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2020.08.26 18:28 moon__lady Severed thigh and breast found in dumpster by two scavengers in Eugene, Oregon 1978.

This was posted on a local news page. I don’t know how I’ve never heard of this before.
“This bizarre story opens in the college city of Eugene, Oregon at approximately 12:30 on the morning of February 24, 1978 when two human scavengers were rummaging through one of the dumpsters of a west side shopping center in a search for cardboard. They found plenty of what they were looking for, the intended use of which was known only to them. However, as the couple dug deeper into the trash bin, one of them came across a plastic bag that apparently warranted further investigation.
The bag must have weighed at least 25 to 30 pounds or more, but it was easy to pull free. They had it lifted out of the bin and onto the pavement in no time at all, anxiously tearing open the bag to examine their "find."
At first glance, the contents of the bag simply appeared to be a couple of chunks of discarded meat, one small piece and one large piece, probably spoiled and thrown out a couple of days before from the meat department of the adjacent grocery store. However, upon closer examination, the cold, rancid smelling meat suddenly looked frighteningly familiar, almost human!
While examining the large piece of meat, one of the rummagers noted there was very little blood, about as much as would be present in butchered, prepared beef. Although the smell of the meat was nearly intolerable, the men's curiosity compelled them to examine the smaller piece. Although the smaller piece was nearly unrecognizable, it faintly resembled a severed, mutilated female breast!
Sick and retching from revulsion, the man threw the meat to the pavement and vomited. Following a few moments of illness and nausea, the two regained some of their composure and rushed to the nearest telephone and called the Eugene Police Department, informing the cops of the wretched discovery.
Due to the lateness of the hour, not to mention the seriousness of the trash bin discovery, the police dispatcher who took the call knew he would have to wake up someone with higher authority. He chose to wake up Lt. Don Lonneker, detective division commander.
When Lt. Lonneker and the first police units arrived, officers immediately cordoned off the area to hold back the curious onlookers and the graveyard shift of press members in an attempt to preserve any bits of evidence that might be present.
After the area had been completely sealed off, police detectives took statements from the two midnight rummagers regarding the events that led to the discovery of the two pieces of meat. The police personnel set up lights and began going through other trash bins and garbage cans in search of still more body parts, but when it was evident there was nothing more of any significance to be found, the two pieces of meat were wrapped up and sent off to the medical examiner's office.
In the meantime, the Eugene Police Department launched a massive search effort of other garbage dumpsters and cans in the vicinity of the west side supermarket where the alleged body parts were discovered. Unfortunately, their efforts were futile.
A few days later Dr. Ed Wilson, deputy Lane County medical examiner, reported that tests had determined that the larger piece of meat was that of a female thigh, which had been severed just above the knee and from the groin to the waist, and that the smaller piece was a female breast, ravaged by so many human teeth marks that it was nearly indistinguishable as a human anatomical part! Dr. Wilson reported that further tests were being conducted in an attempt to identify the victim's blood type.
Meanwhile, police detectives began checking their female missing person's files, singling out two young women who were reported missing at approximately the time the body parts were discovered in the shopping center dumpster.
The cops considered Elizabeth Green as the most likely victim, although no hard evidence had been found linking the 24-year-old mother to the mysterious and gruesome thigh and breast. Mrs. Green was described by friends and relatives as a dependable and a devoted mother, and was reportedly to have picked up her infant daughter at the hospital on the day of her disappearance.
According to hospital officials, Mrs. Green arrived at the hospital on the day in question at approximately 11:00 a.m., and she nursed her baby that had been born five weeks prematurely. She was last seen by a parking lot attendant as she drove away from Eugene's Sacred Heart General Hospital shortly after 11:00 a.m., and her car and purse were found the next day in separate parking lots in the 1400 and 1500 blocks of Franklin Boulevard.
Pamela Lee Bruno, 24, was another woman the cops added to their list of possible victims. Mrs. Bruno, a childless housewife, was described as white, 5 feet 8 inches tall, and approximately 165 pounds. She had blonde shoulder-length hair and hazel eyes. She lived with her husband in the 4600 block of Main Street in nearby Springfield in one of several run-down, almost uninhabitable, apartments.
According to Springfield Police Chief Brian Riley, Mrs. Bruno was last seen by her husband, Johnny, at their apartment on February 16th. According to Riley, she was wearing a short brown plaid coat, blue jeans, and brown shoes. She did not own a car, and relied on hitchhiking and taxicabs for her transportation. Considered by many to be a heavy drinker, Mrs. Bruno was known to frequent the local bars and taverns.
According to Mrs. Bruno's husband, Pamela was gone when he awoke on the morning of February 17th. However, he didn't report her as missing until February 22nd.
"This has happened several times in the past, according to Mr. Bruno," said Chief Riley. "It's not unusual for her to be gone this long." According to Chief Riley, Mrs. Bruno was reported missing eight or nine times in recent years. But, he said, her most recent disappearance was different and unusual because none of her friends or relatives had heard from her for over two weeks, and she was never gone for more than two or three days at a time.
In the meantime, with only the thigh and the breast to work with, forensic scientists from the Oregon State Police Crime Labs in Eugene and experts from the University of Oregon were able to determine, by studying the bones, that the victim was a young woman between 18 to 30 years of age, and that she was of medium weight, approximately 140 to 160 pounds. They also determined that the blood type found in the severed parts was not of the same type as Mrs. Green, thus eliminating her as the possible victim.
However, the scientists were continuing to work round the clock in an attempt to connect the severed body parts with Mrs. Bruno. But unless they could locate some kind of official record listing her blood type, little progress in linking the parts was unlikely. The scientists did say, however, that the description they arrived at fit more accurately with Mrs. Bruno than with Mrs. Green or any other woman who was reported missing at that time.
The technique the scientists used to confirm that the thigh came from a woman was relatively simple. They merely examined tissue samples under a microscope in search of "Barr bodies," which, in simplest terms, are tiny specks or dots appearing in the nucleus of a cell that are present in females but not in males.
The detectives turned to the help of an anthropologist specializing in bone structures to help narrow down the age gap of the victim. The techniques involved were far more complicated than those used in determining whether or not the victim was male or female. They had to make estimations and calculations based on measurements of the length and diameter of the thigh bone and compare their findings with statistical tables and graphs. But when their tests were completed, they determined that the victim was between 25 and 30 years of age.
"We're taking a further interest in Springfield's missing woman," said Lt. Don Lonneker, detective division commander, after conferring with other detectives from several local law-enforcement agencies.
In the meantime, Springfield police stepped up their efforts in their search for Mrs. Bruno, and checked further into the backgrounds of the missing woman and her husband.
The cops soon discovered that the Brunos had lived in the Springfield area for about three years, having moved there from Vancouver, Washington. They were married for seven years, but had no children.
Digging still further into their backgrounds, police detectives soon discovered that Johnny Bruno was convicted in Vancouver for driving while under the influence of intoxicants and for hit and run, and that both he and his wife were convicted of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
According to the Bruno's former probation officer, the latter charge was a result of an incident in which Mrs. Bruno invited two 15-year-old girls into their apartment and gave them alcoholic beverages, then proceeded to have explicit sexual intercourse with her husband as the two girls excitedly looked on! Johnny Bruno then had intercourse with one, possibly both, of the young girls during the incident after arousing their prurient interests.
Meanwhile, police divers searched the area near the university and the parking lots where Mrs. Green's car and purse were found, but they found nothing to help them locate the missing woman. According to Lt. Lonneker, however, divers did find a rusty knife in the water, but denied that it had any significance to the severed thigh and breast case. "It unquestionably has no bearing on our investigation," he said.
Lonneker did say, however, that the severed thigh "appears to have been cut with a knife." He also said that he had temporarily suspended the search for additional anatomical parts and other physical evidence connected with the murder and missing person's cases after a week of exhaustive efforts. "We've simply run out of places and directions to go," he said.
In the meantime, on February 28th, detectives went to the Bruno's cottage in Springfield to obtain hair samples from Mrs. Bruno's hair brush, and they attempted to find out what her blood type was by conferring with her husband. But he simply repeated that he didn't know her blood type, and all that detectives left with were a few strands of long blonde hair and the frustration of knowing that it was likely to be some time yet before positive identification of the severed thigh and breast could be made.
According to Dr. Ed Wilson, deputy Lane County medical examiner, investigators knew that the female victim had not been dead for long, unless the thigh and breast had been preserved by freezing, which they seriously doubted. He also said they could only retrieve a small blood sample from the body parts, but stressed that it would be enough for the Oregon State Police Crime Labs to establish the victim's blood type, the results of which would soon be known.
If the scientists could have obtained more blood, said Wilson, they would have attempted to measure the amount of prolactin (a hormone) in the blood and could possibly have determined whether or not the victim had been nursing a child, a clue that could have been of vital importance to an investigation of this nature. But considering the small amount of blood they had to work with, the blood type identification was the best they could hope for.
The first real breakthrough in the case came when detectives finally learned Mrs. Bruno's blood type through her medical records in Vancouver, Washington, which they wouldn't release to the press. And almost as soon as they had discovered the missing woman's blood type, the Oregon State Police Crime Labs reported to detectives that their samples were of the same blood type as Mrs. Bruno's type.
Considering that detectives now knew that the victim was a female Caucasian, 5 feet 4 inches to 5 feet 7 inches in height, and that she weighed approximately 140 to 160 pounds, they now felt Pamela Bruno might be the victim that had been so savagely butchered.
A short time later, Springfield police Detective Don Bond paid a visit to the Bruno apartment. He told Mrs. Bruno's husband that it was likely his wife was dead, and that it was now believed that the thigh and breast were parts severed from his wife's body, although they were not one hundred percent certain Mrs. Bruno was the victim. While Detective Bond was relating the details to Mr. Bruno, Bruno's dog came barking into the room, at which time Bruno became irritated and angry with the animal.
"I've got to get rid of that damn dog, too," Bruno remarked to Bond. It was at that precise moment that Bond began to suspect that Bruno killed his wife, although he didn't immediately acknowledge Bruno's apparent Freudian slip of the tongue. Instead, he acted as if he hadn't noticed and asked Bruno to visualize the severed thigh found in the trash bin. Astonishingly, Bruno described to Detective Bond precisely how the thigh had been severed!
The investigation continued, and finally, on March 10, the severed thigh and breast were positively identified through laboratory analysis as being parts of what was once Pamela Lee Bruno. With this sudden new development, police went to the Bruno apartment with search and arrest warrants, but in spite of their efforts they could find no traces of blood or other physical evidence that would indicate the murder occurred inside the Bruno's residence.
Police arrested Johnny Charles Bruno just the same, and took him to Springfield Police Headquarters for further questioning. Bruno was cooperative for the most part, and seemed to want to help the police. On a "cop's hunch," Detective Bond told Bruno that they thought someone else was also involved in the grisly murder.
"Well, you know, don't you?" Bruno told the cops. He then broke down and cried, making a full confession of how his wife was repeatedly stabbed and dismembered, and implicated one of his friends and co-workers, Charles Haynes, 31, and Haynes' wife, Lionetti Anita, also 31. The two men worked together for nearly three years as tree planters for a local firm, and Mrs. Bruno and Mrs. Haynes were known to associate with each other when the Brunos would visit the Hayneses.
On Saturday, March 11th, police went to the Haynes' rented house in Eugene, located in the 800 block of West Fifth Avenue, a poor area of town, and arrested Charles Leroy Haynes. The next day, when Mrs. Haynes appeared at Springfield Police Headquarters, she too was arrested.
All three suspects were accused of "acting in concert" with each other when the stabbing of Mrs. Bruno occurred, which police alleged was on or about February 21st, and each allegedly participated in the subsequent ritualistic dismembering of the victim's arms, legs, breasts, and head.
District Attorney Pat Horton would only describe the murder weapon as a "stabbing instrument." "There is a certain uniqueness in this case which I think is unparalleled in Lane County," said Horton. Springfield Police Chief Brian Riley stated he couldn't remember a murder case as gruesome, and went on to praise the cooperative efforts of the Springfield and Eugene Police Departments.
"I've seen a lot of investigations of crimes involving more than one jurisdiction done in other places," said Eugene Police Chief Pierce Brooks, a former detective division commander at the Los Angeles Police Department. "But I've never seen it done as effectively as here."
In the meantime, Lane County District Court Judge Gregory Foote ordered the suspects held without bail at the Springfield city jail, where they would be appointed attorneys by the court. Police now alleged that Pamela Bruno was killed and "slaughtered" at the Haynes' residence in Eugene, and Chief Brooks sent crime lab supervisor Mary Ann Vaughn to the house to investigate.
Wearing an oxygen mask and tank inside the house, Ms. Vaughn used special chemicals that emit toxic fumes to search for "trace evidence" in each of the rooms of the house. Brooks said they were looking for evidence "so minute that it might not be visible to the naked eye."
However, District Attorney Horton and police officials refused to comment further on the case, saying only that a Lane County grand jury would be asked to indict the three suspects. When asked whether additional body parts had been found, Horton replied, "To my knowledge, (additional) body parts have not been found."
On Thursday, March 16th, a Lane County grand jury returned murder indictments against Johnny Charles Bruno, Charles Leroy Haynes, and his wife, Lionetti Anita Haynes. The three suspects were transferred to the Lane County Jail in Eugene, where they were held without bail.
As the weeks passed and turned into months, detectives continued their investigation of the butcher-murder of Pamela Lee Bruno, but chose to remain tight-lipped about their results, preferring to save the details for the soon-to-begin trials.
It was Tuesday, May 23, 1978, and the Lane County Circuit Court of Judge Roland Rodman was filled to capacity, with hopeful spectators being turned away. Johnny Charles Bruno was the first to go on trial for the brutal slaying and butchering of his wife, a trial that the people of Eugene and Springfield would not soon forget. Inside the courtroom, opening arguments were being heard.
Deputy District Attorney Brian Barnes' opening statement was a recounting of the events of the February 24th discovery of the severed thigh and breast, a synopsis of the investigation leading to the arrests of the three suspects, and details of Bruno's confession.
"At the end of this case," said defense attorney Harry Carp, "no matter what evidence the state presents, you're not going to have a pretty picture. You're going to be looking at a charnel house."
"I suggest to you it was more than a charnel house," countered Prosecutor Barnes, "which, as I understand it, is a place where dead bodies and bones are deposited. It was more like a slaughter house, an unparalleled ritualistic killing involving blood, guts, and gore. It's something you will not easily forget."
It was noted that Carp had filed notice of intent to argue his client's defense of extreme emotional disturbance or mental defect which, under Oregon status, is the same as an insanity plea. However, he reserved the right to change his defense theory if necessary.
When Prosecutor Barnes described how Mrs. Bruno's body had allegedly been strung up over the bathtub in the Haynes' residence and "disemboweled and butchered like an animal," Mrs. Bruno's mother, grandmother, and aunt all left the courtroom hurriedly.
To visualize how a loved one had been drained of her blood, and had her entrails scraped out into a cold porcelain bathtub, then to hear details of the grisly dismemberment, was understandably more than a relative of the deceased could bear.
In his statements, Barnes said the state would prove that Mrs. Bruno's death was caused intentionally by her husband and Mr. and Mrs. Haynes during an evening of alcohol, marijuana, and group sex which included sadomasochistic acts.
Dr. David Myers, assistant Lane County medical examiner who examined the tissue of the thigh and breast, told the court that the breast was so mutilated by human teeth marks that he could not immediately recognize it. He also told the court that the body parts had almost no blood, leading him to believe that Mrs. Bruno's body had been drained of blood through a cut or a wound caused by the woman's killers.
The feeling in the courtroom was cold and dismal in a psychological sense rather than physical. It was generally felt that in order for Mrs. Bruno's body to have been so completely drained of blood, her killers would have had to have her strung up over the bathtub for quite some time, a clear indication that her killers were in no hurry to get rid of the body, and that they might well have even enjoyed the ritualistic killing and subsequent hacking up of the victim's corpse.
On the third day of Bruno's murder trial, a packed courtroom of curious spectators and a shocked jury listened intently as a taped statement Bruno made to police was played.
In the taped statement Bruno made while being interviewed by Springfield police detective Donald Bond, Bruno described how he and his wife Pamela hitchhiked into Eugene and arrived at the Haynes' home about 8:00 p.m. Bruno said that after some heavy drinking (he was known to down a six-pack of beer in less than 20 minutes) and pot smoking, Charles Haynes and the Brunos decided to have a session of group sex.
According to the tape, Pamela Bruno had agreed at first to participate in group sex with her husband and the Hayneses. "Pam agreed at first," said Bruno on tape, "then she didn't, so we took her in the other room and tied her up." He also stated on the tape that he bit one of his wife's breasts so hard that he took off part of the nipple.
He also stated on the tape that Mrs. Haynes was the first one to stab the victim because she was enraged when she saw her husband having sex with Mrs. Bruno. He further stated that Charles Haynes stabbed the victim several times after Mrs. Haynes passed him the knife, and that he (Bruno) stabbed his wife only once.
Bruno said he stabbed his wife in the chest after Charles Haynes passed him the knife, but "not very far 'cause I was so weak and leaning against the wall and everything. I couldn't believe this was happening."
"Haynes stabbed her quite a few times," Bruno's taped voice said, repeating that he stabbed his wife only once. "I don't even think I got into her far enough because I was so weak at that point and so scared." The tape continued, and the defendant's voice told the details of what occurred after the stabbing.
"Chuck (Haynes) says," according to the tape," We gotta do something about this now. We're gonna have to cut her up,' he says." Bruno then described how he helped Haynes drag Pamela into the bathroom, occasionally breaking down and crying as he told the horrible details — the blood, the torn flesh.
According to the tape, once they had the victim's body over the bathtub, her blood was drained. Later, the Hayneses and Bruno allegedly cut up Mrs. Bruno's body with a butcher knife, placing the severed parts into several plastic garbage bags. They then drove away with the packaged parts, according to the taped testimony, and deposited the parts in trash containers around various areas of Eugene. However, the only body parts that had been recovered by the police were the breast and thigh found on February 4th.
When asked by Detective Bond in the taped interview if he knew what he was doing on the night of the murder, Bruno replied he did know right from wrong at the time. Bruno's attorney had been trying to show Bruno was too drunk on the night of the murder to form the specific intent to commit murder.
When asked "if this act of sex and violence" would have taken place had there been additional people present Bruno answered, "I would have gotten some help. I would not have been so scared to be alone with him (Haynes)." In yet another statement, Bruno made the implication that Haynes had ordered him to participate in the killing and savage butchery.
Warren Reid, a neighbor of Bruno, took the witness stand and testified that the Brunos fought regularly. He testified that Bruno had attempted to throw his wife in front of an oncoming car, and that he saw Bruno kick Pamela in the back of her head while he was wearing his work boots. Reid also told the court that Mrs. Bruno would very often insult her husband in front of others, telling all about her sexual activities with other men.
"He would sit back and take it for a long time," said Reid. "But then he would become violent with her, and she would fight back." He further stated that the Brunos were drunk or becoming drunk every time he was with them, and that they fought in his presence almost every time he visited with them.
As Reid continued his testimony, he said that after Pamela's disappearance Bruno told him "he knew Pam wasn't going to return," and said that Bruno asked him at least two or three times "if I (Reid) was able to kill someone." According to Reid, Bruno often talked about killing and death in relation to Bruno's army experiences in Vietnam, where he received a Bronze Star for bravery before being reduced from the rank of specialist 4 to private for leaving his guard duty post to see his wife.
On the seventh day of Bruno's trial, the defense called Portland psychiatrist Dr. Barry Maletzky to testify that Bruno "blacked out" on the night of the murder. Maletzky, an expert on alcohol's effects on the brain, testified that Bruno appeared to remember very little about what occurred on the night of his wife's murder, and that his apparent lack of memory was caused by alcohol.
"In a blackout," said Maletzky, "a person is not processing and retaining information in a normal way." He also said Bruno didn't forget or repress what happened the night his wife was killed, but that memories were never formed in his brain in the first place due to alcoholic blackout.
It was clear that the purpose of the defense was to show that Bruno didn't intentionally commit murder, even though he admitted to the police that he was involved. It is necessary to point out at this stage of the trial that even if the jury accepts the arguments of no intent, Bruno could still be convicted of felony murder which, according to legal statutes, "is a murder committed in the course of another felony such as rape or sodomy."
"I think Pamela was a big part of Mr. Bruno's life," continued Maletzky, "and he would not have planned to murder her. John is not a leader. He's not a strong person. It's absolutely inconceivable to me that he could plan such a crime." He went on to say that Bruno was constantly struggling to be accepted by others, and he always wanted to be accepted in a group.
"I think if people suggested things for him to do," testified Dr. Maletzky, "he would go along. Under the influence of alcohol, he would have gone along with anything...just to be accepted."
Several other defense witnesses also took the stand and testified that Mrs. Bruno was a very promiscuous woman, and that she drank heavily. And according to Daniel Olsen, a volunteer for the Eastside Baptist Church in Springfield, Mrs. Bruno jeered at her husband when he attempted to become a Christian in the spring of 1977.
Olsen testified that he went to the Bruno's apartment after Bruno called the church seeking to "accept the Lord," but when he arrived Bruno was drunk. Olsen said he told Bruno to wait until the next night because he should be sober for the religious experience.
But when Olsen returned to the Bruno residence the following night, he testified, Bruno wasn't home yet so he sat and talked with Mrs. Bruno, who "indicated to me she was too far gone to be saved," and further stated that Mrs. Bruno started bragging about her numerous affairs with other men.
Another defense witness, Philip Wright, who was an attendant at the service station near the Haynes' home in Eugene, testified that he observed Mrs. Bruno walking down the middle of Sixth Avenue about 3 a.m. on a morning in Mid-February. Wright testified that he called her off the street because she appeared to be intoxicated. When she walked over to the station, she asked to use the women's room. But when he told her the station had no restrooms, she dropped her pants and squatted, and urinated on the ground in front of him.
In a rebuttal to the defense contention that Bruno blacked out on the night of the murder, the prosecution presented Medford psychiatrist Dr. Hugh Gardener, who testified that Bruno couldn't have possibly blacked out the night his wife was killed because he "indicated in several ways that he remembered his role in what happened that night.
"Bruno had sufficient understanding of what was going on around him to form an intent to kill his wife that night," continued Gardener. "He's an amoral, selfish, sociopath who is quite capable of using anybody for anything to satisfy himself."
June Lerner of Newport, Mrs. Bruno's grandmother, was called to the stand as a witness for the prosecution. She testified that Bruno called her on February 24th.
"He wondered if Joan (Mrs. Bruno's mother, also of Newport) and I could take this and if we were ready for it," said Mrs. Lerner. "I asked him what he meant," she continued, "and he said there had been a stabbing. I asked what he meant, and he said 'forget it,' and hung up."
Nearing the end of the trial, John and Rose Martin both testified that they were living at the Haynes' home and were, in fact, sleeping in the next room on the night Mrs. Bruno was allegedly killed! They astonishingly reported that they heard nothing unusual. However, both the defense and the prosecution agreed during the trial that the Martins were deceptive in their answers when they were questioned during a lie detector test about whether or not they were involved in the killing, a clear indication that both defense and prosecution felt their testimony in court was questionable.
After closing arguments were orated by the prosecution and the defense, which took most of the last day of the three-week trial, all that could be agreed upon was the uncertainty of whether they would ever know the full story of what happened on the night of February 21st.
"We don't know yet whether we have the full story of what took place that night in the Haynes' house," Barnes told the jury only minutes before they were charged with their obligations and went into deliberations.
Although it seemed longer, the Lane County Circuit Court jury of five men and seven women found Johnny Charles Bruno guilty of felony murder after barely three hours of deliberations, because they decided that his wife's death occurred during the course of a sexual assault.
In the meantime, while Bruno was awaiting sentencing for his conviction, Charles Haynes' trial date was fast approaching. It was June 13th, only one day before his trial was to begin that Haynes surprisingly waived his right to a jury trial and was swiftly convicted by Judge William Beckett in a "trial by stipulated facts." Judge Beckett immediately sentenced Haynes to life in prison.
It should be pointed out that in his agreement to a trial by stipulated facts, Haynes did not plead guilty to the crime of which he was charged, but simply admitted that the state had enough evidence to convict him. In such an agreement, the defendant retains the right to appeal the verdict. If he had pleaded guilty, he would not have had the right to appeal for there would not have been a verdict delivered.
Jack Billings, Haynes' attorney, stated that his client would appeal the verdict on the grounds that a portion of the state's evidence was "improperly admitted" in the case by a ruling of circuit Judge Douglas Spencer. According to Billings, Spencer ruled on May 18th that statements made by Haynes to the Springfield police about his role in the killing would be admissible in Haynes' trial.
However, Judge Spencer rejected Billings' argument that Haynes' statements were inadmissible as evidence. Billings had argued that Haynes' rights were violated because Springfield police allegedly refused to let the defendant talk to a lawyer hired by Haynes' family. But the court ruled the statements as admissible because Haynes had not hired the attorney in question himself, and furthermore had no knowledge that an attorney had, in fact, been retained. The attorney in question had been retained and dismissed within only a few hours, supposedly because Haynes' family decided they couldn't afford the cost.
In the meantime, Mrs. Haynes was still being held in Lane County Jail awaiting trial. Her trial was postponed four times, and she was denied bail three times. By November, 1980, it was beginning to look like she may not go to trial at all, due mainly to the fact that she had remained incarcerated since her arrest in March 1978.
The Oregon Supreme Court heard oral arguments concerning that very issue from Mrs. Haynes' attorney, who pleaded with the court to set his client free because he contended that she had been denied a speedy trial.
But the Supreme Court denied the requests, ordering Mrs. Haynes to remain in jail. But the court said "that any further postponement of her trial will no longer be 'trial within a reasonable period of time.' "The court stated that charges against her would have to be dropped if she could not be tried or released on bail.
Meanwhile, the Oregon Supreme Court reversed Charles Haynes' conviction on the grounds that Springfield police kept him from seeing an attorney, a charge that Springfield police repeatedly denied. Nonetheless, a new trial with a change of venue was ordered, this time to be held in Salem.
Johnny Bruno and Lionetti Haynes were not so lucky. Bruno's conviction was upheld after his appeal, and he is currently serving a life sentence. Mrs. Haynes was finally brought to trial and convicted of first-degree manslaughter following a trial in which she vehemently maintained her innocence. She was sentenced to 20 years by Judge William Beckett, but the judge ruled that Mrs. Haynes be given credit for the time she spent in Lane County Jail awaiting trial.
In May, 1981, Charles Haynes received his new trial in Marion County, but was convicted after a two-week proceeding and was sentenced to life in prison.
Haynes and his wife appealed, but on March 18, 1982, the Oregon Court of Appeals upheld their convictions. More than four years after the gruesome murder of Pamela Lee Bruno, her convicted killers' cases were now fully adjudicated, and all are serving their sentences at the Oregon State Penitentiary and the Oregon Correctional Institution for Women.
Editor's Note: The names Warren Reid: Daniel Olsen, Philip Wright, June Lerner, John and Rose Martin, and Elizabeth Green are fictitious and were used because there is no reason for public interest in these persons.”
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2020.08.04 16:25 PaulJP Fallout 76: Update 21 Patch Notes – August 4, 2020

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We’re releasing Update 21 today, which includes the new Fortifying ATLAS community challenges, the Meat Weak Seasonal Event, and our new event “A Colossal Problem” in the coming weeks. This update also brings a number of additional improvements and bug fixes to Fallout 76, so be sure to read on to catch the patch notes.

Update 21 Highlights

Update Version

Check below for the update version and download size for today’s patch on your platform of choice: * PC (Bethesda.net): 1.3.3.24 (4.7 GB) * PC (Microsoft Store): 1.3.3.24 (12.5 GB) * PC (Steam): 1.3.3.24 (2.4 GB) * PS4: 1.3.3.24 (8.7 GB) * Xbox: 1.3.3.24 (13.2 GB)

Fortifying ATLAS

Starting today, you can take part in “Fortifying ATLAS,” a two-part community-wide effort to construct a prospective base for the Brotherhood of Steel. If the community successfully turns in enough supplies during the next few weeks, everyone will unlock events and new cosmetic rewards. * A man named Russell Dorsey believes the Brotherhood of Steel are headed to Appalachia, and that ATLAS Observatory in the Savage Divide will make a perfect makeshift HQ when they arrive. * Russell is heading up supply gathering efforts. He will ask everyone to help deliver an abundance of raw materials to aid in fortifying ATLAS over the next few weeks. * If the community delivers enough scrap of each type in time, all players will earn in-game rewards, including new Brotherhood of Steel themed cosmetics, a Purveyor Super Sale, a Double S.C.O.R.E. Daily event, and more! * Additionally, every time you contribute materials, you will receive “ATLAS Donor's Provisions,” which you can open from your inventory to receive goodies and a chance at rare Plans. * Fortifying ATLAS will take place in two parts: Project Alpha, starting August 4, and Project Bravo, which starts on August 27. * Each Project has its own supply requirements, collection dates, and rewards. * Read our recent article catch all the scrap collection dates and rewards.

A Colossal Problem

“A Colossal Problem” is an instanced multiplayer Public Event that will take place deep in the heart of Monongah Mine in the Savage Divide. * Once we’ve enabled “A Colossal Problem”, you will be able to meet Maggie Williams in Foundation to learn about Monongah Mine and begin the side quest “Something Sentimental.” * Unfortunately, the entrance to Monongah Mine has become blocked. You will have to blast your way inside by dropping a Nuke. * After launching your Nuke, a Public Event Icon will appear on the Map and all players will receive a notification that “A Colossal Problem” has begun. * If one instance of “A Colossal Problem” fills up, a new one will begin so that more players can start the event. * Once inside Monongah Mine, you and your event mates will have a few minutes to prepare. * This challenging encounter is tuned for characters who are level 50 or higher, and we recommend teaming up with others. * When the prep time ends, you will drop deeper into the belly of the Mine and begin the battle against a towering legendary Wendigo Colossus and some of its closest friends. * In addition to enemy creatures, stay alert for other hazards, like falling debris and a massive drill. * If you topple the Colossus before the event timer expires, you will be rewarded with some loot, XP, Caps, Treasury Notes, and a chance at new themed items for your C.A.M.P. * Don’t linger too long, because Monongah Mine will surely collapse after your lengthy battle. Find a way out of the Mine in time, and you will escape with your life.

Meat Week Returns!

The Meat Week Seasonal Event is returning to Appalachia this month from August 18 – 24. If you haven’t taken part in the past, Meat Week offers great opportunities to earn some Legendary Scrip, claim some loot, and join the community (along with Grahm, everyone’s favorite Super Mutant) for a delicious Meat Cook. Meat Week happens in two parts, and you can read below to learn the basics:

Primal Cuts

Grahm's Meat Cook

Design Updates

Quests and Events

Bug Fixes

General

Art and Animation

C.A.M.P. and Workshops

Challenges

Combat

Enemies

Items

Mutations

NPCs

Performance and Stability

Perks

Quests and Events

User Interface

World

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2020.08.04 16:19 BethesdaGameStudios_ Fallout 76: Update 21 Patch Notes – August 4, 2020

We’re releasing Update 21 today, which includes the new Fortifying ATLAS community challenges, the Meat Weak Seasonal Event, and our new event “A Colossal Problem” in the coming weeks. This update also brings a number of additional improvements and bug fixes to Fallout 76, so be sure to read on to catch the patch notes.

Update 21 Highlights

  • Fortifying ATLAS: Starting today, join the community in delivering construction supplies to ATLAS Observatory to help unlock events and new cosmetic rewards for everyone.
  • A Colossal Problem: In the coming weeks, you will be able to team up with other Dwellers to take on deadly beasts deep within Monongah Mine in this challenging new Public Event.
  • Meat Week: The biggest Meat Cook in all of Appalachia kicks off August 18 with the return of the Meat Week Seasonal Event.

Update Version

Check below for the update version and download size for today’s patch on your platform of choice:
  • PC (Bethesda.net): 1.3.3.24 (4.7 GB)
  • PC (Microsoft Store): 1.3.3.24 (49.6 GB)
  • PC (Steam): 1.3.3.24 (2.4 GB)
  • PS4: 1.3.3.24 (8.7 GB)
  • Xbox: 1.3.3.24 (13.2 GB)

Fortifying ATLAS

Starting today, you can take part in “Fortifying ATLAS,” a two-part community-wide effort to construct a prospective base for the Brotherhood of Steel. If the community successfully turns in enough supplies during the next few weeks, everyone will unlock events and new cosmetic rewards.
  • A man named Russell Dorsey believes the Brotherhood of Steel are headed to Appalachia, and that ATLAS Observatory in the Savage Divide will make a perfect makeshift HQ when they arrive.
    • Russell is heading up supply gathering efforts. He will ask everyone to help deliver an abundance of raw materials to aid in fortifying ATLAS over the next few weeks.
    • If the community delivers enough scrap of each type in time, all players will earn in-game rewards, including new Brotherhood of Steel themed cosmetics, a Purveyor Super Sale, a Double S.C.O.R.E. Daily event, and more!
    • Additionally, every time you contribute materials, you will receive “ATLAS Donor's Provisions,” which you can open from your inventory to receive goodies and a chance at rare Plans.
  • Fortifying ATLAS will take place in two parts: Project Alpha, starting August 4, and Project Bravo, which starts on August 27.
    • Each Project has its own supply requirements, collection dates, and rewards.
    • Read our recent article catch all the scrap collection dates and rewards.

A Colossal Problem

  • Please note: Today’s update brings the new Public Event “A Colossal Problem” to the game. However, we are still making some performance tweaks and doing additional testing before we enable the event. We are planning to make “A Colossal Problem” available with a follow-up update in the next couple of weeks.
“A Colossal Problem” is an instanced multiplayer Public Event that will take place deep in the heart of Monongah Mine in the Savage Divide.
  • Once we’ve enabled “A Colossal Problem”, you will be able to meet Maggie Williams in Foundation to learn about Monongah Mine and begin the side quest “Something Sentimental.”
  • Unfortunately, the entrance to Monongah Mine has become blocked. You will have to blast your way inside by dropping a Nuke.
    • After launching your Nuke, a Public Event Icon will appear on the Map and all players will receive a notification that “A Colossal Problem” has begun.
    • If one instance of “A Colossal Problem” fills up, a new one will begin so that more players can start the event.
  • Once inside Monongah Mine, you and your event mates will have a few minutes to prepare.
    • This challenging encounter is tuned for characters who are level 50 or higher, and we recommend teaming up with others.
    • When the prep time ends, you will drop deeper into the belly of the Mine and begin the battle against a towering legendary Wendigo Colossus and some of its closest friends.
    • In addition to enemy creatures, stay alert for other hazards, like falling debris and a massive drill.
  • If you topple the Colossus before the event timer expires, you will be rewarded with some loot, XP, Caps, Treasury Notes, and a chance at new themed items for your C.A.M.P.
    • Don’t linger too long, because Monongah Mine will surely collapse after your lengthy battle. Find a way out of the Mine in time, and you will escape with your life.

Meat Week Returns!

The Meat Week Seasonal Event is returning to Appalachia this month from August 18 – 24. If you haven’t taken part in the past, Meat Week offers great opportunities to earn some Legendary Scrip, claim some loot, and join the community (along with Grahm, everyone’s favorite Super Mutant) for a delicious Meat Cook. Meat Week happens in two parts, and you can read below to learn the basics:
Primal Cuts
  • Grahm only wants to provide top notch fare during his Meat Cook. Join Primal Cuts events in different regions of Appalachia to take down Prime Beasts and gather some Prime Meat.
  • Primal Cuts events begin every 15 minutes in three regions of Appalachia at once.
    • Each features a different difficulty so that low, mid, and high-level characters can all participate.
  • Kill the waves of Prime Beasts before the Primal Cuts timer expires and you will receive a few cuts of Prime Meat as a reward.
    • Be sure to turn in your Prime Meat during Grahm's Meat Cook events to claim some Legendary Scrip.
Grahm's Meat Cook
  • To celebrate Meat Week, Grahm is hosting a Meat Cook for all his favorite humans every hour on the hour near Vault 76 in the Forest.
    • Help Grahm complete a variety of activities, like putting out fires, playing music, spinning meat spits, cleaning up after Chally, and more to help ensure his party is a hit.
  • The more successful the Meat Cook, the higher your chances at better rewards from the event.
    • We’ve also added a few new rewards this year, like plans to craft your own Tenderizer, a new Outfit, and more!

Design Updates

  • Ammo Converter: Following community feedback, we’ve made several improvements to the Ammo Converter.
    • We’ve added options to buy and sell 10x and 100x the normal amounts of ammo so that you can exchange larger stacks more quickly.
    • Buying and selling has been incorporated directly into the terminal page for each ammo type, which means fewer screens to click through when exchanging your ammo.
    • We’ve upped the maximum amount of AmmoPoints you can store from 2,000 to 100,000.
  • Legendary Loot: Daily Quests and Events have had their legendary loot rewards updated to include additional items, like The Fixer, Secret Service Armor, and others, so long as you’ve learned the Plans for them.

Quests and Events

  • An Ounce of Prevention: We’ve simplified the “Collect Blood Samples: 0/3” to only require a single Blood Sample from a Feral Ghoul.
    • This quest step frequently caused some confusion for new players and had a bug that could sometimes block progression. This change should make An Ounce of Prevention a smoother experience for everyone.
  • Signal Strength: At the National Isolated Radio Array, we’ve removed the wave of difficult robot enemies that spawn and reduced the overall difficulty of enemies in the area.
    • Signal Strength could be difficult for new characters due high-level enemies at the Radio Array. We’ve dropped the difficulty so that this part of the quest is easier to complete for lower level characters.

Bug Fixes

General
  • Please note: With today’s update, we’ve found that the Forager Ally is not currently providing Daily Quests to players who have this Ally in their C.A.M.P.s. We did not have enough time to address this prior to releasing the patch, and we are working to address this issue as soon as possible.
Art and Animation
  • Animations: Fixed multiple animation issues affecting the Screaming Eagle skin for the Handmade Rifle.
  • Animations: The Clean Sweep Photomode Pose no longer causes the character’s shoulder to stretch backwards unnaturally.
  • Art: Made adjustments to Backpacks so that they no longer appear to sink into characters’ backs while equipped.
  • Art: Adjusted the front sight on the Appalachian Thunder Pipe skin for the Gatling Gun so that it’s more in-line with the crosshairs when aiming down the sights in first-person view.
  • Art: Adjusted the Extra Large Magazine Mod for the Appalachian Thunder Pipe Skin to limit the amount that it obstructs the view when aiming down the sights in first-person.
  • Art: In the Wastelander Photomode Frame, Vault Boy now has a rifle over his shoulder instead of a Laser Musket.
C.A.M.P. and Workshops
  • Ammo Converter: Now correctly disappears when destroyed in a Workshop or C.A.M.P. until the player repairs it.
  • Backwoods Bungalow: Players can no longer walk through the Bungalow’s glass walls.
  • Build: When attempting to build a freestanding object, it will no longer flicker rapidly between two snap locations.
  • Build: The preview for the Framed Captain Cosmos Gameboard now correctly faces the player when attempting to build it.
  • Chicken Coop: Sound effects no longer continue to play after the Chicken Coop is destroyed.
  • Collectron Station: The Fasnacht Collectron now correctly disappears after scrapping or storing its Station.
  • Exploit: Addressed an exploit allowing players to stack multiple traps.
  • Exploit: Fixed an exploit related to scrapping Assaultron Helmets.
  • Fireplace Secret Door: No longer leaves behind visual effects when destroyed.
  • Foundations: Fixed an issue where foundation pieces could be built in invalid circumstances.
  • Lights: Objects with lights now correctly light up immediately after being repaired.
  • Rustic Watermill: The generator version of the Rustic Watermill now correctly requires the player to know the Medium Generator Recipe before it can be built.
  • Scrapping: Fixed an issue that caused crafting to use Junk items from the player’s Inventory and Stash before using their available Scrap. Crafting, building, and repairing now utilize the player’s Scrap and Junk in the following order of priority:
    • Scrap in the player’s Inventory
    • Scrap in the Stash
    • Scrap in the Fallout 1st Scrapbox
    • Junk in the player’s Inventory will be auto-scrapped
    • Junk in the Stash will be auto-scrapped
  • Walls: Fixed an issue where doorway walls could be hard to place under roofs and upper floors.
  • Walls: Fixed an issue where slanted walls could not be snapped to roofs.
  • Walls: Fixed an issue that could allow walls to be snapped to overhanging roofs and upper floors, which could be used to create floating walls.
Challenges
  • General: Implemented an additional fix to address remaining edge cases where Daily and Weekly Challenges could complete themselves automatically.
  • Nuclear Winter: Fixed an issue in which previous limited-time Nuclear Winter Challenges were available and could be still completed past their end-dates.
Combat
  • Exploit: Fixed an exploit resulting from reviving another player under certain circumstances.
  • Exploit: Fixed an exploit allowing Bows to fire much faster than intended.
Enemies
  • Wendigo Colossus: Opening the Pip-Boy just before being Feared by the Wendigo Colossus no longer causes the controls to temporarily lock up.
Items
  • Backpacks: Fixed an issue that prevented players from scrapping newly crafted Backpacks.
  • Bows: The Blood Eagle Bow skin can now also be applied to Compound Bows.
  • Chinese Stealth Suit: The Helmet for the Chinese Stealth Suit no longer incorrectly states that it protects against waterborne diseases.
  • Energy Weapons: Addressed an issue that could prevent energy weapons, like the Tesla Rifle and Flamer, from damaging enemies under certain circumstances.
  • Jetpacks: Fixed an issue allowing an Atomic Shop Power Armor Jet Pack skin to be applied by players who did not own it.
  • Jetpacks: The Captain Cosmos Jetpack now correctly appears in the list of mods for T-65 Power Armor.
  • Lunchboxes: Using more than 4 Lunchboxes now correctly refreshes the duration of the 100% XP buff.
  • Power Armor: The T-65 Power Armor Headlamp no longer shines in the wrong direction after switching between first- and third-person view.
  • Secret Service Armor: Added plans to craft Pocketed and Deep Pocketed mods for Secret Service Armor limbs. They can be purchased for 250 and 500 Gold Bullion respectively from Regs in Vault 79.
  • Secret Service Armor: The Ghillie Suit skin no longer obstructs the player’s view in first-person.
  • Mods: Fixed an issue where the Bow, Assault Rifle, and Brotherhood Recon Rifle did not have “Default Appearance” equipped on pickup.
  • Vault-Tec Supply Packages: Now correctly have a weight of 0.1 pounds.
Mutations
  • Herbivore & Carnivore: Fixed a number of food benefits that were not being doubled correctly by the Herbivore and Carnivore Mutations.
NPCs
  • General: Fixed rare case where NPCs could pick up items a player had dropped in a loot bag.
  • Pathing: Fixed pathing issues affecting multiple NPCs in Foundation.
  • Scavenger Traders: Will no longer be repeatedly downed due to radiation damage when near an active Nuke Zone.
  • Smiley: Smiley now resets correctly every Monday, allowing players to purchase Bullion from him every week.
    • If you are inside the Wayward when Smiley resets, you must exit and re-enter the Wayward for his stock of Bullion to "update."
  • Ward: We’ve instructed Ward to stay put in his trailer, so you should no longer spot him roaming Foundation.
Performance and Stability
  • Performance: Fixed an issue that could cause client performance issues when attempting to stack many C.A.M.P. objects in a small space.
  • Client Stability: Attempting to replace a Fence in Modify mode no longer sometimes crashes the game client.
  • Server Stability: Addressed an issue that could result in a server crash when loading an exterior cell.
  • Server Stability: Fixed an issue that could cause a server crash when loading a Workshop.
  • Server Stability: Fixed a server crash related to pathing.
  • Server Stability: Addressed a server crash related to equipped inventory items.
  • Server Stability: Addressed multiple issues that could result in a server crash during Nuclear Winter matches.
Perks
  • Adrenaline: Now applies its damage bonuses correctly after enemy kills.
  • Robotics Expert: No longer prevents players from trading with Vendor bots.
Quests and Events
  • Ally: Crash Landing: Logging out and back in after retrieving the Flight Recorder Data no longer prevents the quest from progressing.
  • Ally: Thicker than Water: Logging out during Beckett’s final quest no longer creates a duplicate Watoga Underground Key.
  • Daily: Heart of the Enemy: Can no longer be repeated immediately after completion.
  • Strange Bedfellows: The “Complete Signal Strength” objective’s description is no longer cut off in the Pip-Boy.
  • Vital Equipment: Fixed an issue that could prevent Vital Equipment from progressing if the player killed the Raider Thief before talking to Ward.
User Interface
  • Loading Screens: The S.C.O.R.E. meter and rank-up reward fanfares no longer remain visible during loading screens.
  • Localization: The Legendary Run gameboard’s rules sheet is now correctly translated in non-English versions of the game.
  • Main Menu: On PC, pressing TAB after opening the Main Menu from the Map now correctly returns the player to the Map view.
  • Main Menu: Pressing “Play” before the Main Menu finishes loading no longer places the player directly into Adventure Mode or displays a “Failed to find your selected character” error message.
  • Map: Fixed an issue causing Workshop Icons on the Map to display normal location icons and have incorrect functionality when selected.
  • Notifications: Players will no longer be spammed by dehydration notifications after becoming dehydrated while viewing The Legendary Run game board.
  • Notifications: The notification that appears when completing the repeatable “Gain XP 0/10,000” Weekly Challenge now correctly states the name of the Challenge.
  • Pip-Boy: The Collections tab in the Pip-Boy now correctly displays the player’s current counts of Caps, Gold Bullion, Tadpole Badges, etc. when first logging into a world.
  • Social: Fixed an issue that could cause the friends list to appear blank after removing a friend.
  • Teams: Addressed an issue causing teams to automatically disband after a Nuclear Winter match.
  • The Legendary Run: Selecting Rank 100 on the game board now correctly displays preview images for all of rewards in The Legendary Run Bundle.
World
  • Cranberry Bog: Fixed a location near the Ranger District Office where the player could sink below the terrain.
  • Nuke Silos: Fixed a location in the Reactor Room where players could get out of world and skip portions of the Nuke Silo.
  • Pathing: Fixed multiple locations in the world where players could become stuck in or near clutter and other objects.
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A man of focus, commitment and sheer will
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Drone footage over the LA Black Lives Matter protest on Hollywood Blvd today
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Mitt Romney joins BLM protest in Washington D.C.
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My Dad got married yesterday and turned 80 today!
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Fucking Marines man.
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Romney said to a reporter, “We need a voice against racism, we need many voices against racism and against brutality. And we need to stand up and say black lives matter.”
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Good that this is happening. Bad that it had to happen during a fucking pandemic.
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Fun fact: cars stuck the middle of the protest got home more quickly than if they had used the 101.
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Open Letter to Steve Huffman and the Board of Directors of Reddit, Inc– If you believe in standing up to hate and supporting black lives, you need to act
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https://imgur.com/a/8Xa9iVm ` Edit: thank you so much for my first awards!`
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As a Black woman, I'm really disappointed to see the lack of history, studies and references in your AMA responses. I spend a lot of time educating myself and my family on Black history in the U.S. and Black history globally. I read international news and stay a part of wide reaching travel groups to see what life is like outside of America. I travel outside of the country any chance I get and this AMA has really colored me to BLM as not having themselves together with hard and fast facts. `You need strong answers. Defund the police? Ok, how? Replace it with what? You cannot remove a system without replacing it.` This is the biggest call for Black Americans (I cannot speak on other Blacks or Africans). We need an AGENDA with strong backing. Or the call for resources to STUDY items that would support the necessary agenda to improve the lives of Black Americans. `I'm done reading this AMA because it's not. It's a lot of reposting and saying going to BLM website.` But I do have one question, what will you do with this information that you've received on Reddit? Will you actually give Black Americans the agenda they need to be able to focus on positive reform in their own communities?
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I just looked it up in the WIPO database. The Department of the Air Force is pursuing classifications 6, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20, 21, 24, 26, 28, 34, 35, 41. Netflix Studios 16, 25, 28, and 41. `So it looks like they will conflict over 16, 28, and 41:` * Class 16: Paper and cardboard; printed matter; bookbinding material; photographs; stationery and office requisites, except furniture; adhesives for stationery or household purposes; drawing materials and materials for artists; paintbrushes; instructional and teaching materials; plastic sheets, films and bags for wrapping and packaging; printers' type, printing blocks. * Class 28: Games, toys and playthings; video game apparatus; gymnastic and sporting articles; decorations for Christmas trees. * Class 41: Education; providing of training; entertainment; sporting and cultural activities. `This means they're basically going to clash over naming rights in merchandising, and they'll probably have to carve out Class 41 at a finer-grained subclass level.` In Japan they're both screwed, as a company there has 14, 16, 18, 21, 24, and 25 locked down since 2003.
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Very few people will support those who have consistently been advocating against them, even when those who traditionally opposed them are suddenly aligned with them. `Putting aside decades of animosity to stand together is the right thing to do, and also incredibly difficult, which was pretty much the point of stirring that animosity for decades. ` It doesn’t matter which side you are on, the dynamic is the same. The BLM crowd thinks the 2A crowd is all racists and the 2A crowd thinks the BLM crowd is all looters. Both are obviously false, and yet our distrust of “the other” keeps the obvious truth from being recognized. Again, almost as if that was the entire point of creating false divisions. `It isn’t black vs white, it isn’t right vs left, it’s the people vs the state. We the people share a common enemy, but we ignore that truth to hold on to the lie. ` Break the paradigm.
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2020.06.04 17:08 ChildfreeFamily Help fact-checking a list of well known Childfree people

I'm compiling a list of childfree people for a blog. I have found a few lists online (which have been helpful). But in some cases they were not up-to-date. A person may have had children since being added to their list (example: I had to remove George Clooney who appeared on a number of lists). Or there might be some people missing who should be on the list.
If you have a moment to scan the list and let me know of any other errors or omissions it would be appreciated.
It has been fun working on this list. A few people on it surprised me. Thanks again for any help.
\Edit for clarification: the term "childfree", in the sense of this list, will be in regards to people who never had a child from a live birth, fostered a child, adopted a child, or was a step-parent.*

Herbert Samuel Adams – Sculptor
Charles Addams – Cartoonist (The New Yorker)
Jane Addams - Social Worker, Political Activist, Co-Founder of the ACLU, & Nobel Peace Prize Winner
Nancy Addison – Actress
Louisa May Alcott – Author
Cynthia May Westover Alden – Author, Philanthropist
Grover Cleveland Alexander – Baseball Player
Suzy Allegra – Author
Marty Allen – Comedian
John Murray Anderson – Musical Theatre Producer
Laurie Anderson – Performance Artist
Marian Anderson – Concert Singer
Louis Andriessen – Composer
Jennifer Aniston – Actress
Susan B. Anthony – Womans’ Suffragist
Samuel Appleton – Politician, Philanthropist
Geoffrey Arend - Actor
Louis Armstrong – Musician (Contested: The Louis Armstrong Museum states he had no children, but in 2012 Sharon Preston-Folta has claimed to be his daughter from Lucille “Sweets” Preston, a dancer at the New York Cotton Club)
Boris Artzybasheff – Artist
Dorothy Arzner – Film Director
Dr. Robert C. Atkins – Diet Doctor, Author, Creator of the Atkins Diet
V.C. Andrews – Author
Jane Austen – Author
Max Baer Jr. – Actor
Francis Bacon – Politician, Philosopher, Scientist
Florence Bailey – Author, Naturalist, Ornithologist
Tallulah Bankhead – Actress
Abdullah al-Baradouni – Yemeni Poet
Bob Barker – Game Show Host
Joe Barr – Canadian Politician
Lynda Barry – Cartoonist
Clara Barton - Nurse, Humanitarian, Founder and First President of the American Red Cross
Kathy Bates – Actress
Jaya Battacharya – Actress
King Baudouin – King of Belgium
Samuel Beckett – Author, Playwright, Poet
Ludwig Van Beethoven – Composer
Joe Besser – Actor
Isabella Bird – Author
Jacqueline Bisset – Actress
Lewis Black – Comedian
Eubie Blake – Musician, Composer
William Blake – Artist
Brenda Blethyn – Actress
Marc Blitzstein – Composer, Dramatist
Baroness Karen Blixen – Author
Rosa Bonheur – French Painter and Sculptor
Pierre Bonnard – Artist
William Edgar Borah – Politician
Lara Flynn Boyle – Actress
Georges Brassens – Singer
Alison Brie – Actress
Joe Bob Briggs aka John Bloom – Author, Movie Critic
Raymond Briggs – Children’s Book Author
Poppy Z. Brite – Author
Anne Bronte – Author
Louise Brooks – Actress
Helen Gurley Brown – Feminist, Editor
Reno Browne – Actress, Equestrian
Delta Burke – Actress
Kathy Burke - Actress, Comedian
James Buchanan – 15th U.S. President
Pat Buchanan – Politician, Presidential Candidate
James Burke – Creator of the PBS Series “Connections”, Scientific American columnist
Raymond Burr – Actor
Caryl Lee Burroughs – Hollywood Animal Trainer
Leo Buscaglia – Author
Brett Butler – Actress, Comedian
Julia Cameron – Director
Phyllis Carlyle – Film Producer
Dora Carrington – Bloomsbury Artist
Laura Carroll – Author
Mary Casatt – Artist
Roger Casement – Irish Patriot
Nina Cassian – Poet
Barbara Castle – British Politician
Kim Cattrall – Actress
Mary Chapin Carpenter – Singer, Songwriter
Rosamond Halsey Carr – Founder of Rwanda’s Imbabazi Orphanage, Author, Fashion Designer
Richard Chamberlain – Actor
Coco Chanel – Fashion Designer (Contested: Following her elder sister’s suicide, she looked after her son)
Stockard Channing – Actress
RuPaul Andre Charles - Drag Performer, TV Personality
Judy Chicago – Artist
Margaret Cho – Comedian
Julia Child – Professional Chef, Cookbook Author
Helen Clark – New Zealand Prime Minister
Patricia Clarkson – Actress
Dorothy Clewes – Children’s Book Author
Imogene Coca – Actress
Claudette Colbert – Actress
Billy Collins – U.S. Poet Laureate
C. Collodi – Author
William Conrad – Actor
Frances Conroy – Actress
Storm Constantine – Fantasy Writer
Jill Ker Conway – Author, first woman President of Smith College
Anne Cool – Canadian Senator
Pat Coombs – Actress
Copernicus – Scientist
John Corbett – Actor
Joseph Cornell – Artist and Creator of the Cornell Box
Ann Coulter – Political Commentator
Alec Sadler Craig – Australian Politician, Philanthropist
Quentin Crisp – Author, Actor
Tim Curry – Actor
Charlotte Curtis – First woman on the masthead of The New York Times
Patrika Darbo – Actress
Simone de Beauvoir – Author
Mahmoud Darwish – Palestinian Poet
Leonardo Da Vinci – Artist
Gray Davis – Governor of California
Ellen Degeneres – Comedian
Jeffery Deaver – Author
Eugene Victor Debs – Activist
Bessie and Sadie Delaney – Authors
Dana Delany – Actress
Don DeLillo – Author
Del Rubio Triplets – Musical Group
Bo Derek – Actress
Rene Descartes – Philosopher
Portia De Rossi – Actress
Emily Dickinson – Poet
Benjamin Disraeli – Politician, Author
Steve Ditko – Cartoonist, co-creator of the Spider-Man Comics
Dorothea Dix – Educator, writer, philanthropist
Hannah Dobryn – Author
Tamara Dobson – Actress
Richard Donner – Film Director
Lauren Shuler Donner – Film Producer
Lizzie Douglas aka Memphis Minnie- Singer, Guitarist, Songwriter
Marjory Stoneman Douglas – Environmentalist, Founder of Friends of the Everglades
Maureen Dowd – Columnist, Pulitzer Prize winner
Sir George Downing – Founder of Downing College, Cambridge, England
Gabriel Dumont – Native American Tribal Leader
Lena Dunham - Actress, Director, Producer
Francis Drake – Explorer
Fran Drescher – Actress
Esther Dyson – Author, Internet Expert
Amelia Earhart – Aviator
Deborah Eisenberg – Author
Liubov Egorova – Dancer
Anita Ekberg – Actress
T.S. Eliot – Poet
Havelock Ellis – Psychologist, Author
Tracee Ellis Ross – Actress
Harlan Ellison – Author
Elizabeth I – Queen of England
Joan Elm – Canadian Politician, Community Activist
Bonnie Erbé – PBS Commentator and Columnist
Dame Edith Evans – British Film and Stage Actress
Linda Evans – Actress
Rupert Everett – Actor
Anne Ewers – CEO of the Utah Symphony & Opera
Jane Fallon – Author
Chow Yun-Fat – Actor
Barbara Feldon – Actress
Pamelyn Ferdin – Actress
Ralph Fiennes – Actor
Lynn Fontanne – Actress
Margot Fonteyn – British Ballerina
Juliana Rieser Force – Whitney Museum Director
Richard Ford – Author, Editor of Granta
Margaretta Forten – Abolitionist
Dian Fossey – Anthropologist
Janet Frame – Poet
Felix Frankfurter – Supreme Court Justice
Tanya Franks – Actress
William Frawley – Actor
Frank Frazetta – Artist
Alice Freeman – First woman to be President of a liberal arts college, (Wellesley), helped establish the University of Chicago.
Elsie Freund – Artist, Jewelry Designer
Louis Freund – Artist
Robert Fripp – Composer, Musician
Stephen Fry - Actor, Comedian
Eva Gabor – Actress
Magda Gabor – Actress
Maxwell Gage – Noted New Zealand Geologist
Diamanda Galas – Singer
Tess Gallagher – Author
Paul William Gallico – Author
Janeane Garofalo – Actress, Comedian
Greta Garbo – Actress
Ava Gardner – Actress
Henry Garfiled aka Henry Rollins - Musician (Black Flag, Rollins Band)
Greer Garson – Actress
Gloria Gaynor – Singer
Anthony Geary – Soap Opera Actor
Ricky Gervais – Comedian
William Schwenck Gilbert – Composer for Gilbert & Sullivan
Althea Gibson – Athlete
Dorothy Gish – Actress
Lillian Gish – Actress
Katharine Bruce Glasier – Author
Susan Glaspell – Playwright
Sharon Gless – Actress
Crispin Glover – Actor
Christoph Willibald Gluck – Composer
Paulette Goddard – Actress
Robert Hutchings Goddard – Physicist
Kurt Godel – Author
Alexander Godunov – Actor, Dancer
Stephen Goldin – Author
Emma Goldman – Activist, Feminist
Valeria Golino – Actress
Jan Goodwin – Author, Travel Writer
Edward Gorey – Artist
Lotte Goslar – Dancer
Lauren Graham - Actress (Contested - Her long-term partner has a child.)
Martha Graham – Choreographer
Cecil Green – Former CEO of Texas Instruments, Philanthropist
Johnny Green – Musician
Gael Greene – Food Critic, Author
Baroness Susan Greenfield – Director of the Royal Institution, Professor of Synaptic Pharmacology at Oxford University, Neurologist
John Robert Gregg – Inventor of the Gregg Shorthand Method, Publisher
Joyce Grenfell – British Actress
Nanci Griffith – Singer, Songwriter
Martha Griffiths – First Female Michigan Lieutenant Governor
Terry Gross – NPR Host
James Grout – Actor
Mabel Dole Haden – Former President of NABWA
Catherine Hakim – British Sociologist
Daryl Hall – Singer, Musician (Hall & Oates)
Jon Hamm - Actor
Celia Hammond – Former Model and Animal Activist
Lionel Hampton – Musician
Georg Friedrich Handel – Composer
Chelsea Handler - Comedian
Howard Harold Hanson – Pulitzer-Prize Winning Composer
Setsuko Hara – Japanese Actress
Warren Gamaliel Harding – 29th U.S. President
E Chambré Hardman – Photographer
Jean Harlow - Actress
Debbie Harry – Singer (Blondie)
Alex Heard – Author
Sir Edward Heath - Politician, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
Susan Helms – Astronaut
Christina Hendricks - Actress, Model
Adrian Henri – Poet, Painter
Marguerite Henry – Children’s Book Author
Katherine Hepburn – Actress
Milton S. Hershey – Founder of the Hershey Chocolate Company
Lorena Hickok – AP Political Reporter
Taiko Hirabayashi – Author
Nicole Hollander – Cartoonist
Thelma Holt – Actress, Theatre Producer
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. – Associate Justice of the Supreme Court (USA)
Grace Murray Hopper – Computer Scientist
Rima Horton - Politician
Soad Hosni – Egyptian Actress
Lila Kedrova Howard – Actress
Mick Hucknall – Singer
Howard Hughes - American Business Magnate, Investor, Pilot, Engineer, Film Director, Philanthropist
Bonnie Hunt – Actress
Kristin Hunter – Children’s Book Author
Lauren Hutton – Actress, Model
Patricia Ireland – President of the National Organization for Women, NOW
George J. Irbe – Creator of the Great Lakes water temperature climatology
John A. “Jack” Jackson – Philanthropist, Oilman
Tove Jansson – Children’s Book Author
Randall Jarrell – Poet
Anna Jarvis – the “Founder of Mother’s Day”
Joan of Arc – Christian Saint
Jack Johnson – First African-American to win the heavyweight boxing championship of the world.
Margaret Johnston – Actress
Martin and Osa Johnson – Authors, Photographers, explorers, and naturalists.
Richard Mentor Johnson – U.S. Vice-President
Samuel Johnson – Author, Editor
William Hugh Johnston – Labor Leader
Carolyn Jones – Actress
Renee Jones – Actress
Spike Jonze – Film Director
Ashley Judd – Actress, Activist
Madeline Kahn – Actress
Immanuel Kant – Philosopher
Julie Kavner – Actress
Nikos Kazantzakis – Author
Odette Keene – Musician
Helen Keller – Author
Joyce Kennard – Judge
Joe Kernan – Politician
Maynard Keynes – Economist, Founder of the Vic-Wells Ballet, Financed the Arts Theatre in Cambridge, England
King Louis XVI – King of France
William Lyon MacKenzie King – Former Canadian Prime Minister
William Rufus King – U.S. Vice-President
Robert Kiyosaki – Author
Caroline Knapp – Author
Aleksandra Kollontai – Author
Dean Koontz – Author
Tadeusz Kościuszko – Polish Patriot
Jerzy Kosinski – Author
Jonathan Kozol – Author, Activist
Lee Krasner – Artist
Albert Kroc – Co-Developer of McDonald’s Fast Food Chain
Henry Richardson Labouisse – Diplomat, Former Head of UNICEF
Karl Lagerfeld - Fashion Designer
Princess Lakshmi – Indian Princess
Elsa Lanchester – Actress
Philip Larkin – Author, Poet
Charles Laughton – Actor, Director
Dan Lauria – Actor
Frank John Lausche – Politician
Tom Lehrer – Singer, Musician
Jay Leno – TV Host
Richard Lewis – Comedian
Lyn Lifshin – Poet
Queen Liliuokalani – Queen of Hawaii
Siân Lloyd – Weather Broadcaster
Carole Lombard – Actress
Jack Lord – Actor
Pauline Lord – Actress
Patty Loveless – Singer
Alfred Lunt – Actor
John Lyon – Philanthropist, Regarded as the Founder of The Great Public School Of Harrow
Rose McClendon – Actress
Robert McCormick – Former Owner of the Chicago Tribune
Mary Jackson McCrorey – Politician, Activist
Hattie McDaniel – Actress
Roddy McDowall – Actor, Photographer
Odd McIntyre – Newspaper Columnist
Ian McKellen – Actor
Kristy McNichol – Actress
Janet McTeer – Actress
Christine McVie – Singer, Songwriter (Fleetwood Mac)
Dora Maar – Photographer
René Magritte – Artist
Bill Maher – TV Personality
Katherine Mansfield – Author
Shirley Manson – Singer
Vito Anthony Marcantonio – Politician
Francesca Marciano – Actress
Miriam Margoyles – Actress
Mary Ellen Mark – Award-Winning Photographer
William III & Mary II of England – King & Queen of England, Ireland, and Scotland
Bobbie Ann Mason – Children’s Book Author
Mari Matsunaga – Creator of i-mode, Named One of the Top 25 Tech Women of the Web
Theresa May - Politician, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
Giuseppe Mazzini – Italian Patriot
Fradique de Menezes – President of Sao Tome and Principe
Melina Mercouri – Greek Actress
Freddie Mercury – Musician
Angela Merkel – German Chancellor
George Michael – Musician
Oscar Micheaux – Film Director, Producer, Author
Edna St. Vincent Millay – Poet
Alley Mills – Actress
Brenda Milner – Renowned Professor of Neuro-Psychology: Mcgill’s Faculty Of Medicine And At The Montreal Neurological Institute
Kylie Minogue - Singer
Helen Mirren – Actress
Margaret Mitchell – Author
Eugenio Montale – Nobel Prize Winner, Poet, Author, Editor, Translator
Vicki Moore – Spanish Animal Rights Philanthropist
John Morgan – Founder of the University of Pennsylvania Medical School, and Medical Director of the Continental Army
Lady Morgan (Sydney Owenson) – Author
Morrissey – Musician
Rob Morse – Columnist (San Francisco Chronicle)
Marjorie “Mo” Mowlam – Britain’s Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
John Mulaney – Comedian
Annamarie Tendler Mulaney – Artist
Diana Muldaur – Actress
Megan Mullally - Actress
Ona Munson – Actress
Haruki Murakami – Author
Iris Murdoch – Author
Mikayil Mushfig – Poet
Modest Mussorgsky – Composer
Kanagarajah Muthiah – Tamil Activist
Ralph Nader – Activist
Taslima Nasrin – Author
Alla Nazimova – Actress
Noel Neill – Actress
Bebe Neuwirth – Actress
Sir Isaac Newton – Scientist
Stevie Nicks – Singer (Fleetwood Mac)
Friedrich Nietzsche – Philosopher
Florence Nightingale – Nurse
Ursula Nordstrom – Children’s Book Editor
Jessye Norman – Opera Singer
Kim Novak – Actress
Rudolph Nureyev – Dancer
Anita O’Day – Jazz Singer
Georgia O’Keeffe – Artist
Frederick D. O’Neal – Actor, Playwright
Joyce Carol Oates – Author
Nick Offerman - Actor
Sandra Oh - Actress
Claire Parker – Director, Animator
Dorothy Parker – Author
Suzanne-Lori Parks – Playwright
Rosa Parks – Activist
Dolly Parton – Singer, Actress
Julia Pascal – Playwright
Ann Patchett – Author
Alicia Patterson – Editor
Wolfgang Pauli – Physicist
Linus Pauling – Winner of Nobel Prizes in Chemistry and Peace
Sarah Paulson – Actress
Michelle Paver – Author
Anna Pavlova – Dancer
Molly Peacock – Poet, President Emerita of the Poetry Society of America
Minnie Pearl – Singer
Samuel Pepys – Author
Matthew Perry - Actor
Bernadette Peters – Actress
Jean Peters - Actress
Arthur Phillip – First British Administrator Sent to Australia
Wendell Phillips – Orator and Reformer
William Phillips – Co-founder and Editor of Partisan Review , Writer, Critic
Marge Piercy – Author, Poet
Plato – Philosopher
Martha Plimpton - Actress
Edgar Allan Poe – Author
Jackson Pollock – Artist
Katherine Ann Porter – Author
Parker Posey – Actress
Beatrix Potter – Children’s Book Author
Charles Edward Potter – Politician, Philanthropist, Administrator of the Cheboygan County Bureau of Social Aid
Joyce Purnick – Former New York Times Metro Editor, Journalist
Edna Purviance – Silent Movie Actress
Colin Quinn – Comedian
Robin Quivers – Radio Host
Raffi – Children’s Musician
Bonnie Raitt – Singer, Songwriter
Joey Ramone – Musician
Ayn Rand – Writer, Philosopher, Author
A. Philip Randolph – Politician
Jeanette Rankin – 1st Female US Representative
Man Ray – Artist
Rachel Ray – Celebrity Chef
Lou Reed – Singer, Musician
George Reeves – Actor
Frances Reid – Actress
Leni Riefenstahl – Filmmaker
Janet Reno – Former U.S. Attorney-General
Judith Resnick – Astronaut
Jennifer Rhodes – Actress
Condoleezza Rice – National Security Advisor
Cliff Richards – Musician
Miranda Richardson – Actress
Alan Rickman – Actor, Director
Elizabeth Riddell – Journalist
Sally Ride – First American Female Astronaut
Bridget Riley – Artist
John Ringling – Founder of Ringling Brothers Circus
Mary Roach - Author
Morgan Andrew Robertson – Author
Debbie Rochon – Actress
Norman Perceval Rockwell – Illustrator
Eric Rohmann – Author, Winner of the 2003 Caldecott Medal for Best Illustrated Children’s Book
Ginger Rogers – Actress
Richard Roeper – Film Reviewer, Chicago Sun-Times
Wilhelm Rontgen – Awarded the first Nobel Prize for Physics in 1901, discoverer of X-Rays
William Bruce Rose Jr. aka Axl Rose - Musician (Guns N' Roses)
Mickey Rourke – Actor, Boxer
Patricia Routledge – Actress
Joan Ruddock – Activist
John Ruskin – Author
Winona Ryder – Actress
Yves Saint-Laurent - Fashion Designer
Dr. Lee Salk – Child Psychologist
Renu Saluja – Indian Film Editor
Diana Sands – Actress
Aligi Sassu – Artist
John Sayles – Director
Jean-Paul Sartre – Existential Philosopher
Diane Sawyer – TV News Anchor
Rosika Schwimmer – Author, Activist
Ed and Thelma Schoenberger – Co-founders of the Indiana Flower & Patio Show
Ellen Browning Scripps – Newspaper Columnist, Philanthropist
Joel Schumacher – Film Director
Maurice Sendak – Children’s Book Author
George Bernard Shaw – Playwright
Lionel Shriver – Author
Sarah Silverman – Comedian, Actress
Michael Sinelnikoff – Actor
Siouxsie – Singer, Musician (Siouxsie and the Banshees)
Robert Smith – Singer, Musician (The Cure)
David Shogren – Bassist (Doobie Brothers)
Betty Smith – Author
Dodie Smith – Playwright, Author of The Hundred and One Dalmatians
Gladys Louise Smith aka Mary Pickford - Actress, Producer, Screenwriter, Businesswoman
Howard Worth Smith – Politician
Kate Smith – Singer
Lemony Snicket (Real Name: Daniel Handler) – Children’s Book Author
David Souter – Supreme Court Justice
Jill St. John – Actress
Mabel Stark – Female Tiger Trainer
Gertrude Stein – Author, Patron of the Arts
Victor Strauss – WWII Journalist
Gloria Steinem – Activist, Writer
Maria W. Stewart – Author, Activist
Lily Strickland – Composer, Writer, Artist
Patrick Swayze – Actor
Loretta Swit – Actress
Henrietta Szold – Holocaust Heroine
Wislawa Szymborska – Nobel Prize Winning Poet
Amy Tan - Writer, Author
Sara Teasdale – Poet
Toni Tennille – Singer (Captain and Tennille)
Princess María Teresa of Bourbon-Parma – French-Spanish Political Activist and Academic
Nikola Tesla – Scientist, Inventor
Theodora – Empress and wife of Justinian I
Susanna Thompson – Actress
Georgianne Thon – Actress
M. Carey Thomas – President of Bryn Mawr College
Willie Mae Thornton – Singer, Songwriter
Jennifer Tilly – Actress
Wendy Tokunaga – Author
Lily Tomlin – Actress, Playwright
Ann Turkel – Model
Randy Travis – Singer
Edward Tylor – Anthropologist
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Names "U - Z" will be in a comment below (the new additions put the list over the character limit).
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2020.04.29 03:16 BadBrohmance The College Football Birthday Ranking

The offseason means meaningless rankings, from Way-Too-Early Top 25s to ranking conferences as ska songs. It’s inevitable. So I thought I would offer my own made-up ranking, by trying to figure out which day on the calendar has given us the greatest amount of great players.
At first, I was just curious about Heisman winners and which day of the year had the most Heismans. What I ended up with was 8 days tied with 2 Heismans each (including both of Archie Griffin’s for August 21st). After that unsatisfying conclusion, I decided to expand my list to include all of the winners of the Bednarik, Biletnikoff, Bronko Nagurski, Burlsworth, Butkus, Davey O’Brien, Doak Walker, John Mackey, Lou Groza, Maxwell, Outland, Paul Hornung, Jim Thorpe, Ray Guy, Rimington, Walter Camp, and William V. Campbell awards. This gave me 449 players that won 640 awards. While this did give me a winner with 6 players born on July 31st who combined for 8 awards, could I really call it the greatest birthday in college football history when only 5 of the 18 awards had been given out before 1990? No, I could not. In order to represent all 150 years of college football, I decided to include all of the players in the College Football Hall of Fame whose birthday I could find as well. In the end, I had 1314 players that were either in the Hall of Fame or had won a major award born over 358 days to help me rank the greatest college football birthday in history.
With over 1300 players listed, you would think that one date would stand out above the rest. You would be mistaken. After days of sorting 1314 players by their date of birth, 3 days were tied with 10 players that had won an award or been inducted in the Hall of Fame. In the end, I decided to rank the birthdays using the following criteria: first by the number of combined Hall of Famers and Award Winners, then by the number of Award winners, and finally by the number of awards won.
Before getting to the top birthdays in college football history, I want to give recognition to the 8 days had no players inducted into the hall of fame or winning an award. Those dates are: March 25th, April 28th, June 16th, June 30th, July 19th, October 21st, October 28th, and November 14th. Congratulations to everyone born on those days that were not worthy of the Hall of Fame or a college football award, no one else was worthy, either. With that out of the way, let’s get into the Top 10:
September 15th
Player School HOF Induction Awards
Reds Bagnell Penn 1977 1950 Maxwell
John Green Army 1989 N/A
Chic Harley Ohio State 1951 N/A
Dan Marino Pitt 2002 N/A
Gene McEver Tennessee 1954 N/A
John McGovern Minnesota 1966 N/A
Dan Mozes West Virginia N/A 2006 Rimington
Merlin Olsen Utah State 1980 1961 Outland
Aaron Ross Texas N/A 2006 Jim Thorpe
Will Shields Nebraska 2011 1992 Outland
By having 5 award winners, the three-way tie for first is won by September 15th, even though it had the fewest number of Hall of Famers in the top three with 8 instead of 10. Reds Bagnell finished just shy of adding another award, finishing 3rd in the Heisman voting in 1950. Sports Illustrated also thought Chic Harley and Gene McEver would have won the Heisman in 1916 and 1929, respectively, had the award been given out those years.
January 5th
Player School HOF Induction Awards
John Beckett Oregon 1972 N/A
Al Blozis Georgetown 1986 N/A
Paul Governali Columbia 1986 1942 Maxwell
Tracy Ham Georgia Southern 2007 N/A
E.J. Holub Texas Tech 1986 N/A
Frank Sundstrom Cornell 1978 N/A
Arnold Tucker Army 2008 N/A
Hube Wagner Pitt 1973 N/A
Ed Widseth Minnesota 1954 N/A
Buddy Young Illinois 1968 N/A
On the strength of Paul Governali’s Maxwell award, January 5th takes the second spot.. Paul was also the first runner-up for the Heisman in 1942, after throwing for 1,442 yards and 19 touchdowns in 9 games that season.
March 17th
Player School HOF Induction Awards
Johnny Bailey Texas A&M-Kingsville 2000 N/A
Sammy Baugh TCU 1951 N/A
Ray Beck Georgia Tech 1997 N/A
Joe Donchess Pitt 1979 N/A
Bill Hartman Georgia 1984 N/A
Bill Morley Columbia 1971 N/A
Pat O’Dea Wisconsin 1962 N/A
John Outland Penn 2001 N/A
Joe Stydahar West Virginia 1972 N/A
Bob Suffridge Tennessee 1961 N/A
In third place is March 17th, with no major Division I award winners, with Sammy Baugh coming in 4th in the Heisman Trophy voting in 1936. Johnny Bailey is the only three-time winner of the Harlon Hill Trophy, winning it from 1987-1989. John Outland is the namesake of the Outland Trophy, which is given to the best interior lineman in college football, and he was voted the “Most Popular Man” at the University of Pennsylvania in 1898.
March 26th
Player School HOF Induction Awards
Marcus Allen USC 2000 1981 Heisman, Maxwell, Walter Camp
Kris Farris UCLA N/A 1998 Outland
Buck Flowers Georgia Tech 1955 N/A
Nate Kaeding Iowa N/A 2002 Lou Groza
Harry Kipke Michigan 1958 N/A
Lee “Bum” McClung Yale 1963 N/A
Von Miller Texas A&M N/A 2010 Butkus
Jonathan Nichols Ole Miss N/A 2003 Lou Groza
Wesley Walls Ole Miss 2014 N/A
Leading March 26th into 4th place was Marcus Allen, who rushed for 2,342 yards and 22 touchdowns during the 1981 season, on his way to winning the Heisman, Maxwell, and Walter Camp Awards. Joining Marcus as award winners are Kris Farris and Von Miller, along with Nate Kaeding and Jonathan Nichols, because kickers are people, too.
May 1st
Player School HOF Induction Awards
Stan Barnes California 1954 N/A
Cliff Battles West Virginia Wesleyan 1955 N/A
Chuck Bednarik Penn 1969 1948 Maxwell
Roger Brown Maryland Eastern Shore 2009 N/A
Chris “Red” Cagle Army 1954 N/A
Ollie Matson San Francisco 1976 N/A
Erny Pinckert USC 1957 N/A
Josh Reed LSU N/A 2001 Biletnikoff
Zach Terrell Western Michigan N/A 2016 William V. Campbell
Earning the 5 spot is May 1st, with “Concrete Charlie” Chuck Bednarik leading the way, winning the 1948 Maxwell and finishing third in the Heisman Trophy race that year as well. Adding to the hardware for May 1st is Josh Reed and his Biletnikoff, and Zach Terrell with his William V. Campbell, which is also known as the “Academic Heisman”
July 31st
Player School HOF Induction Awards
Forrest Behm Nebraska 1988 N/A
Gene Goodreault Boston College 1982 N/A
Antonio Langham Alabama N/A 1993 Jim Thorpe
Michael Muñoz Tennessee N/A 2004 William V. Campbell
Jonathan Ogden UCLA 2012 1995 Outland
Brian Orakpo Texas N/A 2008 Bronko Nagurski
Andre Ware Houston 2004 1989 Heisman, Davey O’Brien
Chris Weinke Florida State N/A 2000 Heisman, Davey O’Brien
Riding the strength of its 6 major award winners, July 31st ends up in sixth place. Andre Ware and Chris Weinke lead the way, with both of them winning the Heisman and Davey O’Brien awards.
October 11th
Player School HOF Induction Awards
Bobby Anderson Colorado 2006 N/A
Earl “Dutch” Clark Colorado College 1951 N/A
Marcus Harris Wyoming N/A 1996 Biletnikoff
Joel Hunt Texas A&M 1967 N/A
Billy Price Ohio State N/A 2017 Rimington
Chris Spielman Ohio State 2009 N/A
Terrell Suggs Arizona State N/A 2002 Bronko Nagurski
Steve Young BYU 2001 1983 Dave O’Brien
Until I reached 7th place, I thought my ranking system was working. Then October 11th and June 24th decided to have 8 combined players between the award winners and Hall of Famers, with 4 players winning 4 awards each. This meant I had to find another difference between the two dates, and Steve Young provided the answer by being the fifth Hall of Famer to June 24th’s four. So October 11th gets 7th.
June 24th
Player School HOF Induction Awards
Bradley Chubb NC State N/A 2017 Bronko Nagurski
Brad Craddock Maryland N/A 2014 Lou Groza
Hollie Donan Princeton 1984 N/A
Bill Kelly Montana 1969 N/A
Ron Kramer Michigan 1978 N/A
Gaylord Stinchcomb Ohio State 1973 N/A
John Urschel Penn State N/A 2013 William V. Campbell
Antoine Winfield Ohio State N/A 1998 Jim Thorpe
Per the October 11th summary, June 24th loses out due to only having 4 Hall of Famers. Maybe a fifth will be added someday.
January 1st
Player School HOF Induction Awards
Jack Cloud William & Mary 1990 N/A
Pierce Holt Angelo State 1997 N/A
Mike McKeever USC 1987 N/A
Century Milstead Yale 1977 N/A
Jackie Parker Mississippi State 1976 N/A
Vince Pazzetti Lehigh 1961 N/A
Derrick Thomas Alabama 2014 1988 Butkus
Doak Walker SMU 1959 1947 Maxwell, 1948 Heisman
January 1st rounds out the dates with 8 award winners/Hall of Famers, due to only Derrick Thomas and Doak Walker winning awards.
March 2nd
Player School HOF Induction Awards
Reggie Bush USC N/A 2005 Heisman, Doak Walker, Walter Camp
Howard “Hopalong” Cassady Ohio State 1979 1955 Heisman, Maxwell
Sebastian Janikowski Florida State N/A 1998, 1999 Lou Groza
Wayne Meylan Nebraska 1991 N/A
Mike Nugent Ohio State N/A 2004 Lou Groza
John Sciarra UCLA 2014 N/A
Tua Tagovailoa Alabama N/A 2018 Maxwell, Walter Camp
There was a 15-place tie for 10th place with the dates all having 7 award winners/Hall of Famers. March 2nd takes the final spot in the Top 10 due to its 5 award winners. The 10 awards won by players born on March 2nd is the highest out of any day of the year.
There were 14 more dates tied with March 2nd with 7 combined hall of famers and award winners. They are, from 11th place to 24th, October 10th, September 6th, December 5th, a three-way tie for 14th between November 6th, December 16th, and December 21st, May 15th, April 2nd, November 24th, February 5th, a three-way tie for 21st between April 4th, August 16th, and December 12th, and finally, February 15th to round out the Top 24.
27 dates had 6 winners/hall of famers, with March 22nd and December 26th tying for 25th place. 50 finished with 5 players on the list, 82 with 4, 78 had 3, 58 with 2, 39 had only 1 player make my list.
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2020.04.02 15:57 altself_perrikin Part 3 of 3 Survey Results: "Fifty shades of Hate--survey on characters you detest the most on Choices"

News to announce:
Thanks to your support, my positivity spin-off based on this “hate” survey is still running and I’ve received enough responses for a results post later :) Want a chance to show your appreciation and support for characters considered generally disliked in this survey? Ever considered voting for your favourite MCs? Feel free to check my positivity spin-off post if you haven’t and here’s the direct link to the spin-off survey: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf2qcgNyrTYS4kZafoSw9lfhDlnR0tCugR-12US4eMY8_rPfA/viewform?usp=sf_link
I’d highly appreciate your input!
That said, thank you so much for your participation and sharing in this "Fifty shades of Hate" Choices survey, and special thanks to those who elaborated on your character mentions and shared your thoughts on the topic!
There are a total of 176 responses. Part 1 has covered top character mentions for each category; Part 2, general opinions of Choices characters that are disliked / despised, and this part is on opinions of specific characters selected from individual responses.
**There is a spectrum of phrasing used in the following responses. Some have strong words and emotional language, so feel free to skip whatever you don’t feel comfortable with and please read the synonyms of “hate" according to your own preference. I truly hope you could understand that I have tried my best to balance it out, omitting strongly negative ones that convey similar ideas, and for fairness, elaborations on all characters available from the responses are included.
Note: there are minor edits but answers have NOT been edited for spoilers. Please proceed at your own risk.
The survey was conducted in mid to late February 2020 so further character developments in books like Baby Bump, Open Heart 2, Bloodbound and Blades of Light and Shadow are not taken into account.

Thoughts on characters by category

1) Characters who immediately spring to mind when you read the phrase “characters you hate the most”
2) Disreputable characters whom you “detest” but at the same time appreciate their villainy

3) Characters whom the MC is supposed to like but you definitely do not
Unpopular opinion but Damien from PM, he was supposed to be this tough detective but instead of it we get constantly whining weakling without self-esteem and confidence. Hated it when MC suggested open relationships and it was so obvious that he hates the idea but agrees to it just to please her and be with her. Man, don't you have pride at all? Urgh, hate those types of men!
Also Leo from ROE, the same whining coward!!! Man, you're crowned prince, you have responsibilities to your country and people, own them! Instead of it he's just running away all the time and enjoys his life, making his brother to take care of everything. Hate Leo's personality so much!
And also Audrey from ROE, she's selfish and clingy.


4) Characters whom you could never visualize yourself becoming like in real life

5) Characters you “despise” for being the most poorly designed on Choices
[a break for readers]

Additional opinions of characters

--Longer responses have quote blocks applied while inserting line breaks for easier reading--
I do not hate anyone, because hate can destroy you.
Dowager Countess Dominique engaged me to an implied rapist whom I made it clear I hated.
Liam is the most forced LI in the history of Choices, and he put my daughter in danger.
Becca is horribly mean and insecure, but she is indeed hurt. I still would never have a friendship nor relationship with her, but I feel kinda bad for her.
Kamilah is forced and I really don't trust her in any way. Also she has had more partners than I can find comfortable.
William is so forced and completely ignores everything my MC complains about. He is so ignorant and yet we're supposed to like him?!
Clint had a one night stand after just meeting MC. Period.
TFS MC doesn't really have much choices at all; RoE MC has to "date" three guys at once.


PTR and LH MCs: so immature, inconsiderate and came with a colander, instead of a bucket, when intelligence was being distributed. I was ashamed having to play as them. Worst MCs ever so far.
Luther: I understand his motives but I condemn his actions. Slaying people for the sake of making one kingdom - when rallying them like Kenna does is easier - I just can't support that.I had to name 3 characters I hate the most because they are just plainly despicable. They treat women like objects, like entertainment and like they own them. They are conceited, entitled and narcissists. And the two first have no problem with the idea of raping women. They are sickening.
Beckett: To me, he's an insecure know-it-all who occasionally looks down on MC, accusing them of not opening enough books. Deep down, I feel he's jealous of not being as powerful as them.
Nate: A triggering creep. Somebody behaved like him toward me. I got scarred for life. And I hate that he keeps calling MC by her last name just to try being cool.
Save the date MC: Not a bad person per se but we are polar opposites. She hotheaded, very impulsive and really doesn't anticipate that much. It was a bit challenging to play as her but she's not the worst MC either.


Autumn is a terribly selfish person. When Wes called her out on her sitting on her hands and not doing anything to help the school, she started spouting some bullshit that we all (especially the OG High School Story players) knew not to be true. And they break up. For whatever reason she decides to act as if she is the victim? Even though what Wes said about her was 100 percent true and her not wanting to risk her art school was putting everyone else in a bad spot. But somehow we are supposed to feel sorry for her. When she described her date with Julian at some point in a premium scene, that is when I truly started to hate her. The date didn't go well, Julian didn't speak much (which is probably due to being nervous or something). But instead of asking him what is going on... she just decides to just be like fuck it and not talk to him. And then she acted as if she was the victim in this situation... (Probably recalling the situation incorrectly, it now has been a year or so since I have played this book.) I sincerely wish I could have told her to shove it and not date anyone because she needs to learn to look at herself. I felt like both Wes and Julian were trying to shift and mold into a person she would like, while she didn't change at all and felt entitled to them being this way.She showed signs of this in the original HSS I guess, but didn't think it would become this bad.
Poppy Patel was just annoying. And her trying to make Dax jealous and then getting jealous when Dax was genuinely getting closer to someone else just made me hate her.


Jake - I know he is a fan favorite and "grumpy marshmallows" are a whole type the fandom loves. But I find him excruciating to interact with. His nicknames are infantilizing and dismissive, he's cocky, and his attitude would drag the group down IRL. I don't find it redeeming when characters are nice after they fall in love with MC and open up about their tough life, but continue to be rude to everyone else. I know people who have experienced the worst things and they are still caring, kind people (the Quinns of the world). I even understand people who put up walls and distance themselves from others, trying to project an intimidating vibe when they're actually hurting (the Estelas). But Jake is straight up casually rude and demeaning to everyone. I don't care how messed up your past is, it gives you no excuse to be cruel to others.


I don't like rude characters, I will never spend my time, efforts or diamonds to try to warm up to characters who start out with a huge chip on their shoulder. I wish the "jerks who are really a just marshmallow" type characters would choke on their angry, bitter and condescending attitudes. I also dislike how the jerky characters have mostly sad backstories, because this doesn't excuse their behavior. I wish PB would allow more chances to sass or even insult the jerky, sarcastic LIs.
The NB MC was a moron about all the important things. PB really did the audience a disservice in that story. Being chased by a bloodwraith for multiple chapters, and MC couldn't even take a hot second to connect the dots. "Who is the jealous boy" was just painful. Painful.
I think the ATV siblings were very poorly written. I'm hesitant to get too deep into this because it's hard to separate the character writing, slow plot and the rushed ending. I understand the MCs have to be a blank slate, to let players guide their decisions, but it just didn't work. There is a civil war going on but the MC has no opinion of either side so they are forced to ask Pax and Eos for their annoying opinions - terrible narrative choice. Pax and Eos were also so obnoxious that I hated them both and hated the sides that they supported.


I can't stand Beckett at all.
1st, being the supreme forced LI. To me he is the worst because the story doesn't require him to be forced on us (unlike Logan from ROD, Liam from TRR). Also, PB let us choose our preference at the beginning of Book 1. But what is the point of choosing only to romance female when Beckett has so many diamond scenes to the point of jeopardizing the screen time of other characters (LI or not)? Like many people have mentioned, he gets diamond scene when those scene would make much more sense with other characters.
2nd, he was actively disrupting our first lesson and we still have to believe that he is a good student who take his studies seriously? After we both got in trouble he acted all innocent. I don't know, that most definitely looks like a horrible student with attitude problem. I am speaking as a person who spends all of their academic career in the top class.
3rd, we have done nothing to earn his disdain to us. The first few scenes with him, he was rude and condescending. Just because he is extremely insecure about himself, doesn't mean he gets a free pass for treating others like crap.


Nadia Park is incredibly dramatic and overly emotional. I feel like she's an unintentional foil to the perfect match MC, in that while Kai can (optionally) take some time to adjust to the fact that he was dating an android, she gets over it quickly and nearly jeopardizes the group's safety twice when Eros is clearly baiting her with Steve. When in captivity in book 1, Kai is manipulated with Harley but is still set on saving the others while Nadia is catching marshmallows from Steve in her mouth. Other than that, she's just overly cheerful and annoying. In the truth or drink game she says that every relationship before Steve was awful, which hints that the reason she's so attached to him quickly is she doesn't know how to progress at a healthy pace in a relationship, which is a bad message for a couple that is supposed to be in an ideal relationship.
Pax is an irresponsible younger sister that lies to her older siblings and endangers her older sibling's job as a pilot by potentially sneaking a war refugee onto his ship or trying to assassinate someone with explosives. Her relationship with her siblings is unrealistic and she should never have been included from the story as she needlessly detracts from the MC's...plotline.


For Marc, I absolutely despised how abusive he was towards the MC. I always felt really uncomfortable when he was around.
For Renza, I think there’s no need to explain.
For Ajay, i never liked his arrogant comments, and didn’t understand why we are still friends with him after he treated us like shit over rumors.
For Noah, let’s leave the whole “my sister was murdered” aside please lol. I just always got “I’m a weirdo, nobody understands me” vibes from him.
For Clint, I think there’s no need to explain.

That's all for the results of "Fifty shades of Hate--survey on characters you detest the most on Choices" :)
I understand that this contains quite a lot of negativity but it would only be fair to keep the responses as original as possible. Discussions are more than welcome--just please help keep this a safe and friendly environment for discussions and respect different opinions from your fellow Choices players.
Thanks again for reading and participating!
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2020.03.05 17:46 see_mohn [OC] Joe Buck's World Series-ending calls from 2000-2019

Some background: In 1996, Joe Buck was named Fox’s lead play-by-play voice for baseball at age 27. Fox (Buck) and NBC (Bob Costas) alternated covering the World Series between 1995 and 1999; in 2000, Fox became the exclusive broadcaster for the World Series.
I don’t think it’s a controversial take nowadays to say that Joe Buck has become a pretty good broadcaster. It’s also not a controversial take to say that he used to be, shall we say, not very good. So let’s revisit the final plays of the World Series from 2000-2019, a nice round number of twenty, and see if we can pinpoint his best call, his worst call, and the moment when he graduated to legitimately good broadcaster.
Each call will include: a clip and transcript of the call, some notes, and a score from 1-10, because quantifying things is fun.
“But wait,” you ask, “why not include 1996 and 1998, which Buck also called?” Answer: Because 20 is a round number.
2000 World Series: Mike Piazza flies out to Bernie Williams, Yankees win
Transcript: “Piazza gets into one to center - back is Bernie Williams… a three-peat! The New York Yankees, for the third time in a row, fourth time in five years, and twenty-sixth time in franchise history, they’re the world champions.”
Notes: In my memory, Buck undersold the call on Piazza’s deep fly ball, but he actually nailed the split second of “did he just hit a home run” very well. Nothing really to argue with on this one, it’s a good call.
8/10
2001 World Series: Luis Gonzalez singles, Jay Bell scores, Diamondbacks win
Transcript: “Floater-- center field! The Diamondbacks… are world champions!”
Notes: One of the most dramatic endings in World Series history, Buck gives it a good call and then gets out of the way to let the scene on the field tell the story. It’s the Vin Scully rule - sometimes saying nothing is better.
9/10
2002 World Series: Kenny Lofton flies out to Darin Erstad, Angels win
Transcript: “Driven into right center field, Erstad says he has it. The Angels, world champions!”
Notes: This is nowhere near as good as it should be. I know Kenny Lofton isn’t a power hitter, I know it was never likely to be a home run, but this is a well-hit fly ball by the potential tying run in Game 7 of the World Series. The first half of this call has all the gravitas of a seventh-inning flyout in June.
4/10
2003: Jorge Posada grounds out to Josh Beckett, Marlins win
Transcript: “...trying to win it all again. Posada slow roller right side, Beckett picks it up, tags Posada, and the Florida Marlins are world champions! The Marlins have stunned the Yankees, shocked New York, and this improbable team, improbable ride they end up on top, winning in six games over the Yankees.”
Notes: Tim McCarver gets in an outstanding capper after Buck. “And all that’s left in this historic stadium is ghostly silence.” Buck’s call… less so. The play itself is an okay call, but he keeps talking for another few seconds and sucks all the energy out.
5/10
2004: Edgar Renteria grounds out to Keith Foulke, Red Sox win
Transcript: “*Back to Foulke! Red Sox fans have longed to hear it - the Boston Red Sox are world champions!”
Notes: This is outstanding. The call is great, in both words and volume, and then the booth is silent for a full 45 seconds to let the celebration take the spotlight.
10/10
2005: Orlando Palmeiro grounds out to Juan Uribe, White Sox win
Transcript: “Tying run at second, two out, Palmeiro - over the head of Jenks, Uribe charges-throws- OUT! And the White Sox have won the World Series! Juan Uribe with a play, charging it, throwing it, and the White Sox celebrate, their first title in eighty-eight years!”
Notes: I guess Buck’s pretty good at calling drought-breakers. Very good call for the World Series ESPN won’t acknowledge happened.
9/10
2006: Adam Wainwright strikes out Brandon Inge, Cardinals win
Transcript: “For the first time since 1982, St. Louis has a World Series winner.”
Notes: This call is unbelievably uninteresting and I’d like to know what happened between 2005 and 2006.
1/10
2007: Jonathan Papelbon strikes out Seth Smith, Red Sox win
Transcript: “Game over, series over, and the Red Sox are world champs again.”
Notes: I know this was the least competitive World Series ever, but come on. It gets one very small edge over 2006 for not needlessly adding in a “for the first time since” bit.
2/10
2008: Brad Lidge strikes out Eric Hinske, Phillies win
Transcript: “Phillies are world champions.”
Notes: what the hell is this
This is beyond unenthusiastic. I don't know what happened from 2006 to here, but it needs to never, ever happen again.
-2/10
2009: Shane Victorino grounds out to Robinson Cano, Yankees win
Transcript: “To the second baseman Cano, the Yankees are back on top! World champions for the twenty-seventh time!”
Notes: After the nadir of 2006-2008, this moderately decent call feels like an oasis in the desert.
6/10
2010: Brian Wilson strikes out Nelson Cruz, Giants win
Transcript: “Here it is… struck him out! And for the first time since 1954, the Giants are world champions!”
Notes: Buck remembered how to be loud! There’s still room for improvement, but he’s clearly on the upswing.
7/10
2011: David Murphy flies out to Allen Craig, Cardinals win
Transcript: “In the air to left, well hit. Back is Craig... what a team. What a ride. The Cardinals are world champs, in 2011!”
Notes: I’m not going to ding Buck for the vocal cord malady he had that year (hair plugs, who knew), but I am going to ding him for a kinda weak call. To his credit, he nailed game 6, which was the important one.
5/10
2012: Sergio Romo strikes out Miguel Cabrera, Giants win
Transcript: “Again the 2-2 pitch… GOT HIM LOOKING! And the Giants have won it all!”
Notes: This is it. This is the demarcation line where Joe Buck goes from Just Another Broadcaster to Legitimately Good Broadcaster. At the end of a completely one-sided series, Buck gives the clincher his most energetic call to date. A rehash of 2007 would have been unsurprising, but instead he breaks out the Big Voice and sticks the landing.
10/10
2013: Koji Uehara strikes out Matt Carpenter, Red Sox win
Transcript: “It hasn’t happened - at Fenway Park - for ninety-five years! The Red Sox… are world champions!”
Notes: I don’t understand why they were so fixated on the Red Sox winning at home. It’d be one thing if they were breaking a big drought, but this was their third title in ten years. This is generally acknowledged as the postseason where people noticed Buck’s newfound talents on the David Ortiz grand slam, but this particular call was odd.
7/10
2014: Salvador Perez pops out to Pablo Sandoval, Giants win
Transcript: “Salvador Perez… the 2-2 - Popped up! Sandoval! In foul territory… GIANTS WIN! A World Series win for the San Francisco Giants, for the third time in the last five years! And their hero, Madison Bumgarner!”
Notes: A foul popup takes out a bit of the potential dramatic tension from the moment, but Buck delivers.
9/10
2015: Wade Davis strikes out Wilmer Flores, Royals win
Transcript: “The 1-2 again… INSIDE CORNER! The Royals! 2015 world champions!”
Notes: as a Mets fan, siiiiiiiiiiiiiiigh. As an impartial observer, this is an excellent call after a great series for Buck.
9/10
2016: Michael Martinez grounds out to Kris Bryant, Cubs win
Transcript: “Here’s the 0-1… This is gonna be a tough play, Bryant - the Cubs - WIN THE WORLD SERIES! Bryant makes the play! It’s over! And the Cubs - have finally won it all! 8-7 in ten!”
Notes: As close to a perfect call as you’re going to get. Wrings the last gasp of drama and excitement out of an all-time moment.
10/10
2017: Corey Seager grounds out to Jose Altuve, Astros win
Transcript: “Here’s a ground ball right side, could do it! The Houston Astros - are world champions! For the first time in franchise history!”
Notes: I know, I know, don’t look at me like that, I KNOW. (It’s an okay call.) Also, Smoltz is randomly talking about Gary Sanchez as the pitch is being thrown, and John Smoltz please stop talking.
6/10
2018: Chris Sale strikes out Manny Machado, Red Sox win
Transcript: “...from the top on down, here comes a 1-2 pitch - Red Sox win the World Series! Five to one the final tonight! And the best team in baseball wins it all in 2018!”
Notes: Outstanding call. Don’t need to add a thing.
10/10
2019: Daniel Hudson strikes out Michael Brantley, Nationals win
Transcript: “3-2… There it is! The Washington Nationals are world champions, for the first time in franchise history!”
Notes: This isn’t quite as good as the Red Sox call from the previous year, but it’s still very solid.
8/10
So, to sum up: Joe Buck’s first couple of years were pretty okay. After 2005 he sunk into a painful three-year stretch, before gradually improving from 2009 to 2012. Like I said above, 2012 is where I think Buck hit his stride for good. The 2016 postseason is probably his best overall, as he seemed to thrive carrying the immense weight of the Cubs' drought-breaking run.
(Now all we need is a supporting cast that actually enjoys the modern game.)
So, if anyone has Opinions on my little foray into broadcaster analysis, I'd love to hear them.
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2020.02.29 17:19 jddennis 2019 Book Bingo Breakdown

This was my second year doing the book bingo! Last year, I did one sheet. Since I knew about it ahead of time, I thought I'd up the challenge this year, and do two! I just finished the other day. I thought I'd give you a short break down of my selections, and a brief review of my impressions for each title.
#Sheet 1:
Bingo Square Title Author Review
Slice of Life/Small Scale Fantasy Howl's Moving Castle Diana Wynne Jones I've seen the film several times in theaters, but this was the first time I read the book. I was surprised how different it was, but I absolutely loved the story! I was really glad to see that the story deemphasized the war and gave more backstory to Prince Justin.
Novel Featuring a Protagonist with a Disability Age of Assassins RJ Barker In a lot of ways, this one feels like the literary equivalent of comfort food. It's really enjoyable, and flew by pretty easily. It was fairly easy to anticipate what's going to happen, but there was enough that was interesting to keep things enjoyable. I really liked the Welsh tinge to the story. I'll definitely come back to this series.
SFF Novella The Big Bah-Ha C.S.E. Cooney Read in C.S.E. Cooney's collection, Bone Swans. This took me longer than it should (yay moving), but it was really lovely in terms of prose. Since I was only able to get in a page or two before falling asleep, the plot was a bit lost on me.I'll probably re-read this at some point.
Self-Published SFF Novel They Mostly Come Out at Night Benedict Patrick I got this one for free, and it was okay. Honestly, I found the writing really uneven. It was really bad about summarizing things that would have made interesting scenes. The main character felt way too passive until the end, and then it turned into a level-up story. Those are big turn-offs for me.
SFF Novel Featuring Twins The Lions of Al- Rassan Guy Gavriel Kay I thought the characters were well done, and the setting was a great nod to medieval Spain. I loved the epilogue, too. When the plot was moving it was great. But the book suffered from a lot of info-dumps. It was hard to pay attention a lot of the time due to all the authorial exposition. If the story hadn't ground to a halt so often, I think I would have truly loved this book. As it is, though, it was only likeable.
Novel Featuring Vampires The Greyfriar Clay Griffith & Susan Griffith This one was a disappointment. I don't think it needed to be set on planet Earth -- a secondary world setting probably would've been better. Also, all the characters were pretty poorly done. The princess comes off as a Mary sue and the Greyfriar is her edgelord emo boyfriend. The only reason they get along is some hardcore Stockholm Syndrome. The authors specialize in media tie-in fiction for the CW shows Arrow and the Flash, and it's apparent. While I enjoy those shows, my taste in fiction has moved beyond that writing level. I don't think I'll be continuing this series.
Graphic Novel or Audiobook Tiamat's Wrath James S.A. Corey The 8th book of a 9 book series. I wouldn't be continuing if I didn't like it. I appreciate that they have finished the storylines of several of the fan-favorite characters.
SFF Novel by Author local to you Strange Practice Vivian Shaw I think this is a perfect alternative for people who like the tone of the Wayfarer's series, but disliked the lack of plot. This one has a decent plot with a very interesting villain, but it's rather straightforward. In fact, it ends with a demon ex machina twist. The characters, and their interactions, are really what make this book tick. It's a cozy take on urban fantasy that was just an absolute delight to get lost in. I'm definitely going to circle back to the rest of this series.
SFF Novel Featuring an Ocean Setting Stations of the Tide Michael Swanwick It’s hard to pigeonhole this story into one genre. There are many science fiction elements. Virtual reality, cloning, artificial intelligence, and interstellar travel are all in play. But the reader also gets a strong dose of magic, virgin births, and fantastical creatures. Perhaps calling this work a science fantasy is the safest. Whatever it may be, this is an enjoyable brain-tickler that I can't recommend enough.
Cyberpunk Blackfish City Sam J. Miller This was an instance where the parts were better than the whole. There were a lot of great concepts in this book, but it didn't gel together. I think the author's writing style was too distant -- the entire story was emotionally cold.
2nd Chance The Kingdom of the Cursed Greg Keyes The second in an ongoing series. I thought the first book was okay, but wasn't as engaged with this one as I had been with other works by Keyes. It's a portal fantasy, and the writing has a very strong fairy tale feel to it.
Afrofuturism Rosewater Tade Thompson No knock on the performance, but I had a hard time with the audiobook due to the accent. That shows a personal blindspot more than anything. The actual story was really good! I thought the parallels with Star Trek Discovery were really fun. I wonder if alien fungi is moving into the cultural zeitgeist some. I've purchased the rest of the trilogy, and look forward to getting around to them. If the TBR weren't so high, I'd get to them immediately, but I felt the need to finish these Book Bingo challenges off.
Fantasy Novel Published in 2019 The Rage of Dragons (Orbit Edition) Evan Winter I really liked how this novel was structured. I can see how it would work as a strong serialized, self-published story. I really didn't like the plot, though. I think revenge stories are overdone in general, and this really didn't have anything new to say from a theme perspective. Tau became a very hard character to like. I'll continue with the series, but hopefully there's a more interesting perspective/arc/thematic message.
Middle Grade SFF Novel The Girl Who Drank the Moon Kelly Barnhill I really enjoyed the authorial voice in this one. It's not the first Barnhill I've read, and she's got a great sense of using prose to convey the world. It's spot-on tone appropriate for the intended younger audience, but is strong enough of a story to hold my audience. I should find more authors similar to her for my reading pleasure.
A Personal Recommendation from Fantasy Gifts Ursula K. Le Guin I finished this one, but it didn't grab me. I understand Le Guin is an absolute master, but sometimes interest isn't there. In fact, I started (and completed) a nonfiction book in the middle of reading Gifts. I don't plan to continue with this series, but I'll definitely read more of her work in the future.
Any Fantasy Book of the Month or Read-along Book Senlin Ascends Josiah Bankroft This one reminds me of a mixture of "The Hitchikers Guide to the Galaxy" and "The Phantom Tollbooth." It's very episodic, based on the tower's nature. I like the simplicity of the quest (Senlin looking for his missing bride) and how it leads to all sorts of different adventures. I'll definitely continue this series.
Media Tie-in Novel The Deep Rivers Solomon I liked this one for what it was, and I appreciated the telephone-game nature of interpretation of the story of Drexciya. I don't think I liked the conclusions that the story reached. As Daveed Diggs' afterword points out, the Remembering in the clipping. song is more of a Seder-like collective experience in story-telling. In Solomon's third-hand remix, they turn the Remembering into a genetic storage of memory into one member of society. I think it was supposed to elicit a conversation about how Caucasian USA wants to sanitize it's historical memory of the American slavery system. But, to me, it felt like it directed the conversation to gaslighting and emotional abuse of an individual scapegoat. While I think the story was beautifully written, I don't think it was cleanly executed.
Novel Featuring an AI Character The Quantum Thief Hannu Rajaniemi I really enjoyed this one. It's a straightforward heist tale, and I have a fondness for those. But the post-singularity society was a real treat. The prose is laser-focused on delivering evocative, fun descriptions. Rajaniemi wrote with such verve and panache it's hard to believe this was his debut novel. I'll definitely be continuing on with this series.
SFF Novel that has a Title of Four or More Words The Fifth Head of Cerberus Gene Wolfe Three interlinked stories published in one novel. I liked all three, but I think the final one, V.R.T., was my favorite.
Retelling! Fair Peril Nancy Springer This one was a lot more humorous than I thought it'd be, and it was definitely a product of the nineties. I liked the idea of Faerie existing as an overlay of our own world. I also appreciated the theme of how the choices of our parents are reflected in our own lives.
SFF Novel by an Australian Author The Corpse-rat King Lee Battersby I really loved this one. It's got a lot of humor, and Marius is an absolute delight of character development. I love how Battersby takes him from a selfish heel at the start to a genuinely likeable person by the end. It's a lot of fun, and I'm definitely going to keep my eye out for more of Battersby's work in the future.
The Final Book of a Series Children of Ruin Adrian Tchaikovksy As of now, the end. The author has stated he's playing around with a potential sequel, but close enough. This book is a great continuation from Children of Time. It combines a lot of disparate genre elements, notably both horror and utopianism. The main aliens are uplifted octopuses, and (ambitiously), they're far less human than the uplifted spiders. I felt like there was a whole series of material crammed into this book. Super ambitious and highly recommended.
#OwnVoices The Lesson Cadwell Turnbull Set in the U.S. Virgin Islands, this book tells the story of the repercussions of an alien invasion. It's set up as a braided novel -- each chapter is it's own short story. It's interesting to get the perspective of several people who are closely tied to the aliens and to learn about their motivations. Honestly, I couldn't put this one down. It's definitely in my top 5 for 2019.
LitRPG One More Last Time Eric Ugland I got this one from the Prime Reader Library; that was this book's only saving grace. The main character, Montana, is an absolute dunce. His backstory is so poorly thought out and inconsistent, it's infuriating. It was a quick read (I finished it in a morning), though, so there was minimal time investment. I don't plan to continue with this series. Honestly, I think the LitRPG square is the weakest one for the Bingo. I don't think I'll voluntarily look for any books in this subgenre again.
Five SFF Short Stories Fearsome Journeys Jonathan Strahan (Editor) Epic fantasy is really hard to capture in short story form, and I think this volume suffered from that. There were a lot of good stories that really clicked with me, but some really were a huge chore.
#Sheet 2

Bingo Square Title Author Review
Slice of Life/Small Scale Fantasy The Golem and the Jinni Helene Wecker Excellent historical fantasy that explores the intersection of immigrants in New York City. Some of the reincarnation aspects to the story were unexpected. But the characters (and their clear personal goals) were the real highlight of this book.
Novel Featuring a Protagonist with a Disability A Red Sun Also Rises Mark Hodder A 2012 steampunk novel written like a Victorian epistolary novel. The prose is really well done, as is the worldbuilding -- the aliens are really cool. The book does a great job of confronting the question of evil, and is really entertaining.
SFF Novella The Box Jumper Lisa Manetti Told by an unreliable narrator, this story deals with Harry Houdini's quest to expose the falsity of Spiritualism. The timeline is very screwy on this one, so there were some really odd anachronisms. But overall, it was an interesting look at several important historical figures and the Spiritualist movement.
Self-Published SFF Novel The Dream Engine Sean Platt and Johnny B. Truant This one just was not good. It's a huge rip-off. The world feels paper-thin, and the characters are no better. If you are interested in stories that feature dream worlds, I'd skip this and go to Paprika by Yasutaka Tsutsui and The Deep Sea Diver's Syndrome by Serge Brussolo.
SFF Novel Featuring Twins Down Among the Sticks and Bones Seanan McGuire Although I don't have a twin, I really felt this book spoke to me about children chafing under parental expectations. I felt like I had been to a therapy session after reading this one. All things considered, it was quite enjoyable, if cathartic.
Novel Featuring Vampires Certain Dark Things Silvia Moreno-Garcia I wanted to like this one better than I did. The idea of Mexican vampire gangsters was really cool, but there was a lot of extraneous world-building for a standalone novel. I didn't like where the characters ended up at the book's conclusion, either.
Graphic Novel or Audiobook Kushiel's Chosen Jacqueline Carey Second book in the series. Built admirably on the first. The pacing gets a bit loose in the middle, but the overall story is really good. And the steamy sections are quite enjoyable.
SFF Novel by Author local to you Exiles at the Well of Souls Jack L. Chalker Chalker was from Baltimore, and I live just north of that. Another second book in a series. I liked the story ok, but it ends on a cliffhanger. I wasn't interested enough to immediately get the next volume. The author's fascination with genitalia was repetitive and uninteresting overall.
SFF Novel Featuring an Ocean Setting The Roof of Voyaging Garry Kilworth I started reading this one fresh off of Christina Thompson's excellent non-fiction work: The Sea People. When talking about the Polynesian migration to New Zealand, Thompson wrote about the legend of Kupe and the Octopus. It was really awesome to see Killworth use this story as the opening basis of his excellent work. All-in-all, this is an unsung fantasy classic. The action is brisk, the people jump off the page, and the world feels far more real than many others. I wish this got a lot more attention. I'm definitely moving on to the rest of the trilogy as soon as possible!
Cyberpunk Reamde Neil Stephenson This one had a solid premise -- There's an MMORPG that's built around ethical gold farming and hackers are exploiting it for their own financial good. Then, through a really contrived accident, it becomes an homage to Tom Clancy, complete with the gun porn. It basically felt like a bait and switch, and was rather unsatisfactory. Turgid writing, bad plotting, and a dearth of ideas made this one entirely disappointing.
2nd Chance An Illusion of Thieves Kate Glass (Carol Berg) I don't think I've ever read a "comfy" heist novel, but that's the best way to describe this one. I haven't read any of Berg's books for over a decade and this was a nice way to return. I'm interested in following the rest of this series!
Afrofuturism Escaping Exodus Nicky Drayden I really enjoyed this one. Drayden does a great job of creating an interesting cast of characters and then spinning conflict from their competing priorities. The setting, a space beast that's been forced into work as a colony ship, is really compelling. It allows for some great environmental commentary.
Fantasy Novel Published in 2019 Titanshade Dan Stout A fun, hard-boiled novel. The book plays with its tropes well. I liked how ecological disaster and scarcity drove the story. Excellent commentary on current environmental issues.
Middle Grade SFF Novel Genesis Bernard Beckett Excellent philosophical novel for kids. Very interesting, if not unexpected twist at the end. Could also work for the AI square.
A Personal Recommendation from Fantasy The Cloud Roads Martha Wells I really enjoyed the world building for this book. Moon is a fascinating character, and the interpersonal drama was the highest point of this one. I plan to continue with this series. Pretty good for a recommendation!
Any Fantasy Book of the Month or Read-along Book Good Omens Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett I read this to prep for the upcoming tv show. It was super enjoyable! I laughed out loud quite a bit. Probably my favorite scene was when the bikers following the four horseman decide to pick apocalyptic names for themselves.
Media Tie-in Novel Shape of Water Guillermo del Toro and Daniel Kraus When I saw the movie, I absolutely fell in love with this story. So reading the novelization made absolute sense. In a lot of ways, this was the perfect media tie-in novel. It expanded on the motivations of all the major viewpoint characters. I especially loved reading the viewpoint of the river god, brief though it was.
Novel Featuring an AI Character Starsight Brandon Sanderson I liked this one a lot. It was a better book than Skyward -- particularly because it challenged the main character's perceptions about the people she was fighting against. This isn't a cosmere book, but it explores several very similar concepts -- particularly the different realms. M-Bot was a fun character, but I wish he'd been used more.
SFF Novel that has a Title of Four or More Words The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet Becky Chambers I thought this one could have been better. Too many characters and too little tension made this one rather limp-wristed.
Retelling! Spinning Silver Naomi Novik I really loved this book. Sure, it's a loose retelling of Rumpelstiltskin, but it's also got echoes of the myth of Persephone, also. All of the viewpoint characters are interesting, fascinating people. I love that, aside from the consuming Chernobog, there's no true evil in the story. Everyone is trying to get by with the hand they're dealt. The conflict comes from different priorities ricocheting like billiard balls.
SFF Novel by an Australian Author The Stone Mage and the Sea Sean Williams I liked this one. It feels like a post-apocalyptic Australia, and it's cool to see the mix of magic and technology. I remember reading the Star Wars: New Jedi Order: Force Heretic trilogy that Williams co-wrote. This book feels very much like an audition to write a Star Wars novel. Not a bad thing; this was an entertaining work targeted at a younger audience.
The Final Book of a Series Dog Wizard Barbara Hambly I came across this one already owned in my Kindle library, and the premise sounded intriguing. So I quickly powered through the series so I could use it for this particular title here. Overall, I liked the series quite a bit. It didn't seem to dated to me. But the climax of the story relied a bit too heavily on magical technobabble to be wholly effective.
#OwnVoices The Bird King G. Willow Wilson The opening was a bit loose, and at first I thought the book had a bit of a tin ear. I respect the political points that were being addressed, but it felt a little clumsy. But the ending, and the overall message of the book was very strong. I'm really glad I finished this one.
LitRPG Accidental Thief Jamie Davis and C.L. Davis I know the authors of this series, so I thought I'd give it a shot. It's a fairly straightforward story that reads like a gaming session transcript. I got it from the library and it was a good listen while playing video games. I may continue with the series, but it's not high on my TBR.
Five SFF Short Stories Galactic Empires Neil Clarke (Editor) Last year, I read some sword and sorcery and underwater horror. So, to shake it up: space opera short stories! Lots of good stuff here, some that I had difficulty getting through. One of my unexpected favorites is "All the Painted Stars" by Gwendolyn Clare.
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2020.01.05 07:18 MilkbottleF Stephen Dixon - Four Philip Seidel stories

Collected in Late Stories (Trnsfr Books, 2016):

Wife in Reverse

His wife dies, mouth slightly parted and one eye open. He knocks on his younger daughter's bedroom door and says "You better come. Mom seems to be expiring." His wife slips into a coma three days after she comes home and stays in it for eleven days. They have a little party second day she's home: Nova Scotia salmon, chocolates, a risotto he made, brie cheese, strawberries, champagne. An ambulette brings his wife home. She says to him "Wheel me around the garden before I go to bed for the last time." His wife refuses the feeding tube the doctors want to put in her and insists she wants to die at home. She says "I don't want any more life support, medicines, fluid or food." He calls 911 for the fourth time in two years and tells the dispatcher "My wife; I'm sure she has pneumonia again." His wife has a trach put in. "When will it come out?" she says, and the doctor says "To be honest? Never." "Your wife has a very bad case of pneumonia," the doctor in ICU tells him and his daughters the first time, "and has a one to two percent chance of surviving." His wife now uses a wheelchair. His wife now uses a motor cart. His wife now uses a walker with wheels. His wife now uses a walker. His wife has to use a cane. His wife's diagnosed with MS. His wife has trouble walking. His wife gives birth to their second daughter. "This time you didn't cry," she says, and he says "I'm just as happy, though." His wife says to him "Something seems wrong with my eyes." His wife gives birth to their daughter. The obstetrician says "I've never seen a father cry in the birthing room." The rabbi pronounces them husband and wife, and just before he kisses her, he bursts out crying. "Let's get married," he says to her, and she says "It's all right with me," and he says "It is?" and starts crying. "What a reaction," she says, and he says "I'm so happy, so happy," and she hugs him and says "So am I." She calls and says "How are you? Do you want to meet and talk?" She drops him off in front of his building and says "It's just not working." They go to a restaurant on their first real date and he says "The reason I'm being so picky as to what to eat is that I'm a vegetarian, something I was a little reluctant to tell you so soon," and she says "Why? It's not peculiar. It just means we won't share our entrees except for the vegetables." He meets a woman at a party. They talk for a long time. She has to leave the party and go to a concert. He gets her phone number and says "I'll call you," and she says "I'd like that." He says goodbye to her at the door and shakes her hand. After she leaves he thinks "That woman's going to be my wife."

Another Sad Story

Freely readable here

The Dead

Bartok's dead. Britten's dead. Webern's dead. Berg's dead. Górecki's dead. Copland's dead. Messiaen's dead. Bernhard's dead. Beckett's dead. Joyce is dead. Nabokov's dead. Mann's dead. de Ghelderode's dead. Berryman's dead. Lowell's dead. Williams is dead. Roethke's dead. Who of the rest of the greats isn't dead? The past century. The start of this century. Bacon's dead. De Kooning's dead. Rothko's dead. Ensor's dead. Picasso's dead. Braque's dead. Apollinaire's dead. Maybe all the greats are dead. My last brother will be dead. My two other brothers are dead. Robert. Merrill. My last two sisters will be dead. Madeline's dead. My parents are dead. My wife's dead. Her parents are dead. Their relatives in Europe are long dead. My two best friends are dead. I lie on a hospital bed. I can't get up. I can't turn over. I'm stuck to the bed by wires and tubes. I can't get comfortable and I feel so hopeless and I'm in such pain that I almost want to be dead. I ring for the nurse. Usually someone responds. This time no one answers. I wait. I don't want to antagonize them. I ring again. What will I say? "Make me dead?" "Yes?" "Pain medication, please." "I'll tell your nurse." "I need it badly." "I'll tell your nurse." She comes. "Pain level on a grade from one to ten?" "Nine." I want to say "ten" but there's got to be a pain worse than mine. She gives me the medication through my I.V. I fall asleep. When I awake I begin to hallucinate. Too much pain medication, they've said. What can I do? It's the only way to stop the pain and sleep. The room's become a prison cell. Bars on my windows and door. Then it's an asylum cell. No bars; just extra thick glass. People pass. I hear low voices. "This," they say, and "That." I've got to get out of here. I yell for help. People keep passing my room both ways but no one seems to hear me or turns to my glass door. They all wear white doctor outfits. Gowns. Robes. Whatever they're called, but very white and clean. Lab coats, maybe. Hugging clipboards to their chests. "This," they say. "That." Then some muttering and they're gone. "Help," I yell. "I need help. I'm going to defecate in my bed." They continue to walk past. "Okay," I say, "I'm going to shit in my bed." Dummy, I think; the nurse. I ring for her. I can barely manage the little box. The summoning device. Whatever it's called. The thing that turns the TV on and off and raises and lowers the two ends of the bed. I don't know what anything's called anymore. Not even what brought me in here. Bowel interruption. Obstruction. Even if I got the right term, two operations after I got here, I don't even know what it is. "Yes?" "Thank God. Pain medication, please." "I'll tell your nurse." She comes. "It should be no more than every four hours. But we're ten minutes away, so close enough." "Thanks. And it must mean I've slept most of the last four hours. That's good. More I sleep, the better. And I think I need changing." She looks. "You're imagining it. Do you need to go now?" "No. I don't want to sit on it for the next hour. And I haven't eaten anything for days, so there's probably nothing there." I fall asleep. I dream I'm being devoured by lions. I fight to get out of the dream and wake up. So what was that all about? Literary lions? Ah, who cares for interpretations. I close my eyes and hear voices. I open my eyes and see people in white smocks walking past, all of them holding clipboards. "Build," they say. "Don't build." "Then cut." "Okay." I've got to get out of here. Dreams, awake, there's always something to be afraid of. The doctor the other day, who was just a resident making the rounds and not even my regular doctor, who said he read my x-rays and I might have to have a bag outside my stomach to collect my shit. If I'm to die, and I'd want to if I had to have one of those bags put in, let me die in my own bed with a big overdose of whatever we got there or they send me home with. And if I'm to live, I need a less frightening room. I want to call my daughters but I can't find my cell phone. They recharged it today and said they put it in a place I could easily reach, but I don't see it. I feel around me. There's the summoning device. A handkerchief. A pen. I'll say I know it's late but I'm going crazy and you have to get me another room. "It's the drugs. But without them I'm even in worse shape. I'm probably not making much sense," I'll say, "but I'm hearing voices. Other people's voices. And seeing people walk past my room who are either dead or intentionally ignoring me, but they never answer my cries for help. If I don't get another room, I'll pull all the wires and tubes out of me, even the Foley, no matter how much that might hurt, and escape." But don't scare them or wake them up. They've been so good to you, flying in from different distant cities and staying in your room eight to ten hours a day. Reading to you, though you didn't want to tell them you didn't want to be read to. Holding your hand and doing things like putting damp washcloths on your forehead, though you didn't want those either. Angels, you've called them; so let your angels sleep. And you're not in that much pain now. Comes more often than it goes. And the muttering voices have stopped and no one's walking past your room but the regular nurses and aides, who'd come if you called out for them. Try to sleep. Time will go faster. I pull the covers up to my chin. I'm warm but not too warm. I'm comfortable. My body feels normal. I fall asleep. I dream I'm in Tokyo, where I'd always wanted to go, but got there without having to take a plane. I wake up and it's the beginning of daylight. Dusk. Dawn. What's it called again? I should know. That one's so easy. Words are what I do. But I'm in pain again, which always makes me confused. I ring the call button. That's what it is. Call button, call button; remember it. "Yes?" "Pain medication, please." "I'll tell your nurse." A different one comes. "Hi. I'm Martha. Your tech's Cindy. The new shift." She erases from a white board on the wall the names and phone extensions of the previous nurse and tech and with a marker writes their own. "You slept poorly, your last nurse said. Lots of agitation and talk. Like you wanted a hot thermal bath. Sorry, fella. We don't have that here. And how dragons were out to get you and something about your arms being cut off at the elbows by a sword. And you perspired something awful. She had to wipe you off." "I don't remember any of it. Well, dreams." "Because of all that, I want to hold off giving you the pain medication as long as I can. Still hurting?" "Level nine or eight." "Think you can tolerate it for another half hour? And you could use a fresh gown." She takes off my wet one and puts a new one on. "Anything else you need?" "My cell phone." "You've been sleeping on it," and she pulls it out from under my arm. She goes. Poulenc's dead. Prokofiev's dead. Mahler's dead. Granados is dead. Did I say Bartok's dead? Pärt's not dead. Who else isn't dead? Tanizaki's dead. Solzhenitsyn's dead. Hamsun's dead. Borges is dead. Conrad's dead. Konrad's not dead. Did Lessing recently die? The Italian writer whose first name starts with a D and who in one book wrote too much like Kafka is dead. Kafka, of course, is dead. Cummings is dead. Stevens is dead. Auden's dead. Yeats is dead. Pollack's dead. Leger's dead. Kadinsky's dead. Malevich is dead. Moore, Maillol and Matisse are dead. My pain isn't dead. I shit in my head. I mean in my bed. Suddenly it came. I piss into a catheter, so there I'm okay. I want to clean myself up in the bathroom. I want to drink a glassful of icewater. I want to stand up and walk out of here. I press the call button. "Yes?" "I'm sorry, but I need serious cleaning up. And I presume new bedding and a new gown and my bed remade. I'm lying in slime. I'm sweating like a pig. I need the thermostat lowered. Please have someone come right away." "I'll tell your tech." A young woman comes. Almost a girl. She has a new gown for me and sheets and washrags and a basin of water. "Oh, I see you already have my name on your board." "You're the tech? I'm sorry for the mess I made." "I'm actually a nurse in training but a tech today. So let's have a look. Roll over on your side." I grab the side rail and pull myself up. "I don't know where it came from. I haven't eaten for a week. Nor drunk anything. All the nourishment and liquid I get comes from ice chips and what's in those bags. And this time it's not my imagination and did I defecate?" "In abundance. Won't take a minute." She takes off my gown, wipes and washes and dries me and shakes a can of baby powder over my behind. "Smells nice, doesn't it. It's one of my favorites." "This must be awful for you. Cleaning up an old man. It made me hesitant to even call for you, but I had to. I'm locked in here." "Don't worry. I'm used to it. And when I become a full-fledged nurse in a year, I'll mostly have a tech doing it for me. You have an abscess in your anus. Has your doctor or one of your nurses spoken about it?" "Nothing." "It must hurt and you don't want the infection getting worse. Tell them." She puts a new gown on me and then changes the sheets with me in the bed. "It's a wonderful profession, nursing. Look at the good work you do. I had to go into one that helps no one." "And what's that?" "Writing." "I don't read much myself. I'm more interested in the sciences." "Good for you. Keep at it. Every man should have as a wife one who is or once was a nurse. That's not a proposal. I was just thinking. Once you get sick the way I did, it'd be so comforting to know I could be taken care of like this by my wife, but at home. My wife's dead." "I'm sorry." "Two years and a month. Greatest loss of my life." "I can imagine. There, you're as clean as new. And you smell nice too." "Thank you again. As I said, you do wonderful work. Can you give me something for my pain now?" "The nurse will have to do that. I'm not allowed. Ring for her." "If I have another accident, and you never know, I hope it's another tech who takes care of it. I'd hate for you to have to do it again. Once, at least in a short period of time, should be enough." "Honestly, I'm good with it. I'm on for twelve hours and it's one of the things I'm here to do." She goes. I ring. "Yes?" "Pain medication, please." "Your nurse is very busy with another patient, but I'll tell her." "Isn't there another nurse who can give it to me?" "It's very busy out here. Sometimes it gets like this, patients who need immediate attention all at the same time. I'll get you a nurse as soon as I can." Hemingway's dead. Faulkner's dead. Paley's dead. Sebald's dead. Lowry's dead. Camus's dead. Eliot's dead. Mandelstam's dead. Akhmatova's dead. O'Neill's dead. Williams is dead. Miller's dead. Hopper's dead. Giacometti's dead. Klee's dead. Miro's dead. Sheeler's dead. Soutine's dead. Arp's dead. Sibelius is dead. Strauss is dead. Hovhaness is dead. Vaughan Williams is dead. I have to shit again. I need a basin. Whatever that thing is to put under me in bed. It's comparable to a urinal, but for the behind. Not a chamber pot. I ring. Nobody answers. I ring and ring. "I told you, sir. All the nurses on the floor are tied up with other patients. One will attend to you soon as she can." "But this is for a bowel movement. I don't want to do it again in my bed. All I'm asking for is that thing that goes under me while I'm lying here." "A bedpan?" "A bedpan, yes. You can get a tech to do it. But not the same one; Cindy. She already did it once, and expertly, but I made a mess and I don't want her to go through that again." "You don't get a choice, sir. If she's available, I'll get her. And if not, someone else." If it wasn't for my daughters, I'd like to be dead. But I can't have them going through their other parent dying so soon after the first. A different tech comes, gets the bedpan out of the bottom drawer of my side table, "Raise yourself," and puts it under me just in time. "At least this time I'm not making a big mess in bed for you to clean up as I did with my regular tech." "There's always something that makes life look a little brighter. Think you're done?" "No." "Ring for me when you are. It's a crazy house out there today, worse for the nurses than the techs, so one of us should come." "Thanks." Bergman, Fellini, Antonini, Kurosawa, Kie lowski--all dead. And Babel. How could I have left out Babel? Babel's dead.

Remember

He puts three eggs on to boil. When they're done, he'll dump the yolks and use the egg white in the tuna fish salad he's making. Should take 'bout fifteen minutes altogether, getting the water to boil and then the boiling. He reminds himself again of the owner of the sandwich shop at the Y he goes to who said to get the shells off without them sticking to the whites, he boils the eggs for forty minutes, or was it fifty, drops them in cold water and two minutes later shells them. "Method's infallible," he said, "though it does take a lot of time." Boiling them for ten minutes will be enough to get the same results, he thinks. He goes into the living room and reads a novel while listening to some soft piano music. A while later, he smells something funny. Goddamnit, the eggs! He runs into the kitchen. They've been boiling for probably an hour. All the water's boiled out, the eggshells have split and the saucepan will have to be scrubbed and scrubbed to get rid of the eggs stuck to the bottom. He puts three more eggs into a larger saucepan, stays in the kitchen and cleans the first saucepan and reads from the novel till the eggs have boiled for eight minutes. That's enough time. He can't stay here forever. He pours the boiled water into the sink, covers the eggs in the pan with cold water and waits there a couple of minutes before he starts shelling the eggs. The shells don't come off easily, but with a lot of peeling and picking he gets most of the egg whites for his tuna fish salad.
He gets dressed and goes out around seven for his daily morning walk. Says "Hello" and "Good morning" to a few people while he walks, one jogging at a very slow pace and the others walking their dogs. Gets back home. Goes into the bathroom to pee. Sees his fly has been open all the way since he last peed. People he saw during his walk, even the jogger going the opposite way, may have noticed. Why'd he forget to zip up? Should concentrate more on it. People will think he keeps his fly open deliberately if they see it another time. Or could. Or just that something's the matter with him. That he's not thinking.
Puts the tea kettle on for drip coffee. The cat. Did he let him out? He did; hours ago. He forgets sometimes where the cat is, he lets him in and out so many times in a day. There have been foxes around. He gets worried. He goes outside to see if the cat's around. Looks; whistles for him. Calls for him a few times. Starts weeding around the blueberry bush his younger daughter put in this spring by the driveway. Likes it to stand out. Often the cat sidles up to him while he weeds. Or just quietly appears next to him, lying on his stomach. From there he weeds around the other blueberry bushes near the blueberry bush. He forgets who put them in. Maybe they came with the house. His wife was always good at knowing those things. Gets a big leaf bag out of the garden shed and puts most of what he's weeded into it. That's enough work outside today. It's gotten too hot. Heads for the house. The cat. Ah, he'll be all right. Smells burnt metal through the kitchen screen door. The tea kettle. Knows all the water must be gone and the handle will be too hot to touch. Uses a potholder to lift the kettle off the stove and put under the faucet. Steam fogs up his glasses and he has to wipe the lenses to see out of them. Kettle's probably ruined, but maybe not. Didn't he ruin a tea kettle a few months ago by letting the water boil out? Sometime, anyway, but hasn't happened since. He's been extra careful about it most times. He also has to remember to always put the whistle part down.
Makes a frittata in a frying pan on the stove. He'll have half of it for dinner and then some of it cold for lunch tomorrow. Puts it in the oven for about ten minutes and then sprinkles grated parmesan cheese on it and sticks it under the broiler to make it crisp on top and turns the oven knob to "broil." Should take no more than a minute under the high flame. Makes himself a drink. A fast one: just vodka and ice in a glass. Sips it. Puts the bottle of vodka back into a kitchen cupboard. Ice container could use more ice. He empties a tray of ice into the container, drops another ice cube into his glass, fills the tray with water and puts the container and tray into the freezer. Smells the frittata burning. Damn, there goes that. Turns the oven off and pulls the pan out. Frittata's scorched. Who knows what with the pan? And it's an expensive one, his wife's before he even met her, French--Creuset, he thinks it's called; supposed to be the best. Not going to make another frittata. There's some egg salad and Muenster cheese in the refrigerator, and with two slices of bread--don't even toast them; the way his mind's going today, don't even chance it, though he's really only kidding himself; he's not that bad off--and lettuce and cucumber slices, he'll make a sandwich.
Did he take his tamsulosin pill this morning? Thinks he did, but then maybe not. Supposed to a half an hour after breakfast. Doesn't want to take two in one day. Especially one so soon after the other, if he did take it today. So did he? Think back. Doesn't come up with anything. Let it go for today. Not taking the pill one day won't kill him. Get a pill holder that has seven compartments for each day of the week. Do it next time you're in a pharmacy. Remember to. Do it even sooner. Make a special trip to the pharmacy when you go to the market later, and start using the holder tomorrow. Three carbidopa-levodopas, one tamsulosin and one omeprazole per compartment. That should do it. Prepared a lentil rice loaf and puts it in the oven at 375 degrees. Lentils and rice are already cooked, so the whole thing should take half an hour; at most, forty minutes. He'll see when he looks at it thirty minutes from now. Has plenty of time to check his emails. Hopes his daughter answered his email about Maine this summer, a decision he has to have in the next two days if he's to put a deposit down for the cottage they rented for a month last summer. He goes to the computer in his wife's old study. Stares for a while at the photograph leaning against a window there of his wife and daughters, two and five years old or three and six. Tries to remember what they looked like at those ages and decides on two and five. Maine again. Wind blowing his wife's long hair. What a smile she had. And so beautiful. On a sailboat friends of theirs took them out on. All of them in life jackets. He no doubt had one on too. His daughter writes she can't leave her work till July 28th. He writes back and then reads three other emails. What a drag. One's a long one from an editor about a story of his coming out in a magazine, that needs an equally long response. Sure he wants to keep this? Is a word missing there? He's already mentioned the color of the jug two pages earlier, and since there's only one jug, does the color need to be given again? Her name's Lily at the top of the page, Lila at the bottom. Surely that's an error. Should the verb tense, line 9, page 14, be in the present, when the sentence starts off in the past? Around two dozen others. He checks the original manuscript. Makes the corrections or gives reasons why he doesn't go along with the suggested changes, or no reasons: he just wants this and that to stay put. He's very slow at the keyboard. Types with two fingers now, sometimes three, and is always making typing mistakes and correcting them. Then he sends it. Then thinks does he really go along with all the editor's changes he did agree to? Maybe he answered too fast just to get it out of the way. He rereads the last email he sent the editor. Makes a few changes back to what he originally had and sends them. While he's here he clicks on--that can't be the right term for it; what is the right term then? He'll remember--a twenty-eight minute dramatization, with English subtitles, of Kafka's The Judgment, a German writer he's been corresponding with the last few years sent him. Three minutes from the end of it he remembers his loaf baking. Turns off the computer and goes into the kitchen. It's been more than two hours. He never checked a clock. Thought he'd just know when thirty to forty minutes were up or he'd look at the time on the computer, which he didn't do, when he first sat down at it. Loaf's completely ruined. God, what an asshole he is. "You're an asshole," he says, "an asshole." What else is he going to ruin? He's not losing his mind, is he? No, just his memory, or whatever it is that reminds him to prevent things like this. Maybe if he'd kept the temperature down to 325; 300, even. Would take longer to bake but give him more of a chance to remember something's in the oven, so less chance it'd be ruined. Suppose he left something on the stove that long? Well, he thinks he would have smelled it sooner. And why didn't he smell the loaf burning? He got lost in something else, and there's less chance of smelling something burning in the oven than on the stove. From now on, pay attention, you hear? He doesn't, there'll be a real accident. He has no smoke alarm because he hates the noise it makes when just a slice of toast is getting burnt. He should think of getting one. He should really remember to. But he never will, and not because he'll forget to, unless one of his daughters insists on it. So he won't tell them of the burnt frittata and lentil rice loaf and the tea kettles he let boil out and other things. If he does, then the first one to visit him will go to the store to buy two or three of them and install them herself.
He puts two rice cakes in the toaster and presses the lever down. Shouldn't take long. The phone rings. He goes into his wife's study to answer it. It's his sister. "How are you?" "Fine." "What's doing with you?" "Nothing much, and you?" "The same," and so on, when he smells something burning. "Hold it," he says; "the rice cakes," and he puts the receiver down and goes into the kitchen. The rice cakes are on fire in the toaster. Flames coming out of the slots that reach the bottom of the cupboard above them. He pulls out the toaster plug, presses the button to pop up the rice cakes, blows on the flames till the fire's out, and then, with a potholder and dishtowel protecting his hands, holds the toaster over the sink and shakes it till the rice cakes fall out. Runs water on them till they stop smoking and are soaked, and puts them in the kitchen trash can. Now that could have been very dangerous, he thinks. Very. How stupid can he get? He goes back to the study; his sister's no longer on the line. He'll call her later, if she doesn't call him first, but he won't tell her why he suddenly had to get off the phone. She'll say didn't his smoke alarm go off? And then urge him to get one, at least for the kitchen. He looks inside the toaster. Nothing seems damaged. Cupboard seems okay, too. He puts two more rice cakes into the toaster and turns the timer knob all the way to the left. Stay here, and then when he thinks they're ready, pop them. He got the idea for toasting the rice cakes from his wife. That's how she always asked him to make them for her when she had cream cheese or butter or peanut butter put on them after they were warmed. It'd take about forty-five seconds. "Don't let it burn," she'd say. He likes them toasted more than warmed, even some of the puffy grains blackened, and it'd take a little more than a minute. Room still smells of burnt rice cakes. He turns the exhaust fan on. It makes so much noise, he won't have any trouble remembering to turn it off. And remember, never leave the rice cakes in the toaster for that long again. Maybe a better idea would be never to toast them again. Let's face it, it's getting or gotten to the point where he's beginning not to trust his memory that something's in the toaster or oven or on the stove that needs checking into every now and then.
Puts a pill into his mouth, fills half a juice glass with water, gets a large container of yogurt out of the refrigerator, lets the pill dissolve on his tongue, swallows it with water, opens the refrigerator and starts to put the glass on the shelf where the yogurt was, realizes he means for the yogurt container to go back into the refrigerator but after he has a spoonful of it, puts the glass upside down into the dish rack, has a spoonful of yogurt, puts the spoon into the sink and the yogurt container into the refrigerator. Absentminded, that's all. Not really a problem. Was doing too many things at once and too quickly; just didn't think.
He goes outside for his daily run and longer walk. He runs first, just a quarter-mile or so. He can't run like he used to not that long ago, which was about two miles every day. Then he starts walking fast. He feels his fly. It's open; forgot again. Makes him even more worried about himself. Toaster, oven, stove, forgetting his keys when he goes out to drive the car. Goes back to get them and often gets distracted and when he leaves the house again realizes he's forgotten his keys a second time. So: remember to check your fly every time before you go out. Remember, remember. Right. Check. Every time. Will do. At least solve that problem.
Goes to the market to shop, comes back, smells gas. Checks the stove. He left one of the burners on though no flame. How'd that happen? What was the last thing he did on the stove? Boiled water for coffee this morning. Turns the exhaust fan on. What's he want to do, kill himself? If not by fire, then gas? Big joke. Funny. Knows it'll never get that bad. If his wife were alive he'd tell her it. No he wouldn't. And what was the joke again? Couldn't have forgotten it that fast. If not by fire, then gas. She'd get frightened for him and her both. Concentrate more. Just concentrate on everything to do with what he does in the kitchen and his fly and what he needs to have on him when he takes the car. Though how many times has he forgotten his keys and wallet? Not much but enough. Maybe once every two months or not even that. Though maybe more. Keys aren't that big a problem. Most of the time he knows almost immediately when they're not on him. But sometimes he's gotten to the market or wherever he's gone to, felt his pocket where the wallet should have been, and had to drive back home for it, a few times from miles away.
He goes outside to get the newspaper by the mailbox. Picks it off the ground, takes the plastic sleeve off, starts reading the headlines as he walks back to the house. His fly. Why's he think it might be open? He didn't. Just checking. It's open. Didn't he tell himself to concentrate more on it? Zips it up. At least nobody was around to see it.
Turns on the light switch by the CD player to two living room lamps so he doesn't have to walk to his bedroom in the dark. Done it several times before, and even though he walked very slowly and his arms were weaving around in front of him, he bumped into things and twice cracked his forehead on a door. After he turns on his night table lamp, he'll turn the living room lights off with the light switch above the piano at the other end of the room. Both switches work for the same lights. He goes into the bedroom, undresses, exercises a little with two ten-pound weights, washes up, makes sure a handkerchief is on the bed and his watch and pen and memo book are on his night table, and gets into bed and reads. After about half an hour, he shuts off his light. A little light comes in from the living room. Forgot again. That one he does about once a week, or about every third or fourth time he makes it to the back of the house that way. He hasn't figured out a way not to forget to turn the living room lights off before he gets into bed other than to tell himself when he first switches on the lights: Don't forget to turn the other living room light switch off after you turn the night table light on.
So he's worried. Or getting to be. Or just a little alarmed. Because what else will he forget? For he's been forgetting so much the last few months. Actually, the last year, and probably more. It could even go back to sometime after his wife died, or it's become worse since then, though he has no idea why for either. Truth is, he's not sure when it began. Maybe there were inklings of it before she died, and because he was so busy with her, he never paid much attention to it. But stove, oven, toaster, lights, fly, pills, a couple of times his phone number and zip code, feeding the cat, not knowing if he let him in or out the last time he opened the outside door for him, more than usual: people's names. What words mean but usually not their spellings. Music compositions and their composers. Hearing a familiar piece on the radio but can't come up with its name or who wrote it. Well, he's always had trouble with that, one or the other or both, unless it's something like Enigma Variations or Pictures at an Exhibition or Appalachian Spring, which are played on the radio so often that, great works though they are, he's sick of them. Recently, authors and their most famous works. Just the other day: Ellison and his novel. Okay, read it long ago, but it's still written and talked about but he couldn't remember his name or the book's title the entire day. Tried, too. Then, when his last name suddenly popped into his head, the first name came right after and the book's title. Also the other day: gazpacho. Bought a small container of it in the local market and was about to take it out of the refrigerator and sit down and eat it, when he realized he'd forgotten what it was called. This is a test, he told himself: let's see how fast he can come up with its name. Knows it's made of chopped-up tomatoes and cucumbers and peppers and onions and is served chilled and is of Spanish origin and the traditional way it's made in Spain, or in some parts of it, and which he doesn't do when he makes it himself at home, is with chunks of bread. He gave up, and as he opened the refrigerator to take it out, it came to him: gazpacho. With an "s" or "z," he thought. Let's see. He ran the word through his head. "Z." He's almost sure. Remembers looking it up in the dictionary, maybe two or three times, when he wasn't sure of its spelling for something he was writing. Anyway: remember. What's on the stove, in the oven, how long the thing should be cooking, or thereabouts, and so on. Cat, pills, toaster, fly. To wear a cap when he's going to be outside, even when the sun's behind clouds, to prevent more scalp lesions. To check his daily calendar book every few days to see what appointments and engagements might be coming up. People's names he's not sure he'll remember next time he sees them. Use some memory device to help him remember. For instance, if the guy's name is Tom, then "Tom and Jerry" or "Tom Collins" or "Tom-Tom," but something like that. There's a former grad student of his he seems to bump into a lot at markets and the two Starbucks he goes to and certainly at departmental parties he's still invited to, whose name he always forgets. It's embarrassing for both of them when that happens and he has to work around it to get her name, without appearing he forgot it, or ask someone else for it. So what is her name? Terry? Tracy? Teresa? He's not even sure it starts with a T, but something tells him it does. T-a? T-e? T-o? T-u? Oh, he gives up. He doesn't understand why he forgets some people's names more than others and a few people's names all the time. Knows her last name, a fairly common one, is the same as a well-known contemporary British writer, but forgets it now, too. Writes people's names in the memo book he always carries with him. About a week ago during his early evening walk, he met for the first time his new neighbors from across the street. Both doctors. That came out in their brief talk. Also that they have twin sons. He saw them and introduced himself. So what are their names? They told him and he gave them his. He in fact asked for their names again just before he said goodbye and continued his walk. Might even have told them he's bad at remembering people's names, which is why he asked for theirs again. He thinks the woman said she is too and asked for his again. But are these going to be two more people whose names he always forgets? Because he's sure to be bumping into them again. Johnny and Rachel? Or Rebecca? He thinks it's Rebecca. He takes his memo book out of his back pants pocket, and pen he also always has with him, from a side pants pocket--he doesn't keep it in his back pocket, which he used to do, because he knows he'll eventually sit on it and break it and stain another pair of pants for good; he's learned that much--and writes on the first clean page he comes to: "Johnny and Rebecca or Rachel; new doctor neighbors. Rebecca at Union Memorial, Johnny in private practice: pulmonology." Last names? She has her husband's: Mathews or Mathewson, and writes these names down. He'll put on this same page the names of other people in the neighborhood he's bumped into on his walks and exchanged names with, if he can remember theirs, and also new people he might meet around here, and look at them from time to time, or maybe only when he puts a new one down, so he'll know their names next time he meets them. Let them think he has a great memory, despite what he might have told them, and don't correct them if they say he does. Take it as a compliment, or just shrug.
Gets up, brushes his teeth, washes his face, exercises, dresses, goes into the kitchen. Oops. Forgot to shave, something he likes to do daily. Takes his shirt off so he won't wet it, and shaves and then brushes his hair. Hasn't had a shower, something he also likes to do daily, in a couple of days--could it be three? Would hate to think it was--but he'll do it at the Y today after he works out, or here. Feeds the cat, changes his water, lets him out. Remember: he's out, not in. Again: good practice, to remember that. Cat out, cat out, he tells himself. Has breakfast, washes the dishes, makes sure the oven and all the stove burners are off, puts on his baseball cap and goes outside and does some needed yard work. Is out there for more than an hour. At least it feels like it. Fills up four leaf bags with weeds and twigs and sticks, gets sweaty and tired and thinks that should do it for the day. Has to pee. Came on suddenly, even though he's taking medication for it, though it's a bit better now than it used to be. He doesn't have time to go inside, so he'll do it behind a tree. Puts his hand to his pants to open his fly, but it's already open. Oh, geez. Won't he ever remember? What does he have to do? he thinks while he pees. Maybe he could make . . . no, there's nothing he can do. On that score, he almost seems hopeless. But he can't give up on it. Just try to catch it as many times as he can. Always, and he means always, never leave the house or a restaurant or any kind of store he's been in a while and it has a restroom for customers, without peeing first, even if he peed just ten minutes before. Got it. A set routine he's going to remember to follow, not that he hasn't thought of this before. At least he still drives without forgetting to look all around him when he backs out of a parking space or makes a turn, understands most of what he reads, or as much as he did years before; has a good visual memory for lots of things, going all the way back to when he was a kid, and is still able to write and at times even do some tricky writing stuff. By that he means . . . well, that he still comes up with something new to say in each piece and say it with what he thinks, though he might be all wrong in this, in a new way. It's the day-to-day things he forgets a lot. Well, writing is day-to-day, page-to-page, till he's finished the piece. But what was he getting at? Did he once again lose what he started out to say? Not important. Really, not important. […]
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2020.01.01 20:18 mixmastamicah55 My definitive list to end all lists of best/worst of 2019 reads

Okay, so not really "definitive" but I love these type of posts (not a popular thought I'm sure). I just enjoy seeing other people's interests, compare them to mine, and hopefully find some good recommendations in the process. Below are my top 10 favs I read this year along with my least favorite book (not to bash, just to show people some of my tastes) and some honorable mentions. Finally, I'll list some of the books released this year I wish I had finished but are next on the TBR along with some excitement I have for the new year!

Here's my Goodreads if anyone wants to delve into my interests overall. I tend to rate pretty favorably and only recently started reviewing my books...they are not in depth review to be fair haha

Top books:

  1. The Empires of Dust trilogy by Anna Smith Spark - I was a sucker for the visceral prose of this book mixed with hints at world building that trends toward Tolkein-esque mixed with antiquity. Top that with a main character that is basically a coming of age Sauron/Alexander the Great and other POVs providing their own interesting takes. Diverse cast, plenty of insane action, clever turns of phrase, philosophical musings, and thematic depth...this book made me feel and has had images that stuck with me for days. Homer meets Cormac McCarthy.
  2. The Farseer trilogy by Robin Hobb - This is a trilogy that STAYED with me for months. While slow at times, Hobb really does make distinct characters that you feel for. While I didn't shed any tears as others have stated, I did find that the melancholy really spoke to me. Fitz is now one of my favorite characters in all of fantasy and I look forward to continuing in the RotE.
  3. A Little Hatred by Joe Abercrombie - So as you can see, I kinda cheated by including trilogies. Thankfully Joe A's newest isn't fully completed as a trilogy yet so I didn't have to struggle internally placing it here; I have no doubt that once completed this trilogy will ranks as high or higher than the original trilogy for me. Each of Abercrombie's characters are unique and memorable...I loved all of the characters in this book for various reasons. I also think Abercrombie has continued to level up his dialogue with some great sets pieces throughout. He is at the top of his craft here. I hope we get a glimpse at Logen at some point, just in passing...his legend certainly lives on.
  4. Sharps by KJ Parker - How KJ Parker is not a household name, like Joe Abercrombie is beyond me. I think he is every bit as good as injecting dark themes with a precise balance of action and humor. If anything, Parker may excel in certain areas, particularly in his philosophy of life sprinkled throughout. I also read 16 Ways by him (loved it) but I found Sharps to be a perfect singular novel. It involves a fencing team fighting in a tourney between two potentially warring nations and it is every bit as good as that premise sounds. I HATE THAT THERE ARE NO AUDIOBOOKS FOR MOST OF HIS WORK. This needs to change.
  5. Exhalation: Stories by Ted Chiang - A true modern sci-fi master. There was not a single story in this book that wasn't eye opening or thought provoking. From pre-destination to rights of AI, this book will have you think over your own take on life and possibly even change your opinions on certain ideas you may already have. This is great SFF that everyone should read...you'll be smarter for it.
  6. The Dark Eden trilogy by Chris Beckett - My first Beckett and I will be back for more. Set in the future where a ship with passengers crash lands, a new society is created on a planet that is pitch black with a varied, bright fauna. These books follow generations of the new society, how world building occurs, and how religion and it's influence is created while also being detrimental. I highly recommend this.
  7. The Raven Tower by Ann Leckie - The perspective of this tale is from a god that is in a rock. This allows for an incredible framing device with second person POV. I loved how the rock interacted with all of the characters in this tale, influencing how you viewed those characters from the slanted POV. Leckie crushed it on this and really does have lavish prose IMO.
  8. Gnomon by Nick Harkaway - If you want your brain exploded with high concepts that will make a movie like Inception jealous, this book was a wild ride. By the end of the book, once the main murder mystery is solved, you'll want to immediately start over to piece it together with the shift in perspective and the new knowledge you have gained. I'm now a big Harkaway fan and hope to get to his other stuff.
  9. A Cavern of Black Ice by J.V. Jones - I am a massive ASOIF fan like many others and felt this was the closest I have gotten to recapturing that feeling I got when I read those first Martin novels. JV Jones is an underrated gem that deserves more recognition for the world she created: an ice covered land full of magic and political mayhem and scheming. I was so taken with this that I joined her Patreon page because she is finally back to writing further installments in this series after some seriously messed up personal issues. Another series that needs audiobooks.
  10. The Vagrant by Peter Newman tied with Ravencry by Ed McDonald - Okay I couldn't get it down just to the 10 because both of these books were great for me. Both had a very intriguing New Weird/Dark Fantasy world with monsters abound. The prose and characters are very different (The Vagrant being more mythical with Ravencry being more Lawrence/Abercrombie) but equally awesome. I didn't enjoy Crowfall quite as much as the previous entries in Raven's Mark but it was still very solid. I hope to continue in Newman's world ASAP.

Least Enjoyable Novel(s):

  1. Night Angel by Brent Weeks - Big whiff for me. I know a lot of people like Weeks but he just isn't my type of author. This read very juvenile and had some pretty rough characterizations, particularly the objectification of women. I was upset I wasted my money on this. :/
  2. Revelation Space by Alastair Reynolds - I think I was a victim of expectation with this one. The prose was very wooden to go with characters. While the world was cool, this had a ton of bloat associated with it. Not sure if I'll return to Reynolds despite getting a ton of love on printSF.

Other Notables:

Like I said, I read around 45ish books this year and you can see what else on my GR page.

Things I wish I got to:

Resolutions:

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2020.01.01 05:05 kungming2 2019 r/Choices Community Survey Results (2 of 3): LIs

This is the second of three posts with responses from our second annual 2019 community survey. This part is on questions and answers about LIs, including popularity, etc.
Please remember that what you're seeing are just opinions! You're free to agree or disagree.
(Note: You can see all the responses here) We had 1601 responses.
Also note: Answers have NOT been edited for spoilers. Please proceed at your own risk.
There are too many free-form answers overall, so what we do is present both aggregate data and a selection of free-form answers as well.

Overall

Favorite LI

I think people who follow the top flairs list that is posted every Saturday probably won't be surprised. For those with first mention, though, it was King Liam (130) and Damien way in the lead with 127, followed by Beckett (77), Jake (76).

Answers

Least Favorite LI

Lots of answers for "All the LIs in PTR" which would probably be the top result, but for individual ones on first mention, we had way in front, "Justin" from StD with 132+! I wonder if anybody has changed their mind since then.
No one else really came close. Ethan and Nate (53), Elliot (49), Drake and Nick (33), Chris (31), Kaitlyn (28), Beckett (27).

Answers

LI You Came to Like/Dislike

Beckett was a frequent topic of discussion, for both ways, and for every LI whom people grew to like, there also seems to have been a good amount the other way.

Approach

On a scale from 1-5, on how would you describe your approach towards going after LIs in stories, with 1 being "chaste" and 5 being "thirsty", the average across all answers was 3.86.

Multiple LIs

On a scale from 1-5, on how would you describe your attitude towards going after multiple LIs, with 1 being "monoamory" and 5 being "polyamory", the average across all answers was 2.51.

Most Wanted Non-official LI

The majority of suggestions here are female characters, possibly as a reflection of the relative dearth of female LIs. As last year, the top character was Olivia at 189+ mentions. No surprise there. Number two was Sienna (70+), way more than the ones after!
Other popular ones included at first mention Bianca (31), Slater (25), Courtney (24), Michelle (22), Dan (21), Everett (19), Aurora (16), Priya (15), Addison (14)

Answers

LIs By Book

Across the Void

Love Interest Respondents
Meridian 302
Sol 285
Kepler 184
Titania 173
Zekei 144

Pax

Love Interest Respondents
Holmes 782
Zaniah 248

Eos

Love Interest Respondents
Lyra 439
Zekei 251
Deimos 205
Oberon 137

America's Most Eligible

Love Interest Respondents
"Adam" 594
"Mackenzie" 386
Jen 183
Derek 159

Which "Adam"?

This follows the Wikia's numbering.
  1. "Adam" I (58.4%)
  2. "Adam" III (28.6%)
  3. "Adam" II (13%)

Which "Mackenzie"?

This follows the Wikia's numbering.
  1. "Mackenzie" I (42.5%)
  2. "Mackenzie" III (31.1%)
  3. "Mackenzie" II (26.4%)

Bachelorette Party

Love Interest Respondents
Reed 407
Ash 377
Aisha 311

Big Sky Country

Love Interest Respondents
Sawyer 635
Dallas 214
Juliette 212
Asha 103

Bloodbound

Love Interest Respondents
Adrian 678
Kamilah 381
Jax 230
Lily 46

Which Adrian?

This follows the Wikia's numbering.
  1. Adrian I (63.8%)
  2. Adrian III (30.9%)
  3. Adrian II (5.3%)

A Courtesan of Rome

Love Interest Respondents
Cassius 379
Marc Anthony 355
Sabina 254
Syphax 224

The Crown & The Flame

Kenna

Love Interest Respondents
Dom 531
Raydan 257
Annelyse 140
Diavolos 132
Val 131
Tevan 33

Dom

Love Interest Respondents
Kenna. 570
Sei 496
Will Jackson 111

Desire & Decorum

Love Interest Respondents
Ernest Sinclaire 761
Annabelle Parsons 301
Prince Hamid 172
Luke Harper 54

The Elementalists

Love Interest Respondents
Beckett 791
Shreya 285
Aster 122
Griffin 114

Endless Summer

Love Interest Respondents
Jake 571
Quinn 280
Sean 196
Estela 180

The Freshman Series

Love Interest Respondents
Zig 391
Chris 279
Kaitlyn 220
Becca 209
James 184

The Haunting of Braidwood Manor

Love Interest Respondents
Eleanor 653
Victor 424

Hero

Love Interest Respondents
Kenji 417
Eva 335
Grayson 288

The Heist: Monaco

Love Interest Respondents
Sonia 464
Fabien 354
Eris 139
Rye 123
Tillie 64

High School Story (original)

Love Interest Respondents
Michael 701
Maria 257
Emma 169
Aiden 139
Caleb 72

High School Story: Class Act

Love Interest Respondents
Skye 411
Rory (male) 347
Ajay 283
Rory (female) 142

Which Rory?

This follows the Wikia's numbering.
  1. Rory II (male) (37.5%)
  2. Rory II (female) (21.4%)
  3. Rory III (female) (13.8%)
  4. Rory I (male) (10.8%)
  5. Rory III (male) (9.6%)
  6. Rory I (female) (6.9%)

Home for the Holidays

Love Interest Respondents
Nick 570
Wyatt 266
Holly 187

It Lives Beneath

Love Interest Respondents
Parker 457
Tom 307
Danni 241
Imogen 127

It Lives in the Woods

Love Interest Respondents
Connor 387
Stacy 211
Lucas 202
Andy 195
Ava 145

LoveHacks

Love Interest Respondents
Ben 503
Mark 487
Leah 140

Mother of the Year

Love Interest Respondents
Thomas 692
Eiko 296
Levi 224

Nightbound

Love Interest Respondents
Nik 529
Cal 313
Katherine 237
Vera 135

Which Nik?

This follows the Wikia's numbering.
  1. Nik I (51.3%)
  2. Nik III (31.3%)
  3. Nik II (17.4%)

Open Heart

Love Interest Respondents
Ethan 573
Bryce 363
Jackie 244
Rafael 145

Passport to Romance

Love Interest Respondents
Ahmed 362
Elliot 272
Sumire 221
Marisa 201

Perfect Match

Love Interest Respondents
Damien 779
"Hayden" (female) 463
"Hayden" (male) 415
Sloane 198

Which "Hayden"?

This follows the Wikia's numbering.
  1. "Hayden" II (male) (27.9%)
  2. "Hayden" II (female) (24.8%)
  3. "Hayden" I (male) (19.7%)
  4. "Hayden" III (female) (16%)
  5. "Hayden" III (male) (10%)
  6. "Hayden" I (female) (1.6%)

Platinum

Love Interest Respondents
Raleigh (male) 615
Avery (female) 229
Avery (male) 187
Raleigh (female) 151
Shane 62

Which Avery?

  1. Male (55.7%)
  2. Female (44.3%)

Which Raleigh?

  1. Male (69.9%)
  2. Female (30.1%)

Red Carpet Diaries

Love Interest Respondents
Hunt 423
Matt 358
Victoria 211
Seth 107
Teja 101

Ride or Die

Love Interest Respondents
Logan 529
Colt 354
Mona 347

Which Logan?

This follows the Wikia's numbering.
  1. Logan I (41.3%)
  2. Logan II (35.7%)
  3. Logan III (13%)
  4. Logan IV (10%)

The Royal Romance/Heir

Love Interest Respondents
"Liam" 686
Drake 261
Hana 237
Maxwell 195

Which "Liam"?

This follows the Wikia's numbering.
  1. "Liam" III (48.4%)
  2. "Liam" I (43.8%)
  3. "Liam" II (7.8%)

Rules of Engagement

Love Interest Respondents
"Leo" 706
"Dean" 312
"William" 203

Party Twin

Love Interest Respondents
Blake 800
Mira 231
Carter 181

Save the Date

Love Interest Respondents
Simon 489
Lindsay 278
"Justin" 248

Sunkissed

Love Interest Respondents
Eliana 361
Nate 354
Samson 260

Veil of Secrets

Love Interest Respondents
Flynn 729
Naomi 283
Kate 126
Grant 103

Wishful Thinking

Love Interest Respondents
Jaime 522
Anna 408
Aubrey 250
Surprised at the results? Expecting them? Want to give your own hot take? Comment below!
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2019.12.26 10:23 TrueFishman Canadian/Male/19/Part 3

So now it’s time for part 3. This is going to be the segment where all my high school and college drama takes place.
Year 1
The first year of high school was filled with so many people who believed they were hotshots. I’m talking people who were on sports teams and always claimed to be the best at everything… no matter what the odds. Well, being a chubby kid back then made it hard to find real friends, but it didn’t really stop me. At the start, there was a few guys that made fun of me, some tried taking it past verbal, but it didn’t work out. At this point I had been working as a construction site hauler and cleaner for about a year, so my muscle mass built up, but was hidden under my extra padding. The first group was football players who were making fun on my stamina and short stature. This lasted for about 3 months until one day the quarterback/team captain attempted to tackle me in the halls, and I stopped him in his path like a brick wall and pushed him away with ease. The second group was 2 Mexicans, whom of which was also entertaining themselves by making fun of my weight. These guys never really stopped, but they never challenged my resolve either. Last there was this kid named Nick, and Nick was a jackass the first year I met him. He was also a chubby kid, but he felt the need to impress the football team, so he kept attacking me with fat comments until the day I pushed the team captain. After that he started acting like he was a gangster, claiming I was faking being hard.
He did this during our gym class, even in front of my teacher. My teacher had enough of his shit, but also could act because he couldn’t prove anything at that point. Eventually Nick pushed my buttons the wrong way. I was simply ignoring him and his comments one day, until he called me “an inbred retarded gay boy”. That was the last straw, and since this was during our Sex-ed course, we had desks. I got up, walked over to him, and with one hand, I flipped him and his desk over, and walked back to my seat. The teacher walked right after and sent him to the office. Ironically Nick because a nice acquaintance in my later years in high school, so people can change.
Also, during Gym, I got into a fight once. Its not uncommon for guys to fight, but this fist fight singlehandedly made me the monster of the school. We were playing badminton, and a guy named Teddy had an ego that was huge. He stated he could beat everyone he played, and since we were playing the king-of-the-hill styled game, I wanted to put it to the test. My friend, Matti, and I partnered up, and we were very good at badminton, very much to my surprise because I never really played before then. After everything was set and done, we went into the locker rooms, and I approach Teddy and told him it was great game, and he played great. He did not like that at all. He punched me in the face, then climbed on my back, throwing fists down on my head like the apes in Planet of The Apes. I remember slamming him into a bunch of hooks, down on a bench, at a metal door, then throwing across the room. In my defense, he was light. The fight ended, I left, got caught by my principle on the way out. He said that both I and Teddy were to be in detention, but low and behold, I never showed to it. At this point, everyone knew who I was, and that I was dangerous, a wild animal. I managed during the fight, to cut Teddy’s arm almost completely across, which he used as a tool to increase the hatred.
I did get 2 more members for my friend group, one being Josh, A quiet man. The other being Paul, A strange Mexican.
Year 2
At the start of Year2…. I’ll be honest, not much happened. I was still working; I made another friend named Martin. I can say that the worst part about my second year was a kid named Alex. So, this Alex was one of those kids who wanted everything to be about him. I bought lunch, he would try and eat it, I kept it away from him, he would punch me and tell me I’m an asshole. A one time, my friend Josh sent him a picture of a taco over Facebook over the weekend, and when we all got there on Monday, Alex showed up and punched josh in the face, saying that his cat had died and the taco picture pissed him off. I told him that if he ever so much as breathed on my friends again I would break his arms. He then tried punching me. I had a disjointed shoulder throughout high school, and I still grabbed his punch and pushing him on his ass that day. He stopped bugging us after that.
Oh yeah. One day Josh’s dad died one day, I think it was November the 23rd, and the first thing I said after Matti said he was sorry was, and I quote,” What are you sorry for? We didn’t kill him”. I think about that a lot, mainly because it made Josh smile and laugh, but also felt really bad to say.
Year 3
So, this year starts off with me making a new friend, named Evan. We met each other inside a Marketing course. I also managed to get inside his computer engineering course as well. Me and him got along immediately, and that’s what truly started my addiction to gaming. I got him to buy me Overwatch, and from then on, my life started crumbling without me realizing. I would hang out with Evan more then any of my other friends, so they would slowly start quieting down in conversations, some started putting headphones on. To make thing more interesting, Matti had just started dating both mine and Evans crush. Evan, during the time I spent with him, would complain about Matti, saying he doesn’t deserve Ximena, that’s her name, and that it makes no sense that she would choose him over Evan. This should have been the start of my suspicions, but my suspicions came too late. Come to the end of my 3rd year, my academic standard was gone, almost failing all my classes. I decided to hang out around Evan more, and over the summer I got a new job on a Lumber Yard. Matti and Ximena had unprotected sex over the summer, which ticked off Evan because they only knew each other for a year. Evan also spilled the beans on him liking a girl I knew, but he, and I quote, “Never expected to be with a black girl before.”
Year 4
Evan spills the beans to Ximena’s parents about unprotected sex stuff, which gets a wedge put between Ximena and Matti, that wedge being parents. Evan also tries to continue to woo the girl he likes, which in turn has the girl he likes contact me for help because she was confused about her feelings.
A little note, I hate being a part of another person’s relationship in any way shape or form, so everything asked to me from both parties pretty got answered with “its your relationship, make your own choice.”
Ximena’s cousin moves to the school, his name is Elias, and I got to learn why he changed schools. He attempted suicide at his old school, he failed, but couldn’t face it going back. I learned that Ximena also attempted suicide. I had never told any of my friends at school that I had become severely depressed over the past year. It was a combination of my body, my relationship, being single and no one really wanting me, which I see now as a complete joke, and my emotions, mainly anger stirring around like a boiled pot of stew. So, about halfway through the school year, Evan started getting pissed at Elias because Elias was trying to become friends with Evans new crush. I confronted Evan later and he said that she was his. After that she told Evan that she had been texting me, and Evan went ballistic, he demanded to see my phone. I had nothing to hide so I gave it to him. He read every text, and yet he got pissed because I was simply texting the girl he liked. We stopped talking. He started pulling my friend group away, telling lies like how much I thought they were losers. I spent most of my time in the library during lunch, and Beckett started coming by to say hi and talk with me. After about 3 weeks, Evan came back to me saying we both have been acting like children, and my first thought was “both? The fuck does you mean ‘us both’?” I was trying to move on, but I accepted him back into my life as a huge mistake. my depression was getting worse, so one day I went to Evan’s house, and he offered me a chance to get a girlfriend, because he knew a girl that was on the market. We got into contact and arranged a date. The girl was unique to say the least, mainly because she was a shoplifter, a high school reject, and overall a slut. (Please don’t hate me for using that word) Evan then calls me, and we decide to take our dates to his house, because he was on a date too. He then told me that our dates used to date each other, and now my brain hurts again. So, we get to Evan’s house, and after it gets dark, the girls want to go skinny dipping in Evan’s pool. He caved immediately. I followed them out and sat in a lawn chair in pouring rain. Later I would watch as my date would start making out with Evan, and Evan didn’t argue, or tell her to stop. In fact, he started feeling around the Crimson Cave. After that shitshow of a night happened, my parents wanted to know what happened, my sister wanted to know what happened, and about the school, because my sister was snapchatting everything before Evan’s house.
My sister got raped by her boyfriend around this time, and we could not fight him because his mother was a part of administration.
About a week later, some terrible new hit everyone. Beckett had been found dead in his house by his little brother. I refused to believe it. Some people started crying, some people started running to other classes. They had all the students in the cafeteria move to the Gym, and I sat in the bleachers. After the school had mostly congregated there, the principal was up to the front of the gym with a Microphone. I remember the exact words she said.
“As many of you now know, Student and major part of the Spartan Community, Beckett Smith, has been found, by his little brother, Ridley, not breathing in house at 10am today. We have been authorized to release the cause of death by the parents of Beckett Smith. Beckett Smith committed suicide. There will be a gathering on Saturday open to all, especially those who need help. As of now school is over, so feel free to leave or be with friends in this time of hardship.”
I remember when she said he committed suicide, I felt it in my core, something broke. My eyes went blurry, I couldn’t hear anyone around me. After the principle finished her announcement, I had so many people around me, trying to comfort me, and my friends, because we were the closest to Beckett at school. As everyone around me was crying, I didn’t, to me it was important that I stayed strong for everyone else. I cried myself to sleep that night, and the next day I went to work.
Everyone was still coming up to me the next week, but there was a problem with that week that almost threw me off the edge. We had an announcement one day, and since it was prom week, there was a lot of rumors about what was going to happen. The principle walked on stage and told everyone that prom was being moved to June. The room lit up with girls complaining about dresses and tux rentals, and the best one I heard was “but we were having an after prom”. I also heard someone say that it wasn’t fair. The anger I felt was unbearable, so I stood up, and as I looked across the room, I saw Beckett’s best friend William stand up too.
“Hey” William shouted.
“That’s my friend that died you’re complaining about. Maybe think about something else other then getting laid you whores.”
William couldn’t have said it better, I would have just been much scarier.
College
So, at the end of the year, I managed to graduate. I got on with my life, I went into college in debt, taking the same class as Evan. I sucked at attending classes, I hated courses and didn’t show up, I didn’t do any exams. I pretty much failed there. The problem was I was focusing on Evan too much, he was out of class, but I had class, I’d leave to join him. Evan focused on Pokémon, mainly trying to make the game instead of listening in class, but I did know a lot about the classes, so I tried to help, but Evan just kept surrounding himself with video games. Eventually he meets another girl he likes, and he has no confidence to ask her out until I told him to do what was best, so he got his co-workers to ask her out for him. I saw this as a little pathetic, but I have 0 dating experience so I can’t judge. His girlfriend tells him about a unique course at her college called Esports Entrepreneurship and Development. Both him and I thought we would do good there, but I would have to move. I got an apartment lined up, quit my job at the Lumber Yard, and sat at home for 2 weeks doing nothing but eating food and playing video games, occasionally heading out to see Evan. See the problem, my parents did. Evan came to my house on the worse day of my life. He wanted to go out somewhere, I said sure, as I was leaving, I told my dad where I was going. My dad told me I wasn’t allowed to leave that day, that I had other responsibilities. I refused to listen and kept going to the door, and my dad threatened me that if I was going to leave the house that I wouldn’t be welcomed back. I kept going, playing his bluff, so he followed me outside, where now Evan was pulled into the argument. My dad told him to leave if he was a friend of mine, and Evan responded with you can’t blame me for making Vincent’s life a living hell. He then got in his car and drove out our driveway up to the mailbox. The argument continued back inside, shit was said, my dad tried assaulting me, I defended. Then the police were called. My mom called the police on Evan, who was at that point trespassing on private property. My sister called the police on me, for how violent I was becoming. The police arrived, and I was kicked out of my house, I could only grab a few things, and then I was escorted out by police.
My drive to my apartment was one filled with dark thoughts, especially because I felt a need to drive into a tree at 150 kph just to end my suffering, but I didn’t. I got to my apartment, bought food with the little money I had, and went to sleep. My parents had forgiven me after a week, but they were helping me move in the day after I was kicked out. Evan said nothing to me for the 1 ½ months I was there. I managed to move back in with my parents, I work with them, and one day I went to where Evan works. He greeted me with “hey, it’s my best friend.” And I was so ready to call bullshit on him. The best part was, when the awkward part about the argument came around, instead of asking about me, he said “I didn’t like what your parents said to me.” Nothing about how I felt, or how it was like being destroyed from the inside out. It was at that moment I realized that he wasn’t a real friend, he and I just thought we were, and I was 3 years too late to see it. Now I’ve blocked him on everything but messenger, and he’s asking what he’s down to deserve being ghosted.
You tell me, does he deserve being ghosted or the truth. I know not everything was his fault, but funny thing is, I’m not really that depressed anymore… but I did have 2 existential crises in 4 months… don’t know if its an improvement.
Also my family and I put down my dog that summer. It was really sad.
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2019.09.13 04:40 ThatGreenSolGirl Due Date Roll Call And List Of Parents

Every 6 months a new due date list is created because the old one becomes archived.
If you want to be included please comment in the format asked. For due dates the format is: Full month then day - your username with the correct capitalization/format
For parents the format is your username - What you'd like to say about your baby, so baby peanut, baby girl, baby (name) born Month Day, Year
This thread will expire around March 12, 2020. If you notice this thread is no longer accepting comments please message a mod so it can be resubmitted.
2019
October 20 - u/bagelsandcereal
October 22 a u/mrs-ron-weasley
October 23 - u/savagelatte
October 24th - u/whats_your_flavor
October 25 - u/pan-pamdilemma and bubbob5817
October 26 - u/kahlualualua and AK_Stark
October 27 - u/Lcerrito
October 28 - tiffibean13 and bforbravo
October 29 - u/EMistic and gvarjasi
October 30 - u/jenniferm0123
November 1st - u/medboss
November 4 - somewhereyoufeelfree
November 7- u/HappyFern
November 10 - u/LavenderOtter143
November 15 - u/kanadia82
November 19 - acwylie
November 22- u/snowkitty100 and u/kklarue81 and u/WispyGrays
November 24 - MacDaddiO
November 30 - u/grisduck
December 1 - koobashell
December 5 - kumanoa and u/coppers_keeper
December 7 - u/eladee
December 8 - u/mbserd87
December 18 - u/LorlyPops and u/One_Angry_Dwarf
December 20 - LadyMogMog
December 25 - u/andreainternet
December 29 - u/samthemander
2020
January 2 -Elara829 and GetOutYourCane
January 3 - u/leighmd
January 5 - u/unusualhammer
January 17 - idoyogasometimes
January 21 - pinkestpickle
January 22 - sweetbluemango
February 2 - u/wakingupmaria
February 4 - u/casrif
February 5 - u/landofthemorningcalm
February 6 - u/panjabisher
February 8 - screamingaboutham and jmdtova
February 11 - u/biddleswife
February 14 - arethafeatherbottom and lululauren00
February 20 - amusedfeline
February 23 - u/987654321mre
February 24 - u/jenn4255
February 27 - wannabe_mama
March 2 - u/ThenTheyWereBatman and foxyfox74
March 3 - 1234ld
March 5 - u/not_all_cats
March 7 - u/ImFamousOnImgur with u/Objecting-Unicorn
March 8 - u/mrs_burkelton
March 11 - byrd1987
March 12, 2020 - PMMe_Prime_Ministers
March 19 is u/KittyKes
March 20, 2020 u/SuperTFAB
March 21 - u/thisismereallysigh
March 22 - byrd1987
March 25 - mrs_burkelton and u/Been_there_done_this
March 28- u/HeNe632
March 30 - u/bowla-gravy
April 7 - quicklynew and u/FiniganBeginAgain
April 9 - frogsgoribbit737
April 15 - u/Paper__
April 16 - blanketytank0808 and janae0728
April 22 - u/spinmagnus
April 25 - Paper__ and u/pssyched
May 1 - finiganbeginagain and booboobeluga
May 3 - northerthanyou
May 10 - u/Jord345
May 30th - MagnoliaBeach
June 4 elchupalabrador
Moms and Dads
tothemoonsunshine - baby born July 10, 2012
amorninggrouch - Penelope born August 2012
ratherbesleeping - Elliot born September 2012
curiouslywanting - Leo born October 2012
SpicyWolf47 - Evie born January 2013
WiggleBottom - Issac born March 28, 2013
tothemoonsunshine - baby born March 29, 2013
uhohhno - O born April 2013
Ephymeris - baby girl Rielle born June 27, 2013
thatgreensolgirl - Boy born July 2013
hurryupbaby - Luke born August 2013
xxlilstepsxx - Conlan born August 2013
nicup79 - Zoë born October 16, 2013
tasha_s - Evan born October 2013
farmererin - Charlotte born October 2013
asjs5 - Robert born October 20, 2013
pnut - Mabel born October, 2013
MountaintopMoment - Montgomery and Edmund born November 6, 2013
jdaria - Benjamin born November 11, 2013
beaReddy - Elliot born November 2013
gardengirl129 - Baby Boy E born November 2013
nichole123 - Judah born December 23, 2013
honmamichin - Z born December 2013
njen - Kane born December 2013
redidnot - Freya born December 2013
moontrooper - baby boy born December 2013
reginalove84 - Oliver born January 2014
rcb1813 - Alice Mae born January 2014
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mack2nite - Baby Mack girl born May 16, 2014
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stringbeena - Caroline born June 23, 2014
countofmoldycrisco - Baby girl born July 7, 2014
milfanie - Eliza born July 8, 2014
PirateZero - Zoya born July 14, 2014
weejadoo - Baby boy born July 16, 2014
slumlord2001 - Mia born July 18, 2014
bebbykins - Griffin born July 21, 2014
eliwhi - Micah and Beckett July 24, 2014
RevealNothing - Henrik born July 29, 2014
cheshirecat99 - Nathan born July 30, 2014
jmdtova - Amelia Rose born August 1, 2014
KosherDill - Norah born August 4, 2014
zzzzygote - Liam born August 7, 2014
AwkwardOrangeHippo - Claire born August 15, 2014
Rdleela - Lux born August 16, 2014
buddha_obrien - Darby Elaine born August 20, 2014
sroethele - Jude born August 27, 2014
socphd - Katherine born August 30, 2014
mhende - Eloise born August 31, 2014
TracyKasten - George William and Marie Lynn born September 2, 2014
dedicednu - boy born September 17, 2014
nucleusaccumbi - baby girl born September 23, 2014
skunk-works - twin boys born September 27, 2014
LowOnHope - twin boys born October 9, 2014
cats_love_lutefisk - twin girls born October 20, 2014
nfgchick79 - Baby K born October 29, 2014
OrganizedSprinkles - Dennis born November 7, 2014
biogenmom - Carson born November 16, 2014
thinkdaisy - daughter born November 21, 2014
pnkpanthr25 -Jameson and Donovan born December 1, 2014
jalyndai - Seth born December 3, 2014
disquietingmuses - Hazel born December 20, 2014
magooey - baby girl born December 21, 2014
shermanators_wife - baby boy born December 26, 2014
pamplemousse2 - Baby boy born January 1, 2015
thatpoloniusguy - Julia born January 3, 2015
zoraptera - Baby Zed born January 17, 2015
Ro_in_the_room - Samuel born January 29, 2015
BeefyKat - Boy born January 30th 2015
okibubm - Baby girl Gianna born February 12, 2015
apanda1084 - baby boy L born March 13, 2015
montanadoodle - baby Z born March 14, 2015
razzertto - Baby girl LL born March 23, 2015
Hopecat - Babies J and V born March 29, 2015
larabair - baby boy born April 1, 2015
SweetSheepie - Victoria born April 7, 2015
tfwaifu26 - Elijah born April 9th, 2015
Shh_its_me - Babies J and O born April 26, 2015
RositaYouBitch - Baby boy "Pond" born May 3, 2015
GrammaMo - Baby girl M born May 7, 2015
Iamagnu - Daughter born May 8, 2015
melissaelaine - Baby boy born June 2015
talula79 - Matilda born June 1, 2015
curiouslywanting - JP born June 1, 2015
SJP8 - Baby girl SJP born June 19, 2015
bandgeek_foreves - Dominic born June 27, 2015
dutchqueen - Emma and Mason born July 16, 2015
facesthewall - Baby boy born July 25, 2015
afikomeme - Twin boys J and N born August 9, 2015
angela52689 - Baby boy born September 6, 2015
futurecompanion11- Niamh born September 20, 2015
frellz - baby boy T born October 18, 2015
hopeisaliar2 - Franklin born October 20, 2015
yellowbug73 - Girl born November 11, 2015
septicidal - Baby Boy G born on November 21, 2015
jaina_jade - Girl born November 27, 2015
Queen_Red - Girl born November 30, 2015
FireyLily - Girl M born January 6, 2016
reidiate - Girl born February 2, 2016
Semirelatednonsense - Atlas born February 10, 2016
becabecaful - Brennan born February 10, 2016
angsaysrawr - Twins born February 11, 2016
HeartChakra22 - Bradley born February 21, 2016
hopefaithandlove - Baby girl born March 2, 2016
smutsmutsmut - IVF+ICSI Baby boy born March 11, 2016
handywife6 - Boy born March 16, 2016
uhohhno - E born April 2016
fivefuzzieroommates - Kit and Dot born May 2, 2016
ravdaggry - Twin boys born May 19, 2016
J_schustey & C_schustey - Boy/Girl Twins born May 25, 2016
marbleavengers - Lady C born June 9, 2016
mint_peppermint_tea - E born June 12, 2016
awkwardorangehippo - Andrea born June 21, 2016
micmel444 - Baby B born June 25, 2016
dobberkins - Finnegan and Bennett born July 6, 2016
fawnhollow - Vaughn and Harrison born on July 21st, 2016
Rdleela - Second child born July 23, 2016
sonalogy - Baby boy born August 11, 2016
bakinglove - Baby love born August 24, 2016
tilman2015 - Jacob born September 12, 2016
Tamoss - Baby girl A born September 15th 2016
feistlab baby girl born September 15, 2016
medtech07 - Boy/girl twins born September 19, 2016
sothisisfun - Baby girl born September 20, 2016
motherofdragonbabies triplets born September 27, 2016
attemptingtobe - Baby Harper born October 7, 2016
lwalsh07 - baby girl Madelyn born October 19, 2016
charloween - Zoë Penelope born October 20, 2016
squirrelgirl22 - Girl born October 23, 2016
nucleusaccumbi - Boy born October 30, 2016
alphalimahotel - Baby born November 16, 2016
marbar531 - Boy born November 17, 2016
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ihearthiking - Rainbow girl born December 13, 2016
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beautifulballoons - Baby M born December 21, 2016
vespertine124 - Baby R born January 7, 2017
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emberella - Baby girl Ember born January 12, 2017
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mrsjlac - Baby Boy born January 27, 2017
moniquerobyn - Baby girl Eloise February 21, 2017
pookiewook - baby girl born on March 15, 2017
cmunky12 - girl born March 20, 2017
teachingandbeaching - Boy/Girl twins born May 2, 2017
u/bunnabon Baby girl Lyra born May 6, 2017
allbustnoballs - Baby girl born May 19, 2017
CatCrazy4Life - Baby girl born June 19, 2017
goobs712 - Baby Girl, NJC, born July 1, 2017
reidiates - Baby boy born August 11, 2017
beermethestrength - Baby James born August 14, 2017
GIMMIE_ALL_THE_BABIES - Girls I&M were born Sept 7, 2017
4yrsandcounting - Baby boy born September 8, 2017
ThatGreenSolGirl - Boy born October 2017
u/JaxDee15 - Baby girl born October 1, 2017
leatherjuice - Baby J born Oct 14, 2017
u/muliejida - Baby girl born November 17, 2018
doofcat - Baby Jamie born November 24, 2017
clearly_notincontrol - Baby boy born December 5, 2017
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sesquipedalian158 - boy born January 22, 2018
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baileycoraline - baby boy born March 2018
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u/alvarezrodrigo Baby girl born June 12, 2018
tilman2015 - Baby Theodore born June 30th, 2018
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GrumpyPenguin808 - baby boy born September 30, 2018
u/jungle4john baby Jack born October 2018
RNnoturwaitress Lucas Oliver born October 1, 2018
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-alwayswaiting- baby boy born January 1, 2019
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mrs_marshmellow - Nora Grey born February 1, 2019
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ringopiggle gorgeous little girl born February 27, 2019
SweetSheepie -Hannah born March 22, 2019
kahrs12 - baby girl born April 3, 2019
brainystark DJ, born April 8, 2018
u/Kabira17 - Baby Girl born April 17, 2019
adalbert_waffling -baby boy born April 29, 2019
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Tamoss - Baby boy B born July 8, 2019
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2019.05.13 20:15 ABMBadman Releases of the Week 5/13 - 5/19

This post will be updated throughout the week as releases are announced. If there is a release from any artist or gallery that you are aware of that has not been posted please contribute in the comments below.

POSTER RELATED WEBSITE LINKS
May ISO/FOR SALE thread
Ongoing Print Commissions
Last Week's Releases
This Week's Releases:
Date Release Artist Gallery Release Time
5/13 Eric Draven EWAF (timed release through 5/13 11:59PM ET) Jason Edmiston
5/13 Aladdin Pins Matt Taylor MONDO
5/13 Mystery Tube Sale Hero Complex Gallery
5/13 Metallica (Zurich) Tracie Ching Nakatomi Inc. 3PM ET
5/14 Forager (timed release through 5/15 10:59AM ET) James Jean 11AM ET
5/14 Texas Frightmare Online Release Part 1 MONDO Random
5/14 Rabbit Fire Ian Glaubinger BNG 12PM ET
5/14 Where's the Kaboom?! Dan Mumford BNG 12PM ET
5/14 Mystery Tube Sale Tom Whalen 1PM ET
5/15 The Dude Dave Merrell
5/15 Gabriel Picolo Web Store Launch Gabriel Picolo 12PM ET
5/15 Music Weekly: Nightmare on Elm Street LP + The Evil Dead 2XLP & Distro Titles! MONDO 1PM ET
5/16 Idiocracy Leslie Herman MONDO Random
5/16 Raising Arizona Leslie Herman MONDO Random
5/16 Halloween II Marc Schoenbach BNG 12PM ET
5/16 IT Ben Turner BNG 12PM ET
5/16 Metallica (Zurich) f4d Studios 12PM ET
5/16 Spider-Man vs. Venom Chris Skinner Grey Matter Art 1PM ET
5/16 The Amazing Spider-Man #800 Gabriele Dell'Otto Grey Matter Art 1PM ET
5/17 Age of Preternia Emiliano Santalucia Mad Duck Posters 12PM ET
5/17 Rescue the King/The Horror of Slime Pit Earl Norem Mad Duck Posters 12PM ET
5/17 In Full Bloom Sasha Ira Luna Print Collective 12PM ET
5/17 Texas Frightmare Leftovers Online Release Jason Edmiston 12PM ET
5/17 Star Wars Perspectives Set APs Andy Fairhurst 2PM ET
5/17 80 Years of Batman Gallery Show MONDO 7PM CT
5/18-19 SOFA Con Various Artists
5/18 Teagan White Sofa Con Releases Teagan White 1PM ET
5/18 Ryan Duggan Sofa Con Releases Ryan Duggan 1:30PM ET
5/18 Sonny Day Sofa Con Releases Sonny Day 2PM ET
5/18 Jessica Seamans Sofa Con Releases Jessica Seamans 2:30PM ET
5/18 Dan Black Sofa Con Releases Dan Black 3PM ET
5/18 Scott C. Sofa Con Releases Scott C. 3:30PM ET
5/18 Becky & Frank Sofa Con Releases Becky & Frank 4PM ET
5/18 Yoskay Yamamoto Sofa Con Releases Yoskay Yamamoto 4:30PM ET
5/18 Tara McPherson Sofa Con Releases Tara McPherson 5PM ET
5/18 Daniel Danger Sofa Con Releases Daniel Danger 5:30PM ET
5/18 Aaron Horkey Sofa Con Releases Aaron Horkey 6PM ET
5/18 Tomer Hanuka Sofa Con Releases Tomer Hanuka 6:30PM ET
5/19? The Long Night (timed release through 5/19 11:59PM ET) Andy Fairhurst BNG
5/19 Matthew Woodson Sofa Con Releases Matthew Woodson 1PM ET
5/19 Tula Lotay Sofa Con Releases Tula Lotay 1:30PM ET
5/19 Sam Wolfe Connelly Sofa Con Releases Sam Wolfe Connelly 2PM ET
5/19 Becky Cloonan Sofa Con Releases Becky Cloonan 2:30PM ET
5/19 Randy Ortiz Sofa Con Releases Randy Ortiz 3PM ET
5/19 Richey Beckett Sofa Con Releases Richey Beckett 3:30PM ET
5/19 Laura Berger Sofa Con Releases Laura Berger 4PM ET
5/19 Travis Millard Sofa Con Releases Travis Millard 4:30PM ET
5/19 Audrey Kawasaki Sofa Con Releases Audrey Kawasaki 5PM ET
5/19 Mike Mitchell Sofa Con Releases Mike Mitchell 5:30PM ET
5/19 Alex Pardee Sofa Con Releases Alex Pardee 6PM ET
5/19 Lorien Stern Sofa Con Releases Lorein Stern 6:30PM ET
Future Releases:
Date Release Artist Gallery Release Time
5/? The Exorcist APs Matt Ryan Tobin TBA
5/? Texas Frightmare Online Release Part 2 MONDO Random
5/21 Bias by Numbers Shepard Fairey 1PM ET
5/21 Rick & Morty Art Show BNG 7PM ET
5/24 Eraserhead Marko Manev Spoke Art 7PM PT
5/24 Eraserhead Bartosz Koswoski Spoke Art 7PM PT
5/24 Trading Cards 4 Gallery Show Cuyler Smith Gallery 1988 7PM PT
5/24 The 90's Gallery Show Multiple Artists Gallery 1988 7PM PT
5/28 Eraserhead (online release) Marko Manev Spoke Art TBA
5/28 Eraserhead (online release) Bartosz Koswoski Spoke Art TBA
5/31 The Lost Boys John Alvin BNG
6/1 Welker Studios 2.0 Grand Opening David Welker BNG 2PM ET
6/1 My Colour With U In Mind Solo Exhibition Yoskay Yamamoto Giant Robot 6:30PM PT
6/13 The Art of Greg Ruth: A Twin Peaks Interpretation Online Release Part 4 Greg Ruth MONDO 1PM ET
6/14 FergxFlorey Exhibition Matt Ferguson & Florey BNG
7/11 The Art of Greg Ruth: A Twin Peaks Interpretation Online Release Part 5 Greg Ruth MONDO 1PM ET
7/12 I am Gabz Solo Show Gabz BNG 6PM ET
7/18-21 San Diego Comic Con 2019
8/15 The Art of Greg Ruth: A Twin Peaks Interpretation Online Release Part 6 Greg Ruth MONDO 1PM ET
9/14-15 MondoCon 5 (2019)
10/3-6 New York Comic Con 2019
11/9-10 Thought Bubble UK 2019
11/22-24 DesignerCon 2019
?/? Winter is Coming Mark Englert BNG 12PM ET
?/? Captain Marvel Doaly TBA TBA
?/? Zatanna John Keaveney BNG 12PM ET
?/? Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Matt Ferguson BNG 12PM ET
?/? Detective Pikachu Matt Taylor TBA TBA
?/? TBA William Stout ISH
?/? TBA Rockin'Jelly Bean ISH
?/? War of the Realms Matt Taylor MONDO TBA
?/? Die Hard 17th & Oak TBA
?/? 2001: A Space Odyssey Matthew Woodson
?/? Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Doaly TBA
?/? Avengers: Infinity War Marko Manev TBA
?/? Fraggle Rock Marq Spusta BNG 12PM ET
?/? Jaws Matt Ferguson TBA
?/? E.T. Matt Ferguson TBA
?/? Jackie Brown Stan & Vince MONDO Random
?/? Zootopia Tom Whalen Cyclops Print Works TBA
?/? Coco TBA Cyclops Print Works TBA
?/? Blade Runner Tula Lotay TBA TBA
?/? Jurassic Park Gallery Show TBA MONDO TBA
?/? Jaws 3 Jay Shaw MONDO TBA
?/? Jaws 4: The Revenge TBA MONDO TBA
?/? Indiana Jones TBA MONDO TBA
?/? Jurassic Park: The Chaos Gene Board Game MONDO TBA
?/? Fight Club Card Game MONDO TBA
?/? Jurassic Park Mondoids MONDO TBA
?/? Future Batman: The Animated Series Figures MONDO TBA
?/? Mondo Mecha Spider-Man MONDO TBA
?/? Mondo Mecha Black Panther MONDO TBA
?/? Mondo Mecha Captain America MONDO TBA
?/? Gordon Freeman Statue MONDO
?/? T-Rex Tiki Mug MONDO TBA
?/? Jaws Tiki Mug MONDO TBA
?/? Designer Tiki Mug Becky Cloonan MONDO TBA
?/? Designer Tiki Mug Urban Aztec MONDO TBA
?/? Designer Tiki Mug Doug P'Gosh MONDO TBA
?/? Designer Tiki Mug Matt Ryan Tobin MONDO TBA
?/? Designer Tiki Mug Sara Deck MONDO TBA
?/? Creature from the Black Lagoon Tiki Mug Gary Pullin MONDO TBA
?/? Sorcerer Mickey Tiki Mug MONDO TBA
?/? Scrooge McDuck Tiki Mug MONDO TBA
?/? The Lion King Tiki Mug MONDO TBA
?/? Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas Tiki Mug MONDO TBA
?/? Scott C. Gallery Show Scott C. MONDO TBA

The Ongoing Print Commissions thread is being updated frequently to ensure that it has a current list of titles being offered, it now includes artists and links for most commissions be sure to check it out.

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2019.04.03 00:49 tehawesomedragon New Marvel Comics and Releases for April 3rd, 2019 - Official Discussion Hub [Spoilers]

If you missed it, last week's thread may be found here.
The following were the most popular releases of last week (Mar 27): Daredevil #3 Amazing Spider-Man #18 Avengers: No Road Home #7 Fantastic Four #8 Superior Spider-Man #4 Age of X-Man: The X-tremists #2 Invaders #3 Doctor Strange #12
New to Marvel Comics? Not sure where to start? Whether you're completely new to comics or you're just looking for something great to read, head on over to the Recommended Reading page for a handy guide put together by Tigertemprr!
Looking for a quick guide to current Marvel comics? Check out our Marvel Fresh Start Relaunch Schedule for release dates on all the Marvel titles releasing now!
Also, War of the Realms is finally here! Here are the checklists for April and May to keep you up to date with all of the tie-ins you need!
By popular demand, read about the Character of the Month here, with info and a recommended reading list by tehawesomedragon!
Discuss Captain Marvel
We now have a Discord! Feel free to stop on by to chat about anything Marvel.
MOD NOTE: Last week we decided to discontinue Meme Monday, and therefore all meme posts are prohibited and subject to removal. Read more about that here.

New Issues Out This Week

Age of X-Man: Prisoner X #2 W: Vita Ayala A: German Peralta THE AGE OF X-MAN CONTINUES! Bishop must navigate between the various mutant gangs to find the truth beyond the walls of the prison. Can Bishop trust the other inmates, like Polaris? Or will he have to break out solo?
Amazing Spider-Man #18.HU W: Nick Spencer A: Ken Lashley “HUNTED” TIE-IN! Spider-Man’s most dangerous villain, THE GIBBON, is back and – He’s not Spidey’s most feared foe? Then why are we? You want me to read the script? Oh man. That’s insane.
Avengers: No Road Home #8 W: Al Ewing, Mark Waid, Jim Zub A: Paco Medina THE ALL-NEW WEEKLY AVENGERS EVENT CONTINUES! Team Hulk vs. Nyx, Queen of Night! Team Herc vs. Oizys, Creature of Misery! One Avenger faces the supreme test – and one Avenger falls! LEGACY #716
Captain America #9 W: Ta-Nehisi Coates A: Adam Kubert CAPTAIN OF NOTHING continues! No costume, no shield, trapped behind bars with a thousand villains and killers who’d like nothing more than to see him dead, Steve Rogers fights back — and he can do it all day!
Champions #4 W: Jim Zub A: Steven Cummings Miles Morales...what have you done? The Champions reach a crossroads as dark forces lay their claim.
Conan the Barbarian #5 W: Jason Aaron A: Mahmud Asrar SET SAIL ON A SHIP OF THE DEAD! CONAN leaves the land for the life of a pirate! How did he survive disaster during the most ominous voyage of his life on a ship surrounded by dead men? And the CRIMSON WITCH’s dark plans for KING CONAN become grimly clear! PLUS: The fifth chapter in the ALL-NEW Conan novella “BLACK STARLIGHT,” begun in issue #1 of CONAN THE BARBARIAN!
Cosmic Ghost Rider Destroys Marvel History #2 W: Paul Scheer, Nick Giovannetti A: Todd Nauck The Destruction of Marvel History continues! Can Cosmic Ghost Rider take up the mantle once Spider-Man is no more? With great power, there must also come total irresponsibility! Take a seat and prepare to have your childhood memories destroyed.
Deadpool #11 W: Skottie Young A: Scott Hepburn DEADPOOL: BONELESS AND EXTRA CRISPY! Good Night has removed Deadpool’s bones! What has Good Night been doing since Deadpool killed his parents? I know the answer. It’s…it’s kinda messed up, you guys.
Domino: Hotshots #2 W: Gail Simone A: David Baldeon NOW WITH 100% MORE DEADPOOL! Six undercover, highly trained, armed-to-teeth women are hunting a device from space that changes life as we know it... wait, who invited Wade?!
Immortal Hulk #16 W: Al Ewing A: Joe Bennett Once upon a time, Rick Jones was the Hulk’s best friend. Now Rick Jones is dead...and gone. To learn why, Bruce Banner will have to face roaming gamma experiments, an assassin out for his blood... and the one thing that can cage the IMMORTAL HULK.
Major X #1 W: Rob Liefeld A: Rob Liefeld WHO IS MAJOR X? A mysterious new player enters the Marvel Universe and the X-Men are in his crosshairs! What is his mission and how can the man known as Cable hope to stop him? Writeartist Rob Liefeld introduces a new wrinkle in the saga of Marvel’s Mightiest Mutants!
Marvel Super Hero Adventures: Spider-Man - Web Designers #1 W: Sholly Fish, Ty Templeton A: Mario Delpennino, Ty Templeton Being a Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man means friends and foes alike! But whether Spidey’s slinging jokes or slinging webs, he’s sure to bring a smile to the faces of readers of all ages! Come discover your Spider-Sense of adventure in the latest issue of this bombastic series that’s got everyone from one to 100 talking!
Marvel Team-Up #1 W: Eve Ewing A: Joey Vazquez THE CLASSIC MARVEL TEAM-UP RETURNS! After a science demonstration at Empire State University goes awry, Ms. Marvel and Spider-Man find themselves tangled up in the same chaotic adventure. Is it destiny? Or disaster?! Eve L. Ewing (IRONHEART) and Joey Vazquez (SPIDER-GEDDON) team up for the first thrilling arc of a mind-bending and magnificent new series!
Punisher #10 W: Matthew Rosenberg A: Szymon Kudranski THE JIGSAW PUZZLE! It’s all-out war on the streets of Bagalia, and Baron Zemo is bringing in every ringer he can. Including Frank’s old nemesis, JIGSAW! This fight’s been a long time coming…
Solo: A Star Wars Story Adaptation #7 W: Robbie Thompson A: William Sliney THE FINAL SHOWDOWN! HAN SOLO is out of options and out of allies, and DRYDEN wants him dead... Will BECKETT’s double-cross be Han’s undoing? Will Han do the right thing despite that it could cost him and CHEWBACCA their lives? Find out in the thrilling conclusion to SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY, featuring material not seen in the film!
Spider-Gwen: Ghost Spider #7 W: Seanan McGuire A: Takeshi Miyazawa Struggling to find her place as SPIDER-WOMAN in a city that seems to revere her and hate her in equal measure, GWEN STACY has taken matters into her own hands by becoming a hero for hire! That should make her first date with Harry Osborn a breeze, right? After all, how many people could REALLY need Spider-Woman’s help, after all?
Star Wars #64 W: Kieron Gillen A: Angel Unzueta “THE SCOURGING OF SHU-TORUN” PART 3! LEIA leads her covert team deep into the heart of the royal palace of SHU-TORUN. BENTHIC leads the PARTISANS deep inside the horrific edifice of THE SPIKE. A rebel victory could cripple the Empire for good. A little scourging is one thing...but the death of a planet?
Uncanny X-Men #15 W: Matthew Rosenberg A: Salvador Larroca Cyclops and the X-Men have set out to save mutantkind…but the Mutant Liberation Front isn’t going to just wait for it to happen! Led by one of the X-Men’s own, the MLF is willing to do whatever it takes to stop mutant oppression…even kill any mutant who stands in their way…
War of the Realms #1 W: Jason Aaron A: Russell Dauterman THE WORLD AT WAR! Asgard. Alfheim. Heven. Jotunheim. Muspelheim. Niffleheim. Nidavellir. Svartalfheim. Vanaheim. All of the Ten Realms have fallen to Malekith and his army except one: Midgard. Home to Thor’s beloved humans. Home to heroes and gods alike. Now, at last, it burns. And Thor won’t even be there to see it. All hell breaks loose in New York City as Malekith and his allies begin their invasion — and the greatest heroes of the Marvel Universe watch as the Earth falls!

Weekly Pull Poll

The results of last week's poll are in. The big winners this week for your Most Anticipated New Release are War of the Realms #1 followed by Immortal Hulk #16 and Champions #4.
Click here to vote on next week's Most Anticipated Release!
Previous spotlight releases: Amazing Spider-Man #18, Spider-Man: Life Story #1, Avengers: No Road Home #5, Immortal Hulk #14.

General Discussion

What comic best represents the decade it was released?
WANNA START A GENERAL DISCUSSION? LEAVE YOUR QUESTION IN THE COMMENTS BELOW WITH THE HEADER: "GD QUESTION"
MOD NOTE: We are working on starting a new weekly discussion and figured we let you guys be a part of the development as well. Starting in the next week or two, general discussions will spin-off into their own individual megathreads, and you will still be linked to it from here. We're hoping that this will encourage more community interactivity and help move the sub in the direction we pursue. Always feel free to comment or message us with any feedback or suggestions!
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2019.03.08 22:09 ThatGreenSolGirl Due Date Roll Call and List of Parents

Every 6 months a new due date list is created because the old one becomes archived.
If you want to be included please comment in the format asked. For due dates the format is: Full month then day - your username with the correct capitalization/format
For parents the format is your username - What you'd like to say about your baby, so baby peanut, baby girl, baby (name) born Month Day, Year
This thread will expire around September 8, 2018. If you notice this thread is no longer accepting comments please message a mod so it can be resubmitted.
2019
August 22 - u/MStock_t1
August 23 - iliikepie
August 24 - PurpleLily
August 28 - u/ToastedPoodle and theresejo
August 29th u/runninglucy
August 30 - reluctantlydecaf
August 31 - nelvana
September 1 - infertymyrty and snowballmouse
September 2 - u/RTJ333
September 4- u/arlenev0420
September 6 - u/AllTheStars07
September 9 - I-we-Gaia and ohiosunshine
September 16 - cdf817
September 22 - tilman2015
October 3 - grisduck
October 7 - u/missolli3
October 9 - justcallme_c
October 10 - littlest1
October 12 - MissEL17
October 13 thegreymalkindidit
October 15 - u/eldjerid
October 16 - xisus and ranatrafusca
October 17 - ohlookapuppy
October 20 - u/bagelsandcereal
October 22 a u/mrs-ron-weasley
October 23 - u/savagelatte
October 24th - u/whats_your_flavor
October 25 - u/pan-pamdilemma and bubbob5817
October 26 - u/kahlualualua and AK_Stark
October 27 - u/Lcerrito
October 28 - tiffibean13
October 29 - u/EMistic and gvarjasi
October 30 - u/jenniferm0123
November 1st - u/medboss
November 4 - somewhereyoufeelfree
November 7- u/HappyFern
November 10 - u/LavenderOtter143
November 19 - acwylie
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2018.11.22 17:37 Enfade My in-depth guide on how I make over $500 a month thrifting and flipping/reselling quality men's shoes.

Disclaimer: I have no affiliate links, no plugs, and nothing to sell you. I am working on a freebie in exchange for email sign-ups for my website, but this is down the road when I actually get things off the ground. This is some practice, plus sharing helps the world go round.
Of all my random endeavors, I'd say my most successful (and enjoyable) has been thrifting and flipping sartorial footwear. It's not the sexiest side-project, and I'm not living on my earnings, but it has done far better than I first expected.
To simplify it all, I find high-quality men's dress shoes, repair and/or clean them, and sell them.
I also thrift menswear items and do some resale, however a lot of that is for my own wardrobe. This isn't a massive enterprise, although my last month has been my most profitable to date ($500 in earnings, which is about $400 in profits), and I'm hoping to take things more serious moving forward. Link to stats: https://imgur.com/q8gC2pI - I've actually just passed this and am nearing $700 in earnings.
I think I've stuck with this more than other endeavors because 1), its almost immediately profitable, and 2), I honestly enjoy it, so it doesn't feel like to huge chore to for look and list items. Having a little extra here and there certainly helps fund other hobbies and interests.
If you're interested in fashion, want some extra money, or want to seriously fund a project you're working on, you might find thrifting and flipping can do just that.

The process

If you've ever flipped something before, it's pretty much the same idea: find something at a low, discounted price, make any required repairs or fixes, make it look presentable, and sell it at a higher price than you bought it.
I choose quality shoes because compared to items like t-shirts, coats, oxfords, and pants, they are available at a low price point, hold onto their value better (generally), are pretty durable, clean up well, and just resell better than the rest.
Here's my general workflow when it comes to buying, fixing up, and selling shoes. The rest of this guide is broken up into these 8 sections.
  1. Hit up a thrift store: thrift stores are your haven. Some days, you might come home with five pairs of fantastic shoes in near-perfect quality. Some days you'll come back with nothing and broken dreams. Others, you'll get annoyed that there's nothing worth buying and you end up buying an overpriced pair of crap boots you know you shouldn't have bought. Regardless, thrift stores are where you'll do most of your hunting due to their lower prices.
  2. Searching for shoes: following a number of criteria, you will search for quality shoes that can be resold, and require minimal work to do so. Shoes of a certain brand, quality, model, condition, colour, leather, etc. will sell better than others. It sounds obvious, I know, but it's important to take this into consideration. Shoes that look 'cool' to you might be worth nearly nothing, while that beat up pair of oxfords might be worth $300 to the right buyer after a good cleanup. I'll give you a number of criteria so you can identify what's worth buying.
  3. Purchasing the shoes: once you've found a pair (or two, or three), now you need to see if the price they're being sold for is worth it. I've never been to a thrift store where I can haggle, so my advice to you is to not bother unless it is stated. eBay is your friend. Download the app and under the additional search criteria, click on 'Sold Items'. This gives you items that fall within your search query that have already sold, so you know what prices buyers might buy for a similar item.
  4. Get them home and do additional research: you'll get better at this with time, so you'll need to do less and less research before/after you buy a pair of shoes. Once you're home, take a look not only at how much the shoe sells for, but what type of leather the shoe is made from, the welt (how the leather part of the shoe is attached to the sole of the shoe), the style of shoe, etc. This isn't just education for your sake; knowing the various properties and * of the shoe will help you describe it better in your selling descriptions on eBay and other sites.
  5. Clean the shoes and apply leather conditioner: I'll provide more in-depth instructions, but you'll take time to use leather cleaner (water works in less severe cases) and leather conditioner, along with a brushing with a good horse hair brush to give the shoe some shine and encourage oils to spread throughout the leather. You may or may not want to polish the shoes with shoe polish, but 95% of the time I don't bother. In certain cases, you may want to apply some shoe stain or polish that matches the colour of the shoe to hide scuff marks.
  6. List items online: there is no end to what site you can list your goods. For the most exposure, I recommend eBay. There are a number of tips to help you determine a final price, and how to optimize your listings and get exposure.
  7. Package and ship them out: I admit I could do better here than I am currently, but I'll share what I currently do to ship out shoes.
  8. Profit!
Let's begin. Please excuse any mistakes; I'm going to go over this a few times. It's also a bit long, but I haven't added anything that isn't important if you want to take this a little more seriously than others.

1. Hitting up a thrift store

Thrift stores acquire goods through a number of different sources. Some are donated direct to the store, while other times dry cleaners with past-due clothes will donate the clothing. Those charity boxes where you donate clothes (think for cancer, diabetes, etc.) also give these clothes to thrift stores like Value Village (or are actually owned by the company) and they sell it for a profit.
No matter where these items come from, they'll be available to you at a discounted price. Obviously, used goods will be cheaper than brand-new, and shoes are no exception.
I live in Canada, so I don't have access to the same number of discount/thrift stores you'll find in the US, however my favourite tends to be Value Village, simply due to the fact that their stores are much larger than other chains, and generally have a well rotated shelf. You can go into a Value Village one day and the next they'll have a few new items to check out.
Some tips for thrifting:
  1. Go during your work lunch, on your way from work, or early on weekends. Don't bother going at the same time everyone else does, which is sometime after work in the evenings, or later in the day on weekends.
  2. Have an understanding of stocking size. Shelves at thrift stores are generally a set size. This means if a shelf can hold a maximum of 20 items, it will only every house 20 items. If a store has a small shelf dedicated to men's shoes and they don't sell many of them or cycle through them, you won't find new items. Check locations with larger shelves/more stock more often and make the most of your time.
  3. See how often new items come out, and when. Thrift stores don't usually work like clock work, however there are vague schedules when new items come onto the floor, or when items are rotated in and out. If you're aware that someone stocks new items sometime in the morning before noon, for example, try timing your visits to take advantage of these facts.
  4. Go out at least 3 times a week, and not to the same location. Make this a habit. Go when you can, even if it is on a weekend, but use the previous rules to thrifting to make the most out of your time.
  5. Don't be discouraged. You will find nothing some times. You will also come back with more than you can managed. Understand that it is all luck, with a little strategy. If you remember this, that there are ups and downs (just like life), you'll do fine.
  6. Try to hit up areas with an older, more wealthy population. Thrift stores ship out stock between locations to ensure they have relatively full shelves. However, much of what is donated in an area is kept there to be sold. That means if you go to a thrift store where the populace is older (is more willing to own older or higher-quality goods to some degree) and wealthier (has disposable income and may rotate through old goods quickly), you might have more luck. Areas with a high student population are often picked clean, although sartorial goods aren't always picked through.
  7. Give yourself time. Give yourself at least twenty minutes if there is a sizable shelf for shoes. I like to give myself half an hour at a thrift store to check out everything, but if you're just selling shoes, twenty minutes is enough.
If you take just one thing away from this sections, it is time. Hit up stores regularly, and don't rush yourself.

2. Searching for shoes

Please refer to section 4's 'Beginner Shoe Brand List'. Use that list as a guide to find shoes. Use that same section's 'Signs of Quality' list to understand what some of the hallmarks are of a good shoe. Please, take a look at these shoe brands, take a look at the hallmarks of what makes a quality shoe, and use this information to inform your purchasing habits.
  1. Discard your perspective that thrift store goods are filthy and disgusting. Sure, goods like clothing don't smell great (luckily shoes often don't smell), but it doesn't mean they're unwashable/untreatable. You'll never find the good stuff if you let a few off-smells scare you.
  2. Look at the men's shoes section, but don't ignore the woman's shoes as well. I don't mean look at all the woman's shoes (unless you want to get into woman's shoes, which is certainly a profitable niche), but look out for mislabeled shoes and boots that could be male. Shoes without heels, are generally larger, and have less feminine features could possible me male shoes, so keep your eye out.
  3. Check out the showcase/high-end sections. You can find some good items in these areas, but be careful. They sections are notorious for counterfeit items, but only for the designepopular brands. When dealing with dress shoes, this isn't as much of an issue, but if you see a pair of Gucci loafers, take into consideration that you might be looking at a fake. Also, although an item might be genuine, it might be priced too high for the risk to be worth it.
  4. Dirty or scuffed shoes aren't write-offs. A little dirt might be masking a wonderful pair of shoes underneath. What looks dirty and dull can, more often than not, be restored with a little water, leather cleaner, leather conditioner, or polish. With time, you'll be able to spot what can be fixed, cleaned and restored, and what isn't worth your time. For example, shoes and boots made of chromexcel or 'pull-up' leather can look nearly brand-new after some leather conditioneoil, and a good brushing. What looks horrible on the shelve will always look better once you've done the bare minimum restoration work.
  5. But don't just pickup a pair to take home without checking for less than apparent issues. Check the entire shoe for damage that might discourage buyers.
    1. Look at the underside of the shoe; the sole. Is there a visible welt (a line of thread around the perimeter of the shoe)? How worn is it? Is it almost gone, reduced to mere dots of thread? Are the soles showing heavy cracking or damage? Do you see any cork on the bottom of the shoe? Any holes? Are any layers of the sole separating or breaking apart?
    2. Look to the sides of the shoes, then the top. Are there any cuts or cracks in the leather (cuts and cracks are different than creases, as this has compromised the leather and cannot be fixed in the vast majority of cases)? Any heavy discolouration that seems to be deeper than surface level? Any heavy scuffing that cuts deeper into the leather? Any marker or paint stains? Have any seams (especially on the back of the shoe) begun to come loose? Did the previous owner step on the back lip of the shoe?
    3. Look on the inside of the shoe. Does the inside shoe heavy discolouration (from sweat, pressure, general age, etc.)? Are there any large tears? Anything that looks really off? Is any leather peeling away along any seems?
  6. Use your senses when trying to determine if a shoe is worth buying. Many of your purchase decisions will be made by identifying a shoe's brand name and model, but there are times where it's more difficult than that to determine more about the shoe. You'll need to get a feeling of the overall quality, and various unique features of the shoe to tell you more about it. Touch the shoe's leather, see if the inside is lined or unlined, if it has a quality welt...all of these indicators might tell you if your shoe might sell well online by a buyer who knows what they're looking for. Just because its not on eBay, or hasn't sold on eBay, doesn't mean it won't sell.

3. Purchasing shoes

Honestly, there isn't much to say here. If it's an independent thrift store that allows haggling, feel free to do so. I've dealt with consignment shops that are open to budging a bit, but that's about it.
My rule of thumb when buying shoes to resale is to sell the shoe for at least x3 it's original cost. If a shoe costs $20, I should feel confident that I can sell it for at least $60. The pricing on shoes seems to be very haphazard, even at chains, and these companies often price well known designer brands highly, but lesser known ones they have no idea.

4. Take them home and do additional research

Before I get deep into this section, I'd like you to think about how often you see these brands.
Aldo, GEOX, Ecco, H&M, Dockers, Old Navy, American Eagle, Steve Madden, Call it Spring, Zara, Rockport, George.
These brands are what I generally refer to as 'fast fashion' brands (GEOX and Ecco aren't per se, but you'll find your fair share of their plasticky, misshapen shoes donated, anyways). They really won't make you money unless they're in perfect condition (ideally with price stickers still intact) or are a limited run, disproportionately popular model, part of a collab, or are made in countries associated with higher-quality menswear (Italy, Bulgaria, Spain, Portugal, etc.)
My advice: don't buy them.
Okay, fine. So what should you buy?
Let's start with the importance of brands in evaluating worthwhile footwear. Brands are important when dealing with men's shoes for a number of reasons.
When a retailer sells you a shoe, the price is based on a combination of these factors. It's just like with purses, clothing...you name it, these factors dictate price and worth to consumers.
When you're buying a designer brand of nearly anything, you're usually paying a premium for the story behind the brand and for the clout associated with it.
If you see the brands below in good quality (not deep gashes, cuts, heavy discoloration, heavy sole damage, etc.) :

A Beginners Shoe Brand List
For the most part, I have excluded items that even if you see, you should consider that they might be replicas. Brands like Gucci and Prada are notorious for this.
As great as brands are, there will be some that don't come up very often. Sure, an eBay search can help, but will be times when you stumble upon something incredible, but didn't take the time to look into it. That's why being able to recognize the markers of a quality shoe is so important. When you're searching along a rack quickly to make the most of your time, too many times I find myself searching for a brand. Sure, well known brands make money. But every so often, you find something new that scores you BIG.
Consistency, I honestly believe, is the most important factor when hunting for shoes. Sure, a pair of Gucci loafers might sell because of the brand name, but you'll make more money by selling shoes that are well-made and resonate well with the sartorial crowd. The people who buy these shoes aren't often considered with brand name, particularly; they're not hypebeasts.
Those one-off mega-finds don't come around too often, so always be on the lookout for quality footwear. You won't regret it.
Below are some marks of quality that you should look for. Some of these will jump off the shelf at you, saving you time at the thrift store.
Signs of Quality:

5. Clean the shoes and add leather conditioner

Now for the moment of truth: cleaning the shoes and making them look like a million bucks. Here are my tips for cleaning regular leather (and not suede, which is that fuzzy, nappy leather that isn't smooth and shiny).
  1. Brush your shoe well with a horse hair or soft plastic brush. Brushing the shoe, from top to bottom, will remove any dust and large particles, and also result in a less dirty cleaning cloth. Remove the laces and pull the tongue out so it can be brushed and cleaned as well.
  2. Lightly dampen and wring a cleaning cloth (preferably cotton) and clean the shoe with circular strokes. Leather doesn't love water, so it's best to use a little while you clean your choose and not to soak them. DO NOT use soap. Leather cleaners can be effective, although try to stick with brands like Saphir, who have a good name with a good reputation, as to not damage your shoes. Cleaning in circular strokes does the trick well, especially when spot cleaning. Use an old soft-bristle toothbrush with a little water to clean where the sole of the shoe meets the upper (the leather body of the shoe).
  3. If a shoe is especially dirty, let it dry after a few go-overs. Don't over wet the shoe, as you might end up staining the leather and causing water damage. If there is a significant amount of dirt on the shoe, or if the shoe has excessive polish or stain, resort to a leather cleaner. Most leather cleaners help dissolve dyes and other compounds on the surface of a shoe, and usually don't strip shoe stains much.
  4. After the shoe looks pretty clean, let it dry for a few minutes, give it a brush, and apply your leather conditioner. Again, giving the shoes a few minutes to dry is a good idea. Brush the shoes to remain any additional dust or debris that might come from your cloth. Next, get a fine terrycloth (or a cotton cloth this is very fine, or even some woman's stocking or hose) and add a tiny bit of leather conditioner to a section of the shoe. Only apply leather conditioner to non-suede or nubuck leather (again, none of that fuzzy leather, else it will most certainly ruin the texture and colour). My all-time favourite is Saphir Renovateur, which goes for a pretty penny compared to some Amazon brands, but it works wonders. Rub it on in a circular motion until absorbed, and do so until you covered the leather upper of the shoe.
  5. Brush, brush, brush. Brushing shoes seems a little odd, but the process helps redistribute the oils naturally present in the shoe, as well as the conditioner we just applied. Under certain conditions (like with Saphir Renovateur, it also adds an excellent shine that makes the shoe pop Brush the shoe until you're uncomfortable, then brush a few moments longer. Brush the technique below:
    1. Brush horizontally on a piece of leather, side to side.
    2. Then on the same section, turn the brush 90 degrees, brushing up and down.
    3. If you brush with this technique, you are brushing the surface of the shoe evenly.
If you follow these instructions, you're probably going to end up with a pair of shoes that look quite a bit better than they did initially, especially if they picked up some dust and grime on the shelf at the thrift store.

6. List the items online

If you only ever listed shoes on eBay, you'd do rather well. However, some shoes, especially if you don't stick strictly to dress/sartorial shoes, will sell better on other platforms. Grailed is a fantastic website for more 'hype' brands and leather sneakers. Some of my favourite or commonly well-loved options include:
I don't do much listing of items locally, as I've found I get minimal hits/traffic compared to eBay or Grailed. However, don't discount:
A lot goes into properly listing an item online. There's tons of room for optimization, which I'll be delving into when I work on my first ebook, course, or whatever I end up doing. But I'll give you a few tips below.

7. Package the shoes and ship them out

Wohoo! You sold your first pair of shoes. If you didn't change your default eBay settings, you have about 2 days to ship out your item. You can change this setting to give yourself more time to prepare.
Here are a few tips to ensure your shipping goes off without a hitch:
At this point, you can drop your package off at the applicable postal office or box. At this point, hold onto the tracking info if you have any, and send it to the buyer. This not only creates trust with the buyer, but you would appreciate it in their position. Just for some piece of mind.

8. Profit!

If you use eBay, you will most likely have your funds held until the buyer receives their item. Don't despair! You'll get your money soon.
As you can also see, I haven't calculated my actual profits or anything. I could, but I just haven't yet. But just like anything with entrepreneurship, you just need to do it. I have excuses, but I'm trying to work past those. I would encourage you to keep records and see how much you spend on buying goods, and your margins after selling.

And that's about it! Feel free to ask any questions you have, about thrifting, reselling, and menswear in general. It all comes naturally for me at the moment and I'm sure I've missed a fair bit (although I am saving some of the sauce for my website content in the future).

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2018.09.02 20:48 ThatGreenSolGirl Due Date Roll Call and List of Parents

Every 6 months a new due date list is created because the old one becomes archived.
If you want to be included please comment in the format asked. For due dates the format is: Full month then day - your username with the correct capitalization/format
For parents the format is your username - What you'd like to say about your baby, so baby peanut, baby girl, baby (name) born Month Day, Year
This thread will expire around March 2, 2018. If you notice this thread is no longer accepting comments please message a mod so it can be resubmitted.
2019
March 5 - u/RingoPiggle and u/squishasquisha
March 6 - u/travelingK80
March 10 - fluffynectarine
March 17 - bobbi_joy
March 24 - u/_ghost_in_a_jar
March 28 - u/EveryoneGetsSoup
March 29 - kahrs12
April 4th - lulubi
April 5 - u/avocadotoast12
April 6 - Banter725 and ZillaPilla
April 9 - nireduh
April 12 - brainystark and anotherdayabovethis
April 14 - u/wordymslotsofwords
April 18 - foundthetallesttree
April 19 - Objecting-Unicorn (with u/ImFamousOnImgur)
April 25 - u/mshelbym
April 27 - greenpinkie
May 3- Winosaurusrex100
May 4 - sarahbobarah313
May 5 - adalbert_waffling
May 8 - lemoncake2468
May 10 - u/Kabira17
May 15 - nimmieamee and floralbomber
May 25 - zxzbeccazxz
May 26 - widerthanamile
June 2 - KinnaThomas
June 3 - ZebraW
June 8 - DoggoNewbie
June 14 - CobhGirl3
June 15 - mcote00
June 17 - u/moonstone28
June 19 raisingjack
June 20 - noEggsOhDamn
June 25 - u/Jmfhokie
June 26 - u/FreyaFiend
June 27 - ImaginaryTuna
June 29 - u/gabyufv
July 13 - u/Minyatur
July 20 - u/rosco996
July 24 - u/ednastvincent
July 26 - u/bitchinawesomeblonde and u/Pavel672
July 31 - sharkyandro
August 7 - u/Allianoraa and u/SlopHal
August 8 - u/CallmeAHull
August 12 - u/MarsoMarso
August 16 - u/SoftwareDietitian
August 20 - u/emilyb711
August 22 - u/MStock_t1
August 23 - iliikepie
August 24 - PurpleLily
August 29 - u/ToastedPoodle
August 30 - reluctantlydecaf
August 31 - nelvana
September 1 - infertymyrty
September 4- u/arlenev0420
September 6 - u/AllTheStars07
September 16 - u/cdf817 and u/redkat23
October 25 - u/pan-pamdilemma
November 1st - u/medboss
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tothemoonsunshine - baby born July 10, 2012
amorninggrouch - Penelope born August 2012
ratherbesleeping - Elliot born September 2012
curiouslywanting - Leo born October 2012
SpicyWolf47 - Evie born January 2013
WiggleBottom - Issac born March 28, 2013
tothemoonsunshine - baby born March 29, 2013
uhohhno - O born April 2013
Ephymeris - baby girl Rielle born June 27, 2013
thatgreensolgirl - Boy born July 2013
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xxlilstepsxx - Conlan born August 2013
nicup79 - Zoë born October 16, 2013
tasha_s - Evan born October 2013
farmererin - Charlotte born October 2013
asjs5 - Robert born October 20, 2013
pnut - Mabel born October, 2013
MountaintopMoment - Montgomery and Edmund born November 6, 2013
jdaria - Benjamin born November 11, 2013
beaReddy - Elliot born November 2013
gardengirl129 - Baby Boy E born November 2013
nichole123 - Judah born December 23, 2013
honmamichin - Z born December 2013
njen - Kane born December 2013
redidnot - Freya born December 2013
moontrooper - baby boy born December 2013
reginalove84 - Oliver born January 2014
rcb1813 - Alice Mae born January 2014
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KittyL0ver - Alex born January 2014
fuzzywuzzypenguin - Georgette born January 2014
ReindeerPoopRVA - V born January 2014
kat_loves_tea - Sophia born January 30, 2014
midnightagenda - Evan Alexander born February 27, 2014
BlueBronzeTen - Madeline born March 2014
NBPTS - Twins born March 2014
positivelywaiting - Emily born March 25, 2014
husbandfarts - Baby farts born April 2014
parasitic_spin - Baby girl born April 8, 2014
jumpycan - Henry born April 11, 2014
beermethestrength - William born April 17, 2014
superciliouslessons - Alistair born April 2014
mack2nite - Baby Mack girl born May 16, 2014
JuniorWick - BabyWick born May 21, 2014
jane_ire - Lucy Theresa born May 24, 2014
stringbeena - Caroline born June 23, 2014
countofmoldycrisco - Baby girl born July 7, 2014
milfanie - Eliza born July 8, 2014
PirateZero - Zoya born July 14, 2014
weejadoo - Baby boy born July 16, 2014
slumlord2001 - Mia born July 18, 2014
bebbykins - Griffin born July 21, 2014
eliwhi - Micah and Beckett July 24, 2014
RevealNothing - Henrik born July 29, 2014
cheshirecat99 - Nathan born July 30, 2014
jmdtova - Amelia Rose born August 1, 2014
KosherDill - Norah born August 4, 2014
zzzzygote - Liam born August 7, 2014
AwkwardOrangeHippo - Claire born August 15, 2014
Rdleela - Lux born August 16, 2014
buddha_obrien - Darby Elaine born August 20, 2014
sroethele - Jude born August 27, 2014
socphd - Katherine born August 30, 2014
mhende - Eloise born August 31, 2014
TracyKasten - George William and Marie Lynn born September 2, 2014
dedicednu - boy born September 17, 2014
nucleusaccumbi - baby girl born September 23, 2014
skunk-works - twin boys born September 27, 2014
LowOnHope - twin boys born October 9, 2014
cats_love_lutefisk - twin girls born October 20, 2014
nfgchick79 - Baby K born October 29, 2014
OrganizedSprinkles - Dennis born November 7, 2014
biogenmom - Carson born November 16, 2014
thinkdaisy - daughter born November 21, 2014
pnkpanthr25 -Jameson and Donovan born December 1, 2014
jalyndai - Seth born December 3, 2014
disquietingmuses - Hazel born December 20, 2014
magooey - baby girl born December 21, 2014
shermanators_wife - baby boy born December 26, 2014
pamplemousse2 - Baby boy born January 1, 2015
thatpoloniusguy - Julia born January 3, 2015
zoraptera - Baby Zed born January 17, 2015
Ro_in_the_room - Samuel born January 29, 2015
BeefyKat - Boy born January 30th 2015
okibubm - Baby girl Gianna born February 12, 2015
apanda1084 - baby boy L born March 13, 2015
montanadoodle - baby Z born March 14, 2015
razzertto - Baby girl LL born March 23, 2015
Hopecat - Babies J and V born March 29, 2015
larabair - baby boy born April 1, 2015
SweetSheepie - Victoria born April 7, 2015
tfwaifu26 - Elijah born April 9th, 2015
Shh_its_me - Babies J and O born April 26, 2015
RositaYouBitch - Baby boy "Pond" born May 3, 2015
GrammaMo - Baby girl M born May 7, 2015
Iamagnu - Daughter born May 8, 2015
melissaelaine - Baby boy born June 2015
talula79 - Matilda born June 1, 2015
curiouslywanting - JP born June 1, 2015
SJP8 - Baby girl SJP born June 19, 2015
bandgeek_foreves - Dominic born June 27, 2015
dutchqueen - Emma and Mason born July 16, 2015
facesthewall - Baby boy born July 25, 2015
afikomeme - Twin boys J and N born August 9, 2015
angela52689 - Baby boy born September 6, 2015
futurecompanion11- Niamh born September 20, 2015
frellz - baby boy T born October 18, 2015
hopeisaliar2 - Franklin born October 20, 2015
yellowbug73 - Girl born November 11, 2015
septicidal - Baby Boy G born on November 21, 2015
jaina_jade - Girl born November 27, 2015
Queen_Red - Girl born November 30, 2015
FireyLily - Girl M born January 6, 2016
reidiate - Girl born February 2, 2016
Semirelatednonsense - Atlas born February 10, 2016
becabecaful - Brennan born February 10, 2016
angsaysrawr - Twins born February 11, 2016
HeartChakra22 - Bradley born February 21, 2016
hopefaithandlove - Baby girl born March 2, 2016
smutsmutsmut - IVF+ICSI Baby boy born March 11, 2016
handywife6 - Boy born March 16, 2016
uhohhno - E born April 2016
fivefuzzieroommates - Kit and Dot born May 2, 2016
ravdaggry - Twin boys born May 19, 2016
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marbleavengers - Lady C born June 9, 2016
mint_peppermint_tea - E born June 12, 2016
awkwardorangehippo - Andrea born June 21, 2016
micmel444 - Baby B born June 25, 2016
dobberkins - Finnegan and Bennett born July 6, 2016
fawnhollow - Vaughn and Harrison born on July 21st, 2016
Rdleela - Second child born July 23, 2016
sonalogy - Baby boy born August 11, 2016
bakinglove - Baby love born August 24, 2016
tilman2015 - Jacob born September 12, 2016
Tamoss - Baby girl A born September 15th 2016
feistlab baby girl born September 15, 2016
medtech07 - Boy/girl twins born September 19, 2016
sothisisfun - Baby girl born September 20, 2016
motherofdragonbabies triplets born September 27, 2016
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lwalsh07 - baby girl Madelyn born October 19, 2016
charloween - Zoë Penelope born October 20, 2016
squirrelgirl22 - Girl born October 23, 2016
nucleusaccumbi - Boy born October 30, 2016
alphalimahotel - Baby born November 16, 2016
marbar531 - Boy born November 17, 2016
FelixxFelicis - Baby boy born November 20, 2016
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emberella - Baby girl Ember born January 12, 2017
scurvyqueen - Baby boy born January 13, 2017
mrsjlac - Baby Boy born January 27, 2017
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CatCrazy4Life - Baby girl born June 19, 2017
goobs712 - Baby Girl, NJC, born July 1, 2017
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u/JaxDee15 - Baby girl born October 1, 2017
leatherjuice - Baby J born Oct 14, 2017
doofcat - Baby Jamie born November 24, 2017
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-alwayswaiting- baby boy born January 1, 2019
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2018.08.15 02:22 Ptylerdactyl New Marvel Comics and Releases for August 15th, 2018 - Official Discussion Hub [Spoilers]

If you missed it, last week's thread may be found here.
New to Marvel Comics? Not sure where to start? Whether you're completely new to comics or you're just looking for something great to read, head on over to the Recommended Reading page for a handy guide put together by Tigertemprr!
We now have a Discord! Feel free to stop on by to chat about anything Marvel.
By popular demand, read about the Character of the Month here, with info and a recommended reading list by tehawesomedragon!

New Issues Out This Week

Astonishing X-Men Annual #1 W: Matthew Rosenberg A: Travel Foreman Jean Grey and the original X-Men reunite! Following her resurrection, Jean Grey can no longer make sense of her life since becoming an X-Man. Who better to relate to this than Hank McCoy, Warren Worthington III and Bobby Drake? But this reunion will prove bittersweet when they’re joined by an unexpected guest… the former Professor Charles Xavier, X! Why has X revealed himself to his former students? And what strange mission does he want to send them on?
Cable & Deadpool Annual #1 W: David Walker A: Paco Diaz, Danilo Beyruth, Nick Bradshaw, Luke Ross, Marco Rudy, Edgar Salazar, Flaviano Armentaro, Francesco Manna, Leonard Kirk THE TIME IS NIGH! History’s favorite duo are back together, and just in time! When Deadpool is hired to protect a woman from time-hopping villains, it’s only a matter of time until he breaks the timestream. Fortunately, his old pal Cable has some experience with that. But dark secrets have put the client, and reality itself, in more danger than either of our heroes could have foreseen! David F. Walker, Paco Diaz, and a host of stellar guest artists take Cable and Deadpool on an adventure of epic proportions!
Deadpool: Assassin #5 W: Cullen Bunn A: Mark Bagley The Assassins Guild has been hunting Deadpool and the people he cares about, but they messed with the wrong Merc! IN THIS ISSUE – Deadpool and his pals take the fight to the guild and hit ’em where they live… LITERALLY. I mean it! Deadpool and co. ATTACK THE ASSASSINS GUILD HEADQUARTERS… AND NOT EVERYBODY MAKES IT OUT ALIVE!
Doctor Strange #4 W: Mark Waid A: Jesus Saiz Doctor Strange’s interplanetary power trip continues! But now there’s a secret between him and his alien companion — can she fight by his side if she can’t trust him? Can a former member of the Illuminati trust himself with an INFINITY STONE in his possession?
Edge of Spider-Geddon #1 W: Jed Mackay A: Gerardo Sandoval SPIDER-GEDDON IS COMING! Spider-Punk is back and better than ever. After SPIDER-VERSE, Hobie Brown was a Web Warrior, but that didn’t mean things back in his universe were solved. The writer of the SPIDER-PUNK story in SPIDER-VERSE is back and joined by VENOM’S Gerardo Sandoval! Spider-Punk’s Earth is under attack both on the ground and from space, meaning his responsibility seems to outweigh his power. Don’t miss this first shot of the SPIDER-EVENT of 2018!
Extermination #1 W: Ed Brisson A: Pepe Larraz Cyclops. Iceman. Angel. Beast. Marvel Girl. The original team of teen mutants brought together by Professor Charles Xavier many years ago have been shunted through time to find a world they barely recognize but were determined to help. Now, finding themselves targeted for death, the future of mutantkind lies squarely in the hands of its past. Writer Ed Brisson (OLD MAN LOGAN, CABLE) and artist Pepe Larraz (UNCANNY AVENGERS, AVENGERS: NO SURRENDER) answer the biggest question of all: can the fate of the X-Men be changed?
Hunt for Wolverine: Claws of a Killer #4 W: Mariko Tamaki A: Butch Guice WILL TIME RUN OUT? The clock is ticking as Sabretooth, Daken and Deathstrike slice their way through the leagues of the undead in search of Logan.They won’t all make it out alive.
Infinity Wars #2 W: Gerry Duggan A: Mike Deodato Jr As the Infinity Stones come to Earth, so too comes the war for control over them. But none who wield the stones know the truth about the power they contain…or what it would take to bring them to their END. The nature of the universe itself hangs in the balance as we learn the answer to the question on everyone’s lips since “Infinity Wars Prime”: WHO IS REQUIEM? Gerry Duggan (DEADPOOL, INFINITY COUNTDOWN) and Mike Deodato Jr. (ORIGINAL SIN, OLD MAN LOGAN) look into the Infinite and bring the truth to light!
Luke Cage - Marvel Digital Original #1 W: Anthony Del Col A: Jahnoy Lindsay With Harlem in the grips of an unprecedented heat wave, the people look to their hero — the unbreakable man, Luke Cage! But the heat wave turns out to be the least of Harlem's worries. Someone has their sights set on the city's 1%, and the rich and powerful are dropping dead from mysterious illnesses. It's up to Luke Cage to stop the killer — but he's just received a grim diagnosis of his own… A DOUBLE-SIZED Marvel Digital Original you don't want to miss!
Multiple Man #3 W: Matthew Rosenberg A: Andy MacDonald THE WAR FOR THE FUTURE IS NOW! BECAUSE WE’RE IN THE FUTURE! Jamie Madrox — the X-Man you tell people is your favorite to seem cool — is trapped and his allies are dropping like flies! With the enemy closing in, Jamie has time to make one last desperate move… But he’ll need Forge’s help to evade a familiar new villain that threatens the future, the present and the past of the Marvel Universe!
Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man #308 W: Chip Zdarsky A: Chris Bachalo Comic book legend CHRIS BACHALO goes SPECTACULAR for two issues! Get ready for a Sandman story unlike any you’ve ever read as year two of this new series kicks off!
Spidey: School's Out #6 W: John Barber A: Todd Nauck Peter Parker just survived his first year as the Amazing Spider-Man AND a year of high school! What is he going to do next? He's going to Stark science camp! A week indoors with the coolest technology in the world is a dream come true for Peter -- and a bonanza for one Spider-foe who's seriously upgraded his arsenal. Can Spider-Man keep the camp safe, and keep his identity secret from his first dorm mate, while Peter Parker makes new friends and finishes his project on time?
Star Wars: Beckett #1 W: Gerry Duggan A: Edgar Salazar, Marc Laming, William Sliney THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE DEADLY! TOBIAS BECKETT taught HAN SOLO everything he knows about surviving hoodlum-filled cantinas and backwater worlds. But who is this career outlaw and why is ENFYS NEST — one of the galaxy’s most dangerous and brutal marauders — so dead set on taking him down once and for all? Find out in this original tale of a man who has gamed star system after star system, but at a cost that no heist can make up for.
Star Wars: Poe Dameron #30 W: Charles Soule A: Angel Unzueta “AWAKENINGS,” PART FIVE - BLACK SQUADRON had its own mission during the events of THE LAST JEDI, a desperate trek across the galaxy to find aid for THE RESISTANCE, all without the help of their fearless leader, POE DAMERON. This is the beginning of the end.
Thor #4 W: Jason Aaron A: Michael Del Mundo THOR & THE VALKYRIES TAKE ON THE QUEEN OF CINDERS IN THE WAR FOR HEL! The Queen of Cinders and her fire goblin army have invaded the land of the dead. To keep the afterlife from going up in flames, Thor and his brothers will have to forge alliances with some of their greatest enemies and seek to unlock the secrets of Valhalla and the mighty Valkyries!
Tony Stark: Iron Man #3 W: Dan Slott A: Valerio Schiti NON-PLAYER CHARACTER ASSASSINATION! What is MACHINE MAN’S problem with (our) IRON MAN of 2018? When TONY STARK unveils his latest innovation, the Great eScape, AARON STACK realizes what it will mean for all the artificial life-forms of the Marvel Universe... blue checks or DEATH! Also in this issue: A new development for JOCASTA. ANDY dates a single mom (no, really, this is important). And that classic Iron Man villain you’ve been talking about since the first issue? Theyyyyy’re back. Mwahaha!
Weapon H #6 W: Greg Pak A: Ario Anindito BLOOD ON THE FLAG! Monsters are on the loose, and that means Weapon H is on the hunt! But to the red, white and blue, there’s only one real monster: the Hulkverine himself. Captain America and Weapon H clash at last!
Weapon X #22 W: Greg Pak, Fred Van Lente A: Yıldıray Çınar A FRESH START FOR WEAPON X! They were hunters who became the hunted... They were enemies forced to become allies... They were a ticking time bomb that had no choice but to fall apart... Out of the ashes of Team Weapon X, a new crew is borne! Sabretooth is putting together a team that is willing to do what other X-Men won’t, willing to wade into blood and filth to protect mutantkind! But who will make the cut? Don’t miss the debut of WEAPON X-FORCE!

Trades Out This Week

Link MSRP Format
Brute Force $24.99 TPB
Defenders Epic Collection: The New Defenders $39.99 TPB
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 5 $34.99 HC
The Human Torch & The Thing: Strange Tales - The Complete Collection $39.99 TPB
Marvel Masterworks: The Incredible Hulk Vol. 12 $75.00 HC
Old Man Hawkeye Vol. 1: An Eye for an Eye $17.99 TPB
Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man Vol. 3: Amazing Fantasy $15.99 TPB
The Thing & The Human Torch by Dan Slott $34.99 TPB

Weekly Pull Poll

The results of last week's poll are in. The big winners this week for your Most Anticipated New Release are Infinity Wars #2 followed by Doctor Strange #4 and Thor #4.
Please check out next week's poll here to vote on your most anticipated title for next week, 8/22/2018!
General Discussion What was the first story you read in comics?
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2018.07.16 06:00 Shout92 Does THE ART OF SOLO tell us which footage was shot by L&M?

I just finished reading THE ART OF SOLO book (a must own if you're a fan of all the design work and early story concepts) and noticed something. In the introduction to each section of the book, the author will often list the shooting dates for the material that is about to be presented. Now here's the interesting part: despite Ron Howard reportedly shooting/reshooting a good chunk of the film (I believe 80% is the number that gets thrown around a lot), there are a lot of dates that take place before his hiring, while Lord & Miller were still in charge. Now Lucasfilm announced Lord & Miller's departure on June 20, 2017, and Ron Howard was announced as their replacement on June 22, so I went through the book and jotted down any filming dates prior to June 20 and came up with... a lot.
Now at first I was skeptical and thought the book was just listing the original filming dates to save face (as neither Lord, Miller, or even Ron Howard, are mentioned by name until the acknowledgements section in the back), but there is one section that explicitly mentions shooting during Lord & Miller's timeframe and then reshoots during Howard's. In contrast, in the section on Crimson Dawn/Dryden Vos, there are no dates under Lord & Miller's direction, despite shooting material with Michael K. Williams (I believe there was a leak of this around the time they got fired). However, it does cite photography that took place in August and September after Paul Bettany had been recast in the role, so I'm not entirely sure what the basis for inclusion was. Now because these books are often written and approved months before the film's release, it's entirely possibly they couldn't change the dates they already had in place... or they were going off what footage made it into the final film.
So without further adieu, here is a breakdown of the relevant filming dates and where you can find them detailed in the book:
February 6-10: Han's first encounter with Chewbacca filmed in a pre-shoot (Pg 113)
February 20-24: Corellia spaceport shot with over three hundred extras (Pg.65)
March 6-10: Filming in Fort Ypso saloon, with a reshoot on April 10 and additional pickup filming on August 7 and 8 (Pg. 173)
March 13-21: Scenes of Beckett, Han, and Chewie's battle with the Empire and Enfys Nest aboard the train shot, dominated by the massive gimbal arm upon which the set twisted and turned (Pg. 219)
March 17-19: Second unit films Han's stolen speeder racing down Corellian streets and bridges, both prior to and after picking up Q'ira on location at the Port of Tilbury's grain terminal in Essex County, England (Pg. 65)
April 5: Mimban trench filmed (Pg 113)
April 6-8: Mimban airfield shot (Pg. 113)
April 18-21: Mimban battlefield shot (Pg. 113)
May 15-17: Second unit films the chase between Han, Moloch, and the Imperial Patrol Trooper's speeders at Hampshire's decommissioned Fawley Power Station (Pg. 53)
May 18-19: Foot chase through Corellian fish market shot by second unit at Fawley Power Station, with the exterior of the White Worms den shooting nearby (Pg. 65)
May 30-June: Main unit filmed Savareen exterior sequences on Fuerteventura (Pg. 237)
June 12: Val's traversal across the conveyex bridge shot by second unit (Pg. 219)
June 13-14: Campfire set recreated at Pinewood for closeups for Rio performance capture (Pg. 173)
My two big takeaways basically confirms my theory before seeing the movie: most of the exterior and location work belongs to Lord & Miller, as I can't imagine the production packing up and going back to the Canary Islands, especially without some film site hearing about it (though to be fair, the book mentions but does not give dates for the location filming in the Sexten Dolomite mountain range for scenes before/after the train heist on Vandor on Pg. 173, so there is a possibility that was a reshoot). Meanwhile, everything with Dryden's yacht, Kessel, Lady Proxima, interiors of the Falcon, and other scenes that could've been shot on a soundstage seem to have been filmed/reshot by Ron Howard.
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