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2016.12.31 13:56 saltyteabag The Federation
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2023.06.05 12:24 LittleGoron GOOD RACING, Themed Saturday Events - Join us for an Enduro Exhibition Weekend!
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- To celebrate the biggest irl race event of the year, you’re invited June 10th AND 11th
for our Endurance Exhibition
is gr.1 and gr.3 multiclass LeMans 1h enduro, followed on Sunday
by a gr.3 and gr.4 mutliclass Nurb24 1h enduro!
Our Saturday events are voted
by members from weekly themes, all geared to respect busy lives, have all the rules and stewarding of a fair league, but with short seasons, no pressure, and never any commitments.
We are offering a competitive experience in a casual
environment, and welcome rookies and pros all the same!
We also offer: • Thursday and Sunday exhibitions! • 1v1 challenge system with Elo rating! • Tsukuba TT world record challenge! • Creative contests!
No matter what you drive, we have an event on offer for you! All drivers with great attitudes are welcome to participate
- enjoy some Good Racing
2023.06.05 12:10 Sweet-Ad-412 He almost broke up with me over old texts
Me 24f and my boyfriend 25m have been dating for six months now. Things started really fast we both fell for each other on the first date and a month and a half later I moved in with him and his parents. The only thing that we argue about and have an issue with is each others past. He told me that he had been in a relationship for 7 years and that he cheated once on this girl and she never found out, after the breakup he just hooked up with girls from tinder. I on the other hand have never been in a serious relationship for longer than a few months because I had a dynamic social life, a friend group and I never really fell for anyone to want to be in a relationship, I also have a few casual hook ups. I told him that this is the first time that I feel like I’ve fallen in love with someone and that I see a future with him. Our first almost break up was when we asked me how many sexual partners I’ve had and he didn’t like the answer because I have had more than him and he said he wanted to rethink if he still wants to be with me. Later he said that he is inlove with me and will eventually get over it as long as I am his last. Two months later we are in my apartment having dinner and he opened his insta and there was a picture of a half baked girl. I jokingly asked him when is he going to unfollow all the corn accounts as it was disrespectful to me. He was not very pleased and said he will. I continued cleaning and saw him looking through my phone. He said it is only fair if he’s going to unfollow girls that I unfollow guys as well. I told him that’s fine by me because I don’t follow naked guys only friends and people that I know. Everyone that I had a thing with I don’t follow. He said it’s not his fault that girls tend to post more provocative pictures that made me mad and I went to take a shower. When I got out of the shower he told me that he read every conversation with every guy that I follow and that I have flirted with every single one and that I’m a liar. There was one conversion that stood out to him he was a friend of mine since high school and we used to hang out a lot almost every day with our friend gruop. He read the chat between us and he saw that that guy invited me to his apartment. He asked me about it and at first I couldn’t remember which time exactly because we used to hang out at his place a few times with the rest of the group. So I told him that and he said I was a liar and you could see from the chat that it was just the two of us. Then I remembered and explained to him that yes it was just the two of us and he made me food we talked and I left and nothing happened because we have been friends for a very long time and there have been other occasions where we would hang out seperatly. And again all of this happened before I even met my boyfriend and knew of his existence. He said I was a liar and he doesn’t believe me and he wants me to pack my things tomorrow from his place and never see me again. He went to sleep in the living room. I started crying and having a panic attack because I couldn’t believe what just happened and how the loml could just leave me like that. After about one hour of me crying he finally heard me and he came and said that he loves me and just got really hurt and didn’t really mean that but he doesn’t know if he can trust me again. Ever since we’re okay but from time to time he would just randomly ask me again if it’s true that really nothing happened because he can’t imagine a girl and a guy going to his place and not hooking up. For some reason he always thinks that I’m lying about my past because that’s what his intuition is telling him. Idk is it maybe because he cheated on his ex that he thinks that I will do it? I don’t see what I did wrong I have also removed every male friend I had and I have not seen on talked to them ever since we started dating. Yes I have had more relationships but I have never cheated as it is against my moral code. What else can I do for him to believe that he is truly the only person I care about?
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2023.06.05 12:09 Joker2884 Dongguan Tianhai Leather Co., Ltd.: Carbon Fiber Microfiber Specialists
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2023.06.05 11:48 Mynamewastaken36 Proposing the Launch of Jordan's Out-of-This-World UFO Community - Let's Unravel the Cosmic Enigma Together!
Attention, fellow seekers of the unknown! I stand before you today with a proposition that will launch Jordan into the stratosphere of extraterrestrial exploration. Brace yourselves, for I present to you the grand plan of establishing Jordan's very own UFO community. Buckle up, my friends, because we're about to embark on an epic cosmic adventure that will redefine our understanding of the universe!
Imagine a place where enthusiasts and inquisitive minds can gather, where the skies above become our canvas for uncovering the truth that lies beyond our earthly realm. Picture a community where believers and skeptics alike can join forces, working together to unravel the mysteries of unidentified flying objects and the possibility of life beyond our blue planet. Are you excited yet? I hope so, because I haven't even gotten to the fun part!
Our UFO community will be a sanctuary for all those who dare to dream and question. We'll organize regular meetings, filled to the brim with lively discussions, mind-bending presentations, and debates that will make your brain do somersaults. But fear not, my friends, for we shall also indulge in mirth and merriment! I envision alien-themed costume parties where we'll don our finest extraterrestrial garb, dancing under the glow of neon lights as if we were in a cosmic discotheque. Think of the camaraderie, the laughter, and the shared sense of wonder as we explore the universe together!
But wait, there's more! To satiate our earthly cravings, we'll introduce a UFO-themed food festival, tantalizing our taste buds with intergalactic delicacies that will send our senses into orbit. From Martian tacos to Saturnian smoothies, our culinary adventures will be out of this world! And let's not forget the pièce de résistance: a UFO-inspired art exhibition, showcasing imaginative works that depict our wildest extraterrestrial fantasies. It'll be an explosion of creativity, a celebration of the unknown, and a testament to the power of human imagination.
Now, my friends, I implore you to join me in making this vision a reality. Let us gather our resources, connect with like-minded individuals, and collaborate with local authorities to establish Jordan's very own UFO community. Together, we can create a haven where the curious can explore, skeptics can question, and believers can revel in the shared wonder of the universe.
So, raise your hands if you're ready to take a leap into the unknown, to launch Jordan's UFO community, and to embrace the enigma that lies beyond our atmosphere. Let us embark on this extraordinary journey, where the skies are no longer a boundary, but an invitation to unravel the secrets of the cosmos. Are you with me, my fellow cosmic adventurers? Let's make history among the stars!
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2023.06.05 11:34 Xabikur The Secret Boss of SF6
The SF games are famous for having secret bosses that can only be fought after completing a special set of requirements -- the likes of Akuma, Gouken, Q and, um, Dan.
Now, does SF6 have a secret boss? If you've played World Tour, you've no doubt heard the bop that is "All Over the World", the track that plays over the world map view.
It's a fantastic track but the lyrics caught my eye: "Climb to the top, the top of all mountains, / Meet me, the boss of all bosses...
SFV fans will already see what I'm on to, but... Who is the boss of all bosses? And why are we talking about him while looking at the world?
Why, it's G of course, President of the World! He's considered the boss of SFV even though he plays no part in the story, and his trailer theme calls him "one true boss among all bosses". He claims to represent the Earth and is up to something nefarious in V, but we never find out what.
Is he SF6's secret boss? He might just be, because these lyrics sound like an invitation. "Climb to the top, the top of all mountains"... Maybe the tallest point in Metro City? Some place in Nayshall? There's also the fact that one of JP's many corporations is called Terra Nova -- New Earth. And the lyrics to All Over the World sound like someone's prepping for a challenge:
I'm better, I'm faster, I'm stronger okay? / Found a new style that I needed to check Got me some strength that got me through the day / Trained and I trained, now I'm ready to play
So who knows? G might be hiding somewhere in World Tour right now, or he might end up being an overarching villain over future seasons. What does everyone think?
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2023.06.05 09:45 Gloriousworld1 Best destination planner in Udaipur
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2023.06.05 09:15 willmagnify Through the Eyes of the Arhada, Vol. III: Cebecajamân, the War Leader
The four famous clans of Amadahai, its ladies and their sons, gathered together in the common hall of what people knew as "the palatial district". The core of the palace had overgrown the square, ring-like shape as new additions were built along the perimeter through the years. The symmetry of the structure was broken to accomodate the growing clans – and their growing entourage.
Half of the morning had already gone by, but the common hall was lit with oil candles and the glow of a central brazier: the sky outside was flat and grey, and whichever light filtered from the courtyard and the high windows on the outer walls of the palace were not enough to illuminate the faces of the clanpeople. They had taken their places on the ground, each kneeling on a soft cushion filled with cattail fluff, and would go on discussing as the morning went on.
The neighbouring village, Pabarha by the pond-of-many-lotuses, had refused to repay their debt. Two years before, the clans of Amadahai had come to their aid and provided them with plentiful rôdo in times of need; when the time came to hold their part of the bargain, however, they sent an empty-handed emissary with words of regret, conveying their intention to break the contract.
The youngest of the mothers present unfurled a thin stretch of birchbark where the two parties had impressed their promises, marked by five symbols
. On top, was the picture of an empty granary, Pabarha's most pressing issue at the time. Below, their two choices: an empty granary and a farmhand working the fields or a full granary and a man at rest. At the bottom, two sigils representing the two parties participating in the exchange: the lotuses that gave their name to Pabarha, the village of the perjurers, and a bull atop a pecan tree, mythical symbol of Amadahai.
"When I drew those symbols," The matriarch said, as she passed the scroll around for all to see, "The terms of our exchange were no less clear than they are today. We saved Pabarha from a failed harvest: in return they had to either return the rôdo as soon as they could or would provide a number of farmhands to our city, for the entire period of their indebtedness." It was a fair exchange and, for a time, Pabarha had
The farmhands were sent to Amadahai and they had soon proved themselves to be a profitable investment. They lived in wooden houses appositely built near the paddies and returned to their village every half moon to visit their wives and their families. That arrangement had continued for little more than a year. "The farmhands left four days ago and have not returned to their work – instead, what do we find? A young emissary has come in their stead, demanding Pabarha be allowed to forego her promises." The birchbark sheet had made the rounds amongst the reunited clanpeople and returned to her. "I ask the other mothers leave."
They women silently consented and the youngest, the writer of the contract, threw the birchbark onto the brazier. The mothers had forfeited their right to be a part of that conversation and, from then on, it would be the sons, not the mothers, to hold the first and last word. The clan had no other choice: promises had been forgotten, debts had not been repaid and that intricate tangle of promises, favours, debts and credits could be put in grave danger by such a simple refusal.
It did not happen often that the men gathered inside the high house took decisions without words of approval or lamentations from the elder women of the clans. It had never happened for Cebecajamân, a man who had not lived through his sixteenth year of age and was only recently invited to sit at the councils as one of the leaders nephews. He sat straight and looked around him as the tower of smoke emitted from the burning birchbark dissolved before them. Wordlessly, the women left the room.
For a moment, the men remained silent, reflecting on the weight of that moment – that meant war was the next solution, the only solution. Phazjedjei, Cebecajamân's uncle took his stick and his pipe, which was hidden in a pouch tied under his cape, and began smoking. The others followed his example. Six men, three uncles and three nephews, reflected and smoked. There would be a precise order to how they would speak and, as the youngest man admitted to that assembly, Cebecajamân would go first.
He cleared his throat – the pipe was still a little too much for him – and gathered the courage to speak: "Does... does that means we will have to kill them?"
There were few places kinder than Amadahai on a spring morning. The sun would tickle the surface of the lake, then rise high – but never too hot – to the top of the sky. Those were the sweetest hours: the bright light streamed in like metal from Kamābarha, the same brassy copper that covered the points of Cebecajamân's arrows.
He was counting them, one by one, making sure his quiver was full and none of his precious arrows had been lost since his last tally. Most of the other men in his band would have stone arrowheads, others red copper, but that fine orange-gold one was destined only for Cebecajamân and the other clan-men, their leaders. No arrow was missing, so he took his quiver of woven cattail stalks, his bow and walked to meet the other men. As he passed under the passion fruit tree outside his home, he marvelled at the irony of life: preparing an attack as nature bloomed so beautifully.
He met them at the edge of the city, beyond the mound, where the groves began. Saying "a full unit of men" was something, but seeing them in person, each with his own quiver and bow, each with a straw, padded coat, was rather impressive. He greeted them with respect as he walked over the field to join the other members of his clan. There were three leaders for the attack, Cebecajamân was the youngest, but by far the best shot; then, there was Jajabadojôho, his cousin who was very quick and nimble, and Ineme, a young uncle who belonged to their same generation and who was well respected by the other men. He knew very little of the other men. There were some minor clanmen, children of true clanmen who had no claim to leadership: they often were better warriors, as they had much spare time and filled their days with pigeon hunts and competitions – Cebecajamân, was very envious about that; then, there were young men from the city: the son of the fisherman, the nephew of the butcher, the cousin of the man who sold the best preserves at the market; the rest were farmers who normally tended orchards or paddies and had been called to lend their bows to fight for the honour of their leaders. The best amongst them had been selected, and a hundred forty four good men would be more than enough to put a stop to Pabarha's defiance and dishonesty. As their Kabaima brought them pouches filled with crabapple sâna, the first spring wine, the three discussed the possibilities of a true battle.
"They are going to surrender immediately." Ineme said. There was no sign of worry or doubt on his face. He cocked an arrow absent mindedly as he spoke. "Then, we will either take the grain we need or bring them to the mothers and make a new contract." Swoosh
! The arrow hit the the tree before them, which had been coloured with ochre to mark the height of a man. If that tree was a man, Ineme had hit his shoulder.
"I don't know, Ineme," Said Jajabadojôho, "They have the men, and the village is marshy all around and protected, on a hill."
"They do not have the number Cijajabo
, and, considering they are not sending the grain they owe, they must be in dire straits – mother said so."
"Even then, they are proud people. They will not surrender without a fight. Cicebe
," He said, turning towards the youngest, whose thoughts were rushin in hundreds of different directions and had been very quiet until that moment. "What do you think?"
He looked at his cousin, unsure about what he would say. Something strange and horrible was happening inside of Cebecajamân. Half of his soul dreaded the impending battle, and hoped that the young man facing them, from above the hill, would see how many they were and set down their weapons; his other half, however, had an ardent desire to be tested, to win, to prove himself before the mothers. He was a good shot – a great
shot, in fact – and would stop at nothing in the face of danger. He wanted
to fight, he wanted
to stop his enemies from fooling the mothers of his clan – was that a bad thing? They said men were more impulsive than women, Always ready to fight rather than to discuss, and that the way of the mothers was the most virtuous. But Cebecajamân was
a man, and there was little he could do about it.
He cocked his brass arrow and shot it across the field to hit the same tree his uncle had hit before him. His arrow burrowed into the wood just above the other one, where Ineme had intended to hit: the middle of the man-tree's head.
"Either way, I'm ready."
They attacked immediately after sundown. They moved silently through the forest first, getting more and more quiet as the presence of the city became more noticeable. As they hid in the forest waiting for the right moment to strike, hearing the low voices of the Pabarhans, smelling the smoke of their fires, the fragrances of their dinners, Cebecajamân's heart pounded like never before.
"The heart of the fearful and a pigeon by the river..."
The battle ended before it could become too bloody, but Cebecajamân killed his first man that night. He would remember that blood he spilled forever, necessary blood, to remind everyone of the honour of his house, the honour of the promises the famous clans of Amadahai presided over – an honour he'd defend until his last day.
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2023.06.05 08:58 InternationalLaw5786 Divan Beds Headboards: The Ultimate Guide to Comfort and Style
When it comes to creating a cozy and inviting bedroom, one of the key elements to consider is the choice of a divan bed
and its accompanying headboard. These essential pieces of furniture not only provide support and comfort but also add a touch of style and elegance to your bedroom decor. In this comprehensive guide, we will delve into the world of divan beds and headboards, exploring their benefits, various types, materials, and design options. Whether you're looking to revamp your bedroom or searching for the perfect sleeping arrangement, this article will equip you with all the knowledge you need to make an informed decision.
Why Choose a Divan Bed?
Comfort and Support
A divan bed is known for its exceptional comfort and support. The sturdy base and mattress combination offer excellent stability, ensuring a restful night's sleep. The base acts as a solid foundation, providing optimum support to the mattress, resulting in enhanced comfort and reduced pressure points. With a divan bed, you can wake up refreshed and rejuvenated, ready to take on the day.
One of the standout features of divan beds is their practicality. Many models come with built-in storage options, such as drawers or ottomans, maximizing the use of space in your bedroom. These clever storage solutions are perfect for keeping your belongings organized and minimizing clutter. Say goodbye to unnecessary bedroom mess and hello to a clean and tidy sleeping environment.
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Divan beds offer endless design possibilities, allowing you to personalize your bedroom according to your taste and style. From luxurious upholstered options to sleek and modern designs, there's a divan bed to suit every aesthetic preference. Additionally, the headboard plays a crucial role in the overall look and feel of the bed. It serves as a focal point and can transform the entire ambiance of the room. With a wide range of headboard styles, fabrics, and finishes available, you can create a bed that perfectly complements your decor.
Exploring Divan Bed Types
Open Spring Divan Beds
Open spring divan beds are a popular choice due to their affordability and comfort. They consist of a system of interconnected springs, which provide even support and distribute weight evenly across the mattress. While open spring divan beds offer good value for money, they may not provide the same level of durability as other options.
Pocket Spring Divan Beds
Pocket spring divan beds are a step up in terms of comfort and support. Each spring is individually housed in a fabric pocket, allowing them to move independently. This feature ensures that the mattress adapts to your body shape and provides targeted support. Pocket spring divan beds are particularly beneficial for couples, as the movement of one partner is less likely to disturb the other.
Memory Foam Divan Beds
If you prioritize pressure relief and body contouring, a memory foam divan bed might be the perfect choice for you. Memory foam mattresses conform to your body's shape, providing optimal support and alleviating any pressure points. They are also excellent at isolating motion, making them ideal for light sleepers or those sharing a bed.
Hybrid Divan Beds
Hybrid divan beds combine the best of both worlds by incorporating different mattress technologies. These beds often feature a combination of pocket springs and memory foam layers, offering the benefits of both support and comfort. Hybrid divan beds are a great option for individuals who desire the responsiveness of springs and the contouring effect of memory foam.
Selecting the Perfect Headboard
suede, or linen, allowing you to choose a texture that matches your style. These headboards often feature padding, providing added comfort and a cozy feel. Upholstered headboards are versatile and can be customized to fit any bedroom decor, making them a popular choice among homeowners seeking a touch of sophistication.
For a more classic and timeless look, wooden headboards are an excellent option. They come in various types of wood, such as oak, pine, or walnut, each with its distinct grain and finish. Wooden headboards add warmth and character to a bedroom, and their durability ensures they will stand the test of time. Whether you prefer a rustic, traditional, or contemporary aesthetic, there's a wooden headboard to suit your taste.
Metal headboards offer a sleek and modern aesthetic to any bedroom. With intricate designs and elegant curves, they can become a focal point and add a touch of glamour. Metal headboards are available in different finishes, including chrome, brass, or iron, allowing you to create a look that complements your overall decor theme. These headboards are not only visually appealing but also durable and easy to maintain.
Divan Bed Size Considerations
When choosing a divan bed and headboard, it's important to consider the size that best suits your needs. Divan beds are available in various sizes, including single, double, king, and super king. Assess the dimensions of your bedroom and ensure there's enough space to accommodate the bed and any additional furniture comfortably. Additionally, the height and width of the headboard should be proportionate to the bed size, creating a visually balanced and harmonious look.
Maintaining and Caring for Divan Beds and Headboards
To ensure the longevity and pristine condition of your divan bed and headboard
, it's essential to follow proper maintenance and care practices. Here are a few tips to keep them looking their best:
- Regularly vacuum or brush the headboard to remove dust and debris.
- For upholstered headboards, spot clean any stains or spills immediately using a mild detergent and water.
- Rotate the mattress periodically to even out wear and prolong its lifespan.
- Follow the manufacturer's instructions for cleaning and maintaining the divan bed base.
- Avoid placing the bed in direct sunlight to prevent fabric and wood from fading.
- Use mattress protectors and bed linen to keep the bed clean and protect it from spills or accidents.
- Check and tighten any loose screws or fittings on the headboard regularly.
By implementing these simple care practices, you can extend the life of your divan bed and headboard, ensuring they remain in top-notch condition for years to come.
A divan bed with a carefully chosen headboard can transform your bedroom into a sanctuary of comfort and style. The combination of a supportive base, comfortable mattress, and aesthetically pleasing headboard creates a harmonious sleep environment that promotes relaxation and rejuvenation. Whether you opt for an open spring, pocket spring, memory foam, or hybrid divan bed, each offers unique benefits to suit individual preferences. Similarly, the selection of an upholstered, wooden, or metal headboard allows you to add your personal touch to the overall design. Remember to consider the size and maintenance requirements when making your choice. With the information provided in this guide, you are well-equipped to make an informed decision and create the bedroom of your dreams.
So, embrace the comfort and style of divan beds and headboards, and elevate your sleep experience to new heights. Visit https://bedsdivans.co.uk
for more inspiration, expert advice
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2023.06.05 08:37 CateArmy69 Ranting about a one sided breakup
How to get over a one sided break up?
For context, I (29 M) and my ex (27 F) were of different race and religious backgrounds, we are both doctors from an Asian country. My Ex is currently living with her single mother and her sisters in the same city as me. She is also the eldest in the family (this will be important soon), despite that we tried our best to make our relationship work. Everything was smooth sailing until early Jan 2023, when my Ex Mom discovered our relationship when she snooped around my Ex's phone and her eyes went red. She threatened to disown my Ex, kick her out of the house, started smoking heavily and calling my Ex hurtful things.
We pretended to breakup so to satisfy her mother whimsical needs. However, the end goal is always for me to finally meet her mother and discuss regarding my relationship with her and making it official. However, my ex keeps dragging this issue and at one time I grown impatient and requested her to arrange a meeting with her mother because its hard to arrange a date with my ex due to her mother preying eyes + we are on LDR so we dont meet much anyways (i moved 3 hours away for work) + i am a bit jealous because my ex occasionally went out alone with a guy friend for despite me telling her that i am not comfortable with it .
This decision will cost me dearly
Fast forward 2 weeks, in commemoration of our 1st anniversary I brought my ex to a fancy dinner, went to a theme park, had an amazing sex and suddenly, she decided to break up at the end of the day claiming that she would always choose her family first instead of me and she wanted our last day to be the happiest day. I was blindsided and my heart sank, in a fit of rage, i said some hurtful things, accidentally raised my voice (we never fought before this), calling her selfish and unwilling to fight for me despite all i have done for her. Our breakup was messy and the next day we had another meeting and she communicated that her mother had been growing suspicious past few months, drinking heavily, calling her names. This worried her so she decided to breakup officially. I was unaware of this incident and apologize profusely for saying such hurtful things and asking for a chance and time to repair our relationship. I wanted her to move out from her house as i think she is being emotionally blackmailed by her mother, however she denied this wrongdoing but accepted the idea of giving our relationship a chance.
Unfortunately, for the past 2 weeks, i noticed her becoming colder, distant and more irritable than usual. She would cry every time when we're talking about the future of our relationship and had lingering trauma from our previous quarrel. I apologized and started to call her everyday to talk as per usual prior to our fight. Trying to treat her even better than before, sending her meals and buying her a gift to soothe her ailing heart. As fate had it, I received a sudden notice that i would be transferred to even far off city to work.
To reaffirm our relationship status due to the nature of our Long distance relationship. I cooked her a dinner and invited her for a heart to heart talk. Fortunately, this discussion is far more calmer than before. I reasserted that I still love her deeply and wants to change and fix this relationship by talking openly about both our problems and find a solution for that. My Ex acknowledged that maybe breaking up on our anniversary is not the best thing to do at the time. In spite of this, my Ex claimed her fell out of love with me after our big fight and her scar will forever never heal.
I suggested taking a break so that she can heal but she thinks that time would never heal her and she would only be wasting my time. In a way, she is absolute in her resolve and would not change her stance. I pleaded with her to fix the relationship and showed our pictures together to at least rekindle our passion for each other but alas it was to no avail.
In the end, we broke up amicably but I cant help to think it was one sided. She even requested us to continue being friends but it is something I am conflicted with.
Tell me reddit, I know I was also in the wrong, but did we had any chance to rescue the relationship at all?
Sorry for the long rambling
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2023.06.05 08:31 Strictlyfxuk Exploring the Spectacular World of Indoor Pyrotechnics
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Indoor Pyrotechnics - Pyro FX Introduction:
Pyrotechnics have long been associated with outdoor displays and grand celebrations, but did you know that the art of pyrotechnics can also be brought indoors? Indoor pyrotechnics
is a captivating and visually stunning form of entertainment that has gained popularity in recent years. In this article, we will delve into the world of Pyro FX, exploring its various applications, safety considerations, and the mesmerizing effects it can create.
- The Rise of Indoor Pyrotechnics:
- The emergence of indoor pyrotechnics as a unique form of entertainment
- How advancements in technology have made indoor displays safer and more visually impressive
- The growing demand for indoor pyrotechnics in events, concerts, and theatrical performances
- Types of Indoor Pyrotechnics:
- Flame effects: Creating controlled fire displays that add drama and excitement to indoor settings
- Confetti and streamer cannons: Showering colorful confetti or streamers over the audience, adding a festive atmosphere
- Sparkular systems: The use of indoor-safe pyrotechnic devices that emit stunning showers of sparks, without the need for traditional fireworks
- Cryogenic effects: Utilizing low-temperature gases to create impressive fog, haze, or mist effects
- Pyrotechnic props and set pieces: Incorporating pyrotechnics into stage props, scenery, and special effects
- Safety Measures and Regulations:
- Importance of safety precautions when working with indoor pyrotechnics
- The role of trained professionals in handling and executing indoor pyrotechnic displays
- Compliance with local regulations and obtaining necessary permits for indoor pyrotechnic events
- Ensuring proper ventilation, fireproofing, and emergency response plans in indoor venues
- Applications of Indoor Pyrotechnics:
- Concerts and live performances: Enhancing the energy and visual impact of musical acts and stage productions
- Sports events: Creating thrilling moments and engaging experiences for spectators
- Corporate events and product launches: Making a lasting impression and adding excitement to business gatherings
- Weddings and private celebrations: Adding a touch of magic and creating unforgettable memories for guests
- Theatrical performances and theme parks: Immersing audiences in fantastical worlds through mesmerizing pyrotechnic effects
- Advancements and Innovations:
- Cutting-edge technologies in indoor pyrotechnics, such as wireless control systems and synchronized displays
- Integration of indoor pyrotechnics with multimedia elements, including lighting, sound, and video effects
- Eco-friendly pyrotechnic alternatives and the reduction of environmental impact
- Experimentation with new materials, colors, and effects to push the boundaries of indoor pyrotechnics
Indoor pyrotechnics offers a captivating and visually stunning form of entertainment that continues to captivate audiences in various settings. While ensuring safety is paramount, the artistry and creativity involved in designing and executing indoor pyrotechnic displays have opened up a world of possibilities. Whether it's a concert, corporate event, or theatrical performance, Pyro FX has the power to elevate experiences and create unforgettable moments that leave a lasting impression on spectators.
2023.06.05 08:17 LordDurand Just found out my ex moved in with the guy she had a huge crush on
I want to close my eyes and, in an instant, be free of all feeling and never have to open them again.
She broke up with me at the beginning of the year. We had a long talk, and we both cried, but in the end she still left. A lot of things were said, and I don't know if she meant for them to be hurtful or not. She said I wasn't enough, that she needed someone who was masculine and dominant. But you knew what I was when you met me, didn't you? I get confused for a girl about 70% of the time, you knew that, right? And I always told you, from the very beginning, that I liked being the little spoon. That I wanted to be soft, to not have to live up to any of society's expectations of men, that I just wanted to feel safe and secure and protected with someone. That I wanted to feel like I, just by myself, with all my imperfections, with all the feminine parts of me that everyone is repulsed by, with everything I've always felt wasn't what a man should look like-- that I was still enough for someone. You knew all that. Why'd you stay for as long as you did if you hated all of it?
When we were dating, she told me she had a big crush on one of her guy-friends. I was always insecure about it because he was a lot more conventionally attractive, always had girls hitting on him, and was always single. But she assured me that she wasn't interested in him anymore. I guess I never could fully believe it.
Today I opened Venmo to transfer some money, and I saw that he'd been paying rent to her landlord, and that he was also sending her money for the wifi bill. I don't know for sure how long they've been living together now, at least a month. It's her life, she can do whatever she wants and be with whoever she wants, and I've tried to come to terms with that. But it just feels so unfair. That she gets to just move on like that and have someone else with her. And I'm still here, on my own, same as I've always been.
I've been trying to work on myself. I started doing Jiu-Jitsu to complement my kickboxing training, I started learning guitar and practicing every day, I picked up reading again, I got my motorcycle license, I got promoted. I feel like in just a few months, I've come so far. But I'm still stuck. Swiping on dating apps, getting maybe one match maybe every few months if I'm lucky, that usually turns up to be nothing. There was one girl I went on a few dates on, but she ghosted me.
And I just don't know what to do. My entire life, I've just wanted someone to feel at home with. Someone I can always go to, someone I can be totally, completely myself with, without having to put on any kind of face, without having to put on any kind of armor to face the harshness of the world. I don't want any of what I've done. I don't want to feel like I have to learn to fight, or to pick up random skills or hobbies, or ride on a dangerous two-wheeled machine, or have the position I do. I just want to be with someone. I want to love and to be loved, and that's it, that's always been it.
It's my birthday today. I'm 24 now. 24 more years than I needed or wanted. I remember all the times I was at a firing range with a gun in my hands, thinking about how in a single flash, I could be done with it all. And I regret that I'm still here. It feels like nothing will ever get better. It's like I'm trapped in an old shack in the midst of a harsh, never-ending blizzard. I can decorate the inside as much as I like, make it all pretty and inviting. But nobody's ever going to show up. In the end, it's still an old shack; the snowstorm outside is one that knows no lifting, and things will always be like this.
I have tried all that I can think of. This broke me completely. I don't know how I can keep going on like this. Every morning, I wake up and have nothing to be excited about. I can't imagine a girl ever being excited about me, wanting to talk to me and get to know me in every way she can.
I'm 24 now, but I still feel like the same stupid kid I was in high school. I still fall asleep in the same empty bed, staring at the same sparse ceiling with the fan I'm afraid to turn on because of how much it shakes and threatens to fall right off. And then all the same insecurities come flooding back, everything I thought I moved past. Where I once thought I'm okay being mistaken as a girl, that it's cool how androgynous I am, I realize how much it sets me back, how hard it is to find someone attracted to me. I come to resent my face, my eyes, my height, my hair, my body, my voice. Everything everyone else can perceive feels like a reason for them to steer clear, or just treat me like a little brother even if I'm years older than them.
When I was in middle school, where there was this clique of the popular boys, the cool jocks or whatever, I always wished I was one of them. Not in the sense of wishing I could be in that crowd, but that I was literally living in the body of one of them. I'd sing stupid mournful songs about it in the shower, I'd think about it as I fell asleep.
And today, it's not that different. Every night I go to bed, wishing I could wake up in a different body. Being rebellious, or an iconoclast, or something contrary to society's standards is a cool thing to talk about. Until it's forced upon you, until you can't match what society wants no matter how hard you try, until you can't fit in and you can't attract people to you.
When I was going to therapy, my therapist said something along the lines of how I'm more interesting than the typical "Abercrombie and Fitch white guy," and it was funny and made me feel a little better at the time. But I think I'd rather just conform. I'd rather just be conventionally attractive and fit right in and have my pick of whoever I wanted than be unique.
What's the point of having a unique life experience if there's no one to share it with?
I feel like I'm at the end of my line.
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2023.06.05 07:36 scarlet2248 Wedding Venue in The US: Our Recommendation Part II
Popular wedding venues in the western and central states were featured in Part 1 of US wedding venues
. So in part two, we'll focus on wedding venues in the eastern states. Whether it's a luxurious hotel, a rustic barn, or a spacious meadow, all are included. Again, the features of these venues and the approximate prices will be written. Let's explore these beautiful wedding venues!
Wisconsin Wedding Venues
The Paine Art Center and Gardens
This is an art museum located at 1410 Algoma Blvd, Oshkosh. It is an English-style country estate and has nearly four acres of gardens. It has perennial plants and is a great outdoor ceremony venue. Also, there is a historic mansion, charming carriage house, and greenhouse. The venue can accommodate up to 200 people and costs approximately $3000 to $4000 For 100 Guests
This is a professional event venue located at 515 E Main St, Stoughton. This historic venue offers industrial and rustic charm with exposed brick walls, high ceilings, and wood beams. It has ample space for ceremonies and receptions. The venue offers event coordination, customizable lighting options, a bridal suite, and access to preferred vendors. Accommodations for up to 250 people start at $3,500 for a 12-hour rental
The Enchanted Barn
Located at 1543 6 1/2 Ave, Hillsdale, this barn has an old-world rustic atmosphere around every corner. Featuring several indoor and outdoor venues, one of the most popular ceremony locations is located in Barn's upper-level Hayloft, featuring old wood timbers. Several wedding package options are available here and can accommodate up to 220 people. Off-season all-inclusive wedding packages are $5,000 plus $21 per person.
Illinois Wedding Venues
This is a historic mansion located at 3S501 Naperville Rd, Wheaton. a short drive from Chicago. The mansion is also surrounded by a forest preserve that allows for nature-filled photos. There are seven ceremony locations in total, and the largest Magnolia Garden can accommodate up to 300 guests. Venue rentals start at $3,500
The Morton Arboretum
This is a public nature garden and outdoor museum located at 4100 IL-53, Lisle. Inside there are not only mature trees and flowers but also a playground for children. Offering beautiful woodland and lakeside views. The large garden has a total of 12 venues to choose from and the largest room can accommodate up to 300 guests. Prices range from $600 to $9,000 depending on the size of the room and the time of year it is held
Located at 1840 W Hubbard St, Chicago, this is a very unique location that serves as a store besides being a wedding venue. It preserves treasured furniture from the past. This old Chicago warehouse offers an enchanting vintage atmosphere. The ceremony and banquet space can accommodate about 200 people and space rentals start at $4,000
Kentucky Wedding Venues
The Barn at Cedar Grove
The address is 1000 Brockman Keltner Rd, Greensburg, which has a rustic barn setting with picturesque scenery. Offering outdoor ceremony space, climate-controlled reception space, bridal suite, groom's quarters, and fire pit. The venue in the barn can accommodate up to 230 people. For fewer guests, the average budget for a wedding here is between $6,000 and $9,000
The Brown Hotel
This 100-year-old hotel is located at 335 W Broadway, Louisville. The hotel has a striking Georgian Revival look and offers elegant ballrooms, luxurious accommodations, and a gorgeous rooftop garden. The hotel also has extensive experience in hosting weddings of different cultures, such as Jewish and Indian weddings. Prices are $18,000 in the off-season and can accommodate up to 300 guests
Talon Winery & Vineyards
This winery has a large outdoor space at 7086 Tates Creek Rd, Lexington. Offers vineyard and winery backdrop, outdoor ceremony space, and rustic barn. The best part is the wine-tasting and vineyard tours. The venue can accommodate up to 250 guests and prices for ceremonies start at $1500
Tennessee Wedding Venues
Located at 28 Bussell Rd, Gordonsville, our vacation accommodations are perfect for small weddings. Surrounded by scenic walking trails, mountains, and woods. This venue specializes in small weddings of 30 people or less, with a focus on an intimate and cozy experience. Wedding packages range from $1795 to $5000
Dixon Gallery and Gardens
An art gallery on 17 acres of gardens located at 4339 Park Ave, Memphis, offers a romantic and artistic setting for weddings. The gallery offers two indoor reception venues as well as woodlands and gardens, both of which can accommodate up to 200 guests. Prices are approximately $4000 to $5000 For 100 guests
The Bell Tower
The Bell Tower, located at 400 4th Ave S, Nashville, is almost 140 years old. The ballroom features large windows that provide plenty of natural light, creating a charming and historic setting for weddings. There are two floors beside the lobby. Seated dinners for up to 400 people range from $3,500 to $16,000 depending on time and venue
Mississippi Wedding Venues
The site at 4145 Old Canton Rd, Jackson is the oldest residential building in Jackson, with a history of 175 years. The courtyard in front of the house with trees such as cedar, oak, and magnolia provides a natural backdrop for weddings. The venue can accommodate up to 300 people and costs $3,500 for a two-day weekend rental
Dunleith Historic Inn
A National Historic Landmark located at 84 Homochitto St, Natchez, the mansion features Greek Revival columns and original pine floors. The event space has a main floor, courtyard, and South Lawn, which can accommodate up to 700 people. Wedding packages start at $6,500, not including catering
The Gin at Flora Station
The address is 4819 MS-22, Flora. The refurbished cotton gin blends rustic charm with modern amenities. It offers indoor and outdoor spaces, including a covered gazebo and a patio with an old-fashioned truck bar. Rentals for ceremonies and receptions start at $3,500
Alabama Wedding Venues
This building, located at 1531 1st Ave S, Birmingham, is historic from the outside. With its industrial-inspired design and high ceilings along with red brick walls. Three indoor venues can accommodate up to 300 guests, and the cost of a ceremony starts at $4,000
The Sterling Castle
This castle is located at 389 Deseret Dr, Shelby, and has been voted the best wedding venue in Alabama. The fairytale-style castle, elegant ballroom, charming courtyard, and lakeside and drawbridge venues. This beautiful venue can accommodate up to 300 guests and all-inclusive weddings are priced at $10,000+
Huntsville Museum of Art
This is an art museum located at 300 Church St SW, Huntsville. With unique indoor and outdoor spaces, the museum is a contemporary art gallery. Offering outdoor spaces with a rooftop terrace, and five indoor hospitality venues. The starting venue fee for a wedding reception in high season is $1,500
Michigan Wedding Venues
Colony Club Detroit
Located at 2310 Park Ave, Detroit, this Georgian-style, historic venue features stunning architecture and gorgeous interiors. The hotel features a grand ballroom decorated with crystal chandeliers and intricate details. The ballroom can accommodate up to 350 guests and is priced between $12,000 and $15,000
This historic building, built in 1918, is located at 5052 M-66, Charlevoix. With a total of four site combinations in the summer. It offers several ceremony and reception spaces, including a charming outdoor garden and a majestic stone courtyard. The largest of these, the East Garden and Queen's Courtyard can host up to 300 guests. And the price range is between $6,750 and $9,250
The Inn at Stonecliffe
This is a Victorian village located at 8593 Cudahy Cir, Mackinac Island. away from the hustle and bustle of the area. With beautiful gardens and breathtaking views of Lake Huron and the Mackinaw Bridge. Accommodates up to 300 people and prices range from $4000 to $10,000
Ohio Wedding Venues
Franklin Park Conservatory
This is a horticultural and educational institution located at 1777 E Broad St, Columbus. The most popular venue is the indoor garden with an all-glass ceiling. Besides, there is an industrial-style venue and a 200-year-old barn. The venue has plenty of space and can accommodate up to 500 people, with prices ranging from $7,000 to $11,000 for a wedding of 100 guests
The Columbus Athenaeum
The historic building at 32 N 4th St, Columbus, was built in 1899. With a total of ten venues to choose from, the Grand Ballroom boasts gorgeous details and a stunning atrium. It is decorated with classical Greek art as well as soaring ornate ceilings. It can accommodate up to 230 guests. Prices for receptions start at $3,000
An oversized wine estate located at 1700 55th St NE, Canton. Picturesque vineyard setting and sparkling lake views. The open-air venue can accommodate up to 300 people, while the indoor venue can accommodate up to 120 guests. Full-service event planning, vineyard tours, and wine tastings are available. Prices for receptions will start at $1,450
Georgia Wedding Venues
This resort is located at 597 Barnsley Gardens Rd NW, Adairsville. With over 3,000 acres of land, it is a historic southern estate. With lush gardens, luxurious cabins, and grounds that can accommodate up to 250 people. Three wedding packages are available: $275 per person, $320 per person, and $350 per person
. And a least of 150 people is required.
This is a renovated warehouse located at 409 Bishop St NW, Atlanta. The roof is supported by massive bow trusses, which allow for a spacious, open floor plan without columns or supports. Through a wall of windows running the length of the space, there are breathtaking views of Atlantic Station and the downtown skyline. Accommodating up to 425 people, prices start at $4,000
The Biltmore Ballrooms
The ballroom is located at 817 W Peachtree St NW 208, Atlanta, and was established in 1924. The ballroom features a handcrafted plaster relief ceiling, ornate crystal lighting, and a marble floor. Capacity ranges from 50 to 1,500 people and offers eleven caterers. Rental rates range from $3,500 to $5,000, depending on the day of the week
Florida Wedding Venues
The Ancient Spanish Monastery
Located at 16711 W Dixie Hwy, North Miami Beach. This monastery was dismantled piece by piece from northern Spain and shipped to the United States, then rebuilt over 19 months. It offers a chapel and gardens for ceremonies. The garden can accommodate up to 300 guests for $6,500 and includes only the cost of the reception
The Breakers Palm Beach
This is a luxury resort located at 1 S County Rd, Palm Beach. This luxury resort is located in Palm Beach and enjoys magnificent beachfront views, lush gardens, and an exquisite ballroom. It boasts a timeless and elegant ambiance. It can host weddings for a maximum of less than 500 people, and detailed prices need to be communicated with the hotel
The Ringling Museum
The museum is located at 5401 Bay Shore Rd, Sarasota, with a breathtaking view of Sarasota Bay. This venue offers unique views of art, culture, and the stunning waterfront. It includes many event spaces, including a large courtyard and an elegant ballroom. The largest art gallery courtyard can accommodate up to 125 guests and prices start at $20,000
New York Wedding Venues
Mohonk Mountain House
Located at 1000 Mountain Rest Rd, New Paltz, this historic resort is surrounded by 40,000 acres of pristine forest. Featuring a majestic Victorian castle with panoramic mountain views. Choose from lakeside, garden, and mountain views for your ceremony. Wedding packages range from $275 to $375 per person
The address is 42-38 9th Street, Long Island City, with a history dating back to the 19th century. Offering an industrial chic atmosphere, a garden courtyard and conservatory, a stunning main space, plus rustic interiors. Accommodates up to 180 guests, with receptions starting at $14,000.
Estate at 2015 US-9, Garrison, with superb Hudson River views and Catskill Mountain views. The venue offers a modern ballroom, outdoor ceremony space, and golf course. The venue can accommodate up to 200 guests for $12,000.
Pennsylvania Wedding Venues
The Curtis Atrium
The historic building at 699 Walnut St, Philadelphia used to be the Curtis Publishing Company. It is now a building with a mix of residential, office, and retail space. It features a stunning atrium, marble columns, and a stunning rotunda. Space rentals start at $8,000
The Cork Factory Hotel
This boutique hotel is located at 480 New Holland Ave 3000, Lancaster, a converted historic cork mill with exposed brick walls. Offering industrial charm and modern amenities. The venue has a ballroom, a terrace, and a 2,300-square-foot warehouse. Space is available for up to 200 guests, and wedding packages start at $7,000
Terrain Gardens at Devon Yard
A stunning garden is located at 138 W Lancaster Ave Suite 130, Devon. The venue is decorated with elements such as reclaimed barn wood floors, raised holiday lights, and skylights to create a unique aesthetic. Of course, there is an essential gardening setting and open-air venue that can accommodate up to 140 guests. Prices for receptions start at $4,525
West Virginia Wedding Venues
The entire resort is nestled beside a tranquil lake at 940 Resort Drive Roanoke, a place of scenic beauty and rustic charm. Wedding venues are available on the lakeside lawn or in the courtyard, with an indoor grand hall and stone-walled ballroom. Spa services, golf courses, and entertainment can also be experienced with wedding packages ranging from $3,500 to $12,000
A luxury resort located at 101 W Main St, White Sulphur Springs. With stunning architecture, beautiful gardens, and breathtaking mountain views. The indoor venue has a dramatic chandelier and stage. The outdoor grounds feature expansive lawns and rustic cabins. Packages start at $10,000
and vary depending on the number of guests, season, and customization.
Sleepy Hollow Golf Club
The Club at 3780 Sleepy Hollow Dr, Hurricane. It is a private golf club for families. Featuring a scenic golf course, elegant ballroom, outdoor lawn ceremony venue, and picturesque countryside views. Wedding packages start at $3,500
Virginia Wedding Venues
Historic Manor River Park at 1700 Hampton St, Richmond. Inside are gardens, botanical gardens, and native wildlife habitats. The scenic setting includes 100-year-old Italian gardens, European-style manor houses, pavilions, expansive lawns, and the Robbins Nature Center. Prices range from $3,500 to $6,100
Inn At Willow Grove
This is a rustic accommodation located at 14079 Plantation Way, Orange. It is unusually peaceful and romantic, surrounded by ancient trees and beautiful gardens. One of the gardens, Boxwood, can accommodate up to 175 guests and offers idyllic views. A versatile barn is also available as a hospitality venue, with rates starting at $7,500
The Tides Inn
Located at 480 King Carter Dr, Irvington, the entire hotel is situated on a beautiful body of water with views of the Chesapeake Bay. It is a waterfront resort. You can also come here to take part in fun activities such as tennis, golf, paddle boarding, biking, and kayaking. Weddings start at $3,100
North Carolina Wedding Venues
Professional wedding venue located at 523 Pea Ridge Rd, New Hill. It resembles a European town building with charming gardens and rustic barns. It can accommodate up to 250 guests for a ceremony in the gardens. Wedding packages will vary depending on the time of year and are priced at $8,000 on Fridays and $9,800 on Saturdays
The Merrimon-Wynne House
The mansion located at 500 N Blount St, Raleigh was built in 1876 and has been well maintained and is now a venue for various events. The building has a main floor full of Southern charm. Inside are original floors and mantelshelves, ornate chandeliers, and a wide porch. The outdoor area is also large enough to host ceremonies in the garden and can accommodate up to 250 guests. Prices for receptions start at $5,000
It's an English-style country hotel located at 2000 Fearrington Village Center. Besides the quaint country setting there are dense gardens with water features. The largest venue is the barn, which offers spacious dining and dancing space and can accommodate up to 250 people guests. Prices for ceremonies start at $2500.
South Carolina Wedding Venues
This National Historic Landmark is located at 4300 Ashley River Rd, Charleston. You can experience daily life on an 18th-century plantation and enjoy 65 acres of unobstructed views and private garden rooms. Also, enjoy the oldest landscaped gardens on the property. There are 7 ceremony venues, ranging from small weddings of 50 to 400 guests. Prices start at $5,000
William Aiken House
The 1807 mansion is located at 456 King St, Charleston, a restored mansion that showcases Southern charm and architectural elegance. The yard features a magnolia tree that is over two hundred years old and an elegant terrace. It is also rated as one of South Carolina's premier wedding venues. The cost of a ceremony starts at $3,000.
The Cedar Room
Modern industrial event space at 701 E Bay St, Charleston. Featuring exposed brick walls, high ceilings, and large windows overlooking the cityscape. The indoor Cedar Room venue can accommodate up to 500 people for events, and the outdoor yard can seat up to 200. Events on Fridays or Sundays start at $3,500.
Vermont Wedding Venues
Inn at Mountain View Farm
The Inn at 3383 Darling Hill Rd, East Burke, has breathtaking mountaintop views. Enjoy mountain biking, cross-country skiing, and visits to animal farms, among many other activities. Venues can range from beautiful fields to cozy campfires. Weekend wedding packages start at $3,500
Hildene - The Lincoln Family Home
The building at 1005 Hildene Rd, Manchester is full of meaning. The Lincolns built Hildene as a summer home at the turn of the 20th century. Here you can look out over the Taconic Mountains to the west and the Green Mountains to the east. The outdoor venue can accommodate up to 200 people and wedding reception prices start at $8,000.
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The Henry House
The historic house at 1338 Murphy Rd, North Bennington, built in 1769, is one of the oldest surviving houses in Vermont. Overlooks the authentic red-covered Henry Bridge. The site offers several vendors for you to consider. The large trees outside the house make for the best wedding photos. The venue needs to be contacted for a specific quote.
Massachusetts Wedding Venues
The Crane Estate
This is a Tudor Revival mansion located at 290 Argilla Rd, Ipswich. It was the summer home of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Taylor Crane, Jr. with winding salt marshes, miles of barrier beaches, and a beautiful hilltop mansion. And of course the rolling lawns and gardens. There are three sites to choose from in all, with the beachfront site accommodating 200 to 500 people. Weekend weddings are priced at $6500.
Red Lion Inn
The Inn at 30 Main St, Stockbridge has a 250-year history. The entire Inn combines traditional New England hospitality with the amenities of a modern hotel. The largest Hitchcock room capacity is capacity 30-175 people. Venue rentals start at $4,000.
A sophisticated hotel located at 215 Charles St, Boston. Located in the heart of downtown, just steps from shopping, dining, Boston Parks, and more. The hotel offers a private secret garden that can accommodate up to 200 people outdoors and an indoor 3000-square-foot ballroom. Wedding venue rates start at $26,000 for up to 100 guests.
Connecticut Wedding Venues
The Lace Factory
This historic factory is located at 161 River St, Deep River, and offers a charming and rustic atmosphere for a wedding venue. It has wood floors, high ceilings, and large windows overlooking the river. The Lace Factory offers event planning services, on-site catering, and a variety of rental options for weddings of all sizes. The Factory can accommodate up to 225 people and prices start at $5,000.
Eolia Mansion at Harkness State
The address is 275 Great Neck Rd, Waterford. Nestled on the shoreline of Waterford, Connecticut, this elegant mansion offers breathtaking views of Long Island Sound. It has manicured gardens, a stone terrace, and a beautiful ballroom. The price of $5,100
includes exclusive use of the mansion's first floor and south courtyard tent for 5 hours.
The Society Room of Hartford
This event venue is located at 31 Pratt St, Hartford, and the historic venue boasts magnificent architecture. It includes a marble staircase, beautifully frescoed ceilings, and crystal chandeliers. It provides a luxurious and timeless setting for weddings. The venue can accommodate up to 300 guests and prices start at 15,000.
New Hampshire Wedding Venues
Wentworth By The Sea Country Club
Country Club at 60 Wentworth Rd, Rye. This private club is near the shore and enjoys magnificent waterfront views and a romantic atmosphere. The hotel has manicured grounds and a historic clubhouse. It can accommodate up to 250 guests in this setting. Three options are available: lawn, clubhouse, and tent weddings. Reception prices start at $30,000
The Preserve at Chocorua
This venue, located at 88 Philbrick Neighborhood Rd, Tamworth, is a rustic and secluded wedding venue nestled in the White Mountains. It offers scenic views, a charming barn, and plenty of outdoor space for the ceremony. Outdoor activities such as sleigh rides and hiking are also available. Approximate prices will start at $1000.
The Farmhouse, located at 33 Bishop Cutoff, Lisbon, is a historic and beautifully landscaped site in the White Mountains. It offers a restored 1876 farmhouse, a barn, and lush greenery. There is also a romantic bistro with a terrace to relax in. Accommodating up to 200 guests, prices start at $15,000.
Rhode Island Wedding Venues
The Chanler at Cliff Walk
A luxury hotel located at 117 Memorial Blvd, Newport. The Chanler offers luxurious accommodations and a grand mansion setting with stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean and access to their world-class restaurant. Specializing in weddings for up to 120 guests with access to their world-class restaurant. Site rentals start at $10,000.
Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum
Historic mansion on 33 acres located at 101 Ferry Rd, Bristol with breathtaking views of Narragansett Bay. Large tents are available in the outdoor area, followed by sunset views. Accommodating up to 225 guests, weekend wedding rates start at $12,995.
Situated in the heart of Providence, The Dorrance is a restored bank building with a sophisticated atmosphere and elegant decor. The most special feature is the long, luxurious bar, which can accommodate up to 200 guests throughout the venue. Venue rentals start at $7,500
New Jersey Wedding Venues
The Ashford Estate
Located at 637 Province Line Rd, Allentown, this elegant property is nestled in a picturesque setting. Surrounded by hundreds of acres of beautifully preserved farmland, it features sparkling fountains, waterfalls, garden pavilions, expansive views, and of course, luxurious private suites. The wedding venue can accommodate up to 300 guests. Starting at $10,000
Mallard Island Yacht Club
A club surrounded by water at 1450 NJ-72, Manahawkin. six more venues to choose from in the luxurious private island mansion. The center plaza boasts grand arches and ornate ceilings reminiscent of old-world glamour. The ballroom can accommodate up to 250 people, and prices for receptions start at $20,000
Liberty House Restaurant & Events
This waterfront event venue is located at 76 Audrey Zapp Dr, Jersey City. It features unparalleled views of the New York City skyline, Ellis Island, the Statue of Liberty, and the Liberty Landing Pier. The Grand Ballroom features a marble floor and floor-to-ceiling windows. The venue can accommodate up to 300 people and venue rental fees start at $8,000
Delaware Wedding Venues
The Queen Wilmington
This dazzling venue is located at 500 N Market St, Wilmington is downtown. It is a historic music venue that offers a unique and eclectic atmosphere. The venue features a grand ballroom with a stage, state-of-the-art sound system, and elegant décor. The venue can accommodate up to 200 guests and wedding reception prices start from $3,000
The Cordrey Center
The address is 30366 Cordrey Rd, Millsboro, and its restored barn and surrounding gardens provide a rustic and charming setting. The venue offers a range of services, including in-house catering, bar service, and event coordination. It has indoor and outdoor options and can accommodate up to 200 guests. Venue rental rates start at $3,500.
The Waterfall Catering and Special Events
With an address at 3416 Philadelphia Pike, Claymont, The Waterfall has a modern venue. Centered around a stunning indoor waterfall. The spacious ballroom features contemporary décor and customizable LED lighting systems. The venue can accommodate up to 500 guests. Prices for venue rentals start at $6,000.
Maryland Wedding Venues
Located at 1 East Chase Street and built-in 1902 as a historic landmark in Baltimore, The Belvedere showcases stunning architecture and classic charm. It offers a variety of event spaces, including a rooftop ballroom with panoramic views of the city. Inside, the décor is more vintage and ornate. Accommodating up to 500 guests, venue rentals start at $8,000.
Evergreen Museum & Library
This grand Gilded Age mansion is located at 4545 N Charles St, Baltimore. It is full of history with a house museum and research library. With beautiful gardens, this venue offers a mix of elegance and history. It's architectural details and scenic surroundings provide a unique backdrop. As well as a tour of the museum's collection. Accommodates up to 200 guests and starts at $6,000
Chesapeake Bay Beach Club
Located at 500 Marina Club Rd, Stevensville, this venue offers stunning waterfront views and an elegant ballroom. It also has an oceanfront ceremony venue and luxurious accommodations. There are four ballrooms in total, three indoor and one outdoor. Accommodations for up to 300 guests start at $10,000
District of Columbia Wedding Venues
Larz Anderson House
Located at 2118 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, the Anderson House, established in 1905, is a stunning Beaux-Arts mansion that offers a romantic and intimate setting for weddings. The venue features beautiful gardens, a grand staircase, and gorgeous rooms decorated with historic artwork. It can accommodate up to 200 guests and has access to the house's magnificent library. Prices start from $8,000.
Located at 800 16th St NW, Washington, across from the White House, the hotel offers magnificent views of the iconic landmark. This venue has many event spaces, including a rooftop terrace from which the White House can be used as a photo backdrop. Wedding venues can accommodate up to 250 guests and prices start at $15,000.
National Museum of Women in the Arts
Located at 1250 New York Ave NW, Washington, this unique venue celebrates women artists and offers a distinctive setting for weddings. With its stunning architecture and world-class art collection, it provides an exquisite atmosphere for your special day. The venue offers a variety of event spaces, including an assembly hall and mezzanine level, and can accommodate up to 400 guests. However, the museum is temporarily closed for renovations.
Maine Wedding Venues
The resort's address is 354 Goose Rocks Rd, Kennebunkport, and is nestled in a secluded wooded area. Featuring elegant indoor and outdoor spaces. Surrounded by 60 acres of birch and balsam fir, it features two outdoor pools and a three-room treetop spa. It ensures an unforgettable wedding experience. Prices start from US$10,000
The farm is located at 254 W Fryeburg Rd, Fryeburg. This rustic and chic site features a restored 18th-century farmhouse and a spacious barn with panoramic mountain views. Of course, there are also seasonal gardens and a woodland church. The most special feature is the provision of a cable car to reach the top of the mountain, which is also a popular backdrop for photos. It can accommodate up to 250 guests and prices start from $6,500.
Portland Regency Hotel & Spa
The address is 20 Milk St, Portland, and is centrally located, offering a blend of classic elegance and modern amenities. With many event spaces, on-site catering, and a spa, it can accommodate intimate and large weddings. Accommodations range from 10 to 220 guests, with rates starting at $3,500.
Conclusion "When you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible." When Harry Met Sally
Finally, we've rounded up our recommendations for wedding venues in each of the remaining states. Choosing the perfect wedding venue is an important step in creating your dream wedding. It sets the tone for the entire celebration and provides the backdrop for your special day. No matter what style of wedding venue you prefer, there is a venue above that perfectly suits your style and preferences.
Last but not least, don't forget to check out Quictent's wedding tent
. we offer quality wedding tents for your outdoor wedding, containing various types and sizes.
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2023.06.05 06:39 dayfirstblogs The End of Evangelion
"The End of Evangelion
," directed by Hideaki Anno and released in 1997 , serves as an alternate ending to the critically acclaimed anime series "Neon Genesis Evangelion." This visually stunning and philosophically complex film delves into themes of existentialism, identity, and the inherent frailty of humanity. In this article, we delve into the intricate narrative, visual symbolism, and profound impact of "The End of Evangelion."
- Plot Summary : "The End of Evangelion" picks up where the original series left off, exploring the psychological unraveling of protagonist Shinji Ikari as he is confronted with the imminent apocalypse and the collapse of his own fragile sense of self. The film takes viewers on a tumultuous journey through a kaleidoscope of surreal imagery, blending psychological introspection with apocalyptic battles involving giant bio-mechanical entities called Angels.
As the story unfolds, Shinji's internal struggles intertwine with the external conflicts of the human race, blurring the lines between individual consciousness and collective existence. "The End of Evangelion" presents an abstract and thought-provoking narrative that challenges traditional storytelling conventions and offers a deeply introspective exploration of the human psyche.
- Themes and Symbolism (250 words): "The End of Evangelion" delves into a myriad of complex themes, including existentialism, identity, loneliness, and the fear of human connection. The film poses philosophical questions about the nature of existence and the purpose of individual agency in a chaotic world. Symbolism permeates every frame, with recurring motifs such as crosses, religious iconography, and visual cues representing psychological states.
- Visual Artistry and Direction (250 words): Hideaki Anno's direction in "The End of Evangelion" is a masterclass in visual storytelling. The film seamlessly blends traditional animation with innovative techniques, incorporating stunningly detailed mecha battles, surreal dreamscapes, and introspective moments of quiet contemplation. The use of color, composition, and visual metaphors adds depth and richness to the narrative, enhancing the viewer's immersion in the psychological landscape of the characters.
- Impact and Legacy (250 words): "The End of Evangelion" has left an indelible mark on the world of anime and has garnered a dedicated following of fans. Its exploration of complex psychological and philosophical themes has sparked countless discussions and interpretations among viewers. The film's unconventional narrative structure and ambiguous ending have both intrigued and challenged audiences, cementing its status as a landmark work in the medium.
Conclusion (200 words): "The End of Evangelion" stands as a monumental and mind-bending exploration of existentialism, identity, and the depths of human frailty. Through its intricate narrative, visual symbolism, and philosophical depth, the film offers a thought-provoking experience that pushes the boundaries of traditional storytelling. Hideaki Anno's visionary direction and artistic vision elevate the medium of anime, captivating audiences with its thought-provoking themes and stunning visuals.
"The End of Evangelion" continues to inspire and provoke contemplation among fans and has become a touchstone for philosophical discourse and analysis. Its impact on anime and popular culture at large cannot be overstated, as it challenges viewers to question their own existence, the nature of reality, and the intricacies of human connection. "The End of Evangelion" remains a timeless masterpiece that invites repeated viewings and ongoing exploration, solidifying its place as a seminal work in the world of anime and beyond.
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2023.06.05 06:39 FriendInTheEnd How do you wedding plan around... everything that includes a family on the bride's side?
I just got engaged and idk where to start. Fiance doesn't seem to know much about weddings. I'm in my early 20's idk if this is relevant but people post ages sometimes. I asked coworkers how wedding planning went for them. Noticed several problems.
I don't have a dad to walk down the aisle with. Is it weird to ask my fiance's dad? Fiance's dad got divorced when he was young and moved out of the country so they're not super close, but still call each other randomly, idk what they say during these calls. I've met him like half a dozen times in 5 years.
Another coworker said something about wedding dress shopping with her mom. Don't have a mom. Maybe I'll grab a female friend or coworker?
Someone chose their sister as MOH. Don't have that, and I'd kinda feel bad choosing someone for this role. I have 3 very close friends and I can't choose. I think they already determined they'll be bridesmaids lol.
Coworker asked about bridal shower. Only have female friends at most but then it's just a bachelorette party isn't it? I might not fully understand what a bridal shower is or how I'm supposed to plan it?
Other coworkers saying they had family help pay for small things. I don't have anyone. Planned to have everything paid by fiance and me. Idk if his family plans to contribute.
I don't have any parental figure or someone I considered family. I have plenty of friends but they might think it's weird if I ask them for a family role. Fiance's family doesn't live in the country but they're flying down for the wedding.
I don't even know what else I'm overlooking because I'm still researching. But I'm looking for alternatives to what other people are saying and open to everything! I understand some things could just be taken out entirely but I'd think it'd be fun to have some non traditional alternative instead and not feel like I'm missing out because I have no family.
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2023.06.05 06:33 blancbridalsalon Expert Tips for Achieving the Perfect Wedding Hairstyle
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Your wedding day is a special event, and every detail deserves careful consideration, including your hairstyle. Your hair is a stunning accessory that can enhance your overall bridal look and make you feel like your most beautiful version.
Whether you're the bride, bridesmaid, or guest, finding the perfect wedding hairstyle can enhance your overall look and add that touch of elegance and sophistication.
The right hairstyle can enhance the bride's overall look and complement her wedding gown, creating a stunning and memorable appearance. Whether you envision an elegant updo, cascading curls, or a bohemian braid, choosing the perfect wedding hairstyle can be difficult. Don't worry; in this guide, we will provide you with various tips and ideas to help you achieve an attractive and unforgettable hairstyle for your special day.
https://preview.redd.it/yzb0prl0o44b1.jpg?width=5835&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=9fde1c40a596a643ffe03c3e72268aee9b64ae02 How to choose the perfect wedding hairstyle:
Choosing the perfect wedding hairstyle is crucial in completing your overall bridal look. Whether you're going for a classic updo or a romantic loose style, here are some essential tips to remember when it comes to wedding hairstyles for women. 1. Research and Gather Inspiration:
Before you visit your hairstylist, it's essential to research and gather inspiration for your wedding hairstyle. Look for inspiration in bridal magazines, Pinterest boards, or celebrity red-carpet looks. Save images of hairstyles you love and discuss them with your hairstylist. This will give them a clear idea of your preferences and help them create a personalized style for you. 2. Start with a Trial Run:
Schedule a trial run with your hairstylist before your big day. This is the perfect opportunity to experiment with different hairstyles and find the one that suits you best. Bring any hair accessories or veils you plan to wear to see how they complement your chosen hairstyle. Don't forget to take pictures during the trial run from different angles to ensure you're happy with the overall look. 3. Consider Your Dress and Venue:
Your wedding hairstyle should harmonize with your wedding dress and the venue. An updo or a sleek bun works well for a classic and elegant look. If you're having a more relaxed outdoor ceremony, you might opt for loose waves or a bohemian braid. Consider the neckline of your dress and any embellishments that might affect how your hair is styled. 4. Consult with Your Stylist:
Your hairstylist is your best resource for wedding hairstyles. Share your ideas, inspiration, and any concerns you may have. A professional stylist can provide valuable input based on your hair type, face shape, and personal style. They will help you select a hairstyle that enhances natural beauty and complements your features. 5. Take Hair Accessories into Account:
Hair accessories can add a touch of glamour and exceptionality to your wedding hairstyle. Whether you choose a delicate flower crown, a sparkling hairpin, or a vintage-inspired comb, select accessories that match your wedding theme and personal style. Ensure your stylist knows how to incorporate these accessories into your hairstyle seamlessly. 6. Embrace Your Natural Hair Texture:
While trying something completely different for your wedding day is tempting, embracing your natural hair texture can result in a stunning and authentic look. Whether you have curly, straight, or wavy hair, work with your hairstylist to know the best way to enhance your hair's natural beauty. Use products that provide hold and help combat humidity to ensure your hairstyle stays in place throughout the day. 7. Prioritize Haircare Leading Up to the Big Day:
To ensure your hair looks its best on your wedding day, prioritize haircare in the months leading up to the event. Regular trims, deep conditioning treatments, and minimizing heat styling can help improve the health and strength of your hair. If you plan to change your hair color, consult with a professional colorist well in advance to avoid any last-minute mishaps. 8. Consider the Weather:
Depending on the time of year and your wedding location, weather conditions can impact your hairstyle choice. For a summer wedding, consider wearing your hair up to stay calm. If you're getting married in a moist climate, opt for hairstyles more resistant to frizz. 9. Plan for Touch-Ups:
Even with the well-executed wedding hairstyle, a few touch-ups might be needed throughout the day. Ask your hairstylist for recommendations on products on hand, such as hairspray, bobby pins, or a small comb, to ensure your hairstyle stays flawless from the ceremony to the reception. Conclusion
Your wedding hairstyle should reflect your style, enhance your features, and complement your attire. Whether you prefer a classic updo, romantic braids, or vintage-inspired waves, there are numerous options to choose from. Experiment with different styles and consult a professional hairstylist to ensure your desired hairstyle suits your hair type and overall wedding vision.
At Blanc Bridal Salon
, we understand the importance of perfect wedding hairstyles for women and offer professional bridal hairstyling and makeup services. Our experienced hair stylists will work closely with you to create a personalized and breathtaking look that compliments your natural beauty. Trust us, we will make your wedding day truly unforgettable.
2023.06.05 06:13 lunathetraveller01 How do my friends and I tell one friend that we don’t want her to come on a trip/ we don’t want her to know(?)
We have this one friend 23F, that we have never been super close with, compared to each other. We come from a big group of 13 down to 8, still big but we are a lot closer and comfortable with each other than we are with her. Everyone is close with each other and after a few bumps we have refined our communication skills and get along really well, we have also been on many holidays with each other so we know each others boundaries.
In 2020, we invited her for the first time and it was not a comfortable experience, we felt as though we were obligated to invite her since our group had dwindled down and she WAS “close” to me and another. During that trip she was extremely difficult and wouldn’t compromise on what activities the group wanted to do, and would rather spend her time inside doing nothing. On one seperate occasion I had felt really uncomfortable as we have not established a close relationship where we would change in the same room, my friend and I are really close, but we are not at that stage as we have not had many instances where it happened. On this particular occasion, we were all at the beach having fun and playing in the water, after an hour or two she made me drive her around to find her a dress for dinner, when we had JUST gone shopping and I got one for myself, after we had returned from the beach, just the two of us, we were waiting for the others to get back to get ready to go out for dinner, I was one of the designated drivers so I wanted to get ready first, considering her shopping trip set us back an hour. As I was getting changed she had taken a shower and barged into the room we were sharing whilst I was indecent, she didn’t bother knocking or asking if she could come in. I was facing the window as she walked in and didn’t think much of it, as my other friends knew our boundaries when it came to room sharing, this next part made me feel extremely uncomfortable and a little violated, as she was fully undressed, I had turned around to grab my clothes when she stopped me and asked “do you think guys will like my boobs?” I was too shocked to even say anything as this was a clear line that I myself had drawn with my other female friends, this was not something that I am completely comfortable with. While it was not a major issue, it was a line she had crossed, and that is only one instance out of the many from the trip and in the friendship. The friendship that I personally have with her is more one sided, it’s always felt like I put more effort into it than she does, she is also very obsessive and does not like it when I hang out with the others, and this instance made it clear to me that she didn’t care about my feelings and was more worried about herself. And it was not only me that had an issue with her behaviour during the trip. After the incident I had kept it to myself out of fear I was making a bigger issue out of it than it really was, but I caved and needed to speak to one of them. I told my other friend what had happened and she told me that the same friend was also making her extremely uncomfortable, constantly staring at her and not making any effort to talk to her, but rather just complain on the phone to her mum. She’s a very awkward person that even if you tell her something direct, she will not understand what you mean, and proceed to do exactly what you tell her not to. And it’s not like I’ve made no effort to communicate all of my concerns with her, even after taking a year break from each other after we had a big sit down talk. She seems to have made no changes and is even worse than before. I ask this now as my other friends and I are planning a trip for our mid term uni break and want to go on a holiday, but we all have decided that we did not want her to come. We are unsure on how to tell her. This trip is no secret, as the whole group knows but only half are going/invited, and the others are fine with us going without them as we had talked about doing a uni trip, and considering the other half are full time workers. We had made sure that everyone was fine and happy with the plans and made sure they did not feel left out. But she is the only one that we are truely worried about. In the last couple months we have made sure to catch up as a group once a week to make up for this trip for those who are missing out, but each hang we have made the effort to invite her but she has declined each time. There’s is so much more behind the scenes besides her flashing me, but what should we do, as I’ve recently come to learn that we all have conflict with her, and are not comfortable spending a week with her 24/7. Any advice on how to handle this would be really helpful/ should we tell her?
There is so much more that I’d like to put down, but if there are any questions needed to under the context better, feel free to ask questions and we will try to answer them
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2023.06.05 05:51 7dear Toxic mom + wedding = Total chaos (and my mom trying to take her clothes off on the dance floor)
CW: Reference to childhood abuse/toxic parenting.
So let me preface this by saying I am estranged from my mother and have been for most of my life. She is a paranoid narcissist, a racist, a homophobe, a xenophobe, and just all around terrible person. She abused me growing up so I cut loose in high school, got emancipated and got on with my life. For years I had a happy queer relationship with another woman and we had a son together (I carried with a sperm donor). When my kid was 5 his other mom died and I was alone for 5 years before I met someone. A year later, that someone and I got married. Previous to said wedding my husband’s parents felt it would be important to meet my parents. My father died when I was 19 so that left my mother and her husband. I struggled over the decision to try and reconnect with my mom, knowing how bad this can get for me in these situations (I suffer severe ptsd from the abuse trauma).. but it was a wedding and everyone kept telling me it “was important to have family together.” So fine, let’s do this.
The problems started fast and furious. My mom came to our coast (we live on opposite coasts) to meet my fiancé and my son. Right away she was pulling my husband to the corner to tell him all the “dirt” she could on me, or conversely, telling him he better get me nice cars and plastic surgery. Then she stated calling all of her friends and putting my fiancé on the phone to “prove to them that her daughter was marrying a doctor” (even if he is a goyem (a Yiddish term for non-Jew. Has slightly derogatory tones).
Cut to lunch and my mother is asking how many tables she “gets” at the wedding. I ask “huh?” She explains she needs a least 5 tables at 10 per table for HER guests. I was really confused. I explained that our whole wedding venue seated 50 people total and those seats were spoken for. I had invited several people my mother asked me to have already. She went absolutely bananas demanding we change venue (we’re now 6 weeks from the wedding) to accommodate HER GUESTS. I painfully explained we can’t do that.. it’s not possible.. just no. She then switches gears like she always does and asks about our honeymoon. We were heading to Mexico for 2 weeks and my son would be staying with his donomyBFF. My mom screamed “what??? He needs to be with HIS FAMILY.” I reminded her that he was staying with family. She demanded time with my son so I half heartedly said she could have him half the time. (This will come back to haunt me later.)
Cut to the wedding. Did I mention my mom is a low key alkie? So it’s about 2pm and she’s in the bridal suite in the bathroom. I’m in the dress and the photographer is waiting for my mother to come and use an antique button-holer to button up my gown. I’m nervous and excited and emotional because I’m in the dress and this is my day. This is one of the photos we had pre-planned to take. I asked my mother if she would do the honors. Instead, my mother is in the bathroom half dressed with her fireball and ice screaming into the phone at her husband “you are so stupid, how can you not find it!? I put it on the damn dresser! I can’t f**ing believe I married you…” you get the picture. It’s so loud the guests in the living room can hear it. I finally give up and have my son do the buttonholing for me (the pics were so special). Thank goodness it wasn’t video because you would have her my mother screaming “Can anyone get me another drink?? Does this room even have room service??”
Cut to walking down the aisle. We do the ceremony, it’s perfect, and my delightful friend and officiant announces “Introducing Mr. & Mrs Jon— when suddenly my mom stands up and screams “It’s DOCTOR not MISTER, get it right!”
Now I knew we had a problem on our hands ahead of the big day so I put in some contingency plans in place to buffer her. My wedding planner was under strict instructions to not allow my mother to make a speech (she loves to humiliate me by saying personal things about me to anyone who will listen and then she loves to announce what a terrible daughter I am and how much of a disappointment to her.) Second plan was my SIL faking a heart attack if she got her hands on the mic. About half thru dinner my delightful planner comes to me crying saying she’s so sorry but my mom is demanding to make a speech. That’s right, this tiny demon of a woman made my wedding planner CRY. Right then she stood up (have no idea how she got the mic) and said, “So my daughter didn’t want me to say anything. I guess she gets embarrassed, but I’m her MOTHER, and I get to say whatever I want. I’m here to say that I always knew she was going to marry a doctor, it didn’t surprise me at all. What did surprise me is when I gave birth to her and the nurses told me she was a girl, but I didn’t believe them so I had to take her diaper off and spread her legs and look at her vagina to make sure she was a girl.” She illustrated this by spreading her two fingers open. You could here jaws dropping around the room. She then went on to say “how disappointed she was in me that I don’t see her more often and that she hopes now that I have a doctor husband I’ll be able to see her more frequently”. Sadly my SIL was in the loo and plan 2 failed.
Cut to the dancing. I am dancing with my husband and my friends. We’re all having a good time when somebody comes up to me and taps me on the shoulder and says “hey, I don’t wanna cause a scene or anything but you might want to look at your mom”. I look over at my mother and she has taken off the jacket to her dress and now she’s peeling off the shoulder straps one by one and waving her head around to the music saying “oh my goodness it’s getting so hot in here!” This b*tch was trying to take her clothes off on the dance floor. Oh, I forgot to mention earlier that she had a three drink maximum, but she was getting around this by asking other people to get drinks for her.
The next morning I of course got to hear alllllll the embarrassing stories from the night before. She asked why my friend married “an Arab,” called another guest “not Jewish enough to attend the wedding” and complained to anyone who would listen that I didn’t even allow her 50 guests, and the party would have been so much more fun if she had done it.
And the pièce derésistance? Right as we were leaving for our honeymoon I got a call from her saying “I know you need me to watch your kid, but not unless you do something for me. You’ll need to call your brother and make nice with him again.” My brother and I are estranged for reasons I can’t get into now. I said no, he’ll go to his real family, the one that cares for him without strings attached. There is so much more she did around my wedding but to would be way to long to include everything!
There you have it! One cluster fuck of a mother story! For anyone interested, we don’t talk anymore and I couldn’t be happier. Good riddance to bad rubbish!
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2023.06.05 05:38 giftsupplier Customized trade show giveaways help spread the word about specific companies and brands.
Tele marketing business giveaways are of extreme importance for business companies. They help logo merchandise and corporate gifts through giveaways ensure smooth relations between the customers and the company. The custom tradeshow giveaways include giveaways of different corporate gifts that also include tech products, decoration pieces, and daily use items. Let us take a look at the top 10 corporate gifts to use in custom tradeshow giveaways.
The custom tradeshow giveaways help in spreading the word about a particular company and brand.
Let us take a look at the best corporate gifts to use for logo merchandise. Corporate gifts are for use in tele marketing business giveaways. Top 10 Corporate gifts Small Plants
The tele marketing business giveaways can include promotional and good-looking items. Small plants are one of them. Small plants are helpful inside the rooms and make the environment look clean. Some plants can grow in shady and cold places like rooms. You can also place a small plant on your study table as your companion.. Why are they the best gift?
Small plants are attractive to watch, and the pots can be helpful in logo merchandise.
Plants look clean and decorative. As a result, they can increase the beauty of the place where they are kept, making them one of the best corporate gifts.
Plants are the best gifts for customers as they give out a fragrance of freshness and good spirit. Customized Table Mats
Customized table mats are also a great source of logo merchandise. Whenever a customer uses the table mat, the embroidered name of the company reminds them of the company; that is an excellent way of making your clients remember you as corporate gifts are all about ensuring good relations with the customers. Why are they the best gift?
Customized table mats are great for logo merchandise.
They are one of the best gifts in corporate gifts because of their usage. Frequent usage and seeing the logo of the company reminds the customers about the company
Table mats are attractive and an excellent addition to your dining table. Premium Sweets
Sweets are a perfect gift for happy occasions. The tele marketing business giveaways can also use premium and rare sweets as corporate gifts. The customers tend to remember the sweetness of the deals while enjoying the premium sweets with a customized message. Why are they the best gift?
Premium sweets are the best gift for celebrations and festive occasions.
Premium sweets are sweet, just like the relation between the company and customers
Premium sweets promote good relations and are a good source of logo merchandise. Gift Cards
Gift cards tend to make people happy. They give out the feeling of gratitude and love. Just what a customer wants from the company that he buys from. A little regard can bring a smile to the face of the loyal customers. As partners, companies should also make little effort, such as gift cards, to make them smile. Why are they the best gift?
Small and easy to give
A feeling of compassion and regard
Great for birthdays and company anniversaries. Pen Holders
Every house has tables, so why don't you go with the corporate gifts that can increase the table's beauty? A pen holder, for example, a stylish, customized pen holder that has the company's name engraved on it, can increase the beauty of the table and act as an tele marketing tool at the same time. Pen holders are needed in houses and offices on the study and work desks. Why are they the best gift?
Compact and easy to use
All the pens safely in one place
A good source of decoration and brand awareness Clothing
Clothes are one of the best corporate gifts that can be fantastic logo merchandise. The custom tradeshow giveaways can include apparel with the name of a company engraved on them. Tshirts can be a great source of logo merchandise, mainly if your company deals in clothing. Why are they the best gift?
It can be used at custom tradeshow giveaways
Helpful in wearing as regular clothes
Good source of logo merchandise Keychains
Customized keychains are known to be a great source of logo merchandise. Indeed one of the best corporate gifts that help people in keeping their important keys safe. They are also used at custom tradeshow giveaways for the effective promotion of the brand or company. Why are they the best gift?
Brilliant gift for people to use in daily life
Compact gift easy to give away at custom tradeshow giveaways Personal Diaries
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2023.06.05 05:37 L1ghtyagami123 When you know your a real Succession addict
- While you take a stroll or shower, you casually whistle or hum the Succession opening theme
- The Succession Reddit page is one of your top 5 most uses websites.
- You have gone to a Halloween party costumed as Logan or one of the three Roy siblings
- You quote whole sections of the show.
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2023.06.05 05:25 CornerCornea Magic Traditions. Night Wedding.
I recently came across a post about an expat who participated in a night wedding.
After reading the accounts I began to do research on my own. Not because I believe in any of that stuff. I'm a magician after all. Illusion is my bread and butter. And I can detect trickery better than most. Which in my line of work has its benefits. But old traditions are the best places to pick up new techniques. Old ways that are new to others that delight and even scare people. Because, if I can make them afraid. Make them look away. For even a second. I can pull off some astounding magic.
My gig at the cruise line was coming to an end as we neared the port of Shanghai. And for my last several shows, where I'd normally start to include my greatest tricks in order to leave a lasting impression. I developed a new act that I called "The Sneaky Bride", it involved a mannequin in a wedding dress, a beautiful train, veil, flowers on the ground - the whole nine yards some would say. The trick was that the bride would sneak bites as my assistants who are dressed as servers pass by with their trays.
I begin the trick by placing a mannequin center stage for all to see so that they know it's a dummy. I show them there are no holes, and the entire thing is solid. Then we dress it up and set the stage for a wedding. And with a bit of lighting, another assistant switches places with the mannequin and is being fed under the veil. We later changed it to more slight of hand techniques as the assistant complained she wasn't able to chew fast enough as the items of course have to get larger and larger for comedic effect.
At the end we even invited the unmarried men up to the stage and then threw out a fake bouquet, and watched them clamber over each other in good fun to catch it. The act was an instant hit and had the crowd roaring every night. Which was why I decided to take a firsthand look at the original, and see if there were any other staging techniques I could learn from this old tradition.
With some help from Bing and its ChatGPT features I was able to get a relatively good idea of where it was practiced. So I booked the next flight out to begin my quest for a real night wedding.
Upon arrival at my hotel, I asked the concierge for information about the local practice.
"Yes. I know of this one. We practice it often for children who were taken too early."
"But they are all scams?"
The concierge smiled, "In most cases the pouches mean no harm, and they're simply for families who want to provide peace for themselves and to complete a lasting tradition. Sometimes the dowries are quite lucrative as well, and it is the families who are scammed by those who go and collect these ghost wives as concubines. We call it a blue procession for the trail of ghosts the husband leaves behind wherever he goes." He leans in, "But between you and me? They're mostly all scams."
I laughed, and I can't stress this next part enough, tip your concierge! Which I did. "Thank you, and also. Do you know where I could get a good start on finding more information about these ghost dowries? Or even find one of these pouches myself?"
"The temple down this first street to the left, about half a kilometer, would be a good place to start. But finding a pouch is a bit more difficult as they pop up sporadically. However, if traditions are to be believed it is the pouch who chooses the spouse."
I thanked him again and began to make my way through the early morning rush toward the temple. The streets were lined with open markets full of food from local farmers, which were common in the morning in this part of the world. They would disappear before the afternoon and then return again to sell wares at night when it was cooler. It made the city feel as if it were breathing as the locals rose and ebbed outside with day and night.
On my way, I searched the ground and around alleys for loose pouches. But I had no such luck by the time I arrived at the temple. Large red pillars that were thicker than any tree I've personally had the pleasure of meeting held up the high ceiling. Inside, the locals were already starting to disperse as the work hours were amongst us. Which left me nearly alone in this temple at about 8:00 in the morning.
A monk or priest was kneeling on a mat in front of a wooden shrine, throwing pieces of wood in the shape of dumplings on the floor. I waited patiently for him to finish. Taking in the sights and the delicate features of the temple. When he rose I approached him.
"You don't speak English by any chance do you?"
"What about the middle tongue?" I asked in Mandarin.
"Oh," he seemed surprised. "Yes. How may I be of assistance?"
"What were you doing just now?"
He held out his hand and showed me two red wooden pieces that were, with closer inspection, in the shape of moons. "Jiaobei," he told me. "We use these to seek divine guidance."
"How does it work?"
The monk shows me the two sides, one was smooth and flat, the other side rounded. "You ask a question and then throw it on the ground. One block flat and one block round, means yes. Both blocks showing round means no. Or depending on the question. Anger from the Gods. Or crying in sadness as it is commonly known. And finally, both blocks showing flat means laughter. Which could mean a number of things." He hands them to me, "You throw it three times to get a better answer."
"I'm guessing if it's the same all three times, the answer is definitive?"
The monk nodded.
"Ah ah ah, in silence."
I didn't want my first question to be too convoluted or difficult. So I kept it simple and asked if I was a good magician. Then I threw the Jiaobei on the floor. It clattered and rolled on its rounded back, showing two flat sides.
The monk smiled.
"That usually happens the first time anyone tries Jiaobei. But in my experience, it generally means you asked a pure question."
"What happens if I didn't ask a pure question and it came back as angry?"
"The gods will remember it. They will remember you."
"No bad first impression then huh," I whispered under my breath. "Okay. Do I need to throw it two more times or can I ask a different question?"
"You may ask a different question or throw it twice more."
"What is my name?" I threw it on the floor. And to my surprise, as the ends are pointed and difficult to balance, one of the damn things stood tall and erect.
The monk bowed to the pieces. "Truly you have been picked by the gods to be answered. Lijiao or a standing answer like this is uncommonly rare. The gods generally choose to laugh at a nonsensical question. And often get angry if you throw it two more times. And rarely do they ever answer ones asked aloud."
I bent forward, skeptical, though a temple this was, at how the thing worked. In my head I could only think that the switchboard guy was quick on his feet. But looking around I couldn't find any cameras. Though in this day an age, they're made smaller than a fly. So it was difficult to tell. I picked up the pieces, feeling for any sense of magnetism, but there were none.
I asked one last question before I left that day. I asked their gods, would I find the real deal? And I threw it on the ground three times. All three times it came up yes. But for two months I scoured the city, and the country side. And I did chance upon several pouches. Some were obviously scams as I watched each bag carefully before approaching. Especially noticeable are the ones in the city which would be laying on the sidewalk, filled with bills for people passing by. But I observed that if a local went to go pick it up, two or three men from around the corner would come and threaten him to put it back. But if a foreigner picked it up, an old man or woman would come and start calling them son before leading them away.
There were of course others that were genuinely following tradition. I chanced upon several of them and was married several times. But each one was playful almost. And performed by their parents in the day. Leaving me with several small bags of pocket change, a good dinner, as I went on my way.
During one of these fake night weddings I even saw a child playfully munching on a corn cob in the corner under one of the tables as I fed the effigy they constructed of my fake bride. Which was when I think I decided to call it quits. Believing that I'd never find the real deal. Although I did learn a lot as tradition can be translated by me into performance. Which helped me ground 'The Sneaky Bride' act further. All in all, this was time well spent.
My visa was coming to an end and I had mostly been enjoying the sights, the city, and their way of life. When on one the last day, as I was leaving from a faraway eatery that the concierge had recommended, that I saw a red pouch made of silk with a thick yarn around its throat, stuffed full of money. I looked around and didn't see a single person there, nothing except flat farmland and water gullies for miles.
Odd, I thought to myself, as it looked truly abandoned.
For a second I played with the idea of picking it up. Wondering if somehow a relative of the deceased would pop up magically next to me and I could change the world of magic by studying their technique. But I didn't want to spend my few hours chasing ghosts. I wanted to enjoy my time. So I kept walking.
I got back to the city and spent the remainder of my day eating and drinking, meeting new friends at the bar, newfound lads who I invited a hundred times to visit me in Melbourne one day. Who all agreed that if fate ever brought us back together we would drink until the sun rose. So yeah, I was fairly drunk when I got back to my hotel room, and didn't believe what I saw when I opened the door. It was a red pouch sitting on my coffee table.
"Someone's trying to play a trick on me," I mused. "They must have heard me talking at the bar." I circled the table studying the pouch. Any magician worth his smoke, likes a good bag. So there was no doubt to me that this was the same one I saw earlier. Which made me start putting two and two together. "It must be the concierge. He's the one who sent me out that far." I laughed and picked up the bag, even though I knew the rules. I opened it and thumbed through the bills. "It's much more than what I tipped him. Much more." Curious, I wondered what he would have done if I didn't return this to him. It must have been quite a few months worth of wages. I threw the bag up in the air and caught it as if I were juggling before I tossed it on my nightstand. "I'm going to let him sweat for a little bit and pretend I didn't find it tomorrow as I check out," I mused as I went to go take a shower.
I opened the door and felt the words stick to the roof of my mouth as the bag appeared on the counter next to the sink. I shot a glance back to the nightstand and indeed the bag I had just thrown on there was missing.
"This is a good fucking trick. That, or I'm drunker than I thought." I started questioning did I somehow fall asleep beforehand? Or walked into the bathroom and put it there as I mused my little scheme of making the concierge nervous at the lost pouch? Had I somehow in my drunken state done something without realizing it? No. That couldn't be it. I touched my chest to check my heart rate and put my fingers on my face. A bit flushed, but heart rate adequate. I was fine for the most part. Just drunk.
I looked at the pouch on the counter, and peered gingerly into the bathroom as if I've never stepped foot in one, before deciding to grab the bag and close the door. "Okay," I said loudly. "Whoever's doing this. Come on out." Of course no one appeared, not that I expected them to because the credo I lived by is that a good magician never reveals his trick.
"Okay, let's see how good you guys really are," I mused. Going over to my closet and placed the pouch on the shelf. Closing the door. Then I went back to the bathroom and opened the door. It was empty. I checked the nightstand drawer, mpty. I looked all over, and it was still mty. I breathed a sigh and went over to the closet door, "I guess you're just a bag after all." Except when I looked inside. MT.
I stumbled backwards and looked around, glancing at the ceiling corners in case someone had crawled up there. And even looked under the bed. But there was no one else here. I felt my chest tighten as I tried to make sense of what was happening. "Its got to be the walls I reasoned." And so for the next half hour I scoured the entire room with my hands, pushing, pressing, pulling anywhere and everywhere I could. Using all my years of experience to figure out what was going on. But there was nothing.
I couldn't stay in that room another minute so I rushed outside and nearly stepped on it! The bag! It was right at the foot of my doorstep.
My mind tried to wrap around how that was possible, "It's got to be a dupe. They've got more than one bag. I've been had, that has to be it. And the furniture inside, they have secret compartments. God, they really put a lot of effort into this," I laughed. "I have to know how this trick is done." So I opened the pouch and pulled out the note inside.
The notes generally contained their name, their current would-be age (she was 20 this year, older than most), what time they were born (8:07), a picture if they had one (she did), and how old they when they died (5). If the deceased were a bit older, perhaps a tidbit from their family is included about their personality. But most importantly, it always contained their address.
I looked at my watch, it was late and my flight was in the morning but perhaps I could still make it. So I gathered the rest of my things, my luggage, the mannequin for my act, and other bag of tricks in case I needed to go to the airport right after. "Come on," I yelled out loud to my pranksters. "Let's go see what other tricks you have up your sleeve."
I went down to the lobby and had the front desk call me a cab. I looked around for the concierge but he was nowhere to be found. So I left a note for him. And then left.
The cab drove until the city faded away. We were practically on the other side of the island by the time its tires skipped to a stop. I got out and knocked on the giant half circle doors of the address. I noticed that we were deep in the countryside. There were hardly any lights dotting the night.
I knocked several more times before I heard shuffling behind the door. And then it opened. An old man stood in front of me in his drawers.
"What do you want," he asked angrily. "Do you know what time it is?"
"I'm sorry for disturbing you at such a late hour. But," I pulled out the pouch. And his eyes widened up.
"Meju-eh. You're back." He looked at me up and down. "What are you supposed to be," he asked but then shook his head. "No, no. Come in. Come in, please."
"I don't have much time," I told him. "I have to leave in the morning."
"Sit, sit." He ushered me to a chair in the courtyard.
I placed the bag on the table next to it, "I have a flight in the morning, so if we're going to do this. We have to do it now."
Instead of fighting me, he nodded, "Yes. I agree. I don't have much time either. And Meju-eh is older than most ghost brides. The bull demon might not let her through his gets if she gets any older. And then she'll be a husbandless spinster for eternity." He ushered around, "We don't have many living relatives either. So it shouldn't be too troublesome to hurry this along." He called into the house and a young woman came out, "This is my granddaughter. Ah-ahn. Meju-eh's older sister. They were close as children."
Ah-ahn was quite beautiful. I almost couldn't take my eyes off of her.
"Go and start preparations and rouse anyone you can get a hold of. We must have the wedding tonight. Even if it isn't grand as I would like."
"Will we make it in time," I asked. "It's a lot of work for one person. Perhaps I could help?"
The old man nodded, "That's a good idea. But forgive me, I must retire for now. Or else have no energy for the wedding." He turned to his granddaughter, "Fetch me when the preparations are ready." As he left us alone in the courtyard.
"What can I do," I asked her.
"We're going to need flowers for decoration."
I pulled a rose out from behind her ear, "I happen to have a case of these on hand at all times." I put the flower in her hair.
She smiled, "Thank you."
"Um, we already have tables for family gatherings. There should be enough food in the freezers that we can just heat up. I need to call my aunt to come help. And wake up some of the kids. Also...we kind of need a statue of some sort, as a stand-in for my sister."
"Statue? I think I have just the thing."
Hours went by and it was the dead of the night, but watching all the people bustling around the courtyard, the kids in excited whispers, you'd never guess that all of us should have been sleeping. Soon the tables were set, the food was hot, even the decorations were strung, and I had procured my mannequin from my luggage and a few of the menfolk were putting it together inside the main living room.
Several times I found myself laughing and having a good time with the others, although chasing that hen made me look quite ridiculous, and several times I bumped into Ah-ahn and we would talk and exchange a few words. In the beginning she talked mostly about her sister. How she was troublesome as a child. Always hiding things. I told her about the pouch appearing and disappearing in my hotel. And we both had a good laugh. Eventually we talked about ourselves. I learned she wanted to get away from here, "To see the world," she told me. The more we talked the closer we got. I could feel it. Soon we were bumping into each other just to feel our bodies touch. But before anything else transpired the wedding preparations were complete.
The old man was retrieved from his bedroom and everyone gathered outside in the courtyard, looking into the main living room. There was a wooden shrine in the back of the room and the mannequin had been traditionally dressed. From an old box the grandfather retrieved several personal items that belonged to Meju. And I was then asked to enter the living room.
The grandfather said a few words, and then gave us his blessing. Ah-ahn handed me a bowl of sticky rice ball soup. I had been through this process before and knew what to do. I ate one of the pink balls and then went to go feed my new bride.
Now I've traveled with this mannequin for some time. Seen it at a dozen of my own shows. Slept with it in the room. Knew that it was in fact a dummy for all intents and purposes. However, as I started moving my spoon toward it. I swear I saw it's chest rise as if it were breathing.
I couldn't tell if it was from the alcohol ebbing away from earlier or a trick of the light. But even its shoulders looked softer than usual. My hand started shaking as it got closer to her mouth. It was like watching an out of body experience as the spoon inched under her veil. And then the CRUNCH. It scared the fucking shit out of me. I looked around hoping to see some kid in the corner playing a dumb joke. But there were none. And I didn't believe what I was seeing even as the veil started moving as her jaws chewed the sticky material back and forth.
"No way," I shook. "There's just no way." My hand was so close to the veil. "Oh God. Please. I have to know how this is done." I ripped off the veil.
Meju looked very much like her picture. But older. And then older. And older. As if her face was starting to rot away as it contorted. People behind me screamed. The lightbulbs we had strung popped. Kids were running around and the grandfather fell to the floor clutching his heart.
I backed away, the spoon clattering to the ground as I watched the mannequin crick and crack as its arms and legs bent in a tangled mess until it was walking on all fours!
The thing grabbed the bent down to the grandfather and started chewing!
I turned around and saw the other guests were piling out of the courtyard. The tables were upturned and only the dim crescent light of the moon bore down on us. Everyone was screaming trying to get out. I ran and bumped into Ah-ahn. She whirled terrified and then realized it was me. She yelled, "You never! Look at the bride before it's time!"
"I'm so sorry! I didn't know. I thought it was a trick!"
She grabbed her face, her nails leaving streaks behind as she clawed at her skin, "Now she's going to kill every living blood relative. And then you." Ah-ahn laughed manically. "She's going to torture you!"
The people kept pushing around us until we got separated. Her final words still ringing in my ears as I took to the dirt road outside and started running. I ran for nearly a mile before I spotted a cab sitting outside of someone's house. I banged on their door and then begged them to take me to the airport. Throwing at them all the money from the dowry.
When I arrived at the airport I hurried through the TSA. Relieved at the lights and normal looking people. I boarded my flight. Tapping my foot nervously the entire time, staring out the small squarish window as we prepared to take off. The sun was starting to rise as the engine roared. I took one last look at the island as we flew away. Still trying to catch my breath at what I had just caused.
My mind was reeling as I heard two knocking noises, they sounded oddly familiar, and for a second I thought that Meju had finished with her family and had somehow come boarded. But then I realized the noise was coming from my carry-on. I reached inside and pulled out two red shaped crescents that the Monk at the temple had given to me. And I realized that if I ever needed any form of divine guidance this was it.
So right there in the tiny aisle. I asked the gods if I had escaped and threw the Jiaobei.
I asked the gods if I would be safe.
I asked them would Meju kill me.
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2023.06.05 05:23 Think-like-Bert Scammers in waiting
The scamming of hosts and of airbnb has followed a predictible timeline. It happens to all online platforms unfortunatly (craigslist, ebay, uber, airbnb, etc.). Hosts have to weed-out the scammers or they will be taken advantage of. I used to rent out my guest room with a private attached bathroom. I live in a popular spot (next to Harvard University) and I could have rented it every night if I was more money hungry. I NEVER took a one nighter. That invites drunks and hookers. Most times, I had a 3 night minimum. Most times, I didn't allow instant booking. They had to contact me. That weeded-out most of the potential problems. No 3rd party rentals. Don't do it! It'll bite you. As it was my guest room, I met them at the door when they arrived. I showed them how a simple KEY works in the front door. Showed them how a single knob shower works. EVERYTHING. I wrote the wi-fi information on the wall next to the light switch in a thick black sharpie. Dumb it down. Out of hundreds of stays, I only got a few bad apples and a few mediocre reviews. My rates were very reasonable ($75 per night with off-street parking). Anyway, I hope this helps some hosts. I gave up after the pandemic hit.
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2023.06.05 05:17 Fernweh116 I had my bridal shower today.