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  1. That passage is a pretty accurate assessment, and this sums it up nicely. Especially with the current government, there's a sense that America doesn't take care of its people anymore (and that's the classic measure of a nation). Sure, it's great for a lucky few, but the social support system seems designed to keep people alive mainly to torture, not to enable them to have good lives. Aside from this, I don't think we've ever had a country so divided, and it gets worse by the day.
  2. Arrogant ants are an annoyance and antagonize anyone around.
  3. Money From Manny Loan Services "No broken bones if you pay by 6pm"
  4. . That's an interesting topic, as I'm in sort of a similar boat (except for being an extrovert). I had a different "best friend" in each of early childhood, grammar school, high school, college and grad school. That would be 5 best friends, each very close for years, in times good and bad, with our many deep and emotional talks -- and all gone for many years or decades now. It's somewhat strange how that happened. I can't explain it, other than the "petering out" of contact and the vibes you mentioned. I suspect depression puts off such vibes without awareness on our part. Maybe the associated loss of interest in everything translates into subconscious signals of not needing others?
  5. When leaving your driveway, don't turn one way while looking the other to make sure it's safe. It's not safe unless both sides are safe.
  6. Feeling like I don't belong in this world (or this timeline). When young(er), did you ever envision anything like the present reality of yourself and everything else?
  7. Cat Cap (inspired by Davy Crockett's raccoon hat)
  8. Wow, I guess no one likes to talk about work! And I don't blame you. 🙂 My days are mostly the same -- that is, wondering if my key card will still work. People are usually let go with no notice, probably to reduce incidents of violence. As we hear sometimes in the news, some just tend to react badly. My field is computer engineering/R&D. I like it, but it's become a discipline for the young (meaning under 40 or even 30). There's a culture of "ageism" that's pretty apparent. There's nothing resembling job security, old-style pensions, etc. There's a recent lawsuit against IBM by workers who claim they were fired because of age discrimination. Apparently there's mention of culling the "gray hairs" and "old heads" in some "locker room" internal emails, so they just might have a good case. Still, even if they win, I'm not sure Mark Zuckerberg's comments that "young people are just smarter" will be rejected by the industry. A job at an animal shelter sounds great... I don't think cats or dogs care about things such as above.
  9. I was raised strictly Catholic, though I may be a bit lapsed now... but if someone is depressed and not (yet) lapsed, I think attacking their religion is one of the worst things to do to them. Their beliefs and trust in God, no matter what you may think of it, are often just about the only thing that gets them through the day. Even if you consider religion as nothing more than a crutch, it's still not good to kick it out from under them and send them crashing to the ground. (In any case, I am not anti-religious, but I believe there's a lot more to it than what we are taught in this world, or even capable of grasping in any practical sense.)
  10. Same here... and if I have any potential visitors (not that I often do), I usually use the excuse that I'm currently in a "temporary" place that's not fit for guests. This is actually true, strictly speaking, since I was forced to move to a less than ideal spot due to renovations (except that was over a decade ago). I really need to clear things out, get rid of most possessions, and move somewhere remote... but it's as though I'm stuck in molasses when trying to get started or find any motivation.
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