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Open Thread for Personal Stuff: June 2015 Dawg Needs a Break Edition

Sometimes dogs need a break.
Sometimes dogs need a break.

Turns out we’re overdue for one of these threads too. As always, no trolls, MRAs, MHRAs, PUAs, you know who you are. Write the mods if anything gets weird.

 

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The Knitting Cinephile
The Knitting Cinephile
5 years ago

I just got back from a fantastic trip that included Four Corners, Monument Valley, Lake Powell, Bryce Canyon, Zion National Park, Laughlin, and Oatman.

gilshalos
5 years ago

I mentioned loving The Goblin Emperor when someone else talked about it. It is good, isn’t it? 🙂

Monzach
Monzach
5 years ago

After spending a longish while thinking about it I’ve come to the realization that I’m, in fact, an MGTOW. Not in the sense that most people use it, ie. a huge douchecanoe. No, no, I’m in fact talking about the fact that after having spent a long time now as a single man, and not having had any sexual contact with women, I don’t feel the need to pursue any of it either. I’m actually quite happy with this idea, especially since it allows me to pursue friendships with all sorts of people, without me having to first work out if I’d like to date them or have them as a friend. Sorry for my incoherent rambling style, I literally just figured this out. 🙁

Ellesar
Ellesar
5 years ago

Monzach – I am the female equivalent! I am quite misanthropic (but not in any way like the MGTOW ‘movement’ which blames women specifically. I do not blame men specifically – I have been let down by men AND women!), and do not trust anyone, so it has been me and my sons, and acquaintances only, for a number of years.

Monzach
Monzach
5 years ago

@Ellesar

I’m always sad to hear when people have been let down badly by other people. I hope things will work out better for you and your sons (and acquaintances!). Paradoxically though, I’m very happy to hear that you’re in a better situation, even if it means having lost all faith in the rest of humanity. To be honest, if it was possible, I’d prefer not to have too much contact with the outside world either, but that’s mainly due to my social anxiety mixed in with a healthy dose of misanthropy.

Anyways, I do hope all goes well in your world. 🙂

fromafar2013
5 years ago

I just passed my Network + exam! Yay! I’m going to have a few beers, watch GoT and then start cramming for my Server + exam (boo).

Monzach
Monzach
5 years ago

Congratulations fromafar2013! I hope your next exam goes well too. Internet hugs if you want them. 🙂 What sort of beers are you going to have by the way?

fromafar2013
5 years ago

@ monzach

Thanks! I’m drinking Yuengling, it’s the drinking yinzer’s drinking beer of choice. I usually prefer IPA, stout or porter of the fancy ass craft beer variety, but I wanted to drink half a case without feeling any financial guilt for the decision 😉 Got a case of it for $18, so I’m good.

In completely unrelated, but relevant because KITTIES! news, I’m integrating my ferals and my resident cats today. My feral cats have been locked up in my bedroom for the better part of a year now, and I am about ready to kick them out so I can reclaim my bedroom and finally finish those renovations I started (there’s literally blue painter’s tape still hanging where I left off and no carpet, just plywood floors). Momma cat (feral) and my resident cow cat Hatsuharu are the two I was worried would fight, but they were sharing a can of wet cat food without any fuss, so I have hope! Momma cat is currently running back and forth between the two bedrooms “Meeeeeeeeh”-ing the entire time. I guess that passes as ‘exploring’ for her. I swear, she can’t ‘meow’ she just ‘mehs’ in varying degrees of urgency.

Monzach
Monzach
5 years ago

@fromafar2013

Sounds very nice. I hope the beer fills your tummy just as well as a liquid bread should. 🙂 After all, beer is nought but bread in liquid form, as the Germans say.

Also, I do hope that the cat introductions work out very well indeed. Sounds like you have a pretty cool cat family. I’m not in a situation in my life where I would feel comfortable taking care of a pet of any kind, so I enjoy hearing about other people’s furry friends. 🙂

Ellesar
Ellesar
5 years ago

Monzach – it’s all OK as my relationships with my sons are great, and I really love my dogs too! And I am pretty cerebral, so struggle with the inanity of small talk etc, and therefore glad to avoid it. One of my great pleasures in life is the natural world – walking amongst trees swishing in the wind with my dogs scampering about is a favourite thing.

gilshalos
5 years ago

I have an appointment for being assesed if I am bipolar.
But it seems it is an appointment a train journey away.
Bah!

Monzach
Monzach
5 years ago

Hey lovely Mammoth hunters!

I know that I’m a recent addition to this blog, and haven’t even written that many comments, but I still felt like I should let the people here know that I’m going through a bit of a rough patch and so I feel like I probably won’t be in a good enough headspace for a while to post. I’ll most likely still lurk and the like, just won’t be participating in the conversations.

Hope everybody has a good start to the summer and Internet hugs to all who want them. 🙂

shinynewgamer
5 years ago

Thanks for the internet hugs everyone.

Things just keep getting worse. My step dad is currently in surgery and he told everyone it was for a hernia. But he told my little sister it is for his cancer.

I don’t know if anyone remembers, but last month he told my family his cancer was back but he doesn’t want any treatment because he hates us all so much. Now that I find out it was for cancer, and he still lied about it, makes me think he lied so he can continue to manipulate us. I’m so tired of his manipulative and emotionally abusive actions but they work so they’ll never stop.

sparky
sparky
5 years ago

Monzach: I hope things get better soon.

shinynewgamer: I’m sorry. That is rough and awful on many different levels.

Adding hugs and kittens to the barrel.

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gilshalos
5 years ago

I think I have a new fav band. Scots Pirate Metal!

Binjabreel
5 years ago

So I started playing Kerbal Space Program.

Oh. My. God. This is the single most frustrating yet rewarding and inspiring game I’ve ever played.

When I first booted it up I almost quit right away when I realized what it’d take to get to the Mun. It was sooo intimidating. Now I can plan out an orbit and hit Jupiter on the first try!

Though I’m constantly thinking of the Space Race episode of Steven Universe:
“Your calculations may have been a bit off.”
“They can’t be off if you don’t do any.”

Robert
Robert
5 years ago

Invented a new cocktail recently.

First, I made a tisane with coarsely ground cardamom, saffron and the seedy bits from a vanilla pod. That is the spice elixir.

The drink itself is: one shot cognac, one tablespoon spice elixir, one teaspoon simple syrup and a dash of lemon juice. Shake with one ice cube and strain. It turned out quite well.

The gimmick is that the three spices in the elixir are the most expensive in the world, but in the quantities used this is extravagant, not obscene. It also looks pretty – an old gold color, slightly translucent. I’m still trying to come up with a name.

marinerachel
marinerachel
5 years ago

I’m in love with a friend. I don’t know if its viable or based on anything real but the feelings are real. It would feel good to tell him but I feel like it would be selfish. It would burden him and likely mess with our friendship. I think I need to deal with this one on my own. At the very least I need to mull over the possibility of communicating my feelings to him for a while longer. I want to but it definitely doesn’t feel like the right thing to do for now.

Boys. They’re my undoing.

Scented Fucking Hard Chairs
Scented Fucking Hard Chairs
5 years ago

So, small personal dilemma.

My little brother has savant-type autism, but since my parents didn’t believe that autism even exists until a couple years ago, I essentially raised him myself. He’s blown past all my expectations, getting his PhD in literal rocket science and working for NASA, and I couldn’t be prouder. Next month, he’s getting married.

But. My dad will be there. That bastard physically abused me for eight years and I haven’t spoken to him in twelve.

I don’t know what’s more important to me, being there for my beloved baby brother or staying away from the asshole who left me disabled. And I feel like a jerk for it.

EJ (The Other One)
EJ (The Other One)
5 years ago

Does your brother know about what happened? If my sister had been abused by my dad, I wouldn’t expect her to make nice with him at my wedding. In fact, I’d jump to uninvite him to make space for her.

EJ (The Other One)
EJ (The Other One)
5 years ago

Also, fucking hugs. You deserve them because you are an awesome person and are dealing with things like an emotionally mature badass.