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« Reply #975 on: June 05, 2014, 03:42:01 pm »

So, I’ve been holding this in for a while because it’s deeply personal, but my brother has been in a rehab facility for four weeks. Today, my mother and father went for a group therapy session with the patients and their parents, and they met a man who was held captive by FARC for five years in the jungle.  He’s a fairly famous prisoner, actually. I won’t name the book he wrote or who he is for obvious reasons, but he has a relative in the same center with my younger brother. I actually remember seeing him on TV quite a bit after his release, and my parents spent a good deal of time talking with him.

Please, I know it’s obvious, but I rather not have this leave the confines of this forum. I’m adjusting to everything slowly, but my whole family has been through a lot. My parents were fighting for three weeks straight, I have lost my appetite and my sleep schedule, and my grandmother (who has been in frail health due to her stress regarding her upcoming retirement and the unfortunate circumstances surrounding it) has really been taking a toll from it as well. My youngest brother doesn’t understand what’s going on, but I know he realizes his older brother hasn’t been at home on the weekends when he visits. I’m sure he’s quite confused as well.

On the bright side, my mom (who never had a drinking problem) has decided to quit drinking to support my brother, and my brother is resolving some deep issues that he has been keeping in for a very, very long time. The news since he went into the rehab has been nothing but good news, and I talked to him two weeks ago on the phone. He should be out in a month or so, and I can’t wait for him to get out soon enough. I'm willing to share this now due to the interesting people my parents have encountered, but I really want to keep it on the down-low for the most part.
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« Reply #976 on: June 05, 2014, 04:09:09 pm »

I'm very sorry hear that, Sanchez. Sad  I wish the very best to you and your family, and hope things get better for you guys.  You do seem like a strong person in dealing with so many difficult challenges the best you can.
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« Reply #977 on: June 05, 2014, 10:02:36 pm »

Got drunk for the first time in my life yesterday! That was amazing. Cheesy

Never getting drunk before the age of 21 is truly even worse than still being a virgin by 21.
I'm 48 and I'm fairly certain I've never been drunk.  I've certainly never had a hangover, and I don't recall ever having more than three drinks in a single evening.
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« Reply #978 on: June 05, 2014, 11:18:43 pm »

PBS is the biggest f[inks]ing scam on the planet.

Paid for by viewers like YOU!
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« Reply #979 on: June 05, 2014, 11:37:15 pm »

PBS is the biggest f[inks]ing scam on the planet.

Paid for by viewers like YOU!

Realmente espero que usted esta siendo sarcastico
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« Reply #980 on: June 06, 2014, 12:01:42 am »

I just spent 12 hours in hell.  I was stuck at home with no power in 95o Heat.  I am so happy I now have power.
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« Reply #981 on: June 06, 2014, 12:25:16 am »

PBS is the biggest f[inks]ing scam on the planet.

Paid for by viewers like YOU!

Realmente espero que usted esta siendo sarcastico
No, I'm not. I watched a two hour Grateful Dead concert that 30 minutes of music and ninety of some old woman asking for money. Even if I gave a donation, they'd still screw me by wasting all that time demanding money from those who haven't donated. The only way this can be solved is if PBS got full funding or goes subscriber only like HBO or Sirius XM.
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« Reply #982 on: June 06, 2014, 03:58:18 am »

My brother threw up in my Mum's car following his English A.S. Paper. Another reason why its a bad idea to have a big breakfast before an exam.
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« Reply #983 on: June 06, 2014, 01:44:17 pm »

So I graduated from high school yesterday. The ceremony was...moving. Our class president took a selfie on stage in front of everyone which so far has over 300 likes on Facebook.
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« Reply #984 on: June 06, 2014, 05:01:17 pm »

PBS is the biggest f[inks]ing scam on the planet.

Paid for by viewers like YOU!

Realmente espero que usted esta siendo sarcastico
No, I'm not. I watched a two hour Grateful Dead concert that 30 minutes of music and ninety of some old woman asking for money. Even if I gave a donation, they'd still screw me by wasting all that time demanding money from those who haven't donated. The only way this can be solved is if PBS got full funding or goes subscriber only like HBO or Sirius XM.
I'll just leave this here. Wink

But really, that sounds exactly like something Mitt Romney would say.
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« Reply #985 on: June 06, 2014, 06:20:43 pm »

So I graduated from high school yesterday. The ceremony was...moving. Our class president took a selfie on stage in front of everyone which so far has over 300 likes on Facebook.

ugh
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« Reply #986 on: June 06, 2014, 06:43:04 pm »

So I graduated from high school yesterday. The ceremony was...moving. Our class president took a selfie on stage in front of everyone which so far has over 300 likes on Facebook.

ugh
Large selfies are the worst. They did the same at our prom, and I couldn't stand it. Taking a picture with five or six people isn't so bad...but three hundred is just asinine.
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« Reply #987 on: June 06, 2014, 09:16:16 pm »

So I graduated from high school yesterday. The ceremony was...moving. Our class president took a selfie on stage in front of everyone which so far has over 300 likes on Facebook.

ugh

That happened at my cousin's graduation last year, too, and it was terrible (there were other reasons, too, but that was one of them).

Also Congratulations Gabe.
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« Reply #988 on: June 06, 2014, 11:29:49 pm »

Got off base tonight and grabbed a hotel room in San Diego for the hell of it.  Also grabbed a bottle of Captain so I could get the hell away from that ship and make bad decision in peace.  **** might get real tonight, because I've been going through a tough few days.  Or I might just chill out and avoid going nuclear.

Stay tuned.
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« Reply #989 on: June 07, 2014, 12:59:51 am »

And I'll just go with it.  I've been very depressed for months.  I'm putting a happy face on this Navy thing for quite awhile because I feel like that's what people want me to do.   Fact is, that I'm utterly miserable, and I found out this week that the entire ship is staying in San Diego when we do next year's crew swap EXCEPT my division.  So I will be sent 15,000 miles away to Japan from anything or anyone I've even cared about, I'll be in a transient state AGAIN, and I'll be stuck without moving my life forward when it comes to finding a girl/starting a family/getting some stability for 3 more years.  Oh... and it's not like it's a part of Japan near anything.  It's some backwater rural area where I'll be stuck on base 24/7 doing jack **** when we are in port. 

I literally think I might do something very drastic and I'm trying to hold it together, but at the end of the day this was a huge mistake that I rushed into for no real reason other than student loans and thinking that it might help a prospective political career and I just want to go back to Jersey.  

(I've been drinking so take that into account if you read this)
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« Reply #990 on: June 07, 2014, 08:28:57 pm »

Turns out that when you rip up a shirt to make a "bro tank", the former sleeves can be used as headbands.
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« Reply #991 on: June 07, 2014, 08:39:46 pm »
« Edited: June 07, 2014, 08:48:55 pm by Flo »

PBS is the biggest f[inks]ing scam on the planet.

Paid for by viewers like YOU!

Realmente espero que usted esta siendo sarcastico
No, I'm not. I watched a two hour Grateful Dead concert that 30 minutes of music and ninety of some old woman asking for money. Even if I gave a donation, they'd still screw me by wasting all that time demanding money from those who haven't donated. The only way this can be solved is if PBS got full funding or goes subscriber only like HBO or Sirius XM.

"Yo llegue a ver un concierto gratuito por PBS!"

"Si usted dona diez dólares, estaramos capaces de seguir al aire este programa y otros similares."

"Oh, no! Me estan pidiendo que donen para que puedan *jadeos* AIRE MAS PROGRAMACION??? ESTO ES UN ULTRAJE!"
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« Reply #992 on: June 07, 2014, 10:08:03 pm »

PBS is the biggest f[inks]ing scam on the planet.

Paid for by viewers like YOU!

Realmente espero que usted esta siendo sarcastico
No, I'm not. I watched a two hour Grateful Dead concert that 30 minutes of music and ninety of some old woman asking for money. Even if I gave a donation, they'd still screw me by wasting all that time demanding money from those who haven't donated. The only way this can be solved is if PBS got full funding or goes subscriber only like HBO or Sirius XM.

"Yo llegue a ver un concierto gratuito por PBS!"

"Si usted dona diez dólares, estaramos capaces de seguir al aire este programa y otros similares."

"Oh, no! Me estan pidiendo que donen para que puedan *jadeos* AIRE MAS PROGRAMACION??? ESTO ES UN ULTRAJE!"
1. It was not a concert. It was six songs totaling sixty minutes, and ninety minutes of requests for money.
2. Suppose I donate. I still have to watch an hour and a half of requests for more money from the remainder of the viewers.
3. I have this concert as part of a DVD set of Grateful Dead shows that I got for Christmas last year; I’ve watched it enough times to know that they cut out most of the good stuff that Deadheads (IE, the Paulites of the rock world) would love.

So how is this “free” when they aren’t airing a quality program? How is it fair for the people who support PBS when they have to wade through the hours of money requests from those who don’t pay? I only watched this because I was too lazy to get the DVD and it happened to be on. I wouldn’t have paid to watch it when I already own it, keep in mind. Clearly, PBS needs to be privatized, the rights of the useful, uninterrupted educational children’s programming sold to NBC, and the rest of PBS needs to be converted into a subscriber service, since most of PBS’s devoted viewers are also devoted donors. Why should they suffer through the money requests to people like me who aren’t going to pay for this?

So, in short, it was not a free program-it wasn't a program. It was PBS using the Grateful Dead (who allowed fans to film and record all of their concerts and didn't try to profit off their audience anymore than what was needed to keep the band afloat) to hit people for money. It violated the very spirit of the Grateful Dead, and the sad thing was is that this is supposed to be Public television-if it's for everybody, it should be quality television.
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« Reply #993 on: June 07, 2014, 10:29:20 pm »

And I'll just go with it.  I've been very depressed for months.  I'm putting a happy face on this Navy thing for quite awhile because I feel like that's what people want me to do.   Fact is, that I'm utterly miserable, and I found out this week that the entire ship is staying in San Diego when we do next year's crew swap EXCEPT my division.  So I will be sent 15,000 miles away to Japan from anything or anyone I've even cared about, I'll be in a transient state AGAIN, and I'll be stuck without moving my life forward when it comes to finding a girl/starting a family/getting some stability for 3 more years.  Oh... and it's not like it's a part of Japan near anything.  It's some backwater rural area where I'll be stuck on base 24/7 doing jack **** when we are in port. 

I literally think I might do something very drastic and I'm trying to hold it together, but at the end of the day this was a huge mistake that I rushed into for no real reason other than student loans and thinking that it might help a prospective political career and I just want to go back to Jersey.  

(I've been drinking so take that into account if you read this)
I'm sorry dude. Just remember its always possible to take advantage of unhappy circumstances- even sh[inks] has a silver lining.
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« Reply #994 on: June 08, 2014, 12:36:43 am »

PBS is the biggest f[inks]ing scam on the planet.

Paid for by viewers like YOU!

Realmente espero que usted esta siendo sarcastico
No, I'm not. I watched a two hour Grateful Dead concert that 30 minutes of music and ninety of some old woman asking for money. Even if I gave a donation, they'd still screw me by wasting all that time demanding money from those who haven't donated. The only way this can be solved is if PBS got full funding or goes subscriber only like HBO or Sirius XM.

"Yo llegue a ver un concierto gratuito por PBS!"

"Si usted dona diez dólares, estaramos capaces de seguir al aire este programa y otros similares."

"Oh, no! Me estan pidiendo que donen para que puedan *jadeos* AIRE MAS PROGRAMACION??? ESTO ES UN ULTRAJE!"
1. It was not a concert. It was six songs totaling sixty minutes, and ninety minutes of requests for money.
2. Suppose I donate. I still have to watch an hour and a half of requests for more money from the remainder of the viewers.
3. I have this concert as part of a DVD set of Grateful Dead shows that I got for Christmas last year; I’ve watched it enough times to know that they cut out most of the good stuff that Deadheads (IE, the Paulites of the rock world) would love.

So how is this “free” when they aren’t airing a quality program? How is it fair for the people who support PBS when they have to wade through the hours of money requests from those who don’t pay? I only watched this because I was too lazy to get the DVD and it happened to be on. I wouldn’t have paid to watch it when I already own it, keep in mind. Clearly, PBS needs to be privatized, the rights of the useful, uninterrupted educational children’s programming sold to NBC, and the rest of PBS needs to be converted into a subscriber service, since most of PBS’s devoted viewers are also devoted donors. Why should they suffer through the money requests to people like me who aren’t going to pay for this?

So, in short, it was not a free program-it wasn't a program. It was PBS using the Grateful Dead (who allowed fans to film and record all of their concerts and didn't try to profit off their audience anymore than what was needed to keep the band afloat) to hit people for money. It violated the very spirit of the Grateful Dead, and the sad thing was is that this is supposed to be Public television-if it's for everybody, it should be quality television.

Creo que la unica cosa aceptable para hacer en ese momento es poner una pistola en la cabeza de la gente quienes no donan nada (por favor no privatizar la television publica).
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« Reply #995 on: June 08, 2014, 01:16:43 am »

PBS is the biggest f[inks]ing scam on the planet.

Paid for by viewers like YOU!

Realmente espero que usted esta siendo sarcastico
No, I'm not. I watched a two hour Grateful Dead concert that 30 minutes of music and ninety of some old woman asking for money. Even if I gave a donation, they'd still screw me by wasting all that time demanding money from those who haven't donated. The only way this can be solved is if PBS got full funding or goes subscriber only like HBO or Sirius XM.

"Yo llegue a ver un concierto gratuito por PBS!"

"Si usted dona diez dólares, estaramos capaces de seguir al aire este programa y otros similares."

"Oh, no! Me estan pidiendo que donen para que puedan *jadeos* AIRE MAS PROGRAMACION??? ESTO ES UN ULTRAJE!"
1. It was not a concert. It was six songs totaling sixty minutes, and ninety minutes of requests for money.
2. Suppose I donate. I still have to watch an hour and a half of requests for more money from the remainder of the viewers.
3. I have this concert as part of a DVD set of Grateful Dead shows that I got for Christmas last year; I’ve watched it enough times to know that they cut out most of the good stuff that Deadheads (IE, the Paulites of the rock world) would love.

So how is this “free” when they aren’t airing a quality program? How is it fair for the people who support PBS when they have to wade through the hours of money requests from those who don’t pay? I only watched this because I was too lazy to get the DVD and it happened to be on. I wouldn’t have paid to watch it when I already own it, keep in mind. Clearly, PBS needs to be privatized, the rights of the useful, uninterrupted educational children’s programming sold to NBC, and the rest of PBS needs to be converted into a subscriber service, since most of PBS’s devoted viewers are also devoted donors. Why should they suffer through the money requests to people like me who aren’t going to pay for this?

So, in short, it was not a free program-it wasn't a program. It was PBS using the Grateful Dead (who allowed fans to film and record all of their concerts and didn't try to profit off their audience anymore than what was needed to keep the band afloat) to hit people for money. It violated the very spirit of the Grateful Dead, and the sad thing was is that this is supposed to be Public television-if it's for everybody, it should be quality television.

Creo que la unica cosa aceptable para hacer en ese momento es poner una pistola en la cabeza de la gente quienes no donan nada (por favor no privatizar la television publica).

Solución justa, pero ¿por qué estamos hablando en español?
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« Reply #996 on: June 08, 2014, 10:21:28 am »

PBS is the biggest f[inks]ing scam on the planet.

Paid for by viewers like YOU!

Realmente espero que usted esta siendo sarcastico
No, I'm not. I watched a two hour Grateful Dead concert that 30 minutes of music and ninety of some old woman asking for money. Even if I gave a donation, they'd still screw me by wasting all that time demanding money from those who haven't donated. The only way this can be solved is if PBS got full funding or goes subscriber only like HBO or Sirius XM.

"Yo llegue a ver un concierto gratuito por PBS!"

"Si usted dona diez dólares, estaramos capaces de seguir al aire este programa y otros similares."

"Oh, no! Me estan pidiendo que donen para que puedan *jadeos* AIRE MAS PROGRAMACION??? ESTO ES UN ULTRAJE!"
1. It was not a concert. It was six songs totaling sixty minutes, and ninety minutes of requests for money.
2. Suppose I donate. I still have to watch an hour and a half of requests for more money from the remainder of the viewers.
3. I have this concert as part of a DVD set of Grateful Dead shows that I got for Christmas last year; I’ve watched it enough times to know that they cut out most of the good stuff that Deadheads (IE, the Paulites of the rock world) would love.

So how is this “free” when they aren’t airing a quality program? How is it fair for the people who support PBS when they have to wade through the hours of money requests from those who don’t pay? I only watched this because I was too lazy to get the DVD and it happened to be on. I wouldn’t have paid to watch it when I already own it, keep in mind. Clearly, PBS needs to be privatized, the rights of the useful, uninterrupted educational children’s programming sold to NBC, and the rest of PBS needs to be converted into a subscriber service, since most of PBS’s devoted viewers are also devoted donors. Why should they suffer through the money requests to people like me who aren’t going to pay for this?

So, in short, it was not a free program-it wasn't a program. It was PBS using the Grateful Dead (who allowed fans to film and record all of their concerts and didn't try to profit off their audience anymore than what was needed to keep the band afloat) to hit people for money. It violated the very spirit of the Grateful Dead, and the sad thing was is that this is supposed to be Public television-if it's for everybody, it should be quality television.

Creo que la unica cosa aceptable para hacer en ese momento es poner una pistola en la cabeza de la gente quienes no donan nada (por favor no privatizar la television publica).

Solución justa, pero ¿por qué estamos hablando en español?

No hay una buena razon para no hacerlo.
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« Reply #997 on: June 08, 2014, 10:45:18 am »

You had the rotten luck to be watching during a fund drive. They only happen a few times a year; PBS is usually very much not like that. I agree that they're just this side of completely intolerable and if PBS was actually properly publicly funded as its name implies it would be better for all concerned.
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« Reply #998 on: June 09, 2014, 01:18:59 am »

Last night in the Bay Area, coming back home tomorrow.  Haven't seen much of Atlas all week, which is probably a good thing.

I will say, and this will probably come as an insult to both cities though it's not really meant as such, but my first impression of San Fran was intensely reminiscent of Washington, D.C.  After a couple days and some exploring that sense faded somewhat, but it's not entirely gone.  Obviously the two factors that led to this impression were the fact that BART and the DC Metro are very very similar systems, as well as similar architecture (and general lack of tall buildings) in the "nicer" residential areas.
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« Reply #999 on: June 09, 2014, 03:06:34 am »

I've spent a decent amount of time in both cities (more than any other cities, in fact) and never gotten that impression, but I adore San Francisco and don't really care for Washington much at all. To me Washington seems awfully artificial; the immense tourist trap that is the federal buildings in the heart of the city serves as a real impediment to the creation of real communities like San Francisco has. But then I suppose I feel compelled to leap to the defense of my city because it does read like a bit of an insult. I'll have to keep this in mind when I go back to DC and environs in September; perhaps that'll make me appreciate it a little more.

The comparison of BART to the DC Metro is interesting; last week I rode BART for what I think was the second time ever (BART doesn't run to Santa Clara County, where I've lived my whole life) and I was struck by how familiar it felt. I wasn't entirely sure whether the similarity was unusual, since the Metro is the only subway system I've used extensively, but I guess it was.
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