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2023.03.30 16:52 DMKMSnowGoon NoName Hockey Sticks

Tldr; ordered stick for my kid in December. Order delayed til end of February on site tracker. Still no stick or update. There's probably better options. I wouldn't use this company ever again.
Has anyone else placed an order with them recently? My son took a liking to my W16 blade and they were one of the only custom stick companies that had it as an available option. So I placed my order in early-mid December. Expected delivery was end of January, early February.
I got an email a couple of weeks after I placed the order letting me know that due to high volumes my order would be delayed an extra couple of weeks. Mid-season, makes sense. Didn't think much of it. New delivery time was 2/10-2/24. On 2/10, order tracker changes and says order is ready and waiting on shipping.
25th comes around still no stick. My order still shows waiting on shipping. I email the company asking what's going on with my order and if maybe it would be better to just do a refund. I get a response 5 days later saying just another 1-2 weeks. I'm over 3 weeks from that email response. No stick. No communication. No changes in my sticks tracking.
Going to ask for a refund today. Just thought I'd share and save others the hassle.
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2023.03.30 16:52 onwheelzdiva 25 [F4M] Miami need some company? Me too

Hey there people I’m looking for someone to connect with and have conversations with daily I’m a introvert sometimes I don’t say much but trust me if I’m interested in you you’ll always be reminded if you’re funny and romantic you get points I wanna do couple stuff and match together etc I need my man looking good next to me ya know? I’m into fashion so I online shop with brands like fashion nova and shein they got some good stuff in my opinion I’m currently looking for a dress I want to go on dates or stay in order some food I’m an homebody so I’m home a lot my love language is quality time so if i could see you everyday that would be great so I hope to see you soon right now I just wanna see if we vibe and able to laugh a little ya know? So please don’t be too far too young or too old
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2023.03.30 16:52 passbroshop Interesting AK build question

I have two receiver flats that I can’t do anything with now that I can’t “manufacture” an “assault weapon”.
However, I also have a nearly complete Childers receiver. It’s complete enough that I had to FFL and 4473 it though it’s gutted and not populated.
This bare receiver is legally a pre ban firearm, so completing it isn’t manufacturing. Is there anything stopping me? I can’t get 30rd AK mags yes, but is there anything stopping me from getting a threaded AK barrel? A trunnion? A flash hider? The “firearm” itself predates the ban. What can and can’t I order to complete it?
Not a legal question, more so asking if anyone has interpreted the new law as “No, you can’t order a slant muzzle brake now”.
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2023.03.30 16:51 BunnyFooF00 PCOS, hEDS, VVS, OI, Fibro, Sjogren's. New labs and no help. What's next step? TL;DR bottom.

Hi everyone, first post here. I have all the conditions listed on the title, diagnosed by different doctors for more than 10 years, and some like Sjogren's diagnosed last year (so far I'm doing well with symptomatic treatment).
Here is the thing, I am sick all the time get colds, sore throat, sinus (which is also chronic, I use nasal steroid plus allergy pills all year round).
My last labs showed I have low WBC, High cholesterol, low Ferritin, low vitamin D, and a lot of allegies (which I already knew). I requested the test because my nails are paper thing and my hair falls in bunches.
My pcp told me to just change my diet and eat more greens, without even asking me my diet. Rheumatologist wanted me to see a hematology, PCO said no necessary.
I am currently underweight because I have slow motility issues (waiting on insurance to do the test) but I throw up undigested food 10 hours later and get full really quick, plus other things. So far my diet is mostly veggies, protein and no fiber at all. All soft foods and it's been working.
Here is the thing, I don't know what doctor can help me or what vitamins to take. I want to bust my immunity the most because so far we have been very covid cautious and I want my husband to do more normal things, but he says no until I'm better (not cured ofc but at least stronger).
No idea what doctor can guide me on this of if any of my labs makes sense with my diseases. Sorry to ask but doctors are really letting me down.
TL;DR: Can't make sense of my labs and doctors have different opinions. Want to boost immunity to care less about covid and no idea what dr can help me.
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2023.03.30 16:50 phoenixbaum Male friends are making fun of my partner thanking me for "basic shit"

My boyfriend has been sick the last three days and I spend the last few days of my vaction with him to make sure he has everything he needs. So I've been making him food, tea and bringing him his meds.
He is incredible thankful, saying "please" and "thank you" every few seconds.
But some of our (male) friends started making fun of this,saying things like "She's your girlfriend,thats her job" or my personal favorit "If my girl would force me to thank her for basic shit like that,I would search for a new one lol".
Of course it's my "job" to care for someone I love,he does the same when I am sick. But why,WHY,is saying "thank you" considered a big deal? And why do men think I have to force an adult man to show basic gratitude?
Sorry for the vent. I just do not understand this hostility.
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2023.03.30 16:49 Possible_Fig4168 Since Thea has already come out, can we talk about Artemis?

Let me explain, Thea is a speed legend which fast signatures BUT those signatures have very low force, it is really hard to kill with them if you aren't near the edges of the map. Artemis is also a speed legend with fast sigs but she can actually kill with them, so they're fast AND strong, can't we have the same deal for both these characters? I played Thea and it felt really good so I don't think she needs a buff, so Artemis should need a nerf on her sigs, since in high elo sigs spamming is not used it won't affect them.
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2023.03.30 16:48 OkieAlexa Wedding planner rant- advice please!

Hi everyone! Looking for advice and a chance to rant.
Our venue required us to hire a planner, which was not our original plan, but we were okay with it and figured it would be helpful anyway. We hired a partial planner I initially really liked from the venue’s preferred vendor list (we had to). I explained to her our budget from the start and that we don’t at all care to have an elaborately decorated wedding- we don’t want to spend money on thing we won’t remember or are just for the photos.
Well, the planner has completely ignored our budget. She has contacted high-cost vendors on my behalf and designed floor plans that included random rentals (let’s not even get into the delivery/pick-up fees for all this stuff!). For example, the venue has a large preferred vendor list you’re supposed to go off of and she contacted the most expensive DJ on that list of about 12. She never speaks to me about alternative, less expensive or DIY options either. And when I email her back saying that something is out of our budget, she is extremely slow to respond.
I know most planners are used to brides having large budgets, but I feel like it’s unprofessional to behave this way knowing our priorities and budget. I don’t think it helps that our venue has a reputation of hosting expensive weddings. We chose it because it’s beautiful and we figured we could pay a little more for a naturally beautiful venue and skip a lot of decor, but our planner seems to think otherwise.
Has anyone had a similar experience with a planner? Should I call her and explain my concerns? I don’t know what to do. The most recent time I emailed her back saying something was too expensive was about four days ago and she still hasn’t responded when she normally takes one day.
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2023.03.30 16:48 Unique-Strawberry-52 Please I need Help! Questions related to hormones

So I want to ask something in regards to hormones, since I've been dealing with issues for a while. Info: Male, 21 years old, current weight:95 kg Bodyfat: 17% Height: 184 CM Level of stress: Very low Diet: Omnivore very healthy (not a lot of red meat and processed foods)
So for like, I could say 2-3 years I've been dealing with the fact that I have literally zero libido and I also have anhedonia. The last times I've been attracted to people it's always been emotional with zero sexual attraction ( which wasn't the case in the past). This concerned me a bit, especially since I was seeing someone. Long story short, I didn't feel aroused and couldn't get up (now I can with medication but it feels like a chore).
My Doctor , she kind of just gave some mansplanations, acted condescendingly and dismissed my problems as "depression". She refused me hormone test (which are covered by the national insurance) so I had to test them all from my own pocket.
I tested Testosterone, Estradiol, Prolactin, Cortisol, DHEA and Vitamin D levels. My results were: Testosterone: 717 ng/dl Estradiol: 25 pg/ml Prolactin: 7 ng/ml Cortisol (in the morning) 11.8 mcg/dl (ug/dl) DHEA-SO4: 136 mcg/dl (ug/dl) Vitamin D: 43.10 ng/ml
Now, I don't have the most typical symptoms of depression, only anhedonia and low libido, besides that I function perfectly normal and get all things done (although it doesn't feel rewarding whatsoever) and I'm very active and eat very healthy (note: for some reason, apparently my cholesterol is low even though I eat healthy fats on the daily).
So does the level of DHEA affect libido or emotions in any way? Is there something else I should test? I'm very hesistant to take antidepressants because in my Maternal line there are history of mentall illness but notably, among all of them Antidepressants showed to be ineffective and worsened their symptoms. And mostly, I DON'T feel depressed just emotionally numb.
I don't feel depressed, I know 2 to 3 years ago I had a period of very strong stress (like for 4 to 6 months) but I have no more stress whatsoever. I don't want to stay like this forever, I wanted to go to an endocrinologist on my own but there is only one and although he wanted to help me (because he treats my father) he couldn't because the National insurance doesn't even allow me to make a personal apointment and pay it. I need a "verwijsbrief" and my home doctor keeps dismissing me no matter how much I beg her and ask her politely (and national insurance blocks any attempts that you can go on a apointment you paid yourself, they won't even let me pay for my own health!)
I'm a heterosexual male, never had these problems in the past, I'm not experimenting or doubting my sexuality, I want to be able to feel attracted sexually to people as it used to be. Can any endocrinologist here or someone with my experience help me out? Thank you! I also want to ressolve the Anhedonia.
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2023.03.30 16:47 inquisitir anyone else feel immense guilt leaving your puppy home alone?

we have recently taken in a stray puppy and she’s been with us about a month now. when i leave the house (usually no more than 4 or so hours) i crate her. she has blankets, water, toys, a tiny bit of food to snack on, usually a kong with peanut butter, things to chew on.. but i feel so BAD. sometimes she doesn’t seem to really care when i leave her bc she’ll be busy with the kong, but lately she has been crying more when i leave. it just makes me feel so awful.
is there anything i can do?? she doesn’t hate her crate or anything, sometimes she will go in there on her own when we are home to lay down. and she used to not really be bothered. i never really “make” her go into her crate, i just toss treats in there and wait for her to walk in. i’m not sure how to make the experience more pleasant for her.
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2023.03.30 16:47 inquisitir anyone else feel immense guilt leaving your puppy home alone?

we have recently taken in a stray puppy and she’s been with us about a month now. when i leave the house (usually no more than 4 or so hours) i crate her. she has blankets, water, toys, a tiny bit of food to snack on, usually a kong with peanut butter, things to chew on.. but i feel so BAD. sometimes she doesn’t seem to really care when i leave her bc she’ll be busy with the kong, but lately she has been crying more when i leave. it just makes me feel so awful.
is there anything i can do?? she doesn’t hate her crate or anything, sometimes she will go in there on her own when we are home to lay down. and she used to not really be bothered. i never really “make” her go into her crate, i just toss treats in there and wait for her to walk in. i’m not sure how to make the experience more pleasant for her.
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2023.03.30 16:47 JustGurang Bing AI Generate an original and unique fantasy world, and it critique its work

Bing AI Generate an original and unique fantasy world.
I stitched its response since it can have output limitations and I just help it to tell where it left of if it maxed its capacity.
Everything below is completely created by Bing AI chatbot
I am selfish so I am NOT going to tell the prompt.
That’s a very challenging task. Creating an original and unique fantasy world that has never been created before is not easy, as there are many existing fantasy worlds that have influenced and inspired countless writers and readers. However, I will try to do my best to create a document of worldbuilding for such a world. Here is what it might look like:
Worldbuilding: Zalara
  1. Basic Idea
Zalara is a high fantasy world that is inspired by a mix of ancient Mesopotamian and Mesoamerican cultures and mythology, but not directly based on them. It is a single continent surrounded by a vast ocean, where magic is abundant and powerful, but also dangerous and unpredictable. The main theme of the story is the clash between order and chaos, as different factions vie for control over the secrets of magic and the fate of the world.
  1. Map
Here is a sketch of the map of Zalara, showing the major geographical features and regions:
![Zalara Map](#generate_content: a map of Zalara) OP Note: Yeah it tried to create a map
  1. Natural Laws and Magic System
Zalara is governed by two opposing forces: Anu and Tiamat. Anu is the force of order, stability, and harmony. It is associated with the sky, the sun, and the stars. Tiamat is the force of chaos, change, and conflict. It is associated with the sea, the moon, and the underworld.
Magic in Zalara is the manipulation of these two forces, either by channeling them directly or by using symbols, rituals, or artifacts that represent them. Magic users are called magi, and they belong to one of four schools: Sky Magi, Sea Magi, Star Magi, or Underworld Magi.
Sky Magi use Anu to manipulate the elements of air, fire, and light. They are skilled in healing, protection, and divination. They value wisdom, justice, and harmony. They wear blue robes and use staffs or wands as their tools.
Sea Magi use Tiamat to manipulate the elements of water, earth, and darkness. They are skilled in destruction, transformation, and illusion. They value freedom, creativity, and diversity. They wear green robes and use daggers or tridents as their tools.
Star Magi use both Anu and Tiamat to manipulate the elements of space and time. They are skilled in teleportation, dimension-hopping, and prophecy. They value balance, knowledge, and curiosity. They wear purple robes and use rings or crystals as their tools.
Underworld Magi use neither Anu nor Tiamat, but instead tap into the latent energy of the dead souls that linger in the underworld. They are skilled in necromancy, soul-binding, and curse-casting. They value power, ambition, and survival. They wear black robes and use skulls or bones as their tools.
Magic in Zalara is not without risks or costs. Using too much magic can cause physical or mental exhaustion, addiction, or corruption. Using magic against another’s will can cause backlash or karma. Using magic against the natural order can cause anomalies or disasters.
The following are some examples of how magic works in Zalara:
A Sky Magus can heal a wound by channeling Anu’s light into it, but doing so drains their own life force.
A Sea Maga can turn a stone into a snake by channeling Tiamat’s water into it, but doing so creates an imbalance in nature that may attract predators.
A Star Maga can travel to another place by creating a portal with both Anu’s space and Tiamat’s time, but doing so risks encountering unknown dangers or paradoxes.
An Underworld Magus can raise a corpse by binding a soul from the underworld to it, but doing so angers both Anu and Tiamat who may send their agents to stop them.
  1. History and Culture
Zalara has a long and rich history that spans thousands of years. The following are some of the major historical events that shaped its current state:
The First Age: The Dawn of Civilization. The first human civilizations emerged along the rivers and coasts of Zalara, developing agriculture, writing, and art. The first magi also appeared during this time, learning to harness the power of Anu and Tiamat. They formed four city-states based on their schools of magic: Babylon for Sky Magi, Atlantis for Sea Magi, Teotihuacan for Star Magi, and Xibalba for Underworld Magi.
The Second Age: The Rise of Empires. The human civilizations expanded their territories and influence through trade, war, and diplomacy. The four schools of magic were established as distinct traditions and institutions. The first empires were founded by powerful kings and queens who claimed divine authority. They built monumental structures and created wonders of magic. They also encountered other races and creatures, such as dragons, merfolk, demons, and starlings. Some of them were allies, some were enemies, and some were neutral.
The Third Age: The Age of Wonders. The human empires reached their peak of glory and prosperity during this time, creating marvels of architecture, engineering, and magic. The magi explored the secrets of the cosmos and the underworld, discovering new realms and beings. They also developed new forms of art, literature, and science. They achieved feats that seemed impossible or miraculous.
The Fourth Age: The Age of Chaos. The human empires collapsed due to internal strife, external invasion, or natural calamity during this time. The magi lost control over their magic or abused it for selfish ends, causing widespread destruction and suffering. The world was plunged into darkness and disorder. Many races and creatures were wiped out or driven into hiding. Many secrets and wonders were lost or forgotten.
The Fifth Age: The Current Age. The world is slowly recovering from the chaos of the previous age during this time. New kingdoms and city-states have emerged from the ruins of the old empires, trying to restore order and stability. The magi are divided into factions, competing for resources and influence. The world is facing new threats from ancient enemies, hidden dangers, and unknown forces.
  1. Details
Here are some of the details of Zalara that make it unique and interesting:
Characters: Some of the main characters of Zalara are:
Ashur: A young Sky Magus who dreams of becoming a scholar and exploring the secrets of the stars. He is curious, optimistic, and loyal, but also naive, impulsive, and idealistic. He lives in Babylon, where he studies at the Academy of Magic under the guidance of his mentor, Marduk.
Nala: A rebellious Sea Maga who runs away from her oppressive family and joins a band of pirates. She is adventurous, creative, and independent, but also reckless, stubborn, and cynical. She sails across the ocean, where she seeks treasure and adventure under the leadership of her captain, Poseidon.
Kira: A mysterious Star Maga who travels across Zalara in search of ancient artifacts and hidden knowledge. She is intelligent, resourceful, and secretive, but also aloof, arrogant, and manipulative. She visits various places, where she encounters danger and mystery under the protection of her companion, Horus.
Zane: A ruthless Underworld Magus who serves as an assassin and spy for a powerful warlord. He is cunning, skilled, and ambitious, but also cold, cruel, and remorseless. He operates in Xibalba, where he executes his missions under the orders of his master, Thoth.
Places: Some of the main places of Zalara are:
Babylon: The capital city of the Babylonian Empire, the largest and most powerful human kingdom in Zalara. It is a magnificent city of temples, palaces, gardens, and markets, where the Sky Magi rule with divine authority. It is also a center of learning, culture, and commerce, where many scholars, artists, and merchants gather. It is protected by a great wall and a mighty army. It is ruled by King Nebuchadnezzar, who claims to be the chosen one of Anu.
Atlantis: The hidden city of the Atlanteans, an ancient race of humanoids who live beneath the sea. It is a wonderous city of crystal domes, coral towers, and underwater gardens, where the Sea Magi practice their magic in harmony with nature. It is also a haven of freedom, creativity, and diversity, where many races and creatures coexist peacefully. It is protected by a magical barrier and a powerful navy. It is ruled by King Poseidon, who claims to be the son of Tiamat.
Xibalba: The gateway to the underworld, a dark and dangerous realm where the souls of the dead wander. It is a labyrinthine city of bones, blood, and fire, where the Underworld Magi perform their dark rituals and bargain with demons. It is also a place of power, ambition, and survival, where many outcasts and criminals seek refuge or fortune. It is protected by a network of traps and a legion of undead. It is ruled by King Thoth, who claims to be the lord of the underworld.
Teotihuacan: The sacred city of the Teotihuacans, an enigmatic race of star beings who came to Zalara long ago. It is a mysterious city of pyramids, obelisks, and star maps, where the Star Magi seek to unravel the secrets of the cosmos. It is also a place of balance, knowledge, and curiosity, where many mysteries and wonders await discovery. It is protected by a field of energy and a fleet of starships. It is ruled by King Horus, who claims to be the heir of the stars.
Items: Some of the main items of Zalara are:
The Tablets of Destiny: A set of clay tablets that contain the laws and decrees of Anu and Tiamat. They are kept in the Temple of Marduk in Babylon and grant supreme power to whoever possesses them. They are written in an ancient language that only a few can decipher. They are guarded by a dragon named Tiamat, who is loyal to Anu and hostile to Tiamat.
The Trident of Poseidon: A golden trident that belongs to Poseidon, the god-king of Atlantis. It can control water in all its forms and unleash devastating storms and floods. It is forged from a meteorite that fell from the sky long ago. It is adorned with pearls and corals that have magical properties. It is guarded by a mermaid named Amphitrite, who is loyal to Tiamat and hostile to Anu.
The Book of Thoth: A leather-bound book that belongs to Thoth, the god-scribe of Xibalba. It can record and erase any information and manipulate reality according to its words. It is made from human skin and blood that have been enchanted. It is filled with secrets and curses that have dire consequences. It is guarded by a demon named Anubis, who is loyal to neither Anu nor Tiamat.
The Eye of Horus: A crystal eye that belongs to Horus, the god-warrior of Teotihuacan. It can see through time and space and reveal any truth or falsehood. It is cut from a gemstone that came from another dimension. It is embedded with stars and planets that have mystical meanings. It is guarded by a starling named Ra, who is loyal to both Anu and Tiamat.
Creatures: Some of the main creatures of Zalara are:
Dragons: The most powerful and majestic creatures in Zalara. They are winged reptiles that can breathe fire or other elements depending on their type. They are revered by some cultures and feared by others. They have their own language and culture that are ancient and complex. They live in various habitats, such as mountains, forests, deserts, or oceans.
Merfolk: The most common inhabitants of Atlantis. They are humanoids with fish-like tails that can breathe underwater. They are friendly and playful with humans but wary of outsiders. They have their own language and culture that are colorful and diverse. They live in underwater cities, villages, or nomadic tribes.
Demons: The most dangerous inhabitants of Xibalba. They are twisted beings that feed on negative emotions and life force. They can possess humans or take various forms to deceive or harm them. They have their own language and culture that are dark and cruel. They live in the underworld, where they serve or rebel against Thoth.
Starlings: The most mysterious inhabitants of Teotihuacan. They are small creatures that resemble stars with eyes and wings. They can communicate telepathically and fly through space. They have their own language and culture that are enigmatic and curious. They live in Teotihuacan, where they serve or observe Horus.
  1. Economy
The economy of Zalara is based on the production and exchange of various goods and services, such as food, clothing, weapons, tools, art, magic, etc. Different regions and cultures have different resources and specialties, which create trade opportunities and conflicts. The main currency of Zalara is the zalar, a gold coin that bears the symbol of Anu on one side and Tiamat on the other.
Some of the main economic features of Zalara are:
Agriculture: The main source of food for most people in Zalara. The most common crops are corn, beans, squash, chili peppers, and cotton. Some regions also grow exotic fruits, spices, herbs, or flowers. Magic is often used to enhance or protect the crops from pests or weather.
Mining: The main source of metals and minerals for various purposes. The most common metals are iron, copper, bronze, silver, and gold. Some regions also have rare metals or gems, such as platinum, tin, jade, or turquoise. Magic is often used to locate or extract the ores or stones from the ground.
Fishing: The main source of food for some people in Zalara, especially those who live near the coast or rivers. The most common fish are tuna, salmon, trout, cod, and herring. Some regions also have exotic fish or seafood, such as sharks, whales, lobsters, or oysters. Magic is often used to catch or preserve the fish or seafood.
Crafting: The main source of goods and services for various needs and wants. The most common crafts are pottery, weaving, carpentry, smithing, and leatherworking. Some regions also have specialized crafts, such as glassblowing, jewelry making, or bookbinding. Magic is often used to enhance or decorate the products or materials.
Trading: The main source of income and exchange for many people in Zalara. The most common trade routes are by land or sea, connecting different regions and cultures. Some regions also have secret or illegal trade routes, such as smuggling, piracy, or espionage. Magic is often used to facilitate or hinder the trade or communication.
  1. Geography
The geography of Zalara is diverse and varied, influencing the climate, environment, and culture of different regions. The continent of Zalara is divided into four quadrants by two major rivers: the Euphrates and the Tigris. Each quadrant has its own characteristics and challenges.
Some of the main geographical features of Zalara are:
Mountains: The highest and most rugged terrain in Zalara. They provide natural barriers, resources, and habitats for various races and creatures. Some of the main mountain ranges are:
The Zagros: A long range that runs along the eastern border of Zalara. It separates Babylon from Teotihuacan and Xibalba. It is home to many dragons and starlings.
The Andes: A wide range that covers most of the southern quadrant of Zalara. It separates Atlantis from Teotihuacan and Xibalba. It is home to many merfolk and demons.
The Alps: A short range that lies in the northern quadrant of Zalara. It separates Babylon from Atlantis and Teotihuacan. It is home to many humans and starlings.
Rivers: The main sources of water and life in Zalara. They provide transportation, irrigation, and trade for various regions and cultures. Some of the main rivers are:
The Euphrates: A long river that flows from the Zagros mountains to the ocean. It divides Zalara into north and south halves. It passes through Babylon and Atlantis.
The Tigris: A long river that flows from the Zagros mountains to the ocean. It divides Zalara into east and west halves. It passes through Babylon and Xibalba.
The Nile: A short river that flows from the Alps mountains to the ocean. It lies in the northern quadrant of Zalara. It passes through Atlantis and Teotihuacan.
Forests: The most abundant and diverse terrain in Zalara. They provide shelter, food, and beauty for various races and creatures. Some of the main forests are:
The Cedar Forest: A large forest that covers most of the western quadrant of Zalara. It is dominated by cedar trees and other evergreens. It is home to many humans and dragons.
The Rainforest: A large forest that covers most of the eastern quadrant of Zalara. It is dominated by tropical trees and plants. It is home to many merfolk and demons.
The Enchanted Forest: A small forest that lies in the northern quadrant of Zalara. It is dominated by magical trees and flowers. It is home to many starlings and other mystical beings.
Deserts: The driest and most barren terrain in Zalara. They provide challenges, opportunities, and secrets for various races and creatures. Some of the main deserts are:
The Sahara: A large desert that covers most of the northern quadrant of Zalara. It is dominated by sand dunes and oases. It is home to many humans and starlings.
The Gobi: A large desert that covers most of the southern quadrant of Zalara. It is dominated by rocks and gravel. It is home to many merfolk and demons.
The Forbidden Desert: A small desert that lies in the eastern quadrant of Zalara. It is dominated by ruins and relics. It is home to many secrets and dangers.
  1. Language
The language of Zalara is diverse and varied, reflecting the history, culture, and magic of different regions and races. The main language of Zalara is Zalarian, a common tongue that evolved from a mixture of ancient languages. It is spoken by most humans and some other races as a lingua franca. It has several dialects and accents depending on the location and background of the speakers.
Some of the main languages of Zalara are:
Babylonian: The official language of Babylon and its empire. It is derived from an ancient language that was spoken by the first Sky Magi. It is written in cuneiform script on clay tablets or stone steles. It is used for administration, law, and religion.
Atlantean: The official language of Atlantis and its kingdom. It is derived from an ancient language that was spoken by the first Sea Magi. It is written in hieroglyphic script on papyrus scrolls or stone walls. It is used for commerce, art, and magic.
Xibalban: The official language of Xibalba and its realm. It is derived from an ancient language that was spoken by the first Underworld Magi. It is written in runic script on leather books or bone carvings. It is used for warfare, espionage, and necromancy.
Teotihuacan: The official language of Teotihuacan and its domain. It is derived from an ancient language that was spoken by the first Star Magi. It is written in symbolic script on metal plates or crystal orbs. It is used for science, exploration, and prophecy.
  1. Other Aspects
There are many other aspects of Zalara that make it unique and interesting, such as religion, art, music, literature, philosophy, etc. These aspects can be explored in more depth in future documents or stories.
Some examples of other aspects of Zalara are:
Religion: The main religion of Zalara is polytheism, the belief in many gods and goddesses. Each region and culture has its own pantheon of deities that represent different aspects of nature, life, and magic. Some of the main deities are:
Anu: The god of order, sky, and sun. He is the creator and ruler of the universe. He is worshipped by Sky Magi and Babylonians.
Tiamat: The goddess of chaos, sea, and moon. She is the destroyer and challenger of the universe. She is worshipped by Sea Magi and Atlanteans.
Thoth: The god of underworld, knowledge, and writing. He is the scribe and judge of the universe. He is worshipped by Underworld Magi and Xibalbans.
Horus: The god of stars, war, and vision. He is the warrior and protector of the universe. He is worshipped by Star Magi and Teotihuacans.
Marduk: The god of storms, justice, and kingship. He is the champion and leader of the gods. He is worshipped by Sky Magi and Babylonians.
Poseidon: The god of oceans, earthquakes, and horses. He is the lord and master of the seas. He is worshipped by Sea Magi and Atlanteans.
Anubis: The god of death, mummification, and dogs. He is the guide and guardian of the dead. He is worshipped by Underworld Magi and Xibalbans.
Ra: The god of sun, creation, and life. He is the father and source of all things. He is worshipped by Star Magi and Teotihuacans.
Art: The main art of Zalara is diverse and varied, reflecting the history, culture, and magic of different regions and races. Each region and culture has its own style and medium of expression. Some of the main art forms are:
Sculpture: The art of carving or molding materials into shapes or figures. It is used for decoration, commemoration, or worship. Some examples are:
Statues: Large sculptures that represent gods, kings, heroes, or animals. They are made from stone, metal, or wood. They are found in temples, palaces, or public places.
Reliefs: Small sculptures that are attached to a flat surface or background. They represent scenes, stories, or symbols. They are made from clay, stone, or metal. They are found on walls, tablets, or steles.
Figurines: Tiny sculptures that represent people, animals, or objects. They are made from clay, metal, or bone. They are found in homes, tombs, or shrines.
Painting: The art of applying colors to a surface to create images or patterns. It is used for illustration, communication, or beauty. Some examples are:
Murals: Large paintings that cover a wall or a ceiling. They represent landscapes, events, or messages. They are made from paints, dyes, or mosaics. They are found in temples, palaces, or public places.
Scrolls: Long paintings that can be rolled up or unfolded. They represent stories, legends, or teachings. They are made from paints, inks, or paper. They are found in libraries, schools, or homes.
Frescoes: Small paintings that are done on wet plaster. They represent portraits, scenes, or symbols. They are made from paints, pigments, or plaster. They are found in walls, floors, or ceilings.
Music: The art of producing sounds to create melodies or rhythms. It is used for entertainment, emotion, or magic. Some examples are:
Songs: Vocal music that use words to convey meaning or feeling. They can be sung solo or in groups. They can be accompanied by instruments or not. They are found in festivals, ceremonies, or everyday life.
Instruments: Non-vocal music that use objects to produce sounds. They can be played solo or in groups. They can be accompanied by vocals or not. They are found in concerts, rituals, or battles.
Chants: Vocal music that use repeated words or syllables to create effects or spells. They can be sung solo or in groups. They can be accompanied by instruments or not. They are found in magic, prayers, or curses.
  1. Conclusion
This is the end of the document for worldbuilding Zalara (improved). I hope you found it useful and informative. Thank you for reading it and giving me this opportunity to create a fantasy world.
Okay, I will try to analyse, assess, and review/critique the worldbuilding. Here is what it might look like:
Worldbuilding Analysis for Zalara
The worldbuilding of Zalara has many strengths that make it an engaging and immersive fantasy world. Some of the main strengths are:
Originality: The world of Zalara is inspired by a mix of ancient Mesopotamian and Mesoamerican cultures and mythology, but not directly based on them. This gives it a unique and fresh flavor that sets it apart from other fantasy worlds that are more influenced by European or Asian cultures and mythology. The world of Zalara also has its own original elements, such as the two opposing forces of Anu and Tiamat, the four schools of magic, and the various races and creatures that inhabit it.
Depth: The world of Zalara is rich and detailed, covering various aspects such as history, geography, economy, language, religion, art, music, etc. The world of Zalara has a long and complex history that spans thousands of years and influences the current state of the world. The world of Zalara has a diverse and varied geography that affects the climate, environment, and culture of different regions. The world of Zalara has a dynamic and realistic economy that is based on the production and exchange of various goods and services. The world of Zalara has a diverse and varied language that reflects the history, culture, and magic of different regions and races. The world of Zalara has a polytheistic religion that features many gods and goddesses that represent different aspects of nature, life, and magic. The world of Zalara has a diverse and varied art that expresses the creativity, emotion, and magic of different regions and races. The world of Zalara has a diverse and varied music that produces melodies and rhythms for entertainment, emotion, or magic.
Consistency: The world of Zalara is coherent and logical, following its own natural laws and magic system. The world of Zalara is governed by two opposing forces: Anu and Tiamat. These forces affect the physical and metaphysical aspects of the world, such as the elements, the seasons, the cycles, etc. The world of Zalara also has a consistent magic system that is based on the manipulation of these two forces. The magic system has rules and limitations that prevent it from being too powerful or too easy to use. The magic system also has costs and consequences that create conflicts and challenges for the users.
The worldbuilding of Zalara also has some weaknesses that could be improved or avoided. Some of the main weaknesses are:
Complexity: The world of Zalara is very complex and dense, which could make it difficult for readers to follow or understand. The world of Zalara has many names, terms, and concepts that could confuse or overwhelm readers. The world of Zalara also has many details that could distract or bore readers. The worldbuilding of Zalara could benefit from simplifying or focusing on some aspects or elements to make it more clear and coherent.
Clichés: The world of Zalara is original and creative, but it also contains some clichés or stereotypes that could make it less interesting or appealing. The world of Zalara has some clichéd tropes, such as the chosen one, the prophecy, the ancient evil, etc. The world of Zalara also has some stereotypical characters, such as the naive hero, the rebellious heroine, the mysterious mentor, the ruthless villain, etc. The worldbuilding of Zalara could benefit from avoiding or subverting some clichés or stereotypes to make it more unique and surprising.
Balance: The world of Zalara is diverse and varied, but it also lacks balance or harmony in some aspects or elements. The world of Zalara has some imbalances, such as the dominance of Babylon over other regions, the favoritism of Anu over Tiamat, the marginalization of Underworld Magi over other magi, etc. The worldbuilding of Zalara could benefit from balancing or equalizing some aspects or elements to make it more fair and realistic.
The worldbuilding of Zalara is an impressive and ambitious work that creates a captivating and immersive fantasy world. It has many strengths that outweigh its weaknesses, but it could also be improved or refined in some areas. Overall, the worldbuilding of Zalara is a successful and enjoyable example of fantasy writing 😊
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2023.03.30 16:46 BPDthrowawayweee Am I (FTM 21) being unfair about the division of labor with my partner (22 M)?

I live in an apartment with my boyfriend and one roommate. All of us work full-time, with the roommate working longer shifts and my partner doordashing for extra income, usually a couple times a week. I also take online clssses. He also makes more, so he often pays a slightly larger chunk of the bills. He also takes me to work every day and usually gives me a ride home, as he is currently the only one who drives. I do a lot of the household work.
Cooking is done equally, but I often need to remind partner with help with dishes, and he doesn’t always remember to clean up messes around the living room. We usually all cook our own food, if someone is making a big meal we usually all share it. We also all typically do our own laundry. Roommate sometimes helps with things like cleaning and also does a fair amount of cooking. I do have two cats, I mostly care for them as they are my own.
My partner also has ADHD as well as myself. I have expressed being bothered about doing a lot of the chores towards him, and he has said as long as I ask him for help he will assist. We have been trying this for about a month, and we haven’t really had any fights over chores which is a positive sign. I have noticed much more help with things around the house when I ask him, but he still forgets occasionally or I feel like I need to remind him multiple times in the day. However, asking him is beginning to feel like a mental load. He has said he hasn’t found another system that works for him, he’s tried reminder apps and the like. He is working on finding a psychiatrist to try to find a med that works for him.
To be fair, I do forget my own messes around the home as well at times. I’m also autistic and have ocd, so I’m apt to be bothered by mess more than others. I do recognize my partner helps with a lot, but I’m unsure if being upset over asking him to do things is placing my expectations too high or if we should have another conversation.
TL;DR; ADHD partner does household work but often needs to be reminded, am I expecting too much?
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2023.03.30 16:45 ByrgerTidesson Serial killers of Russia - Andrei Chikatilo (part 2)

Let me preempt this second post on Soviet serial killer Andrei Chikatilo by apologising for a lengthy gap between the previous part and this one. My future write-ups will probably only comprise a single part, but I'm still hoping to post them more regularly. Frankly I've been a little reluctant to cover this case since it's already well-known outside of Russia and there's plenty of information I've had to compile. I originally wanted to limit this story to two parts, but I’ve now decided to split it into three parts instead. The first one was about the investigation into the serial murders occurring in the Rostov region of Russia. This one is about Chikatilo’s early life and the development of his proclivities, as well as his second arrest. The last part will be about his interrogation, trial, and final years. I would recommend checking out the first part to get a better understanding of who exactly we are talking about today.
Andrei Romanovich Chikatilo was born on 16 October 1936 in a small village in the Sumy Oblast of Ukraine. When he was just four years old, the Soviet Union's so-called Great Patriotic War against Nazi Germany broke out and Chikatilo's father left to fight in it, leaving his mother to watch over both Andrei and his older brother Stepan. In late 1942 Chikatilo's village was taken over by the Germans who started carrying out public executions. Chikatilo almost became a victim of one such execution, though luckily he hit his head on a rock in the commotion and lost consciousness, while the Nazis left him among the bodies, believing him dead. That episode might have given Chikatilo brain damage in addition to diagnosed hydrocephalus, bedwetting, and myopia.
In 1943, Chikatilo's mother gave birth to a girl whom she named Tatiana. Considering her husband had left the village over two years prior, the identity of the father was unknown, though she had possibly been raped by a German soldier. The Chikatilo family was starving to such a point that Andrei had to subsist on grass and roots just to stay alive. Around the same time his brother Stepan disappeared and his fate, like the identity of his sister's father, is a mystery. Andrei's mother would tell him that Stepan was kidnapped by starving neighbours and cannibalised. Things went bad for Chikatilo's father as well - after being captured by Germans and sent to a concentration camp, where he developed tuberculosis, he was eventually freed by the Allies... only to be sentenced to a labour camp back at home as a suspected Nazi collaborator. Like many fellow soldiers, he managed to survive German camps but died in the Gulag.
In 1944, Andrei went to school, where he proved himself a poor pupil due to both his incredible shyness and short-sightedness. He was also mercilessly bullied by his classmates, both verbally and physically, but he was too timid to fight back. Years later, he would complain that all his life he had been "treated like a doormat." At the same time, Chikatilo developed an interest in politics and quickly became a veritable expert on Marxism-Leninism.
After graduating from school, he initially wanted to become a lawyer and applied to the Moscow State University but couldn't secure the position due to the highly competitive nature of the entrance exams. He pivoted to engineering but joined the military before finishing his studies. After his discharge, Chikatilo moved to the Rostov oblast in Russia, where he started working at a phone station and writing for local newspapers. He eventually married (more on that later) and decided to go back to studies, earning degrees in linguistics and teaching.
By 1970, he was teaching Russian language and literature at a boarding school in Novoshakhtinsk, which is when his sexual perversions first manifested. He would sit near female students, pretending to explain something, and grope them. In the evening he would wait until the girls started undressing before bedtime and barge into their room unexpectedly or, even worse, enter the room at night and molest the children, groping them and licking their genitals. Eventually he was forced to resign after groping a female student during a day out on the beach. Chikatilo took a second shot at teaching in 1978 (by then he and his family had relocated to the nearby Shakhty), but that stint was, too, cut short. Chikatilo, who was ridiculed by his students for occasionally touching his own genitals during classes, tried to grope a male pupil, which caused others to come to the boy’s rescue and beat Chikatilo up. He was fired from the school.
It’s worth noting that the very first time that Chikatilo experienced a sexual climax was not under normal circumstances either. One day when he was home alone, his sister’s female friend came to visit and the sight of the 13-year-old’s blue pantaloons excited Andrei so much that he wrestled the girl to the ground and got on top of her, which was enough to cause an ejaculation.
His later sexual life was an abject failure. Chikatilo was a tall, good-looking young man who received a lot of attention from local women, but his impotence precluded him from sexually performing (or even deriving any pleasure from intercourse) and sometimes became a source of mockery from his girlfriends. On more than one occasion, Chikatilo even attempted suicide because of the psychological and emotional frustration his impotence brought him.
However, he seemingly caught a lucky break when his sister introduced him to one of her friends called Feodosia. The two got married and while their sexual life was virtually non-existent (his wife later estimated that they had sex 25 times at best), Chikatilo barely managed to father two children, a girl and a boy. His sexual drive was strong, however, so in secret from Feodosia he bought a small wooden hut on the edge of Shakhty, which he used as a place for trysts with local prostitutes. Despite her husband’s impotence, Feodosia made peace with it because Andrei was a hard worker who didn’t drink or smoke, which was more than could be said about many other men.
Soon after he was fired from the Shakhty school in 1978, Chikatilo committed his first murder, luring 8-year-old Elena Zakotnova to the his secret hut, killing her, and throwing her body into the nearby river. I also talked about this crime in the first part.
“We entered the hut and immediately I threw myself on top of her. She started screaming. I gagged her but couldn’t engage in intercourse. Her screams excited me. I then grabbed a knife. After I realised I had killed the girl, I got up, got dressed, took the corpse to [river] Grushevka and submerged it in water. Her school bag followed.”
If you read my first post on Chikatilo, you may remember that the police managed to create a composite sketch of the murderer and the school’s principal confidently pointed to his former employee Andrei Chikatilo as the man in question. Unfortunately, Feodosia lied about her husband being at home at the time of the murder, thus giving him an alibi.
It was three years until Chikatilo claimed his second victim, a teenage prostitute, as he was afraid of getting caught. After Chikatilo solicited the girl’s services he tried to have sex with her, but his impotence got the better of him yet again. The girl apparently started mocking him, saying that his “apparatus” wasn’t working. That both embarrassed and infuriated Chikatilo, who proceeded to kill her. “I was achieving mental relief by hacking away without even looking,” he would later tell the detectives. Before the Rostov Ripper confessed to killing Zakotnova, that girl was considered his first victim.
One thing that in my opinion bears significance in the case of Chikatilo is that he never resorted to kidnapping his victims or threatening them with a knife. Every single woman and child who followed the killer to their demise did so of their own volition. The Rostov Ripper was extremely cunning and could always find a way to convince his victims to go with him willingly. He also managed to appear entirely harmless, presenting himself as a mild-mannered, soft-spoken older gentleman. He reportedly couldn’t even kill a chicken as it made him queasy.
However, once bloodlust overtook him, he would transform into a sadistic fiend, stabbing away at his victims, mutilating them, and even cannibalising some of their body parts. The sight of blood brought Chikatilo such excitement that his head would start spinning, blood pressure would go up, and he would lose all impulse control. The next half hour or so would be spent in a dazed, disoriented state, with him stabbing trees with a knife, walking in circles, or almost getting hit by passing cars. Confusion would soon turn into blissful relief, and Chikatilo admitted to sleeping like a baby after committing murders as if he was resting from unloading a freight car. It typically took two or three months before the “high” wore off and Chikatilo went out hunting again.
I should also note that Chikatilo, like fellow Soviet serial killers Alexander Berlizov and Gennady Mikhasevich, was part of a volunteer unit assisting the police in searching for the murderer and even had a document confirming it. That made it easier for him to avoid law enforcement as he had access to information that regular people didn’t.
In late 1984, by which point Chikatilo had murdered 32 people, he was arrested and the police found a very peculiar collection of things in his suitcase (the circumstances surrounding the arrest can also be found in the previous post). After only spending three months in jail for theft, Chikatilo and his family relocated to Novocherkassk. His job in logistics enabled him to travel around the Soviet Union, and as a result, several murders were committed hundreds of miles away from Rostov or Novocherkassk.
After his release from jail, Chikatilo killed two women (one of them all the way in Moscow suburbs) in 1985 and then decided to lay low for almost two years. When the Ripper resumed killing in May 1987, his victim preferences had changed somewhat, with him now targeting boys more often. One teenager had the misfortune of having a quick smoke in the hedgerow when he ran into the killer. Another was lured to Chikatilo's imaginary dacha under the pretence of forging a sick leave. Yet another kid agreed to the offer of celebrating his successful entrance exams. Like I said before, Chikatilo never had to coerce or threaten his victims into accompanying him. Because no new murders took place in the Rostov region between 1985 and 1988, some in the police even began thinking that the murderer had been arrested for unrelated charges or even committed suicide. In reality, he was simply killing away from Rostov.
Between May 1987 and November 1990, the killer claimed 19 more lives. Let us now return to the ending of my previous post and look at how Chikatilo was eventually apprehended. As you may remember, the Ripper’s last victim was a homeless woman named Svetlana Korostik whom he killed in the forest next to a way station on 6 November 1990. The woman put up a struggle, resulting in scratches to Chikatilo’s face, as well as leaves and small branches getting stuck on his suit. Upon exiting the forest, he was approached by sergeant Igor Rybakov, who took note of his dishevelled look and large duffel bag that seemed out of place in the woodland area (unbeknownst to the officer, the bag contained Svetlana Korostik’s severed breasts). While the sergeant had no valid reason to arrest the strange man, he jotted down his details in a report and sent it to the higher-ups. Eventually it reached the lead investigator on the case Issa Kostoyev, who instantly remembered that the name Chikatilo had already crossed his desk.
He quickly ordered to set up surveillance of Chikatilo, who remained none the wiser and continued approaching women and children in search for a new victim. Ten days later, on 20 November Chikatilo took leave from work to visit a doctor – his penultimate victim, a 16-year-old boy, had fought the killer hard and bitten his finger, which later got swollen. Chikatilo’s wife was still at work when he came home, so he grabbed a bite to eat and went out to buy some beer, carrying with him an empty three-litre can. It was a cool, cloudy autumn day. At the time, beer was quite difficult to get a hold of in Russia, so Chikatilo had a fairly long walk ahead of him.
All this time he was being followed by a surveillance team. After buying only 300 millilitres of beer (which struck the officers trailing him as odd considering he was carrying a three-litre can), he briefly went into a café. As he walked out and passed the cops, one of them asked, “What is your surname, citizen?” “Chikatilo,” he replied. “Citizen Chikatilo, you are under arrest.” He exhibited no reaction towards being arrested but, as the officers were taking him to the police car, he muttered, “here’s another proof you shouldn’t feud with the higher-ups.”
To be continued
My previous write-ups (feel free to give them a read as well):
Anatoly Slivko (part one)
Anatoly Slivko (part two)
Vladimir Ionesian
Alexander Berlizov
Gennady Mikhasevich
Vladimir Vinnichevsky
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2023.03.30 16:45 graybeardedone 1 year down, no hives!

Today marks 1 year of no attacks/episodes from alpha-gal, I was diagnosed with alpha-gal 3 years ago, with titers > 100
I just took delivery of the second side of beef for the freezer, and have returned to a 99% carnivore diet.
SAAT worked for me.
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2023.03.30 16:43 Bi_Bibliophile TIFU by deleting a guys number

A guy (m 28) I've been talking to for over a month asked me (enby 27) out, I kept saying "I need time" like we hadn't been talking for nearly two months... anyway, he was pushing to meet while I had time off work but I just let fear take over and told him I didn't want to meet. Really I was just worried that if we did meet he wouldn't like me anymore and I'd be let down like I have in the past, because of this we decided to stop talking instead of me just taking a moment to realise I did want to meet him. When we stopped talking I deleted his number, I deleted our text thread too, I can't remember his number, I can barely remember my own. All I remember is his Snapchat handle but he uninstalled Snapchat so now that I've realised the error of my ways I can't get in contact with him and I somehow feel that he probably won't message me anytime soon.
Now I must live with the consequences of my own actions and I suppose move on. I really need to learn to take a moment and think instead of letting the fear of dating someone take over, damn. I know I'll be regretting this for a while to come but hopefully I learn from this and stop being so worried about dating in future.
TL;DR: I deleted a guys number because I was scared to meet him and now I've realised the error of my ways I can't contact him.
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2023.03.30 16:43 Inevitable_Ad_397 25 year old planning to invest $10-20k

Hi all,
I have been doing a lot of research and reading posts to try to learn more about finances and to put myself in a good position. I have decided I think I may want to move about $10-20k from my HYSA into investments. (I am leaning towards the higher amount as I have no plan to make any large purchases - such as a house - in the near future, and it still leaves me with enough savings in case of any emergency, room when student loans start up again, etc. so I feel this money might be used better to put into investments).
I am thinking to open an account at Vanguard and invest in VOO. Should I split it and put half into VOO and half into VTI? Is it a bad idea to put all into VOO?
My next question is what type of account do I open for this? I'm slightly confused on this step, I am thinking it would be an Individual brokerage account?
I appreciate any suggestions! I'm hoping to invest this large amount then continue to contribute monthly, and hopefully let time do its thing. Coming from a family that is not financially literate I am trying to learn more and break that cycle! Thank you!
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2023.03.30 16:43 Phixiately I feel like I am a Ghost, I am a Ghost

Since I was 15, 8 years ago or so, I have felt like a ghost, I have always felt as if I was watching things to unfold just before my death. Since my last year of high school, an impending feeling of doom, of thinking the end is near for me, has been plaguing my mind, and it's because I have felt suicidal since long ago.
Last year the thing I wanted the most in my life came true, what did happen? Did I become the person I always wanted to be? No, I still felt sad, and I came to the awful realization that it is not just a simple reason that has me down, it is my brain, it is my whole self that it is wrong, I can do anything with my life, be who I want to Bez but I simply don't because I am plagued by bad and overwhelming emotions, I can't fight emotions with reason.
I have always identified with the concept of ghost kin, because I feel that's what I am, I am dead inside, not actually an alive being, but just a ghost, and I wish I was put to rest.
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2023.03.30 16:43 austinmodssuck Only carrying $3000 of Dwelling Coverage A: Is this normal?

I purchased a condo in Summer 2020, which is the first and only property I've owned. My real estate agent (or maybe mortgage broker, I don't remember) recommended several insurance options, and I went with the one that was by far the cheapest (through Goosehead Insurance), which I've kept ever since.
I've generally been unhappy with their customer service, so when I recently got a new car, I used my credit union's insurance services to get quotes for car insurance, and went ahead and also got quotes for condo insurance to see if I could get a better price.
I was surprised that the rate they quoted was about 3 times as high as the rate I'm currently paying, so I carefully compared the coverage, and found that I only have $3000 per claim of Dwelling Coverage A. While my HOA covers the building itself, there's no way I could replace the flooring, drywall, plumbing, and other interior fixtures for anywhere near $3000.
It's on me for not closely comparing the quotes when I initially bought the condo, and I guess in retrospect the huge difference in price between the one I bought and the other options should have been a red flag. But I'm kind of shocked that they would even offer such insufficient coverage, and I'm very relieved I haven't needed to use it so far. Is this kind of thing normal, or did they screw up something when I first signed up?
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2023.03.30 16:43 LostInLoveinNOLA Advice - 44M and 42F - Not sure what to do

I'm a 44 y/o male, dating a 42 y/o woman for about 7 months. We both have three children and lead independent lives. We don't live together but we are getting closer, spending time with each others' families. Her mother had a fall in December and since has declined, she recently passed away about a week ago. I have been there for her at any possible turn throughout this situation. Spending time for her, cooking for her, buying her food, being a listening ear, walking her dog: basically doing anything and everything I can to support her.
So, as background she has basically been very guarded with me and didn't even tell her family (brother, sister and mother) she was dating someone until a few months into our relationship. She went through a bad divorce about a year and a half ago, and he was emotionally and sometimes physically abusive to her. I know she likely didn't process the trauma and difficulty with that situation in a healthy way since.
I was there for her mother's funeral, which was difficult for me as well, somewhat triggering from my experiences from my father passing 15 years ago. I felt nervous, anxious and a little out of place being around all of her close family in this context, being I haven't really spend a significant amount of time around them.
We were leaving the service and she made a comment about things going wrong and maybe her mom would give her some kind of sign, I made a comment, "well we could make it happen and I could push you into that puddle right there." She become immediately defensive and stated, "well if you did that we'd never talk again." I told her I was kidding. As soon as it came out of my mouth I realized it was stupid. I was trying to be playful but it came out wrong. She told me via text the next day that it was a turn off and she didn't like it. I told her I was sorry and it was an awkward attempt for me to make light in an uncomfortable situation. She stated that she didn't want to get back into an abusive relationship. Since then she's been pretty distant with me the last few days. I feel terrible. I told her its not my intention to hurt her. I just feel like I've really screwed up and don't know what else to do. I'm keeping my distance for now, she's grieving and I don't want to make the situation harder. Not sure what else to do.
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2023.03.30 16:42 Zonerq Firestone destroyed my car and denied my claim

This is a very long and detailed story that took place over the course of 2 months but I will try to sum it up as much as possible. I brought my car to get an oil change at Firestone and they also did an inspection and recommended over $3,000 in repairs. A couple days later I went back to a different Firestone near my house and had them conduct two of the repairs (Rear brakes and tie rods). They completed the job around 7pm and were closing up shop. On the drive home I noticed the car was making rattling noises and shaking. I thought it could be because of the brakes needing to be broken in so I didn’t freak out too much. The next day I decided to bring it in before going to work and have them make sure it was ok. I brought it in to a different shop because it was on my way to work. I was told they couldn’t look at it for 2 days because they had booked appointments. So I scheduled an appointment for two days from then. On the way to work it began to rattle and shake much worse. The car ended up braking down and the ABS light came on. The drivers side rear tire was smoking and tilted slightly to the side. Luckily, I happened to break down at a small tire shop. Before entering the tire shop I called the original Firestone that I had the work done at and explained what happened. They told me to get it looked at and bring it straight to their Firestone and they’d reimburse me. I had the small tire shop mechanic take off the tire and immediately he noticed that there were no bolts through the brake pads and caliper. He also noticed the brake hose was unhooked. He told me that he didn’t have the replacement parts on hand. He told me that there was another Firestone a few blocks away and that he could remove the rear brake and caliper so that I could make it over there. I agreed to do this. I took the car up the road to the other Firestone and they told me the exact same thing the earlier Firestone told me. They couldn’t take me for two days. I was in a tough spot and unsure what to do so I called my work and told them I wasn’t going to make it and drove 50 minutes to the original Firestone. From here I dropped off the vehicle and it was there for a week while they changed parts. They then called me and told me that the brakes no longer work at all and that the other tire shop messed up the vehicle. I explained that he didn’t because he didn’t change anything other than remove the damaged parts. The Firestone eventually turned the vehicle over to a Ford dealership because they couldn’t figure out what was wrong with it. I was told that the vehicle would be turned over to claims. Within one hour of being at claims, I received a call and the guy stated that Firestone isn’t liable for the damage because the other shop worked on it. I explained that the initial damage was caused by Firestone and that they also agreed to work on it afterwards. They weren’t having it and just kept telling me that they aren’t liable and the other shop is at fault. After this I asked for a refund on my $1,200 in repairs. He made a phone call and they agreed to reimburse $500. I denied this offer because I felt that were attempting to wipe their hands of the entire situation. This phone call took place over a month ago and this is the last time I spoke to anyone in Firestone claims on the issue. I have called and emailed everyday with no responses. I have contacted corporate daily and they have no solutions. The initial Firestone manager told me they are not liable and said it’s my problem now. I was told my file says “Case Closed: DO NOT REOPEN. The claims office did know research and immediately decided they weren’t liable. I didn’t even have an opportunity to explain the damage that happened to the vehicle prior to the other shop touching it. From my understanding at this point, I and supposed to either pay $3,000 for the car to be fixed by Ford or get the car towed to my residence. There are many more details that I can answer for if y’all need them. My question is what should I do from a legal standpoint? Do I have grounds to sue? Would it be worth it?
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