I hate gyms because there's always women there dressed like harlots trying to get my attention. Very annoying.
Anyway, what kind of mileage should I be able to do by the time I start the PCT? I was going to get a permit for NOBO in mid-march. I want to out pace the bubble and get ahead, and stay ahead, because I hate hiking with tons of other people. I want solitude.
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2023.06.09 06:27 No-Cupcake370 Officially Scared (unsure if Question/ Discussion- more seeking support/ what I might expect)

What might derm/ doctor do for this big tunnel-connected fluid filled cyst?
Had one of those swollen, under the skin deep kind of zit things that's just a lump, like deep cystic acne. It's been sore so I messed with it a bit. I didn't make anything too visually horrible....but I did discover it's part of a tunnel, actually. On my face following my jaw on one side, sort of doubling back under my jaw to mid neck, and that little pad of chin fat that didn't go away despite losing weight again seems actually to have a couple fluid filled nodules in it too... maybe part of why it stayed puffy despite weight loss? Cool, awesome.
Curious: if things aren't particularly near the surface, looking gnarly, or particularly painful, do they usually opt for surgery, or do antibiotics or steroids clear this kind of thing up often? Kind of don't want my jaw and face cut to shreds, or my boob, which as far as I can tell seems to be mostly made of a tunnel of pretty itchy and mildy painful networks of fluid cysts at this point (which at some point in the last year did open to boils along the tunnels, yay scarring, but this time there's way more tunnels/ cysts than when they happened. But it doesn't hurt as bad as before that happened.)
I don't tolerate doxycycline well at all (brought back old ulcers that still haven't healed, upsets ibs, turns stomach to lava- couldn't take it past a week). I've been on 2 bouts of Bactrim, the first one helped some, the second time a very dismissive doctor only put me on it 1 week (both times urgent care, despite me telling him the 2 week treatment barely worked. PC Doctor didn't extend antibiotics (I had a few days left when I saw her) because she was under the impression I would probably be seeing derm by the next week or so.
I was gonna go to urgent care today, but other chronic health issues nixxed that, hibiclens and other things helped the open skin issues and boils move from miserable to tolerable enough.
A big fear is my doctor referred me to several specialists for different things (VA neglect so I switch to a private provider).
I called the other day, staff at her office verified referrals were faxed. Today I called 3 out of the 4 specialists to see if they received anything (was supposed to hear back from the specialists by tomorrow or Monday, so I got impatient, things are debilitating, life is not fun). 3 / 4 did not have referrals for me. Derm included. Didn't bother calling the 4th.
Called back and forth, PCM to specialists, specialists gave me their fax number to relay to PCM office, 'oh, no, we sent it, it shows right here', but something tells me 3 separate offices didn't just clumsily lose specifically my paperwork. They also all said they usually call patients with in 1-2 days of recieving referrals, which should have been faxed last Tuesday, per very helpful office lady.
(My mom and grandma see a provider at this clinic too, used to see the doctor who owned it but recently retired, from their experience, the front desk staff is largely "new" [they've been new a good while now though], pretty friendly, but apparently also not particularly efficient or good at what they do. Like I've done enough office/ clerical work in my life to make sure you get confirmations when faxing anything? Very confused)
Kind of panicking. I guess I'll call tomorrow and go to urgent care (body permitting). I'm terrified of the ER bc I'm afraid they'll just cut me up.
Any reassurances or telling of your experiences would be greatly appreciated ♥️
Also, I'll getting generic Yaz hopefully next week in the mail (has this ever helped anyone?)
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2023.06.09 05:01 waikatom8 Hiking trails near the V-Line.

Could anyone recommend some nice single day hiking spots outside of Melbourne that I can get to on the train?
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2023.06.09 04:43 Iirxemaii The U.S. index topped back down, gold prices opened the bottom recovery

June 8 International gold market comprehensive research and judgment reference
Trend analysis: Thursday gold market bulls are popular, gold prices in the Asian and European markets continue to cross the market, with the American session pulled up sharply, completely recovered the previous trading day's losses, the daily k-line closed a light-legged large positive, showing the low buying positivity. As the dollar index has continued to show a head box oscillation trend in recent weeks, the retreat trend is obvious, making the gold market bulls completely unafraid of the approaching Federal Reserve rate meeting. After several repeated dips to the $1940 line to gain buying support, basically solidified the short-term bottom pattern. It also reinforced the support effect of the long uptrend line since November 2022. Such a classic pattern, coupled with rising market expectations for the Fed to slow the pace of interest rate hikes in June, basically favors gold bulls to launch a secondary rally against the May downtrend, reaching at least the 50% level of the golden split retracement curve, around $2010. The dollar index, on the other hand, has shown a clear head pattern and should have the potential for a sustained pullback toward the 102 neighborhood. Therefore, unless there is a sudden change in market expectations for the Fed to slow down rate hikes in June, gold and the dollar will follow the direction of the secondary correction technical pattern.
Timing analysis. 4 hours kd curve turned back up from 20 scale to near 80 scale slightly and quickly yesterday, showing the strength of the long force. The kd curve has been repeatedly penetrating around the 20-80 scale for the last week, which is very important to solidify the short-term gold bottom pattern and provide the basis for further gold rally back up. Today is expected to continue to test the resistance effect of $1983 upwards, once breakthrough, it is expected to return above $2000.
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2023.06.09 04:32 DreadEve Advice Managing New Symptom of Acid Reflux

TLDR: I've had stomach pain for a few years, which has been improving over the past 6 months due to diet changes, but now I'm dealing with acid reflux.
I've had pain in my upper stomach (In the center, right below my ribcage) for a number of years now. I used to think it was normal to wake up in the morning with stomach pain, because it would go away when I ate. I'd tell people I "woke up so hungry it hurt." Around 3 years ago, I had a bout of stomach pain so bad I went to the hospital, who told me I had gallstones and needed to remove my gallbladder. My stomach pain was near constant after that, and I was eating a lot because that was the only way to make it feel better. When I went to my PCP for a referral, he gave me omeprezole which I started taking and saw a big improvement in my stomach pain, but still had pain in the morning when I woke up. After 6 months he switched me to famotidine.
On the famotidine, I stopped having pain in the morning, but became sensitive to different foods, so I slowly started cutting things out. For about a year and a half, I did a cycle of feel good -> flare up -> cut something -> repeat, until eventually I was barely eating anything. My PCP sent me to a GI, who did an endoscopy and found nothing. They told me I had a 'generic acid problem,' and told me to go back on omeprezole and start adding foods back in. When I tried that, I had some of the worst pain so far. That was about 6 months ago.
I was barely eating and had lost a lot of weight, so I bought the Gastritus Healing Book and only ate approved meals within. For the first time, I started seeing improvement overtime instead of things getting worse. 6 months ago I could barely walk around my house or eat, but now I'm having decent meals, hiking, and have stopped losing weight.
Onto my actual question! While my stomach pain feels better, lately I've been having acid reflux. Usually after I eat, I will get a sour taste in my mouth and a little burpy. I'm not sure if this has always been a problem, and I never noticed before, but I'm definitely very cognizant of it now. Since I've been doing everything to get better from my main symptom of stomach pain, I have no idea how to manage this new symptom! I'm afraid I'll have to cut back on how much I eat again, but I'm barely managing to maintain my current weight. So, what more can I do to manage the reflux?
Here is what I mostly eat: - Oatmeal with maple syrup and walnuts (made with almond milk) - Rice with vegetables and avocado - Banana berry smoothies made with almond milk - Eggs, sometimes salmon - Cilantro, sumac, salt are my go to seasonings
I sleep on my back on an incline pillow, and have potato juice every morning. I tried DGL for a bit, but it made my stomach pain worse. I don't eat anything 3 hours before I got to bed, except the 40mg of famotidine I take.
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2023.06.09 04:23 ee1234 Trip report: First trip to Japan (Osaka, Shimanami Kaido, Hiroshima, Hakata, Tottori, Kyoto and Tokyo)

Basics

My wife and I spent 14 days in Japan in May 2023, our first time in Japan (or anywhere in Asia). We usually got between 8-12 miles daily, though some of that was somewhat by choice, as in places like Hiroshima the transit within the city takes nearly as long as walking, and walking is preferrable to see and experience the city.
All the tips on here and those answering questions on Discord really helped plan things.

What I learned

Pay attention to the square footage of your room. We got a room at an APA in Osaka where it was literally impossible for both of us to stand up simultaneously. Luckily all of our subsequent hotels had room for us both to get dressed at the same time.
Get hotels with onsens/spas. We booked exclusively hotels with onsens/spas. This was crucial. It’s such a great day-ender to go up there for a soak in the hot/cold pools and sauna. They give you robes/lounge clothes and slippers to wear up there. It’s just incredibly cozy. Made me wish it was winter.
Japan is super easy to travel, the easiest country I’ve been to. It seems the country as a whole and everyone in it is extremely detail oriented and considers every possible issue. I’ve never seen workers tasked with holding up a screen for pedestrian protection around a man trimming the lawn until Japan. I’ve never seen a tour bus driver feather-dusting his bus until Japan. Everyone is so calm. I think I heard one person yell in two weeks. Everybody was super patient with our lack of Japanese and general lack of knowledge of their culture.
Note: We’re not really foodies. When traveling we usually just eat whenever we get so hungry that we must, plus the Japanese cuisine doesn’t mesh with our tastes, so this will be light on food.

Day by day

Day 0: Arrived at Haneda in the afternoon, got PASMO cards and caught train to Shinagawa. Then we took the Nozomi to Osaka, purchasing tickets in advance via Smart-Ex. All went smoothly despite the jet lag.
Day 1: Osaka. Mini-pig café, Don Quijote, wandered the neighborhood to the northeast of Umeda Station checking out shops, finished the day in a small bar in Dotonbori.
Day 2: Osaka area. In the morning, we rode out to Nara to see Todai-Ji and the bowing deer. The temple was stunning. In the afternoon, we went to a Hanshin Tigers game, which was great, though we were baking in the sun. It’s crazy how many beer vendors Japanese baseball games have. I didn’t go 30 seconds without a beer girl passing by. We ended the day with dinner at Snow Lion, a Nepali restaurant that was extremely tasty.
Day 3: We activated our JR West Sanyo-San-in Area passes and headed west on the bullet train then a slow Sanyo Line train, bound for Onomichi. I rented a bike from Trek, took the ferry to Setoda and rode the Shimanami Kaido. I rode a bit south after I got off the ferry in Setoda, across the next big bridge. Then I turned around and biked back to Onomichi. It was a beautiful ride, but the parts near the Onomichi end could be skipped. Too much traffic and development. While I did this, my wife wandered around Onomichi, visiting Cat Alley and taking a ropeway ride. After that, we met up and headed for Ōkunoshima, aka Rabbit Island. This was a cool little side trip, but not sure it was worth the time expenditure. Finally, we ended the long day traveling to Hiroshima to check into our hotel. Family Mart was our main meal, because the restaurants in Tadano-Umi were all closed on Monday, and we had time to kill before the next train back to Mihara.
Day 4: We took a train and ferry trip to Miyajima and took the ropeway to the top, then walked the rest of the way to the top. It’s a beautiful island, but pretty tourist trap-ish. Later in the day we picked up Carp tickets for a future date, then checked out the Atomic Bomb Dome at night. The main meal, at Okonomiyaki Teppan-yaki Momiji-Tei, was extremely good Okonomiyaki.
Day 5: Day trip to Hakata, with a stop for the Hello Kitty exhibition at a hall near Shin-Yamaguchi Station. After Hello Kitty, we headed to Nanzoin, the reclining buddha statue and temple. It’s a wonderful place, the nice ladies at the train station will loan you some cover-up cloth if you have tattoos or your shorts are too short. After Nanzoin, we got some Hakata ramen at Ramen Stadium in the giant mall, then wandered the streets of Hakata a bit, stopping at Kushida-jinja Shrine. Back in Hiroshima that evening, we visited Sam’s Café, an American-themed bar with more memorabilia than you’d think possible. The proprietor is a wonderful older gentleman who loves America.
Day 6: We started the day at the Peace Museum. This is an extremely moving visit. A late breakfast here featured the fluffiest egg souffle I’ve ever seen. Later, we went to the Carp game.
Day 7: Shinkansen to Himeji Castle. We scheduled ourselves a four-hour layover, which was just about perfect to walk up there, see the castle and walk through it, check out the garden, and walk back without feeling rushed and with time to grab train snacks. Then we caught the Super Hakuto to Kurayoshi where we met a friend and ended the day with some onsen time at Izanro Iwasaki in Misasa Onsen.
Day 8: Tottori Sand Dunes, Sand Museum and a trip to Refresh park Yumura, which is a very nice onsen with the standard indoor, gender-separated areas, plus some cool outdoor spots for all genders, including a little cave. You wear a swimsuit for the outdoor parts.
Day 9: I wasn’t feeling great, so I did nothing while my wife and friends went to Lake Togo area near Kurayoshi for a waterfall hike. Then we boarded the Super Hakuto for Kyoto, where we stayed.
Day 10: We got an early start to see as many temples as possible in Kyoto before our 1pm train to Tokyo. We were able to get to Kiyomizu-dera, Ginkakuji and Shimogamo-jinja before time ran out. We used the city bus, which wasn’t that bad. They weren’t quite on time and we had to let a couple pass by at the very start of our day because they were too crowded. We added our PASMO card numbers into the Smart-Ex app so boarding the Shinkansen was super easy. In Tokyo, we stayed in Ueno, which was a great spot with good accessibility to the rest of the city and lots of action and places to eat and drink.
Day 11: We started with a trip to Sanrio Puroland, which took even longer than planned due to some train delays. Our train went out of service at some point on the trip. Puroland is kind of odd. But it wasn’t too expensive and my wife loved it. On the way back we stopped at Gotokuji Temple, the waving cat temple and later caught a glimpse of the waving cat train at the nearby Miyanosaka Station. For a nightcap, we checked out Asakusa Rockza.
Day 12: Shopping/sightseeing in Akihabara. Yodobashi Camera is absolutely massive. I preferred it over Bic Camera. After some other miscellaneous shopping near Tokyo Station, we later walked from our hotel over to this cat-themed bar.
Day 13: Near Nippori Station there’s a cat-centric neighborhood, Yanaka Cat Town. We stopped at a cat store or two as well as a cat art gallery. I got a great foot massage in this area, as well. This area was so cool we skipped out on our tickets to TeamLabs. For a nightcap, we went to one place in Golden Gai. That area is absolutely overrun with tourists.
Day 14: It was super rainy, and we didn’t have all that much time to kill before our flight, so we checked out the Tobu train museum. Definitely worth a visit if you like trains. Though kind of hard to figure out how to drive the trains if you don’t speak Japanese. Then we proceeded to Narita on the Skyliner. Note, there’s a slight discount for foreigners if you buy online.
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2023.06.09 04:08 Nymeria2018 Hiking trail near the Quebec border?

Born and raised here but sadly lacking in local attractions
Anyone have recommendations for hiking trails near the ON/QC border. Even walking paths are appreciated for me and a friend to catch up.
Thanks!
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2023.06.09 03:31 v4leriee In 1991, a woman discovered a partial human skull while walking through the woods near her home: who is Mt. Jewett Jane Doe?

This is my first post here, so I apologize for any errors. I discovered this Jane Doe in the Namus Database and while information regarding her is little, I thought posting it here could shed some light on her case.
In the fall of 1991, a woman hiking through the woods by her home near Mount Jewett in McKean County, Pennsylvania discovered a skull cap. Concerned it may be of human origin, she handed it over to the authorities.
This skull was transferred to the anthropology department of the University of Pittsburgh in Bradford for further research. Researchers confirmed that this was indeed a human skull cap. The skull was determined to be one of a white female that was 15-30 years old. They also found there to be a fracture. This skull was additionally examined by anthropologists at Mercyhurst College in Erie, where researchers determined the fracture was likely that of a gunshot wound, indicating some form of foul play.
In the spring of 1992, a search was done by the Pennsylvania State Police with the help of Cattaraugus County Sheriff's Department in New York to find additional remains, but none were located.
In 2016, an updated range for her time of death was provided, which stated that the skull cap had been there for more than 2 years, but likely less than 30, meaning this Jane Doe could have possibly died from some time in 1961 to 1989. That same year, her DNA was submitted into CODIS, but no matches were found.
There are a lot of questions with little answers to be found. Hopefully someday, her DNA is eventually matched to somebody, but only time will tell. From what I can tell, there are no rule-outs as to who she may be.
Sources:
https://www.doenetwork.org/cases/950ufpa.html
https://mckeancountycoldcases.weebly.com/mt-jewett-jane-doe.html
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2023.06.09 02:56 EliteBB 23 [M4F] Illinois/Anywhere. What's your current goal?

Personally I've been trying to find a job in field I'm more passionate about! Ideally I'd want to find a job in a decent machine shop, I have been trying to get in a specific one near me but no luck just yet. But that's my current goal.
Anyways a bit about myself. My name's Joshua, I'm 23, I'm 5'11 so just an inch shy of being hot, amd I wear glasses so I at least look smart!
Some of my hobbies include...
• Hiking/camping! It's super nice to get out and see nature. Plus ik surrounded by corn fields so seeing something other than endless seas of corn is always nice.
• Gaming. I built a PC earlier this year and have been throughly enjoying it. Right now I've mainly been playing Hell Let Loose, Ready or not, and a very tiny but of both CSGO/Valorant.
• Traveling. Again I like to get away from the sea of corn that are all around me. It's always fun to see new places. I just got back from Atlanta and already can't wait to go there again next year.
• Cooking. I really enjoy trying new recipes and I honestly don't go out to eat a whole bunch so have to try to make the tastiest stuff I can lol.
• Tattoos! They're just super fun. I have both black and gray and some color. One of my personal favorites is the Jedi Order symbol I have on my arm. Although the nun choking herself with a noose is pretty cool too I guess.
Anyways that's a little bit about myself. If you have any questions about me or some of my interests feel free to message me! Please just give a little information about yourself aswell in your message!
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2023.06.09 02:38 hasbeenwriting 34, and I feel like I've wasted my life. What can I even do?

So to sum it up, I'm 34 and for the past five years I've worked retail at a big box hardware chain in the Midwest. I don't know if I hate my job, as I do love some aspects of it, like helping people find what they need and providing good service and its something that I've been highly rated on as I work relatively well with the customers, which I find is a big deal because I've never seen myself as that much of a people person. I also don't mind some of the other mundane tasks, but I guess on some level its the people.
The guests are one thing, but not too bad, but I guess I just am not big on all my coworkers. In my department most are good, but one of my managers is a bit mean and erratic and a lot of the part timers are kind of simple. They are nice, but would rather talk, and seem to not know how to do basic things. I get it that some are older or still in high school, but its almost as if they don't care and it doesn't help that they just say literally the same thing every day. It doesn't help too that I feel like some of the full time coworkers are only there because nowhere else would hire them due to personal issues or other things and it just gets me down because it makes me wonder if, like them, I can't do any better.
I did use to teach. I taught history for a year and special education for two years after a few years of subbing and working at a grocery store after doing quite well in college until student teaching (which I struggled in, though still passed) but I hated teaching. What made it worse is that I doubled down, getting a masters to get my Special Education endorsement, but ended up not getting it and hating teaching. It didn't help that I was in really odd situations as my first job was in a very rural Catholic School, which had some good things, but was still a place I struggled, though I wish I'd been able to stay as my job was basically cut, and I probably wasn't going to be back anyway as I struggled with management and such.
However, I lucked out and got a teaching assistant job at a small private school for severely disabled kids over the summer and then got a job at a Reservation school not far from where I went to college and close to some friends. However, the school was a nightmare. I was put in a high school alternative room, that basically was just a holding place for the worst troublemakers and of course I struggled, but I was fortunate to move to an elementary classroom, but still struggled when it came to management and apparently I didn't ask for help enough.
Eventually I left early and again was back at retail. As always, I didn't mind it as I could talk to people decently and was well liked, even if I had some issues like being distracted. I also was lucky that while teaching I'd met my wife (we met through a religious dating site, and now we've been together nearly seven years, married for five and now have a daughter) and I also got a full time retail job and here I am today.
Anyways, I guess I feel like I've just wasted my chances. I've found out I have anxiety, and have always known I have a tendency for depression. I also have recently been getting treatment for my ADHD. While I was diagnosed when I was young and was on Ritalin for a time, my mom took me off for some reason and also was big on having me try to make good habits on my own, and at times it did work and when it did she'd say how proud of me she was and how I could do things myself (for the record, my mom is not an anti-psych or anti-medication or anti-vIax, though like many had concerns about side effects, and also is big into a whole mind over matter mindset can be good sometimes) and while I struggled more in high school getting B's and C's I did well enough to get A's and B's in college and graduate with honorable mention.
However, I always felt like I just chose teaching because I liked history but didn't think about what else I liked and felt like I wasn't good at anything else. I remember thinking about accounting in high school and journalism, but felt I wouldn't be good at either, though I was a bit interested. Granted I was into band and theater which were fun and thought it might be fun to act but never thought of it as more than just a hobby. In college too I had many times where I wanted to switch my major but I worried that I wouldn't be good at what I tried so I stuck with education. It didn't help too that I often worried that I wasn't good at anything and would end up in a dead end job.
Looking back, I feel like my anxiety kept me from trying things and my adhd made me unable to focus. Even now, taking ritalin, I feel like I can focus on daily tasks at hand, but I don't have an overarching interest. Sure I guess I have some hobbies. I like to hike. I bike sometimes though as of now I have a broken ankle to the brakes giving out on my mountain bike and having to crash into a set of stairs. I also like taking pictures, and trying and even making my own craft beer. I also like some computer games, but I also feel like most days I just sit, play phone games, work and don't really don't have much hobbies or interests or career interest that would help me in any field. There are times I'd like to see if I could be something like an accountant or sell insurance or even try and see if I could go into a trade job (preferably carpentry as I feel I'd do okay at that) or even getting my masters and doctorate to teach college, but otherwise I feel like I just don't have anything that screams out to me. I honestly just wish I had a better job and could make more so I'd be secure (though my wife does well as a school psychologist, so that helps) and just feel better about myself. Right now I just feel like all my mental health problems and stupid choices have lead me to having a lower level job.
So what can I even do? I truly don't know. I just feel like I'm not focused enough, even if I've improved with help for my ADHD, and I am pretty intelligent, but it just feels like I don't have whatever it is to be more successful. Like I'm a man who just couldn't focus and just ended up being stuck where in a place that isn't terrible, but isn't the best either. I guess I just want something more but don't know what and don't even know what I want and that's what worries me. Like at best, all I know is that my goal is to provide for my wife and daughter and that's not too hard but I also do want to find either a better job or one that makes me happy.
Thanks and sorry for the text wall.
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2023.06.09 02:12 RementoMori 35 [M4F] New York - Lets Talk For More Than A Day...

INTRODUCTION
Hello everyone and thanks for visiting my post! My name is John and I am a litigation attorney from the great state of New York. Don't assume that I mean New York City either. There is a whole wide world of New York out there that doesn't revolve around the five boroughs!
I have my life together and am at a point where I want to share it with someone special!
HOBBIES AND SPECIAL SKILLS
I have a wide variety of hobbies and I am always trying to learn new things and hear about the passions that other people have. I enjoy reading, writing, bike riding, hiking, visiting new places and road trips to name a few!
I am also caring, a great listener, a hopeless romantic and can reach things on high shelves for you.
PHYSICAL APPEARANCE
I am not immune or ignorant to the fact that physical attraction is an important facet of any potential relationship. For me, I am 6'5, blonde hair, blue eyes and on the huskier [though height/weight proportionate] side of things. I am happy to exchange verification pictures so we can both prove we aren't Nigerian princes and princesses.
I have heard all the height comments before. So, before you ask, the air is better up here, I did play basketball and you have most definitely nearly decapitated me with your umbrella during a heavy rain storm.
WHAT AM I LOOKING FOR?
I am aware this is Reddit and so my expectations are low, but I am still optimistic! Ideally, I am looking for a long-term relationship. If it ends up that I make some new friends? Great! But, my focus is on establishing something for the long haul. I would ask that you at least be in the EST time zone or be willing or heading to New York in the near future!
NEXT STEPS
So, you've read this far [I hope]. You want to message me, but you don't know what to say? Tell me about yourself! Tell me the last book you read, movie you watched. Tell me your favorite hobby. Tell me something funny that happened to you this week. Tell me how you're even feeling at the moment. I'm sure we will find some common ground and potentially the start of something truly special.
It also wouldn't hurt to send a picture of yourself in the opening message and I will do the same. At the very least, a physical description of yourself would be great!
ANTI-GHOSTING POLICY
I would be remiss if I didn't mention my patent pending anti-ghosting policy. Look, I understand real life can get in the way of fun Reddit messaging. I know the anonymity of the keyboard can make it feel like you're not even talking to another person. But, we are both people. If, for whatever reason, you're just not feeling it, just say so! We can part ways amicably and wish each other well.
Looking forward to hearing from you!
Sincerely, John
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2023.06.09 02:11 RementoMori 35 [M4F] New York - Forget About A Date...Id Like Someone To Stick Around For A Day...

INTRODUCTION
Hello everyone and thanks for visiting my post! My name is John and I am a litigation attorney from the great state of New York. Don't assume that I mean New York City either. There is a whole wide world of New York out there that doesn't revolve around the five boroughs!
I have my life together and am at a point where I want to share it with someone special!
HOBBIES AND SPECIAL SKILLS
I have a wide variety of hobbies and I am always trying to learn new things and hear about the passions that other people have. I enjoy reading, writing, bike riding, hiking, visiting new places and road trips to name a few!
I am also caring, a great listener, a hopeless romantic and can reach things on high shelves for you.
PHYSICAL APPEARANCE
I am not immune or ignorant to the fact that physical attraction is an important facet of any potential relationship. For me, I am 6'5, blonde hair, blue eyes and on the huskier [though height/weight proportionate] side of things. I am happy to exchange verification pictures so we can both prove we aren't Nigerian princes and princesses.
I have heard all the height comments before. So, before you ask, the air is better up here, I did play basketball and you have most definitely nearly decapitated me with your umbrella during a heavy rain storm.
WHAT AM I LOOKING FOR?
I am aware this is Reddit and so my expectations are low, but I am still optimistic! Ideally, I am looking for a long-term relationship. If it ends up that I make some new friends? Great! But, my focus is on establishing something for the long haul. I would ask that you at least be in the EST time zone or be willing or heading to New York in the near future!
NEXT STEPS
So, you've read this far [I hope]. You want to message me, but you don't know what to say? Tell me about yourself! Tell me the last book you read, movie you watched. Tell me your favorite hobby. Tell me something funny that happened to you this week. Tell me how you're even feeling at the moment. I'm sure we will find some common ground and potentially the start of something truly special.
It also wouldn't hurt to send a picture of yourself in the opening message and I will do the same. At the very least, a physical description of yourself would be great!
ANTI-GHOSTING POLICY
I would be remiss if I didn't mention my patent pending anti-ghosting policy. Look, I understand real life can get in the way of fun Reddit messaging. I know the anonymity of the keyboard can make it feel like you're not even talking to another person. But, we are both people. If, for whatever reason, you're just not feeling it, just say so! We can part ways amicably and wish each other well.
Looking forward to hearing from you!
Sincerely, John
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2023.06.09 02:09 WritSavvy [MA4F] Outwitting a Fae Prince [Fae Prince Speaker] [Human Listener] [Possessive] [Yandere] [Pet Names] [Fae] [Wedding Ceremony] [Turning the Tables] [Tricking the Trickster] [TW: Forced Marriage] [Part 3] [FINALE]

Part 1 Part 2
Summary: It’s the day of your wedding to the Fae Prince. Your future husband seems certain that he has you trapped, with his threat against your brother’s life. Still, you’ll be damned if you let him seal either of your fates without a fight.
CW: kidnapped listener, possessive language, threats, fae trickery, extortion, forced marriage, Shakespearean English
Characters: Fae Prince (lines designated with "P"), Officiant (lines designated with "O").
Usage:
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SETTING: The Listener’s room, the morning of the wedding.
\Sound effect–knocking; door opening\**
P: Good day, my flower, my one and only rose.
The Listener is silent.
P: What, no words of welcome for your beloved? Not even a glance to spare for the one who, by day’s end, will be your husband?...
Pause. The Listener says nothing.
P: \chuckle** One might confuse you for one of the statues in my garden. (sarcastic) Come, now, my dear…you must restrain yourself. Such ardent displays should be saved for our wedding night, should they not?
At that, the Listener turns and glares at him.
P: \laughs** Ah, that February face…so full of frost. ‘Tis a good thing I am made of stronger stuff, for if I were a plant, such a look would make me wither where I stand! But, while I admire a flower that does not immediately bow to the wind…only a fool continues to fight a losing battle, my dear. 'Twas a brave final attempt, I admit, setting me a quest so long and arduous, that I might not return before our wedding day. But, despite your best efforts, my flower, I have returned, my brow bound with a victorious wreath. ’Tis time you accepted your fate.
“Isn’t it bad luck to see the bride before the ceremony?”
P: Hmm? True, ‘tis a break from tradition, to lay eyes upon you before the ceremony. However, any ill luck I might invite by doing so, I would experience a hundred times over, just for the chance to see your face. You are as radiant as the sun itself. You will be the envy of all at the ceremony...and I, for being able to call you my own.
“And what about my brother? Will you still set him free?”
P: You still doubt me, my flower? As I promised, once your brother’s debt is paid, he goes free. A plague o’er me and my house, should I not keep my word.
P: Now…’tis nearly time. I shall leave you, to allow you to make your final preparations. \kisses her hand\** Farewell, then, my beautiful rose. I shall see you beneath the arch.
-Timeskip to Ceremony-
\Sound effect—music\**
O: Welcome, dear friends. Today, we gather to celebrate the union between Prince [insert Author’s fae name here], head of our beloved Middlemist Court, and his chosen. Before they are made handfast, let them now, in accordance with tradition, present one another the results of their quests, as proof of their devotion to one another. (to the Prince) My Lord, let thee be first. What hast thou secured for your beloved?
P: As you requested, my one and only rose, I have brought for you an item of legend…one sought by many, but which few have ever laid eyes upon, be they Fae or mortal. I traversed realm after realm, through flood and fire, to obtain for you what you desired…
\Sound effect—rustling cloth; gasps and whispers from the audience\**
P: Behold—a mantle of invisibility. They say it graced the shoulders of the Once and Future King himself...and now, ‘tis yours, my flower. Take it, as proof of my love.
“Wait—will it really make me invisible?”
P: Well, why don't you see for yourself? Go on; try it.
\Sound effect—swishing cloak, more gasps\**
P: What did I tell you? I am glad to see you like it. *chuckle\* Or, not see, I suppose.
O: (to the Listener) And now, my Lady, let thee reciprocate. What hast thou secured for your beloved, in turn?
P: There was only one thing I desired from you, my flower. Do you remember?...That’s right. From you, I wish only for a smile. After all, your happiness is my own. Well?...
The Listener says they are smiling.
P: \chuckle** Perhaps you are smiling, but ‘tis useless if I cannot see it. Remove the cloak, my dear, and let me see your lovely face.
The Listener refuses.
P: …I beg your pardon?
The Listener refuses again.
P: Another of your little games, hmm? Come, now. As much as I enjoy your wit, ‘tis hardly the time. Our friends wait upon us. Remove the cloak, and let us continue the ceremony.
“No.”
P: No? (voice grows dangerous)…Ah. Of course. I see how it is. Leave it to you to find a final way to spite me...in front of all our guests, no less. Clever, my dear…very clever. However, I grow tired of your jests. Remove that cloak, at once, before you make me truly angry.
The Listener refuses.
P: You dare refuse your Prince? I shan’t tell you again—show your face!
The Listener says that they will never remove it.
P: What!? Nonsense! Do you intend to stay invisible forever!? What king ever had an invisible queen!?
“Think back to your words, my prince,” the Listener snarls.
P: Think back to my words!? What do you—(horrified realization) No…naught but empty air in the seat beside me…the whispers of the wind as my sole advisor!…
“Yes. From this day forward, you shall never see me, nor hear me. ‘Tis time to reap what you sow.”
P: NO! ‘Tis madness! You cannot stay under that cloak for eternity!
He reaches out, trying to grab her, but she steps back.
P: Graaah! Where are you!? Get over here, you saucy minion! You cannot deprive me of seeing you, nor hearing you! I won’t have it!
“If you want me, you shall take me as I am. Unless you are saying you do not wish to wed me after all?”
P: If I want you, I shall take you as you are!? (RAGE) You little viper! We had a bargain!
“I said I would give myself to you. You never specified which form I had to be in.”
P: …Oh, really!? I only said that you had to give yourself to me…I never specified anything further!? \laugh** So that’s it, is it!? Trying to give me a taste of my own medicine!? Or are you truly that desperate to get away from me!? But think carefully, my flower…think very carefully. Remember, it is not merely you that our bargain affects. If I should release you…you know what will happen to your brother. Do you still wish to tread that path?...
“Yes.”
P: \evil chuckle** Very well. If you want so badly to be free, my thorn-stemmed rose…then so be it. (to the crowd) Let all the friends gathered here bear witness: I hereby revoke the marriage contract between myself and my chosen! As of this moment, she is free. There will be no wedding today. But, do not think yourselves robbed of a spectacle! Instead of a marriage, we shall have an execution. Yes…bring the human prisoner here, and let him be executed at once!
\Sound effect—crowd gasping, murmuring\**
“WAIT!”
P: Silence, my flower! ‘Tis time to reap what you have sown. Without your hand as payment, your brother’s debt still stands. Now, he will pay for your selfishness with his life!
“No.”
P: Oh? What makes you think you have any right to object?
“I claim him!”
P: You claim him!? On what grounds!?
“I claim him as my reward for caring for your garden.”
P: Ha! We’ve been over this already, my dear. You cannot claim him as a reward for caring for my garden. You already said you didn’t want anything in return!
“I’m not demanding a thing. I’m demanding him.”
P: What? He’s not a thing, but a person? (horrified realization) \gasps** Wait...no. NO!
“Precisely. I don’t need any type of thing…but I do need him.
P: No! This cannot be! You think a mere twist of my words will be enough to wrench yourselves from my grasp!? You cannot escape me that easily!
“Isn’t that what you did to me? Besides, Fae law says you can’t get something for nothing; isn’t that right?”
P: What!?...Damn our laws! Perhaps they do say you can’t get something for nothing, but I am the Prince. Who's to say I cannot break them if I choose? Who would dare to challenge me? What consequences could I possibly face?
The Listener reminds him of his words from earlier that day.
P: I said what?...(horrified, realizing he's trapped) A—A plague o’er me and my house, if I do not keep my word!? No...no, you can't...I...
Long pause, as everything sinks in. Finally, the Prince starts to laugh.
P: \laughs** Well played, my dear…very well played, indeed. It would seem, in this particular battle of wits, you are the victor. Then…let it be so. Take your fool of a brother, and begone from here. But, before you take your leave…pray, let me gaze upon you one last time. I would fain see the face of the one who has bested me.
\Sound effect—rustling fabric\**
P: Ah, my flower…you truly are like a rose. As deadly sharp as you are beautiful. I have been fortunate indeed, to be pierced by your thorns. Your face shall forever be noted in my book of memory. Now, take your brother, and get thee gone. Adieu, my dear…and be vigilant, I beseech you. For should we ever meet again, rest assured…it will not be you who is victorious.
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2023.06.09 02:00 Huge-Lingonberry-812 Prescription Consultation Sheet question

Hello all!
Quick question: I was printed out a prescription from the VA and in the top right hand corner it says "Consultation Sheet."
Below that it has information about me, my address, that I am an OIF Vet and this is where my question lies:
It also says near the OIF part that I am a Service Connected Veteran 50% to 100%..... but I am only rated and receiving benefits as a 90% rated veteran.
Just curious as to why it says 50 to 100 when I am only at 90. Thanks!
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2023.06.09 01:53 Asleep_Scientist4665 2016 Suburban LT 2nd row bench seat trade for captain seats

I have bench seat in excellent condition black leather non power or heat I want to trade for captain seats near Richmond , VA.
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2023.06.09 01:48 4blockhead Weekend/Virtual Meetup Thread

Here are some meetups that are on the radar, both physical and virtual:
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Upcoming week and Advance Notice:
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Beginnings of a FAQ about meetups:
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