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Actually, this might be a good time to meet her . . . no pressure, and if her current relationship doesn't last, you're already known.

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My brother told me she's already broken up with the guy. I tried suggesting that we go play pool at the pizza bar where she works (regardless of whether or not she was working), but my brother said she was off over the weekend. I don't know about this coming weekend, and I'm pretty sure the one next weekend will be out of the question.

On Sunday, we went out to eat for my sister in law's birthday, and it seems I am no longer able to handle the noise of the other customers at a restaurant, so I'll have to get ahold of some of those electronic earplugs that reduces everything to a volume I find comfortable if I'm gonna meet this lady (or any lady) in a public place.

I'm thinking I should take a break from going up to my brother's for a couple weeks, though. I've been going up there almost every weekend since the end of June, and lately my depression has been a bit on the heavy side. It was so bad that during the previous weekend, I ended up going home that Sunday night without telling anyone (I usually leave on Monday). It doesn't help that whenever I suggest anything to do for entertainment, nobody is up for it.
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Yeah... I've lost interest in meeting that lady my brother knows. I asked him over the weekend to send her a message to ask when she'd be available to hang out with us, and his response was to once again point out that she's a really busy person. If she's too busy to receive a message about her availability, which she could answer at her own leisure, then she won't have any time to associate with me in any capacity.
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Ummm . . . I hate to be the one to say this, but her existence is unproven . . .

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To you, but she's friends with my brother on Facebook, and I've seen a video clip she sent to him. She was letting him hear some music she had, which had the children's rhyme from the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise ("One, two, Freddy's coming for you~"). So yeah, she's a real person, and what I was able to see on Facebook lines up with her having two jobs.
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Slowly catching up on my Whiteboard comic reading... and I come upon this master of the understatement:

https://www.the-whiteboard.com/autotwb-holmes12.html

(It's part of a Sherlock Holmes story with the cast of WB)...

Yeah... wouldn't want to jump to conclusions, now, would we... :roll: :lol:
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lake_wrangler wrote: Fri Dec 23, 2022 3:26 pm Yeah... wouldn't want to jump to conclusions, now, would we... :roll: :lol:
Hee, hee...

Reminds me somewhat of a bit from the Harvard Lampoon's "Bored Of The Rings" parody, in which it was mentioned that one of the last kings of Twodor had died in what was described as a tragic accident. He apparently fell backwards onto a collection of about half a dozen large salad forks.

After several of the heirs also died accidentally (one drowned in a soup tureen, another choked on a pot roast, and I think there were a few cases of fatal food poisoning) there was no one in the royal family willing to take the throne. The burden of governing was eventually taken up by a serving-man from the kitchen staff, who was thereafter known as the Steward of Twodor.
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In light of recent reminders that I'm just not that important to anyone in my family except when they need my money or don't want to do something themselves, I've decided that I'm not participating in Christmas next year, and I'm going to have to find some way to not be at home or where anyone can find me easily (my birthday is one week before Christmas).

It just isn't worth the stress, time, or energy to even bother asking anything of anyone.
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It is the unfortunate way of such family disintegrations that the last person to stop even trying to hold it together is usually the one whom everyone blames for it falling apart.
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Alkarii wrote: Mon Dec 26, 2022 2:06 am In light of recent reminders that I'm just not that important to anyone in my family except when they need my money or don't want to do something themselves, I've decided that I'm not participating in Christmas next year, and I'm going to have to find some way to not be at home or where anyone can find me easily (my birthday is one week before Christmas).

It just isn't worth the stress, time, or energy to even bother asking anything of anyone.
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I should clarify (because a simple edit to put in what I forgot would be unnoticed unless I point it out):

I meant to say that I would like to get away from everyone on both Christmas and my birthday.

As far as holding the family together goes... I doubt it's me. My brother and sister (both older) have moved out a long time ago. My brother has been with his wife's family since shortly after his first marriage fell apart, and my sister has her own house and four kids... Divorced as well, but never remarried. She's really unpleasant. My brother and his wife seem to be the only people with whom I currently have anything resembling a healthy relationship, probably due in large part to us playing D&D for months.

I'm intending to try a dating site or something, because I feel like if I can find someone looking to build the same sort of relationship and life as me, and she's got a full-time job, we'd certainly be able to get a place of our own, and be better off than my family had been when I was a kid. (I think I'm making more than either of my parents ever did without having to work two jobs.)
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Alkarii wrote: Wed Dec 28, 2022 11:40 pm As far as holding the family together goes... I doubt it's me.
If you're the last person to stop trying, then you probably deserve less of the blame for the disintegration than anyone else... but you'll still probably get most of the blame.
I think I'm making more than either of my parents ever did without having to work two jobs.
Quite plausible - the trick is, does it remain true after adjusting for inflation?
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I don't know how much the adjustment is, but given that it wasn't until a few years ago that they made more than $50k together (and now I'm wondering if they were just shy of that with two full time jobs), and at my current rate, my gross income is just shy of $36k... Not sure if inflation has been that much, though.
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Happy New year, everyone! Health and prosperity to all!
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Happy happy to one and to all!

Spent New Years Eve in the horsepistol. Seems they needed to talk to me about my extended warranty.

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Hope they got you fixed up, Atomic.

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In Montreal, a good number of bus shelters (small shelters at bus stops for people to take refuge in during inclement weather) have a built-in computer, so as to deliver multiple ads on the side of the shelter, instead of a static poster.

This week, as I was waiting at a red light, I happened to glance at the bus shelter across the street from me. Here are the two ads which followed each other, back to back:



First ad: a winter scene, two cross-country skiers in a park, and the caption "L'hiver, on bouge" (in winter, we move). It's an ad reminding people to keep physically active, even in winter, and encouraging them to make use of the many municipal parks across the city to do so.

Second ad, immediately following the first one: plain yellow background (the company's color), a snow globe with a house inside it, a wi-fi logo above the snow glove, and the caption "Ça donne le goût de rester en dedans" (Makes you feel like staying inside)... it's an ad from an internet provider, touting its wi-fi capabilities...



The contrast between the two, as one followed on the footsteps of the other, was just so ironically amusing...
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