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  1. Indeed, maybe one day we'll learn something to help us get out of this fix... at least that's part of hope. There must be some sort of a solution, if only we knew enough...
  2. Yep, I tend to be instantly suspicious if things seem to be going well... better to expect that kick in the teeth than to get blindsided (but then I guess it doesn't make too much of a difference...)
  3. Stargate SG1... it's back again on Amazon Prime. I've no idea why it continues to disappear and reappear on there, but I'll take it when it's there.
  4. Summer's not quite done with us here yet, even though it's fall. I'll take dark and rain over the never-ending series of heat waves, though. The longer the nights, the more time to sleep...
  5. That's a goal to strive towards -- it's unfortunate that money is really the only thing needed, at least if one is able to be a hermit. It also explains why being excluded from cliques or ostracized in general is so painful for kids. They may not realize it consciously, but dependence on others is their vulnerability. They know they're not really equipped, whether mentally or financially, to go it alone in life.
  6. Shiver me timbers... better hoist the Jolly Roger and get an extra dose of maraudin' and plunderin'!
  7. There's just something wrong with this world... On the one hand, you have billionaires to whom what you say is as alien as life in other galaxies. There are even YouTube, TikTok and whatnot stars who "earn" millions for videos of themselves opening boxes and playing video games. On the other extreme, there are people who actually do useful and necessary work, yet are treated like crap and forced to suffer the types of ordeals you describe. I can't wait to be out of this.
  8. At least sleep brings some relief, no? If you're able to sleep, that is; otherwise, I can certainly understand. Especially as it gets light outside and you realize another day is coming without much of a break.
  9. Good to hear. Visual migraines are still a bit frightening to me, even if I know what I'm experiencing. The pulsating zig-zag patterns and temporary partial blindness just seem like something from a stroke or worse. Thankfully, it seems these migraines are completely harmless and you recover without any ill effects.
  10. I've heard many and seen a few, probably because they thought I was a small rodent. After buzzing me, they seemed to realize I was not small or a rodent and retreated into the trees. I could see them perching there and looking down, as though I would turn into a small rodent.
  11. Yes, seems like the only semblance of relief from the day... at least until waking up! But I'll take what I can get for the time being. I trust there are solutions down the line...
  12. There have always been divisions, but least we were able to agree to disagree and live harmoniously despite our differences. Nowadays, it seems each side considers the other to be evil somehow, or not worthy of existing and needing to be destroyed. That's the crucial difference in my mind. On the other hand, everyone just wants to live peaceably and enjoyably, FWIW. Or so I would hope. These divisions shouldn't be such fundamental stumbling blocks.
  13. I think we'd be fighting anyway... it's hard to imagine any sort of real increase in the divisions already present. Whatever one side does, it will be criticized by the other. As with gas prices up and down recently, either side can always find reasons why anything is good or bad.
  14. Yeah, I wish they told us before we resolved to clear our debts and made all those sacrifices to repay our loans so we could move on with our lives I also feel for those still saddled with the debt, but making $120,000.01 a year (or whatever the lowest disqualifying figure is). Then again, I guess if you earn that much, you can afford to repay Not to get all political, just reflecting some criticism I've heard within the workplace...
  15. That's how it feels to me as well. They say no one does, but I don't really know who "they" are or how they manage. On top of that, it feels as though a sword of Damocles can fall on me any day...
  16. I hope she finds a way out of this, maybe via treatment. I can attest to the feeling of helplessness. My friend also tends to lose control a bit and stonewall when under the influence. But there's help out there...
  17. That's a plus... I hope she gets out of any legal problems. I recall a friend of mine handcuffed to the hospital bed after his arrest following a car crash, even though he's a model citizen whom you wouldn't imagine in such a situation... just goes the emphasize the very thin line separating the different worlds.
  18. Sorry to hear, though I know the feeling. (Not that I don't like the work... it's the people and the job that can ruin it! ) I hope you can do what you love while ignoring all those other things...
  19. Sounds familiar, the sore throat, cough, and nasal issues in particular. I thought it was peculiar when I had these during the middle of summer. Hope you get well soon!
  20. It need not always be like that. Some people may feel that they're just a burden to others, so they're loath to reach out. They may feel they're not really wanted unless someone contacts them first. That can easily be caused by depression; i.e., low sense of worth and inferiority complex. Unfortunately, that can also be easily taken as something else, as you mentioned.
  21. Nope. Same here. The only "solution" seems to be taking a good long shower before heading out into the woods. While it may seem counterintuitive to do so (you take a good long shower AFTER the sweaty trip), insects seem attracted to BO. Long ago, I went on a hike where a friend of mine was eaten alive by mosquitoes and gnats while I seemed largely unaffected; I think it turned him off completely from hiking with me (I believe he didn't bother to shower beforehand, but I did).
  22. Yes, or when it's a competition of sorts, as in the US. I'm not sure there are really winners in such a contest. If only there were some means of helping those who need the help (I gather that Social Security disability in the US is often gamed and abused). I'm not even sure what happens if you have no family support network and become disabled for whatever reason. Seems the end result tends to include homelessness and destitution in general.
  23. Would another hospital or doctor be an option? I can't imagine continuing to pay that much without seeing results. Besides, the problem could well be clear to someone else, despite baffling your current doctor(s). In any case, I hope they get to the bottom of it and find a solution for your daughter to get past it.
  24. Thanks, I wish none of us will ever find ourselves in such a situation, even if it's a part of life. I don't really need the lesson myself, but I think anyone still trusting in corporate goodness would find out just how little corporations care about you. Sure, they will go to great lengths to keep you employed if they find you useful or valuable, but they won't bother with even a modicum of niceness if you're to be dispensed with.
  25. It seems the tech industry is in a job-cutting mood again, so who knows who'll be let go next. Apparently, the way you find out is when you try to come in and your keycard doesn't work . I don't know if that's much better than that "insensitive" CEO who arranged a massive Zoom meeting to fire everyone there.
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