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2023.05.29 04:46 scarlet2248 Recommended Wedding Venues by State Part I

Recommended Wedding Venues by State Part I

California Wedding Venues

Carneros Resort and Spa

Located at 4048 Sonoma Hwy, Napa. It has a rustic charm where you can see vineyard views and rolling hills. Also offers a hilltop restaurant with an outdoor venue that can accommodate up to 300 people. Catering, wedding planning, floral arrangements, photography, and other services are available. And the starting price is $200 per person.

Park Winters

Located at 27850 County Road 26, Winters. This is a five-star wedding venue and estate located in the middle of a farmland. There is a historic inn and event barn. This would be perfect for those who love a natural outdoor wedding surrounded by the beauty of the Blue Mountains. Catering, wedding planning, floral arrangements, photography, and more are available. Prices start at $150 per person and can accommodate up to 200 guests.

Montage Laguna Beach

The address is 30801 South Coast Highway, Laguna Beach. This romantic waterfront venue offers a lush grassy setting looking out over the coastline and blue sky. The largest ballroom has 7,500 square feet of space and can accommodate up to 500 people. Prices start at $250 per person. Services offered include catering, wedding planning, spa, music, and much more.

Oregon Wedding Venues

Sentinel Hotel

Located at 614 SW 11th Ave, Portland. This hotel is housed in a historic downtown building dating back to 1909. There are several exquisite banquet rooms to choose from, ranging from 50 to accommodate up to 900 people. The ballrooms are ornately decorated with elaborate carvings and elegant chandeliers. Prices start at $150 per person. Necessary wedding services are also available.

Mt. Hood Oregon Resort

The location is 68010 East Fairway Avenue, Welches. Which can give you a dream forest wedding surrounded by lush forests and the majestic mountains of Mt. Hood National Forest. Unlike other wedding venues, guided hikes and rafting excursions are available here. There is also a golf course for your use. The largest venue can accommodate up to 400 people. Prices start at $100 per person.

Lakeside Gardens

Located at 16211 SE Foster Rd Portland, Lakeside Gardens offers essential vendors for photography, videography, flowers, DJs, and hair and makeup services. It is surrounded by a lake and offers a natural view of the garden. The largest hospitality venue can accommodate up to 300 people. Prices start at $100 per person.

Washington Wedding Venues

The Edgewater Hotel

The luxury hotel at 2411 Alaskan Way, Seattle, was named "Best Classic Hospitality Venue in the Seattle Area" by Seattle Bride magazine. With views of Elliott Bay, the Olympic Mountains, and the Seattle skyline. The ballroom can accommodate up to 220 guests and prices start at around $200 per person.

Sodo Park

Located at 3200 1st Avenue South, Suite 100 in Seattle. This is a century-old building factory with a different style that makes it very popular in Seattle. The high beams and steamy ceilings make it unique. The entire venue can accommodate up to 300 guests and costs around $150 per person.

Cedarbrook Lodge

The address is 18525 36th Ave S, Seattle. Here you will find a lush garden setting and luxurious accommodations. Indoor and outdoor hospitality venues are available to choose from, starting at $150 per person.

Arizona Wedding Venues

Boulders Resort & Spa

The address is 34631 N Tom Darlington Dr, Scottsdale. This resort has a fantastic desert and rocky landscape. With open views and the vibrant colors of the desert sky at sunset. Offers a luxurious spa, and outdoor ceremony space. Prices start at $200 per person and can accommodate up to 300 guests.

The Phoenician

Located at 6000 East Camelback Road Scottsdale. There are various styles of venues to choose from, whether it be lush green gardens, sparkling waterfalls, or breathtaking valley views. There are also several sizes of banquet rooms to choose from. Prices start at $250 per person.

Arizona Biltmore

The resort is located at 2400 E. Missouri Ave Phoenix. Nestled among palm trees and mountains. A magical oasis forms at the base of the Phoenix Mountain Reserve, enjoying a tranquil desert setting. There are also two pools available and a total of six wedding venue options for up to 400 people. Starting at $150 per person.

Nevada Wedding Venues

The Venetian

An old-school luxury hotel located at 3355 South Las Vegas Boulevard, it can bring you the most traditional and unique Las Vegas-style wedding. Here you can admire the Italian style of architecture. Featuring indoor and outdoor ceremony spaces, and luxury accommodations. Starting at $200 per person.

Red Rock Casino Resort & Spa

Located at 11011 W Charleston Boulevard, Las Vegas. Unlike other luxury hotels, here you have a view of the Red Rock Canyon. The hotel offers five ballrooms and wedding venues that can accommodate up to 300 people. Prices start at $150 per person.

Neon Museum

Want to try something different for your wedding venue? Choose the Neon Museum at 770 Las Vegas Boulevard North, Las Vegas, with its vintage neon signage, outdoor ceremony space, and unique atmosphere. You can take very vintage and fun photos. Prices are $2,500 for a two-hour rental, perfect for smaller weddings.

Idaho Wedding Venues

Boise Depot

Located at 2603 W Eastover Terrace, Boise. This is a historic Spanish-style building that was once used as a waiting room with the building. 8-hour rental is $1,455 and can accommodate a minimum of 165 people. It is important to note that government-owned venues like this have strict rules of use. So it is best to check carefully before renting.

Chateau des Fleur

The French-style building at 176 S. Rosebud Ln, Eagle. The largest ballroom features ivory walls, beautiful windows, an outdoor exit to the garden, gold chandeliers, and delicate gold wall sconces. Seating for up to 240 guests starts at $100 per person.

Still Water Hollow

Located at 18120 Dean Ln, Nampa. Has a rustic style and offers brand new indoor barn facilities. Tables and chairs for 150 people, pond with waterfall, fountain, and bridge. Rustic and elegant style venues can be designed for different styles of weddings. 12-hour rentals start at $5,500.

Utah Wedding Venues

Castle Park

A full-service event venue located at 110 South Main Street Lindon. Featuring an old castle-style building with outdoor ceremony space. Starting at $5,500 for a 12-hour rental. Catering, wedding planning, and other services are also available.

Red Butte Garden

Magnificent gardens at 300 Wakara Way, Salt Lake City. With expansive views of mountains, valleys, and gardens, offering a beautiful backdrop of plants. There are also waterfalls, ponds, and many more beautiful spaces. We recommend coming during the growing season of the plants which is the warmer months. This allows for a ceremony to be held in the stunning rose garden. Four-hour rentals from $2,500.

Log Haven

Located at 6451 E. Millcreek Canyon Road Salt Lake City has a spectacular mountain wedding and reception venue. With countless natural features and waterfalls, the area also offers activities including skiing, hiking, biking, and golfing. Prices are affordable, with menu pricing starting at $32 per person.

Montana Wedding Venues

Chico Hot Springs

Located at 163 Chico Road Pray, Montana, this is a great year-round destination for weddings in Montana. Offering a variety of natural beauty and architectural features. Besides the historic stone houses, there are also mountain views. You can also soak in the hot springs to relieve the fatigue from the ceremony after a long day. Four-hour rentals start at $2,000.

Rockin' TJ Ranch

The address is 651 Lynx Ln, Bozeman, with unparalleled views of the Bridger Mountains and open meadows. This wedding venue has been a professional wedding service for 20 years and offers full-service planning. Basic venue packages start at $9,495.

The Ranch at Rock Creek

Located at 79 Carriage House Ln, Philipsburg, this large ranch allows the exploration of five mountain peaks. Find nature's rest and inspiration in the peaceful, storied West. It is also the world's first Forbes Travel Guide 5-star ranch. With ten square miles of rivers, forests, valleys, and vistas.
Of course, this luxury experience comes with a hefty price tag. Charters start at $90,000 per night for groups of 21 or more, plus 23% of the ranch fee.

Wyoming Wedding Venues

Jackson Lake Lodge

Located in Moran, Grand Teton National Park, this is a beautiful lodge less than five minutes from Jackson Lake. Known for its iconic views of the Teton Mountains. It is a must-see venue for couples who love nature. Because of its location within the National Park, Jackson Lake Lodge is open seasonally from mid-May to early October. Rates start at $150 per person.

Shooting Star Jackson Hole Golf Club

The address is Shooting Star, 6765 Crystal Springs Rd, Teton Village. In addition to the golf course view, a pond, lake, or stream is one of the beautiful views. Starting price is $200 per person.

Wyoming Stargazing

Are you an astronomy enthusiast? Check out the Stargazing Agency located at 1135 Maple Way G1, Jackson. Their wedding packages include the opportunity to learn about the constellations, planets, and the fascinating stories behind them. Stargazing tour leaders will guide the group through the night sky, answering questions and gaining insight into the beauty of the stars. This will be one of the most unique themed weddings guests have ever attended. Prices start at $175 a person.

Colorado Wedding Venues

Boettcher Mansion

Located at 900 Colorow Rd, Golden's premier historic event venue, the Boettcher Mansion offers unparalleled service in a meticulously maintained estate. Along with the beautiful mansion, there are mountain views for you to enjoy. The ballroom can accommodate up to 150 people with six-hour rentals starting at $3,500.

Butterfly Pavilion

The Butterfly Pavilion at 6252 W 104th Ave, Westminster can turn your wedding into a fairy tale. Offering outdoor venues such as gazebos, gardens, and a theater. There is also a popular and unique butterfly release ceremony. It is important to note that there are a variety of butterflies and plants, so please treat them with care. The minimum venue rental is $1,800.

Great Divide Brewing Company

Great Divide Brewing Company, located at 1812 35th St, Denver, allows you to host a beer wedding. Up to 75 guests can be accommodated so they will be in the middle of a keg. The atmosphere will be more relaxed and enjoyable, and a bar and drinks, planning, equipment, and servers will be provided. Rentals are for 6 hours and start at $3000.

New Mexico Wedding Venues

La Fonda on the Plaza

The hotel at 100 E San Francisco St, Santa Fe has a long history as well as a cultural background. It can provide an elegant atmosphere for your wedding, with unique hand-carved furniture in each room. There are four ballrooms to choose from, with authentic New Mexican décor. This includes charming fireplaces, hand-punched pewter chandeliers, and traditional terracotta tiles. Prices for Saturday weddings start at $4,000.

Loretto Chapel

Located at 207 Old Santa Fe Trail, Santa Fe's Museum of Historic Places is perfect for weddings. Accommodating 139 guests, the interior of the chapel features original stained glass windows and an ornate altar. In particular, the church's famous spiral staircase is the star of many articles and is worth a look. Prices for Saturday weddings start at $2,500 and services include the use of the church and wedding coordinator.

Albuquerque Balloon Museum

This is the hot air balloon museum located at 9201 Balloon Museum Dr. NE, Albuquerque. It offers soaring spaces and panoramic views of the Rio Grande Valley and the Sandia Mountains. The museum features displays of hot air balloons of all colors and eras, including a weather lab. The price to rent the entire museum and North Plaza for six hours is $6,000.

North Dakota Wedding Venues

Red River Zoo

The Zoo at 4255 23rd Ave S, Fargo will be the most interesting wedding venue. The zoo is home to animals such as red pandas, gray wolves, and Pallas cats. There is plenty of space for outdoor weddings as well as indoor receptions, and a carousel is available in one of the venues. Saturday weddings start at $1,500 and services include tables, chairs, and access to the zoo exhibits.

The North Dakota Heritage Center

The address is 612 E Boulevard Ave, Bismarck. The museum showcases the state's rich history from its earliest geological formations to the present day. Offering a variety of indoor spaces, including galleries and a theater, it provides a unique and educational wedding experience. Prices for Saturday weddings start at $1,500.

Avalon Events Center

Prefer a more modern style wedding? The Event Center at 2525 9th Ave S, Fargo, while historic, offers five function rooms and new audio technology. Five ballrooms offer seating for up to 700 people and a full bar. Saturday weddings start at $2,000.

South Dakota Wedding Venues

Chapel in the Hills

The church at 3788 Chapel Ln, Rapid City is a place of beauty and inspiration. There are museums, trails, and hillsides to host services. Weddings are performed by the Chapel's pastor and it is open for weddings from May 1 to September 30 each year. The price is $400 for the use of the chapel and courtyard area. This includes a $100 minister's fee.

The Lodge at Deadwood

The address is 100 Pine Crest Lane, Deadwood and the backdrop will be the beautiful Black Hills. With four adjoining event rooms and the main ballroom, it provides the perfect space for weddings of any size. Wedding packages are available at a variety of prices, with the least expensive buffet package starting at $65 per person for a minimum of 100 people.

Buffalo Ridge Resort

A rustic resort located at 1312 Coteau St, Gary. Offers charming and historic wedding venues including a restored barn and beautiful chapel. The venue can accommodate up to 300 people and prices start at $4,500 for a Saturday wedding.

Nebraska Wedding Venues

Scoular Ballroom

The Ballroom at 2027 Dodge St, Omaha, is located just minutes from downtown. Located in the historic Scoular building, from the grand Italian marble floors of the atrium to the romantic balcony overlooking the spacious and inviting ballroom. Offering a modern and elegant wedding venue with a grand ballroom and beautiful outdoor terrace. Accommodates up to 300 guests and starts at $4,000 for a Saturday wedding.

Rococo Theatre

The theater at 140 N 13th St, Lincoln can give you a movie-like wedding. The theater has seating for up to 500 guests. The bride and groom can get married on stage while the guests sit in the first few rows of seats. Saturday weddings start at $2,500.

The Barn at the Ackerhurst Dairy Farm

Located at 15220 Military Rd, Bennington, this is an Omaha landmark and a historic site in the area. This wedding venue can accommodate up to 450 guests and includes an outdoor ceremony space and a large terrace with a fireplace. Off-season wedding rental rates start at $2,500.

Kansas Wedding Venues

Madison Avenue Central Park

Central Park at 512 E Madison Ave, Derby features a lawn, theater, and playground. And in the southwest corner, there is an event center including an indoor reception and outdoor patio. Accommodating up to 370 people, rates start at $800 for an 8-hour rental.

Petroleum Club of Wichita

The address is 100 N Broadway St 900, Wichita. this is a rooftop wedding venue located on top of the iconic Ruffin Building. With views of the skyline and city, it offers personalized service and beautiful décor. Wedding venue fees start at $4500.

The Oread Hotel

Located at 1200 Oread Ave, Lawrence, the hotel has two large outdoor patios. The patio overlooks the city and the Kansas River. There are nine different banquet rooms to choose from, the largest of which can seat up to 275 people. Prices for Saturday weddings start at $4,000.

Oklahoma Wedding Venues

The Dominion House

The main house is located at 602 E. College, Guthrie. The boutique hotel offers both intimate and grand wedding packages, including romantic indoor and outdoor venues. The outdoors includes a wedding garden and a four-season chapel, while the grand ballroom is designed in the opulent style of the 1920s. Wedding packages start at $2,000.

Glass Chapel

This is an intimate wedding venue located at 1401 West Washington St S, Broken Arrow. This chapel offers a unique and romantic wedding venue with a beautiful glass chapel and outdoor garden. The triangular roof and all-glass walls will make you feel like you are in a fairy tale world. Outside, the gardens and woods complement the modern design. The church can accommodate up to 100 guests and wedding packages start from $2450.

The Springs Event Venue

This is a wedding planning company that offers multiple venues. Event venues are located in various cities throughout Oklahoma, including Edmond, Norman, and Tulsa. Versatile and affordable wedding venues are available with a variety of indoor and outdoor spaces. Prices for Saturday weddings start at $3,950.

Texas Wedding Venues

Grand Galvez

This is a historic hotel located at 2024 Seawall Blvd, Galveston. The hotel is surrounded by lush gardens, expansive green spaces, and sparkling beaches. An indoor ballroom and terrace are included, and the ballroom features floor-to-ceiling windows with views of the bay. Up to 200 guests can be accommodated for a great wedding service. Prices for Saturday weddings start at $10,000.

The Bell Tower on 34th

This beautiful clock tower is located at 901 W 34th St, Houston, and has a castle-like interior with a magnificent grand staircase, arches, and marble floors. Every aspect of the building is luxurious. Wedding packages are available on an all-inclusive basis, with prices starting at $10,000 for a Saturday wedding.

The Oasis on Lake Travis

This restaurant is located at 6550 Comanche Trail, Austin.Along with an event center located 450 feet above Lake Travis, offering unparalleled views. An outdoor patio overlooking the lake is available. Up to 400 guests can be accommodated and prices start at $5,000 for Saturday weddings.

Minnesota Wedding Venues

The Gale Mansion

This mansion at 2115 Stevens Ave, Minneapolis is also a very popular wedding venue. With a warm atmosphere and inviting decor, it offers an elegant and convenient space to host the wedding of your choice. 12 hours of rental costs a total of $5,700 including the rental of the mansion and ballroom.

The Outpost Center

The address is 6053 US-212, Chaska. Built on 32 acres of rolling hills and woodlands, it is a beautiful and peaceful venue close to the city. The main venue's red facade and green roof create an oil painting-like backdrop. It has the ambiance of a barn wedding with all the amenities and gorgeous rustic grounds. Wedding packages start at $4675 for 50 guests.

Nicollet Island Pavilion

The event venue at 40 Power Street, Minneapolis is full of unique charm and style. Exposed brick walls and tall industrial ceilings create an open atmosphere full of character. You can have the best views of the Minneapolis bridges and skyline at this venue. Prices for Saturday weddings start at $3,500.

Iowa Wedding Venues

Brenton Arboretum

This is a botanical garden located at 25141 260th St, Dallas Center. It has approximately 2,500 plants representing more than 500 different species, cultivars, and hybrids. Offers great outdoor views and can accommodate up to 300 people. Saturday weddings start at $2,500 and services include access to the gardens and a wedding coordinator.

The Temple for Performing Arts

Located at 1011 Locust Street, Des Moines, it offers a large auditorium, recital hall, and suites for weddings. The Grand Hall can accommodate up to 450 people and features a tinted glass skylight and a magnificent original light fixture and a sculpted ceiling. High-season wedding receptions start at $4000 for the venue.

Figge Art Museum

The Art Museum at 225 W 2nd St, Davenport. The museum's lobby can accommodate 200 guests and has a modern design with high ceilings and terrazzo floors. The striking river view offers countless possibilities. The outdoor terrace provided also offers a magnificent view of the Mississippi River. The rental fee for the lobby is $2,500.

Missouri Wedding Venues

Lemp Mansion

Located at 3322 Demenil Pl, St. Louis, this mansion was once the home of a beer magnate but was the site of three suicides. It has since been turned into a restaurant and hotel, offering historical and ghost tours. The mansion has four sites, including a mansion, terrace, auditorium, and loft. Ceremony fees range from $950-$1900 and meals start at roughly $47 per person.

Jewel Box

The public gardening facility in Saint Louis is made of glass plates and copper frames. It has a variety of flowers and plants and is filled with bright sunlight perfect for wedding photography. It can accommodate up to 250 people as a ceremony venue and costs $1,000.

Wild Carrot

Located at 3901 Shaw Blvd, St. Louis, with indoor hospitality space and loft and terrace. Includes renovated industrial building and outdoor patio. Prices for Saturday weddings start at $4,000 and can accommodate up to 200 people.

Arkansas Wedding Venues

Castle on Stagecoach

This is an old castle located at 6601 Stagecoach Rd, Little Rock. Offering intimate indoor spaces, the castle's unique architecture and décor provide an elegant and luxurious setting. The venue includes a lawn, barn, and stables. Prices start at $6,673 for 50 guests.

The Brick Ballroom

The event space at 119 B S Broadway St, Siloam Springs, was formerly a Chevrolet dealership. The building is 100 years old. Inside are black walls and original tin ceilings, vintage glass chandeliers, blue benches, and a built-in bar with a sink. There are also 5,000 square feet of covered balconies and gardens. The starting venue fee for a high-season wedding is $3,000.

Osage House

Located at 243 Pace Ln, Cave Springs, offers a beautiful and modern wedding venue. The venue is suitable for couples seeking minimalism, with architectural designs mostly in black and white. A chapel will be located a short distance from the lobby and included in the wedding package. With a maximum capacity of 428 people, wedding venue rentals start at $2800 in high season.

Louisiana Wedding Venues

The Elms Mansion

Located at 3029 St Charles Ave, New Orleans, the mansion is a typical Italianate-style building. It features an imported hand-carved marble mantel, decorative cornices, 24-carat gold sconces, and a 48-foot ballroom. Accommodates up to 400 people and starts at $4,500 for a Saturday wedding.

The Presbytère

This museum is located at 751 Chartres St, New Orleans, and has a rich history. A collection of elaborate carnival artifacts and memorabilia. You can hold a ceremony among the beautiful exhibits and rich artifacts and enjoy a fun evening with your family. Accommodates up to 500 guests, starting at $6,590 for 50 guests.

Race + Religious

It is located at 510 Race Street, New Orleans, and has three buildings with brick courtyards filled with greenery. The hotel has 4,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor event space on the ground floor. Dinner parties can accommodate up to 90 people, and prices start at $7,500 for Saturday weddings.

Alaska Wedding Venues

Alyeska Resort

This is a leisurely resort located at 1000 Arlberg Ave, Girdwood. is Alaska's premier year-round destination. Featuring more than 300 guest rooms, many fine dining experiences, a saltwater pool, a ski hill, and bike park, and a brand-new Nordic Spa. The ballroom can accommodate up to 220 guests. Reception rentals range from $500 to $1,000 and include five hours of event time.

The Alaska Zoo

The Alaska Zoo is located at 4731 O'Malley Rd, Anchorage. Inside are animals such as polar bears, wolves, snow leopards, and other rare species. The zoo has very spacious halls and lawns and a bright greenhouse. Hospitality hall rentals start at $800. Lawn rentals start at $1,450. Greenhouse rentals start at $675.

Hotel Captain Cook

Old fashioned hotel located at 939 W 5th Ave, Anchorage. One of the meeting and function rooms has a stunning panoramic view and fireplace. Panoramic views of the Chugach Mountains and Cook Inlet. Accommodates up to 600 guests and Saturday weddings start at approximately $5,000.

Hawaii Wedding Venues

Haiku Mill

The address is 250 Haiku Rd, Haiku, a unique European-style building amid Maui's lush surroundings. With over 150 years of history, it is an important landmark. A quaint and beautiful ceremony can be created. The venue can accommodate up to 100 people and prices start at $6,500 for a Saturday wedding.

Kauapea Beach

Also known as Secret Beach, has a 3,000-foot-long North Shore beach. Enjoy a sparsely populated stretch of beach with breathtaking views of Moquawe Island and Kilauea Lighthouse. Perfect for your seaside wedding venue. You can look for the right wedding contractor to prepare everything for you and prices will probably range from $800 to $1500.

Moana Surfrider

The resort is located at 2365 Kalākaua Ave, Honolulu. First opened in 1901, it is just steps from the perfect shores of legendary Waikiki Beach and within walking distance of Honolulu's most popular shopping, dining, and entertainment attractions. There are seven event rooms in total, and the ballroom can accommodate up to 300 people. Wedding packages range in price from $3,500 to $9,500.

To be continued

After introducing the most popular and unique wedding venues in the western and central states, we will continue to cover the wedding venues in the eastern states. Stay tuned for part two of our wedding venue recommendations. In the meantime, if you choose an outdoor wedding venue, check out our multi-sized, stylized wedding tent. it will ensure that your outdoor wedding is not disturbed by the weather.
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2023.05.29 04:28 anon_throwaway65 My mom thinks everything is a result of spirits and “spiritual warfare”

Honestly, I’m not looking for advice on how to convert her because that’s not gonna happen but what do I do? I’m 20
Over the last two years my previously normal mom(early 40s) has become extremely religious (Christian) and after her fiancé passed away, she has seriously went off her rocker. He cheated on her shortly before, or attempted to and blamed it all on demons and she believed it so they became very religious and spiritual.
We have been having issues in our garage in the summer, it seems like possibly rodents or maybe birds, but there is always really loud noises in the garage, but she won’t look into it and believes she is under spiritual attack. There is a video on camera with a bucket casting a shadow, but she believes it’s a shadowy figure. Her and her sister both feed into each others delusions.
Yesterday though, we left to grab some food after work around 11:30pm, when we got home at 12:30am or so the RV gate was opened completely the bricks were moved, not to mention I put my bike in front of the gate so you’d have to move it to open it. We called 911 to check it out and clear the house because there was a male voice picked up on the camera and nobody was home.
Someone broke in a while back to steal the bar battery in one of the cars in the backyard (an old classic car) I feel like I’m going insane these people are delusional, someone AN ACTUAL PERSON literally broke into our backyard and her and the rest of my family believe it’s a ghost!!
I’m just really annoyed because my mom is all I have but she is legitimately crazy. It’s affecting our relationship, Her and my family get into these really weird prayer circles and start chanting in tongues, my mom has installed cameras all over the house and our every move is watched, because she is trying to catch ghosts (orbs of dust) on camera. The other day my relative has said people stalk her and follow her but they’re demons, she said her husband gets possessed AND THEY ALL BELIEVE IT. My younger sibling has some behavioral issues after his dad passed away, but they just pray. He is in therapy as well, so I don’t think it’s so bad, but every time he throws a tantrum or cusses at her and calls her names they pray over him really crazy and cast out demons and that CANNOT be good for him?? Like I’m the only sane one around here and idk what to do anymore.
We were in a drive through and I jokingly was whispering her name from the backseat and she freaked out and said to stop because she has been hearing whispering at home.
When she gets mad at me, she tells me I have demons following me and I’m an atheist in no kind words (I am lol)
What would you do? I’m scared there’s an actual threat to our safety but she doesn’t believe it’s a real person
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2023.05.29 03:13 dsr-ux-guy FS for NM Chama Charmer?

I’m planning on riding ~3 day Chama Charmer in northern New Mexico at the beginning of August and don’t have a bikepacking-specific rig. I had originally planned on using my Trek Stache hardtail but it was stolen in April. My other current bike is a full suspension Santa Cruz Hightower C (carbon). Should I look for a hardtail bike to replace the Stache (possibly renting or buying a relatively cheaper one) or just go with the one FS I have? This is my first trip ever so I really have no sense of what the pros, cons are. Also if anybody has done that particular route and has tips and tricks, that would be awesome!
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2023.05.29 03:07 Bitchboi-69 Why do ppl have to comment on shit mind your fucking business

Sorry I’m having a panic attack and relapsed bc I have horrible anxiety over stupid shit and I need comfort rn.
So I was feeling good and wanted to be outside and exercise, which I never fucking do alone outside. I wanted to conquer my fears I convinced myself no one would care. I take my bike out that I haven’t used in a few months. Get on and I remember how fun it is. I round a corner and for some reason in my neighborhood everyone was outside. This guy as I go by comments that my tire is flat, not mad about that bc I actually didn’t realize and was wondering why I was struggling. I was however embarrassed bc I was noticed. I say oh dang I’ll have to fix that thanks. Then I keep going headed back to my house and I go by the shitty kids (they’re like 9-12 aged boys) houses. Yes I’m practically an adult man and scared of rude children bc they simply do not care. These kids are also just asses like seriously the other kids in my neighborhood are sweet and shit but this group is awful and their parents are worse. As I’m going my tire is getting flatter and visibly looks weird. They very loudly laugh and make comments about my busted bike and keep fucking doing it until I’m gone. They obviously wanted me to hear too they were just being complete dicks.
So yeah apparently ppl fucking do care when I leave my house and my worst fears were right so never fucking doing that again
Once I got home I panicked and relapsed bc ofc. I’m definitely way to sensitive about this stuff though I just hate when I’m perceived by strangers especially as imperfect or looking stupid.
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2023.05.29 02:38 beggsy909 Combo plate Mexican food that won't bankrupt me.

I think you know the kind of Mexican food i'm talking about. Rice and beans platters paired with hard shell tacos, enchiladas, chile rellenos etc. This has always been my comfort food. Yellow cheese on the beans, the enchiladas, grated on the tacos. Chips and salsa on the table
I was at Gilbert's El Indio in Santa Monica the other day and ordered a combo plate with taco and enchilada. It was $17 before tax and tip. This same meal was $12.50 in 2018. (Probably at or near that prior to covid but couldn't find a menu)
I can't justify paying $23 for this meal. Is it at or near that everywhere? Am I old man yelling at cloud?
Can anyone recommend any spots that are more reasonable?
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2023.05.29 02:32 rip_rider_archives Big Nut & Lil Ken Doggg (Grave Yard GC) Santa Monica

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2023.05.29 02:12 Chickflopia [RSC 60] LESOTHO GRAND PRIX - Mushroom, Flower & Star Cup (Semi-finals)

Good evening racers! It's the moment you've ALL been waiting for - the beginning of the Lesotho Grand Prix! We have 66 excited participants hoping to take the top prize and be crowned karting extraordinaire, but first, 60 of them will have to go through the first 3 of our cups - the Mushroom Cup, the Flower Cup and the Star Cup!! The 8 highest performing racers from each of the 3 tournaments will make it through to the grand finale - the Special Cup, where they'll be joined by the six automatic qualifiers.
So, without any further ado, let's get those engines started and get RACING!!

Automatic Qualifiers

Voting in Country User Artist Song Link Extra notes
Mushroom Cup (SF1) Mozambique u/Sam_Esc Sneaker Pimps 6 Underground Here
Mushroom Cup (SF1) Palau u/kazamagram Laura Les Haunted Here Contains flashing images
Flower Cup (SF2) Lesotho u/dylantherat Donna Missal Flicker Here
Flower Cup (SF2) South Korea u/BiPolarBear17 Mokyo MAD Here
Star Cup (SF3) Eswatini u/Chickflopia Debby Friday ft. Uñas I Got It Here
Star Cup (SF3) Greece u/BFerdinand_ Omar Apollo Tamagotchi Here
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Mushroom Cup (Semi-final 1)

Draw Country User Artist Song Link Extra notes
1 Guatemala u/reetuss1 O-ZONE Dragostea Din Tei Here
2 Greenland u/AlexandraAlt_1 Gia Ford A Car Crash For Two Here
3 Israel u/Josephoo_ Zatara Balaleen Here
4 Curaçao u/boapessoa Carne Doce Comida amarga Here
5 United Arab Emirates u/SergeyJorjaStan aespa Hold On Tight Here
6 Wallis and Futuna u/hubbernd Yoa bootycall Here
7 Faroe Islands u/_xSyracuse Jason Dhakal Manila Here
8 Niue u/SoupearJ Katie Kim Day Is Coming Here
9 Namibia u/Opha23 Porcelain Black Pretty Little Psycho Here
10 Bolivia u/boliveee Sweet Trip Milk Here
11 Seychelles u/Bowman3058 FVLCRVM ft. Annet X Do It All Again Here
12 Ukraine u/fatesconsequence Stranger Club WYLM Here
13 Guyana u/Lux_Archives Talia Goddess Ragga Here
14 Mauritania u/XalionN Mulay See Me Here
15 Belarus u/-Stanley_yelnats- JPEGMAFIA & Danny Brown Kingdom Hearts Key Here
16 Libya u/lissa_1111 Brodka Sadza Here
17 Armenia u/Fun6754 Michaela Slinger Everything I Wasn't Looking For Here
18 Cyprus u/j0rdy000 Marina Herlop Abans Abans Here
19 United States u/Dugly_Uckling Joseph Rest Here
20 Botswana u/asuto_lp Etta Marcus Nosebleed Here
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Flower Cup (Semi-final 2)

Draw Country User Artist Song Link Extra notes
1 North Korea u/curryraejepsen LE SSERAFIM Eve, Psyche & The Bluebeard's Wife Here
2 Indonesia u/DoddyTV Nothing But Thieves Welcome to the DCC Here
3 The Bahamas u/Kaylaboe Waxahatchee Can't Do Much Here
4 Maldives u/chaoticciolina Jorja Smith Little Things Here
5 Micronesia u/FreeCuddlesAnyone Krzewy Tamte Dni Here
6 Tuvalu u/Whyx_ Depeche Mode Enjoy the Silence Here
7 Bhutan u/FKA-Pieck Toro Y Moi So Many Details Here
8 Georgia u/ZwissDa2nd jaboukie BBC Here Contains flashing images
9 Aruba u/qyzxf The Beths Knees Deep Here
10 Macao u/AwesomeJoshua Yung Bae ft. Marc E. Bassy Revolving Here
11 Bulgaria u/EmiliaLily Metric ft. Brie Larson Black Sheep Here
12 Montserrat u/las_facepalmas CHVRCHES ft. Robert Smith How Not To Drown Here
13 Sint Maarten u/zuperZany TAEYEON INVU Here
14 Moldova u/DubiousEnjoyment Kara Jackson dickhead blues Here
15 Nauru u/ProfessionalEven1277 Johnny Yukon Gloria! Here
16 Guam u/mayblobbe Clark ft. Thom Yorke Medicine Here
17 Barbados u/Bongo9911 YOASOBI Idol Here
18 Finland u/Foobibby Malla Sabrina Here
19 Iceland u/BebeLuigi Bubble Tea and Cigarettes Santa Monica Here
20 Malawi u/fuerteesc After School BANG! Here
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Star Cup (Semi-final 3)

Draw Country User Artist Song Link Extra notes
1 Falkland Islands u/tehhammerz Avlak Krampus Here
2 Suriname u/SandHannahtiser Vylet Pony ft. nekosnicker, galaxysquid & namii the yak song Here
3 Yemen u/SaltyPopcorn02 Moyka Rear View Here
4 Saint Lucia u/Spooky_Squid Snoh Aalegra DYING 4 YOUR LOVE Here
5 San Marino u/PercyYates Alexandra Savior Howl Here
6 Norway u/Fingrpaint Purple Disco Machine Substitution Here
7 Comoros u/Zeiskyte Sui Uzi Hide & Seek Here
8 Poland u/Erazed11 Mura Masa, NAO Complicated Here
9 Tanzania u/Chimlin Didi Han ft. Lydia-Lee & L-Like Something Like This? Here
10 Zimbabwe u/Azzbestos Jessie Ware Begin Again Here
11 Saint Barthélémy u/george_kaito Carly Rae Jepsen Western Wind Here
12 Turkmenistan u/emvaz Passenger Holes Here
13 Oman u/slfkjia The Prodigy Omen Here Contains flashing images
14 Isle of Man u/manleyy44 Elujay ft. serpentwithfeet Luvaroq Here
15 Luxembourg u/TheDutchDen Red Moon Dreamer Here
16 Mauritius u/jeremy_laporte Jordan Ward FAMJAM4000 Here
17 Liechtenstein u/Franky494 Ryan Beatty Andromeda Here
18 Kazakhstan u/mac1oo Danali Tyiym Here
19 Egypt u/FlamePods Novaa, LIE NING Story Untold Here
20 Venezuela u/justlyra Anitta Boys Don't Cry Here
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You will send in your votes to u/RedditvisionHost using forms only. The forms are in the comments of this post as well for those that are on mobile.
Voting in your own semi-final: You will vote by sending in your 12, 10, 8 through 1 points as well as your 11th to 17th or 18th place, i.e. a full ranking. Voting in your own semi-final is mandatory, and failure to do so will result in a disqualification. Voting is through this form only.
Voting in other semi-finals: If you wish, you may voluntarily vote in the semi-finals that you are not allocated to vote in. The process is the same above; you vote by sending in your full ranking. Crossvoting is through this form only.
Deadline: Monday 5th June at 23:59 CEST. No extensions will be given.

Start voting now!!!!

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2023.05.29 02:07 Zealousideal-Main-16 [H] Star Wars figs [W] Other figs, sets, GWP
Have the following figs for trade. Minimum 3 figures per trade. Prices based off current bricklink avgs and used to base relative value. Open to negotiation. Lot price total $194, lot price / value: $180.
  1. Sw0522 212th battalion trooper $13
  2. Sw0523 Clone Airborne Trooper, 212th Attack Battalion (Phase 2) - Orange Arm, Dirt Stains, Light Bluish Gray Cloth Kama, $20
  3. Sw0522 212th battalion trooper $13
  4. Sw0192 Ashoka tank padawan $12
  5. Sw0059 Zam Wessel missing helmet $60
  6. Sw0321 Captain panaka $10
  7. Sw1058 Cara dune $4
  8. Sw0317 Anakin $5
  9. Sw0381 Geonosian warrior $12
  10. Sw0320 Geonosian $5
  11. Sw 0264 thi-sen $5
  12. Pilot luke $6
  13. Klatoonian raider $4.00
  14. Sw0324 Padme amidala $7
  15. Sw0359 Commando Droid $4
  16. Rebel commando $4
  17. Rebel commando $4
  18. Sw0668 resistance soldier $3
  19. Sw0669 resistance solider $3
Also open to a trade, here’s a current list of wants, but open to others.
Monster fighters Haunted house Winnie the Pooh tree Diagon alley Houses of the world GWP 1 or 2 Moving truck Beauxbatons carriage 76188 Classic bat mobile Mini Disney castle Old fishing store Adventurers blimp 10020 Santa Fe locomotive Emerald night Bonsai 10300 BTF time machine Pirates of barracuda bay Disney train and station 40410 Christmas carol
Mini figs: Series 5: Dino man
Series 6: Roman centurion
Series 17: Ray gun space man
Series 18: Cactus person
Series 19: Dog walker Jungle explorer
Series 20: female diver w/ turtle 80s musician Knight piñata boy
Series 21: Centaur
S 23: Any besides popcorn, reindeer, snowman and Wolf
Muppets: Kermit and band members
S24: Conservationist
Harry Potter S1 Luna lovegood w /quibbler Griphook Professor sprout Herbology Neville Prof trelawney Og fluffy dog Harry w invisibility cloak
Disney 100: Pinocchio
Robin Hood Prince John The Queen steamboat Minnie Minnie series 1
Assorted: Queen Amidala Slave leia Batman suits / poly bags Classic Batman/ joker from Wayne manor
Animals Mammoth Goats Owls Eagles Big cats Elephant Birds Octopus Fish Crabs Lobster
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2023.05.29 01:50 Zealousideal-Main-16 [US-CA] [H]Star Wars Minfigs [W] PayPal or trade
Have the following figs for sale/ trade. Looking to sell or trade min of 3 figures per transaction. Open to negotiation. Prices based off current bricklink avgs. Lot price total $194, will sell all for $180.
  1. Sw0522 212th battalion trooper $13
  2. Sw0523 Clone Airborne Trooper, 212th Attack Battalion (Phase 2) - Orange Arm, Dirt Stains, Light Bluish Gray Cloth Kama, $20
  3. Sw0522 212th battalion trooper $13
  4. Sw0192 Ashoka tank padawan $12
  5. Sw0059 Zam Wessel missing helmet $60
  6. Sw0321 Captain panaka $10
  7. Sw1058 Cara dune $4
  8. Sw0317 Anakin $5
  9. Sw0381 Geonosian warrior $12
  10. Sw0320 Geonosian $5
  11. Sw 0264 thi-sen $5
  12. Pilot luke $6
  13. Klatoonian raider $4.00
  14. Sw0324 Padme amidala $7
  15. Sw0359 Commando Droid $4
  16. Rebel commando $4
  17. Rebel commando $4
  18. Sw0668 resistance soldier $3
  19. Sw0669 resistance solider $3
Also open to a trade, here’s a current list of wants, but open to others.
Monster fighters Haunted house
Winnie the Pooh tree Diagon alley Houses of the world GWP 1 or 2 Moving truck Beauxbatons carriage 76188 Classic bat mobile Mini Disney castle Old fishing store Adventurers blimp 10020 Santa Fe locomotive Emerald night Bonsai 10300 BTF time machine Pirates of barracuda bay Disney train and station 40410 Christmas carol
Also have an assortment of other figs I’m looking for listed in other posts.
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2023.05.29 00:58 TSMaynard1 [RF] ABP "Always Be Preparing"

Pine needles brushed across Paul's arms as he charged through the trees with his bugout bag slung over his shoulders. Weighing in at forty pounds, it hardly slowed him down as he’d practiced this hike many times. He flicked his wrist and checked his Garmin Solar 2 Tactical Watch. The timer read: 2:23.
“You can do this, Paul.” He increased the pace and gritted his teeth, the weight finally having an effect. Paul bounded over a small creek, up a rolling hill, and pushed through a row of baby birches into a clearing. He doubled over to catch his breath and looked at his watch one more time. Two hours and twenty-eight minutes. Paul pumped his fist in victory.
After a short break, he approached a thorny bush in the center of the clearing. Paul brushed aside sand at the bush’s trunk, revealing a yellow rope. He pulled it, which lifted a hidden door in the ground covered with dirt, shrubbery, and other camouflage on the top side, and drab gray iron on the other. Underneath, wooden stairs descended into darkness. Paul retrieved a flashlight from his pack, clicked on the beam, and disappeared into the earth.
At the bottom of the steps, Paul faced a steel door and a combination lock. With several quick swipes of the dial, he opened the lock and tugged the metal door, which creaked as it cracked open. Paul flashed the beam on the offending hinges and shook his head. Something to fix later. He stepped into the secret chamber and pulled a hanging aluminum chain that turned on a large halogen light, illuminating a twenty-foot by eight-foot metal rectangle. The exposed corrugated walls revealed the bunker was nothing more than a shipping container. Paul buried it two years ago and had divided the interior into three spaces. The entry had a shelf with four dozen gallon jugs of sealed water along with a portable toilet, stacks of toilet paper, and a wastebasket. The middle section was the main living area and contained a futon, a TV with a DVD player, and a neat collection of movies underneath. A nightstand housed a small library of books, including the Bible, The Art of Meditation, Buddhism for Dummies, and other spiritual tomes. The back area of the unit had two shelves filled with canned food—black beans, green beans, peaches, peas, carrots, beef, and chicken. There was also a stationary bike, which was Paul’s proudest accomplishment because he had rigged it to a giant battery that provided power to all the electronics.
Paul was a prepper, and this would be his home when the end of the world came, an event he believed was imminent. The global economy was a house of cards built on greed, corruption, and inflated asset prices, but worst of all, it was based on a faith in paper and digital money.
His fear was triggered four years ago when he attended a lecture by a professor who explained the fragility of the world’s financial system. If a few banks failed, it would rattle people’s confidence, causing a herd-like response. Thousands of people would rush to withdraw their cash, which the banks no longer had because they’d invested it. The banks would either fail, and everyday folks would lose their life savings, or the government would print new money to replace the missing money, making all money worth a lot less. Anyone holding dollars would attempt to convert them to other assets.
Just like dominoes, the banks would topple over one by one, and as they crashed, people’s faith in money would crater. After all, what was money? It was just paper with printed images and numbers that we’d all accepted as having value. More recently, money had become numbers displayed on a computer screen, something Paul knew firsthand as he spent the first seven years of his career working at a regional bank in Asheville, North Carolina. Paul could literally change someone’s net worth with a few keystrokes. He could turn a pauper into a millionaire, or he could bankrupt the richest account holder. Sure, there were safeguards, but all were built on faith, which Paul believed was misplaced. Most people didn’t realize that the Federal Reserve only required each bank to hold at least ten percent of its deposits as a reserve. Ten percent. That’s it. The rest of the money was invested in loans or other financial instruments. As the rich bank owners and executives pushed for bigger and bigger returns, they invested in riskier and riskier assets. The lessons from the financial crisis of 2008 had been forgotten.
Once the monetary system collapsed, the entire economy would become paralyzed. Without a means of exchange, transactions would halt. Think about it. If someone tried to give you a slip of paper that you thought was worthless, would you give them anything of value in return?
The doomsday scenario would escalate. Food and water prices would skyrocket, but with no way to purchase them, many would starve. But people don’t just roll over and die, they would riot and take what they need to survive. Marshall Law would be implemented, but citizens would revolt against the government they felt had cheated them.
As Paul listened to the lecturer that fateful day, a depressing epiphany struck. Everything he’d learned and everything he’d spent his life acquiring was worthless.
Growing up, Paul had been taught the value of money, saving, and planning for retirement. He internalized these lessons as a teen after his father got sick and lost his job. His mother had died when he was very young, but his father still managed to provide him with a stable childhood, even though they were barely middle class. When his father fell ill, Paul witnessed firsthand how fast a family could sink into financial trouble, which couldn’t have come at a worse time. He was applying to colleges, and instead of choosing the one he liked best, he chose the one that gave him the most financial aid, which turned out to be a small school half-way across the country. He also didn’t choose a major he was excited about; he chose the one that would offer the safest financial prospects—economics with an emphasis on banking.
The distance from home meant that Paul didn’t see the rapid deterioration of his father. It wasn’t until he returned for the funeral that family friends told him how the disease had spread. His father had refused to let anyone tell Paul because he didn’t want that to distract Paul from his studies.
After graduating, Paul accepted a job at a bank, and immediately signed up for the company’s 401K match. Most college graduates can't grasp retirement when they enter the workforce, but a 401K match was free money. Over the next several years, Paul worked diligently to advance his career while saving most of his salary. He’d mapped out his life on an excel spreadsheet and calculated that he’d be financially secure at 53.
Everything went according to plan until that damn lecturer came along and blew it up. Sifting through the rubble of his grand scheme, Paul realized that in the new world order, he possessed no skills to survive. The savings he’d so meticulously built up would have little to no value. When the economy collapsed, he'd be like a baby, unable to do anything for himself.
After a week of wallowing in despair, Paul rallied himself. “I can still fix this” became a daily mantra. To start, he threw himself into survival classes. The first was a basic camping course where he learned how to create shelters and start a fire. The next class was more advanced and focused on water purification and building snares for small game.
Paul continued working at the bank, because he needed to pay for the classes and survival equipment he began hoarding, but on his next vacation, he put his training to the test. He planned to camp for a week in the Appalachian Mountains, but the temperature swings, especially at night, were too much. Paul lasted three nights in the wild. The humbling experience forced him to admit that he wasn’t a bushman. His depression returned until he stumbled upon an article about “preppers”—individuals who prepare for end of world disasters. Suddenly, things made sense. He didn’t need to abandon all the comforts of modern society. He needed to prepare for the end of the world the way he had planned for retirement.
As Paul traveled down the rabbit hole of prepping, he uncovered an underground society of people like him who knew the truth about the world’s demise. Of course, not everyone believed it would end because of an economic collapse. Some thought a nuclear war would destroy civilization. Others feared electromagnetic pulses from the sun would wipe out all modern electricity. And still others worried a massive volcanic eruption would spew enough ash and soot into the air to blot out the sun. There was no shortage of theories about the world ending, but one thing was clear. The world would end. Did it matter how it happened?
Paul began his prepping quest by purchasing ten acres an hour and a half outside of Asheville. It had plenty of small animals and a creek running through the middle. He then transported an unused cargo container to the land and buried it. This was the toughest part of the plan because it required heavy equipment. Next, he dug out a staircase and installed a steel door at the entrance. Finally, he furnished it with a mix of modern comforts and survival essentials.
Almost every weekend, Paul trekked to his underground sanctuary and made improvements. He also planned his bugout strategy. When the end of the world hit, he figured he needed to be safely hidden in his home within two and a half hours, a time he had achieved with this latest trip. Everything was set, and Paul could finally relax. He was prepared.
Paul slumped down on his futon and considered playing a movie or cracking the bottle of Jim Beam whiskey he stored in a special cabinet, but he shook off the urge. Those things were the rewards and comforts he’d enjoy after the world ended. His fingers rubbed the top of the Bible, something he planned to read cover to cover once the global economy cratered. He’d have plenty of time then to discover his spiritual side, but not now. Something else needed to be done. Something he’d missed.
The biggest mistake a prepper can make is assuming he had everything covered. This was the lesson taught by Yannis, the guru of the prepping world. He was so well-known within the doomsday community; he only went by one name. The guy was sharp as a whip and could live off the land, if necessary, but he preferred a more sophisticated lifestyle, so he created a luxurious cave that contained backup systems for all his backups. Food, water, shelter, and electricity were all taken care of, and it was projected that Yannis could survive ten years comfortably after the apocalypse. His famous blog titled “ABP” stood for Always Be Preparing. It was a motto Yannis lived by and something Paul aspired to, but as he sat in his bunker after the relentless hike, fatigue set in. He didn’t want to think about prepping or his bugout strategy. He wanted to just be.
Paul tilted his head back onto the futon’s cushion, and a loneliness crept into his mind. All his prepping left little time for relationships. He dated off and on in college, but it was never anything serious. It wasn’t like his high school sweetheart, Kristin Summer. They dated junior and senior year, but then Paul broke it off when his father got sick. Paul couldn’t focus on romance, and he knew the relationship wouldn’t have worked when he left for school 1,500 miles away. It still hurt when he learned from a friend that Kristin started dating Derek Gorman, an old classmate Paul hated. It hurt even more when he found out they had gotten married.
After college, Paul joined a couple of dating sites, but he hadn’t used them in over two years. Most women wouldn’t understand his prepping lifestyle, at least that’s what he feared, so he rejected dating before anyone could reject him. But most wasn't all, and with eight billion people on the planet, there had to be someone for him. Almost without thinking, Paul pulled out his phone and opened “My Match,” the site where he’d had the most luck. His profile still had a photo from his early banking days. He was clean shaven with a naïve smile. The face staring back in the picture differed greatly from the bearded survivalist he’d become. Would anyone consider a relationship with the new Paul? Only one way to find out. He snapped a selfie, uploaded it, and then updated his hobbies with the first being “prepping” followed by “survival skills training.” He finished by pressing the button that showed he was actively looking for someone. All he had to do now was wait.
After spending the night in his bunker, Paul checked the dating site in the morning. No response. “It was a stupid idea,” he told himself, and stuffed his phone back into his pocket. He locked his container and returned home.
Over the next two weeks, Paul received zero requests for a date. He didn’t even receive a message from anyone to start a conversation and test the waters. “Shake it off, dumbass,” he said alone in the confines of his cottage-style home. “The world is going to end, anyway.” He clenched his jaw and did what he always did. He researched more ways to survive. Paul poured over blog posts and imagined worst-case scenarios. How could his water be contaminated? Maybe he should bury some caches of water. What if someone finds his shelter? Maybe security cameras were needed. What if he gets lonely in his shelter? No ideas came to mind.
After his eyes got tired from reading, Paul clicked out of his browser, and the list of all his apps stared at him. For reasons unknown to him, he opened Facebook, something he hadn’t done for months. There were a handful of notifications and a couple of friend requests sent weeks ago. His heart raced when he saw the name of one—Kristin Summer. When he accepted, he saw she was on-line right then.
Should he message her? Would that be weird right after accepting her request? But wasn’t it weird that he hadn’t responded for several weeks? He pulled up the messenger and typed. “Hey. Sorry for the delay in accepting your request. Hadn’t been on Facebook in a while. Been busy. Hope you and Derek are well.”
He curled his lip in disgust as he typed Derek’s name and considered deleting it, but he took the moral high ground and hit “send” with his message unaltered.
Kristin Summer. Just the thought of her name brought a smile to Paul’s face.
The sound alerted Paul to a response, which he read out loud. “Hey Paul. Good to hear from you. Derek and I divorced a little over a year ago. It was rough at first, but it was for the best. How are you?”
Paul’s eyes widened with shock and excitement. He couldn’t believe Derek was so stupid to let Kristin go. Paul could at least blame their breakup on his father’s illness. His fingers prattled away on the keyboard. “Things are amazing.” He stopped typing. That was a lie. Should he pretend like things were great or should he be honest and tell her about his prepping and the end of the world? Neither option sounded appealing. He tapped the keys without writing until he settled on something uncontroversial.
“Working at Trinity Bank in Asheville. It pays the bills. Where are you?”
Within a minute, the sweet sound of the notification binged. “I’m not too far away in Durham. If you’re ever in town, let me know.”
If you’re ever in town, let me know.
Paul couldn’t believe his eyes. Was Kristin asking him out? He shook his head. Nah, she’s probably just being polite. But maybe. If there was any chance, he had to find out. He chewed his lip and deliberated his next response. Fortune favors the bold, he told himself. Then he remembered Matt Damon telling people that in the now infamous commercial for FTX months before its collapse. When that occurred, Paul thought it was the beginning of the end, and he lived in his bunker for two days before emerging and finding the world still intact.
Paul clenched his fist. It was still good advice, and he had to try. Almost involuntarily, he typed, “I’ll be there tomorrow afternoon. If you want to get together, let me know.” His finger hit send before he could talk himself out of it. There was no qualification in the message. No waffling or hedging. It was clear Paul wanted to see Kristin. The only question now was whether she wanted to see him.
The next ten minutes felt like ten days. Paul paced back and forth with his hands over his head, and he glanced at the monitor every few seconds, just in case his ears had missed the notification alert.
There was nothing.
A dark depression filled the room. Why had he gotten his hopes up? What was the point, anyway? The world was going to end.
Paul leapt to the computer and his eyes widened with each word he read. “How about a lunch at The Fig Tree Restaurant on 7th?”
People overuse the word literally, but Paul at least felt like his jaw was literally on the floor. He had a date with Kristin Summer, the one woman he had loved. His hands rattled away at the keyboard. “See you at 1 tomorrow.”
“Holy crap,” he muttered to himself.
Panic replaced his excitement when he imagined sitting down and talking to Kristin. What would he say? “Hey Kristin, what have you been up to? Oh me? I’ve been working at a job I hate and planning for the end of the world.”
He drifted into the bathroom and stared at the scruffy character in the mirror. Paul could only cringe at the thought of Kristin’s reaction upon seeing him. She might not recognize the bearded loner who resembled Ted Kaczynski more than the short-haired, clean-shaven teen she last saw.
Only one thing to do.
Paul had to prepare. He opened a drawer and pulled out a pair of clippers. He began trimming his beard and mustache as short as the clippers would allow. Next, he applied a generous amount of cream and shaved all of it off. Paul smirked at the young man hiding under the shabby beard, but it still wasn’t enough. He set the guard on the clippers to a four and began shaving his head. In college, Paul cut his own hair to save money, and the skill came back to him quickly. He dropped to a three and worked in a fade on the sides and then finished with a two. Paul turned to the left, then to the right, and assessed his work. Not bad.
Next thing to prepare was his outfit. Paul slid the door of his closet open and evaluated his choices. A banker’s suit was too stuffy, and his mountain man denim was too hermit inspired. He yanked the clothes aside and climbed deeper into the recesses of his wardrobe until he found a nice buttoned-down shirt and a dark pair of slacks. It gave just the right vibe of successful and stable, while not trying too hard to impress, even though that was his precisely his goal. Paul laid the selection on the chair by his bed. Durham was a three-and-a-half-hour drive away, and he wanted to make sure he got there with time to find parking, and maybe use the restroom. He set the alarm on his iPhone for 6 a.m. That would give him plenty of time to take a shower, have breakfast, and get dressed.
There was no chance of falling asleep easily. His mind raced with thoughts, questions, and various scenarios about what the day would bring. To relax, he poured himself a double whiskey, which he downed with a single slurp. He poured another and sipped.
Kristin Summer. He shook his head, still in disbelief.
As the effect of alcohol set in, Paul laid down on his bed and shut his eyes. Tomorrow would be a good day.
Paul slipped into a deep, satisfying sleep until his mind jolted him awake. It was past 6 a.m. He didn’t know how he knew. He just knew. Paul had slept through his alarm. He snatched his phone off the nightstand, but it was out of battery. He checked his watch and saw it was 7 a.m. There was still time to get to Durham.
Paul jumped out of bed and into the bathroom. He flicked on the light switch, but nothing came on. Paul toggled it on and off, but the outlet was dead.
Police sirens wailed in the distance. Paul meandered out of his house and onto the front lawn. Aside from the sirens, there was an uneasy stillness. Paul’s neighbor Kurt ran out from his home with two suitcases that he flung into the trunk of his car.
“Kurt. What’s going on?” Paul asked.
“Fort Knox was bombed. All the gold was obliterated. And something happened to the electricity and the internet. They shut it down.”
“I don’t know, man, but it’s not good. No one has access to news, no money, nothing.”
“Where are you going?” Paul asked.
“I don’t know. Somewhere isolated. I’m just hoping there are no more bombings or other attacks.” Kurt jumped into his car and sped away.
This was it. The world was ending. All of his preps were about to pay off. But what about Kristin? Paul didn’t want the world to end. If he tried to get Kristin, there was no chance he could reach his shelter before things get hairy. Plus, there was no way he could find her. He didn’t have her address, and she might have already left Durham for somewhere safe.
Paul forced himself to focus on his plan. This was what he had prepared for. He dashed back inside and changed into his camouflage gear, grabbed his bugout bag, and then sprinted to his truck. He drove through his neighborhood and reached the main road. His shelter and plans were to the left. Kristin and the unknown were to the right. The whites of Paul’s knuckles flared as he gripped the steering wheel. Now was not the time to waffle. He turned left and hit the accelerator.
Paul gritted his teeth and raced down the street. Keep going. Keep going. He urged himself on. Almost involuntarily, his foot slammed on the brakes. Paul couldn’t do it. He’d planned for the worst all his life, and while he sat alone with the engine idling, he had to admit the truth. He’d lived all his life in fear.
Paul yanked the wheel and turned around toward Durham.
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2023.05.29 00:40 EchoJobs Match Relevant is hiring Lead DevOps Engineer Santa Monica, CA [Docker SQL API Python Ruby]

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2023.05.29 00:37 moriah_elizabeth LA cycling group meet up

For anyone living in LA or the surrounding cities. Come on out and cycle for animal rights at the Santa Monica Pier Sunday, June 4 - @ 11:30 am B
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2023.05.29 00:22 snapcracklepip Where in Los Angeles to stay near public transit?

Four geeky Englishmen in our early 40s finishing childhood dream of Route 66 friends trip from Chicago to LA. We'll have a car, but want to avoid LA traffic & stay prices and don't mind public transit and transfers.
We want to see the touristy stuff: Santa Monica, Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood Sign & Griffiths Observatory.
All trip costs including international flights are being funded by one individual (who is not rich, just less un-rich than others), so looking for cheapcheap, not split-4-ways cheap. E.g. found shared hostel in Santa Monica at $500 for 2 nights + fees, would love to find something cheaper but don't know what areas of LA to consider. Does not need to be fancy at all, but not extremely unsafe.
We are only in Los angeles for 2 days. Any suggestions of where to look for accommodations in the los angeles area? We don't need to be near the things we want to see, but don't know what areas are reasonably safe and close to transit that can get us places. Thank you!
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2023.05.29 00:10 CuriousAndOutraged these are the stairs connecting Santa Monica beach to Ocean Blvd level... Santa Monica, California [OS]

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2023.05.28 23:44 gopchang_purrito It’s Memorial Day, gyms are closed, it’s quite warm by 11:00, what outdoor activity would you do between 06:00-11:00?

I’m planning on riding my bike along The Loop from Campbell up to the Rillito-Santa Cruz Rivers merging points, take some pics of the new murals along The Loop, the Javalina on the the bike statue, and check out the Sweetwater Wetlands (assuming they’re open).
Any other alternatives to this planned activity? I’m only mobile on bike and would like to do something tomorrow instead of simply cleaning my apartment when it’s hot later in the day, “taking a hit,” or going to the theatre.
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2023.05.28 23:32 unfunny_rat69 my mum called me a good for nothing piece of shit

My mum was taking an old bike from my uncle for me and I said “why are you getting it for me? It’s a waste of space since I find those types of bikes uncomfortable and I won’t ride it.” My mum then proceeded to shout at me and say that I’m fat, worthless, lazy and that all I do is sit at home all day. I stayed quiet since I didn’t want to be yelled at even more.
In the car, I was sitting in the front seat while my mum was driving and she was still shouting at me. She then proceeded to say “You will never succeed in life because you’re a good for nothing piece of shit who doesn’t deserve anything. You’re so lazy.” After she said that, she started blasting the radio at full volume before I could say anything. I have very sensitive ears and loud noises can trigger a panic attack. She knows this.
At this rate, I was already holding in tears and when I turned down the radio she just turned it back up again. I broke down and she just started shouting at me again, I told her, “How am I supposed to be productive when you don’t let me go outside, don’t let me hang out with friends” before I could finish my sentence she said “you’re not 20 you shouldn’t be hanging out with friends.” I was in shock and i stayed quiet. When I got home I bawled my eyes out
I’m so hurt and confused. I feel so powerlesss.
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2023.05.28 22:50 EchoJobs Motional is hiring Senior Autonomy Engineer - Integration USD 168k-225k US Santa Monica, CA [Python]

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