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Old 07-23-2015, 08:39 PM
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Old 09-15-2015, 11:29 PM
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My mom's boyfriend and several of our hiking buddies are missing in Zion. 2 are confirmed dead but we don't know which 2. I can't even.

2 dead, 5 missing in Zion National Park after caught in flash flooding | fox13now.com
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Old 09-15-2015, 11:53 PM
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Old 09-16-2015, 12:59 PM
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Hey all. Just thought some of you from the olden days at IIDB might remember NobleSavage. (He's registered here too). He's been missing for more than a week and things don't look good. St. Louis County Police looking for missing Wildwood man | FOX2now.com :(
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They IDed my stepdad's body. There is still one person missing, 6 bodies have been found. I think I'm going to go down to LA this weekend. I don't even know this is so fucked up.
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Old 09-17-2015, 04:40 AM
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On another traumatic (though less fatal) note, my wife has family in Middletown, CA. They were evacuated because of the Valley Fire. One cousin's home was burned to the ground. It looks like the other cousin's home was spared. None of them were injured.
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Old 09-21-2015, 11:15 PM
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I'm done with radiation! :flowerdance:

I got a lovely certificate from my radiation oncology team that granted me Favorite Patient status. :happycry: They're such a great team. They made a scary situation much more manageable.

Now it's tamoxifen time.
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You FFers in Atlanta have no idea how unlucky you are.

I recently received a promotion at my place of work, and the management for the group to which I belong is in our Atlanta office. Well not quite yet belong, promotion is officially unofficial and I'm still doing my old job until they can hire/train a replacement. However my "new" boss wanted me to come to Atlanta next week with the rest of the team. Unfortunately my current boss put the kybosh on that so Atlanta you are out of luck.

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I signed a lease on an apartment in Austin yesterday and start a new job on Monday. Phase 12* begins.


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I got laid off today, which is sort of a relief after two weeks of hemming and hawing. It's sad, because it will likely be followed by the organization going down in flames because there's no leadership at the board level.
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In WAY better news, my first mammogram since my cancer surgery and treatment showed NO sign of cancer. :flowerdance:
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Wow, no one else has news? The organization where I worked did indeed go down in flames and shut its doors, and I may have to sue it to get what's owed me.

In better news, I had an interview that went really well, they're checking references, so I'm very hopeful. Send me some good juju to make them hire me!
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My dad is in Hospice care. My mom is having psychosis of some kind, and I'm caring for her. My son was formally diagnosed with ASD.
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I've been busy. Work seems to have ate my life for various stretches, can't really complain about getting more senior-y, but no, wait, I can. In true academic (possibly just corporate) fashion I keep doing less of what I'm really good at, and more of what I'm not so great at, just better at than most of the other nerds.

Kids, it turns out, get really interesting and learn how to make coffee and then they just leave -- leave! -- to go and, like, I dunno, make their own lives or somesuch, not really sure, they mostly just post pictures of food and friends on family message threads. We still have one at home, who I think is enjoying getting loved up a lot, but is a bit alarmed at the prospect of being overparented after carefully carving out a lifestyle based on being overlooked.

We're renovating after 15 years, because how nostalgic can you really be for cat puke in carpets, and oh my god why were houses ever built without overhead lighting?

My parents are in care, far from me, and a couple of my older sibs are falling apart pretty hard, so, well, shit. She to whom I plote my troth continues to be an amazing badass, though, so, yowza and hooray. Not sure any of this counts as news, now that I see it. But we don't have a "member sharing" hut, so here's where it goes!
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I got a new job! :flowerdance:
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The company I work for has had a turn over of three immediate bosses that I worked for. The first left in April because, according to rumors, his salary was cut and chose to resign instead of accepting it. The boss who replaced him has his last day tomorrow because his wife just got transferred to another city and he's going with her.

They've picked a successor who's never been involved in our operation on any level. While he has experience in our field, he hasn't really been involved in how we do things. There is a part of me that feels like they upper management who chose him have no fucking idea about what they're doing.

I smell a recipe for disaster in the making. Hopefully, if things do go south, I'll survive the fallout.

P.S. - Clutch Munny, I am saddened by the news of your parents condition. Hopefully, their health can improve in the future under the care of experts. I had read a post from another member in a thread where they expressed they missed your insight. I had worried that the reason for your absence was due to terminal existence failure. I am highly pleased that isn't the case.

P.S. Part Deux - Congratulations on the new job, vremya. Hopefully you kick ass and take names at your new place of employment.
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Life is good here.

Closure on previous events: I decided to not file IG charges against Candice (acting dept head) provided she left me alone simply because I wanted a pleasant last semester without drama. I must have gotten old, but my happiness is far more important than revenge. She left me be and I did my thing until it was time to go.

As of last December, I was finished teaching. As of the 22nd of January, I have been effectively retired (I had tons of terminal leave). Since the beginning of May, I've been a complete and unrepentant civilian. Yes, that means I have a medical marijuana license and I shamelessly sleep anytime I want.

I'm making amends with my parents these days, too. My father was diagnosed with lupus this spring after getting progressively sicker and weaker and spending time in the ICU. I drove down and spend a couple of weeks with them to ease their burden as much as possible (and apparently, the moral support did wonders). I plan to drive back in a few weeks to check in and make sure they're all right, but things are much, much better between us now.

Last Friday night, we got a letter from the DAV advising us that I'm now officially a disabled vet. Here's how all that went down (because one word when twelve will do is a sign someone isn't really trying):

I figured I might be eligible for some sort of disability, but wasn't sure. We never counted on it. Anyway...I followed the sage advice of those who said I should suck up my country pride and go to the doc anytime something was wrong, just to make sure it got in my records. It may seem like nothing to me, but I wasn't the professional. Like I said...I'm country. We'd only go to the doc when we thought we'd severed a limb, so this was a change of approach. For the most part, I was pretty good about it.

Anyhow, so the next thing...wait. You have to understand how the system works, kinda. You get stuff in your records as you're injured (which yes, is a huge pita), then you are scheduled exams with VA doctors regarding all of your claims. They run tests, check your records, and ask you questions about it, then write their final recommendation regarding your rating status. People (online and offline--this seems to be "common" knowledge) say that when you visit the VA doc, you should be having "the worst day of your life." Yeah...I couldn't do that. I just went in and told them the blunt truth. This is what happened; this is what I can and can't do; this is how it does and doesn't bend, etc.

Based on my single sample, the honest approach is clearly the best. I came out with an initial rating of 90%, meaning that our full and probably permanent retirement is not in question now. Michelle is still working full time or close to it because she loves what she does and she wants to pay off her student loan and car before we drop that and just...be.

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I left my previous employer (of 22 years) on November 1st of last year. The last three years or so there had taken their toll on me and I was a big ball of stress when I threw in the towel. I don't mind telling you, I have been happier than a pig in mud all this time. Especially since I could give the middle finger to Nashville traffic.

And now I have found a new job. It's a contract position that's slated to last 17 months but I'm okay with the short term employment. I've enjoyed having no demands on my time for so long and already look forward to that happening again. As I slave towards that day my bank accounts will be receiving much needed shots in the arm. It helped that I have no car payments, sold an extra car, and have been saving for that "see ya" move ever since ex-Hubster left 10 years ago. Still, it'll be nice to see money coming in again, instead of in addition to going out.

I haven't been completely idle all this time, though. (Okay, just mostly idle. Yay, books! Yay, Angry Birds! Yay, 2016 Presidential Election.) I've been going to the gym, working with personal trainers, and eating a teensy bit better. I have lost 20 pounds in the past year and, while I should have lost more than that but LAZY, I'm proud of it.
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Old 08-19-2016, 02:46 PM
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Miisa and Leesifer have finally met! We are at the Crown pub in London (that should narrow it down a bit). And we are talking about all of you.


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Well, my back is all messed up again. I cannot feel two of my toes and the side of my leg and according to the MRI some more disc came out. Also apparently I have a spare piece of spine: one of those vertebrae that are in the process of evolving into a single bone is actually not fully fused to the rest and the one above that is not properly aligned, which seems to be causing the recurring disc slippage. I am still making up my mind if that means I am less evolved, or if I am going to refer to myself as a mutant from now on.

Surgery is scheduled for wednesday - another micro-discectomy.
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So far so good - the operation seems to have gone well, and there is less pain now than before, even with a fresh surgical wound!

Also, I am high as all hell on morphine and oxycontin. So no real downside there :P
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My father died and we were subjected to a "surprise open casket funeral" that would have horrified my father. My mother's medication worked, so she is no longer psychotic, just annoying and like all people who are in denial about their mental illness, off her meds because she now feel's fine. My son's new school has seemed to have lost all the information we carefully gathered over years that might help him navigate the world. That was the worst summer ever. Can't say I'm looking forward to this year much, but the worst is over.
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Just got back from a short vacation to Vermont and upstate New York with the kid. We had a great time -- nice way to end the summer vacation before going back to teaching the ute of America Monday.

We stayed in a hotel with an elevator in downtown Brattleboro, saw some super-cool historical sites around Lake Champlain (Fort Ticonderoga, Crown Point), stayed in a cabin and went to a water park in the Adirondacks. We also deftly thwarted a foraging black bear from opening our car door while we were sleeping that night by -- locking the car doors.

The kid's placement status is still up in the air as ex-Mrs. KA lawyered-up at our last hearing. That hasn't really hurt my case, as she has continued to ignore all the concerns that are the basis of my case for placement and has been a total F-star-star c*** to me this entire summer. That and the fact that she lives in a three-ring circus and I don't is also a big plus for my case. September 21 is our next hearing...keep reminding myself that no matter what happens, things will only improve for me, as there are no orders in effect regarding visitation atm and at the minimum from my pov I will get a fair schedule in writing. Best case scenario, the kid moves back in with me and she'll visit the ex who will have to start paying me support. My lawyer isn't charging me any more than he was going to when he was going to draft be a voluntary visitation/support agreement between us last year. Nice to have a friend who is also a lawyer!
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Kinda struggling here. The new job is okay - not great, but pretty good. I had to give up a lot of stuff I like doing as a lawyer, and that hurts.

Healthwise, things are good on the C front - no sign of it - but I've gained a lot of weight and it's been really hard to get rid of it.

So I'm okay, but could be better. Trying to see the good things around me, and some days that's pretty hard.
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My grandmother is gone now. Apparently it happened this morning [ETA-I started typing this yesterday & didn't notice it was tomorrow already) while I was getting an epidural in my neck (figured it would be an appropriate way to spend Disgrace, uh, Inauguration Day). I found out when I woke up this afternoon.

So that was the final goodbye, no quotes. I feel like I already lost her a piece at a time, so I don't feel a lot of grief at this point. My Mom seems okay too. I head for the Central Valley for the funeral on Wednesday.
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