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Tales of a Bridezilla aka. my story on becoming a Bridezilla against my will

2023.05.30 01:48 Dramatic-but-Aware Tales of a Bridezilla aka. my story on becoming a Bridezilla against my will

I saw a post in here asking if Bridezillas are born or made and I thought I'd share my story. I am on mobile so apologies for any formatting errors. Apologies, its super long...
For context me and my FH are getting married in August. We really debated on having a big wedding and reception vs eloping for a number of reasons:
1) My grandma died 6 months before my engagement and I could not fathom the idea of planning and having a wedding without her. 2) My dad is an abusive alcoholic and our whole family crashed and burned like 1 month before my engagement and I went super LC. So no support from my dad, a lot of tension and hurt, plus no daddy daughter dance. 3) I work a very demanding job that I am very passionate about so I did not want to spend a lot of time and energy planning a wedding.
We ended up having a wedding and reception because my FH really wanted a wedding and reception, and in a way I did too, just the whole idea of planning was super overwhelming and I was / still am not in the best place mentally and emotionally, having experienced a lot of loss recently. Plus my mom was really excited about it and knowing she too had experienced a lot of loss and trauma way worse than me, I wanted to do anything I could to make her feel better. However there were 2 conditions that I had:
A) I was very clear with my FH that this was not MY wedding it was OUR wedding so we would both equally participate in the wedding planning and decision making. B) We would plan over a long period of time so it would not get to crazy (1 year and a half).
It is also important to note that I am the first niece, grandchild and cousin to get married on both sides of the family, plus I am the first person to get married in my friend group, so everyone is excited x10 for my wedding, which will come into play later.
Now on to every single incident that has happened:
First incident: booking a wedding company
The shitstorm started almost as soon as planning started. We decided to seek wedding packages were many things were included along with the venue to limit the number of vendors we would have to deal with. So I contacted a bunch of comoanies seeking a quote, the thing is we had a very clear budget that we would not compromise on because we did not want to put ourselfs in a bad spot financially because of a wedding. Well let me tell you getting an actual number from venues is next to impossible, they all want you to tour the venue, check their ig, tell them all about the wedding, etc. I tried to be polite at first but then had to simply draw the line and tell them that I do not want to waste my time and theirs if they are not within our budget. But it did not end there, once I got a quote and told them they were too expensive for us, they would not let it go, it was a bunch of calls, text, e-mails trying to convience me to book them, some would be polite and just hype themselves, but others even resorted to shaming me for not caring about the biggest day of my life, telling me money comes and goes, etc.
After a 3 month search we ended up booking a company we both liked that worked with out budget, and once I got to tell these people I had already booked someone else, most of the pushing stopped, but one company continued to contact me speaking ill of the company we booked.
Second Incident: Save the Date
As soon as the venue / company was booked we sent the Save The Dates literally one whole year before the wedding. Well, 3 weeks after we sent the Save the Date, I get a temper tantrum form a family member because she had a trip planned and she wanted me to change the wedding. She told me how I always said my wedding would be in the fall, and I was prioritizing my FH's family, etc. Yes I had always said I'd get married in October like my parents, but with my parents separating under the worse conditions, and since SIL, who lived in the other side of the world could only come over the summer I was more than happy to send October to the curve. And I was not prioritizing FH's family we were prioritizing immediate family over extended family.
Now I have no issue with them missing the wedding but to actually complain about me not asking her about their availability was so absurd to me. Plus they had a whole year of heads up to rearrage the vacation if they wanted to, which they ended up doing.
Third Incident: Wedding Attire Shopping
This is more a series of incidents but I am putting them all here because they relate to finding my wedding dress / outfit.
Dress shopping was aweful, I am convinced that if I ever go to hell I'm going to be trying on dress after dress for all eternity.
For context I am currently struggling with hormonal issues and went from 125 pounds to 165 pounds in 6 months so trying on clothes in general, but specially wedding dresses was super triggering.
Originally I wanted an second hand dress since it is more eco and budget friendly. I serched for a couple of months and found nothing I was at that weird midsize range in which I am to big for the average sizes but too small for plus size, so I had to buy new.
I went in with what I thought was a pretty good budget, the equivalent in my currency of US$1.5-2k... boy was I wrong. They kept offering me dresses that were too expensive for me like 2.5k, 3k, etc. As I kept turning them down, because again I was sticking to my budget, the lady helping me kept getting more and more rude, ro the point she undressed me with the door open in front of all of the staff, my mom and friends (including men). I almost cried.
I also had to spend all day being body shamed by everyone and hearing how I had to lose weight when I knew I wouldn't / couldn't because there is something wrong with my body. Plus my biggest worry is not how I fill my wedding dress, but actually how this affects my reproductive health and fertility.
Eventually I found a dress I could afford at another store. Everything was good until the first dress fitting rolled around, they informed me for the 1st time that the fittings could not be done on the weekend (once the dress was fully paid mind you). This was very upsetting because I could not / did not want to miss work, and make my life super comolicated and stressful at work. This is the first time I went full bridezilla on anyone... I told them it was very unprofessional to not include this policy on their store, their website nor my contract, if they had actually informed me this beforehand as they are legally required to, I would not have purchased my dress with them. I told them either they see me on a saturday (within the hours listed) or they can issue a refund. They agreed to see me on a saturday.
Shoe shopping was also a nightmare since the person I bought my shoes from would ghost me for weeks.
Fourth Incident: Decisions, Decisions, Decisions
This is also a series of incidents that all fall into one category.
My FH is not very good at decorations so when picking the color scheme of the wedding I came up with 3 or 4 options I liked and he chose his favorite. When my mom found out she called me on a rant about how my wedding had to be pink since I loved pink and this was MY day. I calmly told her this is the colors WE picked for OUR day and I liked them. Mind you I love pink but I never ever wanted a pink wedding, I always thought pink felt too bride centric and I did not like the feeling thst a cotton candy cupcake monster had just swallowed me.
Then the vendor nightmare, although we hired a company that offered a very inclusive package, they still had people in charge of different aspects, i.e. they had a catering person, set up person, flower person, etc. Plus there were some vendors we hired on our own, like the photographer. So FH as I decided to split the vendors so he would deal with some people and I would deal with others, for some of the more important stuff we asked them to send all communications to the group chat since we did not want to risk me not seeing it and delaying anything.
I kid you not most vendors time and time again would text me in private, even after me asking them to text the group chat or FH, as applicable. Plus they would text me to confirm the desicions y FH was making. I understand that this is how some people might want things done, but I have told them time and time again that I trust FH, that this is his wedding too and that this is our agreement... in one ear and out the other. I am so tempted to tell them for the 5th time that FH is in charge of this and just block them.
It is soo inportant to note that I am super busy with work, have ADHD, my hormones are crazy, and I am not in the best headspace going through 2 griving processes, I simply do not have the brain capacity to keep track of all this stuff. On the other hand FH was moved to a different role with less time sensitive work and claims to be in the best mental health shape ever, thanks to me, so he is really happy to take on the heavier load of wedding planning. Plus we are really good at communicating and reaching solutions that work for the both of us, it is aweful that wedding vendors simply cannot be empathetic to our situation and respect the agreements we have as a couple.
Fifth Incident: The Last Staw were we went full bridezilla / groomzilla
Background: there were some things the package we got did not include and had been asking for recomendations for months, plus other things that were not included and the company we hired required, like lighting, however we were not aware of this extras.
So like 3 months before the wedding we get a text from our wedding planner with a quote of all of the extras which would increase our budger 20%. We were shocked and very upset. We rejected all of the extras we could and only kept the barre minimum that was absolutely necessary.
Shortly theteafter we get a text from the sales person of thr company letting us know they would be opening a hotel next to out venue and we could either book it or let other people go through our wedding to get to the hotel.
The issue: We had already booked a different hotel with them further away, and we were required to book the whole hotel and if our guest did not use the rooms, we'd still have to pay for them.
I was very upset because: A) My other grandma and my FH's uncle are very sick and having a room to lay down really close to the wedding venue would be perfect. B) Having other people constantly going through our wedding seemed like a nightmare specially since as per our contract we were liable for any damages to the venue caused during the wedding.
So I called the sales person to try to negotiate a solution, I had a bunch of proposals including: granting a release for the damages caused during the wedding or letting us release the other hotel and book the new one. He was having none of it he was super rude and condescending, not letting me talk, not hearing my proposals and trying to mansplain contract law to me (a lawyer whose practice includes contract law). I kept raising my voice since he would not let me talk (wrong on my part) but eventually told me he would make a different proposal. I told him I would not hang up until I had it in writing, but he hung up on us.
Both my boyfriend and I sent vn to the groupchat and to the director of the company. He was as mad as I have ever seen him, I was in tears.
FH told them he could not believe how disrespectful the sales person had been and how he would not tolerate this level of disrespect to his future wife.
I told them that they had constantly disregarded our wishes and failed to inform us many things in a timely manner including the hotel, which made me think they did not care about our wedding. So I asked them to confirm they actually cared or if they wanted to they would refund us all the money paid and we could go our "marry" way.
One of the higher ups called later that day apologized profusely and agreed to let us release the other hotel and book the new one, which worked for us. And things have been looking up.
Other minor things that happened
My invites included some hotels that offered a discounted rate to our guests. A family member called me to complain about the hotel rates and sent the link to a motel demanding I include it in the invitation. Mind you this is not a destination wedding, we are getting married in a venue one town over 1 hour or 1.5 hours away from were we live which is a common vacation spot for the people in our city. Kind of like the hamptons and NYC, but closer. Guests are not required to stay at any of the hotels listed. Many of them have rest homes there, many are choosing to get an AirBnB and some are even driving back the same day.
A family member sent a picture of a white dress with a black trim asking if it was okay to wear. Idc about standing out in my wedding, but why whould she want to wear white is beyond me. I said its okay because I wanted to avoid drama and I don't cate too much, but it definelty rubbed me the wrong way, I feel like I should not have to be answering this kinds of questions.
Another family memeber demanded I resend my STD one week before the invites were to be delivered because some people had forgotten and if I did not remind then they would not come to the wedding. She was offended when I told her the wedding was still almost 4 months away and I understood if some people could not make it, but it was on them if they did not save the date when they got the save the date.
Another thing that happened was that everyone was very excited for my wedding being the first pf my generation getting married so they all wanted to throw me an event or something, a bachelorette, a bridal shower, an engagement party, etc. The issue was that they offered to throw a party I very easily could live with out and then expected me to pay for it / plan it.
Not everyone, some people actually did threw awesome parties with little involvement from me and I apareciste them soo much.
If you made it this far, thank you for reading.
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2023.05.28 21:36 Joadzilla The debt deal is done. Scrapping the debt limit is long overdue.

Finally, President Biden and House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) have reached a deal to avert an embarrassing — and potentially disastrous — U.S. default. It’s hard to view this as a celebratory moment given how close the nation came to being unable to pay its obligations to investors, the military, hospitals and more. But there’s relief that the worst-case scenario has been avoided and that there is still some possibility for bipartisanship in U.S. politics. That is a low bar, but Mr. Biden and Mr. McCarthy cleared it.
The agreement “in principle” still has to pass Congress this week, which is not a given, especially in the House, where far-right members are already bashing it. The June 5 deadline for default leaves little room for antics.
If this passes, the nation won’t face another debt limit crisis until 2025. The basics of the deal appear sensible, and most Americans will probably approve of them.
It imposes spending caps, but they are not onerous, as the cuts in the initial House Republican bill were. After several years of discretionary budget increases, this will force what is essentially a two-year pause at most federal agencies. Unspent coronavirus funds will also be clawed back — a reasonable compromise that this Editorial Board had advocated in recent weeks. The deal avoids the mistake the Obama-Biden White House made in 2011 when it agreed to caps for a decade that slowed the recovery and hampered its ability to do much in its second term.
If any sort of political center still exists in Washington, the tentative deal is about as close as it comes to finding it. Both sides got some of what they wanted: Republicans achieved some cuts, including to Internal Revenue Service funding, and Democrats preserved spending on important domestic programs, from the environment to education, at about current levels. Even on contentious issues such as tying work requirements to government assistance, Mr. Biden and Mr. McCarthy appear to have taken the least controversial route, which is increasing them for older food stamp recipients with no children.
What should not happen now is for Americans to breathe a sigh of relief and move on. Yes, a last-minute compromise occurred, but a dangerous precedent has been set. House Republicans have now used the debt limit twice to create a hostage-like situation that brings the nation close to an unthinkable default. Expect that a future Republican Congress would be willing to go over the cliff to extract more.
The debt limit itself needs to be scrapped. Enacted in World War I, it was created so Congress would not have to keep approving debt issuances. A century ago, the limit was set high to avoid hitting it. Over time, the debt ceiling took on a different role as a useful check on bipartisan spending largesse. It played a role in the 1990s in pushing lawmakers to reduce the national deficit and enact a balanced budget at the turn of the century. In recent years, as the normal budget process in Congress has broken down, the debt ceiling has functioned as one of the few moments of reckoning on the increasingly alarming fiscal outlook.
But this latest deal has shown that this isn’t a substitute for coming up with an actual, forward-looking fiscal strategy. Republicans employ the debt limit to force cuts to nondefense discretionary spending, which is only about 16 percent.) of total government expenditures. But this slice is not a key driver of the nation’s debt problems. The refusal of either party to tackle rapidly rising Social Security, Medicare and health-care costs — along with Republicans’ opposition to any tax increases — means the debt limit isn’t forcing the tough choices that are needed.
Almost no other nation has anything like a debt ceiling because it no longer makes any sense. Congress has already approved the spending that forced the debt to rise; there should be no question, much less the possibility of an economic cataclysm, when the bills come due. Members of both parties have called for an end to the debt limit because it risks too much for the United States — and the entire global financial system, as well as the livelihoods of federal workers, veterans and businesses who need to be paid.
This crisis may pass, but 2025 is coming soon.
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2023.05.28 11:11 subreddit_stats Subreddit Stats: geometrydash top posts from 2023-04-28 to 2023-05-28 01:17 PDT

Period: 29.90 days
Submissions Comments
Total 1000 45524
Rate (per day) 33.44 1508.60
Unique Redditors 734 7788
Combined Score 252294 328027

Top Submitters' Top Submissions

  1. 3461 points, 12 submissions: Berdinderindas
    1. When you want Google something about GD but forget to add "GD" to it - what are the weirdest results you've gotten from doing this? (938 points, 255 comments)
    2. Fun fact: This is what happens if you clear all of your quests (611 points, 32 comments)
    3. And those random 2x scaled monsters that appear out of nowhere (602 points, 23 comments)
    4. If someone said racist things throughout an entire raw footage, would Pointercrate still accept it? Purely hypothetical, just a random thought from my head (409 points, 71 comments)
    5. Hi I'm Aeon and this is a video. (394 points, 9 comments)
    6. insert buzz lightyear clones meme (119 points, 1 comment)
    7. Minor hand pains after playing Geometry Dash? (97 points, 20 comments)
    8. Learn about Reddit addiction with Elmo (96 points, 3 comments)
    9. I always listened to my saved custom songs during road trips (71 points, 16 comments)
    10. I fixed the ending to Theory of Everything 2, I'd like your feedback (53 points, 11 comments)
  2. 3239 points, 1 submission: Tetrebete
    1. 6 Screen wide gameplay (3239 points, 204 comments)
  3. 2993 points, 4 submissions: GDColon
    1. Base After Base, but I improved all the coins (because they sucked) (1126 points, 166 comments)
    2. almost beat deadlocked, what did i just die to??? (896 points, 87 comments)
    3. white space if it was a good level (690 points, 44 comments)
    4. Geometrical Dominator but something is off (281 points, 55 comments)
  4. 2980 points, 8 submissions: -Fantastic-Main-
    1. With the last 2.2 sneakpeek shown, are the rate standards doomed now? (1071 points, 77 comments)
    2. those top list players don't know how hard it is to make a level like this (679 points, 129 comments)
    3. epics be like... (669 points, 91 comments)
    4. Four Seasons is out! (A simple showcase of the finished level in case the main post doesn’t get love) (337 points, 73 comments)
    5. Creator's tip - Optimise your levels, use the scale tool. (120 points, 25 comments)
    6. BIG DADDY 100% - First victor of a level you've probably seen on reddit. (56 points, 12 comments)
    7. Progress for my first extreme (Look guys, not four seasons. You happy now?) (28 points, 22 comments)
    8. gamer girl plays geometry dash level (20 points, 5 comments)
  5. 2965 points, 3 submissions: Ok-Jellyfish8198
    1. Decided to fix Can’t Let Go’s third coin (1435 points, 125 comments)
    2. Glad to see people outside of the gd community seeing our good side ❤️ (1421 points, 82 comments)
    3. This thumbnail change a year later is weirdly hilarious to me (109 points, 3 comments)
  6. 2892 points, 9 submissions: Feisty-Flan1305
    1. -_( :) )_/- (1175 points, 316 comments)
    2. What do you think about the new sneak peek? (891 points, 209 comments)
    3. geometry dahs (254 points, 17 comments)
    4. spu7nix moment (165 points, 17 comments)
    5. fingerdasg (110 points, 12 comments)
    6. what happened to my Minecraft launcher? (106 points, 11 comments)
    7. i made the geometrydash guy an icon set (84 points, 22 comments)
    8. I Bet He's Thinking About Other Women (72 points, 3 comments)
    9. i was bored (35 points, 11 comments)
  7. 2692 points, 6 submissions: Metalhead1248
    1. What is this joke referencing? (934 points, 125 comments)
    2. First time using the editor. Where can these things be found? (603 points, 69 comments)
    3. This shows how excited space really is when he actually works really hard for something and accomplishes that goal. (519 points, 147 comments)
    4. Rob probably saw colon’s video taking about how much he hated the sneak peeks. (420 points, 48 comments)
    5. What is the worst gameplay gimmick you can think of? (196 points, 113 comments)
    6. Aceoo is my favorite level (20 points, 6 comments)
  8. 2096 points, 3 submissions: BadHairlineYT
    1. My recreation of Theory Of Everything from scratch. What do you think? (965 points, 98 comments)
    2. Clubstep goes hard. Which song should I do next? (923 points, 115 comments)
    3. Since you guys enjoyed my cover of Theory of Everything I decided to record another song today. Here's my version of Electroman Adventures! Full version in comments. (208 points, 34 comments)
  9. 2032 points, 1 submission: Impossible-Ad-8462
    1. And by when I mean never (2032 points, 159 comments)
  10. 1974 points, 2 submissions: FadedConnerMario123
    1. guys I think something's wrong with my Electroman Adventures (1374 points, 156 comments)
    2. guys my clutterfunk is messed up too (600 points, 90 comments)

Top Commenters

  1. GravitySucksGD (22070 points, 832 comments)
  2. Z_M_P_Y (3502 points, 238 comments)
  3. Beginning-Spare-7689 (3405 points, 427 comments)
  4. Zeloer (3295 points, 180 comments)
  5. GravitySucksAlt (2570 points, 75 comments)
  6. NoIdeasForAUsername9 (2522 points, 173 comments)
  7. NinSam777 (2267 points, 144 comments)
  8. NMTH_123 (2248 points, 78 comments)
  9. Psykiky (2187 points, 106 comments)
  10. GarminBro (1914 points, 124 comments)
  11. NickyBrain (1912 points, 246 comments)
  12. JamesBlox360 (1891 points, 107 comments)
  13. ralsei_goatprince (1886 points, 201 comments)
  14. Ok-Jellyfish8198 (1843 points, 36 comments)
  15. Xertundra (1746 points, 56 comments)
  16. nlolhere (1735 points, 140 comments)
  17. Istiophoridae (1724 points, 197 comments)
  18. Ok_Selection5541 (1656 points, 475 comments)
  19. Jfang3019 (1571 points, 35 comments)
  20. scorptheace (1559 points, 107 comments)
  21. steelmouth2 (1557 points, 18 comments)
  22. CreativeGamer03 (1539 points, 140 comments)
  23. Jom_Snail (1477 points, 68 comments)
  24. Squid037 (1411 points, 228 comments)
  25. MasterWhite1150 (1410 points, 101 comments)
  26. VaporeonRox (1295 points, 50 comments)
  27. calsi-tea (1291 points, 83 comments)
  28. makerjulian (1254 points, 147 comments)
  29. XerieGD (1241 points, 23 comments)
  30. BusiVusiDusiWusi (1175 points, 153 comments)
  31. GDColon (1153 points, 13 comments)
  32. Robodinosaur143 (1113 points, 165 comments)
  33. -Fantastic-Main- (1025 points, 108 comments)
  34. Burger_Gamer (1002 points, 52 comments)
  35. Rotengen (983 points, 77 comments)
  36. AilBalT04_2 (915 points, 102 comments)
  37. Mysteriousshowdown (892 points, 125 comments)
  38. Berdinderindas (889 points, 105 comments)
  39. wowee-wowee (862 points, 43 comments)
  40. jaseisondacase (854 points, 12 comments)
  41. RayDeeSux (849 points, 74 comments)
  42. -Zencat- (838 points, 99 comments)
  43. Zynthyx (836 points, 55 comments)
  44. TheDankPotat0 (834 points, 37 comments)
  45. SolveForX314 (823 points, 23 comments)
  46. R3dst0n (811 points, 22 comments)
  47. MewJohto (800 points, 78 comments)
  48. NeedleworkerLoose695 (791 points, 30 comments)
  49. Substantial-Ad1747 (782 points, 61 comments)
  50. Kind_Concern_1519 (773 points, 56 comments)
  51. kappaman69 (766 points, 24 comments)
  52. Alezinix (748 points, 83 comments)
  53. TheGodlyLeader (739 points, 54 comments)
  54. aLocalToaster (726 points, 41 comments)
  55. SpeedyDuckling (725 points, 57 comments)
  56. Swiss_Reddit_User (724 points, 28 comments)
  57. TheWinner437 (718 points, 150 comments)
  58. qtesh (718 points, 124 comments)
  59. jariwoud (699 points, 97 comments)
  60. Xaenon994 (672 points, 47 comments)
  61. Futuf1 (666 points, 49 comments)
  62. Beacon36242 (658 points, 69 comments)
  63. BetterCallEmori (657 points, 15 comments)
  64. Few_Marketing1528 (654 points, 41 comments)
  65. Accomplished-Fold935 (651 points, 6 comments)
  66. jummyspring (651 points, 3 comments)
  67. nameistaken-2 (647 points, 16 comments)
  68. Zerelz (644 points, 59 comments)
  69. Paytrin (640 points, 8 comments)
  70. Aeon_Air (634 points, 16 comments)

Top Submissions

  1. 6 Screen wide gameplay by Tetrebete (3239 points, 204 comments)
  2. And by when I mean never by Impossible-Ad-8462 (2032 points, 159 comments)
  3. virgin spaceuk vs chad andromeda by SkeetMeIN (1834 points, 174 comments)
  4. This generation is doomed... by yoloplex (1802 points, 173 comments)
  5. holy shit I did NOT expect this by Arietem_Taurum (1797 points, 108 comments)
  6. this is, concerning by DiamondJax08 (1760 points, 102 comments)
  7. what if we did? by ButterGD (1608 points, 38 comments)
  8. SpaceUK's profile pic is from a manga called "Your Lie in April". What are the chances by PBToast_ (1582 points, 149 comments)
  9. Fun job I guess. by NevGuy (1581 points, 35 comments)
  10. Nobody gonna talk about this guy blatantly spreading misinformation just for views by gsdeman (1529 points, 203 comments)

Top Comments

  1. 1206 points: Jom_Snail's comment in Is this real?
  2. 769 points: steelmouth2's comment in 6 Screen wide gameplay
  3. 649 points: jummyspring's comment in Is this real?
  4. 645 points: Ok-Jellyfish8198's comment in What’s gonna happen to the GD Daily 2.2 News channel once 2.2 actually releases?
  5. 583 points: aevan_'s comment in RobTop's response to GD being removed from Google Play Store
  6. 559 points: LegendJPSand's comment in When you want Google something about GD but forget to add "GD" to it - what are the weirdest results you've gotten from doing this?
  7. 547 points: Warzeeth's comment in Actual Zombies
  8. 538 points: SolveForX314's comment in What is this joke referencing?
  9. 530 points: R3dst0n's comment in The big problem of 2.2
  10. 526 points: jaseisondacase's comment in What language is geometry dash written in?
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2023.05.28 04:03 micronesiarain Episode 4- "Design Gone Galactic" ⭐️🪐

Episode 4-
the queens return to the workroom after Yuka's elimination
Wren: Awww, Yuka!
🏁Wren CF: Seeing Yuka leave is bittersweet. I had gotten really close with her. But when you're in the bottom two, you can only focus on it not being your name on that lipstick. One of us had to go, better her than me!
Fleur: I'd say I can't believe she's gone this early, but I'm afraid I saw it coming.
Sue: Really?
Fleur: If there's one thing about me and Yuka being in a competition together, it's that I'll make it farther. Bring out the tiny violins, bye bitch!
🏁Fleur CF: Did Yuka do anything to me? Hmm, that's a dumb question. But I do know that she was in the competition, and now she's not!
Morgs: Blondie and Zodya, congratulations. I'll admit, I was hoping this would be our week. But you did a nice job.
Blondie: Thank you.
Sharris: Let's hope that there aren't any more pity wins this season. That would be great.
Zodya: There's a difference between a pity win and being the best team to follow the rules.
Sharris: And I don't think you were either!
Zodya: Sharris, I don't need you making this a miserable experience.
🏁Zodya CF: I feel like Sharris brings a dark cloud over the competition. I trust Morgs and Steph, and I know that they trust Sharris. For now, I can play nice. But when it comes down to the inner group of the alliance, she'll have to go.
Kami: Blondie, how are you feeling after being in the top?
Blondie: It felt right, it felt correct!
Fleur: Oh shut up.
Blondie: Alright, that came out of nowhere, but work.
Wren: I'm sure my lipstick is in your bra right now, but it really was nice to see you get celebrated like that.
Blondie: I actually chose Yuka.
Wren: Girl, you don't need to lie. It's fine, really.
Blondie pulls her lipstick out to reveal she truly did choose Yuka
Blondie: Not lying.
Wren: What the hell, I'm at a loss right now.
🏁Blondie CF: Saving Wren was not an easy decision. I know people want her gone. And after what went down between the two of us, I had a million reasons to get her out of here. But this is the new version of Blondie, and I've made the decision to fight for this friendship. And that can only happen once one of us decides to be the bigger person. And that's usually not me, but there's a first for everything!
Blondie: What you did, it hurt me. But things I did on Season Six, that hurt you. If we keep going after each other, we can't move forward.
the camera slowly pans over to Sue who is hysterically crying
Steph: Sue?
Sue: I just...I just love seeing the birth of a friendship!
🏁Steph CF: If any of you question why I love this bitch, now you know. The sweetest soul I know.
Wren: Blondie, that means a lot to me. Thank you. Now, I still don't know if it should've been me in the bottom, but thank you.
Fleur: Here we go again.
Anthyy: Who do you think should've been in the bottom?
Wren: Our challenge was to show up at a certain time and perform. Most of us did that. But two of us didn't.
Sharris squints her eyes and takes off her earrings, handing them over to Morgs
Sharris: Wren, you're a joke. Not just a joke, an embarrassment. Why the fuck are you even here?
Wren: Excuse me?
Sharris: You take this so seriously, and it makes me physically uncomfortable. It's a game, calm down.
Wren: I'm not apologizing for showing up to a competition and wanting to compete.
Sharris: You need to apologize for a lot more than that. Starting with that face.
Fleur: And then work your way down.
Zodya: Are we really doing this right now? You're all taking this too far, and it needs to stop. I'm serious.
Sharris: Oh bug off, you don't need to play mediator.
Zodya: Sharris, stop. I'm not letting you attack my friend.
Sharris: If that's the kind of freak you're friends with, that says everything about you.
🏁Sharris CF: I won't rest until Wren is out of the competition. I don't like her, I haven't liked her, and I will never like her. It's not even about winning anymore. It's about breaking this bitch from the inside.
The Next Day
the queens enter the workroom, laughing and ignoring the drama from the previous night
🏁Anthyy CF: It's a new day in the workroom, and the stress of the competition is clearly getting to these girls! I feel good, staying out of the drama, and ready to slay. You won't see me safe again, that's not a cute look!
Sue: Seeing how many people are still here just shows how big this season is going to be. Three girls down, and we can still barely fit around the table.
Sharris: Some of you can skip some meals, and that'll change!
🏁Sue CF: I'm afraid that I'm fading into the background, and it's about time that I step forward. On Season Four, I never got to a win, even though I was close. I know that these girls think my attitude is more fun and relaxed, but I won't let them underestimate me.
the workroom door swings open as Micro steps in, wearing a sliver puffer track suit with futuristic silver sunglasses
Micro: Greetings Earth queens! When I invited each of you back, I did so because you are the best and brightest in the galaxy. And to prove that, it's time to take things out of this world. Behind me, there's a table full of celestial inspired materials. Each of you will design a high fashion look that takes us to infinity and beyond. Now, some of you may not love the idea of producing your own look. Which is why you have options! If you'd like, you are able to use a pre-existing look. The only catch is that you need to modify it enough so that it reads as your own unique creation. Good luck, and I can't wait to see what you come up with!
Micro leaves the workroom, and the queens rush over to the table of materials, grabbing everything they can find
🏁Whorechata CF: This is what I've been waiting for! From the start of this competition, these queens have questioned whether or not I belong here. And I knew they were wrong. Because...duh, look at the material. But this is the challenge where I know I can outdo everyone else. Yeah, I feel pretty good about my chances.
the queens spread throughout the workroom in different groupings
Fleur, Morgs, and Sharris discuss the challenge and what their ideas are
Sharris: I've decided to not make my own look. I know my limits, and there's more I can do with little embellishments than with a sewing machine.
🏁Morgs CF: Sharris is the person I'm the closest to here. I do trust that she can make this challenge work. But when she says she's not even taking out a sewing machine, I'm starting to worry.
Fleur: I've taken my sewing classes after Season Four, and I didn't really have that much to improve on.
Morgs: You had a design challenge on your season, right?
Fleur: We did. We got these horrible boxes of trash and had to make it into something.
🏁Fleur CF: I felt great about my look on Season Four. Truly, how can you describe it without using the word beautiful? Some people said I should've been in the bottom, but "some people" got sent home two episodes ago. Hi Lectro, thanks for watching!
Morgs: From what I can see of other people, I don't think we have anything to worry about this week.
Sharris: Just say Wren...
the camera cuts over to Wren on the floor, sculpting multiple arms and cutting out fabric
🏁Wren CF: I've always had a strong sense of what I want when it comes to the designs I wear. But it's taken some time to polish up the level of execution. This is my chance to show how much I've grown, even in the short time since Season Six.
Zodya: Wren, you doing good?
Wren: Can't talk, too busy serving cunt.
🏁Zodya CF: If you can't love yourself, then you must not be Wren! But hey, I can't knock the confidence.
Zodya: Chata, what are you bringing with your look?
Whorechata: I'm trying to embrace the materials as much as possible. I don't want to use any patterns I brought, any base garments, nothing. If it's not from that table, I'm not using it.
Zodya: It's definitely a bold color choice.
Whorechata: I need to stand out. Whatever it takes.
🏁Whorechata CF: Being able to create looks like this, that's why I applied for Season Five. And finally, I got a challenge where I can shine.
Anthyy, Steph, and Sue chat by the mirrors as they sketch out look ideas
🏁Anthyy CF: I've come back to judge fashion challenges on MDR a million times. If I don't slay this, I need to apologize to everyone I ever critiqued! I need to bring a new silhouette, new materials, everything. You won't be able to clock a single detail.
Steph: Last time I had a challenge like this, it caused me to spiral.
Sue: You know you've gotten better since then.
Steph: I think I have. Being back in these four walls, and feeling like I'm just starting to get the momentum going, it's hauntingly familiar to how I felt on Season Three.
Anthyy: You have to believe in yourself! Let the infection take over. Well, not like that. But the fashion infection.
Steph: Please, I need to catch the fashion infection first!
🏁Steph CF: Ever since my elimination on Season Three, I've felt like had I just made it through the design challenge, I could've won the whole thing. This is my chance to show that I can not just make it through this challenge, but I can come out unharmed, and ready to give this competition what I have. Call me dramatic, but you all saw the look, it was traumatizing!
Sue plugs in her headphones and turns on Kylie Minogue, unlocking her full powers. She turns on the sewing machine and gets to work
🏁Sue CF: When it comes to sewing, I may not be Sue Essence Hall. But I have the drive and heart to win this thing. Nobody wants this more than me, and that's gotta count for something.
the lights flicker and an electric magenta light floods the runway as Micro struts down the center
Micro Episode 4 Look
Micro: Welcome back to the runway of Micro's Drag Race: All Stars! This week, the queens were asked to design a high fashion look utilizing or inspired by celestial materials. And joining me on the judging panel is a very special guest. Usually, we keep it in the family and have past queens return to judge. But this season, I've invited some legendary queens that I admire to help me out. And tonight, we have the amazing Hex!
Hex Guest Judging Look
Micro: Hex, thank you for being here!
Hex: Honored to be here.
Micro: You've been a legendary designer in the drag world for years. What do you think makes a good design?
Hex: Finding a concept, and immersing yourself in that world. If you want to be an alien, become that alien and think about how they'd wear the look. You have to commit!
Micro: That is fabulous advice. You ready to get started?
Hex: I'm ready to feel inspired!
Micro: Without further ado, let's see if these looks are truly out of this world!
"Bad Juju" by Jujubee plays
Anthyy: Coming down this runway I feel amazing! It’s a design challenge and you just know that miss Anthyy will deliver in those! Tonight the category was space at first I got a bit scared cause the home eis super broad if you look at it but then my. Mind went straight to my sister she is OBSSESED with space, so I called her and asked her what is her favorite planet! She said Uranus… and the rest is history! So tonight for my look I am channeling you the Uranus fantasy, my dress is a net made out of 27 of the Uranus’s moons and being me you can see a stunning set of it’s rings, not many people know that Uranus is one of the 3 planets with rings! Yup not only Saturn so tonight I wanted to make sure we don’t forget about those rings! Uranus is also one of the coldest planets that exsist so i made sure my alien puss is frozen the haus down boots! The parts holding together the moons on her dress are all coveed in galaxy dust and you can see my stunning 3 pairs of hands all going in diffrent directions! As for the look itself, it is a pretty gown (which you know i only do for special occasions!) with an amazing backpiece and stunning hair artistry! I would say this is soemthing that isnt often seen and its one of it's kind so im suoer happy to bring it to you on the design challenge! Lets hope this alien lands me my 3rd win! Finding out that this week's guest judge is my amazing friend Hex, she also is included in this look honey did you notice how my alien has 3 nostrills??? YUPPPPP thats what i call referencing
Anthyy Look
Blondie: You better beware, you're in for a scare! Run in fear when Captain Blondatrix arrives on your planet and goes for a pure femme pink fem-pire! For this look, I did use a pre-existing outfit but dyed the colours to a nice ballet slipper pink & a rose gold pink to add to colour theory. I did paint the mask and got a dazzling matching wig... I mean, styled my hair into a gorgeous blonde to meet my branding. Next, I got rid of some pesky details that weren't needed and created more of a space priestess vibe, and kept the alien incubator, as I'm here to spread my seed any way I can. Finally, I created a new banner and an amazing bi-sexual planet to create awareness. So beam me up, cuz I'm here to take y'all down~
Blondie Look
Fleur: I love the Earth. The Earth just gives cunt 24/7 for the past billion years. She always finds some way to absolute slayyyyyy. For example when she decided that she wanted a desert, we were all like "yas girl sand is so sexy". Her brain is just so innovative and she is truly a lovely person. I love the Earth. It is just so calm, and peaceful and sweet. Everyday is amazing on Earth because the Earth is just amazing. It has not one bad quality. That is why I love it. This look resemblances the cuntiness Mother Earth is but also how serene it can be. She's so quirky. But sometimes... just sometimes... the Galaxy is jealous of Earth's cuntiness. Like for example, when the Galaxy decided to shoot a meteor onto it and kill all those leather wearing, katy perry roaring carnivores. Like that was bullying! But sometimes... just sometimes... the Galaxy is in a bad mood and it wants to recreate the devastation of the first meteor. Fuck the galaxy honestly. FUCK YOU. And when the Earth goes BOOM, so does the runway Fleur is modelling and strutting on. This gives her enough times to take of her jumpsuit and reveal her bare naked skin which is just coincidentally painted in a molten galaxy pattern. Science lesson: This is because the Earth has plates. The crust, the mantle and the core. The core is filled with molten lava and I think lava is so that bitch. Like it can burn a hoe like that! So obviously when the earth explodes, lava will ooze into the milkyway making the milkyway turn orange. Kind of like food colouring. And obviously, when the world does explode into the galaxy, you would probably be blinded by the light so you will always need some funky Lady Gaga looking sun glasses. And that's on period.
Fleur Look
Fleur Reveal
Fleur Reveal
Kami: Kami steps out onto the stage, and she is ready for space! She is serving you astronaut realness with her helmet in hand, and her bedazzled star space bodysuit when suddenly she trips -
her belt unravels and suddenly you can see a fake face laying on the ground
Oh my god! She's really an alien?? She's kind of serving though... Her alien wings held back by the belt that was previously cinching her waist (?) in, has revealed who she truly is. The wig seems to have melted down, and a bunch of the accessories are now falling off as well. The stars on the alien skin slowly falling off as the bodysuit from before is now revealed to have been her skin all along. how is she hiding humongous wings underneath a tiny belt ? these are questions that are unnecessary!
Kami Look
Kami Reveal
Morgs: BLAM! for my intergalactic runway it’s getting hot in here, why? because i’m a star, litterally. i wanted to be the sun, the most important thing for life. i've got a warm dress on, glasses to protect me from the UV rays, and a backpiece that are supposed to be sunbeams. i’m slaying this runway and even though i hate designing my own stuff, i managed to make myself a whole outfit and sunbeams that shoot out!
Morgs Look
Sharris: For my Space Age Couture runway, my inspiration comes directly from the galaxy and the beautiful sky we see at nighttime. I didn’t want to go with an astronaut, or an alien, I wanted to go with the sheer beauty that the natural world holds. It’s couture, and just so so extravagant. This runway represents an entire celestial body. If a lady from the Capitol moved to space- this is what she’d be wearing. Upon walking onto the runway, the lights dim, and i’m SHINING. Practically radiating with beauty. I have never been in more awe than I have with what I’ve produced tonight
Sharris Look
Steph: for my runway look tonight i wanted to be a FIERCE celestial goddess. my entire body is painted in that same sparkling purple color as the mug which reminds me of Nebula one of my fav guardians of the galaxy. and honestly my look tonight IS THE SPACE AGE AND THE UNIVERSE MAMA. she is a space goddess and she has kidnapped the stars and the color purple to make this look. thx a bunch:) My vision is filled with this collage and i hope u enjoy her:)
Steph Look
Sue: So for my look tonight I am serving you intergalactic space pop star. She has her Ariana ponytail on and her microphone that she totally didn’t get inspired by from Fever by Kylie Minogue.
Sue Look
Whorechata: Tonight is my day to shine. Chata is living in the year 3000 and failed her astronaut astronomy space class exam thing and can’t use her spacesuit to go to the plant Whore anymore. So what does she do… she takes it apart MAWMA. This outfit is using a deconstructed padded astronaut suit. Some green tubing and inflatable thingys to create this futuristic Lewk. Tonight I hope to show these girls why micro let me in the doors.
Whorechata Look
Wren: Kneel.
Zodya: Tonight on the runway, I am giving you space duchess to the extreme! I am the most fabulous diva at the annual Galatica Ball, and honey, you can’t outshine me! Get out of my way, girls, because none of y’all can be as glamorous as me!
Zodya Look
Micro: Thank you ladies! Based on your performances tonight, I've made some decisions. When I call your name, please step forward.
Micro: Kami, Steph, Whorechata. The three of you...are safe.
Steph: Oh thank lord. Whew!
Kami and Steph thank the judges as Whorechata's face is drained of all life. Her legs begin to quiver, and her eyes lose emotion as they twitch
🏁Whorechata CF: Safe. Safe. Oh wow.
Whorechata steps forward and walks towards the judging panel. She hunches over and grabs the base of the panel, as Micro and Hex look at her in confusion. Whorechata lifts with all of her might, and flips the panel. Her eyes turn bright red and she storms around the studio, throwing punches and kicks at everyone in sight
🏁Whorechata CF: Well, that's what I wanted to do at least...
the scene snaps back into reality where Whorechata is standing on stage and faking a smile
Micro: The three of you may leave the stage.
Whorechata: Safe girls, woohoo!
Micro: The rest of you represent the tops and bottoms of the week. It's time for your critiques.
Micro: First up, Anthyy!
Hex: Hello Anthyy! This look is fun, i know that this isn't really your style but i think that you did the theme's justice tonight. You decided to be inspired by one of the planets which is a really safe choice to do on a theme like that, but you went with one of the most interesting ones so its ok, We can see that the inspo was there from the color palette and the rings. The look is just a basic gown let's be real but you still make it interesting with the transparent parts and overall its giving me very Brooke Candy/slutish vibe which i am personally a fan of. What i am not a fan of is the makeup here, i like that you decided to pay homage to your drag sister - me, but idk i am not really feeling the eyes, they kinda look weird but i guess it fits the whole alien aesthetic so maybe i'm just quirky and nitpicking. The headpiece is really fun and playful. Overall it's a really strong look from you tonight, good job!
Micro: Anthyy! I think this week was a great chance for you to show off a new style with your looks. Getting more into the alienesque and untraditional glamour. And you really nailed that in my opinion! I love when a look is simple, but has dynamic silhouettes and added bits. This strappy dress on its own would maybe be too simple, but the back piece and extra arms, it elevates it to an incredible level. I think the color palette of blue and gray was unexpected but worked well. And usually I’m begging for rhinestones, but I wouldn’t add any rhinestones to this look, I don’t know how you managed that! Great work.
Micro: Next, Blondie!
Hex: Blondie! Hi, i love how both you and Anthyy decided to go with 3 eyed aliens! I see what you tried to do with the theme, but i lowkey don't see space in it, your color palette is giving me just a normal person, maybe if you changed the hair and face to be pinkish too maybe it would help to sell the theme more? I also don't think that you edited your look enough to be that different from the original one which is a shame because i see some potential. Overall you were in the middle tonight, not the worst but not the best one either.
Micro: Hi Blondie!! I think this base look was a great choice for this challenge, since it does lend itself to that outer space vibe. And you definitely put the work in to make this your own. I do think though that the new color palette makes the level of detail come down a bit. There’s a lot about this that I like, but I have to nitpick!
Micro: Next up, Fleur Tation!
Hex: Fleur! Hello girl, let me start with the positives first, well, so i liked that you decided to be inspired by earth which is an original choice for a theme like that not gonna lie, everyone would do something quirky but you decided to not look too far for your inspiration. You have a + for that from me. Now for your look, hmm i think that you could do way more with it, its just a simple bodysuit with a print on it, the reveal version is better, but still could've been more elevated. I just wish that you did something more with the hair and makeup in both of these, because even though your inspiration was really good for me, it just looks like you did not know what to do with it. Overall its not a good look from you tonight, I appreciate that you drew it and your description was fun to read.
Micro: Let me start off by saying your runway commentary and how you sold this look was my absolute favorite. I love the effort you put into that. Now onto the looks. I think they told a great story. But the actual design elements, I’m not getting much from it if I’m being totally honest. If there was some sleeve action, some interesting cut to the pants, something to bring more to it.
Micro: The always fabulous, Morgs!
Hex: Hello Morgs! This is very safe for me, i like the inspiration because without the sun there wouldn't be us so good for you to appreciate that. There's nothing much to say here really, maybe other than i don't really see cosmos here but it's just not the worst look tonight so, at least you tried and drew it.
Micro: Hi Morgs! I love the energy and vibe that this look conveys. It’s modern and has a cool look to it. I will say, I think the back piece really saves you here. It adds a unique element, and I think the look needed it. The rest of the look is a bit too simple to me. Maybe some stoning, a different neckline on the dress, some little adjustments could’ve amped this up. But as is, this doesn’t totally work for me, I’m sorry!
Micro: Next, Sharris!
Hex: Hello Sharris! Your look is good but i don't think you did enough for me to call it as 'your' look. Micro gave you all an option to edit one of many existing looks and while you picked a really good one, you barely did anything to edit it as yours, it just looks like you put a filter over it and called it a day, not even bothering to change the colors really. While Blondie did the same thing, she at least i don't know tried to make things a bit interesting by changing the whole color palette. That's all.
Micro: Hi Sharris! With the option to take a pre-existing look and edit it, I think the potential to make something your own and really special was there. And while I think you look amazing right now, it is so similar to the original look. Small things like changing the hair, adding new jewelry, maybe a metal corset piece, those could’ve really worked to make this more of an original piece. Not a bad look by any means, but I have to look at how different it is from the original, and I’m not seeing much.
Micro: Shining bright, it's Sue Pernova!
Hex: Sue! This look is very adorable, i really like the color palette, it looks like some video game character thats a singer and has some cosmic related superpowers. Your inspiration here clearly shows because i can see each thing you mentioned in your description. I love how we can't really see her face because it also adds to the mystic element that the cosmos has because we still don't really know much stuff about it. Overall a really good job tonight, congrats!
Micro: Sue, this look is adorable!! I love the outer space popstar vibe you went for, and the vibrancy of these colors work really well with that. The different textures and materials as well add some visual interest and keep it from being too simple. I maybe would’ve liked to see some lengthening to the legs and a tighter cinch on the corset, but this is a stand out look for me, you really impressed me here!
Micro: Next up, Wren Wyvern!
Hex: Wren, uhh hello? This was a letdown for me, you kinda did a similar look to Steph but i guess her's more elevated and just more interesting to look at. I don't think your look really sells the theme since it's barely cosmos related other than the cosmic print. I like what you tried to do with the arms but it reads more as angelic to me rather than some alien creature. I'm sorry but i don't like this.
Micro: Hi Wren! I’m gonna have to disagree with Hex on this one. I really enjoyed this look. It’s very cosmic deity, and you stand out from the group tonight. I think a really big collar piece that had some height and sharp edges to it would’ve taken this look to an even stronger level, but I see where you were going with it! Some minor little edits I’d make, but solid look from you!
Micro: Last but not least, Zodya Killer.
Hex: Hello Zodya! This is one of my favorite looks tonight, you had a clear vision and presented it really well. I really like the color palette and how vibrant it is, i love the accessories and the overall shape of it. The backpiece with your blonde hair in front of it kinda reminds me of the sun which is also a really fun detail. The way that you drew this also is a big plus for me + the props? I am a prop queen so i like the use of them in this look. Overall a really good moment for you tonight.
Micro: Zodya, you look like a goddess tonight. You found a way to take this sort of galaxy pattern and print and make it look regal and expensive. I love the way this look sparkles, and the golden accents against that deep blue and purple, it adds to that royalty look. If I had to nitpick, I wish there was a big necklace or set of earrings, but I can appreciate the simplicity in not going heavy with accessories. Great work!
Micro: Thank you ladies. I've made some decisions.
Micro: Blondie, Morgs, and Wren. The three of you are safe. You may step to the back of the stage.
🏁Wren CF: At this point, I'm not sure what else I could do. I gave you a full goddess, and then Micro has the nerve to put me in the same group as Blondie and Morgs? It's stupid, it really is.
Micro: Anthyy. Tonight, your E.T. was a T-O-P.
Micro: Sue Pernova. You took us all on a trip to Chromatica, and we didn't want to leave.
Micro: Zodya Killer. Category is...MET Gala on Mars.
Micro: Anthyy, Zodya. Congratulations, you are the top two queens of the week!
🏁Anthyy CF: Ah, screaming!! I put so much of my heart and soul into my designs, and the hard work paid off.
🏁Zodya CF: I didn't think I'd be the type of queen who looks forward to a design challenge. But I really believe in my skills, and having that validated by the judges, that means the world.
Micro: Sue, you are safe. Great work this week.
Sue: Thank you Miss Micro.
🏁Sue CF: This week was all about wanting to prove myself as a real competitor here. I have what it takes to win the crown, and this moved things in the right direction. I feel amazing!
Micro: Fleur, Sharris. I'm sorry my dears, but that means you are the bottom queens of the week.
🏁Fleur CF: I don't have words. To be in a room full of people who look...like that, and be told I'm in the bottom? When I'm wearing custom couture? They're out to get me.
🏁Sharris CF: I'm fine being in the bottom. It doesn't bother me. I'd never throw a tantrum over a placement, unlike some people in this competition who shall not be named...but it's Wren.
Micro: Anthyy, Zodya. In a moment, the two of you will lipsync for your legacy, and the power to chop one of the bottom queens. Head backstage to Untucked, and make your decision.
the safe queens enter Untucked
Kami: Redemption!
Steph: And it feels oh so good! I'm so proud of us. Whorechata, are you happy to be safe?
🏁Whorechata CF: wHoReChAtA, aRe yOu hApPy tO Be sAfE? No bitch, I'm not!
Whorechata: I'm thrilled.
Steph: No you're not.
Whorechata: Oh really, what gave it away?
Kami: Let it out, let it out.
Whorechata: The girls up on stage right now, you can see the stringy little bits of hot glue. The seams are jankier than Wren's book in the first episode. Not to sound arrogant, but this belongs in a museum.
🏁Whorechata CF: Whorechata shows off her look and letting the camera zoom in on the hems
Kami: If it makes you feel better, I thought you should've been up on stage tonight.
Whorechata: If you change your name to Micro and tan a good twelve shades darker, it would mean more. But still, thanks Kami.
🏁Kami CF: You can't argue with crazy. You just can't.
the top and bottom queens enter Untucked
Wren: The attempt to break my spirit continues.
🏁Wren CF: Heading back to Untucked, it really does sting that I didn't win. I thought I had the best look, and I love the way I presented it. I wouldn't change a thing, but clearly the judges would.
Kami: I've heard the word "safe" enough times in the last hour to last me a lifetime, so can one of you fill us in on what happened on stage?
Anthyy: I'm in the top with Zodya!
Steph: Whyyyyyyy. Oop, not like that. Just you know, the Sue stan in me.
Sue: I'm torn with my emotions right now. Getting praised on this look felt amazing. But then it almost gave me a false sense of hope. I thought maybe I could win.
Zodya: And you could've. I'm so proud of your work here. It's amazing.
🏁Zodya CF: I know how much Sue wanted to win this challenge, but I'm also freaking out a little inside that I just won my third challenge! I mean really, what could go wrong now?
Wren: Regardless of what the judges said, I'm proud of this look.
Sharris: So why do you keep bringing it up?
Wren: With the runway last week, it was a more masculine approach than what I'm used to. And this week, I wanted to give full cunty goddess.
🏁Wren CF: Exploring gender identity and expression through fashion is important to me. Like, really important. I won't apologize for that.
Blondie: And just so I know, you use all the pronouns, right? I'm not trying to get cancelled again.
Wren: After saving me, you can call me whatever. But yes, anything works. He, she, they, it's all okay to me. But it doesn't take away from my trans-ness.
Sharris: Wren, what the fuck does that even mean?
Wren: What does what means?
Sharris: How are you a he, she, and they. Make up your mind.
Wren: I don't think I need to make up my mind. It's my personal journey, and I don't need to conform to what you want.
Sharris: You just represent everything that's wrong with the world to me.
Blondie: Okay, that's a bit much.
Fleur: Blondie, stay out of it.
Blondie: No! Why can't I say anything without you all jumping to make me look like the bad person?
Fleur: If people always think you're a bad person, maybe you just are.
Morgs: Woop, there it is.
🏁Fleur CF: Blondie swears she's an angel on Earth. But she's not. She's nasty, she's an input ho, and I don't fuck with her. Screw any alliances, I want her gone.
Sharris: The more I learn about you, Blondie, the more I understand why you and Wren are friends. The only upside to that is it means none of us have to be bothered by either of you. You can annoy each other instead.
Wren: Talk that talk in your bottom outfit. You could never give what I give!
Sharris: And thank god for that. Man, man, man. I see a MAN.
Anthyy: Girl...
🏁Anthyy CF: Sharris took a low blow with that one. Wren has been so open about her identity, and really advocated for trans representation! I considered Sharris a friend, but that changes everything.
Wren: Are you really going there? For real?
Sharris: I am, care to continue?
Wren: You know who I am and I've been nothing but transparent with how I feel in my identity. And for someone in this community to be the one coming after me, it's so gross.
Sharris: Let's get one thing straight, we're not in the same community.
Wren: Right, cause I'm some freak.
Sharris: Wren, shut up and go play in traffic.
Kami: Stop, don't go there. What's that even supposed to mean.
Sharris: As in, go die. Go die, for the sake of humanity, please.
the queens all clasp their hands over their mouths as they realize what Sharris said
Wren: You want me to go kill myself?
Sharris: Yes please, look at how easy that was!
Wren: Give me a few years, and I'm sure I'll get there.
Blondie: Wren, don't even say that. Don't give that bitch another moment of your time.
Sharris: Blondie, you too.
Blondie: You are a miserable and hateful little bitch. You're disgusting. You better be so ashamed of yourself.
Fleur: You're the moral compass now? Why do you keep putting yourself in things?!
Blondie: Sharris brought me into it, and I'm done sitting down and taking it. You both are vile.
🏁Fleur CF: Blondie spews the most venomous things out of that over-plumped mouth. Why are people surprised that it caused someone to snap? If you can't handle the heat, get out of the kitchen. Blondie and Wren, there's the door, dumb bitches.
the queens return to the runway
Micro: Welcome back ladies. It has been brought to my attention that there was an altercation in Untucked.
Sharris rolls her eyes, as Blondie comforts Wren at the back of the stage
Micro: If this behavior continues, I won't hesitate to start this whole thing over. From the top, new cast and everything.
the queens snicker at Micro's comment, causing her to stand up and lean over the judging panel
Micro: I am NOT joking! Don't make me name names. But if you think you're one of the girls I'd replace, you're probably right.
the scene cuts to Lectro and Yuka standing outside of the studio and forming a prayer circle for the season to restart
🏁Kami CF: The behavior during Untucked shifted everything. I mean, it's really not that deep, and to stoop to that level? It's...it's just not acceptable.
Micro: Now, as much as I'm sure you'd love to keep attacking each other, we have more important things to get to: a fake lipsync. Will the top two queens please step forward.
Anthyy Lipsync Look
Zodya Lipsync Look
Micro: Anthyy, Zodya. Prior to tonight, you were asked to prepare a lipsync performance of "Supernova" by Kylie Minogue.
Sue: Please say jk.
🏁Sue CF: I'm fine! I'm so fine, don't even worry about me. cries in Kylie Minogue
Micro: This is your chance to impress me, and secure the right to give one of the bottom queens...the chop.
🏁Anthyy CF: I really felt like I was in a tough spot with these queens in the bottom. But after that moment in Untucked, I know what needs to be done. It was taken way too far!
🏁Zodya CF: I don't have a connection to either of the bottom queens this week. But I am ready to channel my inner Sue, and give this song what it deserves.
Micro: Good luck, and don't fuck it up!
Read lipsync here!
Micro: Oh wow!
the queens clap for Sue as she shrouds herself in a cloud of glitter before remembering that Anthyy and Zodya are on stage
Micro: I think it's safe to say Sue was the real winner of that one.
Sue: Kylie, that was for you, baby!!
Micro: Ladies, I've made my decision.
Micro: Zodya Killer, you're a winner baby!
Zodya: Ah, thank you! Kylie, I am so sorry.
Micro: Anthyy, you are safe to slay another day.
Anthyy: I'm sorry mama, my feet were tired after doing three of these!
Zodya giggles and raises her eyebrows
Micro: Will the bottom two queens please step forward.
Fleur and Sharris walk to the front of the stage as the safe queens glare at them
🏁Fleur CF: I don't think I should be in the bottom this week, and I shouldn't have been near the bottom last week either! If they send me home, it's just putting me out of my misery. But if I stay, I'll make this hell for each and every one of them.
🏁Sharris CF: I don't regret a thing. It went far, but there's only so much I could take from that...person doesn't feel appropriate. I think pathetic troglodyte fits Wren better. Whether they like it or not, I'd say it again!
Micro: Zodya. With great power comes great responsibility. Which queen have you chosen...to get the chop?
Zodya: I'm going to be honest, I don't have any strong connections to either of you. I think you both deserve to be here and can be able to bring something fun to the rest of the competition, but tonight, I'm going to have to go with the person I felt really took on the challenge to heart. My decision...is...
Zodya: Sharris.
Zodya's Lipstick Choice
Sharris laughs as Morgs begins to tear up
Micro: So it is written, so it shall be done. Sharris, I know that you have everything it takes to thrive in a competition like this. But now is not your time.
Sharris: Womp womp.
Micro: Now, sashay away.
Sharris goes to the back of the stage to hug Morgs before walking off
Micro: Moving forward, I hope we can treat each other with some more kindness, and enjoy this for what it is. Now, let the music play!
"Banjo" by Bebe Zahara Benet plays
Next Time on Micro's Drag Race
Blondie: There is a killer on the loose, and nobody is safe.
🏁Whorechata CF: If this means I make a few enemies, oh well!
Micro: I'm so sorry, I need to excuse myself.
Micro steps away from the judging panel as her eyes fill with tears
Track Record
Cast Shot w/ Placements
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2023.05.27 18:10 Brutha_the_Prophet Deadly Hues Part 2 [Fanfiction Contest]

It took me a while to finish it but I finally managed to do it.
Part 1:
Part 2:
22nd of March
Didn’t update yesterday. I’m deep into the White Zone and have finally found a perfect spot for my camp. I think I’ll stay here for a while. No people at all but the area is far too interesting to just leave it because of that.
But let me start from where I left off.
After finally falling asleep, I woke up sometime in the early afternoon of the next day; I was hoping to rest a bit more, but a swarm of flies started trying to burrow through the bandages and into my wounds. It’s by far the most horrifying thing I’ve ever experienced but they fled when I started smacking them with my spear. I feel like I’m getting better at it, even if it’s still a glorified stick.
After getting rid of the swarm, I had to climb down the spiky tree to search for water and instantly noticed the changes in the way I moved along the trunk. [Speed Climbing] seems to have given me an instinctual knowledge of the best routes and handholds, on top of making my actual form feel almost perfect. I think I’m two to three times faster at climbing and safer to boot.
New skill aside, it still took me around an hour of moving around to find a stream but, after weaving another container out of leaves, I finally collected a few liters of water that I once again set to filtering with more of the reedy stalks. I also used the last soap-tuber to wash myself as best as possible while avoiding the wounds, which I later cleaned with some of the filtered water I had available. You don’t really realize how lucky you are to be rich enough to afford medical treatment until you don’t have it available. [Lesser Resistance: Infection] and the flies reminded me how scary getting sick is.
After that, I ate the remaining meat before it could spoil and crafted all the things I lost during my fight with the panthers. I wove more rope, further reinforced the new backpack, and even managed to clean and then carve one of the beast’s femurs into a bunch of bone needles and a spearhead. I’m now sad I didn’t think of keeping the creature’s tendons… they would have been perfect as thread or to better secure the spearhead to the wooden tip. I did try getting them from the carcass, but it had been picked clean as I slept. I think the flies didn’t bother me before because they were busy with it throughout the night.
The leftover hide I left in the new backpack along with the live moss sample; the plant seems surprisingly fine despite having been carried around for multiple days… it actually seems plumper than before. I even saw a few droplets of its alcoholic secretions on its surface, which is a plus. Cultivating the stuff might really be possible after all. I’ll work on it as soon as I can.
By the time I was done with all the crafting, evening had come and I decided to wait the night out before moving again. While I had promised in the previous update that I would reach the White Zone after waking up, I feel that it’s better to take back your word than die because you’re too stubborn. I went to sleep early and received no further levels.
The morning after, I woke up with the first lights and quickly moved toward the zone. I didn’t really mention it before but [Inner Compass] is the skill I’ve gotten while escaping from the beasts. It allows me to mark one location I can see and always know where it is, regardless of being able to see it or not afterward. It is incredibly useful in the jungle where sometimes you can’t even see the sky, let alone more than a few meters in front of you. I decided that, as soon as I find a good spot for the camp, I’ll mark it and use it as a reference. No more getting lost.
It took me no more than four hours to finally reach the edge of the zone and it’s absolutely crazy. There is a literal line of demarcation between the normal jungle and the white area; no gradual changes or anything like that. One moment you are walking in a ‘normal’ jungle, the next one you’re in something that is closer to a dream.
The trees have white leaves through which courses milky lymph, their bleached branches holding white nests of pale birds that don’t make a sound while flying through the boughs. The entire area is eerily silent. Even now, I can hear the noise of my pen dragging on paper. It is so incredibly creepy that I would have left if it wasn’t also so incredibly interesting.
I know it’s insane, but this is what I always wanted to do. I was preparing to become a biologist to travel to the few ‘undiscovered’ places on our planet, to find something never seen before. Who cares if I had to spend a few years studying boring classifications? It was all for that chance.
Well… it was given to me. And now I just need to follow through. Fuck the consequences. I will not waste this opportunity.
Only the ground itself isn’t completely colorless, but everything that is either vegetable or animal is dyed white. It actually makes very little sense. The leaves should be almost burning under the sun, not to mention the lack of chlorophyll. I wonder if the animals are white on the inside too…
Still, I went in. It took me a while to get used to it and I was so noticeable that, after a while, I stopped to create a kind of poncho out of a bunch of palm-like leaves to at least cover most of my clothes.
As of the time of writing, I have yet to see any land animal larger than a mouse, but I feel like it’s only a matter of time before I encounter any. If the normal jungle was filled with so many different and new species, the white zone must have its own unique ecosystem too.
Anyway, after walking for a handful of hours, and just as I was getting worried I wouldn’t find anywhere decent before nightfall, I finally found what might be a pretty good spot for my camp.
It sounds unbelievable but it’s within the skull of some kind of huge beast with far too many eyes. The inside is easily able to hold four or five people and the entire skeleton is covered by the flowering buds of a jasmine-like climbing plant that does a good job at concealing it from sight. The flowers themselves have their pro and cons. While they remain closed and scentless during the day, at night they open up and start releasing an incredible amount of sweet-smelling nectar all over the bones and the ground around them, coating everything in a surprisingly acidic goop that you don’t want to get on your skin. I believe the plant to be slowly digesting the bones into nutrients while also trying to attract flies and similar insects to a very unpleasant death.
Thankfully, the digestion progress on the bones seems to be really slow and completely stops during the day, and the skull is still twelve or so centimeters thick at the time of writing so it’ll take some time before I lose my hideout. I have already removed any flower that could drip inside my new home and I can’t wait to have a way to collect the liquid itself. Until then, I’ll just live with it. Hopefully, I won’t be melted while sleeping.
[Survivor Level 14!]
[Scribe Level 8!]
[Skill – Lowlight Vision]

23rd of March
I heard sounds during the night but I couldn’t see anything when I peeked from one of the skull’s openings. Aside from that, I slept peacefully and woke up at dawn to start writing this update.
I’m extremely surprised by the jump in levels. 4 levels in a single night is a lot, even if my second class is still low. The new skill is also extremely useful. I should be able to keep writing and working during the night without the risk of lighting a fire.
Today I’m going to begin a more thorough exploration of the area around me. The skeleton proves that animals still live in the White and I want to make sure this isn’t the territory of something too dangerous.
I also need to find some good sources of food and water as soon as possible. I can’t lose what strength I regained after the fight.
Good news and bad news. I have found a small brook around 5 minutes away from my camp, it flows slowly (not great for water cleanliness) but has many aquatic plants that should work well as filters once I use up my remaining reeds. The process should work against bacteria and keep me from getting sick. It has worked so far after all.
Along the banks, I also noticed some clay deposits. I’ll harvest it soon and begin working on actual water containers. Before that, I need to reinforce the camp though.
Still haven’t been able to spot any kind of creature aside from the birds nesting above. The lack of ground animals unsettles me. I have created a first layer of traps all around the skeleton. They are the usual spring-loaded spikes but I used [Trap: Superior Concealment] while building three of them. It seems to require many hours to ‘recharge’ so I couldn’t do it on every single one of them before the flowers began to open and I had to stop for the night. I definitely need to create some better utensils… I want to start working on something more complex.
Tomorrow I’ll harvest the clay and see if there is any other useful material.
In the meanwhile, I’ll attach a sketch of the Bone Jasmine and its flowers. It seems like a good name. I’ll probably start naming other stuff when I sketch them in here. Until then, I’ll keep surviving.

24th of March
Almost got spiked by one of the concealed traps today. Not a great start of my morning. I will have to remember their positioning. I’m going to harvest the clay I found yesterday and hopefully make some water containers out of it. [Survivalcraft] tells me that I need to fire them to make them non-permeable which is not great.
Since the climate is warm enough to sleep comfortably, I have yet to start a fire in the White Zone and I’m worried it might attract unwanted attention. I will craft the containers, leave them to dry on their own and begin the work to further reinforce the area in the meanwhile. I want safety before placing myself on the radar.
25th of March
The moss EATS meat! Or at the very least is a detritivore! After finishing with today’s work, I decided to take it out of the backpack to see if I could place it somewhere and found it latched onto the hide I had left there! It has already begun to spread on its surface and the alcoholic secretions have resumed in full. For the time being, I placed it inside the hideout to keep it safe but I’ll soon need to find a suitable spot around the camp for it to keep growing and to study its nature. I’ll need as much of it as possible. On top of that, If I manage to further distill the liquid, I’ll have pure alcohol for treating injuries and even for defense. Nothing likes getting Molotov’d in the face after all. I decided to call it Arrak Moss by the way. It seems fitting.
I’ll add a small sketch of the moss and its spreading pattern, along with the skull in which I’m currently residing.
On less interesting news, I have yet to build any more defenses to the camp. I have spent the entire day crafting a rudimentary axe out of a smooth river rock and a branch. It is obviously dull and quite heavy, but it works quite well against the younger trees. It is still too noisy for my liking, but it’ll do for now. I will need to find a better way to harvest wood soon enough though. I have some ideas that I will need to test.
Today I only managed to find a handful of edible berries so I’m pretty hungry. I used some rope to make a dozen or so game traps all around the brook, along with two woven baskets that I submerged into the water itself. I’m hoping to catch anything that uses that specific watering hole. If nothing works, I’ll be forced to try for some more nests.
[Survivor Level 15!]
[Skill – Keen Hearing]

26th of March
New skill! It took me a while to get used to it but after a few hours, the sound of your own body fades once again into the background. Still, it’s super strange to be able to hear your own heartbeat, let alone the sound of the plants growing around you. The forest is a lot noisier now.
Most of the traps around the brook were left untouched but in the two baskets I finally found a handful of crabs. Unsurprisingly, they are unlike anything I’ve ever seen. When they are still, they resemble white pebbles or rocks of wildly different shape and only when you try to pick them up do they reveal themselves as actual creatures. Their claws are sharp but ultimately harmless and I don’t believe them to be toxic in any way. I named them Pebble Crabs and brought them to the camp along with the two clay containers that have finally dried. I’ll fire the pots and then cook the food for tonight.
I also had to use the stone axe again to gather more wood. It works very well on the younger trees but the sound of chopping resonates all around the forest. I’m thankful I chose a spot quite far away from camp to try it out. I took what wood I gathered, left quickly, and decided to hide around the brook before going back home. Better paranoid than dead.
I lit my first fire tonight and cooked the least flavorful crab soup ever made in one of the two containers.
The other I actually placed outside to gather as much Bone Jasmine acid as possible. I have plans for it.
The Pebble Crabs’ carapaces I tossed into the Arrak Moss; it has completely covered the hide and is growing more and more. I want to make a hanging pot and let it grow there, ready to be harvested whenever it’s full of liquid. Thankfully the plant seems to mask any smell of rot on the stuff it consumes, probably to keep other possible scavengers from finding its ‘prey’. Such a wonderful thing.
I’ll add yet another sketch of the moss and then get some sleep.
[Scribe Level 9!]

27th of March
I fear I might be using too much paper. Yesterday I wasted some of it by drawing a sketch of a strange frog-like primate instead of the Arrak Moss. I feel dumb. I only have so many pages left since this wasn’t a new journal! I decided that until I find a way to make more paper (or get a skill for it) I’m going to only add the important stuff.
I’m going to create a few more clay containers to build up a stockpile of everything I need in my base. Afterward, I’ll search for more useful things around the area while also improving the camp.
28th of March
Harvested one of the smaller bones of the skeleton and crafted a primitive shovel out of it. I’m gonna start digging around the area to set up some pitfall traps. It’s gonna be hard work but it should make the base a lot safer.
29th of March
I felt followed today as I was heading from the brook to the base but I couldn’t find anything amiss when I turned around. The digging is progressing slower than predicted. Too many roots in the ground and I sometimes find myself holding onto the spear and looking around, covered in cold sweat. This paranoia is affecting my work. I have yet to see anything dangerous here!
2nd of April
Something triggered one of the skill-concealed traps tonight after I fell asleep. What worries me is that I couldn’t hear a thing beforehand, even with [Keen Hearing]. Not a single crackling leaf or a snap of twig on the ground before the spike got triggered.
Whatever it was, I think I heard the impact of the spike with the body, the sound of the wood impaling itself into flesh, and then the trashing as it was dislodged, and despite all that, I didn’t hear a single noise from whatever I hit. Not a whimper, not a shriek, and no sound as it moved away.
I inspected the trap this morning and the stake itself is covered in watery, pinkish blood and there are some traces around the spot but nowhere else. I also didn’t find a carcass around the area so whatever it was, it must still be alive. I need to conceal more traps and improve my safety even further. I got complacent.
Set more clay containers to dry near the brook and collected more water to clean. I also made a smaller pot with a lid specifically for the Arrak Moss. Harvested a handful of crabs from the baskets and even found a fallen nest on the ground with a single egg in it. It will do for today. I have already concealed two more traps and I’m hoping to do at least one more before I have to go to bed. I also spotted a fallen trunk less than five minutes away from the camp. I plan to bring it home and make a new kind of trap tomorrow.
[Survivor Level 16!]

3rd of April
New sounds during the night.
All the traps I didn’t conceal with my skill got methodically triggered and then destroyed. It only stopped when the stalker didn’t notice one of the hidden ones and almost got skewered again. I didn’t sleep at all and spent the night carving a particularly thick branch into a spear-throwing lever or atlatl. It’s surprisingly simple to craft but now I need to get used to it. Quickly too.
Writing eases my nerves. I decided to resume the more thorough logs.
More bad news. I went back to the brook and found the entire third batch of clay containers destroyed. The crab traps are gone as well. Still haven’t spotted anything. It might be an expert at camouflage. I think [Jungle Concealment] is the only thing keeping me alive when I move around.
Took me hours to do it silently but I carried the fallen log back to base. I rammed dozens of sharp rocks into the log and then used the ropes to lift it into the trees. It took even longer to set up the trap and conceal it using the skill but it should be deadly enough for my needs. I hope so at least. I’ll use the remaining daylight to train with the atlatl.

5th of April
The log got triggered tonight. Again, no sound beforehand but I heard the impact and the sound of broken bones. I actually poked my head outside of the skull for a moment, but I couldn’t see anything of note. This morning I checked it and found it covered in the same pinkish blood as before. I searched around but found no sign of any carcass. It’s impossible! I set it up again but now It’ll know it’s there and be ready for it. I need more traps. I need deadlier traps.
The container of Bone Jasmine acid is almost full already. I used half of it on some of the smaller trees around the area. It takes a few hours for the acid to work but I can reliably cut down the smaller plants or branches without any noise. The axe is gonna become my close-quarter weapon while the spear will be used as a javelin. I’m going to train throughout the day and then sleep a bit before the night. I also set up the container with the remaining acid into the ground in front of the main entrance to the skull, it will be my final trap.
Sometimes I think I can hear a noise outside but every time I listen for it I can’t hear it. It’s strange. I must be tired.
6th of April
Heard that noise again this morning. It sounds like almost like a wheeze. Maybe. I’m gonna look around the area one more time.
I don’t know what is happening. I’m bleeding from a deep scratch on my leg and my spear is gone. I had to use most of my water to clean it up but I don’t have anything sterile enough to bandage it with. I need to be more careful.
I already crafted another spear but I’m worried. Am I getting sick?
Nothing tonight. I might have injured it well enough to keep it away for the time being.
[Survivor Level 18!]
[Skill – Weapon Proficiency: Spear]

7th of April
This morning I could smell a faint rotting odor around the clearing, but I couldn’t find the source even after searching around. It isn’t the moss though. I’m still on high alert but I need to keep working nonetheless. The new wound has started to scab over but I can’t move around too quickly or it will open back up.

8th of April
It’s strange…
The smell has been steadily growing worse and I searched again around the area but, once again, I couldn’t find anything of note. It was only when I came back to the skull that I found I was holding onto the spear I thought I had lost. The tip is covered in some kind of rotting liquid. I don’t understand. I need to review what I wrote in the last few days.
I can’t believe it took me so long to realize it.
I now know why I haven’t been able to spot a single land creature since I’ve arrived here. Or why I was getting more and more paranoid in the last few days.
I finally found the source of the smell in one of the bushes opposite the falling log trap. It is the same thing I sketched a few days ago. It looks like a mix between a frog and a chimpanzee, with white, slimy skin and prehensile pads on its palms. It is dead. The lower limbs are completely pulped and it has a piercing wound in the neck. It took me hours to actually confirm it though. Somehow, I’m barely able to acknowledge its presence in front of me. I can see it, I can touch it, I can definitely smell it, but as soon as I take my eyes off it, I begin to forget it is there. It’s some kind of magical effect that gets stronger the closer I get.
I tried to find the actual source of it but the body is too decayed for me to work safely, especially with the new wound. I need to find a way to protect me from another one of these things.
I gotta think about it.
It’s night and I finally retired in the skull. It took me a while but I think I have managed to get an idea of what happened.
The creature must have taken notice of me when I was trying out the stone axe. I think I even realized it but promptly forgot as soon as I spotted it.
I think it’s an ambush/endurance predator that behaves following some very specific patterns. Those patterns were thrown off by the hidden traps and it got injured the first time, allowing me some respite.
Then, when it came back ready to trigger the traps and get me while I slept, I was able to surprise it a second time with the falling log trap, something that it hadn’t encountered yet. Only this time it wasn’t only injured, it was crippled and barely able to move, only making some sounds that I couldn’t possibly trace because of its magical effect.
Then I stumbled upon it and it managed to attack me before I could finish it off with the spear, something that I immediately forgot afterwards.
Then I guess that the corpse started decaying and the magical effect began to fade. And now I’m here.
I’m tired. I’ll think of a solution tomorrow.
Conditions Met: [Scribe] à [Field Researcher]
[Field Researcher Level 11!]
[Skill – Analysis: Today’s Test Subject
[Skill – An Eye for Detail]

This was long. I wanted to keep going but I was barely able to reach this point lol.
Small spoilers since I will 99% drop the story after this update:
In my mind Dev will become an Explorer with the class consolidation at level 30, and my choice of class is going to be [Trapsetting Explorer of the Colors] which is a super cool name in my opinion. It's a class that he will obtain just before dying against one of the apex predators of the death zone so a bit of a bummer. But this happens. Hope you liked it!
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2023.05.27 02:24 Quirky-Motor As Asian American and Pacific Islander heritage month draws to a close here in the United States, I wanted to share an EXPANDED collection of write-ups featuring the stories of Asians/Pacific Islanders who are currently missing or whose cases have not been resolved.

As Asian American and Pacific Islander heritage month draws to a close here in the United States, I wanted to share a collection of write-ups featuring the stories of Asians/Pacific Islanders who are currently missing or whose cases have not been resolved. This is an expansion of a piece I post annually and therefore may it sound similar. These are mostly my pieces as well as a few other cases that I have remembered reading about over the last year or two including some cases recommended by readers. Feel free to add other cases which have stuck with you down in the comment section. I hope to garner some exposure for these lesser known cases and links to sources can be found at the bottom or embedded.
Khoi Dang Vu was a deaf American man who went missing from his family’s home in 2007 in Vancouver, Washington. He left on a rainy night without his coat, bike, or any belongings. His case is now considered a homicide and no trace of him has ever been found. True Crime Bullsh*t, an investigative podcast, has surmised that Vu may be a victim of serial killer Israel Keyes. The FBI considers the case a kidnapping. Khoi is of Vietnamese descent. My write up here- https://www.reddit.com/UnresolvedMysteries/comments/g89b2z/what_causes_someone_to_leave_their_home_in_the/
Slideshow made my Khoi's sister- www.youtube.com/watch?v=8IuTeb58vH0&t=0s
Wallace Guidroz went missing from Tacoma in 1983 when he was only two years old. His father took him to a park, went on a walk with a mysterious man, and then when he returned Wallace was gone. Wallace has never been seen again. He is of Korean and African American descent. https://www.reddit.com/UnresolvedMysteries/comments/mdtktl/2_%C2%BD_year_old_wallace_guidroz_disappeared_while/
Helen Doe is an unidentified decedent who died in a semi-truck crash in Kalama, Washington in 1991. Although she is believed to be Native American, Asian, Hispanic, and mixed heritage cannot be ruled out. Her story can be found here. A new facial reconstruction can be see here. https://unidentified-awareness.fandom.com/wiki/Helen_Doe https://www.reddit.com/UnresolvedMysteries/comments/lnv1b9/extensive_write_up_on_the_bizarre_case_of_helen/
Grays Harbor Jane Doe was found in 1984 off of a logging road in Southern Washington state. She was middle aged and believed to be of Asian descent. You can read about her here. https://unidentified-awareness.fandom.com/wiki/Grays_Harbor_County_Jane_Doe
In 1963 the body of an unidentified man was found floating in the Spokane River in Spokane, Washington. The man had most likely drowned. He is believed to be of Asian descent but white and mixed descent could not be ruled out. His story, as well as the stories of 16 other unknown persons from Spokane can be found here. https://www.reddit.com/UnresolvedMysteries/comments/liqj98/extensive_write_up_on_17_of_spokane_countys/
Gary Ridgway aka the Green River Killer terrorized the Pacific Northwest for decades. What many people do not know is that the Green River task force is still in operation. Ridgway confessed to 71 murders, but only around 49 bodies have been found meaning there are more victims waiting to be discovered or reported missing. Two of Gary Ridgway’s known victims were of Asian American or Pacific Islander backgrounds. Marie Malvar, who was of Filipino descent, and Kimi Kai Pitsor who was native Hawaiian, but there may be more. To read about the stories of these young girls as well as other victims of Ridgway you can start here. https://www.reddit.com/UnresolvedMysteries/comments/gpbcll/what_everyone_has_wrong_about_ridgway_extensive/
Diane Nguyen Robbins was only 13 in 1985 when she was last seen. She disappeared with her 21 year old friend, Molly Purdin, who was later found murdered. Both Diane and her friend were from Kennewick, Washington but Molly’s was found in northern King County. Gary Ridgway is a suspect in both cases. Diane is of Vietnamese and white descent. https://charleyproject.org/case/diane-nguyen-robbins
Edward Ryon Makuahanai Aikau, usually known as Eddie Aikau, a famous lifeguard and surfer, was credited with saving over 500 people at Waimea bay on Oahu’s north shore during his tenure as lifeguard. In fact not one person was reported drowned during Eddie’s shifts at the beach. In 1978, 31 year old Aikau had decided to join the Polynesia Voyaging society, a group who planned to travel from Hawaii to Tahiti using only outrigger canoes. Shortly into their journey one canoe sprung a leak and eventually capsized 12 miles south of Molokai. Eddie paddled on his surfboard towards Lanai in a valiant effort to summon help, but soon disappeared. The US Coast Guard were able to save all the passengers and a huge search was launched but Eddie was never found and is presumed drowned. Eddie Aikau is a household name in Hawaii and in the surfing community. Competitions bearing his name and t-shirts, bumper stickers, and other items inscribed with “Eddie would go” are a constant reminder of his legacy and memory. Eddie was of Native Hawaiian and Caucasian, mostly Portuguese, descent. His story can be found here. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eddie_Aikau
Rachel Mellon, sometimes reported as Rachel Mellon Skemp or Rachel Mellon Kemp was a 13 year old who disappeared from her Illinois home when she was home sick one day in 1996. Her step-father is the primary suspect in her disappearance and diary entries from several months earlier reported that her step dad had touched her inappropriately and tried to kiss her. Rachel is of Asian descent but her family reports she is often mistaken for Greek or Italian. Her case can be found here. https://charleyproject.org/case/rachel-marie-mellon
Hang Lee, a 17 year old girl, went missing from St Paul Minnesota on January 12th 1993. Hang was last seen with a friend Kia “Nikki” Lee. She left home with this friend between 6:00 and 7:00 p.m. but when Nikki returned home an hour later, Hang was not with her. Nikki initially told authorities Hang had left with some unidentified young men. She later changed her story and said Hang had gone to a job interview with Nikki's own employer, Mark Steven Wallace, at Wallace's small painting and carpentry business on Iroquois Avenue. Wallace told Nikki that he was looking to hire another employee and she suggested her friend Hang as Hang was looking for a new job. Nikki thought that this request from Wallace was odd as he did not have enough work to hire another employee at that time. Nikki eventually told authorities that she and Hang went to Wallace's place of work and drove around with him in a white truck before switching and driving around in a tan Chevy Cavalier. Wallace dropped Nikki off and then left with Hang in the car. Wallace also told Nikki to not report what happened to the police.After a few interviews with the police Nikki retained an attorney and is no longer cooperating. Wallace denied involvement but also retained an attorney. Wallace is the prime suspect in the disappearance of Hang Lee. He has a record which includes rape, kidnapping, stalking, and drug possession. Hang Lee has never been located and her mother and 13 siblings are still looking for her.Hang is described as a sweet and naïve teenager who is only 17 and 1993. She was 5 ft tall and weighed 90 lb. She was last seen wearing a lightweight black leather jacket, a black t-shirt with "Skid Row" written on the back, black jeans or slacks, sneakers and several pieces of jewelry, including two silver bracelets. She is described as an Asian female with black hair and brown eyes. Her parents moved from Lao (sometimes spelled Laos in the US), and she is Hmong descent. She speaks both English and Hmong. She left behind her purse, a paycheck, and all of her other belongings.Full article here.
Deborah Palmer was only 7 years old in 1997 when she was last seen getting ready for school. Her mother said goodbye as Deborah left the home to walk a few blocks to her elementary school in Oak Harbor, Washington. When Deborah’s mother tried to drop off lunch a few hours later, she was shocked to learn that her daughter never arrived. Five days later, Deborah’s body was found on a beach a few miles away. She had been strangled but not sexually assaulted. Her case is cold and unsolved 25 years later. Deborah is of African American and Filipino descent. https://www.q13fox.com/washingtons-most-wanted/little-girl-doesnt-show-up-for-school-but-shows-up-days-later-dead-on-a-beach
In September of 2019, Tampa native Paulino Norberto Del Mundo Japor Jr. decided she wanted to go on a 10 vacation to Cozumel, Mexico but during a layover in Dallas she called her sister and asked for help getting a ticket back to Florida as she had changed her mind about going to Mexico. Her family said on the phone she sounded “desperate” and “incoherent.” She never boarded a flight home or boarded her plane to Mexico. Her last known whereabouts were documented on security tapes from the Dallas airport. Her phone and bank account have not been used since that day and she was never seen again. Paulino is a transgender woman who went by the names Paula, Paulina, or Pauline. Although Paula had lived as a woman for years she had not medically transitioned and it appears she still used Paulino Norberto as her legal first and middle name. She is of Filipino descent and her family is still hoping for answers. https://charleyproject.org/case/paulino-norberto-del-mundo-japor-jr
In 1999, Xuan Cao, a 53-year-old man from China, was visiting the USA as part of a tour group. His tour group had just gotten to a hotel in North Bergen, NJ, when Xuan said he was going out to make a phone call. He disappeared and never came back. He left behind his passport and all of his luggage. It is not believed to be a voluntary disappearance.
In 1990, Tu Thi-Cam Tran, a student at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, vanished one night on her way back to her car from the University Center. Tu, who was of Vietnamese descent, was 24 years old at the time, and in her senior year at UMBC. She went missing in the small window of time between leaving her classroom and getting into her car. Here's a write-up on her case with some more information.
Ashok Kuman Narain was last seen in Eugene, Oregon in either 1987 or 1988 where he lived with his wife and young daughter after moving from Fiji several years earlier. In 1987 the dismembered body of a pregnant woman and the body of a toddler were found floating nearby in Washington and Oregon. 20 years later these bodies were identified as Raj Mati Narain and Kamnee Koushal, the wife and daughter of Ashok, after Raj’s brother read a story about the unidentified bodies online. He had not heard from his sister since 1987 when Raj’s letters back to her family in Fiji mysteriously stopped. Ashok is wanted for questioning but his whereabouts are unknown. Authorities are looking for a white 1980 Toyota Tercel with the Oregon license plate number KUV762, which disappeared with Ashok and may be connected to Raj and Kamnee's homicides. Both Oregon and Washington authorities are investigating his disappearance.Most sources say the family is of Indo Fijian descent, however, the Charley project now reports that Ashok is of native Fijian descent. You can read their tragic story here. https://charleyproject.org/case/ashok-kumar-narain
Queens Jane Doe was an unidentified woman who fell to her death accidentally after falling off an elevated train platform in Queens, New York in January, 2000. She is described as an 18 to 28 year old Asian or Pacific Islander woman who is 5 ft 1 in in height and weighed 113 lb. She had brown eyes and 7” straight dark brown hair. She was wearing a dark brown Albert Duke brand leather jacket, a blue and white plaid button-up shirt, a dark colored bra, blue jeans, white underwear, and black Euro sneakers or boots. She was also wearing earrings. Her identity is still a mystery to this day. You can find more information here, https://unidentified-awareness.fandom.com/wiki/Queens_Jane_Doe_(January_2000)) but please be careful as post-mortem photos are available of this woman.
In 2011, Mansoor Riaz, a Microsoft software engineer, vanished one night from his Bellevue, Washington apartment. Riaz is of Pakistani descent. His story can be found here.
Yuan Xia Wang went missing near Washington DC when she was headed for a doctor’s appointment. Yuan had been found at Dulles Airport when a man who was smuggling people into the country was detained and Yuan was one of his charges. Police became suspicious when Yuan who was supposedly a Thai citizen could not speak or understand Thai, but rather spoke Mandarin. Yuan told authorities her parents in Fuzhou, China had paid money for this man to get her into the country using a Thai passport. She was supposed to live with an aunt in the US, but she didn't know where or who this person was so she was placed in foster care for the time being. Other reports say that her smuggler was supposed to take her to a hotel in Alexandria, Virginia. Her foster parents hired a Mandarin speaking babysitter to stay with her until she was enrolled in at a local middle school. Yuan went missing only a few weeks later while on the way to a doctor's appointment. She reportedly got off the school bus and was supposed to take a cab to the doctors but vanished by the time the cab arrived. Although Yuan said she was 12, she was 5’ 6” in height and most people thought she was probably 14-15 at the time of her disappearance. She is of Chinese descent and speaks Mandarin. Police believe she either ran away, was kidnapped by her family members or smugglers, or met with foul play. She may have been seen in Kansas city in 2008. Sadly her dentals, fingerprints, and DNA and not available. https://www.reddit.com/UnresolvedMysteries/comments/jbtixc/yuan_xia_wangmissing_from_lincolnia_virginia/
Su Cha Kim a 54 year old shop owner from Twin Falls, Idaho Was found murdered in her massage parlor in 1997. Her case is unsolved and cold. Unfortunately, little information is available online. https://www.reddit.com/UnresolvedMysteries/comments/njhce2/the_1997_murder_of_su_cha_kim_in_twin_falls_id/
Faloma Luhk, 10, and Maleina Luhk, 9, disappeared while waiting for their school bus in As Teo, Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands, on May 25th, 2011. The girls were last seen sitting on a concrete slab at 6:10 a.m. across the road from their bus stop, only 300 feet from the home they shared with their grandparents. The bus arrived and left without them at 6:30 am but the girls were not reported missing until they didn’t come home after school that day. The 12 mile long island of Saipan was searched thoroughly by friends, family, locals, and the FBI but no trace of the girls or their things were ever found and their disappearance remains one of the most well known mysteries from the Northern Mariana Islands. Both girls are described as Pacific Islander females with brown hair and brown eyes. In 2011, Faloma had bronze colored highlights in her bangs, and Maleina had a large birthmark on her left cheek. She is reported as small and short for her age. A distant family member by marriage, who was later arrested for domestic violence, is the prime suspect in the case. He has never been named publicly. https://www.saipantribune.com/index.php/disappearance-of-luhk-sisters-marks-10-years/
Dong Chull Jung disappeared within minutes in Lakewood, Washington. The 78 year old was residing at the Golden Lion Motel on Tacoma Way in Lakewood, Washington. The establishment has long been a hotbed of criminal activity and violence since at least the 1990s. On average the police responded to incidents at the 24-room hotel over 100 times per year. November 22nd 2003 was one of those times. On that day witnesses called the police after hearing a “disturbance” in Dong’s room. When the authorities arrived, they found a giant pool of blood on the floor as well as Dong’s prescription eyeglasses, but Dong was nowhere to be found. According to the News Tribune, a paper out of Tacoma, one week before Dong’s disappearance he was granted a temporary domestic violence protection order from a Paul C. Jung, who might be Dong’s adult son. In June of 2003, someone named Hae Sung Jung, got a restraining order against Dong. Hae might be the estranged wife of Dong, but this isn’t known for sure. There are vague reports that Dong was having “marital issues'' at the time of his disappearance. Very little information is available in the case. The Golden Lion Inn was finally torn down in 2017 but the fate of the elderly man who resided within remains a mystery. Dong is described as an Asian (Korean) male, with brown eyes and thinning gray hair. He is 5’6'' and weighs 135 lbs. Dong wears prescription eyeglasses but they were left behind when he vanished. If you have any information regarding the disappearance of Dong Jung please call Pierce County Crime Stoppers 253-591-5959. https://charleyproject.org/case/dong-chull-jung
Gordon Kaipo Kealoha, 59, disappeared along with his dog Mahina in 2011. They were last seen fishing near Honolulu where they lived on July 8; Gordon cherished Mahina and brought her almost everywhere he went. After his disappearance, Gordon's white minivan was found abandoned, and his dinghy was found in the water, floating away from his home. Gordon is 6'1 and 250 pounds, and he is of Native Hawaiian descent.
Amber Aiaz and Melissa Fu were mother and daughter who went missing In November, 2019 from Irvine, California. The story of their disappearance and possible kidnapping is complicated. I would suggest reading the story here or here if you are interested in the details but the basic story is this. Amber's husband, Cheng Zhang, reported his wife and stepdaughter missing to the police about a week after they were last seen. He said that a Chinese man and woman came to his door, put something on his face and he passed out. He reported that when he woke up he found blood and evidence of a struggle in the apartment. He also found a note telling him not to report his wife and daughter missing to the police for at least several days and continued to get notes over the next week. He did what the notes instructed for the next several days. When he finally did report his wife and stepdaughter missing, police were skeptical of his story to say the least. Several months later police reported that they had found nothing to indicate that Cheng’s story was untrue, including over 40 hours of interviews with him and 44 days of around the clock surveillance. In the past Amber had told acquaintances that she was a very wealthy woman who had millions of dollars to her name. While this was not true, authorities speculated that Amber may have been kidnapped for ransom only for her captors to find out that her story of riches was nothing more than a farce. Amber's money has not been touched in either her Chinese or American bank accounts. Both mother and daughter left behind their passports and there's no indication that either of them have entered China.
Amber is described as a 34-year-old Chinese woman who is 5'9 and weighed 180 lb. She has black hair and brown eyes. When last seen she was wearing a black shirt, a black vest, black fitted pants with white writing on them, and light colored shoes. She may use the name Mei Yi Wu or Meiyi W. Wu.
Melissa is described as a 12 or 13 year old Chinese female with black hair and brown eyes. She was 5 '11” in height and weighed about 200 lb. She was last seen wearing a black tracksuit.
Cheng described the unidentified abductors as a Chinese couple in their 40s. Both had average builds. The woman was reported to be about 5’8” and had her black hair tied back in a bun. The man was of average build about 190 lb. and 5 '10”. He had short black hair. The couple may have been driving a black Cadillac and they may have been seen near the apartment complex that day by other neighbors.
Destiny Dee Sanith was last seen by her family on March 3rd, 2022 in Williamstown New Jersey. At about 2:30 in the afternoon on March 3rd, she asked her mom if she could borrow the car to go visit a friend in South Philadelphia. When Destiny did not return in the evening her mother learned that she never made it to her friend's house that day. New Jersey police had contact with Destiny at about 5:20 a.m. on March 4th In Folsom New Jersey. Destiny and her car were near a strip mall at the time. What exactly happened is not clear but police reported they helped Destiny move her car into a parking spot and then gave her a ride to a Wawa convenience store about a mile up the road. Destiny's family has reported that they have surveillance video of Destiny entering and then later leaving the Wawa store after purchasing a drink. At about 9:00 a.m. she was seen leaving the store with a drink crossing the road, turning into another convenience store and then going behind the building and out of view. This is the last known sighting and location of Destiny Sanith. On March 5th when Destiny had still not returned home she was reported missing to the police and her family learned about her interaction with the police on the morning of March 4th. Destiny has not been seen or heard from since.
Destiny is described as an Asian female 27 years old, who is 5'6 and height and weighs about 160 lb. She reportedly has short wavy brown hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing black sweatpants, a black Nike sweatshirt, a backpack, white and red Air Jordan sneakers, wearing earrings and carrying a coffee. She has a tattoo of the Virgo symbol on her right hand. Her nickname is Dara. Her family has set up a GoFundMe to help find Destiny and hire a private investigator. Full article here.
Myong Keun Noah, who went by the nickname Mike, was seen by his family at around 7:00 p.m. on May 1st, 2007 in San Bruno, CA. Mike owned a private car company called E Limousine Services that he ran out of his home. That evening Mike told his son that he had to leave to pick up a 7:30 p.m fare. He did not tell his son where he was picking up the fare. Mike's wife was at an evening class at the time. Neither he or his black Lincoln town car was ever seen again. His car was new and didn't have permanent license plates, but had the transportation carrier permit number TCP 18525 printed on the back bumper. It had a transponder that registers when it enters San Francisco International Airport, but the transponder did not register a trip to the airport that evening. A search of parking areas at both the San Francisco Airport and the Oakland Airport did not locate Mike or his car. Mike's bank account and his phone have not been used since May 1st, 2007. Mike had no history of running away or dropping out of sight, he had no reported mental health issues, no personal problems, and no enemies. Police report that they are baffled by his disappearance. Mike was a US Army veteran and a naturalized American citizen. He had one teenaged son with his current wife and two adult children from a previous marriage however, no one in Mike's family has heard from him since May 1st, 2007. Mike is described as an Asian male, 60 years old in 2007, with brown eyes and black and gray hair. He is 5 ft 8 in in height and weighs about 165 lbs. He was last seen wearing a black suit with a white shirt. He may spell his last name “Noh.” He is of Korean descent.
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2023.05.26 04:19 kareylicious Nest Migration Summary - #190

The 190th nest migration happened yesterday!
[Calgary Nest Map] Direct link (http://bit.ly/YYCNestMap)
Nest Migration start: May 24, 5 pm
Next Nest Migration: June 7, 5 pm
Nests are as accurate at time of reporting. Please keep in mind that sometimes nests change when certain events begin/end.
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In order to keep the nest list updated as timely as possible I would kindly request that nest only be reported in top level comments and avoid editing previous posts to include new nests. The easiest way for me to see when the list needs to be updated is to see when I have a notification from reddit and I only receive those on new top level comments. Thank you very much!
Thank you to all our nest reporters! Without you, this wouldn't be possible!
Please keep the following in mind when reporting nests:
Spawn points in nests have a 25% chance to spawn the nest Pokemon. If a nest only has a handful of spawn points it is common to not see any of the nesting Pokemon if you are only at the nest for a short period of time. Due to this please ensure you have spent enough time in a nest before reporting your findings.
Happy hunting!!

Reported Nests

Downtown Nests

Pokemon Nest Location Spawn Points
Houndour Central Memorial Park 5+
Grubbin Eau Claire Park ?
Joltik Princes Island Park 20
Snivy Shaw Millennium Park 6
Spearow Stampede Park 49

North East Nests

Pokemon Nest Location Spawn Points
Purrloin Munro Park 10+
Marill Nose Creek Parkway / Confluence Park 22
Houndour Rotary Park 5
Houndour St. Patricks Island Park 11

North West Nests

Pokemon Nest Location Spawn Points
Snubbulll Botanical Gardens of SS/Sarcee Park 13
Burmy Bowmont Park 15
Phanpy Bowness Park 12
Poliwag Confederation Park 29
Tympole Crescent Heights Park ?
Snivy Dale Hodges Park 24
Buneary John Laurie Park 7
Tangela Nose Hill Park 35
Snivy Riley Park 9
Phanpy Shouldice Aquatic Centre ?
Houndour Shouldice Athletic Park 15

South East Nests

Pokemon Nest Location Spawn Points
Poliwag Carburn Park 14
Tangela Lake Sundance 12
Phanpy Pop Davies Athletic Park 13

South West Nests

Pokemon Nest Location Spawn Points
Oshawott Canada Olympic Park 40
Wooper Edworthy Park ?
Houndour Edworthy Park (river side) ?
Bunnelby Lindsay Park 20+
Sandshrew South Glenmore Park ?
Foongus Stanley Park 14

Unreported Nests

Downtown Nests

Pokemon Nest Location Spawn Points
?? Barb Scott Park 4
?? Bow River Pathway Eau Claire 5
?? Central Memorial Park 5+
?? Century Gardens 4+
?? Connaught Park 5
?? Connaught School 3
?? Eau Claire Park ?
?? Harley Hotchkiss Gardens 4+
?? Harry Hayes - Red Machine Stop 2
?? Haultain Park 3
?? James Short Park 2
?? Lougheed House 5
?? McDougall Centre 10+
?? Nat Christie Park 5
?? Olympic Plaza 6
?? Princes Island Park 20
?? Rouleauville Square 5+
?? Shaw Millennium Park 6
?? Sien Lok Park North 3
?? Sien Lok Park South ?
?? South Bow Park 3
?? Stampede Park 49
?? The Family of Man ?
?? Thomson Family Park ?
?? Tomkins Park ?

North East Nests

Pokemon Nest Location Spawn Points
?? 40th Ave Park 5
?? Abberfield Playground 3+
?? Airways Park ?
?? Bridgeland Park 2
?? Bridgeland Sport Fields / Park 6
?? Cityscape Music Playground ?
?? Coral Shores Pathway 3
?? Coventry/Country Hills Pond 11
?? Coventry Community Garden 3-4
?? Coventry Nose Creek Park ?
?? Crossroads Park 2-3
?? Deerfoot Athletic Park 9
?? Deerfoot Business Park ?
?? Don Hartman Northeast Sportsplax NESS 4
?? Ecole la Mosaique in Martindale 2
?? Edward H. LaBorde Viewing Area ?
?? Genesis Centre 9
?? Grant MacEwan School ?
?? Harvest Community Garden ?
?? Harvest Hills Playground ?
?? Highland Park Urban Beautification 2
?? Lester B Pearson School Field ?
?? Marlborough Community Association ?
?? Marlborough Park 20
?? Martha Haven Cricket Ground ?
?? McCall Lake Off Leash Dog Park ?
?? Monterey Community Centre ?
?? Monterey Park Fields 13
?? Murdoch Park 5
?? Munro Park 10+
?? Nose Creek Parkway / Confluence Park 22
?? Pinecliff Park Soccer Field 3+
?? Pinehill Playground 2+
?? Pine Ridge Road Playground ?
?? Pineridge Playground 2
?? Prairie Winds Park 10
?? Redstone Participark 3
?? Renfrew Athletic Park ?
?? Rotary Park 5
?? Rundle Community Association 2-3
?? Rundle Park ?
?? Rundlelawn Park ?
?? Skyview Landing Playground 7+
?? St. Patricks Island Park 11
?? St. John Paul II School ?
?? Temple Community Centre ?
?? Templegreen Park 4+
?? The District Outdoor Gym 4
?? Tom Campbell Park 7
?? Tuxedo Park Community Association 3
?? Village Square Leisure Centre ?
?? Whitehorn Community Centre 4
?? Whitehorn Field 10-15

North West Nests

Pokemon Nest Location Spawn Points
?? 12 Mile Coulee Pathway 15
?? 14th Street Pathways 10
?? Arbor Lake School Park 5
?? Baker Park 10
?? Blakiston Park ?
?? Botanical Gardens of SS/Sarcee Park 13
?? Bowmont Park 15
?? Bowness Park 12
?? Bow River Pathway - Kensington 10
?? Bow River Pathway - Point McKay 2-3
?? BP Birthplace Forest 6+
?? Brenner Park 5
?? Brentwood Community Garden 6
?? Canmore Park 6
?? Castle Ruins 3
?? Catherine Nichols Gunn School 3
?? Childrens Village School Field ?
?? Chipmunk Playground (Ranchlands) 2
?? Citadel Pathways 3
?? Citadel Way Playground ?
?? Confederation Park 29
?? Confederation Golfcourse Playground 4
?? Country Hills Golf Course ?
?? Crescent Heights Park ?
?? Crowchild Twin Arenas 2
?? Crowfoot Crossing Pathway 5
?? Crowfoot Library 3
?? Dale Hodges Park 24
?? Dalhousie Community Association 10+
?? Dalhousie LRT Pathway 3
?? Dalton Park 4
?? Edgemont Off Leash 3 15
?? Edgemont Park ?
?? Edgemont Ravine 14
?? Egerts Park 3
?? Evansborough Way Playground 2
?? Evanston Pathway / Ball Diamond 3
?? Evanston Pathways 5-10
?? Foothills Athletic Park ?
?? Funny Wood Pillars ?
?? Giddy-Up Playground/Silvercreek Park ?
?? Hamptons Athletic Park 5
?? Hamptons Park ?
?? Hawkwood Pathways 3
?? Helicopter Playground ?
?? Hidden Valley Pathways North 10
?? Hidden Valley Pathways South 5
?? Hidden Valley Pond 2
?? Hillhurst Sunnyside Community Assn. 4
?? Huntington Blue & Red Playground 2-3
?? Huntington Hills Community Centre 10+
?? Huntington Hills Skatepark ?
?? Inland Athletic Park ?
?? John Laurie Park 7
?? John Laurie Pathway: 14th to 19th St 10
?? John Laurie Pathway: 19th St to Charleswood 8
?? John Laurie Pathway: Charleswood to Brisbois 5
?? Karl Baker Offleash Park 10+
?? Laycock Park 11
?? Macewan Glen Park ?
?? McHugh Bluff Park 20
?? Montalban Park ?
?? Montgomery Ave Playground 3
?? Nolan Hill Park 8
?? Nolan Hill Playground 5
?? Nolan Lake Pathways 8-10
?? Nose Creek Playground ?
?? Nose Hill Park 35
?? Nose Hill Spring Park 2-4
?? Panatella Hill North Pathway 3+
?? Panatella Hill South 2-3
?? Panora Close Playgroundy ?
?? Panorama Hills North Pathway 10
?? Panorama Hills Pathway 4
?? Panorama Soccer 3+
?? Parkdale Community Centre 3
?? Patches Hill ?
?? Patrick Burns Gardens ?
?? Poppy Plaza ?
?? Queen Elizabeth Park ?
?? Ranchlands Community Association 4-5
?? Ranchlands Off-Leash Dog Park 5-10
?? Research Park 4
?? Riley Park 9
?? Rocky Ridge Pathways 7
?? Rocky Ridge YMCA ?
?? Rocky Ridge Point Pathway 3-4
?? Rocky Vista Park 6
?? RRROCA Park 3
?? Rosedale Park 2
?? Sage Hill Pathways 3
?? Sandstone Area 3 Off Leash Dog Park 4-5
?? Sandstone Macewan 1-4
?? Sandstone Park 15+
?? Sandstone Place 2+
?? Shouldice Aquatic Centre ?
?? Shouldice Athletic Park 15
?? Silver Spring Nature Park 20
?? Silver Springs Outdoor Pool ?
?? Triwood Community Association 4
?? Triwood Park ?
?? Tuscany Club 6
?? Tuscany Fire Hall Greenspace 5+
?? Tuscany Valley Playground 2+
?? U of C: Athletic Fields 20+
?? U of C: C Train Station 2-3
?? U of C: Gallagher Library 2
?? U of C: Prairie Chicken ?
?? U of C: Science Theatres ?
?? Utah Drive Park 12
?? Varsity Estates Park ?
?? Varsity Ravine Park ?
?? Varsity Sport Fields ?
?? Varsity Soccer Pitch 4
?? Varsity Village Park 5-8
?? Watermark Community Gazedo 5-8
?? West Hillhurst Community Assn. 10+

South East Nests

Pokemon Nest Location Spawn Points
?? Acadia Community Garden & Art Society ?
?? Acadia Tennis Courts 3
?? Applewood Park 7
?? Auburn Bay Kids Only Pokestop ?
?? Auburn Bay Kids Park ?
?? Auburn House ?
?? Carburn Park 14
?? Chapala Drive Playground ?
?? Chaparral Ridge Circle 12
?? Copper Pond ?
?? Copperfield Community Centre 3
?? Copperfield Hoodoo Park 3
?? Copperfield Park 6-7
?? Copperfield Park II ?
?? Copperfield Park III ?
?? Copperfield Trifecta 2
?? Copperstone Blvd Park ?
?? Copperstone Grove Park 3
?? Dogwood Crescent Park ?
?? Douglas Glen Park 4
?? Douglas Glen Pathway ?
?? Douglasbank Park ?
?? Eaglequest Golf Pathway ?
?? Eastside City Church 4
?? Elliston Park 3
?? Fairview Off Leash Dog Area/Flint Park ?
?? Fairview Park 6
?? Fish Creek Park 100+
?? Flavelle Road Park ?
?? Fonda Park 7
?? George Moss Park ?
?? Great Plains Recreational Facility 5
?? Harry Huish Park ?
?? Inglewood 11th Ave Playground 2
?? Inglewood Bird Sanctuary 20
?? Inglewood Golf Course ?
?? Inglewood Wildlands 5
?? Inverness Park ?
?? Jack Setters Park 5
?? Lake Bonavista School Field ?
?? Lake Sundance 12
?? Legacy Playground ?
?? Max Bell Centre ?
?? McKenzie Meadows Golf Club ?
?? McKenzie Towne Park ?
?? New Brighton Central Park 6
?? New Brighton Park Playground 3
?? Pearce Estate Park 25
?? Pop Davies Athletic Park 13
?? Penbrooke Meadows Park 6
?? Prestwick Fountain Park 2
?? Prestwick Inukshuk 2
?? Olympia Drive Off-Leash 3
?? Quarry Park Pathway ?
?? Raddison Heights Park ?
?? Raddison Heights Park East 6
?? Rainbow Park ?
?? Ralph Klein Park ?
?? Ramsay Community Association 5
?? Ramsay School Park 6
?? Reader Rock Gardens 4+
?? Remington YMCA in Quarry Park ?
?? Riverbend Community Centre 6
?? Riverbend Pathway ?
?? Southview Park 10
?? Sue Higgins Park 15+
?? The Lone Pony ?
?? Valleyview Park 3
?? Walden Playground ?
?? Willow Park Gardens Playground ?
?? Wyldewood Estates Trellis ?

South West Nests

Pokemon Nest Location Spawn Points
?? AD Ross Park 3-4
?? Babbeling Brook Park 3-5
?? Bankview Community Association 2
?? Battalion Park 25+
?? Battalion Park School 10+
?? Braeside Park 10+
?? Braeside Park Tennis Courts 7
?? Britannia Slopes 9
?? Buffalo Park (Garrison) ?
?? Canada Olympic Park 40
?? Champlain Park 2
?? Christie Estates Playground 5
?? Discovery Ridge Pathways North ?
?? Discovery Ridge Pathways NE ?
?? Discovery Ridge Pathways NW 2
?? Discovery Ridge Ponds 5
?? Douglas Fir Trail Lookout Platform 6
?? Edworthy Park ?
?? Edworthy Park (river side) ?
?? Eversyde Park 3
?? Flanders Park 3
?? Galbraith Park Playground 3
?? Glamorgan Park ?
?? Glenbrook Park 3
?? Glendale Meadows Park ?
?? Glenmore Athletic Park 12
?? Griffith Park Playground 10+
?? Griffith Woods 30
?? Haysboro Community Park 10+
?? James H Gray Park ?
?? Jenny Elliot Elementary Field 2
?? Killarney Glengarry Community Assn. 5
?? Lakeview Community Assn. 20+
?? Lindsay Park 20+
?? Mahood Commons - Ambrose University 2+
?? Meadowlark Park ?
?? Millcrest Park 3
?? Millview Greenspace 3
?? North Glenmore 13
?? Old Banff Coach Hill Off Leash Park 1+
?? Optimist Park 40+
?? Patterson Place 2
?? Peacekeeper Park 3
?? Picnic Park 4
?? Poplar Park 2-3
?? Prominence Park 7-9
?? River Park 13
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2023.05.25 16:38 weluvmusic VA – Defected Best House & Club Tracks May 2023

Artist: VA Title: Defected Best House & Club Tracks May 2023 Genre: House, Deep House, Nu Disco / Disco, Dance / Electro Pop, R&B, Pop, Classic House, Soulful House, Afro House, Electronica, Funky House, Indie Dance, Mainstage, Melodic House & Techno, Tech House, Techno (Peak Time / Driving), Breaks / Breakbeat / UK Bass Label: Defected Release Date: 2023-05-02 Quality: 320 kbps
Tracklist: 1. Justice – D.A.N.C.E (4:02) 2. Breakbot, Irfane – Baby I’m Yours (3:35) 3. Cassius – I <3 U SO (3:42) 4. Myd – The Sun (3:28) 5. DJ Mehdi – Pocket Piano (4:33) 6. Busy P – Rainbow Man (3:32) 7. Vladimir Cauchemar – Aulos (3:05) 8. Uffie, Pharrell Williams – ADD SUV (feat. Pharrell Williams) (Armand Van Helden Club Remix) (4:44) 9. SebastiAn – Embody (3:45) 10. Mr. Oizo – Positif (2:51) 11. DJ Mehdi – Signatune (Thomas Bangalter Edit) (3:38) 12. Boston Bun – Paris Groove (Original Mix) (4:32) 13. Riton – Bang Your Head (5:00) 14. 10LEC6 – Quakerz (4:57) 15. Para One, The South African Youth Choir – Elevation (4:11) 16. Gaspard Auge – Force majeure (3:26) 17. Braxe + Falcon, Alan Braxe, DJ Falcon – Creative Source (A-Trak Remix) (3:41) 18. Breakbot, Delafleur – Be Mine Tonight (2:50) 19. Cassius, Cat Power, Pharrell Williams – Go Up (5:32) 20. Borussia – Kinda Love (6:30) 21. Busy P, Mayer Hawthorne – Genie (feat. Mayer Hawthorne) (4:27) 22. Mr. Oizo, Boys Noize – Ruhe (feat. Boys Noize) (2:39) 23. Justice – Genesis (3:54) 24. Cassius – W18 (Club Edit) (5:40) 25. Myd – Superdiscoteca (3:24) 26. Breakbot – Back for More (4:15) 27. Busy P, DJ Mehdi, Santigold, Benjamin Epps – MPC 2021 (feat. Benjamin Epps & Santigold) (2:42) 28. justice, Simian – We Are Your Friends (Justice Vs Simian) (4:22) 29. MD X-Spress – God Made Me Phunky (Extended Mix) (6:16) 30. Octave One – Blackwater (128 full strings vocal mix) (8:38) 31. Mike Dunn, Mr. 69 – Phreaky MF (Mike Dunn’s Phreak MixX) (12:09) 32. Louie Vega, Robyn – All My Love (feat. Robyn) (5:58) 33. Sandy Rivera – Try A Little Tenderness (5:30) 34. Roger Sanchez – Another Chance (Radio Edit) (3:27) 35. David Morales, The Face, Juliet Roberts – Needin’ U (I Needed U) (Radio Mix) (3:22) 36. Nuyorican Soul – The Nervous Track (6:25) 37. Constipated Monkeys – Cro-Magnon (What About Our Love) (7:06) 38. Louie Vega, The Martinez Brothers, Marc E. Bassy – Let It Go (with Marc E. Bassy) (3:24) 39. HOT NATURED, Ali Love – Forward Motion (Original) (5:26) 40. Breach – Jack (Radio Edit) (3:03) 41. Masters At Work, La India – To Be In Love (MAW ’99 Mix) (11:54) 42. Kerri Chandler – Atmosphere (8:03) 43. Mr. G – Daily Prayer (7:09) 44. Everything But The Girl – Missing (Todd Terry Remix / Radio Edit) (3:55) 45. Soft House Company – What you need (5:13) 46. The Fog – Been a Long Time (Original Mix) (7:28) 47. Silicone Soul – Right On, Right On (7:31) 48. Chez Damier – I Never Knew Love (MK Extended Club Mix) (7:03) 49. Shaun Escoffery – Days Like This (Spinna & Ticklah Mix) (5:29) 50. Julie McKnight – Home (Knee Deep Club Mix) (9:09) 51. X-Press 2, David Byrne – Lazy (feat. David Byrne) (4:15) 52. Underworld – Two Months Off (9:08) 53. Kenny Bobien – You Gave Me Love (8:56) 54. Marshall Jefferson – The House Music Anthem (Move Your Body) (7:48) 55. Peggy Gou – Starry Night (6:38) 56. Tensnake – Coma Cat (6:56) 57. Scott Garcia – It’s a London Thing 2012 (Original Re Edit) (5:04) 58. The Ones – Flawless (6:38) 59. Jungle Brothers – I’ll House You (4:57) 60. KAYTRANADA, Kali Uchis – 10% (feat. Kali Uchis) (3:06) 61. X-Press 2 – Muzik X-Press (8:19) 62. The Shapeshifters – Lola’s Theme (Radio Edit) (3:25) 63. Jovonn – Pianos of Gold (Ian Pooley Mix) (6:32) 64. Cajmere, Jamie Jones – Percolator (Jamie Jones Vault Mix) (5:02) 65. The Chemical Brothers – Block Rockin’ Beats (4:54) 66. Jon Dasilva, Maceo Plex, Joi Cardwell – Love Somebody Else (8:14) 67. Tom Trago – Use Me Again (Carl Craig Rework) (7:42) 68. Junior Jack – Thrill Me (Original Version By Junior Jack) (6:32) 69. Moodymann – I Can’t Kick This Feeling When It Hits (8:05) 70. Alan Braxe, Fred Falke – Intro (4:54) 71. Floorplan – Never Grow Old (7:17) 72. Mount Rushmore, The Knack – You Better (Es Cavelett Mix) (7:43) 73. Selace – So Hooked On Your Lovin (Mousse T.’s Disco Shizzle) (3:33) 74. HOT NATURED – Benediction (6:39) 75. The Astec Mystic – Jaguar (6:39) 76. N.Y’s Finest – Do You Feel Me (City Soul Project Remix) (7:14) 77. Kerri Chandler, Jerome Sydenham, Troy Denari – You’re in My System (Dennis Quin Club Mix) (5:51) 78. Clivilles & Cole – A Deeper Love (A Deeper Love Mix) (12:04) 79. M&S, The Girl Next Door – Salsoul Nugget (If U Wanna) (3:29) 80. Rampa – Everything (feat. Meggy) (9:11) 81. The Prodigy – Breathe (5:34) 82. Jamiroquai – Little L (4:55) 83. KAYTRANADA – DO IT (2:12) 84. Dusky – Careless (Original Mix) (6:31) 85. The DangerFeel Newbies – What Am I Here For? (NDATL Vocal) (Danny Krivit Edit) (8:39) 86. Gershon Jackson – Take It Easy (Sonny Fodera & Mat.Joe Remix) (6:47) 87. Don Carlos – Alone (Paradise) (6:46) 88. Chicken Lips – He Not In (8:31) 89. Omar S – Thank U 4 Letting Me Be Myself (7:39) 90. Pete Heller’s Big Love – Big Love (David Penn Remix) (3:26) 91. George Morel – Let’s Groove (6:57) 92. Green Velvet – Bigger Than Prince (Hot Since 82 Remix) (6:35) 93. Paperclip People – Throw (14:27) 94. Code Red – 4 The Love (6:49) 95. Chez Damier – Can You Feel It (New York Dub) (5:28) 96. Jayda G – Both Of Us (Edit) (3:49) 97. Karizma – The Power (8:34) 98. Miguel Campbell – Something Special (4:45) 99. Eddie Fowlkes – That’s What I Think About (6:34) 100. Celeda, Danny Tenaglia – Music Is the Answer (Original Extended 12-Inch Mix) (14:09) 101. Tori Amos – Professional Widow (Armand’s Star Trunk Funk Mix) (3:47) 102. Basement Jaxx – Romeo (3:37) 103. Riva Starr, Phebe Edwards – Love Divine (feat. Phebe Edwards) (Extended Mix) (6:29) 104. Bicep – Glue (4:29) 105. Fusion Groove Orchestra, Steve Lucas – If Only I Could (feat. Steve Lucas) (Liem Remix) (7:06) 106. Mariah Carey – Dreamlover (Def Club Mix) (10:45) 107. Azari & III – Hungry for the Power (Jamie Jones Ridge Street Mix) (6:46) 108. River Ocean, India – Love & Happiness (Yemaya Y Ochùn) [feat. India] (12″ Club Mix) (9:51) 109. Sounds Of Blackness – The Pressure (Frankie Knuckles Classic Mix With Intro) (8:24) 110. Larry Heard, Larry Heard presents Mr. White, Mr. White – The Sun Can’t Compare (Long Version) (7:47) 111. Royal House – Can You Party (Club Mix) (6:04) 112. Dennis Ferrer – Hey Hey (DF’s Attention Vocal Mix) (7:15) 113. Gat Decor – Passion (Naked Mix) (7:44) 114. Aly-Us – Follow Me (Club Mix) (6:24) 115. Basement Jaxx – Red Alert (Grant Nelson Remix – Edit) (4:29) 116. MJ Cole – Sincere (Re-Cue`d) (5:38) 117. Julio Bashmore – Au Seve (6:33) 118. Masters At Work – The Ha Drop (Kenny Dope Remix) (6:23) 119. Mr. G – Transient (9:08) 120. Guti & Dubshape – Every Cow Has A Bird (7:55) 121. Jomanda – Got a Love for You (Hurley’s House Mix) (7:34) 122. Deepswing – In the Music (8:51) 123. Osunlade – Momma’s Groove (Jimpster’s Hip Replacement Mix) (7:34) 124. Crystal Waters – Gypsy Woman (She’s Homeless) (La Da Dee La Da Da) (Basement Boy Strip To The Bone Mix) (7:31) 125. Dominica – Gotta Let You Go (Club Mix) (6:50) 126. DJ Dove – Illusions (3:11) 127. The Vision, Andreya Triana – Heaven (feat. Andreya Triana) (4:58) 128. Soul Central – Strings of Life (Danny Krivit Re-Edit) (8:42) 129. Marshall Jefferson – The House Music Anthem (Move Your Body) (7:48) 130. Kings Of Tomorrow, April – Fall For You (feat. April) (Sandy Rivera’s Classic Mix) (5:37) 131. Sophie Lloyd, Dames Brown – Calling Out (feat. Dames Brown) (3:48) 132. Paul Johnson – Get Get Down (6:07) 133. Nuyorican Soul, Jocelyn Brown – It’s Alright, I Feel It (3:22) 134. Chez Damier – I Never Knew Love (Made In Detroit Extended Mix) (8:22) 135. Bas Noir – My Love Is Magic (Club Mix) (7:11) 136. Guti – El Solitario (Carl Craig Remix) (6:15) 137. Alison Limerick – Where Love Lives (Come On In) (Classic Mix) (6:56) 138. MK, Alana – Love Changes (feat. Alana) (Deep Mix) (6:31) 139. Oliver Dollar, Jimi Jules – Pushing On (Jesse Rose ‘Live From The Villa’ Remix) (6:20) 140. N-Joi – Anthem (3:51) 141. Afro Medusa – Pasilda (Knee Deep Mix) (3:29) 142. Scan 7 – The Resistance (4:34) 143. Loop 7 – The Theme (The Legend) (8:27) 144. Liquid – Sweet Harmony (4:22) 145. Paul Woolford – Untitled (Call Out Your Name) (2:55) 146. Terrence Parker – Love’s Got Me High (Marc Romboy’s Systematic Soul Mix) (6:41) 147. Groovestyle – Love (Underground Mix) (7:25) 148. Maceo Plex – Can’t Leave You (8:55) 149. Deniz Kurtel, Jada – The L Word (7:42) 150. Maceo Plex – Frisky (7:32) 151. Logic – The Warning (Inner Mix) (8:09) 152. Patrick Topping – Forget (6:06) 153. MD X-Spress – God Made Me Phunky (Extended Mix) (6:16) 154. Xpansions – Move Your Body (3:48) 155. Awesome 3 – Don’t Go (Original Mix) (5:11) 156. Sterling Void – It’s Alright (feat. Paris Brightledge) (Original Mix) (6:50) 157. Richy Ahmed, Kevin Knapp – The Drums (6:38) 158. Logic – Blues For You (Hard Dub) (4:29) 159. Mike Dunn, Mr. 69 – Phreaky MF (Mike Dunn’s Phreak MixX) (12:09) 160. Phase II – Reachin’ (Brotherhood Mix) (5:52) 161. Kariya – Let Me Love You for Tonight (House Club Version) (6:18) 162. DJ Koze – Pick Up (6:38) 163. Steffi, Virginia – Yours (Original Version) (5:40) 164. Midland – Final Credits (7:19) 165. Noir, Haze – Around (Solomun Vox) (6:58) 166. Patrick Topping – Be Sharp Say Nowt (7:24) 167. Lood, Masters At Work, Donnell Rush – Shout-N-Out (The DJ Dub) (7:13) 168. Bicep – Getcha Boi (6:22) 169. Nightcrawlers – Push The Feeling On (The Dub Of Doom) (6:40) 170. Mr. Fingers – Mystery of Love (7:10) 171. Azari & III – Reckless With Your Love (5:43) 172. Hollis P. Monroe – I’m Lonely (6:53) 173. Audiojack, Kevin Knapp – Stay Glued (FCL Weemix) (5:35) 174. Disclosure, Sam Smith – Latch (4:15) 175. Cratebug – Melondrop (Chicago Mix) (7:22) 176. Todd Terry – Bounce 2 the Beat (4:13) 177. I:Cube – Disco Cubizm (Daft Punk Remix) (8:17) 178. Crystal Waters – 100% Pure Love (4:38) 179. Earth People, Pal Joey – Dance-Club Mix (4:10) 180. Kenny Dope, Josh Milan – Be Your Freak (Kenny Dope O’Gutta Mix) (6:21) 181. Hercules & Love Affair – Blind (Frankie Knuckles Remix) (7:52) 182. Spiller, Sophie Ellis-Bextor – Groovejet (If This Ain’t Love) [feat. Sophie Ellis-Bextor] (3:47) 183. Bwi-Bwi – Insight (6:53) 184. Maya Jane Coles – What They Say (Dyed Soundorom Remix) (6:47) 185. Marie Davidson – Work It (Soulwax Remix) (4:46) 186. Ben Pearce – What I Might Do (Radio Edit) (3:15) 187. Todd Terry – Something Going On (6:51) 188. Fish Go Deep, Tracey K – The Cure & The Cause (Dennis Ferrer Remix) (6:19) 189. Orbital – Chime (Edit) (3:14) 190. Joe Smooth – Promised Land (Club Mix) (5:05) 191. Ron Hall – Talk To God ‘Bout It (Spen’s Sunday Service Re Edit) (7:20) 192. Hanna – I Needed (6:37) 193. C.J. Bolland – Sugar Is Sweeter (Armand Van Helden’s Drum ‘n’ Bass Mix) (8:35) 194. Dennis Ferrer – Sinfonia Della Notte (7:25) 195. Jamiroquai – Space Cowboy (David Morales Mix) (7:50) 196. Storm Queen – Look Right Through (MK Dub III) (5:52) 197. Booka Shade – In White Rooms (5:26) 198. Sonny Fodera, Alex Mills – Always Gonna Be (feat. Alex Mills) (4:03) 199. Moodymann – Shades of Jae (6:55) 200. Everything But The Girl, Soul Vision – Tracey In My Room (Lazy Dog Bootleg Vocal Mix) (5:42) 201. DJ Gregory, Gregor Salto – Canoa (9:06) 202. Todd Terry, Martha Wash, Jocelyn Brown – Keep on Jumpin (feat. Martha Wash & Jocelyn Brown) (Tee’s Freeze Mix) (8:55) 203. Lime Life – Baby Can You Reach (Original Acetate Mix) (8:08) 204. Todd Terry – Get Over (Coxhead Rubber Dub) (4:58) 205. Deetron – Starblazer (8:18) 206. The Bucketheads – The Bomb (These Sounds Fall Into My Mind) (3:22) 207. Rosie Gaines – Closer Than Close (Mentor Remake) (6:42) 208. Copyright, Song Williamson – He Is (feat. Song Williamson) (Ferrer & Sydenham Inc Vox Mix) (8:01) 209. The Prodigy – Out of Space (5:02) 210. Armand Van Helden, Armand Van Helden Presents Old School Junkies, Old Skool Junkies – The Funk Phenomena (6:57) 211. Frankie Knuckles – Your Love (6:47) 212. Technotronic – Pump Up The Jam (5:20) 213. Soul II Soul, Caron Wheeler – Keep On Movin’ (6:01) 214. Légo – El Ritmo De Verdad (Extended) (6:28) 215. Miguel Migs – Midnight Memories (4:23) 216. Three Kings, Jaygun, Bashy – Shake Dat Booty (feat. Jaygun & Bashy) (7:34) 217. Modjo – Lady (Hear Me Tonight) (5:07) 218. Ultra Nate – Free (Mood II Swing Radio Edit) (3:53) 219. Pete Heller’s Big Love – Big Love (10:09) 220. 4th Measure Men – 4 You (6:14) 221. Sydenham, Ferrer – Sandcastles (Afterlife Mix) (5:19) 222. Nuyorican Soul – I Am The Black Gold Of The Sun (4 Hero Remix) (8:29) 223. Funky Green Dogs – Fired Up! (3:37) 224. Africanism, DJ Gregory – Block Party (6:18) 225. Inner City – Pennies From Heaven (4:19) 226. Liquid – Sweet Harmony (4:22) 227. Bob Sinclar – Save our soul (Original) (4:22) 228. DJ Gregory – Tropical Soundclash (K-Dope Remix) (6:59) 229. Armand Van Helden, Duane Harden – U Don’t Know Me (feat. Duane Harden) (8:04) 230. Rui Da Silva, Cassandra – Touch Me (Radio Edit) [feat. Cassandra] (3:33) 231. Inaya Day – Feelin’ Feelin’ (6:17) 232. Nick Curly – Underground (Dennis Ferrer Remix) (7:29) 233. Maydie Myles – You Got Me Forever (KLP Jam) (8:09) 234. MK – Burning (Vibe Mix) (5:50) 235. Salif Keïta – Madan (Exotic Disco Mix) (7:38) 236. Mighty Dub Katz – Let the Drums Speak (8:31) 237. Inner City – Good Life (4:04) 238. Daft Punk – Da Funk (5:28) 239. CLS – Can You Feel It (In House Dub) (4:44) 240. CeCe Peniston – Finally (4:05) 241. Ian Pooley – Ian Pooley ”Chord Memory” (Daft Punk Remix) (6:55) 242. De’ Lacy – Hideaway (Deep Dish Radio Edit) (3:28) 243. Scott Grooves, Parliament, Funkadelic – Mothership Reconnection (Slam Heavy Funk Mix) (6:17) 244. Sneaker Pimps – Spin Spin Sugar (Armand’s Dark Garage Mix) (9:03) 245. Black Sheep – Strobelite Honey (Def Mix) (8:42) 246. Azzido Da Bass – Dooms Night (Timo Maas Radio Edit) (3:47) 247. Guy Gerber – What To Do (&ME Remix) (8:24) 248. Bent – Magic Love (Ashley Beedle’s Black Magic Remix Edit) (9:10) 249. Dennis Ferrer – Reach 4 Freedom (DF’s Vocal Mix) (8:27) 250. Todd Terry – Jumpin’ (6:18) 251. Dennis Ferrer, Danil Wright – Church Lady (feat. Danil Wright) (7:19) 252. Frankie Knuckles – Rain Falls (6:02) 253. Erro – Change for Me (Joey Negro Radio Edit) (4:31) 254. Dennis Ferrer, KT Brooks – How Do I Let Go (Original Mix) (7:00) 255. Rodamaal, Claudia Franco – Insomnia (Ame Remix) (9:11) 256. Cloud 9 – Do You Want Me Baby (Dusky Remix) (7:03) 257. Kevin Saunderson, Inner City – Future (feat. Inner City) (Kenny Larkin Tension Mix) (8:45) 258. Somore, Damon Trueitt – I Refuse (What You Want) (Phil Weeks Remix) (7:08) 259. Geoffrey Williams – Free Your Mind (MK Dub) (7:15) 260. Daft Punk – Voyager (3:47) 261. Jodeci – Freek’n You (MK Dub) (7:27) 262. Kim English – Nitelife (Armand Van Helden Retail Mix) (6:57) 263. Purple Disco Machine, Boris Dlugosch – Set It Out (6:33) 264. Gregory Porter – 1960 What? (Opolopo Kick and Bass Rerub) (8:24) 265. Primal Scream – Loaded (Andy Weatherall Mix) (7:01) 266. Inner City – Big Fun (Original 12” Mix) (7:41) 267. Jon Cutler, E-Man – It’s Yours (feat. E-Man) (Distant Music Mix) (7:08) 268. Alcatraz – Giv Me Luv (10:41) 269. Harry Romero, Joeski, Shawnee Taylor – Get It Right (feat. Shawnee Taylor) (Club Mix Edit) (2:27) 270. Kormak – Love On The Line (2:54) 271. MK, Alana – Always (feat. Alana) (Route 94 Radio Edit) (3:01) 272. Sandy Rivera, LT Brown – Come Into My Room (feat. LT Brown) (Take It Back Mix) (7:45) 273. Oliver $, Jimi Jules – Pushing On (2:43) 274. Dennis Ferrer, Ben Westbeech – Right Thing (feat. Ben Westbeech) (8:15) 275. Flashmob – Need In Me (7:13) 276. Andrea Mendez – Bring Me Love (Original Mix) (6:58) 277. Daft Punk – Burnin’ (6:54) 278. Double 99 – Ripgroove (6:07) 279. London Grammar – Sights (Dennis Ferrer Remix) (7:00) 280. Dennis Ferrer – Touched The Sky (Original Mix) (7:36) 281. Kenlou – The Bounce (7:47) 282. Awa Band – Timba (Full Intention Club Mix) (6:16) 283. Sonny Fodera, Shannon Saunders – To Love (feat. Shannon Saunders) (4:19) 284. Horse Meat Disco, Kathy Sledge – Falling Deep In Love (Joey Negro Disco Blend) (3:54) 285. B Beat Girls – For The Same Man (Nasty Version) (3:30) 286. Marlon D – Jesus Creates Sound (Main Mix) (5:29) 287. NUfrequency, Shara Nelson – Go That Deep (Skylark Vocal Remix) (7:14) 288. Dele Sosimi Afrobeat Orchestra – Too Much Information (Laolu Remix Edit) (8:32) 289. Claptone – Cream (6:30) 290. Armand Van Helden, Duane Harden – You Don’t Know Me (feat. Duane Harden) (Radio Edit) (8:03) 291. Amine Edge & DANCE, Blaze (Kevin Hedge) – Lovelee Dae (6:22) 292. Dennis Ferrer, Janelle Kroll – Mind Ur Step feat. Janelle Kroll (Original Mix) (7:44) 293. Josh One – Contemplation (King Britt Funke Remix) (10:10) 294. Fatima Yamaha – What’s a Girl to Do (7:26) 295. Jaydee – Plastic Dreams (10:15) 296. Armand Van Helden – My My My (3:02) 297. St Germain – Rose rouge (6:56) 298. Sonny Fodera, Yasmin – Feeling U (feat. Yasmin) (4:51) 299. Benji Candelario, Lisa Shaw – You Got Me (feat. Lisa Shaw) (Benji Candelario Late Night Strut Mix) (7:07) 300. Fatboy Slim – Praise You (Purple Disco Machine Remix) (Radio Edit) (3:50) 301. Funky People, Cassio Ware – Funky People (feat. Cassio Ware) (Masters At Work Main Mix) (7:34) 302. The Boss – Congo (D Max Mix) (9:44) 303. DJ Gregory – Elle (EOL Ritual) (8:37) 304. Nick Holder – Summer Daze (7:48) 305. Love Regenerator, Steve Lacy, Calvin Harris – Live Without Your Love (3:25) 306. Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Heads Will Roll (A-Trak Remix) (6:23) 307. Round Table Knights – Calypso (3:46) 308. Marshall Jefferson – Move Your Body (Director’s Cut Retro Signature Mix) (8:55) 309. Mike Dunn – Strut Cho Phunky Stuff (Sho’ Nuff) (Mike Dunn Black Glitter MixX) (3:54) 310. Ane Brun – Headphone Silence (Henrik Schwarz Remix DF Noizy Edit) (8:21) 311. Bent – Always (Ashley Beedle’s Mahavishnu Remix) (7:38) 312. Duke Dumont – The Giver (6:31) 313. The Detroit Experiment, Henrik Schwarz – Think Twice (Henrik Schwarz Remix) (7:29) 314. Bicep – Vision Of Love (7:55) 315. 4th Measure Men – Given (MK Dub) (7:20) 316. Honey Dijon, Tim K, John Mendelsohn – Thunda (feat. John Mendelsohn) (Rampa Remix) (7:05) 317. Bob Sinclar – I feel for you (Original) (5:50) 318. Kings Of Tomorrow, Julie McKnight – Finally (feat. Julie McKnight) (Extended Mix) (5:58) 319. Robin S – Show Me Love (Stone’s Club Mix) (7:40) 320. Stardust – Music Sounds Better With You (Radio Edit) (4:20) 321. Daft Punk – One More Time (5:20) 322. MAW, La India – Backfired (Dave Lee Club Mix) (8:39) 323. Lovebirds, Stee Downes – Want You In My Soul (8:17) 324. Junior Jack – My Feeling (Kick ‘n Deep Mix) (6:33) 325. Laurent Garnier – The Man With The Red Face (9:10) 326. Johnny Corporate – Sunday Shoutin’ (8:35) 327. Cleptomaniacs – All I Do (Radio Edit) (3:39) 328. King Unique – Love Is What You Need (Look Ahead) (Knee Deep Classic club mix ) (7:26) 329. Black Legend – You See the Trouble with Me (We’ll Be in Trouble Radio Edit) (4:54) 330. ATFC, LISA MILLET – Bad Habit (feat. Lisa Millet) (ATFC Club Mix) (6:29) 331. LaTrece – I Want To Thank You (MK Dub) (7:01) 332. DJ Rolando – Knights Of The Jaguar (2:30) 333. Incognito, Jocelyn Brown – Always There (David Morales Remix) (6:36) 334. Josh Milan, Louie Vega – Thinking About Your Body (Louie Vega Mixes) (Louie Vega Dance Ritual Mix) (11:11) 335. Hardrive – Deep Inside (6:30) 336. Black Box – Ride on Time (4:32) 337. Degrees Of Motion – Do You Want It Right Now (King Street Mix) (9:19) 338. Blaze – Lovelee Dae (Original) (7:36) 339. Blaze, UDAUFL, Barbara Tucker – Most Precious Love (DF’s Future 3000 Mix) (7:13) 340. Moloko – Sing It Back (Boris Dlugosch Mix) (4:38) 341. Angie Stone – Wish I Didn’t Miss You (Pound Boys Stoneface Bootleg Mix) (7:52) 342. Kings Of Tomorrow, Julie Mc Knight – Finally (Danny Tenaglia’s Time Marches on Mix) (9:46) 343. Daft Punk – Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger (3:44) 344. Mory Kanté – Yeke Yeke (Short Mix) (3:00) 345. FCL – It’s You (San Soda’s Panorama Bar Acca Version) (6:21) 346. Lee Walker, DJ Deeon – Freak Like Me (DJ Deeon vs. Lee Walker Remix) (5:46) 347. Green Velvet, Patrick Topping – Voicemail (Original Mix) (7:16) 348. Daft Punk – Revolution 909 (Roger Sanchez & Junior Sanchez Remix) (8:56) 349. OMAR – Feeling You (Henrik Schwarz Remix) (7:45) 350. Shakedown – At Night (Kid Crème Club Mix) (5:00) 351. Candi Staton – Hallelujah Anyway (Larse Vocal) (6:48) 352. Soulsearcher – Can’t Get Enough! (Vocal Club Mix) (6:52) 353. 4th Measure Men – 4 You (MK Remix) (6:22) 354. Cece Rogers – Someday (3:50) 355. Sha-Lor – I’m in Love (Caught up Version) (8:34) 356. G Club, Banda Sonora – Guitarra G (8:46) 357. 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[Chapter Summary: Elias makes it to Camp Death]

Alien-Nation chapter 166: Minuteman to Midnight

I knocked on Larry’s door- then, forced myself to close my fist and hammer at it. I pounded, over and over and over- until at last the light came on. “Larry!” I shouted out. “Larry! Please!”
“What’s the password?” He croaked, the old incandescent of his porch light suddenly bathing some of the street in an eerie orange glow. I could hear his heavy footsteps on the other side of the old door.
Finally. I paused, and pounded: Shave and a Haircut, and then when that didn't prompt a response, Olly Olly Oxen Frei. “The other password?” I heard him ask, as the doors’ lock clicked- hopefully ‘undone.’
“W-what password? We never- they got Verns. They’re rounding people up. We gotta get Radio and ourselves over to Camp Death, ASAP!”
The door opened, and I could see Larry’s panicked expression. The proverbial gears in his head were seizing up on account of the hour and the lack of fresh coffee to grease them.
Aging does not seem fun.
Yet I’d consider myself lucky enough to reach even half his age.
One of life’s many eccentricities.
Perhaps those cult leaders I’d wondered about during Town Hall hadn’t had a choice; Outplanned, cornered, they put it all on faith in their mission’s success, because they knew there was no alternative. No other ‘way out.’ If it works, you’ll be described as a visionary and miracle worker, perhaps even sent by God. If it fails, then the historians will say you began to believe your own bullshit or had some undiagnosed mental disorder, and that everyone was a fool for ever believing in you.
“This is it, then?” He finally asked. He seemed almost wistful, his bright eyes distant as if recounting all the unfinished business he had, and if there was time to do it. Or perhaps it was more he was trying to sort all the equipment he had stowed away, and whether it should be brought.
“Yes. The broadcast should be asking everyone to take anything they can to Camp Death. Food. Blankets. Tents. Ammunition. Guns or bombs we either made, lent, or gave them. Medicine-“ I hadn’t even finished listing half of it before he stepped forward and closed the door behind him, not bothering to lock it. “But- shouldn’t we-” I wanted to lead by example. That meant carrying goods. Like I was one of the men. This- whatever it would be- required cohesion. Togetherness. Didn’t it?
“We’ve got to get you there, now.” He barreled past me and gave a wave for us to pile in. So much for subtlety. “Wait. Radio is here, and he’s exhausted, I’m sure. He ran from his place, all the way to here. He’ll probably need a ride, even close as we are. His expertise with the radio- I mean it’s important for us to coordinate.”
“Get him in, stop wasting time we don’t have,” Larry almost snapped and I shut myself up. “Sorry,” he added more gently.
I called out the Olly-Olly-Oxen-Frei, only to have Radio at the passenger door just a second later, having clearly ignored my order to have stayed put and out of sight for the sake of Larry’s privacy.
“You sure you’re coming?” I asked quietly, my conscience demanding it against the raging warning that I needed him to say ‘yes.’
He took a second to answer while Larry turned the truck on. “Yeah,” he answered, taking a deep inhale, then restating himself. “Yeah, man.” Whatever his thoughts, they remained his own, and I was relieved by his answer.
As we rolled down the street, I noticed that there were cars already lining up along the interstate, almost bumper-to-bumper. Larry slowed his truck, passing the interstate exit and taking us over the overpass instead of the southbound on-ramp.
“What are we doing?” I asked. “Camp Death- we usually take the emergency turnaround.”
“I don’t want you to have to hop out from Southbound and wander in front of headlights. No offense, kids, I don’t think you want that, either.”
I wanted to suggest that we could take the stream tunnels, find our way, but I could see flashlights as people were marching alongside the cars, some of them leading small bands of pedestrians, likely their families. Any chance of being spotted at all, especially if they were likely to soon have contact with the Shil’vati at the border would be an unacceptable risk.
“I’ll bring the truck to the side of the field. You and Radio can approach Camp Death that way.”
“What about you?”
“Camp Death is going to end up ringed by abandoned vehicles by the time everyone shows up, assuming they all try to drive there. I don’t want to contribute to the problem by leaving the truck in the middle of the field. If I ditch it along the highway…well, the way I see it is, for every person pushing up against the border, a number fewer Shil’vati are gonna be free to be able to snatch up people. My snarling traffic ain’t gonna help that.”
We rolled down the block slowly, as Larry looked for the edge of the replanted forest, and I noticed his knuckles were tight on the steering wheel. “Can’t believe they got Verns…” he whispered, not even bothering with the code name. “What’s George gonna do?”
“We don’t know what they’re doing with the ones they’re catching,” I rested a hand lightly on his rounded shoulders. “We’ll get him out. The courts have been good to us. We’ve got people who are back out on the streets. Can’t rely on them anymore for strikes, but it’s not like their lives are over.” But I acknowledged we didn’t know that this time it would be the same kind of deal. The Shil’vati seemed to be playing by a new set of unfamiliar rules.
“So, what, he rots, and you sit there and do nothing?” He challenged me. “Come on, after all-”
“I’ll think of something! First, though, we have to get people together. Weapons, and give everyone we do have, somewhere to go. A place to make a stand, and maybe, we’ll-”
Larry hit the brakes, and we slowed to a stop. “There’s an old neighborhood road through here you can use to get to the front of Camp Death.” He pulled a flashlight from the glove box. “Shine it on yourself. Don’t get fragged by a friendly. I’ll be by in, oh, about an hour.”
“Don’t do anything insane, Larry,” I warned him, not caring about the code names anymore. “We’ll get him out.”
He stared at me, then finally gave a curt nod and shoo’d me off.
I stepped away from the van and I patted the side panel affectionately, feeling the gritty dirt of the old paint drift against my fingertips, hearing that familiar old motor rumble away. In the distance, I saw the faintly orange lights of the city skyline against the thick clouds that were rolling in.
“Hope there aren’t ticks in here,” Radio muttered as the dry grasses scraped against the fabric of our outfits- then he let out a sudden yelp and pitched forward. I flicked the flashlight on, shining it on myself- but no report of a gun followed, nor shouts to surrender. It hasn’t been a laser, at least not one I could see. Then I shone it on Radio as he stood back up with a groan- “I think I just tripped on an old curb,” he whined. I let the flashlight guide us from there on out, occasionally turning it back to illuminate my masked face as we slowly made our way to the tree line.
At last a sentry appeared, and she wasn’t alone. We were whisked away, Radio tasked with setting up his shortwave radios, and I escorted to the command cabin.
“It’s good you’re here,” the sentry did sound relieved to see me. “The sentries are struggling with intake and patrols.”
“How many are here in total?”
“As in, how many sentries on-site?”
“Everyone,” I answered.
“A couple hundred and rising fast, why?”
“How is the mood? Morale?”
She didn’t answer right away.
“Bring them here.”
“The Sentries?” She sounded afraid I might order them all to shoot anyone who tried leaving.
“I want to address those who are here,” I proclaimed.
The sentry paused. “Anyone in particular?”
Word went out quickly, and Radio helped me lift the table and carry it in front of the Command Cabin, the Lincoln Log-like construction reminiscent of Valley Forge. I hoped I could be the man’s equal at a speech, at least.
I didn’t have long to prepare. I couldn’t follow the usual formula. The bunkers were emptying quickly, giving me an approximate mobilization time as I leapt atop the table.
I wouldn’t be needing the map on it anymore. If this plan worked, the state was ours. If it failed, I knew it wouldn’t matter. The Sentry helpfully illuminated me from below, and a couple more shone flashlights over the crowd.
I made a salute, watching as fists hit hearts in return, all of us standing in silence, maintaining the modified hand-on-heart Pledge of Allegiance pose. When the arrivals slowed to a trickle, I took a half-breath, just to make sure my voice wouldn’t break. Then I began, twisting the vocoder in the helmet to max volume.
“One year and some months ago, when we first made ourselves known, the situation was very different to today. Our names were unknown to the general public. We were governed by a pedophile kidnapper, with fresh wounds and living with false hope for a better future while she purged our histories, so we’d forget who we were. The majority of our fighting forces, worse than decimated, returned to us changed from the long end of a humiliatingly one-sided war, a quiet despair of quiet desperation in our hearts. That we could be more. After…” I thought of Rosewater. Of McLauchlin. These had been our leaders. “...decades of decadence and decay, some people even started to even believe it. That we deserved to be ruled by another. Many started to lose hope in life, or to be ashamed of their humanity.”
Some looked down, as if out of shame. I’d gone on more than enough about where we’d been, it was time for more recent history.
“There seemed to be no hope for equal treatment of humanity, and with that freedom for our people. From that position, our struggle began.” I wouldn’t name Lucky’s tavern, but I could at least give voice to the discontent I’d heard there. “A struggle against all odds. I’m sure many of you, who have left hints to your allegiance or sympathies have lost friends. They must have wondered how an otherwise reasonable man or woman got the idea in his or her head to fight an entire world of what seemed to be dreadful realities. They must have asked themselves: “‘What does that poor soul lack, to throw away this new era of possibilities and wonder to join them? What chance do they have? Not a single media outlet sympathizes- not without punishment,’” I nodded toward where Pierce stood, her white mask distinctive in the night. “‘They have no political party, they have everything in the world- no, the whole galaxy against them. They must want to fight everything! The employers and entrepreneurs who can't wait to produce 'disruptive' Shil'vati tech, the government who sold us out at the direction our own feckless, quisling leaders. There must be nothing alive nor any institution that they don’t want to pick a fight with! He wants to tear down this new system, build it as we are now told it never was, and yet he hasn’t got a single person in his corner to do it with!” I let the silence sink in. “Yet, I know I stand here, not alone, not anymore, because you all came to stand with me. You stand together. WE stand together. With that, we’ve done what everyone a year ago would have said was impossible.”
Silence greeted me. Were they angry at me over being forced to flee their homes? Likely, some were, but I had no idea if I’d just made some grave mistake by pointing out their circumstance. I’d almost gone over the edge by asking that it not all be for naught by giving up now. I didn’t even want the idea in their heads- or, perhaps… I suddenly had an idea of where I wanted the speech to go from where I’d left it, but how could I steer it there? I took a tentative first step, and then the words poured from my lips again.
“Many of you are here because you are terrified of what will happen, if you return to your homes. Let me abolish the fear of the unknown, and replace it with certainty. If you return to your homes, or flee for your life, it is a certainty that they will find you. The border is sealed, and this state is small. They have your biometrics, your name, and more. The fear you feel now will be felt by your loved ones in turn, as the aliens continue their rule over humanity. Your descendants, and their descendents, too, into all the future and all the generations that follow on from our own. They will live in fear of these aliens every waking moment of their lives. Forever afraid to raise a hand to them, to disobey, to even dream of being free. If you want that future for them, then go. You are free to leave now, for we are yet to be encircled. You will be free to be arrested, to be dragged into the dark, never to be seen again, and to consign your children and loved ones to that fate, too, and your brave comrades and me, as well.”
I saw a few people shuffle with uncertainty. As if they were tempted to take their chances at home, anyways.
“Or you can make a stand. To do something. To take a risk on us. We are the shining beacon lit atop the hill for all to see. We have pulled back the curtain on how they rule us, and now they are coming for our throats, because they are afraid. They are afraid of what will happen if we stop quaking in fear. You shine the light on something that was lurking in the shadows- ask yourself, if it was so mighty, why did it stick to and move in the darkness? It fears what you can do when you discover the beast for what it is. Look around you. We have enough armament and supplies for days of continuous combat. We will fight. Here, we will humiliate them. We will take back our dignity. We will take back our government. We will take back our lives! We will take back our future!”
I felt it now, like I was on the right path, because I could sense it, that same energy I’d tapped into before. I was stoking a fire- some forgotten warrior spirit of humanity. Some kind of energy that felt so visceral and powerful.
“It should never be believed that prosperity, a future worth living, or victory will rain from the heavens. Its origin is here-” I took my hand off my chest to point my right thumb at my heart. “-The future springs forth from the seed of your heart, and from that comes conviction, the hard and difficult labors that will build the future of humanity. Look at the weak men and women we’ve had to convince, when they were surely dubious of what we might become or accomplish just a year ago. If we raise them through our efforts to believe that humanity can do more, be more, through our own suffering, through our own hard work and faith, only then will humanity rise again! Our civilization was not a gift, it was built and tempered through war! Should we succeed, a new, magnificent era is before us. We are now aware, and now we must awaken all of humanity, show them what I know…” I paused, looking out at them all. “No, what we know we can accomplish. We must win them over, to believe in us, too! When those who have condemned us break ranks to join us, when they thank us after having seen our enemy for who and what they are, and seeing the strength of our conviction, our bravery, our accomplishments, all of it hard-won and acquired through pain and suffering, but also through honor and justice, we must welcome them! But first, we must prove who and what we are! The eyes of the whole galaxy watch Earth, let us show them!”
Back during the start of Operation Rubicon, the speech I'd given had been met with approval, echoes of cheering bouncing from the pit up to the stage I was on, filling me with hope. The force had been an angry one, more a discontented mob than much else. This time, even without an echo of the indoors, the deafening roar of the army gathered before me almost bowled me over.
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2023.05.25 03:59 Flat_Newspaper4466 Up-selling and Cross-selling art for travel and tourism businesses

In the increasingly competitive tourism industry, businesses are constantly seeking ways to increase revenue and improve profitability. An effective strategy is up-selling and cross-selling. In this article, we will explore different techniques and best practices for effective up-selling and cross-selling in the tourism industry.
What are Up-selling and Cross-selling?
Up-selling, known as "bán thêm" in Vietnamese, is a business strategy applied in various industries, including tourism, to persuade customers to purchase a more expensive version or service than the initial version or service they are interested in. The goal of up-selling is to increase the value of the order and revenue by encouraging customers to upgrade or purchase additional premium options.
Cross-selling is a business strategy that companies use to encourage customers to buy additional supplementary or related products or services to the main product or service they are interested in. The aim of cross-selling is to increase the transaction value and revenue by providing customers with additional options to enhance their experience or complement the chosen product or service.
Benefits of Up-selling and Cross-Selling
Both up-selling and cross-selling are powerful sales strategies in the tourism industry and have been proven to bring significant benefits to businesses. By effectively implementing these two sales strategies, travel companies can not only increase revenue and profit but also enhance the overall customer experience. Here are some notable benefits of both up-selling and cross-selling in the tourism industry:
  1. Increase revenue/profit: Clearly, this is the greatest benefit of up-selling and cross-selling. By encouraging customers to upgrade services (e.g., from group tours to private tours) or add supplementary services (e.g., selling additional sightseeing tickets to tour customers), travel companies can significantly increase the average value of each transaction. This ultimately leads to higher profit margins and improved financial performance for the company
  2. Customization and personalization of customer needs: We all know that customer demand for customization is increasing in any industry, and the tourism industry is no exception. Up-selling and cross-selling are two effective strategies to support travel companies in customizing offers for the specific needs and preferences of individual travelers.
By analyzing customer data and understanding their purchase history, companies can make personalized suggestions for service upgrades or additional services that closely align with the desires and needs of each customer segment. In other words, the upgraded and supplementary services will be tailored to each customer. This personalization enhances the overall customer experience.
  1. Increase customer loyalty: By proposing personalized and relevant up-selling and cross-selling, travel companies can build strong relationships with customers. When customers feel that their special needs and desires are understood and met, they are more likely to return to use other services from the company, thus becoming loyal customers. If you do well enough, these customers may even be willing to recommend your travel business to their acquaintances. In general, customer loyalty is crucial in the tourism industry because repeat business and positive referrals are key to long-term success.
How to Up-sell and Cross-sell in the Travel Industry
Package Services: Offer customers the option to upgrade their travel package by bundling additional services or amenities. For example, when booking a hotel room, provide options that include breakfast, spa usage, or airport transfers at a discounted rate. This approach encourages customers to enhance their experience while providing them with value for the money they spend.
Upgrade Options: This means providing customers with the opportunity to upgrade their accommodations, transportation, or other services during their trip. These options could include upgrading to a room with a better view, premium seating on flights/trains, or renting a higher-end car. Highlight the added benefits and convenience of these upgrades to entice customers to choose the enhanced options.
Personalized Recommendations: Utilize customer data gathered during the booking process or through customer profiles to suggest services or additional activities that align with their preferences. Understand the habits, preferences, and needs of different customer segments to make personalized recommendations. For example, if a customer books a beachfront hotel, you can suggest water sports activities or local sightseeing tours.
Advertise Additional Amenities: For instance, when customers book a flight, advertise travel insurance, luggage services, or airport parking options. When customers rent a car, offer GPS navigation devices, Wi-Fi hotspot rentals, or child safety seats. By presenting these additional amenities as valuable and convenient enhancements, customers are more likely to make additional purchases.
Offer Special Occasion Packages: Create special service packages or upgrades tailored to customers celebrating a special occasion such as their birthday or honeymoon. For example, offer a romantic dinner package with a bottle of champagne and personalized services, or a birthday celebration package with surprise gifts and decorations. These customized options can make customers feel valued and more likely to purchase premium services from you.
Group or Family Discounts: Target travel groups or families by offering discounted rates or value-added services. Provide incentives for group bookings, such as discounted rates for multiple hotel rooms, group discounts on transportation, or complimentary group activities. By offering benefits for traveling as a group, you can encourage customers to upgrade or book additional services for their entire group.
Destination Recommendations: When customers book a specific destination, provide suggestions for additional places to visit or nearby attractions. For example, if someone books a trip to a famous beach destination, suggest nearby islands, national parks, or cultural landmarks worth exploring. By presenting enticing options, customers may choose to extend their stay or add more destinations to their itinerary.
Pre- and Post-Travel Services: Offering pre- and post-travel services can enhance the overall travel experience. These services can include airport transfers, travel insurance, visa assistance, or help in planning itineraries and activities. By providing convenient and comprehensive services before and after the trip, customers are more likely to opt for these additional services, ensuring a smooth and hassle-free travel experience.
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2023.05.24 12:37 AlienNationSSB Alien-Nation Chapter 165: General Quarters

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[Chapter Summary:
Recreant: Gavin keeps tabs on someone and tries to suss out if Emperor's claims that they're arresting "everyone" has any merit.
Khan: An old student of Dr. Sampson's stops by to deliver a warning about the closed border, and instructions for the Sampson family's extraction from an unnamed entity.
General Quarters: Amilita and Azraea get in a verbal tussle before Amilita decides to work with Azraea.]
Gavin longed for the end of this impromptu overnight shift spent staring at a wall, like a prisoner. He felt he could be elsewhere, doing something more constructive, even if he couldn’t put a name to the activity. Instead, he’d dutifully stared at the pieces of office flair pinned to the bland, inoffensive gray board in front of him, carefully curated to present a certain image: That of an inoffensive Office Drone’s five-to-nine, content with this home-away-from-home drudgery.
With great difficulty, Gavin Martin forced himself to reframe the time spent thus far after having sat for what felt like an eternity, lying in wait for his mark to make his move. At least he would get kudos for picking up the sudden night shift. In this industry, perception of value was value in and of itself. Gavin hated the maxim, but couldn’t deny its truth.
That was when his mark at last started their preparations to go home, each movement amplified by the office’s relative emptiness. The rustle of papers being stacked atop one another, the click of the laptop being closed, the chime of an Omni-pad being turned off. This time, he definitely wasn’t going to the bathroom. The last time had been a false alarm that he’d almost jumped from his seat over. Gavin marked the time, locked his own PC and stood. In a few short strides, he had caught up with ‘The Boss,’ as he wandered past his cubicle, falling into stride behind the broad man’s wake as he unwrapped a piece of gum.
Together they made their way past the rows of government office cubicles to their floor’s elevator bay, both silent. Gavin stepped past to press the ‘down’ button first, summoning the tiny little box that would take them to the parking garage. Now came a moment of intimacy between what the Boss might assume were two people who barely knew one another. But Gavin knew every intimate detail about this man; His unusual habits and schedule, the fact that he was married twice. It was in these waters of loose familiarity Gavin knew he had to act.
Up close and personal, where the slightest mistake might mean he would be spotted, outed, and it would all be over. The risks would all be worth it, if he could pry information from the man.
“So, have you seen what’s going on in Delaware?” He asked mildly, not offering his own opinion. Sparking conversation was easy enough for him, he found, and the sparks he cast always seemed to catch. He’d been told he just had ‘one of those faces,’ though he’d always thought it plain, others had described it as ‘trustworthy.’
“Of course I saw, Martin. The border is shut.” The tone was one of ‘don’t be an idiot.’ Unfortunately for them both, albeit for different reasons, Gavin played a convincing one.
The next question had to be asked carefully, and timed precisely. “Think they’ll, you know… do anything?”
“Here in Maryland, they didn’t seal our border, you know? Even during the worst days, which hopefully are behind us.” Fortunately, it seemed the man was just as intrigued with the possibilities of the situation, and missed Gavin’s break of his usual character. The brown haired young man didn’t note any suspicion in the boss’s dark eyes.
“Who knows,” he grunted. “Who gives a shit?” He added, spitting out the gum into his cup of old, convenience store coffee, staring after it as if annoyed at being made to waste such a fresh wad.
Gavin stayed silent, waiting. Fishing had taught him the value of patience, and to read movements below the water’s surface. Out of sight, certainly, but not imperceptible- at least, not if you trained yourself.
The silence stretched, and at last, the big man grunted again in annoyance. “Seems we’re always the last to find this shit out. ‘Oh, your informatics team in Wilmington? Yeah, just about all dead.’” With an exaggerated wave of the hand to signal his irritation, he continued. “‘The office building that got blown up right next to the capitol? You may wanna correct that report to say ‘terrorist bomb’ instead of ‘orbital strike,’ if you know what’s good for you.” He sounded disgusted, then seemed to stiffen at the intense curiosity Gavin belatedly realized he was accidentally expressing, backing off and forcing a slight smile at the boss’s expression, as if he were in on some joke with the man. “Honestly, it wouldn’t surprise me if they nuke the damn place tip to tip. Hardly a great loss- what’s their population, less than a million? And such an irritating, useless bunch. Their main export was financial crimes, and with the shuffling of financial laws under the new system, even that’s gone.”
“Right, sir,” Gavin agreed quickly. “Very annoying. Though it would be nice if the Shil’vati paid us the courtesy of at least a head’s up, save us a bit of work.” he forced out a chuckle.
“Well, we’re Mister Mushroom these days.”
“Mister Mushroom?”
“Kept in the dark and fed bullshit.”
Another obligatory, forced chuckle at the joke, and Gavin admitted to himself it wasn’t a bad one.
The elevator dinged, and the man Gavin was speaking to stepped out, and Gavin almost let out a sigh- except the elevator doors jolted, then reopened as the man jammed the tip of his umbrella back into the closing doors. Sweat broke out on the back of Gavin’s neck.
“You know,” the big man muttered slowly, then staring Gavin in the eyes. “I stopped by your desk earlier…I didn’t figure you were one to be involved in…go-karting, was it?”
“Yes, sir.”
Gavin was alarmed. He’d been away from his desk for only a short bathroom break to deliver a status update.
“I thought sports championships in the state were all on hold.”
“Yes sir, they are.” Gavin admitted quietly, the cover story bubbling up from memory, Gavin pretended to look like it was genuine passion springing up from his heart as he searched for the words. “It’s…chaotic, out there on the test track. Even working on it doesn’t always go the way it’s expected to. So it’s a way I barely have control over. Things break. Other things work well, and then break…and, well, I just wanted it to be ready in case we needed it.”
The big man chuckled. “Sounds like you’ve picked up a hunk of scrap you’re running around the circuit.”
Gavin was glad he wasn’t questioned on the ‘we.’ “Yes sir, something like that. It’s a miracle it works at all, after it got pulled apart. Bit of a…uh, you know, diversion from my usual day-to-day, or even my other hobbies. That’s the new world we live in, though, right? Adapt or die.”
The big man’s grin seemed genuine, for what little that meant. “That’s right. Adapt or die,” he repeated the mantra thoughtfully. “Have a good evening. Maybe I’ll see you try a lap sometime.” The big man pulled the umbrella back and spun his considerable mass around on his heel, disappearing from Gavin’s sight behind the pair of sliding stainless steel doors.
Gavin knew there were cameras and microphones all throughout the building, and didn’t let out any hint of the stress leaving his body. He let the nervous energy carry him to his base-model old ford focus, the electric blue-raspberry paint peeling back from being parked on the street outside the family home; the garage was too full of crap already to be parked in. Now he’d have to requisition a go kart to his list, too.
He pulled out of the basement garage, passing the scaffolding of the remodeling work where the workers were busy adding a landing pad for shil’vati shuttles.
Once clear of watching cameras, he fished out a curious device set up by a prodigious young man from his pocket, placing it in the hands-free phone holder and called a device quite similar to his own, both having been sourced from the same rather entrepreneurial, if ethically challenged motorcyclist.
“Yeah?” The gruff voice barked without introduction.
Gavin cleared his throat. “There may be something to what Emperor’s saying on the airwaves. How goes the ‘kart?’”
“Good enough. Will we need it?”
“That was never in doubt in my mind. Get it ready, I’m on my way.”
“What? We’ll need you to arrange transit for the assets we’ve got in-state.”
“And that’s what I’ll be facilitating, in a manner of speaking.”
The unhappy silence on the other end of the line may’ve just been contemplation, but if Gavin were a betting man he knew his boss- his real boss, would never let a moment go to waste, and was likely giving orders off-mic for final preparations to hastily be made.
“Fine. Come in.”
“You got it running?”
“I wouldn’t say ‘running’ in the operative word.”
“I…don’t understand.” The line was clear, or as clear as it could be. His boss could be paranoid.
“We found a workaround for that. Just get here, you’ve got a train to catch.”
The knock on the heavy old wooden door was urgent and rapid. Had Mister Sampson not been expecting it, he’d have jerked awake, as he was typically asleep by this hour. Staying awake was a task made even more arduous by the incessant pecking of his wife, who was possessed with a certain anxiety that lent itself to seeing his awakened state as an opportunity to get a helping hand on whatever jumped to mind. She was in an unusually feisty mood given the town hall’s proceedings, and the current total lack of data.
As it was, the porch light and thin glass sidelite revealed a familiar face that looked uncomfortable even standing there. A former post doc student at his lab, now a Doctor in his own right.
“The border is sealed,” Doctor Khan said by way of introduction, pressing the folded piece of paper into his former professor’s hand. “But it won’t be, at least, not forever. Pack your bags, and make sure you’re ready when there’s an opening. They’ll arrange pickup tomorrow morning and some special instructions, in exchange for all your hard work. Again, it’s tomorrow morning, assuming their preparations go through.”
Mister Sampson nodded to show he was listening, doing his best to ignore his pounding headache. Every word hit harder than the old brass knocker had struck the door.
His former student glanced around him, eyebrows rising in surprise. Mister Sampson didn’t need to turn around to know his wife had come up behind him: Ever light on her feet, a house settled on its foundations and thick timbers centuries ago on a concrete foundation gave no creaks, hiding her movement well. Even their son had picked up on the house’s sturdy nature, slipping in and out at will.
“Bill,” Mary-Anne whispered somewhat tersely. “We’re not leaving- not until Elias is back.”
“Leave him a note,” urged Doctor Khan. “Scribble something on the refrigerator, or something. He might even have better luck on foot. Personally? I’m getting the kids and trying to ford the border that way. The aliens, they’re supposedly grabbing everyone. I’m not going to wait around until tomorrow morning, when-”
Mister Sampson coughed, interrupting before a fight could start. “Pardon,” he apologized, despite not feeling the least bit sorry for sparing all present the brewing contention erupting into arguments. “You’re well within your rights to try and leave,” his voice was low and slow, and Doctor Khan’s anxious disposition seemed somewhat settled by the weighty words of his former mentor. “But we’ll be staying put, I think, at least until Elias is back.”
“And then?”
Mister Sampson silently but meaningfully glanced at the paper tucked into the folds of his giant hand, by way of answer.
Doctor Khan shook his head.
“You’ve more faith in them than I, Doctor Sampson. Tomorrow Morning. Good luck.”
Mister Sampson gave him a slow and solemn nod. “You too.”
When the door had closed and he was alone again, he read them. Tomorrow. Eight thirty. Tune to the radio at this frequency for instructions.
General Quarters
Amilita barged into the base’s headquarters, marching up to the desk of the Governess-General as the office staffers all but threw themselves out of her way. She found it difficult to force herself to display even the barest veneer of military decorum, and harder still to stand poised perfectly and waiting to be recognized amidst the low hum of duty officers busily filling out orders in Azraea’s office.
At last, Azraea seemed to come to a stopping point and waved Amilita to her desk without so much as looking up.
“What in the name of the Empress are you doing?” She demanded of her commanding officer, in a low hiss she’d never used on a superior in her entire life, not even in school or at the academy, no matter how wrong she knew they were.
“When your opponent refuses to play by the rules, do you continue to play anyways, or do you change the game?” Azraea answered Amilita with a question. The old battle ax had not so much as a drop of fear in her voice. She then busied herself by tapping on her screen with a casual ease of command that Amilita might have envied, had she not a gut feeling that it was heartless callousness drove Azraea’s certainty of her own decisions, rather than supreme confidence that they were the best ones.
“We’re supposed to govern and lead, and if we carry this out there will be no one to govern. We can not-“
“I’ve decided to leave concerns about what is ‘governing best’ to the civilians,” Azraea finally broke her staring match with the command screen to almost spit the word.
The giantess knew she had to at least try and talk sense into her commander, late though the attempt would be.
“We have a duty to uphold.”
“Yes, and we’ve lost sight of that, against my better judgment. Mine is the one I was chosen for. I’ve explained my perspective to the now Acting Fleet Admiral, and before you even ask, I have her full support. See, I took this role precisely for this eventuality, because I knew matters might come down to this. I took the governesship in hand precisely because I didn’t want some feckless civilian body to try and get in the way of what would have to be done, the way Governess Bal’Shir jumped in the way of General Zylkyn time and again. All to protect her own job, her precious reputation, rather than admitting the reality of the situation she’d inherited. I have no such political ambitions, nor worries of my future.”
“To do what is ‘necessary’?” Amilita asked critically, folding her arms, and forcing her hands to stop clenching- her forearms were bulging.
“Just so,” Azraea admitted frankly. “We’re the military, we aren’t summoned to do tasks that are profitable and pleasant.”
“Then tell me- I’m your junior, I should be informed about what you think is necessary, that is how we can move together-“
Azraea crooked a corner of her lip up. She knew all along about the plot to unseat her. Amilita was suddenly glad she hadn’t taken up Lesha’s offer to play ‘poker,’ because she knew her shock was written on her face.
“Are we finally finished playing pretend?” Her commanding officer asked mildly. “As for what is ‘necessary’? I will force the fight, Amilita, no matter the cost, because I have to. I will do that for the Empire.” She pointed to the display of the strategic overview map of the state, and then stared up at the giantess, the intensity of the woman’s gaze more than bridging the gap in the two’s physical size.
“They think you’re coming for everyone. While it may not be the work of a General, the least you could do is put out a statement professing the truth, that it’s just the insurgents we want. That we’re questioning some, demanding answers, sure, and arresting those we know, or at least strongly suspect of insurgent behaviors. Some of the people you’re forcing to take their side are sure to be innocents, people who’ve never even held a weapon before!”
Amilita had been hoping for an admission of regret, at least. Instead, Azraea’s wry grin broadened into a fiercely self-satisfied and genuine smile. “In other words, not much of a threat, and we’ll have nothing to fear from them taking up arms. What was it, a thousand to one loss ratio you managed? I bet I can beat that in the next day or two.”
The answer sent Amilita rocking back on her heels. “Ma’am,” she gasped. “You can’t be considering what I think you are. If you are, it’s almost a mass murder…those were soldiers I faced, this is…” her hands searched for something to grip, and she settled for the general’s desk to steady herself.
“It’s war, Amilita,” the Governess-General snipped. “I hope you don’t imagine frontline service demands anything less, or else you haven’t worked your rank, leaving me to wonder how you earned it. Lots of commendations, little stomach to show for it.”
“War?” Amilita challenged, ignoring the insult. “The war’s over, their government has surrendered, they signed a treaty.”
Azraea sighed and put a hand to her forehead, massaging her temples, as if she were arguing with a recalcitrant, if precocious and idealistic child. Is this how it feels to be Elias? A part of her wondered, as Azraea formulated her response, speaking patiently.
“Tell me- What is one expected to do if the planet they are garrisoned on takes up arms against the Empress, against their governess, her militia, and continues to rail against her even in the face of the military’s presence, the Interior, even when presented with a show of all their guns and might? What is routinely done, when the populace of a planet in our empire proves unwilling to cooperate in ending that insurgency? What is done, if that planet of rebels are Shil’vati?”
Amilita didn’t answer, even though Azraea’s steady gaze didn’t break. Finally, she grit the words out. “They’re to be dealt with, ma’am. Harshly. As traitors to the Empress. But the situation is-”
“-Does the enemy wear a uniform?” Azraea interrupted.
Gritting her teeth, Amilita begrudgingly let out: “Typically, masks.”
“Otherwise? A mask is typically worn even among rebellions on our own worlds. Do those governesses on rebellious worlds target only those of their population who wear masks?”
“No, ma’am.”
“Do you open fire on a Roach, the moment you see one? That is our doctrine, is it not, regardless of the form they take or uniform they wear? Special circumstances do allow for mercy, but we do have guidelines in place.”
“We took an oath to never allow a diplomatic fiasco like that to happen again. The Empress swore she’d ushered in an era of peace!” Amilita protested.
“Peace has made us weak!” Azraea roared, and Amilita knew she’d struck a nerve. Now she just had to survive having done so.
“Ma’am, peace- that’s our Empress’s orders. We are to obey, as good subjects must. That is her will!”
Azraea’s chest heaved as she struggled to contain her temper.
“We muster forces to protect the loyal. We are not armed to not kill. Fleets, armies, troops, they exist to kill and hunt down her enemies, be they the traitors within or armies on the border. Think of the social unrest on Naavist. The response to the slaughter of the Saren Garrison. The skirmishes on the border. The uprising in the Tullusa system. The secession of the Pawr system after that cult took hold, and the subsequent invasion and resettlement in the wake of its devastation. We have been crueler to our own people as a matter of routine than I am being now. Why should we treat humanity any differently than we would treat ourselves? Those events were catastrophes, but no censure followed the officers who did what they had to. I’ll leave the muttered complaints of the outcome to those same politicians who created this fiasco. I am here to end the fiasco, and I care not what others say in the wake of the decisions I’ve made.”
“Ma’am, the eyes of the galaxy are affixed to earth. This is not a normal world. We must tread carefully, or else the reputation of the empire will surely be damaged. If we treat them too harshly, we’ll be seen as monsters. If we fail to capture him even after resorting to such measures, we’ll only escalate his fame, and seem all the weaker. The peace we’ve fought for will seem to be one we needed from a position of weakness, rather than one we’ve offered to the galaxy. I don’t want to think of what may follow in time.”
“I will leave the politics to the minds of the noblewomen who will sign documents with their hands, the control of narrative to the lips of our Interior. Those are the other parts of our body politic. I, however, am a clenched fist, and have been let loose to smash this rebellion. You do not teach a fist to espouse high-minded ideals, Amilita, else it tends to disagree with its role and charm others into agreement that it need not be wielded as it is. That’s how you get a rebellion, and more worlds burn than you can comprehend.” Her voice had a tinge of sadness to it. “I studied history, Amilita. In what spare time I had. I saw patterns of how wars began. Strife, weakness, stagnation…”
“You burden those parts of the empire’s body unnecessarily,” Amilita said. “Let the mind focus on trade and prosperity. Let that voice sing praise of your deeds rather than scramble to explain them to others. A clenched fist may still offer a greeting.”
“I hadn’t taken you for one so well-read,” Azraea mused. “Regrettably, by the time I came to this post, the chances of any other outcome was already slim. I gave this place every chance to turn course. What alternatives have we, Amilita, that don’t make a mockery of our Empire, of our fleet, of our forces, or allow him to grow unchecked, our noblewomen in continued captivity?”
Amilita worked her jaw. Terms. She wanted to scream the word, though she knew Azraea had refused them already. Azraea took the silence as an admission of no answer at all, of acquiescence, and continued speaking.
“By sparing them what is necessary, sparing them what we have undergone ourselves to forge ourselves into one Empire, we spoil them. When we do so it is to their developmental detriment to reward the deviant, and punish the loyal. Those loyal sons and daughters who marched in our stead. The loyal who died for our dream. How many of them would you let perish before you took action to protect the dream of a loyal humanity? Would you wait until that boy you so dote on disappears before you take action?” Amilita almost started, and at last Azraea relented, adding somewhat more softly: “Sometimes to protect the ones we love, action must be taken, before tragedy strikes. I’ve never known the caress, but I have known love. If you refuse your duty, if you refuse to carry out what must be done, then you are free to resign your commission.”
Amilita’s emotions roiled. What could she do? The Fleet Admiral, if Azraea was speaking the truth, would offer no salvation to the civilians. If Amilita resigned, whomever Azraea replaced her with would be less competent, less capable, and perhaps more aligned with Azraea, more ready to agree with the one who promoted her. Her mind went through the chain of command before arriving at the obvious answer. The terrible answer. Captain Goshen. Promotions issued so quickly was unthinkable in the modern age, but Azraea had already offered her opinion on the modern military. Goshen might be appointed acting Major or even Field Commander. She’d already ingratiated herself to Azraea with her obvious, brutal, straightforward suggestion of an orbital strike during that first meeting. There was a chance Azraea might choose another, yet Amilita held no doubt the replacement would acquiesce to anything Azraea asked, albeit incapably. With great loss of life. And as the Governess-General pointed out, correctly, some of those lives might be ones she cherished.
The situation was spiraling, that much was true. They hadn’t counted estimations until the insurgency would die down, and hadn’t done so for almost a year. They’d resigned themselves to only bracing and waiting for the next tragedy. Was this truly the path of necessity? The way to protect the ones she cared for? Amilita had already almost lost him once, and remembered his sobbing in her arms. Yet still she shook in anger over how she used him against her.
“No, ma’am.” She felt as if she had just ‘signed away her soul.’
“See your duties through when you receive them. Orders are to be carried out with no hesitation. Is that clear?”
“Ma’am- the- Yes. Yes, ma’am.“ Amilita managed to contain herself- just barely.
“The enemy will show itself, Lieutenant Colonel, and soon. Then we either imprison or kill enough to sway the expected voting outcome to prevail- or at least, convincingly. Those we imprisoned will be labeled with felony crimes with light sentences to put them to work, removing their right to vote but also putting them through the system for reform and mandatory classes. With this, we will be granted a fresh lease on governing, a new chance to rebuild with a more compliant, somewhat chastened populace. We will have their champion in chains, ready to face the Empress’s justice, and our system ladies either martyred or free, but either way this continued embarrassment will be at an end. Whatever the populace’s future complaints, whatever their malcontent, they will route it through proper channels and behave as proper citizens. Or else.”
“Yes, ma’am,” Amilita said reflexively; she was operating on autopilot now. This was insane. It was going to result in untold bloodshed. She forced her mind back into the present. One needed only look at what became of the dropship downed by enemy fire almost a year ago now, to know where running on autopilot might lead. She had to keep her wits about her.
“One more matter, before you go about your duties in preparing to organize the new arrivals. You’re fond of their histories, so I did page through them as well. The supposedly humane republic that this ‘country’ pretends it is based off of would purge any revolting provinces, complete with all the other many horrors of war, displacing them from their homelands, or sometimes salting the earth in their wake. Anyone who says this will spark future rebellion has lived only in times of peace. The other humans here would understand the object lesson rather well, I think, given this heralded a time of peace in the wake. They should be grateful I’m not so cruel as to have begun by orbitally bombarding this pathetic little state, end to end, and ‘salting the earth’ in the wake of their failure to cooperate. Don’t let matters come to that. Do your job. See to it that the troops are deployed, and that any resistance is found and summarily crushed. Kill anyone who gets in your way. It will spare many more.”
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2023.05.24 05:38 driftea Lying liar (who is lying)

Lying liar (who is lying)
1.1 livestream is coming soon. I got bored at work so here's my inaccurate and wildly speculative rant on why I'm 1000% sure this shady af mf is definitely a big bad who will cause major trouble for us in the future (and not just because wallet-kun is about to take a hit)
1. What's in that coffin, Otto? Let's look at that light cone, Echoes of the Coffin to start with,
  • Light cone art shows Luocha surrounded by white irises with thorns overlaying the coffin. Symbolically, white irises represent 'purity' or 'innocence' while thorns represent 'sin' or 'corruption'. Perhaps Luocha started out with good intentions but that coffin is clearly the focus of his 'sin' although he tries to brush it off when you ask him about it. Additionally, in the art, Luocha is under the light, indicating the bright side he's showing externally. However, on closer inspection he's actually mostly shrouded in shadows, hinting at the dark side he keeps hidden from the casual observer.
  • Light cone description: Under the watch of the white irises, he bashed the coffin with his hands. "Sometimes I feel like I underestimated you by proposing this deal." Who did you propose a deal with, Luocha? Maybe...oh I don't know, a Stellaron?? We know from Jarilo VI that those things can play on people's desires and influence them to harm others by making false promises. Or perhaps he made a deal with someone else...
2. Abundance, abundance everywhere
  • Luocha's ult voice line is literally 'the dead return'. Going around the Luofu, you meet tons of outworlder NPCs who are hunting for the secret of immortality on the Luofu. Maybe like other outworlders, he is also seeking a long-life miracle but for resurrecting a certain someone. Maybe he's going for a long term plan here too since he's made sure to get familiar with Xianzhou shipping tech.
  • Yaoshi has a plant motif. Guess who else has a plant motif in their design and animations? If it's not the Stellaron he made a deal with, maybe it's Yaoshi/followers making a deal with him to fk over the Luofu in exchange for the miracle of resurrection.
3. But Luocha is going to be a playable character! Surely, he must be innocent!
  • From what we know of his personality so far, Luocha is reserved and very careful to limit the information about himself. He is visiting the Xianzhou alliance so much to the point where Jing Yuan is actually bothering to keep an eye on him in the 'Perfect Timing' light cone. Luocha has been very successful at keeping his plans hidden. Going by Jing Yuan's voiceline, even the general hasn't been able to pin anything on Luocha other than being suspicious that Luocha doesn't seem very eager to conduct business.
  • Luocha considers his actions carefully. He intentionally didn't step in at first when they were fighting the Mara-struck...and continued to hide his abilities from us even when choosing to step in. Why? Just to hide his abilities? Or maybe he was calculating whether they were worth fighting for or not...
  • Luocha easily has not only the motive but also the knowledge and cunning to smuggle a Stellaron onto the Luofu and...maybe he won't even get caught influencing events by the end of Xianzhou story but will only be revealed to be a villain in the long run. So for now, Luocha is still one of the 'good guys' in the story.
4. My real name is difficult to pronounce
  • Yeah, "Otto Apocalypse" sure is difficult to pronounce, Luocha. Being the spitting image of a certain murderous, manipulative monster isn't doing him any favours. Or perhaps his real name is 'Void Archive'...but VA isn't exactly sunshine and rainbows either. The meeting with Welt is going to be delicious unless hoyo decides to set up a more dramatic reunion in the future.
tl;dr I’m pulling for this guy no matter the cost
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2023.05.24 05:01 scooterflaneuse Highlights from the May 114th precinct community council meeting: street safety advocates, hate crimes, and a woman who wants to mace teenagers in the face

The president, Ann Bruno, asked everyone to stand for the pledge of allegiance. As usual, some people exercised their constitutional rights either by standing and not saying the pledge, or by not standing. But this time, a guy with a yellow stylized American flag on his too-small muscle shirt, who I will call Aggro, got upset about that and yelled ineffectually at someone to stand up.
Because of how much attention we’ve drawn to these meetings, there were a lot of new organizations who felt the need to send their people. The Queens Borough President’s office sent their guy in charge of parks and transportation. Queens Community Board 1 sent someone. Even the NYC Ferry sent someone. The FERRY. Queens DA Melinda Katz and State Sen. Kristen Gonzales also sent reps.
The Cops of the Month were announced and then Deputy Inspector Kenneth Gorman, commander of the precinct, presented the crime statistics. (The usual).
Gorman proactively introduced the issue of street safety, which I take as a sign of our effectiveness. He said that Sgt. Sansai Hongthong had been setting up meetings to discuss the issue with concerned residents and had already held two of them. I went to one of them and was not super impressed.
The Community Board rep got the question ball rolling by asking what the precinct was doing about the commercial and truck parking under the Triboro Bridge and on Astoria Blvd at 82nd Street, which she said affected quality of life.
u/Miser asked if Gorman knew or could estimate how many officers of the 114th precinct lived in Astoria. Gorman knew the exact answer: zero. This was by department policy. u/Miser asked if Gorman thought this policy was a good thing. He said maybe some of the disconnect between the precinct and the residents on issues related to car parking and car driving is the result of the officers mostly driving into the neighborhood as opposed to living here. Gorman said it wasn’t his place to decide whether it was good or bad and there were pros and cons to the policy. He conceded that the people who live on a street experience it differently than officers who patrol it. But he also asserted that lots of his officers had connections to Astoria and had the same concerns.
An elderly lady brought up a long list of complaints, some valid, some hilarious. She complained about how her street used to be a no-truck zone but someone painted over the sign and now trucks are constantly terrorizing her street with their noise and speed and size. Hongthong responded by saying he had connections to DOT (a thing he had previously denied having…) and would see about fixing the sign issues. The same lady also chose to complain about Astoria businesses going out of business, how pot shops should be required to display grades like restaurants do about their health inspections, how she didn’t like “toughs” coming into the neighborhood from elsewhere pushing people around and changing the “vibe”, and ambulances recently driving in her neighborhood blasting their sirens for “no reason.” Gorman said the pot shops were mostly unregulated because they were mostly illegal, everyone was welcome in Astoria unless they were actually doing something illegal, and he thought the ambulances were probably responding to a call.
A few people complained about groups of teenagers engaging in assaulting/threatening or else simply dangerous behavior, specifically on 31st between 23rd and Ditmars: attacking someone, surrounding someone else, and riding on sidewalks at high speeds with little kids sitting in the baskets. A lady asked if the precinct recommended carrying mace to spray these teens. Gorman came out strongly against carrying weapons and said people should call the cops or travel in groups. He also said he would put more police in problem areas.
Several people raised concerns about the individual who has apparently committed hate crimes, specifically riding up to people on a standing scooter, punching them and yelling racist and homophobic slurs, and riding away. A man in a jean jacket also brought up two other incidents which he suggested might be related: a guy rolling around a shopping cart full of glass bottles to throw, and a guy riding on a scooter with a metal bat. Gorman said that there were about 4 crimes believed to be committed by the same individual, and said in particular that the May 19 attacks on a teacher and another individual were committed by the same person. Gorman also said that, due to the slurs, the crimes were being handled by the hate crimes task force. In response to people asking about public awareness, WANTED posters, and camera footage, Gorman said he was waiting for a WANTED flier to be produced and said that people could send any evidence they had, including videos and pictures, to Crimestoppers or by email to the precinct.
u/VanillaSkittlez asked if there was anything the precinct could do about Shore Towers illegally closing off a section of the greenway. The Community Board lady chimed in to say that the Board is having Shore Towers summonsed through the Department of Buildings. She said it was illegal, it had been opened and was now closed again because the building management was uncooperative, and they would be made to open it but would have to be taken to court first. A man said Shore Towers’s excuse was that it had to be closed by order of the Department of Buildings to allow for inspections, but the Community Board lady said that excuse was false.
Aggro spoke up, saying the people attacked by the hate-crimer should know how to fight, because apparently we should all be ready for a no-holds-barred street-fight whenever we’re out walking our dogs or getting coffee.
u/marvonyc suggested that cops patrolling on bicycles and on foot would be good for police-community relations because cops could see more and observe more and interact more with the community than they could from inside a car. u/Miser had made the same suggestion in the smaller meeting with Hongthong, which Hongthong had rejected, for a litany of reasons including that cops are scared to ride bikes, bikes are too slow, and they’d need special training to learn how to do it. But Gorman was a bit more open to it. He said there used to be a bicycle program which was successful, and it ended, but he could “look into” bringing it back and would “love to” have cops on bicycles, especially in the park—if he had the personnel. Gorman also claimed that on any given night there might be as many as 40 officers on foot and insisted that cops in cars were working “very hard.”
u/yippee1999 made the most impactful statement of the night in my opinion, after raising her hand and being ignored for about an hour. She identified herself as a “full-time pedestrian” who feels under unprecedented threat in Astoria because of illegal parking, idling, and reckless driving. She also raised the issues of fake plates or no plates and tinted windows, and pointed out that all of this was happening openly because the NYPD was leading the way in breaking all these laws, so everyone knows they can get away with it. She got a round of applause from the room. Gorman acknowledged the problem, claimed the precinct was issuing hundreds of tickets and making many arrests, and asserted that he wanted to focus on specific problem areas.
Someone who works at the Health Department asked if the precinct was doing any enforcement or outreach about illegal parking by autobody shops at 22nd St and 38th Ave by the library. They said it was really hard to walk to the library because of that sidewalk parking and felt that people should be able to walk to the library.
A guy in a Magic Cycles t-shirt asked if the precinct could do anything about keeping the Northern Boulevard bike lane clear, especially eastbound between the Queensboro Bridge and Steinway. When asked to clarify where the “problem spot” was, the guy had to list basically every intersection because that bike lane is a next-level shitshow.
The next meeting will be June 27th.
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2023.05.23 14:10 CaptainP REVIEW: She by Sheree joggers

REVIEW: She by Sheree joggers
From the same freak that brought you an in depth review of the Brooks Marks Park City Fashion Week Set, and in honor of the return of RHOA S15, I am excited to share my review of an actual pair of actual joggers from the actual She by Sheree fashion line. I've had this review mostly written for a few weeks now, but wanted to see if anything about She by Sheree got discussed in the first few episodes. Kandi actually made a point in the premiere that I want to discuss, more on that later...


Sheree has been one of my faves from day 1, and I have been waiting for She by Sheree for forever. I was checking in on the website constantly during season 14 but it was often either down or out of stock, and after the season ended I eventually stopped remembering to check. After I'd posted my review of the Brooks Marks at the start of January, it reminded me to check in, and I noticed it was up, running, and stocked! Though I felt the price tag for the unisex joggers ($162) was a little steep, so I held off.
Well then at the end of January, I had my annual performance review and my manager told me I would be getting a raise and a bonus. Well, let's just say that I was feeling very rich, bitch. That money hadn't even cleared to my checking account before I sprinted to the She by Sheree site.
I placed my order on February 1, it shipped the next day, and arrived on February 4. Speedy Sheree!! Blew Brooks's 34 day lead time out of the water.

Ordering Process

Possibly the most interesting part of the whole experience was submitting the order. Good grief.
I knew I wanted to buy joggers, so I filter for "Bottoms":
Ok so...the "VPL" Jogger, hilariously with "hoodie sold separately" in the product name...why are there "Grey Joggers" as a separate product when I can also get the VPL joggers in two different shades of grey...and "Tis The Season joggers"??? I decide to check them all out. Turns out they all basically have the same description:
If you want to actually read the descs, open this image in a new tab.
Bafflingly, the Tis the Season jogger has just a single pic (there's a second one on Insta, but it's inexplicably very grainy). I ultimately decide to go for it anyways. It's ~$20 cheaper, and says "Spring"/"Summer" on the legs which I think is such a hilarious punchline to a "Tis the Season" product from She by Sheree. (I only know it says "Spring" on the other leg from Insta...the pic on the site only shows one side, which says "Summer" lol)
I add it to my cart, and it shows $142 plus $12.00 shipping, but there's a little banner that says "Spend $150.00 To Unlock Free Shipping!"
So I figure, if I can buy $12 or less of something else, that'd basically be free stuff! So I go back, and sort the whole site by price lowest to highest, and see some options for $6 or $7. Perfect!!! I add a couple to my cart, then go back to checkout to see that...I did not get free shipping, it's still $3.99.
Weirdly, after I removed one of the stickers, the shipping increases to $15.99
So then I decide, yknow what, eff this, if I'm gonna have to pay ~$170 for these Tis the Season joggers, I might as well go ahead and buy the VPL Joggers, which seem to be the main/"normal" version anyways. I go to add it to my cart, and it's inexplicably 20% off, cheaper than Tis the Season anyways.
When I go to check out, it seems that a discount code was automatically added. Interesting! Since I now have the discount code applied, I go to add back in the Tis the Season jogger to see if I can get that on a discount. Nope!!
I end up buying just the VPL Jogger in Slate, for $156.11 ($129.60 plus $12 shipping and $14.51 tax), which is about $20 more than I paid for the full Brooks Marks kit. Woof.


Based on the timestamps of my screenshots, I spent about an hour and ten minutes figuring out this order. While of course a lot of that was figuring out my cart situation, there were a couple of distractions. First, the She by Sheree Instagram, where her haters have apparently been allowed to sound off. If any comments have been removed, you wouldn't know it!
Some of the comments about missing orders fr almost spooked me off ordering, but I talked myself back into it.
Also, it had three story Highlights, but all three were just an image of the icon and that's it lol.

Press Coverage

Another distraction. I happened to notice this banner on the site:
And I'm not gonna lie...I did not believe them. So I did some fact checking, and they're real! Sort of!
  • Women's Health Magazine: "Shereé Whitfield Breaks Her Silence And Claps Back At Haters After She By Shereé's Website Crashes" it's honestly a shady af interview summary and a highly recommended read because of it. Favorite moment: "Shereé thinks that her website crashing is actually a good thing." in a massive pull quote format. Runner-up: "I asked Shereé about this [accusation that her clothes are Shein], and she said she hadn’t seen the reports but noted that other artists’ work often inspires fashion." 🤔
  • People Magazine: "Shereé Whitfield Defends Her She by Shereé Price Points: 'It's Worth Every Penny'" For sure less shady than Women's Health, but focuses mostly on the criticisms around the brand rather than, well, the brand. Favorite moment (you can really hear this in her voice):
"It's worth every penny," Whitfield insists. "Like, my She's a Star [$252] hoodie is worth every penny, because you are a star as far as I'm concerned."
  • New York Times: The Styles Desk's "93 Most Stylish People of 2022" included Sheree, and this is literally the entirety of their coverage: "After 14 years, the “Real Housewives of Atlanta” cast member launched her long awaited clothing line, She by Shereé. (Kind of.)"
  • Essence Magazine: "She By Shereé Is Finally Here" This is actual coverage of the brand, though in terms of content mostly just recaps the S14 finale.

Unboxing Video

No actual video, I'm just trying to be funny 🙃 The joggers came in a branded shipping bag, and inside were wrapped in branded tissue paper
Other than the packing slip, the only material inside was this card:
Not much to see on the joggers themselves. Here's a closeup of the embroidered logo and the tags. The obviously addended TPU label not doing much to dispel suspicions of rebranding cheap junk 😬
This pic is after a couple months.

My Review

Listen, I'll start positive. I really like wearing them. They are incredibly cozy, which is the key feature of joggers. I have worn them around the house, to the gym, running errands, WFH, no complaints.
I had been worried about the sizing. These are the sizes listed on the website:
Size Inseam Waistband
XS 30.5 18
S 31 22
M 31.5 26
L 32 30
XL 32.5 34
XXL 33 38
I normally get 30x30 pants, and so I decided to go with the size L. The 32" inseam worried me, but the jump down to 26" waist for M was even more worrying. That concern was basically unfounded: since they're tight around the heels and waist, they don't sit long, and the extra length mostly just makes them looser around the legs which is actually nice to have, though it gives a little too much room to give the VPL I was promised lol. Plus they shrunk a little after a couple washes. I was excited to see the drawstring come with brass aglets (something lacking on the Brooks Marks set) but one of them fell off in the first wash 🤣
Now then...as to whether they are worth $156, of course they aren't. These are sweatpants, and nothing special. I've bought cheaper athleisure from Lululemon, who at least justifies their bougie price point with proprietary engineered materials, not mass market cotton with an embroidered patch. For She by Sheree, to me, the brand is the branding, and nothing more.
And yet...speaking of the branding...I think it's horrible. When I wear my Brooks Marks stuff out in the world, there's like a 60-70% chance someone will comment. I've now worn my She by Sheree joggers out around a dozen times, and you want to know what people have said to me about them?
The star logo is the opposite of iconic. You have to stare at it up-close for like 10+ seconds to even notice that it says "She" and isn't just a Dallas Cowboys lookalike. The illegible, contorted little "e" is particularly unforgiveable. If you're gonna trade on your personal iconicity rather than the quality of your product, lean into it hard. Despite all the crap that people (myself included!!) gave Brooks Marks for doing a fashion show with one (1) fashion, that precocious little monster intuited the upside even if accidentally. These pants should say SHE BY SHEREE in boldly colored, easily readable, size 108 font down both legs. These should be fun to wear; they're just not.

Some additional thoughts on Housewives products...

I don't understand how Sheree isn't better able to help herself. Kandi had said at one point last season that Sheree probably has the best brand out of anybody; yet, she is struggling to scrape this into a veritable business. I legitimately believe that Sheree had the potential to do with women's athleisure what Bethenny did with alcohol and health foods; the potential for a runaway hit is there. And yet we're 15(!) years out from the fashion show with no fashions and she's still not really on her feet.
And ok...starting your own business is difficult...maybe she just doesn't have entrepreneurial chops...but like, the potential is there, the marketing is pre-handled, in fact your market is starving for you to feed it with something...it should not be that hard to find a partner with the skills to make it happen with all that money on the table. Surely she's being solicited by hopeful business partners often; is she just not saying yes to the right people? If so, why not? We did see her bemoan this last season but never saw any tactical action around it besides Kenya sassing her fashion show partner lol.
And it doesn't even need to be her own thing imho. I don't see why She by Sheree couldn't have manifested as, say, a partnership line from Lululemon or Nike or Athleta etc etc. Maybe Sheree's got delusions of being the next L.A.M.B. or Fenty when she could be even more successful as the next LC Lauren Conrad for Kohls. But what's wild to me is, I feel like she really could've been the next L.A.M.B. or Fenty, if she actually put in the work to make a real fashion line!! The hype was there, and has been for years! It's just not gonna happen by cutting corners slapping your tacky logo on overpriced dropshipped junk.
I have similar feelings about the infamous Sonja Morgan toaster oven. You're telling me that Haier or KitchenAid or Kenmore or whoever wouldn't make an absolute killing from whitelabeling Heather Thomson's SonJa (with a sexy J) logo design onto one of their standard models and marking it up 300%? People would go apeshit for that. Even as a one-time, limited edition thing...there is so much money to be made here...so why isn't it?
Kandi said something very interesting in the premiere:
Donjuan: She's [Sheree] not selling anything.
Kandi: The big disappointment...We tried to help her. She didn't want to pay nobody. Yknow what I'm sayin?
Carmon: What do you wanna do?
Kandi: You just don't wanna do nothing.
[cut to confessional]
Kandi: My girl Sheree, I love her very much, but when it comes to the business aspect of things, she's just never quite prepared. She's always like, "Oh, I already know, I have people." Yknow, all of that. And then this happens. [shrugs]
I have to wonder if these opportunities actually are presenting themselves, but Sheree (and Sonja) is too arrogant(?) to pursue them. They get in the way of their own success. But also, maybe I'm the naive one. Probably I'm overestimating the value proposition and underestimating the brand risk of these partnerships. Idk. These stunted Housewives brands are a weird phenomenon that I just can't wrap my head around.
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Apple (AAPL) is the largest company in the S&P 500.
It is also the largest large company the stock market has seen since at least 1980. With a market cap north of $2.7 trillion, Apple currently comprises roughly 7.4% of the entire index's value, the highest share since 1980, according to data from Creative Planning's chief market strategist Charlie Bilello.
This is more than a full percentage point above the share of the index held by IBM (IBM) back in its "Big Blue" heyday in the mid-80s. A time when the company's dominance in the personal computer market was being challenged by a tiny upstart called Apple Computer.
Concentration among the leaders of the S&P 500 has been a feature of the stock market for years.
And 2023 is no different.
Year-to-date, the S&P 500 is up more than 9% with just seven tech stocks driving all of the gains for the index, according to strategists at Bank of America Global Research — Apple, Microsoft (MSFT), Alphabet (GOOG, GOOGL), Amazon (AMZN), Nvidia (NVDA), Meta (META), and Tesla (TSLA).
Together, the S&P 500's five largest companies represent 22% of the index's value. And Apple alone is now worth more than the entire Russell 2000 (which has been hit hard by the crisis rocking regional banks). For investors, Bank of America's takeaway is that buying the equal-weighted S&P 500 may be more attractive than the traditional market-cap weighted index.
Intuitively, a small handful of companies accounting for the bulk of the increase in what investors call the "benchmark index" sounds like the stock market itself is in a fragile state.
Go back a few years in this debate and we find strategists noting that the largest companies in the index also account for an outsized portion of profitsearned by companies in the index. A trend which continues to hold up.
According to Bilello's data, Apple and Microsoft currently combine for just over 14% of the S&P 500's entire value.
And looking at data from S&P Global Market Intelligence, net income at Apple, Alphabet, and Microsoft has totaled just over $222 billion over the last 12 months — or about 14% of aggregate profits earned by the entire S&P 500 over that period.
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2023.05.23 04:42 luckylou005 Didn’t look at the name until I arrived in the parking lot. Was laughing the whole pick-up process, I probably looked like a crazy person. Anyways, what’s the funniest name y’all ever gotten that genuinely made you laugh?

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2023.05.23 02:29 RogueFox771 Other platforms to leave feedback for Gaijin

Update: This EXACT same post was removed on the WarThunder subreddit less than 10m after posting it with no reason given... Nice. I guess I should give more credit to people claiming the same has been done to them.
I contacted the mods for what I can do to get it back up or why it was removed. The response for clarity:
Your post was deemed to be spam, as there have already been dozens if not hundreds of similar posts over the past several days.
As you may know, Gaijin has removed Steam as a listed platform for War Thunder on their website. It has been speculated by some that they may remove the game from Steam entirely. There have supposedly been several attempts to communicate with Gaijin via their forums, however they are ignored if not outright removed. If that behavior wasn't clear enough, their public response to the community regarding the recent backlash has been.
Gaijin has showed a clear disregard for the actual community itself, only seeking to exploit it as much as possible for their own gain. I am once again, deeply saddened by their mismanagement of War Thunder, as I have well over 7k hours in the game and have played since the early days back in the early 2010s.
In light of this, I encourage the playerbase of War Thunder to make their voice heard regarding this company. I'm not asking you to leave negative reviews on any site you can find, but to rather leave an honest review of your experience with the game, and opinions on it in the past several years over your time playing the game.

If you know of other methods for leaving your feedback, please, list them below and I'll try to keep up and add them to the list here (besides Steam). I want our voices to be heard, and it deeply saddens me that Gaijin has gone so far out of their way to silence their playerbase instead of be transparent and communicative. I can only hope that this is due to a few bad leaders in the company, and that with any luck, they will step down and allow the return of the Gaijin some of us may remember from the early 2010s.
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2023.05.22 22:04 Bareberon Lord Beron of house Glover

Reddit Account: BareBeron
Discord Tag: Inked FlowerLeaf#3512
Name and House: Beron of house Glover.
Age: 35
Cultural Group: First Men (North)
Appearance: Beron has Dornish (Mother's side) and Northen (Father's side) descent, he has bright wide amber eyes and a bit of a tinted skintone, a black messy faded beard and lose hair that he does not tend to from time to time. He has the body length of 6'1 albeit having a slim muscular build.
Trait: String
Skill(s): Axes, Two handed weapons, animal tamer, Architect (e), Shipwright, logistician.
Talent(s): Flexible, artistic, knitting.
Negative Trait(s): N/A
Starting Title(s): Lord of Deepwood Motte.
Starting Location: Winterfell
Alternate Characters: Esgred Sunderly, Lucia Tyrell and Deria Allyrion.
House Glover stands high in pride, mainly known for their origins of Dornish people.
Arthur Dayne the next lord of Deepwood Motte born in 138 AC and later had wed the beautiful Dornish gal, Raya Glover had grown a fond and loving relationship while trying to strengthen themselves and their house. They were always compeding with another house connected with their goals to be better, one of them being House Whitehill.
The parents of Arthur were blessed to birth a daughter called "Zei Glover" in 150 AC. She grew up with a best friend of hers who secretly became her lover, once caught she never saw her again. Instantly being wed to a fine Dornish suitor to silent the voices of a missing young lady.
Both siblings were close with eachother but trying to keep their parents happy they tried to overstep eachothers boundaries even tho the fact was that Arthur was the prodigy. Arthur was physically more focused on while both parents invested emotionally in his sister.
Eventually, Arthur was announced as the new lord of Deepwood Motte. At first the new lord seemed strict and always reaching for impossible goals that nearly caused them to go in debts. Arthur was focused with providing a new prodigy and had Raya with child in 165 AC. Never said, but during the birth of Beron Glover it was rumored that Arthur left to brainstorm. His mother grew miserably while remaining wise and had proposed him to a Northener, Teora Glover.
Every time Arthur attempted to harden his son to make him ascend to a lord never helped however, in 182 AC Lynora, the second daughter of Zei and Aron was born with a bright smile. It was celebrated for at least 5 days until, Lynora was described to have this soothing smile at the moment after her birth that even melted the guards hearts. Of course none could be more jealous than Beron himself and not even a year later, Teora was with child as well. 183 AC the beatiful twin, Byren and Raya the 2nd were born. Continuing his line achieving 2 daughters in 184 to 185 AC, Marah and Lorra Glover.
While Teora just felt tired of the constant caring of her children and soaked up with her lady duties Beron, was already planning events and celebrations for his son... Only to find out he passed away 3 years after his birth, partly he felt the blame was on him making him grow insecure of his manliness. From there on he became more colder and neglected his children, if his first born son could be taken from him, why attempt to bond with those who'd come after him? If he ever would check up on them, it would be for business or health purposes.
It was clear the supportive, caring husband of Teora became something that could become a tyrant in the years to come. Still seeing him grieve in his working space about his father's heart attack in 170 AC with a giant portrait of him.
The same year the death of Byren his little brother, Rogar Glover was born only finding Beron grudge and walk away once confirmed Teora was healthy and provided him a son. Following with 3 daughters and one more son. The difference between each child was noticeable with some looking more Dornish while others resembled a Northener.
There is not much known or special events behind the house albeit, Brendon wants to make a change and let this house become known for being something more than just a Northen House.
138 AC: Birth of Arthur Glover.
150 AC: Birth of Arthur's sister, Zei Glover.
163 Ac: The wedding of Raya and Arthur Glover.
166 AC: The birth of Arthur's first and last child, Beron Glover.
168 AC: The secret missing lover of Zei went missing.
170 AC: Arthur Glover died of a heart attack.
178 AC: The birth of Alysanne Glover, sister of Lynora and daughter of Aron and Zei.
182 AC: The 2nd daughter of Aron and Zei Glover, Lynora was created. (Celebrated 5 days) in Deepwood Motte.
183 AC: Raya and Byren Glover were born.
184 AC: Marah Glover was born.
185 AC: Lorra Glovern was born.
186 AC: Rogar Glover was born, while Byren died a natural death.
187 AC: Teora the 2nd was born.
188 AC: Yoren Glover was born.
189 AC: Sarra Glover's birth.
192 AC: Erena Glover the last daughter known of Teora and Beron was born.
Family Tree:
House Glover
Lord Arthor Forrester: (Archetype: General)
Danny Woods: (Archetype: Medic)
Aron Glover: (Archetype: Trader)
Chayle Forrester: (Archetype: Warrior)
Euron Woods: (Archetype: Boatswain)
Gawen Forrester: (Archetype: Ship captain)
Gareth Forrester: (Archetype: Tourney Knight)
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2023.05.22 21:10 mrszubris Mom, can I show you my indigenous tattoo?? My biomom recolonized me, and I have been unpacking that for 2 years <3 Thank you. Love, A longtime grateful lurker and sibling.

**NON INDIGENOUS MOMS WELCOME TO REPLY!!!!! YOU DONT HAVE TO BE INDIGENOUS TO BE LOVING <3 <3 ** Thank you for reading this I know it is long it took a lot of bravery for me to share with women.... Women have not been kind to me in my life. And just reading here has been a form of therapy for me, to see how beautifully you all treat the kids in your sub....I need that I think...

My biomom comes from Mormon Nobility. They founded a town called Henneferville, there is a photo called "The Last Indians In Henneferville" with them living outside of a palisade wall built by my ancestors who proudly wrote diaries now in the archives of Salt Lake City about how "nice" they were to the Indians. Her lack of identity meant she spent years 16-20 becoming whatever would keep my dad from abandoning her. They met when she was 16 he was 18 and he has never ever gotten to exist without her completely and utterly dehumanizing him. She proclaimed "Cherokee Nation, Man" because of the Cherokee People song... She is the tiniest, palest most chronically unwell human I have ever met. Her grandparents are first cousins, my generation of cousins is rife with Ehlers Danlos of varying types. Also,the entire generation is either NO or VVLC with their parents.... Odd.... My dad and I were the literal brown sheep of the family compared to hers, and were TREATED as such. Brown is bad in their world, but my mom wanted an "Island Boy" to complete her borderline personality disorder vision.
I got my indigenous woman's hand tattoo finished this week. I finally shared the depths of what that woman did to me with my artist. She is literally like a library of Alexandria for indigenous tattooing in the Pacific and amazingly, I have known her since my days in children's Hula classes etc. I refound her to work on me <3 I was so lucky this woman saw my true heart and was honored to work on me.

Me and my artist with my newly finished hand. Do you like it Mom? It is a VERY traditional Hawaiian woman's tattoo.
Here is what i wrote.
What I have not explained is why a brazen and bold claiming of my indigenous culture felt necessary, to mark something so often seen as your HAND means instantaneous and frequently incorrect assumptions WILL be made about you, by people not unlike my mother.

In short, with no expertise, business doing so, or anyone asking her to; she decided what my culture was FOR me, as a child of adoption my poor dad was UTTERLY divorced from his native culture. That culture was her idealized 1960’s Hawaiian Airlines “PrEtTy” Hawaiian Girl. She wanted me to grow up into her beautiful half Japanese half English cousin who is one of the MOST talented Polynesian dancers I have had the pleasure of watching. I have never been that shape, I am the bull in the china shop. I was NEVER allowed to cut my hair, let alone dye it. She took sacred things like hula and oli (chant) and assembled her own performances for me to do. All alone… not surrounded as one should be by your halau, your tribal sisters and brothers in dance and language. I was a performing monkey to be used for ego cookies donating my time to performing for rooms of elderly veterans and raising money for the Masons, the Eastern Star and Lion’s Club for my evil Gram who used my own Dad as a "little brown boy" trumpet playing minstrel in his youth. (Generational trauma am I right?) Raising money for charity no matter how culturally inappropriately is all well and good, but the oral herpes from the threat of being pinched and told to “BE POLITE” as elderly men kissed a VERY “island girl mature” looking child on the mouth I could do without. She made me perform in the living room for random dinner guests, visitors, holidays.... Every part of this I found abhorrent. Our house looked like (still does tbh) a Hilo Hattie’s store with rare genuine Hawaiiana. It was like living in a bizarre museum dedicated to the purely white interpretation of a culture I learned to hate. She bought every scholarly book on a culture not her own, read none of them, and displayed them like trophies, both my dad and I were her island souvenirs as well. She invented her own costuming for me in this circus and I am only recently unpacking that I might be terrified of sewing machines because of HER and the countless fittings and misery, not because I’ll hurt myself (I still might, that still scares me a little).
What no one knew at the time of my youth was I had a genetic connective tissue disorder FROM her, so even while at my fittest and 165 lbs of solid muscle, I had saggy arms and boobs. You can see me as a fit young 10-year-old hitting puberty, at the same time my leg muscles are rippling my boobs already need a lift. I was too dark and too gigantic for the local white kids at home and way too white and tall for the Hawaiian kids on our first visit. I had children at Hawaiian immersion camp POKE my flesh in the communal showers (literal autistic hell) and wonder at its translucent whiteness (thanks EDS). This meant that at 13 years old, being 5’8 and “woman” shaped, I was booted right out of the young girls “kaika wahine” class and made to dance with the ELDERLY ladies “makua wahine” in the group, (truly I wasn’t THAT terrible, although proprioception is HARD). I did not even fit my HALAU’s (hula school) idealized version of what a hula dancer should look like. My mom had me in weight watchers in 7th grade....

Me as a 13 year old baby that she had at weight watchers.... Mom.... I wasn't fat was I?
Until my early 30’s I had done everything I could to avoid my culture, as the only part that even piqued my interest was tattooing (I come from a strangely illustrious semi-secret tattoo genealogy from my Dad) and that would be UnAcCePtAbLe to Mom. Ironically going no contact was one of the most singularly empowering ways to connect to my other ancients that she understands NONE of. My bone ghosts could finally speak and demand that they had the hand tattoo that at some point in our history we were denied by new colonizers, derided as inappropriate to mark the beautiful Hawaiian women, it was propagandized as the “gentler” set of islands, the women not so ‘savage’ as the Maori with their facial and hand tattoos.
The irony is that my hair she always demanded down, long, and brushed violently (removing all my natural curl)? Would have been a sign of servitude or enslavement in the ancient times, women, for practicality reasons like FIRE, COOKING, BABIES HANGING ON YOU, wore top knots. Also, ironically a woman’s hand tattoo is one of the most pure and untouched and unchanged traditions that the Hawaiian people retained, Hawaii was visited very early by colonists/explorers and thusly their men’s tattoos swiftly took on the look of the other South Pacific Islands as well as those of sailors and vagabonds. However, women’s tattooing kept their tradition long into the colonized years, to protect your own spirit (mana) from leaving your body as you create works, and not allowing the mana of others to penetrate your own spirit with their negative forces. Sometimes it references where you need to SEND that energy forward? To the past? To the sky? Hawaiian women also tattooed each other as a sign of great mourning and grief, Queen Kaahumanu had one entirely black palm after Kamehameha passed away. Ritualistic scarification was an important form of grief and mourning in their culture. Your tattoos are the ONLY thing you can take with you, the only atomic blue dots you can ADD to yourself that will remain with you in perpetuity.

I so deeply needed to claim the TRUE parts of my heritage, to protect my chaotic mana, to be a proper human in the eyes of my ANCIENT people, not the recent ones, who had forgotten the faces of their ancient fathers and mothers. The ONLY part of my culture that felt True and Right to me, were the physical manifestations and claim of heritage. The non propagandized and prettified portions. My face does not tell you the story of my ancestors too well, I am nearly impossible to place with 13 major genetic regions to hail from. So, I will mark my skin. Let there be no mistake who my ghosts are, what ancestors stand behind me, let it be clear my mana is protected and untouchable.

I did not have the indigenous “village” that should have helped raise me and balance me and show me different versions of humanity than my mom’s people (rather universally ‘not so great’ in the latest 5 generations). I was not blessed with the gifts of an ancestor to walk me on our homelands. For one entire half of me, there were great gaping schisms. I was not given the recipes, the family stories, unlike my Uncles who were NOT put up for adoption my father and I did not get to gallop on the great ranch lands of the Pa’u riders, nor to ‘talk story’ about the old days on Ewa Plantation. I do not have native sisters and aunties to sit with me and fan me as I am tattoo’d and drawn on with great needles. I must form the tribe by myself, for myself.

My mind comes to the table of my detached culture utterly alone, other than all the ghosts in my bones. I envision them fanning me while needles buzz, I try to slow the buzz down to the trillion tiny taps of ta-ta-ta-tau sound like it would be, could be, should be. “Aue…. Aue……. “ they murmur as claret flows, humming songs from the old times that my blood knows more than my ears, with the sound of ocean and tradewinds blowing back my hair from a sweaty brow so that I can smile into the pain and feel my tattoos as inheritance rather than branding.

Mom.... I wish you could have been there with me like it should have been......

Me and my Daddy who is Hawaiian Korean and Scots (with a small jumble of \"other\") he was adopted to white KKK members from Alabama who were in the Navy. His mom Aulani, who was Hawaiian Korean and also put up for adoption as she was born of an affair while her mother Rose Min Sook (bottom left) was being violently abused by her husband George. The other children didnt know why their baby sister left. Rose came from Korea in 1903 with her father Duk Soon her mother Martha (bottom right) who died after her 8th child of uterine cancer at a very young age. All the children were split up and had to reunite after their father died at Ewa Plantation. I wish they knew that I was brave, and my Daddy and I are better than what was given to us too....
Thanks mom, I hope you think my tattoo is beautiful, its the inheritance that my indigenous women were denied.
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2023.05.22 20:34 mrszubris To be recolonized.... Indigenous/Adoption/Generational Trauma Story

Cat Haiku:
Magnus, tabby cat
Afraid of your shadow tail
Purring all the time.

My mom comes from Mormon Nobility. They founded a town called Henneferville, there is a photo called "The Last Indians In Henneferville" with them living outside of a palisade wall built by my ancestors who proudly wrote diaries now in the archives of Salt Lake City about how "nice" they were to the Indians. Her lack of identity meant she spent years 16-20 becoming whatever would keep my dad from abandoning her. She proclaimed "Cherokee Nation, Man" because of the Cherokee People song... She is the tiniest, palest most chronically unwell human I have ever met. Her grandparents are first cousins, my generation of cousins is rife with Ehlers Danlos of varying types. Also,the entire generation is either NO or VVLC with their parents.... Odd....
I have been doing a lot of creative writing in the last two years and I got my indigenous woman's hand tattoo finished this week. I finally shared the depths of what that woman did to me with my artist and I wondered if any other indigenous people had similar issues with their non indigenous parent?
Here is what i wrote.
What I have not explained is why a brazen and bold claiming of my indigenous culture felt necessary, to mark something so often seen as your HAND means instantaneous and frequently incorrect assumptions WILL be made about you, by people not unlike my mother.

In short, with no expertise, business doing so, or anyone asking her to; she decided what my culture was FOR me, as a child of adoption my dad was UTTERLY divorced from his native culture. That culture was her idealized 1960’s Hawaiian Airlines “PrEtTy” Hawaiian Girl. I was NEVER allowed to cut my hair, let alone dye it. She took sacred things like hula and oli (chant) and assembled her own performances for me to do. All alone… not surrounded as one should be by your halau, your tribal sisters and brothers in dance and language. I was a performing monkey to be used for ego cookies donating my time to performing for rooms of elderly veterans and raising money for the Masons, the Eastern Star and Lion’s Club for my evil Gram who used my own Dad as a "little brown boy" trumpet playing minstrel in his youth. (Generational trauma am I right?) Raising money for charity no matter how culturally inappropriately is all well and good, but the oral herpes from the threat of being pinched and told to “BE POLITE” as elderly men kissed a VERY “island girl mature” looking child on the mouth I could do without. Every part of this I found abhorrent. Our house looked like (still does tbh) a Hilo Hattie’s store with rare genuine Hawaiiana. It was like living in a bizarre museum dedicated to the purely white interpretation of a culture I learned to hate. She bought every scholarly book on a culture not her own, read none of them, and displayed them like trophies, both my dad and I her island souvenirs as well. She invented her own costuming for me in this circus and I am only recently unpacking that I might be terrified of sewing machines because of HER and the countless fittings and misery, not because I’ll hurt myself (I still might, that still scares me a little).

What no one knew at the time of my youth was I had a genetic connective tissue disorder FROM her, so even while at my fittest and 165 lbs of solid muscle, I had saggy arms and boobs. You can see me as a fit young 10-year-old hitting puberty, at the same time my leg muscles are rippling my boobs already need a lift. I was too dark and too gigantic for the local white kids at home and way too white and tall for the Hawaiian kids on our first visit. I had children at Hawaiian immersion camp POKE my flesh in the communal showers (literal autistic hell) and wonder at its translucent whiteness (thanks EDS). This meant that at 13 years old, being 5’8 and “woman” shaped, I was booted right out of the young girls “kaika wahine” class and made to dance with the ELDERLY ladies “makua wahine” in the group, (truly I wasn’t THAT terrible, although proprioception is HARD). I did not even fit my HALAU’s (hula school) idealized version of what a hula dancer should look like.

Until my early 30’s I had done everything I could to avoid my culture, as the only part that even piqued my interest was tattooing (I come from a strangely illustrious semi-secret tattoo genealogy) and that would be UnAcCePtAbLe to Mom. Ironically going no contact was one of the most singularly empowering ways to connect to my other ancients that she understands NONE of. My bone ghosts could finally speak and demand that they had the hand tattoo that at some point in our history we were denied by new colonizers, derided as inappropriate to mark the beautiful Hawaiian women, it was propagandized as the “gentler” set of islands, the women not so ‘savage’ as the Maori with their facial and hand tattoos.

The irony is that my hair she always demanded down, long, and brushed violently (removing all my natural curl)? Would have been a sign of servitude or enslavement in the ancient times, women, for practicality reasons like FIRE, COOKING, BABIES HANGING ON YOU, wore top knots. Also, ironically a woman’s hand tattoo is one of the most pure and untouched and unchanged traditions that the Hawaiian people retained, Hawaii was visited very early by colonists/explorers and thusly their men’s tattoos swiftly took on the look of the other South Pacific Islands as well as those of sailors and vagabonds. However, women’s tattooing kept their tradition long into the colonized years, to protect your own spirit (mana) from leaving your body as you create works, and not allowing the mana of others to penetrate your own spirit with their negative forces. Sometimes it references where you need to SEND that energy forward? To the past? To the sky? Hawaiian women also tattooed each other as a sign of great mourning and grief, Queen Kaahumanu had one entirely black palm after Kamehameha passed away. Ritualistic scarification was an important form of grief and mourning in their culture. Your tattoos are the ONLY thing you can take with you, the only atomic blue dots you can ADD to yourself that will remain with you in perpetuity.

I so deeply needed to claim the TRUE parts of my heritage, to protect my chaotic mana, to be a proper human in the eyes of my ANCIENT people, not the recent ones, who had forgotten the faces of their ancient fathers and mothers. The ONLY part of my culture that felt True and Right to me, were the physical manifestations and claim of heritage. The non propagandized and prettified portions. My face does not tell you the story of my ancestors too well, I am nearly impossible to place with 13 major genetic regions to hail from. So, I will mark my skin. Let there be no mistake who my ghosts are, what ancestors stand behind me, let it be clear my mana is protected and untouchable.

My indigenous healers tell me that when our recent ancestors do not exhibit the qualities that we identify with it is best to go deeper, to go back further, to some ancient ephemeral mother or father who DID do it all right, and tuck yourself against their proverbial skirts to trust their direction as your instinctual guide.

The number of bleeding days varies by culture but three is generally considered acceptable you do not “create” neither food, nor artistic works, nor weapons, lest your chaotic and as yet newly contained mana be imbued into an object that could give another power over you.

I did not have the indigenous “village” that should have helped raise me and balance me and show me different versions of humanity than my mom’s people (rather universally ‘not so great’ in the latest 5 generations). I was not blessed with the gifts of an ancestor to walk me on our homelands. For one entire half of me, there were great gaping schisms. I was not given the recipes, the family stories, unlike my Uncles who were NOT put up for adoption my father and I did not get to gallop on the great ranch lands of the Pa’u riders, nor to ‘talk story’ about the old days on Ewa Plantation. I do not have native sisters and aunties to sit with me and fan me as I am tattoo’d and drawn on with great needles. I must form the tribe by myself, for myself.

My mind comes to the table of my detached culture utterly alone, other than all the ghosts in my bones. I envision them fanning me while needles buzz, I try to slow the buzz down to the trillion tiny taps of ta-ta-ta-tau sound like it would be, could be, should be. “Aue…. Aue……. “ they murmur as claret flows, humming songs from the old times that my blood knows more than my ears, with the sound of ocean and tradewinds blowing back my hair from a sweaty brow so that I can smile into the pain and feel my tattoos as inheritance rather than branding. I envision them laughing gently, knowingly, at the colonizer ancestors that also exist in my blood at how silly it all was, to take something so integral away. Something as integral as one’s bones.

Never stop looking for what feels right. Your ancestors had to live fearlessly and by their guts to make it possible for you to exist, if not recently, certainly in your ancients. The more genealogy I do, the closer I get to the truths of my blood the more grounded and right in my self I feel.

Do something to make your ghosts happy today, see how it feels…
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