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2012.05.18 19:32 Western North Carolina - Land of the Sky
Western North Carolina - the Land of the Sky! Home to the most beautiful mountains, forests, and streams in Southern Appalachia. Come for the hiking, stay for the beer. Come share some local news and photography with us!
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2023.03.28 08:55 sick-and-twisted1 'WE ARE' NOT: What They Don't Tell You About Penn State
I'm writing this because no one talks about these things at Penn State, but they should. Here are some things that I wish I would have known before I committed to Penn State.
For context, I (19F) went to Penn State for a year and a half, from August 2021 - January 2023. My freshman year was overall pretty good, but the first half of my sophomore year was absolutely awful. I started throwing up almost everyday because I felt so unsafe living with the people on my floor that my anxiety was the worst it's been in my entire life. I lived on a sorority floor, even though I'm not in a sorority, and didn't have swipe access to any of the lounges in the building nor the kitchen. I was paying almost $10,000 for a dorm room that had a bathroom wall sticking halfway into it. My roommate and I complained and asked if we could be given access to the lounges, but no one did anything about it. The sorority girls on my floor were also extremely rude. They never said hello or even smiled at me, often giving me a dirty look up and down. I would also like to mention that all of these girls were white, and I mean WHITE. My roommate and I are not white. They also left their hair EVERYWHERE in the bathroom and never bothered to clean up after themselves. People often did NOT flush the toilets as well. Our Microsoft Teams chat also had regular messages about people vomiting in the stairwells or in the water fountains. It was just an awful living environment. Also, my roommate and I were not informed that we would be living on a sorority floor, nor were we informed that we were the only girls not in the sorority. After my mother formally complained to the university about the trauma this living environment caused me, they said that we should have been given other living options. We were not.
During the fall of 2022, when I thought I would still be attending the university in fall of 2023, I had to find housing, which was extremely difficult and out of my budget. The price gauging in State College is ridiculous. The average rent per person is $1200, more expensive than many apartments in Downtown Pittsburgh, a much bigger city with a much bigger population. And that's per person, not per unit, so if you and one other person want to share a one bedroom, you'll still both have to pay as if there were two bedrooms. The cheaper options for housing off campus in State College are often either far from campus or worn down and uncared for. Not to mention that parking and most other utilities will not be included. Unlike parking in most big cities where the meters run 6 days a week for roughly 10 hours per day, give or take, the parking meters in State College run from 10 am - 10 pm every single day. Basically, if you need to do anything during regular business hours and want to drive your own car, expect to spend a long time looking and a lot of money. And if it's an event weekend, be prepared to pay at least $30 per day in any parking garage in the general area. If you would rather bike than drive a vehicle, be extra careful. There are no bike lanes despite the massive number of bikes on campus, so it's easy to hit a car or a pedestrian.
If you have money, the cost of living won't be an issue, as most of the people at Penn State are white, rich, and involved in secret societies. It's amazing the number of nice cars you see around campus considering there are over 88,000 college students living there. Anything ranging from Tesla to BMW to Porsche. However, even if you're in the upper-middle class, affording everything in State College can be a struggle.
Another thing that I wish I knew about Penn State is how out of pocket the professors can be. One of my best friends had a gender studies class where her professor (F) assigned an activity called "Netflix and Chill." The assignment was to describe a night with a sexual partner in graphic detail using anatomical terms, since she didn't know the 'new lingo.' If this were a male professor, I'm sure the university would be receiving an overwhelming amount of backlash for this, but I don't even know if she has been reported. In any context, telling college students to write down their sexual fantasies or experiences and turn them in to the professor is crossing a line.
Outside of academics, the student organizations are also something I wish I had known more about. They are allowed to use student-derived funds to sponsor events for well-known people like influencers, or in one case in October 2022, the co-founder of the Proud Boys. A student organization spent thousands of dollars on bringing a Nazi-supporting white supremacist to a college campus, and many students protested in response. However, other students began a counter-protest in support of the Proud Boys leader. The hate group members sprayed pepper spray at the protestors, so much so that it managed to spread in the air to where my roommate and I were walking on the way to my orchestra concert, which was in the Eisenhower Auditorium and the event was to be in the Thomas Building. Police also showed up in riot gear and on horses, while photographers were taking photos of college kids washing their pepper-sprayed-eyes with water bottles. I was absolutely horrified at what I witnessed. The event was eventually cancelled, but too little too late. The damage had been done.
When I committed to Penn State, I thought that it would be a continuation of my high school experience, at least socially. I went to a majority-white high school in the suburbs of a decently big city, but I had never experienced any exclusion in school, whether about my race or something else about me. When I actually got to Penn State though, I realized that everyone has a clique there. The rich white kids are involved in Greek life with other rich white kids, and the international kids mostly stick to other international students, or at least non-white students. People stick to what they know there. If you're different, you'll probably still find your people, but expect to be treated like an outcast by anyone who isn't like you.
Again, this is just what I have experienced and what I wish I knew before I committed. I had to withdraw from university in January 2023 after my anxiety symptoms worsened tenfold. I will not be attending classes there ever again, nor can I truly recommend it to anyone who isn't rich and white.
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2023.03.28 08:47 greg0525 There was a time in my marriage that still haunts me
My wife changed, there was no denying that. It's not that she was better or worse than she used to be, it's just that she was different, completely different. The habits she once had were gone, replaced by new ones that I was still trying to get used to.
At first, I tried to rationalize it, maybe it was just a phase, a midlife crisis or something. But as the weeks passed, her changes became more and more pronounced. She stopped doing things she used to love, like cooking elaborate dinners or going out for long walks in the park. Instead, she spent hours holed up in her study, pouring over books and documents that she kept hidden from me.
It was as if she had become a different person altogether, and I couldn't help but wonder if she was still the woman I had married. Sometimes, when I caught her staring off into space, lost in thought, I would try to start a conversation, but she would snap out of it and give me a small, forced smile like she was trying to hide something.
Our baby daughter, on the other hand, did not seem to notice anything unusual. Could babies notice such changes anyway? She was happy and carefree besides her cries, completely unaware of the changes in her mother. It's almost as if I was the only one who could see what was happening.
At first, I thought it was just a phase, but it's been going on for months now, and it's starting to worry me. Sometimes, I find myself wondering if she's really my wife, or if someone or something has taken over her body. I know how ridiculous it sounds, but I can't help but speculate.
As the days went on, my doubts grew stronger. I started to wonder if my wife was seeing someone else, or if she was going through some sort of mental breakdown. I couldn't shake the feeling that something was wrong, that she was keeping a secret from me.
One night, as I lay awake in bed, unable to sleep, I heard her get up and slip out of the room. I waited a few moments before following her, curious to see where she was going. I saw her tiptoe down the hallway and disappear into her study, closing the door softly behind her.
I hesitated for a moment, unsure if I should disturb her, but my curiosity got the best of me. I opened the door quietly and peered inside, expecting to see her poring over books and documents like she usually did.
I tried talking to my wife about it, but she just brushed it off and tells me not to worry. But how could I not worry? I loved her, and I didn’t want to see her like that. Sometimes I felt like I was losing her like she was slipping away from me, and there was nothing I could do to stop it.
One day, as I was sorting through some old photo albums, I came across a picture of my wife from a few years ago. She was smiling brightly, her eyes sparkling with life and happiness. It was like looking at a completely different person.
I was torn between confronting her and trying to understand her, between wanting to help and fearing that I would make things worse. I just wished I knew what was going on and that we could get through this together, as a family.
I tried to be supportive and to adapt to her new habits and routines, but it was hard in the beginning. But as the weeks passed, I slowly got used to this strange and new version of my wife. Her quirks and habits became familiar to me, and I learned to accept them as part of who she was now. I tried to convince myself that this was just a phase, that she would eventually return to her old self, but deep down, I knew that something had changed permanently.
Then one night changed everything.
The night was darker than most; a thick, velvety darkness that seemed to seep into the very corners of our bedroom, where the dim glow of the alarm clock struggled to break through. A late summer storm grumbled outside, the wind moaning softly as it clawed at the house, causing the branches of the ancient oak in our yard to scrape against the window. My wife and I slept fitfully, the occasional distant roll of thunder a constant reminder of the tempest that brewed beyond the sanctuary of our home.
In the midst of this uneasy slumber, we were jolted awake by the piercing sound of our baby's cries, crackling through the baby monitor with an urgency that set our hearts racing.
"Please don't worry, I'll take care of it. Just stay here," I reassured her. Emily let out a sigh and pulled the blanket over herself as I was leaving the room.
As my bare feet connected with the cold hardwood floor, it gave me a frigid, cold. The room was a maelstrom of shadows as if the storm outside had invaded our safe haven, playing tricks on my mind as I fumbled my way toward the nursery.
The door to the nursery lay slightly ajar, the pale yellow light spilling out into the hallway and illuminating the path before me. I pushed the door open with trembling hands, anxiety knotting itself tightly in the pit of my stomach. As the nursery came into view, I saw my wife, her silhouette framed by the soft glow of the nightlight, standing over the crib.
“What the hell? How did she appear there? She was supposed to stay in bed and I didn’t see her leaving the bedroom!” I told myself.
I stood there in disbelief, trying to make sense of what had just happened. My mind raced with questions and doubts, and I couldn't shake off the feeling of unease that had settled in the pit of my stomach.
The more I thought about it, the more certain I became that I had not seen her get up from bed. I would have noticed if she had left, I was sure of it. I had been wide awake when I heard the baby crying, and I would have noticed if she had gotten out of bed, even if it was just to use the bathroom. No, she must have been there all along, hidden by the darkness of the room. But how could that be possible?
Her long, auburn hair tumbled over her shoulders, the ends caressing her silk nightgown as she bent over our baby girl. Her delicate hands gently cradled our daughter, whose sobs began to subside as she sensed the comforting presence of her mother. There was something warm, something welcoming about her which made me very feel very comfortable and I wanted to hug you right there.
The storm continued to rage outside, but within the confines of our nursery, it felt as though time had slowed, the world outside momentarily forgotten.
My wife's emerald green eyes, shimmering with concern and love, met mine as I approached the crib. Her lips curved into a soft, reassuring smile, an unspoken message that everything was going to be alright. As I drew closer, the warm, familiar scent of lavender and vanilla, my wife's signature fragrance, enveloped me, further soothing my frayed nerves.
"Don't worry, I heard it too," she whispered to our child, her voice barely audible over the distant rumble of thunder.
“Emily? How the hell did you come here? I didn’t see you get up from bed!”
“What are you talking about, John? I have been here all night I never left the nursery!” she said and her voice and tone immediately became familiar to me, she was like a different person: she was the person, who I first met, she was the person who I knew, she was my wife, the one who I had lived for years.
I was stunned. I hurried back to our bedroom, only to find that the bed was empty.
It has been 10 years since that night and everything has returned to its usual routine. Emily is the same but I can’t shake off the feeling that something was off during those weeks back then. Emily doesn’t believe me when I bring up the topic and actually we just laugh it off. But still, the question of who my other wife was sends shivers down my spine, like haunting echoes. More
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2023.03.28 08:45 anon20160 [US-TX] [H] Multiple Minifigs and Polybags [W] PayPal
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- CREATOR: Vintage Car #30644 - $12
- Quidditch Practice #30651 - $10
- Doctor Strange’s Interdimensional Portal #30652 - $10
- Moana’s Dolphin Cove #30646 - $10
- Easter Chickens #30643 - $10
- Lunar New Year VIP Add On Pack #40605 - $10
- FRIENDS: Friendship Flowers #30634 - $10
- STAR WARS: X Wing Starfighter #30654 - $10
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- CMF Series 24 #71037: Brown Astronaut and Space Baby - $15 (opened to verify minifig)
- Muppets #71033: Janice - $6 (opened to verify minifig)
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- Harry Potter Lego Hallmark Christmas Ornament - $20
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2023.03.28 08:20 flwyd Some DC/Maryland/Virginia Park Questions
I’m planning a trip to Washington, DC and the Chesapeake Bay areas of Maryland and Virginia. I’ve got some questions about some of the parks in the area that I’m hoping someone who’s more familiar with the area can answer. I’ve been to DC before, so I’ve got a sense of the geography, but I’m confused about some of the boundaries as it relates to POTA’s rules.
- National Capital Parks Park (K-0654): The Wikipedia page says this “was a unit of the National Park System… now divided into multiple administrative units” including National Capital Parks-East, the National Mall and Memorial Parks, President’s Park, Rock Creek Park, George Washington Memorial Parkway, and the C&O National Historical Park, which sounds like it covers pretty much all the national parks in DC. Other than National Capital Parks-East, I think all of parks administered by the other units are already covered by other POTA references. Is the understanding that K-0654 covers just the parks to the east of the Capital building, or is it basically a two-fer with any other park in DC?
- What’s the activation area for the monuments on the National Mall? The NPS map doesn’t provide clear edges for the monuments. For example, do you need to be inside the flags of the Washington Monument to activate? Or does the grass on the hill also count? Or the whole area between 14th St, 17th St., Constitution Ave, and Independence Ave? (The same applies to other monuments; it's often not clear on the ground where the official edge is.)
- Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historical Trail (K-4567): The NPS map shows this “trail” as being primarily maritime, covering many prominent rivers in the Bay’s watershed, plus routes along the Bay that poke into several coves. Yorktown Battlefield K-8204’s description says it’s “potentially co-located” with K-4567, but the NPS map looks like the trail goes down the center of the York River, which is more than 100 feet from the Yorktown Battlefield. Likewise First Landing State Park K-1299 says it’s co-located, but the map doesn’t look like the trail gets that close to it. The park seems to have gotten a lot of activations for people to have been positioned within 100 feet of the watery trail; are there parts of this trail on land?
- Are Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historical Park K-0736 and Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad State Park K-6382 the same place? Does the state park cover just the visitor center and gardens while the NHP covers a larger area? The Maryland state park site doesn’t have a clear boundary map while the NPS map looks like it’s pretty big, including part of the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge.
Thanks for your help!
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2023.03.28 08:00 boringandaloof June 2020
1: Kivu Ebola Epidemic - The World Health Organization reports six new cases of Ebola, and UNICEF reports five deaths, in a renewed outbreak of the disease in Mbandaka, Équateur Province, Democratic Republic of the Congo.
2: A US$5 billion class action lawsuit is filed against Alphabet Inc. and Google, alleging the company violates users' right to privacy by tracking them in Chrome's incognito mode.
3: Prime Minister Boris Johnson says the UK will change immigration laws to offer a pathway to UK citizenship for all Hong Kong citizens who are eligible for BN(O) status if the government of China imposes new security laws on the territory / SpaceX successfully launches and deploys 60 Starlink satellites into a low Earth orbit from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, bringing the total number of Starlink satellites in orbit to 482 / Russian President Vladimir Putin declares a state of emergency after 20,000 tons of oil leaked into the Ambarnaya River near the Siberian city of Norilsk within the Arctic Circle on May 26, 2020. The World Wildlife Fund said the accident is believed to be the second-largest in modern Russian history.
4: Libya's Government of National Accord (GNA) says they are in full control of the capital, Tripoli after forces of the Libyan National Army (LNA) retreat from the territory following months of intense fighting in the city / Hong Kong legislative council passed the controversial National Anthem Ordinance.
5: The 2020 Saint Kitts and Nevis general election is held to elect all 15 members of the National Assembly of Saint Kitts and Nevis.
7: COVID-19 Pandemic - The global death toll from COVID-19 exceeds 400,000.
8: COVID-19 Pandemic - The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 passes 7 million worldwide.
9: COVID-19 Pandemic - A Harvard University study suggests that COVID-19 may have been spreading in China as early as August 2019, based on hospital car park usage and web search trends.
15: At least 20 Indian soldiers and over 40 Chinese forces are killed or injured in skirmishes in the disputed Galwan Valley, the largest escalation along the Sino-Indian border in five decades / Turkish and Iranian forces commence air and artillery strikes against Kurdistan Workers' Party forces in Iraqi Kurdistan. Turkey launches a land operation in the region on June 17.
16: COVID-19 Pandemic - The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 passes 8 million worldwide / North Korea demolishes the Inter-Korean Liaison Office in Kaesong, established in 2018 to improve relations.
21: An annular solar eclipse occurs / The 2020 Serbian parliamentary election is held to elect all 250 members of the National Assembly of Serbia and the ruling For Our Children coalition won 188 out of 250 seats.
22: COVID-19 Pandemic - The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 passes 9 million worldwide / The 2020 Kiribati presidential election is held and incumbent president Taneti Maamau is reelected.
23: A 7.5-magnitude earthquake strikes the coast of Oaxaca, Mexico killing at least four people. It is felt more than 640 kilometers (400 mi) away in Mexico City / The 2020 Malawian presidential election is held and Lazarus Chakwera of the Malawi Congress Party is elected president.
24: The 2020 Mongolian legislative election is held to elect the State Great Khural and the ruling Mongolian People's Party wins 62 out of 76 seats.
27: Micheál Martin succeeds Leo Varadkar as Taoiseach of Ireland, with Varadkar becoming Tánaiste in a historic three-party coalition government / The 2020 Icelandic presidential election is held, and incumbent president Guðni Th. Jóhannesson is reelected.
28: COVID-19 Pandemic - The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 passes 10 million worldwide. The U.S. continues to report the highest number of any country as it reaches 2.5 million, a quarter of all cases globally. The global death toll from COVID-19 exceeds 500,000 / The first round of voting of the 2020 Polish presidential election is held.
30: China passes the controversial Hong Kong national security law, allowing China to crack down on opposition to Beijing at home or abroad.
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2023.03.28 07:49 healthylifeblogs The Florida Keys: From Key Largo to Key West
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The Florida Keys is a chain of islands located off the southern coast of Florida that stretches from Key Largo to Key West. This beautiful and unique destination offers visitors a wealth of activities and experiences, from world-class fishing and diving to stunning sunsets and breathtaking scenery.
Key Largo is the northernmost island in the Florida Keys and is known for its crystal-clear waters and abundant marine life. It's a popular destination for snorkeling and scuba diving, with the John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park offering some of the best underwater adventures in the area. The island is also home to a variety of restaurants and bars, as well as the African Queen Canal Cruise, which takes visitors on a tour of the island's waterways.
Islamorada, often referred to as the "Sportfishing Capital of the World," is located in the middle of the Florida Keys. It's a popular destination for anglers, with a variety of fishing charters and marinas offering opportunities to catch a variety of game fish, including marlin, sailfish, and tuna. The island is also home to many excellent restaurants, art galleries, and boutiques.
Marathon, located in the heart of the Florida Keys, is known for its beautiful beaches and laid-back atmosphere. Visitors can enjoy snorkeling and diving at the Sombrero Reef, as well as kayaking and paddleboarding in the calm waters of the Gulf of Mexico. The island is also home to several excellent restaurants, bars, and shops, as well as the famous Seven Mile Bridge, which offers stunning views of the surrounding waters.
Key West is the southernmost island in the Florida Keys and is known for its vibrant nightlife, colorful architecture, and rich history. Visitors can explore the island's many museums and historic sites, including the Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum and the Harry S. Truman Little White House. The island is also home to many excellent restaurants and bars, as well as the famous Sunset Celebration at Mallory Square, where visitors can watch the sun dip below the horizon while enjoying live music and street performers.
Overall, the Florida Keys is a unique and exciting destination that offers something for everyone. Whether you're interested in world-class fishing and diving or just want to relax on the beach and soak up the sun, this beautiful chain of islands is sure to exceed your expectations. So pack your bags, grab your sunscreen, and head to the Florida Keys for an unforgettable vacation!
2023.03.28 07:26 Itsacrazyworld123 Jane Rashford
They’re both crazy, but Josie isn’t making everything up. Her tik toks back in November-Jan of 2022/2023 stating that John is liking pictures of girls, has a wondering eye & giving him 5 chances ect seem to be true. As soon as John made an IG, I looked to see who he was following ect. There is a girl named Jane Rashford (he doesn’t follow her anymore though.) I think she’s an OF model. She would also like his earlier posts. Go back to his first photo, she liked it. Anyways, back in November 2022 he was liking her photos (she’s posing half naked)… and it just so happens that she’s in Dallas. One can only assume the rest.
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