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    Quote Originally Posted by Haysey View Post
    Good news is we just got our performance bonus...1200 after tax...that's the biggest bonus i've ever got, pretty fucking chuffed with that (and i can actually afford all these games coming out...and a different coloured shirt!)
    So i got taxed to fuck on my bonus lol. The bonus was 1500 and i, stupidly, assumed i'd get at least 1200 of that...turns out i got just under 1000 of it. A third went on tax

    Still i shouldn't complain, a bonus is a bonus.

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    had a...really bad day thursday, rough work day today (fell off a ladder, into/onto a very hard bush, and that wasn't even the worst thing that happened), and a weird evening. but it's my friend's birthday and he was doing a thing at a bar and i decided i should go. i don't even remember the last time i went to a regular bar, and i don't remember the last time i went out that late (got there at 9:30), but i ended up having a ton of fun. it was 80s night so they were playing some great 80s music videos and i spent most of the evening dancing. didn't even get drunk. definitely need to go out dancing more often, i forgot how good it feels (even though i'm terrible at it! )

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    Just had my first job interview for our move to Colorado in August. I think it went well. Fingers crossed.

    Update: Got the job!!!!!
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    Hearing from my reclusive friend @Halo Infinity . Holler at your homeboy, man. It's been a while.

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    my best friend justine was in town for two weeks. we did a lot of fun stuff, including playing a shit ton of super smash bros haha

    we also got to play some of the songs we had recorded almost three years ago (that are finally finding life with my main musical collaborator mac adding lyrics/vocals to them) all together in my music room and it was amazing to feel like i was really in a band again

    no amount of time ever feels like enough when one of us visits the other, but i'm always thankful for it no matter how short it is



    the highlight of her visit, though, was finding the grave of a woman that she likely was in a past life (you can check out her story in this book)

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    NIN on KEXP




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    I've lived in NYC for 5 years and 9 months, and I am on an actual lease for the very first time. Which sounds like nothing to many people, but unless you are wealthy, it is pretty difficult to find an apartment here - finding a job is MUCH easier. When you are cobbling income together through a part time job, contract work, student loans, work study, and then off the books income, it is really hard to get into an apartment that is not owned by an individual. Typically you have to make 40x the monthly income. So if you're renting a room for $1,000.00/month, you have to gross 40k annually, or if you find a cheap apartment on your own for $1,800.00/month, you have to make 72k annually. If you need a cosigner, they have to make 80x the monthly rent, which is going to be extremely hard to find for most folks. They want bank statements, credit scores of 750+, and basically every single detail of your life.

    This is the 9th place I've lived in those 5 years and 9 months. Did a lot of sub-letting and then lived in a building where we knew the owner without a lease.

    This is also my first time not living with roommates since being here! Just me and my partner, and he is only here ~50% of the time, so for the first time in nearly six years, I HAVE REGULAR ALONE TIME AND THAT MAKES ME EXCEPTIONALLY HAPPY.

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    "Hey Earl."
    "Hey Crabman."

    (why yes I am re-watching My Name Is Earl... however did you guess?)

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    Quote Originally Posted by elevenism View Post
    Hearing from my reclusive friend @Halo Infinity . Holler at your homeboy, man. It's been a while.
    I'm still around. It's just that I sometimes want and need to get away from it all, as you've already known. For a moment there, I also thought that this was posted in The Love List. Thanks for the compliment though, and I still appreciate just knowing that.

    Anyway, I still have a few more threads in mind for the rest of the year, but they're mostly TV and movie related, and perhaps just one more for literature some day. And as always, I'd still gravitate towards the Random Stupidity thread, especially on holidays. Aside from that, I've been relating more and more to Rowan Atkinson and Jerry Seinfeld when it came to being reclusive, even in terms of being more of a lurker on the Internet altogether. (More specifically in regard to social media and forums, and yes I still live on YouTube, which is still one of the greatest time killers of all time.)







    And for real, there is something actually relaxing about not having to keep up/put up with this or that on a regular basis when surfing the Internet. This still isn't to say that I'd absolutely rid myself of forums and social media altogether, but it's still rather pleasant to just not have to always fuss around and be concerned with either type of site. Lurking will almost never get old though, but that hardly takes any effort. And on top of that, as I've said several times before, as long as I'm still a fan of Nine Inch Nails, I'll always have a reason to return to Echoing the Sound, even if to just read about Nine Inch Nails in general, since this is unequivocally the best source of everything Nine Inch Nails and Trent Reznor. (No matter which forum I'm on, I still can't/won't detach myself from the main topic.)

    Speaking of Rowan Atkinson, and to keep up with this thread, I've got to say Mr. Bean. (Both the live action series and the animated series.) It's even perfect for the travel vibe, especially in hotels. And when the hotels are like a home a way from home as if it were a very cozy apartment, even better, especially with cable Internet and TV. I just went to the Philippines and the vacation/family home I had was lacking Wi-Fi and cable, among some other places, and it certainly helped remind me to not take cable TV and Internet for granted. It also made me realize just how spoiled I was with it, since it's extremely easy to kill time with cable TV and Internet. Now, I just pretend I'm chilling in a very sweet hotel set-up at home now and even that also cheers me up too.
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    Watching my 1 yo bounce excitedly to The Dillinger Escape Plan as my wife watches in silent horror.

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    ...scratched a LEGO itch and bought some stuff. That Lunar Lander just kept calling at me to let it join the Apollo Saturn V (not that I've built it yet, I don't really have the room to display it and may as well just keep in the box until I do).

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    Couple of my near lifelong homeboys play these games on Xbox one, and, wanted me to play with them. I've never gotten into playing games online, with a headset on.

    Anyway, they wanted me to play with them, and, I told them I couldn't afford it.
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    They threw in to get me the xbox, the games, the headset, and the online subscription.

    It's REALLY badass. I'm just scared that I won't play these games as much as they want me to. In fact, when one of them was recently threatening to buy me the xbox, I told him not to, because, not only could I not afford the games, or any online bullshit, how do I know I'll LIKE these games?

    But so, okay: I warned him!

    Anyway, however it shakes out, it's awesome to know that you have people who are down for you like that, you know? Like, these old friends want me to play these games with them bad enough that they're willing to shell out a few hundred dollars.

    It's especially moving, because they know I'm going through some shit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by elevenism View Post
    Couple of my near lifelong homeboys play these games on Xbox one, and, wanted me to play with them. I've never gotten into playing games online, with a headset on.

    Anyway, they wanted me to play with them, and, I told them I couldn't afford it.
    SO
    They threw in to get me the xbox, the games, the headset, and the online subscription.

    It's REALLY badass. I'm just scared that I won't play these games as much as they want me to. In fact, when one of them was recently threatening to buy me the xbox, I told him not to, because, not only could I not afford the games, or any online bullshit, how do I know I'll LIKE these games?

    But so, okay: I warned him!

    Anyway, however it shakes out, it's awesome to know that you have people who are down for you like that, you know? Like, these old friends want me to play these games with them bad enough that they're willing to shell out a few hundred dollars.

    It's especially moving, because they know I'm going through some shit.
    The first time I moved out of state, I bought a 360 and a couple games that my friends liked. Not because I liked the games, but because back then I still had a phone plan that had limited minutes. But fire up Xbox Live, start a game, and hey...unlimited talk time with your friends! The gaming itself was secondary to the fact that I was still "hanging out with my friends" even though I was 2000 miles away. It was almost like I was still there with them. I hope you'll have at least a similar experience, if not better!

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    A dude tried to steal my license plate off my vehicle yesterday. I told him off. A few text messages later, and dude was arrested. In his stolen car that he needed the plates for. I'm pleased.

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    So I was looking for "prebiotic" reviews as I was told they're good for you, and was directed to a link to a product, then stumbled into THIS REVIEW, and I truly almost peed my pants from laughing so hard.

    I tried reading it aloud to my husband, but couldn't even breath in between laughing.

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    Spent 5 days in the smoky mountains with my chick and stopped by Third Man Records in Nashville on the way. That was tight.

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    Our 7 year old daughter got officially matched with a service dog today! We are so happy, it's a long process and pretty expensive. But we have pictures of the VERY GOOD BOY and we are tickled to death. Here's a pic of the little guy so others can relish the cuteness with us.
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    Quote Originally Posted by eachpassingphase View Post
    Our 7 year old daughter got officially matched with a service dog today! We are so happy, it's a long process and pretty expensive. But we have pictures of the VERY GOOD BOY and we are tickled to death. Here's a pic of the little guy so others can relish the cuteness with us.
    that grin! so precious!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kel View Post
    that grin! so precious!
    We think so too, we got this picture a few weeks ago when they were narrowing it down to three potential matches, and we were secretly rooting for this guy and hoping he was her match.

    We put off having pets for years because we were pretty sure we were going to try to get her a service dog and didn't know how a service dog would interact with non-trained pets. We didn't want a potential situation where a family pet would have to be re-homed in order to get her service dog, so we just avoided it altogether as a precaution. So we are excited about having a dog as a family for the first time.

    He won't really be a traditional "pet" in that he will be working when our daughter needs him, but he will get downtime just like any other pupper. Our son has already sworn on every god there is that he will be responsible for feeding the dog, lol. We will see about that when he actually arrives in like 6-9 months or so.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Erneuert View Post
    Does that bird have a friggin ACCENT?!? That's amazing! I know next to nothing about pet birds, so I guess I didn't even think that they wouldn't just mimic words, but also intonations in speech.

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    Breakfast tacos.

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    the trumpet vine outside my car port is swarming with hummingbirds. i love their little squeaks.

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    I seriously never thought that I'd say this, as I always loved the urban environment, but at this point of my life, I sometimes find suburban environments very comforting, relieving and relaxing, which in and of itself clears my mind and cheers me up at the very same time. I'm sure it's also the peace and quiet that's usually around suburbs, but it certainly could also very-well could also be from not being around congestion and the typical rush/push and shove (Hustle and bustle.) in the city.
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    The world is an utter crap basket right now...but it's raining, and i freaking love rain ...i should really make a character called Rain!

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    My husband got a tenor ukulele at the new ukulele store near our house yesterday.

    He’s obsessed, but it’s really cool. I love the sound of this thing.

    Now I want one, so he’s going to get me a little concert uke. Matt at the uke store gives free lessons on Tuesday nights (but my husband is picking up on this so fast, he can give me lessons).
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