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2023.06.05 17:50 PrizePresentation193 Meraki/Unifi help needed please
I'm pretty new to IT (I used to clean houses so no real tech background), and have been working on an entry level help desk doing password resets, showing users how to use Outlook and general Windows 10/11 tickets. I like it so far.
I was able to look over the shoulder of one of our level 3 technicians and I was really interested in learning more. I asked my team leader how if I could start being more involved with those types of tickets and was essentially laughed at for my lack of experience and while nobody said this directly I've felt that because I'm a woman and have no experience I won't have the opportunity to move up.
Once a month they let us look over a pallet of hardware before it goes to recycle and some of the guys grab servers for homelab type tinkering. I'm less interested in servers than I am networking at the moment so I grabbed a Meraki MX65, a Unifi Enterprise XG 24 switch and a POS laptop. I bought a year license for the Meraki out of pocket and everything. My team lead said if I can set up a LAN, wireless network and lastly configure the meraki and or unifi switch so that a single port on the switch gives out an IP address for a different VLAN and I can ping across the two VLANs both ways he would start showing me some network stuff. Tearing out my Spectrum internet router and getting the Meraki in place and working was a huge success for me and only involved two phone calls to Meraki support (Thanks Micah!)
I've been trying for over a month in my free time and I still can't get it and I told him I don't have it figured out yet. I don't even care about the "reward" anymore and now it's becoming personal that I can't figure it out. I'm hoping someone can lend me a hand here and help me see what I'm overlooking. I'll do my best to describe how I have it currently set up.
I have an Arris SURFboard SB8200 that I connected Spectrums coaxial to which then connects to my Meraki MX65 into the Internet 1 port. When I plug this laptop into any of the LAN ports I get internet and everything is great. I then added the switch into the mix. I was able to configure that after many headaches and googling and finally followed a YouTube video. I am using Port 10 on the Meraki and that plugs into port 24 on the Unifi XG 24 via a red ethernet cable (they said "uplinks should be red cables for best practice") and when I plug my laptop into any of the ports on the switch I get internet YAY! So far so good! The last thing I did was borrow a Unifi Flex HD access point and adopted that into my Unifi dashboard, created a wireless network (Thanks again YouTube!) and now I have wireless internet all over my home and even out into my yard so I can garden and stream music YAY!
Now for my failure...
I created a VLAN on the Meraki
I then created the same VLAN on the switch (I think I had to do this?)
I then went into the switch in the unifi dashboard, clicked my switch and then port management
[Unifi port 24](https://i.imgur.com/seLio0M.png
[Unifi Port 24 more](https://i.imgur.com/JN4RAT8.png
When I plug my laptop into port 24 now I'm still only getting an IP address from my original configuration, not the VLAN 120 I created and I thought I set the port to. This is where my lack of network knowledge and or experience shows. If I set the native VLAN on Port 10 in the Meraki to my VLAN 120, then when I plug my laptop in to port 24 on the switch I get the new VLAN IP address which is good but I can't ping back to the original LAN to anything.
I don't know what I'm missing to be able to have connectivity between the two networks. I've watched youtube video after video, googled my brains out and I'm simply stuck. Anyone have a guess out there?
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2023.06.05 17:49 GuruKronos New Xbox Home Experience Support & Discussion: Week of June 5th, 2023
Discuss your experiences with the New Xbox Home Experience on Xbox consoles here all week long!
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- For information on the feature please visit the blog post announcements here
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- To report a bug/issue not listed in the Known Issues, be sure to use Report a Problem on the console and select Dashboard > New Home Experience.
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2023.06.05 17:49 TheTruthIs2022 Update to reconciliation
Update, check history for more context if needed.
It’s been a little over 7 months since DDay. He denied the EA and refused to give any details. I had to do the detective work of finding out her name, location, job, family details.
He didn’t admit to anything until I said, “most spouses know their partners friends. You never once mentioned her to me. So, maybe I should contact “OBS’s name” and say, “hey, my husband has become close best friends with your fiancé. You know anything about this? Because I didn’t.”
It was the first time he showed any admission to guilt, by simply agreeing with me with a shitty, “ok.” Initially I told him that I didn’t want any of the details, just confirmation that it was over and that she was blocked.
We did a lot of rug sweeping & hysterical bonding as his work schedule had him away for long stretches of time.
He’s finally done with traveling and has been home for the past 6 weeks. We’ve been taking nightly walks around the neighborhood that last about 40 minutes. About an hour before we were to start walking the other night I approached him and told him that I didn’t want to raise his blood pressure or spring anything on him but that I wanted to take advantage of these walks, I was ready to start discussing what happened and I wanted to give him a heads up to start thinking about what it was he wanted to share with me.
The walk was almost nearly over before he found the courage to stop making small talk and get down to it. He started by telling me that this whole experience has really made him realize what an exceptional woman I am and how lucky he is to have me stick by him after what he did.
Those words really made me feel seen.
He shared a little bit about how it started before we got back to the house. We have a kid so we dropped the subject and finished our day.
Yesterday we decided to go to the gym and work out in the morning and then we did a ton of intensive yard work moving quickcrete from the garage to the shed so I knew right off the bat that the nightly walk was off the table.
I decided to bring up the subject again but this time I said, “I just want to tell you a little bit about how I’ve been feeling…”
And I opened up the flood gates and I pretty much said everything I’ve been bottling up about my insecurities and anger. Things I’ve said to my best friend, to OBS, basically things that you would originally communicate with your partner first instead of someone else when in a healthy relationship.
How I can see things from his side because I was part of the issues in our relationship, I can understand being bored and overwhelmed with family life and wanting to escape, that I can allow myself to have this perspective for him out of empathy, sympathy, and deep love, but that I couldn’t even begin to detail how much I hate this other woman. How I know practically nothing about their time together, their conversations. How she lives rent free in my head all day long, how I hate that he’s painted a version of me as some kind of crazy, lazy wife that she gets to pretend that’s all I am. I told him how much it burns me up inside that she coveted the life that I had and wanted it for herself, did she fantasize about being with my husband and playing the role of cool step mom with our child?
I told him I wanted him to start telling me things about her that he was initially attracted to, things about her that he didn’t like, especially looking back at any red flags she showed that he saw that made him not want her as a potential partner, basically saying sometimes I wish he would trash talk her to me.
I told him about a particular day I was spiraling and started getting onto him through text about her. He had wrote, “I don’t care about that bitch, I haven’t talked to her.” I told him that that one insult towards her was like a life preserver being thrown to me while I was drowning in an ocean.
He told me that right away they knew it wasn’t going to go anywhere between the two of them; she living up in the north east US and we are in the south, different time zones; that her OBS worked crazy long hours and was never home so she had the time to kill to flirt and get the attention she wanted out of pure loneliness.
He swears nothing physical ever happened between them, though I don’t think I’ll ever really believe that with some of the red flags I saw before DDay, along with what I’ve learned about AP through OBS.
A lot of what he shared is the same that OBS got out of AP, which gives me a small peace of mind, though they could have just coordinated a story when he told her he had gotten caught and ended things with her.
Our next conversation, I’m going to focus on DDay and what was going through his mind, as well as what they said to each other when he contacted her that morning.
OBS hasn’t replied to my last email. I shared three books about infidelity that we had ordered, letting him know that we were going to be talking more about it and if he wanted me to relay anything I have learned, to let me know as I didn’t want my contacting him to feel like picking an old scab. Still no reply to tell me yes or no, but I’m not going to push it.
So, that’s where I’m at right now with all of this. I know everyone works through things at a different pace, but I really feel good about the space I allowed between us to start healing before doing the super hard work of confronting the meat of what happened.
I feel like if I had dived straight into making rash decisions with screaming and threats, there wouldn’t have been a way to come back from that. The amount of self control and patience I have exhibited during this experience should earn me a sainthood and I’m an atheist, lol.
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2023.06.05 17:49 pils333 Isn’t this also a hint for a sticky diss?
2023.06.05 17:48 witcheymickey I hope this doesn’t count as off topic but the mods at r/piercing didn’t appreciate so i’m hoping you guys will!!
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2023.06.05 17:47 SerousDarkice Ansible Cannot Find ansible-pylibssh
I am nearing my wit's end to figure out why Ansible cannot seem to find ansible-pylibssh unless Ansible itself is installed in a Python virtual environment.
Here's the environment background:
OS: RHEL 8.7 Ansible: ansible-core 2.13.3
In the control node different teams have their own Ansible directory / project.
/opt/ansible/systems, /opt/ansible/network, etc.
To deal with needing to add Python functionality beyond what's available from RHEL repos, I'm using Python virthal environments.
For example, to use the community.vmware collection, I needed pyVmomi. I made a venv for vmware within the systems directory, activated it, and used pip to install pyVmomi. Since the playbook that needs this will be run using a systemd timer, I decided to specify the ansible_python_interpreter in the playbook to point to the python binary within the virtual environment. Everything works like a charm.
Here's the problem:
The network people need ansible-pylibssh to make the best use of their Cisco collections. Following the same steps as above, Ansible apparently cannot find ansible-pylibssh. The only way I can get Ansible to find ansible-pylibssh is by creating a Python venv, activating it, installing Ansible into it with pip and installing ansible-pylibssh, and running Ansible while the venv is activated.
What I don't understand is why Ansible can find and use pyVmomi for my VMware playbook by simply specifying the python interpreter, but cannot find and use ansible-pylibssh when the network folks do the same thing.
I initially thought this was the issue (from the verbose output): ansible python module location = /uslib/python3.9/site-packages/ansible; however, that output is the same with the VMware playbook, which works fine.
This is the network playbook being tested, and a sample of the -vvv output with it not finding ansible-pylibssh. It ultimately errors out because of paramiko being missing but only because Ansible can't find ansible-pylibssh.
``` - name: Gather switch facts hosts: myswitches gather_facts: no connection: network_cli vars: ansible_python_interpreter: /opt/ansible/network/venv/bin/python
tasks: - name: Collect hostname, version, and serial number ios_facts: gather_subset: all gather_network_resources: False register: ios_output when: ansible_network_os == 'ios' and ansible_network_os is defined ```
``` ansible-playbook playbooks/playbooktest.yml -vvv ansible-playbook [core 2.13.3] config file = /opt/ansible/network/ansible.cfg configured module search path = ['/home/myuse.ansible/plugins/modules', '/usshare/ansible/plugins/modules'] ansible python module location = /uslib/python3.9/site-packages/ansible ansible collection location = /opt/ansible/network/collections executable location = /usbin/ansible-playbook python version = 3.9.13 (main, Nov 9 2022, 13:16:24) [GCC 8.5.0 20210514 (Red Hat 8.5.0-15)] jinja version = 3.1.2 libyaml = True Using /opt/ansible/network/ansible.cfg as config file host_list declined parsing /opt/ansible/network/inventory/main as it did not pass its verify_file() method script declined parsing /opt/ansible/network/inventory/main as it did not pass its verify_file() method auto declined parsing /opt/ansible/network/inventory/main as it did not pass its verify_file() method Parsed /opt/ansible/network/inventory/main inventory source with ini plugin redirecting (type: modules) ansible.builtin.ios_facts to cisco.ios.ios_facts redirecting (type: modules) ansible.builtin.nxos_facts to cisco.nxos.nxos_facts Skipping callback 'default', as we already have a stdout callback. Skipping callback 'minimal', as we already have a stdout callback. Skipping callback 'oneline', as we already have a stdout callback.
PLAYBOOK: playbooktest.yml ********************************************************************************************* 1 plays in playbooks/playbooktest.yml
PLAY [Gather switch facts] ********************************************************************************************* META: ran handlers
TASK [Collect hostname, version, and serial number] ******************************************************************** task path: /opt/ansible/network/playbooks/playbooktest.yml:9 redirecting (type: connection) ansible.builtin.network_cli to ansible.netcommon.network_cli redirecting (type: terminal) ansible.builtin.ios to cisco.ios.ios redirecting (type: cliconf) ansible.builtin.ios to cisco.ios.ios [WARNING]: ansible-pylibssh not installed, falling back to paramiko ```
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2023.06.05 17:47 cbander [H]May Choice Leftovers, The Smurfs - Mission Vileaf and allot of other games [W] Game Offers.
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2023.06.05 17:47 You_Savvy [USA-MI] [H] Pokemon Games, Jungle Green N64, "new" 3DS XL, Zelda, GBA SP, Mario, Fire Emblem, GBA / DS / 3DS / N64 / Gamecube / Wii Games [W] Paypal
Will only respond to people who post in the thread. Selling lots of games and consoles. Taking only PayPal F&F at this time.
Please let me know if you want pictures of anything or want to see any boards, all games are 100% authentic. Some cases do have varying degrees of damage and anything that stands out will be noted, please look through the pictures or ask for more to know exactly what you’re buying. Everything is tested and working. Shipping is $5 on all orders.
|Consoles and misc ||Price ||Condition |
|Black Nintendo "new" 3DS XL ||$220 ||In great condition with minimal ware, screens are perfect, comes with OEM charger but no stylus |
|Jungle Green N64 ||$200 ||Comes complete with controller, expansion pak, and cords, in fantastic condition |
|Cobalt Blue GBA SP ||$70 ||Used with ware |
|Black GBA SP ||$75 ||Used with light ware |
|Gameboy/Color Games ||Price ||Condition |
|Pokemon Red ||$40 ||Loose, label worn/faded, brand new battery |
|Zelda Link’s Awakening ||$32 ||Loose, battery still working |
|GBA Games ||Price ||Condition |
|Golden Sun ||$42 ||Loose |
|Pokemon Ruby ||$50 ||Loose, has no label but authentic cartridge, brand new battery |
|Gamecube Games ||Price ||Condition |
|Zelda Collector's Edition ||$50 ||Loose |
|TMNT Mutant Melee ||$28 ||Case and game, no manual |
|Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles ||$30 ||CIB |
|Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 ||$28 ||Case and game, no manual |
|Metroid Prime 2 Echoes ||$50 ||CIB |
|Metroid Prime ||$30 ||CIB |
|Mario Golf Toadstool Tour ||$28 ||CIB, barcode sticker placed on the back of the cover art (not the plastic shield), did not try to remove it myself |
|Mega Man X Collection ||$30 ||CIB |
|Sonic Adventure DX Director's Cut ||$20 ||Loose |
|Super Mario Strikers ||$45 ||Loose |
|Scooby Doo Night of 100 Frights ||$24 ||CIB |
|Army Men Air Combat Elite Missions ||$20 ||CIB, case has some damage |
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2023.06.05 17:46 RevolutionaryTalk315 Argument with a Boomer on vacation: What she read on the internet VS what I read in a book
This weekend I went to Hannibal, MO to see Mark Twain's boyhood home, ride on a river cruise, and visit Mark Twain Cave. I am a little bit of a nerd, so I have a tendency to read up on places before I actually go there. One of the books I had read before I ever decided to go to Hannibal was a book called "Lost Boys Of Hannibal" by author John Wingate, which is about a incident that took place in the1960s where three boys ended up getting lost in Cameron Cave (across the street from Mark Twain cave) and were never found despite the state of Missouri launching the biggest cave search in it's history.
Spoiler: The belief is that the boys were in a cave passage that went under a nearby highway (MO 79) that was under construction at the time and the passage collapsed when the workers were blasting to clear a portion of a hill for the road.
When I ended up going on the Mark Twain cave tour, one of the people in my tour group was some 70 year old Boomer lady who wouldn't shut up the entire time. She kept acting like she knew everything about the cave and that she knew more than our tour guide. Eventually when we got to the end of our tour, or guide asked us if anyone had anymore question about the cave, and in true fashion the old fart raised her hand.
The old fart claimed that she had read something online about how the three boys went missing in 2020 and she wanted to know if they ever figured out what happened to them.
No one in our group had any idea what she was talking about, including the tour guide, and out of curiosity I asked the old lady if she was referring to the boys who got lost in the 1960s. In true Boomer fashion, she took the suggestion personally and cut me off claiming that "no one got lost in this cave in the 60s" and the post she read on the internet said "they got lost in 2020."
Seeing that she was getting heated, I let the matter drop and soon we re-entered the visitor center and gift shop. Before leaving the cave I walked over to the collection of books they had on display for sale and while looking at the books, she came up behind me and started giving me trouble for being "so disrespectful to her." She demanded that I owed her an "apologize for trying to correct her on a subject that I knew nothing about."
That is when the richest of things happened....
The gift shop had copies of the book I had read for sale.
I pulled it off the shelf and showed the lady the blurb on the back, which described how the event took place in 1967, not 2020. I told her that I would be happy buy her a copy if she was interested to learn more about everything that had happened, but she didn't want anything to do with it. She just gave me a disgruntled look, and silently walked off with a humph and her 2 grandkids in tow.
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2023.06.05 17:46 Spookygaming0000 This is my channel if you wanna play with coop add me or text me sup to my channel https://youtube.com/@spooky__9
2023.06.05 17:44 Rtalbert235 Including a filter as part of a search query?
I want to take a task list that results from a filter, and filter it down further using a search. For example I have a "Next" filter:
((p:NEXT ACTIONS) @next) & (!(#FUTURE)) & !(#SOMEDAY/MAYBE) & !(##PARKED)
This gives me all my tasks that are either next actions on projects (@next) or in a general "Next Actions" project, but which are not in the future, in someday/maybe, or in inactive projects. The list it generates is where I spend most of my time, but it's still fairly long and I would like to slice it by context -- for example, take all the actions in this filter and then return only the ones with an @home tag.
But I don't see a way to do this without re-entering all the code that creates the filter and adding the extra tag. If I run the filter and then search @home, it clears the filter and brings me all tasks with the @home filter.
So is there a way to search within the results of a filter?
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2023.06.05 17:44 Key-Geologist-3267 Lmao who called it 🤭
2023.06.05 17:43 Alternative-Month408 Kirk and matz Glass And Crystal Awards
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2023.06.05 17:42 Stromboli8675309 AITA? My family is disappointed in me after my sister’s wedding weekend extravaganza…
TL/DR: Family very disappointed in me for leaving post-wedding lunch “early”, after having done so much leading up to the wedding.
My older sister’s wedding was last weekend. For context, my parents favor the heck out of her more than me. She can’t do anything wrong, they always provide an excuse for her, etc. Fast forward and I quite literally planned her husband’s engagement because he doesn’t plan anything, took free engagement pictures and have done nothing but listen about this damn wedding for 1.5 years.
Wedding day comes and it’s just a lot. Went from 8am to midnight non-stop with pictures, ceremony, more pictures and the reception. It was a really, really long day. My parents wanted to have a follow-up party at their house the next day. My SO and I were completely drained, but still went of course because it’s my sister. After being there about 2.5hrs, we said our goodbyes and went home. Walking out the door, my sister calls me out in front of the remaining people there for “leaving early during her wedding weekend.” She said I was being a bad brother, etc.
Today I get a call from my parents saying they are not mad, just very disappointed in me, and how I made the family look bad for not being there for my sister. Now I feel like my family looks down on me even more, even after how much I feel I’ve done for my sister and how much money I’ve put towards the wedding and her gift.
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2023.06.05 17:42 Mean-Classic-7739 Something in the blizzard (actual part 1 this time)
I woke up with Chloe cuddled up next to me in bed. Her head was resting on my chest and she was lightly snoring. I gently shifted and opened the curtains. I was preparing to be blinded by the pure white snow but I wasn’t. I didn’t see much at first as it is a window well but after I looked up it really started to seem strange. Sure it was snowing hard and there was a thick blanket of snow on the ground, but it was odd that it was still so dark outside. It almost seemed like someone had turned the brightness down if that makes sense. I checked the time on the clock just in case it was earlier in the morning than I thought but… it wasn’t the clock read 8:32 am.
“Hey… hey Chloe,” I mumbled gently, nudging her head.
“Mhmm,” She yawned, her eyes hardly open.
“Look outside, is it just me or is that strange?” I asked her pointing to the window.
“Give me a sec,” She said, reaching for her glasses on the nightstand.
She put them on and then looked out the window. She stared out the window for a minute and by the way she tilted her head I knew she was confused.
“That… that’s weird,” She said finally.
“What time is it?” She asked, turning toward me.
“8:32,” I answered.
“That’s weird then, it's almost like the sun isn’t out,” She observed getting up and fully opening the curtains to get a better look.
I got a little uncomfortable Chloe had taken meteorology for two years of high school and taken it as a minor in college. She wasn’t an expert but it still made me confused.
“Must be just a very thick cloud cover,” She said, eyeing it suspiciously.
I could tell she was a little nervous so I got up and put an arm around her.
“It’ll be okay the storm will pass in like a day or two anyways,” I said mustering my most encouraging voice.
She smiled at me and leaned into me: “I know, I just can’t help but worry sometimes you know.”
“Yeah I do,” I said.
It was right then when we were staring out that window that what my dad said yesterday began creeping back up into my mind. They’ll escape from the lab… they’ll kill you… the creatures will kill you!
“Who’s the creatures? What lab?” I thought to myself.
“What babe?” Chloe asked, looking up at me.
“Oh, sorry I didn’t mean to say that out loud, just something Dad had told me in his ramblings when he called me at the store last night,” I explained.
She nodded, “Well I wouldn’t take anything from him, he’s just a nut job,” she said, “I’m glad you're more like your mom than him.”
She gave me a cute little smile after that and I just smiled back.
I made my way upstairs and saw Gretchen and her boys were already having breakfast. Cinnamon toast crunch for the boys and Gretchen had made herself some pancakes and bacon.
“Any more?” I asked her motioning towards her plate.
“Yep, in the kitchen,” She said, pointing towards it.
“Thanks, sis!” I smiled.
She nodded and I got me and Chloe's plates put together. I then set my plate at the table and hers at the seat next to me, and then began eating. After a couple of minutes, Chloe walked in. Her eyes fell on the plate sitting next to mine.
“Thanks, babe,” She smiled, taking a seat in the chair and beginning to eat as well.
“Mommy, can we go play with the puppies outside?” Alan asked, giving her a big smile.
“Yes, just go put your coats on,” She said, giving Alan and Aaron a sweet little smile.
“Ok mommy,” They both said excitedly running off to their room.
“Alby why don’t you join your brothers,” She suggested giving him a look.
Alby who had his head in a book as always sighed and walked off to the room after his two brothers.
“Hey Chloe, does that blizzard look concerning to you?” Gretchen asked her the moment the boy's bedroom door closed.
Chloe looked outside again. The snow wasn’t falling that heavy at the moment.
“Yeah seems fine I’d have them come inside if it picks up anymore though,” Chloe explained after swallowing a large chunk of her pancake.
“No I mean look how dark it is,” Gretchen motioned outside.
“Oh, yeah me and Joey were talking about that earlier, just seems like a very thick cloud cover, but I’d keep an eye on them,” Chloe explained.
“I’ll keep two eyes,” Gretchen said as the three boys came out of the room wearing their big blue coats and boots.
They all hurried outside with the three dogs following quickly behind them. May and Moore jumped around with them in the snow while Herman looked like he was patrolling the backyard which wasn’t unordinary, but it was however odd to see how fixed his eyes were on the forest.
“Think he sees something?” Gretchen asked, sounding concerned.
“Probably a deer,” I suggested.
Grethen nodded and her concerns seemed to dissipate quickly.
I came back upstairs now changed into a flannel and jeans, and looked over to see the boys still outside playing. Chloe still sat at the table now with her laptop in front of her, and Gretchen was staying near the window to keep an eye on the boys.
“Any internet?” I asked while walking up to Chloe.
She let out a defeated sigh, “Nothin…” She was cut off by a distant pop sound, followed quickly by another, and then a third, then a fourth, it was silent again. I stood still and I knew that sound.
“Those were gunshots,” I said quickly, “I’m going to go check it out, and see what’s going on.”
“What? Babe stay here, it is not safe outside,” Chloe reasoned.
“Yes, which is why I need to go. Say that person was firing at a bear and now they're hurt and have no way to call help or something. I should go just in case.” I explained.
“And I’ll bring the rifle,” I added in an attempt to calm Chloe's nerves.
Gretchen moved from her spot at the window and was now calling the boys and dogs inside. I made my way downstairs and grabbed the rifle, my winter gear, and a pair of old satellite phones.
I then hurried back upstairs where Chloe now stood by the door worried.
“Chloe before I go I want to see if these will work,” I said, handing her one of the phones.
Her face lit up at it, it seemed the prospect of me being able to communicate with her calmed her nerves.
I pressed the little button and then talked into the phone, I heard although scratchy my voice then came from her phone.
“Ok, now test yours,” I told her.
She said hi to hers, then I heard her voice come faintly out of my phone.
“Alright, it works,” I said, happy that I wouldn’t have to face whatever was happening alone.
“Be safe,” She said, giving me a big hug.
Then Gretchen ran over and joined in followed then by Alan and Aaron.
“Be safe uncle,” Alan said, giving me a big smile.
“I will,” I said to all of them. “Is mom still sleeping?” I asked Gretchen quickly.
She nodded then I kissed Chloe goodbye and walked off into the blizzard. The snow of course had started to pick up significantly making my field of view almost nothing. I looked around at the other houses and saw nothing. No lights, no movement, no signs of life. It was then that I really realized how many people had left town. We were the only ones left on the street. I slowly made my way in the direction I’d heard the gunshots.
Bzzzzz… “Hey you ok,” Chloe asked through the phone.
“Wow, checking on me already, someone's needy,” I joked.
She let out a slight giggle, “Be safe,” She said.
“I will,” I said then Bzzzz… and she was gone again.
I continued onward when another faint sound broke through the sounds of the wind. It was some sort of screech or scream. I couldn’t entirely tell because it was so faint. I unslung the rifle from my shoulder and held it out ahead of me. Both the scream screech and gunshots came from the direction of the store. I felt my heart thumping through my chest as I got closer to the gas station. I gripped the rifle tighter as I took one step at a time, and I slowly made my way forward. I felt sweat begin to build on my temples despite the cold. My entire body began to shake, and I stopped for a moment to catch my breath. Calm down, calm down. I thought. I took slow deep breaths then started walking again.
I looked around to see where I was, but the snow was falling so hard that I could hardly see ahead of me. I squinted and thought I saw distant lights. I kept the rifle ahead and cautiously hurried towards them, as I got closer I realized that the sun had caught a slight gap through the storm and glinted the light perfectly off the back of a car. I sighed and kicked the snow in frustration.
Bzzzz… “Hey babe, do you know what happened?” Chloe's worried voice cut through my moment of frustration.
“I don’t know… I still haven’t made it over there, I got a little turned around.” I told her.
She paused for a second like she was thinking of something, “BABE! Your satellite should have a built-in GPS.”
I looked at the large phone and saw a small digital screen showing our neighborhood, which had two red dots on it. One was in our house and the other was two houses down in someone's driveway.
I chuckled, “Babe I only moved like two houses down, I must’ve been walking in circles.”
She burst out laughing, “Thank goodness I called you, make sure not to hang up because then the GPS shuts off,” She instructed.
“Understood, thanks, babe!” I said.
I walked slowly for another 15 minutes or so before just about a block from the store the signal was lost. I swore and angrily kicked the ground again. It’s ok. I thought you were only a block away.
I moved to the sidewalk so I could use the signs and mailboxes as markers that I was still walking straight. Then finally the store was in view. Carl’s car was the only car in the parking lot and I noticed a large scratch on the side, and one of the windows was shattered. I also noticed shelves had been moved against the windows and doors. I walked over and loudly knocked on the glass door. I saw eyes peeking through the glass and I pulled my scarf down to show my face. Carl moved the small shelf in front of the door and let me in.
I walked inside and he gave me a look towards the rifle.
“I heard gunshots,” I said.
“Oh…” I saw a dark scared look in his eyes.
“What happened?” I asked, looking into the man's eyes.
“Well, I saw something outside near the car. I thought it was a deer or something so I gave it no mind until I heard a metal scraping sound and then the car window shattered. I pulled my gun out from under the counter and made my way toward the door and cracked it open. I yelled a few times but it didn’t run so I poked my head out to get a better look. It wasn’t a deer. I didn’t get a good look. I just know it didn’t look friendly so I shot at it four times and it ran off into the blizzard. I know I hit it at least three times but it didn’t bleed. I… I’m scared.” He told it with a fear on his face that looked out of place.
“To be honest I’m surprised you even made it here without getting attacked.” He admitted.
“Did it screech at some point?” I asked, nervous about what the answer would be.
“Yeah, actually it did, a couple of minutes after I shot at it I heard something screech and I thought I could faintly see it through the falling snow.” He explained.
I nodded, “I need to get back home,” I said a new sense of urgency within me.
“I’m not letting you go back outside with that bulletproof monster thing on the loose,” Carl ordered, getting in between me and the door.
“I’m not staying while a bulletproof monster thing is loose in the neighborhood and can go attack my family at its whim,” I growled loud and sternly even though I didn’t entirely believe his story.
I pulled out the satellite phone and tried to call Chloe again. Nothing. I looked outside and saw that the blizzard had picked up considerably.
I let out a sigh: “I don’t think that blizzard will let me go home.”
Carl let out a sigh of relief and showed me to the small break room and let me take a seat at the table.
“Everything going well over at your house?” He asked.
“Good, enjoying the break of things,” I said, giving him a smile.
“I wish it was a break,” Carl signed, “I’ve been hearing strange things in the blizzard for days.”
“What sorts of things?” I asked.
“Screams, screeches, howls, and all sorts of unholy things. Sounds to me like the devil himself is out there.” He growled.
“Strange, very strange. How’s your family?” I asked, trying to change the subject to something less crazy.
“Fine, they haven’t really noticed that anything is wrong, I mostly hear the noises when I’m outside.” He explained. “What about your family?”
“Good, we didn’t even know anything was wrong until I heard the gunshots today.”
“Probably, because you're so far from the center.”
“Well whatever animal is in town that attacked my car, seems to be dwelling mostly in the center of town.”
“How do you know that?” I asked not really believing him but still curious.
“From everyone who has come into the store in the past 3 days. I haven’t been the first to see whatever it is.” He explained in such a way that I almost wanted to believe him.
“Have any other vehicles or things been damaged?” I inquired trying to pry more at the information this man clearly held.
“Bob said something about his shed being broken in too but not much else. I’d ask Bob for more information but he was so drunk he could hardly tell me that.”
“I wouldn’t trust a thing Bob says especially when he’s drunk like that,” I told him.
“Yeah, I wouldn’t have if I wasn’t getting strange news from more trustworthy people.”
Ka-Thunk! The loud noise of the store's door opening interrupted our chat.
“Carl, are you in here? You ok?” A man's familiar voice yelled into the store.
Carl walked out of the room and out to where the man was.
“Yes I’m ok…” Carl began before the man interrupted him.
“I heard gunshots, what happened?” He asked.
“Here come sit down and I’ll tell you,” Carl instructed as he walked the man into the room.
I recognized the man the moment he walked in, his name was Fred Garrison. Fred was tall and bulky with a large brown beard and always wore a baseball cap. The cap he wore today was red and white and clearly worn with age.
“Howdy Joey,” He greeted in his thick Southern accent.
“Hi Fred, how are you doing?” I asked.
“Good, good, just want to know why Carl was shooting his gun like a demon from hell was after him.” He said motioning to Carl.
Carl then told Fred the same story he told me. Fred listened the entire time but looked and sounded even more disbelieving than I had.
“Carl, you realize I was joking when I said something about a demon from hell, I’m supposed to believe that some monster thing was lurking outside your store and scratched your car.” He yelled in frustration.
“I wasn’t saying it was a monster, I’m just saying that deer die after they get shot four times,” Carl said giving Fred a frustrated look.
“Ugh, Joey do you believe this bull crap?” He yelled, turning to face me.
I thought about what exactly to say, and maybe I stopped to think if I actually believed Carl then finally I spoke; “Fred I’ve known Carl for most of my life and the man has never once lied to me, do I think what scratched his car was a monster? No, but I also trust this man, and I think there may have been a very strange-acting deer in front of the store, and maybe Carl thought he had better aim than he did.”
Fred huffed then finally seemed to relent; “Well if there ain’t anything wrong imma leave.” Fred said standing up and walking out of the room.
Carl hurried after him; “Fred, I don't want you to leave. The weather is really bad right now.”
Carl motioned to the snow which was falling so fast and in such vast quantities that it made seeing anything outside of the store impossible. Fred grumbled again and after a small argument he finally relented and we all went to sit back down at the table.
After half an hour or so the snow finally slowed down and started falling like slow small flakes.
“Alright, it’s as safe as it’s going to be if you want to leave,” Carl said, poking his head into the room.
“Thank you!” I said, smiling at him.
He nodded and I pulled out the phone.
Bzzzz… “Chloe, are you there?” I asked, trying not to let my worry show.
“Joey, thank goodness you're ok! What happened?” She asked, sounding a little nasally like she’d been crying.
“I’ll tell you when I get back but yes I’m ok,” I explained quickly, and then before Carl could object I left the store with my rifle slung over my back.
I started walking back to the house. It was slow work and now there was an additional four or five inches of snow which only made the task harder.
“You ok?” Chloe asked after a couple of minutes.
I brought the phone to my head and responded: “Yeah I’m ok just a lot more snow on the ground now.” I said.
“Are you almost home?” She asked.
“Yeah just down the street,” I said.
“Ok,” She said.
Bzzz… and she hung up. I kept walking forward, my eyes locked on the house when she walked out holding the other rifle and ran over to hug me when she saw me.
I woke up almost the same way as the days before except Chloe wasn’t there with me. In a panic, I sat up quickly and called her name: “Chloe!”
“I’m right here dummy,” She said from the window.
I looked over and saw her standing in front of it.
“I thought I saw something weird but I can’t get a good look because it’s a window well.” She said, giving me a look of defeat.
I got up and looked through the window well. You couldn’t see much because of the snow and the way the window well was, but it looked like something was walking around in the front yard. Me and Chloe changed quickly then made our way upstairs and to the window looking out front. It was hard to tell through the foggy window and falling snow but we were able to see large sewer lid-sized spiders crawling about. I jumped back in shock and Chloe let out a small squeal.
“What kind of satan spawn are those things?” Chloe sputtered out, a terrified look on her face.
I looked closer, not responding, and this is when I realized although their resemblance was similar to spiders they were not spiders. There seemed to be two distinct types of them: one type resembled large slug-like things with 8 long spider-like legs. It also possessed a long but narrow head; its head almost looked like an arrow point. The other type was much nastier looking. They possessed eight legs covered in serrated spines. Their bodies resemble closely to wasp bodies with a large raised abdomen that brandished a massive stinger. I saw they were surrounding a large dog. It wasn’t ours it looked like our neighbors, the Garrisons, a black lab named Blue. The dog started barking out in an attempt to scare them away, but it was a dozen or so spider things against one dog.
Finally, after a while, the dog reached down to try and bite one of them but it jumped up and stung the dog in the face. The dog began to yelp and shook the thing off, but I could tell immediately that the stinger had hit its mark. The dog looked weaker and another stinger stung it, then another, then another, they all began stinging it until it collapsed. The dog still tried to fit but there was no use. It seemed to be paralyzed. It was one last whimper before one of the slugs walked up to the dog's mouth and started crawling inside shedding its long legs in the process. The dog let out this horrible retching choking bark sound. Chloe let out a small sob as the slug fully went down the dog's throat and then disappeared. The dog gave one final whimper before it went silent. Then the stinger spiders around it began webbing up the body. I was impressed by how quickly they were able to do so in under a minute the body was covered in a thick webbing. After which the spiders dragged it away and disappeared into the blizzard.
I looked over and saw how horrified Chloe was, her normally pretty face was twisted into an expression of fear and disgust.
“What in h-e double hockey sticks?” She finally said.
“What happened, why are the dogs barking?” Gretchen yawned as she stepped out of her bedroom.
Her face turned more concerned when she saw me and Chloe's disgusted face. Then before I could explain what had happened a few of them made their way back over and started inspecting the house then one of us made a sound or something and it jumped at the window. I pulled the blinds down and quietly whispered for Gretchen and Chloe to get the kids and my mom downstairs. In the meantime, I rushed downstairs also and grabbed the rifle. I sat upstairs for a second looking through the windows to try and see the things but it seemed wherever I was they weren’t, and in a mix of defeat and fear I went downstairs and joined my family. I set the rifle down on the couch and hugged Chloe close to me.
We all huddled on the floor listening. We heard scratching sounds on the doors and then windows. I held my breath but nothing shattered. Then the sounds moved from the walls to the roof. They scurried around up there in a seemingly never-ending attempt to find access to our house. Then suddenly Herman let out one solitary defensive bark. It was deep and intimidating but I knew it was likely the end if I didn’t stop him. I started to stand up but Chloe grabbed my hand, she looked terrified, but I knew I had to stop Herman so I squeezed her hand and then let go.
I quietly made my way upstairs and saw Herman standing guard by the back door. I pulled my revolver from my belt and slowly made my way over to him. The slight creaks in the old wood floor sounded like sirens signaling my location. After a minute I wrapped a hand around his collar and started scanning the room for May and Moore. I saw their booth huddled on the coach whimpering quietly. I called them over and hesitantly they came then I led the three dogs downstairs and just as I took the last step down. SCREECH!!
It came from upstairs and it sounded angry and in pain. I hurried back upstairs with Chloe hot on my heels despite what I’d told her. I peeked into the living room from the stairs and saw a slug running around the room engulfed in flames. It was leaving a trail of small sparks and ashes behind it and for a moment I wasn’t sure what to do. I figured I’d miss if I shot at it so I ran over to try and grab it. Meanwhile, I saw Chloe dart for the back door.
CRASH! One of the windows shattered and several of the stingers jumped into the house, and before I could stop it one of them jumped onto my back. I screamed and reached back trying to grab it but I felt a sharp pain in my hand. Herman emerged from the basement and almost immediately jumped onto me and with a loud crunch it was dead. I started to feel a little dizzy but tried to help. There were still six spiders in the house, and Chloe stood by the back door trying to get a shot at one of them with the rifle. The stingers continued to run around the floor and I felt another jab its stinger into my ankle. I looked over at the disgusting thing, picked it up by its legs and threw it into another stinger. BANG! The stinger I’d thrown and the one it’d landed on both exploded in a mess of yellow-greenish slop. There were still four stingers and at this point the flaming slug had curled up in a ball on the floor. I had an idea and I sprinted for the fireplace grabbing the fire pick. As I suspected, two of the stingers followed and I skewered them both with the fire pick. The last two scurried in the corner almost like they were planning when BANG! One of them exploded into another mess of slop and the last one made a rush for Herman, but in a surprisingly quick movement for the big dog he pinned the stinger's legs onto the ground with his paw and proceeded to eat the stinger.
We all stood there for a second breathing heavily when my eyes met the small fire around the dead slug. I dropped the fire pick, grabbed a blanket from the couch, and used it to quickly snuff the fire.
“Is everything ok up there?” Gretchen asked, very concerned.
“Y...” I tried to say but I started to feel loopy.
I started to shake and stumble and I remembered the two stings they’d gotten on me, then suddenly I remembered nothing.
My eyes opened slowly and at first I didn’t see much but my vision quickly cleared and I saw Gretchen looking over me.
“Wh… what happened?” I stammered out.
I was in such a daze that I could hardly remember it.
“Those spider, bug, whatever stung you a few times. I was worried it had really hurt you.” Gretchen said, giving me a hug.
I sat up and felt the pain in my back and in my foot.
“Where’s everyone else?” I asked.
“Mom and Chloe are both cleaning upstairs, and the boys are just down the hall.” She explained.
I stood up and wobbled a little, but walked over to the stairs.
“Joey!” Gretchen called after me, “You're probably sick, you need to lie down.” She tried to order me.
“No I’m going to go help clean so mom doesn’t have to,” I told her.
Gretchen let out a frustrated huff then I walked up the stairs. I turned down the hall and saw the mess that was in the living room. The parts and slop that were many of the bugs were still everywhere. I looked over to the shattered window and saw the glass had been cleaned up, and the window had been covered by a large piece of plywood. My mom walked out of the kitchen with a broom and dustpan.
“Sweetie you’re ok,” She yelled with excitement hurrying over and giving me a hug.
I hugged her back and we stood there for a second.
“Do you feel ok?” She asked, looking up at me.
“I’m fine mom, where’s Chloe?” I asked.
“She’s checking to make sure nothing outside was damaged,” My mom said.
I immediately felt a mix of frustration and worry fill me and I hurried for the back door yelling, “You let her go outside alone!”
I immediately followed her fresh boot prints through the snow and around the side of the house. I saw her standing there looking at a group of scratches from the spiders, the rifle slung by her side. I let out a slight noise and in one quick motion, she turned toward me with the rifle aimed right at my face. As soon as she saw it was me she ran over and tried to hug me but I was already hurrying her inside. I didn't want to be out there any longer than we needed to be.
I sat by the window watching the outside as I had before when I saw something large and dark dart down the street followed by two smaller ones. The largest looked to be about the size of a horse while the other two were about the size of a deer. They looked so off though, especially the big one. It almost looked like it had six legs, but it was so hard to tell through the snow.
I gasped at the monstrous look of the creatures: that’s probably what Carl saw I thought. Then in a slight panic, I grabbed the blinds and pulled them down. I quietly hushed the boys and had everyone go downstairs. I sat at the foot of the stairs, rifle in hand, but nothing happened.
Pop! Pop! Those two gunshots were what woke me up early that morning. I sat up in a panic and almost immediately put the situation together. Those gunshots were from the store, from Carl's revolver, and they were likely his last two because he’d fired four the last time I heard it and his model of revolver could fit 6 rounds.
I got up and immediately started throwing my winter gear on. Chloe also sat up with a worried look on her face.
“You can’t be going out there,” She said, sounding much more worried now.
“Babe, I need to make sure he’s ok. I’m not leaving him to die.” I said defiantly.
“Well, I’m not letting you go out there to die… unless I go with you. You’re a terrible shot!” She yelled, getting very upset.
“Ok, then get your gear on,” She nodded and we both got ready quickly.
After I was fully dressed I walked over to the gun safe we had in the hall and began to peruse. Along with the revolver and two rifles, we also owned a long-barreled 12 gauge shotgun, a semi-automatic rifle, and another hunting rifle with a heat view mode on the scope. I grabbed the 12 gauge and walked back into the room handing Chloe the sniper rifle. I heard light footsteps and looked down the hallway to see Gretchen descending the stairs. She walked over and met me by the doorway.
“Are you leaving?” She asked, looking like she already knew the answer.
“Yes, Chloe is coming as back-up,” I explained looking over at Chloe who was now loading the sniper rifle.
“Bring mom and the kids down here while we're gone, and keep one of the rifles on you,” I ordered and she nodded running upstairs.
After a few more quick and tense minutes we were standing by the door with all our winter gear, the two guns, and headlamps. I waited next to Chloe as she showed Gretchen how to use the satellite phone.
“I love you, be safe,” Gretchen said, giving me a big hug.
I hugged her back trying not to cry, “Will be back in 30 minutes max,” was all I could say.
“You keep him safe,” Gretchen ordered as she hugged Chloe.
“He’d die without me,” Chloe joked.
Then we both walked out the front door and into the snowy night. It was so dark out darker than I’d ever seen it before, and now the snow was deep almost up to our waists. Luckily we had snow shoes that made us sink only halfway up our shins. I walked ahead with the shotgun out and ready, and Chloe stood behind me navigating our way through the dark snowy night.
The cold wind chilled us to the bone as we continued. I could tell Chloe was scared, I was too but I didn’t say anything. We slowly continued our way through the blizzard, not giving up despite its relentless attacks. Each footstep was another loud crunch that seemed to me as loud and obvious as nails on a chalkboard, but nothing seemed to hear it or if they did they just didn’t care. I just kept praying and hoping that Carl was ok and that it was just like last time, but something in my gut knew the man was probably long dead.
Off in the distance over the howling wind, I thought I heard something. Maybe a scream or a yell I wasn’t sure but it sounded human. Then again but this time it was fainter and I could tell it came from the same direction as the store. I hurried forward even faster with Chloe grabbing the back of my coat to keep up.
Finally, after what seemed like an hour we arrived in front of the store. It looked like it had gone through hell and back. I saw the car that had been parked out front was now tipped over and extremely beat up, but even more so was the store. Every single window was shattered and the shelves that had been blocking them were completely ripped apart. As we walked up to our feet began making crunching sounds as each step was on shards of broken glass. Then we were at the door and I took a deep breath thinking of everyone I’d ever loved. I turned around and gave Chloe a big tight hug then I raised the gun and kicked the door open. Silence. Nothing happened and I walked with little hindrance into the destroyed store. Food and junk and wood and glass. It was everywhere, and then there was blood. A large trail of blood led into one of the backrooms. Chloe noticed too and she let out a small gasp. I motioned for her to stay then I slowly walked into the room. Blood covered the entire floor; the table that had once been there was now a shattered mess of splinters. It looked like a tornado had come through and thrown everything around, but I saw the doorway from this breakroom to the other. I thought I heard a faint sound there. In one swift motion, I kicked open the door with the gun raised and saw what was inside.
This section of the building was a small area where truckers or travelers who had nowhere to stop could stay. Essentially it was a small hostel, and it was divided into two rooms. The first room, the one I’d entered was a large room double the size of a classroom. It had four rows of bunk beds with 5 bunk beds on each row. It was a bit excessive, yes but it got Carl much-needed revenue. The other room directly to the right of me was the shower room, a long tiled room with 8 shower stalls and a wall of lockers.
The bunk room was absolutely torn apart. Feathers littered the ground along with shreds of fabric. Multiple of the beds had been completely toppled over and one that seemed to have been thrown lie in a shattered mess on the other side of the room. Another few bore large scratch marks far larger than what the stingers or slugs could’ve produced. It again like the first two sections of the store looked like a tornado had gone through and torn everything to bits. After my assessment of the room, I looked down to see the blood trail leading into the shower room. This room was just as bad as the others with almost all the stall doors knocked off their hinges and the lockers completely pulled out of the wall. This is when I heard a horrible sound. The sound of flesh being torn and ripped and consumed. It was horrible to hear and even more so because it was happening in one of the stalls closest to me. I turned and my light illuminated a large thing the size of a large deer ripping into the body of Carl.
It looked horrible; it had four long spindly dog-like legs with four large paw feet that ended in large talons. Its body was weird and slimy with a large back abdomen that looked like it was swelling. Right as the body connected with the neck two more oversized arms sat. Its entire body seemed to be covered in a bony exoskeleton with small gaps around the joints, stomach, and face. They were much longer than the legs and brandished large talons the size of steak knives at the end. It hardly had a neck and its head was small with a horrible-looking mouth that brandished massive carnassials and canines. Its head overall was fairly small and round. Its lower jaw split into two down the middle looking like large mandibles, but the most disturbing part of the face was the eyes. There were 4 and they were brown and very mammalian looking but worst of all I recognized those eyes. Just days ago those eyes looked into mine as the slug went down its throat. Somehow Blue the black lab had turned into this thing.
The moment I walked in the creature turned around and its eyes met mine. It let out a screech that chilled me to the bone and then lunged for me BANG! I was momentarily stunned and I couldn’t hear the ringing in my ears. Then everything came back into vision and the creature was hunched back clearly also stunned. I took advantage of this and started running, but then my foot slipped in the blood and I crashed to the floor. Searing pain ran into me and it felt like a sledgehammer had been slammed into my face. I started to stand when the pain from the rest of my body kicked in, but I remembered the creature, got up, and kept running. I ran into the bunk room slamming straight into Chloe.
“Wha…” She started to ask when the creature came screeching into the room.
Not having time to run I pulled her behind a bunk. I saw the horror in her eyes and I just shushed her. The creature slowly walked around looking for us. I noticed that it walked on its four legs with its big arms folded into its chest like a praying mantis. It took a step in our direction and Chloe raised the rifle and aimed. Bang! This gun, especially compared to the shotgun, was almost nothing in noise, but I saw the bullet hit the creature right in the chest. It let out a loud screech but one more of anger rather than pain. It then started sprinting right for us. I thought about shooting again but figured that wouldn’t do anything so I turned my headlamp on and threw it to the other side of the room. It slammed into the wall and then shattered on the linoleum floor, and the creature immediately turned and started running for it. I grabbed Chloe’s hand and hurried toward the doorway with her just as I heard the creature screech in frustration.
Me and Chloe sprinted through the snow. She was leading the way with her headlamp while I followed behind with my shotgun out ready to shoot if I had to, and in my head, I was screaming to myself for grabbing a shotgun instead of the semi-automatic. I had one more shot before I had to reload so I was determined to make it count. In the snow behind us, I heard the creature's angered screeches as it ran toward us. I stopped and turned around aiming the shotgun.
I could tell without even looking at her that Chloe was terrified. To be fair I was too. Then with one more screech, it appeared on the edge of the light growling and hissing at us. I noticed it was dripping a thick liquid onto the ground that appeared to be blood. Good, it does bleed which means it can die. I thought, and that greatly increased my confidence. Then it made its charge. It was smarter than I gave it credit for because it ran in a zig-zag and the one round Chloe fired completely missed. Then it lunged towards me and one of its large mantis arms slashed deep into my leg right below the knee. I let out a scream and fell to the ground. Then before I could react its teeth were beginning to rip at my back. Bang! Chloe’s first shot got the thing's attention and it moved its mouth from my body. Bang! The second shot right through one of its praying mantis arms, and Bang! The third shot hit it dead in the forehead but its exoskeleton took all the damage. The creature jumped over me and ran towards Chloe who was only about 6 feet away. I watched my whole world begin to fall apart when it jumped on top of her. I saw her struggling to keep its jaws away from her face, and suddenly nothing else seemed to matter but her. I didn’t care if I would die as long as she was safe.
I stood up despite the searing pain in my leg and made a snowball in my left hand.
“HEY JACKWAD!” I screamed at the thing and then threw a snowball for good measure.
Its attention turned back towards me and it sprinted back and jumped onto me knocking me to the ground before I could land a shot. It pinned my right hand holding the shotgun to the ground while I tried to fight its lashing head off with my left. I felt its claws digging into my arms and legs and its arms were unfolding as a likely attempt to kill me, but I never saw what it was about to do because that’s when I executed my plan. I noticed that its bleeding leg was the one holding the gun down so I put all my strength into moving that arm and managed to get it out from under. Then CRUNCH! Its mouth bit down on my left hand and wrist. It opened its mouth and was about to close it to sever my hand, but in a quick motion I wedged the shotgun into its mouth, and BANG!!!!!
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2023.06.05 17:41 puneristud [Socialists] Many of us care about the same problems in the economy and society. We just are more optimistic about the solutions we can apply and find ways to solve that aren't straight up Socialism.
Many "Statist" Capitalists (not state capitalists, who support Chinese economics) support a huge number of policies that are meant to benefit the working class, and in a huge number of cases the difference is just in terms of the lines that can be drawn in terms of "how far we would go." It is completely fine that you want to go further from what we suggest in terms of the economy to establish support for or actually even achieve the form of Socialism you desire. The rest of us, if this is a democracy would most likely stop at a previous point and consider it enough to keep society sustained. We share your distaste of oligarch level wealth but we don't wish to directly redistribute it or tax it out, we wish to make them compete in the free market without government subsidies propping them up so that the consistent rise and fall mechanic of the economy is maintained.
On the same level we wish to retain stock market-based economics because it ensures that worker-led companies would remain answerable to the market. A Co-op mandated economy which keeps all its' value and voting power within itself is asking for a consolidation and/or monopoly of the co-ops, since they are ONLY fighting in terms of products, not in terms of company value, which is where most of their money comes from. Stock market trust is what keeps a huge number of companies afloat, and many a times small-time investors band together to prevent wall street bullying of businesses that are consumer-friendly. This specific model is ideal. I think you may have heard of the so-called "Gamestop Rebellion" where hedge funds and ironically, here itself on reddit, wallstreetbets
users banded together to short squeeze GameStop in a rebellion against Wall Street.
Here is the Wikipedia link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GameStop_short_squeeze
There are certain policies where I guess Socialists get confused what we mean by deregulation. And that confusion was very vocally presented by our dear friend Holgrin, who went off on Neoliberalism without knowing what it exactly entails.
There are two wings of Neoliberalism, one is the one Socialists always like to call out, which is essentially "slight democratic regulation painted on Laissez Faire," and the other is sensible deregulation based left-leaning Third Way Social Democracy, which a lot of standard Social Democrats "lovingly" refer to as "Neoliberalism painted Red."
Third Way: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Third_Way
In essence we support deregulatory policies like removing zoning laws, single-payer healthcare, and deregulation of policies which have been proven
to not have the desired effects. And in many cases we just simply cannot get behind draconian regulation that governments around the world keep shoving down our throats. A very recent example is how the EPA misused the CWA and fought an unnecessary battle tooth and nail wasting taxpayer money which they then badly lost along with their ability to perform sensible regulation. Had they not been this ridiculously strict, the shitty SC interpretation wouldn't have been forced through.
Some of us also consider policies like LVT (Land Value Tax: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Land_value_tax
) as a great way to combat growing NIMBY attitudes. We wish to have concentrated urban development in a smaller area nearer to workplaces, marketplaces and educational institutions. There is this article which claims that office workers find the daily commute far worse than the actual work itself: https://www.forbes.com/sites/glebtsipursky/2023/04/18/do-employees-hate-the-office/?sh=307dd16d4173
Briefly the idea is that, the value of the land will be simply dependent on the demand of a service in that specific area.
Commute is expensive, so a concentrated urban area where all this is nearby will be good for us, because we can even WALK to work from home if we need. This would also require a deregulated housing construction sector with no height limits and no "MULTIPLE YEAR WAITING TIMES FOR THE REGULATORY AGENCIES TO GET BACK TO YOU:" https://www.marketwatch.com/amp/story/why-is-it-so-difficult-for-builders-to-meet-americas-insatiable-demand-for-houses-here-are-4-reasons-slowing-down-construction-11675872444
Obviously I'm addressing the worker shortage as well that the article lists. An easy solution for that is easier legal immigration for lower level jobs. Restricting immigration to skilled labour is doing no one any goddamn good.
Anyways, addressing the elephant in the room: We do not explicitly like or recommend wealth redistribution. Non-stringent wealth taxation, income taxation and other mild redistributive measures are completely fine, to the extent that they are used to fund social services. We only support the amount of redistribution that is required to fund them, and we don't support the notion of "recognizing" wealth inequality as far as this wealth inequality does not attack our ideals of social services, etc. Basically we don't "hate" lobbying as long as it is not lobbying for things explicitly detrimental to society. It's hard to explain, and there is nuance to be had there.
What gets icky on this subreddit however is the constant blame towards Capitalism and so-called "capital incentives" that Socialists around here like to pin every damn societal problem on. Here's an example of a thing Socialism can't fix: the bloody education system. As long as the funding to schools is on per-student basis, schools will never be brave enough to expel and punish delinquents and other rabble-rousers.
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2023.06.05 17:41 Ok-Button6101 Can't find any good resources for cards to apply for once over 5/24
I'm over 5/24 and have several large purchases to make, so I'm trying to get a couple cards that have like 10-20% cash back for their SUBs. The only problem is I can't get approved for any except for the lowes synchrony card which is going to get me 20%, up to $100, so basically $100 on $500 spend. i need more though,
edit: approx another 2k in spending is estimated across 2 purchases.
I came across a post in here that linked to /churning
showing the banks that also had similar rules as 5/24, but I can't find it now. anyways here's the template
* Current credit cards you are the primary account holder of:
|Card ||Open date |
|USAA Visa ||11/1/2001 |
|Fidelity Visa Reward ||6/15/2021 |
|Sallie Mae MC ||4/21/2022 |
|AOD FCU Visa Signature ||4/28/2022 |
|Elements Financial Indians ||4/29/2022 |
|Citi Custom Cash ||7/24/2022 |
|Redstone FCU Visa Signature ||3/2/2023 |
|Synchrony Lowes MC ||5/25/2023 |
* FICO Scores with source (see note on FICO score sources below): Experian 770 * Oldest credit card account age with you as primary name on the account: 22 * Number of personal credit cards approved for in the past 6 months:2 * Number of personal credit cards approved for in the past 12 months:3 * Number of personal credit cards approved for in the past 24 months:7 * Annual income $: low 6 figs
* OK with category-specific cards?: don't care, just need sub cash back. i already have 5% groceries, gas, restaurants, and 3% everything else which is satisfactory for 95% of my yearly spending * OK with rotating category cards?: i dont like micro managing categories every quarter, but if one has a good sub i can benefit from, i don't care
MEMBERSHIPS & SUBSCRIPTIONS
* Current member of Chase, US Bank or any other big bank?: chase, wf, and i guess citi * Are you open to Business Cards?: I sold 14k on ebay so far this year, does that make me qualify? I'm open to it
* What's the purpose of your next card (choose ONE)?: save money on large home improvement purchases, notable subs 20% or better ideally, but i'll be satisfied as low as 10% back * Do you have any cards you've been looking at? all of them. already denied by schwab amex and wells fargo active cash
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2023.06.05 17:40 HeatheN_101 Gratitude post for JEENEETards
It's been almost 3 years since I joined this sub. (Idk if anyone recognises me, but still) Had no idea what Reddit was all about (josh josh mein download kar liya tha). But man, since then, the tards I met here, the environment I got , this place feels like home.
With JEE Advanced now over, bas ek Thank You bolna tha tum sabko, for sticking around, for helping in different aspects, this sub was really an integral part of the journey.
Advanced ka result kya ayega idk about that. But I did realise that it's not the results that define us, it's the journey & efforts that do so. I tried, I failed, I was lost, but I am here, standing towards the end of The Journey. I don't think I'll be lurking around here too much from now on, but would love to help juniors when & if they need.
Emotional nahi hu, but pyaare JEENEETards, THANK YOU FOR EXISTING!!! ❤️
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2023.06.05 17:40 Shadowsteel119 No way two references in one image
2023.06.05 17:37 stella_is_my_cat UFS!! Just got back from vacation, & ready to send these squish to their forever homes!! My chats got messed up, so I apologize if you had reached out about any squish while I was away.. 😅 Lots of sales/trades proof, & can take all the photos! Prices on last slide. Please give them homes!! 🙏