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2023.06.08 06:23 whirlpool4 Events for Fri 6/9 - Sun 6/11

** Fri 6/9 *\*
Fri 4 - 7:30 PM Food Truck Friday Rio Rancho Regional Chamber of Commerce, 4201 Crestview Dr. SE, Rio Rancho We welcome attendees of all ages to gather together and enjoy great food and music
Fri 5 - 7 PM Exhibit Opening: Colors That Speak Words Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, 2401 12th St. NW Join us in celebration of the visual arts, poetry, and calligraphy. "Colors That Speak Words" is a collaborative installation between two writers and two visual artists with words, poetry, and visual arts and speaks to how this combination of mediums can be done in a cyclical way. The artists, Dr. Anthony Fleg, Mallery Quetawki (Zuni), Blythe Mariano (Diné), and Chilán Mustain, worked together to create an installation in motion, and the vision they bring to this space is from a contemporary perspective on how Native art is presented. This is an innovative view for visitors to see that Native art is changing and adjusting to the times. The artists will be present at the exhibit opening to read poetry and talk about this installation. Admission is free; please enter through South Entrance. Light refreshments will be served. This exhibit will be on display through October 15
Fri 5 - 10 PM Car Show & Concert! EXPO NM Home of the New Mexico State Fair, 300 San Pedro Dr. NE Friday night fever Vol 2! CAR SHOW & AWARDs, RAP CONCERT, VENDORS, FOOD TRUCKS, GAMES, ROCK CLIMBING WALL. All Makes and Models welcome. FREE GENERAL ADMISSION. $7 Parking, $10 Car Show judging and awards (only if you want to register and compete) Event brought to you by Expo NM and Desert Sun Event Productions. Car show brought to you by Sins events and NM Lowrider Arte
Fri 6 PM Rugby is a Drag (Show)! Sidewinders Bar and Grill, 4200 Central Ave SE Get out your dancing cleats and trade in that eye black for eye liner! The very popular Rugby is a Drag (show!) and fundraiser, normally held earlier in the year, has moved to June 9th and Pride weekend in 2023! This year's event will be hosted by Miss Sidewinders 2023 Seliah Deleon and Le Femme Magnifique 2017 and fellow rugger SCRUMtious Cox! This year's show is returning to Sidewinders and, as in year's past, will benefit our friends at Casa Q, which provides safe living for LGBTQ+ youth through housing, services and advocacy. This year's event will also feature participation from members of Elevated Roller Derby, NM United and more! (tickets)
Fri 7 PM Movies in the Park - Puss in Boots: The Last Wish Athena Park, 778 Athena Ave, 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 - 12 AM Pride Dance Party 505 Spirits, 105 Harvard Dr. SE DANCE WITH US TO CELEBRATE PRIDE UNDER THE STARS @ PRIDE ON THE PATIO! DJ Baby D & DJ Rebel (Rori the Rebel) will drop your favorite hits - Get your dance on and show of your Pride with your best Pride outfit &/or Pride colors! Try our special cocktail: Prickly Pear Pride Punch, plus other great drinks and delicious food! Come early for dinner before you dance, daNCE, DANCE!!! Delicious Value Menu Items: $2.95 - NEW Sliders! (beef & veg) $1.95 - local blue corn dog pops (minis) $5.95 waffle fries & full sized blue corn dogs (veg or beef) Plus our flaky meat & veg hand pies, chunky chicken salad, mushroom pate & more! 21 & over Free Entry!
Fri 9 PM Albuquerque Pride Afterparty Historic Lobo Theater, 3013 Central Ave NE Starring Headliner: Malaysia Babydoll Foxx, DJ: Justin Cristofer, HOST: Vanessa Patricks, MEET THE QUEENS! Avery Martini, Imani Martini, Nova Martini, Kardio Karbdashian, Divyne Intervention. Private Early Entrance Meet N Greet begins at 8:15 p.m. entrance with Meet N Greet starting 8:30 p.m. Champagne Provided (tickets)
Fri 9 PM Fierce Pride: Kandy Muse Effex, 420 Central Ave SW Special guest from RPDR All Stars S13 and AS8, LA, CA, Meet and Greet 10:30 PM, doors 9p, show 11:30p Lounge: DJ Chris de Jesus Patio: DJ Aquattro Side Effex: DJ Mitch
Fri 9:30 PM Salsa under the Stars After Party JUNO, 1501 1st St. NW DJ Pedro, one of Albuquerque’s most loved DJ’s (DJ Pedro, DJ Tony, SoloVino, DJ Louie, DJ Darly + Eli Mix) mixing your favorite dance mix of Salsa, Bachata, Merengue and more! This is one of Albuquerque’s favorite after party summer outdoor events and will begin June 9th following the opening of Son Como Son kicking off the Salsa under the Stars at the Albuquerque Museum followed by the after party at Juno. Free entry to Juno with your stamp from the museum
Fri 10:30 PM Twilight Zone: The Movie - 40th Anniversary Screening! One Night Only! The Guild Cinema, 3405 Central Ave NE Check out the trailer. Dir. Joe Dante, Steven Spielberg, John Landis & George Miller - 1983 - 102m - NO MATINEES. DOOR PRIZES COURTESY OF BUBONICON 54! Based on the popular television series, this film is a collection of four frightening tales of the supernatural, each by a different director--Joe Dante, Steven Spielberg, John Landis, and George Miller! The film opens with Dan Aykroyd and Albert Brooks as two hapless road-trippers who tell scary stories to pass the time. The four segments that follow include some updated re-creations of classic Twilight Zone episodes. In the first, racist Bill Connor (Vic Morrow) is transformed into a Jew in World War II. Next, Mr. Bloom (Scatman Crothers) comes to a retirement home to teach the residents that they are only as young as they feel. In the third, teacher Helen Foley (Kathleen Quinlan) meets Antony (Jeremy Licht), a boy who is not what he seems. In the final segment, panicky plane passenger John Valentine (John Lithgow) sees gremlins attacking his flight
** Sat 6/10 *\*
Sat 8 AM - 2 PM NMHRS Garage Sale 7903 Robin Ave NE Hosted by the New Mexico House Rabbit Society. All sales go into our vet fund so that we can continue to provide medical care to rabbits in need. This is a multi-family garage sale so there will be lots to browse through
Sat 8 AM - 10 PM All The Things: Craft Cocktail & Mixer Launch Tractor Brewing Company, 118 Tulane Dr. SE The next evolution in the craft cocktail experience is here and officially launch in Nob Hill for Pride! What is All The Things? Well, let me tell you. Imagine 100% fresh cold pressed juice, pure cane sugar, and Troubled Minds spirits all in one 1L bottle ready to pour over ice! That's right you can purchase these ready made bottle cocktails now at ANY of our locations! We have: Margarita with Tequila, Paloma with Tequila, Kentucky Mule with Bourbon, Ginger Lemonade with Vodka, Limeade with Vodka & Bloody Mary with Vodka! Grab you one to go for $16! We will be using mixers of these behind our bars so you can get a first hand taste! And offering non alcoholic lavender, ginger, and classic lemonades for you to sip on! These truly are All The Things in one bottle!
Sat 9 AM - 12 PM Family, Fit, Fun Fest Tiguex Park, 1800 Mountain Rd. NW Join us for the Girl Scouts of New Mexico Trails 2nd annual Family, Fit, Fun Fest. Bring your whole family to this free, all-ages event to learn about keeping fit and healthy - mentally, physically, and emotionally. Learn new skills and discover ways to keep your mind and body healthy and active, as you visit interactive booths led by community partners. Booths will include hands-on activities like games, puzzles, and brain teasers, as well as interactive lessons in martial arts, dance, mindfulness, and more. Booths will also include information on youth classes, clubs, and teams, as well as opportunities to meet local healthcare providers and learn more about mental health, nutrition, eye care, and dental care for your whole family. Climb to the top of a rock wall, make your way through an obstacle course, try the football toss or the baseball toss, shoot a hockey puck, or score a goal at interactive stations around the event! Meet and take photos with local sports teams and/or mascots and stop by Menchie's Froyo Mobile for a sweet treat. Girl Scout Members can participate in a special event scavenger hunt when they pre-purchase the 2023 GSNMT Family, Fit, Fun Fest patch
Sat 10 AM SOCH PRIDE '23 Albuquerque Social Club, 4021 Central Ave NE Come show your PRIDE at the ONLY place to be SOCHial! We are taking over the parking lot for a FREE ALL AGES event. We have multile bands, musicians and perfromers ready to give a PRIDE you wont forget. Food Truck, Vendors, Face Painting, Car Show, Games, Country Dancing and many other fun events!
Sat 10 - 11 AM Yoga with Kelsi Poulin Marketplace mezzanine, 8600 Pan American Fwy NE Enjoy guided yoga, from local yoga instructor, Kelsi! This will be a fun flow for all levels of yoga practice. $10 per person
Sat 10 AM - 12 PM Play Day For A Cause Kiddie Academy of Paradise Hills, 4590 Paradise Blvd. NW Join us for Play Day for a Cause! This free event has great games and fun activities for your kids while supporting Family Promise, the leading national nonprofit addressing family homelessness. Family Promise started in 1986 as local outreach in a single community and now has more than 200 Affiliates in 43 states. Since their founding, volunteers have helped more than a million family members in need. With a focus on empowering families and children, Kiddie Academy Educational Child Care and Family Promise are working together to give every child what they deserve: a chance to succeed. The event is free and open to the public. Donations are appreciated, but not required to attend
Sat 10 AM - 4 PM Foundational Wellness Grand Opening Party Los Ranchos Bakery, 6920 4th St. NW, Los Ranchos Celebrate our grand opening event by stopping by the B Side of Los Ranchos Bakery! Herbal tea blends, door prizes, free raffle, information on classes and events, and more! Win a free reiki session, teas, discounts on classes, or discounts on nutritional therapy! I will be teaching numerous classes at the bakery this summer. Some topics: How to make Herbal Vinegar Tinctures (aceta), Hormone Health, Healthy Habits for Life, Improve Your Digestion, Prioritizing Meal Prep, Blood Sugar Regulation, and my RESTART Program! You don’t want to miss out! Some of these classes will be free! So come on down and get some coffee and goodies from the bakery, then visit me next door and see what we’ve been up to
Sat 10 AM - 5 PM Pride Day Celebration! Quirky Used Books and More, 120 Jefferson NE Book sales, vendor pop ups, food truck, art, music, and more!
Sat 10:30 AM - 12 PM Wellness Schedule Casa Rondeña Winery, 733 Chavez Rd. NW, Los Ranchos Open to people of all skill levels, Wellness + Wine is a one-hour, outdoor practice, followed by a glass of wine or Sangria, and an invitation to stay and relax on the grounds of the beautiful Casa Rondeña Winery. This experience is $25, and includes glass of wine. Discounts apply for winery members. Reservations are required to participate
Sat 11 AM - 4 PM Papa Bear Market Boxing Bear Brewing, 10200 Corrales Rd. NW We couldn’t forget about our PAPA BEARS! Dads deserve some love and appreciation too! Spend the day celebrating Papa at our taproom. As always this FREE event will include local vendors, food trucks, photo booth, live music, paint your own pint, and, of course, BEER! (click link for full list of vendors)
Sat 11 AM - 5 PM June Used Book Sale Main Library, 501 Copper Ave NW Join us for the monthly book sale. There will be a variety of fiction, non-fiction, children and adults books, videos, DVDs, CDs, comic books, maps, and more available. Free for Members - $2 for Non-Members Free to all after noon. All Sales are held in the Lower Level, Main Library, Validated parking is available on 5th and Copper, kitty-corner to the library. The Friends of the Public Library is a non-profit organization. All proceeds go to supporting the Public Library of Albuquerque & Bernalillo County library programs
Sat 12 - 5 PM Summer Luau - Adoptables, Swag, Brews, and more! Lizard Tail Brewing Industrial, 3351 Columbia Dr. NE Hosted by Pitties and Kitties of New Mexico. We will have some PKR Tees, some PKR Pride gear, and best of all - our adoptabulls! Our booth will have a small auction set up… the prize being Tattoo Certificates with an ABQ tattoo artist! There will be a car show, other vendors, as well as water activities. Hope to see y’all there!
Sat 1 - 3 PM Family Field Day! Montgomery Park, Hosted by ABQ Family Chiropractic. A celebration of all the families who trust us with their care, and an opportunity for families who are considering our office to get to know our team in a fun, low-stakes environment. Food and family-friendly activities will be provided
Sat 1 - 4 PM Zouk with Jaime Arôxa! Alley Kats Tap Company, 222 Truman St. NE We will continue building on, and reviewing everything we have learned with Jamie Arôxa and Kiri Chapman thus far. We will continue to work on Zouk basics and building on the basics including connection and timing, musicality, lateral with variations, Yo-yo, viradinha, cambre, body, rolls, body, isolations, weight transfers, counterbalance, elástico, convergence & divergence, Wi-Fi, head, movement, styling, head movement, varying turns, and Chicote. Classes will be progressive and will be adjusted to the level of each class. Drop in anytime * All levels welcome * No partner needed * Cash preferred - can also accept Venmo and Cash App to $UWDstudios
Sat 1:30 - 4 PM Father's Day Tee Cabezon Park, 2307 Cabezon Blvd. SE, Rio Rancho Celebrate Father's Day with a round of miniature golf or two! Tee-off with dad at our Annual Father's Day "Tee". Enjoy some snacks, and an Arnold Palmer while making a craft with dad. Prizes awarded for the top 3 teams in miniature golf! Each child and parent must register individually. NO DROP-INS. Please contact the Cabezon Community Center at 505-892-4499 for more info
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 6 - 10 PM Baddie Fest OT Circus, 709 Central Ave NW let's all have a fun summer night. Fairy Julz (crystals and more to raise your energy) will be at @ otcircus. Market, Music, Dance Performers, Crystal Pop Up Booth, Henna, Woman Vendors. Tag and invite your favorite baddies
Sat 6 - 11 PM Heights Summerfest North Domingo Baca Park, Celebrate warm weather and outdoor fun at a free community gathering during an Albuquerque Summerfest. This free concert series features local businesses with handcrafted products in The Shops, food trucks with freshly made cuisine in the Food Court, libations created by breweries, wineries and distilleries in The Cantina, entertainment by local talent, and a production by a national headliner all at a City park (click here for more info: live music, food trucks, kids' activities, drinks, vendors, parking)
Sat 7 PM Dancing Queens Sunshine Theater, 120 Central Ave SW Throw out your calendar! Buy a new calendar! Mark June 10th as the first and ONLY date in your calendar! Pride weekend, all the dancing queens are descending on the Sunshine Theater for the night of all nights. Juicee Früt presents Dancing Queens! Featuring performances by Red Light Cameras, ABBAquerque, Galaxy, Juicee Früt, Drag Performances from CoCo Caliente & Mr. Rusty Nutz, Forbidden Früt Market, & more! (tickets)
Sat 7 PM Death On The Beach: A Metalcore Beach Party Launchpad, 618 Central Ave SW Join us for a night filled with beach-going shenanigans and some of the best metalcore bands Albuquerque has to offer. Swimwear, flip flops, sunscreen and lais ENCOURAGED! Come out and rage with us, and let's make this a night to remember! Presale tickets are $10 and are available through any band. Just send them a message! Online tickets through Holdmyticket will be available soon. Inhuman Hands, EYE, Secure The Void, One Last Summer
Sat 9 PM Temple of Sound Presents Starry Night Juno, 1501 1st St. NW This event will feature our guest DJ Chris Losack! He's a longtime DJ who primarily spins house and techno but also has roots in industrial and dark music. He will be showing his dark side this time out! Join us for another spectacular event! Sparkly or night sky attire encouraged but not required! 21+ / No cover
Sat 9 PM Pride 2023 Effex, 420 Central Ave SW Spunjy Hicks Lounge: Malik Patio: DJ Chris de Jesus Side Effex: Xblyssid
Sat 10:30 PM Late Nite Comedy Jam The Guild Cinema, 3405 Central Ave NE Ristra Comedy and Chuck Parker Comedy present a stellar lineup of standup comedians! This month's headliner: Josh Fournier Featuring Chuck Parker & Sara Anne Myers and your host Alex Benton
** Sun 6/11 *\*
Sun 8 AM - 2 PM Hot Rods for Hunger Car Show and Poker Run 2801 Eubank Blvd NE Yes, our amazing car show fundraiser is happening again, thanks to Bell’s Brewery and the Mopar Most Wanted car club. This year, for early registration, we are having a Kickstart happy hour with Bells Brewery at O’Niell’s Heights location on Juan Tabo. Join us and register your car. All makes and models are welcome. Come out and see some of the coolest cars in Albuquerque. There will be raffles, food trucks, lots of awards for the cars, and a food drive for the Storehouse food pantry. Enter the Poker Run, the Car Show, or both today!
Sun 10 AM Rocketman Historic Lobo Theater, 3013 Central Ave NE THE HISTORIC LOBO THEATER along with Albuquerque Film & Music Experience is excited to bring Rocketman to the big screen! 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 - 2 PM STEAM DAY Rail Yards Market, 777 1st St. SW Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM) all put New Mexico on the Map as a unique place. Standing for over one hundred years, the historic Rail Yards of Albuquerque stand as an ode to a period of extreme innovation for the Rio Grande basin area. Albuquerque literally rose and became what it is around the Rail Yards, and railroad era that brought so much innovation. In these industrial cathedrals, we hum with innovation again.. Activating the space for community use, the Rail Yards Market is non-profit (certified 501c3), bringing together small businesses in agriculture, food, and artisan manufacturing on a local scale. Our STEAM stands for Sustainable, Traditional, Educational and Artistic Modalities. In this area we host interactive demonstrations. Mini-Makers Unite! Learn about what makes a laser light up, a 3D printer build, and so much more! Bring out your tech, geek, and inquisitive minds to the Rail Yards Market and visit makers from Quelab. Free for all! Everyone is welcome! EBT doubled with Double-Up-Food-Bucks, ADA Accessible, Senior and WIC programs welcome, Fresh & local produce, Breakfast & lunch prepared food options, 120+ local food, healing, and art businesses, Parking & restrooms, FREE :: LOCAL :: FAMILY FRIENDLY :: PET FRIENDLY
Sun 10:30 - 11:30 AM Mindful Movement - Yoga in the Park Academy Hills Park, 9709 Layton Ave NE Meet us on the southwest side of the park, just southwest of the playground, under the large trees. Looks for the Aumies sign! Bring your mat, block, strap and water!
Sun 2 - 4 PM Lumberyard Jazz Trio Sawmill Market, 1909 Bellamah Ave NW The Lumberyard Jazz Trio is back to bring exciting jazz melodies to Sawmill Market. They use an interchanging group of New Mexican instrumentalists who have traveled nationwide to perform, lead by saxophonist Sean Johnson
Sun 3 PM Pride Tea Dance on the Patio Effex, 420 Central Ave SW 3 - 6 PM: DJ Mike Demarco 6 - 9 PM: DJ Spunjy Hicks Featuring performances by Avery Martini, Jessica K. Daniels, Imani Martini
Sun 4 - 7 PM Music on the Patio: Squash Blossom Boys Canteen Brewhouse, 2381 Aztec Rd NE Based in Albuquerque, The Squash Blossom Boys have played southwestern stages for over ten years. With beginnings as a garage band, they have explored a variety of musical genres including rock, jazz, reggae and more to find the hard driving, high lonesome sound of Bluegrass music. The current central players include Dustin Orbesen (Dobro, Mandolin, Vocals), Kit Murray (Banjo, Vocals), Kyle Malone (Guitar), Peter Lisignoli (Bass)
Sun 5 - 8 PM Mack 'n Cheese Sunday Variety Show Juno, 1501 1st St. NW Variety show with Mack 'n Cheese (Indy Hip Hop), Cali Shaw (Americana), Basilaris Trio (Jazz), Sol de la Noche, Melissa Prada (spoken word) Monthly variety show with Mack 'n Cheese (Indy Hip Hop), Cali Shaw (Americana), Basilaris Trio (Jazz), Sol de la Noche, Melissa Prada (spoken word), vendors. Family-friendly (if your kids already know the F-word). Food available for purchase. On the patio, weather permitting, or in the Gallery
Sun 7 - 10 PM S.O.S - Salsa On Sunday Dance Social 505 Spirits, 105 Harvard Dr. SE Salsa On Sunday Dance Social *With guest DJ's *Latin Dance Performances *The Occasional LIVE Music Performance *And Always... Social Dancing! salsa timba bachata merengue *What is it about a Social* The essence of a Social is for the dance community to get together and dance. Socials offer a relaxed night of dancing. Socials continue to draw dance enthusiasts who get lost in their salsa “addiction” by dancing and enjoying the music. Socials offer something for every level of dancer at any age. Bands and DJs have more freedom to play sets which appeal to the dance-centric crowd. It's about the music. It's about the dance. If you want to have an alternative to the club, are underage, or simply want to get in some good dancing - check out a Social, you might be surprised at how much fun you have
Sun 7:30 PM Brit Floyd Revel ABQ, 4720 Alexander Blvd. NE Brit Floyd returns to the stage in 2023 to perform a brand-new production celebrating 50 years of the ground-breaking and iconic musical masterpiece The Dark Side of the Moon. The show will feature classic tracks from the album such as Time, Money, Us and Them and The Great Gig in the Sky. The 2 and a half hours plus set list will also include other highlights from Pink Floyd’s magnificent catalogue of albums, including tracks from The Wall, Wish You Were Here, Animals, The Division Bell, Medal and much more (tickets)
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2023.06.08 04:04 bighawk2002 Obligatory Passed today (ATx3)

Thanks to this sub for all of the direction and ideas I received in preparation for today.
I was laid off from my marketing agency job 12/07/2022 (was an account managestrategist/project manager) . After 350 resume's submitted (4 main version revisions) I was running out of unemployment. I had been kicking around getting my PMP certification for a few years and decided about a month ago, now was the time.
I ended up getting a job a few weeks ago with the contingency of passing the test. Passing today puts an end to the 6 months of stress. Hence a celebratory breaking open a new bottle of my favorite bourbon.
I am not going to say what I did for preparation as that has been covered ad nauseam. What I will say are the two biggest lesson's learned from all of this:
  1. Join your local PMI chapter. Networks are important, that is how I found my new job
  2. when taking the test, read the answers first and select the best "PMI" answer. Then read the question. 75% of the time I picked the right answer.
Thanks again and Cheers!
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2023.06.08 03:58 ckskate Wubby’s drink?

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2023.06.06 17:27 vimto_boy JD Bonded for £30, Triple Mash for £34 at Amazon today

I've not actually tried these, any thoughts? And a preference of one over t'other? Until I started hanging out here and tried JD SBS / SBBS I'd never have given them a second look, but seem to be very well reviewed online (e.g. by Breaking Bourbon). Not seen them much below £40 previously.
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2023.06.06 01:59 ilikemineralsalot Review #1: New Holland Dragons Milk Origin Small Batch

Review #1: New Holland Dragons Milk Origin Small Batch
This is my first review but not my first rodeo. I got into bourbon right when I turned 21 and that was back when everything was on the shelf for msrp and never really out of stock. I took a long break from drinking to beat cancer but I’m ready to be back but I’m getting into a very different game as before.
The bottle: New Holland Dragon’s Milk Origin Small Batch (2023)
Proof: 95
Age: 5 years
Price: $54.99 (I think that’s close to, if not, state min.)
Glass: Little New Holland Tulip glass
Nose: Lots of vanilla, maybe some Belgian waffle and honey, pretty sweet smelling overall. Some faint red fruit in there and the faintest of oak. It has a nice nose but is just a little lighter than I usually like.
Front Palate: The kind of Belgian waffle, sweet breakfasts flavors on the nose are actually the first flavors I taste. It tastes almost like it’s finished in a second barrel but it isn’t. Maybe a little butterscotch as I sit and think about it.
Mid Palate: There’s an extremely familiar fruity candy flavor that pops up as it passes over the middle of my palate, I can’t quite ID the exact candy but maybe cherry twizzlers? Not quite medicinal but approaching that.
Back Palate: A nice rise of cinnamon and baking spice from some of the rye and a few rich darker fruits hidden in there too.
Finish: Medium, it doesn’t coat the mouth or tongue much but there the flavors linger for a moment letting you think about them a little deeper! Just a faint oak dryness if you really chew on it. Of course I’d like it to be longer but it is far from disappointing.
T8ke scale: 6.99
Overall this is a really delicious, unique bourbon that departs from typical taste profiles I’m used to. I didn’t come up with this but I’ve heard people say it tastes beer barrel aged and I completely agree.
New Holland has gotten much of it notoriety from bourbon barrel aged stouts (Dragon’s Milk) and this is a homage to the bourbon and barrels that helped them grow. I think it’s a cool basis for this bottle.
Thanks for reading, I hope to do more reviews!
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2023.06.04 23:06 SamIAmShepard [WTS] Shave Soap Lots

EDIT: All three Lots have sold. Cheers.
Massive Den Thinning. I have too much stuff. I’m keeping my favorites and almost all my splashes. Enjoy the great deals.
Almost all soaps have 90% or more left. Almost all have been scooped/scraped. A number have only been scooped once or twice.
I plan to throw extra stuff in each lot (balms, a few splashes, brushes, tons of soap samples etc)-the extras alone may equal the cost.
Each Lot is $120 including shipping. CONUS only. PayPal. Message please.
SOLD SOLD SOLD One: All Barrister and Mann. Plague, Famine, Fougere Angelique, 42, Passiflora, Rhapsody, Smoking Bishop, Red Letter Day, Le Grande Chypre, Eigengrau, Bay Rum, Behold the Whatsis, Petrichor, Beaudelaire, Night Music (Night Music is probably at 65%)
SOLD SOLD SOLD Lot Two: Gentleman’s Nod Musahsi, 345 White Buffalo, Zingari Man Mousse Illuminee, House of Mammoth’s Embrace, Hygge, Tobacconist, Sonder, Wholly Kaw Amber Bomba, King of Bourbon, Stirling Varen, DG Darkfall, Bangarang, Chiseled Face Sherlock, Cerberus, Cerberus Fougere, Murphy & McNeil Nantahala, Grooming Dept Tobacco Oud, McDuff’s Back Country Bourbon.
SOLD SOLD SOLD Lot Three: A&E SoCal Hipster, Peach and Cognac, The Undersea,Lothur Namkha, Moon Soaps Amaretto Speciale, Noble Otter’s Tis the Season, Orbit, The Noir et Vanille, BarrBarr, PA Cavendish, Tombstone, Southern Witchrafts Desairology, Autumn Ash, Pomona, Labyrinth, Samhain, Fougere Nemeta, Autumn Ash, Summer Breaks History 101, Cannonball.
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2023.06.03 14:35 Orphan-Prince What if Finn & Kol survived (TVD) part 1

What if Finn & Kol survived (TVD) part 1
Considering on the thread suggesting these What If ideas, Kol’s got the most upvotes, while more comments requested Finn, so, I decided to mix the two together, having both Finn and Kol survive their altercations with the Mystic Falls Gang (as they should have). Rather than leaping straight into TO, we’ll start with the changes to TVD with Finn alive and the difference with Kol’s altercation with Elena & Jeremy.
Finn and Sage enjoy a nice date at the Grille, Sage convinces Finn to choose life and promises to teach him to enjoy life as a vampire, Finn smiles and nods, Matt delivers their shots and Sage asks if Finn has ever had tequila, he chuckles and shakes his head, citing that he hasn’t drunken it before. He takes his shot, licks the salt from his wrist and sucks on the lime, asking Sage if she’s happy and expresses his awe for the evolution of mankind.
Finn expresses disgust when he finds out that Sage turned Troy, stating that he turned her because he loved her, Sage chuckles and says that she’s in enemy territory, claiming that she did so for precaution and expresses her distrust in Klaus and Rebekah. As she says this she grabs Matt’s wrist and asks for more shots. She tells Finn that passion overcoming morals is considered living life, Finn gives a small laugh and nods, willing to learn from Sage, they give a cheers to “living life”. When they get their drinks from their waitress they find out it was laced in vervain, they spot Stefan leaving and smirking at them, in anger they follow him out.
Stefan goes to stake Finn, Sage quickly springs into action and grabs Stefan’s wrist, she snaps it and tosses him to the side without effort. Stefan drops the stake and it falls down the stairs, Finn looks from Stefan to Sage as she shouts at him to get the stake, Finn nods and as he goes to get it Stefan attempts to rush at Finn, but Sage grabs Stefan by his throat and lifts him off of his feet, glaring daggers at him. Finn rushes down the stairs after the stake, getting to the bottom in less than a second, as he makes it to the bottom of the steps the door swings open just as he grabs the stake, Elena points the crossbow at him.
“Do you expect to scare me with that crude little toy?” The Original asks in a bored tone.
Elena doesn’t answer and shoots the crossbow, though, Finn easily catches the stake and tosses it to the side, giving an irritated look towards Elena, Matt goes to rush at Finn to stab him with the White Oak stake that he held, though, Finn easily grabs Matt’s hand and breaks his wrist, causing Matt to drop the stake, Finn kicks him in the chest, sending him flying back and against the brick wall, he groans as Elena shoots a panicked look at Stefan, she grabs onto the stake and goes to stab Finn with it, though, before she can Finn backhands Elena, knocking her to the floor, she keeps a firm grip on the stake and tries to stab him in the leg, Finn takes a step back.
As he does, Matt jumps on his back, trying to hold him for Elena to stab him, Elena catches her bearings, though just as she goes to stab Finn, the Original flings Matt off of his back and onto the floor, as Elena raises the stake over her head to stab Finn, he slaps her hand aside and backhands her to the floor, knocking her out, the stake sliding across the floor when she was knocked down.
Finn turns his attention to Matt as he goes for the stake. Finn steps on Matt’s hand right before he can grab onto the stake, the sounds of bones snapping and joints popping being heard, the jock looks up at the Original with wide eyes, a fearful look on his face. Finn smirks and looks towards Stefan as Sage drops him, Stefan falling to his hands and knees.
“Are we done? My mercy only extends so far, stop now and I shall let you live.” Finn says as he stares at Stefan. “Yield, and Sage nor I will take action against any of you for this attempt on my life.” The Original offers.
“Try it again, and we’ll kill all of you.” Sage adds as she glares down at Stefan, the young vampire gulps and nods, accepting their offer, he cautiously walks down the stairs, holding his hands up the entire time until he reaches Elena, he scoops the unconscious doppelgänger into his arms and glances down at Matt, Finn gives a pressing look and stares at Stefan. He releases Matt, grabs the other stake and stuffs both into his jacket before he walks towards Stefan, threatening that he will not be so merciful next time, he walks towards Sage, leaving Stefan and Matt to contemplate their defeat and breathe a sigh of relief that Finn spared their life.
Finn pauses at the top of the steps and glances down at Stefan. “My siblings will not be as lenient as me, I would not suggest trying to kill them, if you value your lives that is.” Finn says before he and Sage leaves.
Sage and Finn wait until he is delinked from his siblings, Finn expresses how little he can wait to leave the city that was the birthplace of all his pain and sorrow. Klaus sarcastically tells Finn how much he will miss his dear older brother, Finn snorts and tells Klaus to use his hollow charms elsewhere, putting his foot down on leaving. Klaus merely shrugs and wishes Finn luck, telling him he has much to catch up on in a joking tone, though, there is some sincerity in his words.
Finn stares at Klaus, clenching his teeth.
“Don’t act like you care now, brother. You left me there, in that coffin for 900 years….. cold and alone, trapped endlessly in that black horizon.” Finn says before walking out with Sage. Klaus is visibly confused by Finn’s statement, not understanding what he meant by the “black horizon”.
It was meant to be a slumber, Klaus found himself saying in his mind. You can see him trying to piece it together, that he wanted to ask Finn more. He knew that he could drag Finn back and force him to tell him more, but he ultimately decided to let Finn leave. He had little use for him now, and having Finn around would kill all the fun, or at least that’s what Klaus was telling himself.
Sage asks Finn what he meant as they walk to her car, but Finn tells her he’d rather not talk about it, that he hadn’t meant to say so much.
Soon after Esther is killed by Alaric, Rebekah calls Finn to tell him the news, he asks her why she is telling him this, but she merely responds with “I thought you should know. If you want, you can come and say your goodbyes.”
Finn sighs and looks to Sage, telling her what happened, and mentioning that he wants to go back to Mystic Falls, that he wants to see the body for himself. Initially, Sage tries to talk Finn out of it, but he is adamant so she acquiesces and gets the keys to her car. The duo departed quickly after packing the basic necessities. Upon getting in the car, Finn asks why they can’t just run there, that they are much faster than the vehicle and can get to that “dreadful city” in minutes. Sage responds that cars are useful and have their perks, such as holding their things. Mentioning that she will go to Mystic Falls with him, but that they are driving there.
Once the couple arrived in Mystic Falls, they were quickly stopped by Rebekah standing in the road. Sage swore under her breath as she slammed her foot on the brake, swerving slightly as to avoid hitting Rebekah. She knew that being hit by her car wouldn’t hurt Rebekah, it would certainly damage her car. The car barely missed Rebekah, nearly hitting the sidewalk, but Sage managed to stop it.
Sage swiftly left the car, followed by Finn, ready to give Rebekah a piece of her mind. But she paused as she saw what seemed to be a flicker of fear in her eyes. Finn seemed to have noticed as well as he gently pushed past Sage, standing in front of her, staring at his sister.
“What is it?” Finn asked, turning his head ever so slightly, taking a few steps forward.
“Finn, we need to get Klaus and leave.” Rebekah said softly, confusing Finn and Sage both.
“I refuse, first, tell me what’s going on.” Finn demanded.
Rebekah gulped, explaining what happened at the school and what happened with Alaric, calling him “too strong”. Finn looked confused, pointing out that Alaric should be dead, Rebekah corrected him, causing Sage to pipe up, asking just how strong.
“As strong as us, maybe stronger. That’s not what scares me the most, brother. I stabbed him with White Oak.”
“And?” Sage pushed. “If you stabbed him with White Oak, he should be dead.”
“That’s the problem! He was immune!” Rebekah argued, shocking both Finn and Sage.
“So, you're saying, we’re dealing with a vampire with the power of an Original that is immune to White Oak?” Finn asked, trying to make sure he was hearing what he thought he was. Rebekah meekly nodded.
Finn glanced at Sage before looking back to Rebekah with a sigh. “Then mother truly plans on killing us all even after death.”
“So, she didn’t tell you?” Rebekah asked, Finn shook his head.
“I only knew of the linking and my sacrifice. I knew nothing of this.” Finn steps forward. “Get Niklaus, we’re leaving.” Finn said in a serious tone, Rebekah asking them to come with her, Sage asking if Alaric has a daylight ring, something that Rebekah confirms he does not.
Sage, with a sigh tells Rebekah to get into the car, which she does, the three driving to the manor house that Klaus was in, the three entering together, going to Klaus. Rebekah, of course, stood in the front.
The conversation with Klaus remains mostly the same, Rebekah explains to him the situation, explains Alaric and how White Oak couldn’t kill him, that he was too strong, Klaus showing annoyance, but acquiesced, stating that they will leave, but he needs to collect Elena first, claiming that he’s making an army to protect them. Rebekah argues that they’ll protect each other. To this, Klaus looks at Finn, asking if they would truly protect each other in a backhanded tone.
Finn takes a step forward. “You have never once given me reason to wish to protect either of you.” Finn said coldly, he looked at Rebekah. “I’m willing to defend her, she came to me for help. But I will not stay and help you with your greed.”
Klaus steps towards Finn, getting in his face, but Finn doesn’t back down, he glares at Klaus. Rebekah gets between them, frustratingly saying that now is not the time for family squabbles. Klaus tells them that he is not leaving with Elena. Finn and Rebekah both look at each other.
“We’re leaving now. You could either walk out that door with us or you are on your own.” Rebekah warned, causing Klaus to look at them, seeing that Finn is willing to defend Rebekah, but is quick to dismiss him. Rebekah shakes her head at Klaus’s silence, telling him to trust his hybrids over his family.
Finn shakes his head at Klaus one last time before leaving with Rebekah, Sage following close behind, choosing to remain silent during the exchange, knowing that whilst Finn and Rebekah would be able to hold their own for some time and may even be able to win if they worked together, she would instantly be killed.
Later that night when Rebekah gets a call that seemingly came from Damon, she goes to Finn, requesting his help in moving Klaus’s body, Finn at first is confused but Rebekah explains that Bonnie must have done the heart stopping spell on Klaus, Finn nods apathetically, mentioning that Klaus earned some time in the box. She asks him again, stating that she had no intention of feeding Klaus blood, just moving him somewhere safe while Alaric is still alive.
After some convincing, Finn agrees to go with her. Telling her that when they get Klaus, they’re leaving. Finn offers to allow Rebekah to leave with him and Sage, elaborating that he wouldn’t want to see her murdered despite their strained relationship, explaining that he now sees the joy of living. Rebekah tells him she’ll think about it and they set off, leaving Sage behind. Finn implores Sage to leave if she does not hear from him in two hours.
As the duo enter the storage Rebekah begins calling for Damon as Finn trailed behind her, gazing around curiously, this being his first time in such a place. So many places to store things, his mind wandered to how many things must be there. Getting tired of waiting Finn sighs.
“Let us just tear this place apart and find him.” Finn said in an annoyed tone. He swiftly looked over as Rebekah was grabbed and dragged to the side, spotting Damon holding her. The much younger vampire motioned for him to follow, which Finn does. Damon tells the two where Klaus’ body is and asks for their help in moving him.
As the siblings and Damon attempt to move the coffin containing Klaus to the truck, Finn and Rebekah on either side and Damon at the back, Alaric suddenly appears in front of them, catching the trio off guard. Alaric grabs Rebekah, flinging her into the side of the car, the force of the impact sending him flying back stunning her. Damon dashes at Alaric only to get kicked back. Finn looked conflicted for only a moment before his eyes narrowed.
(Considering Finn fought for Elijah in TO while they were on less than good terms, I’m certain that he’d do the same for Klaus here.)
The eldest brother rushed Alaric, grabbing him by his jacket and threw him back, standing in front of the coffin for a mere moment and quickly following on the assault before Alaric could fully recover, being the first Original to have an actual fight against Alaric. Alaric jumps up, hitting Finn, stunning him and sending him stumbling back, Finn follows with another hit, sending Alaric back, he follows through with three more punches and a kick, Finn goes for another strike, but his wrist is grabbed and snapped, he is flung to the side but lands on his hands and knees, quickly gathering himself. Alaric moves to Klaus, but Finn intercepts, tackling Alaric, sending them both tumbling to the ground Finn places his hands on Alaric’s face, attempting to break his neck as Alaric holds onto Finn’s wrists, the two struggling for a few seconds before Alaric wins, pushing Finn off.
Rebekah attempts to rush in, to help Finn as Alaric kicks him in the side, sending him flying.
Finn shouts at Rebekah and Damon to get Klaus into the car as he rises, he and Alaric have a brief fight, it’s clear that Alaric is more powerful than Finn but not by an absurd amount, showing difficulty in fighting him. The eldest Mikaelson brother mainly sidestepping and parrying and throwing a few blows here and there, trying to avoid being hit as much as possible, just as Rebekah and Damon puts Klaus in the back of the truck, Rebekah announces it, telling Finn to hurry, Finn turns his head to make sure, this small distraction allows Alaric to snap Finn’s neck and toss him to the side, the Original slowly looking towards Rebekah and Damon.
Alaric rushes Rebekah, grabbing her by the back of her jacket, flinging her back, she lands next to Finn as Alaric boots Damon.
Alaric quickly drags the coffin out and opens it, Klaus staring up at him as Rebekah gets to her feet. She goes to rush at Alaric, but is too late, the hunter stabs Klaus in the heart before tearing the stake out and slamming the coffin shut, Damon leaps in front of Rebekah before holding onto the distraught Original.
Alaric sighs and fully turns to Rebekah, pointing the stake at her. “Next.” He said coldly.
Damon pushes Rebekah back, urging her to run. Without hesitation, Rebekah rushes to Finn, grabbing onto her unconscious brother and rushing off as fast as she could. Damon rushes at Alaric in a bid to buy Rebekah some time to escape with Finn but is instantly shoved to the side before Alaric himself rushes after the siblings.
When Finn wakes he is leaned against Rebekah, the blonde holding him up. His vision is blurry but quickly recovers, he sees Elijah and rubs his head, moving away from the teary eyed Rebekah. He asks what happened as Elijah gives a concerned look. Tears fell from Rebekah’s eyes as she spoke.
“He’s gone, there was nothing I could do to stop it. Finn, Finn tried but… Alaric defeated him… He… Nik’s gone.”
Finn sighs as Rebekah speaks, turning to the side he looks down, despite his hatred, Finn couldn’t help but feel a bit of sorrow for Klaus’s death, though was nowhere near as distraught as Rebekah and Elijah. He looked over as Rebekah and Elijah embraced, Finn glanced around as Rebekah and Elijah spoke, speaking of Klaus’s bloodline.
“It won’t take long, he’ll be behind us.” Finn looked over to his siblings. “We need to leave. Niklaus is dead, we’ll be next, the longer we remain, the longer we are in danger.”
Elijah and Rebekah look at him, as if they just remembered he was there.
“We need to flee. I’m going to, I recommend you do the same. He is no stronger than Niklaus, but without a way to kill him fighting him is futile.”
Finn doesn’t wait for either sibling to answer him and speeds off, going back to where he stayed with Sage. Finn doesn’t explain much to Sage other than “we need to leave”, the duo getting into the car and leaving Mystic Falls in quick order while Rebekah runs Elena and Matt off the road.
The initial conversation between Kol and Elena remains the same, Elena denouncing her search for Silas if it means putting everyone she loves in danger. Kol saying he’ll consider her request before going on his way, realizing that Elena was planning something, he returns, saying that their request was denied. Elena slams the door in his face and he kicks it down.
As Kol searches the downstairs of the home, he calls Klaus, alerting him to what was happening and threatening to chop off Jeremy’s arm, kill Elena, then hunt him, hanging up he looks up, spotting Elena with a crossbow. He glares at her as she shoots and effortlessly catches the bolt before it touches his leg. Looking up, he spots Elena missing. Throwing the bolt down he goes upstairs.
Kol listens carefully, listening for any noise and smirks when he hears the moving of a dresser. In a mere moment he appears at the door opening it and placing his hand on it as Elena tries to slam the dresser against it. Try as she might, Kol’s hand never moved, he never struggles against her strength. With one swift push of his hand, Kol slams the door open, knocking the wooden dresser and Elena back, causing her to fall to the floor. As he steps inside, Elena speeds off, locking each door behind her.
Kol follows, kicking down the door in front of him before punching through the door to the room Jeremy and Elena were in. Jeremy shoots at him, Kol catching the stake.
“Missed.” Jeremy shoots again, and Kol catches the second stake. “Missed again!” Elena shoots at Kol, hitting him in the chest a few times, screaming at Jeremy to run before he flings one of the stakes at her, hitting her shoulder, causing her to fall to the floor, tearing it out.
Kol ignores Elena, choosing to chase after Jeremy, swiftly intercepting him, hitting him in the face just hard enough to daze him before shoving him down the stairs. He goes to follow, but Elena jumps on his back, prompting him to fling her and turn around to grab her by the throat, shoving her into the wall. He tears out one of the wooden pillars under the stair rail and stabs a struggling Elena into the wall. He leans in and smirks as she gasps.
“Be a good girl and wait here, I'm not going to kill you, Elena. Death would be too easy for you, you'll have to live with the consequences of trying to awaken Silas." He smirks and twists the makeshift stake.
He turns away from Elena and smirks as he goes to Jeremy, hopping down the stairs and dragging him down. He ties him to the table and muses about how he’ll heal Jeremy right up and apologizes for the sting. He raises the cleaver over his head and goes to slam it down onto Jeremy’s arm before he is jumped by Elena, she pushes the cleaver down, causing Kol to inadvertently cut Jeremy’s right arm free.
With a sigh of frustration, Kol grabs Elena by the throat and rams the cleaver into her shoulder before kicking her in the gut, sending her flying back, turning around, he backhands Jeremy to the floor, kicking him in the gut several times, stopping only when Elena jumps on his back, wrapping her arms around his throat and legs around his waist. Kol tries to fling her off of him, but she manages to hold on, With a growl he backs up against a wall, slamming Elena against it until her grip loosens, when it does he flings her over his shoulder, knocking the breath out of her. He snaps his head over as he hears his brother's voice, shouting at Jeremy to invite him in. With hesitation and a nod, Jeremy invites Klaus in. Kol turns his full focus to Klaus as Elena and Jeremy get out of the way, watching as Klaus steps inside.
“You should have just behaved yourself.” Klaus said in a mocking tone before rushing Kol as fast as he could, fast enough to where Elena couldn’t even see him until he had Kol pressed against the counter, holding him by his jacket. “But now I’ll have to punish you, put you back in a box!”
Kol glared at Klaus as he slapped his hands away, grabbing Klaus by his jacket and tossing him back, causing him to land hard on the ground and slide back, Klaus catching a glimpse of the White Oak stake in his inside jacket pocket. Kol goes to follow up on his assault, but the moment he got to Klaus, his brother was already on his feet and uppercutted Kol hard enough to send him flying back, slamming through the table with a groan, breaking it in half and splintering the wood, as Klaus rushed back at Kol, in an attempt to lift him and continue his attack, Kol lifted his foot in time, kicking Klaus back, giving himself enough time to get to his feet.
Kol sped towards Klaus, grabbing him by his jacket, he lifted him, punched him in the gut and headbutted him. Though, his hands were quickly slapped away and Klaus kicked him in the chest, sending him flying back. Klaus quickly followed, grabbing Kol by his coat and flinging him to the side, causing him to land against the couch, knocking it over. Elena gasping and grabbing onto Jeremy, scurrying away.
Klaus follows as Kol gets up, the hybrid goes to punch him, though Kol parries, Klaus follows up with another punch and Kol blocks, taking the opportunity to grab Klaus’s arm and fling him into the wall, knocking him through it and to the feet of the Gilberts.
Klaus growls as he rises to his feet, his eyes turning yellow, veins bulging and growing underneath them, Kol rushing towards him. He goes to punch Klaus, his eyes returning to normal, the hybrid dodges, hitting Kol in the stomach before hitting him in the chest open palmed, knocking Kol back slightly, while Kol is stunned, Klaus uses every ounce of his speed to get to Kol taking the stake from his jacket pocket. Kol recovers and instantly slaps it out of Klaus’s hand as his brother is distracted, the stake clattering to the floor, landing in front of Jeremy who quickly takes it, hiding it in the back of his pants.
Kol follows this up with a few punches to the face and chest, all connecting, though Klaus quickly turns the tables, hitting Kol in the face, sending him stumbling back. He follows his assault, kicking Kol in the chest, Kol goes to punch Klaus, but his hand is knocked to the side and Klaus grabs him by his throat, pushing him against a wall, Klaus swiftly pulls the dagger from his jacket pocket and goes to stab Kol, but his younger brother manages to grab his wrist with one hand and place his hand onto Klaus’s chest with the other, doing his best to keep Klaus at bay.
Kol manages to begin pushing Klaus back, but Klaus keeps his grip on the dagger, continuously trying to push it forward. Eventually, Klaus places his left hand over his right, pushing the dagger with more effort, forcing Kol to apply more effort, Klaus inching the dagger closer and closer, yet, at times Kol manages to push it back slightly. It’s clear that Klaus has the advantage in strength as Kol visibly struggles to keep it at bay.
Elena, spotting the struggle, glances towards the table Kol crashed through and spots a broken table leg. She swiftly speeds towards it, picking it up before speeding back to Klaus and Kol. While the Original was distracted, Elena jammed the makeshift stake into his side, causing Kol to yell out in pain, turning to face Elena. Causing him to falter just enough for Klaus to take advantage and push the dagger into his heart. Kol lets out a shout of pain, looking at Klaus, his lip twitching in anger, his eyes narrowed as he begins turning grey, his grip weakens on Klaus’ wrist and chest until he falls limp and his arms fall to his side.
“You poor fool.” Klaus softly says as Kol falls against him, gently sliding down, his head against Klaus’s chest, Klaus holding him up from his underarms. Neither Elena nor Klaus notice Jeremy inching closer with the White Oak stake. Klaus notices at the last moment when Jeremy went to stake Kol, he manages to push Kol to the side, saving his brothers life, taking the hit instead, Jeremy ramming the stake into Klaus’s lower gut, causing him shout in pain and shove Jeremy hard enough to send him flying, taking the stake out he held it to the side.
The rest of the scene goes on mostly like in canon, Klaus angrily speaking to the duo, pointing out that Kol never would have gotten inside had they not set a trap for him. Though, it differs when Klaus threatens to kill them, instead of threatening to burn the house down and kill them when they flee, he instead threatens to rip them apart and leave pieces of them artfully arranged around Mystic Falls.
When Bonnie attacks, she uses her magic to first knock the stake out of Klaus’s hand before crippling him, making him scream in pain. It goes as it does in canon, Klaus chasing them around before being locked in the living room, Kol laying on his side in the kitchen. Jeremy takes the stake and goes to kill Kol, but is stopped by Elena when Klaus begins screaming threats, the trio leaving the home and the rest going as it did in canon.
TO Season 1
Rebekah brings Hayley through the secret passages of the plantation until they reach three coffins, two of which are covered in dust while one is clean, she keeps her gaze on that one, asking if Klaus killed Elijah, Rebekah calls Hayley a “silly girl” and explains that when they inevitably disappoint Klaus, he daggers them. She nods towards a coffin and opens it, showing Kol’s body with the silver dagger in his chest.
Hayley asks what Kol did and Rebekah explains it as she stared down at his body.
“He was daggered quite recently, in fact. See, we found a cure to vampirism, and he found out that getting it risks awakening a being named Silas. Kol knew who Silas was where the rest of us did not. He grew paranoid, tried to stop us. Klaus daggered him when he tried to destroy the map. Turns out, he was right, Silas was more powerful than we could have imagined.”
“So, if that coffin is yours.” Hayley points at a dusty coffin. “And that one, Kol’s. Who does he put in the third coffin?”
“That one belongs to my brother Finn. Luckily for him, Klaus allowed him freedom. However long that may last. For now, he’s somewhere in Europe with his lover Sage. I always hated that bitch.” Rebekah lets out a sigh as she turns to the werewolf, closing the coffin, leaving the room with Hayley, the latter looking back at the coffin.
Later that day, Hayley returns to the room that Rebekah showed her, searching for and collecting the daggers, figuring out that they were under Rebekah’s coffin. She glances over to the coffin that held Kol, pondering until she finally walks over, opening it, she stared down at him, tucking the other daggers into her pants she grabbed onto the hilt of the dagger in Kol’s chest, breathing in she yanks it out and stares at him, figuring that removing the dagger would awaken him, not expecting how dangerous Kol truly is, believing him to be a safe guard like Elijah and Rebekah. Figuring that waking him up would annoy Klaus, she wanted to do something against Klaus after him choking her, and stealing his daggers and awakening the only remaining sibling that she could reach sounded like a good idea at the time.
With a sigh, she leaves the room, meeting Rebekah on the front porch, she sits next to her, thanking her for what she did in the house. Rebekah smiles and tells her that “us girls have to stick together”. Hayley smiles and pulls the daggers out, showing them to Rebekah. Her eyes widen as she counted them, realizing that they were all there.
All she could reply with was. “Kol…”
Klaus sat in his room with a cup of bourbon in his hand, he faced one of his paintings, contemplating the baby. He sighed as he heard someone enter the room, believing it to be Rebekah, he spoke.
“I’ve already told you, if you don’t like my plan, you know where the door is. Marcel has Elijah, that won’t change until my plan is through.”
“Gave Elijah to Marcellus, huh?”
Klaus immediately stood once he heard the voice, snapping around, he faced Kol.
“You must be desperate, brother.” Kol commented as he walked forward, he cocked his head at the wide eyed expression. “I take it you weren’t the one who woke me?” Kol asked, turning to the side, pouring himself a glass of bourbon. “How long has it been this time? 50 years? A century?”
“Kol…” Klaus uttered before gaining his composure.
Kol smirked as he turned to face his brother. “Now, what is this diabolical plan of yours?” He asked, curious as to why Klaus was moving against Marcel, despite his anger at the moment, Kol couldn’t pass up on the chance to mess with or even harm Marcel without being shoved back in a box.
Klaus speaks up, explaining his plan to Kol, telling him what he told Hayley and Rebekah. Unlike Rebekah, Klaus knows that Kol has some serious bad blood with Marcel, knowing that he’d have a much easier time convincing him to help sabotage Marcel despite what he did, convinced that having him help with Marcel would distract Kol from his anger with him. Klaus smirks as he walks towards his brother, placing his hand on Kol’s shoulder.
“Now, brother. Will you help me?”
Kol pauses, rubbing his face. “A baby?” Kol asked, turning away from Klaus.
“Loophole in nature if you believe the French Quarter Coven.” Klaus said in a dismissive tone. “You're the one obsessed with magic, what do you think?” He asked, genuinely interested in what Kol had to say.
“It’s certainly possible.” Kol muttered. “Half werewolf, half vampire. I hadn’t thought about it until now. Conceiving a child could theoretically be possible, although incredibly unlikely.” He said, thinking deeply.
“I’m still rather cross with you.” Kol said, turning back to Klaus, pointing at him. “I will find a way to get you back-”
“Enough with the threats.” Klaus said with a chuckle. “Lest you end up back in a box.”
Kol gritted his teeth, crossing his arms and glared at Klaus.
“Now, if you truly want to help me.” He paused at the door, glancing back at Kol. “Behave yourself for now. Two Originals in town is bad enough, but three? Marcel’s men are going to get antsy, too antsy.”
“Let them.” Kol scoffed, crossing his arms. “They’re right to fear us. They’d be fools not to be.”
“Don’t cause too much chaos, not until I’m ready.” Klaus warned, Kol mockingly putting his hands up.
“Your role is to cozy up with the witches, learn as much from them as you can. I want you to focus on Sophie Deveraux. Use your charms to get close to her.” Klaus said before leaving the room.
Kol gives a simple smirk as Klaus leaves, indicating that he has plans of his own.
He doesn’t stick around for long, he instead instantly heads to where he recalls the French Quarter witches to reside. He had entered to see it mostly empty, which was odd. Typically at this hour someone was there, someone was often always there last he recalled. Then he heard it, a voice. He swiftly moved to where it originated, getting there in less than a second, spotting a witch. She snapped her head over upon hearing the “wooshing” sound that often accompanied vampiric speed.
“Another vampire, great.” Sophie muttered. "I'm not using magic, okay."
“A witch.” Kol said with a smirk, she paused as she stared at him. “I’m Kol.” He introduced himself, gaining a shocked expression from her. She had already met three Originals, the fear mostly wore off, though she still understood the dangers of an Original Vampire and knew that it was right and natural to fear them. It’d be stupid not to fear them at least a bit. This man was one of the most powerful creatures on the planet.
“Another Original.” Sophie said as she turned to face him. “I’m Sophie.” She said, causing Kol to walk over, glancing at the tomb, reading the name.
“Deveraux? Ah, yes. I remember. Your ancestors over a century ago were quite powerful.” Kol commented, glancing back at Sophie. “I presume you're powerful yourself.”
“Yes.” Sophie nodded visibly tense.
“Relax, darling.” Kol gave a dismissive hand wave. “I’ve come as a friend. I’ve always been a friend to the witches here. In fact, that’s why I was daggered a century ago. For helping the witches. I recall quite a few Deveraux witches helping me. A shame that we lost.”
“Why are you telling me this?” Sophie asked, curious and cautious.
“I’ve heard that Marcellus has taken over, it’s odd that the witches haven’t risen up yet, in my time, witches were a force to be reckoned with, they participated in a war against my brother with me at their side. Yet, now it seems they cower in fear of newborn vampires led by a toddler. They fought with me against an Original a century ago, yet they now fear a toddler? How odd, unless Marcellus has something up his sleeve.”
“How can I trust you?” Sophie asked, glancing over at Monique’s grave, Kol following her gaze. He paused.
“Because I’ve helped witches time and again. I hold them in high regard, learn from them, teach them. I’m offering my help and unlike Klaus won’t betray you the moment the other side looks brighter.” Kol explained before gazing at the grave again. “How did she die?” He said.
“The Harvest.”
“Why hasn’t she awakened?” Kol asked, looking at Sophie. “The entire purpose hinges on the young witches awakening more powerful than ever.”
Sophie sighed and explained everything, telling him about what happened at the Harvest, Marcel’s rise and oppression of the witches, how he enoforces it and how he killed her sister and countless others for using magic, Kol listening intently, cupping his chin and turning his back on Sophie.
“Tell you what. If you help me. I’ll help you. With both Marcellus and the Harvest. I have a score to settle with Marcellus and Klaus myself.” Kol turned his face to Sophie.
“The Harvest should work, if it hasn’t, then that means the spell’s been hijacked. I can help reverse it and give the power to whom it belongs, awakening the deceased. If I can find who took the power from the spell and take it back, I can potentially awaken all the young witches who lost their lives. Including Monique. You’d be doing the magic of course. But I’ll walk you through it.” Kol held his hand out to Sophie. “To do this you must cooperate with me. Do that, I can save this Monique and teach you magic of the likes you’ve never seen. If you can, get as many witches to align with us as you can.”
Sophie nodded, taking Kol’s hand. “Tell me what I need to do.”
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2023.06.02 16:08 bananaplantunbekannt August Trip Itinerary Review

Hey everybody, Just wanna say thanks to the tips and help I got while trying to plan out this trip. This forum is a gold mine.
I will be in New Orleans with my gf who has never been to the south of the US at all (where I'm from) from Jul 31st-Aug 5th. Flying in from 7 times zones away so will be a little wrecked.
Staying at a hotel in the FQ, probably going to need some earplugs lol This is basically my plan here below. If you all have any suggestions or thoughts, I am ALL EARS. I haven’t been to the city since 20 years ago when I lived in the region.
I’m trying to keep it chill but still see as much as comfortably possible. In particular not too certain about biking along Magazine / St Charles, and which fancy restaurant to eat at the last night. Thanks for any tips!
Mon Fly in, arrive in the evening, travel to hotel Place d’Armes in FQ via taxi.     Jet-lagged dinner - ??
Tues - Breakfast - Wakin Bacon     Wander around the FQ Lunch - Mr B’s Bistro for Gumbo, etc     Relax a bit at pool with jet-lag     Rent bikes and go either Magazine St or St Charles over to Audubon     Window shop around Magazine, Maple and Oak streets Pre-dinner drink @ Carrollton Station Dinner - Jaques Imo's for etouffée and Creole jambalaya     Bike back to FQ, drop bikes Evening - Blues show @ Swig & Swine Blues on Bourbon St. (Unless Maple Leaf cafe schedules some music
Wed - Breakfast - Croissant d’Or     Pick up early morning for Honey Island Swamp tour Lunch - Verti Marte or Frady's for Po Boys     Walk / bike around Marigny and the Bywater, Crescent Park Afternoon drink at Bachanal’s     Bike back to hotel, pool time / down time break     Jamnola     Frenchmen St Palace Market Dinner - Gris-Gris for Gumbo, etc     Sunset at Crescent Park? Evening - Frenchmen St, Cafe Negril
Thurs - Breakfast - Who Dat Cafe     Take streetcar up to City Park, sculpture garden, coffee at Cafe du Monde Lunch - Po Boys at Liuzzo’s     Streetcar back to FQ, stop for a drink at The Sazerac Bar     Pool relax time or Aquarium     Jazz Cruise? Dinner - Pierre Maspero for etouffée, etc Evening - Bar Marilou for jazz band, if that's no good, Frenchmen St?
Fri - Breakfast - French Toast on Decatur     Van Gogh Immersive experience     Aquarium if not done     Walk and bike around FQ / Marigny / Bywater OR Garden District Lunch - Alligator sandwich from MRB Kitchen or The Joint for BBQ     Voodoo Museum?     Wander around wherever Dinner - Either - R’evolution / Peche / Bearcat / GW Fin’s     Rooftop drink at Hot Tin on the way to… Evening - Tipitina’s
Sat - Breakfast - something close to Jackson Sq?     Pack and be at airport @11:30
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2023.05.31 21:05 Putrid-Hall3554 My (35 f) friend’s (38f), boyfriend (40m) is an alcoholic. I don’t want him at my wedding.

I (35 female), have been good friends with my friend (38 female) for about 10 years. Over the course of our friendship, we’ve been there for each other through ups & downs of our romantic relationships and partners, break ups, moving homes, being supportive of each other, etc….
She has been together with her long term boyfriend (40 male) for 4 years, while I have been with my fiancé (38 male) for 3 years. She’s been living with her boyfriend since the Covid lock down at the beginning of their relationship & I moved in with my partner 6 months into our relationship.
My fiancé proposed to me very close to our two year anniversary. Once this occurred, my friend completely ghosted me, and our entire friend group for a full month. I didn’t pry, but did check in at least once a week on her. I sent texts stating I hope she was okay & if she needed anything at all to reach out & I’ll be there to support her.
At a dinner party towards the end of this ghosting period, but not before; our mutual friend let it be known that our friend was MIA from the dinner party & had been MIA for the past month because she was jealous of my engagement & another couple’s engagement which occurred a few months prior to mine.
She was upset that my relationship had progressed to engagement so quickly, & that our other friends got engaged after dating for 6 years; all the while she’d been with her boyfriend for the past 3 years without any hint of a proposal.
I say all this, because this is how my friend thinks. She’s always comparing herself to others, & she’s settling for her current boyfriend of 4 years.
Now to the boyfriend of my friend. He is a raging alcoholic. He drinks a bottle of bourbon every night to sleep. He will get so drunk he can’t find their bathroom & will pee in dresser drawers, on the bed, in a corner, etc… He drinks on the job, and has been fired from multiple positions because of this.
All of this is bad enough, but my friend enables him. The boyfriend doesn’t have a license anymore (It was suspended due to multiple DUIs, then expired). Yet she allows him to drive her car every day, will buy him liquor, & take him to bars to drink. She doesn’t let him drive when they go out thank god. Now the enabling is not great, but her boyfriend is mean and rude to not only her when he drinks, but to myself and our other friends as well. He’s called multiple people slur names, has yelled at my friend multiple times in front of the public eye, he’s rude to wait staff, & it’s embarrassing to be out in public with them due to his ignorance.
With this background, here’s my question/issue:
My wedding is going to be an open bar. I don’t want to include my friend’s boyfriend because of his alcoholism. Our wedding is in an industrial space, so safety is a concern. In addition his attitude & rudeness is the main issue I have. I don’t want to deal with him. However, my friend is so far down the road with blinders on, she would see it as the biggest slight if I do not invite him to the wedding & would potentially even end our friendship if I don’t invite him.
How do I breech the subject of her not receiving a plus one, because I’m not comfortable with him attending?
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2023.05.31 17:14 quixotic-88 Wine tasting class recommendations

My wife likes wine. I’m more of a bourbon and beer guy. Neither of us are very good at articulating what we do or do not like about different wines. So I was thinking I should find a wine tasting class for a date night. Anyone have any recommendations that won’t break the bank? Would like a nice evening event where we walk out knowing a bit more about what we like or don’t like. Not so much just a good wine bar. More of one of those guided experiences where you have a sommelier walking you through it.
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2023.05.31 07:21 4668fgfj The origins of the term "National Bolshevik" in the context of the post-WW1 revolutionary wave

The purpose of this post is to discuss the historical period following World War One, as it has interesting things within it to learn about the concept of a "revolutionary period" and what that actually entails. You may have heard someone use that term before but without the proper historical context of what a revolutionary period even is it can be difficult to understand why someone might be saying that something is true or should happen "only in a revolutionary period" as an example. Specifically this thread of ideas I will be presenting will help to understand many of the foreign policy and geopolitical ideas many of us hold intuitively but might provide a theoretical basis to start to understand why it is that we might think or say certain things.
To add flavour I'm going to weave it together with an explanation of the term National Bolshevism as the term was originally coined during the "revolutionary period" of the post-WW1 era, rather than the way the term is used today to describe any group of people who may have labelled themselves "National Bolsheviks" since. The term is generally used today to describe people within the Soviet Union who attempted to adapt Communism to fit with Russian Nationalism, and that became a party itself in the 1993 post-Soviet crisis where Communists and Russians nationalists together resisted the kleptocratic "liberalization" as many careerist former party members took advantage of the collapse of the soviet union to seize control of the state assets they had technical control over.
However the term actually predates even the establishment of the Soviet Union in 1922, let alone any other 20th century regime (as it is sometimes erroneously used to describe people who support people who support both the Soviet Union and WW2 Germany, when this is merely circumstantial as the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact achieved what the original National Bolsheviks were trying to accomplish before either of those states truly existed) The term was originally used by a German Communist named Karl Radek to describe two other German Communist member he was expelling as "National Bolsheviks". What these people wanted to do was align the revolutionary movement in Germany with that in Russia in mutual opposition to both the treaty of Versailles and the treaty of Brest-Litovsk.
I am specifically defending the prospect of this strategy in particular rather than specifically any person who might have been or could have been advocating for it and any ideas they might have had otherwise, not because it is national, or even bolshevik, but rather because I think it conforms with the idea in the Communist Manifesto of the role of Communists in relation to Proletarians where the Communists do not form separate political programs of their own and instead are supposed to align various proletarians movements together across nationality with respect to the current stage than any of those movements may find themselves in.
In what relation do the Communists stand to the proletarians as a whole?
The Communists do not form a separate party opposed to the other working-class parties.
They have no interests separate and apart from those of the proletariat as a whole.
They do not set up any sectarian principles of their own, by which to shape and mould the proletarian movement.
The Communists are distinguished from the other working-class parties by this only: 1. In the national struggles of the proletarians of the different countries, they point out and bring to the front the common interests of the entire proletariat, independently of all nationality. 2. In the various stages of development which the struggle of the working class against the bourgeoisie has to pass through, they always and everywhere represent the interests of the movement as a whole.
Therefore the irony of this position I am defending is that it was the one advocated for by people labelled National, which would clearly seem to be contrary to being independent of nationality, and Bolshevik who would seem to be sectarians seeking to mold to proletarian movement. The other irony is that for it to have been possible it would have required overcoming proletarian movements in different nationalities operating independent of one another, in addition to overcoming the sectarianism emerging between all the differing "Communist" movements in this revolutionary period. In other words this is another call in an endless stream of "stop infighting!" coupled with "everyone except for me is wrong" which just contributes to the infighting by creating a new sectarian divergence but there is very little that can be done about that. Mostly this is just an excuse to discuss a particular moment I find interesting and inner contrarian in me just wants to make the seemingly most insane position seem the most reasonable as a challenge.
Lenin was not in favour of this so it was a bit of a non-starter. In "Left-Wing" Communism: An Infantile Disorder, he criticizes people who refuse to recognize the treaties, but in addition to the tendencies of so-called National Bolsheviks, he also criticized the Left-Communists that Karl Radek and the other German Revolutionaries were often members. Here we can start to see a problem emerging as you clearly have two different revolutionary movements in two different countries who are having difficulty working with each other (with the problem of the treaties between these countries not even being the main issue they were squabbling over). While not around long enough to have become officially a Left-Communist herself, Luxembourg is associated with them as her writings are cited as a major influence on the tendency, and she is notable for criticizing Lenin's Bolshevism.
In his criticisms of National Bolshevism it is revealed however that Lenin actually seems to agree with my overall position as Infantile Disorder was written in 1920 after which the relevant events were already over.
Lastly, one of the undoubted errors of the German “Lefts” lies in their downright refusal to recognise the Treaty of Versailles. The more “weightily” and “pompously”, the more “emphatically” and peremptorily this viewpoint is formulated (by K. Horner, for instance), the less sense it seems to make. It is not enough, under the present conditions of the international proletarian revolution, to repudiate the preposterous absurdities of “National Bolshevism” (Laufenberg and others), which has gone to the length of advocating a bloc with the German bourgeoisie for a war against the Entente. One must realise that it is utterly false tactics to refuse to admit that a Soviet Germany (if a German Soviet republic were soon to arise) would have to recognise the Treaty of Versailles for a time, and to submit to it. From this it does not follow that the Independents (My Explanation: Social Democrats or Democratic Socialists, I think Luxembourgists might be included in this term, basically the Independents split off from the regular Social Democrats in protest of the regular Social Democrats support of the war, and then they just kept splitting)—at a time when the Scheidemanns were in the government, when the Soviet government in Hungary had not yet been overthrown, and when it was still possible that a Soviet revolution in Vienna would support Soviet Hungary—were right, under the circumstances**, in putting forward the demand that the Treaty of Versailles should be signed**. At that time the Independents tacked and manoeuvred very clumsily, for they more or less accepted responsibility for the Scheidemann traitors, and more or less backslid from advocacy of a ruthless (and most calmly conducted) class war against the Scheidemanns, to advocacy of a “classless” or “above-class” standpoint.
So therefore Lenin was denouncing the people who still insisted on this position despite the revolutionary period in this particular location ending. In the revolutionary period the position the National Bolsheviks wanted was the correct one according to Lenin but they became wrong by continuing to insist upon it after the moment had past.
However notably Lenin only said the treaty having already been signed would only need to be recognized for a time. This implies that a socialist Germany of some kind could eventually overcome the treaty. While not a Soviet Germany, the probably infantile National Socialists were subjected to the same historical realities when they took over, and they too could not immediately begin rejecting the treaty and immediately going to war. For instance by immediately violating the treaty of Versailles army size limits by turning Rohm's SA into the regular German Army. Interestingly the decision to remove Rohm was likely pressured onto Hitler by Hindenburg and the official army (Reichswehr) with Hindenburg threatening to declare martial law and hand control of the country over the army if Hitler did not comply with demands to remove Rohm in the few months Hindenburg had remaining in his life as his health failed.
Both the Reichswehr and the conservative business community continued to complain to Hindenburg about the SA. In early June, defence minister Werner von Blomberg issued an ultimatum to Hitler from Hindenburg: unless Hitler took immediate steps to end the growing tension in Germany, Hindenburg would declare martial law and turn over control of the country to the army. The threat of a declaration of martial law from Hindenburg, the only person in Germany with the authority to potentially depose the Nazi regime, put Hitler under pressure to act.
This challenges the general idea that Hitler was immediately supremely powerful over everything, or that it was Hitler who did not want some apparently revolutionary army taking over in a second revolution. Rather the conservative aristocratic army in coordination with the pressure from international diplomats were able to enforce Hitler's compliance with them, with Hitler deciding to remain in control when given the ultimatum by Hindenburg. In my opinion the fact that Hitler dragged his feet for this long probably has more to do with Hitler realizing that have multiple sources of power was probably better than only having legal power. The article seems to indicate that Hitler "wanted" to do this earlier but held some kind of personal friendship with Rohm that made him reluctant to act against him, but that doesn't actually make sense. Hitler was power hungry yes, but it wouldn't make sense to not want to keep the SA in his back pocket as a challenging force to the military if he was power hungry like his was. It also however exposes the folly of the notion that one could force cooperation between classes in this manner with some supreme leader managing the class differences. Clearly not even Hitler could govern class unbiasedly, the conservative military was not going to allow their positions to be threatened by Hitler's dual-power-in-waiting.
Looping back to National Bolshevism, while the "National Bolsheviks" predated the National Socialists and didn't have anything to do with them, in principle the experience of National Socialism was the most likely outcome of any proposal for some kind of bourgeois alliance with the proletariats relegated to the junior position. The conservative military patriot support to the Red Army in Hungary was with the vanguard who in theory represented the proletariat in the senior position, however the Hungarians were capable of achieving this because it occurred during the revolutionary period where the proletariat was in a position to have the patriots join them instead of attempting to have some kind of revolution by joining the patriots. In short, revolution first, national liberation after. The path to national liberation must lay through revolution instead of seeking revolution through national liberation, because the reactionary classes will always be traitors with class interest upfront before national interest because it is the reactionary classes who have the most to lose in class terms.
Lenin himself seemingly called the November Criminals responsible for the treaty like Scheidemanns "traitors" so it is unfair to blame Bolshevism for the mistakes of the "independents" because they were not associated, and if what Lenin is saying about the situation is accurate it was precisely through calls for "classlessness" that the so-called "independents" abandoned the very class struggle which would have saved Germany from this fate. Therefore calls for classlessness to get out of a situation caused by classlessness were misguided, you cannot merely invert classlessness and get yourself in a different situation than you started in because the situations you found yourself in was never classless to begin with! It will always be the same classes making the decisions regardless of how you might invert your classless approach, and those classes will always be more interested in protecting their particular positions than whatever it is they claim to be focusing on.
There was a lot of confusion in this period and numerous tendencies diverging from one another, the reason being is that in the wake of the Russian Revolution and the end of the First World War there was a period of revolutionary activity across the entire world. While Russia and Germany are often the most focused upon due to the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany being our core 20th century players and many seeing these revolutions as the origin points of these things with a compare and contrast analysis being done to understand why one failed and the other succeeded. In the light of understanding the world revolution as a wave or period, looking at just these two revolutions becomes parochial, as there was clearly one singular revolution going on across the world in the same way as during the Revolutions of 1848 when the Communist Manifesto was published.
Indeed Marx and Engels viewed 1848 as a singular revolution and would have viewed the similar wave of revolutions that peaked in 1919 but spanned from 1917-1923 as a singular revolution. Arguably they would have also viewed all revolutions dating back to the beginning of history as one singular revolution but while they would say things like that they were also capable of distinguishing particular revolutions from each other and would recognize revolutions as being global affairs composed of mutually supporting local revolutions.
While differing in severity there was revolutionary activity in numerous countries ranging from the Two Red Years in Italy to the much less impressive sounding Red Week) in the Netherlands. Even as far away as Canada, Australia, and South Africa there were labour revolts in this period. The case of Canada is a bit emblematic of the obscurity of the scale of these events in popular history, as while the Winnipeg General Strike of 1919 is well known, much like with only Russia and Germany being discussed the strike wave nature of the events in Canada just as in the world tends to fall out of discussion, as for instance this wave actually started with a general strike in Vancouver that was crushed by the military.
In the Preface to the 1882 Russian Edition of the Communist Manifesto, Marx and Engels even suggested in the wake of the assassination of the Tsar Liberator that the impending Russian (bourgeois) Revolution would serve as a signal for the Western proletariat to have their Revolution, and that the Russian Revolution could end up being communist alongside the West.
And now Russia! During the Revolution of 1848-9, not only the European princes, but the European bourgeois as well, found their only salvation from the proletariat just beginning to awaken in Russian intervention. The Tsar was proclaimed the chief of European reaction. Today, he is a prisoner of war of the revolution in Gatchina, and Russia forms the vanguard of revolutionary action in Europe.
The Communist Manifesto had, as its object, the proclamation of the inevitable impending dissolution of modern bourgeois property. But in Russia we find, face-to-face with the rapidly flowering capitalist swindle and bourgeois property, just beginning to develop, more than half the land owned in common by the peasants. Now the question is: can the Russian obshchina, though greatly undermined, yet a form of primeval common ownership of land, pass directly to the higher form of Communist common ownership? Or, on the contrary, must it first pass through the same process of dissolution such as constitutes the historical evolution of the West?
The only answer to that possible today is this: If the Russian Revolution becomes the signal for a proletarian revolution in the West, so that both complement each other, the present Russian common ownership of land may serve as the starting point for a communist development.
Now 1882 didn't turn into a revolution in Russia and there were several false starts like in 1905, but eventually it did finally happen. However seemingly with Lenin's New Economic Policy, both scenarios discussed ended up needing to happen. The Russian Revolution was both Communist and they felt it impossible to transition straight into Communism and thus had to allow some kind of bourgeois property relation to develop, and then later on had to eliminate this thing they created themselves in a rather unfortunate series of events. Additionally while the Russian Revolution did prove to be a signal for the Western proletariat to have their revolution, the proletariat revolution in this period failed.
In the spirit of this discussion I'm going to be argue that these were not separate incidents but rather the failure of the western proletariat's revolution is why Lenin implemented the NEP in 1922, in part because of internal rebellions calling for these things, and because the international revolution seemingly failed resulting in a loss of hope that the western proletariat would in some way save them, which had to result in some kind of proletarian vanguard party lead bourgeois state emerging on the fly. Stalin would later have to undo both these consequences in the events he is criticized most for, as in addition to reversing the NEP with collectivization, he also undid the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk when as Molotov said "One kick from the German army and another from the Soviet Army put an end to this ugly product of Versailles" in regards to Poland.
Polish independence being quite the unfortunate sacrifice here considering how supportive of it Engels was in the 1892 Polish Preface the the Communist Manifesto.
But the rapid development of Polish industry, outstripping that of Russia, is in its turn a new proof of the inexhaustible vitality of the Polish people and a new guarantee of its impending national restoration. And the restoration of an independent and strong Poland is a matter which concerns not only the Poles but all of us. A sincere international collaboration of the European nations is possible only if each of these nations is fully autonomous in its own house. The Revolution of 1848, which under the banner of the proletariat, after all, merely let the proletarian fighters do the work of the bourgeoisie, also secured the independence of Italy, Germany and Hungary through its testamentary executors, Louis Bonaparte and Bismarck; but Poland, which since 1792 had done more for the Revolution than all these three together, was left to its own resources when it succumbed in 1863 to a tenfold greater Russian force. The nobility could neither maintain nor regain Polish independence; today, to the bourgeoisie, this independence is, to say the last, immaterial. Nevertheless, it is a necessity for the harmonious collaboration of the European nations. It can be gained only by the young Polish proletariat, and in its hands it is secure. For the workers of all the rest of Europe need the independence of Poland just as much as the Polish workers themselves.
(The call for "full autonomy in a nation's own house" is probably worth explaining. Nations that should be autonomous are nations which can be autonomous all on their own without international meddling. Engels was notoriously against all the south slavs for their pan-slavism because their independence was necessitated by interference from Imperial Russia, in part because he was still mad about the revolutions of 1848 not working out where Russian intervened to supposedly rescue the south Slavs. He was even still mad at them 34 years later when he reaffirmed Polish independence alongside Irish independence as the most crucial national struggles to support. The reason being that Poland rejected pan-Slavism and was instead independently nationalist.
That Poland could stand alone (and more importantly that Polish agitation threatened three reactionary imperial monarchies in Germany, Austria, and Russia at the same time. Ireland being important to screw around with the bourgeois British Empire as Marx and Engels increasingly saw the absentee revenues the British ruling class generated for themselves in Ireland as being the key to their parliamentary political dominance in England against both lower class and anti-imperialist challenges which were often the same thing) is why Polish independence was so supported. Standing alone is important because autonomous nations can switch between the rule of various classes without the risk of foreign interference on the part of imperialist reactionaries putting things back the way they were to protect their sphere of influence. The issue is that Polish independence ended up being a thorn in the side of the revolution when Polish independence was granted through Wilsonian liberal internationalism and during the Russian Civil War the Red Army tried and failed to retaliate against Poland when they joined forces with the Entente Liberal Imperialists that were intervening in the civil war in what is called the Soviet-Poland War.
For you NATO fans the opposition to NATO comes from this concept of being against spheres of influence, with a preference for complete independence. The Soviets or even Russia joining NATO however transform the institution from an American sphere of influence into just some vague "nobody invade anybody else okay guys thanks bye" treaty which is what it is sold as. So long as Russia is not included in NATO it fails to fulfill its stated purpose of ensuring peace in europe, and it must be opposed because it does not protect the independence of the nations within it, rather it makes them subservient to the United States. The counter-balance of Russia inside the block is sufficient that the nations within it could seamlessly transfer between spheres of influence, or more importantly, not be in anyone's sphere of influence at all by successfully playing the US and Russia off each other, which puts each nation in a position to pursue development with little risk of the alliance being used to punish them.
If say Luxembourg decided to go rogue it could even use the NATO treaty to argue that anyone infringing upon them should be subjected to retaliation by all the other members, and now you can have a socialist Luxembourg in the middle of Europe and they can't do anything about it because the treaty guarantees their independence with multiple dozen moving parts who might not agree on punishing this Luxembourg so long as Luxembourg doesn't militarily invade anybody. However if the organization is nothing more that an American political block with US bases every where, clearly the US would be able to pressure countries into recognizing the socialist Luxembourg as illegitimate in some way and argue it can be invaded without requiring everyone come to its defense. So NATO is good if Russia is included and US bases removed, and an in NATO Russia still isn't a threat to even Estonia if dozens of European countries are required to defend it, and that isn't even considering a late arrival of the US and Canada when they finally cross the Atlantic. The problem with NATO is that it is clearly an unofficial loosely held US empire, it stops being a problem when it is no longer this)
This whole confused mess could have been avoided had the world revolution not failed. This circles back to the Russian and German revolutions and how they were not united. Therefore the position of those labelled Nazbol is attractive merely for the sake that it would have united these two disparate revolutions. The success of either was reliant on the success of the other. The prior Bolshevik position of Peace Without Annexations or Indemnities would permanently lock in the Russian and German revolutions together in a mutual opposition to the bourgeois treaties, a pact of blood to oppose the pacts signed in ink.
Additionally opposition to the indemnity aspect of the treaty of Versailles would have been in fidelity to the revolutionary history of the Paris Commune which inspired the notion of the dictatorship of the proletariat in 1871, which was prompted in part by opposition to the burden of the reparation payments imposed on France by Bismark in response to Napolean III's failed invasion being placed on the people of France by the bourgeois government that signed that treaty. On a global scale while the opportunity for revolution by the proletariat refusing to enter World War One was squandered by the Social Democrats granting their permission, the proletariat could instead refuse to exit World War One by not granting their permission for acceptance of the bourgeois treaties just as the Paris Commune refused to accept Bismark's treaty.
Indeed opposition to the bourgeois Treaty of Trianon served as the basis for cooperation between the Nationalists and the Communists in Hungary, who unlike the Luxembourgists in Germany, were internationally aligned with the Bolsheviks in Russia with the establishment of the Hungarian Soviet Republic. The alliance however broke down with the establishment of the Slovak Soviet Republic as the Hungarian nationalists questioned why they were participating in the Hungarian Red Army if they were just going to be liberating other countries, this ended up not even being that relevant of a dispute seeing as Slovakia was never fully captured and the Czechoslovak army ended up recapturing it in a month and so the issue only lasted from June 1919 to July 1919. However it exposed the core obvious problem with the alliance between nationalists and communists, as the full Petrograd formula was "peace without annexations or indemnities, on the basis of self-determination of the peoples" so the nationalists opposed to treaties were not going to like it when the second part got implemented later.
Lenin and Stalin ran into a similar issues when Stalin opposed Georgian self-determination in 1922 and wanted them to instead join Russia, with the comical situation of Stalin calling the Georgian Mensheviks "nationalist-socialists" and the Russian Lenin accusing the Georgian Stalin of being a Russian nationalist-socialist in response. We can clearly see that there are vastly differing views on the questions of nationality all over the place and there was no one line being taken, with Hungary and Germany taking vastly different views in regards to the treaties and cooperation with nationalists, to their own unique sets of problems later on with them.
The vastly different ways everyone was handling these issues is why I argue that the best principle would have been to have no principles at all. The only communist principle in regards to nationality is international cooperation. While you had Communist revolutions in German, Hungary, and Russia, the common thread linking them together could have been opposition to the bourgeois treaties, which also would have also united them with the liberal Kemalist revolution in Turkey, thus completing the alignment of all revolutionaries in the central powers and Imperial Russia against the rest of the entente attempting to impose the bourgeois treaties, in effect adding Russia to the central powers after the imperialist war had turned into a civil war in all four imperial monarchies. That Turkey was in a vastly different stage of revolution than the other three would be irrelevant as these revolutions would still be mutually supporting of each other, and the Communists could rest assured safely knowing that while differing countries might be in different stages of revolution, they had the advantage over all others in knowing the ultimate end result of all their revolutions even if the people operating in them might not know it themselves.
The Communists, therefore, are on the one hand, practically, the most advanced and resolute section of the working-class parties of every country, that section which pushes forward all others; on the other hand, theoretically, they have over the great mass of the proletariat the advantage of clearly understanding the line of march, the conditions, and the ultimate general results of the proletarian movement.
As such the notion that one needs to be politically Communist to participate in the revolution is false. So long as a state of revolution remained, the stages of the revolution could continue moving forward. If Turkey was not materially ready for it, that need not matter so long as the Kemalists were willing to join in an anti-imperialist block in the mean time, which they were willing to do until the Soviets later started looking at the straights with desire which eventually pushed Turkey into the arms of NATO where it remains to this day. However at the time the Soviets and Turkey were quite friendly despite their obvious ideological differences merely based on this mutual geopolitical interest in so-called anti-imperialism. This anti-imperialism was selective however, with the "Mountain Turks" and "Mountain Russians" being sacrificed for it, but the benefits of not having principles means you don't exactly have to care about that. Ataturk can make poutine out of the Kurds all he wants if he remains staunchly anti-imperialist on an international level.
This gross cynical realism while obviously questionable is still consistent with Revolutionary History as all prior revolutions do not stand up to moral scrutiny when they are viewed in this way. In fact at the twilight of the 1848 revolutions Engels himself called for the Hungarians to wipeout the "counter-revolutionary" Slavs, while this is obviously not something we should want to have happened, and we definitely should not ever do this if we ever find ourselves in a position to make those decisions, it is important to understand the reasoning behind why he was saying those things, that it is the continuance of the revolution itself is both the most important thing, and something that is largely out of anyone's control in the Hegelian sense of Historicism.
The Magyar cause is not in such a bad way as mercenary black-and-yellow [colours of the Austrian flag] enthusiasm would have us believe. The Magyars are not yet defeated. But if they fall, they will fall gloriously, as the last heroes of the 1848 revolution, and only for a short time. Then for a time the Slav counter-revolution will sweep down on the Austrian monarchy with all its barbarity, and the camarilla will see what sort of allies it has. But at the first victorious uprising of the French proletariat, which Louis Napoleon is striving with all his might to conjure up, the Austrian Germans and Magyars will be set free and wreak a bloody revenge on the Slav barbarians. The general war which will then break out will smash this Slav Sonderbund and wipe out all these petty hidebound nations, down to their very names.
The next world war will result in the disappearance from the face of the earth not only of reactionary classes and dynasties, but also of entire reactionary peoples. And that, too, is a step forward.
A key fact you will observe is that they are often quite over eager in announcing the impending revolution. For instance The Magyar Struggle was published in January of 1849 in Marx's Newspaper, and Louis Napoleon was elected President of France in December of 1848. It seems as if they might have thought that this would have been more significant than it actually turned out to be. This kind of made sense though because Louis Napoleon's main opponent in the election was Louis-Eugene Cavagnac who lead the army to suppress a worker's uprising in Paris back in the "June Days" of 1848. Additionally the Hungarians did not do what Engels said they would, instead they adopted cultural assimilation policies called Magyarization, and late in the revolution into 1849 while the Russian and Austria Imperial armies were barring down on them they adopted minority right protections to try to win them back. However they were ultimately unsuccessful in repelling the Russian invasion regardless of any attempts at outreach.
What I find notable about this is that Engels essentially predicted the sides of the "next world war" (albeit there was a world war in between) that would wipeout entire peoples, but somehow ended up reversing the reactionary and revolutionary sides, as an Austrian German and the Hungarians did engage in a war against the Slavs, but because somehow the "poles of revolution" did somehow invert and head outwards from Russia like Engels said the Slavs supposedly wanted, that war was against the revolution instead of for it.
There is no country in Europe which does not have in some corner or other one or several ruined fragments of peoples, the remnant of a former population that was suppressed and held in bondage by the nation which later became the main vehicle of historical development. These relics of a nation mercilessly trampled under foot in the course of history, as Hegel says, these residual fragments of peoples always become fanatical standard-bearers of counter-revolution and remain so until their complete extirpation or loss of their national character, just as their whole existence in general is itself a protest against a great historical revolution.
Such, in Scotland, are the Gaels, the supporters of the Stuarts from 1640 to 1745.
Such, in France, are the Bretons, the supporters of the Bourbons from 1792 to 1800.
Such, in Spain, are the Basques, the supporters of Don Carlos.
Such, in Austria, are the pan-Slavist Southern Slavs, who are nothing but the residual fragment of peoples, resulting from an extremely confused thousand years of development. That this residual fragment, which is likewise extremely confused, sees its salvation only in a reversal of the whole European movement, which in its view ought to go not from west to east, but from east to west, and that for it the instrument of liberation and the bond of unity is the Russian knout — that is the most natural thing in the world.
However a lot can apparently change in almost 100 years. Russia was once seen as the bastion of reaction celebrated by the reactionaries everywhere for having invaded Hungary to put down the 1848-9 revolution, but then became the center of revolution, taking that spot from France which didn't really participate in the Revolutions despite the 1917 mutinies defused in June by Philip Petain by reassuring the soldiers by calling off the offensives that were intended to try to reassure the Provision Russian Government from the February Revolution to stay in the war and who launched the "Kerensky Offensive" in July which prompted the unsuccessful "July Days" Bolshevik uprising before the later successful October Revolution.
The absence of French participation beyond this is remarkable given how much they played a role in other revolutions and also remarkable how it was later Vichy leader Petain himself who basically defused the situation by giving the soldiers what they wanted and ending the suicidal offensives. The difference between Petain and Kerensky here and that the Russian revolution had not yet gone proletariat at this point while France was dealing with its own situation coming up from the soldiers and that the Russian version of this happened only a month afterwards should probably be focused on more here, in addition to how the differing approaches countries took on simultaneous and similar events from 1917-1923 should be analyzed like how I am suggesting
Since the Russian Revolution the apparent "pole of reaction" where global reactionaries collect as their refuge that Russia represented seemingly shifted to the United States for the Cold War after the pole reversal and global political magnetic field collapse manifesting in the out of place auroral borealis of the inter-war period and world war 2. It would be reasonable to assume that it would be just as possible for the United States to become a new center of revolution in the way Russia took that position from France despite Russia being the most reactionary power of anyone before that happened.
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2023.05.31 04:22 JaxGirl840 When did Abby adopt Makenzie??

Sooo I'm rewatching Dance Moms. I'm currently on Season 3 Episode 41. Payton joins the team in New Orleans. It's Nationals. All week Abby had multiple girls learning the same solos as if she didn't know who she was going to let compete. During a night out on Bourbon Street Christi slaps a drink out of Leslie's hand and Leslie instantly goes "beast mode". She even hit the production dude that was attempting to break them up. 😆 The next day Kristie Ray tells Abby she and are leaving due to the altercation. (She had already told the moms she was leaving to pursue other opportunities, but whatever.) Abby makes Christi and Leslie leave with Chloe and Payton. Anyway, so they get to the competition and they're down 3 dancers. (More like 2 if ya wanna get technical since Payton is t usually there) So they're walking out of the dressing room for Mackenzie's solo. They run into none other than Cathy and her Apples. Cathy over hears Abby squeezing in some last minute corrections (and threats) with Kenzie. She criticizes her for "Coaching? At a competition?." I response Abby grabs Mackenzie's hand turns around and smiles at Cathy and says "Yes, I am coaching my DAUGHTER." The Apple Mom's are all "What?!" "Huh?!" "Daughter?!" Abby doesn't flinch. And Melissa hi just says "I share my daughters with her."
Like, wait, what?! That's super weird. I get Abby is close with the girls. They definitely look up to her and all that. But that's just a weird ass thing to say right? Like now that I'm rewatching the show I see how completely and utterly insane and delusional Abby is.
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2023.05.30 15:23 LostInMyADD What Beer selection should I provide?

We are having our reception at our house - we have a bartender and a bar that will be set up. With that said, I am in charge of buying the booze. I need help deciding WHAT beer to provide.
We only have about 75-ish people attending (I'd say maybe 30 of those are heavy drinkers the rest are light to moderate).
I'm trying to get an idea of what types of beer to provide and how much of each. I dont plan to buy 20 different types of beer but I wanted to at least provide a few options. Ideally it would be most cost effective to buy 30 packs, but only the domestic beer comes in 30 I'm trying to figure out what few beer types to provide without doing too much or too little or breaking the bank too much.
What I thought of originally was like a lite beer (maybe Miller or Labbatt), A lager like Yeungling, a blonde Ale (southertier "8 days a week") and maybe an IPA or a Ruby Red grapefruit Kolsh?
We also will be providing red/white wine, a champagne toast, and cocktails/mixed drinks (vodka, rum, bourbon).
Please help!
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2023.05.30 05:47 jlark92 Questions surrounding s6

I just finished bojack today, and I’ve been thinking a lot about the show since. Absolutely loved it btw.
The first 2/3 of s6 were partially about the build up to Bojack’s cancellation. In the “trial” of bojack, which is how I took the two interviews he does when the public finds out about his involvement in Sarah Lynn’s death, there were some details of the stories from both the interviewer and some of her evidentiary references got wrong.
For example, the kid hollyhock talked to at a party who was penny’s friend said that bojack “gave them alcohol and basically forced them to drink.” This was kinda-sorta true, but the kids already had vodka and red Bull before BJ got involved, and he got them bourbon and water because it would have less hangover. He also seemed pretty indifferent to the kids drinking, one way or another, and it’s not exactly novel for teens to drink at their prom. It was obviously wrong of him to not curtail their drinking as a responsible adult, but the guy’s story didn’t quite match up with reality.
The interviewer also seemed to be misrepresenting BJ’s relationship with Sarah Lynn, as she wasn’t so much victimized by BJ in the sex and binging so much as she was a partner. She was way off the rails earlier in the series than BJ, doing club drugs and coke while BJ mostly seemed to be drinking in season 1. While she was 9 months sober before BJ’s big binge, a few episodes earlier SL said something to the effect of “I need someone to help me break my string of sobriety”, implying she wouldn’t have stayed sober regardless of BJ’s involvement. When they had sex, if I recall she initiated it and used it to manipulate him into letting her friends trash his house.
I’m not saying any of this to criticize the show or absolve BJ, but to ask: do you think the show runners were using these minor inconsistencies to criticize the style of witch-hunt the media performs, which might be focused more on sensationalism rather than accuracy, or to try to bend the argument a little more that BJ truly does have a history victimizing women he has power over?
As a somewhat separate discussion from what the show runners intended, It wasn’t really clear to me either way whether or not he DID have a tendency to victimize women from a position of power. He didn’t really have power over Sarah Lynn by the time he got involved in sex and drugs with her; he was a washed up sitcom actor, she was the biggest superstar in the world at that point and was over 30. He didn’t seem like he intended to pursue Penny; he mostly seemed to try to do right by her, and only at the end, when he was having a breakdown was she even framed as a romantic option for him. He definitely made (or would have made) a mistake in the moment, but it seemed more like one of opportunity and desperation, not of coercive intent. Still gross in a different way, but it didn’t seem clear to me it was like the interviewer was implying.
I’m definitely not saying BJ was a “good guy”, but it didn’t seem like he fit into the “me too” bad guy category of men that have a pattern of strategically coercing women into sex using disparities of power (ala Weinstein), but that is where BJ seemed to wind up in public opinion in the world of the show.
I guess what’s itching my brain is I can’t quite tell what the showrunners were trying to say. If BJ was supposed to come come off looking like the villain the interviewer claimed he was, they probably needed to show more intentionality in his behavior, similar to when BJ sabotaged Todd’s opera. I view that as one of the worst things he did, not because of the outcome, but because of how calculated and intentional it was. But if BJ is supposed to come off as ambiguous or as having gotten a raw deal, there didn’t seem to be much resolution of that by the end of the show. He winds up in prison, having lost or alienated most or all of his friends and family (rip hollyhock), homeless, and with no job prospects when he gets out.
Btw, I think the worst the BJ did in the entire show was something they waited until the interview to reveal: the fact that BJ waited 17 minutes before calling paramedics, and that SL was still alive when she got to the hospital. But while that was enormously fucked up, it’s never discussed again, and we never get any insight into BJ’s decision or into his response to the accusation. Did he know SL was still alive? If he didnt, he didn’t seem surprised when this when this was brought up, but if he did then it seems like it should’ve been brought up in his guilt episodes before now.
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2023.05.27 17:07 jsb217118 (1515 Retro)[Event]: A Family Reunion

His legs ached. It was hard to stand properly all day, always careful to keep a stately posture. Gilbert didn't want to play host to his English cousins. He would have much rather been fighting in Italy besides his father. He was six years old after all, practically a man grown. But he had responsibilities. With his father and Uncle Francis gone he was the man of the family, his father had said so, said that he needed to keep his mother and sister safe.
Nursee said that doing what you didn't want to do was what made you a man. So to make her proud he ignored the aches in his legs and stand up straight with pride.
Little Suzanne toddled beside their mother, who held her hand, sometimes picking her up and cuddling her when she got especially nervous. Gilbert would never admit it, but he wished his mama would pick him up and cuddle him. Apart from Mama, the other two ladies of the family were in attendance.
Grandmama Anne, who was very old and very scary, though Mama said she was only truly scary to those who were her enemies, and she would always be ferocious in defense of her family. Gilbert was still somewhat scared of her.
In contrast, Auntie Renee was kind and fun. She played with him and tried to teach him Italian, a language whose words he found fun to say. He loved her very much and didn't want her to leave to marry either the King of Poland or Cousin Francis, though she promised that she would write or visit them whenever she could.
"Oh, I just can't wait to see your Auntie Louise again. It has been so long. Everyone says her little Tudor girls are just so pretty." Aunty Renee turned to her nephew, a wide smile on her face. "You should be on your best behavior Gilbert. Charlotte will be a Queen one day and I have a feeling that someday little Anne will be our next Duchess of Bourbon."
"Renee this is highly improper", snapped Grandma Anne. The younger Bourbon woman smiled, showing not a hint of repentance, earning a further glower from the matriarch of the family.
Gilbert's cheeks reddened. Talking about marriage and girls made him feel strange. If he wanted to marry anyone it would be Auntie Rene, who would spend all day playing with him and teaching him Italian, or Nursee. She already took care of him and hugged him and slept in his bed whenever he was frightened, Was that not what a wife was supposed to do?
His mother didn't seem to mind the teasing of her son. She smiled and laughed and said, “It is quite alright Mother. Gilbert will have to wed someday and he could do worse than a Princess of England. I only pray that it is many years before his wife may call herself Duchess of Bourbon."
Gilbert scowled. "What about Suzanne? If I marry a Tudor girl I want her to marry Prince John. It's only fair." His mother and grandmother exchanged glances at the mention of the English prince. He didn't know why but he sensed that John was an awkward topic amongst them. He was not Aunt Louise's child, but rather the son of King Henry by his first wife Queen Elizabeth of York, and of course he was a boy. Maybe they were worried he would fight King Richard? But then why host him at all? Grown-ups confused him.
Queen Louise wore an opulent but dignified dress. Her tasteful fashion and stately manner made her look every inch the Queen. Her daughters followed after her, mini versions of the Queen. Charlotte Tudor held her head a little too high as if she was trying to do what her mother did naturally. Her sister Anne would occasionally break her composure to glance around her surroundings. John Tudor wore a simple but finely made doublet. His expression was stoic but his eyes blazed and his mouth held a bit too firm.
Gilbert wondered what they felt like, being so far from home with family they had never met, and in John's case, they were no family at all. Charlotte at least would be going back, but that would be in a while. At least the girls still had their mama. John's was dead of course. Maybe Aunti Louise was a bit like Nursee for him.
Tears welled in Auntie Renee's eyes. "Ma fille. I never thought I would see you again." She raced over and wrapped her arms around the Queen, delivering two warm kisses to her cheeks.
Auntie Louise smiled. "Dear Renee. You were always so warm. It must be our mother's Italian blood. It is highly improper to talk to a Queen in such a manner."
"Queen or no you were my sister first."
The Queen laughed. "I see you are the same as when I left dear sister. I have missed you so."
She turned to Grandmama Anne. "Princess Anne. I place myself and my children under your guidance and protection." She took Grandmama Anne's wrinkled hand and delivered a supplicant kiss.
Grandmama Anne retained her stately demeanor. "You do me a great honor cousin." Louise rose and looked the family matriarch in the eyes. Grandmama Anne continued to speak. "You left us a Lady and returned a Queen. And know this, from one who has met many a fine Queen, you are more than fit to shine in their company. But beyond that, you will always be a Bourbon. You will always be welcome with us. "
"I...I. I thank you, Princess Anne. From the bottom of my heart. I swear that I and my children shall never forget the debt we owe to you and this family." The girls curtsied and John gave a short bow.
Auntie Louise seemed to be on the verge of tears, but she quickly composed herself. "I would remind you all that you are not in the presence of only one Queen." With those words, she beckoned the eldest of her girls, Charlotte, who was to wed King Richard, forward.
"It is a pleasure to meet you at last cousins."
"It is a pleasure to make your acquaintance Princess Charlotte", Grandmama Anne said formally.
"Aww", cooed Renee.
"You have been blessed with beautiful children", said mama.
"As have you my sweet sister Suzanne. Charles often wrote about how much he loved you and how proud he was of the children you have borne him."
There was something about these three children that frightened Gilbert. John was big and tall and glowered at him.
Charlotte was almost twice his age and height. Already she spoke and looked like a Queen should, at least to him, who had only hazy memories of the late Anne of Brittany, and, strangely, his heart raced when she looked at him.
Her sister Anne was equally beautiful but seemed to be kinder, but held her head high like her sister.
They looked at him and he shrank back a little. But he caught himself before he ran back to his mama. He was after all the future Duke of Bourbon, his father's heir, and the man of the family. So he stood his ground.
"I welcome you to Clermont Cousins. May it prove a fine home to you."
All three smiled, John's was more of a smirk.
Gilbert might have been imagining things but he thought he saw Anne giggle, which made him flush. But it was Charlotte who spoke for the both of them. "
Thank you, cousin. We appreciate and shall never forget the generosity France in general and the House of Bourbon, in particular, have shown our family in these difficult times." All the women were sent a titter, for she had acted and spoken just as a Queen should.
After the day was done his mother would take him in her arms and carry him to bed. "You did well today my little Duke. Your father will be so proud." He smiled, proud of having done his duty as the man of the family.
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2023.05.27 04:53 BitchImLilBaby Best budget bourbon choice for Old Fashioneds?

Old Fashioneds are among my favorite drink and I would like to make them at home, but I do not have a ton of disposable income and don't want to spend $50 on a handle of whiskey. Was gonna just get Jim Bean but then I decided I might as well pay a few extra bucks to have a better flavor. I'm debating between Elijah Craig and Four Roses, but is there a different bourbon y'all would recommend for someone trying not to break the bank but would like a high quality product?
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2023.05.26 03:01 TUROK907 Just got this bottle as a gift, thoughts on it?

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2023.05.25 13:50 shar2019 Day 3

So for the past couple of years I have been drinking way too much. I quit smoking 2 yrs ago which took me several tries and decided that it had to be last time. I was a chain smoker. So I obviously compensated with alcohol. I don’t even get drunk anymore. I have been drinking 4 to 6 bourbon cans a day sometimes on the weekend 10. I’m now at the point where there is no buzz. Last year I blacked out. Sometimes I have his drinks around the house .I have been wanting to stop for a while or at least take a break because I am starting to feel bad. I have gained 20 kg in the past 2 yrs and I don’t really eat anything. I also have been functioning on 4 hrs sleep. I decided the other day to see how long I could go without a drink . I am currently on day 3. The past couple of days I have slept through the night which is astonishing to me. Today I added up what I spent in the past month on booze and holy crap I checked three times cannot believe it. Anyway hope this post isn’t too boring can’t really share with anyone over here in Perth Australia. Thanks for reading
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2023.05.24 18:06 InfamousReyjok Looking for a new pathway?

Looking for a new pathway
I have worked in a few different careers in my life so far, I am 27. I went to the Marine Corps right out of high school as an open contract and got put into Systems administration. End of my contract was reserves so I worked in It roles while finishing that out. I was breaking into cybersecurity when I got my CEH certification and then decided to quit. I live in Kentucky and love bourbon. So I started working as a distiller. Had several roles at several places over 3 years even to the extent of being a processing manager over 30+ employees and head of blending and supervisor of distillery as my last job. I recently have left the industry though and have gotten a position back in IT for a former employer of mine. It’s an MSP and I do some support stuff but mainly project work. I’ve been searching for what pathway I want to do and I keep moving forward. I have always had a passion for cars as well so I thought about exploring IT within the automotive industry but not sure where to start. I have also considered going fully into project management and getting PMP certified.
I have no degree so just CEH, Sec+ and A+ which are expired anyway. Other than that just experience. Looking for some advice or anyone who knows more about some of the pathways I could look into.
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2023.05.24 05:58 youDreaditdoya Amatiteña Origen

Been reading here past few weeks. Taking a break from bourbon/scotch. Love Fortaleza reposado. Recently picked up a Tapatio Anejo and love it too. One small ice cube. At a bar tonight and decided to try a tequila I’ve seen on here/matchmaker and decided on amatitena blanco, neat. A lot going on here! I Initially thought cat piss. Super smoky for a blanco - wow. Funky. Then really mellowed out. Almost didn’t finish it but by the time it was almost gone I was actually really enjoying it. I’ll probably get bashed here but I was getting a semi-sweet vinegar on the nose. grassy, minerally taste, maybe anise, some kind or spices/syrup taste, not cinnamon, super peaty aftertaste. Hint of Lemongrass? Can’t really place it honestly….Never had a tequila like it. $24 felt steep pretty though for a pour.
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2023.05.23 06:06 carlykerfuffle My one year anniversary was yesterday and I’m so thoroughly disenchanted.

The last six years have been one false start after the next and I’ve basically been stuck in a vicious cycle of finding dead-end retail jobs and something going wrong, hoping that one day I find a way out. I started working at the state liquor store a year ago, thinking I’d finally found something with real potential for upward growth. Famous last words!
The company culture is downright toxic and no one is ever held accountable for anything, least of all my scumbag boss. He is very nasty and snarky and insults customers in private, to say nothing of the fact he is now slashing our hours down to barely anything. Last week, he made a comment about my breasts that sent me into a self-loathing spiral. I expressed annoyance that male customers kept hitting on me, and he just plainly said “it’s because of your rack.”
This isn’t the first time he’s made inappropriate comments. Last summer, I heard him laughing about how my coworker is 35 and still a virgin. Knowing how he and my coworkers talk about each other makes me paranoid about what they’re saying about me when I’m not around.
Last summer, one of my coworkers broke into the store in a drug-induced stupor and vandalized the place. He walked away with just a slap on the wrist. One of my other coworkers is a screeching mad right-wing conspiracy nut who is not shy about her political beliefs and spouts them out loud in a work setting. I had another coworker who regularly showed up drunk (if she deigned to show up at all) and I’ve had to cover for her at least once a week. There are managers elsewhere who have gotten away with straight up criminal activity. Human Resources is no damn help. If anything, they enable all the sketchy behavior.
That’s saying nothing of the customers. Of all the jobs I’ve had, the customers here are the fucking worst. And it’s not even close. I am sick to death of constantly incurring the wrath of wine moms and bourbon bros with nothing better to do. Not to mention, seeing the effects of crippling alcoholism day in and day out is heartbreaking. I worry that could be me one day if I’m not careful. If anything, working at the liquor store has made me want to drink less.
Yet I’m still here. Not because I enjoy it, but because I feel like I’m not good at anything else and there is nowhere else for me to go. I feel like an idiot for thinking this job would be any different. The only reason I’m still here is because my boss has low standards. Any boss worth their salt would never have hired me to begin with.
Am I wasting my potential? Absolutely, but my heart can’t take any more rejection. I can’t take getting fired from any more jobs because of my neurodivergence. It’s been traumatizing.
Everyone I know thinks I am wasting my potential: my parents, my friends, my therapist, even my boss himself, strangely. My boss actually told me to quit because I was too smart to work for him.
Problem is, I’ve worked in retail/customer service for almost seven years, so there’s just no getting out of it. I don’t know what to do. I’m so far removed from college that I don’t even know what I’m good at anymore.
I am determined to break this vicious cycle but don’t know where to start.
Thanks for listening, I just had to get this all off my chest.
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2023.05.22 22:21 Ken_the_Andal Manifest Humanity: Part 203

Rising panic had been the only sensation Duzuur could remember feeling for many dela now. A rogue Vessel was, in all likelihood, not so rogue at all. No, it was a Coalition Vessel under human control – somehow seized and commandeered by its captors. It had slipped right through the Coalition’s interstellar defensive lines, wearing a veritable disguise just good enough to not raise any concerns in the more distant systems.
But for better and worse, systems nearer the Bastion were, understandably, much more vigilant. It was not long before a small series of skipped security checks aroused suspicion, and now there was an all out pursuit. Worse, the humans were winning that pursuit, constantly evading masslock, avoiding detection just long enough to make another jump, making more and more progress to their ultimate target.
Not long ago, Duzuur was on the verge of settling into confident optimism about the war – that in every practical sense, it was over. Victory for the Coalition was inevitable. But the humans, never to be underestimated even against the most lopsided odds in known galactic history, had found a way to once again to prove that one could never think themselves to safe where humans were concerned. It was maddening.
It was, also, frightening.
The Council had agreed not to publicize the potential threat that was, for now, approaching the Bastion. There was still a good chance the humans would be intercepted and destroyed, for it was estimated that they had just over a dela until they would be within jump range of the Bastion’s star system. There was little sense in risking panic over a threat that might never truly be realized, and there was little sense in needlessly risking utter embarrassment that the mighty Coalition nearly let a single human element slip through its vast interstellar presence and right to its heart.
Duzuur’s last communications with the Captain of the principal Serkret in pursuit had not been a pleasant one.
“It is one Vessel!” Duzuur had yelled into the holosphere. “We retained so many Serkrets for defensive purposes to prevent this very thing! How is one Vessel not been turned into a billion pieces of debris?”
With messages travelling lightyears via dejuncts, it took time to send and receive replies.
“Respectfully, Councilor,” the Olu’Zut Captain eventually responded, “space is large. It would be much simpler if we were pursuing a larger force, but a single Vessel allows for nimbler movement, cleverer options for evading detection. They have no need to coordinate with others units, nor are they otherwise burdened by threats to allies, the need to support other Vessels. They need only to hide and evade and move quickly.”
As Duzuur thought about his next angry reply, another message quickly appeared.
“I must also say, Councilor, that we have multiple times been close to masslock range, even closer to viable firing range, but each time one or many of our Vessels gets near said range, all mysteriously shut down with no apparent cause. We worry the humans have some unknown technology at their disposal, for when it has been multiple Vessels closing in on them, they shut down simultaneously.”
Indeed, panic had been the only thing Duzuur had felt for some time, but now panic had a new companion.
He knew it was not some new, unknown technology the humans were using to achieve such results. He was certain of it. No, it had not been long ago that he ruminated on the sudden apparent absence of the Specter, which seemed to be rather prevalent early in the war. He was not so foolish as to assume the Specter had somehow been destroyed, but he had hoped it had been somehow abated.
It had not been abated, and it most certainly had not been destroyed. Nor had it decided to take a step back from the war.
The humans were coming, and the Specter was coming with them.
John was trying to savor what might be his last moment of peace. He sat at the desk in his cabin, sipping on bourbon, staring blankly, trying and failing to slow his thoughts. Presently, the Loki was on a bit of a diversion from the most direct route to the Bastion. As expected, Coalition presence was denser with almost every jump, so he elected to spend a few jumps heading away from any possible direct path to hopefully throw off both their pursuers and any resistance they would encounter. Better yet, a new interstellar angle of approach might yield an easier path. Space was enormous, after all, but John was certain every star system that led to the Bastion would be heavily occupied. There would be no getting around their defensive measure.
He thought back to Sol, to Earth and Mars, and all the human history that had been written across the planets. From wars fought with swords and shields, bows and arrows, to massive, sprawling civilizations with skyscrapers reaching for the clouds, John was now writing what would either be humanity’s most pivotal chapter, or its last. At least in this regard, he considered himself a damn good author.
A glow materialized in front of him, quickly forming into the shape of a human. John didn’t look directly at Sarah Dawson, instead focusing his gaze on the drink he was swirling in his hand.
“Does being some cosmic entity cause you to forget human manners, such as knocking?” He asked.
“Apologies, Admiral,” Dawson said, though there was nothing in her tone to suggest it was genuine.
“Only a poor attempt at a joke,” he said. “Given you always seem to know exactly when you’re needed, or only appear when something important needs addressing, I don’t much mind your sudden arrivals.”
John took a sip of his drink. “So, what is it this time?”
“We are fast approaching the Bastion,” Dawson said.
“I’m aware.”
“I had a thought.”
“And that thought is?”
“That I might go on ahead, perhaps begin negotiations before our arrival.”
John took another sip, swallowed, and let the silence sit for a moment.
“No? May I ask why?”
John took a breath and closed his eyes, focusing intently on Dawson when he reopened them. “Look,” he began, “I’m not going to sit here and pretend like I can’t stop you from doing whatever you want whenever you want. Nor am I under any impression that anything you do, or wish to do, would not have the best intentions for humanity in mind. However, if we are going to pretend – at least for this moment – that I am capable of holding you to my orders as though you were just another one of my subordinates, then I must order you not to do this.”
“But why?”
“Come now, Dawson,” he said. “You are no doubt aware of how you are regarded by much of the masses back at home. For fuck’s sake, they refer to you as a god. Should we survive this – or should I say, should I and the rest of humanity survive this – and return home, I wouldn’t be surprised to discover that entire organized religions, cults, whatever, have since formed in your name.”
“I don’t want that,” Dawson responded. “I would reject them.”
John snorted a brief laugh, smirking. “So what? Do you think that would stop them, or really change anything? You know what it is to be human and certainly you must know what fanaticism does to humans. Reject them, tell them to disband, and they would find some way to twist that into some divine proclamation that they should double down, continue any so-called worship.” Another sip of his drink. “Or your rejection sends them down some dark path, only for them to return to where they began if they ever recover from it.”
“What does this have to do with me beginning negotiations with the Coalition?”
“Because,” John said, “you are already revered by many at home as a literal god. Were you to begin negotiations with an alien enemy as humanity’s sole representative – as a leader – it risks the Coalition tying any negotiation, any possible terms of surrender, to you, rather than a human-centric structure and an actual human leader. They would not be surrendering to humanity. They would be surrendering to you.”
“I would only be beginning…”
“It doesn’t matter,” John cut in. “Begin the negotiations and I’m secondary when I arrive. They will still look to you as the one they should ultimately be dealing with given what you are. Every human in the galaxy would be regarded as such.”
“When we do arrive,” Dawson said, “wouldn’t my presence alone risk the exact same thing?”
“Maybe,” John replied, “but I doubt it, because you aren’t going to be part of the negotiations. Oh, you will make your presence known, but only as a perceived asset – one that does not act unless I order you to do so. Like any soldier, any pilot, you are a weapon that acts in humanity’s best interests, and only acts under orders. That is how it must be perceived. Essentially, though some great cosmic being, you have no more agency than anyone else under my command. You are not independent from the rest of us – you are one of us, as human as any of us.”
John sipped his drink again and sighed. “Of course, you not having any agency isn’t at all true, as we well know,” he continued, “but they must not see it that way. We want the Coalition to surrender to humanity, not a god.”
He held Dawson’s star eyes for several moments, gleaning nothing from her gaze. “Are we understood?”
“Well understood, Admiral. Well understood.”
He set his glass on the table. “Good. Now, if you will leave me for what might be the last moments of privacy I may ever know, I would appreciate it.”
“Of course, Admiral.”
And just like that, she was gone.
How had they not been intercepted? The Coalition knew the humans were using a hijacked Vessel to get to the Bastion – Da’Zich had learned that much from his human minders. Certainly an enormous part of the defensive fleets, if not all of them, were now pursuing the Vessel and attempting to head them off, yet Da’Zich had neither experienced the instantaneous release of death from a grand explosion, nor had any Coalition forces entered his makeshift prison cell to rescue and release him. In fact, he had not detected a single sign that a shot had been fired – either from this Vessel or at it.
Was their plan really going to work? Would they actually make it there, attempt to enter negotiations for a Coalition surrender, and make Da’Zich suffer the shame of advocating in favor of surrender? Was the Coalition truly going to come under human rule?
It seemed impossible, or at least it had for a long, long time. Da’Zich had long accepted that his fate, no matter what, held nothing promising. But the prospect that this plan – or indeed any plan towards victory – would actually work seemed…preposterous.
No longer. In fact, it seemed frighteningly possible. But…would the Council agree to surrender? Surely they would. To sacrifice the Bastion – tens, hundreds of billions of lives – was unacceptable, was it not? For if there was no surrender, then the only future awaiting both the Coalition and humanity was mutual destruction. Well, the Coalition may survive, but what would be left would be mere tatters, thousands and thousand of Cycles of rebuilding in order to return to what it once had been, assuming that would even be possible.
More likely, Da’Zich thought, that it would be the races of the Coalition that would survive, not the Coalition itself. The humans would be able to destroy that much if surrender was not agreed to. They would not need to eradicate every species. They would merely need to inflict enough damage and destruction that the collective society they comprised could not continue existing.
And humans were very, very good at inflicting damage and destruction.
He realized there was a good chance these thoughts would not be confined to his mind for much longer. Indeed, he may find himself speaking them aloud to the Council soon enough, convincing them that surrender – hopefully under reasonable terms, for surely the human leader understood that such a surrender would require some concessions – was better than all the other options left to them.
Then again, he was just an Olu’Zut imprisoned aboard a capture Vessel – an Olu’Zut that had been a prisoner of war essentially since the war began. What did he know of what went on outside of his cell, particularly amongst his people? Perhaps a plan was in place. Perhaps there was a good reason this Vessel had not been intercepted and destroyed. Yes, perhaps there was still hope.
Or, perhaps not.
Admiral Tamara Howard was smiling. Indeed, she was smiling, for it was hard not to as she looked upon the revelry – the last any of them would ever experience – her crew partook in. They were still several jumps out from the Coalition’s heart on the neutron star super highway, but in only one or two jumps they would be well into Coalition territory. So Tamara had elected to pause the journey, allowing a seventy-two hour break shiptime for the crew to enjoy themselves however they pleased. They were doing so in shifts, one group enjoying the first twenty-four hours, the second enjoy the next, and one extra twenty-four hour period to ensure everyone was well rested and recovered.
The mess hall was currently the location for an improvised karaoke stage that had been going on for an entire six hours and counting. Tamara was surprised how well some of her crew could sing – thought some of them had made a mistake by enlisting in the military only to die in some distant star system when they could’ve lived out their days profiting from their talent.
It was, of course, far too late to do anything about that now, and she could only admire that they chose to dedicate themselves to something greater. Though she knew no one would voice it, and indeed that it was only natural for the mind be awash in fear at what they were barreling towards, she was proud of her crew for accepting what was to come like professionals – like the soldiers they were trained to be.
She only wished she could join them, or at least some part of her did. An Admiral could not fraternize with the crew. She would hold to that tenet even if they would soon be dead. Some things were just worth abiding by, no matter what. Days, maybe a couple of weeks, until they arrived, according to her navigators. That’s how long they, and countless Coalition lives, all had.
She turned her back on the party below her and began the trek to her cabin. She may not be able to fraternize with her crew, but she could at least enjoy some moments of privacy. It wasn’t much, but such was the burden of being a leader. At least now it was the smallest burden she had to carry.
“Man, I never thought traveling in space could be so…boring.”
Commander Franklin was leaning back in a chair, arms hanging lazily at his sides, legs stretched and sprawling, head lolling over his left shoulder.
“I will gladly take boring over almost anything else under the circumstances,” Nick Stephenson said. “It’s better than running away from an enemy we aren’t capable of fighting.”
“Yeah, I love boring,” Kadeem Abebe agreed. “Hope I’m bored for the next weeks and months to come.”
“Without drones, none of you should be bored,” Leo said, pouring a cup of coffee. “We may be on the move again, but remember there’s still a ton of repair work to do on the ship.”
“Is that a suggestion or a command, Admiral-Commander?” Pashew asked.
“It’s a suggestion right now,” Leo answered, “until I have to make it a command.”
“Everything critical is perfectly functional now,” Franklin said. “All that other shit is, uh, mostly just…extra.”
Leo sipped his coffee. “Really? I didn’t know an air conditioning system that can only properly function when it’s operating on only a quarter of the ship was ‘extra.’ I also didn’t know that our oxygen system having to be carefully, manually routed to certain sectors at certain intervals to ensure optimal functioning was ‘extra.’”
“Damn, sorry, Admiral-Commander,” Franklin said, sitting straighter. “Shit’s been a little…”
“Boring?” Leo said.
“Yeah, but not that, it’s just…”
Leo took a seat next to Franklin. “It’s alright. We’re heading into the belly of the beast with no real way to challenge the palace guards, so to speak. It might be a couple months – hopefully a little less according to some of the crew – but it’s a long time to ruminate on what may or may not happen, whether Admiral Peters succeeds, has succeeded or…has failed.”
“That’s it,” Franklin said, sitting back again.
“Hey, at least we get some times like this again, yeah?” Leo said, spreading his arms out. “Almost feels like the good ol’ days, seeing us all gathered together in a small room next to the mess hall again.”
“It does at that,” Stephenson agreed. “Doesn’t feel like you’re an Admiral-Commander, either – just good ol’ Commander Leo Ayers.”
“Fine with me,” Leo said, smiling.
“So is it alright if we all just enjoy being bored for a little while, together, Commander Ayers, before getting around to the busy work?” Abebe asked.
“Absolutely,” Leo replied. “After all, you never know what tomorrow might bring.”
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