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  1. So, the Girl Trip this year was mostly business for me since my parents' death. Mom passed on December 6th, so now, I own a condo in Florida. (Let me know if you want a cheap vacation in Seminole 4 miles from the beach). I haven't been through probate yet and now I have to file not only my own but my Mom's taxes. Anyway, I had their ashes scattered together from a little plane. My Dad had been a pilot in the Air Force and it was his wish-my Mom just wanted to be with him. They took pics and video for me and it was very emotional, unexpectedly. The whole package had to be biodegradable so it was just a bag with the ashes in it. But something unexpected happened. The ashes just hung in mid-air, like a small cloud until they disappeared. I had expected them to just dissipate immediately but they didn't. The pilot made almost a full circle around them before they were gone. My Dad's ashes were dark grey-my Mom's looked like sand and you can even make out the two different colors for a few seconds. It was such an emotional moment! I don't know why, but "Moondance" ran through my head the first time I watched the video, even though it was a beautiful, sunny day. I "saw" them dance together on the wind. It gave me a great sense of closure. Now, I have to go through all my Mom's stuff and that just seems impossible. But for a few minutes, I flet okay about their deaths.
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  2. Here's the thing though. This isn't Vader's story. Vader had six movies to tell the story you're talking about, It's been done. It's established. This story is Obi-Wan's. As much as a big character as he is in the saga, he only has a few big moments as a character. He is meant to be the baseline Jedi so that we can see how Anakin, and then Luke, differ on their own paths to become Jedi. Obi-Wan is a central character to Star Wars, but he has always been a supporting one. This show is the reverse. We have gotten more out of him, on a human personal level, in these three episodes than we did in all of the PT. This is HIS turn to have the story land on him, and be about HIS journey. We already know Vader's. So in the way that Obi-Wan was a prop in Vader's story in the PT/OT, we've now flipped that. It's not Vader's job to have an arc in this story because he's just here to support it. They brought Vader back not to tell more of his story, but to use him as way to motivate Obi-Wan. While he's still in hiding in the OT, Obi-Wan is pretty unflappable-- right up through his death. He's collected and sure all through ANH. The Obi-wan we are seeing now is a long way from that. He was TERRIFIED of Vader. Jedi aren't supposed to give into fear, and Obi-Wan straight up ran from that fight. Vader was kicking his ass, and had he not been having crispy flashbacks because there was a wall of flames, Vader would have killed him. This is storytelling 101, Obi-Wan has the arc in this story because it's his. Vader does not. I'd even say they are doubling down on making Vader one-note. He's always been accused of being full of anger-- but this Vader was borderline Anakin level of angry. OT Vader wouldn't kill civilians for effect-- not because he wasn't evil, but because he wouldn't CARE. Vader at this point in time is leaning hard into evil and building his reputation that makes him scary in the OT era. If anything I think we'll be seeing him more cruel than we have before., Not cool, chop up Rebels with modern FX Rogue One cruel, but killing innocent people, no turning back, evil cruel. The point they are writing to is how Obi-Wan describes him in ANH. What you're asking for doesn't make sense in the frame of Vader's story having been written and considered sacrosanct. It also doesn't make sense in the frame work of this being Obi-Wan's story. My guess is Vader will get meaner, Obi-Wan will grow less afraid, then try to appeal to Anakin on last time to try and turn him back. That will fail when Vader just doubles down on being worse. They'll fight, and it will be the reverse of Mustafar when Vader will walk away thinking he has won and Obi-Wan is dead.
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  3. We celebrated our son being one month old today. Side note: All mentions of him have been purposefully kept off Facebook.
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  4. What a time machine this is! I hope all is well in these strange times! I did most of my posting in my late teens and early 20s in the wrestling forum & lando, but started out in Star Wars. I'm 34 , married , and weirder than ever now. This place woke me up as kid to how screwed up with world can and would be. This place def. helped make me who I am today! Cheers. PS virtual hotdog stand, nAw, and Asians in heels killing cats gifs
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  5. Some of you may have seen in the job bitching thread last week where I said that my old boss's old team lead, Mimi, called me to get permission to share my number and also to tell me that I should go into business for myself. Mimi's suggestion surprised me, but it's not like I haven't let the idea live rent-free in the back of my mind for years anyway. Within 2 days of her phone call, I'd set 2 appointments with real estate agents who want my help. It's been a whirlwind of anxiety and excitement and downright fear. But I'm going to do this. I'm going to start my own company helping real estate agents get organized and establish sustainable and scalable systems before they have need of full-time assistance (and some even after they've hired this assistance). Every single job posting I see for the operations side of real estate includes something along the lines of "develop and implement systems and processes for the business and create an operations manual" at the very top of the job duties list. The rest is generally routine administrative work that's only really possible (or simple) once systems and organization are in place. This is why I only worked for the last 2 agents for 6-7 months. That's about the amount of time it takes for me to organize, develop systems, train the agent in them, and then for them to realize they don't have a need for me to maintain what I'd built because what I'd built works really well. So instead of going through this several more times or finding a position with a more established team, I'm going to keep my flexibility and just do that for agents. On Monday, I made a trip into the NW Austin Keller Williams office to meet one agent who wants my help. She's now under contract. And while I was there I was introduced (by Mimi's assistant) to another agent who actually looked at me all wide-eyed and asked if I was "The One" (with much reverence). I told him that I definitely was The One (because when someone asks you if you are a god, you say "yes"!), and shared my number with him. I had a free 30 minute consultation with him yesterday, and he booked me for a longer (paid!) consultation early next week where I'm supposed to check out all of his systems and give him a proposal for how I can fix them and train his brand-new assistant (who doesn't have any administrative or real estate experience). I also have a Zoom consultation next week with yet another agent who has a full-time assistant who just needs a bit of training and for me to set up a few systems for them. I'd love for this to be a brag thread, but it's not because I AM FREAKING RIGHT THE FUCK OUT Y'ALL!!! How in the hell did I convince 3 different people that I know what I'm doing and that I can help them?? What am I going to do now? If I really sit down to think about it, I know I can do all the things I said I could - I have done them for myself or other employers. But how do I do it for them?? I already feel like I'm in over my head and I haven't even really begun to do anything yet. And don't get me started on pricing. I have no idea how to charge people yet. So far I've just offered an hourly rate that's my base rate for employment, so I already know I should have gone higher but then I feel bad for charging too much. Anyway. I'm calling it Realty Operations System Enhancement, or ROSE for short. I'm filling out paperwork for an LLC so I can pay myself like a regular employee and buy this house. And I need to figure out how that works. I bought the domain RoseATX.com, so now I need to figure out how to make a website. I'm so scared though. Just...absolutely terrified. And I don't really know of what.
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  6. Tons. I was making super headway on this endeavor - had a website about 90% designed and set up, had all my documents and several templates set up for various types of jobs, had all my paperwork for an LLC ready to go, and then I had to put everything on hold. My husband's job started going south...quickly. In our quest to get my husband help for his obvious ADHD, we've actually discovered that he has some pretty major memory and comprehension issues that ADHD just doesn't explain. Some of these symptoms are things that I've always just attributed to "Trevor bullshit", but I'm starting to realize that so much of this has been getting progressively worse over the past decade or so. I accompanied him to the doctor to talk about ADHD symptoms one day, and we left with a referral to see a neurologist and an order to get an MRI of his brain. The MRI was clear, thank God. The neurologist gave him the dementia screen and said that Trevor passed but just barely. So in light off all this, I realized that his problems with his job (and really, every job he's ever had) were unlikely to improve, which meant that I was going to have to find a real job so he could quit his. We talked about it a lot, and, honestly, until we find out what's going on, Trevor's employment issues are going to continue making him almost unemployable or at least only under-employable (if that makes sense). It's hard to explain to most people because all of my examples of "Trevor bullshit" are things that EVERYBODY does just not to this degree or frequency, but it basically boils down to a complete lack of nearly every executive function. So for now, we decided that he's best being the stay-at-home parent and handling Luke's homeschooling and most of the housekeeping, and I got a job. Good news is, I did find a pretty good job. I'm now working for a home builder doing about 50% project management for our new builds and 50% bookkeeping. All of my schooling and experience have given me just enough knowledge about construction and accounting to make this job "not hard". I'm learning a lot as well. So it's kinda fun tbh. And the starting pay was a $15k raise over my last job.
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  7. Today I met Jacob and he wore out my dog. Thanks, dude.
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  8. Due to their success—I let some 5th grade girls dye my hair pink… they were going for hot pink but it came out strawberry blonde…
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  9. I have never gone to a High School Reunion, in part because there is no possibility of meeting the cast of Romy & Michelle, but really because ugh. I have bumped into people from High School however. One ex-classmate was amazed how my wife and I were still together when we had started dating at 15 years old. They asked, “How do you do it?” I quickly responded with, “Mostly from behind.”
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  10. All right, so, I officially gave notice at my job. Last day is May 13th. My boss asked me to hold off talking about it for now, even though I already told my two teammates, but they won't rat me out. I'm a little jittery right now and I'm not sure why, but it FEELS SO FUCKING GOOD. Such a massive relief to finally be leaving this place. Not that it was all bad, of course, but this has been long overdue. And for those of you that don't know (pretty much anyone who wasn't in the Zoom a month ago), the reason I'm quitting is thanks to the lovely Destiny Skywalker and her husband, I got a job at Boeing. I'm starting next month, and moving to the Seattle area a month-ish after once the kids are out of school.
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  11. The kid had a 50 page IEP coming in and has been in a full behavior support facility since the first grade. He has significant OCD and when it kicks in (and peer relationships is the trigger) it manifests itself as EXTREME opposition defiance disorder. This is the first school where he has ever had friends and they were having conflict. Since he has never had friends, he has never had to deal with friend conflict. So his solution, just like boys with crushes on girls, was to harass them. So me intervening (he was throwing kethup packets at them at lunch) triggered his ODD. He came back today and I gave him a hug. We are going to have a restorative circle this afternoon.
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  12. Cerina is one of the most capable people I've ever met Iceheart is a badass in every sense of the word and way stronger than she realizes Tank is one of the best writers and I'm insanely jealous of his talent and work ethic Monkeygirl is too sweet for this world and deserves better Destiny is also incredibly badass and has been excessively kind and helpful to me of late Fozzie and Torch are the best fathers on Nightly bar none Met rules if for no other reason than he's the only person who still posts in the wrestling forum with me Zathras is super fun to go to geek stores and drink beer with and hope to do it again soon Choc has some very astute analysis, whether it's for sports, Star Wars, pop culture, or the real world that always makes me think, whether I agree or not ten and I'm out of steam, so if you didn't make the cut clearly you're the worst
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  13. Well as usual threads dedicated to me find their way to being upsetting.
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  14. I just had this image of Lyra in high school telling her friends she’ll met them later cause she’s going to go smoke out with her Aunt Tami first.
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  15. Thanks! The first two weeks, especially, were very tough, but we pushed through them. It didn’t help that we didn’t have everything we would need, in part because he got here two weeks before his due date, but also because there were some things we just didn’t expect to need until he was older. It is nice. It to have to run out to Walmart or Target at least once per day anymore. fortunately, my wife's parents have also been staying with us to help us out with a lot of things. This would have been so much harder without them here. My parents came out, too, for a while, which was also good.
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  16. Thanks. It is a big deal. When I was a new hire, I was straight up told that I would probably never achieve the level I was at currently, let alone the one I just got promoted to. So big middle finger to those old guys.
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  17. Choc. joking!!! the answer is Justus.
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  18. LOL we picked it cuz it was an option for Eli before we found out he was a boy, and it was close to Lola, which is what the dog was previously called, but we rejected cuz we know a real life human girl child with that name as for breed… a mutt of some kind. I think there’s chihuahua in her but not sure
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  19. How pissed would have Owen Lars been to know he bought the same droid in ANH that he used to own in AOTC?
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  20. Well now I wanna go to LA and stick that shit on his jeep. And some trick nuts.
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  22. There are not any posts missing. For the record I am of course Spider-Man, Torch, THT, etc etc. I went off because of Brando gatekeeping. The entire idea that someone has to be specialized to comment is repugnant. It is a tactic to quiet dissent. The US has been slowly dismantled from the inside for years, people have been showing what is happening for years while fence sitters in turn say that both sides are wrong. “It’s both sides, so sit down.” No person or organization is perfect. And there is plenty of blame to show that Democrats aren’t seizing opportunities and the pathways presented to them in order to push through the begged for changes by the people en masse which put them in power again to make change. Those people that did what they were required to do by voting, and protesting, and financial support. Those people that continue to do so and are brutalized by oppressive police responses, during events occurring under the leadership of both sides that is true, but yet responses which are also not delivered equally to both sides. It is one side that has unwavering support for this apparent police state. It is one side which has stripped reproductive healthcare and still is going for even more stripping of reproductive healthcare. One side is now going after indigenous rights over both land and indigenous children. One side is going after marriage equality. One side is working to recriminalize the private and consensual acts people do in their own relationships and homes. One side has finalized the authority of ICE to invade the vast majority every citizens home without cause or warrant. One side is clouding voting rights, and laying false claims of fraud to destabilize and delegitimize the process. One side is voting against regulations of price gouging. One side is working against debt relief for people. One side is working against school lunch programs, and going after other social nets including social security. One side literally voted against providing infant formula during a shortage. One side is voting against defining what a groomer is for legal purposes. One side spouts anti-scientific rhetoric that endangers everyone, highlight to the push against medicines, masks, and the environment. One side is against gun legislation, while the nation continues to mass murder itself. And this is not even everything. Walt is angry, and rightfully so, and he expressed himself with vitriol here in Roe vs Wade. I am angry and have done the same. I am married to a bisexual woman, we have mature children that have explained they too are on the spectrum of sexuality. We also have a child that requires medication lest she succumb to seizures which could result in serious harm or worse. These medications also lower the effectiveness of many forms of birth control, which puts her in double jeopardy given the gouging of prescription pricing, the lack of healthcare support, and the stripping of reproductive healthcare rights. Spam here has every experience she needs to raise concerns. So when she was shushed, I responded. Whether that was 0 to 100 considering the above is for others to decide. I have no regrets. And I offer no apology. I am tired. A faith I once held, which has been taken hostage by bigots, taught me that sometimes you have to over turn the tables to make a point. I don’t care anymore if you’re sitting at the table. If I had been diligent alongside others who were already, and fought for my faith perhaps this repulsive movement wouldn’t have reached this point.
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  23. I’m more mad at elected democrats. Their only response, to fucking anything republicans do, is ask for money and tell us to vote. Fucking ineffectual pussy ass cowards. Anyone with half a brain KNEW this was coming, and knows more is coming. And they do nothing to stop it.
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  24. Between her and your mom you’ve been dealt some harsh blows, and have been focused so much on other people. Please take the next very long indeterminate amount of time to focus on self care and self care only.
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  25. Agree with Tank on the “nope never.” If Vader finds out about Luke in this series, we should all just cancel our Disney+ subscriptions and never watch SW again. I’ve heard Filoni in past interviews say (in response to Clone Wars when Vader dueled Ahsoka on whether Ahsoka could’ve saved Anakin) the only one who could bring the good out of Vader is Luke in ROTJ. Anyone or any other situation Vader finds himself in, as much as we the audience would like to think Anakin could show some compassion for his former friends, that would completely nullify ROTJ.
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  26. Wow. I forgot about this thread. I was getting panicky about work recently and looked it up to remind myself I have shit going on, then got busy. So since this was last updated... the two jobs I was on up above, both were finished and paid out. The Pilot didn't get set up, cause as I warned the, the concept was a better feature than a TV show. They just made me an offer to rewrite it as a movie, and we're negotiating with them. The other job was the video game Devil In Me from Supermassive, which comes out this fall. In 2021 I jumped onto a new horror anthology show for Blumhouse for Peacock. Worked on it for close to 4 months when Peacock suddenly pulled the plug. They are kind of a joke as a streamer. I actually know several people who had their shows yanked. It was a bit of a struggle as the showrunner (think I mentioned this in the projects thread) was a bit of a toxic bro and was adding gross stuff to my script. BUT, it did pay me my salary for the year and keep my health insurance active. i spent the rest of the year, and the first half of this year, pitching on writing assignments nonstop, which is exhausting but needed to find work. I also pitched on a Marvel project, and wrote a comedy pilot with "director lady" (see relationship thread). On my own, I wrote a new pilot for myself, a one-hour horror concept that my reps all agree is one of the best things I have produced. We're currently shopping it and I am taking meetings, so fingers crossed. I wish I'd remembered this thread and documented how it came together, cause I'm really happy with it but it's been a blur. In the last month I've started to worry about money as pitching pays nothing, but in the last two weeks I suddenly have three jobs. 1. A rewrite of a terrible thriller that will likely never get made because they concept is meh. I BSed my way through the pitch and convinced the producers I could fix it. now I actually have to. I'm literally typing this to avoid working on it. 2. Just got an offer in to join the staff of an Amazon animated horror series based on a comic book I love, so I am super excited about that. Just writing one episode of the run, but they're making me a producer and it's solidly weekly pay for a couple months. I can't say what it is yet, but I am pre-apologizing to Icy. 3. Just this morning heard that one of the things I pitched on wants to go with me. Again, can't say what yet, but this is some pretty classic horror IP from the 80s/90s literary world. They need to develop a bit more, and they still need to find a financier to come aboard, so it's a bit away from me working and getting paid, but the IP is sexy enough I'm sure somebody will jump on it. Also, said selling of pitch is on the producers, not me, so no pressure yet. Once again I'm in the position of right now today, seeing my bank account being very limited for the next few months, but by the end of the year, I may resume house hunting. Maybe.
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  27. Got packed for my flight to Seattle tomorrow!
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  28. Well we signed the lease after all. Still a little stressed about it, but it's done. A month and a half to go!
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  29. Jacob is never late, nor is he early. He arrives precisely when he means to.
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  30. I ONLY imagine you in heels. And nothing else.
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  31. Spam and Tami are like my adopted crazy aunts. This is actually a term of endearment, I have real life crazy aunts and I love getting to see them because we have so much fun and the best conversations. I had so much fun at the dinner I had with Lace and Tami. I think I would have a good time with Spammy, too.
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  32. Krawlie and Icy are 2 of my most favorite people in the world. At this point in life, they're the only friends I have that I consistently rely on for emotional support, practical advice, and general entertainment. If I ever win the lottery, I'm buying us a commune to live on with our families.
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  33. The Human Torch is a really great guy, I love him dearly.
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  34. Also, quick turnaround for me. Got an email from a recruiter to set up a phone interview on Friday. Just waiting to hear back time confirmation before I TEXT SOMEONE HERE WHO KNOWS ABOUT THIS COMPANY AND POSITION FOR ADVICE ON WHAT TO SAY/DO/NOT PANIC
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  35. If Boebert loses I take full credit. Right now the margin is like 70 votes. I sent out a reminder to vote in my newsletter and told students to remind their parents to vote and I offered to cover any staff duty so they could drop off their ballot. That has to be worth 70 votes. Your welcome America.
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  36. I absolutely hate the phrase “quiet quitting.” It’s literally just doing your job and not the insane amount of extra work you’ve been conditioned to believe you have to do by shitty greedy bosses.
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  37. So, it looks like at long last, I have a buyer for my Dad's house. It is an investor company who will rent the house out. I docusigned some documents initializing the closing process. I had to come down in price by $16K from the previously agreed figure (which was a steep cut from the original asking price), as they wanted a bunch of things fixed, and I didn't want to pay for the repairs myself. We listed the house right at the peak of the market at the beginning of July 2022, and now things are getting hairy with the interest rates going up, stock market down, too much inventory on the market, and people just overall nervous. I am 99% sure this will go through, so I am glad to be done with this!
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  38. Warm + sticky = moist. Sorry, I'm not helpful.
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  39. Guess who's school was one of the top in the f'n COUNTRY in literacy growth especially with students on an IEP --158% median growth is pretty much off the charts... Oh and we were top in the district in math....115% is only well above average...
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  40. So yesterday I finally got a job. Unofficially at least. I should have an official offer letter by this evening. This is fantastic news because my husband's job is not going well and his medical problems are starting to all come to light. Now his doc wants to schedule him for an MRI because he's concerned about Trevor's memory loss.
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  41. Who are these people seeing laws allowing abortions after birth?
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  43. I CAN'T WAIT to quit my job. Still a week and a half/two weeks to go before I can give notice, but I'm so looking forward to it. They don't have a clue and it's hilarious because they're giving me a hard time and changing procedures and all sorts of annoying stuff. I don't even care if they think it's BECAUSE of those things, I'm just so excited to see my boss's big dumb face on Zoom when I tell him.
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  44. Tami that's because you were blacking out.
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  45. Good humor punches up. Punching down is bullying. Chris Rock was punching down (woman, illness). Can't they both be in the wrong?
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  46. Ehhh. She does have a hot cousin though. I should get clarification. That also reminds me, in terms of my relationship with KP, I'm literally the first significant other since high school she's introduced to family. They all think I am some sort of saint or amazing person as a result (they don't know many details of her sex life). And her friends (who do know her sex life) basically are amazed at my existence., I have a drawer and a framed picture in her bedroom. I'm basically a unicorn hunter to them.
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