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2012-08-28 09:25:42 AM

payattention: Never underestimate the ability of a parent to get drastic enough for you to want to stop speaking to them.


I think there's a pretty big correlation between "never speak to my parents again" and being GLBT (or even tolerant, depending on the severity of the family).

I think a -lot- of people don't have close relationships with their gay friends (in fact, many (most?) don't even realize they have gay friends), but would learn much if they did -- I have heard enough blood curdling, rage- and tear-inducing stories to know that even people with "not particularly close" relationships with their family have been dealt a better hand than some.
 
2012-08-28 09:35:16 AM
Subby, why did you bring me to Cracked? Don't you know how long I get stuck there?
 
2012-08-28 09:43:29 AM

mighty_maxx: jackmalice: Meh.

The American Dream...

Dusty Rhodes


And he wouldn't stand a chance against "The Dunce".

/ +5 to whomever gets the reference....
 
2012-08-28 09:44:44 AM

Summercat: I've been having a shiatty week. Month. Year.

Some of it's good. Some of it's bad. I mean, could be a lot worse, but it would also be a lot better if I weren't, well.

Me.

And the more I lurk in the politics tab, the more I administrate Furaffinity, the more I deal with people lately, the more depressed I get. Not suicidal, no, never that. But... lethargic. Apathetic. Just floating wherever things go. If the world is full of douchebags, why should I care about the world?

Fark them. I got mine(sort of), and they're douchebags. Why the fark should I care about them, when they don't care about anybody but themselves? I try to help out, and get shot down, flamed, yelled at. I once offered a suggestion in a meeting. Old fart denounced it as stupid. Ten minutes later, was asking why nobody was doing my idea.

So yeah. Fark you, world. Why should I care about you, when you don't care about anyone but yoursel-

Oh, hi Fark.com. How are you doing, I guess?

Oh, that's good to hear. Yeah, Drew is kinda amusing when he's drunk. The weirdest things get posted.

Oh? Something I'm interested in posted? I guess I should check that out. Hero tag, eh? I bet it's being used iro-

Arabs protecting Christians
Women of Liberia
The concerned pizza delivery girl and the old lady who fell
Real estate agent buying groceries for wrong call
Secret charities in Tennesee
Rich people dressing up for sick kids
Bill Gates donating billions
Galargarra and true sportsmanship
The Power of the Internet for Good - Reunions after Decades edition
Make A Wish

...

Today is my birthday, y'know. 27 years old, out of shape, starting to bald, working as a security guard and 'renting' a room from my mother. No car, and in Southern California that means no social prospects, especially since I work graveyard shift.

The high point of my day today was going to be getting drunk. ....pretty much alone. And then crawl to bed to pass out. Why? Because the world sucks, y'know. It honestly does, so why should I car ...



know that feel bro.

wife is infertile from the cancer treatments but we have seven embryos in cryo-storage.

wife's car was t-boned and the insurance is refusing to pay for anything despite being 100% not at fault.

my car's timing belt breaks a week later and the car's a write-off, buy a new-ish car and the transmission breaks the next month.

move closer to work, go from paying $800 a month to $1400 just for the commute to be an hour less each way.

wife's new car payments including insurance is $700 a month

money starts to get tight but I manage to budget and keep the lights on without having to cut back too much.

start to go through depression, already on two anti-depressants and two types of add-related prescriptions

contemplate divorce because of the arguments and fighting over never having money to go out or buy things we don't need.

arguments about me being "always sad" and "grumpy"

just got a call at work yesterday from my wife (28) saying her cancer has come back, this time on her spine, even after a year of chemo/radiation.

In the same day I hear my grandpa needs open-heart surgery next week due to one artery 90% blocked and two valves not fully-closing. he's the same age Neil Armstrong was when he died so the whole family is worried.

I might end up moving back in with my mom soon if my wife has to take time off work and though she said we could stay rent-free I have too much pride so I'd be renting a room from her as well.

/double root canal on Thursday and extraction of two wisdom teeth
//$300 in the bank
///sometimes life sucks but reading this article yesterday gives a bit of hope
 
2012-08-28 09:51:54 AM
I'm sending out hugs, cheerful thoughts and warm fuzzies to everyone in this thread, although it sounds like some might need it more than others.

Hang in there. Even behind all the snark, we're all still rooting for you.
 
2012-08-28 09:54:14 AM

Summercat:
Arabs protecting Christians

Glad you're feeling better, but... you know those Christians probably are mostly Arabs, right?

Arab =/= Muslim?
 
2012-08-28 09:59:51 AM

clevernamehere: Summercat:
Arabs protecting Christians
Glad you're feeling better, but... you know those Christians probably are mostly Arabs, right?

Arab =/= Muslim?


....I herped a derp, and brain farted. Yeah I know that.... But at the end of my shift my brain voes back to the world of the 1970s post apoc fantasy and sci-fi I was raised on...

/and too much blood in my caffeine stream
 
2012-08-28 10:05:24 AM
SFSailor, it is true that I am gay. But this rift started way before I came out and was brave enough to even think about seeing another man. She is like so many parents who want their kids to be little versions of themselves, albeit more successful. I am nothing like either parent. I am not an alcoholic farmer and I am not a shrew, backstabbing RN who thinks she knows everything. Love my parents? Of course I do. But like them and want to spend more than ten seconds with them? No way. All I have ever asked for is a little acceptance from them. They act like I am a useful bug when I am around. Nothing more. Now that I am approaching five decades of life, I see no reason to fret about it anymore. I am here. If they want to try and mend things, they are both in possession of my number. Calls from either so far this year? One. From her. To whine about that problem of paying for three houses. Because she has bored everyone else with that story. That was it. Oh, did I mention she refuses to accept that I do not want to talk to her or see her unless it is a family emergency? If I say something she does not want to hear, she ignores it. I remember the times we argued about life and the future when I was a teen. We literally were having two different conversations. I wish I had the video capabilities I have now when I was going thru that. The sheer insanity of not accepting what it right in front of your eyes is staggering, yet I dealt with it on almost a DAILY basis when I was still a teen. No wonder I gave up and finally got out of there.
 
2012-08-28 10:19:11 AM

payattention: SFSailor, it is true that I am gay. But this rift started way before I came out and was brave enough to even think about seeing another man. She is like so many parents who want their kids to be little versions of themselves, albeit more successful. I am nothing like either parent. I am not an alcoholic farmer and I am not a shrew, backstabbing RN who thinks she knows everything. Love my parents? Of course I do. But like them and want to spend more than ten seconds with them? No way. All I have ever asked for is a little acceptance from them. They act like I am a useful bug when I am around. Nothing more. Now that I am approaching five decades of life, I see no reason to fret about it anymore. I am here. If they want to try and mend things, they are both in possession of my number. Calls from either so far this year? One. From her. To whine about that problem of paying for three houses. Because she has bored everyone else with that story. That was it. Oh, did I mention she refuses to accept that I do not want to talk to her or see her unless it is a family emergency? If I say something she does not want to hear, she ignores it. I remember the times we argued about life and the future when I was a teen. We literally were having two different conversations. I wish I had the video capabilities I have now when I was going thru that. The sheer insanity of not accepting what it right in front of your eyes is staggering, yet I dealt with it on almost a DAILY basis when I was still a teen. No wonder I gave up and finally got out of there.


I feel like I should point out that you mention that you told her you didn't want to talk to her and also complained that she only called once this year. You can't have it both ways, and a little forgiveness (like for things that happened when you when you were a teenager) goes a long way when it comes to parents.
 
2012-08-28 10:42:16 AM
Then clean your farking room submittard.
 
2012-08-28 11:04:48 AM
I think the hippo may have shared some cabbage with the dog.
 
2012-08-28 11:43:21 AM

payattention: SFSailor, it is true that I am gay.


Shiat -- I really hope you didn't think I was outing you or something else that might be troubling for you -- hadn't even crossed my mind, and I really didn't get that read off your post. Honestly, I just have many gay friends who tell *heartbreaking* stories of "family" and their relationships, and I think that experience is something people who say things like, "how can you not want your blood relatives in your life?" are lacking.

payattention: Love my parents? Of course I do.


Another thing living in SF teaches is that our society has a strong natural inclination to value family, irrespective of whether that family deserves to be valued. Why bother loving them? Get out. Move on. Don't get hung up on it. Make your family, and make it out of people who love (or at least accept and support!) you and be happy.

Unfortunately, that is -very- hard in most of the country, where all social interactions give blood-relation so much gravity. Which is why SF is filled with people running away from the rest of the country.

I just hope you (like others in this thread and, well, me) can find happiness. It's hard, but I hear it's possible. Step one, sometimes, is getting away from those who cause sadness and deserve no power to do so.

Step Two, sometimes, is getting a good dog. ; )

mesmer242: You can't have it both ways, and a little forgiveness (like for things that happened when you when you were a teenager) goes a long way when it comes to parents.


Though it means well, this advice is a flavor of what I'm talking about -- the default assumption most everyone makes is, "you should have a relationship with your blood relatives! Fix it!"

I ask, instead, why?

Spend that energy, time and emotional effort on building a family with people who make you happy and care about you. Even if that's only one person. Hell, even if it's only a cat. Some fences need not be mended, given that the cows are long, long gone.

And, really, everybody, get a dog. Or at least volunteer at a local shelter to walk them. You will be amazed by the joy they can bring, if you treat them right.
 
2012-08-28 12:28:30 PM
Thanks, submitter.

I like stories about awesome people doing awesome things.

I still think most people are bastard-coated bastards with bastard filling, but still ...
 
2012-08-28 12:32:53 PM

qualtrough: In case you were wondering "Why would Christians even risk living in the Middle East in the first place?" you might be surprised to find out that Egypt is 10 percent Christian -- Christians and Muslims eat at the same restaurants and go see the same movies, and by God, they've got each others' backs when shiat gets serious. Even in Iran, both Christianity and Judaism are legal and protected in their constitution. I guess what I'm trying to say is, none of this is as simple as the people with suits and podiums Zionists want you to believe.


Pretty much THIS. I love pointing out on the map to my Baptist in-laws where Christ was born in relation to where my family is. They get all twitchy.

/Lebanese Christian.
 
2012-08-28 12:45:25 PM

MycroftHolmes: 7th Son of a 7th Son: FTA :

"Before Monday's incident, most neighbors knew little about Memphis resident Jean Wilson, except that she's eaten pizza daily for the past three years"

Uh, wouldn't eating pizza EVERY SINGLE DAY for 3 years wreck your health enough to kill you?

Ummm,flour,milk, cheese,some veggies,maybe a meat....yeah, failing to see the poison here. Might not be the best food to lose weight, but it doesn't have to be a death food.


Haven't you heard? Carbs and dairy are poison now.
 
2012-08-28 12:51:31 PM

payattention: SFSailor, it is true that I am gay. But this rift started way before I came out and was brave enough to even think about seeing another man. She is like so many parents who want their kids to be little versions of themselves, albeit more successful. I am nothing like either parent. I am not an alcoholic farmer and I am not a shrew, backstabbing RN who thinks she knows everything. Love my parents? Of course I do. But like them and want to spend more than ten seconds with them? No way. All I have ever asked for is a little acceptance from them. They act like I am a useful bug when I am around. Nothing more. Now that I am approaching five decades of life, I see no reason to fret about it anymore. I am here. If they want to try and mend things, they are both in possession of my number. Calls from either so far this year? One. From her. To whine about that problem of paying for three houses. Because she has bored everyone else with that story. That was it. Oh, did I mention she refuses to accept that I do not want to talk to her or see her unless it is a family emergency? If I say something she does not want to hear, she ignores it. I remember the times we argued about life and the future when I was a teen. We literally were having two different conversations. I wish I had the video capabilities I have now when I was going thru that. The sheer insanity of not accepting what it right in front of your eyes is staggering, yet I dealt with it on almost a DAILY basis when I was still a teen. No wonder I gave up and finally got out of there.


Some old people are alone for a reason. Lots of them think they can be as big an asshole as they want and everybody else just has to deal with it. But everybody else usually feels differently.
 
2012-08-28 01:28:04 PM

SFSailor:
mesmer242: You can't have it both ways, and a little forgiveness (like for things that happened when you when you were a teenager) goes a long way when it comes to parents.

Though it means well, this advice is a flavor of what I'm talking about -- the default assumption most everyone makes is, "you should have a relationship with your blood relatives! Fix it!"

I ask, instead, why?

Spend that energy, time and emotional effort on building a family with people who make you happy and care about you. Even if that's only one person. Hell, even if it's only a cat. Some fences need not be mended, given that the cows are long, long gone.


I did not mean to imply that payattention should definitely pursue a closer relationship with his parents - rather, it seems to me that he's not entirely sure what relationship he wants. No matter what level of contact you have with your parents, you can't argue that it's healthy to be upset about stuff that happened when you're a teenager if you're now nearing 50. It's entirely reasonable to say "I forgive you but I think it's best if we don't have contact anymore" and it can also be entirely reasonable to say "I forgive you and want to have a better relationship with you", all depending on any number of circumstances. But until someone practices forgiveness - the recognition that other people are only human, make mistakes, are flawed and sometimes the worst behavior in their life is directed at you for no reason you deserved... and you should forgive them anyway, even if they don't ask for it... then you will be truly free.

/damn, I should start writing fortune cookies
 
2012-08-28 02:03:22 PM

mesmer242: I did not mean to imply that payattention should definitely pursue a closer relationship with his parents - rather, it seems to me that he's not entirely sure what relationship he wants.


I agree with you on that -- hard to complain about not being in contact, if you've declared you don't want to be in contact. I should have been clearer about that.

I get where you're coming from, I think. However, I think I'm a bit hung up on the power dynamic aspect; while I don't think it applies to the poster we both replied to, there are some people who shouldn't feel any reason to forgive someone, but because they're "family," there's a lot of pressure to do so. And, in some cases, that societal pressure can do much, much more harm than good -- especially when the blood relation is in a position of clear power, say parent rather than brother or cousin or something.

In some cases (not all, but in more than currently seize the option) I say, take the third choice: Move on, make new family, think no more about it. Give that person no power over your emotions, self worth or happiness. Even though you're related by blood, you don't *have* to be associated with someone. Easy to say, hard to do, I know, but truly freeing for some people. Maybe I just wish the "hard to do" wasn't as hard as it is.

Or, if we want to stay within the context of forgiveness (not entirely sure how I feel about the notion, but I do believe it's not automatically deserved or warranted), make the choice to forgive *yourself* of the "sin" society wants to impart, of not being "familial" just because you're related to an asshole who would rather see you dead, say, than happily married to someone you love. Or than being a hippie. Or than entering the military. Or any other aspect of life that everyone has a right to pursue, regardless of what their parents, siblings or other blood relatives may think of them for being / doing / pursuing.

I guess I'm just over-sensitive to the "but they're family!" response. While on its face it's a valid and common one, once you know some people for whom the best answer really was "no, fark THOSE people," it can sound downright offensive sometimes.

/ just wish everyone struggling, in this thread, my email inbox and in the world at large, could find happiness and peace
// seriously, get a dog, or borrow one from time to time
 
2012-08-28 02:15:36 PM
Awesome just for the completely unrelated bonus videos.
 
2012-08-28 03:07:22 PM

miss diminutive: I'm sending out hugs, cheerful thoughts and warm fuzzies to everyone in this thread, although it sounds like some might need it more than others.

Hang in there. Even behind all the snark, we're all still rooting for you.


+1
 
2012-08-28 07:41:47 PM

SFSailor: croesius: [www.annarbor.com image 589x613]

Came here for that -- thanks for posting it -- I *love* that picture. I hope the photographer got a pulitzer for getting the story out, and that the woman never has to buy herself another drink -- or, for that matter, a meal out -- ever.

Also, if I recall correctly, the Galarraga / Joyce story is even actually a bit better than told in this article. After the game was over, Joyce called Galarraga to come to (something never done) the Umpires' Room (a sanctuary not entered by -anyone- but the umps. Ever.) to apologize (obviously, something never done, too). And all of that in a profession / culture that -never- admits mistakes. He stood up, owned it, apologized in the most meaningful way he could.

Then, Galarraga, who had every right to be furious in a way not imaginable to anyone who hasn't had a *perfect*game* blatantly ruined by a giant mistake, said, "meh - it's all good."

And the follow up was pretty interesting, too -- while the Joyce family got death threats (to be expected), he also found little pieces of human awesomeness -- e.g., the baggage crew somehow realized whose suitcase they were loading, and wrote something like, "it's ok - we forgive you!" and "we love you anyway" on his tags, etc.

I really hope the whole incident -- from the game, to the mistake, to the apology, to the forgiveness, and even, yes, the death threats, make it into the Hall of Fame, as soon as possible under the rules. Hell, I had hoped that they'd wave the rules and enshrine it all at the end of the season, but apparently MLB would never do something that clever and meaningful if it meant breaking a HoF rule.

And I *really* hope that MLB / the umps association / someone is taking care of the Galarraga family for life, as would have been the case if the correct call was made.

/ also, check in on old people, and make an attempt to befriend the neighborhood "crazy old bat," at least until he/she proves the label is well deserved
// off ...


And I remember hearing a story a week or so ago where he was umpiring a game in Arizona maybe and someone had a seizure and stopped breathing. He did CPR on her until EMS arrived and saved her life.
 
2012-08-28 07:54:42 PM
It didn't rain on my face. But they were nice stories.
 
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