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Terrible experience with unaccompanied minor program (rant)

2023.06.08 00:30 animalcrossingdreams Terrible experience with unaccompanied minor program (rant)

I’ve been a Westjet flyer for many years and I’ve usually had positive experiences with the airline. I’ve spent many thousands of dollars on westjet services and I regularly use my Westjet MasterCard for benefits. However, an experience today has left me questioning the value of whether I should use Westjet airlines moving forward. Here is what happened.
I booked a ticket for my 11 year old son and his 13 year old sister. After I booked it, their mother and I decided that although our older sister can accompany her younger brother as an adult, it would be a good idea to enrol him in the unaccompanied minor program anyway as an extra precaution to help them find their gate and baggage.
I filled out the form for the unaccompanied minor program and indicated that I had already made a booking. Their team emailed me and informed me that I had reversed the steps required to enrol him, and that I would first need to cancel the booking, submit the form, and rebook everything. The problem I had with doing this was that the difference in airfare between when I initially booked it and when I filled the form out was nearly $300 on top of what the unaccompanied minor program fees would be. We exchanged a couple more emails but the care team was not willing to help me. I called Westjet today to try and sort it all out with the special care team and was treated very poorly. The employee I spoke with told me in no uncertain terms that it was all my fault, I should have read the terms and conditions more closely, and that I would be on the hook for all the fees. I tried to be understanding and requested that perhaps I could be offered a voucher or credit for the difference in airfare, but he was quite rude and belligerent and refused to be of any help at all.
I would like you take a moment and ask yourselves if this is fair. Objectively, it does not make sense that a simple reversal in steps should penalize me so steeply. Just because I booked before filling out the form instead of filling out the form before booking does not warrant such mistreatment. I understand that there are procedures in place to streamline services, but such stonewalling without any flexibility at all is quite shocking to me. I would also like to point out that he was approved as an unaccompanied minor less than one year ago. I realize that a new form must be filled out for every trip as a matter of procedure, but I’m just pointing out how absurd the whole thing is when you step back and look at it objectively. I’m basically being fined $300 for booking a ticket before filling out a form.
Terrible. I would not recommend the unaccompanied minor program to anyone with children, and I would not characterize Westjet as an airline that is friendly or helpful when it comes to simple mixups such as this. Everyone I spoke to about it was very condescending. I sent an email to [email protected] to air my grievance.
Rant over.
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Hi I’ve been trying to find my medical records for my adhd back when I was getting treated for it as a kid. I’ve looked everywhere called all the places I can to find my records but have had no luck idk if the practice has been closed or not. Is there any way I can find these records online? Can I make a appointment with a psychiatrist near me and see if he can get them for me? I need these records so I can enlist in the military. Thanks if answered.
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2023.06.08 00:28 BolBow Well, what kind of country do we want?

So, the fall out from the recent event in Edmonton, where a public school teacher was on audio chastising her students of Islamic faith, who themselves skipped the schools pride event. I DO NOT want to talk about this event specifically. What happened raises, the question: what kind of country do we want to live in? Yes, we live this question out time to time through our system of governance. But have we ever come together as a nation of multiple peoples, and ask ourselves this question specifically? Because you know what? I am tired of the bickering. I am tired of the all out emotional war we wage on eachother every freaking day! I am tired of EVEONE'S hate. Mine! Yours! Thiers! Thems over theres'! Enough. My white flag has risen. I bloody surrender, because I have had enough! So I make this plea. WHAT DO WE BLOODY WANT?
What I want:
The past?
We are going to have to let it go. At some point...we have all felt it's unintended consequences... those hurt the most...I am not saying let it go at the drop of a hat...I know it takes time... but if you want to be free.... like I mean free...learn to let it go. Learn from it. Even keep as a precious jewel, yet a jewel you are willing to loose...can that be done?
Oooo this is a hard one for everyone because we all want to be special...but the fact of the matter is you aren't special! Our differences don't make one more than other. You might be different, as we all are, from individuals to groups... but not one of us is "specially" different. Therefore all must be treated equally. That must be the case. We HAVE to move past these trivialities folks. For the sake of ALL, we have to get over them.
Don't you see it sleeping beauty? Don't you see it yet? It took me a while to fully register at this concious level what oneness means... but we in the west, especially the white west, have lost this connection to everything and all things. We were taught that A) everything is separate and totally fundamentally distinct from everything else. B) Unity only comes through AFTER death. Therefore why should I see my given domion over the land as nothing other than divine! Wake Up! That's not how it literally is. We weren't placed in the garden folks, for its the garden that we are the fruit! Cmon! You are one with IT and IT is literally you. Everything is you! So!!!!
This is a really long way of saying we have to live sustainably with our environment because? That's right Lucy, the environment IS us! Duhhhhhh. We forgot that folks. The indigenous people knew! Yeah, they weren't perfect either, ok I get it, but don't tell me that thier environmental infractions were any where near as bad a our modern one.
But you know what I want? What I really really want is? Genuine people who are willing to be my neighbour. I don't care what race you are, but I am interested in your story, if you'll share it with me. I'll share you mine anytime. I don't care what your cultural background is...but I am interested in your cultural experience, if you let me share my cultural experience as well. I don't care about your religion...I don't have one. But I am interested in the ❤️ that beats in your chest, and I am more than willing to share my ❤️, my space, with you, if you will open your space with me...
.. here's the thing, if we want all of this, it's going to take respect, love and responsibility for all of it, or non of this is going to matter anymore. It's a two way street, whether you are a new Comer to Canada or you're born here. If you are not willing to allow others to express themselves as thier own humanity then no, I don't think you need to be here. This is not a place for you. These lands are open lands in that they accept all, and they love all. If you want to be left alone, that's fine! No problem there at all. But if that is your preference, don't raise your voice or your fists against those of us that want to build community.
Oh, last thing. I want to see a Canadian Head of State. It will still be a ceremonial position. However, that title should not be in the symbol of the Crown. The Parliament, can keep all that British stuff, titles etc... its fine. It's a tip of the hat to the past that created the political entity known as Canada. But the title of Chief should be enstated over the Governor's General title. I don't know if that might help with T&R but yes, we absolutely need to acknowledge OUR indigenous past. I say OUR not that I can claim any ancestryto other than the fact that this land is all our land. When is it going to be OUR land?
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2023.06.08 00:28 GoddessOfSolesXX 34 [F4M] US/UK/Online/LDR > Empty nest, now what?

34 F4M US/UK/Online/LDR > Empty nest, now what?
Hey, Stranger!
My 17 year old starts college (uni) this Autumn and I'm kind of entering a new phase of life. Ideally I'd love to find someone to build that with. I have no other children, but I have a big family and lots of siblings!
I'm on my own educational journey as well and would like to start uni in the Fall in the UK, but I may postpone until January or even the following year. My professional background spans a few industries and this year I'll be concluding 7 years working for an international real estate firm to pursue my education and work remotely part time.
I travel to the UK most frequently and am due back during the summer. Long distance to start would be most realistic option but, I'm open minded to any possibility to expand on that in the future.
What I really appreciate in a potential partner is communication, wit, emotional intelligence, and someone I have the potential to make a good team with. For instance, pairing up on weekend DIY projects, or planning mini-breaks, or sharing boring everyday tasks and chores but still finding ways to make them fun.
I'm 5'7, quite average looking, but I'm fun and I love to laugh. I have a keloidal scar on my right ear that will be surgically removed towards the end of the year and I don't want you to feel like you can't ask about it.
Materially/financially, I've cared for my kiddo and myself on my own, worked hard and grateful to say that's not what I need in a relationship. What I've been missing is genuine connection and partnership.
Because I'm planning to relocate to the UK for uni, I'd prefer to connect with someone there. I've not had the most luck dating Americans. 🤷🏾‍♀️ If you have trouble with Americans, I also am one, so I understand. Some of us are quite disconnected from reality and possibly evolving backwards. I have a diverse background and appreciate folks from all walks of life and of course I appreciate any and all life experience. I'm somewhat well travelled. I speak some Spanish and am open to picking up another language or two.
Ultimately...No drama, just looking for someone who is genuinely committed to themselves, the people that matter most to them, their passions, priorities and self growth and want to share that with someone who strives for the same! This is the first time I'll be able to fully persue my own interests so I'm excited. I also love dating/the whole courtship phase. I can be a bit shy at first because the internet is a strange place, but I'm naturally very open.
Ask me about my profile history, it's not nearly as dodgy as it looks! 😂
I'm nervous about giving out my number so I prefer to talk on Telegram, Discord or Snapchat first! I'll send photos there :) I like to video chat pretty early on so we can both assure the other is real, as appealing as a ChatGPT boyfriend sounds. 😏
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2023.06.08 00:28 tattooedbeanz Customer Service Shipping

Hi! I recently had bought a 40oz tumbler from target and after I walked out of the store I had noticed the straw was chipped in a way where it made it hard for the liquid to come up. Since I had already used it by this point I didn’t think I could return it, but this group had actually recommended to call the customer support line to get a replacement straw. They ordered it for me, but it’s been nearly a week already with no update on shipping. I was just wondering how long it usually takes to arrive?
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2023.06.08 00:26 UniversityFrequent15 Camping in the Cambrian Mountains

Camping in the Cambrian Mountains
When most people go camping in Wales, Snowdonia and the Brecon Beacons seem to be the places to go, but mid Wales is often overlooked. It may not hold some of the loftier summits found in the aforementioned national parks, but it also draws far fewer crowds, and to me that is a big selling point. You can walk for hours without seeing a single soul. Having received some bad news about a family member, solitude and space was exactly what I needed.
I spent the day before obsessing over my kit. I am no ultra light camper - far from it, but this time I wanted to cut out as much weight as possible. While packing, every item was questioned. I worked out how many tent pegs I needed, allowed 2 spares and removed the others. I swapped out a small folding table for a canister stand for the stove, I substituted my chair for an ultra light stool, and I would rely on a water filter rather than bringing all the water I need (usually 2L plus a drink). I got my pack weight down to 12kg, not light to some, but to someone who thinks 18kg is reasonable, I was quite happy with this number. I decided half a litre was enough to take for the walk as the weather was warm. Going down a season on the sleeping bag was tempting due to the warmer weather but on the mountains it is very different at night. A strong westerly wind was forecast, so wind chill was definitely going to be a factor to bear in mind.
The walk in didn't get off to the best start. I had to follow a track through a farm where it split - one path was longer and less steep, the other shorter and steeper but having better options for collecting water. I chose the latter of the two but took the wrong path because my watch's compass had decided to play up for a moment. Once the error was realised, I was not concerned, knowing that both paths would arrive at the same location, I continued on.
There would be a couple of springs near this path I would use to take on water, and a couple of associated bodies of water, but alas, both of these springs were bone dry, the ground there dessicated and cracked where a once sizeable pool of water sat. A pool of murky stagnant water was now my only option at the altitude I had reached. Deciding not to opt for the murky pool, I headed down the path I was originally going to walk up until I reach the remains of an old mine - and for this reason was glad to have bought a water filter, as this was an old lead mine. The water may possibly have been OK to drink, but it was not a risk I was willing to entertain. Now with a couple of litres of filtered water in my pack I headed back up.
At 754m the summit is very prominent over the surrounding hills. The view is spectacular, and easily offers a panorama that could rival many a fine view from the Lake District or Scotland. The sun shone strong in a cloudless sky, and beneath it a diffused reflection of it coming off the Irish Sea - something you don't expect to see from mid Wales. To the north, you could see as far as the Aran ridge and Cadair Idris. If it were not for the haze, even the Carneddau of northern Snowdonia could be visible.
Once I had finished admiring the scenery, it was time to find somewhere to spend the night. The view from the summit would make a fine view to open the tent to in the morning, but the forecast was mist and fog overnight, clearing later in the morning, so there would likely be no views at all. This was one factor that influenced my decision on where to camp, but the overriding one was, as often with summit camping, the wind. It was a relentless 30mph wind, no gusts, just strong and steady. Spending the night on the summit would meant enduring the noise of the constant winds battering the tent. I opted for a spot just below the summit ridge on the Western side of the mountain, with the wind coming in from the east. It took me a while of following the summit ridge, checking what the wind was like while stood, and again while crouched, to see what the wind would be like hitting the tent, for me to decide on a spot.
According to the forecast, temperatures would dip down to 5° but with the wind chill factor would take it down to -2°, and from past experience, I believed that it probably wasn't too far off the mark, with low cloud and mist added into the mix. That was what had made me decide on a 3 season sleeping bag.
By some stroke of luck, the spot I found that offered some shelter from the worst of the wind, also had the best ground for pitching a tent; level and quite flat, and luxuriously soft, a combination of grass and moss which is almost always wet, but not today. This was ideal. Of course, a flat pitch is a rarity, and even when you find what you think is a flat pitch, you often find that even the slightest gradient can soon make you realise it wasn't as flat as first thought, often indicated by the way you rarely wake up with your body or mat in their original positions. I wasn't complaining though, as I had done far worse in the past.
I sat outside until nearly midnight watching the sun go down, with brief interruptions of having to get up and walk for a minute of two to get the blood flowing and warm myself up a bit. With the combined factors of darkness, uneven ground, boots not being tied, strong wind and a generous amount of vodka, I spent what seemed like a full minute nearly falling over. Somehow I remained on my feet, but decided it was most certainly time to hit the hay.
I woke some time after 5, and could see the light was creeping in, and recognised a familiar colour of light I have seen many a time from within the tent, so popped my head out to confirm that indeed we were clagged in, and there would be no glorious sunrise. Still, that sunset the previous night was a tough act to follow. Despite me having what I thought was warm enough clothing, it was actually the cold that had awoken me. I had planned ahead and bought a down blanket to throw over me in case I had gotten cold. The blanket is very effective and before long at all I was toasty, the warmth causing me to nod off again for another couple of hours.
The cloud had all cleared, blue skies and fluffy white clouds greeted me by the time I re-emerged from the tent. I was going nowhere without coffee and porridge, and by the time my gear was all packed and ready to go, the sun was beating down again. My return journey was via the same route that had got me there. I could have made it down quite quickly but opted to saunter, and quite likely I could have easily missed seeing some incredible red kites flying had I put my head down and marched back to the car.
This was one of those trips where I didn't take the weather for granted, it was well planned, well looked forward to and well enjoyed. Sometimes it takes a camp like this to make us realise that all those wet camps in rough weather make trips like this one quite special.
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2023.06.08 00:26 Maleficent_Lex Calm/sad guitar that sounds like "oooooh" from a short Instagram video (warning: loud-ish sound in the middle)

Link to the audio version. // I would be humbled if anyone could please find this song for me. I am in love with this sound and i have decided to use this in a personal video that is very close to my heart. It's a personal project nearing a deadline. Thankyou ♥️.
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2023.06.08 00:26 ComputerSaysNo- 31 [F4R] - Ontario/online - Maybe we can help each other take a mid-week break? ☺️

Hello and Happy Wednesday ☺️
Made it to the midweek point and I’m so happy it’s nearly Friday! How has your week been treating you?
I’m a busy mom of two looking for a connection to help fill the empty spaces in my week. I get along with pretty much everyone and I love spending time getting to know new people. Happy with friends first and foremost but the potential for more is there.
I paint, write, and draw in my spare time. Also currently working on some crochet. I love movies/docuseries/anime and I’m always looking to add new things to my own watch list. Love being outside whenever the weather is willing to cooperate.
We will get along best if you’re between the ages of 30-45. Time zone doesn’t really matter to me. I’m in EST myself if you have a preference! Willing to move to different platforms quickly if the vibe is good.
If any of this resonated with you, feel free to send me a message. IF YOU ARE A MARRIED PERSON THAT IS NOT IN AN OPEN RELATIONSHIP - do not bother. I don’t invite that drama into my life
And just in case you don’t know how to start, here are a few questions I’d love to know the answer to:
  1. What’s your favourite thing to cook for other people?
  2. What game/show are you hooked on right now?
  3. What is your favourite way to spend your evening?
Apologies in advance if I’m slow to respond! I’m still finishing up work 😅 Hope to hear from you soon!
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2023.06.08 00:26 chilislayer Driving here is a delight compared to other cities

I wish everyone knew how great we had it. Sometimes traffic will be slowed/stopped for 30 minutes because there was an accident on the opposite side of the freeway. I love that our citizens slow down the unaffected side of traffic to ensure fellow natives are okay. I also enjoy that we slow down traffic a couple miles before 225 runs into I-25. It gives me extra time to decide which way to merge. I'm not sure if I'm going to Colorado Springs or Denver until I reach that exit, so I go 35mph the whole time even though it's the interstate. I also make sure to step on the breaks before taking my exit too, that way I can give everyone else extra time too. My favorite thing is when i need over in another lane, so i turn on my blinker and the car in that lane behind me speeds up to ensure i don't get over. They understand I enjoy riding in the car and wanna give me an extra 10 seconds in my vehicle from that lost spot.
And don't get me started on the scenery while downtown. There were some people camping outside when i visted Pittsburgh, but not nearly as much as us natives. They just don't enjoy the outdoors like we do. I enjoy friendly faces enjoying the outdoors and asking me for money to help overcome my greed
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2023.06.08 00:25 HavingTheWorstDay Mercy (Qp) game - Conflicted

Mercy (Qp) game - Conflicted
I mostly play qp and love playing all roles. This game I felt like playing mercy (she's in my top 3) and gave up near the end because I couldn't save my team. They constantly trickled in and died.
We were defending on Gibraltar. Beginning of the game they hard pushed enemy spawn and died so I jumped off because I was the last alive. At second point bastion pushed solo and I couldn't outheal the damage so I just left the bastion. Moira was in a safe spot so I damage boosted then died because I was dumb and jumped off high ground lol. I lost focus when he called me out the first time and I just did worse and worse as the game progressed.
This isn't the worst I've gotten. I've been called slurs and told to kms many times (yes I report them). I've met wonderful people on overwatch but I just feel like feeling this shitty isn't worth it.
Before anyone says anything I know I should just ignore it but it's harder than it seems.
I regret not just turning off the chat. Or just leaving maybe they could've gotten someone that could actually help them. So this is less of a rant, What should I do? Do I just turn off chat completely?
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2023.06.08 00:24 sneakybillby Restored my faith in people

A few years ago my family went through some tuff stuff, the most recent one was my grandpa had passed away and since he lived in another country everyone couldn't go to his funeral. It was decided that my mum would fly to attend and help my grandma through it, she was the only one to go as we couldn't afford to send everyone. This all happened a few weeks before Christmas and as such we had to scale back on our Christmas to fly my mum out.
Everything was going just fine, we made plans to go see the Christmas lights just like the years before but wanted to wait until Christmas Eve when my mum flew back home, we had picked the place we'd go and we're all set.
About 10 days before my mum was set to fly back my dad was in an accident and ended up passing away. My siblings and I were the only ones home the night the constable came to our door to break the news. We called close friends and our church pastor who came to our house that night and stayed there.
The next day our house was very busy as a meal train was started to make sure we had enough food for us and the people who came by to see us. I did not come out of my room and found myself laying on the floor. Word got out to my school principal who came to see me and just hug me as she had a similar loss and knew the pain, I had a close friend who came and just hugged me and sat on the floor with me. We had the funeral and it was packed, people came to share stories and to be by our side through the situation. When Christmas Eve came we went to see family for our party, up to this point we were expecting to have a small Christmas due to the financial situation we were in. When we came home that evening we found that our friends and friends of friends had come together to get us presents so we could have a Christmas.
The pure kindness from everyone nearly brought me to tears. Some people heard about our tradition of getting pj's for Christmas Eve and as such they got us pj's so we could have our tradition.
The pure kindness from people who had come together to help us through the situation was amazing, I truly don't know how we would have gotten through without things like a shoulder to cry on, a meal train, or all the love and support from everyone. To many of these people it was probably just something small to help someone out but to me it meant the world.
I'm not sure if many people will see this but if even one person does and it encourages them to do something kind for someone I'd be happy. Anywho if you got this far thank you for reading and I hope you do something kind for someone as even the small things could change someone's life. 😊
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2023.06.08 00:24 UmpireTerrible7498 AITA For embarrassing my date over his behavior?

I (33F) had my friend set me up on a blind date, and even if I'm tagged AH I will never blind date again. My friend Cindy set me up with a coworker of hers that I guess had seen me a couple times I went to see her at work. He was cute, has a good smile and seemed like an even better personality, so when she asked if I'd go on a date with him I said yes.
He took me to a nice restaurant and it starts out really great, we share interests and hobbies, both like history, etc. I thought I might actually had the right guy fall into my lap until a mom and her three kids walked in. He and I are black, the mom and her kids are white. My mom and dad are white (I'm adopted, this comes into play). The kids are SO well behaved. No screaming, no fussing or horseplaying, and the oldest kid doesn't look older than 10. Basically, NO reason to say anything about this mom and kids - I thought.
They sit in the other booth, and he IMMEDIATELY starts saying things like, " Ugh, kids..." "Did she really have to bring crotch monsters?" I ignored him because this was all muttered so I didn't engage, even though I thought he was ridiculous. He amps up, and after a couple more gripes he looks me right in my eyes, grins, and says, "White people, right? Can't even let us eat in peace."
I was shocked, didn't say anything, so he nudges him, like how people do for an answer. I just get up, dust my lap, and calmly say "My parents are white, and I've been more mocked and hurt by black people because I have white parents. Go f*ck yourself." I did not yell, I did not cause a scene, just said that, threw my money for my order on the table and left. I think he was saying something but I don't know, I was too upset.
I later got a message from my friend that night, saying he contacted her and that I'm 'interally racist ' and that the mom and kids heard what I said, complained to a waitress, and he was kicked out for 'distruptive behavior '. She told me I was an AH and should 'know what he's gone through because of our skin ' and that I 'cant hold it against him because he didn't know about my parents. My parents are hurt that once again I have to deal with shit like this, and have implied I could have waited to leave before saying anything.
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2023.06.08 00:24 freshmillk Marriage advice, new convert

As-salamu alaykum brothers/sisters. I'm going to share my story with you and ask some advice. Any positive thoughts are much appreciated.
So I came out of a 14 months relationship with a Christian Pentecostal girl nearly 3 months ago, I'm also turning 30 next month. I felt really down it ended but it was the right thing as we were not right for eachother. I've downloaded dating apps and started looking for someone. I started speaking with a sister and she seemed to be an extremely interesting person. After a few hours she tells me she's Muslim, it wasn't obvious. I've had a haram relationship with a Muslim girl in my early 20's (the younger generation in UK can be more "liberal") so I thought oh okay that's fine. Then, she tells me that an intimate relationship is off the table until marriage. My face dropped. I appreciate intimacy more than the average guy. Being in a relationship without it and furthermore marrying someone before any of it took place is a core incompatibility for me. The more we talked the more I saw several green flags that I've been looking for in a partner or potential wife, rare things that women nowadays with radical feminist views do not have anymore. We're meeting in a few days. We've been texting back and forth paragraphs upon paragraphs, at a bigger exchange of words than I had with anyone I dated or even any past girlfriends! We just can't stop and there's so many shared values in terms of what we want from life. I took this along many other occurrences/things that happened in my life as Allah calling me to Islam. I've cleaned myself and said the Shahadah. I've been sticking to Salah since and it feels like meditation, which I always wanted to do but wasn't motivated to stick to.
I've booked this week off and have been researching non stop about Islam. Have watched videos and saw a lot of the mentors I look up to, speaking highly of Islam or they even believed in it. A lot of things started to make sense, I'm ashamed at the way I viewed Islam before. I didn't expect Allah (SWT) to show himself to me through Islam with me being a Christian (although a very not too religious Christian). I've tried reading the Bible in the past because I knew God/Allah (SWT) is out there but I got so bored, I knew He exists just I wasn't drawn to the religion. I've tried reading the Quran and I couldn't stop, it's was so full of guidance, gives structure to ones life and advice. Almost like a motivational book, I could not believe my eyes. Then there's the Hadith, I was blown away. I always felt so lost when I thought about my future or marriage but the way Islam has a structure and rules set in place around marriage and family values gives me so much certainty. I'm from a traditional European country so I agree with all of Islam's marriage values.
What do I do now? When should I tell her without it seeming fake or her getting spooked off? And if it feels right, should I reply to or also say expressions like In sha'Allah? Keep in mind we just started talking Sunday, it's Wednesday today.
Much appreciated everyone, you're a lovely community of people. Jazak Allah Khair.
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2023.06.08 00:23 timeye13 My letter to Ezra and team (April 13th, 2023)

Hey everyone. I'm new to the community, but am an avid listener of Ezra's podcast. The reason I am posting this is because of recent developments in the topic of UAP (formerly known as UFO's). Please reference this article from The Debrief for more context. I hope the Ezra or the show runners see this and dig in. Thanks!
Hello Ezra and team,
Timeye13 here, reaching out from a very windy Golden Gate Heights in San Francisco CA. First, I want to acknowledge you and your staff for the excellent work relating to the ongoing development and wide proliferation of consumer facing LLM (and other) AI's. Your segments have spearheaded a conversation that is timely and necessary to understanding the broader implications of these tools and how uncertain the future truly is at this moment. I hope you continue the work as the subject continues to develop. I also enjoyed listening to your talks with Dan Savage and Rick Ruben. If Rick did an audio book reading of "Goodnight Moon" I'd likely listen to it nightly. The primary reason for this message is to draw your collective attention to recent developments that, in my opinion, merit much more exploration and reporting: the reality, ubiquity and acknowledgement of encounters with UAP or Unidentified Anomalous Phenomenon (historically labeled as UFO's). Since 2017, when Leslie Kean, Ralph Blumenthal, and Helena Cooper at the NYT's published an article about the DoD's AATIP program along with the 3 gun camera videos from Navy fighter pilots (Gimbal, Tic Tac, and Go-Fast: provided by Christopher Mellon) the public has become aware of government interest in this phenomenon. Primarily, how it relates to security concerns and threat scenarios within the IC and DoD. I won't rehash this story further, as there was a wide array of coverage pertaining to these events, specifically through the lens of military, defense and national security. There were some notable follow up pieces on the topic from Gideon Lewis-Krauss of The New Yorker, and 60 Minutes in the spring of 2021, as well as the first congressional hearing on UAP in 50 years in the Spring of 2022 (which can safely be categorized as political theater). Don't get me wrong, these were all important efforts, and groundbreaking when you consider the historical and ongoing stigma of this subject going back 75+ years. But there have been many remarkable developments since then...such as:
(There is a lot to unpack in this subject. This is basic surface level information) "What's the point of it all, Tim?" you might ask: well...if there is substantial interest from the US government (including Congress and the Executive branch), current and former US DoD and IC representatives, leading minds in academia from premier universities, multidisciplinary scientific bodies and think tanks, and private enterprise, WHERE IS THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA?! There is there there. Why aren't there journalists here here? Where are the leaders in journalism who took a journalistic oath to pull the threads that need to be pulled, follow the facts where they lead, and shine light into the darkness on the public's behalf? (That was only slightly preachy, right?) My point is, outside of a handful of reporters who do short segments on this topic, there isn't a single American investigative journalist with the bonafides of a Murray MAder, or Bob Woodward, or Carl Bernstein, or Ida Tarbell, etc etc, who have had the courage to follow the mountain of leads relating to this subject. Ross Coulthart in Australia is the only notable reporter who is actively pursuing this story. Surely, this has the implications to be the biggest story of all time, right? So where are the reporters? Where are you and your colleagues? Conspiracy theories aside (of which there are many), the heaps of anecdotal evidence is there. The physical evidence is lacking, which is a total understatement. The actions of the aforementioned groups should be evidence enough to motivate some big names in journalism to do their job. It takes courage to wade through decades of stigma and ridicule. I'd like to see more risks in this direction, and I think your team is well equipped to handle it. This might sound sensational, because it is in fact, very sensational. In my opinion, the only way to reveal whether that sensation is merited or not is to disinfect it with sunlight. What could be more interesting than to discover that the world we inhabit is a much much bigger place than we once thought, and that maybe non-human intelligence is not only something we're close to creating, but the universe has already iterated, and shipped it. Thank you for reading, whoever you are. I love the show and will continue listening. In keeping with show tradition I'll sign off by leaving you with my 3 book recommendations on the topic:
  1. American Cosmic: UFO's, Religion, and Technology- By Diana Walsh-Pasulka
  2. UFO's: Generals, Pilots, and Government Officials go on the Record- By Leslie Kean
  3. In Plain Sight: An Investigation into UFO's and Impossible Science- Ross Coulthart
Maybe consider having a conversation with Dr Sean Kirkpatrick, former AWSAP director Dr Colm Kelleher, former UAP Task Force Director Jay Stratton, Sen Kirsten Gillabrand, Sen Marco Rubio, Rep Matt Gallagher, former Deputy Secretary for Defense and Intelligence Christopher Mellon, former AATIP Director Luis Elizondo, Leslie Kean, Dr Garry Nolan, Jaques Vallee, Avi Loeb, Dr Eric Davis, Diana Walsh-Puslka, Ross Coulthart, etc. Good places to start.
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2023.06.08 00:23 sonofabutch Smoked out tonight, so let's remember a forgotten Yankee: Tom "Smoke" Sturdivant

The 1950s Yankee dynasty had some great hitters -- Mickey Mantle, Yogi Berra, Moose Skowron, Hank Bauer, Gil McDougald, just to name a few -- but the key to going to eight World Series between 1950 and 1959 (and winning six of them) was a pitching staff that led the league in ERA in five of those 10 seasons -- and in the top three in all 10!
Whitey Ford was the ace of the staff, going an unbelievable 121-50 (.708 W%) with a 2.66 ERA (140 ERA+) between 1950 and 1959. And that was with Casey Stengel often skipping Ford against weaker teams to save him for tougher match-ups, meaning that most of those wins came against top competition. In 1956, for example, the Chairman of the Board had 10 starts against teams with losing records, and 20 starts against teams with records of .500 or better. He went 7-1 with a 2.27 ERA against the losers, and 12-5 with a 2.59 ERA against the winners!
But behind Ford were some pretty good if less famous pitchers, including Allie Reynolds, Eddie Lopat, Tommy Byrne, and Bob Grim. And another, even lesser known hurler won two rings as a key member of the Yankee rotation: Tom Sturdivant.
A hard enough thrower in his youth that he got the nickname "Smoke," by the time Sturdivant reached the Yankees he was called "Snake" because of the way his pitches moved. He threw a curve that broke away from right-handed batters, a screwball that broke away from lefties, a sinking fastball, and a looping change-up. All were good pitches, but none of them was great. Ted Williams was asked how Sturdivant was so successful without overpowering stuff, and he replied:
"Maybe he hasn’t got a thing. But I notice one thing. He keeps winning."
Eventually he did find a thing, though. Particularly later in his career, Sturdivant became known for his knuckleball. He would call it his "money pitch." He also complained about the pitch like an unruly pet, saying "it just won't act right 'til late in the season."
Born in Gordon, Kansas, on April 28, 1930, Thomas Virgil Sturdivant grew up in Oklahoma City and attended Capitol Hill High School. Sturdivant was signed by Yankee scout Tom Greenwade, who also signed another kid from Oklahoma, Mickey Mantle. Like Mantle, Sturdivant was signed as an infielder. But Sturdivant also was a pretty good pitcher as a teenager, as Greenwade told a reporter:
"Used to be a high-school pitcher in Oklahoma City, you know. And one of the greatest. He set some kind of record. More than 100 innings without being scored on."
Sturdivant struggled to hit his first few seasons as an infielder in the minors, hitting .246 in 281 at-bats in 1950. He then spent all of 1951 and much of 1952 in the U.S. Army, and -- as happened to most major leaguers drafted into the service -- spent most of his time playing baseball for a base team. (As Whitey Ford once said: "Army life was rough. Would you believe it, they actually wanted me to pitch three times a week!") Sturdivant's success pitching in the Army, as well as a leg injury that cost him some of his running speed, convinced him he should ask the Yankees to try him at pitching.
"I knew I wasn't getting anywhere, batting .246 in Class B, so I decided I'd better try something else if I wanted to stay in baseball, which I did, badly."
He returned from the Army in time to pitch 86 innings with the Yankees' Double-A affiliate, the Beaumont Roughnecks, and went 3-3 with a 3.56 ERA. His days as an infielder were over.
Sturdivant went 10-7 with a 2.98 ERA in Double-A the following season, and 8-9 with a 3.57 ERA in Triple-A the year after that. Yankee pitcher Allie Reynolds, a fellow graduate of Capitol Hill High School in Oklahoma City who had gone 20-8 for the Yankees in 1952, had retired after the 1954 season. That winter, he worked with Sturdivant and told him he might make the Yankees in spring. Sturdivant's hard work that off-season impressed manager Casey Stengel. "We learned that he can be a fighter, and that's what we want with this club," he said.
He made the team out of spring training and made his major league debut on April 14 against the Red Sox at Fenway Park -- Boston's home opener. Bob Grim started the game and was bombed for five runs on seven hits through six innings. Sturdivant entered the game in the 7th, with the score 5-2, and gave up another run. The Yankees battled back in the bottom of the 8th, scoring two runs on back-to-back singles from Elston Howard and Jerry Coleman to make it a two-run game, but Sturdivant gave up a two-run single in the 8th to pitcher Ellis Kinder to put the game out of reach again, and the Yankees lost, 8-4.
In 33 games that year, Sturdivant posted a 3.16 ERA and a 1.302 WHIP, not bad for a rookie. He didn't give up a lot of hits, but he did walk 41 men in 68.1 innings. Stengel didn't mind that, though. In a 2020 article, "Big Walkers", Bill James wrote about how Stengel employed a strategy of "pitching around" power hitters. When a slugger was at the plate, pitchers were coached to work the edges of the plate, not giving him anything good to hit. He might chase pitches and strike out... he might hit something off the end of the bat... or he might walk. Any of the three, in Stengel's opinion, was a better outcome than throwing a pitch down the middle to a guy who could hit it 450 feet.
As a result, the Yankees often were near the top in walks allowed -- but also in fewest home runs allowed. And also in double plays. And also, not coincidentally, in earned run average.
In his five seasons with the Yankees, Sturdivant walked 221 batters in 524.1 innings (3.8 BB/9), but only gave up 45 home runs (0.8 H9). He also induced 44 double plays. James, in looking at what made the Yankees successful in the 1950s, discovered that they had a huge differential in HR-GIDP. In 1955, Sturdivant's first year in the league, the Yankees hit 175 home runs, and grounded into 101 double plays (+74). Yankee opponents had 108 home runs, and grounded in 145 double plays (-37). In 1956, the Yankes were +86, their opponents -53.
James wrote:
This is not a typical championship team pattern. In many areas, the 1950s Yankees were just an ordinary team. They really had only one outstanding starting pitcher, while Cleveland usually had three or four. But the Yankees huge advantages in Home Runs vs. Double Plays enabled them to win almost every year.
Sturdivant rode this strategy to back-to-back 16-win seasons, going 16-8 with a 3.30 ERA (118 ERA+) in 1956, and 16-6 with a 2.54 ERA (142 ERA+) in 1957.
After those two great seasons, though, Sturdivant's career went up in... well... smoke.
In Spring Training 1958, he held out for a raise, eventually signing for $18,000, a $4,000 raise from what he'd made the year before. He gave up 10 runs in his first two starts of the year, and then missed a month with a sore arm. When he came back, he was hit hard in his next three starts, and was banished to the bullpen. After a pretty good month (8.0 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 7 K), he was put back into the rotation, and went 3-2 with a 3.31 ERA in 32.2 innings, but his arm still wasn't quite right, and he missed some time in August due to a heel injury. He was on the World Series roster in 1958, but didn't pitch.
All off season there were rumors that Sturdivant was on the trading block, and after another slow start -- 0-2 with a 4.97 ERA, and still bothered by his sore arm -- he was dealt to the Yankees' favorite trading partner in the late 1950s, the Kansas City Athletics. "Snake", along with Jerry Lumpe and Johnny Kucks, was dealt for Ralph Terry and previously forgotten Yankee Hector Lopez -- a pretty good deal for the Yankees, as Terry and Lopez helped the Yankees to five straight pennants and two championships between 1960 and 1964. Lumpe, a little used utility player with the Yankees, proved to be a solid regular for the Athletics and then an All-Star with the Tigers in 1964. But Kucks, an All-Star with the Yankees in 1956, was done, going 12-21 with a 4.78 ERA (84 ERA+) in two seasons with the Athletics, and was out of baseball after the 1960 season.
Sturdivant would hang around another five seasons, and pitch for six different teams! He went from the Athletics to the Senators -- not the original Senators, who were now the Twins, but the expansion team founded in 1961 that would become the Rangers in 1972 -- then the Pirates, the Tigers, back to the Athletics, and then rejoined Casey Stengel on the Mets in 1964. Over that stretch he went 21-20 with a 4.16 ERA and 1.301 WHIP as a swingman.
The 34-year-old Sturdivant announced prior to the 1964 season he was running for the Oklahoma State Senate and that he'd quit baseball if elected in November. The Mets beat him to it, though, releasing him in May after he posted a 5.97 ERA in 28.2 innings. Maybe more as a campaign ploy, in July Sturdivant signed with the Oklahoma City 89ers. He went 6-3 with a 3.89 ERA and 1.365 WHIP in 74.0 innings. He lost the election, and retired from baseball.
After that, Sturdivant owned a trucking company and tried to drum up support for the Hall of Fame case for his old mentor Allie Reynolds.
In 2000, the 69-year-old Sturdivant was in a serious car accident. Someone -- he never learned who -- found him on the roadside, thrown from his truck after it had rolled five times. When the ambulance arrived, they thought he was dead. They strapped his body to a stretcher and loaded him into an ambulance.
Sturdivant told sportswriter Brian Jensen:
"When we were driving to the hospital, I was in the back and they had me strapped down and I guess when I came to, I raised my head and I said, 'hey could y'all call my wife for me,' and the driver almost jumped out of the van. It just wasn't time for me to go."
He had broken his back, both hips, his pelvic bone, his tailbone, multiple ribs, and had a punctured lung. He never recovered.
"I don't have a life," Sturdivant said. "You know, I have a hard time remembering a lot of stuff and I'm kind of slow. I kind of have little spells where I pass out and have a hard time walking straight."
Sturdivant died on February 28, 2009.
Smoke Show:
Sturdivant remained a Yankee for life. After his playing days were over and he was living in Oklahoma, he was an early adopter of a subscription service that allowed him to watch Yankee games!
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2023.06.08 00:23 La_Reina_Rubia $2800 to repair rust - worth it?

I drive a 2010 VW Beetle and have some rust starting on the edge of the passenger door and near both rocker panels. The shop owner explained to me what it would entail to repair the rust. A lot of labor, a lot of money, and of course, no permanent fix for the rust because it always comes back. The repair would take about two weeks or so to complete.
I love my car and they don’t make Beetles anymore. $2800 is a lot of money and I am so torn on how to proceed.
There is a cheaper band-aid fix that he was willing to give me an estimate on that would only take a couple days. I am waiting on that.
Just wondering if it is worth spending that much money on something that will eventually come back. I plan to keep the car for as long as it will run.
Thank you for any insight.
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2023.06.08 00:22 Pale-Grass-2346 For all my retakers out here!

hi so i’m taking the mcat for the 3rd time now and i’m getting really anxious about how it’s gonna go. When I was doing my practice tests i was getting 510+ but then when the real deal came, i didn’t even break a 500. This happened twice. And now i’m starting to think like what if it happens again? Is it all worth it?!?!? It seems like after putting so much time and effort, it’s just not working out!
For my first take (it was second year summer, studied 3 and a half months but was working and took orgo in the summer) - I heavily focused on content for the first 1.5 months since it took a long time for me to get through the material. I had a strong understanding for chem but everything else was pretty new to me - I did about 10 practice tests (all of AAMC + Blueprint FL and Diagnostic tests) all ranged around 505-515 - I bought uworld and did some questions but didn’t end up finishing all of it. - I did the JW cars daily but that’s about it until I reached AAMC material - I found that I didn’t review my practice exams properly- I didn’t make any anki cards and gave up on having a log system of tracking my mistakes - I did the miledown anki but i started like only one month before my exam and i don’t think it worked the best
For my first retake (third year summer): - I studied full time for 3 months and took about 12 practice exams. All ranging 510+ and in the range i wanted. - I didn’t make anki cards for my mistakes but I reviewed the exams with more time - I finished all the uWorld questions and thought it helped me - I didn’t memorize the physics equations properly so i did my chem section on the actual exam, I freaked out and started guessing for all the questions - I also tried doing JW daily and did about 3-4 passages a day. - I also did a bunch of Jack westin questions to solidify my knowledge but i started doing this near the end of content review
Right Now (my SECOND RETAKE): - Studying for 2 months only - Doing 3 passages daily for CARS, made my own anki flashcards while going through Kaplan textbooks, did 30 questions on Jack Westin for each chapter i did while doing content review. After that, I reviewed my anki flashcards every day. Occasionally i would read the miledown review sheet for stuff i was confused on. Tried watching youtube videos to solidify any hard concepts. Focused on memorizing all physics equations (i also just finished taking the second physics in april so i remember stuff from it) - For the last month, I’m just grinding by doing questions from the AAMC and really trying to know every single question they ask and the reasoning behind it - I’m reviewing the Anki miledown deck and set a deadline so I can finish it before my test date. Which means i’m doing about 1000 cards a day :( But i’m finding Anki to be super helpful - I’m continuing to do 3-4 passages a day for CARS - I think i have to do about 8 practice exams only - I’m also going through the miledown review sheet and kaplan review sheets to make sure i am remembering everything - Unfortunately all of this takes me about 10-12 hours of studying a day. Somehow idk how i’m not burnt out yet but i’m just telling myself that i’m giving this my last try
Does anyone have any tips on anything I should do or change ? My goal is a 510+ ideally a 515. I have been getting it during my practice tests but i’m scared that going from less than a 500 to 510+ seems unrealistic. Ugh this has been a long journey and to everyone struggling too i’m rooting for you guys ❤️
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2023.06.08 00:22 EmmyOfTheState Great dog… sometimes too protective

We rescued a dog from our local humane society about a year and a half ago. His name is Cooper and he’s a large mix breed ( DNA shows the largest percentage is 34% Pyrenees). We got him when he was 8 weeks. He’s very smart, and was receptive to basic training (potty training, sit, stay, etc).
We did great at socializing at first but one afternoon we were at a neighborhood restaurant on the patio during low rush time ( he was 4 months at this time) Coop was asleep under our table and a woman walking her dog on the sidewalk lost control of her dog and the dog got ahold of Cooper’s muzzle, thankfully missing his eye but obviously leaving us shaken up. Our young daughter was present (she was 6 at the time) and she had a big hand afterwards in following vet orders for recovery. I think this is when she and Cooper became close. We continued to bring him to our family’s homes and interact with family members and their dogs (we’re a big dog family haha) but we became hesitant (me mainly) about taking him out elsewhere.
Since then he’s been great… except for when we have guests over. We’ve had two close family friends (both adults) over who brought their large dog. He was GREAT with their dog. No issues whatsoever. But when our friends were near our daughter (now 8) he takes an aggressive stance and will snip at their hands. The two friends finally asserted “dominance” with a firm “No!” And he was completely fine after that, even falling asleep laying across them on the couch.
The biggest issue is when our daughter has her friends over. He’ll snip at the friends hands if they hug our daughter and this cannot happen. We’ve obviously interjected, redirected, separated, everything we know and have read to do.
Cooper is an amazing dog otherwise but he’s 80lbs and this cannot continue. He’s always stopped on a command and will back off but at the one time he may not listen… that’s what scares me. Any advice at all would be so helpful. We’re looking into professional training, but I thought I’d start here first.
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2023.06.08 00:22 thegreatestpitt Animal cruelty in Stephen King works?

So I’m interested in reading the shining, Salem’s lot, pet sematary, revival, cujo, the girl who loved Tom Gordon, dr sleep, and it.
Like, those are the stories by Stephen king that call to me the most (plus Carrie but I’ve already read that), but as someone who absolutely adores animals, specially dogs, im a bit nervous about going in and reading these books only to find scenes that will emotionally destroy me.
In the case of pet sematary, I know the cat dies, I just don’t know how bad his death is, and whether he suffers a lot or not. If the cat dies quickly and mostly painlessly, I don’t have a problem with that.
In cujo I know the dog gets rabies and in the end he dies. I’m not entirely sure how I feel about that specific story. I think it might not affect me as much because cujo becomes basically a monster, and it’s like the same idea behind someone you love turning into a zombie. It’s not them anymore, so in my mind, cujo is more like a zombie dog than a sweet Saint Bernard, but idk. Has anyone who loves dogs, read that book? If so, how did it affect you?
Last but not least, I heard there’s a scene in IT where Patrick whetever-his-name-is puts a puppy in a fridge and lets it asphyxiate. Is this true? Does the dog suffer a lot? Is it a quick scene or does it take its time explaining gruesome details like maybe hearing muffled whimpering as the dog begins to die? Is there any other form of animal cruelty in the book? Should I avoid IT if I’m easily triggered by animal cruelty?
As far as the other stories go, I have no idea if there’s animal cruelty in them, and I’d like to know which of these books has animal cruelty, and how much of it is there?
If any of you remember how these scenes play out, and would like to tell me, I’d appreciate it since it doesn’t affect me nearly as much if I know I’m just gonna read that specific scene without all the background. It’s like watching the specific scene of a jump scare knowing that the jump scare is coming. It doesn’t scare you. It’s sort of like that when I know that the scene I’m gonna read is animal cruelty and there’s no background to have made me invested. It doesn’t affect me as much that way.
Anyway, this is turning into a very long post so just thank you all for your help! Have a great day! :)
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2023.06.08 00:21 fakextimbs First real wipe out

Little back story, was new bike day last Friday. Upgraded to a Fuel 7 from a Marlin 6, had the Marlin for 2 years but just until the last couple months never even had it on a trail. Started going out with some homies and decided it was time to go full suspension.
First trip to the trails on it with the boys the day after and I’m riding like a moron, Mr confident. Hit a small kicker to a flat, ended up way higher in the air than usual and came down hard. I think I landed and rolled a little ways but maybe I didn’t, either way ended up washing out and slammed hard on my hip. Knocked the wind out of me, didn’t lay there at all just got up to make sure I didn’t fuck myself up too bad (probably a dumb move but didn’t wanna be the dude laying on the trail).
The boys gather around me, check me over, pull the weeds out of my helmet, straighten my bars out. I’m hurting bad though, back feels super janked, jumped back on the bike and pedal out the rest of the opener loop trail. Back at the truck it’s only getting worse, sit out the rest of the ride.
Get home and cleaned up, pain isn’t nearly as bad but I know work is going to suck the next day (I’m a carpenter so fml). Got through the last couple days but I’m still pretty stiff and don’t have full range of motion bending and what not. Off to the chiropractor this coming Saturday.
Anyways I’ve thought about the crash quite a bit because MTB has been all I’ve done recently and I’ve become extremely passionate about it. The main thing that keeps coming back to me is take it fucking easy. I’ve maybe been on the trails 15 times total, I’m not a pro or a YouTube or even a seasoned rider. Every trip out can just be fun, I don’t have to make insane progress each ride.
I’m sure I’ll crash more times but hoping they don’t all take me out of commission like this one has. Also, investing in pads ASAP.
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2023.06.08 00:20 Goan2Scotland Kinda feel like I missed out on an important part of being a teenager.

That being relationships. I only ever had one and it wasn’t really an actual relationship if we’re being honest but I kind of feel like I’ve missed something semi vital, especially when I listen to adults talking about teenage relationships and see my friends have them but I just kinda didn’t.
I feel like I’ve missed out on the experience of teen love and making the mistakes now when I’m young and learning what’s right for me and making mistakes now, and that it’s going to make my time so much harder.
Thing is I don’t want a relationship for the sake of having one, and while I’ll admit there are some pretty girls in my year at school I don’t know any of them nearly as well as I could, and the one girl who I do know quite well and I also think is pretty doesn’t see me the same way and is dating someone else (luckily I don’t think she knows of my feelings) so yea.
Life’s weird man, I keep trying to tell myself I’ve got more of it ahead and I’ll meet the right person someday but it’s becoming harder to convince myself of it.
There’s another rant I can’t send to my friends and no one will read for you
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2023.06.08 00:20 Elliott258 West Ham United: A Love Letter

I am 29 years old, I have been a West Ham fan since I knew what football was, my father grew up in the east end of London and shared his love of the club with me.
West Ham was my first love, the constant in my life, through the ups and down of my time on this earth West Ham has been there and through the ups and down of the club, I have been there, unwavering in my love and support.
These past couple of years have been a dream I never though I would live with this club, tragically my father passed away 4 years ago but when I watch West Ham now I still feel him with me, this club is my only remaining connection with the man I loved.
Tonight was the most amazing and emotional night of my life, I am wearing my fathers 1980 FA cup final scarf that he got at the game and I know he would be speechless and ecstatic if he could see what we have achieved in this moment.
I’m so happy for all of us, enjoy this moment, we 100% deserve it, this is one of the rare occasions in life that will be with us forever, I leave you with:
I'm forever blowing bubbles, Pretty bubbles in the air, They fly so high, Nearly reach the sky, Then like my dreams, They fade and die. Fortune's always hiding, I've looked everywhere, I'm forever blowing bubbles, Pretty bubbles in the air.
Come on West Ham!!!!!!!!!!
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