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2023.03.21 21:22 alum1num-foil Feeling really defeated, it's been a few months since I graduated and I've only gotten one interview. Is my resume the problem?
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2023.03.21 21:22 mainemarketer 4MO Baby Referred for Slow Pupil Response to Light
My baby had his 4 month well baby checkup yesterday and the pediatrician noted that his pupils were slow to constrict when she shone light in them. She was not sure what that could indicate, but we left with an urgent referral to a pediatric ophthalmologist. Wondering what conditions this could be a sign of and what we should expect from the visit with the specialist. For background, he:
- Tracks moving objects near and far (watches me walk down our hallway and back)
- Reacts to bright light like entering a bright room or going outside by closing his eyes
- Looks at lights, windows, light up toys, etc.
- Makes consistent eye contact with us and smiles when we smile
- Grabs small toys and objects
- Enjoys looking at books and high contrast illustrations - smiles and babbles at them
His pupils do change in size and they do so uniformly. No wandering or crossing of the eyes. No other health issues that we know of and he was full term.
Any ideas or insights on the initial exam would be welcome!
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2023.03.21 21:20 RJcametoplay Puppy has bloody mouth and is acting up again. Teething? Hormones? Something else?
We have a 5 month old mastiff mix. He is clearly teething as I got a tooth from him just this morning (just one I’ve got from him. He’s swallowed the rest. I believe this was a molar) and since then, he lost his first canine tooth when he was in his crate. Since he’s losing teeth, I would assume some of his mouth bleeding is from that but it’s bleeding a lot and in areas that don’t appear to have had a tooth just fall out. I didn’t brush his teeth last night because the night before I felt like maybe it hurt him and toothbrush was covered in blood. So I figured it’s okay to skip a day here and there. He’s also been extra naughty the last few days. Really restless. Jumping up on the counters and table right in front of us and ignoring “off” which he definitely knows. He’s jumping up on my partner a lot (male dog. Male partner) and humping him a lot. He’s biting us both pretty hard. Me especially. It is clearly when he’s getting too excited not out of aggression but it hurts. Be cannot be redirected and will not listen to any commands when he gets like this. It’s almost impossible to get away too when he’s like this. I have to run to the bathroom and close the door between us. He sometimes has not calmed down when I come out and I have to keep going in. I try putting him in his crate for a calm down but sometimes that won’t work either. I also don’t like him being in the crate all day and he’s already in there while we’re working (Max 3 hours at a time. I try to keep it less). If it’s just a phase of teething and hormones that we have to wait out, that’s understandable b but I’m worried maybe there is something wrong with him health wise. He has a vet appointment this week but wondering if anyone has thoughts or suggestions. PS we do lots of different things to keep him engaged and exercise his mind and body. Training, “find”, puzzles, new tricks, walks, yard time, new places, new people, puppy dates, swapping out toys often etc. So I can’t imagine he’s that bored. If he is, I am running out of things to do.
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2023.03.21 21:16 Adorable_Bee_4216 has anyone seen progress with a routine thats only 2 or 3x a week?
so first let me explain. i'm a 31 year old female with a height of 5''0, weight is 49-50kg and my bodyfat is 21% and i probably eat around 1500 - 1700 calories a day. i dont track as growing up i dealt with an eating disorder so if i start to track anything, i can become too obsessive over it so i would like to stay away from tracking my calories and rely on choosing healthier options, portion by eye and eating only when i'm hungry and no boredom eating or binging and quitting alcohol.
my main goals would be to lose some bodyfat, feel healthier and fitter. the only form of exercises i enjoy are walking and yoga but i would also like to throw in some strength training too.
i've never joined a gym before so i was planning on just going for 2 or 3 days a week at first because throwing myself into a full 5 day a week routine is too much for me to start with.
i was thinking of creating a routine thats something like this.
1 day - legs and ending my workout with always doing 12-3-30
2nd day - upperbody and again ending with 12-3-30
3rd day (if i can even make it to the 3rd day - dedicate this day to a full body workout and always ending with 12-3-30
my biggest issues atm are my mental health and motivation. i turn to alcohol quite alot and this has got to stop. i am just feeling very tired and unfit. this is probably the unfittest i've ever been and i am feeling it. my bones just feel tired and ache. i'm really nervous about joining the gym alone. i wish i could go with a friend but i have zero friends living in this country anymore. they've all moved away so i have to tell myself to just be brave and go. sleep is also my 3rd issue. i have pretty bad insomnia and falling asleep is a huge problem for me which is why i turn to alcohol too because it helps me fall asleep quicker.
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2023.03.21 21:14 covidfreeswiftie Don’t let COVID ruin your concert experience: Tips for staying healthy at Taylor Swift’s Eras Tour
Disclaimer: I am an immunocompromised Swiftie dating a cancer survivor. I am not a doctor or an epidemiologist, but unfortunately have had to stay very up-to-date to keep myself and my partner safe. If you are not open to the idea of taking COVID precautions, please leave this post now. I am not going to debate anyone in the comments, and I request that mods do not remove this as this information is important for folks who are trying to stay safe. There is a 100% chance that there will be folks who are COVID positive and contagious at the tour. There is also a 100% chance that there are folks at the tour who are immunocompromised, or who have a loved one that is immunocompromised.
Hell, this is true just because Taylor
is at the tour. As you’re probably aware, her mom Andrea is a cancer survivor
herself. If you’e never have COVID, you don’t want it. If you have had COVID, you don’t want it again.
There is emerging research that COVID affectsevery part of the body
, and it is not as mild as first thought. Additionally, your risks for hospitalization, death, further illness, and Long COVID increases with each infection
. The best way to avoid this is to avoid COVID entirely. The worst thing in the world would be getting COVID before or at the tour, and having your memory of this amazing event compromised because you got sick immediately before/after. You can dramatically reduce your risk of getting or spreading COVID by following these tips:
There is no “magic bullet” for avoiding COVID, so we use the “Swiss Cheese model
” - each mitigation effort is a reduction of your likelihood of getting or spreading COVID. Consider incorporating some or all of these tips to reduce your likelihood of getting/spreading COVID dramatically.
- Make sure you are up-to-date with your vaccinations. Get the primary series of vaccines, and make sure you have also gotten the updated bivalent vaccine. However, remember that vaccines do NOT dramatically reduce your risk of Long COVID or long term health symptoms, only hospitalization/death while you are sick with COVID.
- 1-2 weeks before your tour date, reduce your activities and wear a high-quality, well-fitting mask in public places. If you don’t get COVID, you can’t spread COVID! Avoid large indoor gatherings and avoid eating and drinking in restaurants or bars in the days leading up to your tour date. It would suck to be sick for the concert! It’s 3 hours long and that just sounds miserable.
- Wear a high-quality, well-fitting mask on the plane and in the airport while you are en route to and from the concert. Again, if you don’t get COVID, you can’t spread COVID. There’s almost a 100% chance that someone on your plane to or from the concert has COVID.
- Take a rapid test the day of, before you go to the concert. If you test positive and it is at all possible for you to skip the concert (because you planned to go to multiple tour dates, or you are able to trade your tickets for a new date), then stay home. If not, make sure that you and your group wear a well-fitted, high quality mask for the duration of the concert and anytime you are around others. Consider informing those around you so that they can choose to mask up as well.
- If you feel any symptoms of sickness at all, regardless of your test result, mask up for the concert. At-home COVID tests are not always accurate, so if you are feeling sick then wear a mask to avoid spreading any sickness (flu, cold, COVID) to others.
- Wear a high quality and well fitting mask for the duration of the concert, even if you test negative and feel fine. Wearing a mask helps those of us who are immunocompromised or who have immunocompromised loved ones feel much safer. If everyone around us is wearing a mask, then we are safer if we need to remove a mask to take a drink and eat something, or if the fit of our mask isn’t ideal. Of course, it also protects you in case someone around you is positive and contagious. Two-way masking is much better than one-way masking, but one-way masking is effective. Bring multiples, as you might need to replace yours (sweat, tears, aggressive singing or screaming, etc.) or you may want to share some with those around you.
If you wear a mask to the Eras Tour, just know that you are my hero. I have tickets to the tour but I am not sure if I will be able to go because I’m not sure I can effectively mitigate my risk. But my tour date isn’t for a couple of months - if I see that the concerts are getting safer because people are masking, it will be easier for me to make the decision to go. Immunocompromised Swifties are Swifties too. So, if you mask, THANK YOU. You bet I will if I go, because you can still make the whole place shimmer in a mask 😷
Links to everything you need to stay safe:
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2023.03.21 21:13 TheCampsiteRule 50 [M4F] #Southern MA/Northern RI - Soft/Pleasure Dom looking for semi-regular, local play partner
I’m looking for a local play partner that enjoys really good, kinky play/sex, and can meet semi-regularly.
I’m demisexual/sapiosexual, and not looking to rush into anything. I’m willing to put the work in (e.g., lots of conversations, both vanilla and kink) to make sure we good fit.
Safety, consent, and communication are important to me, and should be to you too.
You can read more about how I approach new play partners here: https://www.reddit.com/useTheCampsiteRule/comments/11xrugh/want_to_talk_kink_read_this/
- Soft/Pleasture Dom that leans slightly Daddy.
- Praise oriented, with light name-calling.
- Main kinks are orgasm control, bondage, free-use, power exchange, cock worship.
- My current kinklist.
- Big time communicator during play, love dirty talk.
- Aftercare is just as important as play.
- RACK, YKINMKBYKIOK.
- 6', HWP. Average cock. DDF. I think I'm decent looking.
- Can host
- Self aware, laid back, empathetic, happy human being.
- Loves rabbit hole conversations about anything.
- Will go on random adventures, or be lazy and watch terrible television.
- People watcher, board game player, terrible musician.
- (Amicably) divorced co-parent raising two badass human being on David Bowie and Bikini Kill
- Progressive, LGBTQ+ ally, BLM, etc.
- Smart, independent, confident. Strong women are sexy AF.
- Take your mental health seriously, practice self-care, and are comfortable with who you are.
- 30 years old and up.
- Are willing to take the time to get to know each other, and have honest conversations about kinks, goals, and boundaries.
That's the short version. If you're interested, reach out.
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2023.03.21 21:11 soberhippy22 Stay at home mom trauma
My stay at home mom has verbally abused both my father and I my entire life. I’m 29F now just barely independent and he is still with her after 31 yrs together. I definitely think she’s a covert narc and I’m taking a break from talking to her currently but boy are those old trauma wounds still there. I have both ADHD & autism and feel like my dad might be autistic, too. Why must cruel people like this woman exist??? 🥺 I’m sure lots of you have trauma as well! I still worry about my dad living with her as I feel very protective of him even tho he didn’t stop the abuse from happening when I was a child and sorta neglected me technically speaking. God I feel so alone rn even tho I have a partner and am waiting to possibly go to in-patient eating disorder treatment for ARFID, a common one for neurodivergent folks. Wish me luck that I can hang in there until then!!! I am at an all female mental health facility but they don’t specialize in eating disorders here. Just had to vent!
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2023.03.21 21:11 chinadigital_agency Remote Business in China: Overview on Chinese Cross-Border Platforms
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Since the beginning of the 20th century international trade has been a major driver of China's GDP growth. The liberalization of trade associated with free trade zones is now supported by the development of cross border ecommerce and online retailers business. There are some famous examples of Western online retail sites such as Amazon. China, however, is now a leading country in the field of online shopping development.
Today we have prepared a detailed article for you with an overview of the TOP 9 popular and working cross-border ecommerce online marketplaces in China for remote business. In this article, you will learn why cross-border ecommerce is one of the most convenient ways for global brands from other countries to do business in the world's second largest economy using the potential of today's largest ecommerce market.
Author: Alexander Sabantsev, China Digital Marketing Agency https://preview.redd.it/wcvrcwo2f5pa1.png?width=861&format=png&auto=webp&s=696bf2aa1ffad51d19558471ea2c748b5d775d8b
The benefits of working with Chinese customers through cross border e-commerce are a driver for any Chinese company to increase revenue, as leading e-commerce platforms and online shopping help to improve the connection between Chinese sellers and Chinese shoppers. Chinese shoppers are mostly online shoppers, as the average Chinese spends more than 5 hours a day on mobile services. Modern Chinese consumers consider online retail as the most convenient way to easily select goods from both Chinese businesses and international sellers, who in turn are interested in online sales as a way to reduce costs and benefit from the flash sales effect.
Nowadays, the cross-border Chinese ecommerce system allows foreign companies to conduct business activities through a global supply chain and enter China's complex market without having to establish a Chinese legal entity, open an account in a Chinese bank, and create a very expensive operational infrastructure such as opening an office, a warehouse, hiring employees, etc. In order to attract as many foreign brands as possible, most of China's major marketplaces, interested in increasing the number of third party sellers, have launched cross-border trading sections on their platforms in recent years.
Founded in 2014,
Tmall Global is a leading cross border China online marketplace and one of the fastest growing ecommerce platforms with a large market share among other online marketplaces in China which are engaged in international trade. This China marketplace is a special online platform for trading imported goods of the flagship Chinese online marketplace – Tmall owned by Alibaba Group. 800 million people are active Tmall users, and one in eight of them shop on Tmall Global. About 30%
of the more than 100 million audience belong to Generation Z, the most active group of Chinese consumers on China market.
On the other hand, Tmall Global sells 35 000 international brands from over 90 countries through its online marketplace market. For 80% of them, Jack Ma's online marketplace has become the first sales channel in the Chinese market with one of the highest transaction volumes.
Such popularity of this China marketplace is explained by the fact that Tmall has never had a clear specialization in the sale of goods related to a very narrow product niche. As a result, Tmall Global generally attracts a wide variety of shoppers with a wide variety of needs. However, unlike Taobao mall which operates on the consumer-to-consumer model, Tmall is not an online marketplace for small businesses. Entry requirements are high for both domestic companies and international merchants.
Chinese online marketplaces Tmall and Tmall Global are more attractive for global brands specializing in manufacturing high quality products, the probability of buying counterfeit products on one of the largest chain store in China is minimal. We should note that manufacturers of beauty and health products and light-weight snacks with medium and high margins should pay special attention to this platform.
Home page (left), product card (center) and Tmall Global online store page (right)
Kaola is another leading Chinese marketplace and is one of the largest online marketplaces engaged in cross-border ecommerce. The
Kaola platform attracts over 30 million users with a 25%
market share of all cross-border Chinese marketplaces trade transactions in China. The name of the Chinese marketplace (consonant with the word "koala") suggests that it was originally focused exclusively on Australian brands. But a little later, the scope of the Chinese online marketplace expanded to include the sale of imported goods from all over the world.
However, unlike Tmall and some other Chinese marketplaces, Kaola is positioned as a slightly more "prestigious" China online marketplace for the Chinese middle class whose representatives often go to the platform for shopping. The loyalty of this demanding group of consumers is ensured by a strict system of product selection and quality control. The online marketplace has even developed its own system that helps shoppers track the customs history of goods using QR codes. Thanks to this, users have no doubts about the authenticity of the goods sold. As a result, the brand's presence on Kaola increases its appeal in China.
The main product categories on the Chinese marketplace are infant formula and other children's products, snacks, health foods, cosmetics, apparel, accessories and home appliances.
Home page (left), product card (center) and online store page (right)
JD Worldwide, the import section of another popular third party marketplace
JD.com, is seen as an alternative to the top online marketplaces such as Tmall Global for exporters looking to generate revenue from cross-border trade.
JD has become a famous China marketplace for having the most developed system of its own warehouses and delivery of goods. The company is also trying to maintain its brand by working with foreign merchants. JD Worldwide has partnered with global (DHL) and regional (Australia Post and Yamato) logistics leaders. In addition, the Chinese online marketplace has 32
warehouses for cross-border trade. In January 2022, JD announced a partnership with western e-commerce giant Shopify. This allowed Shopify sellers to enter the Chinese market through JD with little to no effort.
As with Tmall, almost every conceivable category of B2C products is sold on the JD platform. However, manufacturers of goods for automobiles, home appliances and electronics should pay special attention to JD Worldwide. The majority of Chinese consumers look for such goods on JD, expecting the high quality approach and effective after sales services. Today, it is difficult to consider JD as one of the pure play marketplaces because its scope is quite broad.
JD Worldwide home page (left), promotional offers section (center) and product card (right)
The Pinduoduo marketplace (PDD) became a major Chinese ecommerce sensation in the second half of the 2010s due to two reasons. First, unlike other popular Chinese online marketplaces, Pinduoduo is a group shopping system that allows users to buy together at very deep discounts. The second is its focus on consumers from China's affluent hinterland. But it has also become a source of vulnerability in the e-commerce platform's business model. Although Pinduoduo's active users are on par with the market leader Tmall, the total sales of goods on the site are significantly lower than those on Alibaba's marketplace and some other Chinese online marketplaces.
In order to somehow solve this problem, Pinduoduo launched its own cross-border section - Duoduo International in 2019. As a newcomer in this business, PDD started to attract foreign brands with favorable conditions for entering the Chinese marketplace. Unlike other marketplaces, the owners of online stores on Duoduo International do not have to pay an annual service fee, and the registration deposit and order commission are noticeably lower than those of competitors.
However, cross-border from PDD has a significant drawback – the marketplace does not have its own warehouses and logistics solutions, so sellers have to deal with these issues themselves.
Pinduoduo is actively developing the trade of foreign cosmetics and perfumes. Taking into account the main audience of the site, we can recommend Duoduo International to manufacturers of conspicuous consumption products. Pinduoduo home page (left), product card (center) and online store page (right)
Douyin Cross Border
Douyin, the Chinese twin brother of TikTok, has become a symbol of the convergence of social media and online retail in China. Douyin has many of the elements needed to succeed in e-commerce. On the one hand, it has the most engaging content formats – short videos watched by 900 million
Chinese on various platforms, and live broadcasts, which became one of the main profit-making tools in Chinese online commerce in the 2010s. On the other hand, there are more than 600 million active users and an army of influencers who have earned the trust of their subscribers.
Therefore, in 2018,
Douyin entered the e-commerce market, initially by actively collaborating with Alibaba marketplaces. Two years later, Douyin broke off its partnership with Tmall and built its own infrastructure to provide full-cycle in-app trading. And in 2021, it began to attract foreign brands for cross-border trade.
On the whole, cross-border trading on Douyin is still in the early stages of development, which allows even small-brand product sellers to carve out a significant niche on the platform. However, when choosing which products to display and how to promote them, it is very important to remember that Douyin is the territory of wealthy Gen Z consumers. Video (left), product search (center) and online store page (right) on Douyin
Kuaishou Cross Border
Kuaishou, with its 400 million viewers, is often metaphorically called "TikTok for the Chinese village". The majority of its users are young residents of provincial cities who prefer to watch short videos about people similar to themselves, rather than about the daily lives of rich KOLs.
Although Kuaishou is still playing catch-up with Douyin, the social network began to engage in e-commerce much earlier than its main competitor. As a result, about 20% of the company's revenue now comes from e-commerce (while Douyin still relies mainly on advertising revenue).
But at the same time, like Douyin, Kuaishou only announced the start of its cross-border business last year. Therefore, this part of Kuaishou's business is still in its infancy, which may be even more beneficial for exporters - the platform will offer more favorable cooperation terms and additional services at this stage. However, it is not so easy to get on Kuaishou now - the site only accepts manufacturers of cosmetics, food, watches and luxury goods, and then only by invitation from Kuaishou itself.
Video (left), online store page (center) and product card (right) on Kuaishou
VIP.com is one of the oldest Chinese marketplaces, as well as the world's largest
flash-sale marketplace (the main method of sales on it is discount offers that are valid for no more than 24 hours). The products that are sold on this Chinese marketplace are mainly related to the fashion industry – clothes, shoes, cosmetics, etc.
VIP.com is no match for the largest marketplaces in China's overall e-commerce market, its cross-border division, VIP International, is among the market leaders, accounting for approximately 10% of China's cross-border B2C commerce.
Buying popular brands at low prices is what its users come to the platform for. Therefore, unless you are a world famous brand, VIP.com is unlikely to be your first sales channel in China. VIP.com main page (left), product card (center) and online store page (right)
Little Red Book Cross-Border
If Douyin and Kuaishou are Chinese versions of TikTok, then
Little Red Book (or simply RED) can be loosely described as the local Instagram. On this platform, ordinary users and influencers talk about their lifestyles and write reviews on the products they use (mostly these are clothes, cosmetics, skin care products). Other users can purchase the products shown in the photos with just a few clicks. This can be done both in stores within the application and by clicking on links to third-party marketplaces (for example, Tmall). In this way, a business account on Little Red Book can serve two functions at once – an independent sales channel and a tool for promoting products on other platforms.
It is worth noting that RED has a very unusual demographic profile – about 90% of the platform's 100 million audience are women.
Little Red Book home page (left), shopping section (center), and product card (right)
Suning was originally known in China as a large offline retailer of various electronics. Later, it began to expand both in terms of the breadth of the range of goods in various categories, and in terms of its presence on the Chinese Internet. One step in Suning's e-commerce push was to attract cross-border brands from overseas.
However, Suning is not only waiting for brands of foreign electronic equipment to enter its marketplace. The company writes on its website that it primarily would like to see foreign manufacturers of baby food, cosmetics, shoes, bags and food products on its platform. In addition, while other major e-commerce platforms prefer to deal with brands that have not yet entered
the Chinese market, Suning explicitly states that brands that are already listed on Tmall or JD are more likely to open an online store.
To date, Suning is the least significant of the major players, with its marketplace accounting for approximately 1.5% of the total cross-border market in China.
Home page (left), product card (center) and online store page (right)
Today, more than 1400 categories of various products can be exported to China through cross-border channels (a complete list of these categories can be found at the link
– a document in Chinese). Today cross-border ecommerce gives numerous opportunities to purchase inventory directly, buy consumer products from foreign brands, etc.
You can open your own cross-border online store on a dozen Chinese platforms and become a successful online retailer. Some of them are traditional marketplaces, while others are social networks with e-commerce features. But despite the differences, their requirements for exporters are similar:
● Entity registered outside of China
● Foreign registered trademark
● Statement from a foreign bank account
● Copy of passport of company's representative
● Payment of a refundable deposit (from $1.5 thousand on Pinduoduo to $10-47 thousand dollars on Tmall, depending on the category)
● Payment of an annual service fee (from $1 thousand for JD to $4.7-9.4 thousand for Tmall)
● Platform commission on orders (from 0.6% on Pinduoduo to 2-10% on Kaola)
Trading through cross-border makes it much easier to do business in China. The absence of the need to open a legal entity and a bank account in China helps reduce the risks of entering an unfamiliar market. Thus, small brands have the opportunity to test the demand for their products in China or prove to investors that they are promising without large initial investments.
China is closer than you think.
2023.03.21 21:11 HayHayHues [F4M] Seeking RP Partners for Scifi & Fantasy RP
First off, thank you for popping in to take a look! I am seeking an RP partner for Sci-Fi or Fantasy based RP settings. I am very much an enjoyer of good story and plot, so I hope you will be the same! I don't mind smut as long as it makes sense for the story, and in the same vein, I also don't mind platonic RP's where romance is a fade-to-black type deal.
I'm in my 30's, so please be above 21
I post anywhere from 3-5 paragraphs and am semi-lit
I am in the EST time zone and don't mind rping with others from other timezones.
I rp over Discord and prefer it, so I have a way to put up things like Character Profile sections and alllll that fun stuffs!
I don't mind playing multi-characters!
I enjoy darker themes as much as I enjoy light ones, so don't be afraid to ask.
I have plenty of plots and things to share & show but don't want to list it all here but I will include a few plot idea's and intro's to see what tickles your fancy.
If you have an RP idea and you think we'd vibe good together then please feel free to reach out! I do all things in the vein of Scifi and Fantasy so please do share!
PLOTS: These are just vague outlines of more profound plot ideas, your welcome to ask for more info.
1: She believed one's fate was written in the stars; he believed only in his survival ability. They were born on the same day and were destined to meet despite being born planets away. He'd only meant to steal a ship but got so much more. She thought her whole life she would only be part of the vessel, and he made her more. They were destined to fall. It's too bad fate did not tell the crew or the law that pursues them.
2: Two people from worlds that are interconnected (think like two sides of a coin) find themselves meeting at the golden between their worlds and forge a bond that ends up getting them involved in an organization that polices the path between as well as handling anything that manages to stumble into the opposite world. They must learn to work together in order to keep the peace and their respective sanities.
3: This is a long and lengthy plot that essentially boils down to the story of Prometheus bringing the elements to the world; these elements are elemental children from the different planes. They escape and scatter across the world and have to find a way back together with the help of their bonded partner to stop Prometheus from capturing any more elements/ causing the gates between worlds to crumble type deal.
Misc: I have other plots involving things like adventuring parties off adventuring to darker themes like possession and murder and intrigue, so again, if these aren't your cuppa tea but you think we have the right kinda magic to make great things, then reach out!
The bathroom was an utter and complete mess! Candles were knocked over and still lying on the floor in hardened puddles of wax; the walls had green goo splattered all over them, and an assortment of scales, nails, ripped clothing, towels, and shredded toilet paper scattered all over HER bathroom floor. The medicine cabinet's mirror looked like someone had put a fist through it or shattered it by other means. There were pills, other various medical supplies, feminine supplies, and mirror shards littering the bathroom sink; some had even ended up in the toilet bowl (someone appeared to have left the seat up instead of down).
Violet eyes shifted to milky blue, allowing her to take in things like the magical residue still in her bathtub and the various magical symbols marked about on the walls indicating some sort of summoning ritual. When Mayhem opened her home to a few sisters of the Crescent Moon Coven, this hadn't been what she'd expected. Sure, they'd been drinking special moonshine, and her memories were scattered and vague leaving very few clues as to what had happened....but the sisters would have never damaged her bathroom without good reason.
Blue became violet once more as Mayhem headed over to the door leading into the small bathroom closet, where a note had been pinned to her door by a throwing dagger of some sort.
Apologies for the mess and the man we've left behind. Please take care of him till I get back. FYI, the poor thing doesn't know yet since he was sort of dumped off into one of my sister's arms while unconscious. Please protect him should trouble come looking!
Your Gal Pal,
P.S. You're out of coffee, moonroot, and other things! Sorry!!
A hand combing through messy, wild crimson locks Mayhem stared at the note, reading it over again. This did not explain anything and left her with about a thousand questions about what the hell was going on but with no hope of answers in the near future there were more pressing things to deal with. Exhaling, a knuckled rapped at the door not wanting to scare the shit out of her guest.
"Rise and shine, darling," Mayhem sing songed, putting on her most charming and cheery expression as she opened the closet, her arm shimmering with a shield just in case she found herself with a fist or something equally dangerous coming at her face. After all, if the person left behind didn't know how they'd gotten their chances, the occupant would not be warm and friendly....
Nothing like a bit of mayhem to start the day!
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2023.03.21 21:09 spireross 28 [M4F] Derbyshire/UK/Anywhere romantic looking for love
Hello everyone. I’m Ross and as I approach my 30s I’m looking for the forever one. Posted last week and had some good chats but sadly none really clicked so let’s try again. I miss having someone to talk to for hours on end about everything and nothing. Someone who doesn’t mind talking about their day no matter how mundane because I want to hear about it. Brace yourselves it’s a long one, but should you stop here, happy hunting and I hope you find the one who will make you happy ❤️
I like to think I’m a romantic and happily into giving gifts. I work a lot and due to the nature of my work it’s tough to message during shifts however I’ll always make as much time as I can for someone should we click.
A little bit about me (I have a recent post here in more depth should you wish to look at them) I do have mental health issues but I’m working with a therapist to get through them, despite this I’m proud of my scars. Im a gamer and sport fan so these take up a good chunk of my spare time. Music wise I enjoy most genres but not really a particular artist (I’d be useless at concerts). I’d say I’m on the ugly side of average but beauty is in the eye of the beholder I guess. 5’10” with a dad bod, happy to share pictures when we chat.
As for you, ideally aged 25-30 but I’d consider a couple of years either side should we click. I don’t mind location wise, I’m experienced in LDR and have no issues leaving the UK to close the gap should it come to that. I really don’t mind what you look like, personality does more than looks for me.
Aside from that no requirements, if you’ve read this far and are interested drop me a message with a bit about you and a fact about anything (bonus points if it’s about you) and should you wish a picture (it gets mine back, though they’re on my profile 😂). Im happy to chat here for a while until you’re comfortable then move elsewhere and have no issues with video/voice calls once we’re comfortable.
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2023.03.21 21:06 chaosdunk69 32 [M4F] #LosAngeles - Last Semester Grad Student Seeks End of Semester Stretch Birthday Hookup
Hey friends! Hows it going, post title spells it all so bottom line, I'm a busy, successful grad student pushing towards graduation in May, my birthday is at the end of March and I'm trying to get a little birthday sex/end of semester hooking up going. I had posts on and off the last few months because i'd been house sitting and had great success with pics/vids to prove it. But right now it's ideal if you can host because I have room mates so fill this inbox/DM if I seem like your type. Read below for details.
Here's my stats just so you can size me up: I'm 32, 6'0 tall, brown hair and eyes, 175lbs, fit but not jacked, think a dad bod, 7 inches and thick package, college educated, drink but don't smoke unless its 420 but mostly stick to edibles, have a car, have a job, easy to get a long with and have had successful meetups/hook ups from posting recently. Also tested and vaccinated with proof.
As far as hobbies and interests: I'm big into video games, I like to collect and learn about old and new projects and try out new games as much as I can. I also like following movies and shows. I'm also a big fan of new cooking recipes and traveling. If you're a fellow nerd we'll probably get along real well.
Work and career wise I work for small businesses as a media and digital comms consultant, usually helping them grow. Currently I'm with an electrician contractor and I help them manage projects and their digital media output (mostly advertising but how they do it on social media accounts) and I have my bachelors in communication, I'm also currently in grad school finish up so still on that education grind. I used teach music on the side but don't anymore because of how busy i am.
Now for YOU and what I'm looking for; I don't have major preferences stat wise. I'm dead open age range wise, 18-60 but would most likely get along and vibe better with more experienced partners, race/ethnicity I have zero preference but have noticed I tend to have white, latina and asian women find me most frequently attractive but I have no preference really, and as far as body type while I'm not picky, I tend to favor thickecurvieBBW women so thick thighs to the front of the line is guaranteed. Beyond that, you being able to host for the time being is a necessity because of my roommate situation (I moved back in with family when the pandemic started a few years ago and stayed for grad school, will be moving out again this summer when my masters is done but its my situation for now). Beyond that, being fellow nerds is a big plus.
Anyways, hope I didn't talk your ear off! Get at me if you think I'm your kind of guy. I'm in the So Cal. Los Angeles area in the South Bay would be down to meet or even get coffee first to see if everything clicks. I'm also COVID free and vaxxed. Your pic gets mine and we can swap other messaging apps if we seem interested. Talk soon! Looking forward to another round of LA are hook up fun
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2023.03.21 21:04 ComeWriteWithMe There is an evening class happening at my London University, but it's unscheduled and no administrator I've spoken to seems to know anything about it...
I attend a University in London, England. Without doxxing myself, it's both renowned and very established, dating back hundreds of years. Even during the day, when I take a wrong corner and end up in a silent corridor or the such, I spook myself out.
One evening, about a month ago, I found myself pulling an all nighter to get an assignment finished. You know how it is, gotta burn the midnight oil. I found myself with serious cramp in my back at about midnight so decided to call it a day and head back to dorms. The space I was working in was the older section of the University and it was mostly empty by 7pm, save for a few janitors here and there some nights. That night, I had been completely alone and uninterrupted while I worked.
On my way to the stairs I heard deep voices which I assumed to be coming from outside. The old windows were single glazed and let in both noise and a nasty draft when the weather turned cold. Baring it no mind, I continued my way to the stairs, but noticed the bass in the voices get louder as I made way. It was only after the last turn, when I could see the stairwell in sight that I realised those voices weren't coming from outside, nor of some otherworldly origin, but from a class that seemed to still be in session! Honestly, it was a relief to find out I wasn't there alone and sense of comfort returned to my worried steps.
Curiosity got the better of me when I wondered what sort of class could be happening at this late hour, so as I swiftly made my way to the stairs I turned my head to take a quick peek through the open door. It was literally only a second, and I kept moving, but I swear whatever comfort knowing there was others up there with me was taken away when I tried to understand what I saw happening in that room.
The room was dark, except for a glow that was emanating from a part I couldn't see for the door. At the end of room I made out the a young girl, her eyes completely glassy and white, dancing- no, moving erratically in such an unnatural way, and with such force and tempo that I was filled with a dread or guilt that I had seen something in that instance that I was not meant to have seen, something that should have not even been possible. So weird that my mind didn't even think to double back and confirm what I saw- or perhaps, not wanting to.
By the time I reached the bottom of the stairwell I had convinced my better sanity that it was in fact something innocuous. I would like to tell you that I didn't think on the matter for the rest of the night but the image of the girl contorted in such a unnatural position, her eyes rolled into the back of her skull as she flung her body with such abandon flashed in my thoughts during the ride home, at dinner with my roomate, and took stay in my feverish nightmare that evening.
The next morning I inquired our online University scheduling system to see which class, club or tutor had booked the space. Nothing. I approached the front desk at campus and spoke to the receptionist with whom I had a good rapport, and asked her if that space was used last night. Annoyingly, she consulted the same scheduling system I had and confirmed what I already knew but added that sometimes students will use rooms adhoc when their regular classroom had been taken.
I thanked her for the theory and then truly let it leave my mind so I could begin my day's work on my thesis, enough time had been spent on spooking myself out on curiosities I had no right in having, not with the a thesis deadlines looming over my head. I had no other sightings of the mysterious class for the next couple of weeks though admittedly avoid that wing of the campus. But just yesterday I saw her. The girl that performed that movement. Except there in the daylight and surrounded by students and lecturers she looked normal, like any young student sitting amongst her friends; talking, laughing and enjoying each other's company
I confronted her there and then. I know it's not polite, especially here in Britain where social norms between strangers err on the side of muting anything more dramatic then a friendly smile, but I felt a compulsion to know.
I interrupted her mid conversation and asked whether she studied dance. she looked confused, as did her friends, and answered negatively. I then told her that I saw her the other day in the east wing, at midnight, where she was practising dance. I kept emphasising the word dance when I spoke, not knowing what to call what I had seen, but hoping it would make her betray something on her face. Nothing, she declined again. I swear I saw no tell on her face that indicated to me that she was lying. I was almost convinced she was telling me the truth and that she knew nothing about it, except for the swarthy fellow who she was seated next to. He was staring death at me. I could see something in his eyes- that he knew exactly what I meant and I bet everyone on that table knew as well.
Unable to stand that fellows deathly glare for much longer I excused myself and told her I must be confused. As I made my way out of the canteen I looked back, and sure enough the entire table was looking at me- which admittedly, I don't blame them for. I must have seemed like a rambling mad man, but I had a feeling I stumbled onto something I shouldn't have.
There is actually another part of this story that I haven't told you yet, and that I wish to tell you- but truth be told, since that encounter and the following one which I have yet to elucidate, my nerves have been shot. Even recounting this much of the story has effected my disposition negatively and filled me with dread. I am to see my doctor tomorrow to prescribe me some salts to help with my fraught mind, but until then wish me a better health. I'll endeavour to finish the recounting of these events then.
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2023.03.21 21:04 sunshineroundabouts I make £103K and I spent £370 on a long weekend trip to Northern France
I don’t see many travel diaries for Europe or the UK so thought it would be nice to do an example of a long weekend!
For reference I live with my partner and share some housing / bills with him but keep all other money separately, however I went on holiday with one of my friends.
Section 1: Bio Age - 34
Occupation - Tech Manager
Hometown - East Sussex
Number of PTO days and how you accrue them - in the UK most people get at least 25 days annual leave plus public holidays. In addition to this I get the option to buy holiday as part of my benefits - I do this every year, usually between 6 and 10 days, so this year I have 31 days.
Section 2: Assets and debt Savings balance: We bought a house early last year with my partner, that wiped out most savings! I’ve probably got £10,000 now across stocks and shares ISAs and standard savings pots.
Checking balance: About £1500
Debt: Other than a giant mortgage, no other debt.
Section 3: Income Salary after deductions: Around ~£5K per month - that’s after tax, NI, pension, life / critical illness insurance, health insurance, holiday purchase deductions
My pals overall situation: I don’t know her specifics but she works in PR and makes somewhere in the area of £60-70K per year.
Section 4: Travel expenses I have kept all costs as combined through the diary and then have done the split at the end.
We wanted to do a long weekend Europe trip but wanted it to be pretty relaxed and I didn’t feel like taking a flight so we eventually decided on doing the Eurotunnel.
For reference, the Eurotunnel is where you drive your own car onto a train and then the train goes through the channel tunnel from the UK to France. We then thought we would do a bit of northern France and do a bit of exploring! I've done other areas of France previously but never further North than Paris.
Eurotunnel and insurance - £213 - we booked this beforehand, this is return for one car with two people in it. It was a fixed time train each way, and includes car insurance for when we were in France for three days.
I also spent £40 on a “prepare your car for Europe” kit which included what you must have in your car to legally drive in France (high viz jacket, first aid kit, breathalysers, light deflectors etc) - I haven’t included this in the trip expense totals because we will reuse it many times for trips, and to be honest seems like a handy thing to have in the car anyway!
Air bnb - £155 - we booked the accommodation beforehand, we booked two nights in Lille in a studio apartment with one double bed and one sofa bed. I always like to get an AirBnb as it gives more flexibility to stay in, have your own kitchen and have a bit more space!
I didn’t book separate travel insurance - I get full year cover as part of one of my bank accounts.
Accommodation total: £155
Transport total: £213
Pre trip total: £368
9.30 - I pick up my pal from a nearby train station then drive down to Folkestone where the Tunnel is. I am very excited to take my car on a train!! We stop off for fuel at the services nearby so that I won’t need to figure out France petrol stations - it only needs half a tank to fill, we also pick up snacks for the drive £40 for fuel and £5 for snacks.
11.30 - our train is at 12.20 but we arrive about an hour before. Check-in is super easy and we get a little sign to hang from the mirror to show what our train number is. We park up at the terminal and wait for the signs to show to proceed. We grab a drink from the terminal whilst we wait £4.
12.30 - whizz through both passport controls and then drive on the train! So weird to be sat in a car which isn’t moving on a train which is speeding along. The train takes 35 minutes and then you can just drive straight off onto the motorway. We lose an hour with the time difference so arrive at 2pm.
2 - we have no plans as we've both been so busy with work and decided to just see how we get on! But the signs on the motorway says Dunkirk and that’s a place I’ve never been so we head there which is about a 35 minute drive. Park the car £1.
3 - wander around Dunkirk looking at the war memorials and the pretty harbour. Buy some cheese baguettes to keep us going - £5.
5 - back in the car to drive to Lille where the AirBnb is which is about an hour away. We stop off at Lidl to buy some provisions (bread and cheese ofc), snacks, Prosecco, champagne, and tonic for the bottle of gin I brought with me from home - comes to £45 but £15 was the bargain champagne!
5.30 - check into the Airbnb. Promptly drop my bottle of champagne on the floor and it smashes everywhere. £15 well spent… spend ages cleaning it up. Have a glass of Prosecco to commiserate.
7 - decide we need to go out for a drink to make up for the champagne. Head out to a nearby French restaurant - food is delish, service isn’t excellent but overall a lovely evening catching up - £65.
9 - head back, more Prosecco, put the sofa bed up and then off to sleep eventually around 11.
Day 1 total: £165
9 - time to explore Lille! We get our walking shoes on and start to explore the city - lots of walking down little streets. We do the classic of wandering from cafe to patisserie with a snack here, a drink there, comes to about £15 for the three breaks. The city of Lille is beautiful - it didn't get as destroyed in the war compared to Dunkirk so full of French architecture and big grand squares.
11 - walk a bit out of town to the Citadel and do a big walk around the park outside. You can't go in the citadel but its still a very nice spot to walk around.
1 - time for proper lunch!! We fancy crepes and thankfully we are in France! Find a great crepe restaurant and have a sweet and a savoury - ham and goats cheese which is so good. Plus a couple of glasses of wine - £27
2 - there are so many chocolate shops due to how close we are to Belgium. Pop into one and buy some chocolate as a gift for my partner - £7
3 - feet are getting tired by this point so make the 25 minute hike home - almost 20,000 steps today! We are exhausted. Collapse in the Airbnb for introvert time of tv, phones and ignoring each other.
4 - I for some reason start to feel a bit off and have a bad stomach (too much cheese and wine?! Surely not). Make the decision to stay in for the evening.
7 - have a little bit of gin which I brought with me and watch a movie on Amazon Prime. End up getting Uber eats of some pizza - £25. I used to feel guilty when we stayed in when I was on hols but now I know that I need to not be exhausted when I get back so a night in is okay! We did so much exploring that we did make the most of seeing Lille. Plus I know it's so close now, I can pop back!
10 - water, reading, bed!
Day 2 total: £74
8 - feel much better this morning - so thankful! Nothing like being ill when you know you need to travel, I was worried it would not be a good driving day today. Glad I got lots of sleep!
10 - clean up the Airbnb and pop to the patisserie for croissants - £2, before hitting the road and driving back to Calais to do some exploring. It's raining a bit but clears up when we hit Calais - win!
11.30 - it’s about an hour and ten back to Calais. Driving hasn’t been too bad considering it’s the wrong side of the road for me and the wrong side of the car! I was a bit worried about it but as long as I just tell myself continually to drive on the right then it seems to be okay! I want to go to the lace and fashion museum as it sounds interesting. We park - £1 - and then walk over. It’s £8 for both of us to get in because it only has one exhibit on - bargain! Very much enjoyed it, never realised so much went into lace or that there were so many different types!
1 - time for our final lunch! Head to a probably too touristy restaurant and the food wasn’t great. Clearly means time to go home! £27
2 - head back to the Eurotunnel and stop in the terminal once we are checked in. Pop into duty free and buy 2 bottles of rum as they are a bargain, plus some macarons as a gift - £33. Stop for a drink in Starbucks - £8.
3.30 - another speedy trip through the tunnel! Save an hour on the way back too. Head back and drive home. Used about three quarters of a tank of fuel so quite pleased with that. So nice to have a lovely break, see somewhere new but also return back not feeling utterly exhausted!
Day 3 total: £79
Section 5: Overall Total cost for both of us: £686
Total cost for what I paid: £370 (half most costs, plus full cost of rum, smashed champagne and gifts)
How I afforded the trip: I’ve only recently started earning more so I’m still a very naturally frugal traveller! Plus most of what I enjoy when travelling is just wandering about and eating the delicious food.
I split the cost so did all the pre trip costs earlier in the year so it doesn’t feel like all at once. I then usually put my “spending money” onto my Monzo which I don’t use for anything else - makes it really easy to track how much I’m spending and keep an eye on it. This was probably lower that I expected for the trip because we didn't go out for dinner on the second night which definitely saved some money!
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2023.03.21 21:02 Late_Geologist_2666 Requirement for omega-3 fatty acids
2023.03.21 20:53 spacecircus Dog enlarged liver differential?
Hi, excited to find this community. I’m just looking for a differential of sorts.
6 year old (in a few months) female dog. Mix that we got from a shelter at like 8 weeks old. No health issues to date. Up to date on everything.
All of a sudden, vomiting and diarrhea for the last few weeks out of the blue. Basically stopped eating as well after always being super food driven her whole life. Started at about 42 pounds and has probably lost 7-8 now over the last six weeks.
Negative infectious work up. On her labs, pancreatitis was ruled out as the only aberrant lab was her Alk Phos which was very elevated. We got a abdominal X-ray that apparently only showed a very enlarged liver but no dilated bowel loops or anything. We are scheduled to see another doctor for an ultrasound + possible biopsy.
I didn’t make the X-ray visit but apparently the vet painted a fairly grim picture to my wife and implied liver cancer. I get that the enlarged liver can compress her stomach and explain the symptoms. However, does this sound like a normal presentation? And I know liver cancer is rare regardless but wouldn’t it be extra unusual for a 6 year old mix to get it? I’m a physician myself and am struggling with my lack of dog knowledge. But wouldn’t you also expect some other labs to be abnormal is she had cancer compressing things? In humans you have like AST and ALT or a bilirubin that might be elevated. Si know ultrasound and biopsy will be helpful but we are still having to wait a few more weeks and I’m just wondering if there are other things we should be doing or considering? Poor thing seems like she’s just wasting away before our eyes.
Many thanks to anyone who weighs in. I tip my hat to you as I realize more and more just how hard it is to make a diagnosis when your patient cant tell you anything!
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2023.03.21 20:50 LightningTF2 Share your crypto knowledge
So as a somewhat amateur crypto investor and speculator as I have only been trading for about 2 years now, I have made a ton of mistakes, in fact mostly mistakes. Some times I have had pretty big wins, but I got greedy or sold too late etc.
What is something you would share with someone that is brand spanking new to crypto so they can avoid my hardships? What did you do to make sure that your crypto was safe, and obviously some more complicated aspects need explaining to people that are fresh. Some things that come to mind are cold wallets, defi, opensea, kyc, taxes and manual seed backups. These topics imo are some of the most important ones but I'm sure I'm missing things.
I know that as an amateur myself I can get extremely stressed out and emotional. It's not so much about making a logical choice rather than getting starry eyed and thinking I'm gonna make boat loads or something at those points. Either that or it is the enth degree where I'm cursing everything under my breath and I hate my life, so I sell out of panic or just frustration. These things can affect your trading a lot too and is under looked a lot when you are chasing gains. Your mental health is extremely important and i wish I knew that getting into crypto, because now I'm confident enough to deal with it but before it was panic inducing.
Anyway I am just a side liner at the moment. I am seeing the movements and quite frankly as a crypto enthusiast it gets me excited. I've never really been about the money, it's a very nice bonus but I want to see crypto succeed. Once I realized what financial freedom could be I decided what I wanted to pursue.
It is just a shame I couldn't contribute more some how rather than just being an investor. At some level I want to understand the technology better and learn how I could use it to make the world a more interesting place. Just like anything it can be used as a tool of good or evil so I don't want it to go the way of fiat.
So with all that what are your thoughts. I'm just curious as to what the average investors are thinking right now so feel free to share anything I'm looking to learn obscure things but also brush up on the basics, and maybe others can too.
Edit: I wanted to add that you should be very careful using any lock up contracts. They may pay you a decent percentage for you to lock up your eth or w.e but the reality is most of these contracts are too long to be worthwhile. For long term investments sure go ahead, I suggest staking tbh! Makes eth stronger. But do not stake your alts, do not stake on 3-12 month contracts they are not worth it! I lost a lot of money with contracts , and it also negates the fact you own your keys too so you are totally at risk if the exchange fails. Do not trust exchanges with your contracts, they are not your friend they are to do business with.
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2023.03.21 20:50 ThrowMeUnderBoard Sex therapists- are they worth it?
I (mid30s HLF) have been with my partner (early 40s LLM) for several years now. The sex was great for the first year of the relationship then dropped off sharply. At this point, I can’t even remember the last time we had sex at all, let alone had sex until we finished. He’s been tested and is in good health, we’ve tried different pills, but nothing worked. After our most recent failed attempt, he brought up the idea of a sex therapist.
I’m not entirely against the idea, but I’m curious as to others experience with it. Did it help your relationship (long term? Short term?) or was it just a time and money sink?
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2023.03.21 20:48 CReck96 23 [F4M] have you been pegged before?? Bet your girl sucks🍺🥂
I’ve peggggeddd 7 guys now and it’s the best thing ever I can’t explain how much I love watching a guy bend over and lemme take him from behind the words are just unexplainable
And I am good. I mean really good. All of them give some silly ultimatum like “oh ok but if you get to peg me then I get to do anal too!” Guess what, nobody has ever wanted to do the anal afterwards. They just get the best orgasm of their life and can barely walk and then they can’t think about anything else and they come right back for more. I’m happy to give it to them too, any time and any place.
I’d say I have 3 regulars who ask for it about once a week. I do extra special stuff for those boys because they at least admit they love it. Then there’s 1 that will never ask for it but asks to hang out and then spends the whole time talking about what we did last time until I go get the strap then he becomes a nice obedient little boy and bends over for me. Then of course there’s the other 2. Reluctant to admit how amazing I am but they’ve both had it more than twice now and every time they say “ok cool I’m only doing it cause you’re hot though, I wouldn’t normally do this” but weirdly they just keep coming back. Silly guys.
Being penetrated is a very intimate sex act that everyone should experience, regardless of your gender or perceived sexual orientation. Being a woman, I am obviously quite familiar with being penetrated during sex but first time I was the one doing the penetrating… it was a life-changing experience and such a rush of emotions.
The first time I used a strap-on was with a woman and, emotionally, penetrating her was so beautiful that, afterwards, I was a changed person. We held each other and, frankly, a was a little teary eyed. The most profound detail was how she lovingly took me inside of her, such grace in that beautiful act of femineity. I felt so special to be the one inside of her. When I’m penetrated, and I take you inside of me, I’m giving all of me to you. I had no idea that when you penetrate, you can feel your partner giving themselves to you and just how very special that moment is for you both. Now, the other side of penetrating is the control I got to experience. I decided how she would be fucked. My thrusts ventured deeply inside of her body… inside her most delicate and guarded area. I felt intoxicatedly powerful
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2023.03.21 20:46 TrapQueenYuri 25 [M4A] North Dakota/Midwest/US - Don't mind me, just your average bisexual dude looking for a nerdy introverted girl, a tall athletic boy, or a cute femboy...
...the title is MOSTLY a joke, please still feel free to message if you aren't any of the above! <3
Hi all! My name is Yuri, I'm a 25 bisexual dude from the US Midwest, specifically North Dakota. Due to it being a small, rural state, dating really sucks for introverted nerds like me. Thus I've decided to peruse the internet, on the search for partnerships and even friendships that can supply me with good times and new experiences!
A little more about me, I'm 5'7" and 160 pounds, fairly lanky and/or frail. I like to go on walks, but don't otherwise exercise a ton (I'm getting better at it, I swear!). Due to allergies and other health conditions, I don't love to do a lot of outdoor activities, but do enjoy leaving my home for events or fun when the situations arise. Otherwise I'm very, very introverted, and do a majority of my hobbies (And even my work, haha.) from home. I'm already done with my education (At least for now?) and basically just do my work and hobbies. I try to be as funny as possible, as I think laughter is really important, and I would say personality wise I'm very balanced! I deal with some mental health issues, though I mostly keep them managed with medication and meditation, and I'm happy to help you with yours as well!
As for my hobbies, my biggest one is video games! Normally I'm playing single player games, mostly RPGs and strategy games. Right now I'm addicted to Octopath Traveler 2 and Fire Emblem Engage, both of which I'm enjoying immensely! I'm a big PC and Switch gamer, and my most played game on PC by far is Terraria. I also play a ton of Pokémon, basically any Pokémon game I've at least touched a little, including romhacks! That being said, I am getting back into Overwatch 2 right now and enjoying it immensely.
Another big hobby of mine is board games and Magic the Gathering. I will likely show you my large board game shelf, and hopefully in the future we can play many together! I will definitely be talking to you about Magic at some points, even if you aren't super into it. Sorry about that in advance!
Outside of those things, I love comedy and horror, especially the dark and macabre stuff. I'm a big fan of ARGs, unfiction stories, and analogue horror, things like Marble Hornets or more recently The Mandela Catalogue. I recently watched The Incantation on Netflix, which I thought was incredible! Recently I've been fixated on two games, Fear and Hunger and it's sequel Termina. I think their stories are both very interesting, and the world is so gritty. My favorite book ever is House of Leaves, which is an incredible horror novel that destabilizes writing as a concept, it's very cool.
I'm looking for someone to indulge in these hobbies with, as well as many other things! Someone to voice chat with on an almost daily basis. I don't mind if you're clingy, I am a bit as well! Just as long as it doesn't reach a toxic level. I'm competitive and would love to challenge each other to things, though I'm not hyper focused on winning. Relationship wise, I'm definitely looking for a life partner!
I don't want to reveal too much about myself so there's more to share when we actually talk! Plus, I don't want to make this post too insanely long (Too late, haha.). If you were able to read this far, thank you so much! When you send me a private message or chat, include something about your favorite ice cream topping! Thanks for reading! <3
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2023.03.21 20:43 SeizeThemMemes Visited by something, I think it's pretending.
Long story ahead.
It started when I was just a kid. I'm in my mid 30s now, but that's when it started. I'd like to preface most of this with an obligatory, to the best of my knowledge, I'm not making any of it up. Whatever definitive knowledge I think I've got is based on speculation and heresay. Nothing has identified itself at all, let alone directly. For my own sake, and the sake of related parties I'm going to edit all names from the story(ies). Especially since I'm not using a throwaway or anything. This is going right up on my personal account. I fabricate or hold back nothing this time. Ill be doing my best to cultivate as much accurate information as I can remember, but I'm getting old and don't remember as well as I used to. I can't even tell you how genuinely I consider religion, supernatural whatever, all of it to just be some stuff made up by white men to continue on with the patriarchy. I don't buy into ghosts or any of it.
It started as shadows. The feeling of being watched. My childhood wasn't that great, it was full of physical and emotional abuse from my mother. We lived in my step father's own childhood home, so it wasn't haunted by any ancient ghosts. It was a dark place though, with their history already blotting the air with it's thickness.
I guess before I really go on, I should explain that, too.
My step father was twenty something years older than my mom. So he was in his fifties during my teen years. He wasn't bad, he wasn't great. I guess technically speaking he was a bad step father. We didn't have much of a relationship, let alone a even bad "fatheson" one.
The home itself was an old New England starter home. It was small, as far as modern houses go. Three bedrooms total. One bath, a large basement spanned the entire length and width. By the time we had met him and moved in, he had already mostly paid the house off, buying it from his own parents. Outside of four years in the coast guard, He, his brother, and older sister had all lived there(while they moved away, he stayed)
Their family dynamic was dated, and weird. His mom and dad were the type to call each other "mom and dad" respectively. His sister, even after joining the navy and marrying an officer was required to maintain a joint bank account with her dad so he could have uptime decision making. She had her own creepy qualities when we'd visit. She collected Barbies, never opening them. That in itself isn't weird. Hell, I collect action figures myself. But she had a voice for some of her favorites, and they'd talk amongst themselves if she was in the room. My Step father's brother, was actually an inventor and invented something I can't remember anymore. He wasn't Bezos rich, but had a nice house in Florida when we'd visit. Mom and Step dad both always warned me though to be careful. He was on a lot of drugs.
My Step father himself was a weird man. He was never taught hygiene. And he was never really nurtured or loved, and unfortunately it showed. He didn't know how to do those things, either. He was a nice guy, but had no idea what to do from there. He grew up in the fifties, and as a kid, I just imagined that's why he was the way he was. From a different time.
The legacy of their combined tragic legacy lived on in a ghost that I do believe was in the realitively new house. We lived there total for twelve years with him, however the time is broken up into two different six year stints. Half way through, my mom for whatever reason, moved us out. We lived in a one room efficiency apartment together for exactly one year, before they reconciled and moved back in together. While we were moved out - we adopted a stray cat. Well, he adopted us. We actually found him the very first day we left him on our own. He was a white cat, nearly completely blind. He was just outside our motel door. We took him in with us. He was actually great. We named him Doofus, because he was kinda fun and goofy. He stayed with us the entire year departure, and was reluctantly allowed back with us.
My Step father was a dog person. Awkwardly so. He loved his dog(s). To the point where I'd still say he more made out with them, as a form of affection. It wasn't okay. I'm sure of that. Let me clear something up, while I say all of these negative things about him. It's not like that. While we don't have any sort of relationship now, I believe that's more us both healing from my mother more so than each other. But anyway, let's keep going!
Within a year after introducing the new cat into the house, he had himself quite the affinity for the basement. It was cool in the summer, and kept itself warm enough to be down there without freezing in the winter. It was my home base as a teenage boy in the late 90s, early 00s with AOL internet access. Doofus would often lounge around, and we'd leave him to his own devices while down there. He never disappeared and always came running when we'd shake his bowl of food. That first summer back though, we were, even my step father was, convinced he had worked his magic on a neighborhood feline friend, and had a litter of kittens down there. It wasn't the mousy cries of fresh babies. Certainly a meow that wasn't his though. We thought maybe he had found his way into the walls, or was simply stuck. Inevitably one day it happened with him fast asleep on his window perch in the kitchen. Finally my step dad fessed up what comes to be an important story.
When he was a kid, himself and his younger sister, found a cat. They, with some kind of sitcom understanding of how the world works, brought it home and tried to hide it in the basement to keep. Their father found it and brutalized the animal to punish them and simply disposed of it like it was nothing.
I can't stress it enough how… from that point on, things changed. The meowing from the basement stopped. Forever. It never happened again. However I never felt alone down there again, honestly.
I want to take another brief intermission to point out that at the current point in my life, I've been in therapy and anger management both. I haven't spoken to my mother in over seven years, and I'm barely any contact with my family at all. I had a very good therapist that helped me through my trauma with my mom as a child that continued into adulthood. Most of the information I'm going to share here, and continue to share here are things that modern medicine and science have since explained away. Sort of. I didn't just feel not alone while in the basement of my childhood home anymore, I felt actively pursued. Someone wasn't just always watching, they wanted to be known. I also started to experience night terrors that felt lucid.
I eventually moved out as soon as I could, and moved to Florida. Unfortunately my abusive mother followed. However, years passed from there. Through circumstance, I maintained a relationship with her. I was young and dumb, and didn't know how to set or enforce boundaries. Anyway.
Fast forward to my mid 20s. I had just ended a long term relationship with what was essentially my first "real-life" girlfriend. Things went sour the way things do when you're young, and I ended up moving back in with my mom and her now new husband. It was a very short stay, but while there I fell on hard times with my health. That's where the story here really takes an interesting turn.
Their house wasn't just bad, it was absolutely the worst. It was literally just a shack. The way some of those poor places in Florida are really like. I was home alone. I did have my own private bedroom. It was small, couldn't even hold my bed and the dresser. There was no door. It was an old curtain pinned to the outside wall. The illusion of privacy. It all went from easy enough to explain, to outright bonkers that day.
I was in bed. Doorway clearly visible. The sheet had been pinned to the space above it so it stood open for me to come and go easily. In the doorway was a teenage girl. Shoulder length brown hair. Conservatively dressed, yet modern. She didn't speak. It was over. She was gone.
The same girl came to me two or three days later, same setting. Just standing in the doorway. She seemed far less relaxed. Even agitated. She was holding something but I couldn't make out what. Whatever it was just wouldn't manifest, but it was important to her. Whatever that item was I can't help but feel like it'd all make sense now, but who knows. She stayed for nearly a full five minutes, fidgeting eithcthecitem before leaving. It was only a couple of more days before she came back again, but wasn't alone. An older man. Older then I was at the time, at least. He seemed like her father. They were bickering and fighting about something and she, in her tantrum disappeared. But he stayed and said nothing to me. He made no motion or charades. He did however glare at me this empty, menacing eyes and then vanished.
I didn't see the girl again until the night before I moved out. By this point, I had been drained of the small savings I did have. I was literally starving. Stealing food from Walmart just to keep myself going. I had aloowedcmy mother to drain me of everything. The apparition came to me that night, and the sensation was different. She glowed a warm orange tint. it felt like we were together forever. She still never spoke to me, but shared knowledge. She told me things about myself I didn't know yet. Actual, real life things that wouldn't come to fruition for over a decade, but they have indeed come true. Not even as a warning. It was a parlor trick to prove her abilities to me. I didn't see her again, for nearly 12 years.
It was last year she came back. I wasn't startled, she communicated like we were old friends. By just, giving me the information. I had probably six or eight months prior to that, reconnected with an old friend. The girl told me matter of fact my, "reach out. They aren't okay." Which was weird because we were talking mostly daily at that point again. I knew things weren't perfect but not being okay raised alarm bells. I reached out to find out their dog had passed just that morning. Again not a huge flex of their ability, just enough to keep me hooked.
I was bewildered at this point. I knew nothing of psychics or spirits or demons. Outside of what I seen on TV of course. I didn't even believe in that shit, but I love reading and learning.
Because of the history with my newly rekindled friendship, it was actually my childhood crush - the love of my life. That was actually the context of us becoming friends again. I wanted to work on fixing the things between us so we could be there again. The situation felt ripe by description for either Dr. Phil, or Lilith. Though I didn't know what that was even supposed to mean.
My own research and learning has brought me here, to you. This sub. This long story of ghost cats, and dark places, the meddling of what I thought was Lilith, but I believe to be something else entirely.
You see I've reached out to the girl who manifests. She hasn't been back, but I can still feel her around. So I've worked up the courage to confront her. I ask for identification, and my ears fill with this droning white noise and it'll eventually tell me that shes Lilith, but I'm not convinced. But from the difficulty in expression, neither are they. I believe it's something that latched onto my belief at first of it being Lilith and won't let up on that. I do believe it's "male" in nature. Has a knack for tricks, and knows that pretending to be something it isn't is bad for him, so he's trying to keep it under cover. I also don't think it's here to help me in any capacity. It clearly wants something either from me, personally, or is trying to use me as a vessel.
I think something masquerading now as Lilith has been involved in my life from the house I grew up. It didn't leave me alone, it learned to be less obvious and scary outright. But it's here. It's always here.
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2023.03.21 20:43 graygoohasinvadedme Setting boundaries with new KTP + BDSM partnerships
I’m new here, though not wholly new to poly (in theory) or BDSM (in practice.)
There’s been a lot of sudden life adjustments and moving parts that are making me uncertain of how I feel and figuring out what appropriate boundaries are needed for my health and happiness. Note, I mention transitioning in descriptors only to give an idea of what current physical parts are at play.
I am 33(F/NB), demisexual, married to my partner of 8yrs (37MtF). It’s important to note that due to work conditions we live about 3hrs by car apart and have lived LD for 4.5 yrs. This past September, her nesting partners of 2yrs broke things off in a very negative experience. The relationship as a whole was not smooth and most times I was around them they acted as (imo) close friends and roommates rather than active romantic or kink partners. I do pretty okay living solo (with a dog) but my wife adamantly does not.
This led to my wife moving in with a partner of about 8mo ( in the same city, Molly (30MtF). They get along splendidly and I consider myself friends with Molly. My wife has also gained a boyfriend of about 2mos, Sam(25FtM) who seems okay. I am extremely slow to acquire emotional bonds so I’m moderately comfortable around him.
This is a very, very different dynamic than my prior experiences in a poly situation. My wife is overtly sexual and kinky with both partners. When I visit Molly and my wife’s home, there’s often light play in common spaces (light humiliation, service behavior, and physical intimacy like making out and groping.)It is a small home, 2 bedrooms, an office, and open space for general living/cooking. If all four of us are around, we are on top of each other and privacy is hard to come by. I currently feel like I’d be more comfortable if I had deeper bonds with my metas, but my discomfort over some things makes me disinclined to take long visits. There have been situations where a room is in use (for extremely intimate activities) that I have needed to access to grab work or health related items but I feel uncomfortable interrupting activities.
I need help understanding if my boundaries and requests are valid because I seem to be the only person who feels a need for these items. If anyone could help me workshop them I’d appreciate it.
- Boundary: I don’t want to inadvertently walk in on/be witness to private times (high intimacy sex or kink in common areas.) [consent, but it goes against what is currently happening and what the others seem to enjoy]
- Boundary: I need to be made aware of when a room with my belongings (e.g. meds, work computers) is about to be commandeered for private times so I can grab things I need.
- Boundary: I am highly protective of my dog and do not currently want metas taking her on walks near busy roads/multi-night care as I don’t know them with her well enough [when I had COVID recently my wife had taken on primary care but I personally haven’t witnessed them be responsible for her]
- Is this a reasonable request?: Some nights, not on schedule but when I want intimacy with my wife I’d like for us to sleep together alone. Currently, if I visit the default is to sleep in Molly’s bed, and my wife expressed confusion that I want other arrangements on occasion.
- Is this a reasonable request?: My wife and I are fluid bonded. Her partners are getting/have gotten testing with the intention of also fluid bonding. I don’t know if the person who tested clear is bonded to my wife yet, but there’s been no discussion about other play partners and inadvertent disease contact possibilities given the type of play we engage in. Is wanting to outline a protocol for the group reasonable?
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2023.03.21 20:42 Guitarfoxx I finally streamed after lots of encouragement and it went well/was not horrible!
I have posted a few times here before both about being blind and being kind of obsessed with Tekken.
I finally got serious about playing about a 8 or 9 months ago. Ever since then my life has become a lot more fun.
I was encouraged by my partner after becoming a little depressed while dealing with surgery after surgery.
I was born with glaucoma and I have had a lot of complications as I have aged. Highlights include retinal detachments in both eyes, permanent optic nerve damage, cornea transplants in each eye, cataracts and more.
Because of the encouragement I was able to make do with the little sight I have left and start gaming. After awhile I kind of accidentally started a somewhat large non-toxic tekken discord where I made some friends.
I finally worked up the courage to ask my friends if they would tune into a stream.
I was very nervous about this because I am still not the kind of player who can just win match after match all the time. I have my moments but I'm still learning and only at yellow ranks.
My friends assured me that they would support me and with that I was able to do my first serious stream to a small audience instead of no one!
As of now I am locked into streaming on ps4 but hopefully I can eventually upgrade my pc so it can handle both the game and streaming at the same time.
This small victory really means a lot to me and I just wanted to share this in case someone else is in a similar spot and needs to hear that it is possible!
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