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Hotel Room for 2, with Breakfast and tickets to Twycross Zoo, staying at the Best Western Appleby Park Hotel £55.20, using code @ Groupon

2020.09.08 00:48 SuperHotUKDeals Hotel Room for 2, with Breakfast and tickets to Twycross Zoo, staying at the Best Western Appleby Park Hotel £55.20, using code @ Groupon

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£55.20 - Groupon
Use code SAVE at basket, full info below, disance between hotel and zoo is approx 10 mins by car.
Twycross Zoo info like location, whats on, offers etc.
Includes:
Standard double or twin room for 2 adults or 2 adults with 1 or 2 children, as per option chosen
Twycross Zoo tickets (children under 2 can enter the zoo free of charge
Breakfast
Policies and Fees
Bookings for the zoo will need to be made to secure a time slot at Twycross zoo by going to www.twycrosszoo.org and selecting the gift/comp ticket admission on the book now page
Reservations made within cancellation window are non-refundable
3-day cancellation notice required prior to check-in or reservation is non-refundable
Rates may vary by date and are subject to availability
City tax included
Travel window: until 1 Jul 2021
The Hotel
Nestled between Birmingham and Nottingham, the Best Western Appleby Park Hotel makes for a suitable base from which visitors can explore the Midlands’ vast countryside.
The hotel offers accommodation in brightly decorated rooms, featuring en suite facilities, Internet access, flat-screen TVs, and hot drink-making facilities.
The informal bar, restaurant and lounge area serves hearty meals prepared with locally sourced ingredients, while providing a welcoming atmosphere where guests can enjoy snacks, beers, and a wide variety of cocktails.
Twycross Zoo
Nature enthusiasts can get close up to over 500 animals of 125 various species that live at Twycross Zoo. Enveloped in charming rural scenery, right on the Leicestershire and Warwickshire border, the zoo makes for a great spot for a fun day out with friends or family.
Hotel Policy
Check-in from 3pm; check-out by 11am
Complimentary Wi-Fi
Transport and transfers not included
Pets are not allowed
Parking is available free of charge
Twycross Zoo tickets must be collected from the hotel before going to the zoo
Amenities
Check-in from 3pm; check-out by 11am
Complimentary Wi-Fi
Pets are not allowed
Parking is available free of charge
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2020.08.21 15:57 trifletruffles Silas Caston-killed on March 1, 1964 by a Hinds County Sheriff’s Office Deputy in Jackson, Mississippi-Closed Case Under the Civil Rights Division Emmett Till Act

On March 1, 1964, Silas Caston, then 19 years old, was shot and killed by Hinds County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Herbert Hoover Sullivan in Jackson, Mississippi. According to a contemporary news article in the Jackson Clarion Ledger, the shooting occurred when Hinds County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to a report of shots fired. The deputies saw two men fleeing the scene. Deputy Sullivan chased the victim into a café where, according to an unnamed source in the news article, Silas turned “as if to attack the deputy.” At that point, Deputy Sullivan, who “had no way of knowing that Silas was unarmed, shot him in the stomach." Silas died later that night at University Hospital in Jackson.
In the fall of 2008, the FBI initiated a review of the circumstances surrounding Silas's death pursuant to the Department of Justice’s Cold Case initiative and the Emmett Till Unsolved Civil Rights Crime Act of 2007. The FBI interviewed the victim’s [relationship redacted in the memorandum]. In the course of its investigation, the FBI also contacted "various Mississippi law enforcement and government officials' conducted searches of the records of the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), the Mississippi Department of Archives and History (MDAH), the University of Southern Mississippi library, and the internet for relevant references and media articles; sent letters to both the SPLC and the NAACP requesting information; and solicited information about the case via a press release that was published in local newspapers and broadcast on local television and radio stations."
The FBI located Silas's death certificate which stated he died on March 1, 1964, as a result of “intractable shock” caused by a “massive acute hemorrhage” due to a gunshot wound to the abdomen. The FBI contacted officials at the Hinds County Sheriff's Office, the Mississippi Attorney General's Office, and the Mississippi Department of Public Safety, but none of those agencies had or maintained any records relevant to Silas's death.
In December 2009, the FBI interviewed [name redacted in the closing memorandum], Silas's [relationship redacted in closing memorandum]. [Name redacted] stated that Silas was in a club with two other teenagers “making some noise.” When officers responded to a call from the club’s owner, the two others fled while Silas turned around and raised his hands in surrender and was shot. [Name redacted] did not recall the names of the two other teenagers. According to a March 1964 memorandum from the Mississippi State Sovereignty Commission, Silas's mother gave permission to the NAACP and the Congress for Racial Equality (CORE) to file suit against Deputy Sullivan and the Hinds County Sheriff's Office in the amount of $100,000. The FBI's investigation did not uncover any evidence indicating that the suit was ever filed. However, the Southern Poverty Law Center noted that CORE and NAACP did file a a civil suit but the result of that suit is unknown. Deputy Sullivan died on April 6, 1986.
The Department of Justice closed Silas's case after noting that that "this matter does not constitute a prosecutable violation of the federal criminal civil rights statutes" as Deputy Sullivan is deceased; therefore, "matter will not be forwarded to the state for prosecutive review." Even if Deputy Sullivan were alive, prior to 1994, federal criminal civil rights violations were not capital offenses so there was a 5-year statute of limitations. In 1994, some of these civil rights statutes were amended to provide the death penalty for violations resulting in death thus eliminating the statute of limitations. However, the Ex Post Facto Clause of the Constitution prohibits the retroactive application of the 1994 amendment. While the Civil Rights Division has used “non-civil rights statutes to overcome the statute of limitations challenge in certain cases, such as those occurring on federal land and kidnapping resulting in death, the facts of the present do not lend themselves to federal prosecution under other federal statutes.”
Silas's name is identified in a display which honors 74 people at the Civil Rights Memorial Center in Montgomery, Alabama as one of the "The Forgotten." The 74 names were “not inscribed on the Memorial because there was insufficient information about their deaths at the time the Memorial was created in 1989."
Links:
https://www.justice.gov/crt/case-document/silas-caston
https://www.wlbt.com/story/6151051/southern-poverty-law-centers-list-of-the-forgotten/
I came across the Department of Justice’s cold case initiative while reading an article discussing journalists’ efforts to install a billboard on an Arkansas highway aimed at solving the 1954 lynching of Isadore Banks. The Civil Rights Division of the United States Department of Justice launched a website (linked above) to make information about the department’s investigation of cold cases from the Civil Rights Era more accessible to the public. Over the years, the Department “has assisted in prosecuting Edgar Ray Killen in 2005, making him the eighth defendant convicted for the 1964 murders of three civil rights workers in Philadelphia, Mississippi (the "Mississippi Burning" case); secured life sentences in 2003 against the perpetrators of the 1963 Sixteenth Street Baptist Church bombing in Birmingham, Alabama; and secured a federal conviction and life sentence of James Ford Seale for the kidnapping and murder of two teenagers in Franklin County, Mississippi in 1964.” Congress recognized the importance of these federal efforts when it enacted the Emmett Till Unsolved Civil Rights Crime Act in 2008.
Unfortunately, in many cases “legal and evidentiary barriers prevent the Department from moving forward with prosecution." In each case that is not prosecutable, the Department of Justice wrote a closing memo explaining the investigative steps taken and the basis for their conclusion. To date, the Department of Justice has uploaded 115 closing memos. I hope to be able to post on all of the closed cases as I share in the belief with the Department of Justice that “these stories should be told [as] there is value in a public reckoning with the history of racial violence and the complicity of government officials.”
Other posts from the Department of Justice's Cold Case Initiative:
  1. Isadore Banks-unsolved murder in Marion, Arkansas-June 1954
https://www.reddit.com/UnresolvedMysteries/comments/h03esj/isadore_bankslynched_in_marion_arkansas_on_june_8/
  1. Willie Joe Sanford-unsolved murder in Hawkinsville, Georgia-March 1957
https://www.reddit.com/UnresolvedMysteries/comments/h9v61n/willie_joe_sanfordfound_murdered_nea
  1. Ann Thomas-unsolved murder in San Antonio, Texas-April 1969
https://www.reddit.com/UnresolvedMysteries/comments/hdtv4b/ann_thomasfound_murdered_in_san_antonio_texas_on/
  1. Thad Christian- murdered on August 30, 1965 in Central City, Alabama
https://www.reddit.com/UnresolvedMysteries/comments/i4fetd/thad_christianmurdered_on_august_30_1965_in/
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Heya! It's past midnight and I just had some ice cream- Been thinking about relationships and that ice cream told me to say screw thoughts and let's write & see what happens!
(Not- Really- But.. kinda thought about it too much and decided that your good ol' spontaneous "what can go wrong" was the way to go so I kinda.. Pushed me towards it? After- Thinking about it? Yeah- Shush. It makes complete sense)
Anyways- This post's gonna be long as heck and it's past midnight so if you wanna read 'till the end you better buckle up, cuz this is gonna be one heck of a rant!
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I'm a 19yo guy from Belgium- Supposed to continue being educated in September- Hoping to physically have to go to the physical school thing again but it might be online- Fingers crossed!
I'm 6'4/1m94cm and 175 pounds/80kg. Tall as heck- Always intimidate everyone- 'Till they get to know me. I tend to forget I'm not that small Lil' chubby kid anymore if I don't look in the mirror every morning and even then-
Got some nice luscious long locks too! Dirty Blonde! So uh- what'll the joke be- Rapunzel Rapunzel let down your hair? Maybe it's her- Maybe it's Maybelline? (Although I'd say it's really more... Brown? I do look blonde sometimes though- Odd actually.)
Personality
Described me as an Extroverted Shut-in in the title. I tend to be good in conversation and such, love people- I do prefer more intimate 1on1s or smaller groups rather than larger groups but I wouldn't want anything more than to meet countless cool individuals!
Shut-in part though- Events in my life have led me to have a rather small world without a lot of peers to hang out with or such. Hence me being a bit of a shut-in and a geek. PC Gaming is a huge part of me- I love myself a good story, won't find me crying but you'll def find me crapping my pants at some weird-ass alien! In fact- Back in the golden 15-16yo days, I streamed some horror game to twitch. Some of my friends are never gonna let me live that one down haha.
I love wayyy too many things. Been trying to watch Dr. Who- I know the entire story but I've only ever seen it through YT compilations as Netflix didn't have it here. Also been watching Castle recently- The Mentalist- Lucifer- Sherlock- Harry Potter- Lord of the Rings- The Matrix- John Wick- Anything Ryan Reynolds- Anything Henry Cavill- Etc. Etc. Etc. OH, Narnia- I- I should stop naming Crime shows and Movies- White Collar- Okay.
Stand-up Comedy wise? Uhhhh- Ricky Gervais, Russel Howard, Dara O' Briain, John Mulaney! Def John Mulaney- Uh- Preacher Lawson, a little bit of Jimmy Carr, ... You get the gist- Too much to name really.
Books? I've been trying to read the All Souls Trilogy- I love reading- Books are awesome. That said, i can't get myself to read consistently at all. Have been trying to get myself to finish the 3rd book in that trilogy for over half a year now... I'll get there!
Anyways- Uh- This is supposed to be where I tell you about my personality and not about everything that makes me geek into oblivion.
I tend to be rather positive- Of course, I've got my low points where I feel bad and stuff but overall I tend to see the best in people and empathize way too easily. And when I say way too easily I mean you could smack 100 baby seals and I'll still be trying to find a way to explain why your behaviour could have possibly been rational and try to help you. That said- Overexaggeration, please don't club baby seals because they're cute as heck <3
I do have a more serious side to me for sure. I love deep talk- small talk- goofy talk- flirty talk- I can fit pretty much any energy you've got stashed away in that beautiful brain up there!
Anyways- I, well- It's nearly 1 am now and I should probably tell you what I'm looking for out of this post.
So! I'm looking for- Just about anything? I think if someone incredible & amazing were to come around the corner I think I could show them my love, my favourite John Mulaney sketch, and everything in-between. Am I desperately searching the lands for the Blake Lively to my Ryan Reynolds? Eh- I am tOtally just as hot as Ryan Reynolds who may or may not be on my gaylist- but I'm not desperate enough to go looking for love. That said- I do feel like I'm, maybe not perfect, but good enough to be able to accept the moment that incredible human being comes around and swoops me away.
That said- I do have preferences of course.
Since I'm posting this on reddit- I am down to online date. Doesn't mean I'm not down to meet you IRL. We'll just kinda see how it goes and stuff- If I like you enough for this to turn IRL, then I'd totally be down for that, but let's not make assumptions that this or that won't work and just not even let it blossom because of it.
Calls are also a must. Perhaps not at first- although I'd be down to call and let you stay muted if you're too shy to talk to some creepy Dr. Who loving Belgian off the interwebs.
But uh- Yeah- Calls are def a must.
Also- An understandable English accent is a huge plus in my book. Wherever that is- Canada, Scotland, Ireland, oooh- Especially those last 2- V nice accents! Or like- Texas, or Birmingham- I don't mind. You can be from Poland. Long as you speak fluent English you'll be totally fine. English isn't my native language and you'll certainly hear an accent but nowadays I speak it just about as horribly as dutch and I'd prefer it if there's no language barrier between us.
Other than that- Don't be a one-line-wonder. I can carry conversations if I need to but don't head into this expecting me to if all you do is respond with a one-word response.
Wooo!! You made it! I suppose congratulations are in order! You made it through the mad 1 am ramblings of a Belgian guy off the internet! If you made it all the way here- I hope you like what you've read and I hope to see you soon!
Wishing you a wonderful day! :)
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2020.08.16 01:28 isimo11 19 [M4F] Belgium/Anywhere - Extroverted Shut-in with a hint of Geek looking to expand horizons! 🌅

Heya! It's past midnight and I just had some ice cream- Been thinking about relationships and that ice cream told me to say screw thoughts and let's write & see what happens!
(Not- Really- But.. kinda thought about it too much and decided that your good ol' spontaneous "what can go wrong" was the way to go so I kinda.. Pushed me towards it? After- Thinking about it? Yeah- Shush. It makes complete sense)
Anyways- This post's gonna be long as heck and it's past midnight so if you wanna read 'till the end you better buckle up, cuz this is gonna be one heck of a rant!
Looks
I'm a 19yo guy from Belgium- Supposed to continue being educated in September- Hoping to physically have to go to the physical school thing again but it might be online- Fingers crossed!
I'm 6'4/1m94cm and 175 pounds/80kg. Tall as heck- Always intimidate everyone- 'Till they get to know me. I tend to forget I'm not that small Lil' chubby kid anymore if I don't look in the mirror every morning and even then-
Got some nice luscious long locks too! Dirty Blonde! So uh- what'll the joke be- Rapunzel Rapunzel let down your hair? Maybe it's her- Maybe it's Maybelline? (Although I'd say it's really more... Brown? I do look blonde sometimes though- Odd actually.)
Personality
Described me as an Extroverted Shut-in in the title. I tend to be good in conversation and such, love people- I do prefer more intimate 1on1s or smaller groups rather than larger groups but I wouldn't want anything more than to meet countless cool individuals!
Shut-in part though- Events in my life have led me to have a rather small world without a lot of peers to hang out with or such. Hence me being a bit of a shut-in and a geek. PC Gaming is a huge part of me- I love myself a good story, won't find me crying but you'll def find me crapping my pants at some weird-ass alien! In fact- Back in the golden 15-16yo days, I streamed some horror game to twitch. Some of my friends are never gonna let me live that one down haha.
I love wayyy too many things. Been trying to watch Dr. Who- I know the entire story but I've only ever seen it through YT compilations as Netflix didn't have it here. Also been watching Castle recently- The Mentalist- Lucifer- Sherlock- Harry Potter- Lord of the Rings- The Matrix- John Wick- Anything Ryan Reynolds- Anything Henry Cavill- Etc. Etc. Etc. OH, Narnia- I- I should stop naming Crime shows and Movies- White Collar- Okay.
Stand-up Comedy wise? Uhhhh- Ricky Gervais, Russel Howard, Dara O' Briain, John Mulaney! Def John Mulaney- Uh- Preacher Lawson, a little bit of Jimmy Carr, ... You get the gist- Too much to name really.
Books? I've been trying to read the All Souls Trilogy- I love reading- Books are awesome. That said, i can't get myself to read consistently at all. Have been trying to get myself to finish the 3rd book in that trilogy for over half a year now... I'll get there!
Anyways- Uh- This is supposed to be where I tell you about my personality and not about everything that makes me geek into oblivion.
I tend to be rather positive- Of course, I've got my low points where I feel bad and stuff but overall I tend to see the best in people and empathize way too easily. And when I say way too easily I mean you could smack 100 baby seals and I'll still be trying to find a way to explain why your behaviour could have possibly been rational and try to help you. That said- Overexaggeration, please don't club baby seals because they're cute as heck <3
I do have a more serious side to me for sure. I love deep talk- small talk- goofy talk- flirty talk- I can fit pretty much any energy you've got stashed away in that beautiful brain up there!
Anyways- I, well- It's nearly 1 am now and I should probably tell you what I'm looking for out of this post.
So! I'm looking for- Just about anything? I think if someone incredible & amazing were to come around the corner I think I could show them my love, my favourite John Mulaney sketch, and everything in-between. Am I desperately searching the lands for the Blake Lively to my Ryan Reynolds? Eh- I am tOtally just as hot as Ryan Reynolds who may or may not be on my gaylist- but I'm not desperate enough to go looking for love. That said- I do feel like I'm, maybe not perfect, but good enough to be able to accept the moment that incredible human being comes around and swoops me away.

That said- I do have preferences of course.
Since I'm posting this on reddit- I am down to online date. Doesn't mean I'm not down to meet you IRL. We'll just kinda see how it goes and stuff- If I like you enough for this to turn IRL, then I'd totally be down for that, but let's not make assumptions that this or that won't work and just not even let it blossom because of it.
Calls are also a must. Perhaps not at first- although I'd be down to call and let you stay muted if you're too shy to talk to some creepy Dr. Who loving Belgian off the interwebs.
But uh- Yeah- Calls are def a must.
Also- An understandable English accent is a huge plus in my book. Wherever that is- Canada, Scotland, Ireland, oooh- Especially those last 2- V nice accents! Or like- Texas, or Birmingham- I don't mind. You can be from Poland. Long as you speak fluent English you'll be totally fine. English isn't my native language and you'll certainly hear an accent but nowadays I speak it just about as horribly as dutch and I'd prefer it if there's no language barrier between us.
Other than that- Don't be a one-line-wonder. I can carry conversations if I need to but don't head into this expecting me to if all you do is respond with a one-word response.
Wooo!! You made it! I suppose congratulations are in order! You made it through the mad 1:23 am ramblings of a Belgian guy off the internet! If you made it all the way here- I hope you like what you've read and I hope to see you soon!
Wishing you a wonderful day! :)
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2020.08.11 15:21 IllustriousProgram5 $BTDG news out PM announcing B2 Fighting Series 2020 Fall Schedule >>

B2Digital Announces B2 Fighting Series 2020 Fall Season Schedule, Featuring 13 Action-Packed Events
https://finance.yahoo.com/news/b2digital-announces-b2-fighting-series-123000458.html
Tampa, FL, Aug. 11, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- via NEWMEDIAWIRE -- B2Digital Incorporated (the “Company” or “B2Digital”) (OTCMKTS:BTDG), the premier development league for mixed martial arts (“MMA”), is excited to announce the Company’s new B2 Fighting Series LIVE Event Fall Season Schedule, packed with thirteen (13) top events representing a mix of Fighting and Grappling showcases set to take place in ten major metropolitan markets across five top fighting states.
With its new Fall Event Season – including a 30% increase in events on a year-over-year basis – the B2Digital B2 Fighting Series continues to establish itself as the Premier Development League for the MMA marketplace.
Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Company’s Spring and Summer 2020 event seasons were suspended. However, B2Digital is extremely excited to offer up an action-packed Fall 2020 LIVE Event season set to demonstrate the Company’s maturation and growth as a top-tier live sports brand in the US market.
The Fall Season will kick off with Strikehard 55 MMA in Tuscaloosa, Alabama on August 29, 2020, and continue with twelve more exciting events through mid-December.
B2 Fighting Series 2020 Fall Season Schedule (subject to change):
Date Fight Group Location
Aug 29 Strikehard 55 MMA Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Sep 19 UCL Grappling B2GS 1 Chicago, Illinois
Sep 26 Pinnacle Combat 32 MMA Dubuque, Iowa
Sep 26 HRMMA 119 MMA Bowling Green, Kentucky
Oct 03 HRMMA 120 MMA Covington, Kentucky
Oct 17 Strikehard 56 MMA Birmingham, Alabama
Oct 24 Colosseum Combat Grappling B2GS 2 Indianapolis, Indiana
Nov 06 HRMMA 121 MMA Elizabethtown, Kentucky
Nov 07 Pinnacle Combat 33 MMA Dubuque, Iowa
Nov 14 SHP Grappling B2GS 3 Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Nov 21 UCL Grappling B2GS 4 Chicago, Illinois
Dec 05 Colosseum Combat Grappling B2GS 5 Kokomo, Indiana
Dec 12 Strikehard 57 MMA Tuscaloosa, Alabama
“We really couldn’t be more excited to get our live event season scheduled – and at a strong year-over-year rate of growth compared to Fall 2019 – as we get back to the business of doing what we love: putting on great fights,” said Greg P. Bell, Chairman & CEO of B2Digital. “The virus presented us with a tremendous test, and we have responded by finding new opportunities and laying a foundation that ultimately has more upside potential than we had at this point last year. In every major facet of the B2Digital business, we have less competition and better input pricing. We are also still positioned in the drivers’ seat in the MMA growth phenomenon, which is a rock-solid long-term foundation of value for our shareholders.”
The Company anticipates some degree of uncertainty around the Fall 2020 Event Schedule presented above as local health and policy factors may intervene and force some schedule modifications. However, B2Digital is already planning for a busy Spring and Summer 2021 Event Schedule following the holiday break, and the Company looks forward to further updating its fans, followers, and shareholders on upcoming action-packed B2Digital LIVE MMA Events.
For more information about B2Digital, visit the Company’s website at https://www.b2digitalotc.com.
About B2Digital Inc.
With extensive background in entertainment, television, video and technology, B2Digital (OTC: BTDG) is now forging ahead and becoming a full-service live event sports company. Capitalizing on the combination of B2Digital CEO Greg P. Bell’s expertise and involvement with more than 40,000 live events over his career for major sports leagues and entertainment venues, B2Digital is in the process of developing and acquiring MMA and sports-related companies to build an integrated Premier Development League, Expand the B2 Official Training Facility Program Network and Continue the growth of the B2 Social Media Network for the multibillion-dollar mixed martial arts (“MMA”) industry.
B2Digital intends to create and develop league champions that will move on to the MMA major leagues from the Company’s B2 Fighting Series brand. Each year, the top fighters will be invited to the annual B2 Fighting Series National Championship live event.
B2Digital has developed and deployed the systems and technologies for the operation of the B2 Fighting Series, “B2FS”. This includes social media marketing, event management, digital ticketing sales, digital video distribution, digital marketing, PPV, FTV (Free to View), merchandise sales, brand management and financial control systems. B2Digital owns all rights for TV, internet, social media, media, merchandising and trademarks, and branding for the B2Digital companies.
B2Digital: MMA’s Premier Development League
www.b2digitalotc.com
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2020.08.08 10:12 MainlineElectrical Professional Electrician – skills and benefits

Professional Electrician – skills and benefits


There have been ample amount of times when our fathers or siblings have tried their hands at fixing things around the house, who usually have no professional training, and perform a mediocre job at it. Whether it is a tightening a leaking pipe, fixing a fused bulb or trying to hotwire the Diwali lights, they try their level best to make things work. While it seems alright to carry out such errands and act as a Weekend Electrician, fooling around with electricity is dangerous and hazardous as there are certain technicalities that make these same errands risky and unsafe and a wrong connection could result into a disastrous event.
While one does try to be cautious when working with electricity, its best to leave it in the hands of professionals rather than risking your own life by fixing electric things with little knowledge. As they say, “A good physician treats the disease, the great physician treats the patient who has the disease.”
A Professional Electrician is often mistaken for our normal handymen who have gained their skills through observation and practice locally and are usually called over to fix simple issues around the place such as a microwave that isn’t working right, or a switch that doesn’t seem to operate, or just fixing a fuse. It’s risky inviting such handymen or Electricians, who seem as professionals, to our homes and offices as they do not hold a professional training or degree and are unaware of the technical developments that take place rapidly in today’s world. They only have the experience of previous models and can end up causing serious damage.
Whereas on the other hand, we have Professional Electricians who are not only highly skilled but are up-to-date with the technology and have in-depth knowledge about different electrical systems, repairs, installations and have practical exposure which ensures safety, security and success in the first attempts. Their knowledge is not based only on anecdotal evidence and internet forums, but on the most up-to-date electrical study and practice, which is verified by the local licensing authorities.
If you hire a handyman instead of a Professional Electrician due to its low-cost appeal, when it comes to working with electricity, you should definitely avoid saving money in this situation and instead of looking at it as a liability, should view it as an investment in the safety, comfort, and quality of your home or workplace. While it may seem to work in the beginning, cutting corners and diminishing quality can lead to major safety risks which might not become obvious until further down the track or until disaster strikes.
A Professional Electrician in Birmingham guarantees the safety and quality of the installations and repairs. Moreover, getting the work done through a professional will help in the long run as you wouldn’t have to spend money on fixing the repairs/installations repeatedly which will be the case if you hire an Electrician with no professional training or knowledge. Working with a professional will mean you will get the right the solution the first time and they will ensure that there isn’t a need for second consultation or repair. Hence, it’s better to be safe than sorry and call up a professional who will do their job perfectly rather than inviting an amateur who does as slapdash work.
http://www.mainline-electrical.co.uk
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2020.07.16 23:35 JEZTURNER [PubQ] Query Critique: SIX HUNDRED AND TWENTY DAYS OF FOG, 78,000-word adult speculative dystopian

I've been querying this on and off for some years, it's gone through several revisions. I recently had two full MS requests, one which I still have to hear back from, but I'm wondering if there's anything in the query that is problematic or doesn't give enough information. Thanks for any help you can offer.

Dear xxxx
I would like to suggest my novel Six Hundred and Twenty Days of Fog, for your consideration. I attach a synopsis and sample.
Two years ago, the fog descended. In minutes, it reduced visibility to an arm’s length across the world and crippled transport routes, power supplies, internet, and food supplies. Now, only notice boards offer occasional news.
Six Hundred and Twenty Days of Fog is the story of Aidan Pointer, whose wife and son were abducted by the 'stealers'. Months later, Aidan discovers a note that suggests his family might be alive, and that his wife is pregnant. He has two weeks to find them before the baby is born into this broken world. Aidan traverses a landscape littered with survivors - some assist him, others seek only to obstruct and betray him. Along the way, he must sift out the truth from the terrible rumours about the stealers and the 'farm’ where they take their captives. It is a journey that will test him to his limits, but ultimately reveals the true love he feels for his family.
Six Hundred and Twenty Days of Fog is a 78,000 word novel of speculative, dystopian fiction. It is inspired by my love of the genre and works such as JG Ballard's The Drought and The Drowned World, as well as my own experiences as a father and as an academic researching communities.
I have been writing creatively since childhood, and have a professional background in a very different kind of writing, as a researcher at Birmingham City University’s Centre for Media and Cultural Research, where I recently completed my PhD. This is my third novel - to date, I am unpublished. My work is being submitted to other agents presently.
Thank you for your time.
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2020.07.15 18:04 daprice82 Wrestling Observer Rewind ★ Jul. 1, 2002

Going through old issues of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter and posting highlights in my own words. For anyone interested, I highly recommend signing up for the actual site at f4wonline and checking out the full archives.
PREVIOUSLY:
1-7-2002 1-14-2002 1-21-2002 1-28-2002
2-4-2002 2-11-2002 2-18-2002 2-25-2002
3-4-2002 3-11-2002 3-18-2002 3-25-2002
4-1-2002 4-8-2002 4-15-2002 4-22-2002
4-29-2002 5-6-2002 5-13-2002 5-20-2002
5-27-2002 6-3-2002 6-10-2002 6-17-2002
6-24-2002
  • Bret Hart was seriously injured in a bicycle accident in Calgary last week. As of press time, Dave has very little info. Hart was thrown off the bike and flipped over the handlebars going at a high speed and landed on his back and hit the back of his head. Over the next couple of days, he's undergone a number of tests due to issues he's had since the accident. Bret was forced to retire 2 years ago after he suffered a serious concussion during the Starrcade 99 match with Goldberg and it's believed the fall may have aggravated the issues he's had since then. Hart is expected to be hospitalized for at least a week and has little movement on the left side of his body and can't see out of his right eye. He's also suffering severe back pain, though x-rays and scans haven't shown any physical damage to his back. That's all Dave knows right now. (Much more on this next week, obviously).
  • After a year of questionable decision-making, Vince McMahon made his most questionable decision yet when he announced the surprise re-hiring of Vince Russo. It's a shocking decision for lots of obvious reasons, not the least of which is most of the wrestlers either outright don't like him or at the very least, don't respect him. And many front office employees feel even more strongly about him. Not even Stephanie McMahon, who is the head of creative, knew Russo was coming back and she was just as blindsided by the news as everyone else. It's believed the deal has been in the works for a few weeks. Russo had owned a CD store in Marietta, GA but he sold the store recently. He also stopped submitting ideas to the Jarretts for TNA a couple of weeks ago. There's also the fact that Russo's lawsuit against Hulk Hogan over the Bash at the Beach 2000 incident is still pending and now they're in the same company again, although Dave suspects the legal issues must be wrapped up for Russo to take the job (Turner was still paying his legal fees so long as he didn't work for any other wrestling company, which is why everyone was denying his involvement with TNA). Another rumor going around is that Russo is planning to write a tell-all book about his time in WWF and when word about that got out, the company rehired him in an effort to squash the book. Dave thinks that might be believable if Russo was just hired and stuck in a closet somewhere. But he was brought back in a key position in the creative department, which means that likely wasn't the reason (or not a big part of it). Most likely, it's exactly what it appears on the surface: Vince McMahon is getting desperate and he's going back to what worked in the past.
  • When word got out about Russo's hiring, needless to say, everyone was shocked and, as you'd expect, it was an overwhelmingly negative reaction. The plan for Russo on day one was for him to be in control of the creative team, answering only to Stephanie McMahon. The next day, those plans changed after McMahon, Russo, Stephanie, and the rest of the writing team had a big meeting. There's been multiple stories about what happened during the meeting. One version of the story is that Russo's ideas were so bad that he pretty much buried himself with everyone immediately. Another version is that Stephanie pretty much buried all his ideas and shut him down. And yet another version is that Russo obviously hadn't kept up with the product and was unfamiliar and out of touch with many of the characters and ongoing storylines, and that soured Vince McMahon on him. Regardless, the result was the same: the very next day, Russo was no longer part of the creative team. Word is he has already been sent home and will be brought back if/when they need ideas, as sort of a consultant on retainer. Officially, his role now is to critique the TV shows and report back to Vince McMahon what he thinks. So he's basically paid to be a critic and tell McMahon how he would do it better. Anyway, that's the story for now. Dave runs down Russo's history in the business, how he came into power in WWF, jumping ship to WCW with no notice, where he proceeded to help kill the company and all the drama that happened there (can't wait for that one Vince Russo superfan that always accuses me of lying about him to chime in on this one).
  • For the record, one of Russo's big ideas for TNA's debut was taking the Shane Twins and dressing them up as giant penises and calling them the Big Johnsons. Thankfully, when the show aired, the announcers downplayed the "penis" aspect of it a lot, leading Russo to tell friends that the idea flopped because the commentators didn't sell it hard enough. Just in case you're wondering what Vince Russo is bringing to the table in 2002.
  • WWE's King of the Ring is in the books. For the first time since Wrestlemania, it was a legit sellout on PPV. And sucks for them because this was a pretty blah show. Undertaker retained the WWE title over Triple H in a bad match that was hampered because Undertaker is banged up in general and Triple H came into the match with an elbow injury. 2 days after the show, he underwent elbow surgery to remove bone chips, one of which was embedded in cartilage and had caused his arm to lock up. He was nowhere near 100% during the match, but if he had been, Dave suspects they probably would have put the belt back on him. But for now, they stuck with Undertaker. They did a post match angle to set up Rock vs. Undertaker vs. Triple H at Vengeance, assuming Triple H is ready by then (he was not).
  • The biggest story of the PPV, in Dave's opinion anyway, is the Kurt Angle/Hulk Hogan match, in which Angle beat Hogan clean as a sheet by submission. Dave gives Hogan credit: he didn't treat this like Kidman. Hogan put Angle over as strong as he possibly could. Dave believes it's the first time in Hogan's entire career that he lost via submission as a babyface. He did have a few submission losses as a heel (once to Inoki in NJPW in 1981 and a handful in WCW during the NWO era) but that's it. If he had any as a babyface, it would have been before 1979, before he was a national name. Whether this ultimately springboards Angle into a certified top guy that fans take seriously remains to be seen, but Hogan did everything he could. Probably didn't help that, as soon as the match was over, Angle put his goofy wig back on, at a moment that should have been used to turn him into a serious threat. But regardless, nobody can fault Hogan here if it doesn't get over.
  • Other notes from the PPV: Jericho vs. RVD in the opening match was easily the best match on the show. Lesnar got loud "Goldberg" chants and Dave thinks he sold way too much for Test, especially since the rumor is Lesnar is being groomed for a Summerslam main event with Rock. Nidia in her hillbilly gimmick with Jamie Noble was great and Dave thinks they might have something with Nidia and this gimmick. Ric Flair vs. Eddie Guerrero was.....not what you'd think. Dave has seen Flair drag talentless hacks to great matches for 20 years but somehow, Flair vs. Guerrero was a drag and should have been better than it was considering the two men involved. Two all-time greats just had a misfire somehow. Molly won the women's title from Trish and Dave thinks this whole storyline where they claim Molly is fat is insulting to probably every single female viewer they have and a lot of the males too. A backstage segment with Rock, Goldust, and Booker T was the most entertaining thing on the show. Lesnar won the King of the Ring tournament by beating RVD in a nothing match. And of course, the main event, which was an overbooked mess with two guys who probably didn't have any business wrestling that night anyway.
WATCH: Goldust/Booker T/Rock backstage segment at WWE King of the Ring 2002
  • NWA-TNA's debut show is in the books! Actually, so is their second show because it was a double-taping. And buckle in because we have a metric fuck-ton of TNA news to cover. Overall, it was a well-received debut. A lot of the young wrestlers were hungry and some of the old guys worked like they had something to prove. Guys like Konnan and Buff Bagwell looked the best they have in years and many of the people who worked the show said this felt like the real deal (many of those same people had worked the recent WWA shows and saw those as paid vacations, nobody took it seriously). Scott Hall, said to be the highest paid wrestler in the company ($3,500 per week) didn't do anything special but he got by far the biggest reaction and, according to all accounts, was sober and professional. There were about 3,000 fans in the building, but only 400-500 were paid. More than 10,000 freebies were given away around Birmingham the week of the show, but the crowd they got was actually a good, active audience, so it worked. Mike Tenay on commentary was great and full of knowledge, though Ed Ferrara playing heel announcer was useless. Don West was enthusiastic as hell, but knew nothing about the product. Regardless, he knows how to work a camera and he took charge of the commentary booth and Dave thinks he did fine in the role and will only get better. Ricky Steamboat was there, giving an emotional interview and putting over the NWA title. Ken Shamrock won the gauntlet battle royal (basically the same thing as a Royal Rumble match) to win the title, beating Malice (former WCW wrestler The Wall) in the final match after they were the last 2 left in the battle royal. There's been talk of doing a Shamrock vs. Don Frye match to try to catch some of that crossover UFC/PRIDE audience, but Dave is doubtful it'll be a draw here like it is in Japan.
  • What else? Country music star Toby Keith did a series of angles with Jeff Jarrett and Keith was by far the biggest star to the live fans. Keith got involved in the battle royal and eliminated Jarrett. NASCAR drivers Hermie Sadler and Sterling Martin got involved in a racial angle with K-Krush (R-Truth) using a bunch of "your kind" and "my kind" talk and Dave thinks that was pretty pathetic. The company was hoping all this celebrity involvement would get them some mainstream publicity but it got practically none. They brought in a bunch of women, most of whom were total unknowns except for ECW's Francine, Electra, and former WCW valet Daffney under the name Shannon, and their battle royal on the second show was said to be awful. The whole event definitely had a southern/regional feel to it. The opening match of Jerry Lynn, AJ Styles, and Low-Ki vs. Jorge Estra, Sonny Siaki, and Jimmy Yang was the show-stealer and was better than most of the matches in WWE this year.
  • Now the bad news: TNA was under the impression they had Dish Network cleared to air their show, but no dice. They don't have Cablevision in the U.S. either. For a company that needs to draw 50,000 buys a week to break even without a corporate sponsor, that's extremely bad news. They're also losing their Canadian PPV after the response to the debut show was said to be lackluster. At press time, InDemand has allegedly told TNA that their debut show did 80,000 buys but preliminary numbers are always drastically higher than the final result, so it'll almost certainly be less than that (for example, InDemand's number for WWA's first PPV was originally 40,000 but later got revised to 15,000). In WWE, they don't take any PPV numbers seriously at first because the thought is any numbers you hear within the first 2 months of the show are always wrong, the final tallies take time to come in. Regardless, even if this show did well, the more important question is how will they be doing in 4-5 weeks when the new has worn off?
  • Despite TNA claiming they aren't even interested in TV and are 100% committed to running exclusively on PPV, that's obviously not true. They have already struck syndication deals in Nashville and Chattanooga and are actively working to get a national television deal. The problem is that, as you can tell by looking at WWE ratings over the last year, the business is in a sharp decline, meaning the TV industry isn't chomping at the bit to give TV deals to some new startup nobody company. But anyone who understands the industry knows they have no chance of surviving on weekly PPV alone so getting on TV sooner than later is going to be essential to TNA's survival. The local syndicated deals they struck will mostly be hype shows with interviews and highlights designed to drive viewers to buy the weekly PPVs. Dave lists, like, 10 different promotions that have folded over the years in part due to the costs of paying for television.
  • Tons of TNA news in this issue which brings us to the debut "Random TNA News & Notes" section! Here we go: Bert Prentice will be working with the company and will no longer be running his own weekly shows in Nashville. There will be a one-night tournament at the next show to crown NWA tag team champions. Fun fact, those belts are currently held by The Shane Twins, who now wrestle in TNA as The Johnsons, doing the aforementioned masked penis gimmick. They'll be in the tournament even though they were already the champs in their previous gimmick. But the titles are being vacated and they will crown new ones.
  • We ain't done with TNA news. The dark match of the show featured a 450 pound dude named Cheex who is basically ripping off Rikishi's gimmick of doing things with his big ol' ass. And in case the ass gimmick and the "Cheex" name wasn't clear enough, he's being managed by a woman named Brown Eye Girl. So....yeah. If this ain't Vince Russo, I'll eat my shoe. Anyway, during the dark match, because Cheex is so big, the ring broke. As the show was going on the air live, the ring crew was frantically struggling to fix the ring, which is why it felt like they were stalling so much for the first 15 minutes. Because they were. The ring breaking also caused them to not be able to do the second dark match they had planned. Both matches were being taped to air on next week's show.
  • Actual notes from TNA's debut show (I'm gonna divide this into multiple paragraphs because there's a lot): it opened with some pyro, which is meant to make them look major league, but everyone else always looks minor league compared to WWE's huge pyro show every week and this was no exception. No graphics or details on any of the wrestlers, which is a mistake considering so many of them are complete unknowns to most fans. Started with a bunch of legends coming out to put over the NWA title, including Ricky Steamboat cutting one of the best promos of the year in any promotion and Dave thinks they need to hire Steamboat and put him in an on-air role as a commissioner or something ASAP. Jeff Jarrett cut a promo saying it was stupid to crown a new champion in a battle royal. Way to bury your own main event 10 minutes into your debut show, especially since most people also agree that it's a pretty dumb way to do it. But they still did. Then Ken Shamrock and Scott Hall came out and they both cut promos and they also shat on the battle royal idea, leading Dave to worry already that this company hasn't learned anything from WCW's mistakes. As mentioned earlier, the opening match easily stole the show. Next up was a little person match, with the jobber actually being referred to as "an enhancement midget." The Shane Twins did the penis gimmick, but as mentioned, it was severely played down from the original idea as conceived by Russo.
  • More notes from the show: They brought out a bunch of women for a big segment and Dave, who spends his entire life watching wrestling, didn't know half of them. And even if he did, it wouldn't matter because there were no graphics to name any of them and even if there had been, the cameras were often showing the wrong woman when a name was announced. Anyway, among them were Francince from ECW (who Dave is worried about because she looked sickly thin), Shannon (formerly Daffney in WCW), Alexis Laree (better known years later as Mickie James), Elektra from ECW, Taylor Vaugn (formerly Barbara Bush in WWF), Erin (who was a finalist on Tough Enough season 1 but got booted from the show before production started because other contestants saw her out on a date with one of the judges and they complained and got her kicked off), and some others. At least one of the no-name chicks was a stripper they hired specifically for this show because they needed one more woman to make 10. Anyway, this all led to the expected brawl with Elektra getting her shirt ripped off to show her bra. It wasn't even that risque. If you're trying to use sex appeal to draw viewers, the worst thing you can do is be less risque than WWE is on free TV when you have the luxury of PPV (give em a few months and we'll get actual nudity on this show). Alicia Webb, formerly known in WWF as Ryan Shamrock (and who is dating Ken Shamrock in real life) was playing a prostitute collecting money from referee Mark Johnson.
  • Even more notes from the show: the NASCAR guys got a bigger pop than any of the wrestlers. K-Krush came out to confront them about not being real athletes and they did the racial angle. Brian Christopher got involved and funny story there, they were debating whether to use the last name Christopher, or his real last name of Lawler. Nobody told the announcers which it was gonna be so Mike Tenay kept using "Christopher" while Ed Ferrara kept using "Lawler." More WCW-level shit. Toby Keith performed. The gauntlet battle royal to crown the new champion featured Buff Bagwell, Prince Justice (later becomes Abyss), Konnan, Rick Steiner, Scott Hall, Jeff Jarrett, etc. Toby Keith ran in and suplexed Jarrett, causing him to get eliminated because why not? Chris Harris, Vampire Warrior, Steve Corino, and more. And when it got down to the last two, it became a regular match and Shamrock beat Malice to win the title with Steamboat as the special referee.
WATCH: NWA-TNA' s debut PPV (Full Show)
  • So that's the notes from the debut show. Are we done with TNA yet? Not by a long shot. They taped a whole second show, remember?! It hasn't aired yet so Dave hasn't seen it so here's the scarce details. The crowd started filing out after the first show ended and kept leaving as the second one was going, to the point that Jeremy Borash and Bert Prentice had to get on the mic and beg everyone to stay and then moved a bunch of people to the hard camera side so there wouldn't be visible empty seats all over the place. Lenny Lane and former WCW star Kwee-Wee were put together as a gay tag team called Rainbow Express, managed by Joel Gertner, and kissed each other instead of tagging each other to swap in and out during the match, which got a lot of heat because Alabama. A 9-woman battle royal (guess they didn't let the hired stripper actually work) to crown Miss TNA resulted in a bunch of women getting stripped half naked. They did a 4-way elimination match to crown the X-Division champion which was won by AJ Syles in what was said to be easily the best match of either show, with even Harley Race going on record later to say it was one of the best matches he'd ever seen. But by then, there were very few fans left in the building. And that is finally it for TNA news for now. Whew.
  • PRIDE's latest show is in the books and once again featured pro wrestlers drawing the crowd. NOAH's Yoshihiro Takayama replaced Mark Coleman in the main event (out due to injury) against Don Frye, leading to last minute interest from wrestling fans that packed the house. Frye defeated Takayama in what many are calling the best fight in the history of PRIDE. Takayama has had 3 fights in PRIDE and has lost all 3 of them, but all 3 of them were also show-stealing outright wars that, despite losing, has grown Takayama into an even bigger star. Afterward, Frye hinted at retiring from MMA and returning to NJPW full time. Dave hasn't seen this fight but it was described to him as "something out of Dragonball Z or a comic book" the way they were just throwing bombs at each other, with the crowd going insane (yeah the opening minute or so if this fight is absolute madness, video below). The show also featured Bob Sapp vs. Kiyoshi Tamura, which was a total mismatch. Tamura is a skilled MMA fighter, but Sapp outweighed him by literally almost 200 pounds and the fight was over in 11 seconds, with Sapp basically murdering him. Dave says it's clear they're trying to turn Sapp into a huge unbeatable monster psychopath and it's working. But Dave thinks it's bullshit to put fighters this mismatched against each other in real shoots. It was funny though because after what happened in Sapp's K-1 fight a few weeks ago, they made some new rules like no knees and no kicking a downed opponent, which is fine. But they also announced other rules for the fight, such as no flying sentons or splashes off the top ropes, which have never been done in an MMA fight and is utterly ridiculous (If Cormier doesn't hit Miocic with a Canadian destroyer at UFC 252 next month, what's even the point?). Another NOAH star, Takashi Suguira, lost a split decision with Daniel Gracie and Suguira had several NOAH wrestlers at ringside cheering him on. And of course, Antonio Inoki came out at intermission and did his catchphrase.
WATCH: Yoshihiro Takayama vs. Don Frye - PRIDE
  • UFC made its TV debut with a half-hour segment on Fox Sports Net's "Best Damn Sports Show Period" which featured a full Robbie Lawler vs. Steve Berger bout, as well as highlights of other fights. "Fear Factor" host Joe Rogan did commentary with Mike Goldberg and Jeff Osbourne. They aired several warnings during the show, but the violence ended up being far less brutal than most average boxing matches. The show drew a strong crowd and there's talk that this may become a regular thing on the network. They also hyped the planned Tito Ortiz vs. Ken Shamrock fight for later this year and Dave thinks TNA would be wise to get the NWA title off Shamrock before the fight, because he's going into it as the underdog. Plus, Shamrock would likely not want to risk injury or spend time flying to Nashville every week during the last few weeks of training. Wouldn't be a good look for TNA if Shamrock goes to the octagon with the NWA title belt and gets demolished by Ortiz. Also on the show, Chuck Liddell defeated Vitor Belfort in a war that catapulted Liddell into title contention and he'll likely face the winner of Shamrock/Ortiz sometime down the road.
  • Dave got his hands on a copy of Shaun Assael's new book "Sex, Lies, and Headlocks: The Real Story of Vince McMahon and the World Wrestling Federation" even though it hasn't been released yet. Review time! The original concept for the book was to chronicle the Monday Night Wars, but just as the book was being finished, the whole business changed and since Vince became the lone survivor, the book was changed to focus on him and the WWF primarily. The book is fair and accurate for the most part. Assael didn't run from any of the controversial stories, but he also didn't sensationalize things to make them seem bigger than they were. If you're a long-time Observer reader, you already know all this stuff and could probably point out details or inconsistencies in the story, but to the average fan who hasn't been following all the behind-the-scenes stuff for the last 20 years, it's sure to be an eye-opener. Anyway, Dave recaps the book in detail, mostly just correcting things that the author got wrong but also acknowledging that this is an early review copy and some of these mistakes will be corrected before it's published and released. Otherwise, he just pokes holes in various myths and stories that are covered. The Observer was credited in the book for being one of the author's sources, specifically in regards to Dave's coverage of the steroid trial (yeah, if you haven't read it, go back and check those out. Dave actually attended the trial and his recap of it is one of the most must-read issues of the Observer in its entire history). The book pretty much ends at the death of WCW, though it does note that business has declined significantly since then. Overall, Dave says it's by far the best book on the real modern history of professional wrestling that he's ever read and is a must-read for any wrestling fan. But it's also too short (288 pages) to really get into all the detail needed to tell so many of these stories. But for what it is, best book of its type that Dave's ever read.
AMAZON LINK: "Sex, Lies, and Headlocks: The Real Story of Vince McMahon and the World Wrestling Federation" by Shaun Assael
  • In AAA in Mexico, there's a new guy named Canibal who's gimmick is pulling his opponent's trunks down and biting them on the ass. It's too late. You already read the sentence. You can't un-know that now.
  • AJPW stars Kaz Hayashi and Kendo Kashin were supposed to be working some shows for AAA at the moment. Fun story, when they arrived in Mexico, nobody from AAA was there to meet them at the airport and nobody they called from the AAA office would answer the phone, so they basically found themselves stranded in Mexico with no idea what to do and unable to speak the language. Dave says the exact same thing happened to Great Sasuke several years ago when he went to Mexico. Anyway, last Dave heard, Hayashi and Kashin were trying to get themselves booked on some indie shows in Mexico so they can get some pictures of them working there to take back to the magazines in Japan (which was the whole reason for their trip) so they're just looking to work one or two shows and then go back home. They can't work for CMLL because that promotion has a business relationship with NJPW.
  • Last month, AAA held its 10th annual Triplemania show in Los Angeles. Here's the problem though: it was an utter flop, with embarrassing attendance and almost nobody even realizing it happened. So AAA has decided to just pretend it didn't happen and has now scheduled Triplemania X again, this time in Mexico (maybe WWE should do that next year. Since Wrestlemania was pretty much just in an empty warehouse this year, they shouldn't even acknowledge it. Just redo Wrestlemania 36 again next year and pretend it's the first time).
  • Remember the story a couple months ago about how Invader 1 (the guy who murdered Bruiser Brody) left the WWC promotion? Well, he was scheduled to return this week as a special referee for a Carlos Colon match but it ended up not happening. He said he wanted his return to be a surprise, but the story was already out on the internet that he was coming back. For what it's worth, almost none of the wrestling fans in Puerto Rico have internet (I did the research, only 17.5% of the country had internet access in 2002 and you gotta figure only a fraction of those are wrestling fans, so Dave is likely correct here) so it still would have been a surprise to probably 99% of them. But either way, Invader 1 pulled out of the show over it and still isn't back with the promotion.
  • Spanky (Brian Kendrick) won a tournament at an indie show in California to get a shot for the Zero-1/UPW unified title. That's not the important part. How it happened is the original guy who was scheduled to win ended up pulling out of the show at the last minute because his pregnant wife was overdue so he stayed behind to be with her. So they made a call to Spanky, who was in Cincinnati. He immediately packed up his car and was on the road 30 minutes after receiving the call. And didn't stop. He drove 30 hours straight, some 2,200 miles, and made it to the venue literally an hour or so before showtime and did the match. That's freakin' dedication (I think he's talked about this in a shoot interview before. Said he masturbated to stay awake and started vomiting uncontrollably halfway through the drive or something, but still made it. Madness.)
  • AJPW news: there are no truth to the rumors of a WWE/AJPW relationship, which was mentioned last week. Motoko Baba and Tenryu were at WWE's show in Hawaii to take photos for the Japanese magazines to make people think something is up, but there's nothing there. They were just visiting because Johnny Ace got them backstage. Also, the newspapers in Japan have begun reporting that Keiji Muto will take over as AJPW president when Ms. Baba retires, which confirms what Dave has been saying for months.
  • Kenta Kobashi's first match back for NOAH will be this week at Korakuen Hall. He'll be working undercard tag matches so he won't be doing too much. If you recall, he was out for over a year with knee injuries, had one match in February in which he re-injured himself again and has been out ever since.
  • Speaking of Korakuen Hall, NJPW's latest show there only drew 1,200 fans, which means the building was only half full. Just in case you're wondering how NJPW is doing in 2002. Not great.
  • Don Frye did an interview claiming Antonio Inoki is working to put together a match between himself and Mike Tyson. "Nobody is taking that seriously," Dave says.
  • Speaking of Japanese companies trying to latch on to the WWE train and speaking of lyin' ass Inoki: there have been rumors that Inoki is putting together a relationship with WWE. Not true. Inoki claimed recently that he had met with Vince McMahon about using some of WWE's undercard guys in NJPW and of starting his own promotion in the U.S. Dave says the meeting with Vince never happened and, in fact, the two men haven't gotten along or really even spoken at all in nearly 20 years.
  • More on Jesse Ventura's decision not to run for re-election as Minnesota governor. Part of the reason may be that the polls are showing he would likely lose the race. Of course, that's what the polls said last time and he shocked the world. But after 4 years in office, his popularity isn't near what it was back then, when he was the exciting outsider. Now the voters have seen what he brings to the table and they don't seem to like it too much. Ventura was already planning to make the announcement, but then the story about his son hosting parties at the governor's mansion broke, and Ventura made the announcement 2 days earlier than he'd planned. Using the criticism that his son has gotten in the media as his excuse for not running provided Ventura a good "out" but he was already planning not to run long before that story happened and the press conference had been scheduled nearly 2 weeks earlier, so take it with a grain of salt. Most likely, he saw the writing on the wall and knew he was going to lose if he ran again.
  • Notes from the latest Ring of Honor event: it was said to be an incredible show, with guys like Bryan Danielson, Low-Ki, Christopher Daniels, Spanky, Jerry Lynn, AJ Styles, and more all having amazing matches. There was a moment during the show where Scoot Andrews went to hit Christopher Daniels' valet, Lucious. But then he stopped himself and said he'd never hit a woman, but he knew somebody who would. This was a tease to bring out another female wrestler, but the crowd started chanting for Steve Austin. The show drew 450 fans and sold out the building, which is the largest crowd ROH has drawn so far.
  • Famous St. Louis Cardinal announcer Jack Buck passed away a couple weeks ago and Dave notes that Buck actually had some involvement in wrestling back in the day. He used to do radio broadcasting of Sam Muchnick's shows live for KMOX radio in the 1960s and there's even a picture somewhere out there of Giant Baba picking Buck up and holding him like a baby. (I actually just watched the 30 For 30 documentary on the McGwire/Sosa home run race and they talked about Jack Buck in there. Good times. Anyway, someone find that picture because I'm having no luck).
  • Sting is scheduled to make an appearance, but not wrestle, at an indie show Harley Race is putting together this week in St. Louis. This will be Sting's first wrestling-related appearance since WCW folded.
  • In case you're wondering what XPW and Rob Black are up to these days, allow Dave to fill you in. Black is currently doing an angle where he's pretending he had a stroke and he pisses and shits on himself all over TV. They also did a segment where wrestler GQ Money (now a producer for NXT) broke into Black's home and tried to rape his wife until somebody made the save. The next week, they showed Money supposedly raping a girl in the parking lot and leaving her for dead, and the week after, he got sprayed with raw sewage. Now they're building up to a raw sewage match, based on this rape storyline. XPW, folks.
  • Dave has some more notes on Cody Runnels, the son of Dusty Rhodes who was backstage at WWE's show in Atlanta last week. Cody is a sophomore in high school and placed 6th in the state in amateur wrestling the past year. He also plays football. He was described to Dave as having a similar physical look as Randy Orton, "but with a face like Dusty."
  • WWA's scheduled tour of Europe has been officially canceled. The German and Switzerland shows had abysmal ticket sales and pretty much had to be canceled. The show in Ireland had more than 4,000 tickets sold and would have been a success, but even so, that one show alone wasn't going to make enough money to offset the cost of the whole tour.
  • This is actually hilarious. UFC fighter Vitor Belfort and his training partner were in a taxi before the UFC show when a bunch of cops showed up and surrounded the car. Why, you ask? Well the cab driver overheard Belfort and his partner talking about "shooting at the legs" and she got scared, not knowing what they were talking about, and called the police. Seems like they got it all straightened out though.
  • Rock will be working nearly full-time on TV from now until Summerslam, at which point he's leaving for a few months to go film his next movie. He won't be on every Smackdown, but he'll be on most of them.
  • Nothing new on the Goldberg/WWE negotiations. Vince McMahon told Goldberg's agents that he will clear his schedule any time Goldberg wants to have a meeting, but Goldberg doesn't seem particularly interested. The fact that WWE rehired Russo probably won't help matters because Goldberg is one of the many who doesn't like Russo.
  • Shawn Michaels is booked to be in Kevin Nash's corner on upcoming house shows once Nash is cleared to wrestle again. There's still no plans for Shawn to wrestle, but given how depleted the WWE roster is right now, Dave is sure they'll probably start pushing him to sooner than later (Nash ends up getting injured again almost immediately, so I don't think Shawn ever did these house show appearances).

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2020.07.09 08:49 Justwonderinif S-Town Timeline III

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2014
  • New Year's Day: John's dogs get into a big fight and his dog Schroeder is fatally injured. John writes:
    Somehow I made it about four hundred feet down the hill with Schroeder in my arms, half clinging to my face, blood pouring off chin. I suddenly tripped on a root and dropped him on top of me. Broken leg and all. In the fall, Schroeder had let go of my face and now blood was pouring out of both of us. My other older dogs then began circling around us. I quickly realized they were still in attack mode, and I was out of breath.
    I looked at the other dogs, then up at the gray sky, thinking: Is this it? Is this how I am going to die, torn to pieces by the puppies that I raised and fed with baby bottles?
    ...it was New Years Day. There were no animal hospitals open, and no chance of getting one on the phone, either. A few phone calls yielded the expected results. I remembered an old expression: "Whatever you do on New Years Day, you will be doing for the rest of the year."
    The cleaning ritual commenced once again. This time I got into the tub to wash myself, and realized what a strong dog Schroeder actually was. He's going to make it, I thought. I reminded myself that a tiny little acorn turned into a great hickory tree.
    I set the alarm on the E. Ingraham clock in Mama's room. She still asked after the dog's welfare. Do you think he is going to be okay? How is he doing now? Has he gotten any better? she asked. I sure am sorry, she said.
    He vomited again, a much darker-colored vomit, and when I attempted to wipe it from his mouth, I found that I could not even get my fingers between his clenched teeth, let alone a damp rag. I curled up the corner of a washcloth and did what I could.
    We were together alone on that white tile floor for quite some time, like two candles in the middle of the night. Finally, one massive tremor, like a sort of earthquake from within, shook his whole body, and I realized that he was passing, or perhaps already had and this was just some neurologic convulsion. I always wondered what had caused that trembling. Do we all shake like that at the moment of death?
    I looked up at that flaking paint on the bathroom ceiling, that goddamned hole in front of the door and the inside of the roof that leaks all the way to the stars and just cried out.
    I then let the three spaniels out of the kitchen. The black one left that night, and never returned. Perhaps she knew. Perhaps she was killed by a hunter, hit by a car, poisoned, or bitten by a snake. In this shit of a town, the possibilities for death are endless.
    John takes Schroeder's lifeless body out to the woods. Later, John buries Schroeder.
  • The maze has grown in a bit
  • March 15: John’s 48th Birthday
    • Tyler is 21 years old.
    • Michael Fuller is 43
    • Rodney is 44 years old
    • Tyler says that John started getting tattoos at the age of 47, and got enough tattoos over one year to equal what it would take anyone else a lifetime to accrue.
    • Bubba says that John's motivation for getting so many tattoos was to help Tyler, and to give Tyler money. Bubba said that John had "sacrificed his skin" for this cause.
  • May: John has written a story about the death of his dog Schroeder, called: "Death of a Giant"
    • Guy McPherson publishes it on his web site. The story gets so many subsequent negative comments that John asks Guy to remove it.
    • The story is published in the Procyon Short Story Analogy
    • Bio to accompany the story: John B. McLemore resides at his grandfather's old homeplace in a small, crumbling town in Alabama. For many years, he restored antique clocks, performed 19th-Century electroplating, fire gilding, bronze patination, and micromachining for other shops. His varied interests have included sundials, the Astrolabe, chemistry (particularly electrochemistry), investing, climate change, peak oil, the 80s New Wave and Eurodisco, and numerous other subjects. An avid gardener, John planted his first hedge maze in 2009, and still finds time to pull some of the weeds. He currently cares for his mother, his last remaining relative, who is ailing with dementia.
  • May 2: Brian has finished and released: TAL: "I Was So High"
  • June 7: Cheryl's 42nd Birthday
  • July 4: Brian and his future wife visit DC
  • July 16: John's neighbor tries to kill his wife with a hammer and a tractor
  • July 24: In an email, John reaches out to Reta about the Clouse house being torn down. John talks about suicide and despair.
  • July 31: Birmingham, Alabama Water Board Scandal that bothered John.
  • August 1, 2014: John posts a version of the "Worthwhile Life Defined" essay that he would later send to Brian
  • August, 2014: Cheryl and Jeff's 11th Anniversary.
  • September 9: John comments on Peakoil.com
    To break up the monotony here a bit….Never Been Married, Never Will. I have never met a Happily Married Man in my life. As a single dude, I could tell back in ’05 when I first started reading about peak oil and global warming, that these 2 issues were going to be ‘too big’. So yes, it is possible to become a doomer without being screwed yourself in the process. I could always take a look around at other peoples failed marriages and draw conclusions without having to re-invent the wheel myself.
  • September 10: John comments on Peakoil.com
    I am currently befriending a 21 year old boy with 3 kids by 3 different girls. He lives in an old U_Haul van behind a tattoo parlour. I am trying to help him get out of the court system, and point him in the direction of independence….something he has never known. His father used to rape his mother while he and his baby brother hid behind the sofa. This young man grew up watching his mother being raped on the living room floor nightly by his father. His same father raped his older sister as well as his niece when the girls were only about 12-13 years old. This young fella entered the court system at 14 as a result of attempting to escape his homelife. Hopefully, I can instil a bit of useful knowledge into this boy about the future.
  • September 11: John comments on CleanTechnica
  • September 21: John comments on CleanTechnica
  • September 23: John quotes William S. Burroughs on Peak Oil
  • September 26: Brian has finished and releases TAL: "The Secret Recordings of Carmen Segarra"
  • September 27: John comments on "Driver's License Slavery" and being a "Doomer" on an online forum.
  • Approximate: As they are exchanging emails, John sends Brian an essay he wrote called "A Worthwhile Life Defined."
    • Brian says that John would say that people shouldn't use the "N" word, and then he'd use the "N" word. Brian says that John was a racist, homophobe, and misogynist. Even though he would be empathetic, and be outraged at inequality and injustice.
  • Tyler turns 22
  • October 11: John writes about being careful with his money
  • October 14 (Approximate) Brian visits John for the first -- and only -- time
    • Gets a tour of the property. Meets Mary Grace.
    • John shows Brian his 53 page manifesto, and suicide note. John wishes Brian hadn't said it out loud. This is the only time they met in person.
    • John shows Brian a video of the history of the fossil fuel industry, and says that there was a chance that John wouldn't be alive by the time Brian had arrived.
    • John shows Brian how he has sent his suicide note to Town Hall, and his attorney. The suicide note sent to Town Hall, has instructions including how many dogs he has, where some -- but not all -- of the money is hidden. And a list of people to contact.
    • John says he's unbanked, and that 100k would go to Peta. John said that he could stay alive and burn through his money or leave it to Jake and Tyler. John wants to leave Jake and Tyler a "shit pot" of money.
    • 2nd night in Alabama: Brian meets Jake at John’s kitchen table.
    • 3rd day in Alabama: Brian visits Black Sheep Tattoo Parlour, and is shown the back room with the bar and stripper pole.
    • Brian talks to Bubba outside. Bubba says that John "sacrificed his skin to keep them in business."
    • Brian visits with John and Tyler in the workshop. Tyler is filing a chain saw. John makes a gold plated dime for Brian..
    • Exterior of John's Shop. Photo taken in 2017.
    • John's shop in 2017, a year after his death
    • John shows Brian his stomach tattoos and nipple piercings.
    • Tyler doesn’t have a place to live. He’s sleeping at the Tattoo Parlour
    • 4th day in Alabama: John and Brian run errands in John's 1985 Mercedes 190E: To the Bibb County Courthouse, Library, and Burt Family compound. Brian's last night. John wants to stop by Little Caesar's to get a pizza for Mary Grace. John says he's going to miss Brian. Brian says he's miss John, too. The Little Caesar's manager tells Brian he can't record in the store, and John gets indignant. John says the manager is probably a "f_g." And is a "top." John asks Brian to turn off the recorder and tells Brian about a local man with whom he'd had a sexual relationship. The man was not a good person. The man had worked on John's yard over the years. They'd been close.
  • Approximate: John sends Brian the 5th revision of his 53 page manifesto titled: Critical Issues for the Future
    • Does anyone have a transcription of the manifesto as distilled by Brian?
  • November: Mary Grace's 88th birthday
  • December 24: Brian proposes to his future wife
  • December 26: Air Date: "Wake Up Now"
    • Brian has not been in touch with John as much since he's been working on this episode.
February 6, 2015
Exact Date Unknown
  • Police come to John's house and threaten to search it without a warrant.
  • Cahawba Christian Academy votes to hire Ms. Gail Sammons as Principal
February 11, 2015
  • John joins the internet forum Peak Oil
February 13, 2015
March 15, 2015
  • John’s 49th Birthday
    • Tyler is 22 years old
    • Michael Fuller is 44
    • Rodney is 45
    • John decides to get the back tattoo?
    • In order to create the back tattoo, John went into the woods, and picked a tree branch and asked Tyler and his friends to whip him, then tattoo him over the welts.
March 20, 2015
  • Bubba posts a picture of John’s finished back tattoo.. Brian notes that John did not have this tattoo when he last saw John in October.
End of March, 2015
  • Tyler and John have developed a ritual that they call "Church."
    • John said this means they get in the backroom of the shop and get drunk as hell.
    • John said he lets Tyler practice on him. They call the Wild Turkey the Holy Water, the back room the "sanctuary," the tattoo needles are the reliquaries.
    • John says that he just listens to Tyler during these sessions, and that Tyler asked him about life and death. He explains things like the theory of relativity to Tyler. Or, they'll just turn off the lights and be quiet together.
    • Tyler says the "Church" sessions started off with Tyler going over to John's to tattoo him for $100.00 per hour.
April 10, 2015
  • TAL Episode: Last But Not Least available for download.
    • Brian has not been in touch with John as much since he's been working on these episodes.
  • Approximate: Up until the Spring of 2015, Tyler has not had a serious girlfriend, or a regular place to live. This changes in the Spring of 2015. Tyler starts dating and getting serious about Cami.
  • Approximate: Tyler says that John started asking him to tattoo over existing tattoos, over and over again.
    • Tyler says that John would ask Tyler to pierce his nipple, just to pierce them, over and over again. John's nipples were already pierced, but he wanted Tyler to re-pierce them before each new tattoo.
    • Tyler said that John would get an endorphin high off the pain fix of piercing his nipples over and over again.
    • Tyler said that Church morphed into an elaborate form of "cutting." The excitement and thought of it cleared his mind from all his worries. His mind was blank.
    • Tyler said his company also helped John.
April/May, 2015
  • Photo of John in the maze with back tattoo
  • Brian says: As the months have gone by:
    • John has devoted himself to changing Tyler's life.
    • Every time Brian calls, Tyler is either there, was just there, or John is waiting for Tyler to get there.
    • John is giving Tyler more and more work, giving Tyler more and more money. John has hired Tyler a lawyer, and is accompanying him to court. John is giving Tyler lectures and advice. John sometimes feels like it is a "user-ship" as opposed to a friendship.
    • Tyler has moved into South Forty, the trailer park across the street from John.
    • John is thinking of putting Tyler and Jake in the will. Tyler and John take walks, and like to spend time together.
    • John and Tyler have built a swing. John wishes that Jake and Tyler understood trigonometry, algebra, and geography. John says that Tyler has a lot of his Daddy's (Rodney's) mannerisms, including grunting.
    • Jon has built a bar for Tyler to exercise on.
    • Tyler has a bed in John's dining room and is pretty much living there. Tyler is taking care of John, his mom, the dogs, the yard. They depend on him.
    • Undated Photo of John and Mary Grace
  • Once, while talking to Brian on the phone, John pisses in the sink and says he has a little, short dick).
  • Approximate: John goes on a buying spree, buying antique toys, glass chickens he was obsessed with, and materials for swingset, etc.
  • Approximate: Brian talks on the phone with the Chief at the Tuscaloosa County Sherriff's Department:
    • Learns that there was no murder.
    • Learns that no one would press charges. Case closed.
May 5, 2015
  • John comments on Peakoil.com
  • Approximate: Cami and Tyler move in together. Tyler spends less time at John's.
  • Tyler starts tattooing John's nipples with empty needles. There is no point to this, except for the pain of it. Tyler recommended this as therapy to John, telling him that it was like a stress reliever. Later, Tyler shows Brian a video of John getting his nipples "tattooed" with blank needles.
    • Tyler said he was "getting used to the crazy shit he was having me to do him."
    • Tyler says that what John started to want things that went far beyond any weird stuff he'd been asked to do before.
June 7, 2015
  • Cheryl's 43rd Birthday
  • Approximate: John and Brian's last phone conversation.
    • John has been mulling over climate change since 4:30AM.
    • 2:25PM: John says he is just sitting there with his orange pants on, waitin' on Tyler.
    • Brian communicates to John that there was no murder.
    • John ruminates on climate change.
    • John tells Brian about the time he tried to mentor Michael Fuller, who would be about 45 on this day, and is living in New York City.
    • John says, "Even after 25 years, you'll remember me." And Brian says, "I'm never going to forget you." Seems like this would make it something like a final conversation -- for the time being.
    • Brian says this conversation took place almost a 18 months after John first told him about the "murder." (A year and a half would make it June of 2015.)
  • By now: "Church" is one of the main ways John and Tyler spend time together. Tyler says the brutality of what John wanted Tyler to do to him kept intensifying, far beyond tattooing with an empty needle or repeated nipple piercings, or being lashed with a tree branch.
    • Tyler said that it was happening every day. That they'd be working in the shop and John would say, "Do you think we can have a church session real quick"
    • Tyler says it was getting so ridiculous, he couldn't keep up with it. Tyler is wary of the things that John wanted him to do. Tyler says he tried to put an end to it, and wouldn't do it for a couple of weeks. But it threw John into a depression.
  • Approximate: Allen Bearden has been out of town at a Watch and Clock Convention and hasn't talked to John for a while.
June 13, 2015
  • Brian says Tyler is 24 by now.
  • John adds five books of feminist literature to his Amazon Wish List
Thursday, June 18, 2015
  • Tyler takes Noel to John's house, to swing on the swing.
    • John asks Tyler to "skin his head" so Tyler shaves John's head so it looks like Tyler's.
    • Noel teases John, "ha, ha, ha."
    • John told Noel she would have a similar haircut when she got the women's prison.
    • Tyler is furious and "calmly eases out of there."
  • Approximate: Allen Bearden returns from the clock convention and Allen and John email a bit, back and forth.
Friday, June 19, 2015
  • Jake's wife, Skyler, and John talk on the phone for four hours.
    • Skyler says John talked about how bad the world is and no one should bring any more kids in the world.
    • But, "he was fine."
Sunday, June 21, 2015
  • Father's Day: John and Tyler don't spend the day together because of what John said to Noel.
  • Afternoon: John listens to Brian's February 2015 TAL episode about police and African Americans and sends Brian a string of emails, as John listens.
  • John sends Brian The Collapse List
  • 8:55PM: John emails Brian a graph of the increasing gold reserves of the Russian bank. "What do the Russkies know that we don't?"
  • John had spent the day trying to get ahold of Tyler.
    • Tyler finally picks up and explains why he is so upset.
    • John didn't have one clue of what he said that made Tyler mad.
    • John apologizes and starts crying. They both cry and they both say, "I love you."
Monday, June 22, 2015
  • 5:38AM: Sunrise
  • 11AM: John B posts on peakoil.com: "A dead man is stable."
  • Tyler is supposed to do yard work for John on this day, but they decided to go fishing.
    • Tyler lied to everyone and told them he was cutting John's grass, when he was really fishing with John.
    • They called it "Their Father's Day."
    • Tyler bought John a small bottle of whiskey. They drove by Aunt Gertrude's house. And John's old girlfriend's house. John was getting nostalgic and blue.
    • John tells Tyler, "This is the most important day of your life."
    • John and Tyler wade through The Cahaba River, Tyler holding John's hand. (John can't swim.)
    • John had never explored the river like that.
    • John and Tyler spray paint their initials under a bridge at the Cahaba River.
  • Allen Bearden writes John an email and says he wants to come visit John that week.
  • Faye Gamble attends a wake.
  • John and Tyler return to John's house. John is drunk on a pint of Wild Turkey 101.
    • John says, "Just give me a pain fix before you leave." So, Tyler pierced and/or tattooed John's nipples.
    • Tyler goes home. He's pissed about having to do that to John. (Tyler later says he shouldn't have left John that drunk.)
    • John calls Allen Bearden who is teaching vacation Bible School, and silences his phone.
    • John repeatedly messages Tyler, begging Tyler to put his kids to bed and come back. John starts threatening to kill himself. John texts, "It's all I can do to keep from blowing my brains out in the driveway." John texts Tyler, "Anything you want in this house, you can have."
    • Cami suggests to Tyler that if he goes over there every time John threatens to kill himself, Tyler will go crazy. Cami says you can't just live your life around John.
    • Cami recognizes that Tyler has clothes down at John's, has a bed in John's dining room, is there all the time, and is pretty much residing there. Tyler has been taking care of John, the dogs, John's mom. They depend on him.
    • Tyler is pissed about having to pierce and tattoo John's nipples after their day together. Tyler says that's part of the reason he didn't respond to John.
    • Tyler goes to sleep.
    • Michael Fuller says this episode with Tyler pushed John over the edge.
  • 8PM: Sunset
  • 9:15PM: John walks out onto the front porch and calls Faye Gamble:
    • John says he is going to commit suicide, and that if Faye calls the cops, he will shoot them.
    • John tells Faye that a bunch of Tyler's belongings are in the workshop.
    • John says to euthanize his dogs and tells Faye where to find an envelope with cash to pay for that.
    • John gave Faye "other instructions" but at first Faye declines to explain what those are. John told Faye where to find "certain things..." Faye says, "He wanted me to know where certain things were..." Later, Faye refuses to tell Brian what those "certain things" are.
    • Weeks later, Faye admits that John told her he had gold bars wrapped in the freezer.
    • John told Faye step by step how he was going to kill himself. Getting cyanide out of the refrigerator. John starts drinking the mixture, then screaming, then the phone went silent except for dogs barking.
  • Police Chief Len Price arrives at John's house
Tuesday, June 23, 2015
  • Tyler hears the news and goes to John's house. Police tape is up. It's a crime scene.
    • Tyler sees John's glasses on the porch, in blood and vomit. Tyler is devastated.
    • Tyler made sure all the dogs were fed, installed a padlock on the house doors, and went to the hospital to see Mary Grace.
  • Reta and Charlie arrive at John and Mary Grace's house with Police Chief Len Price. They discover the padlock on the door. Len Price suggests they call Tyler.
    • On his way up the hospital, Tyler gets a call from Reta. Tyler has only heard that the cousins were "distant, drunk kin." Tyler drives back to the house.
    • Tyler sees Reta and Charlie in the driveway. Tyler calls Mary Grace.
    • Tyler tells Mary Grace that Reta and Charlie are trying to get in. Mary Grace says not to let them in, and tell them to come to the hospital.
  • A huge screaming match ensues in the driveway. Charlie tells Tyler he doesn't give a f*ck.
    • Reta is cussing and says Mary Grace "will not come back to this house."
    • Police Chief Len Price is there for the screaming match.
  • Thirty minutes later, the Reta and Charlie are at Mary Grace's bedside.
    • Mary Grace is hostile with Reta.
    • Tyler had just told Mary Grace that Reta was taking her to Florida.
    • Tyler had just told the nurses he was Mary Grace's adopted son.
    • Mary Grace and Reta talk about other relatives they have in common.
    • Tyler tells Mary Grace that he is going to take care of her, and talk about old times, and get her new shoes, and his daughters are going to pick her flowers every day.
    • Mary Grace explains to the Reta that John loved Tyler and that Tyler is going to take her home, after going to the attorney first. Mary Grace says Tyler is going to help plan the funeral. Reta and Charlie leave Tyler and Mary Grace together, at the hospital.
  • Reta says that it's fine for Tyler to move in to the house and take care of Mary Grace.
  • Allen Bearden tries to get ahold of John and there is no answer.
  • Boozer Downs was supposed to take a written statement from Faye about what John said the night he committed suicide, but he never does.
Wednesday, June 24, 2015
  • The social worker calls Reta at her hotel and says they are not releasing Mary Grace to Tyler. Part of the reason is because Tyler is not related to Mary Grace. (Tyler couldn't name any of Mary Grace's doctors or medications.)
  • Tyler is at the hospital, trying to get Mary Grace. He wants to take her to the lawyer to get power of attorney.
    • The hospital will not release Mary Grace to Tyler. Case worker deems Mary Grace mentally unfit, and Tyler is not next of kin.
  • Afternoon: Brian emails John back. "This is fascinating."
  • Early evening: Jake's wife Skyler calls Brian to let him know that John has killed himself.
    • Skyler talks about the last time she talked to John, and how he "was fine."
    • Skyler says they are focusing on John's mom, to make sure she doesn't go to a nursing home.
    • Brian wants to attend the funeral. Skyler says it will just be John's mom and the Goodsons.
  • Tyler is at Mary Grace's house with two trailers and two trucks, trying to load up stuff to take.
    • Reta goes to the house, but the police had already run Tyler off.
    • The police tell Reta she might want to try to get custody of Mary Grace.
    • This is when Reta decided to fight Tyler. Boozer and Faye agree to help Reta get custody.
  • Allen Bearden tries to get ahold of John and there is no answer.
Thursday, June 25, 2015
  • Reta and Charlie go to Lowe's to purchase new locks for the house.
  • Faye says Reta and Charlie did not get into John's house until three days after he killed himself. And there was no gold in the freezer.
    • Faye says that when the Reta and Charlie got in the house, things were missing that were there when Faye was last in the house: Mary Grace's purse, checkbook, and John's laptop.
  • Reta takes photos of the property:
  • Brian calls Tyler:
    • Tyler catches Brian up on how Reta and Charlie are there to get the pearls and diamonds and gold.
    • Tyler says that "as they speak" Mary Grace has been released but is stuck at the hospital, because the Reta and Charlie haven't come to take her out. Mary Grace is pacing the floors, asking why John left them like this.
Friday, June 26, 2015
  • Approximate: Tyler's wife Cami is at the post office, and picked up a package addressed to John.
    • Reta hears about this at the post office and proceeds to the police to report it.
    • Reta picks Cami out of a line up, but charges are never field.
  • Approximate: Mary Grace gets a pedicure.
  • Approximate: Reta and Charlie go to Walmart to get John some burial clothes. They also go to the florist to make arrangements for flowers at the service, and go to the cemetery to show them where to dig John's grave.
    • The undertaker comes out and tells Reta about the nipple rings. Reta tells the undertaker she wants the rings. The undertaker says, "Sure. No problem."
  • Reta helps get Mary Grace ready for the funeral
  • Mary Grace getting a pedicure
Monday, June 29, 2015
  • 11AM: Graveside services held for John B at Greenpond Presbyterian Church
    • Cemetery
    • Brian attends the service. More people have shown up than Brian expected. 30-40 people are there. There is no headstone for John. John is to be buried next to his father.
    • Tyler is wearing black, and carrying a framed picture of John as a boy, and "Just Only John" to give to Mary Grace.
    • Mary Grace arrives with Reta and Charlie. Brother Ben (in a wheelchair and fedora) performs the service, and says John was "very smart."
    • Brian is disoriented because John was a huge atheist and could be mean about it.
    • Mary Grace (88 years old) thanks Brother Ben, and says John is at peace, and it makes her feel good that people thought so much of him. Mary Grace cannot bear the thought of not having John.
    • Tyler's mother has tears in her eyes, and clutches Brian's arm.
  • After the service, Tyler and Mary Grace talk for a few moments. Mary Grace says Tyler is welcome to go to the house, any time he wants.
    • Reta intervenes and guides Mary Grace away from Tyler, and tells Mary Grace that if Tyler comes to the house, it's trespassing.
    • Tyler's mother half-shouts, "I hope you do the right thing."
  • Reta asks after the nipple rings and is told the undertaker couldn't get them off.
  • After the service: Tyler's family doesn't feel comfortable at the formal lunch arranged for mourners. They go to Tyler's grandmother's place. The gathering includes Tyler's Uncle Jimmy. Tyler is frustrated that people don't know how much John and Tyler meant to each other, and how much Tyler contributed to John and his mother's quality of life. Tyler says that John never tried anything with him.
    • Tyler's Eulogy for John B: Well, John B. I mean, he had to know that I cared about his ass. You know, cause, I mean, whenever I left him there, he'd say, "I love you man." Every time. And I'd say, "I love you, too, John B." And sometimes he'd say, "Just because I say I love you, don't mean I'm trying to get up your butt or anything." And I said, "I know John B. God damn." Because he knew, I mean, he mighta had a little sugar in his tank. But he knew, you know, he didn't ever try anything with me, like 'at, you know what I mean.
    • According to Brian, Tyler is a hero for accepting John's homosexuality.
    • Tyler says he reads John's book to his kids: Just Only John, a book from John's childhood.
    • Tyler says that he and John had come to an understanding that Tyler wasn't going to charge him anymore for general upkeep of John's property (cutting the grass, pruning the maze), because it was kind of like Tyler's responsibility because it was going to be Tyler's someday. John had told them that he wasn't going to leave them any money because they wouldn't appreciate it. So he was going to leave them gold and the property. John has 140 acres.
    • Tyler says he isn't going to give into Reta and Charlie so easily.
  • Allen Bearden tries to get ahold of John and there is no answer.
Tuesday, June 30, 2015
  • Allen Bearden calls a mutual friend, a mechanic in Birmingham, and he hasn't heard from John, either.
  • Approximate: Boozer Downs attempts an informal mediation session between Tyler, Mary Grace, Reta and Charlie.
    • Things fall apart when Mary Grace tells Tyler, "Don't call me mama, no more."
Wednesday, July 8, 2015
  • Approximate: Allen Bearden is driving home from church with his family, when he gets a call from Fay Gamble. John had been in the ground for a week.
    • Allen was fourth on the list to contact. Reta and Charlie were eighth/ninth on the list. Allen is upset with Faye for contacting Reta before Allen, and for causing Allen to miss the service. Reta acted weird and said she tried to call. Allen doesn't have any texts, missed calls, or messages since June 22.
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March, 2005
  • Early March; John writes:
    People already stopping by and asking about opening date. We decided on Monday, March 14, day before my birthday.
  • March 3; John writes:
    I buy sign letters from Commander Board. Also deposit another $1,000.00 from the investments account. Exhibit 6.
  • March 9; John writes:
    I pay Mark Gilbert for Dozier work around premises and deposit another $700.00 in the checking account. The source of this money was a milling machine I sold out of my shop in February. Exhibit 7.
  • Mid March; John writes:
    PANIC! Jeff and Cheryl had begin to show signs of losing interest. There was a load of stuff to get done. They encouraged me to go ahead and that is exactly what I did. Only about 5 days before opening day. Tables were built, Mark Gilbert called to help cleanup grounds, posts to put up, chains to stretch, loose stuff on building, garbage still everywhere, tarps to nail and block down, and the whole week freezing and raining. Jeff was rarely seen on weekends these days, and Cheryl and the kids and I finished what was left of the cleanup. Meanwhile Jeff criticizing, this ain't right that don't suit him, this ain't no good, that ain't where it ortta' be.
  • March 12; John writes:
    Buy swing at Lowes so customers will have a sit down place. Two days left to open. For the week of March 5 thru 12 I was pretty much on my own for finishing the extensive list of "to do's"
  • March 13; John writes:
    Day before opening. Last pre-opening order from Deb's nursery. Jeff is in a good mood. We bring ALL container stock over to the shop on Sunday evening in pouring rain, storm and wind. Tornadoes are blowing around Bibb County and weather sirens blowing.
  • March 14: John and Cheryl and Jeff open Woodstock Garden Center next door to her house. John writes:
    Opening day. I deposit another $1,200.00 from my (not the joint) investment account. $600.00 cash out (pay cash for first orders of tender plants in case new suppliers don't trust a new checking account. Exhibit 8. Deposited 2 days later on Wednesday.
    By March 14 my total investment in this business including monies loaned to Cheryl, and cash paid to Deb's nursery, Arvell, Joe, Gray, and others was $9,350.00. By March 14 morning Jeff and Cheryl (my combined 66% parents) had coughed up: 00.00. I had already been paying Cheryl cash for the water, phone, and light bill. Furthermore the sweet promises of payment of the $1,000.00 loan had begun to occur less frequently. On March 14, Cheryl brought by (around lunchtime 50.00 in change for the box. Over the next week she would add the following: [Twin Roll Paper Towels $1.00, Clock $10, Battery for clock $3, two small garbage bins $8, bottle of glue $1, two pair scissors $10, round of drinks for machine $35.]
    Including the 50.00 in change this brought her total investment in this business to about $118.00 between the end of December until closing day on May 16. Many suggestions were contributed (Such as how I needed to buy concrete statuary, etc), but not one penny more was contributed. No sign of the $1,000.00 either.
    Between the end of December and closing day Jeff contributed a paint brush, some stiff wire, some small sheetrock screws, and I would estimate his expenditures to be about $20.00. Also contributed was much complaining, griping, hot air, and cigarette butts. I have difficulty in accurately appraising the exact value of these items. There was to be no more financial contribution by the two of them for the rest of the period the business was open.
    I paid for every single item used in that business from December 30 to May 16 down to the office supplies, bank drawer, pens, paper, light bulb, telephone wire, paper towels, cups, pots, pans, hoses, soap, outlet covers, breakers, wire, all lumber down to the last nail, even to the roll of toilet paper hanging on the stop.
  • March 15: John’s 39th Birthday
    • John and Olin are close friends.
    • Tyler is 13 years old
    • Michael Fuller is 34
    • Rodney is 35
    • Approx: John meets Olin in a parking lot in Birmingham. Olin bought azaleas from the Garden Center. John and Olin laugh about "Megaphone" and share a tender moment. Olin wants to make a move and doesn't.
  • March 17; John writes:
    First stock of tender bedding plants arrives. Exhibit 11 shows payment. Another batch arrives the next day on Thursday.
  • March 21; John writes:
    Another $300.00 deposited. This time the source was books sold out of my shop.
April, 2005
  • April 4; John writes:
    Another thousand dollars deposited as a result of tools sold out of my shop once again.
  • Week of April 18; John writes:
    One of Cheryl's friends goes over to Jim Norman's and buys out his old, mostly dead, and diseased plant stock. Furthermore they plant the choice pieces, and want to bring over the garbage and dump it off onto me to sell at whatever price for them. This material constituted a plant pest/disease problem and I wasn't about to risk several thousand dollars stock to be contaminated by this material. They were also remodeling Cheryl's kitchen, and she was afraid they were not going to finish the job if I couldn't be pressured into taking this stuff.
  • Friday, April 22; John writes:
    Jeff and I go over to look at the crap. He is in agreement. Later on they call me over to the house to discuss it, and Jeff is going hog wild, towering over Cheryl asking "Whaddya think baby tell 'im what you think?!" Meanwhile Cheryl is sitting on a small stool near the floor with tears streaming down her face. Jeff is going into full swing, I am inching my way to the door. Jeff starts hollering at me to get my ass back there, meanwhile leaving room to holler and cuss back at Cheryl, and I make out with some comment like "if they are going to act like that I wish I was out of it especially since I paid for everything anyways."
    To top it off, it is going to freeze, and I had to bring the rest of the plants in by myself. Later me and Mary Grace go over and stash plants indoors and vacuum. No sign of Jeff or Cheryl.
  • Saturday, April 23; John writes:
    Jeff comes over to lecture me on how "we equal partners in dis here and don't you fergit it." Also I heard a lecture on how "this here place is costin' me money every day," (although he hadn't put a cent into it hardly), also a lecture on how he ran a group of forty sheetrock hangers and how this place was "stressin" him and how it wouldn't be worth the stress if it was making a thousand dollars a day. Also much blowing of cigarette smoke in my face, thumping of cigarette butts, Jeff seemed to think a place just wasn't right unless a pile of cigarette butts was laying everywhere. He seemed to enjoy coming over and thumping them out on the grounds, and scowling at me when I stopped to pick them up. After a few weeks the parking lot of Woodstock Garden was beginning to look more like the Green Lantern. I received a finishing lecture from the "equal partner" about how he could "rent this here out or sell this here," at which I offered to take him up on. He didn't seem to like having his bluff called (I had the money and he knew it), and flew into a fit until a customer came in and spent about an hour talking about how her Richard Wright house was falling apart. This seemed to cheer Jeff up.
  • Late April and Early May; John writes:
    Jeff comes over usually after work in variable moods sometimes cheerful and other times scowly. At other times he has started drinking his beer out styrofoam cups on the garden center porch and thumping out his cigarette butts. April 15 has come and gone, and when I gently inquired of Cheryl about the 1,000.00 I was informed that "that money is already gone." In this same month I was informed about how Jeff had bought a thousand dollar prom dress for his daughter and wasn't going to let her wear it; another time I was told that Cheryl's sister had been knocked up by a 16 year old boy and how they were going to have to contribute $600.00 to get her married off, another time I was warned to lock up the money because Cheryl's brother was on crystal meth and had been arrested 4 times this month. Meanwhile they have a huge row one Saturday morning with Arvell Kornegay's grandson and daughter. The whole situation for this time was like a nonstop showing of Jerry Springer.
    Cheryl informed me that I was going to just have to work my thousand dollars out of the business, and sat me down one afternoon for a rethink of the finances. Throughout this time they seemed to enjoy coming over and bragging about how they were spending a thousand dollars here or there... another time it was for a thousand dollar beauty walk dress.
  • Saturday, April 30; John writes:
    I reluctantly place the potting soil order with BWI. This was the purpose of my last check deposited. Exhibit 15. I say reluctant because by this time you never knew what was going on from day to day. When it arrived Jeff wanted to know "What's all this shit doing out here?" His exact choice of words.
May, 2005
  • Sunday, May 1; John writes:
    This is the day of our "rethinking financing" discussion with Cheryl. Sunday. Since I had over ten thousand in by now, and Cheryl and Jeff wanted to quickly make back their 2000 they had already paid Johnnie Faye, she wanted me to start writing checks to herself and myself as a factor of four to one. Her first check was 250.00. I subsequently removed a thousand dollars from the account for myself. Check number 139. Exhibit 16 is Cheryls cleared check.
  • Sunday, May 8; John writes:
    The same situation. 2200 for me, 550 for Cheryl. Her and Jeff were in an extra cross mood on this night (Mother's day Sunday), Exhibit 17. Jeff and Cheryl by this time are constantly criticizing everything. Cheryl comes over to rearrange the merchandise after closing. Nothing suits Jeff, everything is overstocked/understocked, needs to be put here, or over there. Suggestions keep coming about what I need to be stocking instead, but still not a cent more spent by either one.
  • Monday, May 9; John writes:
    Cheryl comes over at lunch, and tells me one of her friends wants to install a little ice cream stand on the garden shop grounds. She wants me to know that whatever objections I have are irrelevant because so far I have been running the show and they have had no input in the business whatsoever. I bite my tongue about no money whatsoever, and assure her I have no objections, and she seems encouraged, cheers up, describes the space required, and informs me that they will be settling up Friday after hours.
  • Saturday, May 14; John writes:
    Friday comes and goes, no ice cream stand in sight. Not one on Saturday or Sunday either. A stack of beer cans has been deposited by Jeff in a cooler out behind the building however. Not well hidden, mind you, in plain view where a customer could pop up the lid and view the remaining coors light cans. They decided they wanted to work the weekend shift, so I only came over for an hour or so those two days and after closing Sunday evening.
  • Sunday, May 15; John writes:
    Sunday Evening. Since we owed ALA TAX about 500.00 and had orders on the way, we did not write checks to ourselves this evening. This week had not been as busy as Mother's Day week. Cheryl remarked the low stock, so I prepared orders for Monday at home that evening. Cheryl was in a good mood while we went over sales slips, the baby playing on the countertop. There was also only about 800 in checking with about 6 or 7 hundred dollars in the drawer.
  • Monday, May 16; John writes:
    Cheryl comes in at noon telling me we are understocked. I place the orders I had prepared the previous evening. Jeff comes in at about three complaining that we are overstocked, and I call back and reduce the orders while he is sprawled out on the potting soil bags. He is doing the beer in a styrofoam and cigarette thumping thing again today, complaining about how his head feels like it is about to bust.
    I ask what happened with the ice cream stand, he just looks at me like I am some sort of idiot. He spends most of the day on the bags of soil with his sunglasses on (doing his Corey Hart impersonation) blowing smoke and thumping butts out the door. I made the grave error of cleaning up some of the King's butts which seemed to set him further into his attitude problem. I had to go over and let the lawnmower man in and out of the fence so Kristy worked for about an hour and a half. By closing time Jeff was fully loaded.
    • In another telling of the same day, John writes:
    Jeff came in that Monday, loading up on Coors Lite, attitude problem painted on and sunglasses in place, piled up on the bags of potting soil (doing the Corey Hart thing), glaring from side to side, blowing smoke, thumping cigarette butts, and complaining about how his head felt like ti was going to bust.
    He wanted "some kinda check," and I explained to him that there was only about 800 in checking, Ala tax was due, and orders were coming in. Also the week after Mother's Day had not sold nearly as much as the previous week.
    I thought he had cooled off, but by closing time, he had an audience on the porch and made a big deal out of telling me that "I hope you ain't gonna try to slip outta here tonight without leaving me some kinda check." He followed me to the truck like some school bully after a kid's lunch money and proceeded to tell me loudly (in order to impress his audience) about how this place was "stressing" him, how it wouldn't be worth it if it was making a thousand dollars a day, and he was ready to close it tonight, and was he and Cheryl were going to dictate to me what was to be done about my investment.
    I went straight to City Hall and told Cheryl that I was being kicked out, I wanted my thousand dollars back, and I wanted Boozer Downs as a witness.
    After meeting, all three of us met in the garden center office, but Jeff wanted to go out on the porch so he could put on a big show and impress the Kornegays. It worked. Their light went on before Jeff finished screaming, hollering, turning red, spittle flying, beer can jiggling in right hand... a perfect Jerry Springer Moment.
    • Boozer Downs says that Jeff was pacing angrily around John while John called out latin plant names, to taunt him; John writes:
    Boozer and I left.
  • Tuesday, May 17; John writes:
    I asked Billie Hudson to perform a bank scan, and asked Bob and Jackie Neff to help me clean out. Cheryl came over at lunch apologetically, and by afternoon Jeff's sister Shelly and a friend came by with a video camera to cause trouble. Jackie called the cops. Before Cheryl got there Jim Normal had driven by twice, Billie Daily had drove up and rocked on the porch, Anne Kornegay's driveway was as busy as a Wal Mart parking lot the day before Christmas, even her sister from Tuscaloosa had driven up to set in the swing and watch the festivities.
    Cheryl had told me that we have until tomorrow (Wednesday) to get everything out, but by (Tuesday) afternoon, had changed her mind because "Jeff was acting crazy and she didn't know what he might do next."
  • Wednesday, May 18; John writes:
    By [this] morning, Cheryl wanted 250.00 which I left with Donna Brothers. When Cheryl picked up the last dollar she was obviously ever going to get out of me, her attitude assumed that of Jeff's. She began moaning, and complaining about how was a pansy, pussy, pantywaist, etc. and having a fit over me actually getting everything out.
    Meanwhile, merchandise began to disappear from the premises. Cheryl told me that they had given a pallet away to one of their friends (Mark Gilbert), and the rest must have been stolen. A police report was filed.
  • Thursday-Saturday, May 19-21; John writes:
    I was continuously put off until Saturday about picking up the rest of my stuff. I counted bags, and it turns out the bag count was accurate. They had hidden the remainder of palletized stock behind their house. This was the most effort they had put forth in weeks. Cheryl acted surprised that the only pallet missing was the one given away. The police report filed shows the material recovered on Friday, May 20th, but it was not discovered "not missing" until Saturday, May 21.
    I never received the rest of my merchandise because Cheryl said that I didn't know what it was like to have to go home and live with and listen to Jeff. So I got out quietly. She promised to mail all of my paperwork to me, but April 15th of [the following] year came and went without a sign of it.
    I have had no communication with Cheryl since that Saturday morning. [May 21]. They attempted to re-open the next season, and presumably sold the merchandise. Currently the premises are for sale still bearing the material I bought and paid for and is still on site.
  • June 7: Cheryl's 33rd Birthday
End of 2005
  • August:
    • Cheryl and Jeff's 2nd Anniversary.
    • Cheryl is 33. She stops working as Town Clerk at some point in 2005.
    • John shows up at a Town Hall meeting and announces, "The Town Clerk owes me 10,000 dollars."
  • October 3:
    • Tyler's father, Rodney is arrested and convicted (same day) for having sex with a 14-year-old girl.
  • November:
    • Mary Grace's 79th birthday
    • Approximate: Reta says that John must have boarded up Mary Grace's bedroom sometime in 2005, since Mary Grace thought she was 78 when John died.
  • December:
    • "Brokeback Mountain" is in theaters.
    • Tyler and his brother and sister and mother move in with Miss Hicks.
  • James Howard Kunstler's book, The Long Emergency is published. John became a fan of the book, of Kunstler, and of the concept of "Peak Oil." John and Kunstler began communicating directly in 2009 or 2010.
  • The web site peakoil.com is created
2006
  • Approx: Cheryl's brother Johnny built the doggy mansion.
  • Cahawba Christian Academy Board of Directors votes to join the Alabama Independent School Association
  • Olin sees "Brokeback Mountain" almost every day. He purchases a giant TV, and asks the local movie theatre to host a screening.
    • Olin tells John about the movie, and John discounts Olin's feelings.
  • John's become close with a guy from town. The guy has some college, and goals. John is head over heels. John tells the guy he loves him, and the guy never calls back.
    • John has been distant from Olin. John connects with Olin and cries on the phone about the man he's in love with.
    • John told Olin he was desperate to have a one on one love relationship.
  • March 15: John’s 40th Birthday
    • Tyler is 14 years old
    • Michael Fuller is 35
    • Rodney is 36 (incarcerated)
  • Olin sends John a copy of the Brokeback Mountain short story. John cried when he read it. John occasionally re-reads the story.
  • John would intimate that he wanted a closer relationship with Olin, but nothing ever came of it.
  • Approximate: Faye Gamble starts working as town clerk (ten years before John's death), and meets John.
    • Faye in a 2017 Photo
    • John came into her office one day and introduced himself by saying, "I guess you know who I am."
  • April: John still hasn't spoken to Cheryl. It's been a year. And John's things are still at the Garden Center. Per the small claims suit, Jeff and Cheryl opened the garden center in April/May of 2006, and sold his merchandise.
  • June 7: Cheryl's 34th Birthday
  • August, 2006: Cheryl and Jeff's 3rd Anniversary.
  • November: Mary Grace's 80th birthday
  • December 12, 2006: John files a small claims suit against Cheryl and Jeff for $2,792.00.
2007
  • Cahawba Christian Academy Board of Directors votes to hire Dr. Steve Morgan as Principal.
  • Approximate year that Mary Grace is diagnosed with dementia
  • John makes a random comment about living with Olin.
    • John asks Olin if he's still looking for a partner. Olin says he's no longer looking. But the two do not become a couple.
  • February 2: John requests an extension on on his small claims suit against Jeff and Cheryl Dodson
  • March 15: John’s 41st Birthday
    • Tyler is 15 years old
    • Michael Fuller is 36
    • Rodney is 37 (incarcerated)
  • April/Approximate: Cheryl is ordered to pay John $100.00 a month per the outcome of the small claims suit.
  • Cheryl Acker Dodson's brother passes away. (Cheryl is 35)
    • Cheryl calls John to let him know she will be missing a payment.
    • Cheryl says John B was broken hearted about Cheryl's brother, and loved him, as did everyone in the town. Kendall Burt pays for Cheryl's brother's funeral.
  • June 7: Cheryl's 35th Birthday
  • August, 2007: Cheryl and Jeff's 4th Anniversary.
  • November: Mary Grace's 81st birthday
2008
  • March 15: John’s 42nd Birthday
    • Tyler is 16 years old
    • Michael Fuller is 37
    • Rodney is 38 (incarcerated)
  • At some point during 2008, Jeff Dodson helps John get the internet at the McLemore house.
  • Cheryl says she would run into John and he'd want to be friendly and have her come to the house, and she said that since he sued her, she never felt like they could be friends again.
  • John is known to have told his friends that he suspected he was suffering from mercury poisoning.
  • April 6: Photos of the property shared by Reta
  • April 6: More photos of the property as shared by Reta.
  • June 7: Cheryl's 36th Birthday
  • August, 2008: Cheryl and Jeff's 5th Anniversary.
  • November: Mary Grace's 82nd birthday
  • December 27: Tyler’s daughter born
2009
  • March 15: John’s 43rd Birthday
    • Tyler is 17 years old
    • Michael Fuller is 38
    • Rodney is 39 (incarcerated)
  • Approximate: John conceives of the maze, and starts clearing the land for the maze.
  • June 7: Cheryl's 37th Birthday
  • August: Cheryl and Jeff's 6th Anniversary.
  • October 26: Planting the maze - Photo Credit: Reta
  • November: Mary Grace's 83rd birthday
2010
  • Cahawba Christian Academy Board of Directors votes to hire Ms. Shelley Jones as Principal.
  • March 15: John’s 44th Birthday
    • Tyler is 18 years old
    • Michael Fuller is 39
    • Rodney is 40 (incarcerated)
  • April 8: Former Woodstock Town Council member Daphne Miller Brooks is sentenced to two years in prison for embezzling almost 2 million dollars from her employer. Daphne was interviewed extensively for S-Town, but most of the interviews weren't used.
  • Approximate: John sends an email to James Howard Kustler and they begin communicating first via email, then via phone. Per Kunstler:
    I heard from John B McLemore of Woodstock, Alabama for the first time somewhere around 2010, maybe, something like that, or 2009. He sent me e-mails, and they were interesting e-mails. You know, they were obviously from somebody who was a fairly erudite person who was interested in the things I’d been writing about in The Long Emergency. We had this correspondence and then he started calling me.
    He was a particularly interesting guy. First of all he had this very flamboyant mode of presentation. You know, he was like a character out of Tennessee Williams meets Bizarro World. You know, he was flamboyantly Southern and he sort of played up on it. And I enjoyed talking to him.
    ...We would mostly talk at first about world issues and economic issues and markets and commodities and oil and natural gas and, you know, all this stuff that I was writing about. But eventually he started talking to me about the town itself that he was living in and how he called it “Shit Town.” And how everything in it was busted, rusted, shot up, broken, deformed, messed up, ruined. You know, in some way that everything including the human personalities and families and relations in the town were all in some kind of terrible condition. And it all seemed kind of emblematic of the ruined condition of the fly over heartland of America that ended up voting for Trump, right?
  • June 7: Cheryl's 38th Birthday
  • August: Cheryl and Jeff's 7th Anniversary.
  • September: Satellite images. School buses and the 18-wheeler on the McLemore property.
  • November: Mary Grace's 84th birthday
2011
  • March 15: John’s 45th Birthday
    • Tyler is 19 years old
    • Michael Fuller is 40
    • Rodney is 41 (incarcerated)
  • April 18: Tyler’s daughter born
  • June 7: Cheryl's 39th Birthday
  • July 24: Reta visits John and Mary Grace
  • August, 2011: Cheryl and Jeff's 8th Anniversary.
  • November: Mary Grace's 85th birthday
  • Undated: Email from John B. to Kunstler. Apparently, Kunstler thinks we are moving to a salvage economy, but John makes the point that nothing new is salvageable.
2012
2013
  • Cahawba Christian Academy Board of Directors votes to hire Rev. Tim Bonds as Principal.
  • Tyler and John work on the maze.
  • John starts calling Faye and talking about suicide.
  • February 21: John comments on an internet forum
  • March 15: John’s 47th Birthday
    • Tyler is 21 years old
    • Michael Fuller is 42
    • Rodney is 43 years old.
    • Bubba said John started getting tattoos at the age of 47
    • Friends say that John started drinking heavily around this time.
  • June 7: Cheryl's 41st Birthday
  • June 16: John tries to upload a picture to his youtube profile
  • July:
    • July 4: Brian meets his future wife
    • July 12: TAL episode "500" is released.
    • Victim complaints are lodged against Ervin Heard
    • After eight years, Rodney is released from prison.
  • August, 2013: Cheryl and Jeff's 10th Anniversary.
  • Approximate: Mr. Not-A-Good-Person does yard work on the McLemore property. Over time, John became attached to the man, and didn't want him to leave... Didn't like it when the man had other commitments.
    • John B. would later tell Brian that he had a sexual relationship with Mr. Not-A-Good-Person.
    • Due to the way Brian ends the podcast, many think that Mr. Not-A-Good-Person is Rodney, Tyler's father.
    • After John died, Mr. Not-A-Good-Person told Brian that he started dating a woman, and John started using derogatory language when talking about the woman. The two had a falling out.
  • September 14: John complains about Gmail's new compose box
  • Fall; John writes:
    In the fall of 2013, three spaniel puppies were dumped in my yard. I had them fixed, and they have been with us ever since. That's how you get dogs around here: they just suddenly appear.
  • October:
    • October 13: John joins Disqus
    • Rodney registers as a sex offender.
    • Black Sheep Ink moves to Bessemer.
    • Whites Only Back room with pool table and stripper pole installed...
  • November: Mary Grace's 87th birthday
  • December:
  • Late DecembeApprox: John and Brian talk on the phone for the first time.
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2020.04.18 00:13 BenedictXIII_BLACK The Horror in the Hotel

I've been exploring deserted buildings for a few years now, 'urban exploring' as they call it. Me and two friends (who'd want to remain anonymous) had started checking out old buildings while we were at university in Birmingham. We didn't live too far apart after graduation so we would usually try and met up every month and go exploring - trying to keep that spirit of being the boys, being mates. We'd been meaning to explore somewhere in the country for a while. We’d done the urban stuff - churches (creepy), a hospital (sketchy), any number of abandoned old office blocks , and even an old schoolhouse once. You get the idea - northern English cities have got urban decay down to a fine art. But the trouble was - a lot of the places we'd explore were already documented online - and we didn't feel like explorers at all, more like tourists. The whole point of these nocturnal expeditions was to capture a sense of adventure and exploration.
We started doing research online, looking for our next location. We wanted somewhere that wasn’t everywhere on the internet. We were looking for something a little bit off the beaten track. Anyway, we found an old hotel. It was called The Claremont - and is in northern England, I cannot really be more specific - its isolated, a fair few miles from the nearest town. I apologise for being so vague, but I have my reasons as you will understand (and considering this is the internet if anyone really wanted to find the hotel they could do so).
The hotel had been deserted for decades. Ownership of the property was being contested in the courts and had been for years - leaving the building fall ever further into dereliction. But we didn't intend to ask for permission to enter - we never do, it kind of spoils the thrill - sure, its trespassing. Though equally, we wouldn't ever damage or steal anything. We take photos and that's it.
The Claremont was built in 1911, only a few years before the outbreak of World War I. As you can imagine the war meant the hotel didn’t take off, instead it eventually found a use as a hospital for injured soldiers. After the war, the hotel continued to struggle. The economy was depressed and it wasn’t until the mid-1930s when the hotel business started to pick up. However World War II soon saw the hotel’s return to usage as a hospice for injured soldiers.
After the war the hotel once again tried to establish itself but the restricted post-war economy and continuance of rationing made lavish resort hotels such as this redundant.
The hotel has been abandoned in the decades since. The legal battle for ownership has been going on for some years now. The complications seemingly stemmed from the fact that a number of the property’s beneficiaries had passed away or emigrated.
The night we drove down was clear and very chilly for April. The three of us where well-stocked up - cameras, extra batteries, food, and a bit of brandy to keep out the chill.
The journey went quickly. We were excited (as we always were) to go exploring. We planned each trip meticulously and so even though we headed ever deeper into the countryside we knew where we going. Eventually we found the motorway turn off and negotiated the myriad country lanes - until we arrived at the turn off to the hotel itself. There were no signs, and the night was very dark as there was no moon.
The road to the hotel was more like a gravel driveway. We turned the car’s lights off as we didn’t want to be seen by any security guards (however unlikely it would be to encounter any here) and slowly made our way down the tree flanked driveway.
As the lights were off, visibility was shit - only a few yards in front - driving down the path seemed to take an age. The car bounced off dozens of potholes. At last, the hotel was in sight.
Neglect and the passage of time had conspired against the building - it was crumbling, soon the decay would surely be so bad that the building would need to be pulled down. The majority of the windows were smashed. The main entrance doors were padlocked with a heavy chain and an assortment of warning posters prohibited entry.
The building displayed some vestiges of its Edwardian glamour but the intervening decades had been cruel, stripping the building to a shell of its former self.
We walked around the outside of the hotel to gain our barings and also to make sure we were alone. Satisfied that there were no security patrols, the three of us entered through one of the many smashed windows into what was once a restaurant/dining area.
Almost straight away, there was something not quite right. Its hard to explain but all three of us were creeped out in a way that we had never been previously. We were no strangers to this sort of thing - we'd explored a Victorian era hospital before now and that was the definition of creepy. I think the smell was a warning too - it was an overpowering damp smell, acrid. I remember saying at the time how a stench like this would give you a headache.
We explored the ground floor; comprising of a reception and lobby area, bar, small casino/gaming room, the hotel kitchens, and a tea room conservatory. Most of the furniture had been removed - and that which remained was rotten and smashed. The glass conservatory was covered in broken glass and we didn’t spend long there, fearful of a falling shard.
We debated leaving at this stage. There was something just not right about the place - and one of my friends complained about the onset of a headache - the foul mouldy smell no doubt. But on the other hand, we had travelled quite a long way to come here and it would feel like short-changing ourselves to leave without at least exploring a couple of the guest rooms and getting a few more pictures.
We ascended the main stairs to the second floor. The building was only two storeys high so we anticipated that we would be soon finished exploring and be on our way home. The damp mouldy smell was even stronger and it couldn't be too healthy to be breathing it in for that long.
We started to look through some of the guest rooms. Like as the ground floor, tt appeared that much of the furniture had been removed, only the occasional bed frame or cabinet remained. We wouldn't spend too long looking around essentially empty rooms.
But the rooms were not all empty - I think it was the third room we looked in.
There were a few squat red candles that were atop a bedside table - though they were not lit. And the bed itself looked to have been occupied recently, whoever had slept there had used newspaper as bedding.
On the ceiling was some graffiti - the quote "Abandon hope, ye who enter here"
And while the graffiti was hardly original - after all its a well known quote from Dante's Inferno - what separated this graffiti from more normal graffiti was the fact that it looked to have been smeared on the ceiling using mud (or without wishing to put too fine a point on it, smeared in something visually similar to mud). And considering that the hotel had been empty for years, it was surprising that this was the first graffiti we had come across. It really freaked us out - who would write this and take the time to write it on the ceiling - and what the hell did they use for ink?
In the next room, there was more weirdness and really this was our opportunity (and sign) to leave.
Again, there was graffiti - but this time it was a small spidery yet neat script and it appeared as through the writing had been done with a biro pen. There were literally thousands upon thousands of words written on the wall. We took stock of a few sample passages; all on the theme of headaches - how the pain affects their vision and hearing and even thoughts. How it stops them from sleeping. How when the headaches come they couldn't remember things. We took dozens and dozens of pictures.
What we had seen so far was weird - and certainly a tale to tell at parties, but it was nothing more than strange. In the next room however, there were 7 dates written on the wall (again written with 'mud'). I can’t for the life of me remember what they were - they were all about 5 to 10 years ago. I've even had hypnosis to try and recall what the dates were but to no avail.
Adjoined to this bedroom was an en suite bathroom Well, the police have asked the three of us to not disclose certain details. From the looks of things this bathroom was being used to develop photographs - like a darkroom. There were chemicals and trays used in developing photographs scattered about the room. But most striking were the dozen black and white photos hanging from the shower curtain rail. There are certain details the police have requested we don't disclose publicly.
The photos were of people; men woman, black white, old and young. Many of the photos looked as though the person taking the photo had tried to remain hidden from the person they are photographing. It looked like they were taken from behind bushes or foliage, giving the impression the photographer was spying on them. Other photos of the same people were quite clearly crime scenes - and these are the pictures the police don't want us to talk about. It was time to get out of there.
But as we turned to leave - we heard a voice.
Now it would be pointless to try to describe how we felt hearing the voice - scared doesn't quite cover it. The voice was coming from someone standing in the corner of the room. He was facing the wall and we had not noticed him before as he was standing behind a wardrobe.
“Please leave now,” said the man, in an English accent I couldn't quite place.
Lit up now by our three torches, we could see that despite having the physique of a boy, it was actually an old man (though he had jet black hair). He was dressed in a suit - it was threadbare and and covered in smears of muck.
“What if I visited you in your house in the middle of the night?” He gently shook his head though he continued to face the wall. His voice had a sing-song quality. The three of us were frozen with fear (despite us outnumbering him and him being of a small stature).
“You wouldn’t like it would you if I came to your houses?” He stressed the word 'I' churlishly - sounding like a petulant child. His head shaking became twitchy and for some reason I prayed he didn't turn around. I just felt a very strong aversion to seeing his face.
The three of us were incredibly scared, I needn't dwell on it too much.
One of my friends said that we'd leave and that there was no harm done and that we'd never come back. The man told us to leave our cameras on the floor. We did so without question. The man never turned from facing the wall in the corner.
The last thing he said was; "There is no greater sorrow than to recall happiness in times of misery."
We ran then - you know, I mean we really ran - like we flew back to the car. We drove home - in silence. Speed limits were 70mph - we were doing 120 easy.
We spoke to the police later that night - and told them everything. They didn't believe us at first but we insisted. Finally the police agreed to visit the hotel and they found a lot of what we said would be there and took statements from us. Apparently the dates written on the wall had been smudged so that they were now completely illegible and the photos were gone. They said they couldn't tell us much as it's an ongoing investigation.
All this was a few weeks ago and I've only just left the police station again having left my second statement. I'm just sitting in my car now. I don't know where to go or what to do. I thought I'd write this as it gives me an excuse to sit outside the police station longer. I can't go home - its not safe. When I woke up this morning there was a photo on my bedside table. It was a picture of me sleeping - whoever had taken it was standing next to my bed. And written on this photo in an all too recognisable spidery handwriting was another quote from Dante's Inferno: "The more a thing is perfect, the more it feels pleasure and pain"
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2020.04.17 22:28 BenedictXIII_BLACK The Horror in the Hotel

I've been exploring deserted buildings for a few years now, 'urban exploring' as they call it. Me and two friends (who'd want to remain anonymous) had started checking out old buildings while we were at university in Birmingham. We didn't live too far apart after graduation so we would usually try and met up every month and go exploring - trying to keep that spirit of being the boys, being mates. We'd been meaning to explore somewhere in the country for a while. We’d done the urban stuff - churches (creepy), a hospital (sketchy), any number of abandoned old office blocks , and even an old schoolhouse once. You get the idea - northern English cities have got urban decay down to a fine art. But the trouble was - a lot of the places we'd explore were already documented online - and we didn't feel like explorers at all, more like tourists. The whole point of these nocturnal expeditions was to capture a sense of adventure and exploration.
We started doing research online, looking for our next location. We wanted somewhere that wasn’t everywhere on the internet. We were looking for something a little bit off the beaten track. Anyway, we found an old hotel. It was called The Claremont - and is in northern England, I cannot really be more specific - its isolated, a fair few miles from the nearest town. I apologise for being so vague, but I have my reasons as you will understand (and considering this is the internet if anyone really wanted to find the hotel they could do so).
The hotel had been deserted for decades. Ownership of the property was being contested in the courts and had been for years - leaving the building fall ever further into dereliction. But we didn't intend to ask for permission to enter - we never do, it kind of spoils the thrill - sure, its trespassing. Though equally, we wouldn't ever damage or steal anything. We take photos and that's it.
The Claremont was built in 1911, only a few years before the outbreak of World War I. As you can imagine the war meant the hotel didn’t take off, instead it eventually found a use as a hospital for injured soldiers. After the war, the hotel continued to struggle. The economy was depressed and it wasn’t until the mid-1930s when the hotel business started to pick up. However World War II soon saw the hotel’s return to usage as a hospice for injured soldiers.
After the war the hotel once again tried to establish itself but the restricted post-war economy and continuance of rationing made lavish resort hotels such as this redundant.
The hotel has been abandoned in the decades since. The legal battle for ownership has been going on for some years now. The complications seemingly stemmed from the fact that a number of the property’s beneficiaries had passed away or emigrated.
The night we drove down was clear and very chilly for April. The three of us where well-stocked up - cameras, extra batteries, food, and a bit of brandy to keep out the chill.
The journey went quickly. We were excited (as we always were) to go exploring. We planned each trip meticulously and so even though we headed ever deeper into the countryside we knew where we going. Eventually we found the motorway turn off and negotiated the myriad country lanes - until we arrived at the turn off to the hotel itself. There were no signs, and the night was very dark as there was no moon.
The road to the hotel was more like a gravel driveway. We turned the car’s lights off as we didn’t want to be seen by any security guards (however unlikely it would be to encounter any here) and slowly made our way down the tree flanked driveway.
As the lights were off, visibility was shit - only a few yards in front - driving down the path seemed to take an age. The car bounced off dozens of potholes. At last, the hotel was in sight.
Neglect and the passage of time had conspired against the building - it was crumbling, soon the decay would surely be so bad that the building would need to be pulled down. The majority of the windows were smashed. The main entrance doors were padlocked with a heavy chain and an assortment of warning posters prohibited entry.
The building displayed some vestiges of its Edwardian glamour but the intervening decades had been cruel, stripping the building to a shell of its former self.
We walked around the outside of the hotel to gain our barings and also to make sure we were alone. Satisfied that there were no security patrols, the three of us entered through one of the many smashed windows into what was once a restaurant/dining area.
Almost straight away, there was something not quite right. Its hard to explain but all three of us were creeped out in a way that we had never been previously. We were no strangers to this sort of thing - we'd explored a Victorian era hospital before now and that was the definition of creepy. I think the smell was a warning too - it was an overpowering damp smell, acrid. I remember saying at the time how a stench like this would give you a headache.
We explored the ground floor; comprising of a reception and lobby area, bar, small casino/gaming room, the hotel kitchens, and a tea room conservatory. Most of the furniture had been removed - and that which remained was rotten and smashed. The glass conservatory was covered in broken glass and we didn’t spend long there, fearful of a falling shard.
We debated leaving at this stage. There was something just not right about the place - and one of my friends complained about the onset of a headache - the foul mouldy smell no doubt. But on the other hand, we had travelled quite a long way to come here and it would feel like short-changing ourselves to leave without at least exploring a couple of the guest rooms and getting a few more pictures.
We ascended the main stairs to the second floor. The building was only two storeys high so we anticipated that we would be soon finished exploring and be on our way home. The damp mouldy smell was even stronger and it couldn't be too healthy to be breathing it in for that long.
We started to look through some of the guest rooms. Like as the ground floor, tt appeared that much of the furniture had been removed, only the occasional bed frame or cabinet remained. We wouldn't spend too long looking around essentially empty rooms.
But the rooms were not all empty - I think it was the third room we looked in.
There were a few squat red candles that were atop a bedside table - though they were not lit. And the bed itself looked to have been occupied recently, whoever had slept there had used newspaper as bedding.
On the ceiling was some graffiti - the quote "Abandon hope, ye who enter here"
And while the graffiti was hardly original - after all its a well known quote from Dante's Inferno - what separated this graffiti from more normal graffiti was the fact that it looked to have been smeared on the ceiling using mud (or without wishing to put too fine a point on it, smeared in something visually similar to mud). And considering that the hotel had been empty for years, it was surprising that this was the first graffiti we had come across. It really freaked us out - who would write this and take the time to write it on the ceiling - and what the hell did they use for ink?
In the next room, there was more weirdness and really this was our opportunity (and sign) to leave.
Again, there was graffiti - but this time it was a small spidery yet neat script and it appeared as through the writing had been done with a biro pen. There were literally thousands upon thousands of words written on the wall. We took stock of a few sample passages; all on the theme of headaches - how the pain affects their vision and hearing and even thoughts. How it stops them from sleeping. How when the headaches come they couldn't remember things. We took dozens and dozens of pictures.
What we had seen so far was weird - and certainly a tale to tell at parties, but it was nothing more than strange. In the next room however, there were 7 dates written on the wall (again written with 'mud'). I can’t for the life of me remember what they were - they were all about 5 to 10 years ago. I've even had hypnosis to try and recall what the dates were but to no avail.
Adjoined to this bedroom was an en suite bathroom Well, the police have asked the three of us to not disclose certain details. From the looks of things this bathroom was being used to develop photographs - like a darkroom. There were chemicals and trays used in developing photographs scattered about the room. But most striking were the dozen black and white photos hanging from the shower curtain rail. There are certain details the police have requested we don't disclose publicly.
The photos were of people; men woman, black white, old and young. Many of the photos looked as though the person taking the photo had tried to remain hidden from the person they are photographing. It looked like they were taken from behind bushes or foliage, giving the impression the photographer was spying on them. Other photos of the same people were quite clearly crime scenes - and these are the pictures the police don't want us to talk about. It was time to get out of there.
But as we turned to leave - we heard a voice.
Now it would be pointless to try to describe how we felt hearing the voice - scared doesn't quite cover it. The voice was coming from someone standing in the corner of the room. He was facing the wall and we had not noticed him before as he was standing behind a wardrobe.
“Please leave now,” said the man, in an English accent I couldn't quite place.
Lit up now by our three torches, we could see that despite having the physique of a boy, it was actually an old man (though he had jet black hair). He was dressed in a suit - it was threadbare and and covered in smears of muck.
“What if I visited you in your house in the middle of the night?” He gently shook his head though he continued to face the wall. His voice had a sing-song quality. The three of us were frozen with fear (despite us outnumbering him and him being of a small stature).
“You wouldn’t like it would you if I came to your houses?” He stressed the word 'I' churlishly - sounding like a petulant child. His head shaking became twitchy and for some reason I prayed he didn't turn around. I just felt a very strong aversion to seeing his face.
The three of us were incredibly scared, I needn't dwell on it too much.
One of my friends said that we'd leave and that there was no harm done and that we'd never come back. The man told us to leave our cameras on the floor. We did so without question. The man never turned from facing the wall in the corner.
The last thing he said was; "There is no greater sorrow than to recall happiness in times of misery."
We ran then - you know, I mean we really ran - like we flew back to the car. We drove home - in silence. Speed limits were 70mph - we were doing 120 easy.
We spoke to the police later that night - and told them everything. They didn't believe us at first but we insisted. Finally the police agreed to visit the hotel and they found a lot of what we said would be there and took statements from us. Apparently the dates written on the wall had been smudged so that they were now completely illegible and the photos were gone. They said they couldn't tell us much as it's an ongoing investigation.
All this was a few weeks ago and I've only just left the police station again having left my second statement. I'm just sitting in my car now. I don't know where to go or what to do. I thought I'd write this as it gives me an excuse to sit outside the police station longer. I can't go home - its not safe. When I woke up this morning there was a photo on my bedside table. It was a picture of me sleeping - whoever had taken it was standing next to my bed. And written on this photo in an all too recognisable spidery handwriting was another quote from Dante's Inferno: "The more a thing is perfect, the more it feels pleasure and pain"
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2020.04.10 16:19 OCCKThrowaway The Oakland County Child Killer - long form write up. (repost)

Hey, last time I submitted this was two years ago, I figured with more people bored at home I'd throw it up here again.
If you haven't read up on this case, it's quite the rabbit hole. Goole will take you to some dark places once you start looking into it, be aware if you're on a work computer.
The Oakland County Child Killer aka The Babysitter - Part one: overview and base facts
Throwaway because my usual account is easily doxxable. Long time devotee of this sub.
Shout out to another redditor who I won't name, who was my second pair of eyes when doing this write up. Thanks bud.
Okay, so this case was actually my first internet obsession, it's something that I've been turning over in my head for about eight years as a serious sleuther. So I'm going to open with a caveat: I have spent way, way too much time reading everything I can about this case. Many original links are dead, I may not recall a specific source for some information, but I'm going to source as much as possible, please ask if you want any clarification and I'll do my best. Likewise, I grabbed pics from all over the internet without attribution, and I apologize, but let's call it "educational use." To echo another user: "I really feel like I'm staring at the pieces of a puzzle that I don't know how to put together."
I will also say in my personal opinion, I think the OCCK was not one person. From all of my reading, there was a very widespread child porn enterprise happening, and this case is a small part of a much bigger, more horrifying and more pervasive picture. I think a very specific group of people is responsible for the deaths of those four kids, and by the end of this you will know their names and the reasons why I think so.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oakland_County_Child_Killer
Base facts: During a 13-month period, (1976-1977) four children were abducted and murdered with their bodies left in various locations within Oakland County, Michigan. The children were each held from 4 to 19 days before being killed. Their deaths triggered a murder investigation which at the time was the largest in US history. The murders are still unsolved.
In the area, there were three young females murdered in a short time period BEFORE the four known OCCK victims - Cynthia Cadieux, Sheila Srock, and Jane Allen. However these three girls were a little older and they were never formally linked to the OCCK as victims. Write-up here on all seven victims because too much information is better than not enough.
Below summary from link and the wiki
Mark Stebbins, 12, was the first to disappear. He left the American Legion Hall in Ferndale after telling his mother he was going home to watch television. It was Feb. 15, a Sunday afternoon. Four days later his body was found on a snowbank in the parking lot of an office building on Ten Mile Road. He had been strangled and sexually assaulted with an object. Rope marks were seen on his wrists. He was fully clothed in the outfit he was wearing when last seen alive.
On Dec. 26, 1976 the body of Jill Robinson, 12, was found alongside Interstate 75 in Troy. She had packed a backpack and ran away from her home on Wednesday, December 22, 1976, following an argument with her mother over dinner preparations. She was killed by a shotgun blast to the face. Her body was fully clothed and still wearing her backpack. She was placed within sight of the Troy police station, laid out neatly in the snow
Kristine Mihelich, 10, was last seen on Sunday, Jan. 2, 1977 around 3:00 p.m., buying a magazine at a 7-Eleven in Berkley. 19 days later, a mail carrier in Franklin Village spotted her fully clothed body on the side of a rural road. The body was laid within view of nearby homes, eyes closed and arms folded across the chest, once again in the snow. She’d been smothered.
Timothy King, 11, was a straight-A sixth grader from Birmingham. On Wednesday, March 16, he borrowed 30 cents from his sister to buy candy at the Hunter-Maple Pharmacy in a shopping center near his house. It was around 8:30 p.m. when he left the store through the rear entrance, which opened to a parking lot, and disappeared. In a letter printed in the Detroit News, Marion King wrote that she hoped Timothy could come home soon so she could serve him his favorite meal, Kentucky Fried Chicken. In the late evening hours of March 22, 1977, two teenagers in a car spotted his body in a shallow ditch alongside Gill Road, about 300 feet south of Eight Mile Road in Livonia, just across the county line in Wayne County. His skateboard was placed next to his body. His clothing had been neatly pressed and washed. He had been suffocated and sexually assaulted with an object. The postmortem showed that Timothy had eaten fried chicken before he was slain Marks on his wrists and ankles suggested he’d been bound. Like the other children he showed evidence of having been cleaned; even his clothes had been washed and pressed.
It was now apparent Oakland County had a serial killer on its hands, and a particularly twisted one at that.
Soon after Timothy King was abducted, a composite drawing of the suspected kidnapper, and his vehicle, was released. A woman claimed she had seen a boy with a skateboard talking to a man in a parking lot of the drugstore that Timothy had told his parents he was going to in order to ride his skateboard. The vehicle was reportedly a blue AMC Gremlin with a white side stripe. Authorities would eventually question every Gremlin owner in Oakland County. AND - still looking at Gremlins in 2013 even though it was debunked in 2012 that a Gremlin was involved.
This has been bungled around by competing law enforcement agencies for almost 40 years, and in spite of their ineffective investigation, they continue to thwart a family seeking answers.
Catherine Broad, sister of Timothy King, compiled an archive of investigation material as the case grew. Tim King's family has been tenacious, and tech savvy. Cathy has an outstanding blog devoted to the case and Tim's father just started blogging as well. The family made a movie - upon researching the case records, the King family produced a documentary entitled 'Decades of Deceit'. The documentary condemns the investigators and prosecutors for alleged shoddy investigations and uncooperative communication, and in particular of disregarding leads the King family discovered in 2006. Funds generated from the sale of the documentary will be donated to the Tim King fund, a fund designated to help abused children and support child activities for Birmingham children.
The family also spent $11,000.00 in FOIA documents. When asked if he felt the documents were worth $11,000, King replied: "It was Tim's college money."
Those documents were heavily redacted. It's been an endless series of hoops and bureaucracy. You can see some on Cathy's blog.
More bullshit A lawsuit filed by the father of an Oakland County Child Killer victim against the Oakland County Prosecutor’s Office is the third such suit in the past few years.
"Barry King filed the lawsuit last month and recently filed a response to the prosecutor’s filing seeking to have the case dismissed. A motion hearing regarding those filings had been scheduled for Wednesday, but it has since been postponed. A new date has not yet been set. It’s the “same lawsuit” as the prior two suits, Oakland County Prosecutor Jessica Cooper said. “Same thing.”
King filed lawsuits in 2010 and 2012 regarding Freedom of Information Act request denials from the prosecutor’s office. The 2012 lawsuit reached the Michigan Court of Appeals, which ruled in favor of the prosecutor’s office, affirming the circuit court’s ruling. “This lawsuit specifically, we have a written published opinion from the court of appeals saying ‘You can’t do this,’ and I don’t know why he keeps bringing the same lawsuit,” Cooper said. King represents himself in this lawsuit, which combines two issues he has previously sued over. He is seeking information regarding the suppression of a search warrant by the 48th District Court and information related to Christopher Busch. King has previously said that he concluded that Busch was involved."
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5
There is also a docuseries that came out since the last time I posted this, very much worth a watch if you're interested in this case. https://www.clickondetroit.com/news/2019/02/14/oakland-county-child-killer-docuseries-chapter-1-north-fox-island/
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2020.04.04 23:37 BrayBray78 I have way too much time on my hands, and Football Mogul 16. This is where I had ended up after letting my mind wander.

Eastern Conference:
Metro Division:
New York Guardians - This team will continue having a reasonable amount of success financially. Being from New York, the networks will bankroll this team more than anything.
DC Defenders - This team has an impressively large fanbase, more out of antipathy to the Snyder family than their success. Regardless the team's books are stable.
Hartford Whalers - Part of the XFL's first wave of expansion, most think this team was less a decision of business, and more one of image. However, becoming the team of New England made this team have an identity and a loyal fanbase. It also quickly became a bandwagon team for former AAF fans. They play at Rentschler Field.
Toronto Cosmopolitans(Cosmos) - While being near-universally panned in the planning stages, the Cosmos had become a surprise success. Between being a consistent sell-out at BMO Field, and the agreement with the CFL that came with the team, it's no surprise why this infamous team continues to grow.
South Division:
Florida Vipers(Rebranded from Tampa Bay Vipers) - After a Hurricane damaged Raymond James Stadium early in the year. The team had to negotiate with cities to get a stadium. This led to a season where the Vipers played five home games in five cities. This ended up being such as success that the team continues to play in five different home stadia to this day. Them being in: Miami, Tampa, Orlando, Jacksonville, and Tallahassee. With current plans to expand the season to 14 games, Daytona Beach and Key West are expected to gain dates on the XFL season as well.
Birmingham Revolution - A controversial team from the beginning, this team has a reputation of being dirty, offensive, and Traditional. Playing in Legion Field; this team as a large and dedicated fandom, only surpassed by it's hatedom. Most neutral fans call this team "a classic heel" and integral to the balance of the league.
Houston Roughnecks - One of the most dominant teams in the XFL's young history, this team has a ton to love. This ultimate bandwagon team also sees a boost of support due to their NFL teams unlikable owner, notably though they play one game a year in the Alamodome, as a way to keep San Antonio from suing for a team.
Dallas Renegades - This teams continued existence was threatened after Jerry Jones had attempted to buy the stadium from under them. They were two weeks away from moving to San Antonio before the XFL had won the lawsuit to keep the Renegades in Dallas, as a result however, Dallas must play two of its home games in San Antonio for the next 5 seasons. Regardless, the team is on better financial ground than ever.
Western Conference:
Pacific Division:
Seattle Dragons - This team is one of the hottest teams in the XFL. With one of the loudest fan bases and a high flying lineup, the Dragons are one of the most fun to watch teams yet. That helps keep the stands filled.
San Diego Fleet(Relocated from Los Angeles Wildcats) - After a successful twitter campaign, this Southern California team has the Moxie and Star power to be a very potent squad for years. It's active fanbase consistently fills up SDCCU Stadium.
Silicon Valley Slickers - Don't be fooled by the branding, this team is based in Oakland. Its futuristic nature makes the team a fan favorite for the college-age crowd. Known for experimental schemes, structure, and leadership; this team is no stranger to pushing boundaries.
Portland Thunder - This team exists more as a foil for the Dragons than anything else. It's popular on the internet, with a large casual following. However attendance leaves much to be desired at Providence Park.
Central Division:
St. Louis Battlehawks - One of the most rabid fanbases in the league, although it has been tempered somewhat with new teams starting in the area. Consistent sell-outs and great football are to be expected with this team.
Omaha Nighthawks - Where this team lacks in market size, they makeup for in football fervor. Having such a hardcore fanbase makes it known for shenanigans in Creighton Stadium. Their promotions always add to the fun of Nighthawks football.
Milwaukee Mustangs - Playing in Miller Park, this team has become known as a second fiddle team to the Packers, with many Packers fans going to Mustangs games. This team, in fact plays an annual scrimmage against the Green Bay Packers third and fourth string squads during the League-Wide bye week.
Columbus Destroyers - A property bought from the defunct Arena League, many thought this team was going to be a placeholder for a potential replacement team in LA. However the huge crowds and great atmosphere of Columbus make the XFL rethink its plan. After selling out Mapfre Stadium in 2 hours, the game was moved to Ohio Stadium, this led to an XFL Record 85,864 attendance. Showing everyone that Columbus is here to stay. However an agreement with the league dictates that their yearly matchup against the Fleet is in LA.
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2020.03.30 19:49 dragon_morgan Bingo Mini-Reviews, Row 3

Welcome to the third row of Bingo wrap up! You can read my mini-reviews for the first row here and the second row here.

Second Chance

The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien

Hard Mode: n/a (no hard mode for this square)
It's kind of embarrassing to admit I'd never read LOTR all the way through before now. Of course I liked the movies in high school, but who didn't? The Hobbit was one of my favorite books in college. In grad school, I even went so far as to read the Silmarillion and enjoyed it. I probably have read Fellowship of the Ring a half a dozen times over the years, but every time I try to read the rest of the books, I end up putting it down somewhere in the middle of the Two Towers. I felt like a sham, a fake, a poser. But no longer. Thanks to the second chance square for Bingo, I can finally claim that I have read all of the Lord of the Rings. I think the first book, Fellowship of the Ring, does the best job of capturing the cozy-yet-magical feeling that so many books after have tried to emulate. I loved reading about the hobbits in the shire, and sharing in their wonder and terror as they explore more of the wider world. However the sequels feel a bit cumbersome in comparison, and that's probably why I struggled to get through them before. While the Fellowship of the Ring movie doesn't quite do the book justice, I think the Two Towers movie was actually an improvement over the book in a lot of ways. Most notably, the fact that the movie switches often back and forth between points of view. In the book, we read all of Merry and Pippin's point of view, and then all of Frodo's point of view, as though they are two separate books. This got somewhat exhausting especially since Frodo's point of view in that book is something of a bummer. I did enjoy some of the details from the books that weren't in the movies, though, like the hobbits finding Shire smoking leaf in Isengard, foreshadowing the scouring of the shire that comes later. The scouring of the shire itself was probably my favorite part of the third book, and it's disappointing that it never made it into the movie. Although at times bogged down by needless asides and uneven pacing, Lord of the Rings is an excellent trilogy and I can see why it's such a genre-defining classic.
4/5 stars
Other Bingo Squares
  • Local Author (Birmingham, UK)
  • Title with four or more words (except The Two Towers)

Afrofuturism

Binti by Nnedi Okorafor

Hard Mode: alas, no
Technically this falls into the realm of African Futurism, because the term Afrofuturism specifically refers to African American themes, while African Futurism deals with the continent of Africa. However I believe it still counts for the purposes of an Internet bingo game -- if it doesn't, I, uh, better hurry up and read another book! Anyway, I read the full Binti trilogy for this square, and reviewed it more in depth here. Binti is a compelling and complex character, and I loved her conflicted feelings about her home and identity as she tries to figure out who she is. Binti is definitely a more character than plot-driven story, but that doesn't keep the plot from being interesting. I especially enjoyed the worldbuilding and would like to one day read more stories set in this universe.
4.5/5 stars
Other Bingo Squares
  • #ownvoices
  • Local Author (Chicago or Nigeria)
  • SFF Novella

SFF Novel Published in 2019

Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir

Hard Mode: yes, Gideon is Muir's debut novel
Lesbian necromancers in space? Where do I sign up? This book is the sort of over-the-top ridiculous gothy fun that I can just feel the author had fun when she was writing. Gideon is one of my favorite characters in recent memory. Snarky goth girl who lifts weights? Yes. AWESOME. I also really enjoyed the other main character, Harrow, and her frenemies-to-almost-lovers relationship with Gideon. It was a good thing this book had the characters to carry it, however, because the plot didn't really draw me in as much as I'd hoped. Harrow is competing with some other nobility for some important government position in the space empire, I guess? And then there's a bunch of murders? Overall the what of what's happening in the story wasn't nearly as compelling as the characters and the humor. This book had a lot of jokes and meme references that might make the work seem dated in a few years, but made me smile all the same. The worldbuilding might have been compelling, I just wish we got to see more of it. We are left with the impression that the Space Empire is not a benevolent force for good, with hints dropped about subjugating people on colony worlds, but the main characters, living within the Space Empire, never question it. The ending was also quite upsetting. I won't say poorly written, just upsetting. Tamsyn, how can you DO that to me? Still, minor complaints aside, I very much look forward to reading the upcoming sequel Harrow the Ninth.
4/5 stars
Other Bingo Squares
  • #ownvoices
  • Local author (New Zealand)
  • Character with a disability (one of the side characters is chronically ill)

Middle Grade SFF Novel

Wishes and Wellingtons by Julie Berry

Hard Mode: Yes, this was not a re-read for me
I originally picked this up because it was free on Audible. I didn't have really high expectations coming in, but it was surprisingly delightful! It did a good job capturing the magic and whimsey of stories like Harry Potter, but it was surprisingly deep, as well, highlighting the many social problems in too-often-romanticized Victorian England. I reviewed this book in more detail here.
5/5 stars
Other Bingo Squares
  • Audiobook
  • Local Author (Medina, NY)

A Personal Recommendation from fantasy

Tales of the Ketty Jay by Chris Wooding

Hard Mode: I don't remember? I think it was only recommended to me once, so sure?
Awhile back I made a post on fantasy looking for books with dynamics similar to the Bone Ships (which I reviewed for the ocean setting square in row 2). Basically I wanted a crew of fuck-ups who don't get along at first gradually come together to be like a family. In this, the Ketty Jay series delivers excellently. It gets compared to Firefly a lot, too, and I can definitely see the resemblance, to the extent that there's even "The Simon" and "The Jane" but unfortunately not "The Kaylee." It's difficult for me to review this series because I somehow managed to both love and hate it. I suppose you can say that it's a series I enjoyed, but with major caveats.
First of all, the main character, Darian Frey. Darian is, to put it as nicely as possible, a massive dickweed, and not a lovable dickweed, either. Now I know I said I wanted a crew of fuckups, and that means contending with their flaws, but there's a difference between a compellingly flawed character and one that you simply want to punch in the face. Darian is a self-centered asshole who thinks only of himself, even as the crew grows to depend on him. He treats the women in his life like they're disposable, even including his ex who he constantly pines after. I almost quit reading the series around half way through book 2 when he manipulates a different girl into falling in love with him for his own selfish ends -- twice! He does undergo some character growth, but it took me until around the third book to not totally hate him. Fortunately, the other characters really carry this book. The alcoholic doctor, the demonist haunted by his past, and the fighter pilot with PTSD and anxiety all made this series a joy to read, even if the main character was rather infuriating.
I had some other minor gripes as well. For being only ten years old, a lot of things really haven't aged well. Wooding's representation of female characters leaves something to be desired, and the vaguely India-coded continent full of brown people was just YIKES. Still, it was a fun series as long as you don't think about it too hard.
3.8/5 stars
Other Bingo Squares
  • Local Author (Leicestershire, UK)
  • Character with a Disability (Anxiety/PTSD, alcoholism)
  • The Ace of Skulls counts for last book in a series
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2020.03.04 14:35 sk-88 Notes from supporters forum March 3, 2020

All notes my own from last night's forum. No quotes are verbatim but if I use quote marks it is near enough.
Headlines for me: No communication from CVC regarding their plans, Cohen against a British & Irish League. Vague on Borthwick start date. Jan McGinty comes across very well, speaks sensibly, looks to bigger position and didn't just say what he thought people wanted to hear. Glynn seems better in this role, spoke well about academy as he did before but doesn't have all the bits he seemed bad at.
Present from club: Geordan Murphy (GM), Jan McGinty (JM), Ged Glynn (GG), Simon Cohen (SC), Andrea Pinchen (AP), Chris Rose (CR).
First question was from Gary Sherrard (club press) about signing of Nadolo.
GM: very exciting player, admired him when he was a player, top international quality but retired from internationals. Can play in a number of positions. We need physicality from our backs other than Manu to break the line.
Supplementary question about Ben & Tom Youngs
GM:"Highly sought players", they were keen to stay and we want to build the team around them.
First question from the floor was bout Brexit and its implications on Kolpack/EU players and quotas.
JM: Quotas under review with RFU & PRL, new regulations being consulted on now. Transition period means no change next season, so looking at season after that. We are expecting a hybrid system between current system and JIFF in France. Expect quotas to end up similar to current split of 70% British players(/employment rights) and 30% foreign.
Question: "JM, what 3 areas have you added value?"
JM: Having a fresh set of eyes on current players a big advantage, viewed club as a "sleeping giant" with small tweaks needed to get to very top. His three ways were:
  1. How do you get better back ups so you don't miss the England players that are away for 40% of the season, want to get to the situation where they aren't automatic returnees because others are pushing them for place.
  2. Need to increase the physicality to break teams down. Looking for power on 1 wing and pace on the other. Nadolo part of that,
  3. Improve the basics to get into position to score tries in the first place. Signing of Steve Borthwick considered key here to improve details and basics.
We then had a presentation from GG about the academy. Many ways to judge an academy, results obviously are good but also how many players you produce. Said there were recently published figures showing we had most in Prem at one club or another. 56% of squad from academy.
We have 8 Development Player Pathway Centres across area (Norfolk, Notts, Lincs, Derby, Staffordshire (old school staffs too so all the way around the top of Birmingham) and obvs Leicester). Schools and clubs nominate into them 200+ each centre. Whittle down to academy groups of 20ish each age group. Players funnelled to 6 "good to great" private schools + Brooksby in Melton (this is why it looks a narrow base of schools picked from).
Main challenge has been bridging gap between academy & first team. This is main focus area now. 7 players moving from academy to development in the summer. 18 players over last couple of years, all go out of loan to get minutes. Said all had 1,000 + minutes on pitch at various levels this year. Presentation listed them and where they had been but too quick to note. Need co-operation from clubs, Jonny McPhillips not getting minutes at Doncaster so moved him to Notts. Leeds under Phil Davies upping training, so 3 guys there doing "S&C block" to get ready before going back.
Games scouted in person and on video, form filled in. Very detailed, transition coaches use it to help coach and develop the players.
Q: Is it sensible to try and develop players from Wales given competition from their home region?
GG: There will always been competition for the good players. Competition for Greg Bateman, kept him, competition for Jonah Holmes, kept him. Reffell under contract. "We'll see what happens with Costelow".
Q: When Steve Borthwick comes are you still going to pick the team?
GM: I will still have overall responsibility to pick the team but SB will run the rugby operation, training sessions etc, this is what he has been doing for England and where both see his strengths. Thinks it will work well.
Q: Where are we with sale of the club?
SC: We had a strategic review, sale process on going. "Always going to take time as not as simple as selling to highest bidder". More changes to the board to come, another person appointed today. Also blames promotion & relegation for slow sales process.
Q: To AP, what three things do you want to develop with new owners? (this was from same man that asked earlier 3 things question, like it was a job interview!)
AP: no.1 a women's team, trying to find and work with sponsors to develop this at the moment, 2 to "enhance the offer" to fans fight against Wasps free tickets, they don't work just undermine the value of a ticket. 3) bring the retail offering in house.
Q; Any plans for Coronoa virus and Castres QF?
SC: Like Boris Johnson we have plans but aren't going to tell you, not appropriate to speculate publicly, obviously will follow government advice if they ban large gatherings.
Q: Any plans for more inclusions days?
CR: Agree it was great, don't want to over promise and under deliver, so nothing firm to announce here. Learning what worked, what didn't. "Want to be the best at everything we do" that includes inclusion events as much as anything else.
Further question on women's game and relationship with Loughborough:
CR: Looking to build it from bottom up, not just pinch pro team from Loughborough. Looking to develop wider women's game in city/county which is more our area than Loughborough's.
GG: relationship with Loughborough really strong, hoping another 7 (same as above? not mentioned) players from development squad go there for uni next season. Lots of behind the scenes people went there (S&C, analysis etc) for both first team and academy.
Sarcastic question about cashless stadium, how is it going?
CR: very pleased with how cashless has gone and how levy are doing as new caterers this year. Quality & service better. Pint glass deposit return an issue we need to resolve.
Q: Jonny May is the best wing we've ever had (and we've had a lot of good ones), is he staying?
All: ......
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GM: (joking) How dare you, I used to play wing here too you know! Seriously though, difficult to retain England players in salary cap, spoke earlier about improving depth in replacements for internationals and missing for so long. Great player, cannot comment further on pending contracts as not fair to talk further here. Will speak to him again when back from England.
Gary interjected and ask JM about how his role works with this:
JM: What used to be seasonal is now year round with different tournaments ending and starting at different times, take the contact with agents off Geordan as it is very full on all the time. Filters players available to GM to make decisions.
Q: What lessons have we learned from Mauger & Cockerill, how are you sure this won't happen again it looks the same from the outside?
SC: In theory that should have worked (SK note: what an odd defensive way to start but whevs). Waffled on for a while. Dynamics are very important, benefit of Steve being here not in NZ is that they have had lots of meetings, lots of discussions face to face to discuss ideas, playing, training, signings etc. Won't know until tested under pressure but very confident it will work.
GM (off mic but very loud): Also Cockers is mental.
Question about coaching this season: GM: Talked about DNA and attitudes a lot. How we want to play, resilience under pressure.
End of part 1.
Beginning of part 2:
SC: Question for you here, would you rather come top 6 of win challenge cup? I voted for Challenge Cup, room was 60/40 in favour of top 6.
Q: Do you have plans for a full time accessibility person?
AP: No, can achieve goals through foundation (separate thing) and cover it within current people.
Question about Rugbypass documentary, podcasts of former players (e.g. Hamilton & Goode), any plans to produce more of this content oursevles?
GS: Yes but have to push at an open door, doing things when effectively bottom just invites abuse and jokes and takes away from what you want to achieve. We have ideas to develop for future.
Q: Since the Wasps game they've scored 97 points we've scored 17, why aren't our backs functioning?
GM: I won't make excuses but we're missing 4 players to England, we've had injuries like Taute and Reid and the weather has been poor. But I'm not making any excuses. (this answer was serious, and I don't think he realised that he had ONLY made a list of excuses to the question).
Q: how do you manage access to social media, some posts are vile?
GM: Hard, players want to go and read about themselves and get ego boost but then get the bad opinions too. I did it as player, would read the papers. Even then senior players said not to do it. When internet and social kicked off I was older and not as bothered. Part of wider problem of always accessible, similar to bullying of children in that it's always there. Have to deal with weekly now just how it is.
Q: What did strategic review say? What would an outright owner look like if needed? What are CVC's plans?
SC: Last part first, very little communication from CVC regarding their ideas about the league and developing revenue streams, no idea of their plans. Mentioned B&I League as an idea in media and that Tigers would be against it as traditional rivals very important. More waffle on promotion and relegation. Want an owner who would "uphold and enhance values", gave examples of Fenway group (Liverpool & Boston Red Sox) and King Power as people who try to grow from current traditions and bases.
Q: When is the hotel going to be finished and what impact on revenues/ opportunities does it give us?
SC: 18 month build (I make that Sept 2021) we get a ground rent but not massive revenues as we did not put much in to build it. Chance to buy it back in future if money there, so potential for significant reviews. Main thing is opportunity, will have direct link into stand from hotel, makes conferencing packages and match day packages very attractive. Also if we didn't build there a massive student block would have come right up to boundary.
Q: Any further fall out from the salary cap?
SC: Doubt it in terms of fines. Can't see anyone elses squad as outrageous, under stands how you can get an administrative breach gave example of contractually paying for flights budget £2k, player gets injured and goes home for Christmas and it costs £10k for him and partner. Conundrum for Bristol as players will want Prem wages as they renew now they are Prem players. Thought the process for second salary cap breach was very dodgy and that the Prem needs better regulations around these areas.
Q: Last year we won twice in the league away, at Newc & at Twickenham. This year it is no league away wins. What happens when we play away?
GM: Concerning, trying different things to change it. Can't put finger on why so poor.
Q: When is Borthwick starting?
SC: A very long winded answer that did not give a start date or particular hint at one.
Question on retail offering:
CR: Selected Samuari based on quality and delivery, corona virus willing happy this will be delivered on time. Want to get people back into shop/online and buying quality goods not having to return stuff because it is rubbish and not lasting. Don't expect loads of things at once but we are aiming for choice and to try things and expand popular ranges.
Q: What are our ambitions for the season?
GM: Europe been kind, Prem not good enough. Thinks we can win 6 from last 8 in the league. Climb the table and get people looking over their shoulder. Really focused on 3 in a row home games Bath, Castres, Irish. Wants 3 wins from those. Eventually said top 6 is the target.
Q: Why do we box kick so much?
GM: Good tactic, gave conservative justification of it and said stats back up to do it loads. Have to build wins and confidence, at the moment if we tried things and they failed heads go down and things pile up.

There were other questions but these were the ones with answers I wrote down and thought interesting.
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2020.02.14 04:06 throwawayaracehorse Has Anyone On Here Ever Eaten Boiled Peanuts? "The Rules of the Road" Recommends You Do.

The following features a transcript from a short radio broadcast that has been picked up by various listeners across the continental United States. Many have been perplexed by its sudden appearance and how it seems to preempt whatever song or radio program they are listening to at the time. It has even been known to appear on streaming programs such as podcasts or Spotify. Listeners have described hearing different episodes and there have been many different situations and occurrences.
Trevor contacted me with his story. He had heard the broadcast while driving in the southeastern United States. He spilled his story out to me in a venomous diatribe against the South. I was not sure what his vendetta against the region was. I knew that it had its problems and troubled history just like any other place in America, but he viewed it with a personal contempt that was jarring. This is his story.

The Goddam South.
Why oh why did my best friend have to move here?
I guess these things are bound to happen eventually. You know someone all of your life: through kindergarten and junior high and high school and even end up at the same college together. But the real world comes along and so starts the job hunt and all of the offers and for some reason he accepts a job in Birmingham Freaking Alabama. There’s a big signing bonus and relocation fees and if you commit to three years at the company, you get another huge bonus. They’re practically bribing anyone with a STEM degree to come to these shitty little flyover states. I mean, we were from an almost flyover state in Pennsylvania and had gone to college at Stanford where I thought we had seen the light. The goal was to not end up in one of these places. The least he could’ve done was to go back to Pittsburgh. It’s really come a long way.
For Tyler to move to a red state after all this time feels like a betrayal of all of our values and morals. I guess there really is a price tag on everything. We got really political together during our college years in Stanford. It was hard not to be. It was in the air and in the water down there, and it was a great way to make friends and meet chicks. When 2016 happened, the first presidential election that we were able to vote in, the politicking hit a fever pitch. First, when our boy Bernie didn’t get the nomination through some shadiness from the DNC and then when Trump won, whoo boy. We were full on in the whole resistance movement. It felt like we were part of something, you know? We even went to a couple of those protests in Berkeley that got a little out of hand.
So after graduation when he told me the news, it was a huge kick in the nuts. What was I gonna do without Tyler? We were brothers in arms. Since kindergarten we hadn’t gone a full three weeks without seeing each other. Like hell I was going to follow him to that godforsaken hell hole. Alabama?
It is possible that he moved there because of that gal he started talking to on the internet. From what little he talked of her, she was from somewhere down south. I thought it was just a one off thing, a line of communication to someone on the front lines of the resistance, but maybe not. He didn’t confirm either way when he called me and told me that things were getting serious and that he really wanted me to come meet her. The worst part of it was that he wanted me to come there. I offered to host them at my place in Portland, but he deferred my offer.
“So I guess this is it, huh? You’re some kind of Southerner?”
“C’mon man, it’s not that bad.”
“Why didn’t you at least take a job in Austin if you wanted to go to the south so badly? Austin I could vibe with.”
“Austin isn’t in the South though, it’s Texas.”
“Whatever. How is it living in a third world country?”
“It’s Alabama. Not Mississippi.”
“You think you’re gonna fulfill your contract and get the hell out as soon as you can?”“I dunno. I’m actually starting to like it here. It’s laid back.”
“Yeah, if you’re white.”
“It’s not what you think. Just come on down here and see for yourself. I haven’t seen you in a while and it would be good to hang. Things are getting really serious between me and Diane. I think she might be the one. I’d love for you to meet her and have your blessing. Make sure I’m not making a rash decision.”
“Fine,” I sighed. “I’ll visit The Goddam South with its n-word using, gay bashing, illtierate, immigrant fearing, inbred hicks.”
“Hey man, cut the shit. You’re completely off base. You’ve never even been here. Do you even know how many immigrants we’ve got here? You know you’re really in your own little bubble out there. Cut off from reality. I didn’t see it until I moved out here, how out of touch we could be. You’re talking like some kinda “coastal elite”. How much diversity is there in Portland? How’s that homeless thing working out for ya’ll?”
Coastal elite? Ya’ll? It was really worse than I had feared. They were converting him. I knew I had to visit and soon. Not for a visit to catch up on old times and give him my blessing, but for an intervention. I apologized to him over the phone and began to make arrangements for my visit. Hopefully I could save him.
****
I managed to secure some time off from work. I can’t get into the specifics just yet, but I was a programmer at a startup for a new app we were releasing that was going to involve car repairs and hopefully disrupt that industry. They were cool with giving me a full week off. I had never seen New Orleans and always kind of wanted to go, so my plan was to stay a night there and then drive up and over to Birmingham.
I roamed up and down Bourbon Street alone and listened to some jazz and drank sazeracs and hurricanes and almost puked in an alleyway as I hear is tradition in New Orleans. Later, I got some beignets at Cafe Du Monde and it sobered me up enough to get an Uber back to my hotel safely.
A late start the next morning on account of my hangover, I took I-59 North. I was ahead of schedule by a half day for when I was supposed to meet up with Tyler, so I figured I would drive over to Montgomery and check out this new memorial they had there.
The interstate was a corridor with walls of tall skinny pines lining the sides. The pines bordered large fields of brown, tufts of white popping out like snow. Cotton. The air was thick and hot and my AC was blasting. Large green vines crawled and completely covered low lying ravines and anything in their path. I could make out the shapes of trees under them that had been swallowed. I would later learn that this vine was called kudzu.
Billboards appeared every now and then, advertising and sharing their messages. CHOOSE LIFE one said and had a picture of a baby on it. HOW WILL YOU SPEND ETERNITY? Asked another. Later, I would see one that read “GO TO CHURCH OR THE DEVIL’S GONNA GET YOU” and it featured a large red Satan holding a scythe.
I pulled off at a large truck stop near a city called Meridian in Mississippi. I milled about for a while, looking for Southern artifacts. I saw a small area that sold T-shirts and keychains that had Mississippi flags on them and these looked like Confederate flags to me. There was a table with a couple of metal canisters with ladles sticking out of them and a sign reading “Boiled Peanuts”. I had never heard of such a thing. I peeked inside and the canister was full of slimy looking peanuts with the shells still on them, simmering in a brown liquid. Yuck.
There was a fast food restaurant connected to the truck stop and the day after post drunken binge cravings were hitting me hard all of a sudden, so I ordered a greasy cheeseburger and fries. I sat towards the back of the restaurant. Maybe it was the hangover effects or maybe it was because I was in the South, but I was feeling paranoid and anxious.
A big burly looking guy in a plaid shirt and a truckers cap shuffled into the fast food area, carrying a styrofoam cup full of the boiled peanuts and a plastic bag. His neck was thick and stubbled and his gut rested up against the table as he sat in a booth. He sat the peanuts down and looked at them for a long time. From the bag he pulled out a box of Benadryl and ripped it open, punching every single little pink pill out of the blister packet and onto the table. Soon, he had a small pile of pink pills as he swept the trash from the packaging aside. Next, he procured two plastic cylinders from the plastic sack and sat them next to the pills.
I watched in bewilderment as he began to pick at the boiled soft peanut husks with his stubby fingers and squeeze out the nuts within. He placed these back in the styrofoam cup and tossed the dessicated shells onto the table. I watched this bizarre ritual for a while until he had shelled the entire container.
The Goddam South, I thought, shaking my head. What a freak.
He pinched a handful of the benadryl tablets and dry swallowed them. His Adam’s apple bobbing as he stared up at the ceiling with his eyes closed. He looked back down at the peanuts for a long time, psyching himself up. He then slid his fingers in, pulled out some peanuts, and then shoveled them into his mouth. He did it again and again, until his mouth was full, and his jaw worked and worked.
What in the Dixieland fuck? I thought.
He got the first mouthful down, gasped for air, and then shoved another handful into his mouth. At the top of his hairy chest I could see pink splotches starting to spread upwards and across his neck like expanding enemy territories on a map. Putting another cache of nuts into his mouth, he picked up one of the plastic cylinders off the table, flicked off a cap, and shoved it right into his arm. Through his shirt and everything.
An epipen. Holy shit, this guy’s allergic! What is he thinking?
The invading splotches on his skin had advanced across the stubbled territory of his neck and over the crest of his jaw line. His lips had begun to swell and bits of chewed peanut flecked his cheeks and chin, yet he still continued eating and eating. He jabbed another epipen into his arm while he was still able to see, for his eyes were now almost swollen shut, the sockets inflated with fleshy bags that formed cracks where his eyes should have been.
He was huffing and puffing for air, a loud whistling wheeze that could be heard from across the room. Drool ran down his chin and neck and his eyes watered. Yet, still he chewed. Still he consumed. Still he swallowed.
“Hey man, whatchoo doing?” a bystander asked him. “You’s havin’ a reaction to them.” The bystander reached for the peanuts, but the anaphylactic man swatted him away, his face a bloated and hideous mask with slits for eyes.
He tipped the styrofoam cup back towards his swollen head and dumped the remaining peanuts down his desperate maw, chewed and collapsed onto the floor.
“Ayy yo, somebody call an ambulance!” The bystander yelled.
I could still hear the man’s whistling wheeze, still could see his fat stomach rising and falling, and I thought I have got to get the hell outta here.
###
I had to ask Trevor, did the guy die? He tells me he doesn’t know for sure, that he watched paramedics arrive and successfully intubate the man with the anaphylactic reaction and haul him away. He continued with his story.
I arrived in Birmingham without further incident. That whole episode had frightened and disgusted me and I kept replaying it in my mind for the rest of my journey. I wasn’t used to seeing that sort of shit. Were Southerners so dumb they thought they could just eat something they were allergic to and not suffer any repercussions?
Tyler lived in a revitalized urban area near downtown Birmingham. It seemed like an area that was an imitation of the trends that had started in bigger and hipper cities. There were hipster bars with craft cocktails, microbreweries, cool little restaurants, murals, and public art. I was actually surprised by it all.
“You made it!” he said when he answered the door. His apartment was nice and spacious. His girlfriend, Diane, had yet to arrive.
“Barely.” I responded.
We sat for a while, drinking IPAs from cans, catching up.
“So I guess this little neighborhood is pretty cool,” I said. “Didn’t know they had anything like that down here.”
“Yeah, it’s really up and coming. This beer you’re drinking is from one of the local breweries.”
He seemed impressed by this and it was kind of depressing. We had more local microbreweries out on the coast per capita than just about anywhere. I spent weekends trying to discover them all, from Seattle to Bend, Oregon. In a couple years he’d be telling me excitedly about the local dispensaries that they had down here.
I cleared my throat. I figured now was the time to talk some sense into him, not while Diane was around. “Is it like really racist here? How do you deal with it all? I mean I’ve been on Twitter a lot, reading the political headlines and I’m starting to think we should just expel this entire south eastern region. They’re dragging us down, man. All out tax dollars on the coasts helps these people and their hate out.”
“Trevor, it’s like any other place. Do you know that Oregon drafted a state constitution banning black people? I’m sure there’s racists and stuff around here, but I don’t really see any of it. As far as the red state stuff goes, do you understand gerrymandering? Voter suppression? The south east has a large black population, more cities that are majority African American than anywhere. Are just gonna expel them, too? I don’t know about you, but that sounds a little racist.”
“I dunno man, driving up here, it’s like the buckle of the bible belt. I think I’m going to hell now, by the way.”
“Just relax with all this political stuff. Quit trying to be so woke and right the world’s wrongs from your phone while you’re not really doing much else. Unplug from social media and Twitter and all of that. Start living in the real world for a change. Let’s have some fun this week. Miss ya bud,” he said and gave my trapezius a stiff squeeze.
“I've been off social media for a bit. There’s this thing the tech dudes are all doing called a dopamine fast. It involves getting off of that stuff periodically so your reward centers in your brain can reset and recharge. I haven’t seen pictures of you and Diane, yet by the way, because of the fast.”
“Welp, she should be up here shortly.”
She arrived and I must say that he had done well for himself. She was stunning and had a laid back personality and made me relaxed. I only had one main concern and it had to do with where he lived and who she was. She was black.
###
I asked Trevor why that bothered him. He responded that he was “worried about prejudice and stuff” and that Tyler had “never dated anyone like that before.” Anyone like what? “You know, like a person of color, or whatever.” When I asked him if he could expound further on these concerns, he really couldn’t. He continued on.
The visit went well for the next few days. Tyler and Diane were gracious hosts and I learned a little bit about Southern hospitality from Diane, who had been born and raised in Atlanta. They showed me the sights of Birmingham and we ate a lot of that good southern cooking. Everyone in town seemed really friendly, too. I must admit that I was starting to reverse my stance on the South. It didn’t seem like a half bad place after all.
But then I would scroll through news stories in the morning about the sad state of affairs our country was in and I couldn’t help but blame the legislators and senators in this part of the country and the people that voted for them. I would get this feeling that I was in the wrong place and get the urge to get the hell out of here.
Tyler and I had a bit of a guy’s night out on what was to be my last night in town. We went to a neighborhood called Five Points South and spent the night hopping from bar to bar. If you didn’t focus too much, you could be anywhere. Only thing different was the accents, and even those weren’t too bad.
As the night wore on, we were feeling better and better and having more and more of a good time. We snuck into a back alley, behind this dumpster, where Tyler magically procured a spliff.
“Look at you! Where did you get that?” I asked with drunken glee.
“I have my ways.”
He lit it and we took turns taking hits. It was such a good night. A sudden melancholy fell over me. These nights were no longer the norm. From here on out we’d see each other less and less and less. I felt grief and anger welling up from somewhere deep within. Tyler was laughing at something he had just said and I felt a strong urge to lash out.
"Man what a night, eh? Too bad these are gonna be few and far between from here on out. It was nice knowing ya."
"Aw man, we'll still see each other. How about Diane and I fly out and visit you in Portland?"
“It won’t be the same,” I mumbled. I was quiet for a while--we both were— and stared at the dirty ground, lit orange by streetlights. I started getting more upset.“We’re never gonna be able to just fuck off and go to Thailand or whatever. Burning Man. You’re gonna be down here, getting all established with your job and your girlfriend and next thing you know you’re married to your token black girlfriend and having little half-and—”
An impact flashed across my jaw and my head jerked and I was sent stumbling. I would feel the pain later, but right now I was sinking. I hit the ground and lay there, dizzy and everything out of focus.
“Fuck you,” I heard Tyler say from somewhere above me.
I didn’t get up.
***
I stayed on the ground for a long time, feeling sorry for myself. Why not just stay down here forever? No one would care. I got bored after a while and got up and brushed myself off and realized my phone was completely dead. I staggered out into the street. Maybe I could borrow someone’s phone and hail an uber. I had a little bit of cash.
Out on the sidewalk a group of black guys were walking my way, talking loudly and laughing it up. I got a bad vibe from them, so I quickly hurried across the street and headed in the opposite direction. I didn’t want to add being mugged to the night’s insults.
I found a late night donut shop where I ordered some coffee and was able to charge my phone. Between the joint, the coffee, the water and being punched in the face by my best friend, I was feeling more sober than I ever had in my life. I decided right then and there that I was leaving and after my phone charged enough I hailed an Uber to my hotel, got my things and hit the road. I was heading east to Atlanta, where I had a direct flight back to Portland.
I was heading east on I-20. It was about 415 in the morning. I was letting my phone charge and the XM radio was barely audible. A voice began to speak with utmost clarity, almost like someone was sitting in the passenger seat talking to me. It was the radio, the broadcast that people have been telling you about.
Goooood mornin’ folks! I’m Buck Hensley and I’m here with another episode of “The Rules of the Road.” Oh I wish I was in the land of cotton, old times there are not forgotten, look away! Look away.
I don’t remember how the rest of that fucking song goes, but boy do I wish that I was in the land of cotton. Carla and I took a little tour of the region back in the day. That southern heat sure was sultry and the windows were down while our sweaty legs stuck to the vinyl seats as we cruised down gravel roads past fields of cotton.The ubiquitous chirping of cicadas filled the air, soon to be joined by a chorus of frogs in the waning evening light. It was just downright beautiful. But a kind of sad beauty, you know? Carla must’ve thought so too as the tears streamed down her face all the while she kept smiling and smiling. I asked her what was wrong, but she didn’t have to tell me. We both knew.
Speaking of that dixie song, did ya’ll know it from minstrel shows? A bunch of white folk dressed up as black people, wearing blackface and everything. It was even one of Abraham Lincoln’s favorite songs. Ain’t that something?
Speaking of blackface, I feel like I’m wearing white face myself these days...human face...and a pale imitation at that. I may have to go fetch me a new one. This one’s getting a little torn around the edges. But I digress.
Alrighty, on to tonight’s rule, if at any point during your journey you pull over at a gas station or convenience store or vegetable stand or whatever and you see that they have boiled peanuts for sale, then you must buy them. Ladle up a big ol heapin cup or bowl full of them delicious goobers, pay for ‘em, and eat them right there on sight. I promise I won’t be too jealous.
Trevor tells me that this was a sudden revelation to him and he thought of the man he had seen at the truck stop. An eerie feeling came over him. He continued listening.
Before you go off in a tizzy, I know what you’re gonna say. You’re gonna say, “Buck! I ain’t eatin’ no dang roadside boiled peanuts. I like my peanuts honey roasted and floatin’ in my Coke bottle. Who ever heard of boiling peanuts? Nuts are supposed to be hot and roasted and saltier than my girlfriend’s attitude. My mama made me chicken strips and hot dogs every night of my life and I’m afraid to try any sort of new food. I’m afraid it might come up and bite me or taste yucky.”
And to that I say, “Fair enough.” But you might wanna pinch your nose and go ahead and swallow those tasty legumes down. For if you don’t follow this rule of the road, then you are in for a rude awakening. A slow and creepy crawling terror might just befall you. Watch your back and don’t get too settled for too long, because it might just slowly choke you out.
Welp, that’s all I’ve got for tonight. The sun’s about to come up and I’ve gotta get a move on. I’ve got so many other faces to meet and places to see and folks to inform. Ya’ll stay safe out there. Stay alert. Stay lively. Stay lonely. I’m Buck Hensley, and these are “The Rules of the Road.”
“That was weird,” I said to myself. Did that trucker back in Mississippi hear this broadcast? He must have. Why else would he have done that to himself, knowing that he had a nut allergy? How gullible and stupid could you get? The warning seemed vague. Even if he did believe it, wouldn’t he have much rather taken his chances?
I was almost to the airport and needed to fill up the rental car before I turned it back in. Sure enough, at the first gas station I stopped at they had boiled peanuts for sale. I considered the broadcast and the rule I was given. There was no reason for me to believe this, but a little good luck couldn’t hurt. I opened a crockpot full of peanuts and ladled one into a napkin. I wanted to try it first. I peeled it out of its shell and popped them in my mouth.
Yuck. It tasted like some sort of bean. I spit it out.
“Fuck the south,” I muttered to myself and left the gas station.
***
My flight out of Atlanta was cancelled. Something mechanical, they said. The airline comped me a room. Before I left the boarding area I overheard some flight attendants and a pilot talking about the issue.
“Really? That’s the strangest thing.”
“Yeah, it was wrapped all up in both engines. And that’s not the strangest part. It was all over the landing gear, climbing up the side and into the engine. Must be some sort of sabotage, I guess. How else can you explain it?”
I looked out the window at the plane I was supposed to board, but I couldn’t make out what they were talking about, just something green hanging from the jet engine.
***
" So yeah, I’m holed up in this shitty hotel, killing time and waiting for my flight. It leaves out at tomorrow afternoon. I got to Googling “The Rules of the Road” and to see if it was some sort of regional radio program or what, and that’s where I found your website and your call for those that encountered the broadcast. That’s really all I have. I didn’t follow the rules. I must admit that it did make me a little paranoid reading about the encounters on your website, haha. So, you’re behind this whole thing, huh? "
I tell Trevor that no, I’m not behind it. I don’t know if he believes it. He asks me if this is some sort of ARG game, what company I work for. I tell him, not that as far as I know, the rules are very, very rule. I then ask him if he is pulling one over on me.
He asks, are they going to make a movie about this?
We ask each other more similar questions and then end the call. I’m worried about him. He may be a douchebag and a hypocrite, prone to a strange overcompensation, but I am worried about him. The rules don’t fuck around.
Do douchebags realize that they’re douchebags? Are they aware of their behavior and its negativity? Maybe not in the moment, but after a period of self-reflection do they ever look back with regret?
***
He calls the next morning, frantic.
“Okay, so this is all a big joke, right? The cameras are gonna burst in at any moment and we’re all gonna have a big laugh. Did Tyler put you up to this? To teach me a lesson?”
I’m groggy. “Is this Trevor? What’s going on?”
“QUIT FUCKING WITH ME, MAN!”
“Trevor, just calm down. Tell me what’s happening.”
“I woke up and there were all of these, like vines. They were covering my entire body, my legs and arms and round my neck and everything. One was starting to go down my throat.”
“I had nothing to do with this, Trevor. It’s the goddam rules. They are real. I follow the ones I’ve heard. Where are you now?”
“I’m in the motel bathroom. I managed to yank most of them off of me, but one is still around my ankle and it’s on there really tight. They’re starting to move under the door. Oh shit, oh shit, oh shit.”
“Can you like call 911? Give them your location? If I was a prank show, I swear I wouldn’t have you do that.”
I hear him take a deep breath.
“Okay, okay, okay.”
I continue to reassure him. I tell him that I will have my phone by me and for him to please call me back. After a very long five minutes, my phone rings.
“They say they’re on their way. They didn’t sound like they believed me. So I told them I had killed somebody in my room and that I was going to kill more. That got their attention. Fuck, I’m so scared.”
His voice was growing more high pitched and manic.
“SHIT! My fucking ankle’s bleeding! Holy shit, I can see the bone!”
“Trevor! Stay with me!”
“Oh God, there’s so many vines in here. It’s kudzu. That’s what it is. It takes over!” He began to laugh hysterically and hyperventilate.
I could hear the clang of a toilet tank lid. I could imagine him standing on it, the vine wrapped tight around his ankle, blood running down the porcelain, greenery advancing upon him and wrapping around whatever limb or part of his body it could find.
“The shower rod! Whack them with the shower rod!”
Over the phone I could hear rustling and clanging and him hollering and screaming.
“Oh god, they’re up my leg! Call Buck Hensley! I’m begging you. Please, please please.”
“Trevor, I can’t. Just…”
I didn’t know what to say.
The rustling grew louder and I could only hear him mumbling to himself, prayers and apologies to gods and people unknown. Then, there was a sudden scream, a loud bang, and nothing. I called his name again and again, but there was no response. Silence.
***
“We found him out back, by the dumpster. In the brush and weeds. He was deceased.”
The authorities had found his cellphone in the hotel room and had contacted the last number that was called.
“Detective, can you tell me how he died? You can be blunt.”
“Right now, I only have a couple of ideas. His right leg was missing below the knee, just torn off real messily, but it’s weird. It didn’t look like he bled out because whoever did this had wrapped a tourniquet on that thigh, a tourniquet made of vines. It prevented the massive blood loss that would normally cause shock in that situation, so bleeding out wasn't the cause of death."
“Hmm,” was all I could say.
“So, that’s a possibility. But he had ligature marks around his neck, all made with vines. So he may have died from strangulation. But there were also vines in his mouth, down his throat, and in his abdominal cavity. One of the strangest things I ever saw. His whole body, just covered with vines, the silhouette of a person just out there in the landscape like a goddam art project.”
“I..I don’t..” I could only stammer.
“Where did you say you were from?”
I told him.
“Well, we’ll be in touch. Right now we suspect some type of sicko ritual murder. The killer called us from his phone, so he likely had his time with him all night before the call. We haven’t even found his leg. So our best guess is that he had his way with this poor guy, wrapped him up in vines and shoved them in every possible place and orifice he could, and then presented him. Maybe it was this Buck Hensley fella. Whatever it is, it was like he was trying to make some kind of statement.”
I told him that I would help them in any way that I could. But I knew that there was nothing that they would be able to uncover that would make sense of this whole awful mess. Not unless the Atlanta PD had supernatural connections.
“It’s a weird coincidence. They grounded a plane out at Hartsfield just yesterday. Had vines all wrapped up in the landing gear and both engines. Kudzu. They’d never seen anything like it.”
~~~[ll]
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2020.02.10 06:52 burntbuyer Help identifying a few estate sale finds?

First-time poster, so please be gentle. Found a few pieces at an estate sale today, but my internet sleuthing hasn't cast much light on (no pun intended) makers and dates. Any help is much appreciated!
  1. Griddle. Large "8" on front of handle. Small "J" on underside on pan. Top view Closeup of "8" on handle Bottom view Closeup of "J" on underside Side view
  2. Unmarked reversible griddle. 18.75" x 10.5". Ridged side Flat side
  3. Small skillet. Only marking is a "1" on the back of the handle. Looks/feels like some of the cheaper cast iron out of Asia. Top view Bottom view Closeup of "1" on bottom of handle
  4. Danish pancake pan. Only marking is a "2" on the back of the center circle. Top view Bottom view Closeup of "2" on bottom
  5. Fairly certain this is a Birmingham No. 5 8 1/8" skillet. I'm not having a lot of luck dating it, however. Top view Bottom view
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Blursed Replica
posted by T_max04 on /blursedimages
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I love my parents, thank you mom and dad for everything you do for me, I love you guys
posted by MlTCH-LASAGNA on /wholesomememes
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TIL that the Sony PlayStation was never meant to be a product. It was intended to be a new console that would play exclusively Nintendo games on CDs. Instead Nintendo backed out of the deal at the last minute. Sony went ahead and launched what would become the most successful console of all time.
posted by Mtbguy56 on /todayilearned
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he needs to be honored
posted by LydoPlays on /dankmemes
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H.Res.755 - Impeaching Donald John Trump, President of the United States, for high crimes and misdemeanors
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Perhaps the most bizarre part of this classic story is that the PlayStation actually thrived. 3DO failed, Sega CD failed, CD-i failed, Saturn. . . Struggled. But PlayStation, a console by that company who made your VCR and Discman, managed to get companies like Konami, Squaresoft and Namco to make exclusive games for them within the first year. How in the blazing fuck did Sony pull that off and manage to outsell their competitors who were seasoned veterans with huge followings?
posted by Phoequinox on /todayilearned
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ARTICLE I: ABUSE OF POWER `The Constitution provides that the House of Representatives “shall have the sole Power of Impeachment” and that the President “shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors”. In his conduct of the office of President of the United States—and in violation of his constitutional oath faithfully to execute the office of President of the United States and, to the best of his ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States, and in violation of his constitutional duty to take care that the laws be faithfully executed—Donald J. Trump has abused the powers of the Presidency, in that:` Using the powers of his high office, President Trump solicited the interference of a foreign government, Ukraine, in the 2020 United States Presidential election. He did so through a scheme or course of conduct that included soliciting the Government of Ukraine to publicly announce investigations that would benefit his reelection, harm the election prospects of a political opponent, and influence the 2020 United States Presidential election to his advantage. President Trump also sought to pressure the Government of Ukraine to take these steps by conditioning official United States Government acts of significant value to Ukraine on its public announcement of the investigations. President Trump engaged in this scheme or course of conduct for corrupt purposes in pursuit of personal political benefit. In so doing, President Trump used the powers of the Presidency in a manner that compromised the national security of the United States and undermined the integrity of the United States democratic process. He thus ignored and injured the interests of the Nation. `President Trump engaged in this scheme or course of conduct through the following means:` (1) President Trump—acting both directly and through his agents within and outside the United States Government—corruptly solicited the Government of Ukraine to publicly announce investigations into— `(A) a political opponent, former Vice President Joseph R. Biden, Jr.; and` (B) a discredited theory promoted by Russia alleging that Ukraine—rather than Russia—interfered in the 2016 United States Presidential election. `(2) With the same corrupt motives, President Trump—acting both directly and through his agents within and outside the United States Government—conditioned two official acts on the public announcements that he had requested—` (A) the release of $391 million of United States taxpayer funds that Congress had appropriated on a bipartisan basis for the purpose of providing vital military and security assistance to Ukraine to oppose Russian aggression and which President Trump had ordered suspended; and `(B) a head of state meeting at the White House, which the President of Ukraine sought to demonstrate continued United States support for the Government of Ukraine in the face of Russian aggression.` (3) Faced with the public revelation of his actions, President Trump ultimately released the military and security assistance to the Government of Ukraine, but has persisted in openly and corruptly urging and soliciting Ukraine to undertake investigations for his personal political benefit. `These actions were consistent with President Trump’s previous invitations of foreign interference in United States elections.` In all of this, President Trump abused the powers of the Presidency by ignoring and injuring national security and other vital national interests to obtain an improper personal political benefit. He has also betrayed the Nation by abusing his high office to enlist a foreign power in corrupting democratic elections. ` Wherefore President Trump, by such conduct, has demonstrated that he will remain a threat to national security and the Constitution if allowed to remain in office, and has acted in a manner grossly incompatible with self-governance and the rule of law. President Trump thus warrants impeachment and trial, removal from office, and disqualification to hold and enjoy any office of honor, trust, or profit under the United States.`
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Thank you for Voting in 2018! ` Be sure to Vote in 2020!`
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Here’s to history everybody. See you in text books 40 years from now.
posted by tnick771 on /politics
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Fun fact: Nintendo continued that CD-based game console with Phillips. ` The result was the CD-I, known for... pretty much nothing except the infamously bad Zelda CD-I games.`
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Canadian Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer to resign imminently His resignation comes as a direct result of new revelations that he was using Conservative Party money to pay for his children’s private schooling
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Campaign official: People are 'starting to notice that Bernie Sanders has a real shot'
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Bernie Sanders Should Be Democrats' First Choice
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I drew all the boys together and i did it for the internet
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Today is my “fake” birthday
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Achievement Get : **Master of Puppets**
posted by A_Very_Brave_Taco on /AskReddit
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The Second Amendment was incorporated against state and local governments, through the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. (McDonald v. City of Chicago, 561 U.S. 742) `\"An unconstitutional act is not a law; it confers no rights; it imposes no duties; it affords no protection; it creates no office; it is in legal contemplation as inoperative as though it had never been passed.\" (Norton v. Shelby County, 118 U.S. 425)` \"Congress does not have the power to pass laws that override the Constitution.\" (Marbury v. Madison, 5 U.S. 137) ` “If the State converts a right into a privilege, the citizen can ignore the license and fee and engage in the right with impunity.” (Shuttlesworth v. City of Birmingham, Alabama, 373 U.S. 262)`
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imagine you tag this man in tag and you start running away, only to hear thudding behind you as you see this guys spinning shadow in front of your feet and he tags you back. terrifying.
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The 0.4% of people who watch porn on their 3DS are godless, forsaken creatures. ` Edit: Please stop upvoting this, I don’t want to be remembered for a comment about game console porn statistics`
posted by Sinister_Blanket on /PS4
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So basically, Bannon's gold-selling company also ran their own message boards for the game. He noticed that a lot of participants there felt ostracized by society and he thought he might be able to use those feelings to steer them towards far right political views. He saw a group of people who felt disenfranchised and wanted to take advantage of that to gain followers by giving them things to blame their problems on other than themselves. That's around the time that \"SJW\" started being used by those groups in a derogatory sense, that was one of the biggest boogiemen used to gain their support. `The whole Gamergate thing? Bannon took advantage of that to turn it into an alt-right recruitment drive, too. He directed Milo Yiannopoulos to start using it to their advantage and literally overnight Milo went from publishing articles criticizing the \"sex, drugs & violence\" in video games, blaming video games for Elliot Rodger's actions the day before \"The Zoe Post\" that kicked off the Gamergate nonsense, and [said gamers need a good slap](https://web.archive.org/web/20150413201308/https://twitter.com/Nero/status/504221455861952512) just days before publishing the article [\"Feminist Bullies Tearing The Video Game Industry Apart\"](https://www.breitbart.com/europe/2014/09/01/lying-greedy-promiscuous-feminist-bullies-are-tearing-the-video-game-industry-apart/).` All the current pro far-right, anti-SJW rhetoric in gaming communities is intrinsically linked to Bannon and, by extension, to Trump's campaign and the rest of the alt-right. ` More on Bannon's WoW gold-selling business, too.`
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