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I quit on Wednesday because of bullying + being discriminated against for my disabilities. Even if I can't pay my rent in a few months it was the best decision I've ever made

2023.06.05 02:06 ValenwoodForever I quit on Wednesday because of bullying + being discriminated against for my disabilities. Even if I can't pay my rent in a few months it was the best decision I've ever made

I was there for nearly 10 years. Its nice to know at least some people there had my back. But also funny to see I've started something. They're now down like 7 members of staff. Maybe that's why I'm still on payroll as an unauthorised absence when I quit 5 days ago 🫡
See you in hell, fuckers. I'd rather be evicted for not paying my rent than ever get verbally abused by my colleagues ever again.
Some of my favourites:
Dirty water got poured in my work boots and my handmade gloves got cut up. Management shrugged and said no camera so don't know don't care sorry
Refused 40p/hr pay rise to help out in other department that was struggling. Cashier is lowest wage in store. I'm trained on banking and payroll and service desk and paint mix which all count to qualify for a pay increase. Said no sorry, not in budget. Hire new staff member on next pay band I was asking for. Find out other cashier notorious for laziness on pay increase. Same with other lazy colleague on service desk. While telling 9 year employee no money in budget for increase and getting angry that I refuse to pick up phone on service desk (not my job or in my job description lol) when I'm just on my till waiting for a customer
Adjusting timesheets for certain people so they don't get late strikes by literally not clocking in and adjusting payroll, then giving other colleagues strikes for being 3 minutes late because of public transport etc.
Rumours that I cut myself in the work bathroom and came in on a Sunday to fuck another colleague in the staff room, where I pushed him against the lockers and called him daddy and begged him to f- me. I've been in a relationship since 2016 man
Give a group of favourites 6-2:30 Monday to Friday and no weekends and all on next pay band up. Colleague was like this isn't okay? And got told to shut the fuck up by manager. (Contracts are 6-8pm Sun-Mon anytime within contracted hours. That's retail baby) although they're all now struggling because I always covered evenings and weekends and a couple of the others who have quit or are now refusing, there's days where there's literally 1 member of staff for a 6 person desk on weekends.
Deputy store manager said to my close friend in another department that I need to "shut the fuck up and get over myself" when asking for help with my disability
Called a sperg and that I "look like a retard" (I'm autistic/adhd and regularly make autism jokes with someone I worked with who also had it but what in the goddamm fuck? LOL) by a supervisor and my grievance got ignored. I kind of stopped caring here so me and the person I worked with just called each other Turbo Sperg as a greeting.
The closest I got to my disability accomodation meeting was a quick conversation with no witness note taker or HOH rep, that then got written up on formal paperwork that they tried to ask me to date and sign when they couldn't even date the paperwork with when the "meeting" took place, it also got written up from memory 4 DAYS later by my manager who made half of it up and when I refused to sign it and asked why I didn't get any representative or note taker etc, got told it wasn't formal. They never replied to my email asking for a follow up meeting + clarification on why it was on formal paperwork needing a signature and date if it wasn't formal. This was in March and the day I quit I was still waiting on a reply.
It's well known that I will do anything for anyone - I've loaned colleagues £600, handed out my switch to multiple people without a second thought, made three several tiered birthday cakes for parents who couldn't afford birthday cakes for their kids, crocheted and sewed probably 20 gifts or random presents to people just because I liked them. My love language is handmade gifts or giving help anywhere I can because I find verbal communication can sometimes be hard for me. Not always, but I find bonding via chatting and whatnot sometimes difficult. I find out these same people are calling me a retard and blaming me when they get in trouble for gossiping and spreading rumours. The fantastic side of having autism is not knowing you're being exploited until it's too late. I doubt I'll ever see my poor switch again.
It took me FOUR MONTHS to get uniform this last time around and when I quit I'd been waiting again for 6 weeks. I've lost a massive amount of weight because of stress and illness (like, 40lbs) and I was still in the same uniform. I have some hilarious email trails I forwarded straight back to them when they tried to say I was lying and never asked for uniform. I remember saying something like "I know you think I'm the retard due to how you talk about me, but I'm smart enough to know my clothes don't fit" and literally demonstrated the 4 inches of room I had in my work trousers. 😭 it got ordered that day.
Anyway, rant over, fuck that shit hole. My friends still work there so I'm getting a spectator view of it falling apart. I applied to one of my dream jobs after years of being told I wasn't good enough to even be a cashier. I've got a decade of being treated like shit to make up for now.
Every single one of you out there being made to feel like shit whether its by customers or coworkers - you are enough, you work your ass off and I see it. We all deserve so much better.
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2023.06.04 21:58 Schlachterhund Climate activism of the elect

[This is a translated excerpt from Clemens Traub’s “Future for Fridays?”. It’s a reflection about his time as an activist in “Fridays for Future” – the German branch of “School Strike for Climate”. The specific problems of western environmentalism adressed therein is germane to the issue of dysfunctional leftism often discussed on stupidpol and as far as I can tell nothing of this unique to Germany. The book is from 2020 and by now the movement “Fridays for Future” basically defunct. Meanwhile, the preferred tactic of current activists is it to glue themselves on main roads during rush hour. This protest method obviously affects working class people most, who usually have to physically show up at work (and often have to use cars to do so), and is less disruptive for the WFH email caste. The result of this is, surprisingly, a staggering 80+% disapproval rating for the climate organization “Last Generation” which is doing this.]
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I know the typical milieu of most “Fridays for Future” protesters well. In a way, it's my own and that of my current circle of friends: metropolitan, left-liberal, hip. A space for the daughters of doctors to meet the sons of lawyers. Gin tasting and discussions about plastic-free shopping and zero waste are equally high on the agenda. Veganism is as much part of the unspoken code of being trendy as frequenting second-hand shops. And the organic grocery store around the corner naturally enhances the location of your own home.
The offspring of the professional class keep to themselves. Does the climate movement represent a cross-section of society? Not even close! Fridays for Future is the rebellion of the privileged, and the movement offers them the perfect opportunity to flaunt their own cosmopolitan lifestyle and talent.
Many of my climate-concerned friends are questioning whether the social background of the demonstrators matters at all. Isn't that absolutely unimportant? The main thing, they are convinced, is that the earth is saved. It doesn't matter by whom. The population has been silent for long enough, and now it is finally time to stand up.
I admit that the consistency of this chain of thought was extremely appealing to me and that using social origin as an argument against a group is of course nonsensical. The outlined combative spirit also enthralled me at first. At the beginning of my participation in "Fridays for Future", saving the world was the only thing that counted for me. It didn’t matter who stood by my side. And it still wouldn’t matter for me today.
But what matters to me is the behavior and reasoning of the people protesting with me. And here the circle closes, because the social background reveals more about the movement than the demonstrators would like to admit.
In fact, I take the view that the exclusive social background of the young protesters is the actual birth defect of "Fridays for Future". But because the movement was far too homogeneous, far too elitist and correspondingly far too aloof right from the start, its members remained oblivious to it. Ultimately, only those who are doing well in material terms have the time and leisure to consider climate protection as the most important and also the only political issue of our time and to subordinate everything else to it.
Located in its ivory tower, the movement doesn't even notice that its criticism is leveled at the lifestyle of many economically disadvantaged people, who for financial reasons do not always have a choice. They are denounced as climate sinners because they don't shop in health food stores but at discounters. It never occurs to the demonstrators that there are people whose worries about ever-increasing electricity bills and rental charges make a discussion about forgoing air travel irrelevant from the outset.
And how could they? In their sheltered world, all of that is very far away. But that is exactly what makes the movement a risk, because it jeopardizes the already fragile cohesion of our society. For a large part of the population, however, other, more pressing everyday concerns prevail. For those who are afraid of being affected by job cuts in view of the announcements by the industry, the slashing and burning of tropical rain forest is currently of secondary importance.
Likewise, the extinction of exotic animal species is very far away for someone who worries every day about their tenuous retirement arrangements. That doesn't mean that everyday worries should completely obscure the problems of climate change, but it does explain why climate change is not the first priority for people with existential concerns.
It also explains why measures to save the climate must take economic concerns into account. And it explains why more and more people are wondering whether protesters will finally also take to the streets to deal with their everyday distress: lack affordable housing, declining pensions... plenty of issues exist.
The entire political discourse, both between the parties and outside of parliament, on the street, completely ignores the reality of life for many people in Germany! And I can well imagine that that's not a good feeling for many. The public discussions, which are often far removed from everyday life, exclude less privileged people. The result: we are all sitting on a social powder keg.
I don't originally hail from this metropolitan milieu, but grew up in a region that is often dismissed as "rural backwater". Publications such as "Landlust" and "Landleben" [trendy magazines promoting life in the country side] fulfill the longing of city dwellers for pure nature, but this dream only seems to apply to those people who consciously decide to have a weekend house in the forest. However, anyone who grew up in a rural environment will hardly benefit from this.
My parents live in the Palatinate. I grew up there too. My heart clings to the region, it is scenically beautiful with rows of wine-growing villages. But for an urbanite in pursuit of self-actualization it has to be the worst nightmare. In case your are unfamiliar with Palatinate’s culture: Schlachtfest instead of whiskey tasting. Very few apartments are actually furnished in this “country style” featured in the magazines. My home village isn’t shooting location for documentaries about gentrification. Maybe a camera team will get lost in one of our many hamlets at a Saumagen-centered village festival. But that would be pretty rare.
Drowsy villages provide the perfect backdrop while growing up. An ideal, idyllic world. But the older I got, the more I was drawn to the big city. I longed for a place that was more vibrant than the Palatinate and which could offer me more adventures and opportunities on the way to adulthood. Precisely this big, wide world I longed for. And I today I indeed enjoy its advantages. Whenever I drive home today, I have a feeling that two worlds that don't really have much to do with each other are colliding.
Shortly after attending my first Fridays for Future rallies, I paid another visit to my old homeland – these are becoming less and less frequent. When I enthusiastically told my acquaintances there about my experiences at the recent "Fridays for Future" demonstrations, I quickly realized how little they were interested. Out of pure friendship and politeness, they listened to me with half an ear.
I was quite surprised by that. What was the most hotly debated topic of recent weeks in my university town was met with absolute indifference among my old school friends here. They were more interested in the last day of the Bundesliga match or their last Tinder date than in the great climate revolution.
To be honest, I was initially disappointed and then increasingly angry at this lack of interest. While we young people in the big cities are trying to save our planet, the people in my home village are letting us down, I thought. Don't they understand that they too only have one planet at their disposal, just like us from "Fridays for Future"? Luckily, out of politeness, I kept those thoughts to myself.
In the days that followed, I started hearing disparaging comments about Fridays for Future with increasing frequency. In the eyes of my old friends, the movement was an "eco-sect", the self-promotion of big-city, left-wing weirdos. Someone called Greta Thunberg a "deranged menace". In addition to insults, they appeared to become increasingly bothered by the patronizing demeanor of many Fridays for Future protesters, who seem to perceive ICE-car drivers and meat eaters as second-class citizens.
The more often this happened, the deeper the wedge was driven between my current city life and my origins in my home village in the Palatinate. Between my old and my new world. For the first time in my life, I was just happy when I was able to drive back to the big city: finally the ideal world again, even if it was on the verge of collapse.
Ever since that visit, I've been quite hypersensitive whenever my enthusiasm for "Fridays for Future" wasn't shared 100 percent. In my eyes, there were simply only climate heroes on the one hand and climate sinners on the other. The absolute good or absolute bad – and nothing in between! It was only later that I realized how much I was already influenced by the “Fridays for Future” movement.
At first I could only offer my my old acquaintances reproaches. I accused them of being apolitical and uninformed about the world anyway. A mechanism of exclusion that is very common in "Fridays for Future", as I later realized. After all, at university I even mocked my old acquaintances as provincials, something I had always hated myself when my new metropolitan friends teased me about it.
But it was so much easier to just dismiss them as uninformed "provincials" than to argue with them and take them seriously. I didn't ask why my friends from my old home country saw "Fridays for Future" as arrogant or aloof, I didn't care at the time. Possible self-doubts could not arise in the first place.
I didn't anticipate, that this would actually fiercely play up in me over the coming weeks! I thought more and more about the experiences in my home country. It just wouldn't let me go. Where does the rejection of “Fridays for Future” come from, I asked myself. Where does the indifference in the face of urgent global climate problems come from? How could it be that my friends didn't see those and that they didn't comprehend the seriousness of the situation? I looked for answers but couldn't find any.
For several weeks, every Friday, there was no longer any plastic dishware in the university cafeteria. This gesture, following the "Fridays for Future" demonstrations, was intended to set an example for environmental protection. What should have caused storms of enthusiasm in theory, however, meant a very special kind of chaos in practice: balancing a piece of raspberry cake on your bare hand without a plate is more difficult than it might sound. Once the first piece of cake hit the floor, a discussion about the plastic boycott quickly broke out in the canteen.
It immediately turned out that the cashiers could only laugh at what they considered to be an idiotic ban on plastic. Their statements shocked many of my fellow students, who are big "FfF" fans. Instead of relaxed humorous small talk, my fellow students reacted with deadly seriousness. In the heat of the moment, the cashiers were even treated with extremely condescending insults. I will never forget how my fellow students lost all human decency that day in the supposed fight for climate protection. For the first time I noticed how fanatical and arrogant many of my "FfF" acquaintances had long since become.
After that event, something actually changed in me. But I didn't want to admit it to myself at first. But the more often I demonstrated at "Fridays for Future", the more alien the movement became to me. Today I know: It took an event like the one in the university canteen or a stay in my old home country to open my eyes and to realize how important sincerely attempting to understand other realms of experience before applying crude labels to people. Due to its exclusionary megalomania, “Fridays for Future” is incapable of this realization. But only a person who approaches other people, takes them seriously and wants to understand their everyday lives will be listened to. Only those people can actually affect something. They might even, in the best case scenario, save our planet!
While "Fridays for Future" was unable to make inroads my home village’s community, the media was showed more interest. Interviews with activists became more and more frequent on television. The talk shows couldn't get enough of them. "Markus Lanz", "Anne Will" or "Hart aber Fair": All of them had at least one "FfF" activist to visit. The more I saw them there, the more their arrogant demeanor bothered me. I suddenly switched off people who I still saw as inspiring personalities a few months ago. They kept raising their index fingers admonishingly. Looking down from the ivory tower at anyone who disagreed.
Finger wagging was slowly but surely becoming the hallmark of the movement. Their image of the enemy was crystal clear. Their worldview is dangerously one-dimensional. My big city friends suddenly fought everyone they saw as being complicit in the misery of the world: the meat eaters, the plastic bag carriers, the ICE-car drivers, the short-haul fliers, the long-haul fliers, the cruise tourists, the farmers, and of course the evil SUV owners. But honestly, don't we all belong to one of these groups from time to time?
Once they suddenly started cursing anyone who accidentally commits a tiny climate sin, even if it's just incorrect sorting of trash, I felt like they were in the ultimate battle against the rest of humanity. Elitist hubris everywhere I looked. In their moral arrogance they were (and still are) completely unaware of how many "normal" people they alienated by doing so. My assessment that "Fridays for Future" is primarily a movement of socially privileged young people has now been backed up by corresponding figures. The Berlin “Institute for Protest and Movement Research” got to the bottom of the social composition of the climate movement. On March 15, 2019, it surveyed “Fridays for Future” protesters at rallies in Berlin and Bremen. The study was financed by the Bündnis 90/Die Grünen-affiliated "Heinrich Böll Foundation".
The study’s results were illuminating: More than 90 percent of those surveyed stated that they had at least completed their Abitur (or advanced technical college entrance qualification) or were currently striving to do so. An overwhelming majority of 90 percent! Not even 1 percent of the demonstrators attended secondary schools [which prepare pupils for non-academic vocational training]. Almost two-thirds of the students considered themselves to be in the upper-middle class. Even before that, I had no doubt that "Fridays for Future" is a movement of the affluent. But what I read in this study surpassed my estimated. "Fridays for Future" does not in any way represent a cross-section of society, as has often been claimed.
I was surprised how little the sobering result of the study was then discussed. Society had to be informed about the privileged background and the resulting aloofness of the young protesters. Doesn't this change the entire perspective on the defining social debate of the last few months?
The figureheads of the movement in particular all come from the “most bourgeois” background. For example, we have Luisa Neubauer, the best-known German "Fridays for Future" activist. She grew up in the relatively expensive Elbe suburb of Iserbrook in Hamburg. Everyone in Hamburg knows: Not exactly a residential area that is known for its social housing. She did her Abitur in Hamburg-Blankenese. It is Hamburg's villa district par excellence. Sightseeing buses now offer tours through the district to present the magnificent villas to curious tourists. She is a scholarship holder of the party-affiliated foundation Bündnis 90/Die Grünen and is also a member of the party. So nothing stands in the way of a career in politics, she says so herself. "I don't want to rule out a career in politics," she told Zeit Campus, for example. [Neubauer is, in fact, a scion of the oligarchical Reemtsma clan; so is her cousin, another figurehead of the movement]
It’s less a rebellion from below and more a case of perfect self-marketing. But now cracks do appear in this underdog stage production. Today Luisa Neubauer can only be reached via her management. Demonstrators as pop stars! And of course you can't just talk to them on the street when you're demonstrating together. At least not with “Fridays for Future”. Please, what a naive notion! Although there are also critics of the excessive portrayal of people within the "Fridays for Future" movement, there is no real change in sight.
In the meantime, the climate movement has become one thing in particular: a career springboard for ambitious young elites. "Fridays for Future" is the perfect stage to make a name for yourself. Many of the educated offspring of academics are of course aware of this. The more media attention, the more attractive it is to be in the front row. Supposedly idealistic activism can now be marketed very well.
But not only the figureheads like Luisa Neubauer want to get some of the public spotlight. More and more "Neubauer disciples" are trying their luck in the "Fridays for Future" profiling machine. There we have, to name just a few examples, Linus Steinmetz, Carla Reemtsma or Sebastian Grieme.
Getting an appearance on a talk show or at least being able to read your name in the newspaper - all of this can become an opportunity of a lifetime. Being in the front row not only feels incredibly good, it is also a kind of free ticket for later professional life. And as if that wasn't enough: A flood of new Instagram followers is of course also a fantastic side effect. With this in mind: full speed ahead!
Who could object? Everyone is looking for recognition. Doesn't everyone want to take advantage of the opportunities in their life? And finally, every society needs ambitious young people who will later enrich politics, business and culture.
At best, people who want to be the center of attention also bear responsibility for themselves and others. So far no problem, you might think at first.
But how will many people with limited financial resources feel when those rebels who constantly lash out at the lifestyles of others take advantage of it for themselves? While many citizens have to accept new climate costs in their everyday lives, they also experience how Luisa Neubauer is offered a position on the supervisory board at Siemens. In view of this, the suspicion of many people that climate activists are making careers at the expense of other citizens is all too understandable.
I have other concerns as well. In our time, the frustration with the elites is growing. The "enraged citizen phenomenon" has become one of the most discussed topics of this decade. Intellectuals around the world are concerned about the cause of this worrying development. Our society is currently experiencing a "rift" between two major population groups. In an anthology they edited, the political and social scientists Wolfgang Merkel, Ruud Koopmans and Michael Zürn differentiate between “cosmopolitans” and “communitarians”.
There are those who benefit from the future and are therefore relaxed about it. Above all, they see opportunities in it and view the globalization of our world with optimism. This group is referred to as cosmopolitans. But many people are also afraid of change. They believe that the future will not hold anything good and, potentially, only the ever-possible economic decline. Given the "opening" of the world, communitarians see the dangers in particular. They often have the feeling that they are not really noticed by society's elite.
The well-known distinction between “anywheres” and “somewheres” by the British journalist and author David Goodhart supports this finding. Goodhart distinguishes "anywheres" who are educated, wealthy and will feel at home in their circles around the world, and "somewheres". They belong to completely different social milieus and are relegated to a specific place where they work, live, have their friends and struggle to assert their status.
Most "Fridays for Future" activists know: the future belongs to them. Many have the classic biography of a cosmopolitan. Because of their social background, they were born with everything they needed to benefit from our system. Everything is just right: the appearance, the social environment and of course the education.
Although they face the end of the world as a constant threat, their future does not scare them. Why? The doors are wide open for them. They master the complicated rules of our individualized knowledge society very well. You will do your internship in Brussels and not in Bottrop. Better the EU Commission than retail, a sector without future anyway. And also: cultivate connections! Your English vocabulary is usually larger than German. Perfectly prepared for the future, come what may - because they are the elite of tomorrow. The dangerous thing about it: most of the demonstrators are not even aware of this.
The well-trained "Fridays for Future" activists prefer to see themselves as misunderstood outsiders in society. Being an outsider is what makes rebellion sexy. At the same time I say to myself: What must a socially disadvantaged person think when suddenly wealthy cosmopolitans like to play the role of the outsider! And they don't just like it the role. No, they are really putting effort into staging it.
The classic distribution of roles between "perpetrator" and "victim" in the social context is thus turned upside down in a negligent manner: no longer the single mother and multi-jobber is seen as a victim of the existing social conditions, but the climate-conscious scholarship holder who has to experience how the consumption of affordable meat endangers our environment.
But that's not all: instead of listening to the concerns of hard-working people, they blame them for their environmentally unfriendly diesel car, which they need for their daily commute to work.
Instead of considering questions of justice with "Fridays for Future", the movement reduced itself from the start to questions of lifestyle. In my circle of friends, too, the extinction of species is simply cooler than poverty in old age and the issue of gender is hipper than low basic pension.
Above all, the privileged know the social code of the new “morally good” life. The new green-bourgeois bearing regulates the friend-foe scheme of the climate debate. A mechanism of exclusion that often pushes fellow citizens who are already worse off even further aside. A good person has long been only someone who can show an ecologically sound certificate of good conduct. The existential feeling of many that they just have to somehow make ends meet does not exist in the living environment of the (upper) bourgeois offspring. In the climate debate of the last few months, worlds have collided that couldn't be more different. Worlds that are moving further and further apart.
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[The author doesn’t mention it, but the social milieu that makes up the bulk of the climate movement is also very fond of importing Anglo-inspired race discourse. Towards the end of its decline, they were increasingly caught in purity spirals. For example: should white musicians with dreadlocks be allowed to play during happenings?
The study from “Institute for Protest and Movement Research” also examined ethnicity of the protesters: they are predominantly of ethnic German stock, much more so than the average German citizen. Who could have known?]
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2023.06.04 18:56 scmcneill1986 I need help! Quite a bit (considerable really) of blood in diarrhea

I just joined this group looking for some help and support. It's Sunday so my options for medical advice is limited until tomorrow but I'm really scared.
Background: I was diagnosed with Crohns about 20 years ago when I was 15/16. Am now 37(F). I have had some ups and downs with it. I have been on Pentasa and Prednisone in my teens and early 20s. I have, for the most part been in remission for the last 10 years or so. I got pregnant at 33 and had my daughter at 34. I was fully prepared for flare ups and other issues during my pregnancy (following the rule of 3, during pregnancy about 1/3 of patience get better, 1/3 stay the same, and 1/3 get worse). Considering i was basically symptom free you would assume I was in a good way not to have too many bad effects but I'm a skeptic lol I did have some bad constipation a few times but overall had a really good pregnancy. Since I gave birth (via c-section and OB did a little poking around while in there and said "everything looks really good") I have again basically been in remission. I have really struggled to lose the baby weight however and I did go to my GI just see if there was anything going on to maybe address this struggle. I had an abdominal MRI. I live in Canada (Ontario) so we generally only get a call to discuss anything abnormal. I never heard from them (about 18 months ago) so assumed everything was fine. I do have to be careful with spicy food which I really love. Nothing horrible but I will get diarrhea for at least 1-2 days after if I eat a good amount of spicy food. Additionally, my husband is deployed overseas since Dec and back in July.
So to my point, finally. Yesterday (Saturday), my daughter was at my moms for the day/over night. It wasn't very nice our so I was inside pretty much all day and decided to do a big purge and clean out my daughter's closet and install an closet organizer. I had felt like i needed to go to the bathroom a few time through the day but not much was happening. I took a swig of mineral oil. I didn't lift anything too heavy but I took about 6-8 trips down the stairs with loads.of stuff for the thrift store. I had an ice espresso from Starbucks around 11 and didn't eat anything until 5. I had a Buffalo Chicken Poutine from Harvey's....i know, not a.great choice and def not good for any kind of IBS but I was on my 3rd trip to the thrift store and starving. My stomach was super impressed. Again tried going to the washroom around 6 or 7 and still not alot so I took another swig of mineral oil to help the constipation. I don't do this often but it was a hectic day and I was kind of tired of trying to go to the washroom.
I will add that I had a little scare about 1 year ago with a blood cloth in my head and I will sometimes get the same odd sensations and so I take a low dose asprin a few times per week. I took one the night before (Friday night).
So Saturday around 10pm I was finally done all my clean up and sat down in front of the TV and I had a piece of apple pie and a cup of tea. I felt I needed to go to the bathroom badly...finally! Well....it was like water coming out. I wipe and just about passed out from the sight of a toilet bowl of blood. Well I know that when blood withs water it can def look worse than it is but omg I was so scare. I immediately had to go again and the same thing happened. Dark dark red, I couldn't tell if there were clots or not.
Sunday morning I go to the washroom and same thing.
I have no pain in my abdomen, no pain when I go to the washroom. I do have a pretty gurgling tummy but this always happens when I have Buffalo sauce. I'm so scare to go to thebwashroom again. I had to pick my daughter up from my mom's house so now I have a very active 3 year old running around.
Since last night I have had no appetite. Which is normal for me when I'm stressed or scared.
I will also add that I did recently change my diet to include Brazil nuts and walnuts daily (about 5-8 and 4-7 respectively) I am also trying to eat a much healthier diet (yesterday was very much an exception!!) With more protein, more fiber (natural, not supplements) and less carbs but not cutting them out completely.
I know this is a lot of info but I feel it's all pretty relevant. In super worried so any info or advice is very much appreciated.
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2023.06.04 14:32 VeganonaBudget Vegan Meal Ideas for Pizza Nights on a Budget

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While Alex and Taylor were thrilled about their new vegan journey, they were a bit uncertain about how to recreate their beloved pizza nights without compromising on flavor and affordability. That's when they stumbled upon my YouTube channel, "Vegan on a Budget," and decided to seek my advice on delicious yet budget-friendly vegan pizza ideas.
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To make their pizza more exciting and nutritious, I recommended a variety of plant-based toppings. They experimented with an array of colorful vegetables like bell peppers, mushrooms, onions, and spinach, which added texture and flavor to their pizzas. They also discovered the magic of marinated tofu and tempeh, which provided a satisfying protein-packed alternative to traditional meat toppings.
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To jazz up their pizza nights even further, I shared some unique topping combinations, like BBQ jackfruit and caramelized onions, Mediterranean-inspired pesto and sun-dried tomatoes, and buffalo cauliflower with vegan ranch dressing. Alex and Taylor's taste buds were in heaven as they discovered a whole new world of plant-based pizza possibilities.
TL;DR: Alex and Taylor, a vegan couple, sought my advice on vegan meal ideas for their beloved pizza nights on a budget. With my guidance, they learned to make homemade pizza dough and sauce, experimented with an array of plant-based toppings, and discovered delicious homemade vegan cheese alternatives. Their pizza nights became a flavorful and budget-friendly adventure, leaving them excited to try new combinations every week!
If you're craving scrumptious and pocket-friendly vegan pizza ideas, don't forget to check out my video "Vegan Meal Ideas for Pizza Nights on a Budget" on my YouTube channel, Vegan on a Budget. Get ready to indulge in plant-based pizza perfection!
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2023.06.04 02:42 Powerful-Spell-4987 Do NOT use the mini bar/fridge at MGM resort properties!

Do NOT use the mini bafridge at MGM resort properties!
Small fine print “Storing items in the personal space of mini fridge is a $50 service fee”
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2023.06.03 03:35 babyxxpigeon17 A Niagara vacation

It was so terribly cold. Snow was falling, and it was almost dark, when out of the blue, my wife called me at work. "We're going to Niagara Falls for the weekend. I got us an awesome deal!"
We had both been working at our first "full-fledged" jobs for a year and had reached that moment after graduation when you suddenly realize you can't make that impact on the world your student enthusiasm once promised. At first, I just sighed. It was the dead of January, and I had already expended all my energy on a week of inconsequential stress. I just wanted to collapse on the couch for two days. Sarah felt a similar weary exhaustion. I could tell. Her tone was more hopeful than excited, but she had dreaded the routine we were sinking into and was trying her best to pull us free.
I looked to the ceiling and adjusted my telephone headset. At that time I was working at Stats Canada on the tele-query desk. I took a deep breath and, as convincingly as possible, said, "Sounds good." I don't think she bought it, but we went nonetheless.
This was Niagara Falls before the casinos when there was a very distinct off-season. When we got to the hotel, we were given the details of our "lovers' special". One dinner to be used either Friday or Saturday, two breakfasts, a roll of tokens for the arcade, 10% off some "4D" movie ride experience, and a 2-for-1 coupon to Max Tussaud's. I guessed it was Madame's nephew? We also got a bottle of sparkling wine in our room and chocolate treats on our pillows. I was impressed. It sounded good.
When we got into our room and saw the "bottle" of wine - basically an aeroplane-sized glass and half - and the chocolates - "fun wrapped" Oh Henry's left over from Halloween - we both started to laugh. The tone for two wonderful days had been set. We decided to cash in on our dinner coupon right away.
The restaurant off the lobby had hopes of being better. There were huge panoramic windows that promised a view of the gorge. Unfortunately, they had some winter moisture problems that day, and it felt like we were defrosting amid the dripping streaks and foggy patches. The decor was your standard booths and tables though the "romantic" lighting was unique. Dollar store battery-powered tea lights were lodged inside thick tumbler glasses and shed a muted pleasantness in a "what a great idea for a craft" sort of way. I had a feeling they were created by our waitress since she was the one who always seemed to be fussing with them. Only one other couple was in the dining room, so she attended to us immediately.
"Can I get you something to start?"
"Sure." "Thank you, that would be nice." We both responded simultaneously.
"And what would the lady like this evening?"
Sarah smiled at the flattery. "I think I'll have a glass of white wine." She glanced over at me to see my reaction. This was a subtle cue of the mood to follow. Diet Coke was usually the beverage of choice. She didn't normally drink alcohol. One glass numbed her nose and made her giggle far too easily. When she did drink, however, it meant she was comfortable with my company and open to anything to follow. I raised my eyebrows in a debonair way.
"And for the gentleman?"
"Do you have Foster's on tap?"
"Yes we do."
"I'll have a pint please."
Sarah smiled at the happy memories I invoked. At university, Foster's was my signature beer. It was at a time when Crocodile Dundee was a known name, and Australia was inexplicably cool. 15 cent buffalo wings and a pitcher of Foster's was the Tuesday night special at the London Arms pub. There the Classics Club would meet and, as a group, circle the wagons and drink ourselves into extroverts.
As soon as the waitress left, Sarah smiled at me. She reached out and held my hand across the table. With my gaze on hers, she slipped her foot from her shoe and slowly began sliding it up my pant leg.
"I got a pedicure this morning." She announced seductively.
I nodded and pretended I didn't notice her invitation. "What colour?" I asked.
"I'm not telling." She teased. "You'll just have to find out later." Her devious little smile was gorgeous.
"Mmmm. I can't wait."
When the waitress returned with our drinks, we immediately retreated to our personal spaces as if we had been discovered by the chaperone. Sarah opened the menu and began to salivate at the variety.
"Can we add an appetizer to the package dinner?" Her question seemed innocent enough.
"You're on the package?" Our friendly waitress disappeared, and we were no longer a lady or a gentleman. She ripped the menu out of Sarah's hand and took mine before I had even opened it. She then scurried to her podium and brought back a tattered, grease-stained, photocopied page that we had to share. We both burst out laughing.
The waitress was flustered that we were not as bothered as she was. "The drinks are NOT included!"
"What choices do we have?" I asked, expecting the usual chicken or fish. I had been on many packages before with my parents.
"Coffee or tea." The waitress snapped.
Sarah and I looked at each other in amused disbelief.
"I'll have coffee please." I didn't even flinch at the ridiculously limited package. I was eager to get my order in early.
"And I'll have the tea!" Sarah followed my lead. "Can I have some milk with that?"
"Yes." The waitress snarled.
"Fantastic!" I enthused.
"Yes, great! I'm glad we got the package, Honey." Sarah joked.
The waitress stormed off and returned sometime later with our lettuce-only salads drowned in Kraft's Italian dressing and our chewy chicken dinners, which she had thoughtfully allowed to cool. She tossed the plates on the table and left us to peacefully devour our deal. We didn't see her again until we requested the bill. For some reason, we found it amusing to leave a generous tip, which of course, defeated the purpose of the package, but we didn't care. It was fun.
The rest of the holiday was marred with similar off-season products and services. The wax museum was only half open, so we couldn't see the pop stars of the seventies. I didn't think it was a problem, but Sarah pouted playfully. She really wanted to see young Bowie. Meanwhile, the arcade was particularly stingy about spitting out coupons. So much so that Mike, the scraggly-haired repair guy, ended up escorting us from game to game and repairing the devices on demand. In no time, he was acting like an old drinking buddy. He joked and laughed, then, out of the blue, revealed that working at the Niagara Falls Fun Centre wasn't his career choice, that his dream was to be part of a travelling carnival. He desperately wanted to see more of the world, he explained and socialize with a greater variety of "wildlife." Mike winked at Sarah to punctuate his meaning, then began advising her on which games to play.
Sarah was partial to Skee ball and clearly had career potential in the sport, but Mike quickly pointed out that the token-to-coupon payout was not the best. In a furtive whisper, he revealed that The Storm Stopper was your best bet, provided the arcade had left it on its original factory settings. He assured us the ones here were "cool." The game had lights that ran around the outside in opposite directions and you had to hit the button at just the right spot to win. It looked impossible, but Mike was right; if you calculated tokens in versus coupons won, it was the best deal. It only took a little practice to win a minor jackpot every 5 or 6 times.
We would cheer each win as if Toronto had won the Stanley Cup. I would give a quick fist pump and a full lung "Yes!" while Sarah would jump up and down screaming, "WhoooHooo!" Of course, in the end, when we cashed in, "Mike's secret" only bumped us up from a key-chain flashlight to a "deluxe" nail beauty set. Mind you, it did come complete with clippers, scissors, a file AND a cuticle scraper. Not only that, it was all neatly packaged in a paisley-patterned pink and green plastic vinyl case. Mike was so pleased to give us our prize and to be honest, we were thrilled to win it if only to see his broad chicletted smile. It was more of a trophy than a grooming set.
That night, I made reservations for us at a fancy Chinese food restaurant - the Bamboo Garden. When we arrived, we had half-expected renovations of some sort. Instead, the place was immaculate. Gentle pools teeming with goldfish highlighted the epic black and red Ming dynasty decor. Real candles flickered on crisp white tablecloths. Again, the restaurant was virtually ours. The reservations on my part were entirely unnecessary. In fact, as soon as we entered, they knew us by name and guided us directly to our table. A live lounge piano caressed the air, its notes danced vaguely around familiar harmonies until finally, as if prompted by our presence, a song emerged immediately accompanied by the velvet voice of oriental karaoke. It was our song remastered
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2023.06.03 01:27 next3days For those in Blacksburg: Weekend Event Rundown

For anyone in town for the summer who's looking for events to enjoy this weekend, here's 25 local events you can enjoy and participate in on Saturday & Sunday.
1. 2023 Pulaski County Spring Flea Market New River Valley Fairgrounds, Dublin Saturday, June 3, 2023 and Sunday, June 4, 2023, 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM Admission: $2.00, Kids 6 and Under: Free The Dublin Lions Club presents the 2023 Pulaski County Spring Flea Market celebrating 48 years. With over 20,000 visitors and 700 vendors spaces, more than a dozen different food vendors offering varied food options and the chance to eat a few of the famous "Lion Dogs", you will not want to miss this event. Check out vendors with crafts, antiques and more at the semi-annual Pulaski County Flea Market. Although over 100 spaces are under roof, it is a largely an outdoor event. The terrain is varied from asphalt, gravel and grass. Parking is free. All proceeds go to the Dublin Lions and their numerous community causes such as eyeglasses for the needy and hunger relief in the community. The event is rain or shine. Link: http://www.nextthreedays.com/FeaturedEventDetails.cfm?E=708165
2. Kunga Fest 2023: Two-Day Donations Yoga Festival In Balance Yoga Studio, Blacksburg Friday, June 2, 2023, 4:00 - 10:00 PM and Saturday, June 3, 2023, 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM Yoga classes and events are by donation. In Balance Yoga Studio presents their 10th Kunga Fest, a two-day Donations Yoga Festival with 100% of the donations donated to directly support the Homes of Hope Orphanage in India. Homes of Hope is a safe space for orphaned, abandoned, or trafficked young girls in India. In Balance Yoga is offering 15 donation-based classes throughout the two-day event. Hot yoga, ariel yoga, yoga classes with live music and gentle flow, are just some of the options offered. A silent auction will also be offered with bidding open until 6:00 PM on Saturday, June 3rd. Over 20 items are in the auction including a private ariel yoga session, a one-hour reiki session, an acupuncture session and more! Yoga classes and events are by donation though registration is required. Membership is not required to attend however new students will have to create an online profile in order to register. Link: http://www.nextthreedays.com/FeaturedEventDetails.cfm?E=708207
3. National Trails Day: Appalachian Trail Volunteer Trail Work Pearis Cemetary / Appalachian Trailhead Parking, Pearisburg Saturday, June 3, 2023, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Admission: Free The Outdoor Club at Virginia Tech is hosting Appalachian Trail Volunteer Trail Work for National Trails Day meeting at the Appalachian Trailhead Parking at Pearis Cemetary. The first Saturday of June each year is designated as National Trails Day, a day to celebrate our National Trails. There are a variety of volunteer opportunities available throughout the Trail. Essential trail maintenance helps protect natural resources and improves the hiking experience. Activities planned for the day include removing tress that have fallen across the Trail and are obstructing its path, cleaning out water bars and other trail tread structures of debris so that they can effectively divert water from the Trail and continue to help reduce erosion, as well as trimming back woody bushes that might be encroaching on the sides of the Trail. This work will be taking place on Hemlock Ridge, the stretch of Trail between the Celenese plant and Clendennin Road. There will be a shuttle planned to allow for a 3-mile hike through, performing work along the way. No previous experience required and all ages are welcome. The club will provide tools, training, and personal protective equipment. While it is free to volunteer, registration is required to ensure enough supplies will be available. Link: http://www.nextthreedays.com/FeaturedEventDetails.cfm?E=708056
4. American Red Cross Blood Drive with Brunch Meadowbrook Public Library, Shawsville Saturday, June 3, 2023, 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM Admission: Free Meadowbrook Public Library and the Meadowbrook Center hosts an American Red Cross Blood Drive. Help save a life by donating blood. Brunch will be provided for donors and they may select a used book to take home. Books compliments of Friends of the Library-Meadowbrook Chapter. The blood drive is sponsored by Craighill Masonic Lodge and Meadowbrook Library. Link: http://www.nextthreedays.com/FeaturedEventDetails.cfm?E=708083
5. CIMA Open House Christiansburg Institute Museum and Archives, Christiansburg Saturday, June 3, 2023, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM Admission: Free Christiansburg Institute Museum & Archives staff will lead museum guests on a behind the scenes tour of our archives and explain the digitization process. Explore the history of Christiansburg Institute and African American history in Southwest Virginia. No registration is required. Link: http://www.nextthreedays.com/FeaturedEventDetails.cfm?E=708171
6. Survival Skills Workshop Series: Part 2: Edible and Medicinal Plants Pulaski County Library, Pulaski Saturday, June 3, 2023, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Admission: Free The Pulaski County Library continues their Survival Skills Workshop Series with "Part 2: Edible and Medicinal Plants". Learn about edible and medicinal plants and enjoy some pine needle tea. Join them to learn important survival skills from a Claytor Lake ranger. This is the second part of a four-part course that will help you to brush up our survivalist knowledge and skills. All are welcome but these will be gauged for adults. Link: http://www.nextthreedays.com/FeaturedEventDetails.cfm?E=707463
7. 2023 Gospel Sing St. Luke and Odd Fellows Hall, Blacksburg Saturday, June 3, 2023, 12:00 - 4:00 PM Admission: Free Blacksburg Museum and Cultural Foundation presents the annual Gospel Sing. The afternoon will be filled with singing, dancing, and fellowship as six local groups including Simple Gifts, Indian Run, Glorylanders and soloists perform their favorite current and old-time gospel favorites. Food and beverage will be available for purchase. Link: http://www.nextthreedays.com/FeaturedEventDetails.cfm?E=708172
8. Historic Smithfield's June Crafters' Stitch Along Historic Smithfield, Blacksburg Saturday, June 3, 2023, 12:00 - 3:00 PM Admission: Free Historic Smithfield presents June's Crafters' Stitch Along. You don't have to stitch to participate. Bring whatever craft you would like to work on and feel free to bring your paints, pencils, hooks, yarn, needles or fabric. This event is free to attend though pre-registration is appreciated. Link: http://www.nextthreedays.com/FeaturedEventDetails.cfm?E=708189
9. Music at the Villa with Craig Vaughn Villa Appalaccia Winery, Floyd Saturday, June 3, 2023, 1:00 - 4:00 PM Admission: Free Relax and enjoy some great music along with great wine and food. Craig Vaughn is a musician that combines extraordinary musicianship with heavy-duty fun. His high energy blend of rock, blues, pop and acoustic music equals unforgettable moments for audiences. He seamlessly goes from playing Bob Marley to The Eagles to Johnny Cash to Tom Petty to Ed Sheering to Journey to Newgrass to The Steve Miller Band without missing a lick. Kids and well-behaved dogs welcome. Link: http://www.nextthreedays.com/FeaturedEventDetails.cfm?E=708180
10. Genealogy Saturdays Alexander Black House & Cultural Center, Blacksburg Saturday, June 3, 2023, 1:00 - 4:00 PM Admission: Free Ancestry experts will be on hand to assist you as you explore your family tree. Come with questions about research and discovering your roots. Join them on the first Saturday of every month for Genealogy Saturdays. Link: http://www.nextthreedays.com/FeaturedEventDetails.cfm?E=708173
11. Puzzle Swap Christiansburg Library, Christiansburg Saturday, June 3, 2023, 1:00 - 3:00 PM Admission: Free Bring your puzzles to swap for new-to-you puzzles. Please make sure that all pieces are there. Link: http://www.nextthreedays.com/FeaturedEventDetails.cfm?E=708134
12. June 2023 Cruiser Night Scoops Arcade, Pembroke Saturday, June 3, 2023, 5:00 - 8:00 PM Admission: Free Scoops Arcade continues their Cruiser Nights on Snidow Street in downtown Pembroke, VA. Show off your classic, modified, or new cars, trucks and bikes. Ride in style down the street and/or park and enjoy the atmosphere and oldies music. All vehicles and spectators are welcome. Hotdogs, corndogs, pizza, nachos, drinks and Scoops old fashion hand dipped ice cream and shakes will be available inside Scoops. Link: http://www.nextthreedays.com/FeaturedEventDetails.cfm?E=708196
13. Bobby and Blake Parker in Concert Rising Silo Farm Brewery, Blacksburg Saturday, June 3, 2023, 6:00 - 9:00 PM Admission: Free Rising Silo Farm Brewery presents Bobby and Blake Parker playing cozy folk music, blues and ragtime on 6- and 12-string guitar and more. Link: http://www.nextthreedays.com/FeaturedEventDetails.cfm?E=707876
14. Chico and Willie in Concert Outerspace, Floyd Saturday, June 3, 2023, 6:00 - 9:00 PM Admission: Free Chico & Willie perform Americana music to make you smile outside at Outerspace. Link: http://www.nextthreedays.com/FeaturedEventDetails.cfm?E=708185
15. John McEuen & The Circle Band in Concert Floyd Country Store, Floyd Saturday, June 3, 2023, 7:00 - 10:00 PM General Admission: $38.00, Reserved Seating: $45.00 John McEuen has performed for 50 years worldwide with his banjo, fiddle, guitar, and mandolin. Often referred to as ‘the String Wizard’, he humorously weaves stories of his travels and family life (he has raised 7 kids), taking us on a multi-media show through where his musical path has taken him. A founding member of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band in 1966, John realized his teenage dream: to record with Earl Scruggs and Doc Watson. When he initiated the 1972 classic "Will the Circle Be Unbroken" album with his band the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Earl and Doc with Roy Acuff, Mother Maybelle Carter, Jimmy Martin, Merel Travis, Vassar Clements, Norman Blake gathered for an historic week in the studio. The album has been inducted in to the Library of Congress as "one of America’s most important recordings" and the Grammy Hall of Fame. John has continually performed since 1963, doing over 11,000 concerts, 300 television shows, 10,000 interviews and flown more than 4 million miles. McEuen’s rich history of creating, producing and preserving original and traditional folk music earned him the 2013 Charlie Poole Lifetime Achievement Award. He has made over 46 albums (7 solo) that have earned four platinum and five gold records, multiple Grammy Awards and nominations, CMA and ACM awards, an Emmy film score nomination, IBMA record of the year award, and performed on another 25 albums as guest artist. Link: http://www.nextthreedays.com/FeaturedEventDetails.cfm?E=707453
16. The CC Coates Band in Concert Dogtown Roadhouse, Floyd Saturday, June 3, 2023, 8:00 - 11:00 PM Admission: $8.00 The CC Coates Band performs blues, soul and rock n roll. Sung by the real deal and backed by a hell of a band. Link: http://www.nextthreedays.com/FeaturedEventDetails.cfm?E=708190
17. 2023 Check Farm Trail Downtown Check, Check Sunday, June 4, 2023, 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM Admission: Free Floyd Country Tourism presents the 2nd Annual Check Farm Trail at seven participating farms and businesses throughout Check, Virginia including Lil Valley Farm, Weathertop Farm, Grateful Produce, I-Tal Acres, Seven Spring's Farm and The Soup Shop. This family-friendly experience is an up-close chance to learn about agriculture through demonstrations, tastings and farm tours and more. Food and/or products will be available for purchase at most of the farms and businesses. Times and available hours vary by farm and tour stop. Link: http://www.nextthreedays.com/FeaturedEventDetails.cfm?E=708205
18. 2023 Rotary Club of Floyd Dog Show Warren G. Lineberry Memorial Park, Floyd Sunday, June 4, 2023, 12:15 - 3:00 PM Dogs: $5.00 entry per class, Spectators: Free though donations encouraged The Rotary Club of Floyd County presents their 4th Annual Rotary Dog Show. Bring your dog, puppy, and/or faithful canine friend to compete in one or more of the dog show classes and ribbons will be awarded for each class. Classes for Dog Show include Best Tail, Best Treat Catcher, Best Smile, Best Owner-Dog Look-a-Like Contest, Best Trick, Cutest Puppy Under One Year Old, Best Bark, Best Mixed Breed Dog, Best Purebred Dog, Best Child Handler Under 12 Years Old and more. All dogs must should be on a short leash and up to date on vaccinations. The Humane Society will also have a table and possibly dogs to adopt. Adults and children ages 9 and older are welcome to participate with their dog in the various classes. Proceeds will be used to help build a dog park in Floyd. Link: http://www.nextthreedays.com/FeaturedEventDetails.cfm?E=708176
19. Music Jam and Car Cruise-In Wildwood Farms General Store, Floyd Sunday, June 4, 2023, 1:00 - 4:00 PM Admission: Free Enjoy a cruise-in with a variety of classic cars, motorcycles and other vehicles from 1:00-4:00 PM. All are welcome to bring their vehicles. And, bring your instruments and join in the music jam from 2:00-4:00 PM. Admission is free and all are welcome including non-musicians. The event is weather permitting. Link: http://www.nextthreedays.com/FeaturedEventDetails.cfm?E=708018
20. Clay Blevins in Concert Buffalo Mountain Brewery, Floyd Sunday, June 4, 2023, 1:00 - 4:00 PM Admission: Free Clay Blevins performs a signature mix of old and new country, pop and singer songwriter tunes. Link: http://www.nextthreedays.com/FeaturedEventDetails.cfm?E=708153
21. Book Club Meeting: Corkscrew Blacksburg Wine Lab, Blacksburg Sunday, June 4, 2023, 1:00 - 3:00 PM Admission: $40.00 Blacksburg Wine Lab presents their June Book Club Meeting featuring the book "Corkscrew" by Peter Stafford-Bow. Josh from Well Crafted Wine has picked this book specifically for the book club and will be hosting the event. The book includes a whole chapter on South Africa and Josh is inspired to share a tasting of his favorite bottles with participants from this region, along with a selection of crafted bites from Chef Bryan. The ticket price includes the wine tasting, book discussion and crafted bites to accompany the wine. RSVP is required. Link: http://www.nextthreedays.com/FeaturedEventDetails.cfm?E=708208
22. Matt Mullins in Concert Rock House Marina, Pulaski Sunday, June 4, 2023, 3:00 - 5:00 PM Admission: Free Matt Mullins performs multiple genres of music and now resides from Beckley, West Virginia after a stay in Southwest Virginia. A loud and sometimes profanity filled personality, you can't help but love to hate his shake, rattle, and roll nonsense. By spending the better part of the last decade creating songs with some of his favorite artists, (in particular The Boatmen) it has helped shape this songwriters methodology. Relating to back porch memories, and moving listeners to undoubtedly feel that he's got music in his bones. Link: http://www.nextthreedays.com/FeaturedEventDetails.cfm?E=708090
23. Sunday Mountain Music Series with Kris Hale Mountain Lake Lodge, Pembroke Sunday, June 4, 2023, 4:00 - 6:00 PM Admission: Free Kristopher Hale is a native of Roanoke, Virginia. Currently a Adjunct Professor of Music at both Radford University and Lynchburg College in Virginia, he also teaches guitar and music theory privately throughout the New River Valley and Roanoke areas. He is a sought after performer, appearing in public and private events throughout Virginia playing classical music to The Beatles. Stop by Salt Pond Pub every Sunday starting Memorial Day weekend through Sunday, August 20th for live music and delicious food and drinks. Perfect for relaxing with the whole family (furry friends welcome too). Link: http://www.nextthreedays.com/FeaturedEventDetails.cfm?E=707866
24. Open Mic Night (Family Friendly and 18+ Segments) The Beast of Blacksburg Pizzeria & Bar, Blacksburg Sunday, June 4, 2023, 4:00 PM - 01:00 AM Admission: Free The Beast of Blacksburg Pizzeria & Bar kicks off their Open Mic Nights with two segments offering a full evening of local talent. From 4:00-8:00 PM, family friendly material will be performed and then from 9:00 PM - 1:00 AM, the open mic is open to adult material for ages 18 and up. Note: Any group acts of more than two performers should message them on Facebook to make the necessary arrangements. Link: http://www.nextthreedays.com/FeaturedEventDetails.cfm?E=708201
25. Mist on the Mountain in Concert Palisades Restaurant, Eggleston Sunday, June 4, 2023, 5:00 - 7:30 PM Admission: Free Mist on the Mountain is an Irish Traditional Music group based in the New River Valley of southwest Virginia. From lively jigs and reels to heartbreaking laments and rollicking ballads, Mist on the Mountain provides great Irish music for any occasion. Reservations are not required, but recommended for dining area seating. Link: http://www.nextthreedays.com/FeaturedEventDetails.cfm?E=708177
Have a great weekend and thanks for reading!
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2023.06.02 04:16 TTLAAJ Waco Weekend Events Update - 6/1

Event Links - here

Friday - 6/2

Saturday - 6/3

Family Events - link here

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2023.06.01 18:02 katefeetie Trip Report: 2 Weeks in Tokyo, Hakone, Kyoto, Nara, Osaka, Koyasan and Kanazawa

Since this sub was so helpful in planning, I wanted to share my itinerary and trip report! We had an incredible first time in Japan and I can't wait to go back.
Couldn't fit our (very detailed) itinerary in this post, but if you'd like to download it's here.
Medium article version with photos + itinerary is here.
And our shareable Google map is here.
About us:
Some overall learnings:
Hotel Reviews:
Tokyu Stay Shinjuku Eastside (Tokyo): This was a great basic hotel, close to plenty of transportation and right on the edge of Kabukicho. The buffet breakfast was the highlight - a great mix of Western and Japanese breakfast options, including a great miso soup.Hakone Airu (Hakone): Mixed review here. On the one hand, the in-room onsen and public onsen were both wonderful, and the service was extraordinary. On the other hand, the mix of Balinese and Japanese didn’t quite work, and dinner and breakfast were more confusing than enjoyable.Hotel Alza (Kyoto): By far our favorite stay. I can’t recommend this place enough, and it was definitely worth paying a little extra. They brought us an amazing bento breakfast in our rooms every morning, they had every amenity we could need (they even re-upped the free sheet masks every day), and the micro-bubble bath at the end of a long day of walking was amazing.Koyasan Syukubo Ekoin Temple (Mt Koya): This was a great temple experience. Koyasan in general is obviously pretty tourist-y, but Eko-in still made it feel authentic, and dinner and breakfast were both amazing. Your stay includes a meditation class, morning prayers and a morning fire ritual, and you can pay to attend a cemetery tour, all of which were great.Utaimachi (Kanazawa): We were only here for two nights, but this place was pretty good. Very close to the Higashi Chaya area, where we didn’t actually end up spending much time. Always love tatami mat flooring, and the washedryer was a nice bonus, but we were also right next to the lobby and right under another room so there was some noise.The Gate Asakusa (Tokyo): A great and very Westernized hotel with amazing views of Shinso-ji and the surrounding area. It’s on the top floors of a building right in the middle of all things Asakusa, but is still pretty quiet. And has a wonderful, deep soaking tub with free bath salts.

Tuesday: Arrival, Shinjuku

1 PM: Arrival at Haneda
We got customs and immigration forms to fill out on the plane and everything went fairly quickly. Picked up some cash and Suica cards, went to see about taking the Airport Limousine bus ($10/each) but we should have booked in advance because there wasn’t one for another hour. We ended up taking a taxi (about $50) to our hotel in Shinjuku.
4 PM: Arrival at hotel - Tokyu Stay Shinjuku East Side
We dropped our luggage and went to a nearby eel restaurant, Shinjuku Unatetsu. The eel was incredible and not too filling. Wandered Kabuki-cho for a bit, I dragged my bf through all 4 floors of Don Quijote (I had a list of beauty items to pick up), then rested at the hotel.
7 PM: Dinner in Shinjuku (Tsunahachi)
We went to Tsunahachi for dinner and got some amazing tempura (I wish we had sat at the bar to watch it being made!) and then crashed by 9 pm, because we are young and cool.

Wednesday: Harajuku, Meiji, and Shibuya

7 AM: Hotel breakfast
Up early for hotel breakfast, which has convinced bf to start making miso soup every morning.
9 AM: Shinjuku Station - Pick up JR Passes
We went to Shinjuku station to pick up our JR passes, then spent 30 minutes finding the place where we could get them before 10 AM. There was a long line (staff shortage) so we waited about an hour but we got them and headed to Harajuku.
11 AM: Meiji Shrine & Yoyogi Park
We walked to Meiji Shrine, stopping at the gardens along the way (well worth the 500y entrance fee, especially on a beautiful day). We were lucky to come across a wedding at the shrine. Then we walked around Yoyogi Park a bit.
1 PM: Lunch (Gyoza Lou)
Walked into Gyoza Lou and were seated right away. Incredible gyoza as well as beer and bean sprouts with meat sauce - maybe 10 bucks total for 2 people.
1:30 PM: Shopping/museums in Harajuku
We split up so I could do some shopping in vintage stores - Flamingo, TAGTAG and Kinji (my favorite), and bf could go to the Ota Memorial Museum for their Cats in Ukiyo-e exhibit (which he loved). I walked down Takeshita street to meet him and managed to get a green tea, strawberry and red bean paste crepe from Marion Crepes.
3 PM: Shibuya Scramble & Hachinko Statue
We grabbed the train to Shibuya, saw the scramble and the Hachinko statue, then entered the maze that is Tokyu Hands. I got some onsen powders for gifts and some more cosmetics. My boyfriend checked out the Bic camera store and I went to Gu, which is like the love child of Uniqlo and Primark. I immediately undid all the “light packing” I did with new clothes.
7 PM: Dinner Reservation - Shinjuku Kappu Nakajima
I got us a reservation a few months ago at Shinjuku Kappu Nakajima. It was probably one of the best meals of my life. The omakase came out to less than $100usd each, which felt like a steal.
9 PM: Golden Gai bar (Bar Araku)
We wandered Golden Gai and went into a bar where the entrance fee was waived for foreigners called Bar Araku. It was very small but had great vibes, highly recommend. I drank too much sake, which will be a theme.

Thursday: Shinjuku

4 AM: Earthquake
The phone alerts are insanely loud! We rushed down to the hotel lobby and the only other people there were fellow foreigners - apparently Japanese people at the hotel knew a 5.1 is okay to sleep through.
9 AM: Shinjuku Gyoen
We strolled around in the sun taking photos for about 3 hours. Today is a lot less planned than yesterday - I kind of wish I’d switched the itineraries after how long getting the JR Pass took. We did go to the fancy Starbucks, of course.
12 PM: Lunch (Kaiten Sushi Numazuto)
We tried to go to a nearby sushi place but it was full, so we walked up to Kaiten Sushi Numazuto. We were a little disappointed it wasn’t actually conveyor belt sushi (the conveyor belt was for show and you ordered from the staff). Stopped in Bic camera afterwards for a bit.
2 PM: Ninja Trick House
We tried to go to the Samurai museum but learned it closed a few weeks ago. A good excuse to go to the Ninja Trick House instead. You’re thinking: “Isn’t that place for children?” Yes. Yes it is. And we loved every minute. I now have a camera roll full of myself being terrible at throwing stars. The dream.
3 PM: Don Quijote
More Don Quijote, mostly to get out of the rain. Got my last few beauty products I really wanted and a few souvenirs. An overstimulating heaven.
6 PM: 3-hour Shinjuku Foodie Tour
We signed up for a 3-hour “foodie tour” of Shinjuku that stopped at a sushi place, a Japanese bbq spot with insane wagyu beef, and a sake tasting spot. It was great, and we loved our guide, but wished it had stopped at a few more spots to try more things.
9 PM: Walk around Shinjuku
We attempted to play pachinko, got very confused and lost $7. Tourism!

Friday: Hakone

7 AM: Set up luggage forwarding to Kyoto with hotel
Luggage forwarding is brilliant. We did it twice and it went so smoothly, for about $10 USD per bag. Highly recommend.
9 AM: Transit to Hakone
We got to experience Japanese transit at rush hour. I can’t believe I have to go back to the MTA after this. We took the subway to Tokyo station and then the Shinkansen to Odawara, then a train to Hakone-Yumoto. The hotel was only a 20-minute walk away, so we decided to take a more scenic route - which turned out to be a forest hike straight up switchbacks most of the way.
11 AM: Lunch in Hakone (Hatsuhana)
We stopped in a soba place called Hatsuhana with a system of writing your name down and waiting outside to be called in. They skipped our names because they weren’t in Japanese, but let us in when they realized their mistake. The soba was made and served by old aunties so of course it was insanely good and well worth it.
1 PM: Hakone Open Air Museum
We took the train down to the Hakone Open Air Museum, which lived up to the hype. I’m not normally into sculpture, but seeing it in nature, and the way the museum is laid out, made it incredible. And obviously the Picasso exhibit was amazing.
3 PM: Owakudani, Pirate Ship, Hakone Checkpoint
We took the train to the cable car to Owakudani, then the ropeway to Togendai, then the pirate ship ferry to Motohakone. We were running behind so unfortunately had to rush through the Hakone Checkpoint, which was empty but very cool.
6 PM: Dinner at hotel
Back to our hotel for our kaiseki meal. The staff spoke very little English and Google struggled with the menu, so we had no idea what we were eating half the time, but overall it was pretty good.
9 PM: Onsen time
Experienced my first public onsen, followed by the private onsen in our room. The tatami sleep did wonders for my back.

Saturday: Travel to Kyoto, Philosopher’s Path, Gion

8 AM: Breakfast, travel to Kyoto
Took the train to Odawara and then the Shinkansen to Kyoto station. We booked all of our Shinkansen seats about a week in advance but you can also book them on the day, I believe.
1 PM: Lunch in Gion
Our Kyoto hotel let us check in early, and then we went looking for lunch. Quickly learned that most every place in the Gion area has a line outside and closes at 2! We eventually found a tiny spot with insanely good ramen. It also had chicken sashimi on the menu but we weren’t brave enough.
2 PM: Philosopher’s Path, Ginkaku-ji
We took a bus over to the Philosopher’s Path, which was not busy at all because of the rain. It was pretty, and I could see how great it would look in cherry blossom season. We had to kind of rush to Ginkaku-ji, which was gorgeous nonetheless.
4 PM: Honen-in, Nanzen-ji
Stopped by Honen-in (which we had completely to ourselves, thanks rain!) and then Nanzen-ji. My bf is a big history guy and he went feral for the Hojo rock garden. It was very pretty and I’d love to see it in better weather.
6 PM: Food Tour of Gion & Pontocho
This food tour stopped at two places (an izakaya and a standing bar) with a walking tour of Gion and Pontocho in between. We also stopped at Yasaka shrine and caught a rehearsal of a traditional Japanese performance.
10 PM: Pain
My feet hurt so bad. Bring waterproof shoes, but make sure they don’t have 5 year old insoles. I tried some stick-on cooling acupuncture foot pads I picked up at Donki and they were bliss.

Sunday: Arashiyama, The Golden Pavilion and Tea Ceremony

8 AM: Arashiyama Bamboo Forest
The forecast was for heavy rain all day, but we lucked out and only got a few drizzles here and there. We headed to Arashiyama Bamboo Forest in the morning and it wasn’t too crowded. We did have an amazing bamboo dish at dinner last night so now bamboo makes me hungry.
10 AM: Tenryu-ji, Iwatayama Monkey Park
Headed over to Tenryu-ji, which was very nice but very crowded, and then to one of the things I looked forward to most on the trip, the Iwatayama Monkey Park. It’s a 20 minute hike up there but it is worth it. Oh my god. Getting to feed a baby monkey made my whole week.
12 PM: Lunch near Arashiyama (Udon Arashiyama-tei)
Headed back down to the main road and got duck udon at a little place called Udon Arashiyama-tei. I know I keep calling everything incredible but… yes.
1 PM: Ginkaku-ji
Ran into some bus issues (the first time we experienced anything public transit-wise not running as expected!) but eventually got over to Ginkaku-ji. It was also very crowded (seems like Japanese schools are big on field trips, which I’m jealous of) and not my favorite temple, but beautiful nonetheless.
3 PM: Daitoku-ji
We were ahead of schedule so we got to spend some time at our meeting place for the tea ceremony, Daitoku-ji. It ended up being our favorite temple, especially Daisen-in, a small and very quiet spot with a great self-guided tour. The monks showed us a section normally closed to non-Japanese tourists with beautiful calligraphy.
4 PM: Tea Ceremony (90 mins)
The tea ceremony we booked said it was in groups of up to ten, but it ended up being just us. It was very nice and relaxing, plus we got a little meal.
6 PM: Dinner (Gion Kappa), Pontocho Alley
We both nearly fell asleep on the bus back so we took it easy for the night. Went to an izakaya called Gion Kappa which had the best tuna belly we’d ever eaten, then did a quick walk around Pontocho Alley, got treats at 7-11 and went to bed early.

Monday: Fushimi Inari, Nishiki Market, Kyoto Imperial Palace (kinda)

9 AM: Fushimi Inari
Our plans to get up super early to beat the crowds to Fushimi Imari were hampered by the fact that we are no longer in our 20s. It was packed by the time we got there, and the amount of littering and defacing done by tourists was a bummer.
11 AM: Tofuku-ji
We had planned to go to the Imperial Palace at 10:30 for the Aoi Parade, but decided instead to get away from crowds by hiking from Fushimi Inari to Tofuku-ji, which was beautiful (I’d love to see it in the fall).
12 PM: Nishiki Market, lunch (Gyukatsu)
Grabbed lunch first at Gyukatsu (wagyu katsu - delicious) then wandered Nishiki a bit. It’s touristy, but fun.
2 PM: Kyoto Gyoen, Kyoto Handicraft Center
It was supposed to rain all day but ended up sunny, so we went back to the hotel to drop off our rain jackets and umbrellas. Stepped back outside and within ten minutes it was raining. We went to Kyoto Gyoen and saw the outside of the imperial palace; it was closed because of the parade earlier and half the garden was blocked off because the former emperor was visiting. Without the palace, Kyoto Gyoen is kind of meh. We walked over to Kyoto Handicraft Center which was also meh, but we picked up some nice lacquerware.
7:30 PM: Dinner at Roan Kiku Noi
We had a reservation at Roan Kiku Noi where we had maybe the best meal of our lives. Amazing that it only has two Michelin stars, honestly. Had fun trying to decipher the pain meds aisle at a Japanese pharmacy afterwards and then called it a night.

Tuesday: Day Trip to Nara

8 AM: Travel to Nara
We took the subway to the JR and were there in about an hour.
9 AM: Nara Deer Park
Two things about the Nara deer. One: if you bow to them, they bow back, and it’s very cute. And two, if you buy the 200y rice crackers to feed to them, do it somewhere where there aren’t very many of them. I got mobbed by like 15 deer and bitten 3 times. My fault for having skin approximately the shade of a rice cracker.
10 AM: Kofuku-ji, Nara National Museum
We saw Kofuku-ji and then the Nara National Museum, then stopped at a random little cafe for rice bowls with some kind of regional sauce (I can’t find it now!).
12 PM: Isetan Garden
We spent a long time finding the entrance to the Isetan garden only for it to be closed on Tuesdays.
2 PM: Giant Buddha
Saw Nandaimon Gate and the Daibutsu (giant Buddha), which are both every bit as enormous and glorious as advertised, as well as very crowded.
3 PM: Kasuga-taisha Shrine
Wandered over to Kasuga-taisha shrine, which is famous for its hundreds of lanterns and thousand-year-old trees. There’s a special inner area (paid) where you can see the lanterns lit up in the dark.
4 PM: Wait for the emperor
We got held up by a procession for, guess who, the former emperor again. Stalker.
5 PM: Nara shopping and snacks
Walked around Higashimuki Shopping Street and Mochiidono Shopping Arcade, bought a nice sake set and an amazing little hand-painted cat, ate some red bean paste pancakes and headed back to Kyoto.
7 PM: Dinner in Kyoto
Walked around Pontocho searching for dinner and landed on Yoshina, where we got even more kaiseki. Finished the night at Hello Dolly, a gorgeous jazz bar overlooking the river.

Wednesday: Day Trip to Osaka

7 AM: Depart hotel
Started by taking the subway to the JR. Took us about an hour altogether, though it would have been faster if we’d caught the express.
9 AM: Osaka Castle
We got to Osaka Castle in time for it to hit 85 degrees out. The outside of the castle is gorgeous, but the line to get in was long and I don’t know if the museum parts were worth the wait, especially with the crowds. The view from the top is nice, though.
12 PM: Okonomiyaki lunch (Abeton)
We went to an okonomiyaki spot in Avetica station called Abeton that was full of locals and absolutely bomb as hell.
1 PM: Shitteno-ji, Keitakuen Gardens
We headed to Shitteno-ji (our oldest temple yet) which was nice, though the climb to the top of then 5 story pagoda wasn’t worth the sweat. Then we walked over to Keitakuen Gardens, a small but gorgeous garden in Tennoji Park. Had a nice sit in the shade to digest and plan our next moves.
3 PM: Ebisuhigasbi, Mega Don Quijote
I am a crazy person, so I had to go to the Mega Don Quijote. We walked around Ebisuhigasbi for a while first, and while I was buying gifts in Donki, my boyfriend entered a sushi challenge for westerners (which turned out to just be “can a white boy handle wasabi”) and won a bunch of random crap! Now we own Japanese furniture wipes.
5 PM: Dotonbori & America-mura
We took the Osaka Loop to the Dotonbori area, which was super crowded as expected. We walked around America-mura and enjoyed seeing what they think of us. There are great designer vintage clothing shops here if that’s your thing.
6 PM: Dinner (Jiyuken)
We tried to get into Koni Doraku, a crab restaurant, but they were booked up, so we went to a tiny spot called Jiyuken for curry instead. I would do things for this curry. It was the platonic ideal of curry. It was served by old Japanese aunties from a very old recipe, so we knew it was going to be good, but it exceeded our wildest expectations… for <1000y each.
7 PM: Return to Kyoto
My feet were feeling real bad (the Nikes may look cool but they cannot support 25k steps a day) so we headed back to Kyoto and packed for our early morning tomorrow.

Thursday: Travel to Koyasan, Temple Stay

8 AM: Bus from Kyoto to Koyasan
The transit from Kyoto to Mt Koya is complicated, so we ended up just booking a bus directly from Kyoto Station to Koyasan (which barely cost more than public transit!). We got there bright and early for the 3 hour trip - if you take a bus out of Kyoto Station I definitely recommend giving yourself extra time to navigate to the right bus.
11 AM: Arrive at Eko-in, lunch
We arrived in Mt Koya and checked in to our temple, Eko-in. The quiet and the beauty hit me hard and I fell asleep for a few hours. We got a nice lunch at Hanabishi in town.
4 PM: Meditation class, dinner
The temple offered a meditation class, which was lovely, followed by a vegan dinner in our rooms. I can’t explain how peaceful this place was.
7 PM: Okuno-in Cemetery
We signed up for a monk-led tour of Okuno-in, which was definitely worth it. Came back for some public baths and fell asleep to the sound of rainfall.

Friday: Travel to Kanazawa, Higashi Chaya District

7 AM: Service & ritual at Eko-in
The day started with a religious service and a fire ritual at the temple. Both were stunning. I did wish that my fellow tourists had been a bit more respectful by showing up on time and following directions, but luckily, no one has more patience than a Buddhist monk.
9 AM: Travel to Kanazawa
We took a taxi through some sketchy mountain roads to Gokurakubashi Station, took two trains to Osaka Station, and then the JR Thunderbird to Kanazawa.
1 PM: Arrive at Kanazawa, Lunch (Maimon)
We got into Kanazawa station and went straight for a sushi spot called Maimon, which was delicious. Struggled a bit with the bus system and eventually got to our hotel, Utaimachi.
4 PM: Higashi Chaya District
Wandered the Higashi Chaya district a bit. It seemed kind of dead, but maybe we are just used to the hustle and bustle of Tokyo/Kyoto.
7 PM: Korinbo, dinner (Uguisu)
Walked down to the Korinbo area southwest of the park and found a tiny ramen spot called Uguisu. Incredible. Some of the best broth I’ve ever tasted plus amazing sous vide meats.
9 PM: Bar in Korinbo (Kohaku)
Went to a little upstairs whiskey bar called Kohaku. Boyfriend got Japanese whiskey and they made me a custom cocktail with sake, pineapple and passion fruit that was just insane. They were very nice and talked baseball with us for a while.

Saturday: Omicho Market, Kanazawa Castle, 21st Century Museum

9 AM: Kenroku-en Garden
We walked over to Kenroku-en Gardens, which were as beautiful as advertised. I was hurting pretty bad (crampy ladies, just know Japanese OTC painkillers are much weaker than ours, BYO Advil) so we’re moving slowly today.
12 PM: Omicho Market, lunch (Iki-Iki Sushi)
Walked to Omicho Market and ate little bits from different stalls, then waited about an hour to get into Iki-Iki Sushi. It was worth it. Some of the best, freshest sushi of my life.
2 PM: Kanazawa Castle, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art
We walked around Kanazawa Castle a bit, then walked over to the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art. It was packed and the line to get tickets to the special exhibits was crazy, so we looked at the free ones and then headed back. Along the way we stopped in a few little stores and bought some handcrafted lacquerware from a local artist.
6 PM: Onnagawa Festival, dinner (Huni)
As we walked towards the restaurant, we came upon the Onnagawa Festival on the Plum Bridge, which included a beautiful dancing ceremony and lantern lighting. We went to Huni for dinner, our first “westernized Japanese” restaurant, and it was fantastic. 9 dishes served slowly over 3 hours at a table overlooking the river. Highly recommend if you’re in Kanazawa.
10 PM: Why does the bathtub have a phone
We went back to our hotel, struggled with the automated bathtub, and enjoyed our last night on tatami floors.

Sunday: Travel to Tokyo, Tokyo Giants Game, Ueno Park

7 AM: Travel to Tokyo
Grabbed a taxi we arranged the night before to Kanazawa Station - it would have been an easy bus journey but our number of bags has increased - and boarded the Shinkansen for Tokyo.
12 PM: Travel to Tokyo Dome and Tokyo Dome Park
Dropped our bags at our hotel in Asakusa, then headed for Tokyo Dome. We got there a little early to look around - there’s basically a full mall and food court and amusement park there. We grabbed some beers and some chicken katsu curry that was delicious.
2 PM: Tokyo Giants vs Chunichi Dragons
Japanese baseball games are so. much. fun. This was a random mid season game, and the stadium was full and people were amped. I’ve been to many American baseball games and never seen fans this excited. We also scored some fried cheese-wrapped hot dogs on a stick and a few more beers and had the time of our lives cheering for the Giants.
5 PM: Ueno Park
After trying and failing to find the jersey we were looking for, we walked to Ueno Park and looked around a bit. It was lovely, but we were exhausted and full of too many beers, so we headed back to Asakusa.
7 PM: Dinner in Asakusa
There was a festival all day around Shinso-ji and there were a ton of street vendors and day-drunk people when we arrived in the afternoon (as a native Louisianan, I approve) and it seemed like the partiers were going on into the night. We ducked into a restaurant for some buckwheat soba (never got the name, but it was only okay) and tucked in early.

Monday: Tsukiji Food Tour, Kapabashi Dougu, Akihabara

8 AM: 3-hour Tsukiji Food Tour + lunch
We started the day with a Tsukiji food tour, which ended up being my favorite food tour of the 3 by far. The guide was great, and we stopped by a dozen food stalls and sampled everything from mochi to fresh tuna to octopus cakes. We finished with lunch at Sushi Katsura, where our chef prepared everything in front of us.
12 PM: Imperial Palace, Don Quijote
We were planning to spend the afternoon exploring the Imperial Palace and Edo Castle Ruins, but it was hot and the palace was closed, so we walked to Taira no Masakado's Grave, then headed back to Asakusa for, you guessed it, Don Quijote. I did not intend for this trip to be “guess how many Don Quijotes I can visit” but here we are. We bought another suitcase and I filled it with food and gifts to bring home.
3 PM: Kappabashi Dougu
We walked Kappabashi Dougu and browsed kitchenwares while wishing we had a bigger kitchen, an unlimited budget and a way to get a hundred pounds of porcelain home in one piece.
6 PM: Akihabara dinner + games + drinks
We took the train to Akihabara, got dinner at Tsukada Nojo, then played games in a few arcades and ended the night at Game Bar A-button, which lets you play vintage handheld games while you drink.

Tuesday: Senso-ji, Flight

9 AM: Breakfast, Senso-ji
We got breakfast pancakes at Kohikan, then walked around Senso-ji and the surrounding shopping streets for a while.
12 PM: McDonald’s
Look, I couldn’t leave Japan without doing it, okay? I got the Teriyaki Chicken Burger (too sloppy and sweet) and bf got the Ebi Filet-O (he said it tasted exactly like a Filet-O-Fish). It was not great but I deserve that!
3 PM: Cab to the airport
I caught the flu on the flight home and have now been in bed for a week! Welcome back to America, baby.
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2023.06.01 13:21 eZGjBw1Z New and Changed Products - June 2023

Usually around the first of the month we have a batch of price changes and this month is no different. According to the "How to Become a Contract Liquor Agent" document, "The Agent must also complete price changes that occur at the first of the month..."
Number of Price Increases: 2 Number of Price Decreases: 136 Number of New Products: 44 Number of Status Changes: 4
I plan to reply to this post throughout the month if I notice other significant changes happening or at the end of the month before the next update to keep the changes in one place. Here's a link back to what changed in May 2023: American Whiskey, Brandy, Canadian Whiskey, Cordial, Gin, and Irish Whisky, Rum, Scotch, Tequila, and Vodka.
For each category I've sorted by the amount of the price increase or decrease. New products are shown first, then price decreases are shown in decreasing order followed by price increases in increasing order. At the end are products with other changes unrelated to price.
Current product status is indicated on each line as follows. OHLQ hasn't publicly explained what these things mean but I've included my best guess below.

American Whiskey

Brandy

Canadian Whiskey

Cordial

Gin

Irish Whisky

Rum

Scotch

Tequila

Vodka

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2023.06.01 06:21 whirlpool4 Events for Fri 6/2 - Sun 6/4

** Fri 6/2 *\*
Fri 4 PM Rave Cave Grand Opening 121 7th St. NW NM Rave Cave and ASTRL Entertainment are teaming up to bring you the Ultimate Rave Experience at our Grand Opening! We have a stacked lineup with @ myriceiscooked, @ lisalsamusic_ and @ geezydubzz. Complete with Ticket Giveaways and other surprises. Don't forget to head to Revel ABQ after for the Perry Wayne & Sqishi show too! *** TICKETS ARE FOR SHOW AFTER GRAND OPENING ***
Fri 4 - 7 PM RANA & OffCenter Arts Fashion Show & Clothing Swap Washington Middle School Park, 1001-1099 Park Ave SW Join the Raynolds Addition Neighborhood Association (RANA) for the launch of their Summer Series of events at the newly named, Bennie Hargrove Park! In partnership with OffCenter Arts, DowntownACD, ABQ Artwalk and CABQ Parks & Rec bring your friends, family, and pets to our Fashion Show & Clothing Swap! Live music from RANA resident, DJ Infinite Kiss. Food truck: Carnitas Las Chanclitas. So many ways to join in the community fun! Not into modeling? Come out and watch the show! Browse the clothing swap! Support a local food truck! Stop by on your way to the rest of ABQ Artwalk! All are welcome- come meet your neighbors (click link for more info about fashion show and clothing swap)
Fri 5 - 8 PM Country Dance CSP Dance Studios, Get ready to kick up your heels and have the time of your life at our upcoming country dance! We've got an amazing lineup of social dances including 2-step, East Coast Swing, West Coast Swing, Night Club 2-step, and more. Come show off your best moves and have a blast with us. See you there! $10 at the door cash or check. Welcome Lesson included with entry from 6:00-6:30pm
Fri 5:30 - 8 PM Workout & Wine *Ladies Night\* BFit505, 11816 Central Ave SE Ladies! Happy Hour Workout at the Box! What to expect: Introductions, Warm Up, Workout, Cool Down, and Hang Out! NonAlcoholic options will be made available. It's going to be a great night! Only happens once a year- so don't miss out. Just $5 to join in on the fun! (more info and RSVP)
Fri 6 PM Three movies, one park Balloon Fiesta Park, 9401 Balloon Fiesta Pkwy NE We've collaborated with the City of Albuquerque to bring 𝐌𝐨𝐯𝐢𝐞 𝐌𝐚𝐧𝐢𝐚: 𝐒𝐩𝐥𝐚𝐬𝐡 𝐈𝐧𝐭𝐨 𝐒𝐮𝐦𝐦𝐞𝐫 to the Balloon Fiesta Park! We're showing three movies for this event: Jaws, Luca, and Aquaman. This event is completely free, but please note that seating is on a first come, first served basis. Gates open at 6 pm and the movies begin at dusk (all at the same time). Food trucks and vendors will be on site, and we're also offering free parking. Moviegoers may bring blankets, lawn chairs, and personal food or drink items. Absolutely no alcohol, no glass, no pets (service animals only), no sharp or dangerous items, or video recording devices allowed. For additional details, call our hotline at (505) 314-0477. We'll see you at the movies!
Fri 6 PM Milonga Del Corazon Tango in Bloom, 3409 Central Ave NE Join Tango in Bloom and Mila's Mesa for an evening of delicious food and dancing! DJ Fer will be bringing the tandas, you bring your shoes and lets dance! $15 cover cover includes a glass of wine or a botanical beverage. Please RSVP if you plan to come so that we can get a head count for the food. Thank you!
Fri 6 - 7 PM Yoga with Cats Catopia Cat Cafe, 8001 Wyoming Blvd. NE, Ste C5 Please visit catopiacatcafe.com to reserve your spot! $20/person. Please bring a yoga mat and a sense of humor!
Fri 6 - 8:30 PM Zoo Music - Pixie and the Partygrass Boys ABQ BioPark, 903 10th St. SW Bring the family to Zoo Music during the summer to enjoy performances by national touring entertainment. Plan to spend an evening with wildlife, food, music and fun. Hailed as “the hottest band in the Wasatch” by the Intermountain Acoustic Music Association, Pixie and The Partygrass Boys is composed of lifelong professional musicians drawn together by a common love of bluegrass and skiing in the Wasatch. Featuring soulful, often harmonic vocals and solid strings and rhythm, this tight-knit crew was born out of the belly of a warm cabin after a long day on the slopes- drinking whiskey and singing into the night. With a high energy sound and a love for silly outfits, they travel the land spreading the gospel of whiskey, chickens, and fun for everyone. Dusk is one of the more active times for animals and a great time to learn about the Zoo’s conservation initiatives. Check out the variety of animal exhibits open during Zoo Music! Doors open at 6 PM. Music starts at 7 PM (tickets)
Fri 7 PM Divination Nation Sidewinders Bar and Grill, 4200 Central Ave SE Join us for a night of entertainment and witchery. There will be numerous local entertainers personifying the Major Arcana as well as readings done by Off Grid Creations. This show is “Pay What it’s Worth”— Suggested Cover is $10, VIP available for $20 (gift bag and reserved seating). Free parking, food and drinks, indoor and outdoor seating. See you there!
Fri 7 PM Vibestrong Album Release Party! Insideout, 622 Central Ave SW (Reggae / Rock influenced band from ABQ) Help us celebrate our debut album ‘These Mountains’ with special guests Dre Z, Amanda Machon, and Keith Sanchez! DJ’s Supremo Funk and Jimmy Djembe! Let’s Party!
Fri 7 PM Movies in the Park - Strange World Rotary Park, 370 Rotary Park Rd., Bernalillo MOVIES IN THE PARK is back this SUMMER! We will feature a different movie at our local parks every FRIDAY night in June. Movies will begin at sundown and we will serve popcorn for free! Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, and beverages. All movies are FREE! In the case of inclement weather, movies will be cancelled
Fri 8 PM June Tunes with The Burque Jazz Bandits Echoes, 3131 Gold SW Jive into June with a drop of Jazz and a glass of happy served up by Jake. $10 cover at the door and it ALL goes to the band! And that's not all- Bring your top Bandit requests because you'll be helping us build the set list for the evening!
Fri 8 - 9:30 PM Casa Flamenca -The Best Flamenco Tablao Shows 401 Rio Grande Blvd. NW Casa Flamenca exciting live performances with artist in residence from Spain. Come and live the experience, The Best Flamenco in the USA! known for the artistic quality and authenticity of their flamenco productions, Casa Flamenca is excited to bring you special guest artists-in-residence from Spain: internationally acclaimed flamenco guitarist Juani de La Isla, flamenco singer from el Puerto Santa Maria, Cádiz, Sebastian Sanchez, Flamenco bailaora and living legend from Seville, Spain, Carmen Ledesma and From Madrid the incredible bailaor Alejandro Granados. This is a tablao performance not to miss and where magic will happen! (tickets)
Fri 8 PM - 12 AM Brazilian Night Juno, 1501 1st St. NW It's time for the ABQ Brazilian community to get together and PARTY (tickets)
Fri 8 PM - 1 AM Leftover Soul ft. Morning Remorse Sister, 407 Central Ave NW Leftover Soul is back! DJ Morning Remorse is coming out from Portland, OR with a bag full of 45s to join DJ Leftovers. This all vinyl soul dance party has been happening in downtown Albuquerque for almost a decade. With DJ Leftovers at the helm Leftover Soul is always a funky good time. This month’s guest DJ is Morning Remorse: “The best selector other selectors select.” He been moving Portland people for years, known for digging up little known soul, psych and fuzz records. Purveyors of vinyl platters Slolow Vinyl Records will be popping up as well. Guaranteed excellent selection of LPs and 45s. Come get down! Fri 9 PM Chatter Late Works ChatterAbq, 912 3rd St. NW Doors Open at 8:15. General Admission: $15. Scott Wollschleger Denny’s, Luke Gullickson Pasacalle NM-59 for octave violin, Georg Friedrich Haas Solo for viola d’amore, Nico Muhly Etudes for viola, David Lang Mystery Sonatas for violin, David Felberg violin, octave violin, viola, viola d’amore. Cash Bar provided by Rumor Brewing
Fri 9 PM - 2 AM Pride Kick Off Party Night 1 - Starring Kerri Colby Historic Lobo Theater, 3013 Central Ave NE Join us for Albuquerque Prides Kick-Off Weekend as we get started with the largest drag show in town! (tickets)
Fri 10:30 PM Part V of Third Saturday in October, an 80s slasher tribute screening w/ producer & art director! The Guild Cinema, 3405 Central Ave NE Check out the trailer. Dir. Jay Burleson - 2023 - 89m - ALL SEATS $8. BONUS - PRODUCER FRANK CRAFTS AND THE ART DIRECTOR ELLAR COLTRANE (OF BOYHOOD FAME!) WILL BE IN PERSON FOR TALK/Q&A! It’s Part V. Unstoppable killer Jakkariah “Jack” Harding is back in town after seven years, as he stalks and kills at random before chancing upon a football watch party. The game is, of course, between longstanding rivals the Alabama-Mobile Seahawks and Tennessee A&M Commonwealth. Chaos ensues, in increasingly ridiculous fashion, with inventive murders and multiple love triangles. Hearts are broken and appendages are torn
** Sat 6/3 *\*
Sat 7 AM - 12 PM Garage Sale and Craft Fair 5620 Laredo Rd. NE, Rio Rancho All proceeds will be going to the nonprofit Standing n the Gap Anchoring Young Adults. You can either donate items to be sold, or if you choose to sell your item or crafts - renting a space will be a flat fee of $25. Come join the fun, get really good deals!
Sat 8 - 11 AM Run for Mercy Hoffmantown Church, 8888 Harper Dr. NE Join us for our annual Run for Mercy 5k run/walk to support Mercy Multiplied and New Mexico for Mercy. When you Run for Mercy, you help people walk in FREEDOM! Whether you prefer to run or walk, all our welcome! This is a family-friendly and pet-friendly event. We love and welcome all the support! Mercy Multiplied exists to provide opportunities for all to experience God's unconditional love, forgiveness, and life-transforming power (register)
Sat 8 - 11 AM First Saturday Clean Up Painting Day! Historic Fairview Cemetery, 700 Yale Blvd. SE The first Saturday of each month, volunteers come to Historic Fairview Cemetery to help improve the grounds and appreciate this local historical treasure. For this event on June 3, we are going to tackle painting over graffiti on the cemetery walls. We'll provide the paint, brushes, paint trays and other supplies, you provide the arm power! Water and snacks will also be provided. Directions to find us in the cemetery: At 700 Yale Blvd. SE, enter through the gates of Fairview Memorial Park, near the intersection with Caesar Chavez Blvd. Drive straight ahead toward the cemetery office. At the intersection, turn left and head north into Historic Fairview Cemetery. It's just to the left of the wall that says Congregation Albert Cemetery
Sat 8 AM -12 PM Los Ranchos Art Market! Los Ranchos Art Market, 6718 Rio Grande NW Looking for something to do with friends or family at NO COST? Come see us every Saturday! All products are beautifully handcrafted by our very talented local artisans right here in the Land of Enchantment. Located in the same area is our local growers market with produce, food, and music for the whole family (fur babies are always welcome too!) Plenty of free parking! Free admission! Beautiful park for the kiddos to play and burn some energy! Wide open space to enjoy and unwind! We'll see you there! Tell all of your friends! Like and share, spread the word! and as always, thank you for supporting our local businesses!
Sat 9 - 10:30 AM Yoga along the river Tingley Beach Dock, 1800 Tingley Dr. SW Featuring, Stephanie Bilal & Michael Guzzio. This 90 minute class will begin with Michael leading us through breath work, followed by Stephanie guiding us through a yoga flow, ending with a guided healing meditation (tickets)
Sat 9 AM - 12 PM Annual Bus Stop Cleaning Uptown Transit Center, 2298 Indiana St. NE ABQ RIDE is looking for volunteers to help staff pick up trash and clean bus stops along the Central corridor in preparation for upcoming summer events. Breakfast burritos and cleaning equipment will be provided. Our event will begin at the Uptown Transit Center and teams will spread out to beautify our transit system in the heart of our city!
Sat 9 AM - 1 PM Summer Maker Market FUSE Makerspace, 101 Broadway Blvd. NE, Ste 3100 Join us and support local during our next Maker Market! This event is FREE and open to the public to shop for gifts and gadgets from local makers and have the opportunity to make some of your own!
Sat 9:30 AM - 1:30 PM Spidey-Fest Flix Brewhouse, 3236 La Orilla Rd. NW Swing into the Spider-Verse at our Spidey-Fest! Help us celebrate the opening of the sequel with activities, party favors, and a special appearance by Miles Morales himself! (tickets)
Sat 10 AM - 1 PM Stitch's Sewing Service Indian Motorcycle of Albuquerque, 4509 Alameda Blvd. NE "Stitch" will be here to sew on your patches, hem your chaps, and make repairs! Don't worry, if you miss her this time, she'll be back another time. OR! Drop off your items and she'll let you know when they're ready. **Please note: Stitch's Sewing Services is not affiliated with Indian Motorcycles of Albuquerque. Stitch is coming here as her own company so please direct all questions for her. Thanks!
Sat 10 AM - 5 PM Antique Tractor Show Corrales Recreation Center, 500 Jones Rd., Corrales Antique tractors and cars. Presenting farm tractor progression over 80 years of farming. Free admission
Sat 11 AM - 1 PM Devon Sandoval Signing Session New Mexico United, 3500 Central Ave SE, Ste 2 Kicking off Devon Sandoval Night with a signing session at the Team Store. Stop by to meet Dev and be one of the first to get our limited edition Dev Tees!
Sat 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM Friendship Bracelet Fiesta Color Wheel Toys, 6855 4th St. NW Stop by and learn how to make a special, easy twisted friendship bracelet – no prior skills needed. Make a few for your favorite friends. This activity is best for kids ages 5+ due to the fine motor skills needed, but a younger kid and a parent could team up to learn
Sat 12 PM Community Swap Hosted By YUCCA Earth Care, 6600 Valentine Way, Santa Fe (it's not ABQ, but it's FREE) Share food, clothing, and small household items. For furniture: send a photo to [[email protected]](mailto:[email protected]) so we can post it on our SWAP board. If you would like to volunteer or help with the Swap/Shop, please let us know! Bring things to offer and take the things you need/want. EVERYTHING IS FREE. MASKS REQUIRED. YUCCA will be holding a SEED BOMB WORKSHOP! Seed bombs serve as an essential tool for guerrilla gardening. These inconspicuous and compact pellets can be effortlessly tossed to initiate growth, allowing you to plant effortlessly and anywhere, without requiring extensive time, physical exertion, or attracting unwanted inquiries. Engaging in this practice holds numerous advantages. By cultivating wildflowers, you contribute to the well-being of vital workers in our ecosystem, such as pollinators, thereby supporting the broader wild ecosystem. Additionally, these plants aid in soil stabilization and enhance their nutrient content. You will also learn how to make an upcycled bag!
Sat 1 - 6 PM Crawfish Boil Rio Bravo Brewing Company, 1912 2nd St. NW The 2023 Crawfish Boil features an outdoor dining experience where guests share 5 pounds of delicious food for a day of fun with friends and family. Eat and drink at Albuquerque’s favorite local brewery and enjoy a finger-licking good crawfish boil! Pair it with your favorite Rio Bravo brew and live music on the outdoor stage and you’ve got a perfect way to enjoy your Saturday in Albuquerque. 2023 tickets will be sold in TWO GROUPS to help all guests receive timely service. Ticket A: Guests arrive between 1pm-3pm to enjoy food and entertainment. Ticket B: Guests arrive between 4pm-6pm to enjoy food and entertainment. **LIMITED TICKETS AVAILABLE We encourage you and your friends and family to purchase early to ensure everyone is able to attend. **Each ticket is valid for 3 lbs of crawfish and 2 lbs of corn on the cob, potatoes, sausage and hard-boiled eggs. (5 lbs total) - Portions are good for 2-4 people
Sat 3 - 4 PM Summer Sours Seminar Marble Heights Brewery & Tap Room, 9904 Montgomery Blvd. NE Join us for an educational Summer Sour Seminar led by Head Brewer, Greg Dupy. Topics covered will include: • Barrel Aged Sours vs. Kettle Sours • Souring yeasts and bacteria • How sours are made and aged. Tickets are $20 a piece and include 4 exclusive tastings, a pint of beer and class discussions
Sat 4 - 5 PM East Coast Swing Group Class Enchantment Dancing, 337 San Pedro Dr. NE Welcome to our Bronze American East Coast Swing Class! Whether you are a newbie stepping on to the dance floor for the first time or a seasoned professional wanting to brush up on basics, as well as anyone in-between, this class is for you! East Coast Swing is an exciting, up-beat dance that is endlessly versatile! No partner necessary, and dropping in is fine! Class cost is only $10, and a punch card for 6 classes is $50
Sat 7 PM Burque BellyFest Gala Show Fusion ABQ, 708 1st St. NW New Mexico Belly Dance and Sirena Studio present Burque Belly Fest II Gala Show. Join us for a sparkly evening of dance highlighting our ‘Burque Belly Fest instructors and special guests. Proceeds from the Gala Show will benefit the New Mexico Belly Dance scholarship fund for dance students. Doors open at 6:30 pm. General Admission $20 advance ($25 at the door) ** NMBD Members $15 advance ($20 at the door) ** Due to limited capacity, please make your reservations ASAP **
Sat 7 - 10 PM Contra Dance Albuquerque Square Dance Center, 4915 Hawkins St. NE Monthly contra dances take place on the first Saturdays of every month. $9 for members, $10 for non-members. Check folkmads.org for bands and caller listings!
Sat 7:30 - 10:30 PM West Coast Swing Dance CSP Dance Studios, 1624 Eubank Blvd. NE Join us for a fun night of West Coast Swing dancing! Great music and a fun group of dancers. There will also be a little bit of Country Two Step and Night Club Two Step to mix things up. Come out and dance with us! No partner necessary. $5 SSNM Members, $8 Guests (non-members)
Sat 8 PM The Emo Night Tour Sunshine Theater, 120 Central Ave SW *21+* The greatest tribute night to the music that was never just a phase… (including this event, which has been raging all across the country since 2015 and is only getting BIGGER AND BETTER)! The Emo Night Tour DJ’s will be spinning all the angst your teenage dirtbag heart desires all night long and will make you feel like you’re at Warped Tour ‘08 minus all the dust and melting in the sun! So just imagine going to a show and hearing Taking Back Sunday, Fall Out Boy, Panic! At The Disco, My Chemical Romance and many more, all only playing their best songs...all night long in a dance club atmosphere. These shows will be selling out and fast, so make sure to Tell All Your Friends and Sugar, Come Down!
Sat 10:30 PM Highway 51 (Late Night Showing) The Guild Cinema, 3405 Central Ave NE Stankenstein will be presenting their second public showing of their movie "Highway 51." Come out for a LATE NIGHT SHOWING, bring your friends, get some popcorn and enjoy! Tickets $5 at the door
** Sun 6/4 *\*
Sun 7 AM - 12 PM Pizza with Sole - 2023 WisePies Pizza Run Mesa del Sol Support the Make-A-Wish Foundation of New Mexico! Choose a 1-mile fun run/walk or a timed 5k or 10k and join hundreds of partcipants on a beautiful day to support the community and children experiencing critical illness! All participants receive a FREE WisePies pizza, event t-shirt or tank top, runner bib, swag bag, entertainment, starting line warm-ups, local celebrity appearances, as well as LOTS of refreshments, snacks and sponsor booths (more info and register)
Sun 8 -10 AM summer solstice yoga celebration New Mexico School of Yoga, 4600 Copper Ave Yoga - Mantra - Meditation. A SUNday celebration for the SUN, Surya. The light is here! Long days, sunshine, outdoor time, and more mark the start of Summer! Summer Solstice is just 15 days away and it's time to activate and celebrate! A potent time is upon us. A summer solstice celebration practice to welcome the light and summer season. Enjoy a comprehensive offering of mantra, pranayama, movement, and meditation to welcome this special time of the year. Pranam – to bow and surrender. The heart – the seat of the Soul. Let us awaken the inner light as the Sun, the outer light shines bright. Join us for a special yoga class - all levels are welcome! (tickets)
Sun 9:30 AM 1st Annual Pedals & Pints Marble Brewery, 111 Marble Ave NW Pedals and Pints is a bicycling event for cyclists of all skill levels. Come adventure with us! Choose from 20 or 40 miles of cycling fun starting at Marble Brewery downtown and riding through Los Ranchos to Alameda Open Space and back (and down through Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge, for you 40 milers). Once back at Marble, snag your free swag and a discounted pint at our cyclists-only party on the Sky Deck. We recommend grabbing a Helles, the newest addition to The Lighter Side series of adventure lagers. Crisp and light, Helles makes the perfect companion on your next cruise. $50 per person, 21+ only (register here)
Sun 10 AM The Birdcage Historic Lobo Theater, 3013 Central Ave NE THE HISTORIC LOBO THEATER along with Albuquerque Film & Music Experience is excited to bring The Bird Cage to the big screen! "We are family." Showing Starts at 11:30 am Tickets are ONLY $10 for General Admission Come Early Brunch Starts at 10 am. Full Buffet Available for only $21. The ticket price is for entry to the movie only. Pajama brunch and a movie. Exclusive Brunch Menu! Made to order pancakes, mimosas and more. 10% off if you come in your pajamas
Sun 10 AM Community Shot Clinic Boofy's Best for Pets, 4610 Cutler Ave NE, Ste A Conveniently located right off San Mateo and I-40. Sign up today, walk ins are welcome but supplies are contingent on volume - we have sold out EVERY SINGLE CLINIC. Hosted by It's a Pawsitive Life Rescue
Sun 10:30 - 11:30 AM Mindful Movement - Yoga in the Park Academy Hills Park, 9709 Layton Ave NE Looking to get out more and be more active? Join us for a strengthening yet gentle flow. Bring your mat, yoga block, strap and water. Beginner friendly!
Sun 10:45 AM - 12 PM Jazz To Go Central United Methodist Church, 201 University Blvd. NE Pre-Service Jazz Set at 10:45am; Service Music at 11:00am. Linda Davidson Flute, Robert Lah Piano, Colin Deuble Bass, Jay Blea Drums
Sun 11 AM - 2 PM Metaphysical Market Intuitive Essentials, 504 14th St. NW Our annual metaphysical market is back! We welcome the community to join us for a memorable day! Come be a part of the exciting time! There will be food, live music, readings, massage, and local vendors with art, jewelry, and much more! Come get lunch with us Sunday and enjoy the market!
Sun 11 AM - 4 PM First Sunday Stroll Nob Hill Main Street Come support local business while discovering all that Nob Hill has to offer: a variety of pop up vendors, specials, workshops, and walkability. Explore the area on the first Sunday of each month and find some new favorite shops, eateries, classes, and fun!
Sun 11 AM - 5 PM Girl's Day Out! (and guys too!) 5907 Alice Ave NE Join us for a day of pampering, food and shopping! LOADS of vendors will be in attendance so there will be something for everyone! If you’ve ever wondered what these local or direct sales companies are and ever wanted to try these products, now is the time! By shopping these vendors, you're supporting our Albuquerque small business entrepreneurs. They’re all in one spot and a portion of your dollars spent goes directly to the over 130 cats and kittens of F.A.T. Katz!
Sun 12 PM Lowrider Super Show Albuquerque Convention Center, 401 2nd St. NW Enjoy a family environment event with beautiful cars, entertainment, local vendors, food trucks, and a car hop!
Sun 1 PM Summer Pool Party w/ Deucez Z Lounge, 3711 Central Ave SE Pool party w/ Deucez to celebrate the release of our Summer Clothing Line. Drink specials, games and giveaways all day. Come chill under the sun for those daytime pool party vibes! 21+ (tickets)
Sun 2 - 3:30 PM Family Day! Flamenco Works, As part of their summer series "Jesus Munoz Flamenco: En Cabaret", Flamenco Works presents a Sunday matinee show dedicated to families! This performance is similiar to the evening shows except it is geared towards young kids and families. Coming to life off the stage, kids will get the chance to meet the artists, learn to dance and sing Flamenco and have a viseral experience of Flamenco that they will never forget. Bring your whole family to enjoy a Flamenco performance that will leave everyone shouting ¡Ole! About the performance "Jesus Munoz Flamenco: En Cabaret": Flamenco Works, Inc. presents a vibrant, rich summer series featuring renowned artists from Spain and across the U.S. Included in this years' lineup is singer Migue "El Picuo" direct from Sevilla, Spain guitarist Jose Valle "Chuscales" from Granada, Spain and dancers Amalyah Munoz and Mariana Gatto, lead by Artistic Director, Jesus Munoz. Known for its explosive energy, fierce emotion, and deeply rooted community, "Jesús Munoz Flamenco: En Cabaret" is not to be missed! (tickets)
Sun 3 - 5 PM AND 6 - 8 PM Raiders of the Lost Ark Flix Brewhouse, 3236 La Orilla Rd. NW Indy and his feisty ex-flame Marion Ravenwood dodge booby-traps, fight Nazis and stare down snakes in their incredible worldwide quest for the mystical Ark of the Covenant. Journey back to where it all began and relive the original adventure on the big screen again! (tickets)
Sun 3 - 6 PM Royal Tea La Luna Eatery & Events, 7600 Jefferson St. NE It's Royal-Tea time, invite your friends for tea, champagne and a fine dining experience unlike any other! Dating back to the 17th century a Royal Tea offers a glass of champagne or sherry in addition to the full afternoon tea menu! This event features live music, tea, champagne, fine dining, a photobooth and more! Join us today for two hours of comfortable elegance with family and friends as we give you the royal treatment in the most luxurious way possible! (tickets)
Sun 3 - 6 PM Pride Tea Dance Sidewinders Bar and Grill, 4200 Central Ave SE We're kicking off Pride 2023 with our Tea Dance Pride Edition! With DJ Rebel and Papa Sucia! We will bringing all the best dance music, drink specials and games! Let's start Pride Week off with a bang! No cover, free parking, indoor and outdoor seating. Every 1st Sunday of the month
Sun 4 PM Casino Night to benefit the NM Soccer Foundation! Vernon's Speakeasy, Join us for an unforgettable evening at the New Mexico Soccer Foundation Casino Night at Vernon's Speakeasy. This event promises to be a lively affair filled with drinks, games and a shared passion for soccer. Gather with Albuquerque's most dedicated soccer enthusiasts for a night of high-stakes excitement. Test your luck at our array of classic casino games, all while contributing to a remarkable cause. Remember, this isn't just about the thrill of the game; every dollar spent is an investment in our future soccer stars. 100% of the proceeds from the casino night will go directly to providing scholarships for youth soccer players, regardless of club affiliation, across New Mexico. Your contributions will help these young athletes stay on the pitch and continue their dreams, fostering their growth as players and individuals. REGISTRATION INCLUDES: Entry for 1 to the event, 2 drinks (full bar will be available at the event), Scrumptious buffet Vernon's style, $100 in casino play (more can be purchased at the event), Access to the silent auction stocked with fantastic items including a Vernon's VIP Membership, Mixology Class Series, Beautiful Art, and even TVs!
Sun 4 - 6 PM 17th Annual Sweet Jazz Benefit Concert Sandia Presbyterian Church, 10704 Paseo Del Norte Blvd. NE Join us for great jazz music, unique silent auction items, and tempting and delicious, sweet treats. All proceeds from this event benefit Family Promise of Albuquerque, and help further their mission to end child homelessness in Albuquerque (tickets)
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2023.06.01 02:20 COD_Mobile_Official Call of Duty: Mobile - May 31st Community Update

Call of Duty: Mobile - May 31st Community Update

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Greetings Call of Duty: Mobile Community! Get ready to dive into the chaos because Season 5 – Get Wrecked! is live now. This season is full of anarchy and complete with new modes, content, and ways to play. In this launch Community Update we will be covering the new mode Search & Rescue, Tournaments updates, the Battle Pass, Seasonal Challenges, Bug fixes, and more! Now if you haven’t seen our official Season 5 – Get Wrecked! launch trailer let's watch it now -
https://reddit.com/link/13x2yhb/video/3250t3t5na3b1/player
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As always, let’s start with a quick look at all the newest events launching throughout the next week:
  • Every Weekend (Friday – Sunday) ~ Tournament Mode
  • 5/30 – 6/05 ~ Shipment 1944
  • 5/30 – 6/05 ~ Favela
  • 6/01 – 6/08 ~ Detonation Dilemma (Featured event)
  • 6/01 – 7/05 ~ Credit Store Update
  • 6/01 – 6/07 ~ BR Sniper Isolated
  • 6/01 – 7/05 ~ Blind Date (Seasonal challenge)
  • 6/02 – 6/04 ~ 10v10 Collection
  • 6/03 – 6/16 ~ Liquid Light Draw
  • 6/06 – 6/12 ~ Attack of the Night
  • 6/06 – 6/12 ~ Night Life (Featured event)
  • 6/06 – 6/08 ~ Snipers Only
*All Dates UTC
In addition to all of the modes and events listed above, this season has a ton of new content coming like new operators and blueprints. You can see some of the new content that is coming now and later in the Season in our Roadmap below –
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Battle Pass
The Season 5: Get Wrecked! Battle Pass is now live! This new pass features the Epic operators: Rampage, Synaptic, Sims, and Roze. The weapons in the pass include the Switchblade X9, AK117, ZRG 20mm, Shorty, and the new weapon the FFAR 1. Also in the Battle Pass is the new MP scorestreak the Guardian, as well as a variety of other items and blueprints. Below you’ll find highlights of both the free and paid versions of the Battle Pass, as well as our Battle Pass trailer so you can see the operators and weapons in action!
Free Battle Pass
  • Echo Greande – Breakaway (tier 1)
  • Parachute – Breakaway (tier 4)
  • Sticker – Control the Masses (tier 8)
  • New MP Scorestreak – The Guardian (tier 14)
  • Calling Card – Ground Assault (tier 16)
  • Shovel – Breakaway (tier 18)
  • New Weapon – FFAR 1 (tier 21)
  • ATV – Breakaway (tier 26)
  • LK24 – Broken Hearts (tier 28)
  • QXR – Broken Hearts (tier 31)
  • Charm – Noble Sacrifice (tier 34)
  • Hacker – Breakaway (tier 36)
  • EM2 – Broken Hearts (tier 38)
  • Flashbang Grenade – Breakaway (tier 41)
  • Backpack – Breakaway (Tier 46)
  • Hades – Broken Hearts (tier 50)
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Premium Pass
  • Synaptic – Neutralizer (tier 1)
  • Shorty – Patched (tier 1)
  • KRM-262 – Your Friends (tier 1)
  • Calling Card – Burn! (tier 1)
  • Backpack – Misconduct (tier 5)
  • Rampage – Showdown (tier 10)
  • ZRG 20mm – Holy Roman (tier 12)
  • Charm – Winner’s Wink (tier 15)
  • Echo – Your Friends (tier 19)
  • Emote – Take It Back (tier 20)
  • Switchblade X9 – Treachery (tier 30)
  • Sims – Regulator (tier 35)
  • Backpack – Your Friends (tier 39)
  • AK117– Corporate Issue (tier 40)
  • Cryo Bomb – Your Friends (tier 44)
  • FFAR 1 – Burnt a Cinder (tier 50)
  • Roze – Smokey Skies (tier 50)
On top of everything else in the pass, there is also a Battle Pass Bundle which comes with the following five epic items and a BP tier earn-rate boost:
~ Parachute – Burgundy Leather~ Prizefighters – Burgundy Leather~ Avatar – Rough Kickers~ Frame – Burgundy Leather~ Calling Card – Furious Explosion
And on top, of that, we have our Ground Forces Subscription! Join Ground Forces and unlock the following –
  • Premium Battle Pass
  • Hunter – Infantry (Epic)
  • MAC 10 – Mollusk Majesty (Epic)
  • Backpack – Mollusk Majesty (Epic)
  • 50% off 10x Crate Pulls 3 times per month
  • + 10% Player XP
  • + 10% Weapon XP
Battle Pass Vault
In addition to our Battle Pass offer, we have our usual Battle Pass from the past in our Battle Pass Vault. This season in the Battle Pass Vault is the 2021 Battle Pass from Season 5: In Deep Water. This means if you happened to miss the In Deep Water Battle Pass the first time now is your chance! The Battle Pass Vault In Deep Water will include –
  • Otter – Backstroke (Epic)
  • BK57 – Counter Stealth Unit (Epic)
  • QXR – Close Catch (Epic)
  • Merrick (Epic)
  • Roze – Foreshadow (Epic)
  • DR-H – Rebreather (Epic)
  • PP19 Bizon – Devilfish (Epic)
  • Rorke – Man Hunter (Epic)
  • CR-56 AMAX – Torpedo (Epic)
  • and more!
If you want to check out some of these items and action, throw it back with our Season 5 – In Deep Water Battle Pass Trailer –
https://reddit.com/link/13x2yhb/video/zue26s7epa3b1/player
Search & Rescue
Search & Rescue is the newest mode coming to Call of Duty: Mobile in Season 5 – Get Wrecked! This mode was seen in both Call of Duty: Ghosts and Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare and is a combination of Search & Destroy and Kill Confirmed, with some additional elements added.
In Search & Rescue, players will be split into two teams of 5 with one team attacking and starting with the bomb to deploy, and then one team defending and looking to defuse the bomb if it does get deployed. A round is won if the bomb is either diffused or explodes or if all the players on a team are eliminated. However, when a player from either team gets eliminated, they will drop dog tags that can be picked up by either their teammates or enemies. If a teammate picks up your dog tags, they will be able to revive you and get you back into the action - revived players will then appear back at their spawn point. If an enemy picks up your dog tags you will remain eliminated until the next round. Players will only drop dog tags the first time they are eliminated per round.
This mode will be available all season long so be sure and hop in and get those clutch diffuses, aces, and more while you can!
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Tournaments Updates
Season 5 – Get Wrecked! brings a few improvements to our Tournaments mode. If you aren’t familiar, Tournaments is a weekend-only mode where players can play the active Tournaments game modes to earn rewards! In previous seasons of Tournaments, only one game mode was active per weekend for Tournaments, but now there will be two modes active for each weekend – one for Battle Royale and one for Multiplayer. The schedule of the active game modes for Tournaments for the season can be found below -
  • Weekend 1 (6/02 - 6/04)
    • Battle Royale mode – Alcatraz
    • Multiplayer mode – Ground War
  • Weekend 2 (6/09 - 6/11)
    • Battle Royale mode – Alcatraz
    • Multiplayer mode – Big Head Blizzard
  • Weekend 3 (6/16 - 6/18)
    • Battle Royale mode – Alcatraz
    • Multiplayer mode – 10v10 Kill Confirmed
  • Weekend 4 (6/23 - 6/25)
    • Battle Royale mode – Alcatraz
    • Multiplayer mode – Sticks & Stones
  • Weekend 5 (6/30 - 7/02)
    • Battle Royale mode – Alcatraz
    • Multiplayer mode – Ground War
There have also been updates to the content player can get from Tournaments. Players can now use the 1CP coupons on Mythic card crates. Players can also now earn Tournament camos on melee weapons! To gain access to melee camos players will need to first collect a specific number of Tournament camos of primary weapons.
Seasonal Challenges
Blind Date
Launching along with the new season is the first seasonal challenge of Season 5 – Get Wrecked! - Blind Date. This Seasonal Challenge will have players using the RUS-79U in various situations to complete tasks. This Seasonal Challenge will also be how players earn the new signature attachment for the RUS-79U – the Tactical Flashlight. Completing all of the tasks in this challenge will earn you 17,000 BP XP as well as the following -
  • Death Angel Alice – Laughtrack (shard)
  • MSMC - Opposition
  • Signature Attachment – Tactical Flashlight
  • Silver Crate Coupon
Bugs
Timeout – fixed. A fix went out for this bug earlier this week, which should have resolved this issue for all players. If you have the most recent update and are still experiencing this issue please comment below.
Missing Event Tab – fixed. Similar to the timeout bug a fix went live for this earlier this week that should have resolved this issue for all players. Please let us know in the comments below if you are still experiencing this bug and have the latest update.
Ranked Matchmaking – adjusted. The Ranked Matchmaking has been adjusted, specifically for higher ranking players where they should be able to find matches with less of a wait time.
Missing Champs Button – fixed. The Champs button was briefly missing in-game. This should be resolved now.
Battle Pass Vault Timer - investigating. Players are reporting seeing a 90-day timer on Battle Pass Vaults in their *purchased* section of the Battle Pass Vault. This timer should only appear for Battle Pass Vaults not in the purchased section. This graphical error should be fixed in the next major update (Season 6)
Support Options
This a brand new season with a ton of new content so please report any issues you may be seeing in-game. As always, we appreciate all of you who take the time to report these bugs in our Community spaces. Our teams are regularly monitoring those, so thank you to anyone who reports any issue (big or small) and helps make the game better for everyone.
Lastly, outside of community channels, which are not great options for individual bugs just affecting you, our two main two official support options are below:
  • In-game support chat
  • Player Support Website: Contact Us
That’s all for this Community Update! Below we have attached our seasonal patch notes full of all of the updated content, bug fixes, and weapon balances. We hope you enjoy the new season and see you all in the next update!
- The Call of Duty: Mobile Team
-----Multiplayer-----

Map Update

Armada Strike
Armada Strike is coming! Soldiers will engage in intense battles on this ship with clear routes and multiple floors waiting for you to explore and engage the enemy in!

Mode Update


[NEW MODE] Search & Rescue
Revive your teammates and fight together to defend or destroy the objectives in Search & Rescue!

[NEW SPECIAL PLAYLIST] Limitless Potential
Struggling to earn Scorestreaks in Shipment? Struggling with long-range headshots? Struggle no more with the new mode Limitless Potential -A limited-time mode that adjusts core rules, bringing you a unique gaming experience! Stay tuned for the release of more game modes!

[OPTIMIZED] Big Head Blizzard
Adjusted movement speed of Blizzard Beast.
Adjusted maximum speed reduction of Blizzard Beast.
Adjusted the melee damage of Blizzard Beast.
Reduced the damage of RPD in Big Head Blizzard.

[OPTIMIZED] Ground War
Optimized deployment interface.
Soldiers can now respawn with vehicles in the deployment interface.
More vehicles are now available in Ground War, including Shrike AAV and Kriegshammer.

Ranked Match
Optimized the calculation logic of new rankings when series resets.

Scorestreaks/Operator Skill

Guardian
A deployable device that projects a cone of microwave radiation that slows enemies and deals a small amount of damage.

-----Battle Royale-----

Gameplay Update

Knight's Covenant
T-3 Containers were scattered around the battleground. Soldiers can help Templar collect and convert them to obtain supplies in Battle Royale.
Conversion efficiency is at its highest when stopping the pointer at the center. The higher conversion efficiency, the better supplies you will obtain.

New Throwable - Trophy System
A deployable autonomous defense system that destroys incoming explosives.

Other Updates

Ground War: Skirmish
Reduced the overheat speed of chain gun on the Combat Helicopter when firing.

BR Training Ground
Some BR Classes are available in BR Training Ground. Practice and hone your skills!

Other
Properly reduced the drop rate of the Kinetic Armor Overcharger and the Backpack Lv.3 according to the research data and players' feedback.

Weapon Rotation:

Assault Rifle: AK-47, M4, LK24, KN-44, CR-56 AMAX, M13, Kilo 141, Krig 6, EM2, FFAR 1
Sniper Rifle: XPR-50, Arctic .50, DL Q33
LMG: S36, RPD
SMG: RUS-79U, Cordite, QQ9, PP19 Bizon, MAC-10, KSP 45, LAPA, OTs 9
Shotgun: BY15, HS0405, KRM-262
Marksman: Kilo Bolt-Action, SKS

-----Weapon-----

New Weapon

New Assault Rifle - FFAR 1
High fire-rate assault rifle with excellent mobility and powerful damage in medium to close range, but at the cost of high sprint-to-fire delay.

New Signature Attachment

RUS-79U - Tactical Flashlight
A Tactical Flashlight can be used for a limited time, and it can significantly disrupt the sight of a direct target before the battery runs out.

Weapon Optimization

Added a slight deflection effect to weapons when firing according to the current recoil direction.
Weapon Performance Optimization: LK24, HBRa3, HVK-30, Arctic .50, PDW-57, Razorback, MSMC, HG 40, Pharo, Cordite
3P Animation Optimization: FHJ-18, KRM-262
Fixed a bug that has been in the game for awhile. The bug has caused the weapon with high lateral recoil to trigger abnormal reverse lateral recoil while turning the view during firing.

-----Other Update-----

Tournament Update
  1. Each week, an MP mode and a BR mode will be available in Tournament, and progress towards milestones are shared between the two. Soldiers can choose their preferred mode to participate in.
  2. Added a new way to obtain camos of the melee weapon - unlock by acquiring camos of a certain gun type armory.
  3. Previous seasonal camos are going to be rotated from this season, S1 camo "Red Sprite" and the shards of the MVP emote will be not available in S7; Rewards in previous seasons will also be released via other engagement events. Stay tuned.
Level limitation was adjusted to 300, and Epic rewards of Dark Fiber and Cosmos series are joining the rewards pool.

-----Balance Adjustment-----

Balance Adjustment

MP&BR

The ADS flashes will no longer be bonded with any gun types. Different flashing effects will be triggered when a weapon is equipped with any optics above 4X (including default optics of Sniper Rifle).
HBRa3
Range: Increased
BK57
Range: Adjust
Damage: Increased
FR .556
Damage: Increased
Range: Adjusted
Maddox
Basic range: Increased
Echo Fire Mod
Recoil debuff: Reduced
M4
Damage: Increased
ADS speed: Increased
Kilo 141
Chest damage multiplier: Increased
AK117
Damage: Increased
Range: Increased
M4LMG
Head damage multiplier: Increased
Chest damage multiplier: Increased
ADS bullet spread: Reduced
Hades
Movement speed: Increased
ADS speed: Increased
PKM
Vertical recoil amplitude: Reduced
Range: Adjusted
Damage: Increased
Pharo
Range: Increased
Chicom
Range: Increased

MP

Striker
ADS bullet spread: Reduced (MP Only)
Echo
ADS bullet spread: Reduced (MP Only)
MP Operator Skill/Tactics
Bull Charge
Duration: Reduced
Shadow Blade
Added reduction of damage-taken when Equalizer activated
C4
Lethality scale: Reduced
Motolov Cocktail
Duration: Reduced
Stim Shot
Speed buff: Slightly reduced
Perk
Unit Support
Recharge bonus: Increased

BR

M4
Accuracy of aim assist: Slightly reduced
AK-47
ADS bullet spread: Increased
Echo
ADS bullet spread: Increased
HS0405
ADS bullet spread: Increased
BR Class
Cannot select the same Class as your teammate's when respawned.
Rewind
Rewind time: Reduced 8s→6s
Ravage Launcher
Missile speed: Reduced 50→38
Ravager Launcher HP: Reduced
Shock Wave
Damage: Reduced 60/80 → 50/60
Reduced available charging amounts to 1 before upgrading.
Charging speed: Reduced
Spotter
Available to recharge twice
Air strike radius: Increased 5→8m
Cluster amount: Increased 4/6→6/9
Defender
Available to use twice after upgrading
Cannot deploy two Transform Shield at the same time
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2023.05.30 20:29 capedcrusader52 2023 Nats Park Guide

Hello all, given the fact one of most common posts we seem to get on the subreddit is tips/advice for coming to Nats Park either from Visiting Fans or First Times. I thought it would be a good idea to get a decent size run-down of all the things new and "old" this season at Nats Park and the surrounding area to help ensure a good experience by all (If I forgot something please comment, my brain can only hold so much Nats Park knowledge).
Old:
New:
Seating in Ballpark:
Fans in Ballpark:
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2023.05.30 15:02 theMezz Bremer’s Wine and Liquor to host 90th anniversary celebration 2023-0530

romesentinel.com /stories/bremers-wine-and-liquor-to-host-90th-anniversary-celebration,181553
Bremer’s Wine and Liquor to host 90th anniversary celebration
3-4 minutes
NEW HARTFORD — On June 13, 1933, the CH Bremer Fish and Fruit Market, which was established in 1876, began selling wine and liquor at its Seneca Street site in Utica. The market obtained the first liquor license granted in Oneida County after the repeal of Prohibition.

This June, the family-run business celebrates its 90th year of operation since that original license.

Charles (CH) Bremer was a well-known Utica businessman who passed the store to his son, Merritt. It was Merritt who obtained the original state liquor license. In 1959, Merritt died unexpectedly and his son, Merritt Jr. (Bud), took a leave from his job as a chemist at United Merchants and Manufacturers to help. He thought it would be a brief few weeks of managing the store, but he ultimately remained at the helm for several decades.

In 1966, the Bremer business merged with Art Bullock’s store, Casey and Keefe, becoming Bremer and Bullock. After Art Bullock’s retirement in 1999, Bud’s son Merritt III (Tim) joined his father in the store. In 2006, Eric, the youngest of the Bremers, came on board so his father could ease into retirement. With Tim’s retirement in 2022, Eric became the sole proprietor of Bremer’s Wine and Liquor.

Throughout the years, the business has had five locations, from downtown Utica to its current location on Commercial Drive in New Hartford. Over the years, the business has given back to the Mohawk Valley by supporting not-for-profit organizations including The Arthritis Foundation, Thea Bowman House, The House of the Good Shepherd, The Boys and Girls Club, and the American Heart Association.

On Friday, June 9, Bremer’s will host an anniversary and customer appreciation celebration at the Yahnundasis Golf and Country Club from 6 to 9 p.m. at 8639 Seneca Turnpike in New Hartford, which is open to the public. Reservations are required.

The event will feature complimentary wine and spirits tastings, seminars, hors d’ oeuvres and a cash bar.

A rare, full set of Van Winkle whiskeys (10-, 12-, 15-, 20-, and 23-year old bourbons and a 13-year old rye) will be raffled at $20 per ticket, with the proceeds to benefit The House of the Good Shepherd and Thea Bowman House. Tickets are available at Bremer’s at 4684 Commercial Drive, or at the event on June 9. Raffle tickets can be purchased with cash or check.

Seminars require a cash or check donation of $20, which will be donated to either The House of the Good Shepherd or Thea Bowman House. The seminars will be a full tasting experience, and the topics are:

• The Difference between Old World- and New World-Style Wines (6:15–6:45 p.m.)

• Whiskies of the World: Scotland, Ireland, Japan, and the United States (6:15–6:45 p.m.)

• The Rosé Garden (a variety of rosé styles) (7–7:30 p.m.)

• Wines of Italy (7–7:30 p.m.)

Seminars are limited to 30 attendees and require a first come, first served reservation. Reservations for seminars and the event can be made by calling 315-768-6400 or by emailing [[email protected]](mailto:[email protected]) or [[email protected]](mailto:[email protected]).
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2023.05.30 12:22 singshopsleep All of Today's Offers

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2023.05.30 01:45 aufwiederbean My Experience with Carmax Express Pick-Up

Howdy folks! I just wanted to share some parts of my experience buying a car from Carmax.
Overall, I had a really great experience with buying from Carmax. I'm 25 (F), and one of my main concerns was a quick and easy buying experience so I could get back on the road ASAP. I'm also a graduate student, so affordability and lower monthly payments were also my goal. Everyone has different needs when they're buying a car, so if you find yourself in the same boat as me, here are some things that may be helpful in your search:
Every single associate I talked to at Carmax was kind, helpful, and knowledgeable. Obviously my experience is not indicative of what everyone's will be, but I'm incredibly happy with my purchase and hope that I can help some other inexperienced folks out :-)
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2023.05.29 06:39 Reasonable_Warning My friend fell through the ice on a fishing trip, I’m not sure what I pulled out of the water

It all started Friday, when we (myself and my roommate James) went fishing at one of the local lakes. Or, at least we tried to go fishing. It's Spring but the lake we drove to was still frozen. Ice fishing wasn’t something we’d ever done, but we figured it couldn't be too difficult. When we arrived I tentatively tested the ice and it seemed solid, so we ventured further out. The ice cracked underfoot in a few places, but neither of us were very concerned. Once we got to a nice spot in the middle I sat down on one of the buckets we’d brought and started fitting our poles with hooks. While I was doing that, James set about trying to make a hole in the ice. He started by stomping on it with his foot to no effect. Then, he grabbed his bucket and began hammering away at it.
“Need some help over there?” I said in a somewhat teasing tone.
“No I’ve got it, I just need a better spot, this one’s much too hard.” he said, jumping on the spot as proof.
“Whoa don’t do that! If the ice breaks you’ll fall in and I’d have to save you, then as payment you’d have to treat me to a beer at Shelby’s.”
“Man you know I don’t like that place, it's so dingy. But as I said, the ice won’t break. I’m going to look for another spot.”
“Alright, well I’m done with the poles. Let me know if you need any help then.”
“Awesome, you can see the fish swimming under the ice over here. This is the spot, I know it!”
“Great! I’ll move our gear over.”
Suddenly, I heard a loud crack and a small splash. I looked over and saw James had his foot stuck in the ice.
“Hey you alright? Don’t move, let me come pull you out.” I said, dropping our poles and walking over.
“No I don’t need any help, I just need to pull my leg out. This water is cold as hell!”
“Yeah I bet. I’m coming over anyway just in case.”
“Nah I got it, see?” he said, before aggressively trying to pull his foot out of the hole. Almost immediately he lost his balance, and fell forward slamming into the dark patch of ice. I heard the surface give way and saw him fall into the water. I ran over to the hole and tried to see him, but the water was too muddy. Frantically, I plunged my arms into the water and grabbed randomly hoping to find a purchase on James. My arms started burning, and after a few minutes I had to pull them out. I started panicking and didn’t know if I should jump in after him. I decided I would call 911 first, even though I knew there’s nothing they could do, and then would jump in after him. But just as I dialed the number I saw a hand come out of the water. I dropped my phone and grabbed it, heaving a muddy body onto the ice and pulling it towards more solid ground. It was James, he was covered in mud and some grass, but other than that seemed perfectly fine. He wasn’t even shivering, nor did he seem particularly stressed. Once I’d helped him to his feet he stood and turned towards the hole in the ice, looking at it pensively.
“Are you alright James?” I asked. He didn’t respond, so I grabbed his arm and pulled him away from the hole towards the shore. I’d suddenly remembered that not shivering was a symptom of severe hypothermia, something that would only get worse in those wet clothes of his. I almost had to drag him away, but he offered no resistance, just kept looking behind him at the hole. When we reached the car I turned the heater to maximum, and undressed James. I gave him my jacket and wrapped him in a blanket I had in the back.
“James? Can you hear me? I’m taking you to a clinic now, there’s one only 15 minutes away.” I started the GPS and pulled out of the small recreation area, but before I could get onto the road James grabbed me and started screaming.
“TAKE ME BACK TAKE ME BACK TAKE ME BACK TAKE ME BACK”
I jumped and hit my head on the roof of the car.
“Dammit James you scared the crap out of me, are you all right?”
He let go of me, and whispered “Take me back.”
“No, we’re going to a clinic. You're clearly hypothermic, you're not even shivering but you’re ice cold. End of discussion.” I said, and then continued onto the road towards the clinic. I focused on the road, but I could feel his eyes on me.
“We’ll come back another day.” I said. I quickly glanced to my left, and was startled to see he was looking directly into my eyes.
“Alright,” he whispered, before slowly looking away and out the window.
We spent the rest of the drive in silence, until we reached the hospital. The doctor said he didn’t have hypothermia, but gave him some dry clothes and recommended standing by the heater until he warmed up. James nodded, but headed straight for the car. I quickly said thanks to the doctor, and followed James. It would take an hour to get to our apartment, so I flipped through my CD collection.
“Let’s see… I’ve got the Cars, and we’re in a car so it seems like a worthy choice.” I smiled at him, it was a joke I’d told many times before that usually got an eye roll, and occasionally a laugh. But this time James didn’t give me either, and instead continued looking out the window. “Alright” I said. “Let’s try something you like.” I pulled an Elton John CD out of its sleeve and popped it in the stereo. Elton John is his favorite, and he can’t help but sing along to Rocketman. This was the first time he hadn’t. He even sang to it when I picked him up after his girlfriend dumped him in college.
When we finally arrived at our apartment I pulled into the parking space at the back of our building. James didn’t say a word and silently followed me to our door. Once inside, he went over to the couch, lied down, and closed his eyes. I thought he was probably shaken by his experience and needed some time alone, so I let him be and went to my room. I was a bit worried about him so I spent the day at home Saturday, but he still wouldn’t make conversation with me. Then in the evening, he came out of his room and sat down next to me.
“Take me back, " he whispered.
“Take you back where exactly?”
“To the lake, you said you’d take me back.”
“Oh yeah I guess I said that. Honestly, I don’t really trust the ice after what happened, we should wait a month or so until it fully melts and then just fish like we normally do.”
“But you promised. You said we’d go back another day.”
“Yes, when the ice melts. Maybe it’ll just take a few more weeks.” I said, perplexed at his insistence.
“I need to go back.” he said, eyes suddenly locking with mine.
“You don’t need to go back, you want to go back alright? We are not going back so soon, I’d be stressed out the whole time. You could’ve died, you know.”
“So you won’t take me back?”
“That is correct, the lake is much too dangerous and you’ve been super quiet ever since we got back. I’m going out with Dale tonight, but when I get back we should talk about what happened and try and work through it alright? I’ll be back late, but text me if you need anything. Also, don’t forget it's your turn to make dinner.”
Then I left, and went to meet up with my friend Dale. We had more than a few drinks, and talked about a recent hunting trip he’d been on with his son. Dale has a way of continuing conversations way longer than you’d think possible, but because I don’t see him as much as I used to I let him talk all he wants. Needless to say, I got in pretty late and was very hungry. I didn’t see anything on the counter, so I figured James had wrapped dinner up in the fridge. Standard procedure when I’m out with Dale, who never fails to keep me out all night. But, when I looked in the fridge there was nothing there.
James loved to cook and never missed an opportunity to try out a new recipe on me. I saw his door was open, so I popped my head into his room to see if he was still up. I was surprised to see that he wasn't there, so I decided to see where he was using Find My Friends. When I saw that he was in the middle of a random forest I was confused, until I realized he was heading to the lake on foot. I was very concerned and immediately raced to my car. Admittedly, I had had a few drinks, but I’m a big guy and it was an emergency so I drove out anyway. There wasn’t anyone on the road this late regardless, and all I could think about was James falling through the ice again.
It was very dark when I arrived at the lake. It was still frozen, just as before, but I could make out a figure in the center illuminated by the moonlight. I quickly hurried to the edge and cautiously stepped closer to the figure, ice sometimes cracking underfoot. As I walked I could see a few holes in the ice, presumably caused by animals falling under. I heard splashing water to my left and saw a muddy deer somehow manage to stumble out of the water. It was dragging a dark mass alongside it, and quickly moved into the darkness of the forest out of sight. I heard a yelp as something fell through the water to my right just as I approached James.
He stood with his back toward me, staring into a large hole in the ice.
“James, I saw a lot of holes in the ice on my way over to you. I really don't think this is safe. Let’s go home. I’m worried you might not be thinking clearly, you’re putting us both in danger right now. We really shouldn't be on the ice.”
“Look,” he said, without turning.
I walked up beside him, and looked into the hole. The water was crystal clear, and I could see a naked body tangled in the weeds. Suddenly, James stepped forward and jumped into the hole. Stunned, I watched him move towards the body before the mud obscured my vision. After a few seconds his hand came out of the water reaching towards me. I grabbed it, and with some effort pulled him and the body out onto the ice, hearing a subtle crack as their collective weight bore down on the lake's surface.
“James? What is happening right now?” I said.
He didn’t answer, just stood up and looked at the body with a curious look on his face. He started to wipe the mud off the body with his sleeve, and I realized the corpse had James’ face. They were identical, except for the fact that the body was naked and James was clothed.
“What the fuck? Who is this? Why did you know there was a body here? Why does he look like you?” I said nervously.
In lieu of an answer, James turned to look at me with a confused expression. I backed away slowly and clutched my phone in my pocket ready to call 911, when, suddenly, a muddy deer emerged from the forest and began to approach James. As it got closer I saw it had a bloodied deer leg in its mouth. It moved quickly, and was next to James within seconds. The deer dropped the leg, walked over to the body, and began to lightly chew the dead doppelganger's arm. It looked at James, then back at the body and walked back to where it had dropped the deer leg. Then, it put it back in its mouth and began to chew, before looking back at James again.
“Oh, thanks.” James said.
The deer bowed its head slightly, then returned to the forest.
Suddenly, James dropped to his knees and lifted up an arm of the body. He immediately began tearing into the flesh, savagely ripping off pieces with his muddy hands and teeth. I felt vomit come up my throat, and I blacked out.
Next thing I knew I was in bed. I felt cold, dirty, and tired. When I left my room James was making breakfast as if nothing had happened.
“Good morning,” I said warily.
“Good morning! How’d you sleep?”
I didn’t respond, I could still see the body being torn apart on the ice, but the memories were hazy. I wasn’t drunk at the time but I had been drinking prior, and somehow I was back in the apartment like I’d never left. It all seemed a bit surreal, but I have never had a dream so disturbing before. I looked out the window and saw that my car was still in its spot, but I was also still wearing my clothes from the bar, which initially seemed a tad odd.
“Are you alright?” James said, with a concerned look on his face. “You know you took quite a nasty fall last night. You really shouldn’t drink so much.”
“I fell? When?” I said, touching my head and confirming that it was a bit sore.
“You came home last night after you went drinking with Dale and I guess you slipped on the doormat or something, I heard a thud and found you passed out cold on the floor.”
“Huh, you’re right I guess I did drink a bit too much” I lied. “But you know Dale, he’s just got a way of keeping you on that stool.”
“Clearly! Just know you can call me to pick you up anytime, you don’t have to stumble home all by yourself.”
“Thanks, anyway I’ve got to get going. See you later?”
“Not hungry? I’ve got some eggs here, they’re crunchy, just the way you like them!”
By ‘crunchy’ James meant he had put the entirety of the egg into the bowl and whisked it all together; this was his signature. He lived with his grandfather for a bit as a kid, and apparently the madman refused to separate the shells, claiming they were a great source of calcium. James was always trying to get me to try them, but I always declined.
“No thanks,” I said, unable to suppress a small smile. “I’ve got some errands to run, I’ll see you in a bit.”
“Alright your loss, see you later! Don’t forget it's your turn to make dinner.”
“Of course.” I said, walking out the door and grabbing my keys from the bowl.
When I got to my car I started heading towards the supermarket, but stopped beside the road once I was out of sight of the building. My seat felt slightly damp and the interior had a bit of an earthy smell, so I opened the window. I hoped that I had dreamt the whole thing, but every time I thought about what I’d seen I felt nauseous again. I had to be sure, so I decided to go back to the lake. I was paranoid that James might use Find My Friends on me, so I actually did end up going to the supermarket and hid my phone nearby, and just hoped if he did check it he would only look once. Then I booted up my GPS and headed back to the lake.
As usual, when I arrived the small parking lot was empty. I quickly headed to the lake and very carefully walked towards the center. As I walked my memories of the night prior kept flashing before me, the muddy deer dragging something across the ice, the crunch of the ice beneath my feet. Eventually I reached the spot where James had fallen. The ice was clean, no body in sight. I didn’t even see any blood. I very nervously looked down into the water, but again didn't see anything suspicious. Perhaps this should’ve convinced me it was a dream, but I’m much too stubborn for that, so I decided I would need to find a way to test James. I started heading back to the supermarket in my car to retrieve my phone, and thought up a plan.
When I arrived at the store I grabbed my phone and bought some groceries. Then I went about actually completing my errands as if it were a regular Sunday, albeit much more slowly than I would normally. I managed to stretch out my chores until 4:00 PM, then headed home to start dinner. When I arrived James was on the couch watching television.
“Wow you were gone a long time.” he said.
“Well, I had quite a bit to do. But don’t worry, I’m ready to make you some dinner.” I said cheerfully.
I made spaghetti while he watched Netflix, and when it was done set the table. James’ favorite drink is apple juice, he drinks it paired with almost any meal. So, as anticipated when I asked him what he wanted to drink he asked for it. I got us both opaque glasses, and poured him a cup filled with apple cider vinegar, myself with lemonade, then I called him over to the table.
“Bon Appétit!” I said dramatically, with a flourish of my hand.
“I’m starving, thanks for making one of my favorites.” he said.
“Well, we both had a bit of a difficult weekend, so I’m counting on you to make Shepherd's pie sometime next week.”
“Definitely! You know, you're actually a really good Italian cook! If I didn’t know better I’d think there might be a little rat pulling the strings up there.”
“Well I was classically trained by the best YouTube chefs.” I said, as I watched him down half the glass of vinegar without batting an eye.
After dinner I went to my room and left James with the dishes. Then, I sat down on my computer and began organizing my thoughts. Now I’m just waiting till he goes to sleep before I make my move. I’m going to creep into his room tonight and kill him using an axe I snuck in when I brought up the groceries. I don’t know what he is, but I do know James, my James, is dead. The only thing I can do now is kill the monster I saw eating him. I just hope the element of surprise will be enough, and I pray I'll be able to go through with it when the time comes. I just have to wait for him to turn out the lights, it'll be any moment now.
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2023.05.29 03:45 harry-jg How to Buy and Sell NFT

The modern art scene has evolved into something of a digital jungle, with NFT artists and collectors finding themselves in the crosshairs of online rogues, the digital counterparts of our friendly neighbourhood pickpockets. Some of these scoundrels have made off with sums large enough to give Uncle Tom a fit of the vapours. While most NFT bazaars fortify their establishments with security as tight as Bertie's Aunt Agatha's grip on his allowance, these virtual marauders employ an array of clever tactics to ferret out chinks in the armour.
Also, patrons who step into the NFT marketplace without a fair understanding of the potential hazards are likely to fall prey to scams as varied as the ingredients in Anatole's menu, unless they adopt the proper cybersecurity etiquette.
In this discourse, we shall traverse the path of safety in the acquisition, disposal, and conservation of NFTs, with a special focus on the common pitfalls one must be wary of before taking a plunge into this sea of digital artefacts.
Take heed, however: this account does not aspire to the status of financial counsel. Should one wish to treat NFTs as financial steppingstones, it would be prudent to seek out the advice of a seasoned financial advisor well-versed in the intricacies of digital assets, including NFTs and cryptocurrencies. As with all matters of great importance, prior personal research into NFTs and cryptocurrencies is highly recommended before parting with your hard-earned pounds or engaging in any trading of said assets. One should be as aware of the risks associated with these dealings as Jeeves is of Bertie's numerous romantic entanglements.
NFTs: A Gentleman's Guide to the Artefacts of the Digital Age
An NFT, you see, bears an uncanny resemblance to a digital autograph (fondly dubbed a "Token") which serves as a certificate of proprietorship over a virtual asset – these assets might range from digital masterpieces and collectibles to prime digital real estate. The best analogy for these NFTs, is they are much like the deeds to your stately family home. Now, the deeds themselves do not constitute the building, but rather the legal evidence of your dominion over it. Similarly, an NFT does not represent the actual work of digital art but is a token of its ownership.
The operations of NFTs are underpinned by a nifty invention called blockchain technology, which plays the role of the dutiful Jeeves, handling the transaction and safekeeping of these NFTs. Using some form of secret code language or 'cryptography', these blockchain networks pave the way for trusted dealings sans the requirement for a third-party interference (a meddlesome middleman, so to speak) and ensure the secure archival of all records.
So, what exactly does NFT stand for? Well, it’s an abbreviation for "non-fungible token." Now, if something is "fungible", it implies that it can be exchanged for an identical item without affecting its value. A dollar bill, for instance, is fungible, as you can swap it for another dollar bill, with no impact on its worth. However, a "non-fungible" item means that there aren't any equivalent assets it can be swapped for. These are generally one-of-a-kind items, akin to custom timepieces, limited edition figurines, and singular art pieces. Thus, an NFT, being a unique entity, cannot be directly swapped for another NFT. The "token" part of non-fungible token refers to the digital signature that authenticates ownership. If you hold the unique signature or "token" tied to an asset, you can assert your ownership of said asset.
Perils and Pitfalls: A Navigational Chart for the NFT Voyager
While the sturdy vessel of blockchain technology that navigates the choppy seas of NFTs might be as secure as the Bank of England, there still exist several pesky barnacles clinging to its hull, threatening to place NFT users in a bit of a soup. These include, but aren't limited to, nefarious wallet raids, weak points in the defences of NFT platforms, unsavoury exploitation by computer bugs and viruses, cunning phishing expeditions, and the ever-so-sly scams of social engineering.
Invisible Pestilence: A Tale of NFT's Malware Marauders
As in all spheres of existence, the shimmering world of NFT platforms too has had its fair share of skeletons in the closet - loopholes cunningly exploited by the digital bounders, letting them 'airdrop' NFTs, teeming with malevolent attachments, right into users' wallets. Now, an 'airdrop', in the decent, respectable circles of cryptocurrency and NFT projects, is merely a benevolent act of tossing a free item into a user's crypto wallet - as harmless as handing out complimentary biscuits at the club. However, when these seemingly innocuous airdropped NFTs come bearing hidden malware like a Trojan horse, unwary users could inadvertently download these digital pests, resulting in an unsolicited exhibition of their most private data. This could range from crypto wallet passwords and private keys to backup phrases, personal information, and all manner of things best kept under wraps.
A Fishing Trip Through the NFT Seas: Phishing Attacks, Smishing Scandals, and Counterfeit Webpage Woes
Imagine, if you will, a bustling scene of NFT enthusiasts, going about their business, trading and collecting digital treasures. Yet, lurking in the shadows are the incorrigible digital miscreants, plotting their next phishing attack. Yes, phishing, the nefarious act of pretending to be a legitimate entity to hoodwink unsuspecting NFT users into parting with their crypto wallet's private keys or backup phrases. Once obtained, these felons swiftly empty the user's wallet of its NFT collections and associated funds, as swiftly as one might drain a bottle of the finest claret.
Regrettably, the machinations of these digital ruffians have only become more sophisticated. Enter 'smishing', a novel variant of phishing, where the attackers deploy deceptive SMS messages to the user's mobile device, leading them to click on malicious links or persuading them to part with their two-factor authentication codes that guard their NFT wallets and online accounts.
And as if that weren’t enough, these rogues have added website forgery to their arsenal of deceit. Creating facsimile versions of legitimate NFT platforms or of popular NFT collection websites, they strategically place ads that lure users onto these bogus sites. Once ensnared, the victims are coaxed into entering sensitive information such as recovery phrases, providing the hackers with a one-way ticket into their crypto wallets, and a free hand to pilfer NFTs and cryptocurrency funds at leisure.
Under the Cloak of Camaraderie: A Tale of Digital Miscreants and Social Engineering Shenanigans
Picture a digital rogue so crafty, he's able to coax the private details out of an unsuspecting NFT enthusiast, simply by utilising the tools of social engineering. These chaps dive headlong into the personal lives of their victims, looking for the perfect hook with which to draw them into their deceitful net. It might be a shared interest or hobby that they latch onto, creating a false sense of camaraderie and trust, as cunning as a fox that’s just been made the head of hen-house security.
These swindlers have no shortage of tactics up their sleeves, with some bold enough to impersonate customer support personnel on Twitter for reputable NFT platforms, such as OpenSea, or even masquerade as employees on an authentic platform's Discord server. And don't think for a moment that these schemes are amateurish! Oh, no! These social engineering plots can be so exquisitely sophisticated and meticulously organised, they might even hoodwink the most savvy of NFT users.
Consider, for instance, these rogues posing as a legitimate business, keen on partnering with reputable NFT traders. They engage in convivial exchanges, build a rapport, and once the stage is set, they pull the rug out from under their unsuspecting targets, tricking them into sending cryptocurrency funds to a duplicitous wallet. So, just as in the tales of old, where the sly fox tricks the unsuspecting lamb, in the world of NFTs, it pays to keep your wits about you and not take things at face value.
The Case of the Bumbling Wallet and the Crafty Crypto Caper
Imagine, if you will, a crypto wallet—just your everyday digital purse, mind you—coming under attack by a band of cunning hackers. This woeful predicament usually arises when the wallet's custodian fails to adhere to the gold standard in security procedures. The miscreants employ a variety of tools in their digital skulduggery, with phishing being their favourite pastime. But let's not forget the insidious malware—spyware, keyloggers, and the like—that stealthily monitor every twitch and click, ready to snatch up any juicy tidbits of sensitive data.
To ward off these digital rapscallions, one must store one's crypto wallet private keys with the utmost discretion, akin to how one might tuck away one's prized collection of first-edition Wodehouse novels. A stout password, sturdy as a bulldog's bite, is a must for any crypto wallet aspiring to stay out of the hands of these nefarious netizens.
And don't forget the cavalry in this digital fray—a robust antivirus program. Windows patrons might find solace in the arms of a program like Norton, while Mac aficionados might rest easier with Intego standing guard. With these loyal digital sentinels on patrol, your system will be as free of spyware, keyloggers, and data-pilfering malware as the Drones Club is free of an overly sober atmosphere.
Doppelgangers in the Digital Art Bazaar: The Tale of Bogus NFTs
Imagine, if you will, a horde of scammers, much akin to troublesome gnats at a summer picnic, hatching counterfeit NFTs in the likeness of popular collections. The whole operation is somewhat reminiscent of peddling sham concert tickets at the local gig, old chap.
Detecting these cunning replicas can be as tricky as spotting a speck of dust on Aunt Agatha's prized Chippendale settee. However, just like Aunt Dahlia's French chef Anatole has his telltale signs for distinguishing fresh truffles, these fraudulent NFTs bear certain tell-tale signs of inauthenticity, such as:
  1. Prices that could make a frugal Scotsman blush, being significantly less than those of their bona fide counterparts.
  2. Absence of verification (no blue checkmark donning their listing, the digital equivalent of a monocle, to vouch for their legitimacy).
  3. Orphaned from their original collection, much like a lone scone at a busy afternoon tea.
  4. Contract addresses that don’t match the original ones, a red flag as conspicuous as a fox at Blandings Castle.
  5. A trading volume lower than the level of sobriety at the Drones Club on a Friday evening.
Often, unsuspecting users, much like young Bingo Little swayed by the charms of yet another love interest, are lured by the attractively low prices of these faux NFTs. They mistake the bargain for a genuine good deal, only to realize they've been taken for a ride.
When navigating these choppy waters, my dear reader, stick to the blue checkmark, much like the North Star to a weary traveler. That little symbol could be your salvation in the topsy-turvy world of NFT trading.
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2023.05.29 02:19 RockabyeHedgehog 13 Day Tokyo/Kyoto/Osaka/Nara Itinerary Check - November

Hi all!
We have been reading this subreddit for the past half year and are finally ready to post our tentative schedule. We are very open to feedback, changes, and suggestions (especially with places to stay and experiences).
There will be 4 of us (f/f couple and f/m couple) going in mid-late November. We have not purchased tickets for flights as of yet (hoping to this week), so if a different airport might be best, we are open to that suggestion as well.
Our interests range from anime, drinks (i.e. whiskey, coffee, alcohol tasting), one-of-a-kind experiences (happy to a few museums/temples but not our primary goal), food, nightlife and just general exploring
There are a few days that seem a bit empty, so thoughts are appreciated! We are also open to changing the days we go to different districts if some might be better.
So with that being said, here is our tentative schedule!
Day 1 (Saturday): Arrive at Haneda Airport in the late afternoon/evening:
Day 2 (Sunday): Explore Shibuya/Harajuku District
Day 3 (Monday) Explore Ginza District
Day 4 (Tuesday) Koenji District
Day 5 (Wednesday) Travel Day to Kyoto
Day 6 (Thursday) Kyoto
Day 7 (Friday) Kyoto
Day 8 (Saturday) Travel Day to Osaka
Day 9 (Sunday): Osaka
Day 10 (Monday): Day trip to Nara
Day 11 (Tuesday) Travel Day, back to Tokyo (Ueno District)
Day 12 (Wednesday) Disney Sea
Day 13 (Thursday) - Help?
Day 14 (Friday) - Sensoji & Free Day
Day 15 (Saturday)
Thank you everyone!
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2023.05.28 20:35 Least_Sleepy I was part of the TGI Fridays settlement that was filed in April 2014, AMA

I was a server at a top 3 performing TGI Fridays in the nation in 2014 and was a victim of their unlawful activities.
Most of our management was shoehorned in by the corporate office to maintain and exceed store performance. But it didn't stop there.
These managers were crooked and mean; they took advantage our FOH and bar staff in many ruthless and creative ways.
I quit when I had enough of their bullshit. If I wasn't young and naïve at the time, I would have quit sooner.
Nearly a decade later, I find myself still reflecting on my experience there from time-to-time; the shit that they were able to get away with still blows me away.
Ask. Me. Anything.


Link of settlement: https://www.overtimepaylaws.org/tgi-fridays-settle-more-overtime-pay-claims/
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2023.05.27 23:33 MediocreFisherman NC for less than a week. When does the anxiety go away? I just want to be left alone.

I have been no contact with my father since last Sunday.
This is going to e a long story. So...strap in, I guess?
In 2018 my father was living with my grandfather in an apartment. My grandfather had finally gotten to a point with his age (90) and health (bad) that he couldn't be left alone while my dad worked. He had fallen a few times, and wasn't really capable of making his own lunch or breakfast. So the family made the decision to move my grandfather into an assisted living facility.

My father had originally planned to move in with a friend of his. She had a spare bedroom she was going to rent him. Well, not long before this all set to happen, she backs out and says that she thinks he is too messy, and doesn't want to deal with him. Man...if I would have just listened then.

I had just bought a 12'x28' building from a friend. He had built it as an addition on his house, however decided to move and was open to selling the addition. We literally sawzalled it off his house, and had a roll on tow truck come haul it a few miles to my house where I had it put on a slab. I was planning on turning it into like a man cave / home office type thing since I work from home a lot.

Well, given the situation with my father, and that he couldn't afford to live alone on his $13 an hour job, I said hey, we work close to each other. Why don't I turn this building into a mini-house and you can live there and we can ride to work together. We agree to a very low rent amount, with the agreement being he will help out around the house, watch our kids occasionally, that sort of thing.

First few months of him living with us went fine. He was respectful, helpful, my only complaint was he'd chain smoke in my car on the way to and from work and I hated going to work smelling like smoke.

Then COVID hit. He worked at a pharma company doing packaging, and was laid off. A week after he was laid off he said a friend of his from work was going to come by and hang out. Well, turns out that friend was a woman, and very very quickly it turned into a relationship. And then soon after that we realized...he basically thought it was ok for her to live with us. I explained to him many times over that I had turned that building to a home for him, and just him. There was not room for a 2nd person, and with his extremely low rent, I wasn't paying for a 2nd persons utilities. But worse, she was a non-functional alcoholic. She drank and drank and drank, non stop. She would drive drunk. She would basically drink until she passed out, wake up and wash, rinse, repeat. That is literally all she did. She refused to interact with the rest of the family at all. She wouldn't even look at us. She was a grifter, she was just looking for a free place to live and drink. She didn't eat. I never once saw her eat.

We went on vacation summer of 2020, and my dad came with us. She stayed in his tiny home while he was gone, to watch our dogs and keep an eye on the place. Well, a massive limb fell out of the one tree in my backyard and crushed about 20 feet of my fence, RIGHT NEXT to the tiny home. She didn't notice. My neighbors called me and let me know. My dad called her and she was oblivious, and even pretended to go outside and check, and said she saw nothing. About 2 cords of wood fell out of the sky 20 feet from where she had been sleeping and crushed my chainlink fence. Then, when we came home, I check my security cameras. She only had been letting our dogs out once a day. We had to basically re-house train our dogs because they'd spent 10 days shitting in the house because she wasn't doing the one job she was supposed to do and that I was paying her $250 to do. Of course my dad defended her and said she'd done everything asked, he couldn't explain why she didn't notice the massive limb down. Just excuses.

Halloween 2020, she finally comes out of the tiny house and agrees to help pass out candy on our porch. She was extremely intoxicated. I mean drunk as hell, barely coherent. My wife and I were pissed that her and my father thought this was acceptable around our kids, or any kids. The next morning both claimed she hadn't had a drop to drink the previous day. They told me this at 9am, while she was drinking box wine out of a 20oz tumbler. Suffice to say, I didn't believe them.

At this point we finally started pushing very hard on him that she needed to leave. She was welcome to spend a night or two a week, but she wasn't moving in, and she needed to go home. This enraged my dad. He called me and my wife all sorts of horrible names, and then told me if I wanted her out, I had to tell her. Oh man, he had no idea how happy that made me. I marched right on out there and told her to pack her shit and be off my property in the next 5 minutes or I was calling the Sheriff and having her trespassed.

I go back in my house. 10 minutes later I get a text from him asking to talk. I go back out. He asks if she signs a lease, could she live here? I said what part of no to her moving in here did either of them not understand? We went back and forth more. Finally I said she was no longer welcome on my property, and she needed to leave. Now.

The next morning I get up, and guess who's car is back in my driveway? I went out, basically kicked his door open, and tore into the both of them and kicked her out again. He was testing me. He wanted to see how serious I really was.

Then the medical problems started. So the entire time we had been battling the girlfriend issue, he had an infection in his big toe. Finally, January 2021 he had to have it amputated, none of the antibiotics had worked. Then he had to have a 2nd surgery to remove more infection. Then he was on a wound vac for 2 months. Now, I understand how big of a pain in the ass the wound vac is, especially on your foot. So, I was more than helpful in this time-frame. I made him dinner and brought it out to his tiny house every night for him. I would run to the store whenever he needed. Just generally trying to be helpful to a guy laid up on bed rest.

And this is when things REALLY started, with him taking advantage of me. I would make him meals, and he would always have something nasty to say about it. He basically destroyed my love for cooking, because everything I made he would have something shitty to say. I made chicken fried rice and he bitched that it was dry. I explained that fried rice doesn't have a sauce, its not stir fry, its fried rice. "Well it was dry and it needed a sauce." But then, when I would bring his food out, he would be sitting at his TV tray with a knife and fork in his hands like waiting on me. But then always the nasty comments on my cooking.

And the running and getting him stuff went from once or twice a week, to daily. Or multiple times a day. I work from home, and would get texts from him demanding I go to the store. I'd say I'm in meetings, I can go after work. So he'd say shit like "I'm having a panic attack" or "I really need this stuff." And of course it was always stuff that could have waited a few hours like cigarettes and coffee.

THEN, one time he forgot something on the list, and asked me to go back for it. The dollar store is like half a mile from my house, so it really wasn't a huge deal. But after that....he started forgetting stuff almost every time. Because he liked making me have to go back out.

He also wanted me to bring him ice. So he was dealing with kidney failure, and was supposed to drink a lot of water to keep things flushing through. He wouldn't consider a tap filter, or like a brita pitcher. He demanded I buy him gallons of spring water and bring him ice from my ice maker. He wouldn't get ice cube trays because he said they were too big a pain in the butt.

One night, I was taking him out some ice, and I tripped in the dark and ended up tearing a huge flap of skin on my arm that caught on an exposed screw on the side of my house. 40 something stitches. He was pissed he didn't get his ice that night.

Things continue on this way. He had to get a heart cath and have antibiotics injected into his heart 2x a day. He refused a home health aid and said his son would do it. Never asked me. I'm not a doctor, and I was incredibly uncomfortable doing this, but he demanded I do it and refused to do it himself.

That summer (2021) I took my family to the beach. His kidneys had continued to shut down, and he was retaining water like crazy. He looked like the Michelin man. He was so swollen his penis wouldn't come out of his pubic fat area, so when he urinated, it just went everywhere. And because of the meds they had him on, he was peeing every 20 minutes. He was IRATE that I wouldn't bring him along. His "solution" to the pee problem was that he would shove a towel down his pants and pee into that, if he had to. His solution was to sit in the backseat of my fairly new car and piss himself, while sitting next to my daughters. He would berate me and scream at me and say all kinds of guilt ridden stuff at me about how doesn't he deserve to go to the beach one more time? And why would I take that away from him? That I owed this to him. And then finally that he was scared to be home by himself because of his health. But somehow...wasn't scared to travel 900 miles to Tampa? I almost broke, and my wife made it very clear that she did not want him on this trip, that it was a family trip for our family, and him being along was only ok if he was helpful, but spending the entire time being his nurse would not be a vacation. And of course she was right, and I am glad I finally listened.

We came home from vacation, and I spent 10 days without him. It was wonderful. And then we came home. And things continued down hill.

I don't know if you guys know what Kratom is, but its a drug from south east asia, its the ground up leaf of a plant. It hits the same receptors in your brain as opiates, but it doesn't get you high. Helps some people with pain. And he had restless leg syndrome, and became convinced this kratom stuff fixed it. He started taking it sometime around 2016. His dosage slowly ramped upwards. He wouldn't listen when I explained he needed to change things up, try different strains, and take tolerance breaks. He just took more and more and more.

Not only does kratom effect your kidneys, but it also can cause alzheimers like symptoms with chronic use. Recommended max dose is 15 grams, 3x a day. He is now up to around 2 kilograms a month. So, so do the math on that.

We tried to tell him many times that we were worried the kratom was impacting his health. His kidneys continued to fail and he ended up having to start dialysis. He also continued to be more and more demanding. He wouldn't ask you to do something, he'd just say "Go to family dollar and buy me some smokes." He basically treated me and my wife like rented mules. Just beat on us whenever he wanted.

He would put on these massive guilt trips about how he's all alone out in his tiny house by himself with no one to talk to. He would demand I come out every day and spend time with him, and when I'd say no, I have a wife and kids that need my time too, he would insult me, call me nasty shit or just flat out say he needed me more than them.

If you told him no, or tried to tell him how nasty he was being, he would do what I started calling the "(His Name) 3 step".

  1. Insult.
  2. State what he could no longer do, because of you
  3. Stomp away like a toddler.

So if you said "Dad, I don't want to take you out on the boat anymore, you are miserable to fish with, you treat me like shit the entire time, and its not enjoyable for me."

  1. FUCK YOU FUCKING PIECE OF SHIT
  2. THAT WAS MY RETIREMENT PLAN, NOW I CANT GO FISHINg, WHAT THE FUCK AM I SUPPOSED TO DO NOW?
  3. Stomp away.

It got to where I would start holding up my fingers and counting while he did his little act, and it would piss him off so badly.

Finally, I cracked. I couldn't take the abuse anymore. And I told him that he needed to find somewhere else to live. I wasn't kicking him out, I was going to help him find somewhere, but he needed to go, and if he didn't take my help, well he could go live in his car I guess.

We found him an apartment at a senior and disabled apartment complex. His rent was $100 cheaper than he had been paying me. Utilities were low. He was about a mile from our house, you could easily walk it on a nice day. Not only that, he had really nice neighbors. He instantly became friends with his neighbor, and they would go fishing together.

Things actually seemed like they were looking up. He even told me several times he was very thankful I had helped him find an apartment, he was enjoying being independent, and that he kind of had needed a push to go make some friends.

A few months ago, we started noticing he was talking about his neighbors less.
Then, a few weeks ago, he texts and asks me about buying a gun because "I guess I have to go fishing by myself now and I want protection."

Friday before last, he texted and asked me to come over. He was not in good shape. His other foot (not the toe missing one) was hurting very badly. He refused to go to the hospital, he said he was waiting until Saturday because the doctor that worked at the ER on the weekends gave out better meds.

Saturday afternoon, I drove past and saw the EMTs hauling him off on a stretcher.

About 10 minutes later, I get a facebook message from his neighbors girlfriend, and she asks me to call them. So I call, and then I say you know I'm 2 minutes away, let me just come over and we can talk.

We end up talking for close to 3 hours. They told me everything that had been going on. And frankly, I am disgusted.
He was stalking a home health aid that worked for the lady behind him, He learned her schedule and would stand in the hallway waiting for her and make nasty and lewd remarks. Apparently she had been cleaning his apartment for him as a side job, and he offered her $50 for sex. After that, she wouldn't talk to him or be near him, but he continues to try to approach her over and over.

He was sexually assaulting his neighbors girlfriend. He would grab at her, or pretend to trip and then grab her chest. Make horrible nasty comments to her. Wait for her boyfriend (his neighbor) to leave the room and say like "I don't know why you are dating him, and not me." or "He's a piece of shit, you should dump him and date me instead." and worse. I'm trying to be clean here. Some of the things she told me he'd said were just disgusting.

Finally, and most concerning, he had originally been buying a little weed from his neighbors now and then. That turned into him demanding weed. And money. And food. Food stamps got cut back, and instead of cutting back on the kratom and smokes, he would just beg and demand his neighbors feed him, give him money, and weed. When they wouldn't, he would start screaming he was going to go kill himself. THAT was why he had asked me about a pistol. However, he has a shotgun.

That apartment complex has 2 rules on the front page of the lease. No guns. No drugs. And here he was begging for drugs and when he didn't get it, saying he was going to go off himself with his gun.

I probably shouldn't have, but I went and confronted him at the hospital. He denied everything. Said I was crazy and his neighbors made everything up. Everyone was lying except for him. I told him that was BS, everything his neighbors had told me he'd done lined right up with the things he'd done to me, so I knew he was full of crap. He kicked me out of his room. I told him that was fine, but I was going to talk to a social worker because he needed help.

The nurses got a social worker for me, and I sat down with her for about 45 minutes and explained everything. He was threatening suicide. There was no food in his apartment. His apartment is disgusting, his bedroom reeks like feces. His neighbors do not think he can take care of himself. He is addicted to that kratom stuff and its causing dementia issues, or he just straight up has dementia. But he has something going on. He doesn't take his medications correctly, he just kind of takes what he wants, when he wants. And, he doesn't go to dialysis. He's supposed to go 3 days a week. He goes once, maybe twice, and he only stays about half the time. So that was likely causing him mental issues as well.

I've not talked to him since last Sunday. I can't do it anymore. I have tried so hard to help him, and he treats you like shit. I am absolutely disgusted at the sexual stuff he was doing. He's also made comments around my daughters, like some tampons were left out and he acted like it was kryptonite and went on and on about how disgusting a package of tampons was and he didn't want to be around it. I have twin daughters, with autism, and the last thing they need to hear from someone they see as an authority figure is how disgusting their periods are. He's made horrible comments about my wife. I honestly think he was pushing me to get a divorce, back when he lived with me. He'd say horrible shit about my wife and then say I should just leave her so that me and him could spend more time together.

He hasn't tried to contact me. He did text his neighbors a bunch (and they forwarded me everything) and basically demanded to know what all they had told me and why they did that. So...he knows he's guilty. He's embarrassed, and he knows I'm not putting up with his crap anymore. And I just flat out don't want to even talk to him.

I have been taking care of paying his bills for him, I log in to his checking account and move bill money to a separate account every month and pay his bills with that. I also pay his car insurance and cell phone out of my pocket. Well, thats over with. Both get turned off at the end of the June billing period.

I put a letter together for him with all of his bills, amounts, where to mail checks, etc, and explained he needed to find his own cell plan and car insurance. I would send it certified mail, but I know he won't go sign for it because he's lazy. So I'm probably just going to go tape it to his front door when I know he's not home.

I am worried he is going to try to retaliate against me. He is going to be very mad I talked to a social worker and both my wife and his neighbors opened adult protective service investigations. He's made threats in the past that if I didn't do what he wanted, he would make false accusations about me to CPS and the police.

And on top of all of that, I am going on vacation next week, taking my family to the west coast, so we won't be home. My neighbors know what is going on, and I asked them to let me know if they saw him creeping around.

I do know that is foot is broken, and the other foot is missing the big toe and has a lot of pain, his wound care doctor wants to remove the rest of his toes on that foot. So at the very least he's going to be in a boot and a walker. But I strongly suspect since its been a week and he's not home yet, he's probably being sent to a nursing home to recover.

Sooner or later he is going to try to reach out. Either with a bullshit apology, or just more insults and demands. I'm worried about him making false accusations, but I would hope the APS cases being open against him would show he's a nutjob. But the last thing I want to deal with is a CPS investigation because he called and said I hit my kids or something.

For the last several years, I have just wanted him to go away. And now I REALLY want him to go away. I don't want him to bother me. I just want to be happy and live my life, and I am so much happier when he isn't around.
I'm worried he is going to wait until I am on vacation to do something, or start problems, because he knows how big of a headache it will be for me.

I just want this anxiety to go away that every time my phone dings, its going to be him with a new insult or demand or threat, telling me to do what he says or else.
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2023.05.27 20:26 SillyAd9410 A Semi-Collaborative Pop Culture TL #10

YOU decide what events should change in the world of pop culture, be it real or ASB (future movie gets shown in the past, an actor does/doesn't die, alternate casting choices, unmade media possibly getting made, media is rewritten, a change in the box office or something new entirely)!
I document what happens in a current timeline of Earth!
We all have fun!
CURRENT TIMELINE:
1818: Mary Shelley's The Modern Prometheus, a novel in which scientist Henry Frankenstein creates a sapient creature named Prometheus is made. Prometheus becomes a stalwart of the monster genre.
1907-1908: A young comedian named Charlie Chaplin refuses to accept the offer of Fred Karno to come to the U.S. He becomes a famous comedian, often incorporating a character he named The Tramp in his stand-up routines.
1912: The Olympic ship crashes upon hitting an iceberg, becoming a memorable event. James Cameron's Olympic (1997) would be the first film to gross $1B, even entering the National Film Registry.
1931: Frankenstein and his Prometheus, an adaptation of The Modern Prometheus starring Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff as Henry and Prometheus is a box-office smash. It would enter the National Film Registry in 1991.
1941: Fleischer Studios' Mr. Bug Goes to Town is a box office success, saving the studio. Today it is one of Disney's biggest competitors, along with Warner Bros.
1951: Fawcett Comics wins a lawsuit over National Comics for the rights to the characters of Captain Marvel and Superman. While National Comics would die in obscurity, Fawcett Comics would be Marvel's biggest competitor.
1962: Marilyn Monroe doesn't die. She goes into hiding in Las Vegas doing revue shows. Discovered by higher ups at NBC, she signs on to The Marilyn Monroe Show, a sketch comedy show that runs until her death in 1999.
1966: Warner Bros.' Twister comes out, becoming the highest grossing film of the year. It would spawn "Tornado-mania", a series of tornado movies made to copy its success. It would enter the National Film Registry in 1996.
1969: Nixon resigns his presidency the become a talk show host. The Dick Nixon show airs until 1983.
Make America Great Again - written and directed by Mel Brooks - is released. The film stars Ronald Reagan as himself as he decides to run for President after becoming a washed up movie star - promising to “Make America Great Again”. Wacky shenanigans ensue, including President Reagan trying to build a massive wall on the Southern border to stop Soviet influence, claiming that “both sides have very fine people” in regards to the Civil Rights Movement, and him accidentally starting a cult about how hippies are secretly stooges of a global satanic cult run by the elites.
The film is a critical and commercial success and becomes one of the greatest and funniest comedies of all time. It enters the National Film Registry in 1999.
The Dick Cavett Show airs on ABC, becoming the main competitor to NBC's Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. It would end in 1996 to make way for its new replacement The Jon Stewart Show.
Creedence Clearwater Revival release a song about the Civil Rights Movement called Fortunate Son. It becomes their signature song. It enters the National Recording Registry in 2013.
1974: Star Trek: The Continuing Mission, a revival of the original 60s series, airs in syndication until 1981.
1974-1979: Michael John Kricfalusi becomes an anti-Rhodesian mercenary during the Rhodesian Bush War. He becomes a POW by forces from Apartheid South Africa. As a result, he is physically and mentally scarred.
1979: Ozzy Osbourne goes into rehab and continues to play for Black Sabbath, leading to them getting a Beatles-like Renaissance in the 80s, making Heavy Metal one of the 80s most notable music genres.
1980-1981: From February 1980 to August 1981, John Kricfalusi would heal his mental wounds at a mental institution.
1982: John Kricfalusi founds Spümcø, an animation studio that was founded due to John's perceived views on how Hanna-Barbera and Rankin/Bass, two studios he worked at, failed to make good cartoons.
1983: E.T. for the Atari proves to be a very good game, making millions for Atari. This would inspire them to improve their games on their future consoles such as the 5200 and 7800, leading them to become a fierce competitior in the gaming market. The last Atari console came out in the early 2000s.
You Nutzy Rascals!, a short made by John K., is the first to feature prototype designs of Ren and Stimpy.
1985: The War of the Worlds, a film made in collaboration with Disney and Jeff Wayne, based on his musical album adapting the H.G. Wells story, hits theaters. It is a critical and commercial success, cited for starting the Disney Renaissance. Disney and Jeff Wayne would collaborate two more times, making animated adaptations of The Modern Prometheus (1988) and The Time Machine (1992). It would enter the National Film Registry in 2022.
Warner Communications buys Warner Amex-Satellite Entertainment to make Warner MTV Networks.
1986: Ravel's Bolero becomes the theme to The Legend of Zelda. It would later serve to be the theme for the Zelda games in Japan, with a different theme for NTSC releases.
Cliff Burton survives a car crash and continues to play bass for Metallica, helping put thrash metal on the mainstream map.
1987: Morrissey and Johnny Marr become frenemies. The Smiths continue into the 1990s.
1988: During production of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Harrison Ford is shot and killed by a loaded prop gun. This would lead to it being hastily recut in time for 1989. It would lead to a heavy burden on Lucasfilm. The documentary Ford - Spielberg's Right Hand Man would be released in 2008 to great success.
1989: Doctor Who is saved from cancellation by BBC. It remains one of the longest running TV shows.
Sergio Leone dies of old age. He is remembered for his westerns as well as Don Quixote, The Phantom, and Leningrad: The 900 Days.
1990: John K. creates Big House Blues, the pilot for The Ren & Stimpy Show, which is picked up by Nickelodeon.
1991: Eddie Vedder dies in a car crash before the first Pearl Jam album is released. They find a new lead in Chris Cornell, who also sings for Soundgarden until their demise in 1997.
Ren & Stimpy airs on Nickelodeon, along with Doug, Rugrats, Tiny Toon Adventures, Taz-Mania (both this show and TTA would later air in syndication) and Big Beast Quintet (cancelled in 1993). It is currently the longest running American animated series, beating out Matt Groening's The Simpsons, who cancelled the show in 1998 in favor of working on the long-running Futurama which still airs today.
Tim Burton is attached to direct an adaptation of The Addams Family TV show as a movie. It would later spawn three sequels, with Tim leaving after the second movie. The latter two would be critically panned.
1992: Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace comes out, becoming the highest grossing film of the year. Episodes II and III would later come out in 1995 and 1998 respectively.
J.R.R. Tolkien dies at 100, finishing The New Shadow and The Silmarillion. He was also known for being war minister of the UK from 1940 to 1945.
Stephen Hillenburg is invited to work on Ren & Stimpy after showing his short film Wormholes at the TIFF.
Cartoon Network begins after Ted Turner merges with Viacom in 1986 and buys the Hanna-Barbera library in 1991.
1993: Spielberg quits directing after doing Schindler's List. This not only cancels plans for a Jurassic Park sequel, but also an adaptation of Supertoys Last All Summer Long.
1994: During filming of The Crow, Brandon Lee survives a shot from a prop gun. He would propel into superstardom. He is now known for playing Neo in The Matrix franchise and Johnny Cage in Mortal Kombat (1995).
Kurt Cobain announces the breakup of Nirvana as he goes into rehab. In 2002, the band reunited for You Know You're Right, an album that became a top seller. They still perform to this day.
1995: YouTube, a video sharing site, is released. It would not gain much popularity until 2001, where an influx of YouTubers would bring it to stardom.
Toy Story, a stop motion film, gains critical acclaim due to its incredible scale, becoming the 2nd highest grossing film of the year.
Sarah Michelle Gellar dies in a kayaking incident days before the release of her only film Clueless. This would cause Clueless to become the highest grossing film of the year and become known as one of the best teen films. It enters the National Film Registry in 2005. Bad Boys, a film released the same day as Clueless, would become the 6th highest grossing film of the year despite mixed reviews.
Spotify, a humble music downloading site, releases. In 1997, it would change into a music streaming site, and would often show ads for the latest in music.
Selena Quintalla survives being shot. Jennifer Lopez wanes in popularity.
1996: The Nintendo 64DD comes out in a partnership with Phillips, revolutionising the console industry by introducing CD memory, rising it above the PlayStation and Sega Saturn. One of the top best selling games would be Super Mario 64 2, the sequel to Super Mario 64. The 64DD would serve as motivation for Sega to complete Sonic X-Treme by 1997, which becomes a huge hit. This would give Sega the boost it needed to continue making consoles. Other Mario games made for the 64DD include Mario Takes America and Super Mario's Wacky Worlds.
The Nintendo Entertainment System (NES), which had been under a state similar to the Atari 2600, releases its last two games: Super Mario Legends, a game similar in style to the Mario Land games released by Nintendo R&D1, which becomes a minor hit and Animaniacs, a port of Konami's Game Boy game which got mixed reviews.
Tupac survives being shot while having a drive in Las Vegas. He still has a rap career.
Ren & Stimpy Go To Hollywood, a film released by Warner Bros., becomes the highest grossing animated film of the year, making over $600M. It has a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. This film would also have one of Ronald Reagan's last acting roles.
NDR Filmes' Cassiopeia gets fame for being the first completely computer-animated film. It gets an English dub for a worldwide release. It enters the National Film Registry in 2006.
After his work on Ren & Stimpy, Stephen Hillenburg pitches his own show to Nickelodeon about a sea sponge.
Rapper and music producer Andre "Dr. Dre" Young is shot and killed by a vengefully spiteful Suge Knight in a drive-by shooting, since Young left Death Row Records after accusing Knight of corruption the month prior. His death leads to tributes from fans and colleagues alike, and his first album The Chronic is praised for being influential. Tupac Shakur, in addition to being a rapper, assumes Dr. Dre's role as a music producer out of respect for his newly deceased friend. After Suge Knight is arrested and imprisoned for life due to murdering Young, Shakur takes over Death Row Records. The Chronic enters the National Recording Registry in 2019.
1996-2000: A teen-oriented sitcom, Still Clueless: The Story of Tai and Dionne, runs on ABC from September 20, 1996 to May 19, 2000 for a total of four seasons. A spinoff and continuation to the 1995 film "Clueless", starring the late Sarah Michelle Gellar as Cher Horowitz, and breakouts Regina Hall as Dionne Davenport and Brittany Murphy as Tai Frasier, the series follows protagonists and best friends Tai Frasier and Dionne Davenport as they navigate through life in college without their late friend Cher Horowitz who tragically overdosed to death at a party but hilarious scenarios ensue for the two friends as they mature together in college. Created by Amy Heckerling, Brittany Murphy and Regina Hall reprise their respective roles as Tai Frasier and Dionne Davenport from the 1995 film, and also stars Alan Rickman as the main antagonist, the corrupt and unfairly strict college dean William Davidson. The series becomes very beloved, successful, and memorable, just like its 1995 predecessor. The first season has 23 episodes, the second and third seasons have 22 episodes each, while the fourth and final season has 25 episodes, totalling up to 92 episodes. New episodes always would premiere at 8:30PM on Friday nights, with either a TV-PG or TV-14 rating. The show had a direct competitor in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, another teen-oriented series, which would on Fox for only one season consisting of only eighteen episodes from September 20, 1996 to May 9, 1997. Created by Joss Whedon and based loosely on the 1992 film of the same name, the series stars teen sensation Alicia Silverstone as Buffy Anne Summers, a teenage girl who fights evil vampirical creatures. The show would have a more darker and serious tone unlike it's more lighthearted and comedic competitor "Still Clueless: The Story of Tai and Dionne" on ABC, and new episodes would premiere at 8:30PM on Friday nights, all having a TV-14 rating. Of the two shows, "Buffy" would be less successful as the show would have a lukewarm reception and audiences would more than likely watch the more successful "Still Clueless", which would have an otherwise more welcoming reception (like it's 1995 predecessor). The show's lead actress Alicia Silverstone would still have a briefly successful career in Hollywood; unfortunately, her career would be cut short as she would die from a serious chest infection on February 11, 2002, at the age of only 25.
1997: Reddit, a news and discussion board, is released. It becomes very, very popular.
The Notorious B.I.G. survives a shooting like his friend and collaborator Tupac, and he continues to make music.
Aspiring rapper Sean "Puff Daddy" Combs is killed in a gang shootout in Los Angeles, California; however, right-wing news network Fox News reports the shootout as having happened in New York City, New York (which is untrue). This leads to rapper Christopher "Biggie Smalls" Wallace recording a single dedicated to Combs called "I'll Be Missing You" (which heavily samples "Every Breath You Take" by The Police) which was included as a bonus track on No Way Out, Combs' first and only debut album released posthumously on July 22, 1997. The album became influential in the years since Combs' death, proving that, even in death, one can still have a rap career and be influential. No Way Out would enter the National Recording Registry in 2007.
1998: Neon Genesis Evangelion is unknowingly localized by 4Kids, leading to a HEAVILY censored English dub that makes the show popular during the late 90s-early 00s.
Chris Farley wakes from a coma due to a drug overdose. After deciding to give the role of Shrek to Mike Myers his friend, he gets the role of Doug Heffernan on The King of Queens.
Phil Hartman‘s wife goes cold turkey, leading to Phil getting the roles of Zapp Brannigan in Futurama, minor roles in South Park, Avery Bullock in American Dad!, minor roles in Adam Ruins Everything, Alex from Madagascar, and the Magic Mirror in Shrek.
1999: Stephen Hillenburg's SpongeBob SquarePants airs on Nickelodeon. Although it is a hit at first, work complications, problems outsourcing animation to the studio Gainax, and the banned episode Wrasslin' Maniacs where SpongeBob and Patrick beat up Squidward, Hillenburg is fired from the show in 2002.
Tommy Boy's Return, the sequel to Tommy Boy, releases in theaters. It is considered a cult classic today.
2000: Battlefield Earth is released in theaters to be a huge success, ending up the 8th highest grossing film of the year. This would cause an interest in works by L. Ron Hubbard, making the Church of Scientology a rising religion. Battlefield Earth 2 would later release in 2003 to similar acclaim.
4Kids is bought by Warner Communications. As a result, more anime airs on Kids WB.
The Atari Cougar, Atari's final console before being bought by Jakks Pacific in 2002, is released. It is a cult classic console.
Tim Burton's Wizard of Oz gains mixed to positive reviews, and makes the top 10 list of highest grossing films of the year.
2001: Grand Theft Auto III, the third entry in the GTA series is cancelled following 9/11. The game would later redevelop into Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, which was released in 2004.
Spy Kids, Quentin Tarantino's first kids' film is released in theaters to mixed reviews, but becomes a cult classic. Two more sequels were released in the two years after it, all would get the same fate.
During 9/11, Kevin James dies after being squished by falling debris from the North Tower.
2002: Netflix, the world's first ever online streaming service for film and TV, launches. They release their first Netflix Original - an epic drama gangster film called American Gangster starring Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe and directed by Ridley Scott - five years later on November 2, 2007, after buying the distribution rights from Universal Pictures (who were set to be the original proprietors). All of their films and series are also given DVD and/or Blu-ray releases, courtesy of Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, who owns the home media rights to Netflix Original films/series etc.
2003: Call of Duty, a war shooter game, sells 200,000 copies, making for poor sales. No sequels are planned. The Battlefield series gains from this.
Star Trek: The Original Generation, a Star Trek prequel series, airs for two seasons on Fox before cancellation.
Sony launches the American feed of 24-hour anime channel Animax, which overtakes Adult Swim's Toonami in popularity.
Sylvester Stallone becomes Governor of California until 2011.
TIME names Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein as Person of the Year due to being "One of the great dictators of the modern age".
2004: Fallout 3 releases on Windows to high ratings, saving Interplay from bankruptcy. They would later release 2 console games, Fallout 4 and Fallout 5. Many spinoff games would be made.
Hillenburg's company United Plankton Pictures makes the Newgrounds webseries The Motherfucking Patchy the Pirate Show, focusing on the misadventures of Patchy the Pirate.
2005: Minecraft, a web browser game is released by Mojang with the help of a team that planned a game known as Terraria, where it would be very successful until 2009, when a 3D version for Java was released. It is currently owned by Microsoft, who still makes updates for it.
SpongeBob SquarePants is quietly cancelled due to declining ratings.
FOX airs The Office, an American adaptation of the British mockumentary series of the same name, airing until 2013 for nine seasons. It becomes one of the most memorable sitcoms of all time, winning several Emmys. Mr. Blue Sky becomes the theme song.
2006: Warner Communications contacts Hillenburg for an adult-only SpongeBob reboot.
Night at the Museum is released to mixed reviews as it becomes a box-office bomb. With plans for a sequel dead in the water, Fox sells the rights to Sony in 2007 who plans to reboot the series, but also keep the distribution rights for the original film.
Blockbuster buys Netflix, moving the website to Blockbuster.com, and naming it Blockbuster Online. After all of its stores were closed, it becomes Blockbuster+.
2007: Kanye West dies in a car crash before his album Graduation releases, causing him to be mourned. This would lead to many people buying the album, creating a short-lived rap revival that would temporarily mark the end of gangsta rap until 2010.
Owen Wilson commits suicide. In discussions about the "Frat Pack", he is replaced by Steve Carell and Paul Rudd. Drillbit Taylor and Tropic Thunder are both dedicated to his memory. Plans for a sequel to Cars are cancelled by Pixar and Disney.
NBC’s Heroes is cancelled after one season due to both low ratings and behind the scenes controversy. It remains a cult classic show much like Firefly or Buffy.
2007-2011: Identically similar to events in our world, screenwriter Simon Monjack and actress and "Clueless" sensation Brittany Murphy (who still starred in this alternate reality's version of the 1995 film "Clueless", but here she instead co-stars with rising co-stars Sarah Michelle Gellar playing Cher, and Regina Hall playing Dionne) are about to marry back in May 2007, but Murphy calls the marriage to Monjack off at the exact same wedding. This causes a scandal that briefly kills her good reputation, and gets her blacklisted in Hollywood (for a while). In this alternate history, Simon Monjack is put in prison for attempting murder on Brittany Murphy, but here, is killed by a crazed cellmate whilst serving time (said crazed cellmate also happens to be a fan of Brittany Murphy). Brittany Murphy then moves to an apartment complex in New York in 2008, ditching Hollywood for good and starting a musical career.
Natalie Portman, a fairly successful but struggling rising young TV actress, is having a hard time finding work in Hollywood due to the failure of the Star Trek prequel television series Star Trek: The Original Generation. She co-starred in the series alongside Hayden Christensen, Ewan McGregor, and Samuel L. Jackson. While the then 56-57 year old Jackson at least got to have a successful career in Hollywood (due to being a Christopher Nolan regular), Christensen and McGregor were rejected by the industry; Christensen started an indie rock band while McGregor then went on to become a successful UFC fighter, but would then become very scandalous as he suffers from numerous arrests and an intense drug addiction. McGregor would then unfortunately die young from a drug overdose on December 7, 2008. Going back to Portman, she would become an indie darling in independent cinema, however her career would be cut short when she would die in a car crash on July 19, 2009, just one month and ten days after her 28th birthday. She was last seen in a DTV thriller called "Abandoned", which released in March 2010. Her death leads to tributes from co-stars and fans alike.
In December 2009, Brittany Murphy is then offered the lead role in Darren Aronofsky's upcoming psychological horror film "Black Swan", about a troubled ballerina. The film would co-star Melanie Lynskey as the troubled ballerina's rival, and like in our world, Winona Ryder, Barbara Hershey, and Vincent Cassel. The film released in December 2010 (like in our world), to rave reviews, with critics calling it Brittany Murphy's finest appearance yet. Murphy would then take home the Best Actress Oscar as well as the Best Dramatic Performance in a Movie Golden Globe for her performance in the film in 2011. Murphy would then continue her acting career following a big career boost, as well as her singing/musical career at the same time. In fact, she releases a fairly successful debut album in March 2011 simply called "Brittany", to positive reviews. It would then become the best selling musical album of the year, even winning her a Grammy in 2012.
2008: Bulletman, the highest grossing film of the year, marks the beginning of the successful Fawcett Cinematic Universe (FCU). It would enter the National Film Registry in 2020.
During the premiere of Tropic Thunder, Tom Cruise announces his retirement from entertainment and Scientology. He spends the rest of his life quietly as a Buddhist in England. As Dwayne Johnson takes Tom's place, Paramount announces plans to reboot the Mission: Impossible franchise (though nothing comes from it).
SpongeBob XXX, an adult SpongeBob reboot, airs on AMC alongside Breaking Bad. SpongeBob XXX would be universally panned, airing only 3 episodes out of a made 6 (all were later put on DVD). It is known for being one of the worst animated series of all time.
Iron Age, a film fully funded by UNESCO, is made as the first film of an IRL cinematic universe. It gets nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars, like every film in the IRLCU after it.
2009: Adventure Time, a cartoon by Pendleton Ward, airs on Nickelodeon. It becomes one of Nickelodeon's highest-rated cartoons, airing until 2016. Many people would call it an animation trailblazer, leading to Nick approving more "lore-based" shows.
Half-Life 3 comes out, and continues the high ratings of the Half-Life franchise, making games well until 2017 (counting spinoffs).
Some people would compare it to Regular Show, who they saw as Cartoon Network's equivalent to Adventure Time.
Discord, a discussion site, is released, becoming popular with gamers.
Liam Gallagher has a near-fatal drug overdose after the breakup of Oasis. Finding peace with his brother, Oasis reunites in 2012, releasing a new album in 2015. They still perform.
Amy Winhouse retires after a heavy intervention. She still occasionally produces for Adele.
2011: Fortnite Battle Royale by Epic Games is released to the public. It becomes extremely popular, and is still played today.
2012: Pixar's Newt, a film that came due to the cancellation of Wreck-It Ralph (some claim due to the problems of getting permission from game companies) is released and barely breaks even. It would start a dark age for Pixar, which would continue with Brave and Cars 2.
It would also play a key part in George Lucas refusing to give away Lucasfilm, due to Disney's perceived slump.
After Hillenburg's company dissolves, he becomes the cartoon reviewer Stevey Shark for Channel Awesome.
Jim Carrey dies of a heart attack.
2013: Doug Walker leaves Channel Awesome, leaving Stevey Shark to be the new star. Markiplier, MrEnter, and MatPat would later join Channel Awesome among others.
The Freedom Tower is made to replace the original North Tower destroyed in the attack. Memes would arise from the comparison between the towers.
2014: A Day With Patchy the Pirate, a half-hour short made by Hillenburg, airs on YouTube as Channel Awesome's first foray into animation. It has a troubled production due to being funded online, and would be panned upon release.
Robin Williams survives a suicide attempt, and launches his own suicide prevention program. He would then star in the 2016 drama Uncut Gems by Christopher Nolan, playing crime lord Howard Ratner, giving him a Best Actor Oscar.
2015: Star Wars - Episode VII: The Force Awakens, featuring Darth Maul and Darth Talon as antagonists, is released, becoming the highest grossing film of the year. Two more sequels were made in 2017 and 2019.
2016: John K. dies from multiple scolerosis. Bob Camp takes over as showrunner of Ren and Stimpy.
2017: Growing Around, a new YouTube webseries made by Stephen Hillenburg & Johnathan Rozanski, about a world where grown-ups switch with kids, is released. Despite gaining positive reviews, both the downfall of Channel Awesome and Hillenburg & Rozanski's heinous acts would result in Markiplier buying the license, airing it on his webseries Unus Annus for one last season, ending in 2020.
Chester Bennington survives his suicide attempt. Linkin Park would make its newest album in December of 2020.
2018: Donald Trump starts The Trump Experience, a very popular podcast.
2019: Season 3 of Gravity Falls comes out to near-universal acclaim.
2020: Chadwick Boseman recovers from his cancer.
2022: Jordan Peele's Nope becomes the highest grossing film of the year. It enters the National Film Registry in 2033.
Presidents of the USA since 1977:
Jimmy Carter (1977-1985)
Walter Mondale (1985-1989)
George H.W. Bush (1989-1993)
Mario Cuomo (1993-2001)
John F. Kennedy Jr. (2001-2005)
John McCain (2005-2013)
Barack Obama (2013-2021)
Jeb Bush (2021-today)
Governors of California since 1947:
James Roosevelt (1947-1953) Resigned) Democrat
Pat Brown (1953-1963) Democrat
Richard Nixon (1963-1969) Republican
Edwin Reineck (1969-1974) Resigned) Republican
John L Harner (1974-1975) Republican
Tom Hayden (1975-1983) Democrat
Tom Bradley (1983-1991) Democrat
Clint Eastwood (1991-2003) Independent
Sylvester Stallone (2003-2011) Republican
Conan O'Brien (2011-2019) Democrat
Gavin Newsom (2019-Today) Democrat
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