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  • Bald Move AAMA

    My name is... wait for it.... Travis. Here is a picture of me dramatically running away from a giant bear statue.image
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  • 702 - "Stormborn"

    Gendry approaches Theon in his row boat, and he be all like "what's up, buddy?"
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  • A Teachable Moment: Pride Month

    LordBy said:

    Anonymous’s statements were ugly. If you are a Catholic and you think that Pride is a specific weaponized and targeted attack on your faith, then that says more about how you view your faith than about anything to do with Pride. He thinks Catholics are <1% of the population, like that’s some kind of persecution permission slip, while they are really closer to 20% of the population. He’d, I’m sure, argue that he means “Traditional” Catholics and most Catholics don’t qualify thus allowing him to feel superior to other members of his faith as well.

    This is what grabbed me also. I almost spit my coffee out when I read the comment (paraphrased) "clearly it's harder to be a 'Traditional Catholic' in 2019 than LGBT." Are you fucking kidding me? I've lived a picture of privilege and I don't have any real experience to draw on, but I can say that I can't imagine how much anxiety and sadness and loneliness I would experience if my basic rights to be equal were being litigated on a day to day basis in public. That I should have to fight and suffer criticism and "wait for the world to catch up" to just be a person living their lives. I can't even fathom what that must feel like, and this dude is all twisted up about the notion of Pride Month? Are you fucking kidding me! We have it so easy. I've never had to fight for my right to do anything. My biggest life outrages have amounted to being pulled over for going the speed limit and getting an MIP when I wasn't drinking, maybe being messed with by a bully or two for being a "weird-o." So, basically nothing. I've never been judged openly by people for just walking around, giving my wife a kiss in public. I can't remember who said it here earlier, but it's so true. If you're bending over backwards to try to sound reasonable, maybe you should take a look at how reasonable your footing is. Be religious and hold your beliefs and do you, but I'm sorry there are societal effects to being married beyond just calling yourself man and wife in some arbitrary way. It has become a governmental action with associated rights. You don't get to play the "but my religion" card and have it stand up. Marriage is an equal rights issue in our society. Plus, what does it matter to you?

    This is the thing that I have always struggled with: Why there is even a problem? This should be so basic. It's just people wanting to live their lives in the same manner as everyone else. The right to live and love and take part in the world as people. Who cares who someone loves? What does it matter to you, living your life? In what way is your life changed if your LGBT neighbor gets married? None in the least. So where is the problem? Why is this even a thing? It's just people loving each other. Why do people even get to shame people for loving who they love? How would anyone who hasn't been held to any scrutiny feel if suddenly they were? I hate this whole thing so much. It should be so obvious. Is religion really meant to be a pass on simply being good to people? Even if you harbor these ridiculous hateful feelings inside, it just shouldn't be your choice. Individual rights to peace and equality should always supersede religious ones. Always. It's just so obvious. I don't get it.

    EDIT: My wife made a friend recently who had a teenage daughter who was trans and killed herself. That woman has made it a social media stance saying basically "if you don't support LGBT rights, I don't know what to do with you and don't want to interact with you." How could she not? It becomes a representation of what killed her daughter. All the judgment and hate and complexity of just wanting to live as who you are. Even having no personal stakes in it, I get closer and closer to that point every day. I mean, that line represents a fundamental thing that I can't reconcile. Like I said, it should just be so obvious and the severe damage that this culture does to people so needlessly. I mean, seriously why? On both fronts: why does this bother you so much? and Why do you feel like you have the right to cast judgment on people? How do you feel righteously empowered to create policies that take rights away from people because you don't "approve" of the way they live their lives when it doesn't effect you in literally any functional way? Why? I'll never understand. Does Anonymous have any understanding of how harmful that culture is? (I mean I guess not because "it's harder to be a traditional catholic than LGBT in 2019." Give me a break with that.)
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  • Just sayin (general opinion)

    Speaking of random stuff, I was looking at my "on this day" thing on Facebook and was reminded of the most ridiculous museum display that I ever saw. This was in a car museum in Los Angeles. I get that this dude is "trying to fix the car" but I think something very different is conveyed...

    Also a part of the same exhibit, I love how the other dude just looks really confused and not-approving.

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  • Best of...

    Ha! I hadn't seen that. That's funny. 

    I'm very glad that this like-whore is at least somewhat likeable. Ha!
  • 804 - The Last of the Starks

    @Demerol ;
    It is 100% a dog lover thing. I think it is symbolic that Jon is leaving behind his former Stark life, and I think Ghost will be so happy North, and I am grateful beyond belief I don't have to witness Ghost's death. But all that rationality flies out the window when Jon doesn't even boop or scritch that big, floofy, good boi. Shame! Shame! Shame! 
    This shit had me yelling at the TV. I mean, just "peacing out" on Ghost like that is just fucking wrong, and it was TOTALLY a moment where I saw the typewriters clacking and the budget reports. Jon wasn't ever really a great wolf owner, but to not have a "moment" of it is just beyond wrong. I mean, this is an animal that he is connected to beyond most human animal relationships which can be incredibly meaningful without warging/mind meld types of influences. This was bullshit, and I refuse to believe that they couldn't have given the moment at least an ounce of gravity in comparison to the goodbyes with Tormund and Sam. That sucked. I liked the episode quite a bit, but that was bullshit.
  • Fleabag

    I'm not reading the comments yet because we're only through 2 episodes of the new season so far (started it last night), but I saw this and it rang so totally true that I figured I would drop it in.

  • What grinds my gears (today)

    cdrive said:
    @Travis man - I just read what you and your wife are going through.  Just want to say I feel for you man.  I know we're just some message board dudes, but I've come to really admire your spirit.  I mean yeah yeah you like good music and youre funny and shit, but what matters is you just really keep it classy and positive.  Your wife has a strong person in her corner.

    and now also why I'm here - WOOOOH I PICKED THE WRONG DAY TO STOP SNIFFING GLUE!!!!
    My Japanese group's flight got canceled and so they're thrown on me another day. Other customers with emergencies! People out.  Partners on vacation.  Co-workers sick.  Too many curve balls to juggle! WTF?!?! I thought this would be a chill Friday!!!!
    Thanks so much, buddy. I really, really appreciate that. For what it's worth, she's shown a good amount of improvement particularly over the last week. Still a really long way to go and still no guarantees, but I'm becoming increasingly confident that this will all reverse itself. The progress came at kind of the perfect time because things weren't really moving and we were both starting to feel pretty scared and defeated. She was really excited yesterday because she was able to get in some exercise. It was almost entirely upper body and core stuff, but she was able to do some light leg stuff too on this pilates machine that we have that can dial in resistance to a very low amount. It was really good for her. She's also extending the amount of time that she can be on her feet around the house. Still isn't much, but she's able to accomplish a couple of quick tasks periodically which makes her feel good. There's been a lot of two steps forward and say 1 1/2 to 2 steps back, but I feel like this round might be at least somewhat sustainable.

    Also, I really hope you know man that the feeling is totally mutual. It's a shame that grabbing a beer after work or something is geographically impossible and thus making it a different sort of dynamic, but I sincerely consider you a friend and I also really appreciate your kindness and all around awesomeness. Thanks, buddy. I hope you can plow through this super stressful Friday and everything works out. Man, that's a shitty situation to have a partner out of town. Hope everything works out and all customers come out as happy as possible. Cheers, man!
  • What's Making Your Day Today?

    I've been trying to do more drawing and painting and what not lately. It's been really fun. I'm terrible, but it's just fun to start with a blank slate and turn it into something. It's a good outlet to just throw myself into. Anyhoo, I made this over the weekend and (in the scope of being something that I made) I think it's pretty cool.

  • Carnival Row S1

    Glad to see this thread and that people have been watching it. We watched it over the weekend and I really dug it as well. I totally agree with @blue_sleeve that this feels incredibly relevant now with the politics. Plenty of times where I felt pretty squirmy, in the way that I was meant to, and given the way they closed it out I'm really looking forward to see where they go. Really entertaining stuff.

    Dumb side note: when ever they mention Legolas' name I can't help but jump right to the Philo Pilo thing from Parks and Rec and picture Tom looking very distraught.
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